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Toronto Public Library in Canada by LGA Architectural Partners

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Article source: LGA Architectural Partners

The Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, the 100th for the Toronto Public Library, demonstrates what a library can be in the 21st century. Technologically adaptable, welcoming to an ever-growing and diverse population, and celebrating design, the branch transcends its primary role as a local community hub and acts as a point of pride for the city at large.

Image Courtesy © Ben Rahn / A-Frame

  • Architects: LGA Architectural Partners
  • Project: Toronto Public Library
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Ben Rahn / A-Frame
  • Architectural Project Team: 
    • LGA Architectural Partners and Phillip H. Carter architects in joint venture.
    • Brock James, Partner-in-Charge, LGA Architectural Partners, Danny Bartman, Liana Bresler, Dan Briker, Cynthia Dovell, Ian Huff, Leo Lin, Yvonne Popovska, Amanda Reed, Clara Shipman
  • Size: 14,500 square feet
  • Completion Date: May 2015


Beyazit Public Library in Istanbul by Tabanlioglu Architects

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Article source: Tabanlioglu Architects 

Tabanlıoğlu Architects, known for producing internationally relevant, contemporary architecture across the world has embarked on the restoration works of one of Istanbul’s most prominent libraries; Beyazıt Public Library with its rare books and manuscript collection.

Multi-domed reading Room provides a serene and well balanced atmosphere for the readers, many of them are highschool and university students, Image Courtesy © Emre Dörter

  • Architects: Tabanlioglu Architects (Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlıoğlu)
  • Project: Beyazit Public Library
  • Location: Beyazit, Istanbul
  • Photography: Emre Dörter
  • Client: Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism / Aydin Dogan Foundation
  • Architectural Project Team: Hande Pusat, Derya Genç, Irem Çatay, Kıvanç Cucur, Nazlı Tınaztepe, Deniz Manisalı
  • Restoration Survey: Budowa
  • Structural Engineering: CE
  • Mechanical Engineering: GN
  • Electrical Engineering: HB Teknik
  • Architectural Lighting: Studio Dinnebier                                    


[P-Library] in Kyungki-do, South Korea by atelier archi.mosphere

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Article source: atelier archi.mosphere 

Atelier.Archi@Mosphere pursues a sensuously and physically perceptible space that doesn’t require any supplementary explanations, and that is, in other words, a site and context-specific space

In this project, they also tried to embrace local contexts and the spatial functions of opticians to introduce such a “site and context-specific space”.

Image Courtesy © atelier archi.mosphere

  • Architects: atelier archi.mosphere (Kyung Kim)
  • Project: [P-Library]
  • Location: 4F AK Plaza 263 Seohyung-dong, Bundang-gu, Sungnam-si, Kyungki-do, South Korea
  • Construction: Archi£ÀMosphere / Kyoung Kim, Hyun-min Bae
  • Size: 54m2
  • Design Period: 2015. 06
  • Construction Period: 2015. 07-08


Zinder Cultural Center in Tiel, Netherlands by De Zwarte Hond

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Article source: De Zwarte Hond

Stimulating Zinder culture cluster gives Tiel a positive boost

Tiel’s new culture building, “Zinder”, is situated between the city centre and the river Waal. The new culture cluster pulsates and stimulates and invites the inhabitants of Tiel and the surrounding area to participate. Music or dance lessons, follow a painting course, borrow books, rehearse with your band and go to a pop concert, it’s all happening in Zinder. De Zwarte Hond, commissioned by Koninklijke VolkerWessels, was responsible for the architectural, urban and landscape design.

Image Courtesy © De Zwarte Hond

  • Architects: De Zwarte Hond
  • Project: Zinder Cultural Center
  • Location: Tiel, Netherlands
  • Client: VolkerWessels Bouw & Vastgoedontwikkeling Midden bv
  • Collaboration: Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners
  • Surface Area: 22.500 m2
  • Period: 2012 – 2017


Amani Library in Rombo, Tanzania by Social Practice Architecture

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Article source: Social Practice Architecture

In Tanzania, building with earth represents the past and is associated with poor living conditions. Traditional materials and techniques adapted to the environment are abandoned in favor of importing expensive and sometimes energy-inefficient materials and products, such as concrete blocks, from which only manufacturers in more advanced economies benefit. The project aims to bring back earth as a modern and sustainable building material, using traditional handcraft and simple methods, for continuing a local rural building tradition. It also encourages local and international participation and can serve as an example for future building developments to improve the quality of Tanzania’s rural housing.

Image Courtesy © Lara Briz

  • Architects: Social Practice Architecture (Patricia Báscones and Lara Briz)
  • Project: Amani Library
  • Location: Kibaoni, Rombo District, Tanzania
  • Photography: Lara Briz
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 105 m2
  • Completion Year: 2016


Roomers hotel in Munich, Germany by concrete

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Article source: concrete


Concrete is proud to open Hotel Roomers in Munich; a hotel designed to cater to curious travellers who enjoy the flair and lightness of contemporary design in a classic setting.

‘Seduction’, ‘surprise’, and ‘the unknown’ are the key words behind the design of the hotel. The warm golden glow of the vast Vegas-like light canopy outside and the neon logo attract attention and make them curious about the life that hides behind the diffuse sheer curtains along the facade.

Image Courtesy © Steve herud

  • Architects: concrete
  • Project: Roomers hotel
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Photography: Steve herud
  • Software used: Vectorworks, sketch up
  • Project team: Rob Wagemans, Tobias Koch, Nuria Ripoll, Kasia Heijerman, Marlou Spierts, Johanna Zychski, Maike Daemen, Mark Haenen, Hilka Ackermann, Ulrike Lehner, Sofie Ruytenberg, Zana Josipovic
  • Total area: 12500 sqm (excl. BOH)
    • Rooms: 281
    • Lobby: 360 sqm
    • Bar / Restaurant: 325 sqm
    • Whiskey room: 92 sqm
    • Meeting Rooms & Events: 470 sqm
  • Duration Construction: 4 years
  • Opening: October 2017

Hotel Ambassade in Amsterdam, Holland by CRUZ Y ORTIZ ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017


Since 1953 the Ambassade Hotel resides in Amsterdam, on the Herengracht and Singel, occupying an ensemble of 17th century canal houses. In the sequence of time the hotel implemented several improvements, always being faithful to the concept of an intimate and comfortable hotel: a place where guests feel at home.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

  • Project: Hotel Ambassade
  • Location: Herengracht 341. 1016 AZ, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Photography: Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda
  • Client: Ambassade Hotel
  • Collaborators: Giordano Baly, Alicia López, Alex Etxeberria
  • Contractors: Krämer Bouw, Gielissen Interiors
  • Main building: Brasserie: 177,65 m2 – Public areas: 114,00 m2 – Bar: 74,07 m2

Clubhouse Mongkok Skypark in Hong Kong by concrete

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Article source: concrete 

Within the bustling streets of Mongkok, Hong Kong, concrete created a welcoming clubhouse for all residents of the Skypark tower.

Skypark is a large residential development by Hong Kong based New World Development, led by Mr Adrian Cheng. Within one of the densest areas of Hong Kong the tower is suited to people who enjoy life in a lively and vibrant neighbourhood, but with its communal clubhouse and outside park on the very top of the building it also provides them an escape from the city.

Skypark aerial, Image Courtesy © concrete

  • Architects: concrete
  • Project: Clubhouse Mongkok Skypark
  • Location: Mongkok  17 Nelson street, Hong Kong
  • Software used: Autocad, Vectorworks
  • Project team: Rob Wagemans – Maarten de Geus Tom Ruijken – Sofie Ruytenberg – Julia Hundermark Wouter Slot – Yoekie de Bree
  • Executive architect: P&T architects & engineers Ltd.
  • Executive landscape architect: Adrian L. Norman Ltd.
  • Structural engineer: CM Wong & Associates Ltd.
  • MEP engineer: WSP Hong Kong Ltd.
  • Lighting consultant: Pro-lit Ltd.
  • General Contractor: New World Construction Co. Ltd.
  • Electrical contractor: Junefair Engineering Co. Ltd.
  • Mechanical contractor: Kai Chuen Engineering (H.K.) Co. Ltd.


Zhangjiang Future Park in Shanghai, China by MVRDV

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Article source: MVRDV 

Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It was established in 1992 as a site for business enterprises, R&D companies and education institutions who operate within the world of high-technology and innovation. Over time many national and international companies have chosen to settle there and today there are approximately 4000 companies and over 100,000 workers in the area.

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Zhangjiang Future Park
  • Location: Zhangjiang District, Shanghai, PRC,  China
  • Client: Zhangjiang Group Co. Ltd.
  • Design: MVRDV – Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries
  • Design Team: Nathalie de Vries, Wenchian Shi, Marta Pozo Gil with Marco Gazzola, Lorenzo Mattozzi, Enrico Pintabona, Chiara Girolami, Shengjie Zhan, Cai Zheli, Cosimo Scotucci, Wenzhao Jia, Emma Rubeillon, Chi Zhang, Ray Zhu, Chi Li
  • Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Paolo Mossa Idra, Costanza Cuccato, Davide Calabrò, Pavlos Ventouris and Tomaso Maschietti
  • Co-Architect: ISA Architecture
  • Landscape Architect: Openfabric
  • Designers: Francesco Garofalo, Jacopo Gennari Feslikenian and Maria Teresa Pinna
  • Year: 2017


Aalto University, Otakaari 1 in Helsinki, Finland by Architects NRT Ltd

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Article source: Architects NRT Ltd

The former main building of the Helsinki University of  Technology took on a new role when three universities  were merged as Aalto University in 2010. The Otaniemi  Campus designed by Alvar Aalto was chosen as the shared home of the Aalto Schools of Engineering, Business and
Arts & Design.

Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

  • Architects: Architects NRT Ltd
  • Project: Aalto University, Otakaari 1
  • Location: Otakaari 1, 02100 ESPOO, Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Software used: ArchiCAD versios 13-16 and we also used several other programs for text editing, listings, and layouts.
  • Detailed information: Former TKK main building Original design by Alvar Aalto 1964 Phase 2-4 renovation
  • Client/Contractor: Aalto University Properties Ltd.
  • Project acquisition method: Bidding competition 2009


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