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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

108 VPO Dwellings in Borinbizkara, Spain by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Article source: Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto

The project is the winning entry of a Victoria-Gasteiz town hall competition. The volume proposed by the competition is modified in order to obtain a better orientation of the project in a more prismatic, rectangular form. A north-south orientation allows for the buildings to be more separated, increasing the amount of sunlight that reaches the interior facades. The buildings are designed as differentiated, black and white volumes joined by small boxes that contain the vertical cores. These are also shaped as black prisms.

Image Courtesy © César San Millán 

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto
  • Project: 108 VPO Borinbizkara
  • Location: Borinbizkara, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Technical Architects: Juan Manuel Galera Carrillo, Vicente Luis Mozo, Mikel Valderrama Ibáñez
  • Client And Construction: NASIPA S.L.
  • Area: 21,345 sqm

CityLife Skyscraper in Milan, Italy by Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Milan is the city that best represents the international face of Italy, comparable to London, Frankfurt, Paris. Unlike many historical Italian cities, Milan is more related to its development in the nineteenth and twentieth century, to be more precise after the industrial revolution. In this sense, design in Milan is compared with the more contemporary face of Italy, made up of factories, subways, concrete and steel and not so much of particular historical preseces. Witness is the fact that the Futurist movement has developed mainly in Milan, a movement created to respond to the issues of the contemporary city. It was not a particularly important relationship with the large existing masterpieces, but rather a reflection on the themes of the contemporary city.

Image courtesy Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects & Arata Isozaki & Associates
  • Project: CityLife Skyscraper
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Competition: 2003
  • Architecture: Andrea Maffei Architects (Milan), Arata Isozaki & Associates  (Tokyo)
  • Design: 2004-2010
  • Construction: 2011-2014
  • Program: office tower
  • Gross floor surface: 92.907 square meters
  • Total height: 202 meters
  • Materials: reinforced concrete, steel, glass
  • Client: CityLife s.r.l., Milan
  • Coordination: Pietro Bertozzi, Takeshi Miura
  • Collaborators: Adolfo Berardozzi, Chiara Zandri, Alessandra De Stefani, Vincenzo Carapellese, Francesca Chezzi, Roberto Berbati, Hidenari Arai, Carlotta Maranesi, Higaki Seisuke, Atsuko Suzuki

Tartu Health Care College in Estonia, Tartu by Kavakava Architects

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Kavakava Architects

The building defining a friendly co-existence between small scale private housing and large healthcare institutions in the park. The new collage building is located in between two dormitories to maintain the buffer zone between private houses and large buildings.

Image Courtesy © Martin Siplane

  • Architects: Kavakava Architects
  • Project: Tartu Health Care College
  • Location: Estonia, Tartu, Nooruse 5
  • Photography: Martin Siplane, Jaan Sokk
  • Team: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil KAVAKAVA, Johannes Feld, Andro Mänd, Sten Mark Mändmaa, Ragnar Põllukivi
  • Interior design: Tarmo Piirmets PINK
  • Site: 8433m2
  • Building (neto): 6480m2
  • Client: Tartu Health Care College


College CEBES in Oporto, Portugal by Oval Arch Studios

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Oval Arch Studios

The project proposes a building that is based on the integration in the surrounding environment characterized by single-family luxury homes, volumes somewhat fragmented, with balconies and rooftops. Thus, in this context, we maintain very distinctive identity on Avenue Marechal Gomes da Costa (the surrounding haracterized by this avenue, with an urban character of low density allows easy access to major highways and ensures stability of the building pattern of the area), and created a proposal for a volume that integrates elements of popular architecture and contemporary design with presenting a building with residential architecture characteristics.Therefore, the volume proposed is defined by the rhythms of the architectonic gramar, by the glazed openings and based upon the design of a family house.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Architects: Oval Arch Studios
  • Project: College CEBES
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Team: OVAL – arch. Avelino Oliveira, arch. Gil Brito, arch. Elina Briede, arch.Catarina Ferreira.
  • Finished: 2012
  • Construction: Triplano


Macrocel in Yucatan, Mexico by Seijo Peon Arquitectos & Asociados

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: Seijo Peon Arquitectos

The building was designed for a mobile telephone company, and rises from an initial idea from the clients to create a “warehouse with offices”, i.e., they requested a box with a single door… a building closed to the exterior with a versatile interior that could be exploited for a variety of uses without a space hierarchy. The idea of closing the building to the exterior was mainly needed for security reasons.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno 

  • Architects: Seijo Peon Arquitectos & Asociados
  • Project: Macrocel
  • Location: Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Photography: Alberto Cáceres Zenteno
  • Year:2008
  • Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada & Josefina Peon de Seijo.
  • Collaborators: Israel Ramírez Segura/ Marco Sogbi Martínez/ Claudina Peon Puerto/ Alejandra Molina Gual/ Interactual
  • Software used: Autocad, the 3D Model and renders on 3DMAX Studio and for the final details on the renders Adobe Photoshop

Nordic Built Challenge in Höfdabakki 9, Iceland by Jvantspijker

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: Jvantspijker

The Nordic Built Challenge proposal consists of three distinct parts: site, building exterior and building interior. The proposal improves the quality and legibility of the site by emphasizing the connecting backbone of the site as a pedestrian friendly boulevard. The overall site green is enhanced, new canopies and zebra crossings improve the experience of the site for pedestrians in the harsh Icelandic weather.

Image courtesy Jvantspijker 

  • Architects: Jvantspijker
  • Project: Nordic Built Challenge
  • Location: Höfdabakki 9, Iceland
  • Team: Jaakko van ’t Spijker, Paul van den Bergh
  • Type: International design competition
  • Client: Nordic Innovation organization, Reitir Real-estate
  • Program/Size: 7000m2
  • Status: Settled
  • Software used: Sketchup, Adobe CS and AutoCAD

Residencial Building – Reserva da Mata in Bertioga, Brazil by JAA arquitetos

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: JAA arquitetos

To develop a residential building in a space resulting from the unification of three lots in Module 8 in Riviera de Sao Lourenco, Bertioga, SP, Brazil. With 189 apartments and 6,631m² of leisure space, the project was developed to privilege the view of the native forest of Serra do Mar, as well as the leisure areas located on the ground floor, mezzanine and penthouse.

Image Courtesy © Maira Acayaba 

  • Architects: JAA arquitetos
  • Project: Residencial Building – Reserva da Mata
  • Location: Riviera de São Lourenço, Bertioga, SP
  • Photography: Maira Acayaba
  • Partnership: H2C Arquitetura
  • Construction concluded: December 2010
  • Total area: 34,300 m²
  • Construction by: PGC/Solbrasil e Zenithal
  • Collaborator: Maraisa Ramos

Sekeping Kong Heng in Ipoh, Malaysia by Seksan Design

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Seksan Design

Sekeping Kong Heng, in the charming old town of Ipoh, is the latest addition to the Sekeping family of retreats. It is located in a 3 storey neo-classical building which also houses a famous coffee shop of the same name on the ground floor that serves great coffee and the best local dishes in town. All effort has been made to preserve as much of the character of the existing building as possible in contrast to the surrounding new architectural interventions. In addition, an extension has been added at the back, tucked away to reveal an inner courtyard with a dramatic stairway to take guests up to their rooms.

Image Courtesy © Rupajiwa Studio

  • Architects: Seksan Design
  • Project: Sekeping Kong Heng
  • Location: Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Photography: Rupajiwa Studio


Reconstruction of a Wing of an Existing Building in Chirpan, Bulgaria by Svilen Nenchev

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Svilen Nenchev

The reconstruction is focused on an area of approx. 200 square meters – a wing of an existing storage building located in the vicinity of the town of Chirpan, close to main road to Stara Zagora. Surrounded by green fields, agricultural lands and trees, the site offers calm atmosphere and unique panorama.

Image courtesy Svilen Nenchev 

  • Architects: Svilen Nenchev
  • Project: Reconstruction of a Wing of an Existing Building
  • Location: Chirpan, Bulgaria
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