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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


LEGO PMD in Billund, Denmark by Rosan Bosch & Rune Fjord

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Article source: Rosan Bosch & Rune Fjord

LEGO’s designers are the luckiest in the world – they get to play with LEGO all day long! Now, the designers of LEGO’s development department, LEGO PMD, has a physical working environment that corresponds to its playful content – a working environment where fun, play and creativity are paramount and where the physical design gives the adults a chance to be part of children’s play. With the values ’fun’, ’unity’, ’creativity & innovation’, ’imagination’ and ’sustainability’ as basis for the design, LEGO PMD has become a unique development department where the designers can become part of the children’s fantasy world. LEGO doesn’t just create fun for others – at LEGO PMD working is fun!

Yellow table bar (Image Courtesy Anders Sune Berg)

  • Architects: Rosan Bosch & Rune Fjord
  • Project: LEGO PMD
  • Location: Billund, Denmark
  • Clients: LEGO System A/S
  • Designers: Rosan Bosch & Rune Fjord
  • Photographer: Anders Sune Berg
  • Location of project: Lego System A/S
  • Year: 2010
  • Project: Design and interior decoration
  • Scope: 2000m2
  • Materials: Polyurethane floor, carpet, dry wall, acoustic bats w. graphic print, glass partition walls, acoustic ceiling, furniture
  • Software used: AutoCad and Adobe Creative Suite


Kwakkel Showroom in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects

Located in a newly formed industrial area within the municipality of Apeldoorn between the city center and the national highway, Kwakkel, which distributes building and sanitary ware, required new facilities for their diverse program; administration, showroom, storage, service area, as well as cafeteria and restaurant overlaying the customary showroom program with additional public use.

Image Courtesy Kim Zwarts, Jan Bitter

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Project: Kwakkel Showroom
  • Location: Apeldoorn Noord, the Netherlands
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets, William Fung, Harold Hermans, Philippe Dirix, Carl Augustijns
  • Collaborators: Harold Aspers, Elsa Caetano, Jacques van Eyck, Frank Menzel, Mai Henriksen, Markus Elminger
  • Models: William Fung, Sebastian Nau
  • Site supervisors: Harold Hermans
  • Date of design: 1999 – 2001
  • Date of completion: 2001 – 2002
  • Photographs: Kim Zwarts, Jan Bitter
  • Client: Kwakkel B.V.
  • Program: Showroom, offices, storage accomodation
  • Area: 5.400 m2


Air China Blue Sky Tower in Chengdu by KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has won the international competition entitled “Blue Sky Building Project” for the Air China headquarters in the major west Chinese city Chengdu. With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing headed by Johannes Reinsch, Managing Director of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International GmbH, saw off five other entries. The office boasts a gross surface area (GSA) of 124,000 m² and offers space for a total of 5,470 workspaces. The fact that the high-rise design should serve as a role model with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability is of major concern to the developer.

Nightview (Image Courtesy KSP Juergen Engel Architekten)

  • Architects: KSP Juergen Engel Architekten
  • Project: Air China Blue Sky Tower
  • Location: Chengdu, China
  • Developer: Air China
  • GSA: in total 124,000 m², of which 24,000 underground
  • Gross volume : 490,819 m³
  • No. of storeys : 46
  • Workspaces: approx. 5,470
  • Parking spaces: 421
  • Height of building: 180 m
  • Competition: Nov. 2011, 1st prize, result announced Dec. 2011
  • Software used: Autocad, Photoshop, Rhino, 3Dmax


Urban Food Production in Chicago, Illinois by Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Zündel & Cristea


The socio-cultural development of the past century has compromised the notion of “progress”. Deforestation, topsoil depletion, excesses of industrial and financial globalisation, biodiversity loss and incessant pressures of population growth on the planet’s limited resources have placed the human being in a condition of rupture with his ecological role as species.


Images Courtesy Atelier Zündel Cristea

  • Architect: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
  • Name of Project: Urban Food Production
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Competition: 2010
  • Client: Terreform
  • Consultants: Batiserf
  • Project: Parkings, food production, dwellings…
  • Photo credit: Atelier Zündel Cristea


Auditorium and multifunctional building in Muskiz, Spain by Virai Arquitectos

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Virai Arquitectos

This project proposed a mixed-use building for the municipality of Muskiz with public functions (a small auditorium and a youth centre) and private functions (offices, bars and retail), organized by means of a public square with a covered gallery. The municipality of Muskiz is dominated by the presence of a big refinery, visible from the motorway from Bilbao to Santander. The public square is opened towards the south, the views and the sun; it is closed towards the north, to protect itself from the dominant winds and severe rainfalls and to conceal the ever-present view on the refinery and its chimneys.

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Virai Arquitectos
  • Project: Auditorium and multifunctional building
  • Location: calle de Cendeja 21, Muskiz, Vizcaya, Spain.
  • First prize competition: October 2001
  • Working project: 2002
  • Working period: 2002-2003
  • Client: Municipality of Muskiz
  • Software used: Brick Cad and Tricalc


Killarney Ice Rink + Lobby in Vancouver, British Columbia by Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

The Killarney Ice Rink + Lobby project is a replacement of an existing ice rink and lobby at the Killarney Community Centre in Vancouver that is comprised of a swimming pool facility, an ice rink, a gymnasium, and other activity spaces. The renewal of the Killarney Community Centre complex improved access to the facility in order that it may continue to serve its vital role as a key social hub of the Killarney neighbourhood. The arena was designed to act as a short-track speed skating training venue for the 2010 Winter Games. After the completion of the Games, the international-size ice surface was converted to an NHL-sized rink with seating for 250 spectators for use by the community.

Lobby (Image Courtesy Nic Lehoux)

  • Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
  • Project: Killarney Ice Rink + Lobby
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Size: 40,000 square feet
  • Completion Date: 2009
  • Photography: NicLehoux.
  • Software used: Vectorworks on Macs


CEIG Testing & Assessment Research Center in Shenzhen, China by LYCS Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture wins an invited competition for a 32,000 sqm testing and assessment research center in the city of Shenzhen. It is a mixed-use building including offices, residential and commercial. The project conceptually begins with the traditional Chinese urban design idea of a “miniature city” and divides the site into 10 equal volumes. Then the volumes are aligned corresponding to the scattered programs across the landscape.

Image Courtesy LYCS Architecture

  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Project: CEIG Testing & Assessment Research Center
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Use : offices, residential and commercial
  • Site Area : 12007 m2
  • Bldg. Area: 23259 m2
  • Gross Floor Area : 31195 m2
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio : 38%
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 1.94 %


Park Shops Adaptive Reuse in Raleigh, North Carolina by Clark Nexsen

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Clark Nexsen

A three-story, 51,000-square-foot classroom and research building at North Carolina State University, with lecture halls, laboratories, advising offices, a television production studio, video editing suites, and an internet café. The L-shaped structure defines a new campus plaza. This project received a 2011 National AIA CAE Facility Design Merit Award.

Plaza view of exterior (Images Courtesy JWest Productions)

  • Architect: Clark Nexsen (formerly Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee)
  • Project: Park Shops Adaptive Reuse
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Client: North Carolina State University
  • Project Team: Donna Francis, Don Kranbuehl, Clymer Cease, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey
  • Size: 51,000 SF
  • Completion: 2009
  • Photographs: JWest Productions
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Revit


The East Village in Austin, Texas by Bercy Chen Studio LP

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Article source: Bercy Chen Studio LP

Located in the Revitalization District of East 11th Street, this vertical mixed-use project has become a unique focal point in a quickly growing neighborhood. The project includes 11 retail stores and offices, 20 residential condominiums of which 20% are affordable housing, and roof top decks accessible by all residents. The unique solar screen on the south and west facades is just one of the many aspects of the design that contributes to the 3?Star Green Building Rating. The East Village is also one of the City of Austin’s S.M.A.R.T. (Safe, Mixed-Income, Accessible, Reasonably Priced, Transit Oriented) Housing developments. The East 11th Street neighborhood in Austin has seen considerable change since 2001. Once a largely ignored portion of Austin, E. 11th Street is now home to many different retail shops, restaurants, offices, and cultural groups. The East Village seeks to capture this diversity by developing a dynamic and creative environment for its residents, combining retail shops and small commercial offices with residential units on the upper floors. On the fourth floor are two green roofs; each with a wonderful view of downtown.


Block 19 Mixed Use Development (Images Courtesy Ryan Michael)

  • Architect: Bercy Chen Studio LP
  • Project: The East Village
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Size: 2,591 sq m
  • Photographer: Ryan Michael


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