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The Next 100 Years in New York by WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Article source: WXY Architecture + Urban Design

WXY Architecture + Urban Design was one of three distinguished firms invited by New York City’s Municipal Arts Society to create a vision for the future of the public areas around Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding East Midtown district. With deep experience in civic projects, the firm has proposed opening up more public space to city dwellers and visitors for enjoyment and reflection. The plan would also create inviting thoroughfares devoted to pedestrians and bicycle riders.

Tower-Skylight : Image Courtesy WXY Architecture + Urban Design


Courtyard of Averbode Abbey in Zichem, Belgium by Omgeving

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Article source: Omgeving

Reflections on the Past and the Present in the Courtyard of Averbode Abbey

In the summer of 2012 the recently rejuvenated courtyard of Averbode Abbey has opened its doors inviting everyone to enjoy its centuries-old architecture and Baroque church standing at its heart. These impressive buildings are literally reflected in the grand water mirror calmly sitting at the centre of the square. The large film of water, which is only a few centimetres deep, not only provides an alternative view of the surrounding buildings, but also welcomes the visitor to rest beside it on a nearby bench and enjoy its tranquil character or even walk in it during those rare hot Belgian days. Averbode Abbey’s historical role is thus recreated in its own courtyard by bringing together people of all ages from around the region.

Image Courtesy OMGEVING

  • Architects: Omgeving
  • Project: Courtyard of Averbode Abbey
  • Location: Zichem, Belgium
  • Street: Abdijstraat 1
  • Designers: Peter Seynaeve, Tompy Hoedelmans, Koen Moelants, Luc Wallays, Evi Lefevere
  • Client: Abbey of Averbode
  • Year of design: 2010
  • Completion date: 2012
  • Area: 5.000 m²

House in Moreira, Portugal by Phyd Arquitectura

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Article source: Phyd Arquitectura

The house is built around three project themes. The continuous and en-lacing space, which incorporates different inhabiting functions. The time, which incorporates the movement and permanence. The materiality, which incorporates the antithesis weight/lightness.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

  • Architects: Phyd Arquitectura
  • Project: House in Moreira
  • Location: Moreira, Maia, Portugal
  • Photography: Javier Callejas
  • Author: Paulo Henrique Durão, João Ricardo Dias, Daniel Gil Tomé
  • Collaboration: Jennifer Duarte, Miguel Águas
  • Specialty Projects: Structure – Engineer, Pedro Fragoso Viegas

Just For Kids in Tiquetonne, Paris by Frédéric Flanquart

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Article source: Frédéric Flanquart

The agency performs Frédéric Flanquart first shop JFK – Just For Kids, temple sneakers for children. Inaugurated in early October in the heart of Paris, the shop JFK-Just For Kids is thought of as a real jewel. A little over 17m ², interior designer Frédéric Flanquart created a bright and colorful welcome to our little darlings.

Image Courtesy © Ludo Martin

  • Architects: Frédéric Flanquart
  • Project: Just For Kids
  • Location: Tiquetonne, Paris, France
  • Photography: Ludo Martin / Agence Frédéric Flanquart


EF Education New Office in Sao Paulo, Brazil by ST Arquitetura E Consultoria

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Article source: ST Arquitetura E Consultoria

The Swedish – founded education and student exchange multinational EF spent more than 2 years looking for a building that fulfilled all of its needs, which were: it had to be a single-user building with a space to attend the public and it had to maintain the youthful air of the Company. Besides this, the building had to be large enough to accommodate and unify different companies within the same group.

Image Courtesy ST Arquitetura E Consultoria


Aalta in Cenon, France By Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Article source: Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage

What if we stopped zoning? And what if we projected an office building in the middle of a social housing district? The building Aalta in Cenon takes advantage of different economic incentives and of the development of the Bordeaux tramway to densify and create an active interface between Palmer social district and a quiet neighborhood made of small houses.

Image Courtesy Arthur Péquin

  • Architects: Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage
  • Project: Aalta
  • Location: 1 rue Louis Lagorgette – Cenon, France
  • Program: Approximately 12 offices
  • Client: SCCV Aalta (Martin Duplantier, Laurent Duplantier, Anouk Debarre)
  • Management: Martin Lawrence Duplantier and architects Duplantier
  • Company: Eiffage (GO), Carpenters Meilhanais, AirFroid, Davitec, Daly, MAP
  • Mission: Design and construction
  • Dates: 2007 – 2012 (delivery)
  • Area: 1117 m²
  • Construction system: Post-beams on 5 floors. Raft foundations. Prefabricated molded façade.
  • Materials:
    • Exterior Walls precast concrete. Aluminum exterior joinery.
    • Current concrete floor upstairs, parquet wood R +5. Wooden terrace (acacia) in R 5.
  • Cost: 950 € / m² S.U is € 1,060,000
  • Energy Performance: Building respecting the RT2005. CAP air-conditioning.
  • Software used: The graphics elements of Aalta project have been made with Autocad


Hotel Manin in Milan, Italy by Giaquinto Architetti Associati

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Article source: Giaquinto Architetti Associati

The first and second phase of this project consist in the renovation of the ground floor of an historic hotel in the centre of Milan, we re-organized all the interior spaces giving  them a new fruibility. Different materials lead the client through the spaces: stone, tatami, leather and coloured glass are used to create a stylish and intimate ambient.

Image Courtesy Giaquinto Architetti Associati

A.M. Qattan Foundation Bulding in Ramallah, Palestine by Donaire Arquitectos

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Article source: Donaire Arquitectos

Coming from abroad, the Quattan Foundation is perceived as a lighthouse bringing enlightenment to the Palestinian people. This role as flagship of Palestinian culture is in need for a recognizable image worthy to represent its social leadership with a physical landmark. We imagine this landmark as a light up the mountain, seen from everywhere and although modern and contemporary in its form, it is built from the Palestinian very earth and stone. The future building will target an international audience with a contemporary language, but what it will deliver is the local vernacular and very particular qualities.

Image Courtesy Donaire Arquitectos

  • Architects: Donaire Arquitectos
  • Project: International  Architectural Design Competition: A.M. Qattan Foundation Building in Ramallah
  • Location: Ramallah, Palestine
  • Client: A.M. Qattan Foundation (
  • Project Area: 4.372,00 m²
  • Budget: 4.500.000 €
  • Architect Team: Pablo Baruc García Gómez, José Francisco García Gutiérrez, Hector Arderius Salvador, Carlos Iglesias Carbonell
  • Administration: Ana García Guerra, Eva Hidalgo Fernández, Marta García Guerra
  • Local Partners: Sakakini & Partners
  • Graphics: Juan Francisco Garrido Rite (
  • Model: Adrián Vázquez (


Daegu Gosan Library in Daegu, South Korea by Gorka Blas Revilla

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Article source: Gorka Blas Revilla

This proposal conceives the library as a cultural and social space for the local community. For this purpose the project focuses in obtaining a functional, attractive and comfortable facility that constitutes an essential element for neighborhood´s everyday life.  In order to achieve this objective, the project translates the scale of the domestic space to a public facility, without lack of its public dimension.

Image Courtesy Gorka Blas Revilla

  • Architects: Gorka Blas Revilla
  • Project: Daegu Gosan Library
  • Location: Daegu, South Korea
  • Award: 1st prize
  • Project  Team: Gorka Blas Revilla (individual)

Veilige Veste in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands by KAW architecten en adviseurs

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Article source: KAW architecten en adviseurs

The story behind the ‘ Veilige Veste’

Wish: a new beginning

The ‘Veilige Veste’ is a sanctuary for women fleeing from maltreatment, loverboys, forced prostitution and honor-related violence. In the ‘Veilige Veste’, care organisation Fier Fryslân wants to create a place where these young women can feel safe. As a consequence of all the modern media, these women are often literally hunted. Before, the victims were hidden away anonymously; now they are in a fortress where nobody can enter that does not belong there. A building that says: ‘here we are!”.

Image Courtesy Gerard van Beek Fotografie

  • Architects: KAW architecten en adviseurs, Groningen
  • Project: Veilige Veste
  • Location: Holstmeerweg 1, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • Architect / project manager: Beatrice Montesano, Johannes Klimstra
  • Project team: Kasper Niezen, Annette Barelds, Dennis Hofman, Reinier Buisman
  • Owner: WoonFriesland (housing corporation)
  • User: Fier Fryslân , Leeuwarden (care institution)
  • Advisor installations: Technion, Heerenveen
  • Advisor constructions: EconStruct, Leeuwarden
  • Advisor telecommunication and security: Telecomservice Leek
  • Builder: Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, Dokkum
  • Installations W+E: ITBB, Heerenveen
  • Composite facade elements: Polux, Medemblik
  • Budget building costs excl VAT: € 4.350,000
  • Tendered excl VAT for: € 4.100.000
  • Photographer: Gerard van Beek Fotografie


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