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UniCredit Pavilion in Milano, Italy by architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Article source: architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl 

UniCredit has erected a multipurpose building to house the bank’s general meetings, but also exhibitions and cultural events open to the Milan public. It occupies a privileged position against the background of Porta Nuova, beneath the mirror-glazed tower and in a dialogue with the Porta Nuova public gardens. UniCredit Pavilion has no foundations, being constructed on a reinforced concrete podium above the parking facility. Its soft profile is inspired by the shape of a seed, and its materials are natural. A vertically ribbed cage with lamellar larch beams contains a glazed space and supports a rounded, solar panelled roof. The structure opens on the outside through two large wings, equipped with monitors for events open to the general public. Situated on the ground floor is a multipurpose auditorium adaptable to diverse configurations and with seating for 700. An overhead walkway runs along the outer edge of the building and can be used for temporary art exhibitions. On the first floor is a nursery for 50 toddlers, whilst the top level is occupied by a lounge for customer reception and corporate events.

Image Courtesy © Tom Vack

  • Architects: architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl
  • Project: UniCredit Pavilion
  • Location: Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy
  • Photography: Tom Vack
  • Client: UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions Scpa
  • Project Team: Nicholas Bewick (project director), Francesco Garofoli, Vittorio Romano; Giorgio Traverso; Marcello Biffi, Matteo Di Ciommo, Francesco Faccin
  • Consultants: Hines Italia Srl (project management); MSC Associati Srl (structural framework); Ariatta Ingegneria dei sistemi Srl (technical installations); Eurodesign Sas di Adriano Crotti (Façade design); GTP Srl (security and fire protection project); Gruppo C14 Srl (lighting design); Studio di ingegneria acustica Marcello Brugola (acoustic and AV design); Zintek srl (roof); Wood Beton (strctures in laminated wood); Erco (lighting)
  • Area: 3.300 m2
  • Chronology: 2013-2014 (design); 2015 (completion)
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Campus Motor in Barcelona, Spain by Pere Puig Arquitecte

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Article source: Pere Puig Arquitecte 

The building is connected to a racetrack located in Barcelona, and is actively used as a training site for professional motor racing.  Several companies involved in the industry have set up permanent offices in this building.

A flexible design was needed for the building so that it could accommodate several companies of varying sizes.  For this reason, the building is divided between several 35 square meter subdivisions or sectors.  Each is independent from the other, and all mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) utilities were installed below each sector, allowing for an unobstructed view, optimal energy efficiency, and minimized energy consumption.

Image Courtesy © Carla Arbós

  • Architects: Pere Puig Arquitecte
  • Project: Campus Motor
  • Location: Can Palà Industrial Estate, Castellolí, Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Carla Arbós
  • Developer: District Council Anoia
  • Constructor: Ferrovial
  • Architect: Pere Puig Rodriguez
  • Foreman: Manel Cruz and Marin
  • Architects collaborators: Rafael Bosch Figueras, Marta Lucas Serra, Francesc Mestre Dalmau Pastor Laguna Natalia Maria Garcia Codina Sabate Nuria Casanellas
  • Facilities: Raul Cristóbal, Josep Mª Juvillà (IMOGEP)
  • Area: 2816.80 m2
  • Year: 2013

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Jardim Vicentina Urbanization in São Paulo, Brazil by Vigliecca & Associados

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Article source: Vigliecca & Associados

This is an urbanization and social housing project at Jardim Vicentina, on the outskirts of the city of Osasco, greater São Paulo. This project was part of the Brazil Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. With an intervention area of approximately 95 thousand m², it was partially urbanized with a large part of it located at a thalweg. The existing situation was precarious, being composed by one or two-storey wood or masonry self-built houses placed in an area subject to landslides, floods and contamination.

Image Courtesy © Vigliecca & Associados

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Masserie Maresca in Ostuni (BR), Italy by Schiattarella Associati

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Article source: Schiattarella Associati 

Masseria Grottone, part of Masserie Maresca Farm-Hotel, built between 1812 and 1860 is an agricultural complex a few miles away from Ostuni. Dipped in 40 acres of centenary olive trees and Mediterranean scrub: a natural context of extraordinary richness.

Abandoned for several years, the restoration and extension project has been assigned to the firm Schiattarella Associati having a long history dating back to 1970s and a know-how linked to some of the most significant projects of  the last years such as the Seoul Metropolitan Museum, the Children Museum in Kyonggi, the Art Center in Addirriyah and many relevant projects in Italy as well such as the Spanish School of Archaeology, the Cube House in the Olympic Village and the Pediatric Ward of the Umberto I Hospital in Rome.

Image Courtesy © Antonio Fatano

  • Architects: Schiattarella Associati (Andrea Schiattarella, Carla Maresca)
  • Project: Masserie Maresca
  • Location: Ostuni (BR), Italy
  • Photography: Antonio Fatano
  • Client: MASSERIE MARESCA
  • Year: 2012-2016

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Botanica in New Delhi, India by Design Forum International (DFI)

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Article source: epistle Communications

Amidst the urban residential potpourri of South Delhi, with apartments and plotted developments occupying and maximizing literally every square footage of space available, Botanica attempts to create a landmark development within the contemporary residential building typology by creating spacious, high-on-luxury, three-side open apartments in the heart of Delhi. Through its scale, massing and materiality, Botanica aims to create a distinguished architectural character, conceiving an identity for itself as a boutique bio-luxury development, whilst providing spacious and functionally efficient environs for its residents.

Image Courtesy © Design Forum International (DFI)

  • Architects: Design Forum International (DFI)
  • Project: Botanica
  • Location: Niti Bagh, New Delhi, India
  • Client: Aero Developers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Principal Architect: Goonmeet Singh Chauhan
  • Design Team: Girish, Ruchi, Vikas Sharma, Farooq, Sanatomba, Nishant
  • Consultants: 
    • Structural: BMSF Design Consultants, New Delhi
    • Mechanical: Paradise consultants
    • Electrical: Paradise consultants
    • Civil: Numex Techbuild Pvt. Ltd.
    • Landscape: Habitat Design
    • HVAC: Reagan Refrigeration
    • Lighting: Manjuman Lighting Solutions
    • Façade: Hyphen System Pvt. Ltd.

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PATIENT HOTEL in Copenhagen, Denmark by 3XN

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Article source: 3XN

Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, Denmark’ s leading hospital, recently inaugurated its new Patient Hotel and Administrative Building, designed by 3XN Architects. 3XN designed the 7,400m2 building as an open, supportive and comfortable environment for patients, as well as an efficient work environment for the hospital’s administrative staff. The Patient Hotel offers 74 rooms on the three lower floors, while administrative offices comprise floors three to six.

Image Courtesy © Adam Mork

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: PATIENT HOTEL
  • Location: Juliane Maries Vej 18, DK-2100 Copenhagen
  • Photography: Adam Mork
  • Client: Rigshospitalet, Region H
  • Total Advisor: Aarhus Architects
  • Engineer: Grontmij
  • Landscape Architects: Kirstine Jensen
  • Interior: Rigshospitalet, Region H
  • Facade: Facade appears as a horizontal relief clad in the bright natural stone, Jura Gelb.
  • Floors: 6 (plus basement)
  • Size: 8.000m2 (Basement approximately 1,100 m2)
  • Construction Start: January 2014
  • Completed: August 2015
  • Official opening: August 21, 2015

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The ‘House of Delft’ Mixed-Use Hub in The Netherlands by Van Dongen – Koschuch Architects and Planners

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Article source: Van Dongen – Koschuch Architects and Planners

Delft, city of innovation in the Netherlands

The entire world knows Delft from Delft Blue pottery and the painter Johannes Vermeer. But there is more to Delft. Delft is a city of innovation and pioneers. Making the impossible possible is in the DNA of Delft. It has been for centuries, from the first beer brewers who innovated with water management in the 14th century. A couple of centuries later, Hugo de Groot created modern international public law and Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek invented the microscope. And recently, Boyan Slat, a student at the Delft University of Technology, surprised the world with the Ocean Cleanup, a solution for ridding the oceans of the ‘plastic soup’.

Image Courtesy © Van Dongen – Koschuch Architects and Planners

  • Architects: Van Dongen – Koschuch Architects and Planners
  • Project: The ‘House of Delft’ Mixed-Use Hub
  • Location: Delft, The Netherlands
  • Architects in charge: Frits van Dongen and Patrick Koschuch
  • Area: 13.000 sqm
  • Project year: 2016

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Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone in Guangzhou, China by Aedas

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Article source: Aedas

Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone Mixed-use Project, designed by Aedas, is located in Guangzhou, the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road. The site is an elongated, irregular-shaped plot with fantastic views of the Jiaomen River and Phoenix Lake.

Image Courtesy © Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Project: Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Client: Guangzhou Zhanying Property Co., Ltd.
  • Director: Ken Wai
  • Gross floor area: 80,762 sqm
  • Completion year: 2020

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ICE Krakow Convention Centre in Poland by Ingarden & Ewý Architects

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Article source: Ingarden & Ewý Architects

ICE Kraków Congress Centre is a modern, world-class venue dedicated to culture – music, opera, ballet, theatre – and congresses. Designed at the highest standards of acoustics and mechanics. Besides the three main halls with 1915, 600, and 300 seats, the shell holds a multifunctional conference space of 550m2. ICE Kraków stands in the most prestigious location in Poland: opposite Wawel Castle, a location that influenced main design decisions. Hiding a multi-story foyer open to a panorama of Kraków, the Vistula embankment façade is spectacularly transparent. The outer shell combines glass, ceramics, and aluminium, with colours ceramic tiles reflecting those of the interior: red of the Auditorium Hall, graphite of Theatre Hall, white of the foyer, and the silvery aluminum used for the roof.

Image Courtesy © Krzysztof Ingarden

  • Architects: Ingarden & Ewý Architects
  • Project: ICE Krakow Convention Centre
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Photography: Krzysztof Ingarden
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhino
  • Client: Krakow Municipal Office
  • Design consultant: Arata Isozaki & Associates (AIA)
  • Cooperating architects: KKM Kozień Architekci, K3 Architekci
  • Structural design: Project Service
  • HVAC: ARUP
  • Acoustics: ARUP Acoustics  – Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd, Raf Orlowski (chief consultant), Construction supervision and testing: Raf Orlowski,  Ramboll Acoustics
  • General contractor: Budimex SA and Ferrovial Agroman SA
  • Operator: Krakow Festival Office

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New Rome /EUR Convention Centre and Hotel ‘the Cloud’ in Italy by Studio Fuksas

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Article source: Studio Fuksas

Italian architecture practice Studio Fuksas has completed the largest building in Rome in over 50 years. Opening to the public in October 2016, the New Rome /EUR Convention Centre and Hotel ‘the Cloud’ is a €239 million earthquake proof complex that has taken 18 years of planning and construction. It will host auditoriums, exhibition spaces and a hotel – amassing 55,000 square metres in new public space. Through both trade and tourism, the convention centre is expected to bring in between 300 – 400 million euros annually to the city of Rome.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

  • Architects: Studio Fuksas (Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas)
  • Project: New Rome /EUR Convention Centre and Hotel ‘the Cloud’
  • Location: Rome-Eur, Italy
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti and Moreno Maggi
  • Model and Sketches: Francesco Colarossi and Archivio Fuksas
  • Client: Eur SpA
  • Interior design: Fuksas Design
  • General contractor: Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua SpA
  • Engineering: Plans: A. I. Engineering, Torino
  • Structures: Studio Majowiecki; Studio Sarti
  • Safety: Studio Sarti
  • Acoustics: XU – Acoustique, Parigi, A.I. Engineering, Torino
  • Lighting consulting: Speirs& Major Associates, Edinburgh, London
  • Initial Cost Estimate: € 276.000.000 (year: 2007)
  • Final Cost: € 239.000.000 (October 2016)
  • Built surface: 55,000 sq. m.
  • Period: 1998-2016

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