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Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain in Duisburg, Germany by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth

Lately, the sleek curved shape of a rollercoaster highlights widely visible the highest peak of the park-­‐like designed Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in the South of Duisburg. The dynamic sweeps and curves of the construction inscribe themselves like a signature into the scenery and soar till the height of 21 meters. From a distance the metallic glossy track creates the impression of speed and exceeding acceleration. Viewed from close up, the supposed lane turns out to be a stairway which, elaborately winding, follows the course of the rollercoaster. The visitor can climb the art work by foot. Although the course describes a closed loop, it is impossible to accomplish it as the looping emerges to be a physical barrier. On top, at the highest point of the sculpture – 45 meters above ground – the visitor is rewarded with an extraordinary view over the landscape of the Western Ruhr.

Photograph by: Guido Erbring


Jardins de l’Arche in Paris, France by AWP

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: AWP

AWP, Office for Territorial Reconfiguration (Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta), was named in July the general contractor for the landscaping of the public spaces and follies situated at the foot of the Grande Arche. The site, located near the future Arena 92 in the Jardins de l’Arche neighborhood, serves as a space for genuine interchange between La Défense and Seine-Arche. The urbanists at AWP are equally responsible for a guide plan for Defacto that will enhance the urban space of La Défense’s business district.

Rendering (Images Courtesy AWP, Sbda)

  • Architect: AWP
  • Name of Project: Jardins de l’Arche
  • Location: La Défense, Paris, France
  • Net floor area: 71 044 m2
  • Type of project: public realm and follies
  • Images: © AWP, Sbda and Gregori Civera


Nature Centre in Hareskoven Forest, Copenhagen, Denmark by EFFEKT

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Article source: EFFEKT

Nature Centre:

The visitors centre is situated in the pristine forest of Hareskoven in the vicinity of Copenhagen. It is a portal to the almost 1 million visitors that uses the forest annually. It hosts a 1000 square meter large visitor centre with café, exhibition space, rental, learning and research facilities and a caretaker’s residence.

The building is shaped like a star resembling the pathways in the forest that surrounds it. The pathways used to be a part of the old kings hunting grounds. They could provide a panoramic overview over the position of the prey in the forest. Now they serve as a historical memory and are a beautiful and unique feature of Hareskoven.



  • Architect: EFFEKT
  • Name of Project: Nature Centre in Hareskoven Forest
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Awards: The Nature centre is shortlisted for WAF2010 in the category Future Projects – Education, The Nature centre was recently voted winner in the 7th cycle in the world architecture community.
  • Team: Sinus Lynge, Tue Hesselberg Foged, Jakob Nørbjeg Madsen, Marcin Kropidlo, Josephine Giller, Søren Martinussen, Tina Lund Højgaard
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhino


Rowing Center in Alange, Spain by José María Sánchez García

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: José María Sánchez García

The Rowing and Canoeing Centre is located near the Alange reservoir and tries to be as neutral as possible with the environment.  It is configured by a large pedestal and a light deck, creating between them a platform that dialogues with the landscape, looking over the water, the shore, the boats. It’s like a big veranda, a balcony, which focuses on the movements toward the reservoir, with paths that are created to “look” and to “stay”.

Images Courtesy Roland Halbe

  • Architect: José María Sánchez García
  • Project title: Rowing Center in Alange
  • Location: Alange, Badajoz, Spain
  • Construction: February2008 – September 2010
  • Total floor area: 1959,81 m2
  • Budget: 1.682.519,13 €
  • Photographer: Roland Halbe


Fusillo: Social seating for public space by Marco Goffi (designed using Rhino)

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Article source: Marco Goffi

Looking at its form makes clear the functional point of departure that Fusillo aspires to: the “fauteuil conversation” a real place for socialising and cultural exchanges. With everyone comfortably seated in his or her own “space,” there is interaction, encouragement of relationships: this is Fusillo’s intention, created by Marco Goffi’s pencil around a section design. A three-pointed star, which with its simultaneous rotation and transferral movement generates the form, and the underlying support structure materialises. The “skin” of a living species in perpetual movement, an organic and functional sign, an interpretation of the multiple seating which offers the possibility of becoming infinite by adding more Fusillo-modules.

On site

  • Architects: Marco Goffi
  • Project: Fusillo: Social seating for public space
  • Function: multiple seating
  • Designer: Marco Goffi (
  • Dimensions: W. cm 282 x D. cm 116 x H. cm 100)
  • Materials: Fibreglass polished lacquer or leather finishing (indoor), Coloured polyethylene (PE) – (outdoor)
  • Fusillo won the Red Dot design award 2010: design concept
  • Software used: Rhino


Glacier Discovery Walk in Jasper National Park, Canada by Sturgess Architecture

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Article source: Sturgess Architecture

The Glacier Discovery Walk is envisioned as an extension of the fractal landscape that defines the Columbia Icefields in Canada’s Jasper National Park. Located along the edge of this dramatic escarpment, the project weaves a continuous thread of experience through united geometric and material forms. This sinuous experience defines the Discovery Walk not only as a singular destination, but as a catalyst and gateway that empowers guests to immerse themselves in the untouched natural environment.

Glacier Discovery Walk

  • Architects: Sturgess Architecture
  • Project: Glacier Discovery Walk
  • Location: Jasper National Park, Canada
  • Categories: Future Projects – Competition entries, Future Projects – Cultural
  • WAF: Entry2011
  • Award: World Architecture Festival 2011 – Category Winner


Shoreline Walk in Beirut, Lebanon by Gustafson Porter

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Article source: Gustafson Porter

The ‘Shoreline Walk’ is a sequence of connected spaces which form part of the reconstruction of the Beirut city centre. The area suffered physically and emotionally during the 1975-1991 Civil War. Beirut was once a melting pot of cultures and religions but the war created the ‘Green Line’, a physical barrier between the Christian East and Muslim West. This might have been difficult to erase, however the rebuilding demonstrates the Beirut’s character and resolve.

Zeytoune Square Perspective

  • Architect: Gustafson Porter
  • Name of Project: Shoreline Walk
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Category: Future Projects – Landscape
  • WAF Entry: 2011
  • Award: World Architecture Festival 2011 – Category Winner
  • Photographer: Tony el Hage
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Green River Brateevo in Moscow, Russia by OKRA Landscape Architects

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

At the Second Exhibition Forum on Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Garden Art last week in Moscow, the project ‘Green River Brateevo’ has been awarded with the  Russian National Award on Landscape Architecture, best Public conceptual design. The project is a joint cooperation between Russia and the Netherlands.



Kossuth Square in Budapest, Hungary by SAGRA Architects

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Article source: SAGRA Architects

In our concept we created a place that is rooted in the original structure of the square but still up-to date. We also aimed to strengthen the connections of the square to its surroundings. Our main ambitions were to balance the historical and modern elements and connect the existing and new elements of the square in harmony.

Kossuth square

  • Architects: SAGRA Architects
  • Project: Kossuth Square
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Project team: Gábor Sajtos, Péter Virág, András Páll, Gabi Vastagh
  • Project year: 2011
  • Project area: 101000m2


The CityDeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin by Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Article source: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

The CityDeck is the heart of a multi-phase redevelopment project along Green Bay’s Fox River. The project aims to allow for significantly increased access to the river and to diversify social and ecological life along it.


The site is a 2-acre strip of land, typically measuring 50 to 60 feet wide, that runs along the edge of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. It is about one-quarter-mile in length and is situated between two bridges that cross the river. At the project’s beginning, adjacent parcels were empty, abandoned (a large yellow warehouse), or in use as parking lots. Nearby buildings turned their back on the riverfront. Unsurprisingly, there was little social or civic life here, and no reason to visit; the elevated walk along existing bulkhead walls prevented any direct access down to the river—as well as up to the city from boats.

Images Courtesy Mike Roemer

  • Architect: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Project Name: The CityDeck
  • Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
  • Client: City of Green Bay
  • Completion Date: Phase 1 opened in stages in 2009 and 2010. Phases 2 and 3 are scheduled for completion in 2011-2012.
  • Photographer: Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Mike Roemer, Jeff Mirkes
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino, and Adobe CS


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