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Gaia Building in Ecuador by Leppanen + Anker

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Leppanen + Anker

It is a 14 story, 15,000 m2 mixed use building: commercial on the lower floor, offices for the next four floors and residential units on the next nine floors.

The building is located at an important intersection within the city where urban elements converge, such as a new metro stop, an important government building, a commercial shopping center and the most emblematic park of the city. Being the first new construction in this zone and highly visible, the building attempts to combine the many existing and new diverse elements through movements that bring new shadow lines reflections and points of view.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo

  • Architects: Leppanen + Anker
  • Project: Gaia Building
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Photography: Sebastián Crespo
  • Interior Architecture: Uribe & Schwarzkopf
  • Promoter / Owner and Construction: Uribe & Schwarzkopf
  • Team L+A architects: Aaron Leppanen (Principal), Gabriela Anker (Principal), Sofía Chávez , Caroline Dieden, Alberto Játiva
  • Area: 15,000 m2 (5 subfloors. 14 floors plus terrace)
  • Date: 2016

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OVO Wroclaw in Poland by Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture, the award-winning architectural firm based in Israel and France founded by architects Asaf Gottesman and Ami Szmelcman, unveiled last month their latest project: OVO Wroclaw, a mixed-use, grandiose “blob-like” architectural structure combining residential, commercial, hospitality and retail spaces in the heart of Poland’s fourth largest city, Wroclaw.

Exterior View of OVO Wroclaw, Image Courtesy © Kamil Czaja

Exterior View of OVO Wroclaw, Image Courtesy © Kamil Czaja

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Sanya Integrated Commercial and Transportation Hub in China by Aedas

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Article source: Aedas

Located in front of the Sanya High-speed Railway Station, Sanya Integrated Commercial and Transportation Hub is a mixed-use tourist attraction and transportation hub. It will feature a retail podium, shopping streets village, a hotel, serviced apartments, a wedding event hall, a cinema, a children’s playground and a sky garden, all of which are linked to the high-speed rail and tram stations as well as the bus terminal.

Image Courtesy © Aedas

Image Courtesy © Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Project: Sanya Integrated Commercial and Transportation Hub
  • Location: Sanya, China
  • Client: Bestway Investment Asia Pte Ltd
  • Director: Kevin Wang
  • Gross floor area: 121,388 sqm (above ground); 153,854 sqm (below ground)
  • Completion year: 2019

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BSU Hamburg in Germany by Sauerbruch Hutton architects

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Article source: NBK Keramik GmbH

The second largest city in Germany is often referred to as the “gateway to the world”. The Free and Hanseatic City has the largest and most important commercial port in the country and acts as a transport hub for ships from all over the world. Important sea routes to the North and East open out from Hamburg, and major import and export companies, forwarding and shipping companies are based here.

The city on the river Elbe with its green areas and bodies of water, its architecturally impressive cityscape and its Hanseatic flair is also one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. A lively art and cultural scene, shopping and entertainment districts and not least the lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere explain its appeal. And Hamburg is growing – for years its population has been on the rise, and the forecasts suggest a further increase, which needs to be reflected in the city’s building and transport infrastructure.

Image Courtesy © Sauerbruch Hutton architects

Image Courtesy © Sauerbruch Hutton architects

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De Beers Ginza Building in Tokyo, Japan by Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Article source: Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects 

Ginza is renowned around the world as a commercial hotspot in Tokyo. Marronnier street in Ginza is an especially bright street lined with great buildings each with their own individuality and architectural design. We felt that the De Beers Ginza Building should express the brightness and the glow of Ginza at the same time. For the design, what we imagined firstly was an image of gently curving streams of light. Like a light ribbon being held above the ground, or the aurora that changes its colour and shape continuously, we thought it should have a bright and graceful form with curved lines that look like a women’s beautiful silhouette. We decided to brighten the stainless steel to appear like a diamond glitter along the silhouette to give it a sensitive look. The building has been constructed with stainless steel being rolled out in a curved shape. Each stainless steel surface has a special finish, so the appearance reflects the light of the sky and the town sensitively and changes its appearance throughout the day with the movement of the sun. At the same time, the architectural expression shows infinite changes depending on the position it is seen from. Ginza has always been on the frontier of design, adopting changes over time to form the town. De Beers Ginza is a part of that tradition and our design is an expression of this ever changing town on the frontier of architectural design.

Image Courtesy © Naoomi Kurozumi

Image Courtesy © Naoomi Kurozumi

  • Architects: Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects
  • Project: De Beers Ginza Building
  • Location: 2-5-11, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Naoomi Kurozumi
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Total floor area: 3,997.3 m2
  • Completion: 2007

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Milanofiori Business Park in Milan, Italy by Design Erick van Egeraat

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Article source: Design Erick van Egeraat

Businesspark Milanofiori North, addresses the rising demand for high quality, yet affordable offices in Milan. The area is a self-contained entity comprising 218000 m2 of gross floor area and offering a variety of functions including offices, housing, commercial, retail and leisure facilities, a cinema and a hotel. Special attention was paid to energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and applying local materials, thus reducing the need for transportation and carbon emission. The Milanofiori North development territory acts as the new southern gateway to Milan. It is situated alongside the A7 motorway and is linked to Milan’s metropolitan railway network.

Image Courtesy © Maurizio Bianchi

Image Courtesy © Maurizio Bianchi

 

  • Architects: Design Erick van Egeraat
  • Project: Milanofiori Business Park
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: Maurizio Bianchi

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1200 Intrepid in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Article source: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group 

1200 Intrepid is a LEED Gold office building shaped by the encounter between Robert Stern’s master plan of rectangular city blocks and James Corner’s iconic, circular Central Green Park.  The building’s double curved, pre-cast concrete façade bows inwards to create a generous urban canopy that responds to the ‘shock wave’ of the park’s circular running track, activity pods and planting vignettes – rippling outwards like rings in water to invade the building’s footprint. Shaped by the city grid, the cornice and remaining elevations return to the orthogonal design of the Navy Yard’s master plan, forming the building’s double curve and melding the neighbourhood’s two dominant forms. Referencing the Navy Yard’s maritime history while providing much needed natural light, a functioning periscope penetrates the core of the building, projecting views of the Navy Yard basin into the center of the elevator lobby. Visitors and employees can admire the mothballed ships sitting in the adjacent docks while embracing Central Green Park – connecting the building and its inhabitants to their surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Hjortshoj

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Hjortshoj

  • Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Project: 1200 Intrepid
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Photography: Rasmus Hjortshoj
  • Client: Liberty Property Trust
  • Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Beat Schenk
  • Project Leaders: Sören Grünert (Concept), David Brown (Schematic & DD), Brandon Cook (CD), Michelle Stromsta (CA)
  • Team: Annette Miller, Aran Coakley, Armen Menendian, Douglass Alligood, Natalie Kwee, Peter Lee, Taylor Hewett, Terry Lallak, Thomas Fagan, Thea Sofie Gassenholm
  • Collaborators: Environetics, In-Posse, LRSLA, Pennoni, Re:Vision
  • Size in m2: 29.250
  • Date: 29/06/2015

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Cosmopol in Coacalco, Mexico by Migdal Arquitectos

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: archdifusión

Cosmopol is a shopping mall located in the municipality of Coacalco, State of Mexico, to the north of Mexico City on José López Portillo avenue. This street connects the Mexico-Pachuca highway in Ecatepec and the Mexico-Querétaro highway in Tlalnepantla. The municipality is a strategic zone with a growing economy that is key to being considered an important center of local commerce.

Image Courtesy © Migdal Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Migdal Arquitectos

  • Architects: Migdal Arquitectos (Jaime Varon, Alex Metta, Abraham Metta)
  • Project: Cosmopol
  • Location: Coacalco, Mexico
  • Services: Executive project and Site management
  • Total surface area: 65,000 m²
  • Year: 2015
  • Status: Built

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Grand Gateway 66 Retail and Commercial Renovation in Shanghai, China by Girimun

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Article source: Girimun

The renovation of this established landmark shopping and commercial complex in Xujiahui will deliver a refreshing, fashionable and aspirational new destination to the city. At the heart of the concept is the integration of shopping and non-shopping spaces and experiences throughout the seven storey of the building. Our creative planning and design will turn this well recognised address of Shanghai into a stage of experimental new ways of enjoying shopping and free time echoing contemporary demands of the ever young and mind-changing clientele.

Image Courtesy © Girimun

Image Courtesy © Girimun

  • Architects: Girimun
  • Project: Grand Gateway 66 Retail and Commercial Renovation
  • Location: Shanghai, China

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Shenzhen Luohu Friendship Trading Centre in China by Aedas

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Article source: Aedas

Designed by Aedas, Shenzhen Luohu Friendship Trading Centre is a redevelopment of a current department store to be transfigured into a new skyscraper with a 7-storey retail podium at the heart of Luohu in Shenzhen, China. The design creates a vibrant and porous podium by staggering up various retail boxes in dynamic and organic forms in response to the bustling surroundings, delivering a new sustainable and iconic design for the city.

Image Courtesy © Aedas

Image Courtesy © Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Project: Shenzhen Luohu Friendship Trading Centre
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Director: Wai Tang
  • Client: Shenzhen Friendship Trading Centre Co. Ltd
  • Gross floor area: 130,000 square metres
  • Completion year: 2020

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