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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

Residential Development in the Danube Bay by Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Article source: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Located not further than four kilometers south from the old downtown Budapest, next to the west shore of the Danube Bay, this residential project is designed which will occupy approx. 13,400 sqm. This project consists of four towers which takes care of the orientation, layout and interdependence among the residential buildings, avoiding concentration.

Image courtesy Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos 

  • Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
  • Project: Residential Development in the Danube Bay
  • Location: Budapest – District XI – Subdivision n. 3, 8, 10.1
  • Square metres: 91.900
  • Client: Öböl XI

BBC Middle East Bureau in Jerusalem, Israel by Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Article source: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

The BBC Middle East Bureau is located on the 15th floor of the tower building at the Malha Technological Park in Jerusalem. The bureau functions as a hub for the entire Middle East for the BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Arabic and BBC Persian language broadcasting programs. The Bureau occupies a 900 sq.m. facility which is equipped with modern broadcast radio and television rooms, editing rooms and television studios. The facility serves a large crew of IT staff and correspondents.

Image Courtesy © G. Shifman-Nathan 

  • Architects: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects
  • Project: BBC Middle East Bureau
  • Location: Malha, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Photography: G. Shifman-Nathan
  • Area: 900 sq.m.
  • Completed: December 2009
  • Client: BBC World Service
  • HVAC: Novak Ltd.
  • Plumbing: Y. Mazar Engineers

CityLife Skyscraper in Milan, Italy by Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Milan is the city that best represents the international face of Italy, comparable to London, Frankfurt, Paris. Unlike many historical Italian cities, Milan is more related to its development in the nineteenth and twentieth century, to be more precise after the industrial revolution. In this sense, design in Milan is compared with the more contemporary face of Italy, made up of factories, subways, concrete and steel and not so much of particular historical preseces. Witness is the fact that the Futurist movement has developed mainly in Milan, a movement created to respond to the issues of the contemporary city. It was not a particularly important relationship with the large existing masterpieces, but rather a reflection on the themes of the contemporary city.

Image courtesy Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects & Arata Isozaki & Associates
  • Project: CityLife Skyscraper
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Competition: 2003
  • Architecture: Andrea Maffei Architects (Milan), Arata Isozaki & Associates  (Tokyo)
  • Design: 2004-2010
  • Construction: 2011-2014
  • Program: office tower
  • Gross floor surface: 92.907 square meters
  • Total height: 202 meters
  • Materials: reinforced concrete, steel, glass
  • Client: CityLife s.r.l., Milan
  • Coordination: Pietro Bertozzi, Takeshi Miura
  • Collaborators: Adolfo Berardozzi, Chiara Zandri, Alessandra De Stefani, Vincenzo Carapellese, Francesca Chezzi, Roberto Berbati, Hidenari Arai, Carlotta Maranesi, Higaki Seisuke, Atsuko Suzuki

Medina Towers in Tangier, Morocco by Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners 

THE INITIAL IDEA is based on 4 basic elements in the Moroccan landscape and typical of Moroccan culture.

Moucharabie= Hotel

The first tower, the hotel, takes as a reference point something unique in the Arabic world, the moucharabie. This device, which allows one to observe without being seen, is generally made from small pieces of turned wood assembled according to an often-complex geometrical plan, forming a closely woven grille. The Moucharabies of the Nasrides palaces are covered with decorations and stained glass, which lets soft light filter through, giving only minimal lighting to the rooms and protection from the sun. This system is completely replicated; the building rises in height through an entirely perforated concrete structure.

Image courtesy Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners 

  • Architects: Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners
  • Project: Medina Towers
  • Location: Tangier, Morocco
  • Year: 2007
  • Client: CFE Group + Alaoui & Associés
  • Category: MIXED-USE
  • Surface Area: 117 000 m²
  • Materials: Concrete, Wood, Glass, Steel, Mosaic, Stainless Steel, Corten Steel, Terrazzo
  • Program: Hotel (4+ stars), 300 Rooms, Convention center, Spa, Swimming Pools, Bars, Restaurants, Club, Casino, Parking, General Services, 200 Luxury Apartments from 2 to 5 bedrooms, Offices, Green Roofs, Commercial Center, Restaurants, Retails shop, Green areas

New Taiwan Tower Preliminary Design Proposal in Taichung, Taiwan by TheeAe LTD

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: TheeAe LTD

The abstract idea to represent the spirit of Taiwan was settled into the representation that creates a new image to match and balance with the existing Taipei 101. The characteristics of Taipei 101 were about strong, handsome, majestic, enterprising, powerful etc. as if it is the male tower representing Taiwan. So for the utmost beauty of the nature, the creation of female tower is necessitated to become one unity with Taipei 101 to represent Taiwan’s Spirit.

Image courtesy TheeAe LTD 

  • Architects: TheeAe LTD
  • Project: New Taiwan Tower Preliminary Design Proposal
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Project Site : 43,398 sqm
  • Designed Area: 55,360 sqm (29 stories + 2 basements)
  • Preliminary Construction Cost Estimated Range: TWD $4,320,000,000 ~5,183,000,000
  • Designed by: Woo-hyun Cho, AIA.

Kula Skrivanat in Pag, Croatia by Quixotic Architecture

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Article source: Quixotic Architecture

The urban plan of the current city of Pag was developed in Venice by the Croatian architect Juraj Dalmatinac aka Giorgio da Sebenico and it is a correlation between Roman Castrum and Venetian Town Planning principles, organized as an orthogonal grid of streets and squares forming at the centre – Trg Petra Kresimira IV, with the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Duke’s and the Bishop’s Palaces. The construction works lasted between 1443 – 1474 and was also supervised by Juraj Dalmatinac. Kula (Tower) Skrivanat is one of nine original towers of this XV century walled city. It was the most efficient structure to protect north-west end of the town from a hostile environment. Currently Kula Skrivanat is an empty relic of a medieval defense system.

Image courtesy Quixotic Architecture 

  • Architects: Quixotic Architecture
  • Project: Kula Skrivanat
  • Location: Pag, Croatia
  • Project Team: Wojciech Dziubek & Wojciech Gwizdak
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