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The ”Auszeichnung guter Bauten“ of the BDA OWL in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia by Gerber Architekten

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Article source: Gerber Architekten

“Using the simplest means, a contemporary, high-quality new element of the university campus in Paderborn has been created, which makes its impact through the blood-red colouring of the foyer hall“ – with these words, Karin Kellner (architect and jury member) closed her laudation for the Auditorium and Seminar Building of the University of Paderborn, designed, planned and constructed by Gerber Architekten. On 27th of October, the project was honoured with the BDA Award Ostwestfalen-Lippe in the course of an award ceremony and exhibition opening.

Image Courtesy © Hans Jürgen Landes

Image Courtesy © Hans Jürgen Landes

  • Architects: Gerber Architekten
  • Project: The ”Auszeichnung guter Bauten“ of the BDA OWL
  • Location: Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Photography: Hans Jürgen Landes
  • Software Used: ArchiCAd

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Biomuseo in Panama by Frank Gehry

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Article source: Frank Gehry

Created in one of the most biodiverse places in the world, with content developed by scientists at the University of Panamá and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Biomuseo will celebrate the public opening of its completed building by Frank Gehry on October 2, 2014. The 44,132-square-foot (4,100-square-meter) building is the world-renowned architect’s first project in Latin America.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Architects: Frank Gehry
  • Project: Biomuseo
  • Location: Amador, Panama
  • Photography: 
  • Client: Fundación Amador, María del Pilar Arosemena de Alemán, President
  • Biomuseo Leadership: Victor Cucalón, Director
  • Exhibition Design: Bruce Mau Design
  • Project Size: Building: 4,100 square meters / 44,000 square feet

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Komachi Building in Tokyo, JAPAN by Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Article source: Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC.

Facing a street near the JR Ebisu Station circle, the property is a restaurant building principally envisioned for tenants purveying Japanese cuisine. A compact lot of 76 m2 called for securing the most possible tenant floor space. The sky occupancy factor, which would limitthe permitted obstruction of visible sky from land around the lot, was utilized in a study to determine how to gain the most cubic volume for a building. Consequently, the building configuration was set at six levels: tenant space of 48 m2 per level up to the fourth floor with a setback of 50 cm, andan additional setback for the fifth and sixth floors.

Image Courtesy © Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC.

Image Courtesy © Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC.

  • Architects: Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC.
  • Project: Komachi Building
  • Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
  • Software used: AutoCAD
  • Client∕Developer: Time Zone Limited.
  • Construction: Kuboco
  • Site Area: 76.30 m2
  • Construct Area: 50.57 m2
  • Gross Floor Area: 258.51 m2

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KINDERGARDEN IN STABIO, Switzerland by STUDIO WE

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Article source: STUDIO WE

The kindergarden is a solitary building on a green field. Only paths and walls connect the new building to landscape in order to create a subtle and strong texture of reference points within the site.

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Zveiger

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Zveiger

  • Architects: STUDIO WE
  • Project: KINDERGARDEN IN STABIO
  • Location: Stabio (Ticin, Switzerland)
  • Photography:
  • Engineer: Edy Toscano Engineering & Consulting
  • Area: 1848 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • PRINCIPALS: arch. Felix Wettstein, arch. Ludovica Molo
  • TEAM: arch. Andrea Sbernini, arch. Paola Galimberti

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Lasalle Waterworks Building in Montreal, Canada by Affleck de la Riva architects

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Article source: Affleck de la Riva architects

The history of civilisations and cities are intrinsically tied to the presence of water.  Ancient civilisations grew up in fertile river valleys and the development of cities depended on the ready availability of water for both potable use and public sanitation.  The infrastructure used to control and distribute water in the urban environment has a long and distinguished architectural history.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

  • Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
  • Project: Lasalle Waterworks Building
  • Location: Corner of LaSalle Blvd. and 75th Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Marc Cramer, Affleck de la Riva,  Alexandre Chabot
  • Project manager: Gavin Affleck
  • Project team: Steven Leather, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Federico Carbajal, Serge Gascon and Melanie Morris
  • Landscape architect: CIMA + (Alain Bourassa), Civil, structural, mechanical (more…)

REFORMA DIANA CORPORATE BUILDING in Mexico by Arditti + RDT Architects

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Article source: Arditti + RDT Architects

The Reforma Diana Tower is a state of the art building resulting from the special conditions of the terrain located at Av. Paseo de la Reforma no. 412, near the Diana Cazadora sculpture.
The limitations of this terrain are a maximum height of 40 levels over Reforma and a restricted façade of only 16 meters. Other limitation was the need to respect three back terrace levels to allow the natural light to reach Tokio Street. The building has a total construction surface of 33,800 square meters and a height of 140 metes over the street level.

Image Courtesy © Arditti + RDT Architects

Image Courtesy © Arditti + RDT Architects

  • Architects: Arditti + RDT Architects
  • Project: REFORMA DIANA CORPORATE BUILDING
  • Location: Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico

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Smiley, Block 29A in Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam by Studioninedots

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Article source: Studioninedots

Studioninedots designs a student housing block with 362 dwellings on Ijburglaan in Amsterdam shaped like a smile. Construction begins in December.

Image Courtesy © Studioninedots

Image Courtesy © Studioninedots

  • Architects: Studioninedots
  • Project: Smiley, Block 29A
  • Location: Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam
  • Client: Van Wijnen Midden/IC Netherlands BV/DUWO
  • Plot: 2705 m2
  • Fsi: 4,7
  • Design-completion: 2014-2015
  • Status: Design development
  • Design Team: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Project Team: Stefan Dannel, Wouter Hermanns, Jurjen van der Horst
  • 3D Visualizations: Zesxzes Visuele Communicatie
  • Contractor: Van Wijnen Midden

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Living Zero in San Francisco, California by SUSTAINABLE.TO

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Article source: SUSTAINABLE.TO

In 2003, Architecture 2030 was established to respond to rapidly accelerating climate change. This has sparked extraordinary development in the field of renewable energy technology, allowing for buildings to become increasingly energy efficient.
The design intention was to establish the net-zero perspective from the eyes of the occupant. This project proposes a net-zero energy building in every aspect. Not only does the building produce more energy than it consumes through the use of building integrated photovoltaics, but it also attempts to foster a sense of community and a sustainable lifestyle through a vertical tower typology.

Image Courtesy © SUSTAINABLE.TO

Image Courtesy © SUSTAINABLE.TO

  • Architects: SUSTAINABLE.TO
  • Project: Living Zero
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Client: AIA San Francisco
  • Competition: Architecture at Zero
  • Completion: 2013

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AL GADHEER CORPORATE SALES CENTER in DUBAI, United Arab Emirates by MBAD ARQUITECTOS + X ARCHITECTS

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Article source: MBAD ARQUITECTOS+X ARCHITECTS

As an oasis in the desert….interior oasis exterior oasis….just like an illusion….a powerful experience, to use, to be, to stay in, to see….

An oasis is an isolated place of a desert in which we found water and vegetation, that is to say more or less extensive portions of land fertilized by a water source in the middle of sandy grounds. in these places it can have small establishments inhabited; besides giving cultures to the near settlers, they serve to supply to the thirsty travellers and caravans; some times these were confused by optical illusions called mirages.

Image Courtesy © MBAD ARQUITECTOS + X ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © MBAD ARQUITECTOS + X ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: MBAD ARQUITECTOS + X ARCHITECTS
  • Project: AL GADHEER CORPORATE SALES CENTER
  • Location: DUBAI, UAE, EMIRATOS ARABES UNIDOS
  • Program: PUBLIC BUILDING – COMMERCIAL – SHOWROOM
  • Area Of Land: 8166 M2
  • Built Area: 3800 M2
  • Date: 2008-2009(Project)

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Harlem Community Rooftop Farm in New York by EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Article source: Elmslie Osler Architect

Access to affordable housing and fresh, healthy food are often scarce in New York City. We have designed the Harlem Community Rooftop Farm to help alleviate the dearth of these basic needs in one Manhattan Neighborhood. This combined affordable housing development and community garden also provides much-needed green space and a reprieve from the busy streets below. This community garden in Harlem redevelops the existing roofscape above Citarella to include farming that is publically accessible via a wide stair leading up from 126th Street. The stair is constructed of concrete and reclaimed redwood marking the transition from sidewalk to elevated garden. Once at the top there is a deck of reclaimed redwood shaded by small fruit trees that leads to a gradual downward slope with spacious low steps and benches for sitting, gathering and observing busy 125th Street. Rooftop planter boxes that are open for use by the community are supplemented by vertical farming walls which are maintained by residents of the affordable housing units in the adjacent building. The vertical farming panels are made of stainless steel and are accessible via balconies running the entire length of the south-west facing façade.

Image Courtesy © EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

Image Courtesy © EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

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