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City and Nature Master Garden in Xi’an, China by Martha Schwartz Partners

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Article source: Martha Schwartz Partners

Martha Schwartz Partners was one of nine international landscape design firms to be invited to design a small master garden installation on the theme of “the harmonious co-existence of nature and the city” at the 2011 International Horticulture Exhibition in Xi’an, China. The owner’s brief specified that the designer should consider the limitations of local building materials and methods, and that the garden should be accessible to a Chinese point of view.

Image Courtesy © Martha Schwartz Partners

  • Architects: Martha Schwartz Partners
  • Project: City and Nature Master Garden
  • Location: Xi’an, China
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp

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City Living Chelsea 2017 – Gold medal and Best in Fresh gardens in London by Kate Gould Gardens

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Article source: Kate Gould Gardens

City Living is a contemporary garden on several levels imagined in a typical urban apartment block. While these dwellings are often cold and slightly forbidding in appearance they could easily be transformed with the addition of attractive green outdoor spaces for residents use with comfortable and sheltered seating areas surrounded by appealing planting and tranquil water features.

Image Courtesy © Kate Gould Gardens

  • Architects: Kate Gould Gardens
  • Project: City Living Chelsea 2017 – Gold medal and Best in Fresh gardens in London
  • Location: Chelsea, London

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Ilot Queyries in Bordeaux, France by MVRDV

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Article source: MVRDV 

Designed to fully exploit this exceptional location, Ilot Queyries’ facades adapt to their opposite views towards the River Garonne and the historic city. The plan aims to reflect the qualities of Bordeaux World Heritage Site city centre whilst adding new qualities. Emblematic of the masterplan are facades with 45° angles which are used as a tool to generate maximum ventilation, daylight and sun. These angles have also opened the possibilities to create innovative housing. The larger building at the riverfront will have a distinct gold-splashed façade, whilst different shades of ceramic tiles, give a textured effect from top to bottom. The glass-fronted rooftop restaurant offers panoramic views of the historic city and river. At the heart of this collective dwellings is its large public courtyard with a garden of alder, birch and high grasses.

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Ilot Queyries
  • Location: Quai de Queyries, Bordeaux, France
  • Client: Kaufman & Broad, ADIM
  • Co- architects: Flint
  • Design team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs. Nathalie de Vries with Jeroen Zuidgeest, Nils Christa, Marie Saladin, Thomas Boerendonk, Roxana Aaron, Marco Gazzola, Adam Mierzwa, Florian Hoanen and Antoine Ceunebroucke
  • Vizulisation: Antonio Luca Coco, Paolo Mossa Idra, Kirill Emelianov, Tomaso Maschietti and Constanza Cuccato
  • Landscape Design: Sabine Haristoy
  • Year: 2014+

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Schoolgarden “De Buitenkans” in Roosendaal, The Netherlands by RO&AD Architecten

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Article source: RO&AD Architecten 

A neighbourhood family had a redundant piece of land, and offered that to “Het Da Vinci College” , a school for animal care and gardening, with pupils who require additional support. They didn’t know where this would end, because there was a plot, lots of enthusiasm, involvement, from the school, neighbourhood and city council, but neither the skills, nor the money to realise the project. That’s where RO&AD architects stepped in. With help of the Province of Noord-Brabant, Visavis Landscape designers, who gave a small budget, they designed a plan which made it possible to be made by the teachers, the pupils, and the neighbourhood themselves. It is a 6 meters wide and 100 meters long timber structure, with relatively easy to make trusses, which are held together by nail plates. All rooms, like the classroom, animal room, greenhouses etc are placed in a row, without any room and money devouring things like halls or hallways. When Rini, a teacher at the school, saw this, he became so enthusiastic, that he offered to make the building himself. And that is what happened. He postponed his retirement for 2 years, and together with neighbours, students and lots of other people he started to work. Under the guidance of a contractor and the architects, he built the school, and the garden in 1 ½ year’s time. And it works! Neighbours are taking down their fences to get access to the school garden. They take care of the plants and the animals during the holidays, and the students finally have a place where they can be proud of to work on.

Image Courtesy © Katja Effting

  • Architects: RO&AD Architecten (Bergen op Zoom, Middelburg, The Netherlands)
  • Project: Schoolgarden “De Buitenkans”
  • Location: Roosendaal, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Katja Effting
  • Software used: Revit and Autocad
  • Design Team: Ad Kil, Ro Koster, Tamara Giesbers, Chris Bakens
  • Landscape design: Vis-a-Vis Woudrichem, The Netherlands
  • Structural Engineer: ABR Roosendaal, The Netherlands

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Keukenhof in Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: Mecanoo architecten 

Keukenhof finally has a proper main entrance. Mecanoo designed an elegant gatehouse to welcome the large flows of, mainly international, visitors to the world famous gardens. A striking timber roof leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The stepped roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles provides shelter, whilst creating an ever-changing play of light and shadow.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

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WaterGarden in Istanbul, Turkey by Gorkem Volkan Design Studio

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Article source: pRchitect communications consultancy

The Watergarden Project located in Atasehir district of Istanbul, is a recreational center focusing only on gastronomy and entertainment. It is designed by the Dutch design firm, T Concept and the spatial organization as well as the interior design is undertaken by Gorkem Volkan Design Studio.

The main focal points are specialized for refreshments and recreational functions in the project, which has a balanced spatial organization in open, semi-open and closed spaces. There are various units in relation but different from each other, spreaded over a site of 165.000m2, and designed for various activities. The performance pool of covering an area of 5000m2 is aimed to be the project’s visual and functional center and different areas around the pool are designed to have different atmospheres related with the user profile. Additionally, the City Park, designed by DS Architecture, is an important part of the project that is surrounded by plants and trees and covers a 15.000m2 of land.

Image Courtesy © Gorkem Volkan Design Studio

  • Architects: Gorkem Volkan Design Studio
  • Project: WaterGarden
  • Location: Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Interior: 165.000m2
  • Project Date: 2015
  • Construction Date: 2015-2016

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The Cement Factory in Sant Just Desvern, Spain by Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 

I found enormous silos, a tall smokestack, four kilometres of underground tunnels, and machine rooms in good shape. This was twenty five years ago and it was my first encounter with the Cement Factory.

I already imagined future spaces and noticed that the different aesthetic and plastic tendencies that had developed since World War 1 were present in this factory.

-Surrealism:

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 
  • Project: The Cement Factory
  • Location: Sant Just Desvern, Spain
  • Total floor area: m2 5.000 and gardens
  • House area: m2 500
  • Completed: 1975

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Projet d’aménagement du Littoral de in Casablanca, Morocco by Lemay + Geodata Group

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Article source: v2com

Lemay has won the prestigious international competition to redesign the corniches of Morocco’s Casablanca coast, which include the new seaside promenade of the Hassan II Mosque and the Ain Diab corniche. This win reinforces Lemay’s international presence and once again showcases Quebec’s creativity and design abroad.

“This new achievement confirms our exceptional expertise in integrated design as well as the international demand for a design offering that directly impacts communities’ current and future well-being,” said Louis T. Lemay, president and excellence facilitator.

Gateway to the Hassan II Mosque seaside promenade , Image Courtesy © Lemay

  • Architects: Lemay + Geodata Group
  • Project: Projet d’aménagement du Littoral de
  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Client name: La Société CASABLANCA AMÉNAGEMENT SA
  • Engineers: GEODATA
  • Architecture and landscape architecture: Lemay
  • Project director: René Hubert
  • Project team: Alexandre Lapierre, Bodnar Charlotte, Bourdages Jean-Sébastien, Dewez Raphaël, Ferland Pierre-Olivier, Lacoste Sophie, Lafrance Hugo, Lapierre Alexandre, Lauzon Michel, Lavallée Audrey, Légaré Alexis, Mayano-Vinet Eloi, Migneault Réal, Molaison-Houde Pier-Alexandre, Parent Marie-Ève, Piché Karen, St-Pierre Lucie, Tamine Jean-Pierre, Wang Kevin
  • Cost of work: 200,000,000 Dirhams (equivalent to $26M CDN)
  • Project area: 5 linear km
  • Start date: April 2017
  • End date: July 2018

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Masserie Maresca in Ostuni (BR), Italy by Schiattarella Associati

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Article source: Schiattarella Associati 

Masseria Grottone, part of Masserie Maresca Farm-Hotel, built between 1812 and 1860 is an agricultural complex a few miles away from Ostuni. Dipped in 40 acres of centenary olive trees and Mediterranean scrub: a natural context of extraordinary richness.

Abandoned for several years, the restoration and extension project has been assigned to the firm Schiattarella Associati having a long history dating back to 1970s and a know-how linked to some of the most significant projects of  the last years such as the Seoul Metropolitan Museum, the Children Museum in Kyonggi, the Art Center in Addirriyah and many relevant projects in Italy as well such as the Spanish School of Archaeology, the Cube House in the Olympic Village and the Pediatric Ward of the Umberto I Hospital in Rome.

Image Courtesy © Antonio Fatano

  • Architects: Schiattarella Associati (Andrea Schiattarella, Carla Maresca)
  • Project: Masserie Maresca
  • Location: Ostuni (BR), Italy
  • Photography: Antonio Fatano
  • Client: MASSERIE MARESCA
  • Year: 2012-2016

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VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS and GARDEN COTTAGE in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium by De Smet Vermeulen architecten

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Article source: De Smet Vermeulen architecten

PASTORAL MEMORIES, revisited

The opposition between cities and countryside in Flanders has increasingly become a mental rather than a physical one. A long-standing anti-urban policy has led to a thorough contamination – i.e. urbanization – of the Flemish countryside. Multiple networks connect locations irrespective of their urban or rural status, enabling ever more frequent movements, eroding physical boundaries, merging it all into a semi-urban pattern we call the Nebular City. Inside this Nebular City, rurality has become less a fact than a choice, less a self-evident tradition than a mental construction. It is the architect’s task to design this mental construction.

Image Courtesy © De Smet Vermeulen architecten

  • Architects: De Smet Vermeulen architecten
  • Project: VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS
  • Location: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
  • Software used: Vectorworks (The garden cottage)
  • Villa Braeckman-Staels: Axel Cayman, Henk De Smet, Marleen Goethals, Tom Thys, Paul Vermeulen, 1996-2000
  • Garden cottage Braeckman-Staels: Henk De Smet, Nikolaj De Meulder, Paul Vermeulen, 2011-2013

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