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Urban development project ‘De Ham‘ in Oudenaarde, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

The development of the ‘De Ham’ site is part of an urban renewal taking place on several fronts. The proposal has been worked out by contractor and project developer Alheembouw NV and fits within a public private partnership.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with BURO II & ARCHI+I as designer and Prem Hotels NV as operator of the hotel facilities.

Image Courtesy © Bartn Heijnens

Image Courtesy © Bart Heijnens

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: Urban development project ‘De Ham‘
  • Location: Oudenaarde, Belgium
  • Photography: Bartn Heijnens
  • Client: Stadsbestuur
  • Area surface: 38.200 sqm
  • Gross floor area: 7.784,00 sqm [aboveground] + 3.450,00 sqm [underground] (more…)

Onde Sensuelle – “sensualwave” in La Grande Motte, France by Festival des Architectures Vives

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Article source: Festival des Architectures Vives

“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve that I find in the body of the beloved woman.”

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

Image Courtesy © Paul Kozlowski

  • Architects: Festival des Architectures Vives
  • Project: Onde Sensuelle –  “sensualwave”
  • Location: Quai Charles de Gaule, La Grande Motte, France
  • Photography: Paul Kozlowski
  • Caractéristiques: Ephemeralfloating installation
  • Client: Festival des Architectures Vives – La Grande Motte 2ndedition–Sensuality
  • Prize: Special Mention
  • Team: Marion Moustey, Architect, Montpellier, France, Alexandre Arcens, Architect, Paris, France
  • Project area: 60 square meters
  • Date: 21-29 june 2014


Festival des Architectures Vives 2014 in La Grande Motte in La Grande Motte, France by Festival des Architectures Vives

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Article source: Festival des Architectures Vives

Festival des Architectures Vives presentation

The Festival des Architectures Vives aims to raise public awareness of the wide range of architecture. It seeks not only to highlight the work of a young generation of architects, landscape architects and urban planners but also to make discover unexpected urban areas.

Image Courtesy © Paul KOZLOWSKI

Image Courtesy © Paul KOZLOWSKI

  • Architects: Festival des Architectures Vives
  • Project: Festival des Architectures Vives 2014 in La Grande Motte
  • Location: La Grande Motte, France
  • Photography: Paul KOZLOWSKI


CITYPLOT in Buiksloterham, Amsterdam by Studioninedots

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Article source: Studioninedots

Studioninedots and DELVA Landscape Architects present the dynamic masterplan Buiksloterham, commissioned by housing corporation de Alliantie. Through an innovative urban, landscape and social development plan, the former Nedcoat and Air Products sites in the harbour area of Buiksloterham will be regenerated in a sustainable way. The monofunctional industrial district will be transformed into a vibrant new part of Amsterdam that will function as a living urban lab. The dynamic masterplan forms the basis for future developments which will include 550 residences and at least 4,000 m2 of work units and hospitality locations.

Image Courtesy © Studioninedots

Image Courtesy © Studioninedots

  • Architects: Studioninedots
  • Project: CITYPLOT
  • Location: Buiksloterham, Amsterdam


Arctic Adaptations in Nunavut, Canada by La Biennale di Venezia

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Article source: La Biennale di Venezia

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 is Canada’s national exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. It is organized and curated by Lateral Office of Toronto.

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 surveys a recent architectural past, a current urbanizing present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Nunavut, which means “our land”, is Canada’s newest, largest, and most northerly territory. It separated from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999 following a hard-fought land claims agreement established in 1993. Today, there are almost 33,000 people living in 25 communities across two million square kilometres, making Nunavut one of the least densely populated regions in the world. These communities, located above the tree line and with no roads connecting them, range in population from 120 in the smallest hamlet to 7,000 in Nunavut’s capital city of Iqaluit. The climate, geography, and people of Nunavut, as well as the wider Canadian Arctic, challenge the viability of a universalizing modernity.

View of Arctic Adaptations exhibition, Arctic Adaptations, 2014, Image Courtesy © LatreilleDelage Photography

View of Arctic Adaptations exhibition, Arctic Adaptations, 2014, Image Courtesy © LatreilleDelage Photography

  • Architects: La Biennale di Venezia
  • Project: Arctic Adaptations
  • Location: Nunavut, Canada
  • Photography: LatreilleDelage Photography, Sergio Pirrone.


Piazza Céramique in Maastricht, Netherlands by Jo Janssen Architecten & Prof. ir. Wim van den Bergh Architect

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Article source:  Jo Janssen Architecten & Prof. ir.  Wim van den Bergh Architect

As one of the last urban blocks to be realized in the ‘Céramique – Area’ of Maastricht the scheme does not opt for the here common solution of the closed perimeter block, but employs a spatial strategy in which urban space is opened up. Through strategically placing three volumes, it not only makes the public space flow though the site, but it also involves the triangular green area to its east into this interlinking of urban spaces.

Image Courtesy © Jo Janssen Architecten

Image courtesy © Kim ZWarts

  • Architects: Jo Janssen ArchitectenProf. ir.  Wim van den Bergh Architect
  • Project: Piazza Céramique
  • Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Photography: Atelier Kim ZWarts
  • Project Architects: Jo Janssen, Wim van den Bergh, Jeroen van Haaren, Simon Zumstein
  • Collaborators Architect: Bart Creugers, Harm Saanen, Eckehart Esters, Julia David, Ivo Rosbeek, Verena Bick, Inge Clauwers, Rob Janssen, Rik Martens, Guido Neijnens, Anilu Léon Sanchez, Corinne Simon
  • Design: 2001-2006
  • Start of construction: 2004
  • Completion: 2006
  • Project developer: Vesteda Project bv Maastricht
  • Project team Vesteda: Huub Smeets, Huib van Wijk
  • Contractor: aannemersbedrijf Van Kan Jongen
  • Management: Jo Janssen Architecten, Bremen Bouwadviseurs
  • Constructor: ingenieursbureau Palte
  • Number of apartments: 92
  • Living/working houses: 27
  • Seperate working units:378 sq. m.
  • Commercial space:542 sq. m.



Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Article source: MARTIN ARFALK


Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden have been awarded first prize in the open internaQonal urban design competition in Trenčín, Slovakia. On May 19th, 2014 the results were announced. Mandaworks and Hosper were selected from 59 entrants to receive first prize and awarded € 30,000. The competition was organized by the City of Trenčín with support from the Swiss-­‐Slovak Cooperation Programme and financed by contribution from the Swiss Confederation and co-­‐financed from the state budget of the Slovak Republic.




Kamppi Chapel in Simonkatu 7, Helsinki, Finland by K2S Architects Ltd

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Article source: K2S Architects Ltd

The Kamppi Chapel is located on the south side of the busy Narinkka square in central Helsinki. It offers a place to quiet down and compose oneself in one of Finland’s most lively urban spaces. With its curved wood facade, the small sacral building flows into the city scape. Simultaneously the chapels gently shaped interior space embraces visitors and shields them from the bustling city life outside.

Image Courtesy © Marko Huttunen

Image Courtesy © Marko Huttunen

  • Architects: K2S Architects Ltd
  • Project: Kamppi Chapel
  • Location: Simonkatu 7, Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo, Marko Huttunen
  • Client: Helsinki Parish Union and the City of Helsinki
  • Completion: April‐May 2012
  • Total floor area: 352 m2
  • Structural engineering: Insinööritoimisto Vahanen Oy, Matti Kivinen, Ulla Harju
  • Design team: Jukka Mäkinen, Kristian Forsberg, Abel Groenewolt, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Mikko Näveri, Miguel Pereira, Outi Pirhonen, Teija Tarvo, Elina Tenho, Jarno Vesa


SERP & MOLOT FACTORY in Moscow, Russia by MVRDV

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Article source: MVRDV

Built in 1884, the Serp & Molot steel factory in Moscow was a stronghold during the Russian revolution.In the past decades it fell into disrepair – unused and overgrown with plants.How could the remarkable history of the steel factory be combined with the demands for the creation of a new, attractive, modern urban neighbourhood in the centre of the Russian Capital?

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Year: 2014
  • Client: JSC Don Stroy Invest.
  • Program: 1.8 million m2
  • Budget: undisclosed
  • Design Team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with JeroenZuidgeest, KlaasHofman, Mick van Gemert, Johannes Pilz, Piya Limpiti.


  • Landscape and Urban Design: LAB, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Urban Design &Planning: Am Proektus, Moscow, Russia
  • Engineering: PROMOS, Moscow, Russia


ELECTRIC RAMPS AT THE OLD CENTRE in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain by Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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The project comes about from an idea competition organized by the City of Vitoria.

The program contemplates the creation of covered mechanical ramps, four sections in Cantón de la Soledad and three sections in Cantón de San Francisco Javier.


Image Courtesy © César San Millán

  • Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura & Miguel Angel Campo
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Software used: Autocad lt 2011
  • Developer: City Hall Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Technical Architects: Gorka Sagasti (Security
  • Collaborators: Iñaki Ciganda, Laura Angulo,Raquel Ochoa, Teresa Artola, Agustín de la Tajada, Eduardo Martín, Proiekt
  • Construction Company: EBA S.L.
  • Works Budget: 3.685.475 €


  • First Prize Municipal Competition
  • 9th Spanish Architecture Biennial EAU-2007
  • Special Mention (Integral planning policies, accessibility in urban settings)
  • First Prize COAVN 2010 –Urban Design and Landscape


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