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Kaohsiung Competition Proposal in Taiwan, ROC by Maxwan

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: Maxwan


For a true icon of the maritime and pop culture industries, the space should be more than simply formally symbolic or a series of closed boxes; it should function as a visual display of bustle of the actual workings and events of pop and maritime culture. By exposing the reality of the maritime and pop industries, people can engage with these cultures.

Kaohsiung Competition Proposal

  • Architects: Maxwan
  • Project: Kaohsiung Competition Proposal
  • Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC
  • Program: Cultural – Pop Music Center, Marine Center, Large Performance Hall, Music Rehearsal Space, Small Performance Halls
  • Client: City of Kaohsiung


Santa Maria in Valle de Bravo, Mexico by Hierve

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Hierve

Santa Maria is a housing development located in a historic protected site in the heart of Valle de Bravo, a small colonial city dating from 1530, which is 2 hours away from Mexico City. This historic town has a strong physical context and is found in the outskirts of a man-made lake. Our site is located a hundred yards from the church of Santa Maria Ahuacatlan, a colonial church that dates back to the XVI century.

Image Courtesy Alejandro Villarreal

  • Architects: Hierve
  • Project: Santa Maria
  • Location: alle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Client: Inmobiliaria Sanmo SA de CV
  • Principal designer: Alejandro Villarreal
  • Contractor: Zimbra
  • Design team: Project architect (Andrés Casares) and Co-workers (Sugey Ramirez, Gabriela Rosas, Jesús Ramirez, Denisse Novelo and Arturo García Crespo)


Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China by OMA

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: OMA

For millennia, the solid building stands on a solid base; it is an image that has survived modernity. Typically, the base anchors a structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not gravity. In the case of Shenzhen’s almost virtual stock market, the role of symbolism exceeds that of the program – it is a building that has to represent the stock market, more than physically accommodate it.

Panorama (Images Courtesy OMA)

  • Architect: OMA
  • Name of Project: Shenzhen Stock Exchange
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Project: The new headquarters for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange
  • Status: Competition: 1st prize 2006. Completion: August 2011
  • Photography: © OMA


Ninety7 @ Siglap, Singapore by Aamer architects

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Aamer architects

Magnificent views towards the city from atop Siglap Hill inspired the design. Master and family room are placed on the third level having the best views. Living and Dining on the second level, connected with external verandahs / terraces that flow upwards and fold into the roof form with deep overhangs for sufficient shade and channeling the breeze through the whole house.

Front View full in evening (Images Courtesy Patrick Bingham - Hall)

  • Architect: Aamer Taher – Aamer architects
  • Name of Project: Ninety7 @ Siglap
  • Location: Siglap Road, Singapore
  • Completed: 2010
  • Land / Built-up area: 891 m2 / 767 m2
  • Photographer: Patrick Bingham – Hall


Black Slit House in Okayama, Japan by Three Ball Cascade Architecture Design Office

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Three Ball Cascade

Two-family house is planned in Okayama City. Because of the light-industrial area around the site, in a residential area with big highways and factories, the house was a shape that extends from north to south. Because of the site on the north side of existing dwelling, it is necessary to consider the lighting and copper. So we started to design forms the basis of minute building through the courtyard. That two-family, light, in advance of consideration by taking into account the nature of the room, further developed as a result of minute building form, style and detached office. Appearance has been cut a slit in the magnitude of the room windows.



El Cajon Public Safety Center in CA by Gafcon

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Gafcon

A leading San Diego-based construction management and consulting firm, announces the completion of the new $40 million Public Safety Center for the City of El Cajon. The new center is located on a 5.7-acre site at 100 Civic Center Way adjacent to City Hall.

Street View

  • Construction Manager: Gafcon
  • Project: El Cajon Public Safety Center
  • Location: El Cajon, CA, USA


Sola/Wright Residence in Los Angeles, California by Escher GuneWardena Architecture

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Escher GuneWardena Architecture

This project is the design of a 2, 400 square foot residence for a young couple, an artist and an arts administrator, in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Their requirements included an open living/dining/kitchen space, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a studio space.

Night View


Ottmers Residence in rural Gillespie County, Texas by Vincent Snyder Architects

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Vincent Snyder Architects

Ottmers House is a 2,200 sq-ft contemporary home located on an ancestral family ranch in the Texas Hill Country, near Fredericksburg. In keeping with ranching tradition, a young couple with two children of modest means expressed their desire to construct their own home. The design started from the reuse of a foundation slab located adjacent to an existing vernacular structure. Following ranching tradition, work on the home is envisioned as a continuous process based on resource availability rather than a finalized object. For this reason, standardized wood frame construction was interwoven within a series of heavier timber members to facilitate ease of client labor and modification.

Night View (Images Courtesy Vincent Snyder Architects)

  • Architect: Vincent Snyder Architects
  • Name of Project: Ottmers Residence
  • Location: In rural Gillespie County (outside of Fredericksburg, Texas)
  • Project Team: Vincent Snyder, Jon Geib, Aaron Taylor
  • Contractor: Jeffrey Ottmers
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Project Area: 2200 sq-ft
  • Photographs: Vincent Snyder Architects


The L Tower and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Redevelopment in Toronto, Canada by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Now under construction in the heart of downtown Toronto, The L Tower, is the evolution of 21st century living. An iconic landmark, the residential tower rises 58 storeys and is home to 600 units providing stunning views over downtown Toronto and Ontario.  It is on the southwest corner of Yonge St. and The Esplanade and shoots up into the sky like a beacon, with bold clean lines and a dramatic streamlined L shape.

Night View (Image Courtesy Spine 3D)

  • Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Project: The L Tower and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Redevelopment
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Commission: 2005
  • Completion: 2013
  • Client: Castlepoint Realty Partners Limited
  • Building Area: 503,621 sq.ft.


Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper in Yunnan, China by HUA Li / TAO (Trace Architecture Office)

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: HUA Li / TAO (Trace Architecture Office)

The museum of handcraft paper is located in a field next to Xinzhuang village under Gaoligong Mountain of Yunnan, a world ecological preserve area in southwest of China. The village has a long tradition on handcraft paper making. The museum project is a part of the plan for preservation and development of traditional resources, in which papermaking will be preserved as cultural heritage and contribute to community growth. To exhibit the history, technique and product of paper making, this museum consists of exhibition space, bookstore, work space and guest rooms for artist and visitors.

West view at dusk

  • Architect: HUA Li / TAO (Trace Architecture Office)
  • Project name: Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper
  • Location: Yunnan, Tengchong, Xinzhuang village, China
  • Program: Museum, Work space, Guest room etc.
  • Client: Committee of Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper
  • Design team: HUA Li, Huang Tianju, Li Guofa, Jiang Nan, Sun Yuanxia, Xu Yinjun, Yang Hefeng


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