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Sphere building by EQUIP Xavier Claramunt

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: EQUIP Xavier Claramunt

Sphere Building: ‘un globo, dos globos, tres globos’

One could say that the Sphere Building is rooted on a distinguished tradition that says that the Earth was a tiny sphere suspended stationary at the geometric centre of a much larger rotating one which carried the stars. In other words, the planet Earth was the centre of the universe. It’s a start. The origin of such idea has to be found among Greek astronomers and philosophers. For some of them, the sun moved in the vast space between the earth and the sphere of the stars. Outside of the outer sphere there was nothing at all. No space, no matter, nothing! Frightening and at the same time exciting idea.

Exterior View


Mountain Dwellings in Ørestad, Denmark by BIG with JDS Architects

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: JDS Architects

How do you combine the splendors of the suburban backyard with the social intensity of urban density?
The Mountain Dwellings are located in Ørestad, a new urban development in Copenhagen. When commissioned to design a traditional housing block and a separate parking house, we proposed the combination of the two programs. The program consist of 1/3 living and 2/3 parking. What if the parking area became the base upon which to place a terraced housing development – like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the eleventh floor to the street edge.

Bird's View (Image Courtesy JDS)

  • Architects: BIG Architects and JDS Architects
  • Project: Mountain Dwellings
  • Location: Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Size: 33 000 M2, 80 Units, 480 Parking Spaces


New Waterfront for Porto Alegre in Brazil by b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

The architectural practice b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, the designers of the Veles e Vents building for the 32nd edition of the America’s Cup, will now tackle the revitalisation of a 2.5-km stretch of waterfront in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in collaboration with Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados. The project is aimed at transforming the Cais Mauá dock area – a rundown, disused part of the city – into a business, culture and leisure centre for the 2014 World Cup. The project to revitalise the former dock area is expected to cost approximately E198 million.

Torre Business Park e Hotel

  • Architects: b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos
  • Project: New Waterfront for Porto Alegre
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Río Grande do Sul. Brazil
  • Gross floor area: 247.174 m2 + 123.412 urb.
  • Project phase: 2010-2011
  • Construction phase: 2011-2014


Cork House in Esposende, Portugal by Arquitectos Anónimos

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: Arquitectos Anónimos

An unusual and inverted process. The client convinced us to accept the responsibility to build with such a low cost. The shaped carcass, stoutly wrapped with cork bricks, deals a few radical ruptures, claiming a friendly distance to the neighborhood. Inside, the expectable “ready to inhabit” combines a straight preview to the changeable future and conditions, as direct as possible-translated in interior design. Some found nicknames: “the pavillion”, “the hut”, “the cork”…

Cork House (Image Courtesy Ivo Canelas)


  • Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos
  • Project: Cork House
  • Location: Esposende, Portugal
  • Plot area8.900m2
  • Deployment157,5 m2
  • Construction area: 288 m2


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