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Absolute Towers in Toronto, Canada by MAD Architects

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Article source: MAD Architects

Modernism has a famous motto: A house is a machine for living in. However, as we progress further away from the machine age, we are left with a question: what message should architecture convey? What is the house of today?

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: MAD Architects
  • Project: Absolute Towers
  • Location: Mississauga, Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Iwan Baan, Tom Arban
  • Associate Architects: BURKA Architects INC.
  • Structural Engineer: SIGMUND, SOUDACK & ASSOCIATES INC.
  • Mechanical Engineer: ECE Group
  • Electrical Engineer: ECE Group
  • Landscape Architect: NAK Design
  • Interior Designer: ESQAPE Design
  • Typology: Residential
  • Tower A: 45,000 sqm, 56 stories/ height 170 m
  • Tower B: 40,000 sqm, 50 stories/ height 150 m
  • Directors: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
  • Design Team: Shen Jun, Robert Groessinger, Florian Pucher, Yi Wenzhen, Hao Yi, Yao Mengyao, Zhao Fan, Liu Yuan, Zhao Wei, Li Kunjuan, Yu Kui, Max Lonnqvist, Eric Spencer

Solar Carve Tower in New York, USA by Studio Gang Architects

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Our Solar Carve Tower employs a surprising twist to traditional zoning logic. Designed for a site that borders the High Line on the east with the vast openness of Tenth Avenue, the Lincoln Highway, and the Hudson River to the west, the project proposes inverting the light and air setbacks from the already well-exposed street to the High Line, in order to prioritize the inner-block park.

Image Courtesy Studio Gang Architects

  • Architects: Studio Gang Architects
  • Project: Solar Carve Tower
  • Location: New York, USA
  • OWNER: William Gottlieb Real Estate
  • SIZE: 186,700 sf
  • HEIGHT: 213 ft
  • STATUS: Anticipated Completion 2015
  • REVEALED: The Art Institute of Chicago solo exhibition
    Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
    September 24, 2012 – February 24, 2013
  • Software used: Combination of CAD software, McNeel Rhinoceros to 3D model, Autodesk AutoCad to document and Autodesk Ecotect to analyze. Renderings were primarily done by Labtop.
  • PUBLICATIONS: Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
    Edited by Jeanne Gang and Zoë Ryan; With contributions by Michael Halberstam,
    Karen Kice, Zoë Ryan, Brett Steele, and Sarah M. Whiting
    Yale University Press
    184 p., 8 x 10
    97 color illus. + 109 duotones
    ISBN: 9780300191189
    Paper over Board: $45.00

Tower B1 – Housing And Offices At The “Porta Di Roma” Shopping Center in Roma, Italy by Valle Architetti

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Article source: Valle Architetti

Tower B1 is part of the Porta di Roma shopping centre, designed by Valle Architetti. This large multi-functional centre is part of the Urban Plan of the Bufalotta district, a settlement of 10,000 inhabitants with housing and services situated along the GRA ring road to the north of Rome and was also designed by Valle Architetti.

South-West elevation with the shopping mall in the foreground.

  • Architects: Valle Architetti
  • Project: Tower B1 – Housing And Offices At The “Porta Di Roma” Shopping Center
  • Location: Roma, Italy
  • Design team: Servizio Ingegneria Lamaro Appalti Spa Unipersonale, arch. Rossella Capri. With Valle Architetti
  • Associati: arch. Piero Valle with arch. Ugo Tranquillini and arch. Stefano Bindi.
  • Structures: SBG & Partners: biggiguerrini ingegneria Spa, ing. Massimo Guerrini, ing. Luciano Gioacchini.
  • Mechanical systems: ENETEC Srl – Ingegneria Energetica e Realizzazione Impianti Roma, ing. Renato Tito, arch., Giorgio Landolfi.
  • Client:Porta di Roma Srl.
  • Building contractor: ELLEPI S.C.A.R.L., Roma
  • Photographer: Giuseppe dall’Arche

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Julia Tower in Barcelona, Spain by Sergi Pons Arquitecte

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Article source: Sergi Pons Arquitecte

This project forms part of the urbanization that is taking place in one of the lots left over after the construction of the Ronda de Barcelona, a bypass road, in 1992. A sports centre, a residential development and an old people’s home will all share the same space, creating a public area that will stretch from the street to a square giving access into the different facilities.

Image Courtesy Adrià Goula

  • Architects: Sergi Pons Arquitecte
  • Project: Julia Tower
  • Location: Via Favència 348-350, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Team: Pau Vidal, Sergi Pons, Ricard Galiana
  • Program: 77 Home Units, Facilities and Parking Space
  • Construction Dates: Building 2009-2011
  • Client: Patronat Municipal de l’Habitatge
  • Collaborators: Gioia Guidazzi, Diana Sajdova
  • Consultants: Encarna García, BOMA, L3J, 3dLife, Ambar Fotografia, Artkitech, Estel Rosell
  • Contractor: Acsa
  • Gross Floor Area: 8.391
  • Budget: 7.518.419
  • State: Built
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula
  • Awards: Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2011 d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme

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DRX 2012 – Minimal Surface Highrise Structures in Berlin, Germany by HENN Architekten

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: HENN Architekten

The Design Research Exchange (DRX) is a non-profit residency program for researchers hosted by HENN. The DRX, initiated by Moritz Fleischmann (HENN Research Director) and Martin Henn (HENN Design Director), provides an open platform to unite experts from various fields. By exploring architectural topics of shared interest, the DRX promotes a multi-disciplinary discussion between academics and professionals.

Image Courtesy HENN Architekten

  • Architects: HENN Architekten
  • Project: DRX 2012 – Minimal Surface Highrise Structures
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

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Tower(s) House in Treviso, Italy by Alter Studio Architetti Associati

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Article source:  Alter Studio Architetti Associati

This project took second place in the Tower House Competition for Treviso, Italy, which challenged architects to refurbish a twenty story landmark in the area. The proposal transforms the existing tower into 3 attached structures, each of which is designed with its own energy strategy. Photovoltaic panels on the roof and south façade provide 60 + 15 kw of power, which combined with bioclimatic devices brings the CO2 emissions down to zero.

Image Courtesy Alter Studio Architetti Associati

  • Architects: Alter Studio Architetti Associati
  • Project: Tower(s) House – residential buiding
  • Location: Treviso, Italy
  • Client: Tasca immobiliare
  • Budget: 1,5Meuro
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Software used: C4d

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Victoria Tower in Kista, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

As one of the tallest buildings in Stockholm, Victoria Tower stands out among its neighbors and acts as an icon of the surround area. Situated between Stockholm proper and the city airport, the tower serves a nearby office park with conference and office facilities, as well as providing a 229 room hotel. The tessellated façade of the building is clad entirely in colored glass, though in actuality two-thirds of the walls are fully insulated. This allows the tower to appear as a colorful prism in its geometry and materiality while meeting the needs for energy conservation. The tower has a parallelogram-shaped plan for floors 2–21, which is comprised of the hotel rooms, while the upper floors are rectangular, delineating the office spaces and a roof bar. This causes the top floors to cantilever slightly above the underlying shaft, emphasizing its geometry.

Image Courtesy © Ola Fogelström - Fotograf Ola Fogelström

  • Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
  • Project: Victoria Tower
  • Location: Arne Beurlings torg 3A, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Photographs: Ola Fogelström – Fotograf Ola Fogelström, Tord-Rikard Söderström – Wingårdhs, Åke E:son Lindman – Lindman Photography
  • Architect: Ms Karolina Keyzer
  • WAF Entry: 2012
  • Award: World Architecture Festival 2012 – Shortlisted
  • Client: Call Tower Invest AB
  • Contractor: PEAB
  • Floors: 34
  • Gross Area: 23 000 sqm
  • Year of Construction: 2009–2011
  • Environmental Engineer: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

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425 Park Avenue in New York by Foster + Partners

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners wins competition for new tower at 425 Park Avenue, New York

Foster + Partners is delighted to be selected by a partnership of L&L Holding Company and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (LBHI) to design their new office tower at 425 Park Avenue. The new building will create an enduring landmark that befits its exclusive location, and is uniquely of its time and its place.

Image Courtesy dbox / Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: 425 Park Avenue
  • Location: New York
  • Photo: dbox / Foster + Partners

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Refurbishment of the West Tower in Huesca, Spain by ACXT

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Article source: ACXT

The project deals with the Refurbishment of the West Tower of the Huesca City Hall in order to turn it into City Archives.
Due to its position and volume, the Archives round off the set of buildings that make up the Huesca City Hall which gives the impression of being an unfinished construction, for the east and west walls are party walls and it seems as if in the past, they might have had an adjoining construction:

  • The west wall is a mud wall with rows of solid brick, with irregular openings, some of which are bricked up.
  • The east wall is blind except for an opening on the attic floor

Image Courtesy ACXT

  • Architects: ACXT
  • Project: Refurbishment of the West Tower
  • Location: Huesca, Spain

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Manhattan Loft Gardens in Stratford, London by Skidmore Owings + Merrill

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Article source: Skidmore Owings + Merrill

The 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens tower near Stratford International Station is situated alongside one of London’s largest and newest international transport interchanges and adjacent to the Olympic Park. The project delivers a wide range of residential loft-style and single-storey living spaces. The scheme also provides a 150-room, world-class hotel at the lower levels with the 34 storeys of residential tower above.

Image Courtesy © Skidmore Owings + Merrill

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