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Bára I and Bára II in Czech Republic by Martin Rajniš

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Article source: Martin Rajniš

The history of the tower Bára has got all atributes of a dramatic story. Town council of Chrudim decided to build an out-look tower in the forest boundary, where the landscape provides beautiful panoramic view of the surroundings. An architectonic contest was made and as the winning project was marked the one by Martin Martin Rajniš from e-Mrak team. An out-look tower in the shape of truncated triangular pyramid, made out of larch planks with minimum number of fixed joints, secured by metal tow bars. Acces to the view platform is provided by circular oak stair, which is fixed on the convulated steel pole rod in the middle of the tower. Upon the view platform is placed a mast made of steel tubes with flashlight on the top. Out-look Bára was festively opened for public on the 21st of June 2008. Unfortunately, a massive storms, with a power of tornado in some locations, swept across the Czech republic just four days later. One of them appeared at the region of Chrudim and caused irrecoverable damage to the new-built out-look. Whirlwind left nothing but a mass of wreckage a few meters from the place were original out-look bas placed. However, citizens of Chrudim did not give up and the decision to build a new one was made almost immediately. On the 3rd of September 2009 was the new tower – Bára II opened. This new out-look is pretty much the same as the previous one was. It is just slightly lower and built in a way to resist the wind with power of a cyclone (approximately 200 kms per hour, in contrast to the previous one, which was able to resist only 130 kms per hour). Bára II has also got more security components, including steel cables with tension varying each thirty minutes according to air moisture. View from the platform is usualy the most interesting feature of the out-look, but Bara II has much more to offer. For visitors with interest in technics has to be pleasure to see the unique construction with number of simple, but clever details. Those, who are more into philosophy could use the wall of the tower as a source of meditation. Variation of horizontal wooden lines and gaps between them makes really delightful view. The structure reminds of water clarification and makes interferential optical effect, which is well known for its sedative action.

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

  • Architects: e-MRAK – Martin Rajniš, Martin Kloda, David Kubík, Vít Mlázovský
  • Project: Bára I and Bára II
  • Location: Czech Republic
  • Photography: Radka Ciglerova, David Kubik, Marcel Vanžura, Martin Rajniš
  • Project Date: 2009
  • Height: 25,7m

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The Seven Foyer & Patio in Munich, Germany by Pfarré Lighting Design

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Article source: Pfarré Lighting Design

The former heat and power station in downtown Munich has been transformed into a high-end residential tower. Next to the tower, three new buildings have been erected around a private patio.

Image Courtesy © Andreas J. Focke

Image Courtesy © Andreas J. Focke

  • Architects: Léon Wohlhage Wernik
  • Lighting Design: Pfarré Lighting Design
  • Project: The Seven Foyer & Patio, Munich
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Photography: Andreas J. Focke
  • Client: 
    • aiP Gärtnerplatz GmbH & Co. KG
    • alpha invest Projekt GmbH
    • IMBW Capital & Consulting GmbH
  • Date of completion: August 2014
  • Size:
    • Exterior 1300 qm / sqm
    • Interior 410 qm / sqm
  • Interior Architects: Roger Geiler

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Flying Garden Tower in Frankfurt, Germany by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Article source: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

The urban district development “Gateway Gardens” is part of the Frankfurt Airport City. This project offers opportunities for major groups to position their corporate headquarters in a  conspicuous location within an attractive environment at one of Europe’s main transportation hubs.

Image Courtesy © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Image Courtesy © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

  • Architects: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
  • Project: Flying Garden Tower
  • Location: Gateway Gardens, Frankfurt/M., Germany
  • Photography: Markus Pillhofer
  • Site Area: 10,300 m²
  • Gross Floor Area: 33,100 m²
  • Net Floor Area: 30,120 m²
  • Building Height: 67 meters
  • Client: Grundstücksgesellschaft Gateway Gardens GmbH

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Scholzberg tower – Vertical storage of the wood in the form of a tower by e-MRAK – Martin Rajniš, Jan Mach

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Article source: e-MRAK – Martin Rajniš, Jan Mach

On a raised piece of land, find a place where rock protrudes from the ground. Place a truss made of four wooden planks onto stacks made of beams which are anchored onto the rock using threaded rods. Place planks onto the truss to form a square measuring 3 x 3 metres. Each unit is made up of two layers of planks interspersed with laths, with a thicker sticker consisting of double-width laths inserted between the units. Wooden steps forming a double helix are placed in each gap between units. There are sixteen steps per each full turn, i.e. 360 degrees. The helix is inscribed in a square. Use four-metre-long planks and laths straight from the sawmill, without planing or drying the wood. All the components are simply placed onto one another without the use of nails. Use steel cords on the walls to brace the tower. Place boulders with holes bored through them into four pits in the ground about seven meters away from the tower. Pull the threaded rods through the holes. The bracing cords are pulled through loops at the end of the rods. Weigh down the boulders with a heap of stones. It is all so easy that I built the tower with the help of a group of young people – students. Even so, there are a few important things one needs to know. So, please – don’t build without us!

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

  • Architects: e-MRAK – Martin Rajniš, Jan Mach
  • Project:Scholzberg tower – Vertical storage of the wood in the form of a tower
  • Year: 2006
  • Area: 11m2
  • Builder space: 140m3
  • Height: 12m 
  • Coast: 160 000 CZK

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TIWAG POWER STATION CONTROL CENTRE WITH VISITOR CENTRE in Tirol, Austria by Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Article source: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

The new building for the power station control centre of Tiroler Wasserkraft AG in Silz is a massive, tower-like, free-standing building. The dominant building on the site was and still remains the old turbine building. Various additions reduced the impact made by this building, with the result that the high-energy processes on the power station site were no longer externally legible. Through the forma idiom it employs the new building attempts to depict these processes.

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Norlander

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Norlander

  • Architects: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten, Bregenz
  • Project: TIWAG POWER STATION CONTROL CENTRE WITH VISITOR CENTRE
  • Location: Dr Meinrad Praxmarerstrasse, 6424 Silz, Tirol
  • Photography: Rasmus Norlander, Zürich, Stockholm
  • Client: Tiroler Wasserkraft AG, Innsbruck
  • Project participants: Baumanagement Oswald (construction management, planning of building services and electrical services), ZSZ Ingenieure, Maurer and Partner (control room design), Weithas Bauphysik, K&M Brandschutzplanung, Comparex Austria (IT planning), Teindl Ziviltechniker (geology , hydrology), Zumtobel Licht, Fröschl AG (concrete construction), Luzian Bouvier (building services), Airtech (ventilation), Fiegl&Spielberger (electrical services)
  • Procedure: competition for a new building for the power station control centre with visitor centre, Silz | 1st prize, EU-wide,limited entry competition according to Austrian federal procurement law with selection of entrants (prequalification)
  • Realisation: 2012-2014

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Antalya Expo 2016 Observation Tower in Turkey by Selim Senin

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Article source: Selim Senin

The stairs arranged for seeing site of expo is placed like mountain path.These stairs definitely aren’t trying to hide – they’re the most interesting element in the tower. Reminiscent of a climbing mountain, the stairs of circulation are balanced by the long cable structure.Circulation elements can act as urban focal points outside of where people can come walk and seeing. The symbolic observation tower is conceived as a round arch of steel structure with an open-air stairs at its body.The open-air stairs contains flexible walking path and terrace which are accessed via bazaar entrance.Walking downwards from the top through a continuous stair promenade, the visitors of the observation tower experience all of the building’s in a constant motion, while enjoying dynamic 360 degree views of the city of Antalya and the Expo landscape.

Image Courtesy © Selim Senin

Image Courtesy © Selim Senin

  • Architects: Selim Senin
  • Project: Antalya Expo 2016 Observation Tower 
  • Location: Antalya, Turkey
  • Software used: Sketchup, vray, autocad, photoshop

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Qingdao Innovation Park in China by RTA-Office

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Article source: RTA-Office

RTA-Office recently won 1st prize in the competition of Qingdao’s Innovation Park design. The project belongs to a greater (1 million square meters) development scheme that targets IT companies from all over Qingdao.

The winning proposal is set for construction next year.

RTA-Office’s project occupies a privileged place, at the center of the development area and is comprised of a total of six office towers: two tall buildings of 160 m, two of 100 m and two adjacent buildings of 70 m each.

Image Courtesy © RTA-Office

Image Courtesy © RTA-Office

  • Architects: RTA-Office (Santiago Parramón)
  • Project: Qingdao Innovation Park
  • Location: Qingdao, China
  • Project: 2014
  • Completion Date: 2015
  • Client: Private

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Iconic Tower for Downtown Sacramento by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Article source: v2com

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners has unveiled its design for a glass-clad tower that will be the largest corporate headquarters in downtown Sacramento. A project of Vanir Development Company, the 26-story building is set to rise on a prime J Street site within walking distance of the new Sacramento sports arena.

Image Courtesy © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP

Image Courtesy © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP

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ARCHIVO tower project in Mexico City by Zeller & Moye

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Article source: Zeller & Moye

‘Archivo’ is a new space for Mexico City offering an exciting mixture of manifold programs, that aims to further enrich the cultural and social life of the metropolis.

Located in the heart of Mexico City, the new cultural hub is comprised of spaces for temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection of design pieces as well as room for educational and communal activities, social events and commercial use. ‘Archivo’ will attract both locals and first-time visitors, and will thus bring new life and regenerative energy into an undiscovered part of central Mexico City.

Image Courtesy © Zeller & Moye

Image Courtesy © Zeller & Moye

  • Architects: Zeller & Moye
  • Project: ARCHIVO tower project
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Team: Christoph Zeller, Ingrid Moye, Directors / Omar G. Muñoz, Marielle Rivero
  • COLLABORATORS: FR-EE: Fernando Romero, Director
  • STATUS: In development
  • SIZE (m2 and ft2): 3,000 m2 / 32,300 ft2
  • DATE: 2013 – 2016
  • COST: USD$ 4,000,000

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Edmonton Airport Combined Offices and Control Tower in Alberta, Canada by DIALOG

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Article source: DIALOG

The Combined Office/Control Tower project was an integral part of the Edmonton International Airport’s expansion 2012 program, responding to increasing ridership and the pressure it had placed on the existing infrastructure and buildings. As Canada’s fastest growing major airport, the expansion ensures that the airport keeps pace with the Alberta Capital Region’s economic development.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban

  • Architects: DIALOG
  • Project: Edmonton Airport Combined Offices and Control Tower
  • Location: Alberta, Canada
  • Photography: Tom Arban
  • Software used: Rhino and Revit
  • Principal-in-Charge: Tom Sutherland
  • Project Architect: Stephen Boyd
  • Project Engineer: Jim Montgomery, Tim McGinn, Ed Pon
  • Client: Edmonton Airports

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