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COASTAL WORK KATWIJK in Netherlands by OKRA

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Article source: OKRA

The field of coastal defence and waterworks is the epitome of Dutch expertise. Where the famous Delta Works consist of movable dams and locks, the majority of the Dutch coastline is protected by dunes against water. ‘Rijkswaterstaat’, the department responsible for all water related infrastructure within the ministry of infrastructure and environment, is constantly working to improve the coastal defence in the Netherlands. In recent decades it works to strengthen some of the ‘weak links’ along the coast. In many places, dunes and dikes are being strengthened to ensure safety inland for the next 50 years.

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  • Architects: OKRA
  • Project: COASTAL WORK KATWIJK
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Photography: OKRA, XKP
  • Client: Municipality of Katwijk, the Water Board of Rhineland
  • Duration: 2008-present
  • Implementation: 2013-2015
  • Area: 20 ha

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REM-island in Houthaven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Concrete Architectural Associates

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates

Initiative

In 2007 Concrete was asked by hospitality entrepreneur Nick van Loon to come up with an idea for the REM-island located in the river IJ in Amsterdam. Together with the housing corporation ‘De Principaal’ Nick van Loon developed the project in 2008. Concrete made the design for the renovation and expansion of the REM-island, Nick van Loon designed the interior.

The REM-island is located in the Houthavens in Amsterdam at the end of the Haparandadam and plays an active role promoting the harbour and the new adjacent residential area.

Image Courtesy © CONCRETE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATES

  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: REM-island
  • Location: Houthaven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: ewout huibers, concrete, jim ellam
  • Client: De Principaal Amsterdam
  • Project team Concrete: Erikjan Vermeulen, Rob Wagemans, Wouter Slot, Jolijn Valk, Bram de Maat
  • Interior design: Nick van Loon
  • Structurele engineer: ABT Delft
  • Contractor: Heuvelman-ibis bv
  • Start design: June 2007
  • Completion: May 2011

Vadeggio-Cassarate Gallery in Lugano, Switzerland by Cino Zucchi Architetti

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Article source: Cino Zucchi Architetti

Tunnels are “wounds” inflicted on geology to facilitate human movements. Their history is ancient, glorious and gory, but today techniques have been refined to the point of making the excavation similar to endoscopic surgery.

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  • Architects: Cino Zucchi Architetti
  • Project: Vadeggio-Cassarate Gallery
  • Location: Lugano, Switzerland
  • Client: Dipartimento del Territorio del Canton Ticino
  • Collaborators CZA: Cino Zucchi, Andrea Viganò, Luca Torri with Marco Alì, Marco Cerati

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Fast Track in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia by Salto Architects

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Article source: Salto Architects

“Fast track” is a integral part of park infrastructure, it is a road and an installation at the same time. It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. “Fast track” is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and percieving the environment.

Image Courtesy Nikita Shohov

  • Architects: Salto Architects
  • Project: Fast Track
  • Location: Nikola-Lenivets, Russia
  • Client: Festival Archstoyanie
  • Size: 51 m
  • Commission: 2012
  • Design team: Maarja Kask, Karli Luik, Ralf Lõoke
  • Photographers: Karli Luik, Andrej Yagubskij, Alan Vouba, Nikita Shohov

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Forest Corridor – Highway Noise Barrier in Hong Kong, China by BREAD studio

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Article source: BREAD studio

BREAD studio’s proposal “Forest Corridor” has won one of the 2nd prizes (Professional Category) in the Open International Competition for Noise Barrier/ Enclosure organized by the Hong Kong Government. The proposal gives an alternative insight to the noise mitigation structure design in the dense urban environment of the city.

The planting pots underneath the highway provide proper soil depth for heavy and low maintenance plantings.

  • Architects: BREAD studio
  • Project: Forest Corridor – Highway Noise Barrier
  • Location: Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Client: Hong Kong Government
  • Function: Infrastructure (highway noise mitigation)
  • Design Period: 2012
  • Project Area: 3 km in length

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Selvika in Havøysund, Finnmark Norway by RRA

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Article source: RRA

The initial approach was to single out and magnify the experience of walking from the roadside down to the seaside at this very special place. Therefore a main concern was to slow down this movement and make the path itself a means of refocusing the experiential mode: a measured, restrained approach that creates awareness.

Image Courtesy RRA

  • Architects: RRA
  • Project: Selvika
  • Location: Havøysund, Finnmark Norway
  • Program: Architectonic multipurpose landscape structure
  • Client: Norwegian public roads administration
  • Size: Landscape area 10.000 m2
  • Commission type: Direct Commission (2007),
  • Status: Constructed
  • Year: 2012

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The Self-Assembly Line by Skylar Tibbits

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Article source: Skylar Tibbits

The Self-Assembly Line is a large-scale version of a self-assembly virus capsid, demonstrated as an interactive and performative structure. A discrete set of modules are activated by stochastic rotation from a larger container/structure that forces the interaction between units. The unit geometry and attraction mechanisms (magnetics) ensure the units will come into contact with one another and auto-align into locally-correct configurations. Overtime as more units come into contact, break away, and reconnect, larger, furniture scale elements, emerge. Given different sets of unit geometries and attraction polarities various structures could be achieved. By changing the external conditions, the geometry of the unit, the attraction of the units and the number of units supplied, the desired global configuration can be programmed.

Image Courtesy Skylar Tibbits

  • Architects: Skylar Tibbits
  • Project: The Self-Assembly Line
  • Video: http://vimeo.com/38067834
  • Project Team:  Martin Seymour, Andrew Manto, Erioseto Hendranata, Justin Gallagher, Laura Salazar, Veronica Emig, Aaron Olson
  • Sponsors and funding sources : TED Conferences & SEED Media Group
  • Software used: Rhino + Python

Image Courtesy Skylar Tibbits

A collaboration between Skylar Tibbits and Arthur Olson, The Molecular Graphics Laboratory, The Scripps Institute, CA.

Presented at the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach, CA.

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Sea Dragon by Joh Architects

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Joh Architects

What Is It?

“A wind driven sculptural sea monster in the heart of Geelong.”

Drawing inspiration from Geelong’s history; a bay orientated port city with a history of both farming and industry connections. Along with inspiration from a future with strong visions of sustainability and independence.

“This industrial machine like creature will guard the Geelong harbour like nothing in this proud city’s history while remaining fearlessly independent drawing energy from the harbours natural environment”.

Sea Dragon

  • Architect: Joh Architects
  • Name of Project: Sea Dragon
  • Competition sponsors: Senia Lawyers, Deakin University and Geelong Independent newspaper
  • Project team: Christian O’Halloran, Michelle Jacobson and David McDonald
  • Software used: Autocad and Google Sketchup

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Reststops Gori in Lochini, Georgia by J. MAYER H. Architects

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

In 2009 Head of Roads Department of Georgia commissioned J. MAYER H. to design a system of Rest Stops for the new highway, which will run through Georgia and connect the Republic of Azerbaijan with the Republic of Turkey. Two Rest Stops have been completed while this third one is under construction.

Images Courtesy Jesko M. Johnsson-Zahn

  • Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Name of project: Reststops Gori
  • Location: Lochini, Georgia
  • Team: Jürgen Mayer H., Paul Angelier, Danny te Kloese
  • Project Design: 2011
  • Expected Completion: 2012
  • Function: Rest Stop
  • Client: PM Motors Ltd.
  • Photographs: Jesko M. Johnsson-Zahn

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United States Land Port of Entry in Calais, Maine by Robert Siegel Architects

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Article source: Robert Siegel Architects

It is our hope that this building will represent the aspirations of our time and that history will remember us as the generation who, while confronted by terrorism and violence at home and abroad, created architecture to embody the enduring values of our democracy.

Courtyard

  • Architect: Robert Siegel Architects
  • Name of Project: United States Land Port of Entry in Calais, Maine
  • Location: Calais, Maine
  • Completion: November 2009
  • Category: Institutional
  • Size: 100,000 sf building and canopies, 50 acre site
  • Cost: $58,820,150

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