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New home for Garage in Moscow in Moscow, Russia by OMA

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Article source: OMA


Now that preservation is increasingly important in our approach to existing cities, the period between the 1960s and 1980s is, worldwide, an exception. We can imagine saving Fin de Siècle, early Modernism, but the more anonymous and impersonal architecture that emerged after World War II has few fans and almost no defenders. That is why we were very happy to work on turning the almost-ruin of Vremena Goda into the new house for Garage. We were able, with our client and her team, to explore the qualities of generosity, dimension, openness, and transparency of the Soviet wreckage and fi nd new uses and interpretations for them; it also enabled us to avoid the exaggeration of standards and scale that is becoming an aspect of contemporary art spaces. – Rem Koolhaas

Outdoor events (Image courtesy of OMA)

  • Architect: OMA
  • Name of Project: New home for Garage in Moscow
  • Location: Vremena Goda Pavilion at Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia
  • Drawings and images: OMA


The Arch in Mandal, Norway by 3XN Architects

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: 3XN Architects

Elegance and conviviality merge under The Arch in Mandal, Norway

Historic white wooden houses, charming narrow streets, a river running though the center and beach and forest nearby. The town of Mandal is the essence of southern Norwegian idyll. Danish practice, 3XN, has designed the town’s new cultural center, a project which required great sensitivity to the town’s special environment.

The Arch

  • Architect: 3XN Architects
  • Name of Project: The Arch
  • Location: Mandal, Norway
  • Client: Halse Property, Norway
  • Engineer: Rambøll, Norway
  • Landscape: Asplan Viak, Norway


Daejeon Landmark in Korea by François Blanciak Architect

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: François Blanciak Architect

As the culminating point of a larger planning scheme, the design for this landmark building proposes to link eighteen towers within a single inverted crown, which at once liberates the ground to enhance public space, and provides a large circular garden on its roof to act as a 360° observatory for the City of Daejeon. The liberation of the central space of the building at ground level allows its different programmatic elements (offices, apartments, hotel and museum) to share a naturally lit, circular, inside yet outside park. Structurally, the building is made of 6 independent elements that only connect in the upper circular floors.

Image Courtesy François Blanciak

  • Architects: François Blanciak Architect
  • Project: Daejeon Landmark
  • Location: Daejeon, Korea
  • Program: offices+ housing+hotel+ museum
  • Type: competition
  • Date: 2007
  • Area: 227000m²


Bamboo Wing in Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Votrongnghia Co., Ltd

Inspired by nature, “Bamboo wing” takes the form of bird wings and floats over the natural landscape of the site situated near Hanoi, Vietnam. The aim of the project was to study bamboo and the potential space it can create by using bamboo not only as a finishing material but as a structural one. This building is a pure bamboo structure, using no steel or other man-made structural materials. This unique structure, flying over the sky as bird wings, allows us to experience a 12 meter open space without any vertical columns. The open space can be used for many purposes such as wedding parties, live music concerts, ceremonies etc. This is an achievement not only in terms of structures in bamboo but it also creates a new trend for new ecological materials- which easily available in Vietnam.

Image Courtesy Hiroyuki Oki

  • Architects: Vo Trong Nghia (Vo Trong Nghia Co., Ltd.)
  • Project: Bamboo Wing
  • Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam.
  • Completion year: 2010
  • Construction Area: 1,600 m2
  • Photo credit (construction): Vo Trong Nghia Co., Ltd.
  • Photographer (Completion): Hiroyuki Oki


Töölönlahden Block 2018 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects


The charm of Töölönlahti street blocks is in its completing the immediate urban fabric without stealing all the attention. This urban row also shelters the park from discomfort and noise of nearby railroads, and stands as a principle spine to support existing buildings and future public developments. Block 2018 culminates the row, subsequently characterising the entire block.

Facade from train tracks

  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of Project: Töölönlahden Block 2018
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Type: Competition, Purchase
  • Program: 3 200 m² Housing, 10 600 m² Offices
  • Team: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Harri Ahokas, Petra Grisova, Julius Kekoni, Pekka Tainio, Jyri Tartia, Yena Young, Yin Li


Salerno Maritime Terminal in Salerno, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

Our new terminal echoes the oyster – its hard shell enclosing soft, fluid elements within. Key focal points- ticket desks, restaurant, waiting room – steer passengers from ground level to upper deck boarding points. By night the terminal’s ‘glow’ functions almost as a lighthouse for this ancient port city.

Our new terminal for the ferry port at Salerno, marks the transition from land to sea, from solid to liquid, both visually and functionally – strengthening the intimate relationship between city and waterfront through innovate design.


  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: Salerno Maritime Terminal
  • Location: Salerno, Italy
  • Client: Comune di Salerno
  • Period: 1999 – 2012
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Type: Ferry and cruise-line terminal, café, shops


KAT-Ohno in Tokyo, Japan by cheungvogl

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: cheungvogl

The development site is surrounded by four office buildings, which will be given a consistent appearance by refurbishment of new cladding systems and upgrading to meet modern standards. The master plan includes an extension of a new forum to provide flexible spaces for training seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings etc. which cheungvogl’s design proposal is chosen as the winner for the invited competition.


  • Architect: cheungvogl
  • Project Name: KAT-Ohno
  • Location: Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Use: Conference, Seminar, Forum, Exhibition, Public Space
  • Site Area: 3740㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 1835 ㎡


Beach and Howe Mixed-Use Tower in Vancouver, Canada by BIG

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article source: BIG


The 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe mixed-use tower by BIG + Westbank + Dialog + Cobalt + PFS + Buro Happold + Glotman Simpson and local architect James Cheng marks the entry point to downtown Vancouver, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure to the Vancouver skyline.

Images Courtesy BIG

  • Architect: BIG
  • Name of Project: Beach and Howe Mixed-Use Tower
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Client: Westbank Projects Corp.
  • Size: 653,890 sf / 60,670 m2
  • Image credit: BIG
  • Collaborators: Dialog, Cobalt Engineering, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Urban Design, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson, James KM Cheng Architects
  • Partners-in-charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Agustin Perez-Torres
  • Team: Julianne Gola, Marcella Martinez, Chris Malcolm, Karol Borkowski, Michael Taylor, Alina Tamosiunaite, David Brown, Tobias Hjortdal, Alexandra Gustafson


Sport Complex and Swimming Center in Barreiro, Spain by Estudio de Arquitectura NAOS

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source: Estudio de Arquitectura NAOS

The Complex in Barreiro has been designed for recreational and sporting use, besides being a leisure and aquatic centre. It has three swimming pools: one with 6 lanes of 25 metres in length, a swimming pool of learning and other one with water beds, Jacuzzi and massage jets. What particularity stands out is its large central space linked to the sports activities and it’s a glass prism with maximum use of natural light and allows the best ventilation of the spaces.

Exterior View


Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project in Albania by Cino Zucchi Architetti

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: Cino Zucchi Architetti

The center of Tirana is marked by a clear urban layout, but its recent growth filled up a large area around it without any order, structure, adequate services or meaningful public spaces.

In our proposal, the voids rather than the buildings become the catalysts of new urban regeneration, attracting public and private functions around a sequence of green spaces of high environmental quality. The extension of the boulevard into a lively green promenade progressively opens up to the beautiful landscape of the hills across the Tirana river.


  • Architect: Cino Zucchi Architetti
  • Name of Project: Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project
  • Location: Tirana, Albania
  • Type: International closed competition
  • Year: 2012
  • Architecture, Urban Design (team leader): Cino Zucchi Architetti


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