April 2011 marks the completion of “Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville. Designed by J. MAYER H. architects, this project has already become the new landmark for Seville, – a place of identification and to articulate Seville’s role as one of the world´s most fascinating cultural destinations. “Metropol Parasol” explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.
Competition entry for a new Ljubljana administration centre of 60.000m2. The brief proposed several departments to move to the same site but occupy different buildings. The heart of the centre is the main hall where citizens could also arrange all the documents. The site is just on the edge of Ljubljana city centre, by the river and is already occupied by some existing protected buildings.
Remodelling of the most central and relevant public space in Puigcerdà, originally very much deteriorated, with an excessive amount of traffic that diminished the civic and integrating potential of the space.
Traffic is eliminated, concentrating road and service communication on one side, freeing up a large central space. Two large linear flowerbeds protect the pacified area from the bustle of traffic working as filters between the two. A number of elements of street furniture simultaneously emphasise the physical and visual limit of the squares themselves. The space, which is very irregular with a highly uneven perimeter, is geometrised and arranged using granite as the sole material for paving, as a support of the different uses and distinguishing the areas with different formats, weaving a tapestry of great expressiveness. The lighting and urban furniture elements are arranged in line with the directrices marked by this area. Now the squares are conceived as a space conducive to rest and encounters, that allows the surrounding architecture to be heard, the chorus of traditional buildings the squares have as a backdrop.
BIG + Grontmij + Spacescape are the winning team for the Stockholmsporten master plan competition to design an inviting new entrance portal into Stockholm at the intersection of a newly planned super-junction.
March 27th, 2011 marks the opening of “Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville, while the final completion of the project is scheduled for April 2011. Designed by J. MAYER H. architects, this project becomes the new icon for Seville, – a place of identification and to articulate Seville’s role as one of the world´s most fascinating cultural destinations. “Metropol Parasol” explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.
The 85,000 square metre Dongdaemun Design Plaza establishes a learning resource for designers and members of the public with a design museum, library and educational facilities, whilst the 30,000 square metre Park creates a green oasis within the dense urban surroundings of Dongdaemun, Seoul. The form of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park revolves around the ancient city wall, which forms the central element of the composition, creating a continuous landscape that physically links the park and plaza together. The fl uid language of the design, by inference and analogy, acts as a catalyst by promoting fl uid thinking and interaction across all the design disciplines, whilst also encouraging the greatest degree of interaction between the activities of the Plaza and the public.
Dongdaemun Design Park & Plaza - (c) ZHA
PROGRAM: Park and Design Complex for Central Seoul
The new Chicago Riverwalk is a major public amenity at the river level along lower Wacker Drive, extending from Michigan Avenue westward to Lake Street. Completely built out, the Chicago Riverwalk will offer a mix of concessions and public activities. Following the guidelines established by the City of Chicago for riverside development, the Riverwalk includes reproduction light fixtures, planters, railings and other features that provide symbolic links to the City’s past, while creating state-of -the-art facilities for citizens, visitors and fans of the River as it flows through the City of Chicago.
Chicago Riverwalk by Ross Barney Architects - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wabash Plaza - Photo by Kate Joyce Hedrich Blessing
Recent update: Bernard J. Cywinski, dies at age 70 on March 2, 2011
The City of Newport Beach has charged Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and team with designing a forward-looking, iconic new Civic Center and Park, consisting of a City Hall, 450 space parking garage and addition to the existing library, all set within a new 17 acre park.
Rotterdam is Europe’s main port, the port area stretches along the Rhine from the city centre towards the sea, its industries and cranes are the icons of the port city. The north east of Rotterdam is a sharp contrast to the general image of the city dominated by industrial activity and modern architecture: a green suburban area of great natural beauty. The historic neighbourhood of Kralingen, parklands, the river Rotte and a series of lakes with riparian leisure facilities such as yacht harbours mark this affluent part of the city. The area would be a real oasis in the dense urban fabric but it is brutally split by a motorway and train rail. The main artery of the Benelux, a motorway which connects the 3 main ports and generates constant traffic and pollution, cuts through this green area. The main eastern train lines run next to the motorway. Crouched against the infrastructure a series of industries are located, in a strange paradox surrounded by the nicest parks of the city.