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Filadelfia Corporate Suites in Mexico City by Bunker Arquitectura

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Article source: Bunker Arquitectura

What happens when the concept of a project is reduced to a facade in the process of its development? Are purely aesthetic aims valid in architecture? Is façadism something worthwhile? Are we to become architectural dermatologists?

A client contacted us to design a hotel for corporate suites in Napoles, a residential neighborhood in Mexico City that has been rapidly converting to office use over the past few years. The plot was located across the street from the convention center of the World Trade Center, by far the busiest office building in the city. The suites were intended to accommodate businesspeople visiting the WTC and the year round expositions.

Image Courtesy Fabiola Menchelli

  • Architects: Bunker Arquitectura
  • Project: Filadelfia Corporate Suites
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Partners: Esteban Suarez (Founding Partner) and Sebastian Suarez (Partner)
  • Project Leader: Diana Arroyo
  • Project Team: Diana Arroyo, Ximena Muhlia, Ana Salcillo, Andrea Vazquezbracho, Jesús Romo Heredia, Jorge Núñez, Diego Jasso, Guillermo Bastián, Ana Hernández & Elizabeth Silíceo
  • Collaborators: Jorge Arteaga & Zaida Montañana
  • Structural Engineering: Juan Felipe Heredia
  • Software used: Autocad, 3d Studio Max, Adobe Creative Suite – Illustrator, Photoshop.

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In Kyo in Kanagawa, Japan by Takehiko Nez Architects

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Takehiko Nez Architects

The Japanese title “in kyo” is derived from a calm life apart from the active world for the rest of their days. Excessively ornamented mansions showing off surround the site in a rich green residential area. This modest house concealed its appearance in plant open to a neutral space such as a courtyard, a terrace, a garden, and the sidewalk between outdoor and indoor without steps.

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architect: Takehiko Nez Architects
  • Name of Project: In Kyo
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Status: Completed march 2010
  • Structure: ASA
  • Contractor: Daido Kogyo
  • Image: @ Takumi Ota
  • Site area: 501.43㎡
  • Total floor area: 163.76㎡
  • Software used: Vectorworks as CAD program, Illustrator and Photoshop as presentation program, and windows’ office as general programs mainly

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Air China Blue Sky Tower in Chengdu by KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has won the international competition entitled “Blue Sky Building Project” for the Air China headquarters in the major west Chinese city Chengdu. With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing headed by Johannes Reinsch, Managing Director of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International GmbH, saw off five other entries. The office boasts a gross surface area (GSA) of 124,000 m² and offers space for a total of 5,470 workspaces. The fact that the high-rise design should serve as a role model with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability is of major concern to the developer.

Nightview (Image Courtesy KSP Juergen Engel Architekten)

  • Architects: KSP Juergen Engel Architekten
  • Project: Air China Blue Sky Tower
  • Location: Chengdu, China
  • Developer: Air China
  • GSA: in total 124,000 m², of which 24,000 underground
  • Gross volume : 490,819 m³
  • No. of storeys : 46
  • Workspaces: approx. 5,470
  • Parking spaces: 421
  • Height of building: 180 m
  • Competition: Nov. 2011, 1st prize, result announced Dec. 2011
  • Software used: Autocad, Photoshop, Rhino, 3Dmax

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Student Salon in London, UK by Feix&Merlin

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: Feix&Merlin

THE STUDENT SALON NOW

The LSE’s student salon is currently an unsuccessful space: Its walls are cluttered with unsightly alarm sounders, fire extinguishers and cable trunking, a big vending maching in front of the window blocks views in and out of the space and the big recycling bins are in everybody’s way. The lighting is mismatched and inappropriate for the type of use and the furniture is neither inviting nor comfortable. The space is quite simply not very attractive.

Interior View

  • Architect: Feix&Merlin
  • Name of Project: Student Salon
  • Location: London, UK
  • Software used: Vectorworks for the cad drawing package. Hand sketches, images and drawings were collated in InnDesign for presentations.

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Fraser Residence in Westboro Village, Canada by Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.

Juxtaposed volumes define the exterior appearance of this modern home while interweaving spacial volumes define the expansive interior.  A generous transparency floods the living spaces with natural light and connects the home with compact yet effective outdoor living spaces.

Front view (Image Courtesy Peter Fritz)

  • Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
  • Project: Fraser Residence
  • Location: Westboro Village, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Project Type: Urban Infill – Single Family Home
  • Completion Date: January 2011
  • Photography: Peter Fritz Photography
  • Software used: Sketchup, AutoCAD 2009, Photoshop

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Dalian Library in China by Architects Collective (designed with Rhino, AutoCAD, and Adobe CS5)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: Architects Collective

The building frame including floor slabs, columns and cores consist of reinforced concrete. The façade construction is made of steel and wherever possible and available, recycling materials shall be used including structural steel, concrete and metal facade panels. The facades are highly insulated to keep the building volume climatically stable and to minimize the need to cool or heat the building. The façade surfaces are covered with recycled sheet metal panels from Dalian shipyards.

Image Courtesy Architects Collective

  • Architects: Architects Collective
  • Project: Dalian Library
  • Location: Dalian, China
  • Max. Height : 50 m
  • Landscape Area : 20500㎡
  • Parking Lot : 300 cars
  • Exterior Finish : recycled sheet metal panels from Dalian Shipyards
  • Project Team : Andreas Frauscher, Patrick Herold, Richard Klinger, Martin Schorn, Kurt Sattler,  Fei Tang
  • Competition year : 2011
  • Client : Dalian Urban Planning Bureau
  • Status of project / expected completion if applicable : Competition entry
  • Photo credit : Architects Collective
  • Sofwtare used: Rhino, Adobe CS5. AutoCAD

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ZAC Chateaucreux in Saint-Etienne, France by Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architectes

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architectes

Contribute to a new polarity in the landscape

Located across from the St. Etienne station on the Esplanade de France, the influence of the intervention at the heart of the BIA Châteaucreux Is A Link Between Neighborhoods and horizon lines, a low point in the Topography of St. Etienne in front of a preferred route to the city center. Combined with the scale of the project and the symbolic value of the program, This unique location Gives the project has special status in the building of the city.

Rendering

  • Architect: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architectes
  • Name of Project: ZAC Chateaucreux
  • Location: Saint-Etienne, France
  • Program: construction of a property consisting of housing, offices, hotels and shops
  • Owner: Vinci Immobilier, Cardinal Group
  • Project Manager: ECDM
  • Area: 30,000 sq.m.
  • Delivery: 2014
  • Sofwtare used: Photoshop for the images, for plans, Autocad.

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CAPSLO Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo, CA by Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Article source: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Client:
CAPSLO focuses on helping residents of San Luis Obispo County achieve economic self-sufficiency. The organization aids its participants in securing employment, maintaining adequate housing, receiving medical services, and providing childcare. CAPSLO offers its services to 43,000 people across San Luis Obispo County and nine other central and southern California counties nine other central and southern California counties.

Retail

  • Architects: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
  • Project: CAPSLO Homeless Services Center
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Client: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc. (CAPSLO)
  • Size: 26,000 square feet building + 26,000 square feet outdoor space
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino, Photoshop, 3D Studio MAX, Illustrator

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Water Brand in Manila, Philippines by Hartness Vision

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Article source: Hartness Vision

Located in front of Manila City Hall, the proposed project by HartnessVision integrates “water branding” into the landscape architecture of a Maynilad water distribution facility. The site is organized around 3 programmed, landscaped axes (nature, access, amenities) in which pedestrians have priority. The presence of systemic infrastructural strategy and notions of environmental stewardship permeate the design language.

Aerial view

  • Architects: Hartness Vision
  • Project: Water Brand
  • Location: Manila, Philippines
  • Software used: Sketchup and 3DS max, with post production in Photoshop. The entire presentation was formatted for PowerPoint presentation to the client (Maynilad) hosting the competition.

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Transit Oriented City in Dongtan, South Korea by Ojanen Chiou Architects

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Article source: Ojanen Chiou Architects

Designed by SWA Group with Ojanen Chiou Architects LLP, the 157 hectare Dongtan Central Business Master Plan is at the heart of Dongtan City: a new urban center located just 30 km south of Seoul in South Korea.  The development zone is situated on a former agricultural plain that had been taken over by various industrial uses.  Bounded by a river to the west and mountainous terrain to the east, this zone is bisected by a major transportation corridor connecting Seoul with the southern reaches of the country.  At the core of the development is a transit center that will accommodate high-speed and metropolitan rail stations connecting with a bi-modal (bus + tram) transit system, and long-distance and city buses, establishing Dongtan City as a major regional transit hub.

Transit Oriented City

  • Architects: Ojanen Chiou Architects LLP (OCA)
  • Project: Transit Oriented City – Dongtan Central Business Master Plan
  • Location: Dongtan, South Korea
  • Client: Heerim Group
  • Landscape/ Master Planner: SWA Group
  • Project area: 157 Hectares
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite and 3Ds Max

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