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Multipurpose Centre Valle de Salazar in Navarra, Spain by gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Article source: gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos

The Multipurpose Centre of the Valle de Salazar is an initiative of the Government of Navarra, framed within the Strategic Development Plan of the Pyrenees. It was designed to give the Valle a joint center for business and public facilities to centralize services to businesses and the community.

The functional aim is to host development infrastructure for the Valle de Salazar, including informational, social and administrative programs, as well as, the productive and commercial spaces that could reactivate the economic tissue in the region.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Fernando Alda)

  • Architect: gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos – Natalia Gutiérrez Sánchez y Julio de la Fuente Martínez
  • Name of project: Multipurpose Centre Valle de Salazar
  • Location: Bussiness Park, Iciz (Gallués), Navarra, Spain
  • Project and construction: 2010-2011
  • Client: Navarra de Suelo Residencial, S.A. Gobierno de Navarra
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda
  • Software used: Autocad 2010 and Photoshop


Sanya Block 5 in China by NL Architects

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Article source: NL Architects

Sanya is the southernmost city in China. Sanya is located in Hainan Province. The city is renowned for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination. Daily mean = 25˚ C!

Block 5 is part of a resort development. The project consists of 8 blocks of 6 stories on top of a ground floor with restaurants, bars and retail. The blocks are placed on a public deck, a new ground level that covers the basement with parking spaces and service. Each block is build up from 15 individual units.

Sanya Block 5

  • Architects: NL Architects
  • Project: Sanya Block 5
  • Location: Sanya, China
  • Client: Vanke Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Hainan
  • NL Architects: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Team: Gen Yamamoto and Bobby de Graaf
  • With: Zhongnan Lao, Pauline Rabjeau (2nd design phase), Yajing Huang, Ana Gavilanes, Antariksh Tandon (1st design phase)


Vivat Pool and Spa in Moravske toplice, Slovenia by Studio Kalamar

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: Studio Kalamar

The pool and spa complex is connected to the existing hotel via a communication axis comprising various public spaces, which leads along the new pools to the future hotel at the west edge of the site. On the south of the axis, the swimming pool hall contains indoor pools and adjoining saunas, the outdoor pools with the restaurant are located on the north side. Upper floor houses various healthcare and wellness programs.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Miran Kambič)

  • Architect: Studio Kalamar – Andrej Kalamar
  • Name of Project: Vivat Pool and Spa
  • Location: Moravske toplice, Slovenia
  • Structural Engineering: Statikon
  • HVAC Engineering: Veling; Projektivni biro Murska Sobota; Makro 5 Investicije
  • Photographs: Miran Kambič


Cor in Miami, Florida by Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Article source: Oppenheim Architecture + Design

COR, the first sustainable, mixed-use condominium in Miami, Florida represents a dynamic synergy between architecture, structural engineering and ecology.  Rising 400’ above the Design District, Cor extracts power from its environment utilizing the latest advancements in wind turbines, photovoltaic’s, and solar hot water generation— while integrating them into its architectural identity.

Image Courtesy Dbox

  • Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
  • Project: Cor
  • Location: Design District, Miami, Florida
  • Scope: 480,000 SF mixed-use condominium complex. Architecture/ Interior finishes
  • Renderings by: Dbox


ZAP’ ADOS in Calais, France by Bang Architectes

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Article source: Bang Architectes

Conversion of industrial hall into Skate Park and Youth Centre

Create a signal in the landscape

The operation takes place along a canal in St. Pierre, which is the former industrial district of Calais.In this bleak urban landscape, The future facility must signal its presence and invite potential users, the young and curious, to enter. The high clearance at the front of the building offers increased visibility of the west gable. This gable, which has been completely redesigned, will project a strong signal into the public space.

Night View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

  • Architects: Bang Architectes (Nicolas Gaudard and Nicolas Hugoo)
  • Project’s name: ZAP’ ADOS
  • Location: 87 quai de Lucien L’heureux 62100, Calais, France
  • Client: Ville de Calais
  • Engineer: B&R ingénierie
  • Photo credit: Julien Lanoo


Amsterdam Tower in Mexico City by JSª

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Article source: JSª

We started by joining six adjacent plots that had development potential, and designed an urban complex of mixed uses: public parking, shops, offices and housing. Our idea was adding new buildings to the existing ones and build housing projects facing the residential area of the Colonia Condesa, and commercial projects facing Insurgentes Avenue, one of Mexico City’s main avenues. This way, access to the apartments is always through the residential neighborhood while access to the other programs is through Insurgentes Avenue. We took into account the adjacent establishments, such as Centro Qi (a gym/spa) –which we also designed– and the bakery El Molino, and we projected a commercial space with parking that could operate integrally with these amenities.

Image Courtesy Romelia Hernández

  • Architects: JSª
  • Project: Amsterdam Tower
  • Location: Av. Insurgentes 301-303, Mexico City
  • Date of the project: In progress
  • Real Estate Development: Javier Sánchez, Santiago Sánchez, Alvaro Becker, Fernando Valdivia
  • Architectural Design: Javier Sánchez, Aisha Ballesteros, Juan Carral, Karen Cheirif, Diana Elizalde, Domingo Granados, Francisco Martínez, Tristán Ossola, Gustavo Rojas, Angélica Soberanes, Juan Manuel Soler, Irvine Torres, Juan Pablo Victal, Sofía Villareal, Alejandro Zarate


MoMA Chengdu in China by Studio Ramoprimo

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Article source: Studio Ramoprimo

Competition and design task: the Competition was organized by the Chengdu Ministry of Culture and the Chengdu Culture and Tourism Development Group in December 2007. The site is located on the north-west of the central Tianfu Square, around which the city government is planning to build a double ring of public facilities. The first ring will be the new cultural center, including cultural and leisure facilities and museum buildings, the second and larger one will be a crown of CBD style skyscrapers. Coincidentally the site corresponds to the southwest corner of the disappeared “Si Chuan Gong Yuan”, ancient city wall from the Qing Dynasty. If you dig here, there is a good chance to find some of those old rests.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Studio Ramoprimo
  • Name of Project: MoMA Chengdu
  • Location: China
  • Team leaders: Stefano Avesani (STUDIO RAMOPRIMO) with Wenjun Li
  • Design team: Frisly Colop, Zhixing Zhao, Fei Tang, Jinze Cui, Xiancheng Feng
  • Project name: MoMA CHENDU – TianFu Museum of Modern Art


Metalsa SA in Nuevo León, Mexico by Brooks + Scarpa

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa

Historically, Metalsa began as a family-owned company, founded by Guillermo Zambrano Gutierrez in November 1956, previously named Manufacturas Metalicas Monterrey. The company later entered the automotive industry through a partnership with American firm A. O. Smith and began manufacturing chassis frames for heavy trucks and pickups in the late 60’s. The official name of Metalsa was adopted in the late 70’s and operations started in Apodaca. Metalsa’s successes allowed them to acquire the commercial vehicles business from Tower Automotive expanding to Virginia, and later building facilities in China, Japan and India.  Today the company boasts several major automotive corporations as their clients, including Ford and Toyota.


  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
  • Project’s Formal Name: Metalsa SA
  • Location: Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Client/Owner: The Proeza Group
  • Total Area: Phase I_ +/- 500 sqm of Offices, +/-1000 sqm of Warehouse, Phase II_ +/-500 sqm of Offices, +/-3000 sqm of Warehouse (Phase II sqm is in addition to Phase I)
  • Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer, Daniel Poei, Abby Katcher, Oliver Liao, Darien Williams, Jordan Gearhart, Ching Luk  – Project Design Team
  • Landscape: PEG
  • LEED: Zinner Consultants
  • Engineering:

    • Structural Engineering: Carl W. Howe Partners, Inc.
    • Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing: Cobalt


The red balloon by AMK+

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Article source: AMK+

PROLOGUE – ‘Alice’

We’ve seen many mentionable solutions  for rehabilitation of unfunctional industrial buildings that have lost their original functions. Attaching new functional buildings to their close environment basically determine the new character of the place. Because their industrial origin these types of constructions and their environment – with different designation – have no connection, essentially no question about it. As the place is rehabilitated and gets back to life we can take the question about the method and the mode. The intervention depends on  the actual context, that can be:

  1. merge
  2. insulate

and situations on a range between them.

In the current situation the block of abandoned gasworks stands as an ‘island’ in a mostly residential texture. The emblematic chimney, octagonal torso-like concrete columns of a cooling tower , the monumental spaces of halls, scattered lovely details – all with their externals, material use and scales call the feeling in us that we’ve arrived at a totally different world… at a ‘fable’.

3D Interior View

  • Architect: AMK+
  • Name of Project: The red balloon
  • Team: Tamas Kun, Gergely Almos, Tamas Mezey


Alma Hotel Residence Winning Proposal in Atacama, Northern Chile by Kouvo & Partanen

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Article source: Kouvo & Partanen

The Finnish Architectural Office Kouvo & Partanen has won an international design and tender competition for the new Hotel Residence for the researches of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array, in the desert of Atacama in Northern Chile.

Towards the main building

  • Architects: Kouvo & Partanen
  • Project: Alma Hotel Residence Winning Proposal
  • Location: Atacama, Northern Chile


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