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The 14th Street Y in New York, NY by Z-A Studio

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Article source: Z-A Studio

The design celebrates the biggest asset of the Y as a community facility; its diverse, multi generational user base. The identity of each programmatic space was enhanced, expressing multiplicity rather than institutional uniformity. The entry lobby, fitness center, locker rooms, studios, offices showers and pool are organized as a series of parallel bands. As members move through the different bands, they experience the immediacy of the simultaneous happenings that animate the building. The distinct character of the bands enables the modularity of the scheme, where one program space can be replaced by another (like slots in a computer) without compromising the integrity of the design.

Exterior view

  • Architects: Z-A Studio
  • Project: The 14th Street Y
  • Location: New York, NY


Rose Library in Norman, Oklahoma by John Postic

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Article source: John Postic

Libraries today serve as gathering places, community centers, and cafes. We need to stop viewing libraries as sacred temples of reading and research and more as a collective gathering place of people, ideas, events, and resources; a place that incites imagination and satisfies curiosity – a veritable flowering of culture. With a form that evokes the Oklahoma Rose, this library has a multi-layered skin that passively filters light, sound, and visitors to the library. These ‘petals’ diffuse the light entering the library, reducing solar heat gain and providing excellent reading light.


  • Architects: John Postic
  • Project: Rose Library
  • Location: Norman, Oklahoma
  • Software used: Rhino, Maxwell, and Photoshop


Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center in New Orleans, Louisiana by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

This New Orleans neighborhood library is comprised of two buildings joined together with the intention that they function as a whole. One building is a historically significant bungalow built as a residence in 1917, sited prominently on the corner of South Broad Street and Napoleon Avenue. The other building, built in 1993 specifically to function as a library, was home to the main reading room and stock areas. Both buildings were severely flooded by levee breaks attributed to Hurricane Katrina. The bungalow was salvaged and raised for future flood prevention, but the modern addition was deemed necessary for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

Image Courtesy Timothy Hursley

  • Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
  • Project: Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Software used: majority of the design work done in AutoCAD and Sketch up. Some Rhino was used on the tail end of the project.


São Cirilo Community Centre in Porto, Portugal by Nuno Valentim and Frederico Eça

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Article source: Nuno Valentim and Frederico Eça

With an area of approximately 2000 squared meters (20m by 100m) and an irregular geometry, the plot had uncharacteristic dimensions and form for the city of Porto. The program was built along with the project – never before had a building in Portugal been specifically designed for the social integration of immigrants. With these uncertainties we looked for clues in our immediate surroundings – we found warehouses, small factories, landfills and illegal constructions…

Street view

  • Architects: Nuno Valentim Lopes, Frederico Eça/ Nuno Valentim, Arquitectura e Reabilitação LDA
  • Project: São Cirilo Community Centre
  • Location: Rua Barão de Forrester, Porto, Portugal
  • Collaborating Architects: Paola Monzio, Joana Sarmento e Margarida Ramos
  • Developer: Província Portuguesa da Companhia de Jesus
  • Project/ Construction Dates: 2002/ 2008
  • Plot Area: 2050 m2
  • Construction Area: 2215 m2
  • Engineering Team: Prof. Eng. Vasco Peixoto de Freitas, Rodrigues Gomes e Associados, Penman
  • Constructor: Bascol
  • Project Manager and Supervisor: Domingos Sousa Coutinho Lda
  • Photography: João Ferrand/Mariana Themudo
  • Awards: Finalist of FAD award 2009


PARKPRAXIS in Kasten bei Böheimkirchen, Lower Austria by X Architekten

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Article source: X Architekten


Dr. Fehrmann decided to build her new practice in the centre of the lower Austrian community of  Kasten. The community’s centre consists of buildings which surround a green park on three sides. On its fourth side, the park opens up towards agricultural fields and meadows. The premises lie on the edge of the park where its green spaces turn into agriculture. Keeping the valuable urban quality of the continuous green space demands a certain concept in which the building is not to be seen as such, so as not to disturb the geographical connection between the two green spaces.

Image Courtesy X Architekten


  • Architects: X Architekten
  • Project: PARKPRAXIS
  • Location: Kasten bei Böheimkirchen, Lower Austria
  • Start of planning: October 2010
  • Start of construction: June 2011
  • Handing over: January 2012
  • Construction: masonry mixture
  • Floor space: 224 m2
  • Premises: 500 m²
  • Built-up area:  252 m²
  • Cubature: 1.059 m³
  • Pictures: x architekten


Razzle Dazzle in Enghien-les-Bains, France by HOLDUP Architecture

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Article source: HOLDUP Architecture

The initiative taken to invest in new communication technologies testifies to the willpower of Enghien Les Bains to become a first-rated cultural hub within the most populated region of France.

‘ The Municipality Is Indeed Strongly Determined To Prove That Contemporary Creation Is Profitable To Highlight Its Historical Heritage.’

By adding giant screens to the existing urban furniture set, the Centre Des Arts is offered a chance to share its productions with a broad audience, from digital and visual arts to dance or theatre performances.

Stitched Panorama

  • Architects: HOLDUP Architecture
  • Project: Razzle Dazzle
  • Location: Enghien-les-Bains, France
  • Dimensions: 3x L4m W1m H6m
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Completion: February 2012
  • Budget: 600,000€
  • Condition: Private commission
  • Client: Centre Des Arts
  • Engineering: GMGB
  • Technology: Philips


SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center in Chicago, USA by Studio Gang Architects

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Thinking of change as a liberating architectural opportunity rather than a limitation led to the original design of the SOS Lavezzorio Community Center. As the central hub of SOS Children’s Village Chicago, an organization in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood that serves foster care families, the building combines services for foster care and neighborhood families under one roof.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

  • Architect: Studio Gang Architects
  • Name of Project: SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center
  • Location: Chicago, USA
  • Owner: SOS Children’s Villages Illinois
  • Status: Completed 2008
  • Photos: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing
  • Awards: 2009 First Place, Architectural Excellence in Community Design Award, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; 2008 High Commendation, Civic Category, World Architecture Festival; 2008 Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building, AIA Chicago; 2008 Citation of Merit, Divine Detail, AIA Chicago; 2008 Best Building Award, Building Congress of Chicago


ROCA London Gallery in United Kingdom by Zaha Hadid Architects

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

Designed as a versatile multi-purpose environment, the Gallery will host a wide range of social and cultural events, including exhibitions, meetings, presentations, debates and receptions. Zaha Hadid Architects have created a precisely ordered, intimate sensory design environment which stimulates the visitor through its active and engaged relationship with Roca’s products.

Image Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Huis van Droo in Duiven, The Netherlands by JDWA

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Article source: JDWA

Huis van Droo (lit. House of Droo) will be the heart of area Droo-Zuid, with a new gymnasium, the neighbourhood lounge, a child daycare centre and para-medic services. In December 2011 the building was finished and on January 2nd 2012 put into operation. The festive opening by users and alderman was on March 30th.

Facade from fuutstraat


Social Center in Mesoiro in A Coruña, Spain by NAOS Architecture

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012


The building was designed to be a social and services center in a neighbourhood with a high population growth rates in recent years. It includes a gathering place for neighbours and the cultural equipment: multi-use rooms, auditorium, reading room, play room, others spaces for children and adults and office works.

Images Courtesy Hector Santos-Díez

  • SITE AREA (FLOOR AREA): 2.099 m²


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