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Son Tra Peninsula Strategic Vision Plan in Da Nang, Vietnam by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Article source: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Son Tra Peninsula is located about 8 kilometers northeast of the city of Da Nang, in Central Vietnam. Projecting out into the South China Sea, the peninsula is approximately 60 square kilometers and sits about 700 meters above sea level.

Image Courtesy © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Project: Son Tra Peninsula Strategic Vision Plan
  • Location: Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Photography: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Owner: City of Da Nang
  • Construction: City of Da Nang Department of Construction; Da Nang Construction Planning Institute

The East River Blueway Plan in Manhattan’s East River Waterfront, New York by WXY architecture + urban design

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Article source: WXY architecture + urban design 

The East River Blueway Plan is a community-based waterfront initiative that establishes a planning and urban design framework for Manhattan’s East River waterfront, from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 38th Street. The Blueway plan provides a vision for an accessible waterfront and aims to protect critical infrastructure, attenuate storm surges and help manage stormwater issues.

Image Courtesy © WXY architecture + urban design

  • Architects: WXY architecture + urban design
  • Project: The East River Blueway Plan
  • Location: Manhattan’s East River Waterfront, New York
  • Photography: WXY architecture + urban design
  • Consultant: S + M Studio
  • Engineer – Consulting: AKRK; Arcadis; Philip Habib + Associates; Weidlinger Associates
  • Engineer – Environmental: eDesign Dynamics
  • Landscape Architecture: Judith Heintz Landscape

Large urban design project in a planned special economic zone, Shenzhen, China by gmp · von Gerkan

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Article source: gmp · von Gerkan

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned with the design of a new urban development project on a 45 hectare site in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. It comprises a transportation hub including five underground railway stations, a border control point and numerous commercial areas. Above ground there will be a range of tower blocks of different heights with apartments, shops and offices to form multi-functional city quarters.

Image Courtesy © gmp

  • Architects: gmp · von Gerkan
  • Project: Large urban design project in a planned special economic zone
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • International competition 2013: 1st prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
  • Project Management: Jens Weiler, Martin Gänsicke
  • Design Team: Clemens Kampermann, George Liang, Johannes Erdmann, Boyan Kolchakov, Cheng Huang, Slava Savova, Amelie Kulassek, Christian Machnacki, Ji Xu, Wei Qin, Zhicong Chen, Jan Deml, Bin Zhou, Thilo Zehme, Niklas Veelken, Jing Xue
  • Client: Shenzhen Metro Group Ltd.

Emporia in Kansas by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Article source: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Emporia is first and foremost an urban planning project in which offices, housing, and retail come together in a mixed-use development along Boulevarden and Stationsgatan in Hyllie, on the south side of Malmö. The main idea of our winning competition entry was to hide inward-looking retail behind a wreath of residential and commercial buildings. The whole shopping complex would thereby eventually become integrated into the fabric of the city.

Image Courtesy © Tord-Rikard Söderström

  • Architects: Wingårdhs through, Gert Wingårdh, Johan Eklind and Joakim Lyth
  • Project: Emporia
  • Location: Kansas
  • Photography: Tord-Rikard Söderström
  • Interior architect: Wingårdhs through,  Helena Toresson
  • Graphic design: Wingårdhs through, Jennie Stolpe
  • Landscape design: Thyréns AB (Anders Dahl, Pamela Sjöstrand). Address: Isbergs gata 15, 205 19 Malmö
  • Landscape design (roof park): Wingårdhs, Landskapsgruppen Öresund AB (Sofia Hultenberg. Address: Kyrkogatan 19, 22222 Lund) and Louise Lundberg
  • Client: Steen & Ström Sverige AB (Erik Lennhammar, Address: Box 16335, 10326 Stockholm)
  • Site of the building: Hyllie Boulevard 19, Malmö, Sweden
  • Completion date: October 2012
  • Construction costs: SEK 2,5 billion
  • Total area in square meters: 207 000 m² (including multi-storey car park) + 27 000 m² roof park
  • Construction management: Advansia (Ingvar Nohlin)
  • Structural engineers: Cowi AB (Christian Evertsson, Roberto Caprile)
  • Geotechnical engineering: Cowi AB (Sven Lind)
  • Mechanical services and sanitary engineering: ÅF-Infrastruktur AB (Martin Åvall, Ulrik Andersson)
  • Electrical planning: ÅF-Infrastruktur AB (Hannu Matiasson)
  • Fire Safety Engineering: ÅF-Installation AB (Peter Johannesson, Johan Borgman)
  • Traffic planning and management: Tyréns AB (Per Eneroth)

Green Valley project breaks ground in Shanghai, China by schmidt hammer lassen architects

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Article source: schmidt hammer lassen architects’

On 30 May 2013, schmidt hammer lassen architects, East China Architecture and Design Institute, and Shanghai Expo Construction Development Company celebrated the ground breaking for, and start of construction of, the new Green Valley project on the site of the former 2010 Shanghai Expo.

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  • Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects’
  • Project: Green Valley project breaks ground
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Lead design architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Local architect: ECADI (East China Architecture and Design Institute)
  • Client: Shanghai EXPO Construction Development Co. Ltd.
  • Area: 50,000 m²
  • Competition: 2012, 1st prize in invited international competition
  • Status: Construction period 2013 – 2015


Three Sustainable Apartment Blocks in Paris, France by Atelier Tarabusi

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Article source: Atelier Tarabusi

The project site is in Clichy-sous-Bois (a Parisian suburban area) inside the urban distribution plan of Dhuys and part of the overall urban renovation masterplan of Clichy-Montfermeil. The site presents great contrasts, tall council blocks built in the 60s on one side and the Bondy’s forest on the other. The project site being precisely on the limit between these two, the forest and the council blocks, draws the project to resolve the transition enhancing these components and strengthening their relationship in a positive way.

Image Courtesy © Benoît Fougeirol 

  • Architects: Atelier Tarabusi
  • Project: Three Sustainable Apartment Blocks
  • Location: Clichy-sous-Bois, Paris, France
  • Photography: Benoît Fougeirol
  • Team: P. Tarabusi, C. Thiret, M. del Gaudio architects, J. Boitias graphic designer, V. Falcucci executive architect
  • Engineers: Sibat
  • Contractor: Bouygues
  • Area: 4750 m2
  • Cost: : 6.390.000 € HT
  • Client: Immobilière 3F
  • Construction Programme: Started on site September 2009, completed March 2011

MADU in Mexico City, Mexico by FREE – Fernando Romero EnterprisE

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: FREE

MADU is a small museum for a collection of Art, Design and Urbanism. Like it’s content the building becomes an object by itself. Based on a deformed sphere, the shape is autonomous and will co-exist harmoniously with it’s surroundings. The content of the exhibition are in it’s majority small objects and require small rooms in specific groups. In order to have an integrated solution for program structure and circulation, a single wavy slab is disposed in an helicoidal way so it becomes stable without the need for columns or beams and allowing a diversity in circulation that makes a free fluid experience to it’s visitors.

Image courtesy FREE – Fernando Romero EnterprisE 

  • Architects: FREE – Fernando Romero EnterprisE
  • Project: MADU
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Pabellón de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico by Archinature Workshop

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Article source: Archinature Workshop

The project has a very unique characteristic due its location. It is next to the Sports Palace, an arena frequently used for concerts, and the Velodromo Subway Station. Now the link between both spots is broken due a lack of pedestrian walkways, on the other hand there a high demand for parking space that is not satisfied by the parking offered by the Sport Palace.

Image courtesy Archinature Workshop

  • Architects: Archinature Workshop
  • Project: Pabellón de los Deportes
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Software used: Archicad, Artlantis, Photoshop

Urban Villa in Florence, Italy by Architettura Matassoni

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: Architettura Matassoni

The project was created with the intention of transforming the strong physical limitations, geometric and area’s rules of the intervention in a series of architectural cues; the available surface is in fact quite limited in size and characterized from a trapezoidal shape and has a potential edificatoria relatively limited; The building area is inserted in an urban environment characterized by a low quality and from a certain density of the buildings, with the consequent danger of visual interference from the near buildings.

Image Courtesy Architettura Matassoni

  • Architects: Architettura Matassoni
  • Project: Urban Villa
  • Location: Florence, Italy


CBD at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in China by MVRDV

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Article source: MVRDV

Just weeks after winning the competition, construction has already started on this urban master plan for an office and retail centre near the fourth busiest airport in mainland China. The 4.5ha site is divided into a small northern plot of 8,409 m2 and a larger southern plot. The team won the competition with highly energy-efficient architecture combined with an intimate urban plan which allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces.

Image Courtesy MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV    
  • Project: CBD at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
  • Location: Shanghai, China


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