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Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1. TOUR ET TAXIS: TOWARDS A MIXED-USE ECO-NEIGHBORHOOD

Whereas most developing countries can write their future starting from a blank slate, European cities face the challenge of transforming their built heritage to secure their energy, social and economic transition towards post-carbon, circular and interdependent urban living.

It means being determined to act as forward thinkers, and to bring our new project “Tour & Taxis” into the 21st century in terms of uses, technological progress, social innovation, and sustainable building principles. Today’s architecture is capable of implementing “energy solidarity” between a piece of architectural heritage — industrial in this case — and a contemporary project. The latter provides the necessary energy to the former by integrating renewable energies, thus limiting carbon emissions as recommended by the COP 21.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

  • Architects: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
  • Project: Tour & Taxis
  • Location: Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
  • Client: Extensa, T&T Project S.A.
  • Program: 85 000 M² Housing (Zone B) + 50 000 M² Office + Retail + Leisure (Gare Maritime)
  • Surface Area: 135 000 M²
  • Status : W.I.P.

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Courtyard by the West Sea in Beijing, China by META-PROJECT

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: META-PROJECT 

Unlike the introverted quality of the traditional courtyard house, the owner of this site asked for a variety of mix-use program, including tea house, dinning, party space, office, meeting, as well as dwelling and entertainment. Thecontemporary and sometime “public” program opened up the courtyard to become “extraverted”, so as to induce more human interactions. These required us to break the general understanding of the courtyard as an enclosed typology by introducing the experience of “meandering in the hutongs” into the courtyard, and the interventional approach was derived from the unfolding spatial narrative of hutong life.

West Elevation, Image Courtesy © Su Chen and Chun Fang

  • Architects: META-PROJECT
  • Project: Courtyard by the West Sea
  • Location: West Sea, Beijing, China
  • Photography: Su Chen and Chun Fang
  • Design Team: Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Yaping Wu, Yin Cheng, Qianqian Chang, Han Wang, Guowei Zhang, Tian Lan
  • Lighting Consultant: Xiaowei Han
  • Area: 800 m2
  • Date: April, 2013 – October, 2013
  • Status: Construction Completed

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Studio Sitges in Spain by Olson Kundig

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Olson Kundig

Studio Sitges is a live/work space for a photographer and his family. Located three blocks from the

Mediterranean Sea, the building captures the casual energy of this cosmopolitan beach town thirty minutes from Barcelona.

The house is zoned vertically, with two large below-grade photography studios anchoring the building, a main floor for entertaining both large and small groups, and private areas above. A glass elevator moves between floors and culminates in an intimate rooftop atelier. Kundig describes the whole house as a studio—a space in which things can happen.

Image Courtesy © Nikolas Koenig

  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Project: Studio Sitges
  • Location: Sitges, Spain
  • Photography: Nikolas Koenig and Petter Hegre
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA
  • Design Principal: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Manager: Megan Zimmerman, Architectural Staff
  • Contractor: Carbonell Freixas S.L.
  • Consultants:
    • Structural engineering: MCE Structural Consultants
    • Steel/metal fabrication and installation: Metalisteria Mecrimar S.L.
    • Electrical and plumbing: Joan Figueras S.A.
    • Pool: Reindesa
    • Garage doors and gates: Portes Joan Rius
    • Radiant flooring and air conditioning: Tecnotrol
    • Audio system: Digital Luxe
    • Painting: 9 Colors
    • Wood floors: Ebony & Co.
    • Marble: Arch. Gianclaudio Papasogli Tacca
  • Year: 2010

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NASCAR’s New York City office by Ted Moudis Associates

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Great Ink Communications

Ted Moudis Associates (TMA), a leading architectural and interior design firm, has completed the design of NASCAR’s New York City office. The Daytona, Fla.-based racing organization has moved into a 14,700-square-foot office space on the 40th floor of 590 Madison Avenue. NASCAR enlisted TMA’s services to design a new space that reflected its brand and corporate culture.

Image Courtesy © Ted Moudis Associates

  • Architects: Ted Moudis Associates
  • Project: NASCAR’s New York City office
  • Location: New York City, USA

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THE ANTONI BUILDING in Delft, Netherlands by Studioninedots

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Article source: Studioninedots

The tender for the end building on Stationsplein (Station square) in Delft was won by Smit’s Bouwbedrijf BV|Vink Bouw Nieuwkoop BV. Studioninedots was responsible for the architecture.

Centrally located in Nieuw Delft, this lively place creates space for meeting, knowledge exchange and innovation: the DNA of Delft. The strength of this robust complex called ‘Antoni’ lies in the physical connection of the dynamic surroundings with an urban, mixed-use function that incorporates exhibition and meeting spaces, a hotel with restaurant, workspaces, retail and apartments. Integrated underneath the building will be a new public parking facility for 2.400 bicycles.

The construction agreement between the development group and the municipal developer Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Spoorzone Delft was signed on 21 December 2016.

Image Courtesy © Studioninedots|WAX architectural visualisation

  • Architects: Studioninedots
  • Project: THE ANTONI BUILDING
  • Location: Stationsplein, Delft, Netherlands
  • Photography: Studioninedots|WAX architectural visualisation
  • Client: Municipality of Delft, Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Spoorzone Delft
  • Design team: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Project team: Jurjen van der Horst, Stefan Dannel, Wouter Hermanns, Gerty Daniëls
  • Team: Smit’s Bouwbedrijf BV | Vink Bouw Nieuwkoop BV | Amory+Jurriëns | Studioninedots
  • Consultants: Born2Brand | Pieters Bouwtechniek | NIBE | Hiensch Engineering
  • Plot: 2.000 m2
  • Size: 12,500m2 (GFA)
  • EPC: 0 (apartments), 0,49 (overall)
  • GPR: 8,3
  • Design-completion: 2016 – 2019
  • Status: Winning tender, in progress

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CUPONE Cafe in Beijing, China by SODA Architects

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Article source: PLAY Creator Showcase

In 2016, we were invited to design CUPONE, a coffee shop located at the headquarters of BMW China, by the lobby of Gateway Plaza, a commercial development near Beijing’s embassy district. CUPONE Café extends from an angle of the building’s lobby towards an outdoor terrace, with an indoor area connecting both sections. To integrate these features into a homogeneous design, we selected a “Mountains and Rivers” theme for the project.

Image Courtesy © CAO Xuefeng and LIN Yang

  • Architects: SODA Architects
  • Project: CUPONE Cafe
  • Location: No.18, East 3rd Ring North Road, Beijing, China
  • Photography: CAO Xuefeng and LIN Yang
  • Client: CUPONE
  • Project Team: JIANG Yuan, SONG Chen, CHEN Fei
  • Design scopes: Interior, furniture, lighting
  • Construction company: SOK Consulting Service Limited
  • Area: 300m2
  • Project Year: 2016

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Zalando in Friedrichshain, Germany by Bruzkus Batek Architekten Partnerschaft

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Article source: Bruzkus Batek Architekten Partnerschaft

Based in the old Knorr Braking Systems factory, Friedrichshain – a protected historical site, is one of three of the online retailer Zalando’s locations in Berlin, employing around 2000 people. Bruzkus Batek architects have designed and conceptualised a multi-use “fashion hub” at the site, including a modern, fully featured canteen and terrace onto the interior courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Jens Bösenberg

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Identity Works in Stockholm, Sweden by Elding Oscarson

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Article source: Elding Oscarson

The independent branding agency Identity Works is housed in one of Stockholms most iconic commercial buildings from the Swedish Grace era, designed by Cyrillus Johansson. When expanding within the building Elding Oscarson were given the opportunity to thoroughly look into the agency’s workflow in relation to the disposition of spaces. Within a tight framework of standard requirements, a project tailored for the client regarding openness, transparency, communication, and creative flow, could be crafted. The envisioned creative atelier, however with the need of many enclosed rooms, resulted in a layout where enclosed spaces are arranged to form a series of interconnected open spaces. Like buildings, towards a square, these volumes have been given facades with large windows providing light and transparency. Their contrasting cladding of clear lacquered MDF shelving, highlights the spatial organization while functioning as an ever-changing mood board.

Image Courtesy © Åke E:son Lindman

  • Architects: Elding Oscarson [Johan Oscarson, Jonas Elding (partners in charge) and Gustaf Karlsson (project architect)]
  • Project: Identity Works
  • Location: Kungsgatan 34, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Photography: Åke E:son Lindman
  • Client: Identity Works
  • Building contractor: Öhmans Bygg
  • Carpenter: Grötlingbo Möbelfabrik
  • Total floor area: 730 sqm
  • Completion: 2015

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Uber in Hong Kong by Bean Buro

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Article source: Bean Buro

Bean Buro’s design for UBER’s new Hong Kong office takes inspiration from Gottfried Semper’s writings on vessels, where he described the notion of form and function acting as a structured whole, with individual parts fulfilling their own function while cooperating with others to achieve an overall aim and effect.

Image Courtesy © Bean Buro

  • Architects: Bean Buro
  • Project: Uber Hong Kong
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Client: UBER Hong Kong
  • Design Directors: Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Lorène Faure
  • Senior Architectural Designers: Elspeth Lee, Isabel Entrambasaguas
  • Architectural designers & assistants: Michelle Ho, Tommy Hui, Gigi Kwong, Abby Liu
  • Contractor: Winsmart Contracting Co. Ltd
  • Project Management: Colliers International

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Fast Horse in Minnesota by Salmela Architect

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: Salmela Architect

Fast Horse is an award-winning, fast-growing, brand agency in Minneapolis with a unique work environment. As explained in the business case, employees have no assigned desk. “Ponies”, as Fast Horse worker are know, are encouraged not to occupy the same seat two days in a row and are encouraged to extend their “work space” beyond the office to the coffee shop, bar, or home as they choose suitable environment for the work that they are trying to accomplish on that particular day.

south facing façade, Image Courtesy © Salmela Architect

  • Architects: Salmela Architect (David Salmela)
  • Project: Fast Horse
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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