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Bio-Lake Reception Center in Hubei, China by Zephyr Architects

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article source: Zephyr Architects

As the central piece of architecture for the Guanggu Bio-lake campus, this reception center houses exhibition space, conference rooms and administration offices.

The building sits between a main plaza and central lake.  In a comparatively small piece of land, the architecture seeks to have a strong symbolic character.  In order to increase the overall impact of the architecture, the mass is treated as a sculpture in shape and texture.    This site is surrounded by buildings with varying viewpoints of the main project.  The multi-faceted box produces a façade of ever-changing viewpoints.

Exterior view (Image Courtesy Yao Li)

  • Architects: Zephyr Architects
  • Project: Guanggu Bio-Lake Reception Center
  • Location: Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Client: Bio-Lake Commission
  • Program: Exhibition, Conference, administrative offices
  • Gross Floor Area: 3,540 SqM
  • Design Period: 2008-2009
  • Construction Period: 2009-2010
  • Architectural Design: Zephyr (US) Architects P.C.
  • Design team: Fu Dong, Zhao Zhonggui, Yang Ching-Chi, Ding Junmei, Yu Tong
  • Associate Architect: Wuhan Oule
  • Photographs: Yao Li


Sky SOHO in Shanghai, China by Zaha Hadid Architects

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

A design for a new office and retail destination that aims to provide a strong visual identity close to Hongqiao Transportation Hub near Shanghai’s city centre and Hongqiao Airport.

Our proposal for the new Linkong SOHO building aims to provide a strong visual and programmatic identity which establishes a unique destination in its own right. Such identity consists of an exclusive programme mix consolidated in three different destinations – thematic “Courtyards” – representing distinct clusters of activities, and an exceptional architecture that moulds such a programme into a landmark. The building’s dynamic, curvilinear form continues through its internal spatial experiences, dramatic courtyards and flowing public spaces.


  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Sky SOHO
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director: Manuela Gatto
  • Project Architect: Edgar Payan, Maria Rodero (Phases SD, DD, CD), Yoshi Uchiyama (Construction Administration)
  • Project Team: Arturo Revilla, Muriel Boselli, Chao-Chin Wang, Ai Sato, Michael Harris, Dennis Brezina, Claudia Doner, Mei-Ling Lin, Osbert So, Alberto Barba, Carlos Parraga, Pierandrea Angius, Diego Perez Espitia, Kaloyan Erevinov, Laurence Dudeney, Albert Ferrer, Leonid Krykhtin, Mu Ren, Kwanphil Cho, Evgeniya Yatsyuk, Lauren Barclay, Henning Hansen, Ben Kikkawa, Nicholette Chan, Michael Grau, Sarah Thurow, Adrian Krezlik, Chiwai Chan, Gordana Yakimovska, Ed Gaskin, Andrea D’imperio, Kaloyan Erevinov, Samson Lee, Shaowen Deng, Will Chen


The Loop in Hong Kong by Theo Texture

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Article source: Theo Texture

The LOOP is a 23-storey commercial building located in Central, Hong Kong, on a narrow rectangular-shape site. The design solution started out as a structural concept in response to the constraints of the site by running a folding floor slab from the bottom to the top of the building. When the building is view at its front façade, the edges of the folding slabs forms a “loop” shape, thus maximizing the glass frontage which is a full-height flushed window wall system. Cladded with white aluminum panels, this loop becomes the main feature of the building and the geometry is enhanced by a color-changing LED strip running along this loop.

The Loop

  • Architects: Theo Texture
  • Project: The Loop
  • Location: Hong Kong


Ski terminal in Schladming, Austria by Hofrichter-Ritter Architects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Hofrichter-Ritter Architects

An oversized “Loop“ (based on the model of a folded piece of paper) coats the whole building and is carried by 74 diagonal columns. Each and every single column can carry 230 tons. Inside the “Loop”, three connected complexes of buildings are situated. In the Southern most part (close to the finishing passage), the new headquarters of the Planai can be found; it hosts all enterprises and subsidiary companies of the Planai-Bahnen (360 employees). In the central building, offices for important partners such as Wintersportverein Schladming, Austrian Ski Federation or FIS are available. The Northern complex with 1,000 m2 of glass facade is accessible for guests.

Ski terminal

  • Architects: Hofrichter-Ritter Architects
  • Project: Ski terminal
  • Location: Schladming, Styria, Austria
  • Statik: Peter Mandl, Graz, Austria
  • Guests per year: approximately 1 mio.
  • Proportions: 80 x 40 m
  • Cubature: 52,500 m3
  • Effective area (station plus garage): 18.500 m2
  • Columns: 74 columns carry the Loop. Each column can carry 230 tons.
  • Armouring for concrete shell: 850,000 kg
  • Glass facade: ca. 1,000 m2
  • Investment: € 22 Mio.


Steckelhörn 11 in Hamburg, Germany by J. Mayer H. Architects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: J. Mayer H. Architects

The project “Steckelhörn 11” is located in the old centre of Hamburg, close to the prominent new “Hafen City” development. It replaces a ruinous building and fills the gap between two historic premises. The triangular-shaped lot stretches across the city block, thus allowing for a narrow façade of about 1.3 m width facing the harbor and a main elevation of about 26.4 m oriented toward Steckelhörn street. The vertical design and soft setbacks of the latter pay tribute to the massing of the surrounding structures, as well as to local building-height regulations.

Main facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

  • Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
  • Project: S11 – Office Complex Steckelhörn 11
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Hans Schneider, Wilko Hoffmann, Marcus Blum
  • Project Date: 2007-2009
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Client: Cogiton Projekt Altstadt GmbH, Hamburg
  • Architect on Site: Imhotep, Donachie und Blomeyer with Dirk Reinisch, Berlin
  • Software used: Archicad and Rhino


Hanjie Wanda Square in Wuhan, China by UNStudio

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: UNStudio

Hanjie Wanda Square is a new luxury shopping plaza located in the Wuhan Central Culture Centre, one of the most important areas of Wuhan City. The multifunctional organisation of the master plan – which includes cultural and tourist facilities as well as commercial, office and residential components – acts as an attractor to the area for visitors, inhabitants and commuters alike.
Following competitions with design entries from national and international architects, UNStudio’s overall design was selected by Wanda as the winning entry for the facade and interior of the Hanjie Wanda Square. Construction is currently underway and the Hanjie Wanda Square is expected to be completed in 2013. It will house international luxury brand stores, world-class boutiques, catering outlets and cinemas.

Shopping street

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Hanjie Wanda Square
  • Location: Wuhan, China
  • Client: Wuhan Wanda East Lake Real State Co., Ltd
  • Building surface: Facade 29.920 sqm
  • Interior: 22.630 sqm
  • Programme: Luxury shopping mall
  • Contribution UNStudio: Facade and interior design
  • Status: Under construction


Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development in China by Trahan Architects

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Article source: Trahan Architects

Located in central China, Zhengzhou is experiencing rapid re-development.  Part of a broad scale master plan labeled “The Rise of Central China”; Zhengzhou is implementing a two part initiative:  ecological and infrastructural development.  Ecological development prioritizes the surrounding natural resources; forest park, scenic areas, wetlands/reserves, rivers/lakes & urban green space.  Infrastructural development addresses an emerging market identified as “Logistics Industry”.  Zhengzhou is to serve as an integrated hub for the import/export of goods and mass transportation which connects the east and the west.

Aerial Perspective 01

  • Architects: Trey Trahan, FAIA
  • Project: Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development
  • Location: Zhengzhou, China
  • Program: Mixed Use Development
  • Floor Area: 400,000 sm (4,305,564 g.s.f.)
  • Cost: $880,000,000 (USD)
  • Completion: To Be Announced
  • Principal Architect: Trey Trahan, FAIA
  • Senior Designer: Mark Hash
  • Project Team: Art Terry, Michael McCune and Kim Nguyen
  • Software used: Maya, Rhino, FormZ and Grasshopper (3D modeling), AutoCAD (2D plans and sections), Illustrator (graphics)


Etsy in Brooklyn, NY by Matiz Architecture and Design

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Article source: Matiz Architecture and Design 

Located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, designed for the world’s most vibrant handmade online marketplace, we transformed a raw space into an Etsy world. A series of open workspace areas and acoustically controlled environments were generated providing access to natural light. Core common spaces are contained within two continuous curved walls permitting passage and reinforcing transparency. Handmade materials are introduced promoting the brand and contrasting the loft space.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Ty Cole)

  • Architects: Matiz Architecture and Design 
  • Name of Project: Etsy
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Program: HQ for handcrafted goods leader, open offices, meeting areas, creative labs (capacity 90 people)
  • Size: 10,500sf
  • Status: Completed September 2009
  • Client: Etsy
  • Design team: Juan C. Matiz AIA leed AP, Lee Kreiner
  • Photography: Ty Cole


La Cite des Affaires in Saint-Étienne, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

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 metropiltan area.

Image Courtesy Vincent Fillon

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Project: La Cite des Affaires
  • Location: Saint-Étienne, France
  • Architect Team: Manuelle Gautrand, representative architect, Thomas Daragon, works project manager, Yves Tougard, studies project manager
  • Client: Altarea-Cogedim
  • Photography: Philippe Ruault, Vincent Fillon


One Kearny Lobby: Lightfold in San Francisco, California by IwamotoScott Architecture (designed with Rhino)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Article source: IwamotoScott Architecture

Lightfold is a lobby design for the new One Kearny commercial development in the heart of downtown San Francisco’s Gallery District, adjacent to the museums of the Yerba Buena Arts District. The project is conceived and funded as architecture as public art. The lobby constitutes the ‘percent for art’ requirement for the building as an integral piece of the architecture. It was subsequently approved by the SF Arts Commission.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Craig Scott - IwamotoScott Architecture)

  • Architect: IwamotoScott Architecture
  • Name of Project: One Kearny Lobby: Lightfold
  • Location: Downtown San Francisco, California
  • Lead Designers: Craig Scott, Lisa Iwamoto
  • Project Team: Blake Altshuler, Ryan Golenberg, Christina Kaneva, Alan Lu and David Swain
  • Photography: Craig Scott – IwamotoScott Architecture
  • Software used: Rhino


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