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Velenje Car Park in Velenje, Slovenia by ENOTA

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Article source: ENOTA

Velenje was designed as a garden city and as such, it had a lot of unoccupied ground-level surfaces. With the increase in the number of vehicles, these surfaces began to turn into car parks, which crucially affects the quality of open-air habitation. Like many others in the centre of the town, the car park in front of the community health centre was intended to expand to the surrounding green surfaces due to insufficient capacity. Instead of enlarging the floor area, we chose to partially dig in and cover the car park, doubling the capacity in a simple way. As other projects in the area have shown, the abundance of space in the city made the users reluctant to adopt multi-level parking. Accordingly, the new car park is not designed as a classical parking garage but features a double entrance leading to two car parks laid on top of each other. This makes for highly rational use of the space, as there is no surface lost to circling around the structure, with the building also being naturally ventilated.

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

  • Architects: ENOTA
  • Project: Velenje Car Park
  • Location: Velenje, Slovenia
  • Photography: Miran Kambič
  • Year: 2012
  • Status: completed 2014
  • Size: 4.222 m2
  • Budget: 1.020.000 EUR
  • Client: Velenje Municipality
  • Project team: Dean Lah I Milan Tomac I Tjaž Bauer, Andrej Oblak I Polona Ruparčič I Nuša Završnik, Šilec I Alja Černe I Nebojša Vertovšek
  • Structural engineering: Elea iC
  • Structural engineering: Nom biro
  • Electrical planning: Elsing
  • Type: open competition first prize

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The International Garden Festival announces the designers for its 16th edition

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 16th edition of the Festival presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens from June 26 to September 27, 2015.

Grand-Métis, Canada, 2015-01-07 -The competition attracted 309 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted by over 700 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 34 countries.

“Buzz” is the operative word guiding the 2015 Festival with new creations by designers from Canada, France and Israel. The installations selected by the jury have a special energy and connection to the natural world. The temporary gardens have a degree of interactivity that encourages visitors to enter with enthusiasm. The goal is to intrigue visitors with the unusual or to impress by new ways of presenting what is common.

The new gardens selected for the 2015 edition are:

Around-About by Talmon Biran architecture studio [Roy Talmon, architect & Noa Biran, architect], Tel Aviv, Israel. http://www.talmonbiran.com.

Image Courtesy © Talmon Biran architecture studio

Image Courtesy © Talmon Biran architecture studio

Image Courtesy © Talmon Biran architecture studio

Image Courtesy © Talmon Biran architecture studio

Carré bleu sur fond blanc by o.k. [Kihan Kim, landscape architect & Ophélie Bouvet, landscape architect], Paris, France. http://www.kihankim.com.

Image Courtesy © O.k.

Image Courtesy © O.k.

Image Courtesy © O.k.

Image Courtesy © O.k.

I like to move it by DIX NEUF CENT QUATRE VINGT SIX Architecture [Mathilde Gaudemet, architect & Arthur Ozenne, architect], Paris, France. http://www.19-86.fr.

Image Courtesy © DIX NEUF CENT QUATRE VINGT SIX Architecture

Image Courtesy © DIX NEUF CENT QUATRE VINGT SIX Architecture

Image Courtesy © DIX NEUF CENT QUATRE VINGT SIX Architecture

Image Courtesy © DIX NEUF CENT QUATRE VINGT SIX Architecture

Popple by Meaghan Hunter, landscape architect & Suzy Melo, landscape architect, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada.

Image Courtesy © Meaghan Hunter

Image Courtesy © Meaghan Hunter

Image Courtesy © Meaghan Hunter

Image Courtesy © Meaghan Hunter

Se mouiller (la belle échappée) by Groupe A / Annexe U [Jean-François Laroche, architect, Rémi Morency, architect and urbanist, Erick Rivard, architect & Maxime Rousseau, architect], Québec (Québec) Canada. http://www.groupea.qc.ca.

Image Courtesy © Groupe A Annexe U

Image Courtesy © Groupe A Annexe U

Image Courtesy © Groupe A Annexe U

Image Courtesy © Groupe A Annexe U

The Archipelago (An Atlas of Biomes) by Pedro Pitarch Alonso, architect, Madrid, Spain, received a special mention from the jury.

All of the 309 entries are exhibited on-line on the website of the Festival as part of the annual exhibition of competition entries:

.http://www.refordgardens.com

The jury was composed of Paula Meijerink, landscape architect, co-designer of Asphalt Garden, IGF 2003 et Shushu, IGF 2004; François Leblanc, architect, co-designer of Méristème, IGF 2014;Rosetta Sarah Elkin, landscape architect and assistant professor of landscape architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, designer of Tiny Taxonomy, IGF 2010-2014; Edith Normandeau, acting executive director, Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec and Alexander Reford, director of Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival.

About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 150 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.

Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Canada Summer Jobs, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec and Emploi-Québec. Economic Development Canada is the major partner in the development of the Landscape Laboratory project.

About the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis

A National Historic Site and Québec heritage site, the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis are an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Québec. Cultural space and tourist destination for over 50 years, the Reford Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in the Gaspésie region, providing visitors with experiences for every sense. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers, they were created between 1926 and 1958 by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford. Hydro-Québec has been the lead sponsor of the Reford Gardens since 1999.

The gardens will be open every day from May 30 to September 27, 2015. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge.

Double Moon Installation in Brooklyn, New York by Holm Architecture Office

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Holm Architecture Office

When Olafur Eliasson created his sun he proposed a celebration of the day. For this year’s Nuit Blanche / Bring The Night to Light Festival in Brooklyn, New York, we propose a similar celebration, this time of the night.

The Double Moon installation aims to inspire imagination and focus attention on things that, while often taken for granted, define our daily—and nightly—lives.

Image Courtesy © Holm Architecture Office

  • Architects: Holm Architecture Office
  • Project: Double Moon Installation
  • Location: Greenpoint Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York
  • Program: Art Installation
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 24’ x 18’
  • Client: NA
  • Status: Shortlisted, Results Pending

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Water Purifying Footbridge in The Netherlands by Margot Krasojevic

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Article source: Decodeine

Competition Amsterdam footbridge 2012 by Margot Krasojevic
Water management is still the most important function of Amsterdam canals. Without them, the city would drown. Circulating the water is also vital for sanitary reasons. In the days when windmills had to do the job, the stench of the water could become unbearable in periods with little wind or rain.

Three times a week, 14 of the 16 existing waterlocks around the city close up, so clean water can be pumped in from the big lake IJsselmeer. The current that is created pushes the dirty canal water out through the open locks on the other side of the city. Specialized cleaning boats with big scoops and nets patrol frequently clean surface debris. Since 2005, all the houseboats in the city are connected to the sewer system.

Water Purifying Footbridge

  • Architects: Decodeine
  • Project: Water Purifying Footbridge
  • Location: Amsterdam,  The Netherlands
  • Project Architect: Margot Krasojevic
  • Software used: 3dsMax and Vray for renders and Microstation for design details

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Shanghai 2012 in China by Lee Martin

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Article source: Lee Martin

This was an international design competition that me and my partner(Justin Strosnider) participated in during the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. we are both 18 years of age and pursuing a career in architecture.The design work took a total of six months and was the most extensive and challenging design we had ever done. The main goal of the design was sustainability. The building is a mixed use building that offeres retail, office, as well as residential space.

Shanghai 2012

  • Architects: Lee Martin
  • Project: Shanghai 2012
  • Location: Shanghai, China

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Winners Named in CANstruction San Diego Design-Build Competition

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

They came in all colors, themes, shapes and sizes, but the winning entries of this year’s CANstruction San Diego competition all had one thing in common: creative ingenuity.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (www.mccarthy.com), RJC Architects (www.rjcarch.com), IBI Group (www.ibigroup.com), Kearny Mesa High Construction Tech Academy, and Crawford High School – IDEA came together to compete in this annual design-build competition, sponsored the Society for Design Administration, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects.  Each team of 10 was tasked with collecting donations of canned goods, devising a design, and creating huge works of sculptural art made entirely out of canned goods. Close to 50,000 cans of food, weighing approximately 40,000 pounds, were used to create the structures, some as much as eight feet tall and ten feet wide.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

A requirement of the competition was that the sculptures had to be structurally sound and constructed entirely of cans.  Each team had five hours to build the structures, with no more than five team members on the floor at any given time.

“All the teams did a terrific job this year of designing and building some amazing sculptures,” said Julie King, associate and business manager of RJC Architects and this year’s CANstruction chairwoman.  “The most rewarding part of this event for everyone is knowing they’ve made a significant contribution to some important community causes.”

Canstruction San Diego 2012

The canned food structures were on display at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego for several days, and the public was invited to come view them and makecash or canned food donations of their own.  Following the event, all of the food was donated to Homefront San Diego, an organization that benefits the San Diego military, and East County Transitional Living Center, which helps house the community’s homeless.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

McCarthy was awarded an “Honorable Mention” for its “Road to End Hunger” structure for which cans of Chicken of the Sea salmon were construction cones, spinach was grass, and black beans were asphalt.RJC Architects won in both the “Juror’s Favorite” and “People’s Choice” award categories for its creation of “The Titantic”, which incorporated tuna cans as icebergs, sardine cans as lifeboats, black beans for the smokestack, and water bottles as the ocean.The jurors cited IBI Group’s innovative “Caterpillar”structure with an award for “Structural Ingenuity”, along with an “Honorable Mention”.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

Kearny High Construction Tech Academy received the “Best Meal” award for its construction of “Hunger is No Game”, ” a similarly ambitious structure consisting of more than 4,000 cans in the shape of the popular “Hunger Games” book and the Mockingjay symbol that figures into the plot.  Crawford High School – IDEA received the “Best Use of Labels” award for its striking structure of a waving “American Flag”.

“We’re looking forward to participating again in next year’s CANstruction event, and helping to make it even bigger and better,” said Paul King, director of business development for McCarthy, and board member of CANstruction San Diego.  “Our company employees are already thinking about how they’ll top themselves next year.”

Canstruction San Diego 2012

About McCarthy:

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2011) and is one of the nation’s oldest, privately held construction firms.  As the largest general building contractor in California and one of the top green construction firms (ENR California, August 2011), McCarthy is committed to the construction of high performance buildings. The company provides general contracting, construction management, program management and design/build services for healthcare, education, parking structure, entertainment, retail, laboratory, biotechnical, microelectronic, and industrial facilities; office buildings; tenant interiors; mixed-use; multifamily residential and bridges and highways.  In addition to San Diego, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas; Houston; St. Louis; and Atlanta.  McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.  More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

Warming Huts v.2012 in Manitoba, Canada by Mjölk Architects (designed with Rhino and AutoCAD)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Article source: Mjölk Architects

Our winning entry to an international arts & architecture competition in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Warming Huts v.2012 was an open competition, endorsed by the Manitoba Association of Architects.

Image Courtesy Polar Hen

 

  • Architects: Mjölk Architects
  • Project: Warming Huts v.2012
  • Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhinoceros

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Polikatoikea in Oporto, Portugal by Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Article source: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

‘Polikatoikea’ seeks a compromise between a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea). The project is an (almost) politic move that seeks the densification of the city through a low-cost construction targeting a young and unattached client. (On a conceptual level) the project attempts to provide an idea that fights the ‘desertification’ where, in face of an unstable economic conjecture, the low cost appears as a possible (and affordable) solution. Architect: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares.

Polikatoikea

  • Architect: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares
  • Name of Project: Polikatoikea
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Competition: Open ideas competition (1st prize)
  • Organizers: Origami architectural competitions
  • Dates: November 2011 / January 2012

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Melting Pot in New York City by HartnessVision and YGS

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Article source: HartnessVision and YGS

New York City AIDS Memorial Park Competition

The combined site is experienced through the 2 ramped passageways,  that begin and end at the same place but remain separate. “Health “–  embodied by the verdant park, benches, and vegetation– surrounds  “Infection”–symbolized by an isolated ramp. The two realities are visible  to each other but separated by a glass enclosure.

Rendering

  • Architect: HartnessVision and YGS
  • Name of Project: Melting Pot
  • Location: New York City, USA
  • Scope: NYC’s first AIDS memorial, creation of park
  • Size: 18,000 sq ft
  • Budget: $30Million
  • Design Partners: Yael Getz-Schoen, AIA, LEED-AP
  • Software used:
      Plans, sections: sketchup
      Modeling : Sketchup, 3DS Max
      Rendering: 3DS Max
      Post production: Photoshop, InDesign

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Active Edge – Landfill as autopoietic system in Grønmo, Norway by PlaC

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: PlaC

In a world where design contaminates every possible field of technical knowledge and theoretical thinking, where we have reached such an advanced state of urbanity, landfills still represent an exceptional void of intentions. Active Edge is a radical strategy that specifically addresses the unitary dimension (spatial and biological) characterizing every landfill, retracing it in order to visualize and nurture its presence.

Active Edge

  • Architects: PlaC
  • Project: Active Edge – Landfill as autopoietic system
  • Location: Grønmo, Oslo, Norway
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 52 ha
  • Client: Europan11 Norway
  • Status: Honorable Mention
  • Team: 2A+B (Ariolfo, Alessio, Bua) @ www.Pla-C.eu

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