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Seattle Center HUB (Hybrid Urban Bioscape) by Aetrangere

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Aetrangere


While society is becoming more complex, two social dynamics could have an enormous incidence in the way that public space will perform in the future. People have a growing concern about environmental matters while an increasing access to information in real time ( and to the mobile media technologies that make it possible) are defying the classical conception of public space, redefining our expectations and confronting it to evolving demands for a wide range of new social experiences.

Image Courtesy © Aetrangere

  • Architects: Aetrangere
  • Project: Seattle Center HUB (Hybrid Urban Bioscape)
  • Location: Seattle Center, Seattle, USA
  • Photo credit: Aetrangere
  • Project Description: New main Public Space for Seattle Center
  • Type: Open International Ideas Competition
  • Client: Seattle Center Foundation
  • Program: Public space, parking, open air performance area, football stadium, sustainable facilities, office, exhibition space, retail, green area, restaurant, café
  • Site Area: 36 500 sqm
  • Project Area: 10 000 sqm
  • Scope: Architectural, Urban and Landscape Concept Design
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Project Leader: Mario Caceres
  • Team: Mario Caceres, Architect and Urban Planner, Christian Canonico, Architect and Engineer
  • Renderings: Inimagenable


Open House BIC in Bangalore, India by Aetrangere

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Aetrangere

It is three decades since Indian cities like Bangalore have witnessed an urban transformation. An urgent growth is taking place around the country and the Urban and Rural are transforming dramatically. It is not only the consequence of globalization but also due to the giant economic shifts from the west to the east.

Our proposal seeks to show a unique path to allow a soft transition of values from urban to nature and from modernity to local culture. We seek to install a landmark image which catalyzes the potential of this central site in the emerging Bangalore.

Image Courtesy © Aetrangere

  • Architects: Aetrangere
  • Project: Open House BIC
  • Location: Central Bangalore (Domlur), India
  • Photo credit: Aetrangere
  • Project Description: Bangalore International Centre Complex
  • Associated Arch.: Karun Kumbera Architects and Urbanists. Mehdi Boulkroun Architect
  • Type: Open International Ideas Competition
  • Client: Bangalore International Centre
  • Program: Exhibition space, public space, library, parking, lecture hall, documentation center, guest, restaurant, Café accommodation, library, garden, terrace


Cultural center Plassen in Norway, Oslo by 3XN

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: 3XN

The Norwegian city of Molde has just 25,000 inhabitants, but every July the biggest stars of jazz and about 100,000 jazz enthusiasts flock to the town’s world famous international jazz festival. In designing the city’s new cultural center, the challenge faced by 3XN was to create a building that was flexible and robust enough to provide a framework for cultural life on both scales.

Image Courtesy © 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: Cultural center Plassen
  • Location: Norway, Oslo
  • Project Type: Cultural Building
  • Functions: theater, concert hall, cafe, gallery, library, exhibition space
  • Client: Molde Kulturbyg AB
  • Construction Period: 2009 – 2012
  • Inauguration: July 2012
  • Size: 5,800 m2
  • Price: 187 million Norwegian kroner
  • Contractor: Brødrende Røsand AS
  • Engineer: Norconsult AS
  • Interior Designer: 3XN
  • Landscape: Molde Municipality


Visitor Centre in Australia by Jonathan Gibb – Architect

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Article source: Jonathan Gibb – Architect

The split form is at once an ode to the landforms of the genus loci (rock out-crops) and the cultural interweave of local cultures. The building is distinctly two forms, the same yet mirrored & reversed to give a individuality & yet allowing each to speak – open faced to one another in constant dialogue. This dialogue is continued to the landscape by the form of the building, mimicking the shafts of rock and forming of stairs.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Gibb - Architect

  • Architects: Jonathan Gibb – Architect
  • Project: Visitor Centre
  • Location: Australia
  • Software used: Presentation renders with SketchUp, renderings using Artlantis. Post production with Adobe Photoshop


Masrah Al Qasba Theatre Emirate in Sharjah, UAE by Magma Architecture

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Article source: Magma Architecture

The Al Qasba is the main cultural centre and a landmark in the Emirate of Sharjah. It comprises two 150m-long, four-storey buildings that face each other on the banks of the Qasba Canal and house art galleries, shops, restaurants and office spaces. The buildings enclose open public space along the banks of the canal and are flanked by the 60m-high Eye of the Emirates ferris wheel, which is visible from afar. The 300-seat Al Qasba Theatre hosts a wide range of events including the annual Sharjah Film Festival, and theatre and poetry performances during the Sarjah Book Fair.

Image Courtesy © Magma Architecture

  • Architects: Magma Architecture
  • Project: Masrah Al Qasba Theatre Emirate
  • Location: Al Qasba, Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Project Completion Date: 2011


Escaravox in Matadero Madrid by Andrés Jaque Architects

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Article source: Andrés Jaque Architects

ESCARAVOX are assemblages of discarded rural infrastructures, reprogrammed as voice-giving-publicdevice.

The aim of this project is to endow Matadero Madrid, former slaughterhouse of the city and now an institution self defined as “public space for contemporary culture, with views on the river”, with the necessary material devices and institutional protocols to prompt a connection between the aforementioned models of intervention in the cultural field. To achieve this, the scheme proposes equipping the open spaces of the old abattoir with varied types of large-span mobile structures with sound amplifying systems, stage lighting and audiovisual projection systems, so that in combination with sliding stands, they may serve as auxiliary structures for any public performance held in this space.

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzmán (

  • Architects: Andrés Jaque Architects & the Office for Political Innovation
  • Project: Escaravox
  • Location: Madrid
  • Project Team: Ruggero Agnolutto (Project Responsible), Fernando Arocha, Ángela Bailén, Almudena Basabe, Elisa Bua, Álvaro Carrillo, Catalina Corredor, Roberto González García, Michal Just, Jorge López Conde, Marco Marcelletti, Paola Pardo, Khristian Serena, Patrycja Stal, Dagmar Stéeova, Silvie Talackova.
  • Structure: Bomainpasa
  • Equipment: Juan Carlos Lafuente, Álvaro Zamora
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán (
  • Sociological Research: Silvia Rodríguez
  • Client: Matadero Madrid


Asakusa Culture and Tourist Center in Tokyo, Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

In the corner premise of just 326㎡ across Kaminari-mon Gate, the building was required to accommodate plural programs such as tourist information center, conference room, multi-purpose hall and an exhibition space.

The center extends Asakusa’s lively neighborhood vertically and piles up roofs that wrap different activities underneath, creating a “new section” which had not existed in conventional layered architecture.

Image Courtesy Takeshi Yamagishi

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: Asakusa Culture and Tourist Center
  • Location: Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
  • Design team: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
  • Structural engineering: Makino Structural design
  • Electrical engineering: Kankyo Engineering inc.
  • Mechanical engineering: Kankyo Engineering inc.
  • Site supervision: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu


Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France by BIG Architects

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: BIG Architects

Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competition to design a new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural institutions into one single building.

The new Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, located on the historical riverfront of Bordeaux will house three regional visual and performing arts agencies FRAC, the ECLA and the OARA in one single institution. The Regional Council of Bordeaux selected the winning team among proposals from SANAA, the Toulouse-based firm W-Architectures and Bordeaux-based FLINT.

Image Courtesy BIG

  • Architects: BIG Architects
  • Project: MÉCA – Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 12 350 m2
  • Client: Conseil régional d’Aquitaine
  • Collaborators: FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Project Leader: Gabrielle Nadeau
  • Project Architect: Jan Magasanik
  • Team: Édouard Champelle, Lorenzo Boddi, Yang Du, Karol Borkowski


Ex Yu Republics Cultural Center in Novi Beograd, Serbia by Filip M. Popovic

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Article source: Filip M. Popovic

New Belgrade represents a part of the city built on principles of CIAM agreement, in the spirit of Le Corbuisier. It is also a simbol of old Yugoslavia. On the foundations of never finished Museum of the Revolution of Yugoslav people, a Cultural Center for the former Republics of Yugoslavia has grown.With places for art, music, literature, movies and food, it will host making new ties between people who have been separated by war and politics.

Entrance View

  • Architects: Filip M. Popovic
  • Project: Ex Yu Republics Cultural Center
  • Location: Novi Beograd, Serbia
  • Software used: AutoCad, 3D Studio Max and Adobe Photoshop


Plaza la Ocho in Tijuana, México by DStudio Architecture

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Article source: DStudio Architecture

This project is built on the site of the former headquarters of the Municipal Police and Fire Station, located on 8th Street and Constitution. Which was demolished earlier this year in an unlawful manner by the current mayor of the city. By destroying a part of the history of the city without considering its reuse and conservation, the Project began to wake up public attention and demanding that now the space should be considered for public use.

Inner Plaza

  • Architects: DStudio Architecture
  • Project: Plaza la Ocho
  • Location: Tijuana, México
  • Project Architect: Karlo De Soto Molina
  • Year: 2012
  • Project Team: Karlo De Soto Molina, Olinca Marmolejo Hernandez, Laura Saucedo Hinojosa, Luis Cardenas Martinez,  Jorge Saldaña and Thalia Vargas
  • Software used: Rhinoceros 3D, V-ray for Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD


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