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Media Library [Third-Place] in Thionville, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: Dominique Coulon & associés

This project has the ambition of becoming a new model for media libraries. The programme calls the functions of a media library into question, lending it the content of a ‘third place’ – a place where members of the public become actors in their own condition, a place for creation as well as reception. In association with the basic programme, the building includes areas for displays, creation, music studios, and a café-restaurant. To give meaning to this new programme, it seemed necessary to question the way in which a place of this kind is produced. The various activities in the programme blend into each other, creating a dynamic arrangement. The spatial principle is based on a non-hierarchical superposition of different systems.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés (Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos)
  • Project: Media Library [Third-Place]
  • Location: 1 place Malraux, 57100 Thionville, France
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons and David Romero-Uzeda
  • 3D Animation: Brooklyn Foundry
  • Architects assistants: Gautier Duthoit
  • Construction site supervision: Steve Letho Duclos
  • Engineers and consultants:
    • Structural Engineer: Batiserf Ingénierie
    • Electrical Engineer: BET G.Jost
    • Mechanical Plumbing Engineer: Solares Bauen
    • Cost Estimator: E3 économie
    • Acoustics: Euro sound project
    • Landscape: Bruno Kubler
  • Budget: 11 000 000€

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De Cecco Headquarters in Pescara, Italy by Studio FUKSAS

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: Studio FUKSAS 

The De Cecco Headquarters are an architectural landmark rising above an area of considerable town development. Two “edifices” linked by staircases and lifts, stand distinctly separate one on top of the other. The elevations of the cube-shaped lower part feature floor-to-ceiling glazing which hollows and lightens the sense of volume.

Image Courtesy © Moreno Maggi

  • Architects: Studio FUKSAS (Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas)
  • Project: De Cecco Headquarters
  • Location: Via A. Volta, Pescara, Italy
  • Photography: Moreno Maggi and Gianmarco Chieregato
  • Client: De Cecco SpA
  • General coordination and safety, engineering and space planning: Progetto CMR, Milan
  • Structures: Studio Engineer Toniolo, Sirmione (BS)
  • Fire prevention: Architect Di Fazio, Pescara
  • Fire protection of structures: Engineer Pustorino, Livorno
  • Cost: 20,000,000 Euros
  • Area: 6,300 sq. m.
  • Period: 2001-2008

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The new Danish Wadden Sea Centre in Vester Vedsted, Denmark by Dorte Mandrup A/S

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: Dorte Mandrup A/S

The new Danish Wadden Sea Centre – ultramodern, sculptural architecture rooted in local tradition

With a completely re-conceptualized conversion and extension, the Wadden Sea Centre – gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – has recently been opened to the public in Ribe on the west coast of Denmark. At the new Wadden Sea Centre, internationally renowned Danish architecture firm Dorte Mandrup has set a new standard for combining the local building culture and history of the area with an ultramodern, sculptural architectural appearance.

Image Courtesy © Adam Mørk

  • Architects: Dorte Mandrup A/S
  • Project: The new Danish Wadden Sea Centre
  • Location: Vester Vedsted, Denmark
  • Photography: Adam Mørk
  • Client: Esbjerg Municipality
  • Consultant: Dorte Mandrup A/S
  • Exhibition: JAC studios, Jason Bruges, No Parking
  • Landscape: Marianne Levinsen Landskab APS
  • General Contractor: Bo Michelsen A/S
  • Engineering, Construction: Anders Christensen Rådgivende ingeniører ApS
  • Engineering, Installations: Steensen Varming
  • Area: 2,800 square meters.
  • Price: The building including the new exhibition cost approximately 7.2 million euro (53 million DKK)

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Pavilion DIT [Department of Information Technology] in Moscow, Russia by Architecture bureau WALL

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: Architecture bureau WALL 

LOCATION

Pavilion of Moscow Information Technology Department is located in VDNH, at the intersection of Kolcevaya road and Serenevaya alley east of the main Alley of VDNH. Pavilion construction continues development concept of the territory “Park Znaniy” in the context of a comprehensive upgrade VDNH landscape.

Image Courtesy © Ivanov Ilya

  • Architects: Architecture bureau WALL
  • Project: Pavilion DIT [Department of Information Technology]
  • Location: VDNH, Moscow, Russia
  • Photography: Ivanov Ilya
  • Total area: 1599.66 sq.m.
  • Dimensions: 167.5m x 25.6m
  • Height: 6 m
  • Design: 10/2015-05/2016
  • Construction: 05/2016-09/2016

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Hansen, Mixed Use Building in Athens, Greece by AREA, Architecture Research Athens

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: AREA, Architecture Research Athens

This project redefines the mixed-use housing typology of the “polykatoikia”, ubiquitous in Greek cities, in one of the most dense urban neighborhoods of Athens’ center, Patissia. An L-shaped plan is dictated by site orientation and adjacent building mass, creating a small garden to the South. The vertical arrangement of different programs, typically integrated behind a uniform facade of duplicate floors, is articulated here as a “sectional” facade: individual floor levels appear to extend different lengths along the street, varying the relationship of closed to open space at each floor. Along the street, the mass of the building is lifted to provide broad visual access to the private garden, and allow room for two vehicles. At each level of the building, an exterior or transparent space \”bridges\” the street to the backyard along the East party line, whereas the most sheltered interior spaces are concentrated along the opposite party line. This results in a double strategy. On the one hand, the careful manipulation of the building code incorporates a pilotis, a pergola and covered outdoor spaces, creating a porous civic facade that subverts the requirement for the building’s mass to continue that of its neighbors. On the other hand, the near-absence of protruding balconies brings the building’s interior closer to the realm of the street.

Building’s main facade, an exterior or transparent space “bridges” the street to the backyard along the East party line, Image Courtesy © Vassilis Makris

  • Architects: AREA, Architecture Research Athens (Styliani Daouti, Giorgos Mitroulias, Michaeljohn Raftopoulos)
  • Project: Hansen, Mixed Use Building in Athens
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Photography: Vassilis Makris
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Civil Engineer: Thanos Giannimaras
  • Mechanical Engineer: Panos Kampoukos
  • Landscape Architect: Katerina Gkoltsiou
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 401.40sqm
  • Completion Year: 2016

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LISBON STONE BLOCK in Lisboa, Portugal by Souza Oliveira – Arquitectura e Urbanismo Lda.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: Souza Oliveira – Arquitectura e Urbanismo Lda.

Lisbon and its “new avenues” (built in the beginning of the past century) are always a challenge for an architect.

Lisbon’s Stone Block is located in the corner of two major streets  and that position is somehow special in the relation that the building it-self creates with the “urban net”.

The idea/concept of the building is based in a “mutant facade”: a skin in stone, almost metamorphoses and movable.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

  • Architects: Souza Oliveira – Arquitectura e Urbanismo Lda. (Alberto de Souza Oliveira)
  • Project: LISBON STONE BLOCK
  • Location: Defensores de Chaves Avenue, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Photography: Nelson Garrido
  • Collaborators: Inês Cordovil, Sílvia Fernandes, Sérgio Godinho, Ana Cravinho, Sofia Pinto Basto
  • Engineer: BETAR estudos e projectos de estabilidade lda.
  • Construtor: Ramos Catarino, S.A.
  • Materials/products: concret, stone, wood, glass
  • Built Area: 5672 sqm
  • Date of construction: 2008/2011

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[Misfit]Fit building in Toronto, Canada by Batay-Csorba Architects

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Article source: v2com

[Misfit]fit is a new six-storey, 32,000 square foot boutique office building situated on a small vacant site in Toronto’s Liberty Village. Seeking to build upon the rich lineage of Toronto’s precast concrete history, the proposal  provides an alternative to the pervasive glass curtain wall project. The building’s program is comprised of four floors of flexible office space, retail at grade, and a rooftop sculpture garden/ event space.

Front Elevation, Image Courtesy © Batay-Csorba Architects

  • Architects: Batay-Csorba Architects
  • Project: [Misfit]Fit building
  • Location: Liberty Village, Toronto Ontario, Canada
  • Area: six storey 32,000 sft
  • Status: Design Development, 2017

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“Los Álamos de Fuentecisneros” Block of 59 houses in Madrid, Spain by Otto Medem Arquitectura S.L.

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Article source: Otto Medem Arquitectura S.L.

As the architect, from the begining of the project, I set out the following main goals:

Make the most of the characteristics of the terrain and enhance them by choosing the perfect orientation.

Design a set of housing complex that escapes from the everyday conventionalism of collective housing, and that is able to transmit and generate feelings. I want people to be overcome with emotion as soon as they enter the complex and feel the  beauty and harmony that each home provides, without sacrificing functionality.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Font

  • Architects: Otto Medem Arquitectura S.L.
  • Project: “Los Álamos de Fuentecisneros” Block of 59 houses
  • Location: Avenida Alcalde Mostoles. Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Daniel Font
  • Architect Partner: Carlos Bernardez Agrafojo, Pedro Cortes Nieves,  Augustine Utrilla Sanchez
  • Surveyor: Andrew Garea Noguerol
  • Constructor: OPROLER Works and Projects
  • Project Year: 2011
  • End of Work: 2016

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Badalona Housing in Spain by MESURA + TOI T

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Article source: MESURA

Housing Competition in Badalona, 2016.

In July 2016, two young architecture practises based in Barcelona, Mesura and TOI T, teamed up to participate in an invited competition for a housing development in Badalona. Organised by Emesa, a private real estate investor, the competition had two key objectives: design a 21st century housing project and promote emerging spanish architects.

Image Courtesy © MESURA + TOI T

  • Architects: MESURA + TOI T
  • Project: Badalona Housing
  • Location: Badalona, Spain
  • Client: EMESA
  • External Collaboration: TOI T, PLAY-TIME
  • Project date/ construction date: 2016
  • Awards: Badalona Housing EMESA Competition Finalist

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Tartu University Institute of Physics in Estonia by Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Article source: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ 

The building with its monotonous presentability and rationality fits well into the emerging university campus. South of the instutute there is a spacious sunny square. The building consists of four interconnected building blocks of varying heights (A-, B-, C- and D-block) that form a private courtyard. The building is finished with reinforced concrete that is treated with iron sylphate and Cor-Ten.

Image Courtesy © Kaido Haagen

  • Architects: Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ (Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid OÜ, Stuudio Tallinn Oü, Kadri Tamme Sisearhitektuur OÜ)
  • Project: Tartu University Institute of Physics
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Photography: Kaido Haagen and Tõnu Tunnel
  • Client: University of Tartu
  • Structural design: As Tari, Pikoprojekt Oü
  • Builder: Astlanda Ehitus OÜ
  • Gross useable floor space: 12 700 m²
  • Lot size: 197 971 m²
  • Start of work: 2009
  • Completion of work: 2014

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