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Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde in Montpellier, France by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Article source: Farshid Moussavi Architecture

The City of Montpellier intends to stimulate and encourage architectural innovation through the construction of twelve architectural “Follies” on its brownfield sites. In the eighteenth century, local aristocrats and bourgeoisie commissioned architects to build a number of elegant homes, les Folies Montpelliéraines, on the outskirts of the city. These buildings, including the castles of Flaugergues, de la Mogère or de la Mosson, marked the architectural history of the city and are still an integral part of its identity. Three centuries later, the City of Montpellier seeks to continue this tradition of innovative architecture. The residential complex for Lot M2 is the first of the twelve follies to be built.

Image Courtesy Farshid Moussavi Architecture

  • Architects: Farshid Moussavi Architecture
  • Project: Lot 2, Jardins de la Lironde
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Area: 2.690m2 (36 residential units, 260m2 retail, 56 parking spaces)
  • Client: Dominium / Les Nouveaux Constructeurs
  • Planner: SERM
  • Landscape design: Coloco
  • Environmental engineering: Elioth


Italian Pavillion EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy by Andrea Maffei Architects

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei Architects

The competition rules required to design five buildings aligned along the Cardo that characterizes the entire masterplan EXPO 2015 until a large circular water lake. They consist in four two-storey linear buildings that contain various exhibition spaces, market and restaurant and the Italian Pavilion itself. This had to be develop in a square area of 57.5 meters side and a maximum height of 25 meters. The Palace was supposed to represent a symbolic message of representation of the beautiful country and we wanted to develop it according to the following concepts.

Image courtesy Andrea Maffei Architects 

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Project: Italian Pavillion EXPO 2015
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Program: Pavilion for exhibition
  • Client: EXPO 2015 S.p.A.
  • Competition time: Dec. 2012 – Feb. 2013
  • Design team: Takeshi Miura, Alessandra De Stefani, Stefano Bergagna, Takatoshi Oki, Roberto Balduzzi / Andrea Maffei Architects s.r.l. Milano
  • Structure: Alberto Ferrari, Steve Alemanno / Ramboll Ltd.
  • Facade: Nicoletta Bacchin / Ramboll Ltd.
  • Mep plants: Giancarlo Tanzi / Techproject srl
  • Firefighting: Maria Elena Perrotta, Giancarlo Tanzi / Techproject srl
  • Cost control: Techproject srl
  • Security coordination: Techproject srl
  • Construction program: Techproject srl
  • Net area: 10,146.6 smq.
  • Gross area: 12,758.4 smq.
  • Maximum height: 25 m
  • Materials: concrete, steel, glass, wood

BBC Middle East Bureau in Jerusalem, Israel by Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Article source: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

The BBC Middle East Bureau is located on the 15th floor of the tower building at the Malha Technological Park in Jerusalem. The bureau functions as a hub for the entire Middle East for the BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Arabic and BBC Persian language broadcasting programs. The Bureau occupies a 900 sq.m. facility which is equipped with modern broadcast radio and television rooms, editing rooms and television studios. The facility serves a large crew of IT staff and correspondents.

Image Courtesy © G. Shifman-Nathan 

  • Architects: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects
  • Project: BBC Middle East Bureau
  • Location: Malha, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Photography: G. Shifman-Nathan
  • Area: 900 sq.m.
  • Completed: December 2009
  • Client: BBC World Service
  • HVAC: Novak Ltd.
  • Plumbing: Y. Mazar Engineers

Rochus 1090 in Vienna, Austria by Söhne & Partner Architects

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Article source: Söhne & Partner Architects

When planning this building the instructors made a great effort to include all different requirements in the project without, however, neglecting the idea of a unified architectural line. So when the general refurbishment on Bauernfeldplatz in 1090 Vienna started it was important to connect the different levels and to open up the restaurant towards the road space in the foreground.A special element of the building is the 1913 built and still existing sun garden. Rather than putting it down because of his ongoing decrepitude we decided to keep and rehabilitate it. By opening the portals to ceiling-high windows, the sun garden now connects not only inner- and outer-space but also the different levels of the building.

Image Courtesy © Severin Wurnig

  • Architects: Söhne & Partner Architects
  • Project: Rochus 1090
  • Location: Bauernfeldplatz, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • Photography: Severin Wurnig


Statoil Regional and International Offices in Bærum, Norway by a-lab

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Article source: a-lab

After 20 months of construction, the Statoil regional and international offices at Fornebu outside Oslo, Norway is now complete. A-lab received the commission after winning first prize in an open competition in 2008. Statoil is a Norwegian energy producer, the 57th largest company in the world by revenue, with about 30 000 employees in 37 countries. From October 15th, 2500 of these employees will work in the new building – including Statoil’s international department.

Image Courtesy © Luis Fonseca 

  • Architects: a-lab
  • Project: Statoil Regional and International Offices
  • Location: Fornebu, Bærum, Norway
  • Brief: Offices
  • Completion:  Autumn 2012
  • Construction: 20 months
  • Building cost: 1,500 mill NOK / 200 mill. EUR
  • Total floor area: 117 000 m
  • Footprint: 65 500 m
  • Levels: 9
  • Structure: Steel and concrete (prefab)
  • Cladding: Glass and aluminium composite panels
  • Completion: 1. of September 2012
  • Client:  IT-Fornebu Eiendom
  • Interior design:  a-lab & Momentum Arkitekter (NO)
  • Landscape architect: Østengen og Bergo (NO) -concept & Rambøll Norge (NO) -detail
  • Software used: In addition to the regular set of design tools, Autodesk Revit was of great importance to realize the BIM-modeling of the Statoil project

Sørenga 3 in Oslo, Norway by JVA

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Article source: JVA

The project is part of an 8 block / 900 unit development named Sørenga in the harbor area of Oslo. The Sørenga project is located at its own peninsula, and is part of the large Bjørvika development, that also includes the New Norwegian Opera building.

Image Courtesy © Nils Petter Dale

  • Architects: JVA
  • Project: Sørenga 3
  • Location: Sørenga, Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Nils Petter Dale, Knut Bry
  • Building type: Multiple Housing
  • Client: Sørenga Utvikling AS
  • Size: 127 apartments, kinder garden, aprox.14.500 m2 including Parking etc.
  • Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli, Kazuhiko Yamada, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Jeanette Alvestad
  • Collaborating Architects: 4B Arkitekter AS, Context AS
  • Schedule: Completed 2012


Competence Centre Glastroesch in Kempten, Germany by becker architekten

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Article source: becker architekten

In the midst of a small commercial area on the western borders of the town, the production hall and the office building of the former `schwabenglass` company are situated directly on a heavy traffic street named `Im Allmey`. After a takeover by the Swiss company `glastroesch ag`, the company’s Kempten location was named `interior competence centre` for southern Germany. The subject of the architectural concept was centered around the feasibility of bringing together the newly needed exhibition rooms with the unchanged capacity for required office space.

Image courtesy glastroesch 

  • Architects: becker architekten
  • Project: Competence Centre Glastroesch
  • Location: Kempten, Germany
  • Client: GlasTroesch Service GmbH
  • Project Team: Michael Becker, Bernhard Kast, Franz G. Schroeck
  • Structural Engineer: Harald Boeller
  • Land Area: 4,014 sqm
  • Building Volume: 3,224 m3
  • Effective Area: 521 sqm
  • Plot Ratio: 0,6

Kindergarten Lotte in Tartu, Estonia by kavakava Architects

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Article source: kavakava Architects

The city of Tartu has the goal of implementing high-quality modern architecture in new public buildings. The new kindergarten, which is located in one of the most dilapidated areas of Tartu (the so-callled Chinatown is a former Soviet military garrison), is a result of this policy. The kindergarten´s layout – a six-cornered, star-shaped floor plan forced into a square – arose from the desire to avoid long corridors and to create an orderly outer perimeter and street space for the building. Building is situated on one edge of the plot and leaves the southern side free as a play area.

Image Courtesy © Lauri Kulpsoo 

  • Architects: kavakava Architects
  • Project: Kindergarten Lotte
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Photography: Aivo Kallas, Kaido Haagen, Lauri Kulpsoo, Kristo Nurmis
    Architect: Indrek Peil, Siiri Vallner (team Sten Mark Mändmaa) /Kavakava
    Interior Design: Tea Tammelaan, Malle Jürgenson, Krista Lepland, Sirli Ehari/ Laika, Belka & Strelka
    Engineers: RTG
  • Client: Tartu City Goverment, Department of Education
  • Site: 8041m²
  • Building Area: 2292m²
  • Total Floor Area: 1885m²
  • Volume: 9395m3
  • Structure: cast in situ and prefabricated reinforced concrete
  • Total costs: 2.5milj €
  • General Contractor: Merko Tartu
  • Design date: 2006
  • Realisation date: 2008

Cite Des Affaires in Saint-Etienne, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Article source: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

The site is a vital liaison point between the centre of Saint-Etienne and the new Chateaucreux neighbourhood, to which it forms a major entranceway. It also constitutes a pole grouping several government bodies that will set up there : Regional Development Authority, Tax Services, Epora, Saint-Etienne Métropole, and so on. Service and leisure facilities will also be part of the mix: shared corporate restaurant, café, tourism bureau for the metropolitan area.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Fillon 

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Project: Cite Des Affaires in Saint-Etienne
  • Location: Saint-Etienne, France
  • Photography: Philippe Ruault & Vincent Fillon
  • Work Project Manager: Thomas Daragon
  • Studies Project Manager: Yves Tougard
  • Client: Altarea-Cogedim
  • Firms Involved:
    Structure: Khephren
    Façade: Arcora
    Maîtrise d’œuvre d’exécution : Debray Ingénierie
  • Main Firms:
    Roofing / Finishings: Pitance-Lamy
    Metallic framework : Baudin-Châteauneuf
    Façade : Allouis
  • Figures:
    Surface : 25.000sqm
    Length : 108 m, width : 43 m, max height. : 34 m
    Cantilever 25 m X 20 m without any grounding support
    Dates : 2005: design constest, 2006-2007 : studies, 2008-2010 : works, delivery : september 2010

Amsterdam Block in Qingdao, China by CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


Living between city and park: the best of both worlds.

Here on plot A6 there has been created the perfect combination of the liveliness of the city  with its nice small boutiques and terraces on the one hand, and the relaxation of the national park with its beautiful trees and immense green area for strolling, on the other hand. Therefore two urban blocks have been formed around green courtyards which are attached to the mountain park.


  • Project: Amsterdam Block
  • Location: Qingdao, China
  • Team: Wouter Bolsius, architect, Onno van Welzen, architect, Pearl Huang, architect, Angela van der Hoek, architect, Wang Yajie, architect
  • Client: China Vanke Qingdao
  • Program: 385 apartments ; 35.000 m2 + about 5,000 m2 retail
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