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Ru Paré Community in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by BETA office for architecture and the city

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Article source: BETA office for architecture and the city 

In the early 2000s, the Ru Paré School was emblematic of the social problems facing the Amsterdam borough of Slotervaart. The Ru Paré is now the neighborhood’s living room and accommodates an extraordinary social experiment.


In response to austerity measures in the Dutch economy, a social entrepreneur developed a model for solidarity in challenging neighborhoods. Inhabitants are offered tax advice, computing or language classes in return for community service; at the building level receding funding is supplemented with profitable start-ups.

Image Courtesy © Marc Faasse

  • Architects: BETA office for architecture and the city
  • Project: Ru Paré Community
  • Location: Amsterdam, Slotervaart, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Marc Faasse
  • Client: Stichting Samen Ondernemen
  • Collaborators: Elisabeth Boersma (architect), Rob van Dijk (landscape architect), Huibers Constructieadvies (engineer)
  • Team: Auguste van Oppen, Marc van Asseldonk, Marcello Soeleman
  • Year: 2014 – 2016
  • Status: Built


Social center, cultural space and esplanade in Nemours, France by Atelier Téqui Architectes

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Article source: METROPOLIS communication

Under the framework of the urban renewal program, the city of Nemours wished to build a social center and a cultural space on the grand esplanade of the Mont Saint-Martin neighborhood. The grouping of a facility of this importance with shops around a reorganized and upgraded public space aims to revitalize activity and strengthen social cohesion. Its central and exposed position help to underscore the building’s function as a public facility.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

  • Architects: Atelier Téqui Architectes
  • Project: Social center, cultural space and esplanade
  • Location: Nemours, France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia
  • Contracting authority/Client: City of Nemours
  • Prime contractor: Atelier Téqui, architect; Yves Saouas, economist; AIA Ingénierie, Structural engineering firm; Amoes, Utilities engineering firm
  • Cost: €2.8m excluding VAT
  • Surface area: 1,733 m² SHON (adjusted gross floor area) – 1,607 m² SU (Usable surface area)
  • Calendar: Competition in 2011, delivered in 2016


Salcedo Social Center in Galicia, Spain by Santos y Mera Arquitectos S.L.P.

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Article source: Santos – Mera arquitectos

In a cluttered environment we propose a refuge, a wood in small forest cabin, a palisade that filters views but at the same time makes it very open, very permeable to the nearby environment and especially to the square and the adjacent green area a haven. The interior volume is modeled generating small courtyards, transitional spaces where shown the interior wood skin that only comes out in the big hole that crosses the fence to look out over the square giving continuity to the large multipurpose space, allowing incorporate outer space for outdoor activities. One of the courtyards, become larger and more permeable, and it serves like a space for access to the building “patín” mode of traditional houses in the area. The simplicity of volume, color and texture must be enough to convert the center into a small local and an urban reference, giving a friendly and easily recognizable image.

Image Courtesy © Santos-Díez / BIS Images

Image Courtesy © Santos-Díez / BIS Images

  • Architects: Santos y Mera Arquitectos S.L.P. (Jose Jorge Santos Ogando – Jose Carlos Mera Rodríguez)
  • Project: Salcedo Social Center
  • Location: Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain 42°24’36.68\”N – 8°38’53.25\”W
  • Photography: Santos-Díez / BIS Images
  • Developer: City of Pontevedra
  • Dates: December 2013 – October 2015
  • Budget: 708.455 €
  • Area: 605 m2


The Social Plant in Toplița, Romania by blipsz architecture

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Article source: blipsz architecture

The Mayor’s Office of Toplita initiates the rehabilitation of a former industrial facility ahead of the great majority of towns in Romania. Instead of keeping away from these types of real estate values or adopting a scheme of denial, concealment, the proposal „raises” the building from the level of an infrastructural facility to the grade of a community facility: and creating the charming metaphore of a former heating facility as a lively social center.

Image Courtesy © Zsolt SZÉNÁSI

Image Courtesy © Zsolt SZÉNÁSI

  • Architects: blipsz architecture 
  • Project: The Social Plant
  • Location: Toplița, Romania
  • Photography: Zsolt SZÉNÁSI
  • Architecture, general planning: BLIPSZ, Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvár / Klausenburg, Transylvania, RO
  • Authors: István PÁSZTOR , István BENEDEK, Zsolt SZÉNÁSI + VALLUM (architecture, general planning consultants in the feasability stage)
  • Structure: Total Project Group – László CSÍKI
  • Installations: BDR Construct – Dan-Constantin BARB
  • Contractor: T.C.I. Contractor General, Cluj
  • Design / execution: 2008-2010 / 2012
  • Program: Social center including social services offices, temporary accomodation and public canteen
  • Built area: 506 sqm
  • Gross built area: 1376 sqm
  • Funding: public
  • Budget: approx. 750 000 EUR
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup


Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre in Leeds, England by Heatherwick Studio

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Article source: Heatherwick Studio

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, has been granted planning permission to build a new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. The Centre has been designed by Heatherwick Studio, founded in 1994 by Thomas Heatherwick.

Image Courtesy © Heatherwick Studio

Image Courtesy © Heatherwick Studio


Cultural and Social Center of Valence in France by Bureau Architecture Méditerranée

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Article source: v2com

Project awarded by the International Union of Architects in 2013

The project speaks of a strong urban presence, with an institutional façade that aims at establishing an harmonious dialogue with the adjoining public square. Of major importance is its centrality in the neighbourhood, asserting itself as a meeting place for young people and the general public.

Image Courtesy © Bureau Architecture Méditerranée

Image Courtesy © Bureau Architecture Méditerranée


Social Complex in Alcabideche, Portugal by Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Article source: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Located in Cascais, in the metropolitan area of Lisbon, the Social Complex of Alcabideche with a total construction area of approximately 10,000 m2 aims to reconstitute a Mediterranean life style in which the outdoor spaces of streets, plazas and gardens are like an extension of the house itself.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

  • Architects: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos– José Guedes Cruz, César Marques, Marco Martínez Marinho
  • Project: Social Complex in Alcabideche
  • Location: Alcabideche, Cascais, Portugal
  • Photography: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
  • Area of the Plot: 12876m2
  • Total construction area – 9956m2
  • Area of each housing unit: 53m2
  • Total Area of Housing Units: 2.756m2
  • Area of the Main Building: above ground – 2700m2, below ground – 4500m2, total – 7200m2


Tête de Pont in Bayonne, France by Josep Lluís Mateo

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Article source: Josep Lluís Mateo

It is a project of great importance for Bayonne, not just due to its sheer size (some 70.000 m2 of built surface area) but also because it is the new gateway to the city. The brief is divided between two city blocks that contain social and free market housing, a shopping centre, a hotel, a small area of offices and car parks, and the central part that joins the two blocks, channeling the flow of car and pedestrian transit.

Image Courtesy © Josep Lluís Mateo

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula Photo

  • Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Project: Tête de Pont
  • Location: Bayonne, France
  • Client: Kaufman & Broad, Eiffage Immobilier and Agglomération Côte Basque-Adour-Mairie de Bayonne
  • Competition: 2006
  • Surface: 70.000 m2


WORLD SOCIAL CENTER (WSC) in Tunis, Tunisia by Philippe Barriere Collective

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Article source: Philippe Barriere Collective 

Initiated by the foundation Symboles, the project is situated at the intersection of two main axes in central Tunis. The project includes the redesign of the Square of 14 Janvier and its surroundings as well as the construction of the World Social Center (WSC) Tower. This project reflects the political will to express the ideological and social changes brought about by the Tunisian revolution that took place between December and January 2011. Supported by competent political authorities, the project was managed within the foundation Symboles by the innovation adviser of Tunisian President Monsef Marzouki and monitored by his cultural adviser.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Barriere Collective

Image Courtesy © Philippe Barriere Collective

  • Architects: Philippe Barriere Collective (Philippe Barriere with Matthew R. Pauly, Hughes St Hilaire, Nicolas Wojcik, Charles Gretas, Yoann Plourde, Ottavy Thibault, Jonathan Lajchter, Samuel Pouliot, Sébastien Lequeux, Catherine Bouchard, Alexandre Hamlyn, Emmanuelle Cardu Gobeille, Maher Bellaj (Tunisia))
  • Location: Square of 14 Janvier, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Local Architects: Studio 3, (Iheb Guermazi, Adnen Ben Tanfous), Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Project Managers: Philippe Barriere, Maher Bellaj (Philippe Barriere Collective) – Adnen Ben Tanfous (Studio 3), Tunis – Michel Bertrand (MB&Co), Paris.
  • Structural Engineer: Pascal Pierre (Canada), Michel Bertrand (France).
  • Building Cost Engineer: MB&Co, Paris (France).
  • Local Engineer: Tarek Gorbel, Tunis (Tunisie).
  • Renderings: LMM, Mathieu Grenier Digital Artist (Canada).
  • Graphic Designer: Wiklo, Mohamed Souheil (Dubai).
  • Landscape Architects: Philippe Barriere Collective (Philippe Barriere, Sébastien Lequeux) 
  • Project Area: 78 000m²
  • Project dates: Studies began in May 2012 and were abandoned in May 2013


Falatow Jigiyaso orphanage in Bamako, Mali by F8 architecture

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Article source: F8 architecture

The story of Falatow Jigiyaso orphanage begins in Bamako. In 1978, Fatoumata Goundourou found an orphan baby in the street and brought him home.

From now on, her house will become a shelter for no less than 30 children of all ages.

Image Courtesy © Vanja Bjelobaba

  • Architects: F8 architecture (DELOUME)
  • Project: Falatow Jigiyaso orphanage
  • Location: Bamako, Mali
  • Photography: Vanja Bjelobaba
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