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Hybrid Badel Block in Zagreb, Croatia by Proj3ct And Spaceworkers

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Article source: Proj3ct And Spaceworkers

PROJ3CT and SPACEWORKERS joined the Badel Block Competition in 2012 for an urban renewal  located in the city center of Zagreb, Croatia. Our proposal “Hybrid Badel Block” was strongly built on the high-density needs stated on the competition guideline. Nevertheless, it was located on a well-sustained urban environment where the high-rise theme was under tough regulation and it’s possibility was highly depreciated by the inhabitants. Also, it was due to incorporate a wide variety of social and private functions and typologies of use.

Image Courtesy © Proj3ct And Spaceworkers

  • Architects: Proj3ct And Spaceworkers
  • Project: Hybrid Badel Block
  • Location: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Photography: Proj3ct And Spaceworkers
  • Type : International Competition For Urban Renewal
  • Client : Croatia Architects Association And Zagreb City Council
  • Gross Area : 90.000 Sqm
  • Date : 2012


Sichang-Road Teahouse in Kunshan, China by Miao Design Studio

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Article source: Miao Design Studio 

This project tries to address a mega problem at a micro scale — Chinese urban residents‘ increasing isolation from nature. Kunshan is in the Yangtze River delta region, a flat land with lots of rainfall. Towns in the region historically developed a unique landscape of crisscross canals and numerous ponds. Traditional buildings were next to or even cantilevered over the canals.

Image Courtesy © Pu Miao

  • Architects: Miao Design Studio
  • Project: Sichang-Road Teahouse
  • Location: Sichang Road at Ma-an-shan Road, Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Photography: Pu Miao
  • Architect of Record:  Shanghai Landscape Architecture Design Institute
  • Project Period: 2005-2007
  • Floor Area: 300 square meters
  • Client: Kunshan City Construction, Investment and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Landscape: Zhuang Wei
  • Structure: Xu Man
  • Plumbing: Li Wen
  • Electrical Engineering: Zhou Leyan


Amsterdam 289 in Condesa, Mexico City by JSª

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Article source: JSª

In a privileged location in the Condesa neighborhood, on a rectangular property of 363 m2 (3,907 sq. ft.), ten individual housing units have been designed, in two different typologies but with distinct differences, each with different features and sizes. This creates an interesting variety within the same complex. It has two buildings, five levels each, divided by a central patio, and communicated through bridges around the perimeter that separate the social and the private areas.

Image courtesy Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: JSª
  • Project: Amsterdam 289
  • Location: Amsterdam 289, col. Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Client: Promotora JSª
  • Type of Projects: Urban Housing
  • Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Sofía Villarreal, Juan Reyes
  • Engineering: Hector Margain / Juan Pablo Rodríguez Orta
  • Renders: Gerardo Fonseca
  • Models: Edith Razo, Ana Yetzi Ruiz, Isabel Medina
  • Architectural Supervision: Sofía Villarreal
  • Activities Performed: Real estate development, architectural project, interior design, construction, work supervision, sales
  • Project Date: 2009… process
  • Number of units: 9 Apartments
  • Average Surface Area: 970 – 2690 sq. ft.
  • Total Surface Area: 15,460 sq. ft.
  • Photographer: Rafael Gamo
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Intervention by Spot-Projects: Urban Acupuncture as a Public Space Regeneration Strategy in Florence, Italy by studiostudio architettiurbanisti

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: studiostudio architettiurbanisti

Public space regeneration through the “Pedibus” micro-projects in the Oltrarno quarter, Florence

The Oltrarno is a historic district south of the River Arno in Florence with a number of intrinsic characteristics that makes it one of the most problematic areas of the city.

The morphological situation is complex and varied: the historic city center is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site while the pedestrian areas must coexist with congested traffic roads. Moreover the dynamic participation of local citizens in spontaneous committees and the richness of social life (locals, immigrants, tourists) envision the possibility to test here a pioneering project for the regeneration and re-appropriation of public space.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Pelucca 

  • Architects: studiostudio architettiurbanisti
  • Project: Intervention by Spot-Projects: Urban Acupuncture as a Public Space Regeneration Strategy
  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Photography: Bruno Pelucca, Carolina Capitanio, Giacomo Feri
  • Pedibus Master Plan planning design: studiostudio architettiurbanisti, Florence / Beijing
  • Pilot project MUI #12 architecture design: studiostudio architettiurbanisti, Florence / Beijing
  • Architects: Elisa Palazzo, Bruno Pelucca
  • Client: Municipality of Florence
  • Type of intervention: urban regeneration
  • Area: 96 ha

51 Logements à Viry-Châtillon in France by MARGOT-DUCLOT architectes associés

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Article source: MARGOT-DUCLOT architectes associés


The project finds its place in a band, potentially flooded, between the Seine and the railroad, shores and hillsides. These are occupied by “bourgeoises” mansions, theirs gardens and parks. The riversides shows a mix of  homes, modest or opulent – self-built huts, old houses, speculative operations–industrial plants or deposits expiring or abandoned.

Image Courtesy © Jean-Michel Landecy 

  • Architects: MARGOT-DUCLOT architectes associés
  • Project: 51 Logements A Viry-Châtillon
  • Location: Paris,France
  • Photography: Jean-Michel Landecy
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup (but mostly a pen and our own hands)

Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) in Selb, Germany by TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Article source: TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos

The project Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) is the first of four buildings which are currently under construction as an implementation of the proposal awarded with the 1st Prize in the International Competition Europan 9 in the city of Selb, Germany. This first project, finished on September 2012, has been also awarded with the Biennial International Prize ‘First Works-2013’ by the German magazine Bauwelt.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda 

  • Architects: TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos
  • Project: Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter)
  • Location: Selb, Germany
  • Photography: Fernando Alda
  • Years: 1st Prize Europan 9 Selb 
  • Competition: 2008
  • Completion: September 2012
  • Client: City of Selb 
  • Collaborators team: Surveyors: SelbWERK GmbH., Structural engineers: Ingenieurbüro Schultheiß – Dietel., Services engineers: Ingenieurbüro Peter Möller / Netzel + Rennert. 
  • Construction Company: Karl Roth Baumeister GmbH & Co.KG. 
  • Budget1.267.000€. 
  • Gross floor area: 510,30m2.

Beausejour ZAC in La Réunion, France by Tekhnê architects

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Article source: Tekhnê architects

The urban development plan for Beauséjour, on the Sainte-Marie town in La Réunion, aims to meet a tremendous challenge. It consists in taking an outstanding 80 ha site of sugar cane fields and then conceiving and creating a town that will be loved by its population and will go through time without hindrance, by integrating it into the environmental setting of the 21st century. (Re-)Discovering the pleasure of living “in town”, on an island, in a period when people prefer to live individually and apart, is not as simple as it may seem.

Image Courtesy Tekhnê Architects 

  • Architects: Tekhnê architects
  • Project: Urban Project of Beausejour ZAC
  • Location: La Réunion, France
  • Client: CBO Territoria
  • Landscap designers: Atelier LD – UPAU
  • Electrician: Scène Publique
  • External works Engineers: Egis
  • Dry utilities Systems Engineers: CER

Archaeological space in Daroca, Spain by sergio sebastián_architect

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Article source: sergio sebastián_architect

The ground of the historical villa of Daroca folds and lifts to show the richness of its past to the public!

The surface layer rises like a great cover revealing its core from the street, the valuable archaeological remains which have appeared under it. The building is generated from the urban fabric, as a new public space which covers and protects the history of this city and the representative character of the regional institution founded above this former place.

Image Courtesy Gabriel López

  • Architects: sergio sebastián_architect
  • Project: Archaeological space in Daroca
  • Location: Daroca, Spain
  • YEAR:   2007 (COMPETITION)- 2012
  • SITE:  Hospital St. / Maestro Mingote St. Daroca. Spain
  • AREA:  350 M2
  • PROMOVE:  Comarca Campo de Daroca, Ministerio de Cultura
  • COLLABORATORS  :  Fernando Muñoz, architect in project
  • Miriam Tambo, structure assistant in project, and co-direction in construction Jesús Molinos, technical architect
  • María Jesús Velázquez, technical architect Pablo Sebastián, technical architect José Delgado -Fidias Trade, archaeologists
  • BUILDER:   Fase I: Construcciones Miguel Gay sl                        Fase II : Renueva Pleamares sl
  • SUPPLIERS:   Concrete structure: Eter S.Coop sl
    Prefab slabs: Cocalsa
    Metalworker: Ángel Pardos
    Interior pavements of resine: Lotum
    Interior pavements of recycled glass: Crismon
    Exterior pavement: Pérez Anadón
    Electricity: Manuel Chavarrías, Antonio Castillo
    Lighting: Ilumisa, Antares, Daisalux, Modular Lighting System
  • FOTOGRAPHS:   Gabriel López- (more…)

The Next 100 Years in New York by WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Article source: WXY Architecture + Urban Design

WXY Architecture + Urban Design was one of three distinguished firms invited by New York City’s Municipal Arts Society to create a vision for the future of the public areas around Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding East Midtown district. With deep experience in civic projects, the firm has proposed opening up more public space to city dwellers and visitors for enjoyment and reflection. The plan would also create inviting thoroughfares devoted to pedestrians and bicycle riders.

Tower-Skylight : Image Courtesy WXY Architecture + Urban Design


OCT Suhe Creek Urban Renovation Showroom in Shanghai, China by Kokaistudios

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Article source: Kokaistudios

At beginning of 2011, Kokaistudios was invited by one of the leading developers in China, OCT Shanghai Land, to lead a thorough restoration and renovation project of a historically significant warehouse on the North side of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai. The warehouse; the early 20th Century Ewo Packing Factory warehouse building; is the first building to open in the new large scale OCT urban re-development project SUHE CREEK designed by Foster+Partners and where the 4th Bvlgari Hotel will be located. The building now serves initially as the Project Showroom, Sales Center and VIP Reception Venue as well as housing the studios for two of China’s most prominent contemporary artists, Yan Peiming and Liu Xiaodong. It will be part of the riverside commercial space where international brands will be located in the future.

Image Courtesy Charlie Xia, Suhe Creek

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Project: OCT Suhe Creek Urban Renovation Showroom
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Designed by: Kokaistudios
  • Architecture: Andrea Destefanis, Li Wei, Peyron Pietro, Annsy Chen, Zou Chenqing, Yao Yun
  • Interior: Andrea Destefanis, Maggie Wang, Jason Huang
  • Client: OCT Land (Shanghai) Investment Ltd.
  • Area: 1,600 sqm
  • Completion: August, 2012
  • Photographer: Charlie Xia, Suhe Creek


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