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Strawscraper in Stockholm, Sweden by Belatchew Arkitektur

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Article source: Belatchew Arkitektur

Belatchew Arkitekter presents STRAWSCRAPER, the first project to come out of the newly established Belatchew Labs. STRAWSCRAPER is an extension of Söder Torn on Södermalm in Stockholm with a new energy producing shell covered in straws that can recover wind energy. What was supposed to become a building of 40 flights became 26. Söder Torn on Södermalm in central Stockholm was finalized 1997, but the architect Henning Larsen had already left the contract after having lost influence over the design of the tower.

Image Courtesy © Belatchew Arkitektur

Yongjia World Trade Centre in Wenzhou, China by UNStudio

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

 Article source: UNStudio 

The Yongjia World Trade Centre will create a new image for the WTC brand and will become a unique symbol for the new riverside city of Wenzhou. Wenzhou city lies in the dense economic zone along the coast of Southeast China, next to the Yangtze River Delta region. The deep water sea port outside of Wenzhou and the inland channel to the sea expands the city’s access advantages for international and domestic markets.

Image Courtesy © UNStudio

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Yongjia World Trade Centre
  • Location: Wenzhou, China
  • Client: Shanghai World Trade (Shanghai) Holdings Group
  • Building surface: 500.000 m² above ground
  • Building site: 4 plots total 154,900 m2, the developable area is 111,237 m2
  • Programme: Towers with Offices, Residential and Hotel, Podium with Retail and cultural functions
  • Status: Competition 1st prize
  • Credits: Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with Hannes Pfau, Ger Gijzen, Juliane Maier, Martin Zangerl and Sontaya Bluangtook, Amanda Chan, Albert Gnodde, Jan Kokol, Patrik Noome, Mo Lai, Jan Rehders, René Rijkers, Stefano Rocchetti, Shuang Zhang
  • LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT:  Loos van Vliet
  • STRUCTURE CONSULTANT: ARUP Shanghai
  • SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT: ARUP Hong Kong

Observation Tower in Austin, Texas by Miró Rivera Architects

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Article source:  Miró Rivera Architects

Capturing the energy of Formula 1 racing in its iconic form, the 251 foot tall Observation Tower provides a dramatic focal point for the Circuit of the Americas and a new landmark for central Texas. Conceived as a visual finale to the central Grand Plaza, the Tower also serves as a memorable backdrop to the Austin360 Amphitheater concert venue at its base. The structure’s unique design anchors visitors’ experience of the motorsports and entertainment complex and fosters a sense of place that is essential to the new circuit’s identity.

Image Courtesy © Paul Finkel, Piston Design

  • Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
  • Project: Observation Tower Circuit of the Americas
  • Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A
  • Photography: Paul Finkel, Piston Design, Circuit of the Americas, Miró Rivera Architect,  Michael Hsu, Miró Rivera Archit Circuit of the Americas Ted Parker, Jr. Circuit of the Americas, Steve Colburn, Miró Rivera Architects, Circuit of  the Americas
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Tekla

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Dyv-Net Dynamic vertical networks in Tai Po, Hong Kong by JAPA architects

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: JAPA architects 

Since 2000, China’s cities have expanded at an average rate of 10% annually. Although China’s agricultural output is the largest in the world, only about 15% of its total land area can be cultivated. China’s arable land, which represents 10% of the total arable land in the world, supports over 20% of the world’s population. Of this approximately 1.4 million square kilometers of arable land, only about 1.2% (116,580 square kilometers) permanently supports crops and 525,800 square kilometers are irrigated. The land is divided into approximately 200 million households, with an average land allocation of just 0.65 hectares (1.6 acres)

Image Courtesy © JAPA architects

  • Architects: JAPA architects
  • Project: Dyv-Net Dynamic vertical networks
  • Location: Tai Po, Hong
  • Awards: Citation in the FuturArc Prize 2013
  • Author: JAPA, Javier Ponce Architects, Barcelona-Guatemala
  • The Site: Tai Po District, Hong Kong & other potential cities
  • Strategic rethink of the Asian City: China’s limited space for farming
  • Software used: Rhino, 3ds max and Photoshop

The Leadenhall Building in London, England by Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Article source: Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners

BACKGROUND

  • Joint venture between British Land and Oxford Properties
  • Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • 610,000 sq ft of lettable floor space over 46 floors
  • 736ft (224m) high
  • Located directly opposite Lloyd’s of London in the heart of the City of London.

Image Courtesy © Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners

CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECTURAL FACTS

  • 930,000 sq ft GIA
  • 18,000 tonnes of steel
  • 70,000 sq m of cladding
  • 26 passenger lifts

The Bow in Calgary, Canada by Foster + Partners

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Official opening of The Bow, Calgary’s tallest tower

Special events have been held in Calgary this week to mark the official opening of The Bow, a 237- metre-high headquarters tower – the city’s tallest building and Canada’s tallest tower outside Toronto. A bold new landmark on the skyline, the project is equally significant in urban, social and environmental terms: the public base of the tower is filled with shops, restaurants and cafes and extends into a generous landscaped plaza, while the office floors are punctuated by three six-storey sky gardens, which encourage natural ventilation and help to significantly reduce energy use.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young – Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: The Bow
  • Location: Calgary, Canada
  • Photography: Nigel Young – Foster + Partners
  • Client: H+R Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Appointment: 2005
  • Construction Start: 2007
  • Completion: 2013

Citta Italia in China & Italy by MDU architetti

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: MDU architetti

China, Italy … A history of  continuous  connections between the two nations that started in the XIII century  from the voyage of Marco Polo with his masterpiece: “il Milione”.
A narration of the encounter of two millenary cultures.
The project for the Italian Trade Center “I Principi d’Italia”  looks for the architectural expression of this historical encounter. From a conceptual point of view the project is a narration, the narration of a voyage between China and Italy and so, of the encounter of the eastern and  the western culture.

Image courtesy mdu architetti

  • Architects: MDU architetti
  • Project: CITTA’ ITALIA
  • Location: China & Italy
  • Program: trade center, office tower, residential tower
  • Client: Xu Quiu Lin_Giulin Group Branch
  • Team: Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini
  • Collaborators: Michele Fiesoli, David Bigiarini, Nico Fedi, Eugenio Salvetti, Dante Vinciguerra
  • Sustainable architecture: Sabrina Borgianni
  • Local partner: Design Institute Zhe Jiang Jing Jian
  • Dimentions: gross area: 47.000 sqm, volume: 345.000 cubic metres
  • Materials: bronze glass facade, steel frame
  • Schedule:
    design: 2008 – 2009
    ground breaking: 2010
    completion: in progress
  • Building cost: confidential
  • Software used: AutoCAD LT

Snailtower in Tartu, Estonia by Künnapu & Padrik Architects

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Künnapu & Padrik Architects

The building consists of a 23-storey vertical block with flats and some offices, and of a horizontal parking house on four levels. On the north-east side, the building is bordered by a road and by the River Emajõgi, and on the south-west, by the Science Centre Ahhaa. The ground plan of the tower is a spiral. Thus a symbolic building emerged, where the spiral is expressed in the sculptural form of the upper part of the tower. This spiral sculpture contains the idea of the entire project.

Image Courtesy © Reio Avaste 

  • Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
  • Project: Residential and office building “Tigutorn” or “Snailtower”
  • Location: Väike-turu 5, Tartu, Estonia
  • Photography: Reio Avaste
  • Programme: Apartments, Offices, Parking and Roof Terrace
  • Structural Engineering:  TARI [Ahto Soomer, Erri Vares]
  • Builder: Nordecon Ehitus
  • Area: 7600 sqm (tower) + 6230 sqm
  • Design Year: 2006
  • Construction Year: 2008

Airport and Control Tower Pamplona in Spain by Arquitectos Ayala

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Article source: Arquitectos Ayala

Obviously a container for hundreds or thousand of people that appears in front of these large planes is different, at first, of any other building. But for that very reason, to try to compete in size with these airplanes is something useless that never is achieved by any construction no matter how massive. We have had the luck to be able to project a new plan, which was required to be of medium size and moderate proportions.

Image courtesy Arquitectos Ayala 

  • Architects: Arquitectos Ayala
  • Project: Airport and Control Tower Pamplona
  • Location: Pamplona, Spain

Mixed-use high-rise in Moscow, Russia by ARCHSTRUKTURA & PTM Khazanova

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Article source: ARCHSTRUKTURA & PTM Khazanova

Unbuilt proposal for a tower on existing foundation in Moscow-city by ARCHSTRUKTURA & PTM Khazanova

Image Courtesy ARCHSTRUKTURA & PTM Khazanova 

  • Architects: ARCHSTRUKTURA & PTM Khazanova
  • Project: Mixed-use high-rise in Moscow
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
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