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Spinpark – Cultural and Enterprise Center in Guimarães, Portugal by Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Article source: Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

The building is designated to house small and medium sized technological companies and a cultural space. It is expected to be a cultural reference and the nest for new companies in a new technological park.

The site was characterized as an empty space with very little references. There is a master plan which hasn’t still been executed.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)


Hakawati – House of art and culture in Beirut, Lebanon by Ooze Architects

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Article source: Ooze Architects

Before the appearance and the diffusion of cinemas and of mass media the Hakawati was the main form of entertainment in Arabic-speaking countries and most notably in Lebanon. The Hakawati was a storyteller who thrilled his audience with a story. He was the spontaneous messenger moving throughout the city, a key-figure in stimulating social cohesion and in activating a public space for all.

Exterior Finale

  • Architects: Ooze Architects
  • Project: Hakawati – House of art and culture
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Areas: 16 000m2
  • Budget: 20 M EUR
  • Client: Ministry of Culture – Sultan of Oman
  • Team: Eva Pfannes – Ooze, Sylvain Hartenberg – Ooze, Florian de Visser –  Assistant Ooze, Omaya Malaeb – Assistant Ooze Beirut, Andre Chedid – Assistant Ooze Beirut, Alice Grégoire – Assistant Ooze,
  • CULTURAL PRODUCER: Lucia Babina iStrike
  • STRUCTURE: ABT – Ronald Wenting
  • SOCIOLOGIST: Prof. Samir Khalaf – Beirut
  • DATE: Competition /  01- 2009



41 Cooper Square in New York City by Morphosis Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Morphosis Architects

41 Cooper Square, the new academic building for The Cooper Union in New York City, aspires to manifest the character, culture, and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded. The institution remains committed to Peter Cooper’s radically optimistic intention to provide an education “as free as water and air” and has subsequently grown to become a renowned intellectual and cultural center for the City of New York.

Image Courtesy Iwan Baan

  • Architects: Morphosis Architects
  • Project: 41 Cooper Square
  • Location: New York City
  • Owner: The Cooper Union
  • Associate Architect: Gruzen Samton, LLP
  • Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
  • Landscape Architects: Signe Nielsen
  • Acoustics: Newson Brown Acoustic, LLC
  • Project Contributors: Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC ; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc; John A. Martin Associates, Inc.; Goldstein Associates, PLLC; IBE Consulting Engineers; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Steve Rosenstein Associates, Inc; Pentagram Design Abbott Miller; Auerbach Pollock Friedlander; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Barnes Wentworth; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Arup Fire; Berzak Schoen Consultants, Ltd; Van Deusen & Associates; Gordon H. Smith Corporation; Henshell & Buccellato; Atelier Ten; Synergy Engineering; Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Inc


Wyckoff Exchange in Brooklyn, NY by Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC


The Wyckoff Exchange commission required the economical and adaptive re-use of two abandoned warehouses to create 10,000 square feet of raw space for retail and cultural uses in the emerging but underserved neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. This place is marked by the strong traces of a gritty industrial past, and is rapidly transforming into a center of art and creativity.

Night View

  • Architect: Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC
  • Project Name: Wyckoff Exchange
  • Location: 22-28 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
  • Completion Date: January 2011
  • Category: Retail
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Marine and World Heritage Centre “Wachau” in Krems, Austria by Najjar & Najjar Architekten

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Najjar & Najjar Architekten

The design includes a new shipping pier and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A large roof spans the area like a wing and connects the elements. The amply roof, desiderated point of arrival, forms likewise a remarkable gate to the landscape of the “Wachau”. Alongside the City it leads the every day life’s fugitives to the place of experience, of emotions. A new place of articulation assumes a shape, creates strong connections between river and city, between landscape and urbanism. The large gate forms the frame for different encounter possibilities, whether cultural, culinary or interpersonal. Zone of communication, gastronomy, commerce and ticket counter conflate into a whole.

Marine and World Heritage Centre “Wachau”


Cartaxo Cultural Centre in Cartaxo, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Article source: CVDB Arquitectos

The new Cultural Centre in Cartaxo stands out for the bold in situ exposed concrete cantilever that, like a “belly of a whale”, projects itself onto the sidewalk and foyer to house the main auditorium. This public building is located between two gables, taking on the modest urban scale of the main square of Cartaxo. The building introduces an iconographic and public character that balances the relationship between the site exiguity and the extensive programme.

Main Façade and the urban context

  • Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
  • Project: Cartaxo Cultural Centre
  • Location: Cartaxo, Portugal
  • Project data: Invited competition – 1st prize, 2001, completed 2005
  • Client: Câmara Municipal do Cartaxo (Cartaxo Municipality)
  • Total Built area: 3 200 sq m (34 445 sq ft)
  • Construction cost including stage equipment: € 3 000 000 euros ($ 4,278,898 USD)
  • Feasibility design: Diogo Burnay, Cristina Veríssimo with Alberto Vinagre, Filipa Pedro e Patrícia Pedrosa


Vilnius Museum & Cultural Centre in Lithuania by Zaha Hadid Architects

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

Our new museum and cultural centre emerges in contrast to a surrounding vertical skyline – seemingly defying gravity as it ‘floats’ above the ground, its long, curvilinear lines generating a building of enormous fluidity, velocity and lightness within which visitors may ‘experiment’ with the very notion of ‘gallery’.

Rendering 01

  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of project: Vilnius Museum & Cultural Centre
  • Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Period: 2007 – TBC
  • Client: City of Vilnius
  • Type: Competition / Research


Voltaire Building in Paris, France by ANTONINI-DARMON Architects

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Article source: ANTONINI-DARMON Architects

The buildings of the cultural and community premises of Paris Diderot University fit into the undeveloped, southwest area of the Flour Market which was recently converted by Nicolas Michelin and Associates Agency. A break between the Flour Market and the new building is preserved. It respects the existing building and accentuates the slenderness of the tower.

Exterior View

  • Architect: ANTONINI-DARMON Architects
  • Name of Project: Voltaire Building – cultural and community Premises of Paris Diderot University
  • Location: M3A2 – Cultural and Community Tower, Paris Diderot University, Paris, France
  • Client: SOGAM for Paris Diderot University
  • Project management: Antonini Darmon + Architects
  • Program: Cultural and community premises of Paris Diderot University
  • Area: 550 m² SHON
  • Cost: 2.5 M euros HT
  • Finished: November 2011


Jøssingfjord Competition Proposal in Norway by Imago (designed using Revit)

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Article source: Imago


The idea of the project is to link the landscape to the new building and the exbuilding to the entire scenario of Jøssingfjorden; it’s valleys and context, both visual, historical and technological. The architecture of the proposal will express the power and intentions that people have had for generations. It will make use of the most developed technologies and formal principles as they did according to their time. The proposal connects the two mountains (2 dominant resources) of the valleys and will give the museum and the geopark a new stronger character with a program that fulfills the requirements of function, management and maintenance. It is changing technologically and economically feasible. The proposal meets the requirements and the terms as described in the competition documentation according to program, space /areas and possesses a certain capacity of exception.

View from north-east

  • Architects: Imago-Atelier de Arquitectura e Engenharia
  • Project: Jøssingfjord Competition Proposal
  • Location:Jøssingfjord Competition Proposal
  • Landscape Architect: Torben Schønherr
  • Engineer: José Joaquim Carvalho
  • Architect, Engineer: André de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes
  • Architect, Engineer: António Jorge de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes
  • Art, concept : Asbørn Andresen
  • Software used: Autodesk Revit


Raif Dinçkök Yalova Cultural Center in Turkey by Emre Arolat Architects

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: Emre Arolat Architects

It is possible to say that cities are made out of different contextual layers which time by time come near each other or on top of each other, even intertwine at times and ground their specific existing states. In the Yalova example peculiar to this city, oppositions between the main layers stand out.

Exterior View

  • Architectural project: emre arolat
  • Responsible architect: rıfat yılmaz, kerem piker (concept-preliminary project) ; gonca paşolar, gülseren gerede tecim (final project) ; gonca paşolar, gülseren gerede tecim (construction project)
  • Team: aysun devrekanlı, beril serbes, ercan yılmaz, gözde sazak, leyla kori, nil aynalı, olcay özten, orhun ülgen, övünç tar, sezer bahtiyar, şafak kızılırmak, zeki samer
  • Location: yalova
  • Project date: 2007-2008
  • Construction date: 2008-2010
  • Built area: 7.900 m²
  • Client: akkök grubu (limited competition)
  • Structural project: osm engineering
  • Mechanical project: mak-el
  • Electrical project: sentez


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