The young UK-Georgia-based practice Architects of Invention has completed a new municipality building for a city which is yet to come into being – Lazika. This marine, economic and commercial centre was intended to be one of the largest cities in Georgia. Currently, Lazika’s future hangs in the balance, as the new government decides its course of action.
We had to solve an a typical project, a design center, where creativity and art should be blended and be offered to the user. The shops should have the same condition, without creating differences between the front and back. After solving the first floor with two locals, we made in the second and third floor 8 offices or locals arranged beside a yard with domestic scale.
Situated in an industrial sector near Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport and intersecting highways, this commercial building stands out for its efficient architecture, simple forms, and colourful envelope. Fournitures Sélect specializes in the sale, rental, and maintenance of equipment used in post-damage restoration; it also provides training on this equipment. The building includes a showroom, customer service counters, a classroom, offices, a repair workshop, and a warehouse.
In response to globalization and cross-cutting design trends, the three big international design organizations (ICSID、Icograda and IFI) came together to form the International Design Alliance; IDA, and this year in Taipei, held their annual World Design Congress. There, the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) and the organizers of Taiwan’s Innovation and Design Center Chose Tsung-Jen Lin as one of the 100 great Designers of Taiwan.
Situated in historic Greenfield’s business district and constructed of traditional materials that complement the town’s stately brick buildings, the John W. Olver Transit Center represents a significant technological departure from the past: With its dramatically limited emissions, it anticipates the future and President Obama’s executive order requiring that all new federal buildings achieve net-zero by 2030. Embedded in the building’s design are numerous strategies for energy conservation and generation. For example, the textured brick cladding the western side is a respectful nod to Greenfield’s past, but its main purpose is green: a high-tech strategy in managing the building’s exposure to afternoon sun. In parts, the brick dissolves and the façade becomes a kind of screen; these patterns control the amount of heat entering the building’s interior in summer and winter.
Entry and second floor offices that have views of Greenfield
KABC’s vision for the development of the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community reflects the goals of the new high technology research campus, which promotes a new paradigm for research and development campuses in the region. Sustainability is at the core of the architectural expression, encompassing environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability by fostering community and promoting new techniques and technologies.
Martin Road No. 38 is a residential and commercial development located in a former warehouse area near to the Singapore River, and close to the Singapore CBD. The area lies within a planning zone in the city where the planning authorities have encouraged the conversion of building use from commercial to residential, and in this project, 80% of the permitted area was able to become residential apartments, while the remaining is designed as a cafe and restaurant.
The Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, a major new sustainable masterplan for a prominent site at the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, has broken ground – the project forms part of a large-scale urban plan, extending from Shanghai’s main station. The dynamic new mixed-use community is centred on a new four-hectare public park and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces.
This rehabilitation of a modest 1960’s commercial building brings new life to a neglected structure in this coastal college town adjacent to the University of California Santa Barbara. Facade improvements included new fiber cement cladding inspired by retail barcodes and energy efficient storefronts with irregularly patterned mullions. Along the sidewalk raised outdoor dining patios were created with metal enclosures that mimic the storefronts. Inside, mechanical systems were updated along with and access for the disabled. Now the open facades entice passerby while the outdoor dining activities and rhythmic patterns of the new facade enliven the downtown streetscape.
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Withee Malcolm Architects Achieves Platinum, Gold and Silver LEED Certification for Six Recent Multifamily, Institutional and Commercial Developments
Los Angeles, CA — U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification and other measures of sustainability are increasingly part of the business plans for both commercial and multifamily residential project sand Withee Malcolm Architects is working closely with their clients to create environmentally conscious developments that make bottom-line sense. As a result the firm has achieved LEED Platinum, Gold and Silver certification on six projects in the last few months.