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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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New Algerian Parliament in Algiers, Algeria by Bureau Architecture Méditerranée

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Article source: Bureau Architecture Méditerranée 

The project includes the People’s National Assembly, the National Council (Senate), the Chamber (Congress), and a residence for legislators.

Algeria’s new parliament is a project that must meet the highest standards.

The building needs to embody the idea of democracy in action, the Algeria of the future, freedom, peace, strong but deliberative power. The architecture must communicate a distinct national identity founded on universal values.

Image Courtesy © Bureau Architecture Méditerranée

Image Courtesy © Bureau Architecture Méditerranée

  • Architects: Bureau Architecture Méditerranée
  • Project: New Algerian Parliament 
  • Location: Algiers, Algeria
  • Official name of the project: Parliament – Senate – Congress , People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Client: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Architects/designers: Thierry CHAMBON, Maxime  REPAUX, Frédéric ROUSTAN
  • Project manager: Frédéric ROUSTAN,  Yassine ALLICHE
  • Collaborateurs: Sergii MITAKI,  Ievgen GRYTSENKO, Laura MARCHEPOIL, Guillermo PANDO DE PRADO,  Jean Christophe JODRY, David FROMAIN, Olivier VANEL, Jonathan TOURTOIS, Antony LONGEREY, Louise CATIN, Thérésa TOPOUKA
  • Area of project: 220 000 m2
  • Budget: not disclosed
  • Project end date: 2019

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Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Colorado by Westlake Reed Leskosky

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Article source: Westlake Reed Leskosky

Project Overview

The Aspinall U.S. Courthouse modernization/high-performing green building renovation preserves an anchor in Grand Junction, and converts the 1918 landmark into one of the most energy efficient, sustainable historic buildings in the country. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $15 million project aims to be GSA’s first net-zero energy facility on the National Register. The project has achieved LEED® Platinum certification, and scores in the top 2% of LEED-NC v2009 projects on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG).

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (South Elevation), Image Courtesy © Kevin G. Reeves, Photographer

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (South Elevation), Image Courtesy © Kevin G. Reeves, Photographer

  • Architects: Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Project: Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
  • Location: Colorado, U.S.A
  • Photography: Kevin G. Reeves, Photographer, Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Architect of Record: The Beck Group
  • Project Completion Date: February, 2013
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator: Susan Damour
  • Project Manager: Jason Sielcken, PMP, LEED AP BD+C
  • Contracting Officer: Kenya Freeman
  • Project Executive: Todd Berry, LEED AP, CHC
  • Principal-in-Charge: Michael Murray, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Leader: Louis Sierra, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Lead Structural Designer: Stephanie Banfield, PE
  • Interior Designer: Fonda Hosta, NCIDQ
  • Specification Writer: Ruth Albertelli, RA, CSI, CCS
  • Electrical Engineer: Carmen Mazzant, PE
  • Information Technology, Technology Designer: Raymond Heintel, PE, RCDD

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Parliament of the German Speaking Community in Eupen, Belgium by Atelier Kempe Thill Architects

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Article source: Atelier Kempe Thill Architects

After the end of World War I, with the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, the neutral area surrounding the municipality of Kelmis, Belgium, and the German administrative district of Eupen-Malmedy, Belgium, are annexed. As a result, some seventy thousand Germans become Belgian citizens. Since large-scale state reforms are enacted (1968–1971), Belgium officially consists not only of the Flemish and Walloon Regions along with Brussels but also of the German-speaking community with its recognized rights and autonomies.

Image Courtesy © Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz

  • Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill Architects
  • Project: Parliament of the German Speaking Community
  • Location: Eupen, Belgium
  • Photography: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz
  • Client: Parlament der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft
  • Contact person Client: Mr. Stephan Thomas
  • Project management: Drees & Sommer Luxembourg SARL, Mrs. Miriam Bah
  • Competition: October 2008
  • Commission: October 2008
  • Planning process: November 2008 – September 2011
  • Building process: October 2011 – October 2013
  • Opening: October 2013
  • Project Team: Oliver Thill, Pauline Marcombe, Blanca Sanchez Babe, Philipp Stalbohm, Rafael Saraiva, Saskia Hermanek
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