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“Minimal Complexity” by Vlad Tenu

Monday, March 21st, 2011

‘Minimal Complexity is the product of an architectural research focused on both the form-finding and the fabrication of minimal surface structures. The process was defined by an alternative algorithmic method based on the computational simulation of virtual soap films. The question that emerged was how the translation from the computational space to the build artifact could be embodied into this dual process.

"Minimal Complexity" by Vlad Tenu

Architect: Vlad Tenu
DipArch. MArch. Msc.
Architectural Assistant,
Surface Architects, London, UK
Teaching Assistant,
Bartlett School of Architecture,
University College London, UK


M4 FŐVÁM TÉR STATION in Budapest, Hungary by sporaarchitects

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The new metro line planned in Budapest is to connect South-Buda with the city center. 10 stations will be constructed in the first step. St. Gellért tér and Fővám tér stations are on the left and right banks of the river Danube.

Automatic Stairs


  • Architect: sporaarchitects
  • Project name: M4 FŐVÁM TÉR STATION
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Station designer: sporaarchitects – Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
  • General architect of the M4 metro line: Palatium Stúdió Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó
  • Engineering, installation: consortium of Főmterv, Uvaterv, Mott-Macdonald
  • Design period: 2005-2011
  • Construction period: 2006-2012
  • Site area (floor area): 7100m2
  • Construction area: 3000m2
  • Photographer: Tamás Bujnovszky


Laposa winery in Badacsonytomaj, Hungary by Péter Kis and Bea Molnár

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The wines of the Laposa-Cellar following the millennium became well known amongst Hungarian wine drinkers under the brand name “Bazaltbor” or Basalt wine. Their growing regions are only on the basalt hills – in Badacsony, Somló, on Szentgyörgy-hill and Csobánc – which is the reason for the characteristic mineral aromas of the wines that mirror their terroir. The cellar today harvest from over 20 hectares local and international varieties, amongst others Szürkebarát, Juhfark, Olasz- and Rajnai Riesling or Kéknyelű. The market entry and dynamic growth of the cellar has also resulted in the expansion of the technological and tourism areas. During the development, besides increasing the scale, the aim on both an architectural and viticultural level was to modernise and maintain the making and presentation of the basalt wine.

Side View

  • Architects: Kis Péter Építészműterme –Péter Kis, Bea Molnár
  • Location: Badacsonytomaj, Hungary
  • Project: Laposa winery
  • Client: Bazaltbor-Badacsony Kft.
  • Planning: 2008.
  • Construction: 2009. january – 2010. April
  • Plot area: 6956 m2
  • Plot percentage: 1,69 % / 2,82%
  • Net basic area: 195,86 m2
  • Total square meter: 419,66 m2
  • Total number of parking places: 12 db
  • Main contractor: Bazaltbor Badacsony Kft.
  • Operator: Spányi és Jakab Mérnökiroda Kft.
  • Constructor: MarketÉpítő Zrt.
  • Partners: Zoltán Bun, Róbert Erdélyi,
  • Strucure: MtM Mérnökiroda – Péter Markovits
  • Garden design: Zsuzsa Bogner
  • Static: mTm Mérnökiroda – Péter Markovits
  • Mechanist: Art- tax Szolgáltató Szövetkezet – András Oltvai, Zsolt Lengyel
  • Electronics engineer: Hochplan Kft. – Dezső Sax, Karola Kárpáti
  • Public services: László Kádár
  • Lift: Schindler Kft. – Gábor Balogh
  • Transport: Balázs Kiss
  • Fire protection: György Báder
  • Key material: artificial stone – Ornamentika Kft.
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batar


Film and Production Offices in Madrid by Madland Studio

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011


The assignment was to relocate the new head offices of a film and TV production company (recording, editing, dubbing and audiovisual production). The program of functions can be classified in four parts: management and administrative area (offices and meeting rooms), technical rooms (audio, image, set and backstage), common public area (multifunctional space, toilets and cafeteria) and installation area (machine and storage rooms).

Photographs by Elena Almagro

  • Architecture office: Madland Estudio
  • Project Team: Cristina Navas Perona, Myriam López Rodero y Javier García-Rivera de la Plaza.
  • Structural Engineering: Javier Cort.
  • Owner: Viva Visión
  • Contractor: Cal y Canto S.L
  • Contractor specialized in wood construction: Canexel S.L
  • Built area: 550m2.
  • Location: Madrid, Spain.
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Elena Almagro


‘QuaDror’, a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Design studio Dror unveiled the design discovery of ‘QuaDror’ at the DESIGN INDABA conference from February 23-25 in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘QuaDror’ is a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit, that utilizes unparalleled structural efficiency and introduces manifold design initiatives.

QuaDror Bridge


The hidden depth in Seoul by thegroundstudio

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This project is located near by the entrance of the Seoul National University’s main gate , OMA’s SNU Museum and MT.Gwanak in Seoul. This design aims to be ‘the hidden depth (gradation wall)’ which is to show the value of a natural landscape throughout architectural wall-frame. The hidden depth means architecture as the background and perceptual tool.

The Hidden Depth - Perspective

The Hidden Depth - Perspective

  • Architects: thegroundstudio / Choi, Soon-Yong
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Expected Completion: February 2011


Ten Museum Park, Miami, Florida by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Ten Museum Park, Miami, Florida by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design is an exploration of the hedonistic possibilities of architecture in a futuristic tropical playground of urban sophistication. A crisp, well proportioned exoskeleton engages a pure crystalline volume soaring 50 stories above the bay—a dynamic beacon for the cruise ships as they return from their voyages around the globe.

50 Story Condominium

Project: Ten Museum Park, Miami, Florida

Architect:         OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design, Miami, Florida

Scope:             600,000 SF mixed-use condominium. Architecture/Interior finishes

Location:        Miami, Florida


Ecological Reconfiguration of Philadelphia by ecosistema urbano

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

ecosistema urbano believes that the revitalization of urban life is not obtained merely by architecture alone, but by focusing on solutions which encompass all aspects of the city system.  Regenerating the networks of social, environmental, and physical elements plants the seed for flourishing, liveable urban communities.  The ecological reconfiguration of Philadelphia uses the city’s strong history of citizen participation to develop a sustainable and economically-viable landscape.

Aerial view of Philadelphia

Fast facts:

Project Author:           [ecosistema urbano]

Design Team:

Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo, Constantino Hurtado, Elena Prieto, Jaime Eizaguirre, Emily Kohl, Luisa Zancada, Hector Jimenez, Maria Eugenia LaCarra, Antonio Fernandez Caro, Francisco Blanco, Dario Vigil.

Project Lead for Urban Voids Project

City Parks Association of Philadelphia
City Parks Association stimulates visionary thinking about natural resources and open space in the urban community. From its founding in 1888, City Parks Association has encouraged the establishment and maintenance of public parks and open spaces in the city of Philadelphia.
City Parks’ programs foster ongoing dialogue and collaborative action among people committed to the stewardship of our city’s natural resources.


Ilona Condominium Complex, Miami Beach, Florida by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The form, siting, and distribution of spaces for the Ilona urban dwelling complex in Miami Beach, Florida designed by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design are derived from a logical analysis of its physical and intangible context. A complex array of interlocking, volumes maximizes light, air, and stringent FAR restrictions. Centrally located on the nondescript site, the building offers views of the passing cruise ships and the surrounding Art Deco Style. The material palette is simple and sincere: white stucco, an aluminum glazing system, perforated aluminum panels, and shell stone details connect the building to the local fabric’s traditions and techniques. Individual 2-story units are expressed as dynamically jutting volumes from the elongated hexagonal plan.


Ilona urban dwelling complex

Architect:        OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design, Miami, Florida

Project:            Ilona

Scope:             27,000 SF condominium complex. Architecture/Interior finishes

Location:         Miami Beach, Florida


Montclair Condominium Complex, Miami, Florida, by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Existing at the intersection of civic, commercial, and residential activity, the 65,000 square foot Montclair condominium complex project by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design located in Miami Beach was the result of a process of contextual sampling subject to the restrictions of an exaggerated historic preservation agenda and municipal zoning constraints. Confronted with 2 lots that straddle a nondescript, but sacred Post-war apartment building, the massing of the complex is derived from the collusion of abstract reference and the mundane. Financial objectives– the maximization of saleable area and idealized unit/parking correlations are kept in check with sensitivity towards the maintenance of the surrounding urban fabric.

Montclair condominium complex


Fast Facts: Architect: OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Location: Miami, Florida

Project: Montclair

Scope:  65,000 SF condominium complex. Architecture/Interior finishes

Location:         South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida


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