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The Digit by Anagram Architects

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Article source: Anagram Architects

The world of corporate marketing communication is all about grabbing eyeballs and our clients are one of the largest outdoor media companies in the country. Today, through outdoor or out-of-home (OOH) advertising, corporate brand identities are ubiquitous to the urban scape. An extremely potent form of communication, it relies heavily on high visual impact in  a fleetingly brief engagement.  Its clamorous visual language acts as an overlay or imprint on the urban built language. It intrepidly uses built volume and urban inserts to increase its visibility or to accent its messaging. Its contribution to urban culture ranges from adding to its chaotic visual cacophony to inspiring its street art.

Image Courtesy © André J Fanthome

Image Courtesy © André J Fanthome

  • Architects: Anagram Architects
  • Project: The Digit
  • Photography: André J Fanthome
  • Description: Corporate offices for an outdoor media company.
  • Project Built Area: 15000 sqft or 1400 sqm.
  • Year of completion: August 2014

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Reconstruction of departmental archives in Reims, France by Hamonic + Masson & Associés

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Article source: Hamonic + Masson & Associés

The programme of this competition, won in 2008 by Hamonic + Masson & Associés architects, was to reconstruct the Marne departmental archives annexe, situated in the French city of Reims. The new construction is located opposite the old building, and the project was completed and delivered by Hamonic + Masson & Associés in 2014. The aim was to turn the building in to a modern history research hub and a regional information centre, whilst expanding the linear archival storage space from 7km to 18km.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

  • Architects: Hamonic + Masson & Associés
  • Project: Reconstruction of departmental archives
  • Location: 129, avenue de l’Yser, Reims, France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia
  • Software usedVectorworks, Nemetschek 
  • Client: Conseil Général de la Marne.
  • Structural engineer: SIBAT
  • Cost: 6,6 M€ excluding tax.
  • Surface: 5 145 m2

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MESSER Gas Filling Station in Budapest, Hungary by A4 Studio Ltd.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Article source: A4 Studio Ltd.

The building process of the Oxygen and Dissousgas Company (ODV) started in 1952 in Újpest, the brownfield belt of Budapest. Because of its proximity to the Danube river Újpest was the area of industrial developments already in the 1920’s and 30’s (tannery, thread factory, lamp factory). The valuable original brick buildings were completed through continuous development until 1963. The MESSER company – the leading manufacturer and distributor of special technical and medical gases in Europe – purchased the site in 1988. Our company, A4 Studio accepted the commission in 2008 for designing the new production hall, laboratory, depositories and offices on the 47 000 m2 site. Our first design approaches reckoned with a new building (see images) but after an accurate architectural and structural analysis we decided in agreement with the investor to utilize the original brick buildings with modern extensions.  Design process happened in 2010-11 (see images). The refurbishment was completed in the summer of 2012 with 21st century architectural means and materials (anthracite colored metal cladding, glass surfaces, exposed concrete), the design indicates old and new structures.

Image Courtesy © Tamás BUJNOVSZKY

Image Courtesy © Tamás BUJNOVSZKY

  • Architects: A4 Studio Ltd.
  • Project: MESSER Gas Filling Station
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Photography: Tamás BUJNOVSZKY
  • Year of design: 2008-2011
  • Year of construction: 2012
  • Architects Team: Géza KENDIK – senior designer, Orsolya MAZA, Árpád VILICS

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Locales Roca/ Roca Stores in Provincia de Rio Negro, Argentina by BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

The order stipulates the construction of commercial properties which are located in the central area of General Roca, Rio Negro.
Three commercial offices are determined with different hierarchy, where two of them are the subsidiaries smaller offices, should be indeterminate without knowing the program or future uses.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Ciarlotti

Image Courtesy © Manuel Ciarlotti

  • Architects: BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau
  • Project: Locales Roca/ Roca Stores
  • Location: Tucumán 668 .Gral Roca, Provincia de Rio Negro, Argentina
  • Photography: Manuel Ciarlotti
  • Collaboration Especial: Agustin Moscato, Ramiro Schere
  • Dirección de Obra: Arq. Fernando Caceras.
  • Interiorismo: BBC Arquitectos + D.I. Rodrigo Ebel
  • Area: 600 m2.
  • Year: 2012.

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Castelo Branco Office Park in São Paulo, Brazil by Girimun Architects

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Article source: Girimun Architects

Taking the 2 existing buildings as a starting point, we have created a phased commercial development with additional 6 office and hotel towers in a total of 240,000 sqm stretching along 500m. The towers are laid out in a soft rotation angle from each other so to allow more space between them, guarantee open views, and create a dynamic outdoor inner space rich in landscape, water features, canopied walkways and supportive retail.  The later twin towers sit on a retail podium that gradually steps up amidst recreational open courtyards to overcome the existing 12m level gap on site.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

  • Architects: Girimun Architects
  • Project: Castelo Branco Office Park
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Size: 240,000 m2
  • Client: Tishman Speyer
  • Architect Team: Mauro Resnitzky

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Tianjin Riverside 66 in China by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Article source: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) 

“Now that the structural frame is complete, to wander inside a series of curved concrete ribs is something like it must be to see a whale skeleton from the inside. Herman Melville would be inspired.” Design Principal James von Klemperer

On September 26th Tianjin celebrates the Grand Opening of Riverside 66. The 350-meter long megastructrure will now complete the final phase of the He Ping Lu pedestrian boulevard, becoming the centerpiece of the new commercial district while marking its presence monumentally from the revitalized Hai He River and creating a new public experience for the city.“The project itself is conceived of as public space where the building intentionally engages the urban traffic and fosters user interaction,” says Jeffrey Kenoff, Director and Senior Designer at KPF. “Clearly the project needed to operate for a retail and multi program environment, but it also wanted to be a social network to embrace, represent and activate a local community.”

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

  • Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)
  • Project: Tianjin Riverside 66
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Photography: Tim Griffith
  • Client: Hang Lung Properties Limited
  • Managing Principal: Paul Katz, FAIA
  • Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
  • Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA

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Mercat dels Encants in Barcelona, Spain by b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Article source: b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

The new market “Mercado dels Encants” in Barcelona acts as a mediation device between the renovated Plaza de las Glorias, and the axis of the Meridiana, an area popularly known as “el Bosquet de les Glòries”.

Image Courtesy © b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

  • Architects: b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
  • Project: Mercat dels Encants
  • Location: Plaza de las Glorias. Barcelona, Spain
  • Client: Barcelona d’Infraestructures Municipals (BIMSA), Barcelona City Council
  • Architects team: Francesc de Fuentes, Cristina Algas, Sonia Cruz, Guillermo Weiskal, Albert Freixes, Gemma Ojea, Javier Artieda, Angel Gaspar, Oriol Roig, Juan Pablo Porta, Leonardo Novelo
  • Structural Engineering: BOMA
  • Services Engineering: Grupo JG
  • Competition: October 2006
  • Project: 2008-2009
  • Execution : 2010-2013
  • Gross floor area: 35.440 m²

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Antara in Mexico City, Mexico by Sordo Madaleno Architects

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Article source: Sordo Madaleno Architects

Antara, which means “heart” in Sanskrit, represents an evolution that provides a guideline for urban renewal and defines the complex’s design based on an open space that breaks with conventional architectural norms for a shop-ping center, by means of three pedestrian entrances between the Ejército Nacional and Molière avenues in Polanco, in northern Mexico City.

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno, Photo by Timothy Hursley

  • Architects: Sordo Madaleno Architects
  • Project: Antara
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photography: Paul Czitrom, Fernando Cordero, Sófocles, Timothy Hursley
  • President: Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Project Leader: Arq. Jorge Isaías Guerrero, Arq. José María Zarazúa
  • Construction Area: 185,000 m2
  • Terrain Area: 48,500 m2

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Longfor Baoshan Mixed-use Complex in Shanghai, china by Girimun Architects

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Article source: Girimun Architects

This mixed-use development consists of a 5-storeys retail podium and retail basement of 74,800 sqm and two SoHo 86m-tall towers housing 1040 individual units. It will bring a fresh air of contemporary urban lifestyle to this outskirt area of Shanghai. The shopping environment with its fluid sequence of spaces, atriums and corridors is integrated seamlessly with the surroundings and the vicinity as a whole through multi-level links, bridges and passages that brings together the local metro station to the local residential neighborhood and adjacent commercial developments.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

  • Architects: Girimun Architects
  • Project: Longfor Baoshan Mixed-use Complex
  • Location: Shanghai, china

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Green Dunes in Dongcheng, Beijing by Girimun Architects

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Article source: Girimun Architects

This master plan project located in the Dongcheng District transforms the existing 16.5 ha site into a sustainable high density mixed-used urban park. A one-of-a-kind multi-level pedestrian link cuts through a typical Beijing block linking two major roads, metro and train stations. Office and SOHO towers, hotels, services apartments, and exclusive luxury residential towers emerge from a dune-like topography where shopping and cultural activities weave into a series of plazas, event spaces and sunken gardens.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

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