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Aura in Erbil, Iraq by SOMA architects

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: SOMA architects

Aura, the new city center for Erbil, creates an iconic skyline in vein with that of major metropolitan areas. The design uses the diagram of an equalizer to achieve an iconic skyline, and ultimate flexibility of program and area distribution. The buildings form two wings which embrace the parkland in between, allowing for not only for a dynamic landscape within the park, but also maximizing the natural light and ventilation into the park and underground retail center. The landscape within this park is designed using a series of interchangeable modules which act as pools, tree planters, pavilions, and grass panels. These intensive operations resulted in a matrix that not only directed the physical implementation of each wing, guided the carve-out of their massing, but also laid out their interior partitioning and their exterior landscaping. The consequence of this unique system of modular variation across all levels and all scales results in perfect alignments between interior and exterior spaces. In summary, this unifying system, or matrix, successfully unites landscaping, architectural and interior design in one operation.

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

  • Architects: SOMA architects
  • Project: Aura
  • Location: Erbil, Iraq
  • Principal: Michel Abboud
  • Partner: Leo Sguera
  • Lead Designers: Steven Townsend, Fady Stefan
  • Key Staff: Wissam Salameh, Kamil Czarnecki, Adel Dagher, Therese Makhlouf, Aline Raad, Carla Saad, Yong Ju Lee, Nader El Khoury, Marwan Saliba, Sam Nassar, Fadi Castronovo, Mira Naji
  • Gross Floor Area: 200,000 Square Meters
  • Setting: Urban
  • Status: In Construction


Esfera City Center in Monterrey, Mexico by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Article source:  Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

From a client brief that originally called for 12 homogenous residential towers, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has proposed an alternative community-orientated design comprised of a low-rise, yet high-density residential building of 981 apartments with accommodation around three sides of the rectangular site. Each side of the building has been shaped to optimize its environmental orientation, creating a sequence of interconnected internal and external courtyards, gardens and public spaces for both residents and neighbours.

Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
  • Project: Esfera City Center
  • Location: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Client: Citelis, Organización Ramírez
  • Architectural Design (ZHA): Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director (ZHA): Juan Ignacio Aranguren C.
  • Project Architect (ZHA): Andrés Arias Madrid
  • Project Team (ZHA): Sofia Amodio, Pierandrea Angius, Megan Burke, Cristina Capanna, Gerry Cruz, Johannes Elias, Veronica Erspamer, Gianni Giuffrida, Marco Guardincerri, Soomeen Hahm, Lisa Hofbauer, Julia Hyoun Hee Na, Stefano Iacopini, Lisa Kinnerud, Alexandre Kuroda, Mariagrazia Lanza, Carolina López-Blanco, Milica Pihler-Mirjanic, Sobitha Ravichandran, Kate Revyakina, Yitzhak Samun, Ricardo Sosa-Mejia, Ana Wang Zuñiga, Fei Wang, Fulvio Wirz, Paolo Zilli. (more…)

Official opening of new city hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Foster + Partners

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Article source: Foster + Partners

Lord Foster has attended opening celebrations in Buenos Aires today for the new Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno, a sustainable new city hall for the Mayor and 1,500 staff – and the practice’s first civic project in Argentina. Spanning an entire city block in Parque Patricios, the building is a catalyst for the regeneration of the neighbourhood and combines an environmentally efficient design with an innovative, highly flexible internal arrangement of terraced working floors.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Red Carpet in Shanghai, China by 100architects

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Article source: 100architects

This project is located in Shanghai, on East Nanjing road’s Century Square, the most famous and glamorous pedestrian street in the “heart” of the city center.

The essence of this street is its commercial status, which was historically developed as a link between East and West, connecting directly the port with the city, therefore used as the principal trading platform, becoming a cultural and social active axis.

Image Courtesy © 100architects

Image Courtesy © 100architects

  • Architects: 100architects
  • Project: Red Carpet
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Software used: Rhino 5.0, AutoCad 2014, Photoshop


ONE City Plaza, Greenville’s pedestrian-only city center by 4240 Architects

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Article source: Banker Wire Mesh

Aggressive revitalization and community development projects have transformed Greenville, S.C. into one of America’s best downtowns, according to Forbes Magazine. A shade structure in its new ONE City Plaza, composed of Banker Wire mesh, embodies the city’s identity and encourages passers-by to enjoy the public space.

Image Courtesy © Banker Wire Mesh

Image Courtesy © Banker Wire Mesh

  • Architects: 4240 Architects
  • Project: ONE City Plaza, Greenville’s pedestrian-only city center


Green Dunes in Dongcheng, Beijing by Girimun Architects

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Article source: Girimun Architects

This master plan project located in the Dongcheng District transforms the existing 16.5 ha site into a sustainable high density mixed-used urban park. A one-of-a-kind multi-level pedestrian link cuts through a typical Beijing block linking two major roads, metro and train stations. Office and SOHO towers, hotels, services apartments, and exclusive luxury residential towers emerge from a dune-like topography where shopping and cultural activities weave into a series of plazas, event spaces and sunken gardens.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects


Unaizah in Saudi Arabia by Erick van Egeraat

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Article source: Erick van Egeraat  

Erick van Egeraat is commissioned to further elaborate the master plan and a series of buildings for the city centre of the City of Unaizah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The approved concept design provides attractive solutions for a series of challenges that the city centre is currently facing. This master plan will contribute to the continued growth and development of the City of Unaizah, with long-term benefits for the citizens of Unaizah and its visitors.

Image Courtesy © Erick van Egeraat

Image Courtesy © Erick van Egeraat


Medialab-Prado in Madrid, Spain by Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Article source: María Langarita and Víctor Navarro

Perhaps more than anything else, it is the very strangeness of the diverging intentions found in the La Serrería Belga adaptation project for the Medialab-Prado that makes it possible for them to coexist, though not without a certain measure of irony.

The first of these caustic coexistences stems from a certain institutional schizophrenia. While the ‘Paseo del Arte’ was transformed into Madrid City Hall’s banner to attract international tourism, an architectural competition was simultaneously promoted in the same area, which would end up serving an institution that sponsored debates that were deeply critical of this model.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos (María Langarita and Víctor Navarro)
  • Project: Medialab-Prado
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Collaborators: Elena Castillo, Marta Colón, Javier González Galán, Roberto González, Juan Palencia, Guillermo Trapiello, Gonzalo Gutiérrez, Paula García-Masedo
  • Structures: Mecanismo
  • Installations: Úrculo Ingenieros
  • Landscaping: Lorena García Rodríguez
  • Project date: January 2008
  • Client: Área de las Artes. Madrid City Hall
  • Budget: 1600 euros/m2


Krimpen aan den IJssel City Hall in Netherlands by Diederendirrix Architects

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Article source: Diederendirrix Architects

As part of a Design, Build & Maintain team, diederendirrix architects made the winning design for the redevelopment of the Krimpen aan den IJssel City Hall in the Netherlands.

In just 3 months’ time, the team – consisting of diederendirrix architects, Martens Aannemingsbedrijf, Imtech and Buro Lubbers – made a design for the building and its surroundings which fulfils the city’s wishes perfectly and meets their high sustainability requirements.

Image Courtesy © Diederendirrix Architects

Energizing Downtown in Detroit by Incite Design

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Article source: Incite Design

Detroit is a unique city in so many ways. It has a rich heritage but has perhaps more important in our view is its potential for embracing new ways of inhabiting spaces. Our goal was to bring the vibrancy and possibility back to the city in the form of a structure that brings together ingenuity and thoughtfulness to this site. We wanted to look forward to the promise of something re-imagined but also acknowledge what was there before and propose as part of the project a digital repository where citizens can contribute to the shared memories.

Image Courtesy © Incite Design

  • Architects: Incite Design
  • Project: Energizing Downtown
  • Location: Detroit
  • Architect: Jeffrey Veffer
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