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The Morphing Kinetower by Kinetura designed using Maya

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Responsive architecture, a tower as an energy-regulator

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The Kinetower is Kinetura’s concept for a building whose façade elements responds to the sunlight or for the user inside

  • Design by Kinetura: Xaveer Claerhout and Barbara Van Biervliet.
  • Article source: Kinetura
  • Software used: Maya


Hayvenhurst House in Encino Hills, California by Dan Brunn Architecture(DBA) designed using ArchiCAD

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Project Description

Price, speed and quality are always the key elements to a design project. Whether it be a remodel or a ground up project, we are always striving for the perfect equilibrium. Here, we started with an existing ranch style house in the Encino Hills and within 6 months we completed design, permitting and construction. The end result is what feels like a brand new house, all while staying within our client’s budget.

Hayvenhurst House


University of Minnesota, Morris, Welcome Center by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle designed using Revit

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Located on Minnesota’s vast western prairie, the University of Minnesota, Morris, is a national leader in campus sustainability—through sustainable development and the addition of its own wind power generator and biomass energy plant. This renovation of a two-story, 18,700 square-foot 1915 historic building serves two purposes: to act as a gateway for all visitors (including prospective students, parents, and alumni) and be a centerpiece for the campus’ commitment to sustainable design.


  • Architect: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Architect & Interior Designer
  • Name of Project: University of Minnesota, Morris, Welcome Center
  • Location: Morris, Minnesota
  • Year: 2009
  • Collaborators: Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc., Mechanical/Electrical Engineers, BKBM Engineers, Structural/Civil Engineers, Oslund and Associates, Inc., Landscape Architect, JE Dunn Construction North Central, General Contractor
  • Area: 18,700 square-feet
  • Photo credits: Lara Swimmer Photography
  • Software Used: Revit


Jesolo Lido Condominiums in Jesolo, Italy by Richard Meier & Partners Architects designed using MicroStation, 3D Max, and VRay

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The Jesolo Lido Condominiums will be a landmark beachfront destination intended to draw guests to its residential and hotel components.  The project is being completed in three phases.

Jesolo Lido Condominiums - - Photo by Guido Ranieri Da Re courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects

  • Architect: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
  • Project: Jesolo Lido Condominium
  • Location: Jesolo, Italy
  • Project Duration: 2003 – 2013
  • Software used: MicroStation, 3ds Max and VRay


Looptecture Fukura in Minamiawaji, Japan by Endo Shuhei Architect designed using Vectorworks

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The function of this architecture is security and controlling all the floodgates located at port of Fukura, enlighten dangerous of the Tsunami for tourists, and use as a place of refuge in case of the Tsunami warning. For these reasons, ensure to keep the spaces of necessary and viewpoint for watching all over the port, also rational shape and structure to against of Tsunami and the drift came after disaster are necessary.

View form North

  • Architect: Endo Shuhei Architect
  • Project: Looptecture Fukura
  • Location: Minamiawaji-city, Hyogo-pref. Japan
  • Completion: March 2010
  • Principal use: Fukura Port Tsunami Disaster Prevention Station
  • Structure System: Steel
  • Extent: 2 stories
  • Site Area: 8,502m2
  • Building Area: 310m2
  • Total Floor Area: 376m2
  • Client: Hyogo- Prefecture
  • Design Period: March 2007 – February 2009
  • Construction Period: March 2009 – March 2010
  • Design / construction supervision: Endo Shuhei Architect Institute
  • Structure: Hirokazu Toki, S3 Associates / Ichiro Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Kamijima
  • Landscape: Takeda Planning and Design Office / Shiro Takeda, Yukako Iwata
  • Contractor: Moricho Corporation
  • Photography: Yoshiharu Matsumura
  • Software used: Vectorworks


Hofmeyr – Cohen Residence in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa by KUBE architecture (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The site which is located on the southern slope of Lion’s head, within the trendy suburb, Tamboerskloof, commands spectacular views over Cape Town and the harbor. From the street one gets a hint of the building, but your first real interaction is with the timber box, which houses the guest suite, looming over as you draw near the premises. The gate leads one to a lush courtyard where granite stepping stones set in an indigenous garden guide you to the front door.

Night View of Entrance

  • Architect: KUBE architecture – Stefan Rademan, Simon Mountford
  • Name of Project: Hofmeyr-Cohen Residence
  • Location: Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa
  • General Contractor & Project Manager: Venture Projects
  • Structural Engineer: Gadomsky Structural Engineers
  • Solar Installation: Solarzone in conjunction with Florad
  • Project Area: 360 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Stefan Rademan
  • Software used: Revit Architecture


Solar Panel Factory in Kilkis, Thessaloniki, Greece by Henning Larsen Architects

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

The Solar Panel Factory is located in Kilkis – an industrial area north of Thessaloniki in Greece. The building comprises two production lines, input and output warehouses, technical support areas as well as administration and staff areas.

Solar Panel

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: Kilkis, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Client: Exel Solar
  • Gross Floor Area: 100,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2008 – 2009
  • Type of assignment: Commission
  • Collaborators: RAcell Solar A/S


The Green Building in Louisville, Kentucky by (FER) Studio designed using 3ds MAX and AutoCAD

Friday, March 25th, 2011


Widely acknowledged as the coolest building in town, THE GREEN BUILDING of Louisville, Kentucky has hosted some of nation’s most exciting and influential organizations, individuals and events since its opening in the fall of 2008. The first commercial building in Louisville to pursue an anticipated LEED Platinum certification, THE GREEN BUILDING has become the destination for cultural, political and community gatherings, breathing life back into the city¹s long distressed and forgotten East Market district, a federally classified distressed area.

The renovated 110 year old masonry structure, a former dry goods store, houses a street facing café ; The Green Building Gallery, which features the work of local artists; event spaces, and an indoor-outdoor courtyard at the rear of the building complete with a vertical garden. The second and third floors house tenant office spaces, conference room, a vegetative roof and office spaces for SonaBLAST! Records, Holland Brown Books and The Group Entertainment. Images Courtesy Ted Wathen/Quadrant

  • Architect: (FER) Studio
  • Name of Project: The Green Building
  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Gross Project area: 15,200 square feet
  • Total conditioned square footage: 13,396 square feet
  • Total construction cost: $2.2 million
  • Program of spaces: Lobby, gallery, outdoor event area, office spaces, tenant office spaces, conference room, café, parking
  • Date completed: November 2008
  • Certification level: Platinum LEED certified
  • Owner: Augusta and Gill Holland
  • Photographer(s): Ted Wathen/Quadrant – 812.284.7085,,, Marty Pearl – 502.657.8763,, , (fer) studio LLP – 310.672.4749,,
  • Software used: Renderings  in 3DS max, the plans and sections in AutoCAD and Illsutrator


CAF Community Center in Cuiabá, Brazil by “about:Blank architecture”

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The family community centre of Cuiabá, is a project of social nature, to be built through the will and commitment of various entities to which about: blank architecture joined.

CAF - Community Centre

  • ARCHITECT: about:Blank architecture – André Lira, Érika Santiago
  • NAME OF PROJECT: CAF – Community Centre
  • LOCATION: Cuiabá, Brazil
  • CLIENT: Missão Atalaia de Jesus + Petrobras Social
  • BRIEF: Community Centre
  • DATE: 2010
  • CONSULTANTS: MB Engenharia
  • AUTHOR OF FAÇADE ART: Alessandra Ciarmela


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