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Periscope Tower in Seinäjoki, FInland by OOPEAA

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Article source: OOPEAA 

The Periscope Tower is a giant wooden periscope structure that serves as an observation tower and engages the viewer ina dialogue with the landscape. With the help of a large mirror the Periscope Tower makes it possible for everyone to enjoythe views of the surrounding landscape. One can either climb up the stairs to enjoy the view over the lake and into thesurrounding landscape from the viewing deck, or simply stay on the ground and get the view through the periscope mirror.Made entirely of wood, the building is composed of an inner core of cross laminated timber (CLT) and an external wooden frame that serves as a load bearing structure. The inner core made of CLT forms the frame for an extra large periscope with stairs circling around it. When taking the stairs up or down one can experience a rich range of different views framed by the various openings cut into the structure.

 Image Courtesy © Anssi Lassila

Image Courtesy © Anssi Lassila

  • Architects: OOPEAA
  • Project: Periscope Tower
  • Location: Seinäjoki, FInland
  • Photography: Anssi Lassila
  • Client: City Of Seinäjoki
  • Architect in charge: Anssi Lassila
  • Project architect: Kazunori Yamaguchi
  • Team: Juha Pakkala, Anne Kaivo – oja
  • Size: 35 m²
  • Year: 2014 – 2016

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A Tropical Tower in São Paulo, Brazil by Triptyque Architecture

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Article source: Triptyque Architecture

Triptyque Architecture takes part in a 150.000mmaster plan in the city of São Paulo organized around a university campus receiving 15.000 students. The whole project consists of four towers with a mixed program: 400 apartments, an hotel, offices and shops. Two others French agencies have been invited to work on this project: PCA and Edouard François.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bassetti

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bassetti

  • Architects: Triptyque Architecture
  • Project: A Tropical Tower
  • Location: São Paulo, Morumbi, Brazil
  • Photography: Ricardo Bassetti
  • Partners: Guillaume Sibaud, Olivier Raffaëlli, Greg Bouset e Carolina Bueno
  • Coordinator: Luiz Trindade
  • Project manager: Bianca Coelho
  • Team: Fernanda Figueira, André Mathias, Murillo Fantinati, Renan Bussi
  • Number of items in the Tropical Tower: 171 unités
  • Ground area: 38.900m²
  • Total area of the 4 towers: 236.200m²
  • Tropical Tower built area: 35.000m²
  • Construction start deadline: 2018

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Torre BBVA Bancomer in Mexico City by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Article source: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

A new urban landmark on the skyline of Mexico City, the tower marks the gateway to the Paseo de la Reforma from Chapultepec Park. The BBVA Bancomer tower is the result of a collaboration between architectural practices Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Legorreta +Legorreta. In bringing together their different architectural languages yet common values, they have created a building that is both contextual and distinctive.

Image Courtesy © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Image Courtesy © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

  • Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Project: Torre BBVA Bancomer
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Client: BBVA Bancomer
  • Structural Engineer: Arup/Colinas de Buen SA de CV
  • Services Engineer: Arup
  • Project Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Cost Consultant: INPROS
  • Electrical Engineer: DEC Group
  • HVAC Engineer: DYPRO
  • Construction Cost: $210m
  • Floors: 50
  • Site Area: 6,620 m²
  • Gross Floor Area: 188,777 m²
  • Office Area: 78,800 m2
  • Date: 2005 – 2016

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Magma Tower in Nuevo León, México by GLR arquitectos / Gilberto L. Rodríguez

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Article source: GLR arquitectos / Gilberto L. Rodríguez

“Two monoliths that modify and enrich the landscape; sculptures with life within them. Where living spaces, terraces, and an exclusive commercial area are discovered. All this translated into environments and sensations that lead you to a unique life style, all in the same place.”

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

Image Courtesy © Jorge Taboada

  • Architects: GLR arquitectos / Gilberto L. Rodríguez
  • Project: Magma Tower
  • Location: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
  • Photography: Jorge Taboada
  • Project Team: Enrique Salas, Tomas Güereña, Cecilia Bautista, Gaudy Oyervides, Torsten Trumm, Lorena Sampedro, Cecilia Paredes , David Alatorre, Raúl Torres, Gabriela Gutiérrez, Oscar O´Farrill, Pamela Díaz de León, Federico Peralta, Tonatiuh Aguilar, Alexa Núñez,
  • Landscape: Claudia Harari
  • Interior Design: Héctor Esrawe, Ana Landa
  • Area: 38,450 m2
  • Year: 2008-2013

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Zhejiang Gate Towers in China by LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Article source: LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

LAVA’s Zhejiang Gate Towers are an iconic entrance to the city of Hangzhou. The design of the two towers is based on the Chinese characters for ‘gate’, and they feature a shimmering façade of fins.

LAVA was commissioned by Shimao (Hangzhou) in 2014 to masterplan the mixed-use development, which consists of five buildings housing offices, residential, and retail. LAVA’s masterplan features fluid building masses, improved positioning of the towers from different viewing directions, logical pedestrian movement and the removal of cars from the complex.

Image Courtesy © LAVA

Image Courtesy © LAVA

  • Architects: LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
  • Project: Zhejiang Gate Towers
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Client: Shimao Property Group
  • Project team: Christian Tschersich (PL), Tommy Joo, Elvira Perfetto, Jan Kozerski, Jing Xi Zhang, Nicola Schunter, GüleyAlagöz, MikolayScibisz, Yu Chun Tsai, Melanie Quessel
  • Architectural Design: SOL
  • Executive Architect: ZIAD (Zhejiang Architecture Design Institute)
  • Structure: LERA
  • Landscape: PubangPela
  • Façade Consultant: Schmidlin Façade Consultancy
  • Size: Two towers 280m high, each 125,000 m2
  • Total area: 370,000 m2
  • Status: Construction started in 2015, the towers will commence in 2017, completion due 2019

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Laurent & Clark Development in Montréal, Canada by Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Article source: v2com

The brand new Laurent & Clark residential project was launched last April 2nd, standing out as a veritable visual beacon within the Quartier des spectacles. Two towers compose the 335 unit condo complex whose architecture is resolutely contemporary, and it is through its urban integration that the distinctive project takes on its full meaning.

Clark street façade, Image Courtesy © Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes

Clark street façade, Image Courtesy © Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes

  • Architects: Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes
  • Project: Laurent & Clark Development
  • Location: Montréal, Canada
  • Le Clark:

    • Floor Areas: 335 to 1,750 square feet
    • Total of 160 condos  
  • Le Laurent

    • Floor Areas: 291 to 2,580 square feet
    • Total of 175 condos 

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Kanoa Tower in Nantes, France by Studio 02 Architectes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Article source: Studio 02 Architectes 

The Kanoa tower is a project that fits into the vast urban development plan for the Island of Nantes.

This is a very understated building, whose shape, worked to the extreme, is the main feature.  To minimize the tower’s impact on the street, it was designed in a “boot” shape and discreetly covered in zinc, which was laid down in shingles to create a scaled effect.

Image Courtesy © Studio 02 Architectes

Image Courtesy © Studio 02 Architectes

  • Architects: Studio 02 Architectes
  • Project: Kanoa Tower
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Software used: ArchiCad
  • Client: Eiffage Immobilier West Company management Samoa (Nantes)
  • Partners: Cdlp, Elythis, Studio Joran Briand
  • Budget: 5,600,000 €
  • Surface Area: 4,200 m²
  • Years: 2012 – 2015

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I Tower in Istanbul, Turkey by TAGO Architects

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Article source: pRchitect communications consultancy

I-Tower office building designed by Tago Architects, an Istanbul based architecture studio, remarks with its dynamical form, its high technology and striking use of materials as well as its dynamical form the perception of which changes with every different point of view.

Image Courtesy © Gurkan Akay

Image Courtesy © Gurkan Akay

  • Architects: TAGO Architects
  • Project: I Tower
  • Location: Bomonti,  İstanbul,  Turkey
  • Photography: Gurkan Akay
  • Software used: 3DsMax
  • Client: Fer Yapı
  • Designer: Gokhan Altan Aktug
  • Design Team: Gokhan Aktan Altug, Muge Eker Eryayar, Muge Tugay, Sinem Aykanat, Tuba Bayrak, Tugba Cestel
  • Total Project Area: 41.000 sqm

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Alberni, large-scale residential tower in Vancouver, Canada by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Article source: v2com

“The building should not be an isolated object. Buildings should be part of the city, part of the environment. I believe that is the goal of architecture in the 21st century.” ~ Kengo Kuma

In Vancouver to discuss his work, Japan’s leading architect, Kengo Kuma, personally revealed plans for his first North American, large-scale residential tower – Alberni by Kuma – proposed for the globally renowned city on Canada’s westcoast. Westbank and Peterson, Canada’s premier developers of luxury, mixed-use projects, have engaged Kengo Kuma, and his firm Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) to design the 43-storey tower near the entrance to Vancouver’s famed Stanley Park. The proposed tower is part of a small collective of internationally influenced designs in the city, under the direction of Westbank and Peterson.

Image Courtesy © KKAA

Image Courtesy © KKAA

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South Tower Seismic Renovation in Mukwonago, Wisconsin by Banker Wire

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Article source: Banker Wire

Banker Wire worked with ZGF Architects LLP to create a custom mesh railing infill for the South Tower building on UCLA’s Center for the Health Sciences (CHS) complex. The 443,000-square-foot building underwent a seismic upgrade and renovation to convert nine of the former hospital’s 12 floors into research lab space.

Image Courtesy © Banker Wire

Image Courtesy © Banker Wire

 

  • Architects: ZGF Architects LLP
  • Project: South Tower Seismic Renovation
  • Location: Mukwonago, Wisconsin, USA

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