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Village Studios in Guangzhou, China by Walters-Storyk Design Group (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group


World-Class Destination:  Classic SSL & Neve + Symphony-Size Live Room

One hour by train from Hong Kong, in the thriving metropolis of Guangzhou stands China’s first true ‘destination’ recording studio. Technologically sophisticated and acoustically superb, Village Studios was conceived by international pop star Hins Cheung. Three years in development and construction, the complex represents the future of China’s recording industry.  And, a carefully considered investment in a superstar’s long-term career plan.

SSL Control Room


Black White Residence in Bethesda, Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: David Jameson Architect

Inhabiting the masonry shell of an existing house, this project engages the phenomenon of ruins and explores the idea of aperture. The design program called for renovating the main level and adding a second level with a significantly smaller footprint.

Black White Residence


  • Architects: David Jameson Architect
  • Project: Black White Residence
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Nicolas San Juan in Mexico City by Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

Social and ethical responsibility

Our responsibility goes beyond offering just a living space. We give examples of certain elements like water and how it can be captured, treated and reused. Our building offers less consumption of energy through passive ventilation and naturally illuminated spaces. We created a habitat for migrating species, offered spaces for growing your own food. We are enhancing life quality and education on an urban context through our proposal just by a deep understanding of it’s social and ecological history.

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
  • Project: Nicolas San Juan
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Architect Design: Elias Cattan
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo, Maayan Fridman
  • Software used: Autocad, 3d studio, no parametric design modeling. More of a nature observation based approach. biomimicry.


ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

In summer 2011 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart have realized a temporary, bionic research pavilion made of wood at the intersection of teaching and research. The project explores the architectural transfer of biological principles of the sea urchin’s plate skeleton morphology by means of novel computer-based design and simulation methods, along with computer-controlled manufacturing methods for its building implementation. A particular innovation consists in the possibility of effectively extending the recognized bionic principles and related performance to a range of different geometries through computational processes, which is demonstrated by the fact that the complex morphology of the pavilion could be built exclusively with extremely thin sheets of plywood (6.5 mm).

East view

  • Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
  • Project: ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
  • Location: Keplerstr. 11-17, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Date of completion: August 2011
  • Surface: 72m²
  • Volume: 200m³
  • Material: 275 m² Birch plywood 6,5mm Sheet thickness
  • Software used: McNeel Rhinoceros and the plugins Grasshopper and Kangaroo. Also used AnSys for FEA tests, QDesign RoboMove for simulating and Kuka KRC2 for operating the manufacturing process.


House in Kaimakli, Cyprus by Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects (designed using Microstation)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects


The refurbishment and the extension of the traditional house in Kaimakli is based on the main strategies of the bio-climatic approach, and especially on conditions that were developed through tradition : all the spaces enjoy south orientation with various ways of shading (including movable vegetation panel) and assure generous cross air ventilation. The vegetation and the reinforcement of the breezes through it, endorse the creation of a micro climate and micro-cosmos of the house.


Images Courtesy Yiorgos Kordakis

  • Architect: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects
  • Name of Project: House in Kaimakli
  • Location: Kaimakli, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • House owners: Kalli Christoforou, Yiorgos Hadjichristou
  • Colaborators: Petros Konstantinou and Veronika Antoniou
  • Photographer: Christos Papantoniou and Yiorgos Kordakis
  • Software used: Microstation V8i


Exhibition Center of the City of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada by CCM² – Côté Chabot Morel Architects

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: CCM ² – Côté Chabot Morel Architects

The mandate of the “Centre de foires de Sherbrooke” (Exhibition Center of Sherbrooke) conducted by CCM² – Côté Chabot Morel Architects includes site analysis, the design of the site plan and the floor plans, the volumetric studies, the materials selection, the establishment of the performance criteria s and a constant support as a specialized external resource for the City of Sherbrooke until the complete realization of the project. The expertise and qualifications of CCM² Architects are well recognized in the community to carry out such projects. For several years, CCM² Architects have done several feasibility studies, conceptual works, analysis and construction of exhibitions centers in Quebec (Quebec City and City of Laval in Canada).

Image Courtesy Stéphane Groleau

  • Design Team Architects: CCM ² – Côté Chabot Morel Architects
  • Project: Exhibition Center of the City of Sherbrooke
  • Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • Project manager : Pierre Morel
  • Design Team : Yan Laplante, Mathieu Morel, Pierre Morel
  • Technical validation : Julie Nadeau, Aryann Gosselin
  • Engineers : SNC Lavalin ACHIEVEMENT
  • Client: The City of Sherbrooke
  • Realization: 2010-2011
  • Software used: FormZ


Théâtre La Licorne in Quebec, Canada by Les Architectes Fabg

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: Les Architectes Fabg

The new building of Théâtre la Licorne like the theater company that runs it , La Manufacture, has a strong bond with its surrounding area. It tends to communicate with the city and reflects the type of theater that it produces: straightforward and urban. Aesthetic choices made during the design phase also reflects the idea of “manufacture”: Simplicity of form and the use of raw materials: glass, metal, concrete, brick… Apparent structure, ventilation ducts and plumbing. Elements borrowed from industrial buildings: cable trays, concrete floors.

Images Courtesy Steve Montpetit

  • Architect: Les Architectes Fabg – Eric Gauthier
  • Name of the Project: Théâtre La Licorne
  • Location: 4559 Avenue Papineau, Quebec, Canada
  • Customer Name: art direction the Manufacture
  • Team: Steve Montpetit, André Lavoie, Dominique Potvin, François Verville
  • Photographer: Steve Montpetit
  • Software used: Autocad 2010 for construction plans and Form-Z 6.0 for the 3d renderings


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


Schindler Elevator Corporation U.S. Headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey by ikon.5 architects

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: ikon.5 architects

The interior renovation of the Swiss-based Schindler Elevator Corporation transforms an existing mundane 1970’s office building into a distinctive U.S. Headquarters. Schindler’s objective was to create an interior environment that expressed the minimal and purist design aesthetics of its Swiss engineering heritage. Schindler’s corporate mission is to safely move millions of people each day with their elevators and escalators throughout the world. Inspired by contemporary artists working with light and color to illustrate space and movement, our design creates a series of one point perspective ‘mise en scènes’ that abstractly explore movement and displacement.

Images Courtesy James D’Addio

  • Architect: ikon.5 architects
  • Name of Project: Schindler Elevator Corporation U.S. Headquarters
  • Location: Morristown, New Jersey
  • Photos: © James D’Addio
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Student Salon in London, UK by Feix&Merlin

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: Feix&Merlin


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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