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Reopening of Cutty Sark Gardens by Queen Elizabeth II in Greenwich, UK by OKRA

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Article source: OKRA

Reopening of Cutty Sark Gardens by Queen Elizabeth II

The reopening of the Cutty Sark Gardens by Queen Elizabeth II has been a great success for Greenwich. Despite heavy rain the public were out in large numbers on this particular occasion. The Cutty Sark Gardens, designed by OKRA received much praise and is indicated as one.of the key projects in the Mayor of London’s initiative for public space; the Mayor’s Great Spaces.

Reopening of Cutty Sark Gardens

  • Architect: OKRA
  • Name of Project: Reopening of Cutty Sark Gardens by Queen Elizabeth II
  • Location: Greenwich, London, UK


Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-park Area in Istanbul, Turkey by Mecanoo architecten

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Article source: Mecanoo architecten

Yenikapı, ‘New Gate’, will become a railroad and maritime transfer centre in Istanbul that connects Europe with Asia, as well as the inner city with the surrounding megapolis and the rest of the country. Mecanoo architecten, in cooperation with local partner Cafer Bozkurt Architecture, designs the new gateway of 52,000 m², which will be a vital strategic intersection point handling 1.7 million people on a daily basis. Sitting on top of excavations that have changed the known history of Ancient Istanbul as an urban centre, Yenikapı will also host an Archaeo-Park with a museum and city archive of 36,000 m². The total area of the site is 27.7 ha and includes public space and several parks.

Street view

  • Architect: Mecanoo architecten
  • Name of Project: Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-park Area
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Design: 2012
  • Client: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality


Kokkola pedestrian centre in Finland by ALA

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article source: ALA

Kokkola wanted their currently car-inhabited center area to become obviously pedestrian (with as little effort as possible). We decided to start by placing a tree in the middle of the street. With time, while more trees are planted, the street (sufficient width dimension courtesy of Finnish traffic engineering standard) would turn more into a park, or a square.

Night View

  • NAME OF PROJECT: Kokkola pedestrian centre
  • LOCATION: Kokkola, Finland
  • TYPE: Commission 2006
  • STATUS: Under construction
  • PROGRAM: Outdoor Areas
  • CLIENT: City of Kokkola
  • TEAM: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Aleksi Niemeläinen
  • COLLABORATORS: JOLD/Julle Oksanen, Oliver Walther (lighting design), Aivo oy/Mikko Hynninen (sound design), Tensotech/Matti Orpana (tensile sturctures)


Urban Oasis Proposal in Manama,Bahrain by Influx_Studio

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source:  Influx_Studio

Bab Al Bahrain Urban Oasis explores the value of the cultural and natural landscape inheritance as a design opportunity to address climate issues in public space, while catalyzing the urban potential of the site in the emerging new city urbanity. Urban Oasis is called to be the most important public space of Manama, embodying its dynamic character and showcasing its new sustainable identity.

Image Courtesy Influx_Studio

  • Architects:  Influx_Studio 
  • Project: Urban Oasis Proposal
  • Location:  Manama,Bahrain


Sunset Triangle Plaza – Streets for People in Los Angeles, California by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Streets for People Debuts First Community Plaza Site in Silver Lake

Rios Clementi Hale Studios Transforms Under-Used Space Into Vibrant Public Plaza

The new Sunset Triangle Plaza is set to open under the auspices of Streets for People (S4P), an initiative of the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  Noted design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios contributed its time and talents to transform an underutilized public right of way into a safe, pleasant, and vibrant public space for pedestrians and cyclists alike.  Located at Griffith Park and Sunset Boulevards in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, Sunset Triangle Plaza opens on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 11AM, for a community celebration.

Rendering of Streets for People (Image courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios)

  • Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Name of Project: Sunset Triangle Plaza – Streets for People
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Images courtesy: Rios Clementi Hale Studios


The California Endowment in California by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Article source: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Program: Founded in 1996, The California Endowment is a private statewide foundation that advocates quality health care for all Californians.  Its new downtown Los Angeles multipurpose facility replaces its former, suburban Woodland Hills headquarters.  The new facility features the Center for Healthy Communities, a conference and resource center intended to be an innovative venue for mobilizing community and civic leaders, health providers, advocates, and policymakers in the search for solutions to California’s critical health and health care issues.   The new facility also houses The Endowment’s administrative headquarters and its Los Angeles regional program office.

Images Courtesy Tom Bonner

  • Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Name of Project: The California Endowment
  • Location: California, USA
  • Photos: Tom Bonner, Florian Holzherr and Lisa Romerein
  • Executive Architect: House and Robertson Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Interiors: DMJM/Rottet
  • Environmental Graphics: Sussman/Prejza & Company
  • General Contractor: Matt Construction


Gaia Ropeway Cablecar in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal by Guedes + de Campos

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Guedes + de Campos

The challenge of the project is to intervene in the impressive scenario of the new Serra do Pilar – Cais de Gaia axis and, simultaneously, harmonising it with the technological complexity of a cable car. Basically it was also a question of creating a new – axial, functional and visual – urban axis characterised by the introduction of a very strong movement in the landscape. This typology was proposed for the city of Vila Nova de Gaia with a ludic and functional approach with the aim of energising the site and the tourist offer connecting the Port wine lodges and the riverfront (with its many restaurants and bars) to the metro and Serra do Pilar on the higher level.

Image Courtesy Alberto Plácido

  • ARCHITECTS: Guedes + de Campos
  • PROJECT: Gaia Ropeway Cablecar
  • LOCATION: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • ARCHITECTURE: Francisco Vieira de Campos + Cristina Guedes
  • COORDINATOR: Francisco Vieira de Campos
  • PROJECT TEAM: Francisco Lencastre, Cristina Maximino, Adalgisa Lopes, Joana Miguel, Inês Ferreira, Pedro Costa, Ana Matias, Ana Leite Fernandes, António Ferreira, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Mariana Sendas, Tiago Souto Castro, Miguel Brochado, Pedro Azevedo
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Rowing and Sailing Pavilions in Bizkaia, Spain by abar + MdG + Julen Altuna

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: abar + MdG + Julen Altuna

The location of this suite of pavilions dedicated to the practice of rowing and sailing is one of the ends of the Marina, in front of the ramp that descends to the mouth of the estuary, between the curved breakwater that encloses the Marina and the docks ending at the Arriluze lighthouse. From the site, besides the Abra, one can see Monte Serantes, the Arboleda, the Pagasarri, Punta Lu­cero and the Ganekogorta; it is therefore a loca­tion with a great urban presence that, when the project was drawn up, was used as an improvised open-air car park.

Night View (Images Courtesy Rafael Aspiunza)

  • Architects: abar + MdG + Julen Altuna
  • Name of Project: Rowing and Sailing Pavilions
  • Location: Bizkaia, Spain
  • Project date: 2005
  • Termination date: 2007
  • Photographer: Rafael Aspiunza


Public Space in Calle Ferrocarril, Spain by abau

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: abau

The intervention is located in a residual area, product from the regularization contained in the Master Plan, which realization depended on the public intervention. The extension in time of this precarious situation generated spontaneous ways of occupation, in some cases incompatible with each others, just as game area, pets walking and the one which finally reach to prevail, parking area. This situation supposes a conflict with the adjacent houses and, of course, with the transit of people in a walking area. The site area is about 580 m².

Night View

  • Architect: abau
  • Name of Project: Public Space in Calle Ferrocarril
  • Location: Ferrocarril Camas, Spain
  • Software used: AutoCAD and CYPE Ingenieros


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


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