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Kralingen Mountain in Rotterdam by MVRDV

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Rotterdam is Europe’s main port, the port area stretches along the Rhine from the city centre towards the sea, its industries and cranes are the icons of the port city. The north east of Rotterdam is a sharp contrast to the general image of the city dominated by industrial activity and modern architecture: a green suburban area of great natural beauty. The historic neighbourhood of Kralingen, parklands, the river Rotte and a series of lakes with riparian leisure facilities such as yacht harbours mark this affluent part of the city. The area would be a real oasis in the dense urban fabric but it is brutally split by a motorway and train rail. The main artery of the Benelux, a motorway which connects the 3 main ports and generates constant traffic and pollution, cuts through this green area. The main eastern train lines run next to the motorway. Crouched against the infrastructure a series of industries are located, in a strange paradox surrounded by the nicest parks of the city.

Kralingen Mountain

  • Architect: MVRDV
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Project: Kralingse Berg
  • Client: Blauwhoed Developers
  • Budget: 163,400,000 Euro
  • Program: Total of 3,655,120 m2 housing, infrastructure, industry and parking
  • Status: Feasibility


Film and Production Offices in Madrid by Madland Studio

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011


The assignment was to relocate the new head offices of a film and TV production company (recording, editing, dubbing and audiovisual production). The program of functions can be classified in four parts: management and administrative area (offices and meeting rooms), technical rooms (audio, image, set and backstage), common public area (multifunctional space, toilets and cafeteria) and installation area (machine and storage rooms).

Photographs by Elena Almagro

  • Architecture office: Madland Estudio
  • Project Team: Cristina Navas Perona, Myriam López Rodero y Javier García-Rivera de la Plaza.
  • Structural Engineering: Javier Cort.
  • Owner: Viva Visión
  • Contractor: Cal y Canto S.L
  • Contractor specialized in wood construction: Canexel S.L
  • Built area: 550m2.
  • Location: Madrid, Spain.
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Elena Almagro


Lebanon Waterfront City in Beirut by Oppenheim Architecture+Design

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Lebanon Waterfront City first recognizes its privileged position in the vicinity of Beirut and its essential condition as a place where land and water more than meet, they entwine. It arranges its composition as a smooth transition from the waters of the Mediterranean to the mountainous backdrop all-the-while celebrating the “tamed water” of the marina basin and the graceful vessels that dot it by framing its ever-changing ever-playful composition with a most elegant, superbly appointed promenade.

Lebanon Waterfront City

  • Architect: Oppenheim Architecture+Design
  • Scope: 4,000,000 SF design competition. Master Planning/Architecture
  • Year: Designed in 2010
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon


Dajczman Residence in Tel Aviv by Nir Rothem & Bosmat Sfadia-Wolf

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

A typical 2 Bedroom 59 sqm Tel-Aviv apartment transformed to accommodate a new baby on the way.

In order to allow an addition of a second bedroom, the architects had to rethink the apartment’s circulation in a bid to gain further habitable space, which meant removing all corridors and unused storage spaces.



  • Project Name: Dajczman Residence, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Size: 59 m2
  • Year Completed: 2010
  • Architects: Nir Rothem & Bosmat Sfadia-Wolf
  • Name of the Office: SFARO
  • Office Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Office Contact Info: / / Tel:- (972)-3-5401445
  • Photographs by: Boaz Lavi


Fogo Island Artist Studios in Canada by Saunders Architecture

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Fogo Island lies on the edge of Newfoundland, Canada and is home to a gentle, independent people who have lived for centuries between wind and waves in pursuit of fish. Fogo Islanders live in the untamed landscape of the North Atlantic. The people are subtle and unpretentious yet have seen their traditional way of life by threatened by forces largely beyond their control.

The Long Studio in Fogo Islands

The Long Studio in Fogo Island

  • Architect: Saunders Architecture, Bergen, Norway, tel: +47 55 36 85 06 or 975 25 761) Principal Architect: Todd Saunders. Assistants: Ryan Jørgensen, Attila Béres, Colin Hertberger, Cristina Maier, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, & Nick Herder
  • Client: Shorefast Foundation and The Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Prime Consultant: Sheppard Case Architects, St.John´s Newfoundland
  • On-site supervisor: Dave Torraville
  • Builders: Arthur Payne & Edward Waterman
  • Structural Engineer: DBA Consulting Engineers
  • Mechanincal & Electrical Engineer: Core Engineering Inc.
  • Text: Saunders Architecture & Shorefast Foundation
  • Photography: Bent Rene´Synnevåg and Saunders Architecture
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


B+W House in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA by Julie Snow Architects

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The design of this small residence on a corner lot in the City of Minneapolis was conceived as a progression of defined volumes: beginning with the public front yard, continuing with the two-story portion of the home, following with the tall volume of the living area, the enclosed garden and the garage.

Side Elevation

  • Architect: Julie Snow Architects
  • Project Name: B+W House
  • Project Location: Minneapolis MN
  • Project Size: 2400 GSF
  • Project Completion Date: July 2007
  • Photography Credit: Dean Kaufman


Kaohsiung Public Library in Singuang Boulevard, City of Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Mecanoo Architect

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The Cultural Square

The Kaohsiung Public Library is a new state-of-the-art multimedia research, study and entertainment space that allows for maximum flexibility. Visitors experience public spaces together at an exhibition or show, or they can “get together to be alone” to read or study. Mecanoo’s response to the design competition comes in the form of a singular building, designed as a garden, which emerges on the site in the shape of a monumental ‘green’ cube.

Cultural Square Day View

  • Architect: Mecanoo Architect
  • Description: Library and theatre complex with reading rooms, conference facilities, book store, exhibition space, open air theatre, underground parking, public plaza and outdoor space, sedum moss roof, parking garage.
  • Client: Public Library of Kaohsiung
  • Project address: Singuang Boulevard, City of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Scale: 38.000 m2 
  • Competition: 2011 (more…)

Wharf Road in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia by Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Over the last 5,000 years man has worked hard to over power the natural world through the built environment— we propose to revolutionize this position. Australia possesses one of the most beautiful and dramatic geologies in the world. It is our desire to create a new type of architecture— one that is more in the family of nature than of the built environment.

wharf road

  • Architect: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
  • Project Name: wharf road
  • Project Location: Surfer’s Paradise, Australia
  • Scope: 1,500,000 SF Mixed-use condominium and hotel.


HOUSE OF OXYMORONS in ICARCH Gallery, Chicago by Vlado Valkof

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The house and the shared inhabitance are about association between two or more different individuals. The shared inhabitance draws in dialectical oppositions: It draws in different and even contradictory behaviors, habits, necessities, activities. The shared inhabitance leads to complex interrelations: coincidental or intentional.

Exterior/Perspective View

  • Project Architect: Vlado Valkof
  • Location: ICARCH Gallery, Chicago
  • Type: residential
  • Location: any site
  • Date: 2010
  • Status: competition
  • Client: ICARCH gallery
  • Area: 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Credits: Vlado Valkof – project architect, Anne Valkof – designer, Trifon Metodiev – rendering


‘QuaDror’, a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Design studio Dror unveiled the design discovery of ‘QuaDror’ at the DESIGN INDABA conference from February 23-25 in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘QuaDror’ is a unique space truss geometry, invented and patented by Dror Benshetrit, that utilizes unparalleled structural efficiency and introduces manifold design initiatives.

QuaDror Bridge


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