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Word Play – a little free library in New York by Chat Travieso

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Article source: Chat Travieso

A joint project between The Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival in collaboration with Little Free Library, LTD., Little Free Library/NYC was a design/build competition in which ten designers were chosen to install a Little Free Library in collaboration with a host community organization in the Lower East Side. Little Free Libraries are small publicly accessible book shelters that function on an honor system of “take a book, return a book.” Titled “Word Play”, artist and architectural designer Chat Travieso’s library plays with the idea of stacking and perspective. 

Image Courtesy © Chat Travieso 

  • Architect: Chat Travieso
  • Project: Word Play – a little free library
  • Location: New york
  • Software used: Rhino

ZENSE: The Rebirth in Bangkok, Thailand by Department of Architecture

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Department of Architecture

During2010 Red Shirt Riot, many of Bangkok’s public buildings were set on fire.  Podium of ZEN Tower in Central World Complex was totally unrecognizable.  Smoke and heat went upward and destroy all furniture and finishing of all interior space on the tower.  ZENSE, thena newly-opened yet one of the hippest Restaurants/Bars in the city, situated on ZEN Tower top floor, was one of the casualties of this unrest.  As the original designer, DEPT was called to give ZENSE another life after the riot.

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan 

  • Architects: Department of Architecture
  • Project: ZENSE: The Rebirth
  • Location: Centralworld Shopping Complex, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Photography: KetsireeWongwan
  • Owner: Zen Department Store
  • Lighting Designer: Accent Studio
  • Area: 4,000 m2
  • Cost of the construction: 80 Million THB
  • Build time: 2011-2012
  • Software used: Rhino 3D, 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD

Gros Ventre Residence in Jackson, Wyoming by Stephen Dynia Architects

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: Stephen Dynia Architects

Nestled into a hillside, this low profile residence creates a contrast of spatial experiences. The house consists of two intersecting “bars”. The south and east side of the bars capture downhill views to the valley floor. On the northern uphill side, the house’s two wings form an intimate courtyard with a grove of aspen trees. At the entry, the geometry is skewed by an alignment with a prominent mountain peak view line to the east.

Image Courtesy Stephen Dynia Architects

  • Architects: Stephen Dynia Architects
  • Project: Gros Ventre Residence
  • Location: Jackson, Wyoming, USA
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhinoceros

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Custore Pavilion in Warsaw, Poland by Anna Dobek + Mateusz Wojcicki

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: Anna Dobek + Mateusz Wojcicki

Custore is an experimental project of exhibition pavilion that explores the areas of parametric architecture, used for the commercial market. In this project we had to deal not only with the aesthetic issues of computer-generated sculptural forms, but also with practical problems associated with the execution of the project inside a commercial building, and – most importantly – with the real clash of artistic forms and commercial market guidelines.

Image courtesy Paulina Sasinowska, Anna Dobek, Mateusz Wojcicki 

  • Architects: Anna Dobek + Mateusz Wojcicki
  • Project: Custore Pavilion
  • Location: Złote Tarasy shopping centre , Warsaw, Poland 
  • Photography: Paulina Sasinowska (smileupyourself), Anna Dobek, Mateusz Wojcicki
  • Client: Circus Digitalis
  • Visualizations: Anna Dobek, Mateusz Wojcicki
  • Year of project/construction: 2012/2013 
  • Area: 19.8 m2
  • Software used:  Rhino 4 + Grasshopper + AutoCAD

Collider Activity Center in Sophia, Bulgaria by Tom Wiscombe Design

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: Tom Wiscombe Design

This design aspires to make Walltopia into a 21st brand center as well as a destination for sports and recreation. Our belief is that this cannot be achieved without re-thinking the status of building as a neutral container of active furnishings in favor of building as active and distinct. Successful contemporary brand centers create a new and unexpected world, something that exceeds a collection of wares.

Image courtesy Tom Wiscombe Design 

  • Architects: Tom Wiscombe Design
  • Project: Collider Activity Center
  • Location: Sophia, Bulgaria
  • Client: Walltopia Ltd.
  • Software used: Maya, Rhino, and ZBrush

The Slabs – Italian Pavilion Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy by MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect

Our proposal for the Italian Pavilion at the Milan 2015 Expo is a light cage where the technical innovation is embedded within the structure: revolutionary glass columns sustain traditional  slabs clad in marble. The building is simple and elegant in its structural system. Marble and glass are intertwined expressing the Italian architectural tradition of proportion and elegance.

Nature makes its way through the thin marble: tress are allowed to grow tall through holes in the slabs, recalling the central role of nature in a healthy feeding culture. These holes let the light from above reach the ground level where the covered plaza stands. The latter is trimmed by a thin water layer which creates small “islands” and a mirror-like surface. Water and shadow cool down the temperature of the plaza so offering a shelter from the sunny space before the circular pond at the end of the Cardo.

Image courtesy MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect 

  • Architects: MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect
  • Project: The Slabs – Italian Pavilion Expo 2015
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Project Team: MenoMenoPiu Architects – Rocco Valantines, Mario Emanuele Salini, Marco Lavit Nicora, Paolo Carignano, Alessandro Balducci
  • Project Team: BE.ST Architect – Stefano Belingardi Clusoni
  • Software used: 

    2d Autocad
    3d Rhinoceros
    Rendering 3ds max
    Post Production Photoshop

Udbetaling Danmark Holstebro in Hostrupsvej, denmark by CEBRA

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Article source: CEBRA

The new domicile for public authority Udbetaling Danmark (UDK) in Holstebro manages a series of vital social services, such as state pension and maternity pay, for the entire region of Midwestern Denmark. The building gathers employees from several municipalities in one new administration building, which has to handle and ensure a centralized and efficient service for the citizens.

Image Courtesy © Mikkel Frost

  • Architects: CEBRA
  • Project: Udbetaling Danmark Holstebro 
  • Location: Hostrupsvej, Holstebro, denmark
  • Photography: Mikkel Frost
  • Commission: Public
  • Type: Turn-key contract
  • Category: Office
  • Client: ATP Ejendommea/s
  • Year: 2011 – 2012, inaugurated October 1st 2012
  • Purpose: Office building and citizen service center
  • Size: 4.600 m²
  • Budget: DKK 77m/€ 10,32m excl. VAT
  • Prize: Competition 1st prize
  • Energy class: Low energy class standard 2015
  • Turn-key contractor: Sjælsø
  • Engineers: Orbicon, Bent Moesby

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Rising Cairo in Egypt by Stefan Al Architects

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Article source: Stefan Al Architects

Reviving the Vision

One hundred fifty years ago, Khedive Ismail imagined a progressive urban scheme for Cairo that brought the city to the forefront of the world. This projects attempts to revive his vision in a current way. It brings back the once exciting landscape of Azbakia Garden, including a lake, artificial hills, thousands of lights, and spaces for musical performances. A spectacular Opera House and a range of artistic spaces offer the city cultural delights. New transportation structures, underground parking, a tramway, and pleasant pedestrian spaces allow for convenient and efficient access. Finally, contemporary architecture and high-rises lend an image to the area that rivals with any world-class city.

Image Courtesy © Stefan Al and Tarek Abou-Zekry

  • Architects: Stefan Al Architects
  • Project: Rising Cairo
  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Software used: Rhino

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Urban Collage in Champigny-sur-Marne, France by Maison Edouard François

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Article source: Maison Edouard François

At Champigny-sur-Marne, respect of the context and the refusal to interpret it led us to take a unique position. The site is a grand ensemble that was built in the 1970’s : a large zone of housing filled with towers and multi-story housing blocks near the old town center. The program asked for an urban renewal plan based on a new town center with shops and housing.

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

  • Architects: Maison Edouard François
  • Project: Urban Collage
  • Location: Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • Photography: Paul Raftery
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino, 3DS Max and Adobe Creative Suite

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Museum And Educational Center in Moscow, Russia by 3XN

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Article source: 3XN

The intent of the new Museum & Educational Centre (MEC) is to be a meaningful building beyond its iconic form.  Through both an internal and external architectural expression of flexibility, it recognizes that architecture shapes behavior.  In that regard, the new MEC is about connecting with people, while opening up the world of science, technology, innovation and Russia’s extraordinary achievements in these domains. As technology develops and we enter deeper into the 21st century, the convergence of Science and Art becomes even more relevant in our everyday interactions. Today’s society seeks ways that Science and Mathematics can be viewed as approachable disciplines, in order to understand the full potential of technology, and its applications in making our world a better place.  The new MEC will be a gateway to this world, challenging and evolving visitors’ perception of science and technology.

Image Courtesy 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: Museum And Educational Center
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Local Architect: Asadov Architectural Studio
  • Engineer: BuroHappold
  • Software used: Rhino is the primary software for designing this project. In addition architects used Grasshopper which allows generative/parametric 3D-models for Rhino. During the sketch phase Autodesk 3ds Max was also used.

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