Archive for the ‘Commercial Building’ Category
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.
- Architects: Theo Texture
- Project: The Loop
- Location: Hong Kong
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.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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
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.
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- 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)
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
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
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
Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Article source: John Mcaslan + Partners
The new Western Concourse at King’s Cross opens to the public on Monday 19th March 2012. “The transformation of King’s Cross station by John McAslan + Partners represents a compelling piece of place-making for London. The show-piece is clearly the Western Concourse – Europe’s largest single span station structure and the heart of the development, but the overall project is far more complex: an extraordinary, collaborative effort that has delivered an internationally significant transport interchange, fit for the 21st century and beyond. We are very proud of our role as lead architects and master-planners of the King’s Cross redevelopment, and it’s immensely satisfying to see the project delivered on time, ready for the capital’s celebration of the London Olympics later this year.”
John McAslan, Chairman John McAslan + Partners
Transforming King’s Cross
- Architects: John Mcaslan + Partners
- Project: Transforming King’s Cross
- Location: London, UK
- Architect and masterplanner for King’s Cross station and public realm: John McAslan + Partners
- Client: Network Rail
- Engineer for roof and platform refurbishment/ footbridge to station: Tata Steel Projects
- Engineer for western range and new concourse: Arup
- Architect for King’s Cross Square: Stanton Williams
- Contractor for eastern range building: Laing O’Rourke/ Costain JV
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Article source: Brooks + Scarpa
Historically, Metalsa began as a family-owned company, founded by Guillermo Zambrano Gutierrez in November 1956, previously named Manufacturas Metalicas Monterrey. The company later entered the automotive industry through a partnership with American firm A. O. Smith and began manufacturing chassis frames for heavy trucks and pickups in the late 60’s. The official name of Metalsa was adopted in the late 70’s and operations started in Apodaca. Metalsa’s successes allowed them to acquire the commercial vehicles business from Tower Automotive expanding to Virginia, and later building facilities in China, Japan and India. Today the company boasts several major automotive corporations as their clients, including Ford and Toyota.
- Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
- Project’s Formal Name: Metalsa SA CIDeVeC
- Location: Alianza Centro, Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
- Client/Owner: The Proeza Group
- Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer, Daniel Poei, Abby Katcher, Oliver Liao, Darien Williams, Jordan Gearhart, Ching Luk – Project Design Team
- Landscape: PEG
- Structural Engineering: Carl W. Howe Partners, Inc.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing: Cobalt
- LEED: Zinner Consultants
- Site: A 100,000 square foot vacant parcel located within a new Research and Technology Innovation Park developed by the Mexican government. The site is also adjacent to the Monterrey, Mexico airport and adjoins a natural habitat area.