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Coral City in Taguig, Philippines by GOMMA modeled using Rhino & Grasshopper

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

CORAL CITY, a self-sustaining and disaster-resistant eco-village in the Philippines, designed by GOMMAdesign (in partnership with ITA Project), was chosen among almost 300 entries from all over the world and awarded with the special ENERGY AWARD in DAtE – Design Against the Elements international competition.

Coral City

  • Architects: GOMMA Design
  • Project: Coral City
  • Location: Taguig – Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Type: competition
  • Size: 3 ha
  • Year: 2010
  • Status: Energy Award
  • Credits: GOMMAdesign + ITA Project
  • Design Team: Francesco Bagni, Vittorio Menna, Gabriele Settimelli, Francesco De Luca, Paolo Gori, Romolo Nati, Valentina Murgia, Matteo Parigiani COLLABORATORS: Chiara Giunta, Ilaria Merola
  • Software used: Rhino + Grasshopper and Autocad to model and Cinema4d to render


Barker Residence in The Peak, Hong Kong by davidclovers

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

At eye-level with the top of IFC, the tallest building in Hong Kong, the Barker Residence holds stunning views of Victoria Harbor. The project is the first of a series of projects designed by davidclovers for a developer of residential properties in Hong Kong. The basic approach is to hone in on the most potent areas of the existing layout, and enhance them. At Barker Residence, davidclovers reworks the unit horizontally and vertically using a series of subtly inflected walls and artificially-lit ceilings to bend space around corners and through floors.

Photograph looking down the staircase from the Family Room (right)

  • Architect: davidclovers
  • Name of Project: Barker Residence
  • Location: The Peak, Hong Kong
  • Client: Ample Source Holdings Ltd.
  • Type: 4000 sf townhouse renovation
  • Design: davidclovers
  • Photography: Almond Chu
  • Design Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Mui Fuk Man, Jason Dembski, Damien Hannigan, Spencer Mak
  • Software used: Designed using Maya, Rhino and Grasshopper.
    • CNC Milling – Ceilings
    • Formed GFRC using digitally fabricated molds – stairs
    • Formed cabinetry from full scale digital templates and digital CNC profiles.


3D ATHLETICS TRACK in Alicante, Spain by Subarquitectura

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Designing an athletic track could get you as bored as when you are running on it: curve, straight, curve, straight, again and again. Perfectly standardized, sport architecture has become more universal than international style. Track length of 400 m, 36.5 m radious. 1.22 m each lane….just data, without any fissure to let your imagination soar.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Subarquitectura
  • Name of Project: 3D ATHLETICS TRACK
  • Location: Elda, Alicante, SPAIN
  • Software used: Designed the track in Rhinoceros with Grasshopper (parametric tool). This tool allowed the architects to create multiple variations of the solutions, varying its slope, size, orientation, surface…  optimizing the solution.


Tregunter Residence in The Peak, Hong Kong by DavidClovers Architect

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Nestled amongst a forest of towers on Old Peak Road above Central Hong Kong, the Tregunter tower holds unique layered views of Victoria Harbor. The abundance of bay windows, structural walls and beams that are common to residential towers would appear to constrain the possibilities of the apartment. However, by turning constraints into opportunities, davidclovers re-works the volumes of this apartment by using the ceiling and the floor.

Tregunter Residence

  • Architects: DavidClovers Architect
  • Project: Tregunter Residence
  • Location: The Peak, Hong Kong
  • Client: Brain Ltd
  • Location: The Peak, Hong Kong
  • Type: 2400sf apartment renovation
  • Status: Completed
  • Design Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Jason Dembski, Mui Fuk Man, Katrina Lee, Spencer Mak
  • Photography: Ziyin Zhou
  • Software used: Designed using Maya, Rhino. Formed cabinetry and ceilings from full scale digital templates and CNC digital profiles.


Dune House by Gianluca Santosuosso

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The concept behind the DUNE House project is to create a flexible tool* more than a design where the client has the possibility to define his own house. Mainly, the idea is based on a system composed by different volumes where each of them represents a program or a cluster of it (bedroom and bathroom, kitchen, swimming poll, etc.) and the client is able to distribute them on the plot and creating every kind of space and connection that he prefers.

Dune House

  • Designer: Gianluca Santosuosso (engineer- architect )
  • Professor: Jordi Pagès and Ramon and Lluis Viu – IaaC tutors
  • University: Architectural engineering, Via Scrivanda 9 Cantalupa – Turin, Italy, 10060 (+39) 335 74 05 423, (+39) 0121 35 45 72
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  • Software used: Rhinoceros and Grasshopper (parametric design plugin for rhino) and rendered with Maxwell


CMA CGM TOWER in Marseille, France by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

The tower stands at the center of the city’s ambitious regeneration project, Euroméditerranée, located 1km north of the historic center, adjacent to the commercial port.

The site lies 100m back from the sea edge where the elevated motorway viaduct separates as it arrives into the north of the city. At ground level the site is dominated by the sweeping concrete viaducts overhead and the rhythmic colonnades of their supporting columns. It’s dense and noisy but a rich physical context. At high level, the context is the spectacular views over the bay of Marseille, the city and the docks.

  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Year: 2006 – 2011
  • PROGRAM: Head offices and parking
  • CLIENT: CMA CGM [Marseille, France]
  • Project Director: Jim Heverin
  • Project Architect: Stephane Vallotton
  • Project Team: Karim Muallem, Simone Contasta, Leonie Heinrich, Alvin Triestanto, MurielBoselli, Eugene Leung, Bhushan Mantri, Jerome Michel, NereaFeliz, Prashanth Sridharan,Birgit Eistert, Evelyn Gono, Marian Ripoll, Andres Flores, Pedja Pantovic
  • Competition Team: Jim Heverin, Simon Kim, Michele Pasca Di Magliano, Viviana Muscettola
  • Associated Architect: SRA –RTA (Paris/ Marseille)
  • CONSULTANTS: Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Services: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Façade engineers: Ove Arup & Partners / Robert-Jan Van Santen Associates (London / Lille)
  • Cost consultant: R2M (Marseille)
  • SIZE: Gross Floor Area 94,000 m² (58,000 Tower / 36,000 Annex Building)
  • Site Area 8,400 m2
  • Footprint Area 6,000 m2
  • Height 33 Floors/142.8 metres
  • Occupancy 2,500
  • MATERIALS: Insitu concrete; Fully Glazed Unitized Facade
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino 3D, Maya, Revit Architecture, DP digital project, 3D Studio Max, Grasshopper and T Spline


Ordos Office Complex in Dongsheng District, Ordos, China by Preston Scott Cohen

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

One essential aspect of the modern office tower is the efficient, open plan found on each level. An office building which attempts sculptural exuberance risks undermining this tried and true logic.

However, simple extruded rectangular boxes lack the iconic presence corporations seek as well as the spatial interest that occupants appreciate. The Ordos Office Complex employs an economical formal idea, avoiding sculptural excess by deploying a hot and cool approach. A neutral skin and efficient floor plans are intensified by spatial incidents deep within the building as well as social spaces that multiple tenants can share.

The Ordos Office Complex represents a new permutation of the “horizontal skyscraper” idea. It is as if a single office tower were cut into four buildings, with their lobbies arrayed horizontally across the site. Because of the topography of the site, this new horizontal datum is suspended in midair.

Ordos Office Complex

  • Architect: Preston Scott Cohen
  • CATEGORY: Commercial
  • PROJECT NAME: Ordos Office Complex
  • LOCATION: Dongsheng District, Ordos, China
  • CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS: Steel frame; glass and aluminum curtain wall, stone and tile plazas and elevated terraces
  • FUNDING SOURCE: Local government / private developer partnership
  • SCHEDULE: Design 2010, construction 2011
  • SQUARE FOOTAGE: 232,000 square feet
  • PROJECTED COST: 5,000 RMB / m2 (interior and landscape not included)
  • Software used: Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper for the stairs


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