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Tourkovounia as a Green – Wind Landscape in Athens, Greece by Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Article source: Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas

The reason for selecting and analyzing this concept was the examination of the area of Athens. The city is characterized by the growth and development of new buildings. Even if those new structures improved the every day life of the residents, the overall effect on the character of the city suffered.
We selected this particular concept because we noticed the negative impact of those urban structures on the landscape of Athens and that the city is “eating away” the landscape. Our intention is to create the opposite effect: for the landscape to merge with the city.

Urban Nalisis - Image Courtesy © Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas

  • Architects: Andreas Demertzis, Ioannis Katsanos, Thanasis Farangas
  • Project: Tourkovounia as a Green – Wind Landscape
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Supervisor: Giorgos Haidopoulos
  • Software used: Autodesk autocad, 3d studio max, adobe photoshop cs5

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Cairo National Library in Egypt by Seeding Office

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Article source: Seeding Office

Traditionally, Egypt was known as the gift of the Nile, ever since Herodotus simply stated that “without the Nile, there is no Egypt, because where the Nile overflows its banks, the land is green, and where the water’s influence stops, the desert begins. Egypt is the Gift of the Nile, the only place in the world where a river dares to cut across a thousand miles of desert to reach the sea, creating a civilization along its course”.

We have chosen Water as a symbolic guide for the whole project, aiming to evoke the deepest roots of Egyptian culture and imagine the building itself as an element generated by the river’s life.

Image Courtesy © Seeding Office

  • Architects: Seeding Office
  • Project: Cairo National Library
  • Location: Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3dS Max with V-ray, Photoshop

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Iconic Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Francesco Piffari

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francesco Piffari

INTRODUCTION

What is a bridge in the collective imagination? How to obtain livable spaces from a passing-by architecture? How to push the design to its boundaries and at the same time satisfy the requests for traffic flows, wheelchair access, integration in the urban context, sustainability looking, clarity and comprehensibility of the program?

Image Courtesy Francesco Piffari

  • Architects: Francesco Piffari
  • Project: Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location:  Amstel 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands (in front of Hermitage Amsterdam Museum)
  • Type: One stage international idea competition
  • Hosted by: [AC-CA] Architectural Competition
  • Software used: Rhino, vRay for Rhino, Photoshop and Autocad
  • Program:

    • Pedestrian Bridge: on the central axis of the museum, 90 m long, 4m wide minimum
    • Cafe: 100 sqm with enough space for 20 tables together with a small area for snack
    • Bicycle Repair: 50 sqm with two repair stations
    • Services: 20 sqm for 4 toilets cubicles; 30 sqm for office, changing room, storage; 30 bike racks
    • TOTAL: 200 sqm
  • Mission:Design an Iconic Pedestrin Bridge in the heart of Amsterdam which could:
    • Encourage and reward design excellence between architecture and engineering.
    • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original footbridge.
    • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the functionality of bridges in relation with art and sculpture.
    • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

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Badoo Development Office in Moscow, Russia by Za Bor Architects

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Za Bor Architects

The Moscow office of the Badoo company, had to get gifted young programmers together for improvement and development of one of the most popular dating services in the world – badoo.com. The office was created for web developers and focused on technical, not administrative function. The result is very impressive. In fact, the office is located in one of the most luxurious business centers of Moscow – the Legend of Tsvetnoy, which is based in the city center, at the well-known Tsvetnoy Boulevard.

Image Courtesy za bor architects

  • Architects: Za Bor Architects
  • Project: Badoo Development Office
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Software used: ArchiCAD and 3Ds Max

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The Ordos MU US Desert Temple in China by Dr. Margot Krasojevic

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Dr. Margot Krasojevic

The project has been commissioned by the city of Ordos. It is an open Buddhist temple located on the outskirts of the Ordos desert, an area that is currently used for meditation and religious ceremonial offerings, Mongolian Buddhist rituals dictated the design.

Image Courtesy Dr. Margot Krasojevic

  • Architects: Dr. Margot Krasojevic
  • Project: The Ordos MU US Desert Temple
  • Location: China
  • Software used: Maya, 3ds max, Adobe after effects

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Danube River Housing in Belgrade, Serbia by Studio Alfirevic

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Studio Alfirevic

Residential group ‘Danube River Housing’ is located on the Danube river banks near Belgrade, and its design concept is based on the idea of cluster like structure of rafts – buildings constructed on pontoons. The main goal was to achieve an atmosphere of housing partially hidden in the river underbrush, and also to establish the ambience of the neighborhood – a group of single-family house-rafts.

Image Courtesy © Studio Alfirevic

  • Architects: Studio Alfirevic
  • Project: Danube River Housing
  • Location: Zemunski kej, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Software used: AutoCad + 3D Max + VRay

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Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station in South Tyrol, Italy by Monovolume

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Monovolume

The Punibach hydroelectric power station is conceived as a fracture in the landscape. Harmonically integrated in its surroundings, it suddently brakes it open and reveals the machines in its interiors, which serve to transform natural powers into useful energy.

Image Courtesy Monovolume

  • Architects: Monovolume
  • Project: Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station
  • Location: Planeiler Alm (BZ), South Tyrol, Italy
  • Client: Puni Energie GmbH (Ltd.)
  • Programme: Hydroelectric Power Station
  • Realisation: 2010/11
  • Pressure Pipeline Length: 4.115 m
  • Turbines: 2 horizontal Pelton
  • Average Annual Production: 14,3 mil. kWh
  • Construction Cost: 9,0 mil. Euros
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Catalonia’s International Centre For High Performance In Sailing in Barcelona, Spain by Mestura Arquitectes

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Mestura Arquitectes

The objective of this intervention is to include under the large pergola Photovoltaic in the Forum Park of Barcelona, a program of the International Center for High Performance Sailing.

The uniqueness of the spaces to be treated, starting considerations requires both the environment and the possible actions in outer space, as the configuration of existing architectural elements, which determine many of the decisions of the project. We therefore propose a treatment in the facades that seek not to contrast with the gigantic scale of the element. The south facade is delayed until the first bay of the current structure to avoid contact of the new facilities with existing structural elements, while on the north side openings are covered with a curtain overlapping continuous acts wooden slats as a unitary element and neutral.

Image Courtesy Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
  • Project: Catalonia’s International Centre For High Performance In Sailing
  • Location: Forum Port, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona, Spain
  • Scope Of Services: Scheme Design, Detail Design and Site Supervision
  • Client: Catalan Sailing Federation.
  • Scheme Date: 2007
  • On Site: June 2008 – December 2010
  • Gross Area: 2.702,89 m2
  • Construction Cost: Pem:  4.255.705,79€ (indoor and outdoor equipment included)
  • Construction Company: TEYCO
  • Others collaborators:
    • AT3, Josep M. Oller, Technical architect. Economic consultancy.
    • BOMA Miquel Angel Sala, architect. Structures consultancy.
    • GRUPO JG, Industrial engineers. Installations consultancy.
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute.
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2012

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University Apartment Building in the Mediterranean Park of Tecnology (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain by Mestura Architects

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Mestura Architects

The Mediterranean Park of Technology of Castelldefels is a campus designed for teaching, research and technology transfer, which is formalized through a urbanistically ring system with roads and buildings articulated around the agora or central square. The building is positioned between this agora and open and free space that is surrounded by a lake.

Image Courtesy Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Mestura Architects
  • Project: University Apartment Building in the Mediterranean Park of Tecnology (UPC)
  • Location: Mediterranean Park of Technology, Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
  • Stages: Scheme Design, Detail Design and Site Supervision
  • Client: UPC Polytechnic University of  Catalonia / SIRESA NOVA S.A.
  • Competition: 2008
  • Project: 2009-2010
  • On Site: 10’10 – 09’11
  • Gross Area: 6.055,83m2
  • Construction Cost: 6.608.000€
  • Construction Company: Fausto Facioni CONSTRUCCIONES S.L.
  • Others collaborators:
    • CMT, Associates Architects, SLP. Collaboration Architecture.
    • Manuel Mancha. Technical Architect. Execution Director.
    • Intec Associates 2010, SL Installations Consultancy.
    • Luis Alfredo Rodriguez. In Civil Engineering and Ports. Structure Consultancy.
    • Paymacotas. Study of Safety and Health and Safety Coordination
    • Societat organic. Sustainability and Maintenance.
    • IBERIA SOCOTEC. Technical Control Agency.
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Awards: Competition, 1st Place.
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2010

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Wilkins Residence – Mandalay Terrace 24D in Wellington, New Zealand by Studio MWA

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Studio MWA – Studio Mikulcic Worldwide Architecture

Definitely, for studio MWA, Wilkins new residence was one of the most challenging and demanding residential projects.

From start project had imperative and goal to celebrate good, functional, innovative, sustainable, brave and imaginative architecture, different than ordinary, which push boundaries of everyday stereotype.

One of first client’s requirements through brief was to not only design new house, but to create HOME and make it unique & special.

Image Courtesy © Studio MWA

  • Architects: Studio MWA – Studio Mikulcic Worldwide Architecture
  • Project: Wilkins Residence – Mandalay Terrace 24D
  • Location: 24 D Mandalay Terrace, Khandallah – Wellington, New Zealand
  • Client: Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins
  • Principle Use: Residence.
  • Size: Floor area 315 m2 (3 levels), terraces app.170 m2, landscaped over 450 m2, site total 722 m2.
  • Structural Engineer: Warren Line Structural Engineer – Wellington
  • Author: Davor Mikulcic Dipl. Eng. Arch. (Sarajevo) RAIA, ANZIA
  • Project Team: Davor Mikulcic, Michael Maddern 
  • Construction Period: Summer 2008 to summer 2009.
  • Status: Completed
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio MWA
  • Software used: ArchiCAD software in combination with Artlantis studio (renderings and animations)

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