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Solar Plaza Fargo in Fargo, North Dakota, USA by ShortList_0 Design Group (designed using Maya and Revit)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

PROPOSAL FOR FARGO, ND:  This new downtown destination is a place to congregate, shop, eat, live and work.  It also generates its own solar power.  The Solar Plaza’s unique sculptural shape, with sweeping solar panel surface and curvaceous wraparound glass, adds a new dimension to the progressive development of renewable resources.

Solar Building Plaza Entrance

  • Architect: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC
  • Project Name: Solar Plaza Fargo
  • Location: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
  • Sustainable Design Proposal: ShortList_0 Design Group
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, 2010
  • Site Area: approximately 90,000 sf
  • Program:   Mixed Use retail, office, residential and civic plaza
  • Space Allocation (8 stories): 54,000 sf retail; 38,000 sf office; 76,000 sf residential
  • Parking: 400 cars on two sublevels
  • Primary Sustainable Design Technology: Building Integrated PV Solar Panels
  • Annual Output Capability: 850,000 kWh
  • Average Monthly Capability: 70,000 kWh/mo
  • Software Used: Revit, Maya


Ordos Office Complex in Dongsheng District, Ordos, China by Preston Scott Cohen

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

One essential aspect of the modern office tower is the efficient, open plan found on each level. An office building which attempts sculptural exuberance risks undermining this tried and true logic.

However, simple extruded rectangular boxes lack the iconic presence corporations seek as well as the spatial interest that occupants appreciate. The Ordos Office Complex employs an economical formal idea, avoiding sculptural excess by deploying a hot and cool approach. A neutral skin and efficient floor plans are intensified by spatial incidents deep within the building as well as social spaces that multiple tenants can share.

The Ordos Office Complex represents a new permutation of the “horizontal skyscraper” idea. It is as if a single office tower were cut into four buildings, with their lobbies arrayed horizontally across the site. Because of the topography of the site, this new horizontal datum is suspended in midair.

Ordos Office Complex

  • Architect: Preston Scott Cohen
  • CATEGORY: Commercial
  • PROJECT NAME: Ordos Office Complex
  • LOCATION: Dongsheng District, Ordos, China
  • CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS: Steel frame; glass and aluminum curtain wall, stone and tile plazas and elevated terraces
  • FUNDING SOURCE: Local government / private developer partnership
  • SCHEDULE: Design 2010, construction 2011
  • SQUARE FOOTAGE: 232,000 square feet
  • PROJECTED COST: 5,000 RMB / m2 (interior and landscape not included)
  • Software used: Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper for the stairs


Firestone Mixed Use Office Building in Downey, California by B+U

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The proposal for this mixed use office building in Downey, California creates a world-class landmark building aiming to enhance the cities vision as the premier quality city in the southeast area of Los Angeles County and to revitalize the industrial landscape of the site into a vital urban environment.

Firestone Building by B+U

  • Architect: B+U, llp, Herwig Baumgartner, principal, Scott Uriu, principal
  • Client: Jesse Flores
  • Program: Mixed Use Office building, Café and Retail
  • Location: Downey, California
  • Size: 34,261 sqft
  • Budget: Witheld upon owner request
  • Completion Date: 2014
  • Materials: Steel, fabric, glass, concrete
  • Team: Paul Macherey, Phillip Ramirez, Justin Oh


’Villas in the Sky’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Henning Larsen Architects

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

’Villas in the Sky’ is a mixed-use 34-storey tower placed at a unique location in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Situated as one of the last buildings in the green thoroughfare, the Wadi, and in a transition zone between the public square and the Wadi, the tower will become a strong local landmark. The form imitates the structural ideal of a high-rise building. It is a polygon with four equal sides allowing for very flexible spaces. The shifted upper plates create a jagged facade that visually differentiates the various programmes in the mixed-use building.

Villas in the Sky

  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Client: Saudi Binladen Group
  • Gross floor area: 41,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2009 – 2013
  • Type of assignment: Commission
  • Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
  • MEP: Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyors: Geoffrey Barnett Associates


The Gem Building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Henning Larsen Architects

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

The Gem Building is a unique small-scale landmark surrounded by large buildings in King Abdullah Financial District. The size of the building is adapted to human scale and its crystalline form and faceted facades enhance its quality as a shining beacon.

The Gem Building

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Client: Saudi Binladen Group
  • Gross floor area: 33,500 m2
  • Year of construction: 2009 – 2013
  • Type of assignment: Commission
  • Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
  • MEP: Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyors: Geoffrey Barnett Associates


VietinBank Business Center in Hanoi, Vietnam by Foster + Partners

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Foster + Partners’ first project in Vietnam breaks ground on 22 October 2010

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for VietinBank Business Center, Foster + Partners’ first project in Vietnam. Bringing together the Bank’s headquarters, conference, hotel and leisure facilities, the landmark towers are strategically located between central Hanoi and the airport, demonstrating the emergence of Vietnam as an international financial centre.

VietinBank Business Center at night - (c) Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Mouzhan Majidi, Luke Fox, Andy Bow, Richard Hawkins, Angus Campbell, Jeremy Kim, Coco Cugat
  • Client: Vietinbank
  • Structural Engineers: Halvorson and Partners
  • Mechanical Engineers: David Stillman Associates
  • Cost Consultants: Davis Langdon and Seah
  • Lighting Design: Tino Kwan
  • Water Features: Fluidity
  • Landscaping: Urbis
  • Facades: Emmer Pfenniger
  • Feng Shui : Master Lau
  • Local Consultants: Vinaconex R+D
  • Project Management and Construction Supervision : Turner International


THE MODULES Apartments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Interface Studio Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In recent years, the market for student housing has become increasingly competitive, with design-savvy, environmentally-sensitive students choosing between a variety of on- and off-campus living options.  The Modules is a 160-bed, 80,000-square-foot building on a half-acre site near Temple University in Philadelphia. The project responds to an emerging student housing market around the Temple campus as the school transitions from a commuter school  to a residential institution.

Modules Apartment

  • Architect: Interface Studio Architects
  • Project: The Modules Apartment
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Built
  • Developer/ GC / Property Manager: Equinox Management & Construction, LLC (more…)

Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’ Park in Busan, South Korea by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The concept of the Haeundae Udong project is to build a powerful and unique icon expressed in a dynamic volume on the Busan waterfront. Studio Daniel Libeskind will produce five new towers sculpted to express the dramatic beauty and power of the ocean. The curvilinear geometry of the buildings plays with concepts of traditional Korean architecture, often derived from natural beauty such as the grace of an ocean wave, the unique composition of a flower petal, or the wind-filled sails of a ship. Upon completion it will be the tallest residential building in Asia.

Aerial View of Haeundae Udong Hyundai I' Park

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’ Park
  • Location: Busan, South Korea
  • Commission: 2006
  • Completion: 2011
  • Client: Hyundai Development Company
  • Building Address: Haeundae Udong 1408, Busan, South Korea
  • Building Area: 4.5 Million sq.ft.
  • Building details: 3 residential towers w/ 1631 units (72F, 66F, 46F), 1 hotel (34F), 1 office (9F), 1 retail (3F)
  • Structure: Concrete structure with glass curtain wall cladding
  • Architect of Record: Kunwon, Hanmi
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP, Dong Yang Structural Engineers Co.
  • MEP Engineer: SYSKA Hennessy, Hyun Woo
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Saegil E & C Co.
  • Landscape Consultant: Ctopos
  • Curtain Wall Consultant: Wallplus
  • Fire Protection Consultant: Yung-Do Engineering Co.
  • Lighting Consultant: LPA
  • Contractor: Hyundai Development Company
  • Photo Credits: ©Hyundai Development Company, ©dbox: Images, ©neoscape, © SDL


Benetton Group Headquarters in Tehran, Iran by AquiliAlberg

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

In Persia, language has a powerful symbolic narrative function, that not only explains the power of charm, but also the typical, the recurrence of certain symbols which are dotted legend, poetry, textiles, the thumbnails until you arrive to architecture. Symbolism in Persian, with its repertoire of typical and recurring images, the flight between analog and fantastic image and meaning, seems to almost always be the work not of an individual but of an entire group, in a symbol that expresses their cultural identity, a collective religious sensitivity, under the penalty of continued foreign domination. Dance illuminated daily narrated thousand stories and the understanding of symbolic language is collective, popular.

Benetton Group Headquarters in Tehran, Iran Competition Entry

  • Location: Teheran_Iran
  • Client: Benetton Group
  • Phase: First phase competition
  • Site area: 11.000 sqm
  • Program: commercial, offices, storages, apartments, parking
  • Year: 2009
  • Architects: AquiliAlberg
  • Design team: Ergian Alberg, Laura Aquili, Alessio Pucci, Christian Ronchi


Mar do Oriente in Lisboa, Portugal by Aires Mateus

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Over a platform, eight volumes are built, in which the significance of each volume is reinforced by repetition, not equal, but identical. The buildings have the same distance between themselves, repeating their external image, their height and width. The variation happens in their length and thus footprint on the platform. As abstract objects the volumes are on the border of the platform, releasing a vast area in the center. In the core of the intervention, the platform slab is cut to illuminate the internal plaza, one level below, from where all the accesses to offices are located. The square promotes the connection of all four surrounding streets. The façades expose a constant module, defined not by a materiality (concrete or stone) but by an immateriality: light alignments that cross from the gallery wall to the ceiling.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Aires Mateus
  • Name of the project: Office and Commerce Building in Lisboa – Parque das Nações
  • Location: Lisboa, Portugal
  • Date of construction: July 2008
  • Author: Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Project Leader: Valentino Capelo Sousa, Bruno Moura Anes
  • Collaborators: Patrícia Marques, Maria Rebelo Pinto, Tiago Mestre, Afonso Almeida Fernandes
  • Client: “Mar do Oriente” Cooperative
  • Structural Engineer: José Nascimento
  • Water Engineer: José Nascimento
  • Air treatment: João Soares
  • Electrical Engineer: Saraiva de Figueiredo
  • Comunications: Saraiva de Figueiredo
  • Thermal behaviour: José Nascimento
  • Acoustics: José Nascimento
  • Landscape design: Margarida Quelhas
  • Constructor: Empreiteiros Casais
  • Surface Area: 7200 m2
  • Built Area: 16700 m2
  • Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


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