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Kaupunkiympäristötalo – A New Hub for Helsinki’s Urban Environment Departments in Finland by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Article source: Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

Helsinki-based Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects have been given the green light to begin construction on a new facility which will bring all the offices of the City’s urban environment divisions under one roof. The new office complex will take a new approach to how Helsinki’s city planners, housing specialists and environmental designers tackle issues within the Finnish capital, replacing traditional work spaces with an activity-based work environment. The 41,000m2 new building will have its ground floor almost entirely open to the public, with customer service points, exhibition spaces and a restaurant. At the same time, the design of the rest of the building, primarily offices, puts a heavy emphasis on casual encounters between employees of different departments. Construction is due to begin in December 2017.

Image Courtesy © Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

  • Architects: Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
  • Project: Kaupunkiympäristötalo – A New Hub for Helsinki’s Urban Environment Departments
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland


Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing, China by MAD Architects

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Article source: MAD Architects 

As a recent realization of the concept “Shanshui City,” “Chaoyang Park Plaza”has begun construction. It marks another milestone in one of the practices of MAD’s design theory. This project pushes the boundary of the urbanization process in modern cosmopolitan life by creating a dialogue between artificial scenery and natural landscapes.

Image Courtesy © MAD Architects

  • Architects: MAD Architects
  • Project: Chaoyang Park Plaza
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Directors in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Client: Junhao Real Estate Beijing Jingfa Properties Co., Limited.
  • Core Design Team: Zhao Wei, Kin Li, Liu Huiying, Lin Guomin, Bennet Hu Po-Kang, Julian Sattler, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Li Guangchong, Fu Changrui, Yang Jie, Zhu Jinglu, Younjin Park, Gustaaf Alfred Van Staveren
  • Site Area: 30,763 sqm
  • Building Area: Aboveground 128,177 sqm, Belowground 94,832 sqm
  • Building Height: 120 m


Pixel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by MVRDV

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Article source: MVRDV 

Pixel is a dynamic 76,000m2 residential development with retail, office, makers and community spaces, offering 480 apartments of various sizes and features. The project is part of a large-scale district level development by RNL design called Makers District, being the precedent for advanced community-based development, positioning itself as the new heart of Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE.

Image Courtesy © Vero Visuals

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Pixel
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Vero Visuals
  • Client: OVG Real Estate, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Winy Maas with Jeroen Zuidgeest, Gijs Rikken, Gideon Maasland, Guido Boeters, Wietse Elswijk, Saimon Gomez Idiakez, Rik Lambers, Javier Lopez-Menchero, Sanne van Manen, Stephanie McNamara, Thijs van Oostrum, Frank Smit, Boudewijn Thomas, Maria Vasiloglou and Laurens Veth
  • Investor: RJB Group of Companies
  • Contractor: G&S Bouw B.V. and Boele & Van Eesteren B.V.
  • Landscape Design: DeltaVorm Groep & Piet Oudolf, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Engineering: Inbo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Corporativo Capital Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico by usoarquitectura

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Article source: usoarquitectura

Consolidate two companies —that finally became one—in the same space and set the standards of how the company´s offices must be around the world is not an easy task. This is why attending the customer´s request and shaping their identity was an opportunity not to be wasted. How we did it? Incorporating in floors, walls and ceilings some details or references that we may find when we board a plane.

Image Courtesy © usoarquitectura

  • Architects: usoarquitectura
  • Project: Corporativo Capital Reforma
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico


Huafa International Seafront Garden in Zhuhai, China by 10 DESIGN

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Article source: 10 DESIGN


With the recent design competition win of HUAFA INTERNATIONAL SEAFRONT GARDEN, 10 DESIGN celebrates the addition of their third major project in the Shizimen CBD, a new leading financial hub of Zhuhai, China. 10 DESIGN has contributed significantly with their projects totaling over 1 million sqm of GFA within the CBD alone and 8.8 million sqm of GFA throughout the city of Zhuhai.

Image Courtesy © 10 DESIGN

  • Architects: 10 DESIGN
  • Project: Huafa International Seafront Garden
  • Location: Zhuhai, China
  • Client: Huafa Group
    • Design Partner: Ted Givens
    • Partner: Miriam Auyeung
    • Director – Retail: Chin Yong Ng,
    • Design Director: Peby Pratama, Yushan Wu, Ewa Koter, Hafsa Siddique, Dian Feng, Inigo Arrotegui, Kenton Sin, Mujung Kang, Sannie Yip, Violette Chen, Yan Liu, Alfred Mak, Erin Park and Ruizhao Zhang
  • Site Area: 70,276 sqm
  • GFA: Total – 376,258 sqm
  • Office: 146,741 sqm
  • Residential: 131,690 sqm
  • Retail: 75,252 sqm
  • Hotel: 22,575 sqm
  • Height: highest tower at 190m


Real Estate Complex La Mantilla in Montpellier, France by Jacques Ferrier architecture

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Article source: Jacques Ferrier architecture 

Architectural intention

La Mantilla answers the functional mix programme defined for the mixed development zone Jacques Coeur in Montpellier. With an approximately 32,000 m² surface area, it provides shops, restaurants, housing, a student residence, offices and a public car park.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: Jacques Ferrier architecture (Philippe Bonon, Philippe Cervantes)
  • Project: Real Estate Complex La Mantilla
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly
  • Client: Bouygues Immobilier, Pragma, Urbanisme et Commerce
  • Project Manager: François Marquet
  • Architect Partner: A+ Architecture



Tuesday, December 19th, 2017


The repurposing of a space in the historic center of Paris into two apartments gave architect Vincent Parreira’s office an opportunity to work on a small scale in an exceptional context.

Despite determinist formal and constructive features, this remarkably adaptable Haussmannian building has withstood repeated repurposing, though at the cost, it is true, of sometimes heavy interventions. The central framework of Haussmann’s Paris, the Opéra-Madeleine district has been transformed without changing its appearance: thus, number 17 Boulevard des Capucines is occupied with a vast program of the most up-to-date offices. Three addresses further down the boulevard, Vincent Parreira’s office just converted a 19th-century photography studio into apartments. If these premises have a far more modest surface area than the giant neighboring office building, the intervention is nevertheless significant. The clients, two siblings, own these two contiguous apartments, which share the same architecture and program, i.e., short-term rental properties. Access to these two prestigious apartments is via the former service staircase and the corridor leading to rooms formerly allocated to domestic personnel – yet another sign of the total transformation of uses and distributing architectural hierarchies so dear to the Second Empire bourgeoisie. Each apartment is a duplex, whose bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the lower level, while the reception area with its drawing room and kitchen are situated on the upper level, under the glass roof of what used to be a photographer’s studio. The upper level enjoys double exposure in both apartments. The views from these two vantage points reveal two quite different faces of the Parisian panorama. On the drawing room side, the view includes the gold and prestige of the Opéra Garnier, and the layout of the façades of the Grand Hôtel. From the kitchen side, the view opens to the chaotic landscape of Paris behind the scenes, its rooftops cluttered with all the required service elements – air conditioning systems, fire escapes, smoke dampers, etc. – of this functioning urban décor.



Hungry Man Productions Headquarters in Los Angeles, California by Freelandbuck

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Article source: Freelandbuck

FreelandBuck has recently completed an 8,000squarefoot office interior for Hungry Man Productions headquarters in Los Angeles. Asked to rethink the organization of the office, the project aims to match the lightheartedness of Hungry Man’s identity with a series of tumbled cubicles that playfully challenge the regularity of the typical office space.

Image Courtesy © Eric Staudenmaier

  • Architects: Freelandbuck
  • Project: Hungry Man Productions Headquarters
  • Location: Angeles, California, USA
  • Photography: Eric Staudenmaier


European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Article source: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU 

The striking twin tower shapes the skyline of Frankfurt’s Ostend 

The design of the Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au for the new premises of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt combines the horizontal structure of the landmarked Grossmarkthalle with a twisted double tower, which rises to 185 meters. United by an entrance building, these two elements form an ensemble of special architectural significance. Featuring bridges, pathways and platforms, the glass atrium between the two highrises creates a vertical city. The semi-public and communicative functions are located in the former Grossmarkthalle. The exceptional atrium and visible steel support structure show that the ECB building belongs to an entirely new typology of skyscrapers.

Image Courtesy © European Central Bank/Robert Metsch

  • Architects: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
  • Project: European Central Bank
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Photography: Markus Pillhofer, European Central Bank/Robert Metsch, Paul Raftery
  • Client: European Central Bank (ECB), Frankfurt/M., Germany
  • Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
  • Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner: Frank Stepper
  • Design Architect: Karin Miesenberger
  • Project Architects: Hartmut Hank, Christian Halm, Thomas Schwed, Michael Beckert (TPL), Johannes Behrens (TPL), Günther Weber, Jürgen Tiltmann (TPL), Oliver Cassik (TPL), Philipp Munz (TPL)


Hong Kong’s Kennedy Town Swimming Pool by Farrells

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Article source: v2com 

Hong Kong’s futuristic new Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, designed by Farrells, has won a 2017 American Architecture Prize in the Recreational Architecture category.

Completed earlier this year, the pool complex includes a 50-metre outdoor pool, an outdoor leisure pool, indoor and outdoor massage baths, a 50-metre indoor pool, and an indoor training pool. It also incorporates an outdoor garden sheltered beneath the tip of the building’s characteristic roof.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool viewed from Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbour, Image Courtesy © Farrells

  • Architects: Farrells
  • Project: Hong Kong’s Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Phase 1 accommodation (outdoor pools):
    • Outdoor pool (50 metres)
    • Outdoor children’s leisure pool
    • Jacuzzi
    • Offices
    • Entrance hall
    • Changing rooms
    • Temporary accommodation (lifeguard rooms, storage)
  • Phase 2 accommodation (indoor pools):
    • Indoor secondary pool (50 metres)
    • Indoor training pool (25 metres)
    • Jacuzzi
    • Outdoor sitting-out area
    • Decanting of temporary uses to permanent accommodation
  • Gross floor area: 11,782 m2
  • Phase 1 opening date: 11 May 2011
  • Phase 2 opening date: 7 February 2017


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