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NEW SUPREME COURT PHILIPPINES IN MANILA BY CAZA

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Article source: CAZA 

CAZA’s new Supreme Court for the Philippines is a symbol of judicial transparency for Asia’s oldest democracy. The building is a 3-dimensional hyperbolic loop hanging over a botanical garden whose form represents the complex functional interconnections required by contemporary court houses. Composed of six rectangular volumes engineered to create one integrated seamless work environment for the delivery of judicial services, the open architectural form created also enables the building to sustain a collection of locally-themed gardens through rainwater-harvesting terraces. The building stands as a monument to multiplicity – a totem of connectivity that connects with the tradition of tribal architecture in the Philippines, while employing new technologies that envision a more optimistic way of living on our planet.

Image Courtesy © CAZA

  • Architects: CAZA
  • Project: NEW SUPREME COURT PHILIPPINES
  • Location: PHILIPPINES, MANILA
  • Project Team: Carlos Arnaiz, Yuan Jin, Laura Del Pino, Kelvin Tseng, Craig, Sinclair, Lauren Kirk, Gaby San Roman, Luis Lopez Soriano, Simran Singh, Valentina Buratti, Jiajun Zhang, Ignacio Revenga
  • Consultents: Arup, Nsi Architecture Planner Consultancy, Landstyle
  • Status: Competition Finalist (more…)

Hindmarsh Shire Council Corporate Offices in Victoria, Australia by k20 Architecture

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Article source: k20 Architecture

Located in the rural setting of Nhill, Victoria, Hindmarsh Shire Council Corporate Offices is a technologically advanced Corporate Civic and Administration Centre with Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles at the core of the building’s design intent.

Completed in 2014 the precinct re-uses the existing 1960’s building and encapsulates it within its new contemporary built form. The building was inspired by the town’s identity as a hub of wheat production with steel storage silos and agricultural sheds dotting the landscape. The centre’s form and restrained material palette of timber, steel and glass gives subtle references to the local agricultural context; utilising the craftsmanship of the folded metal inherent in the silos in the form of locally sourced steel and zinc finishes along the building’s exterior.

Image Courtesy © k20 Architecture

  • Architects: k20 Architecture
  • Project: Hindmarsh Shire Council Corporate Offices
  • Location: Victoria, Australia

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The Reception Pavilion of Québec’s National Assembly in Ville de Québec, Canada by GLCRM & Provencher_Roy

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Article source: v2com

GLCRM and Provencher_Roy Architects consortium are the proud recipients of Canadian Architect’s 2016 Award of Merit for their work on the reception pavilion of Québec’s National Assembly. The award was handed out during the magazine’s 49th Awards of Excellence gala, held in Toronto. Since its inception in 1968, the Awards of Excellence have recognized exceptional architectural projects in the design stage, as reflected by buildings that are interesting from a structural point-of-view while being responsive to social and urban context, meeting client needs with discernment and creativity, and demonstrating awareness of sustainable development imperatives.

Image Courtesy © Provencher_Roy

Image Courtesy © Provencher_Roy

  • Architects: GLCRM & Provencher_Roy
  • Project: The Reception Pavilion of Québec’s National Assembly
  • Location: Québec, Canada
  • Client: Assemblée nationale du Québec
  • Partners in charge: Claude Provencher, Architect, Senior partner and co-founder at Provencher_Roy, Matthieu Geoffrion, Architect Partner at Provencher_Roy
  • Contractor: Pomerleau
  • Structural engineer: WSP Canada Inc.
  • Electromechanical engineer: CIMA+
  • Security: CSP Consultants en Sécurité inc.
  • Area: 5,100 m2
  • Year: 2016 to date (anticipated completion date in 2019)
  • Status: Under construction

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The Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague by KAAN Architecten

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Article source: KAAN Architecten

The new building of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands by KAAN Architecten has been decidedly integrated into the elegant historic city centre of The Hague. The building, which houses a staff of 350, verges on large: 104 metres long, 22 metres deep and 27 metres tall. These dimensions, with the measured vibrancy of its facades, add some allure to this part of the city centre.

The plane trees and six legal scholars in bronze seated on pedestals make for a wide gateway on the Korte Voorhout, a royal route leading to the buildings from Parliament. The entrance hall seems to have been chiselled from a solid block of marble. It serves as a sturdy base for the superstructure of glass panels and slender latticework. These and other ostensible contradictions seem to reflect the work of the Supreme Court itself. Open and closed, distinguished and functional, hard and ethereal, rough and refined – all exist alongside routine business, on which judgements are passed with great clarity of mind.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra _ FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra _ FG+SG

  • Architects: KAAN Architecten, (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)
  • Project: The Supreme Court of the Netherlands
  • Location:  Korte Voorhout 8, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra _ FG+SG, Dominique Panhuysen, Sebastian van Damme
  • Client: Rijksvastgoedbedrijf
  • Design team: Allard Assies, Luca Baialardo, Christophe Banderier, Bas Barendse, Dennis Bruijn, Timo Cardol, Sebastian van Damme, Marten Dashorst, Luuk Dietz, Willemijn van Donselaar, Paolo Faleschini, Raluca Firicel, Michael Geensen, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Joost Harteveld, Walter Hoogerwerf, Michiel van der Horst, Marlon Jonkers, Jan Teunis ten Kate, Marco Lanna, Giuseppe Mazzaglia, Ana Rivero Esteban, Joeri Spijkers, Koen van Tienen, Noëmi Vos
  • Contractor: Consortium Poort van Den Haag: BAM PPP B.V., PGGM, BAM Bouw en Techniek B.V., ISS Nederland B.V. and KAAN Architecten
  • Structural engineering: Arup Nederland
  • Electrical engineering: BAM Bouw en Techniek
  • Mechanical engineering: Arup Nederland
  • Site supervision: KAAN Architecten, BAM Bouw en Techniek
  • Artwork: “Hoge Raad” (oil on canvas, 400 x 647 cm, 2015) by Helen Verhoeven
  • Software used: Autodesk, AutoCAD and Revit (more…)

VITORIA-GASTEIZ CITY COUNCIL OFFICES in Bilbao, Spain by IDOM

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Article source: IDOM 

One of the matters that most damages the perception that the citizens have of the local administration is the penitential itinerary, which forces them to go from one office to another in order for them to fulfil their obligations with the different municipal departments. This is exactly what the Vitoria-Gasteiz Council wanted to do away with by concentrating all the services that deal with citizens’ affair in one single building.

Image Courtesy © Aitor Ortiz

Image Courtesy © Aitor Ortiz

  • Architects: IDOM 
  • Project: VITORIA-GASTEIZ CITY COUNCIL OFFICES
  • Location: Calle Rafael Moreno Pitxitxi, s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
  • Photography: Aitor Ortiz
  • Client: Ayuntamiento de vitoria-gasteiz
  • Lead architect: César azcárate gómez
  • Project management: José ángel fernández
  • Architects: Daniela bustamante, Amaia los arcos
  • Costs: Juan dávila
  • Hvac engineering: Camino lópez, Iñigo aguirre, Naiara moreno
  • Cad  administration: Itziar ramírez, Arrate lópez de maturana, Gorka arceniaga, Marta garcía, Edurne jiménez de aberasturi, Emma luna, Josune moreno
  • Site supervision: César azcárate gómez– jesús armendáriz
  • Construction management: Juan dávila – javier dávila
  • Area: 18.270 m2
  • Year: 2015

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New Qatar Courthouse by AGi architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Article source: AGi architects 

Institutional buildings need to embody the ideals and value system of any given society, with order being one of the core principles of any group. No society can prosper and thrive without it. Order is structure, it is the law, it is justice; without it, there is chaos. It is therefore extremely important that the Qatar Court House be aspirational and reflects these basic principles. The building is designed on two basic grids that are site driven, one linking it to its immediate context and the second to the larger context of Doha. These grids create stunning structural and spatial possibilities that make the building stand out visually so that people can see their ideals reflected in built form -structure, order, transparency, ambition -all of which are the ideals of Qatar’s growing society.

Image Courtesy © Poliedro Estudio

Image Courtesy © Poliedro Estudio

  • Architects: AGi architects
  • Project: New Qatar Courthouse
  • Location: Qatar
  • Photography: Poliedro Estudio
  • Client: Government of Qatar
  • Design Team: Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, Nasser B. Abulhasan
  • Architectural team: Justo Ruiz, Daniel Muñoz, Álvaro Granero, Ana Palencia, Cristina Ruiz, Nicolás Martín, Aisha Alsager, Hessa Albader
  • Area: 44,000 sqm
  • Date: 2014

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Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct, a jewel in the night in Canada by Lemay

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Article source: v2com

The Parliamentary Precinct, which includes, the Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the commercial Sparks Street, and the Confederation Boulevard, will be brought to light by an Exterior Lighting Master Plan, developed by Lemay and Lightemotion on behalf of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). The Plan will enrich and enhance the experience of night time pedestrians over the coming years. To be implemented gradually on a project by project basis as opportunities arise, the Master Plan provides guidance to PSPC when implementing exterior lighting for the Precinct’s buildings and grounds.

Image Courtesy © Lemay

Image Courtesy © Lemay

  • Architects: Lemay
  • Project: Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct, a jewel in the night
  • Location: Ottawa, Canada

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National Commando Training Centre in Collioure, FRANCE by Architecture Patrick Mauger

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Article source: Architecture Patrick Mauger

The extension to the Miradou fort is an independent structure inserted between the existing fort and the village.  The new building uses the same layout principle as a Vauban fortress.

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour

  • Architects: Architecture Patrick Mauger
  • Project: National Commando Training Centre
  • Location: Miradou Fort, 66190 Collioure, FRANCE
  • Photography: Didier Boy de la Tour
  • Collaborators: Setec Bascou, Bouscat & Pestel, Benjean, Lardart, Olier
  • Programme: Café and dining hall, kitchen (490 diners/day) and medical service unit
  • Client: French Ministry of Defense, Montpellier Engineering Administration
  • Site Area: 2 186 m²
  • Environmental aspects: RT 2005
  • Status: Built / Delivered in 2007
  • Budget: 3.1 M€

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The Centre of Excellence (COE) in Ahmedabad, India by VH designs studio

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Article source: VH designs studio

The Centre of Excellence (COE) forms a semi-government building established in Vatva GIDC, represents the dream project, depicting the true designing propensity of the firm. The building is designed to functionalist, serving the purpose of both institutional & Industrial requirements like, conferences, training’s, cultural programmers, etc. The ground floor area is equipped with an auditorium with the capacity of 750 people, training rooms, administration offices & a cafeteria, while auditorium with 250 people capacity, training rooms, annexes & guest rooms are placed at first floor, symbolizing the best space planning for maximum functionality of area assigned to each premise. Astonishing exposed RCC double height entrance area flourished with bold curvature cut outs at different levels & an eye-catching self-coasted exposed RCC reception thrive the beauty of the building.

Image Courtesy © VH designs studio

Image Courtesy © VH designs studio

  • Architects: VH designs studio
  • Project: The Centre of Excellence (COE)
  • Location: Vatva GIDC, Ahmedabad, India

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Post Office Sněžka in Czech Republic by Martin Rajniš

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Article source: Martin Rajniš

It’s hard to find a more difficult place for building a house than the peak of Mt. Sněžka. Wind speeds reach up to 250 km/h, winter temperatures hit record freezes, it is the most strictly protected zone of a national park. How to build in such a locality without spending excess money, and create a house that would remain in the minds of the people who visit? This building is a cousin of the storage depots of Amundsen’s or Scott’s polar expeditions, or the houses that you see in Greenland or the Spitzberg Islands. It enters on tiptoes into the national park: it is of wood and glass, standing on delicate metal supports. In the harshest winters it is completely closed off behind interior insulation slabs – shadowboxes – and exterior blinds, which protect it from flying bits of rock and ice. Its outdoor staircase reminds you that you are climbing to the highest point of the Czech lands. An environmentally friendly wooden building, respecting nature, humanity, and the majesty of the mountains.

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

  • Architects: Martin Rajniš, Patrik Hoffman, Jan Mach, Tom Plzenský, David Kubík, Josef Franc
  • Project: Post Office Sněžka
  • Location: Czech Republic
  • Photography: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova, Tomáš Kosnar, Martin Rajniš
  • Project: 2004-5  
  • Built: 2007
  • Area: 113m2
  • Builder space: 690 m3

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