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An even more inviting Place Jacques-Cartier in Montréal, Canada by Ville de Montréal

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Article source: v2com

To mark the city’s 375th anniversary in 2017, the Borough of Ville-Marie will offer Montréal residents and visitors a revamped, friendlier Place Jacques-Cartier that will host lively activities year round. The borough hopes to enhance the quality of this public space and flaunt the rich heritage of this emblematic site, a prime social gathering place between the Old Port and the Cité administrative, dominated by City Hall.

The terrasses will include transparent walls and roofs with retractable awnings, Image Courtesy © Atelier VAP, Montréal

The terrasses will include transparent walls and roofs with retractable awnings, Image Courtesy © Atelier VAP, Montréal

  • Architects: Ville de Montréal
  • Project: An even more inviting Place Jacques-Cartier
  • Location: Montréal, Canada
  • Photography: Atelier VAP, Montréal

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Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center in Manalapan, New Jersey by ikon.5 architects

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Article source: ikon.5 architects

Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center is a portal and orientation to a historic battlefield that figured prominently in the American Revolutionary War.  The building replaces an underutilized structure built for the Bicentennial with a more open pavilion that places primacy on the landscape of the battlefield as an important artifact.   Through its siting and generous use of large expanses of glass, the pavilion dramatically changes the visitor experience and frames views of the battlefield that were previously obscured.  Sited at the top of Combs Hill overlooking the Battlefield, the pavilion is conceived as a modern day primitive hut, templar in its siting, but diminutive in its appearance. Like a floating cloud above the summit, the visitor center is a one story structure that creates a cantilevered roof solar shade that frames views and protects the exhibits from the sun. In addition to the solar shade, the design incorporates a number of sustainable features in achieving a LEED Gold certification. The majority of the exterior of the enclosure is triple glazed low-e laminated glazing units permitting the maximum views, but minimizing heat gain and lost. The new visitor center occurs within the bounds of the existing site and land is not additionally disturbed to commence with this project. The new visitor center and renovated portions of the existing building is heated and cooled with a geo-thermal system. Rain water is collected on the roof and is channeled into a rain garden feature at the entry to the visitor center. Natural grasses and flora are planted adjacent to the structure to minimize maintenance and to encourage indigenous birds and reptiles to live on top of Combs Hill again.

view of visitor center from parking lot upon entrance to park, Image Courtesy © Jeffrey Totaro

view of visitor center from parking lot upon entrance to park, Image Courtesy © Jeffrey Totaro

  • Architects: ikon.5 architects
  • Project: Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center
  • Location: Manalapan, New Jersey
  • Photography: James D’ Addio- interior; Jeffrey Totaro- exterior
  • Client: The State of New Jersey
  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti Engineering, Newark, New Jersey
  • Mechanical, electrical, Plumbing:  Altieri, Sebor, Weber engineers, Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Exhibition Design: Gallagher Design, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Software used: AutoCad 

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Art depot of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam by MVRDV

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Article source: MVRDV

Today the City Council of Rotterdam has given go-ahead for the realisation of Collectiegebouw, the public depot building for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, at the envisioned location in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. With the art depot, which will be open to the public, Rotterdam creates a world premiere. The 14.000m2 depot is planned to open its doors in 2018.

MAIN VIEW ADD GREEN, Image Courtesy © MVRDV

MAIN VIEW ADD GREEN, Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Art depot of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

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VISITOR AND NATURE INTERPRETIVE CENTER in Albacete, Spain by Manuel Fonseca Gallego

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Article source: Manuel Fonseca Gallego

The building is located within the Natural Park of Los Calares del Mundo y la Sima in the area belonging to the municipality of Yeste, which is located in the province of Albacete, Castilla – La Mancha community (Spain).

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Manuel Fonseca Gallego (Blog)
  • Project: VISITOR AND NATURE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
  • Location: Albacete, Spain
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Software used: Autocad and photoshop
  • Project Execution Team: Architect Jorge Muñoz Ibanez, Manuel Ruiz Machuca Quantity Surveyor,
  • Promoter: Regional Government of Castilla – La Mancha, Ministry of Environment and Rural Development, Provincial Delegation of Albacete, Environmental Management Company of Castilla – La Mancha, SA (Geacam).
  • Foreclosure Address: José Baídez Bertran Architectural Technician
  • Geacam’s Works Ccordination: Sara Picazo Pradillo Architect.
  • Construction: Agrarian Transformation Company SA (Tragsa)
  • Project Date: June 2006
  • Completion Work Date: March 2009

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CheongTae Mountain’s Visitor Information Centre in Gangwon, South Korea by Namu architects

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Article source: Namu architects

Admiration  for  a “gable roof” which is very ordinary.

A gable roof is one of the most common building types at agricultural village. It has been used not only for Buddhist temples but also for storages and houses that were unknown.  After modernization, the gable roof type is undergoing many changes that is about scale, usage, material and construction. Under the influence of industrialization and urbanization, long gable roofs need to be adapted to large-scale shed, vinyl greenhouse, and livestock processing plant. It is changing the scenery of agricultural villages. We pay attention to the gable roof that is common and long-running building type. As a “Living and Breathing Silence”, this building put the form of life by following the common building type on demand of site and programs.

Image Courtesy © JaeBum Myung

Image Courtesy © JaeBum Myung

  • Architects: Namu architects
  • Project: CheongTae Mountain’s Visitor Information Centre
  • Location: Hoengseong, Gangwon, South Korea
  • Photography: JaeBum Myung
  • Chief architect: jaebum myung
  • Building area: 432.14
  • Total area: 576.09
  • Project year: 2014

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Herb-Valley Centre in ZÁNKA, Hungary by ANDRÁS KRIZSÁN DLA cert. architect

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Article source: ANDRÁS KRIZSÁN DLA cert. architect 

The new Visitor and Learning Center situated at the gate of the Káli-basin that demonstrates the herbs of the region was designed by András Krizsán DLA. The good-tempered group of buildings of the Learning Center reflects well on the Balaton Upland’s architectural traditions. Written by Dávid Bán, pictures by Tamás Bujnovszky.

Image Courtesy © Tamás Bujnovszky

Image Courtesy © Tamás Bujnovszky

  • Architects: ANDRÁS KRIZSÁN DLA cert. architect 
  • Project: Herb-Valley Centre
  • Location: ZÁNKA, Hungary 
  • Photography: Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architect Staff: Gabriella Takács cert. architect, László Nagy cert. architect
  • Building Engineering: Rosza Csaba cert. building engineer / PUMPERO Bt
  • Client: SF FOUNDATION
  • Statics: Ákos Medek cert. architect, Gergely Szarka cert. civil engineer / MEDEK Iroda Ltd.
  • Design: 2012-2013
  • Construction: 2014

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TIWAG POWER STATION CONTROL CENTRE WITH VISITOR CENTRE in Tirol, Austria by Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Article source: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

The new building for the power station control centre of Tiroler Wasserkraft AG in Silz is a massive, tower-like, free-standing building. The dominant building on the site was and still remains the old turbine building. Various additions reduced the impact made by this building, with the result that the high-energy processes on the power station site were no longer externally legible. Through the forma idiom it employs the new building attempts to depict these processes.

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Norlander

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Norlander

  • Architects: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten, Bregenz
  • Project: TIWAG POWER STATION CONTROL CENTRE WITH VISITOR CENTRE
  • Location: Dr Meinrad Praxmarerstrasse, 6424 Silz, Tirol
  • Photography: Rasmus Norlander, Zürich, Stockholm
  • Client: Tiroler Wasserkraft AG, Innsbruck
  • Project participants: Baumanagement Oswald (construction management, planning of building services and electrical services), ZSZ Ingenieure, Maurer and Partner (control room design), Weithas Bauphysik, K&M Brandschutzplanung, Comparex Austria (IT planning), Teindl Ziviltechniker (geology , hydrology), Zumtobel Licht, Fröschl AG (concrete construction), Luzian Bouvier (building services), Airtech (ventilation), Fiegl&Spielberger (electrical services)
  • Procedure: competition for a new building for the power station control centre with visitor centre, Silz | 1st prize, EU-wide,limited entry competition according to Austrian federal procurement law with selection of entrants (prequalification)
  • Realisation: 2012-2014

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Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre in British Columbia, Canada by Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Article source: Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited

The Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre is a new place in the Cowichan Valley for public gathering, exchange and display. It was developed as a joint venture between the BC Forest Discovery Centre, the Chambers of Commerce of the Cowichan Valley, and by the Municipalities of Duncan and North Cowichan. It has been described by locals as a “public living room” – and this vision became our mantra as the project moved forward.

Image Courtesy © Bob Matheson

Image Courtesy © Bob Matheson

  • Architects: Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited
  • Project: Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre
  • Location: Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
  • Photography: Bob Matheson
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Project Area: 3100 sq. ft.
  • Client: Cowichan’s Chambers of Commerce and the District of North Cowichan
  • Collaborators:
    • StructuralEngineering: Crosier Kilgour& Partners
    • Mechanical Engineering: G.D. Stasynec and Associates Limited
    • ElectricalEngineering: PRO Engineering Inc.
    • Landscape Design: Cynthia Cohlmeyer Landscape Architect

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Sparrenburg visitor centre in Bielefeld, Germany by Max Dudler

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Article source: Max Dudler

Architect Max Dudler has designed a new visitor centre for the medieval Sparrenburg fortress in Bielefeld. The new building was opened on 17 September 2014 after a one-year planning and construction period. An info point for the nearby Johannisberg garden and park will follow at the end of the year, also based on plans by Max Dudler who won the 2013 competition for the realisation of both projects. The visitor centre has created a new spatial frame for the historical bailey. The material and expression represent a contemporary update of fortress architecture.

Image Courtesy © Stefan Müller

Image Courtesy © Stefan Müller

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Project: Sparrenburg visitor centre
  • Location: Bielefeld, Germany
  • Photography: Stefan Müller
  • Client: Immobilienservicebetrieb (ISB)
  • Occupant: City of Bielefeld, Bielefeld Marketing GmbH
  • Building volume:
    • Usable floor area: 78.55 m2
    • Gross floor area: 135.70 m2
    • Gross building volume: 728.71 m3

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Designblok observatory cube in Prague’s city center, Czech Republic by H3T architects

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Article source: H3T architects

“We were inspired by, among other things, the Rubik’s Cube, the structure made of cubes in a cube where individual parts can change positions. Visitors to our pavilion represent the mobile component, i.e. imaginary particles which can use the structure as a landscape with a view.”

Image Courtesy © Rostislav Zapletal

Image Courtesy © Rostislav Zapletal

  • Architects: H3T architects
  • Project: Designblok observatory cube
  • Location: Prague’s city center, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Rostislav Zapletal
  • Thanks: Praha 1, Ferona, BOHEMIA-PARKET
  • Producer: Profil Media

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