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Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services in Mount Pleasant, Michigan by SHW Group Architects

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services program grew from relatively modest beginnings to a nationally recognized doctoral and research-intensive institution.

Central Michigan University, College of Education and Human Services

  • Architects: SHW Group Architects
  • Project: Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • Date of Completion: July 7, 2009
  • Leed: Seeking LEED Gold certification
  • Site Area: 5.18 acres
  • Building Area (total gross square feet): 146,600
  • Net Assignable Area: 97,000
  • Building Efficiency Ratio: 1.51
  • Total Project Cost: $50,000,000
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Newforma, 3d Studio Max, Sketchup


3D ATHLETICS TRACK in Alicante, Spain by Subarquitectura

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Designing an athletic track could get you as bored as when you are running on it: curve, straight, curve, straight, again and again. Perfectly standardized, sport architecture has become more universal than international style. Track length of 400 m, 36.5 m radious. 1.22 m each lane….just data, without any fissure to let your imagination soar.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Subarquitectura
  • Name of Project: 3D ATHLETICS TRACK
  • Location: Elda, Alicante, SPAIN
  • Software used: Designed the track in Rhinoceros with Grasshopper (parametric tool). This tool allowed the architects to create multiple variations of the solutions, varying its slope, size, orientation, surface…  optimizing the solution.


Holstebro Storaa Stream in Holstebro, Denmark by OKRA Landscape Architects

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The city of Holstebro has celebrated the completion of the public realm project around the Storaa stream and new cultural facilities, designed by OKRA and the Danish Schul office. The project is funded by the City of Holstebro and Realdania, a Danish foundation who contributes to public cultural projects.

A view to the theatre and bridge at night

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Holstebro Storaa Stream
  • Location: Holstebro, Denmark
  • Area: 2,3 hectare
  • Program: Dancing theater, square and walking promenade along the Storaa.
  • Budget: € 5,0 milj. (excl. VAT)
  • Realization: 2007 – 2009
  • Price: Holstebro Storaa Stream, competition 1st price.


Tregunter Residence in The Peak, Hong Kong by DavidClovers Architect

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Nestled amongst a forest of towers on Old Peak Road above Central Hong Kong, the Tregunter tower holds unique layered views of Victoria Harbor. The abundance of bay windows, structural walls and beams that are common to residential towers would appear to constrain the possibilities of the apartment. However, by turning constraints into opportunities, davidclovers re-works the volumes of this apartment by using the ceiling and the floor.

Tregunter Residence

  • Architects: DavidClovers Architect
  • Project: Tregunter Residence
  • Location: The Peak, Hong Kong
  • Client: Brain Ltd
  • Location: The Peak, Hong Kong
  • Type: 2400sf apartment renovation
  • Status: Completed
  • Design Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Jason Dembski, Mui Fuk Man, Katrina Lee, Spencer Mak
  • Photography: Ziyin Zhou
  • Software used: Designed using Maya, Rhino. Formed cabinetry and ceilings from full scale digital templates and CNC digital profiles.


Roof on the Hill in Takarazuka, Japan by Alphaville Architect

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

This is a residential house located in a new development site in Takarazuka, Japan. Because of the solid nature of the ground, we decided to make a building only by putting a roof over the sloped terrain without modifying it.

Roof on the Hill

  • Architects: Alphaville Architect
  • Project: Roof on the Hill
  • Location: Takarazuka, Japan
  • Design Time: May 2009-June 2010
  • Construction Time: June 2010-December 2010
  • Software used: FormZ


Ornamented Columns by Michael-Hansmeyer

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Subdivided Columns project explores the use of algorithms to develop a new language of form. The columns are produced using customized subdivision processes. The allure of these processes is that despite using a very simple input, they can produce something that is extraordinarily complex.

Fabricated Column Outside

  • Architect: Michael-Hansmeyer
  • Name of Project: Ornamented Columns
  • Image credits: Michael Hansmeyer


Rose Garden Apartments in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Ofis arhitekti

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


Ljubljana, Slovenia apartments

This project is located in the most attractive area of Ljubljana, near the city center and surrounded by natural areas and plants. The main goal was to develop 100 quality housing units for people who wish to reside in a natural environment with their own garden. The project concept is based on the principle of garden cities reflected in the villas terraces. The buildings are growing in 3 «islands» of homes connected together so as to open up to the surrounding natural areas, gardens and patios.

Exterior View

  • Architect : Ofis arhitekti

  • Name of Project: Rose Garden Apartments
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Area : 18.000 m² +  8.000 m² underground parking
  • Project team: Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik, Andrej Gregorič, Janez Martinčič, Janja Del Linz, Katja Aljaz, Anna Breda, Cristian Gheorghe, Kasia Bernatek, Magdalena Lacka
  • Idea scheme: 2008
  • Construction start: autumn 2010


RICHTI QUARTERS / BUILDING FIELDS 1& 7 in Wallisellen, Switzerland by Wiel Arets Architects

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The new Allianz headquarters is located in two buildings that correspond to contours defined by an urban plan set by Vittorio Lampugnani. Composed of one high rise and one 5-story building, the Allianz complex contains mainly office program, and defines the edges of the block according to the urban plan, itself based on a modified block structure. Both buildings in the complex are connected to one another through a series of bridges that enable the various office, gastronomic and retail facilities to accommodate one another and interact fluently.

Richti Quarters

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Wallisellen, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Felix Thies
  • Date of Design: 2008 – 2009
  • Program: 72.000m2
  • Software used: Drawn using Vectorworks and renderings are created using Photoshop


Hong Kong’s new cruise terminal by Foster + Partners

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

On the 8th of April 2010, a foundation stone was laid at the Hong Kong’s new cruise terminal. The laying ceremony was attended by the Chief Executive of HKSAR, senior government officials and representatives of the architects Foster + Partners and Dragages team.

Hong Kong’s New Cruise Terminal

  • Construction: 2010 – 2013
  • Client: Architectural Services Department, Hong Kong SAR
  • Programme: Due to open 2013
  • Construction Floor Area: 143,600 sqm
  • Site Area: 76,000 m2
  • Building Height: 40m
  • Number of storeys: 3
  • No. of Retail: 5,600 sqm
  • Structure: Concrete
  • Cladding: PVF2 aluminium panels / double glazed units
  • Sustainability: HK BEAM Platinum
  • Concourse length : 675m
  • Water depth : 13m
  • Length of Apron : 850m
  • Passenger peak loading : 8400 passengers


Completion of Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain (designed using ArchiCAD, Rhino, and Maya)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

April 2011 marks the completion of “Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville. Designed by J. MAYER H. architects, this project has already become the new landmark for Seville, – a place of identification and to articulate Seville’s role as one of the world´s most fascinating cultural destinations. “Metropol Parasol” explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.

Metropol Parasol - Photo by David Franck

  • International Competition: 1. Prize, 2004
  • Project: 2004-2011
  • Opening: March 27th 2011
  • Completion: April 2011
  • Client: Ayuntamiento de Sevilla and SACYR
  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Technical Consultant and Multidisciplinary Engineers for Realization: Arup
  • Timber Construction Company: Finnforest-Merk GmbH, Aichach
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, Rhino, Maya


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