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TechTown District Plan in Detroit, MI by Sasaki Associates

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Article source: Sasaki Associates

TechTown—an emerging knowledge district in Midtown Detroit—is currently characterized by surface parking, vacant properties, and inward-facing, siloed hubs of activity. The TechTown District Plan-articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of the district. Developed by Sasaki Associates in collaboration with Midtown Detroit Inc. and U3 Ventures,the plan accelerates innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and builds community around the generation of ideas in a vibrant, mixed-use setting.

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  • Architects: Sasaki Associates
  • Project: TechTown District Plan
  • Location: Detroit, MI, USA
  • Client: Midtown Detroit Inc.
  • Completion date: 02/2013
  • Size: 149 acres
  • Awards:
    2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning Merit Award
    2013 BSLA Merit Award
  • Consultants:
    Blaine Merker, Rebar Group Inc.
    Mike Lydon, The Street Plans Collaborative
    Anthony Townsend, Institute for the Future
    Scott Page, Interface Studio
  • Owner’s advisor: U3 Ventures

Hongqiao Business District in Shanghai, China by MVRDV

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: MVRDV

Sincere Property, MVRDV and Aedas have started construction on a Central Business District at Shanghai’s mostly domestic airport Hongqiao. The 4.5ha site is located near Hongqiao Airport train station at the corner of Shenhai Express Way and Shenbin Road. The plan comprises ten office towers, an underground shopping centre, cultural program, parking and a sunken plaza which will bring a more intimate form of urban life into an area currently dominated by large boulevards and urban expressway’s. The project’s completion is planned for 2015.

Image courtesy MVRDV 

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Hongqiao Business District Winning Proposal
  • Location: Shanghai, China

City Hall of Illkirch-Graffenstaden in France by Atelier Filippini

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Article source: Atelier Filippini 

The project consists in the renovation of the current city hall in the city of Illkirch, France, taking into account a contemporary re-interpretation of the existing facades, as well as the creation of a new entrance volume which enhances the image of the city, and communicates a modern image of this administration.

Image courtesy Atelier Filippini 

  • Architects: Atelier Filippini
  • Project: City Hall of Illkirch-Graffenstaden
  • Location: Illkirch, France

Pushkinsky Cinema in Moscow, Russia by Za Bor Architects

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Article source: Za Bor Architects

The main idea of the offered solution is transformation of Pushkinsky cinema while preserving its original historical volume. Modern expressive elements «sprout» through the semicentennial structure, symbolically connecting the old and the new by means of the shape and materials.

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  • ArchitectsZa Bor Architects
  • Project: Pushkinsky Cinema
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Date of project: 2010
  • Status: competition proposal
  • Architect: Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, 3Ds Max, Adobe Photoshop

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

One Angel Square in Manchester, England by 3DReid

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: 3DReid

Flexibility: 1 Angel Square contains 328,000 sq ft of high quality office space, specifically designed for maximum flexibility. The building structure and its mechanical & electrical systems allow occupiers to easily reorganize accommodation and subdivide space, so as needs change, the building stays relevant – without excessive refit costs.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

  • Architects: 3DReid
  • Project: One Angel Square
  • Location: Manchester, England, UK
  • Photography: Daniel Hopkinson
  • Main Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • M&E Services Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Completion date: The building was completed in December 2012 with occupation commencing in January 2013.
  • Awards :
    Sustainability Award at the 2012North WestBusiness Insider Property Awards
    2012 Property Week Award for sustainability
    2012 Regeneration and Renewal Award for sustainability
    2012 Sustainability Leaders, Sustainable Building Carbon Award
    2012 BCSC Sustainability Gold Award

Creating the Nexus for Detroit’s Techtown in Michigan by Payette

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Article source: Payette

Successful innovation districts are not comprehensively designed from the outset; they mature over time, taking advantage of emerging local talent pools and evolving business clusters of excellence. Nexus, a plan to create an innovation district in Midtown Detroit focuses on proximity, talent growth, culture, and urban density – qualities intensely destabilized in the wake of the city’s economic decline.

Image Courtesy Payette 

  • Architects: Payette
  • Project: Creating the Nexus for Detroit’s Techtown
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan , USA
  • Software used: Revit, 3ds Max, Sketchup and Adobe Illustrator

Bratislava Culenova New City Centre in Slovakia by Zaha Hadid Architects

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

The design is based on a dynamic field strategy which organizes the new city centre’s program along a gradient of circular and elliptical patterns. A fluid field emerges from the underlying matrix in a series of larger tower extrusions towards the site’s perimeter and intermediate scale pavilion-like structures surrounding the cultural plaza adjacent to an existing decommissioned power station.

Image Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects 

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Bratislava Culenova New City Centre
  • Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Thomas Vietzke, Jens Borstelmann
  • Design Team: Tom Wuenschmann, Torsten Broeder, Martin Krcha, Suryansh Chandra, Phillip Ostermeier, Goswin Rothental, Stefan Rinnebach, Michal Treder
  • Gross Floor Area: 150,000 sqmm2
  • Offices: 66,550 sqm
  • Housing: 69,805 sqm
  • Cultural: 5,000 sqm
  • Phase 1: (Office Tower, Restaurant Pavilion, Underground parking)
  • Height of Tower: 115m
  • GFA (above ground): 43,560m2 (29 floors)
  • GFA (underground): 15,945m2 (2 floors)
  • Office space: 34,568m2
  • Restaurant: 1,327m2
  • Retail: 1,084m2

Regeneration of Athens City Centre in Athens, Greece by OKRA Landscape Architects

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

We are very proud of winning the important international design competition ‘Re-Think Athens’, towards a new city centre, organized in a very professional way by the Onassis foundation. The team of urbanists, architects and landscape architects of OKRA are very enthusiastic to work on implementing our ideas in Athens. The competition proposal is made by OKRA in collaboration with Mixst Urbanisme and Wageningen University, and supported by Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green technologies. Within the next months the OKRA team will further develop their ideas into an approved design for the central area in the city centre.

Image Courtesy OKRA Landscape Architects

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Regeneration of Athens City Centre
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Client: Onassis Foundation
  • Period: 2013-2015
  • Collaboration with: Mixst stedenbouw, Wageningen Universiteit, Studio 75 en Werner Sobek Green Technologies

City Green Court in Prague, Czech Republic by Richard Meier & Partners

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Richard Meier & Partners

City Green Court is the third of a cluster of buildings designed by Richard Meier & Partners and it completes the corner of the Radio Plaza superblock located in the Pankrac area of Prague. The building is conceived of as a geometric volume in dialogue with the near context while offering respected contrast to the surrounding buildings. Smaller in scale than its predecessor and sibling, City Tower, it is equally inspired by the language of Czech Cubism, with a façade that while addressing issues of conservation and sustainability incorporates forms reminiscent of this avant-garde movement. The quote below, in essence, sums up the philosophy and concepts behind City Green Court.

Image Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners 

  • Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
  • Project: City Green Court in Prague
  • Location: Pankrac, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Design Principals: Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
  • Project Architect: Guillermo Murcia
  • Collaborators: Robert Kim, Marianna Mello, Yoshiki Waterhouse,  Joseph Watson
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