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Revitalisation of Spikeri Square and Daugava waterfront promenade in Riga, Latvia by Arplan, Ltd.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Article source: Arplan, Ltd.

Historically, Spikeri was a warehouse district with 58 warehouses, built in the late 19th century, to store cargo from ships and train freights. Nowadays only 13 warehouses have been preserved, yet it is enough to feel the historic atmosphere. Spikeri square is a public space, constantly exposed to the changes of urban development and society evolution process, thus the historical environment is authentic and multi-layered, reflecting the citizen attitude towards cultural and historical values, accumulated there over centuries.

Image Courtesy © Aivars Silins, Ilze Denisova

Image Courtesy © Aivars Silins, Ilze Denisova

  • Architects: Arplan, Ltd. (Rolands Bruzgulis)
  • Project: Revitalisation of Spikeri Square and Daugava waterfront promenade
  • Location: Maskavas iela 6, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
  • Photography: Aivars Silins, Ilze Denisova
  • Size of the site: Waterfront length 1 600.00m; project area 57 582.00m2; cost: 136.00 €/ m2 
  • Completed: August 2013 (started 2011) 
  • Client: Riga City Council City Development Department
  • General contractor: Merks, Ltd. ; Saldus Celinieks, Ltd.
  • Technical architects: Valters Bruzgulis, Rihards Millers, Ksenija Semjonova, Salvis Stafeckis


Public Space in Gora Pulawska, Poland by 3XA

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Article source: 3XA

Local authorities decided to transform an undeveloped piece of land in the center of Gora Pulawska into recreational space and meeting point for the village residents. The designers’ intention was to create a new square, which would be unique to its users. It should serve them well and meet their needs in every possible way. Therefore, several different zones have been designed, each intended for either leisure or recreational purposes. There is an open area with numerous benches, meant for small gatherings or outdoor events. There are also covered arbours with tables and seats intended for the residents to integrate, and finally there are large platform benches, where one can sit back and spend time in larger groups. Lighting was designed in the form of tall, slender lanterns and lamps located in the floor. The whole space has been equipped with bike racks and information boards. Landscaping elements such as pergolas, benches, lanterns and bins are made of corten steel. Benches are covered with light coloured oak wood. And the entire project is complemented with the greenery. Numerous birches and colourful bushes have been planted on both sides of the central axis. The embankment above the square has also been covered with decorative vegetation, formed in colourful stripes. The space is located below Radomska Street, which will ensure isolation from the busy arterial route. Functional differentiation of space, the use of sustainable and upstanding materials and the interesting greenery arrangement, all add up to a newly completed center of Gora Pulawska.

Image Courtesy © s.zajaczkowski

Image Courtesy © s.zajaczkowski

  • Architects: 3XA
  • Project: Public Space in Gora Pulawska
  • Location: Góra Puławska, Poland
  • Photography: s.zajaczkowski
  • Designer: Ewa Czerny, Maciej Kowaluk, Łukasz Reszka, Patrycja Żuczek
  • Investor: Gmina Puławy
  • Area: 1325 sqm
  • Project year: 2012
  • Completion: 2014


Evolution Ground in Alfortville, France by NP2F

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Article source: NP2F

Embedded within the boundaries of the ZAC
(coordinated developed zone) Chantereine, the “evolution” grounds of Alfortville represent a qualitative approach to which we lay claim in this district’s public spaces, and more generally in today’s city. Thus, the playground becomes a truly architectural space, integrated in the urban structure and open to the city’s other practices.



  • Architects: NP2F
  • Project: Evolution Ground
  • Location: Alfortville, France
  • Client: city of Alfortville
  • Project managment: NP2F + D’ici là (landscape designers)
  • Surface: 2 050 m2
  • Cost of works: 572 310 € excl tax
  • Year: 2011


MOBY by ARCH Network Ltd

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Article source: ARCH Network Ltd

Moby is the next generation of leisure and recreational dwellings. Made for today’s spirit, connected to the world yet adventurous, enjoying the best of what life and nature has to offer.

Image Courtesy © ARCH Network Ltd

Image Courtesy © ARCH Network Ltd


Kardinaal Mercier Square in Brussels-Jette Belgium by OMGEVING

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Article source: OMGEVING 

Jette, also known as Sint-Pieters-Jette is one of the greenest amongst the 19 communes of the Capital Region of Brussels. Located in the tiny valley of Molenbeek, north-west of the centre of the capital, it offers its inhabitants a fair combination of urban and rural environment.

Image Courtesy © OMGEVING

Image Courtesy © OMGEVING

  • Architects: OMGEVING
  • Project: Kardinaal Mercier Square
  • Location: Brussels-Jette Belgium
  • Project Size: 4 hectares
  • Client: Beliris
  • Design: 2007 (1st prize in the international competition)
  • Completion: 2013


Yalıkavak Palmarina in Bodrum, Turkey by Emre Arolat Architects

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Article source: Emre Arolat Architects

Yalıkavak is one of the lagoons on the southwestern coast of Turkey, which is becoming a popular destination for blue voyages along the Turkish Riviera. Unlike its provincial center Bodrum, which has faced a building boom in 1980s with the increase of touristic activities, Yalikavak is still a relatively calm, smaller scale settlement with its natural landscape.

Image Courtesy © Emre Arolat Architects

Image Courtesy © Emre Arolat Architects

  • Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
  • Project: Yalıkavak Palmarina
  • Location: Bodrum, Turkey
  • Responsible architects: konsept proje: emre arolat, gonca paşolar, rıfat yılmaz, leyla kori 
  • Team: ibrahim anıl biçer, deniz kösemen, makbule yıldırım, buket katı
  • Project date: 2011-2012 
  • Construction date: 2012-2013
  • Function: marina 
Image Courtesy © Emre Arolat Architects

Image Courtesy © Emre Arolat Architects

  • Area information: parcel area: 90 000 m², gross area: 8 200 m², footprint: m² 
  • Additional information: number of stores 35 total capacity of entertainment area 6000 people
  • Client: palmali 
  • Structural project: nodus engineering
  • Mechanical project: beta teknik
  • Electricity: aykar engineering 
  • Infrastructure: ekiz proje


Green Water Sports Station in Upper Silesia, Poland by KUCZIA architect

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Article source: KUCZIA architect

Like a traditional polish farm, the GREEN WATER SPORTS STATION blends into the rural landscape of the shores of Lake Laka in Upper Silesia (Poland).

Three main buildings of the complex – situated orthogonal to each other – define a public place. This place comes into being on the same way like it occurs in the typical polish manor between the cottage, stable and barn. And analogical to them, every building of the Station has a different function: the boat hangar in the east, the central visitors building on the waterfront and the restrooms with showers westward.

Image Courtesy © KUCZIA architect

Image Courtesy © KUCZIA architect

  • Architects: KUCZIA architect
  • Project: Green Water Sports Station
  • Location: Upper Silesia, Poland


SERP & MOLOT FACTORY in Moscow, Russia by MVRDV

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Article source: MVRDV

Built in 1884, the Serp & Molot steel factory in Moscow was a stronghold during the Russian revolution.In the past decades it fell into disrepair – unused and overgrown with plants.How could the remarkable history of the steel factory be combined with the demands for the creation of a new, attractive, modern urban neighbourhood in the centre of the Russian Capital?

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Year: 2014
  • Client: JSC Don Stroy Invest.
  • Program: 1.8 million m2
  • Budget: undisclosed
  • Design Team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with JeroenZuidgeest, KlaasHofman, Mick van Gemert, Johannes Pilz, Piya Limpiti.


  • Landscape and Urban Design: LAB, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Urban Design &Planning: Am Proektus, Moscow, Russia
  • Engineering: PROMOS, Moscow, Russia


Site development at the Familistère in Guise, France by h2o architectes

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Article source: h2o architectes

The Familistère is a vast housing complex founded by Jean-Baptiste André Godin in 1859 in relation with the stove manufacturing business. Until 1968, this Social Palace was the theatre of a unique social experimentation in the industrial world: the Familistère was a sort of utopia for an industrial society composed like an urban transition between the town and the park of the city island nearby.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: h2o architectes
  • Project: Site development at the Familistère
  • Location: Guise, France
  • Photography: Stéphane Chalmeau ,FkP
  • Software used: Rhino
  • Program: Public space of the Familistère in Guise (4Ha), , Shared space 20Km/h, Footbridge, bridge extension, urban furniture (bench, signage), lighting.
  • Client: Syndicat Mixte du Familistère Godin
  • SEDA:  Société d’Equipement du Département de l’Aisne.
  • Team: h2o architectes (lead architect) , Michel Desvigne Paysagiste (landscape architect), France Aires (Exterior infrastructure Engineer), , HDA (structure engineer).
  • Specificity: Classified Site for Historical Monuments
  • Surface: 4 Hectare
  • Construction cost: 3 000 000 € HT
  • Date: Delivered Janvier 2014

ETH Bale in Basel, Switzerland by KUBOTA & BACHMANN ARCHITECTS GmBH

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


Urban strategy

The new ETH building is conceived as an efficient and flexible architectural device, providing an answer to the multiple aspects shaping its complex environment.

On the one hand, the landscape and the urban quality of the public spaces around the building condition the building’s insertion.  The respect of the historical urban fabric, in particular the Heritage garden in the south facade of the site, is essential as it constitutes an important area of the city urban fabric throughout the centuries. At the same time, all the classed trees in the site will be preserved.


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