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NEW LAPPEENRANTA CITY THEATRE in Finland by ALA Architects

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Article source: ALA Architects 

The concept for the Lappeenranta City Theatre is exceptional: the theater has been built on the top floor of a shopping center. The idea, however, is ancient as this is theater coming back to its roots, back to the marketplace, back to the people. Millions of people visiting the shopping center annually will be able to enjoy a variety of plays, while the restaurants cater for intermissions and the hotel offers accommodation.

large theater hall, Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

large theater hall, Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

  • Architects: ALA Architects
  • Project: NEW LAPPEENRANTA CITY THEATRE
  • Location: LAPPEENRANTA, Finland
  • Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Software used: AutoCAD Architecture, Tekla Bimsight, Rhinoceros 3D
  • Project Team: ALA Partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Harri Ahokas, Auvo Lindroos, Tiina Juuti, Marlene Oberli-Räihä, Julius Kekoni, Pekka Sivula, Niklas Mahlberg, Tonny Jensen, Mikko Kilpeläinen, Martin Allen, Vladimir Ilic, Anders Jönsson, Sari Vesanen, Santtu Hyvärinen and Mirja Sillanpää
    Collaborators: Sweco PM (project management, implementation phase), ISS Proko (project management, sketch phase), Finnmap Consulting (structural design), L2 Fire Safety (fire safety), Insinööri Studio (HVAC), Pöyry Finland (electrical engineering), Akukon (acoustical engineering), Kokos (AV design), Akumek (stage mechanics), Cederqvist & Jäntti Architects (architect, shopping center) and Evälahti (contractor)
  • Client: City of Lappeenranta
  • Suppliers: Abloy (iron monger), Ecophon (acoustic materials), Elam (veneer walls), Jaatimet (stage scenery doors), Jakob (wire balustrade), Rica Auditoria (auditorium seating, acoustic wall installations), Rockfon (acoustic materials), SKS Mechatronics (stage mechanics), Sunotek (stage mechanics), Stöbich (fireproof stage curtain), Weber (foyer floor), Ypäjän metalli (catwalk bridges)
  • Program: 2 stages, rehearsal hall, foyer and back spaces, 5,300 m2 total
  • Status: Built, the opening night on the small stage was on November 21, 2015, the official opening reception will be held on
  • January: 15-16, 2016

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Single house in Sant Esteve de Sesrovires, Spain by 2gv sensibilidad patrimonial

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Article source: 2gv sensibilidad patrimonial

The house, given the geometry of the plot and programmatic needs arising from the property, is designed as a triangle that covers almost the buildable area and replicates the shape of the edge of the plot , appropriating by extension and projection of the total plot. Over this , one recessed floor contains the evening program.

Image Courtesy © 2gv sensibilidad patrimonial

Image Courtesy © 2gv sensibilidad patrimonial

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Shenkar Glass Gallery in Ramat Gan, Israel by Geotectura

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Article source: Geotectura

The Michal and Avraham Kadar Media Lab was designed by Geotectura for Shenkar College within an 90 years old building. The project has many labs and workshops as part of a retrofit and add-ons design but the main element is a floating steel and glass structure within the existing fabric. The project includes a center for interaction design and technology, a computer gaming lab, plastic workshop and 3D printing lab.

Image Courtesy © LiorAvitan

Image Courtesy © LiorAvitan

  • Architects: Geotectura, Dr. Joseph Cory
  • Project: Shenkar Glass Gallery
  • Location: Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Photography: LiorAvitan
  • Software used: Revit 
  • Project Manager: OferGabay
  • Structural Engineer: Sayag Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer: EyalNiv Engineers
  • Contractor: Ida Invest
  • Client: Shenkar College (www.shenkar.ac.il/en)
  • Area:1200sq.m., Glass Gallery 100 sq.m.
  • Year: 2015

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The Physic Garden at Novartis Campus in Basel, Switzerland by Sweco architects

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Article source: Sweco architects

The Physic Garden is a place to celebrate sensuous phenomena of all kinds. It is a place where mystic scents, changing colors, and seasonal variety can be enjoyed and studied. It is also a test bed for pharmacological research.

Image Courtesy © Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Sweco architects

  • Architects: Sweco architects
  • Project: The Physic Garden at Novartis Campus
  • Location: Basel, Switzerland
  • Landscape architect: Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco architects
  • Team: Pege Hillinge, Johan Krikström, Johnny Lindeberg, Emma Norrman (plants), Therese Egnor (plants), Alexander Cederroth (light),  Markus Moström (graphics), Pål Svensson (drinking fountains).
  • Client: Novartis Pharma
  • Consultants: Schönholzer + Staufer GmbH/ Beat Rösch, Basler + Partner (structural engineering).
  • Area: 2800 sqm
  • Opening: 2012
  • Software used: AutoCAD, sketch up, Illustrator and PhotoShop

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City Centre in Siliguri, India by Morphogenesis

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Article source:  Morphogenesis

Located at the entrance of the 400-acre Uttorayon Township, the City Centre attempts to create a much-needed, organized commercial district for the city of Siliguri. It is positioned as an interface between the township and the city that envisages a new destination for the local community and emerges as an urban landscape in between the offices and commercial components of the master plan.

Image Courtesy © Morphogenesis

Image Courtesy © Morphogenesis

  • Architects: Morphogenesis
  • Project: City Centre
  • Location: Siliguri, India
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Sketch up

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Solar vineyard chapel in Franschhoek, South Africa by Margot Krasojevic Architects

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Article source: Margot Krasojevic Architects

Solar Chapel at the HoldenManz Wine Estate, Franschhoek, Cape Town. The project utilizes the same solar panel technology used on the farm to clad the expanding wedding chapel’s roof structure. The vertiginous mountains within the estate are reflected in the beton brut primary structure off which the concentrator Fresnel lenses, solar panels and holographic filters are suspended. The concentrator photovoltaics arrangement uses an angular configuration similar to that of a butterfly’s wing receiving more exposure to solar rays affording maximum efficiency for electrical output. The frame expands and contracts enabling a further rearrangement of this concentrator photovoltaic cluster.

Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojevic Architects

Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojevic Architects

  • Architects: Margot Krasojevic Architects
  • Project: Solar vineyard chapel
  • Location: Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Software used: Revit and 3ds max

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Casa AA in Buenos Aires, Argentina by IR arquitectura

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Article source: IR arquitectura

AA House is located in a neighborhood of villas in Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires. Its position in the lot guarantees the best solar incidence range on the north side, on which all the main rooms of the house are laid out. On the other hand, it provides a form of processional visual approach to its visitors.

Image Courtesy © Federico Cairoli

Image Courtesy © Federico Cairoli

  • Architects: IR arquitectura
  • Project: Casa AA
  • Location: Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Photography: Federico Cairoli
  • Project team: Luciano Intile, Andres Rogers, Martín Zlobec, Rodrigo Perez de Pedro, Enrico Cavaglia, Felipe Buigues, Fermin Indavere.
  • Structures: Jorge Barroso.
  • Energy management: Wulcon Energy.
  • Construction: Jorge Belardi.
  • Project year: 2014 – 2015
  • Software used: Autocad and 3ds max, Photoshop, Illustrator,Indesign

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Lake Sammamish State Park Bathhouse in Issaquah, Washington by Patano Studio Architecture

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Article source: Patano Studio Architecture

Lake Sammamish State Park Redevelopment is organized around the fundamental principal of integrating the buildings with the landscape and the landscape with the buildings, blurring the distinctions between the two disciplines. Patano Studio Architecture’s competition winning entry in 2003 centered on this concept as an opportunity and methodology for unifying the 512 acre park with a consistent and understandable language involving built and landscaped elements.

Image Courtesy © Patano Studio Architecture

Image Courtesy © Patano Studio Architecture

  • Architects: Patano Studio Architecture
  • Project: Lake Sammamish State Park Bathhouse
  • Location: Issaquah, Washington, US
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Sketchup
  • Size: 5,430 sqft
  • Awards: 2008 aia what makes it green
  • Status: Built
  • Year: 2015
  • Budget: $2m

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Reception hut in Transylvania, Romania by blipsz architecture

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Article source: blipsz architecture 

A familiar element of the denser rural fabric translates half-distance between the village and it’s high forests and pasture: on the “sacred perimeter” defined by the ruin of the late medieval village church and an outpost chapel, where the Saint Anna well and bathing pond are located. The design of the reception hut derives from the buildings of permanent rural homesteads and seasonally used stables scattered on the higher grazing fields. However, traditional volume, structure and details are adapted to current times, especially prefabrication needs – while shingles, hand-split, provide for natural texture.

Image Courtesy © István BENEDEK

Image Courtesy © István BENEDEK

  • Architects: blipsz architecture
  • Project: Reception hut
  • Location: Transylvania, Romania
  • Photography: Ákos KÚN,  István BENEDEK , Arnold MACALIK
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup, Photoshop
  • Architecture, general planning: BLIPSZ +  Atelier F.K.M., Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvár / Klausenburg, Transylvania, RO
  • Authors: István PÁSZTOR, Arnold MACALIK, team: István BENEDEK, Zsolt SZÉNÁSI-PAPP)
  • Structure: s.c. milimetric s.r.l. (László TIMÁR), Miercurea Ciuc / Csíkszereda, Transylvania, RO
  • Execution: s.c. Fundamenta s.r.l., s.c. TROPY-COM, s.r.l
  • Design, execution: 2010-2011
  • Built area: 145 sqm
  • Gross built area: 230 sqm
  • Funding: public authorities
  • Budget: aprox. 50000EUR

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Krakow Oxygen Home in Poland by Tiago do Vale Architects

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Article source: Tiago do Vale Architects

Krakow Oxygen Home is a community centre in Krakow for lung cancer patients, their friends and their families.

The key function of the building is to provide a comfortable and supportive environment in difficult times, using architecture to create something to help heal a hurting community.

Image Courtesy © Tiago do Vale Architects

Image Courtesy © Tiago do Vale Architects

  • Architects: Tiago do Vale Architects
  • Project: Krakow Oxygen Home
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Project Team: Tiago Do Vale, Joanna Jakimiuk
  • Software used: Autocad, Revit, Photoshop
  • Competition: Krakow Oxygen Home Architecture Competition
  • Organization: Hmmd Architecture Competitions
  • Construction Area: 350 M2
  • Project Year: 2015

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