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Ginza Place in Tokyo, Japan by Klein Dytham architecture (KDa)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Article source: Klein Dytham architecture (KDa) 

Ginza Place, a major commercial development in Tokyo’s famous Ginza shopping district, occupies arguably the most prominent recent development site in Japan. Ginza’s reputation for elegance and sophistication has made it a center of Japanese culture and commerce for more than a century. Ginza Place completes the neighborhood’s central intersection by introducing a bold and well calculated facade to the streetscape.

Image Courtesy © Klein Dytham architecture (KDa)

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LORD & TAYLOR Ridge Hill in New York by Giorgio Borruso Design

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Article source: Giorgio Borruso Design

LEGACY AND INNOVATION

Lord & Taylor, founded in 1826, is the oldest specialty department store chain in the country. They built the first suburban department stores, which became models for a new retail typology. In 1953, Lord & Taylor presented an award for independent thinking to Albert Einstein for his “nonconformity” in scientific matters. The company has an especially interesting story to tell in terms of both its history and its connection to high-level architectural design in its department stores. The projects developed under the leadership of Dorothy Shaver with Raymond Loewy provide a rich catalogue of inspiration. The spatial and formal fluidity in these early works was something we looked to rediscover, in particular, for the store in Ridge Hill, both in terms of the building’s relationship to its context as well as the experience of the public.

As the first new L&T store since 2001, our goal was to realize a project that honors the legacy of an iconic and historic partnership in design, both in terms of its architectural and urban presence (evolving the “big box” store) and its technological and design creativity.

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Borruso Design

  • Architects: Giorgio Borruso Design
  • Project: LORD & TAYLOR Ridge Hill
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Software used: FormZ

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City Hall Bad Aibling in Germany by Behnisch Architekten

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Article source: Behnisch Architekten

In the center of the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling lies Marienplatz, a historic plaza flanked by public, retail and hotel buildings. It is here that the two main streets of the town intersect and where the existing city hall from the 1970s has stood. In recent years, the town of Bad Aibling decided to construct a new city hall as a means by which to further invigorate the centre.

Image Courtesy © David Matthiessen

  • Architects: Behnisch Architekten
  • Project: City Hall Bad Aibling
  • Location: Marienplatz 1, 83043Bad Aibling, Germany
  • Photography: David Matthiessen
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Stadt Bad Aibling
  • Gross: 4,300 m² / 46,285 sq.ft
  • Volume: 15,000m³ / 529,625 cu.ft
  • Planning and construction: 2009 – 2012

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City for All in Frankfurt, Germany by UNStudio

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Article source: UNStudio 

Comprising four high-rise towers with a multi-storey plinth and housing mixed-use programmes, large public spaces and incorporated subsidised housing, UNStudio’s design for the former Deutsche Bank site will create a ‘City for All’ in the heart of Frankfurt.

Following having been selected as the winner for the urban strategy of the former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt last year, UNStudio has now also been unanimously selected as the winner of the architectural competition for the redevelopment of the site. The eight-member jury consisted of representatives from the city, architects and urban development experts and Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH. Two third prizes were awarded to the teams Dudler / Jahn and MSW / Snohetta, while an honorable mention was given to Christoph Mäckler / CoopHimmelblau.

Image Courtesy © UNStudio

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: City for All
  • Location: Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Client: Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Building surface: 219.000m2 above ground
  • Building site: 16100m2
  • Building volume: four high-rise towers and a multi-storey plinth

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Upper Queen Street in Richmond, New Zealand by irving smith architects

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Article source: irving smith architects  

Big Box retail is increasingly placed away from New Zealand’s small town centres, taking the life and community vitality of the centre with it. The town of Richmond called big box retail back into the main street, questioning how to maintain streetscape and commercial viability to both large and small tenancies. Big Box can entail up to 100m lengths of uninterrupted walls to the street, a scale and typology seemingly incongruous with a greengrocer or a provincial NZ townscape.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

  • Architects: irving smith architects
  • Project: Upper Queen Street
  • Location:  Richmond, New Zealand
  • Photography: Patrick Reynolds

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Leeza SOHO in Beijing, China by Zaha Hadid Architects

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects 

Construction of Leeza Soho, a 46-storey (207m) mixed-use tower with the world’s tallest atrium, has reached level 20.

Within the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport hub adjacent to Financial Road in southwest Beijing – Leeza Soho is located at the intersection of Lines 14 and 16 currently under-construction for the Beijing Subway rail network. Directly above the new interchange station, Leeza Soho connects with the city’s bus network on Lize Road to the north and Lou Tuo Wan East Road to the east.

Image Courtesy © MIR

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Leeza SOHO
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Rendering: MIR
  • Client: SOHO China Ltd.
  • Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
  • Project Associates: Kaloyan Erevinov, Ed Gaskin, Armando Solano
  • Project Architect: Philipp Ostermaier
  • Project Team:Yang Jingwen, Di Ding, Xuexin Duan, Samson Lee, Shu Hashimoto, Christoph Klemmt, Juan Liu, Dennis Brezina, Rita Lee, Seungho Yeo
  • Competition Project Directors: Satoshi Ohashi and Manuela Gatto
  • Competition Team Lead Designers: Philipp Ostermaier, Dennis Brezina, Claudia Dorner
  • Competition Team: Yang Jingwen, Igor Pantic, Mu Ren, Konstantinos Mouratidis, Nicolette Chan, Yung-Chieh Huang

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The Street Ratchada in Bangkok, Thailand by Architectkidd

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Article source: Architectkidd

With over 10 million inhabitants, Bangkok continues to grow into its urban form. Architectkidd’s approach for The Street Ratchada attempts to introduce urban characteristics into a newly developing neighborhood outside of the central metropolitan area. Comprising of cafes, restaurants and other retail functions, The Street Ratchada creates new exterior and semi-interior urban spaces to engage with the surrounding people and community.

Image Courtesy © Architectkidd

  • Architects: Architectkidd
  • Project: The Street Ratchada
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand

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Chadstone Shopping Centre in Victoria, Australia by The Buchan Group + CallisonRTKL

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Article source: The Buchan Group

The first stage of Chadstone’s $660 million redevelopment was recently unveiled, reinforcing the retail mecca’s infinite capacity for reinvention.

The latest revamp of the premier shopping and lifestyle destination delivers a centre unlike anything Australia has ever seen, introducing over 100 new retailers, two new dining precincts, a Hoyts digital cinema complex, the Southern Hemisphere’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and a Tesla Motors dealership.

Image Courtesy © Michael Gazzola

  • Architects: The Buchan Group + CallisonRTKL
  • Project: Chadstone Shopping Centre
  • Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Michael Gazzola

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[Misfit]Fit building in Toronto, Canada by Batay-Csorba Architects

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Article source: v2com

[Misfit]fit is a new six-storey, 32,000 square foot boutique office building situated on a small vacant site in Toronto’s Liberty Village. Seeking to build upon the rich lineage of Toronto’s precast concrete history, the proposal  provides an alternative to the pervasive glass curtain wall project. The building’s program is comprised of four floors of flexible office space, retail at grade, and a rooftop sculpture garden/ event space.

Front Elevation, Image Courtesy © Batay-Csorba Architects

  • Architects: Batay-Csorba Architects
  • Project: [Misfit]Fit building
  • Location: Liberty Village, Toronto Ontario, Canada
  • Area: six storey 32,000 sft
  • Status: Design Development, 2017

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Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Park in Miami Beach, Florida by OMA

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Article source: OMA 

Faena District

Located on a majestic stretch of beach in the heart of Miami Beach, Faena District encompasses both sides of Collins Avenue from 32nd to 35th Streets, with direct waterfront views of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek. Faena District will provide the city of Miami Beach with a neighborhood integrating dynamic cultural, residential, hotel, retail, culinary and public environments with a dynamic combination of art, culture, and design as their foundation. OMA has designed three buildings for Faena District—Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Park. These distinct structures are linked by a sequence of public areas including an entry plaza on Collins Avenue and an open courtyard within the Faena Bazaar.

Faena District, Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Faena District, Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Park
  • Location: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte, Iwan Baan and Philippe Ruault
  • Renderings: DBox
  • Partners: Shohei Shigematsu, Jason Long
  • Associate-in-Charge: Jake Forster
  • Project Architect: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Paxton Sheldhal
  • Team: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Lawrence Siu, Francesca Portesine, Ravi Kamisetti, Ted Lin, Jesung Park, Anupama Garla, Andy Westner, Daniel Queseda Lombo, Andrew Mack, Caroline Corbett, Denis Bondar, Ahmadreza Schricker, Darien Williams, Gabrielle Marcoux, Marcela Ferreira, Jenni Ni Zhan, Lisa Hollywood, Paul Tse, Sarah Carpenter, Carla Hani, Sean Billy Kizy, Simona Solarzano, Ivan Sergejev, Tamara Levy, Matthew Austin, Ben Halpern

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