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Ecological Reconfiguration of Philadelphia by ecosistema urbano

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

ecosistema urbano believes that the revitalization of urban life is not obtained merely by architecture alone, but by focusing on solutions which encompass all aspects of the city system.  Regenerating the networks of social, environmental, and physical elements plants the seed for flourishing, liveable urban communities.  The ecological reconfiguration of Philadelphia uses the city’s strong history of citizen participation to develop a sustainable and economically-viable landscape.

Aerial view of Philadelphia

Fast facts:

Project Author:           [ecosistema urbano]

Design Team:

Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo, Constantino Hurtado, Elena Prieto, Jaime Eizaguirre, Emily Kohl, Luisa Zancada, Hector Jimenez, Maria Eugenia LaCarra, Antonio Fernandez Caro, Francisco Blanco, Dario Vigil.

Project Lead for Urban Voids Project

City Parks Association of Philadelphia
City Parks Association stimulates visionary thinking about natural resources and open space in the urban community. From its founding in 1888, City Parks Association has encouraged the establishment and maintenance of public parks and open spaces in the city of Philadelphia.
City Parks’ programs foster ongoing dialogue and collaborative action among people committed to the stewardship of our city’s natural resources.


Ilona Condominium Complex, Miami Beach, Florida by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The form, siting, and distribution of spaces for the Ilona urban dwelling complex in Miami Beach, Florida designed by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design are derived from a logical analysis of its physical and intangible context. A complex array of interlocking, volumes maximizes light, air, and stringent FAR restrictions. Centrally located on the nondescript site, the building offers views of the passing cruise ships and the surrounding Art Deco Style. The material palette is simple and sincere: white stucco, an aluminum glazing system, perforated aluminum panels, and shell stone details connect the building to the local fabric’s traditions and techniques. Individual 2-story units are expressed as dynamically jutting volumes from the elongated hexagonal plan.


Ilona urban dwelling complex

Architect:        OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design, Miami, Florida

Project:            Ilona

Scope:             27,000 SF condominium complex. Architecture/Interior finishes

Location:         Miami Beach, Florida


Energy neutral municipal monument in Driebergen, Netherlands by Zecc Architects

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Transformation of a villa into first energy neutral monument of the Netherlands

The villa in Driebergen is a monument from the beginning of the last century. The owners bought this villa from the municipality because they had a very progressive idea of transforming this monument into a zero-energy house. Together with OPAI (Rau Amsterdam) there was a plan to realize the first energy-neutral monument of The Netherlands: a house that provides its own energy by high quality systems. Within the energy concept the house is isolated with natural materials such as reed mats and flax. The old wooden window frames are preserved and provided of insulating secondary glazing. Zecc architects integrated the energy concept in the existing monument and adjusted the villa to the wishes of its future residents. A new extension on the back strengthens the relationship with the garden and opens the house to the green surrounding.

Sustainable Development - photograph by Cornbread Works

  • Architect: Zecc Architects
  • Project: Energy neutral monument, municipal monument
  • Location: Driebergen, Netherlands
  • Program: Residential
  • Client: Private client / foundation sustainable renovation of historic buildings
  • Date: preliminary design February 2009
  • Delivery: 2010
  • Floor area: 210 BVO m²
  • Volume: 570 m³
  • Architect: Zecc Architecten
  • Project team: Zecc Marnix van der Meer, Bart Kellerhuis, Bo Winnubst, Steven Nobel
  • Project Management: Liesbeth Wassenberg,
  • Contractor: Bert Oostenbruggen
  • Photography: Cornbread Works
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Montclair Condominium Complex, Miami, Florida, by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Existing at the intersection of civic, commercial, and residential activity, the 65,000 square foot Montclair condominium complex project by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design located in Miami Beach was the result of a process of contextual sampling subject to the restrictions of an exaggerated historic preservation agenda and municipal zoning constraints. Confronted with 2 lots that straddle a nondescript, but sacred Post-war apartment building, the massing of the complex is derived from the collusion of abstract reference and the mundane. Financial objectives– the maximization of saleable area and idealized unit/parking correlations are kept in check with sensitivity towards the maintenance of the surrounding urban fabric.

Montclair condominium complex


Fast Facts: Architect: OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

Location: Miami, Florida

Project: Montclair

Scope:  65,000 SF condominium complex. Architecture/Interior finishes

Location:         South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida


EATHOUSE in Tuinenfestival 2010, Appeltern, The Netherlands by de Stuurlui stedenbouw & Atelier GRAS!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

A house and garden to eat, that you are able to touch, smell, taste, seed, weed, and harvest! EATHOUSE is a house in a garden that attracts visitors with delicious vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. We want to seduce people and make them taste the edible garden and the edible house. EATHOUSE has a temporary character; it lasts a summer season. This is why all the materials used in EATHOUSE can be re-used for a new season of EATHOUSE at a different spot.

Front View of Eathouse

  • Architect: Marijke Bruinsma (de Stuurlui stedenbouw) with Marjan van Capelle en Arjen de Groot (Atelier GRAS!)
  • Project: EATHOUSE.
  • Project location: Tuinenfestival 2010, Appeltern – the Netherlands
  • Building costs: All sponsored (by Binder Groenprojecten, BIS Industrial Services, KG Plant, DVC Beregening, Van Hemert & Co. Seeds, Jiffy Products International).
  • Area: 100 m2 (10×10).
  • Built: 2010


MARIBOR ART GALLERY in Maribor, Slovenia by Design Initiatives Architect

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

This is an entry in international competition for 17,800 m2 new building of the Maribor Art Gallery in Maribor, Slovenia. The complex and heterogeneous program includes galleries for permanent collection of modern and contemporary visual art and periodical exhibitions (5,200m2), children’s center (750 m2), design center (450 m2), live-work creative center (1700 m2), lecture room, library, catering (700 m2), offices, depository, and underground parking garage.

Maribor Art Gallery

  • Architect: Design Initiatives
  • Type : culture
  • Location : Maribor, Slovenia
  • Date : February, 2010
  • Status : competition
  • Client : Municipality of Maribor, Association of Architects of Maribor
  • Area : 15,180 sq.m.
  • Credits : Vlado Valkof – project architect, Anne Valkof – designer, Rumen Yotov – rendering (more…)

KNOCK Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Julie Snow Architects

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The renovation of a neglected 1960’s food distribution center on the edge of downtown Minneapolis into a gleaming new headquarters for the creative innovators at KNOCK Inc. is both a fresh and welcomed presence on the underrated stretch of Glenwood Avenue.

Front Elevation

  • Architect: Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
  • Project Name: KNOCK Inc.
  • Project Location: 1315 Glenwood Avenue,
    Minneapolis , MN 55405
  • Project Size: 10,000 SF
  • Project Completion Date: August 2010
  • Photography Credit: Paul Crosby (more…)

Evolver at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland by Alice Studio

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Evolver is an inhabitable sculpture erected for the Zermatt Festival, the renowned annual event for Chamber Music featuring the Berlin Philharmonics and many others. As an architectural artifact Evolver intervenes spatially on the panorama surrounding Zermatt and was designed and executed by a team of 2nd year architecture students from the ALICE studio at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.In an effort to take full advantage of the site’s extensive and astounding views, the project sits strategically next to the lake Stelli at an altitude of 2536m.

Evolver - photographs © Joël Tettamanti / ALICE Studio EPFL

  • Architect: Alice Studio
  • Project: Evolver.
  • Location: EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.


The Grand Bliss in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico by AHA Universo, Arturo Hernández (Principal)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The name of the latest product in Grupo Vidanta’s resort portfolio says it all: The Grand Bliss. The challenge presented to architecture firm AHA Universo was to create a place where bliss could happen naturally; where guests could reconnect with a simpler, more natural state of mind, while feeling indulged and pampered. The design, therefore, was created with happiness in mind.

The Grand Bliss

  • Architecture: AHA Universo, Arturo Hernández (Principal)
  • Architecture team: Héctor Martínez (Director), Jaime Güemez, Hugo Villalobos, Arturo Martín del Campo
  • Interiors: Joaquín Homs (Director), Mayela Mere, Cristian González, Lydia Cruz
  • Graphic Design: Alejandro Villegas (Director), Jessica González, Lorena Escamilla, Loretta Gutiérrez
  • Supervision: Norberto Figueroa (Director), Ricardo Cerezo, Moisés Cortés (on-site), Fernando González (lighting)
  • Mechanics and electricity: Nicolás García (Director), Cruz Cardona, Francisco Quiñones, Pedro Chávez, Julio Mercado, Milton Navarro, Juan Barba
  • Structural engineer: Andrés Acosta (Director)
  • Engineering consultants: Ginsatec, Roberto Dávalos-Cautin S.A., Raúl Izquierdo-Izquierdo Engineering Associates
  • Management: Jaime Rojas, Esperanza Olavarria
  • Geology consultant: Ingeniería Geotecnológica de México, S.A.
  • Construction: Grupo Vidanta
  • Program: 168 keys (84 master suites, 84 suites), lobby, lobby bar, sales office
  • Client: Grupo Vidanta
  • Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Construction area: 357, 082 sq. ft.
  • Project completion and public opening: November 2010
  • Photographs: Rigoberto Moreno


House in Nasu, Japan by Kazunori Fujimoto

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

This is a weekend house built in the area height of above sea level 550m, in Nasu-town, Tochigi Prefecture. Though in the resort town, the road and the neighbor houses are near by the site, and it seems difficult to keep privacy. so the architects aimed to make an indoor space like a Scandinavian soft interiors instead of the room open directly to the outside.

Photo by Kazunori Fujimoto

  • Architect: Kazunori Fujimoto Architect
  • Location: Nasu, Tochigi, Japan
  • Main use:weekend house
  • Site area: 504m2
  • Building area: 85.44m2
  • Total floor area: 85.44m2
  • Design term: 2009
  • Construction term: 2010
  • Photos: Kazunori Fujimoto



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