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Liuzhou Forest City in China by Stefano Boeri Architetti

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Article source: Stefano Boeri Architetti

The first Chinese Forest City by Stefano Boeri Architetti is turning into reality. A city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees.

Once completed, the new city will host 30,000 people, absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

Image Courtesy © Stefano Boeri Architetti

  • Architects: Stefano Boeri Architetti
  • Project: Liuzhou Forest City
  • Location: Liuzhou, China
  • Client: Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning Bureau
  • Partners: Stefano Boeri, Yibo Xu
  • Project Leader: Pietro Chiodi
  • Team Architects: Julia Gocalek, Yinxin Bao, Shilong Tan with Giulia Chiatante
  • Cooperative Design Institute in China: Shanghai Tongyan Architectural and Planning Design Co. Ltd.
  • Area: 138.5 ha

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Feyenoord City in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by OMA

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Article source: OMA

A historically significant stadium due to its distinctive design, with the oval stands positioned close to the pitch so audience and players are in intimate proximity, De Kuip is known for its unique and intense atmosphere. Built 80 years ago, the current stadium of Rotterdam-based football club Feyenoord no longer fulfills modern demands. To facilitate the football club’s expanding ambitions both in the national and European football leagues, multiple plans for a new and renovated stadium have been made and presented over the past decade, none of which received final approval. In 2016, Operatie NL, OMA and Feyenoord proposed a different approach: the construction of a new stadium combined with the development of the surrounding neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: Feyenoord City
  • Location:  Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Clients: Stadion Feijenoord NV, Feyenoord Rotterdam NV
  • Associates-in-charge: Kees van Casteren, Paolo Caracini
  • Team: Andrea Tabocchini, Edmond Lakatos, Emma Lubbers, MacAuley Brown, Max Scherer, Rina Kang, Roza Matveeva, Shinji Takagi, Tanner Merkeley, imur Shabaev, Thomas Brown

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The Ningbo Haishu Waterfront in China by CAZA

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Article source: CAZA 

The Ningbo Haishu Waterfront district is an island, surrounded by water on all four sides, offering a unique topographical setting in which to reimagine urban life in 21stcentury China. Contemporary Chinese cities have entered a new era of 21st-century urbanism. Old strategies for developing new districts no longer work: cities cannot rely on instant buildings, and iconic projects no longer beget their own economies.

MAIN IMAGE, AERIAL VIEW NIGHT, Image Courtesy © CAZA

  • Architects: CAZA
  • Project: The Ningbo Haishu Waterfront
  • Location: Ningbo, China

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City for All in Frankfurt, Germany by UNStudio

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Article source: UNStudio 

Comprising four high-rise towers with a multi-storey plinth and housing mixed-use programmes, large public spaces and incorporated subsidised housing, UNStudio’s design for the former Deutsche Bank site will create a ‘City for All’ in the heart of Frankfurt.

Following having been selected as the winner for the urban strategy of the former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt last year, UNStudio has now also been unanimously selected as the winner of the architectural competition for the redevelopment of the site. The eight-member jury consisted of representatives from the city, architects and urban development experts and Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH. Two third prizes were awarded to the teams Dudler / Jahn and MSW / Snohetta, while an honorable mention was given to Christoph Mäckler / CoopHimmelblau.

Image Courtesy © UNStudio

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: City for All
  • Location: Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Client: Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Building surface: 219.000m2 above ground
  • Building site: 16100m2
  • Building volume: four high-rise towers and a multi-storey plinth

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Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1. TOUR ET TAXIS: TOWARDS A MIXED-USE ECO-NEIGHBORHOOD

Whereas most developing countries can write their future starting from a blank slate, European cities face the challenge of transforming their built heritage to secure their energy, social and economic transition towards post-carbon, circular and interdependent urban living.

It means being determined to act as forward thinkers, and to bring our new project “Tour & Taxis” into the 21st century in terms of uses, technological progress, social innovation, and sustainable building principles. Today’s architecture is capable of implementing “energy solidarity” between a piece of architectural heritage — industrial in this case — and a contemporary project. The latter provides the necessary energy to the former by integrating renewable energies, thus limiting carbon emissions as recommended by the COP 21.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

  • Architects: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
  • Project: Tour & Taxis
  • Location: Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
  • Client: Extensa, T&T Project S.A.
  • Program: 85 000 M² Housing (Zone B) + 50 000 M² Office + Retail + Leisure (Gare Maritime)
  • Surface Area: 135 000 M²
  • Status : W.I.P.

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Oulu Travel Centre in Finland by Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Architects m3

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki

The design area is located by the railway, at the junction of City of Oulu’s urban fabric, where the low and small-scale district of Puu-Raksila meets with the more high-rising city centre. The design joins together these two different scales and construction methods, which, at the same time, creates an areal entity with a distinctive and attractive identity.

Image Courtesy © Brick Visual

  • Architects: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Architects m3
  • Project: Oulu Travel Centre
  • Location: Oulu, Finland
  • Rendering: Brick Visual
  • Team: Ilmari Lahdelma,Rainer Mahlamäki, Janne Pihlajaniemi, Kari Nykänen, Jukka Savolainen, Petri Saarelainen, Teemu Seppälä, Laura Iivarinen, Heidi Siitonen, Taavi Henttonen, Joona Hulmi, Julius Seniunas, Cristian Stoian, Hanna Kosunen, Ville Rautiainen.
  • Landscape architecture:  Maisema-arkkitehtitoimisto Näkymä Oy
  • Traffic Planner: Plaana Oy
  • Cost Consultant and Real Estate: Rakennusinsinööritoimisto Rimako Oy
  • Gross floor areas:
    • Residential blocks: 65 000 m2
    • Office buildings: 10 000 m2
    • Travel Services Centre: 32 800 m2
  • Results: January 2017

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Budapart – Largest Urban Development in Budapest, Hungary by ADEPT

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Article source: ADEPT 

The local municipal authorities recently approved the ambitious design for the ‘Budapart’ neighbourhood, the largest singular urban development in Budapest for almost 30 years. ADEPT won the commission to design the new urban area with a masterplan based on a distorted grid structure with references to both historic and modern parts of the city. Construction of the first buildings have already started in the 43 ha mixed-use neighbourhood, where built property will count approximately 600.000 m2.

Budapart Waterfront, Image Courtesy © ADEPT

  • Architects: ADEPT
  • Project: Budapart – Largest Urban Development
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary

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Hiedanranta Innovation bay in Tampere, Finland by Mandaworks + Schauman & Nordgren Architects

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Article source: MANDAWORKS

The team of MANDAWORKS and SCHAUMAN & NORDGREN ARCHITECTS are now officially announced winners of the open international competition organized by the city of Tampere for the Hiedanranta city district in Tampere, Finland. The Jury awarded the proposal, ’Hiedanranta Innovation Bay’ with a shared first prize.

The Innovation Spine and its public life. Mandaworks and Schauman & Nordgren Architects, Image Courtesy © Mandaworks + Schauman & Nordgren Architects

  • Architects: Mandaworks + Schauman & Nordgren Architects
  • Project: Hiedanranta Innovation bay
  • Location: Tampere, Finland
  • Client: City of Tampere
  • Collaborators: Traffic consultant Jouni Lehtomaa
  • Assignment: Urban Design and City Planning
  • Size: 1.500.000 m2 bilt area, 246 Hectares land-area

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Astana Expo City 2017 in Kazakhstan by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Article source: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Astana Expo City 2017, the world’s next international exposition, is now under construction in Astana, Kazakhstan. 28 buildings and the Expo’s master plan were designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) around the designated theme, “Future Energy,” a concept that is aimed at finding ways to achieve qualitative changes in the energy sector, primarily for the development of alternative sources of energy and transportation.

Located south of Bayterek Tower and east of Nazarbayev University, Astana Expo City 2017 is positioned to become a significant new landmark for Astana. The development’s goal is to reduce the site’s energy demand to the greatest extent possible by using both passive and active strategies. The architecture and master plan were designed by using site-specific indicators like solar and wind orientation, weather conditions, and the cultural context, determined from a series of studies with the goal of maximizing energy-harvesting potential and comfort levels.

Image Courtesy © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Image Courtesy © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

 

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Crystal City Zhongguancun in Beijing, China by Girimun

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Article source: Girimun

The regeneration of the central landscape piece of the Business Technology Park in the heart of Zhongguancun will give place to this unique destination of shopping, entertainment, gardens and outdoor events. The four-storey development integrates with the landscape forming a new gentle topography for the site amongst indoor and outdoor spaces and activities. A sinuous spine circulation leads to atriums and event spaces associated with theme clusters such as Technology, Fashion, Entertainment, Convenience, Sport, Family & Kids and Education.

Image Courtesy © Girimun

Image Courtesy © Girimun

 

  • Architects: Girimun
  • Project: Crystal City Zhongguancun
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Client: Guangyao Dongfang
  • Size: 310,000 sq mt
  • Design: 2014

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