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Tian Fang Tower in Tianjin, China by Kevin Kennon

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Kevin Kennon, international architect, is designing a new landmark building for Eco-City, Tianjin, China, a joint development between China and Singapore. This 120,000 square meter 45 floor office tower and luxury shopping center, developed by Tianjin Real Estate Development & Management Group, LTD, utilizes the most advanced sustainable and Biophilic design strategies and technologies to reconnect people with nature.

Tian Fang Tower - Aerial View during Day

  • Architect: Kevin Kennon Architects
  • Location: Tianjin, China


Camp JRF in South Sterling, Pennsylvania by Metcalfe Architecture & Design

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Metcalfe Architecture & Design is working with Camp JRF, a Jewish Reconstructionist summer camp in the Poconos, to create an Eco-Village in the forest up a hill from the existing camp, for older adolescent girl and boy campers that reflects the religious sect’s ideals of “peoplehood” (Tziyounut) and “repairing the world” (Tikkun Olam). Reconstructionism is a progressive approach to Jewish life integrating a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights of today.

Camp JRF rendering-aerial perspective

Camp JRF rendering-aerial perspective

  • Architect: Metcalfe Architecture & Design, Philadelphia, PA
  • Location: South Sterling, Pennsylvania
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing – Urban Technology Inc., Quakertown, PA
  • Civil Engineer – Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Scranton, PA
  • Structural Engineer – Ann Rothman, Wayne, PA
  • Construction start: Summer, 2011


THE MODULES Apartments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Interface Studio Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In recent years, the market for student housing has become increasingly competitive, with design-savvy, environmentally-sensitive students choosing between a variety of on- and off-campus living options.  The Modules is a 160-bed, 80,000-square-foot building on a half-acre site near Temple University in Philadelphia. The project responds to an emerging student housing market around the Temple campus as the school transitions from a commuter school  to a residential institution.

Modules Apartment

  • Architect: Interface Studio Architects
  • Project: The Modules Apartment
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Status: Built
  • Developer/ GC / Property Manager: Equinox Management & Construction, LLC (more…)

Green Master Plan for 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Nanjing will be transformed into a city of lanterns for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games

The master plan for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China has been awarded to Populous, the world’s pre-eminent firm for the design of sporting special events including Olympic Games, World Cups and Super Bowls.

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Masterplan


PKU UNIVERSITY OF LAW(Leo KoGuan Building) in Beijing, China by Kokaistudios

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


A challenging project for the most prestigious University in China in the heart of its historical campus

In 2009 a prestigious American Foundation (The Leo KoGuan Foundation) and Beijing University invited Kokaistudios to design the building for the new faculty of law located in a prestigious location within the historical campus of China leading University. This particular site, where the pagoda symbol of the university is standing, required considerable effort in terms of design in order to find architectural answers that could satisfy and meld in a harmonious way the heritage elements; the beautiful natural environment and the new contemporary building. This prestigious project currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in mid 2010 is considered the milestone of a new era for Beijing University, and a symbol for better and more environmentally sustainable standard of living for the future University Community and for architectural buildings within that community.

Main Facade

  • Architect: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project: PKU UNIVERSITY OF LAW(Leo KoGuan Building)
  • Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Li Wei, Fang Wei Yi, Liu Wen Wen, Yu Feng
  • Local Architect: BIAD
  • Structure: BIAD
  • Mechanics & Electricity: BIAD
  • Project Area: 10,000 sqm
  • Photography: Charlie Xia


Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma by Perkins+Will

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Center for Urban Waters was envisioned by the City of Tacoma to be a beacon on the water and an example of using building and site sustainable strategies for all future projects in the City. The 51,000 sf, three-story building functions as a shared research facility for City of Tacoma and University of Washington Tacoma to receive and analyze water samples from the waterways of Tacoma and surrounding areas. The building program is comprised of laboratories, offices, conference rooms, a lunch room, an exhibit center, a customer service center at the lobby entrance, and related building services including a mooring facility on the Thea Foss Waterway. The building is sited to optimize views across the waterway toward the city and views toward Mt. Rainier, to maximize public open space, and to provide access to the shoreline esplanade and to on-site parking.

The Center for Urban Waters

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Client: National Development Council and the City of Tacoma
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Square Footage: 51,000 sf
  • Structural/Civil Engineer: AHBL, Inc.
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Lighting: WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Landscape Architect: Swift &Company
  • Commissioning Agent: Rushing
  • Acoustical: Yantis
  • Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon Associates
  • Developer: Loring
  • Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider
  • Software: Revit BIM Software, Ecotect, Sketchup, Photoshop, Autocad


Energy neutral municipal monument in Driebergen, Netherlands by Zecc Architects

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Transformation of a villa into first energy neutral monument of the Netherlands

The villa in Driebergen is a monument from the beginning of the last century. The owners bought this villa from the municipality because they had a very progressive idea of transforming this monument into a zero-energy house. Together with OPAI (Rau Amsterdam) there was a plan to realize the first energy-neutral monument of The Netherlands: a house that provides its own energy by high quality systems. Within the energy concept the house is isolated with natural materials such as reed mats and flax. The old wooden window frames are preserved and provided of insulating secondary glazing. Zecc architects integrated the energy concept in the existing monument and adjusted the villa to the wishes of its future residents. A new extension on the back strengthens the relationship with the garden and opens the house to the green surrounding.

Sustainable Development - photograph by Cornbread Works

  • Architect: Zecc Architects
  • Project: Energy neutral monument, municipal monument
  • Location: Driebergen, Netherlands
  • Program: Residential
  • Client: Private client / foundation sustainable renovation of historic buildings
  • Date: preliminary design February 2009
  • Delivery: 2010
  • Floor area: 210 BVO m²
  • Volume: 570 m³
  • Architect: Zecc Architecten
  • Project team: Zecc Marnix van der Meer, Bart Kellerhuis, Bo Winnubst, Steven Nobel
  • Project Management: Liesbeth Wassenberg,
  • Contractor: Bert Oostenbruggen
  • Photography: Cornbread Works
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Aquaria Grande Residential Complex in Borivali, Mumbai, India

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Aquaria Grande is one of the iconic residential developments in Borivali of Mumbai. This distinctive project includes two 37 storeys soaring residential towers, a fully facilities equipped clubhouse, a sustainable podium garden and an enormous car park, which create a novel and luxury lifestyle to the Borivali district.

Acquaria Grande External View

Acquaria Grande External View

  • Architect: James Law Cybertecture International
  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Use: Residential + Club House
  • Site Area: ~13639.4 sq.m
  • Bldg. Area: ~28165sq.m.
  • Gross Floor Area: ~37000 sq.m.
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 2.5
  • Bldg. Scale: 2 Basements, 4 Podium and 37 Stories Residential Tower
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete Structure / Composite Column / Flat Slab System
  • Max. Height: ~165 m
  • Parking Lot: ~675 Lots


Multipurpose Building – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID), Wellington, New Zealand by Stephenson&Turner

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Established in 1920, Stephenson&Turner (S&T) is a team-oriented, multidisciplinary architecture and engineering practice specializing in the creation of inspirational, environmentally sustainable solutions for clients in New Zealand, Australia, and other Asia-Pacific countries.

The National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease.

Fast Facts:

Architecture and Engineering: Stephenson&Turner (S&T)

Project: an award-winning multipurpose building at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID)

Project Architect: Murray Robertson

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Software used: Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP


SunPower Offices at Richmond, California by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The design strategy for this office headquarters project for a solar power company in an historic Ford auto factory grew out of the multiple objectives of the client and architect: aesthetics, function, and sustainability:


Entry Stairs of Office

Entry Stairs of Office

  • Architect: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
  • Size: 200,000 square feet
  • Estimated Cost: N/A
  • Dates: 2003-2009
  • Services Provided: Concept Design, Cost Estimating, Programming, SD, DD, CD, CA
  • Software Used: AutoCAD


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