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CIB in Pamplona, Spain by Vaíllo & Irigaray + Galar

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Vaíllo & Irigaray + Galar

The camel, polar bear and the blade: the project aims to link to the content of the program: biomedical research through the application of biomimicry (adaptation of biological systems and procedures in human artefacts) in the process generation architecture. They take these three bio-types as reference for similar adaptive systems. The camel as a paradigm of functional section. The defense against extreme weather causes the appearance of bumps as storage reserves (water, food, grease, etc …);

Image Courtesy Perez Bescos

  • Architects: Vaíllo & Irigaray + Galar
  • Project: CIB – Centro Investigación Biomédica
  • Location: Pamplona, Spain
  • Collaborators: Borja Benavent, David Eguinoa, Oscar Martínez, Juan Carlos de la Iglesia, Ángel Álvarez, Isabel Franco
  • Developer: Servicio Navarro de Salud – Osasunbidea  / Navarre Health Service
  • Building contractor: OHL + La Guareña; Jefe de obra: Javier Huertas
  • Project Date: June 2008
  • Beginning: august 2009
  • To work: November 2011
  • Cost: 18.000.000 €
  • Surface: 12.150 m²

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Arctic Research Facility in ice cap of the Arctic Ocean by Polar Ants

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Article source: Polar Ants

Architecture defines, articulates and mediates the relationship between a physical environment and in-habitation. The primary investigation of this project is to balance this relationship through a dynamic study of material behavior. This project therefore proposes a living architecture, and challenges the classical modernist notions of permanence and stability. The theme of this proposal necessitates an equally responsive environment. As such, the project is located on the ice cap of the Arctic Ocean; an environment which exhibits harsh climatic conditions for human survival as well as constantly fluctuating physical surroundings. As ice makes up the entire physical environment of the Arctic cap, different times of the year present vastly different ground conditions; namely various ice thicknesses, hardness and layering of the ice, topographical features and overall ice coverage. As these factors change over the course of the year so do all architectural and formal qualities associated with them.

Robotics

  • Architects: Polar Ants
  • Project: Arctic Research Facility
  • Location: ice cap of the Arctic Ocean
  • Credits: Lukasz Szlachcic, Anais Mikaelian, Laila Selim, Bita Mohamadi

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Epsilon Euskadi Center in Gasteiz, Spain by ACXT Architects

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Article source: ACXT Architects

Epsilon Euskadi is a Motor Racing Innovation and Technology Research Centre that integrates three activities: 1) Design: R&D&I and production of state-of-the-art racing cars; 2) Racing team management: team competitors in the Le Mans 24 Hours, World Series by Renault, Formula Renault 3.5, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Megane, Karting; and aiming for the 2011 Formula 1; 3) Advanced education: offering a Master’s Degree in Motorsport Engineering.

Image Courtesy Francisco Berreteaga

  • Architects: ACXT Architects
  • Project: Epsilon Euskadi Center for Race Car Design and Manufacture
  • Location: Alava Technology Park, Miñano, Vitoria – Gasteiz
  • Client: Epsilon Euskadi  and Alava Technology Park
  • Architect Design: Javier Pérez Uribarri of ACXT Architects
  • Project Manager: Gorka Viguri Roa
  • ACXT Project Team: Oscar Ferreira da Costa, Beatriz Pagoaga, Marc Rips, Daniela Bustamante, Ricardo Moutinho, Xabier Aparicio, Ana Esteruelas, Juan Dávila

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DomoLab by Encore Heureux Architectes

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Article source: Encore Heureux Architectes

The idea of  the DomoLab emerged in 2007, following the first Batimat trade fair where eleven companies of the Saint-Gobain group were together on the same stand. It springs from a shared wish of the marketing and research department : to use the diversity of skills and the jobs complementarity in order to create a permanent dynamics of innovation for the Group’s
strategy.

Domolab

  • Architects: Encore Heureux Architectes
  • Project: DomoLab
  • Client : SAINT GOBAIN Recherche
  • Team : Gabriel Marly, Pauline Lavagne d’Ortigue, Jean-Marie Thouvenin, Maurice Manceau, Jean-Paul Straetmans
  • Client assistant : AURIS
  • Julien Choppin and Nicola Delon, Project leader : Agathe Chiron
  • Economy – OPC : STUDIO AMIEL – Pierre Amiel, Alain Goujon
  • Acoustic study : ORYTHIE
  • Structure study : ERIBOIS
  • Plumbing and Air treatment study : SECATH

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Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) in British Columbia, Canada by Perkins+Will

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Article source: Perkins+Will

Located at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is an internationally recognized research institution whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable building and urban development practices. Housing inhabitants from private, public, and non-government organization sectors, the 5,675-square-metre ‘living lab’ maximizes passive environmental strategies and demand reduction; put sustainable systems on display; and achieves net-positive energy, net-zero water, and net-zero carbon in construction and operations. More than a building, CIRS is a research tool that demonstrates the possibilities in sustainable design, serving as a catalyst for change.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Project: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is a ‘Living Lab’
  • Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • Architect Design: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

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PANalytical in Eindhoven, The Netherlands by DHV architects

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Article source: DHV architects

PANalytical is the market leader in analysis systems for x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). To further enhance its leading position in x-ray systems and tubes, a new production facility for x-ray tubes has been designed in Eindhoven. The new building must not only be able to realize future growth, but must also further increase operational efficiency.

 

Exterior View

  • Architect: DHV architects
  • Name of Project: PANalytical
  • Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Software used: Sketchup (during the initial design phase) and AutoCAD

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Salt Research Center in Istanbul, Turkey by S A N A L architecture|urbanism

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Article source: S A N A L  architecture|urbanism

The SALT research center was envisioned as a public tool and a vehicle to research, exchange, engage, and create content. The uniqueness of the historic building and the spatial volume of the Avlu was something to behold and therefore our design approach pursued both in a dialogue. Underpinning the material and formal choices of the design is the building’s eclecticism style of the late 19th Century, the other designer’s approaches to create the building’s contemporary character, and to co-locate with the Beyoglu building. ‘Socially engaging’ to the diversity of potential users and visitors was the spatial organization brief given in by the user group.

View of mini cinema exterior (Images Courtesy Refik Anadol)

  • Architect: S A N A L  architecture|urbanism
  • Project Name: Salt Research Center
  • Location: Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Photographer: Refik Anadol
  • Sketches: Murat Şanal
  • Use: Library/culture/multi-media production
  • Software used:
      AutoCAD 2011 LT: General design coordination
      Sketch-up basic: Geometric massing studies + coordination
      LocAware: Sound sampling — a custom software to sample sound color and movement that we designed in 2006 with IKON
      Rhino: for mini cinema 1:1 virtual mock-up
      Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop: Fabric design + rare book text graphic
      Microsoft PPT: for user group workshops

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ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

In summer 2011 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart have realized a temporary, bionic research pavilion made of wood at the intersection of teaching and research. The project explores the architectural transfer of biological principles of the sea urchin’s plate skeleton morphology by means of novel computer-based design and simulation methods, along with computer-controlled manufacturing methods for its building implementation. A particular innovation consists in the possibility of effectively extending the recognized bionic principles and related performance to a range of different geometries through computational processes, which is demonstrated by the fact that the complex morphology of the pavilion could be built exclusively with extremely thin sheets of plywood (6.5 mm).

East view

  • Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
  • Project: ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
  • Location: Keplerstr. 11-17, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Date of completion: August 2011
  • Surface: 72m²
  • Volume: 200m³
  • Material: 275 m² Birch plywood 6,5mm Sheet thickness
  • Software used: McNeel Rhinoceros and the plugins Grasshopper and Kangaroo. Also used AnSys for FEA tests, QDesign RoboMove for simulating and Kuka KRC2 for operating the manufacturing process.

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Architecture Research Center in Nicosia, Cyprus by Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects

The University of Nicosia decided to accommodate the Architecture Department- ARC Architecture Research Center in an existing shoe factory of the adjacent Engomi industrial area. The choice was part of the strategy of the University to expand the campus in the neighboring industrial zone, a vital decision for the regeneration of the area!
The needs of the architecture department, the restrictions of the existing concrete structure and the low budget defined the approach of the design, which was thoroughly filtered by the weight of the responsibility for the identity of the “Architecture Research Center”: this is the sixth year that the Architecture Programme has been running in the Architecture Department of the University of Nicosia and it already claims to be very of high quality, very Progressive, Experimental with critical thinking approach.

Image Courtesy Agisilaou and Spyrou

  • Architects: Petros Konstantinou and Yiorgos Hadjichristou
  • Project: Architectural Research Center, University of Nicosia
  • Location: Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Collaborators: Veronika Antoniou and Joao Teigas
  • External collaborator: Alessandra Swiny
  • Civil Engineers: Nikos Kalathas E.P.S. Civil Engineers Consultants
  • Electrical Engineers: Evangelos Lampaskis
  • Mechanical Engineers: Yiorgos Theocharides
  • Quantity surveyor: Achilleas koupepides MDA (Cyprus) Quantity Surveyors Consultants
  • Owner: University of Nicosia
  • Constructor: Lois Builders ltd

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CEIG Testing & Assessment Research Center in Shenzhen, China by LYCS Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture wins an invited competition for a 32,000 sqm testing and assessment research center in the city of Shenzhen. It is a mixed-use building including offices, residential and commercial. The project conceptually begins with the traditional Chinese urban design idea of a “miniature city” and divides the site into 10 equal volumes. Then the volumes are aligned corresponding to the scattered programs across the landscape.

Image Courtesy LYCS Architecture

  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Project: CEIG Testing & Assessment Research Center
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Use : offices, residential and commercial
  • Site Area : 12007 m2
  • Bldg. Area: 23259 m2
  • Gross Floor Area : 31195 m2
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio : 38%
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 1.94 %

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