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Police station in Barcelona, Spain by MIZIEN

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: MIZIEN

Like many towns in El Vallès, in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, Palau-solità has tripled its population since the 1980s and extended by means of single-family houses and low-rise apartment blocks. In this context, a public building may be designed to give the main streets in the fabric an urban, civic character or to fit in with the series of warehouses, shopping centres and franchises that form the periphery of this sprawling urbanization.

Police Station in Barcelona

  • Architects: MIZIEN
  • Project: Police station
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Client: Palau-solità i Plegamans municipality
  • Design date: 2010
  • Completion date: 2011
  • Area : 450m2
  • Cost: 1.062.847,25 €
  • Software used: Presto, TCQ, CYPE, ArchiCAD

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GA House in Verdizela, Portugal by SAMF Arquitectos

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: SAMF Arquitectos

This house and studio for a painter, is situated on the edge of a low-density housing development, bordering a large extension of pinewood.

The project chooses to invite this landscape into the house, opening generous views to the south, and the spaces created within, whilst sheltering itself from the surrounding urban situation, in a reinterpretation of local vernacular typologies.

Image Courtesy Thorsten Humpel

  • Architects: Sara Antunes Mário Ferreira Arquitectos
  • Project: GA House
  • Location: Verdizela, Portugal
  • Project Date: 1999-2003
  • Total Area: 252m2
  • Construction: 2005
  • Photography: © Thorsten Humpel
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Steckelhörn 11 in Hamburg, Germany by J. Mayer H. Architects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: J. Mayer H. Architects

The project “Steckelhörn 11” is located in the old centre of Hamburg, close to the prominent new “Hafen City” development. It replaces a ruinous building and fills the gap between two historic premises. The triangular-shaped lot stretches across the city block, thus allowing for a narrow façade of about 1.3 m width facing the harbor and a main elevation of about 26.4 m oriented toward Steckelhörn street. The vertical design and soft setbacks of the latter pay tribute to the massing of the surrounding structures, as well as to local building-height regulations.

Main facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

  • Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
  • Project: S11 – Office Complex Steckelhörn 11
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Hans Schneider, Wilko Hoffmann, Marcus Blum
  • Project Date: 2007-2009
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Client: Cogiton Projekt Altstadt GmbH, Hamburg
  • Architect on Site: Imhotep, Donachie und Blomeyer with Dirk Reinisch, Berlin
  • Software used: Archicad and Rhino

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Forest Stair in Stokke, Norway by Saunders Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

This sculptural installation was designed for the Sti For Øye sculpture park in Stokke, set amongst the Vestfold oak forest to the south of Oslo. Working alongside landscape architect and professor Rainer Stange in order to create the infrastructure for a woodland walk past a series of artists’ installations, Saunders proposed a series of steel and wooden walkways set at the highest point of the site, looking east towards Slottsfjellet, or castle rock. The design plays with the idea of an artificially facilitated foray up above the forest floor, an elevated viewpoint that would otherwise be unavailable to the visitor.

Forest Stair

  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Forest Stair
  • Location: Stokke, Norway
  • Client: Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
  • Team architects: Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, general contractor and carpenter, Timber AS, Anders Frøstrup
  • Steel consultants and builders: Jotne Mekaniske Verksteder AS, Terje Johannessen, Christian Larsson, Helge Thorsen
  • Landscape architects: Rainer Stange, Dronninga Landskap
  • Size: 30 m2; 11 m length, 1.2 to 3.5 m width, 4.5 m height
  • Status: Finished January 2012
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Branching Morphogenesis by LabStudio

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: LabStudio

Branching Morphogenesis explores fundamental processes in living systems and their potential application in architecture. The project investigates part-to-whole relationships revealed during the generation of branched structures formed in real-time by interacting lung endothelial cells placed within a 3D matrix environment. The installation materializes five slices in time that capture the force network exerted by interacting vascular cells upon their matrix environment.

“Special Issue: 2009 International Science and Visualization Challenge.” Science Magazine, Vol. 327, No. 5968, Feb. 19, 2010.

  • Design: LabStudio
  • Project: Branching Morphogenesis
  • Credits: Jenny E. Sabin & Andrew Lucia
  • Collaboration: Peter Lloyd Jones and LabStudio, Simulations with Christopher Lee
  • Assembly Team: Dwight Engel, Matthew Lake, Austin McInerny, Marta Moran, Misako Murata, Jones Lab members
  • Software used: Processing  for simulations and Rhinoceros  for the modeling and construction documents.

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House in Senri in Osaka, Japan by Shogo Iwata Architects

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Shogo Iwata Architects

This house is planned for a family, husband, wife and their son. This small house has 8 levels of floor between entrance in the basement to the roof terrace in order to constitute every space not in concentrated way by big void but reciprocal relation of each space. This arrangement makes the notion of floor ambiguous and the continuity of space compatible with the hierarchy of space.

View of the north facade (Image Courtesy Nagaishi Hidehiko)

  • Architects: Shogo Iwata Architects
  • Project: House in Senri
  • Location: Suita, Osaka, Japan
  • Main use: Residence
  • Site area: 244.3㎡
  • Building area: 83.78㎡
  • Total floor area: 156.50㎡
  • Software used: Vectorworks for drawings, and Adove Illustrator, photoshop for other things

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Benetton Headquarters in Tehran, Iran by Htdstudio Designoffice

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Htdstudio Designoffice

A Landmark building near Tarjish Square.
Isolation of floor units anticipate future seismic activity.  Staggered juxtaposition maximizes views, and creates various ‘green shelves’ for rain capture, irrigation, and shading during summer months.  These green shelves accommodate lush, climbing vines and vegetation for sound absorption and passive temperature control.  Cast glass discs are embedded at the ground floor and parking slabs for natural light and weight reduction.

Benetton Headquarters

  • Architects: Htdstudio Designoffice
  • Project: Benetton Headquarters
  • Location: Tehran, Iran
  • Client: Gruppo Benetton, SpA
  • Total Floor Area: 128,359ft2 / 11,925m2
  • Budget: Withheld
  • Project Type: Corporate Office / Retail + Apartments
  • Software used: Sketchup 6 Pro / AutoCad2006 / Photoshop CS5 / Illustrator CS5 / Acrobat 9

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Mini Rooftop in New York by HWKN

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: HWKN

A space for urban tastemakers without logos or branding. HWKN scouted the location, created the design and oversaw construction of the temporary event location for MINI’s ”Creative Use Of Space” campaign. The sheer surprise of encountering a hill on a roof in NYC is heightened by design elements derived from MINI cars that utilize object-in-field design, like deploying brake lights into a field of sheet metal instead of at a seam.

Mini Rooftop

  • Architects: HWKN
  • Project: Mini Rooftop
  • Location: New York
  • Software used: Rhino, VRay, AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite

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The chapel of rest in Graz, Austria by Hofrichter-Ritter Architects

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: Hofrichter-Ritter Architects

The chapel of rest for the Steinfeld cemetery is designed in the form of two curving formwork elements made of reinforced concrete and appearing as two carefully receptive hands. It is the centrepiece of the redesigned Cemetery Centre which was begun by the municipal parish of Graz under episcopal vicar Dr Heinrich Schnuderl, continued by Christian Leibnitz, the new municipal parish provost, and finally built to a design by Hofrichter-Ritter Architects in 2011.

Image Courtesy Karl Heinz Putz

  • Architects: Hofrichter-Ritter Architects
  • Project: The chapel of rest
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Chapel of rest: approx. 150 m²
  • Ancillary rooms: approx. 120 m²
  • Sheltered area at the front: approx. 40 m²
  • Length of the new cemetery wall: approx. 75 m² (height varies from approx. 2.00 to 3.50 m)
  • Columbarium grove / park-like area: approx. 550 m²
  • Paved forecourt: approx. 500 m²
  • Photography: Karl Heinz Putz
  • Software used: Rhino and 3d studio max

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Shadow Pavilion in Shanghai, China (designed using Bentley’s Generative Components (GC), Rhino, & 3d max)

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: Bleds-Design

The expo pavilion is a complex problem of displaying the future of technology, culture, and life with today’s capabilities. To take a look forward and to examine not only what is on display but the aperture that holds that promise of a better city, better life.  In the long tradition of Expo innovations, the Shadow Pavilion pushes today’s ideas of formation and structure to the next step; by looking at complex organizations and the integration of the two ideas.

Model Image Looking East

  • Architects: Jared Bledsoe & Simon Lee
  • Project: Shadow Pavilion Shanghai Expo 2010
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Project Team: Jared Bledsoe & Simon Lee
  • Project Date: 2008
  • Software used: Bentley’s Generative Components (GC), Rhino, & 3d max

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