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Galaxy Soho in Beijing, China by Zaha Hadid

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
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Five continuous, flowing volumes coalesce to create an internal world of continuous open spaces within Galaxy Soho – a new office, retail entertainment complex devoid of corners or abrupt transitions – a re-inventing of the classical Chinese courtyard which generates an immersive, enveloping experience at the heart of Beijing.

Eye Level Rendering - Exterior

  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
  • Project Architect: Yoshi Uchiyama
  • Associate: Cristiano Ceccato
  • Project Manager: Raymond Lau
  • Project Architect (Concept): DaeWha Kang
  • Project Team: Josef Glas, Stephan Wurster, Michael Hill, Samer Chamoun, Eugene Leung, Rita Lee, Lillie Liu, Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Wen Tao, Tom Wuenschmann, Seung-ho Yeo, Shuojiong Zhang, Michael Grau, Shu Hashimoto, Shao-Wei Huang, Chikara Inamura, Lydia Kim, Yasuko Kobayashi, Wang Lin, Yereem Park

Nighttime Exterior View Rendering

  • Beijing, China
  • 2009 – TBC
  • SOHO China Ltd.
  • Under Construction
  • 46,965m2
  • Gross Floor Area: 332,857m²
  • Maximum Height: 67m
  • Floors Above Ground: 12 Office, 3 Retail
  • Below Ground: 1 Retail, 2 Parking Levels

Rendered Exterior View

Galaxy Soho constitutes a new office, retail and entertainment complex for the heart of this great Chinese city – matching its grand scale. The complex comprises five continuous flowing volumes, set apart yet fused or linked by a sequence of stretched bridges. Each volume adapts outwards, generating a panoramic architecture devoid of corners or abrupt transitions.

Rendered Interior Walkspace

Galaxy Soho reinvents the great interior courts of Chinese antiquity to create an internal world of continuous open spaces. Here, architecture no longer incorporates rigid blocks, but instead comprises volumes which coalesce to achieve continuous mutual adaptation and fluid movement between buildings. Shifting plateaus impact upon each other to generate a deep sense of immersion and envelopment, allowing visitors to discover intimate spaces as they move deeper in the building.

Rendered Interior

The structure’s three lower levels contain retail and entertainment facilities, those above provide works spaces for innovative businesses of many kinds, while top levels are dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafes – many with views along the city’s great avenues.


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Space for Prayer in Shiga, Japan by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Article source: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

This little place of worship is planned in a room in a building which is in an area that is currently under development. In the bible, you can find lots about the contrast of darkness and light. For example, “light shines in darkness” “God created light. God separates light and darkness” I wanted to create a space of prayer where inspired by words of the bible.

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architect: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
  • Name of Project: Space for Prayer
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Client: Private
  • Construction: Year 2011
  • Photographer: Takumi Ota

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Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA, Awarded the 2011 AIA Gold Medal

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Article source: Zach Mortice, Associate Editor

The American Institute of Architect’s Board of Directors awarded the AIA Gold Medal to Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA, the Tokyo-based architect whose international body of work has served as an extended meditation on the relationship of the part to the whole in architecture and in cities. The AIA Gold Medal is the highest honor the AIA confers on an architect. It acknowledges an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Maki will be honored at the 2011 AIA National Convention in New Orleans.

Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA.

AIA President George H. Miller, FAIA, notified Maki by telephone after the Board made its decision. “The United States is my second country,” Maki said. “I am very very honored by this distinguished award.”

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ODA Oscillate Series Swingle Table by Office for Design & Architecture

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Office for Design & Architecture

ODAs Oscillate Series blends interaction and dynamism with practicality.  Each piece shares a pivoting glass element that resonates collectively.  The Oscillate Series is designed to underscore the easiness and lightheartedness of time spent at leisure, aiming to challenge the static relationships in furniture design.

 

Table color fabric final

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ParaSol by Office for Design & Architecture

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Article source: Office for Design & Architecture

The ParaSol is a rooftop shading structure that produces a constant shadow by tracing the sun’s rays.  Through advanced technology, ODA calculated and predicted the solar exposure for the site while taking into consideration all the contextual parameters of the surrounding buildings.  The ParaSol form emerges through a process of sculptural optimization where 90 models (each one producing an ideal shadow for a different day) were tested to form a hybrid prototype.  This outcome creates a high performance shading structure in a singular, spectacular object, shaping the identity for the rooftop while improving its micro-climate.

Canopy

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Rowing Center in Alange, Spain by José María Sánchez García

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: José María Sánchez García

The Rowing and Canoeing Centre is located near the Alange reservoir and tries to be as neutral as possible with the environment.  It is configured by a large pedestal and a light deck, creating between them a platform that dialogues with the landscape, looking over the water, the shore, the boats. It’s like a big veranda, a balcony, which focuses on the movements toward the reservoir, with paths that are created to “look” and to “stay”.

Images Courtesy Roland Halbe

  • Architect: José María Sánchez García
  • Project title: Rowing Center in Alange
  • Location: Alange, Badajoz, Spain
  • Construction: February2008 – September 2010
  • Total floor area: 1959,81 m2
  • Budget: 1.682.519,13 €
  • Photographer: Roland Halbe

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Bamboo Symphony in Bangalore, India by Manasaram Architects

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Article source: Manasaram Architects

This Project is shortlisted in World Architecture Festival,2011
Development and environment are inextricably linked and must be nourished by a change in the means, the content and the uses of growth. Three criteria€™s to be necessarily retained are: social justice, ecological prudence and economic efficiency. As the repercussions and downsides of the western culture and architecture are being discovered and the world is turning towards regional technologies – two definite categories of Development are emerging -one based on the principle of recycling and the other on the use of natural materials capable of being used without requiring industrial processing. Mud and BAMBOO figure prominently in the second category of Development. Bamboo is a premiere building material in the new architectural movement with Sustainability and Integrative approach as its two important criteria. HIGH SCIENCE AND SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY!

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee)

  • Architects: Manasaram Architects
  • Project: Bamboo Symphony
  • Location: Plot #7,Aditigreenscapes,Bangalore,India.
  • Client : Manasaram Architects,Bangalore,India.
  • Built -up area : 210.00 SQ
  • Completed Year : Dec. 2010
  • Photographer: Mr.Krishnau Chaterjee
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Corel, Photoshop

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World Architecture Festival Winners 2011

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Barcelona, November 7, 2011 – Media-TIC, Barcelona, Spain, designed by Cloud 9 based in Spain , has beaten off competition from hundreds of buildings around the globe to win the ‘World Building of the Year 2011’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards in Barcelona.

The presentation of the WAF Awards took place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which took place at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

This is the 4th year the World Architecture Festival Awards have been presented. Previous winners include ‘World Building of the Year 2008’ – Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, designed by Irish practice Grafton Architects; ‘World Building of the Year 2009’ – Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa, designed by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg, and ‘World Building of the Year 2010’ – MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Hanimaadaoo International Airport, Maldives, designed by Integrated Design Associates Limited was awarded the ‘Future Project of the Year 2011’ award and the iconic 76-story Beekman Tower at 8 Spruce Street, New York, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, won the ‘Structural Project of the Year 2011’ with the prize going to engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk.

The WAF Awards see unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the world’s biggest architecture contest. Unlike other architectural competitions, architects present their work in front of leading industry judges and a live public audience as they compete for the accolade of ‘World Building of the Year’.

The list of WAF Award winners are below:
World Building of the Year Award 2011
Media-TIC, Barcelona, Spain, Cloud 9, Spain

The project was commissioned by The Consortium of the Zona Franca CZFB and @22Barcelona, an experimental district in the city. The architects were extremely interested in the digital city model based on information, communication and technology, with the idea of a city where what matters is knowledge, added value and patents.

Media-TIC - World Building of the Year

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Interwoven landscape in Veneto, Italy by Mirco Bianchini

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Article source: Mirco Bianchini

The project of an environmental enhancer for the Nogara mare highway in Veneto (Italy) provides the unique chance to bring together ecological thinking, host interaction and active materials. Its location (an open country planar area among cultivated fields) enucleates as critical variables the impact of pollutants and the phenomenon of dazzling.

Chemistry

  • Architect: Mirco Bianchini
  • Name of Project: Interwoven landscape
  • Location: Veneto, Italy
  • Thesis supervisors: Alessio Erioli, and co-supervisors Mirko Daneluzzo, Enrico Fontanari and Alberto Bertagna
  • Software used: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Script c#, Cinema4d, illustrator and photoshop

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Inhabitable Instalulation Structured in New York City by Light – Shadow

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Article source: Light – Shadow

TWINS is an installation by Lawrence Lek and Onur Ozkaya. Two identical wings are captured at the moment of splitting apart. Floating out of the darkness, the suspended skins form an S-shaped route into an artificial cave, where two projectors cast shadows that draw the viewer towards the enclosure within.

The twins float together

  • Architects: Light – Shadow
  • Project: Inhabitable Installation Structured
  • Location: New York City

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