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Amanora Apartment City in Pune India by MVRDV

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

(Pune 17th March 2011) City Corporation Ltd, a leading real estate development corporation in the Indian state of Maharashtra has started construction on the first phase of Amanora Apartment City – Future Towers, designed by MVRDV. The project is located in Pune, India and comprises of 1,068 apartments & public amenities, as a part of a large scale housing development with a total of 400.000m2 comprising 3,500 apartments. Completion is expected by summer 2014. The apartments and facilities are interwoven and create a vertical city which will due to its various apartment types offer housing to a diverse group of residents.

Amanora Apartment City - Aerial View - Master Plan

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Pune, India
  • Year: 2011 – 2014


E2 Ecology and Economy in City of Kouvola, Finland by BIG

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Corbusier’s DOM-INO system was developed to industrialize construction with the new technologies of concrete structures at the time, and bring qualitative space to the masses. Today we face different challenges that call for new solutions.

Model 01

  • Architect: BIG
  • Name of Project: E2 Ecology and Economy
  • Location: City of Kouvola, Finland
  • Program: Housing
  • Publish date: March 15, 2011
  • Type: Prequalified Competition
  • Size: 15,000m2, 8-story prefabricated wood construction
  • Client: City of Kouvola, Finland, SITRA-Finnish Innovation Fund
  • Collaborators: AOA, Pirmin Jung Holzbauingenieur, Vahanen, Stora Enso
  • Status: 1st Prize / In Progress
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Brian Yang
  • Team: Krista Meskanen, Jelena Vucic, Alina Tamosiunaite, Alessandro Ronfini, Cecilia Ho, Elisha Nathoo, Sunming Lee, Long Zhuo, Mads Bjorn Christiansen


Prisma in Groningen, The Netherlands by NL Architects, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk and Kamiel Klaasse

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

It is surprising that in a miraculously flat country like the Netherlands only so few towers emerge. The potential of the unobstructed view -as one of the main topics in Dutch painting- is in housing under developed. There seems to be a collective fear of elevators. (Which maybe explains the success of the Dutch movie Down -originally ‘De Lift’).  Prisma takes the view – one of the most glamorous properties of dwelling- as starting point in combination with outdoor space.

Side View of Prisma

  • Architects: NL Architects, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Name of Project: Prisma
  • Location: Siersteenlaan 482, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Project leader: Sören Grünert (Design Phase), Gert Jan Machiels (Execution Phase)
  • Client: Stichting De Huismeesters, Ed Moonen / Roelof Jong
  • Team: Rachel Herbst, Sebastian Janusz, Erik Moederscheim, Wim Sjerps (competition) Lukas Haller, Gerbrand van Oostveen, Michael Schoner, Wim Sjerps (approval planning), David de Bruin, Arjen Fruitema, Britta Harnacke (contract documents)
  • Cost Consultant: ABT Delft, Charles Boks
  • Structural Engineer: ABT Velp, Rob Nijsse, Erwin ten Brincke
  • Building services Engineer: Van der Weele Groningen, Frits Weijers, Radek Nosek
  • Fire Consultancy: DGMR Arnhem
  • Contractor: Schutte Bouw en Ontwikkeling, Zwolle
  • Program: Housing (52 apartments), nursery with consultation office
  • Plot size: 2600m²
  • Footprint: 1600m²
  • Gross floor area: 8650m² – nursery 1000m², housing 7650m²
  • Height: 49,5m (16 floors)
  • Floor area ratio: 3,3
  • Budget: 9.000.000 €
  • Status: Competition 10/2004, 1st price
  • Completion: 2010


Mandarin Oriental Tree-top Villas in Dellis Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands by Zaha Hadid Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

A private island in the Turks and Caicos is being transformed into a laboratory of contemporary architecture by visionaries Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Carl Ettensperger, Kengo Kuma, Chad Oppenheim and Piero Lissoni. Oppenheim was selected as one of 7 architects to create a series of villas for the Mandarin Oriental Group.

Tree-top Villas

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Scope: 8 villas, 3,850 SF residences each. Architecture/Interior design
  • Date: Estimated completion 2011
  • Location: Dellis Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands


Reflections at Keppel Bay in Singapore by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Prominently situated at the entrance to Singapore’s historic Keppel Harbor, Reflections at Keppel Bay is a two-million-square-foot residential development comprised of 6 high-rise towers and 11 low-rise villa apartment blocks of 6–8 floors each.

Reflections (c) Keppel Land Ltd

  • Commission: 2006
  • Completion: 2012
  • Client: Keppel Land Pte Ltd.
  • Building Address: Keppel Bay View, Singapore
  • Building Area: 2 Million sq.ft. , 193’400m2
  • Number of Floors: 3 Towers with 41 Floors; 3 Towers with 24 Floors; 11 Villa Apartment Blocks with 6-8 Floors; 2 Clubhouses; 1 Guardhouse
  • Number of Units: 1,129
  • Structure – Tower: Concrete structure with glass curtain wall cladding
  • Structure – Villas: Concrete structure with aluminium cladding
  • Architect of Record: DCA Architects PTE LTD
  • Structural Engineer: T.Y. LIN International
  • Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates + Sitetectonix
  • Civil Engineer: T.Y. LIN International
  • Curtain Wall Consultant: R.A.Heintges & Associates
  • Lighting Designers: LPA
  • M&E Engineer: Beca Carter Hollings& Ferner (S.E.Asia) Pte Ltd
  • Contractor: Woh Hup


Energy neutral municipal monument in Driebergen, Netherlands by Zecc Architects

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Transformation of a villa into first energy neutral monument of the Netherlands

The villa in Driebergen is a monument from the beginning of the last century. The owners bought this villa from the municipality because they had a very progressive idea of transforming this monument into a zero-energy house. Together with OPAI (Rau Amsterdam) there was a plan to realize the first energy-neutral monument of The Netherlands: a house that provides its own energy by high quality systems. Within the energy concept the house is isolated with natural materials such as reed mats and flax. The old wooden window frames are preserved and provided of insulating secondary glazing. Zecc architects integrated the energy concept in the existing monument and adjusted the villa to the wishes of its future residents. A new extension on the back strengthens the relationship with the garden and opens the house to the green surrounding.

Sustainable Development - photograph by Cornbread Works

  • Architect: Zecc Architects
  • Project: Energy neutral monument, municipal monument
  • Location: Driebergen, Netherlands
  • Program: Residential
  • Client: Private client / foundation sustainable renovation of historic buildings
  • Date: preliminary design February 2009
  • Delivery: 2010
  • Floor area: 210 BVO m²
  • Volume: 570 m³
  • Architect: Zecc Architecten
  • Project team: Zecc Marnix van der Meer, Bart Kellerhuis, Bo Winnubst, Steven Nobel
  • Project Management: Liesbeth Wassenberg,
  • Contractor: Bert Oostenbruggen
  • Photography: Cornbread Works
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Aquaria Grande Residential Complex in Borivali, Mumbai, India

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Aquaria Grande is one of the iconic residential developments in Borivali of Mumbai. This distinctive project includes two 37 storeys soaring residential towers, a fully facilities equipped clubhouse, a sustainable podium garden and an enormous car park, which create a novel and luxury lifestyle to the Borivali district.

Acquaria Grande External View

Acquaria Grande External View

  • Architect: James Law Cybertecture International
  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Use: Residential + Club House
  • Site Area: ~13639.4 sq.m
  • Bldg. Area: ~28165sq.m.
  • Gross Floor Area: ~37000 sq.m.
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 2.5
  • Bldg. Scale: 2 Basements, 4 Podium and 37 Stories Residential Tower
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete Structure / Composite Column / Flat Slab System
  • Max. Height: ~165 m
  • Parking Lot: ~675 Lots


MAISON L in France by Christian Pottgiesser

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Less than half an hour’s drive west from Paris city center is located the site of roughly 5000 m2. The rather flat ground slightly tilts to the north, just before the general topography drops abruptly to the river Seine. A gain of only a few meters of altitude would be sufficient to permit an ample view of the Parisian outskirts. The whole original setup resembles more a clearing in a forest. The surrounding vegetation, mainly consisting of old trees, does not allow a view beyond the dense periphery. In the northern part of the plot one finds today an orangery of the late 18th Century, inhabited by a six person family.

Photograph by George Dupin

Photograph by George Dupin

  • Architect: Christian Pottgiesser Architecturespossibles
  • Project team: Christian Pottgiesser, Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser
  • Client: private
  • Site of the building: France
  • Completion date: project 2004-2007, implementation 2007-2011
  • Photographer: George Dupin
  • Total area in square meters:
  • Surfaces: 870 m2 house
  • 4850 m2 garden
  • General Contractor: Les Constructeurs de Suresnes
  • Carpenter: Reinhardt S.A.
  • Ironwork: Serrurerie Prestige
  • Landscape trade: Bruns Pflanzen
  • Landscape implementation: La Générale des Aménagements
  • Lighting: CPAP design


TandemDuo homes in Portland by W.PA

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Situated on the corner of Southeast 28th Avenue & Southeast Pine Street, the tandemDUO project is two homes located in a established close-in Portland neighborhood. Both homes provide 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 2 car garage, as well as both an outdoor dining terrace and rooftop deck. The development of these homes introduces a unique take on the functional split-level house while providing the literal and visual connections desired in the layout of a modern home.

TandemDuo Homes

TandemDuo Homes

  • Project: tandemDUO
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Year: 2010
  • Area: 5,382sf total (2,691sf each)
  • Architect: Works Partnership Architecture (W.PA)
  • General Contractor: Tamarack Homes
  • Photographs: Bruce Wolf  & W.PA
  • Drawings & Diagrams: W.PA


Apartment House in Johannisstraße 3, Berlin by J. MAYER H. Architects

Friday, February 11th, 2011

J. Mayer Architects designed this Apartment House winning the Ist prize in a 2008 competition. The house is slated for completion in spring, 2011.

JOH Main Facade

JOH Main Facade

  • Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Hans Schneider, Wilko Hoffmann, Filipa Frois Almeida
  • Competition Team: Juergen Mayer H., Thorsten Blatter, Marcus Blum
  • Invited competition 2008, 1st Prize
  • Project: 2008-2011
  • Completion: Spring 2011
  • Client: Euroboden Berlin GmbH, München
  • Architect on Site: Architekturbuero Wiesler, Stuttgart with Thomas Quinten Projektmanagement, Berlin
  • Structural Engineers: EiSat GmbH, Berlin
  • Building Services: Ingenieurgesellschaft Striewisch mbH
  • Model: Werk5, Berlin
  • Model Photographer: Ludger Paffrath, Berlin
  • Visualization: Buenck + Fehse, Berlin


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