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Transitlager in Basel, Switzerland by BIG Transforms

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: BIG Transforms

BIG wins an invited competition to renovate and extend an existing 1960’s concrete warehouse situated in a Basel industrial district which is being transformed into an alternative Arts District.

Located in Basel’s upcoming Dreispitz neighborhood, which is envisioned as an attractive and inviting urban quarter in Herzog de Meuron’s master plan from 2003, the existing 18.000 m2 ”Transitlager” built in the late 1960s is to be renovated and extended by up to 7.000 m2 for residential and commercial purposes. The development is undertaken by St. Gallen -based real estate development company Nüesch Development for the landlord, the Christoph Merian Foundation  and investor the UBS (CH) Property Fund – Swiss Mixed ‘Sima’. The winning entry which included engineers Bollinger Grohmann and HL Technik was chosen among proposals from Harry Gugger Studio and Lacaton Vassal among others.

Rendering (Image Courtesy BIG Transforms)

  • Architects: BIG Transforms
  • Project: Transitlager
  • Location:Basel, Switzerland
  • Type: Prequalified Competition
  • Size: 30,000m2
  • Client: Nuesch Development RG, UBS Fund Management, Christoph Merian Stiftung
  • Collaborators: Bollinger+Grohmann, HL- Technik
  • Status: 1st Prize [Completion 2015]
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project Leader: Jakob Henke
  • Team: Gul Ertekin, Ioannis Gio, Ricardo Palma, Alexandra Gustaffson, Bara Srpkova, Marcelina Kolasinska, Ryohei Koike


Blaas general partnership in Bolzano, Italy by monovolume architecture + design

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Article source: monovolume architecture + design

The company Blaas in Bolzano is specialized in electro-mechanics. In the new head office the company presents its new product range and offers repair service.

On the ground floor of the building there is the sales division, on the first floor the exposition area and the repair shop. All administration offices are located on the second floor. The overall impression of the structure is a homogenous and closed building. Nevertheless, there exists a separation between the public and the private sector. The client can perceive this clear and formal internal division already from the outside.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Oskar Da Riz)

  • Architect: monovolume architecture + design (Patrik Pedó_Juri Pobitzer)
  • Name of Project: Blaas general partnership
  • Location: Via Enrico Fermi, Bolzano, Italy
  • Architectural staff: Arch. Christian Gold / Arch. Barbara Waldboth / Thomas Garasi
  • Structural engineers: Baucon Bozen (Ing. Neulichedl Simon)
  • Photographer: Oskar Da Riz


Lyon Confluence – Îlot P in France by Mateo Arquitectura & Dominique Perrault Arquitecture

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Article source: Mateo Arquitectura & Dominique Perrault Arquitecture

Last September, Mateo Arquitectura, together with the French practice Dominique Perrault Architecture, presented a proposal for the project to urbanize Îlot P in Lyon Confluence, to the south of the city of Lyon. This competition forms part of the process of urban remodelling being conducted throughout the Lyon Confluence area with the aim of leaving behind its industrial past. The project involved the urban development of a city block (Ilôt P), including housing, comercial areas and offices (laid out in two buildings), and landscaping.

Aerial Perspective from Hotel Region

  • Architects: Mateo Arquitectura & Dominique Perrault Arquitecture
  • Project: Lyon Confluence – Îlot P
  • Location: Lyon, France


Town house Prototype in Sankt Pölten, Austria by AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Article source: AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH

The new office and shopping building fits in with the typology of detached townhouses in the neighborhood. Slight twists of the basic volume actively impact the surrounding urban fabric: A bent in the longitudinal facade line relates the building to its surroundings, consolidating the adjacent streets and creating a usable plaza before the building.

Office and Commercial Building

  • Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH
  • Project: Office and Commercial Building
  • Location: Sankt Pölten, Austria
  • Client: Linzertor Liegenschaftsverwaltungs GmbH
  • Competition: 2011
  • Gross floor area: 5.139m²
  • Planning: AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH


Wisdom Plaza in Shenzhen, China by MAPA

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Article source: MAPA

Wisdom Plaza is a low density office and commercial estate that consists of four office blocks linked by a landscaped garden with a partly submerged commercial space. It is conceived as a unique looking built-form, green and sustainable office complex that allow users maximum flexibility in layout design amid a lush, green, landscaped environment. Many unique architectural features previously not seen in office space design are produced here resulting in a delightful and highly functional new form.


  • Architect: MAPA
  • Name of Project: Wisdom Plaza
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • MAPA Design Team: Hoo Khuen Hin (Leader), Ma Wei, Wu Xijia, Armando Aticencio, Gao Chun Yang, Liu Changxin
  • Client: Shenzhen Zhonghe Industry
  • Project Size: 160000m2 (94000 m2 above grade)
  • Curtain Wall Installation: Beijing Jiangho
  • Local Design Institute: Shenzhen Architectural Design Institute
  • Completion: 2011


Commercial and entertainment center “Riga Plaza” in Riga, Latvia by Architectural Practice ARHIS

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Article source: Architectural Practice ARHIS

The main functions of the building are commercial center, entertainment complex with the following main functional groups of the building:

ñ  Different size and assortment commercial areas
ñ  Supermarket
ñ  Entertainment complex
ñ  Multiplex cinema
ñ  Catering complex
ñ  Multi-storey parking lot

South facade entrance at night (Image Courtesy Indrikis Sturmanis)

  • Architects: Architectural Practice ARHIS
  • Project: Commercial and entertainment center “Riga Plaza”
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Designer: Ltd. Architectural Practice ARHIS (
  • Photographer: Indrikis Sturmanis
  • Completion date:Design: 2002 – 2006, construction: 2007 – 2009
  • Site area:Total area of the land plots m2: 80 310
  • Construction area: Total construction area m2: 89 968


Avvan van Buerenplein in The Hague, The Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects

The location of the Anna van Beuren tower will be the new Anna van Beuren square, located directly next to the Centraal Station of The Hague. The situation of the building, alongside the under construction Centraal Station, the recently complete ‘New Babylon’ housing and mixed use complex, and a large underground parking garage, will further serve to strengthen and unify this highly visible site in the center of the city. The tower will take the center place on this new square, incorporating student housing and various gastronomic and retail outlets, encouraging ‘interiority’.


  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Project: Avvan van Buerenplein
  • Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Cindy Wouters, Gwendolyn Kerschbaumer, Jochem Homminga, Joost Körver, Julius Klatte, Rob Willemse
  • Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Ramon Alverez Roa, Martin Tessarz
  • Date of design: 2007 – 2011


Chicony Plaza in Chengdu, China by Goettsch Partners designed using AutoCAD

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Article source: Goettsch Partners

A 37-story mixed-use complex in Chengdu, China, recently reached substantial completion and opened its first phase, the 111,500-square-meter Chicony Plaza department store. Occupying a full city block adjacent to a vibrant public square in the central business district of Chengdu, the complex is anchored by the 12-story department store, with a 25-story Grand Hyatt hotel above.

Chicony Plaza Base

  • Architects: Goettsch Partners
  • Project: Chicony Plaza
  • Location: Chengdu, China
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Castellana 79 Office and Commercial Building in Madrid, Spain by Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Article source: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

This property is located in the financial and commercial centre of the city, nearby one of the best office buildings in Madrid. With a distinctly urban character it presents a great opportunity to meet the city in two very different scales: an urban scale from the most important communication channel in Madrid, and a domestic scale, from a plaza with a leading pedestrian character.

Castellana 79 Building

  • Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
  • Project: Castellana 79 Office and Commercial Building
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Type: Office and Commercial Building
  • Design Architects: Francisco Arévalo, Hugo Berenguer
  • Project Director: Angel Rolán
  • Construction Supervisor Architect: Juana Ponsoda


China Diamond Exchange Center in Shanghai by Goettsch Partners

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Article source: Goettsch Partners

The China Diamond Exchange Center is a 50,000-square-meter office building in Shanghai’s Pudong district, the city’s modern financial and commercial hub. The 15-story building provides space for members of the China Diamond Exchange, as well as other related and speculative tenants.

Dusk (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

  • Architects: Goettsch Partners
  • Project: China Diamond Exchange Center
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Client: Shanghai Lujiazui Development Co., Ltd.
  • Timeline: 2005–2009
  • Size: 535,500 square feet / 49,750 square meters
  • Height: 15 stories
  • Software used: AutoCAD


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