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PLAZA MARIANA in Mexico City, Mexico by FR-EE – Fernando Romero Enterprise

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Article source: FR-EE – Fernando Romero Enterprise

Inaugurated in 2010 by President Felipe Calderón and Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Causabon, the religious center of Plaza Mariana opened its doors to welcome over 20 million visitors annually. The 800 million peso development designed by FR-EE transforms and revitalizes the area around Basilica of Guadalupe in the northern part of Mexico City, which draws 1 million people on pilgrimage every December, second to the Vatican as the most popular Catholic attraction in the world.

Image Courtesy © adam wiseman

  • Architects: FR-EE – Fernando Romero Enterprise
  • Project: PLAZA MARIANA
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • STATUS: Built
  • DATE: 2009-2010
  • SIZE: 68 000 m2
  • COLLABORATORS: Incarso, Inpros, PC Constructores, DAF, FaPresa, Ladisa, Hubard y Bourlon, Ticonsa, Ce Ingeneria
  • FR-EE TEAM: Fernando Romero, Julio Gonzalez, Gabriela Bojalil, Paul Van der Voort, Guillermo Méndez, César López, Astrid Rovisco, Rodolfo Rueda, Guillermo Ramírez, Tiago Pinto de Carvalho, Juan Pedro López, Ana Medina, Estela Escudero, Paulina de Luna

The Elastic Perspective in Barendrecht, Netherlands by NEXT ARCHITECTS

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Article source: NEXT ARCHITECTS

stair leading the visitor up to a height that allows an unhindered view of the horizon and the nearby skyline of Rotterdam. The path makes a continuous movement and thereby draws on the context of the heavy infrastructural surrounding of ring road and tram track. While a tram stop presents the end or the start of a journey, the route of the stairway is endless.

Image Courtesy © Sander Meisner

  • Architects: NEXT ARCHITECTS
  • Project: The Elastic Perspective
  • Location: Barendrecht, Netherlands
  • Photography: Sander Meisner
  • Project number: 0815
  • Date: October 2009
  • Type, Program, Purpose: Folly
  • Floor area: …. Sqm
  • Cost, Value: € 200.000,-
  • Status: Final Design
  • Client: Municipality of Barendrecht
  • Advisor construction: ABT Velp
  • Team: Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, Joost Lemmens, Marieke Spits, Agatha Osika, Agata Piet, Ines Meeuws
  •  Programme: Local Art plan
  • Engineering: ABT consult, Velp
  • Contractor: Mannen van Staal, Leeuwarden
  • Budget: 150.000 euro

visitor centre: Emscher Village in Oberhausen, Germany by OOZE architects

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Article source: OOZE architects

The temporary Visitors Center for EMSCHERKUNST.2013 and the Art Camp for local art associations are made from re-used oversea containers which house the different programs. By keeping the layout strictly on ground level and referring to a path through a village, not only the space inside matters, but also the various in-between spaces, sheltered by a roof or open-air.
In this way a variety of social spaces are created while keeping the site fully permeable.

Image Courtesy © Roman Mensing

  • Architects: OOZE architects
  • Project: visitor centre: Emscher Village
  • Location: Oberhausen, Germany
  • Photography: Roman Mensing
  • AREAS: 1263m2
  • CLIENT: Emscher genossenschaft
  • TEAM: Eva Pfannes,Sylvain Hartenberg, Augustin Roy-Verger


  • Steel: Leo Kok – Tiggelovend-Kok
  • Fabric: Gerrie Enninga – Zonlicht
  • Interior fitting, external wood works: Jasper Vandermade
  • Garden: Stefanie Strauß
  • DATE: June 2013 – October 2013

Geoglifos Of Pintados Visitor Center in TARAPACA REGION, CHILE by WILLIAM OBREGON

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Article source: WILLIAM OBREGON



The word “emptyness” is the informal term that we use to refer to the absence of content of a container or place. For the architecture, probably for the most orthodox, it is the absence of artificial or natural references, where everything is in the habit of being sustained almost acts. The desert is always a challenge for the architecture and probably the most similar thing to nothing. The absence of modals forces to a major degree of search in this particular landscape, which will be able to be defined of many forms, but it will never be one “not place “.


  • Architects: WILLIAM OBREGON
  • Project: Geoglifos Of Pintados Visitor Center
  • BUDGET: 505.000 US DOLAR

Visitor Center in Kunshan, China by Miao Design Studio

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Article source: Miao Design Studio

Sitting at the west suburb of Kunshan, a booming industrial city, the Lake Yangcheng Park of 42.5 hectares is the largest public green space on the lake shore, visited heavily by central-city residents during the week ends. The linear building site lies between the main public parking lot and a curved boardwalk which leads people to the waterfront and other attractions.

Wood deck along the north side of the building, Image Courtesy © Miao Design Studio

  • Architects: Miao Design Studio (Pu Miao)
  • Project: Visitor Center
  • Location: Kunshan, China
  • Project Period: 2009-2012
  • Floor Area: 844 square meters
  • Client : Kunshan City Construction, Investment and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Designer: Architecture: Miao Design Studio (Design Architect), Pu Miao; Hanjia Design Group, Shanghai (Architect of Record), Jiang Ninqing
  • Structure: Shanghai Yuangui Structural Design Inc., Zhang Yewei, Liu Xiao
  • Engineering: Hanjia Design Group, Mu Lixin, Yu Yang, Wu Qiuyan
  • Software used: Autocad

Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center in Celldomolk, Vas County, Hungary by Foldes Architects

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Article source: Foldes Architects

Though Hungary, located in Central Eastern Europe, is not rich in active volcanos, a large expanse of the country used to be volcanic some 5 million years ago. However, this does help ensure good quality soil for high level wine production, one of Hungary’s largest export products.

Image Courtesy © Tamas Bujnovszky

  • Architects: Foldes Architects
  • Project: Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center
  • Location: Celldomolk, Vas County, Hungary
  • Photography: Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Program: Specific museum building to represent the volcanic history of the territory
  • Type: competition commission
  • Area/Size: 965 m2
  • Year: Design: 2011 • Completion: April 2013
  • Cost: 1.238.000.EUR
  • Client: Celldomolk City Council
  • Software used: ArchiCad

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Visitor Centre in Winton, North Queensland by Cox Rayner Architects

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Article source: Cox Rayner Architects

This project is located on top of a remote mesa in far north Queensland in outback Australia.
It was created as a visitor centre for people to witness first-hand one of the world’s most significant and cohesive dinosaur collections and it is remarkable for two reasons.
The first is its gestation.  Twelve years ago, a cattle grazier David Elliott accidentally stumbled on 100 million year old dinosaur fossils while mustering cattle.  Since then, he has become Australia’s leading palaeontologist who has engaged Winton’s whole community in the excavating, assembly and conservation of large dinosaurs.  Through these operations, Winton’s fragile farming economy has been transformed.

Image Courtesy © Cox Rayner Architects

  • Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
  • Project: Australian Age of Dinosaurs Visitor Centre
  • Location: Winton, North Queensland

Veszprém Castle Visitor Centre in Hungary by T2.a Architects

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Article source: T2.a Architects

The construction of the Visitor Centre at the main entrance of the Castle of Veszprém, an important historical city in Western Hungary, have been commenced recently. The Visitor Centre will accomodate a small information desk and other public functions (toilets, wardrobe, etc.) helping the tourists visiting the Castle.

Image courtesy T2.a Architects 

  • Architects: T2.a Architects
  • Project: Veszprém Castle Visitor Centre
  • Location: Veszprém, Hungary
  • Client: VMJV Urban Development and Management
  • Architect: Gábor Turányi, Bence Turányi
  • Project team: Dénes Regõczi, Éva Pinczés, Péter Szabó

Newark Visitor’s Center in Newark, New Jersey by Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Article source: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

Designing the Newark Visitor’s Center meant bridging between opposing forces. On the one hand, there was a need to address the adjacency to the metropolitan center of NYC and its main transportation Hub – the Penn Station. This perspective implied the creation of a vibrant architectural event, which is capable of containing the centrality of Newark and of the reality of New Jersey as one of the most populated states in the US. On the other hand, there was a strong pull to blend with an image of a Garden State, or at least create a gateway to suburban America, which is perceived as a place of refuge, away from the metropolitan intensity.

Image Courtesy Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

  • Architects: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects
  • Project: Newark Visitor’s Center
  • Location: Newark, New Jersey
  • Area: 1,800 m2
  • Client: The City of Newark
  • Software used: Designed with AutoCAD, images were constructed with 3D max + rendering


Baisha Wan Beach and Visitor Centre in Taipei, Taiwan by Wang Weijen Architecture

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Article source: WWJarchitecture

Working with the contours along the landscape terrain, the design response to the strong wind and sand in winter, as well as the intense sunlight in summer. Looking carefully into the surrounding contexts and datum levels, the design reuse the structure of an existing building, extended it through slanted slabs into the new additions, connecting the building to the sloped ground and reduces the level differences created by the retaining wall.

Image Courtesy Wang Weijen Architecture 

  • Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Project: Baisha Wan Beach and Visitor Centre
  • Location: Bai Sha Wan, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Client: North Shore & Mt. Kuanyin National Scenic Area Administrations, Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communication
  • Floor Area: 5657 m
  • Completion: 2007
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
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