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Truman Plaza in Berlin, Germany by Wiel Arets Architects (WAA)

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects (WAA)

Located in Berlin Zehlendorf, the Truman Plaza parallels the adjacent Clayallee and is part of a larger master plan that balances its historical urban context with its integration of a delicate onsite forest. The project constitutes offices, retail, health and sports facilities, which together form an urban setting situated around a central plaza within this leafy borough on the edge of Berlin.

Image Courtesy Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects (WAA)
  • Project: Truman Plaza
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Size: 19.882 m2
  • Program: Health, Office, Retail, Sport
  • Date of Design: 2008-2011
  • Date of Completion: 2013
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Fabian Schwade, Ole Hallier, Moritz Theden, Tony Rhiem, Marco Hou­bertz, Matthias Bachmann, Marcel Moonen, Enno Efkes, Virginia Angell Harmsen, Inga Anger, Bruno Ebersbach, Jonas Klock, Sebastian Dillner, Jos Beekhuizen, Joana Varela
  • Collaborators: Beatriz Alés Gregori, Maria Zaghi, Maxim Krioukov
  • Client: Stofanel Investment AG
  • Consultants: Gesellschaft für Technik am Bau GmbH, Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, Müller BBM GmbH, FGS – Forschungs- und Planungsgruppe Stadt und Verkehr GbR, Vogt Landschaftsplaner GmbH, BAL Bauleitungs und Steuerungs GmbH

Qualico Family Centre in Winnipeg, Canada by Number Ten Architectural Group

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: Number Ten Architectural Group

The towering elm trees and gentle meadows of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park have for generations formed an inspiring backdrop to the city’s collective memory. The Qualico Family Centre connects to the temporality of this landscape, evolving, growing and decaying in harmony with the natural rhythms of its surroundings.

Image Courtesy Brent Bellamy

  • Architects: Number Ten Architectural Group
  • Project: Qualico Family Centre
  • Location: Winnipeg, Canada
  • Photography: Brent Bellamy
  • Engineering Consultants: Crosier Kilgour & Partners, MCW/AGE Engineers
  • Landscape Architecture: Scatliff+Miller+Murray
  • Year: 2011
  • Area: 1000 sq.m.
  • Software used: Autocad and 3ds Max


Lilla Bommen Vision in Gothenburg, Sweden by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Article source: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB

Redevelopment of a centrally located site in Göteborg. The commission was to develop the future empty site remaining from the planned demolishing of the old bridge Göta älvbron.

The Proposal aims to link the fragmented urban fabric that is the present state of the site. A new green urban axis connects the waterfront with the city center and existing green urban areas. This new walk and bicycle path aims to secure green public space in a future densification of the central site.

Image Courtesy Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB

  • Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB
  • Project: Lilla Bommen Vision
  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Client: Vasakronan, Platzer, Göteborgs Stad
  • Type: Urban Planning
  • Size: Large, +120 000
  • Stage: Completed Invited Competition
  • Year: 2012
  • Team: Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Sanna Johnels, Kuei Fang Chang, Gaby Andersson


T-Site Complex In Tokyo, Japan by Klein Dytham Architects

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Article source: Klein Dytham Architects

Daikanyama T-Site is a village like complex for Tsutaya, a giant in Japan’s book, music, and movie retail market. Located in Daikanyama, an up-market but relaxed, low-rise Tokyo shopping district, it stands alongside a series of buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki.

Image Courtesy © Klein Dytham Architects

  • Architects: Klein Dytham Architects
  • Project: T-Site Complex
  • Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012
  • World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: Culture Convenience Club
  • Main Contractor: Kajima
  • Structural Engineer: Structured Environment

Darling Quarter in Sydney, Australia by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Darling Quarter is a true integration of urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture toward the creation of a public place within the City. We have sought to enhance the joy and beauty of Darling Harbour, one of the most popular public places in Australia, and to do so in a way that imbues it with a sense of quality and permanence.

Image Courtesy © John Marmaras

  • Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Project: Darling Quarter
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Photographs: John Gollings – Gollings Photography, Florian Groehn, Tyrone Branigan
  • : 2012
  • : World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client / Developer: Lend Lease
  • Electrical Services Consultant: Aurecon
  • Environmental Engineer : Arup
  • Fire Engineering: Defire
  • Hydraulic services consultant and fire services: Warren Smith and Partners
  • Interior Designer: The E.G.O. Group; Davenport Campbell
  • Landscape Architect: Aspect Studios
  • Mechanical Services Consultant: Arup
  • Project Manager: Lend Lease
  • Quantity Surveyor: Lend Lease
  • Structural Engineer: Arup


Cultural center Plassen in Norway, Oslo by 3XN

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: 3XN

The Norwegian city of Molde has just 25,000 inhabitants, but every July the biggest stars of jazz and about 100,000 jazz enthusiasts flock to the town’s world famous international jazz festival. In designing the city’s new cultural center, the challenge faced by 3XN was to create a building that was flexible and robust enough to provide a framework for cultural life on both scales.

Image Courtesy © 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: Cultural center Plassen
  • Location: Norway, Oslo
  • Project Type: Cultural Building
  • Functions: theater, concert hall, cafe, gallery, library, exhibition space
  • Client: Molde Kulturbyg AB
  • Construction Period: 2009 – 2012
  • Inauguration: July 2012
  • Size: 5,800 m2
  • Price: 187 million Norwegian kroner
  • Contractor: Brødrende Røsand AS
  • Engineer: Norconsult AS
  • Interior Designer: 3XN
  • Landscape: Molde Municipality


Bodega in New York City by Art Meadow

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Article source: Matthew Hoffman

Historically, bodegas have served as social gathering centers for neighborhoods, going far beyond super markets and grocery stores by offering informal services like jobs connections and advice on finding apartments. Unfortunately, New York City’s bodegas have been closing by the hundreds over the past few years, not being able to compete with big chain stores like CVS and Duane Reade. Business Insider published a startling statistic that “in 2010 on a 33-block stretch of Broadway alone there were 137 store closures.”

Image Courtesy Art Meadow

  • Architects: Art Meadow
  • Project: Bodega
  • Location: New York City


Stockholm City Station in Sweden by 3XN

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Article source: 3XN Architects

‘Stockholm City Station’ will mark the entrance to Stockholm’s inner city center and integrates the station, a hotel and conference center along with apartments. The main idea behind the design was to create a building that gently adjusts to the area’s existing building in scale and expression, and which reinterprets a number of local Swedish design traditions.

Image Courtesy 3XN Architects

  • Architect: 3XN Architects
  • Project: Stockholm City Station
  • Principal and Creative Director: Kim Herforth Nielsen


H27D in Constance, Germany by Kraus & Schönberg Architects

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Kraus & Schönberg Architects

The historic city centre of Constance is characterized by its compactness and homogeneity. The project incorporates the historical formation of the surrounding buildings with its 30m long plots and projects this format into the 10m wide front.

The mixed use building completes the city block towards the high street; the courtyard provides daylight from the south where an arcade offers flexible external areas within the otherwise dense historic city centre.

Street View

  • Architects: Kraus & Schönberg Architects
  • Project: H27D
  • Location: Constance, Germany
  • Type: Mixed use building
  • Client:Private
  • Date: 2008 – 2011
  • Area: 930m2
  • Value: 1,5 mio. €
  • Statik: Fischer & Leisering
  • M&E: Greiner Engineering


Almere Floriade 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by MVRDV

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV

The City of Almere presents today its plans for the Floriade 2022 candidature. Almere is one of the four Dutch cities left in the race for the prestigious horticultural Expo which takes place once every ten years in the Netherlands and is currently open in Venlo. The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as a green extension of the existing city center. The waterfront site opposite the city center will be developed as vibrant new urban neighbourhood and giant plant library which will remain after the expo. The ambition is to create a 300% greener exhibition than currently standard, both literally green and sustainable: each program on the site will be combined with plants which will create programmatic surprises, innovation and ecology. The site with a vast program such as a university, hotel, marina, offices and homes will at the same time be more urban than any other Floriade has been before, literally constructing the green city. The Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) will decide in October which city will be organizing the next Floriade in 2022.

Image Courtesy MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Almere Floriade 2022
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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