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McLaren Production Centre in Woking, UK by Foster + Partners

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Foster + Partners

The McLaren Production Centre, the second building designed by Foster + Partners at McLaren’s Woking site, has been officially unveiled by Prime Minister David Cameron today. The 34,500-square metre facility will house the assembly of all future McLaren Automotive road cars, including the recently-launched MP4-12C high-performance sports car; it has already led to the creation of a large number of skilled manufacturing jobs.

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy McLaren)

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Name of Project: McLaren Production Centre
  • Location: Woking, UK
  • Client: McLaren Group
  • Photography: McLaren and Nigel Young-Foster + Partners
  • Drawings: Foster + Partners


Bilbao Arena and Sports center in Bizkaia, Spain by ACXT

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: ACXT

Bilbao, Miribilla neighborhood, built on ancient iron mines adjacent to the old part of town. A very hilly solar (46 m from one corner to another, just 200m) in which the building was caught in the neighborhood park. Limestone rocks sticking out between the banks and trees in the park gave us the key to design and resolve the complex functional and circulation program: use of simultaneous game day sports use, use of court by the neighbors, access to players, officials, public premises for a possible lookout restaurant, sports center with a separate entrance but with access to track so that residents can use the court when there is no match, parking connected to both spaces, etc …

Image Courtesy Jorge Allende

  • Architects: ACXT / Javier Pérez Uribarri y Nicolás Espinosa Barrientos
  • Project: Bilbao Arena and Sports center
  • Location: Avda Askatasuna 13, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain
  • Client: Azpiegiturak (Diputación Foral de Bizkaia)
  • Surface: 30.808 m2
  • Project year: 2006
  • Construction: 2007-2010
  • Photographer: Aitor Ortiz and  Jorge Allende © ACXT IDOM
  • Video: Aitor Ortiz


Opportunity Center for Employment & Education in Seattle, Washington by Schacht Aslani Architects

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Schacht Aslani Architects

The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education (OCEE) is a breakthrough project that brings employment and social services agencies together in a central location on a community college campus. This one-stop worksource center provides improved service delivery in the heart of Seattle’s north end. The purpose of the facility is to welcome people, giving visitors and users new to campus a clear sense of access. The building is programmatically open, airy and easy to find on the campus. Simple, clear signage facilitates wayfinding, helping users to navigate through the building.

Images Courtesy Lara Swimmer

  • Architect: Schacht Aslani Architects
  • Name of Project: Opportunity Center for Employment & Education
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Project owner: North Seattle Community College (Seattle, WA)
  • Year completed: 2011
  • Area: 47,450 sf
  • Photo credits: Lara Swimmer, Doug Scott
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2010


Echo House in Ottawa, Ontario by Kariouk Associates

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Kariouk Associates

To marry eighty-four years of history by integrating a contemporary, open and functional living space inside a 1924 landmark that overlooks the Rideau Canal.

Project Challenge:

The starting point for this renovation was a modest Victorian home in poor condition, whose rooms with small windows and dark interior spaces were separated from one another, as was typical of homes built in an era when privacy was a cultural priority. In another gesture to Victorian public decorum, the arrangement of the existing interior spaces reinforced the antiquated ideal that work life and family life should be kept distinct.

Image Courtesy Photolux Studios

  • Architects: Kariouk Associates
  • Project: Echo House
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Project Dates: 2007 – 2009
  • General Contractor: G.M. French Construction (Pat Lambert)
  • Structural engineering: Leibe Engineering (James Diamond)
  • Photography: Photolux Studios (Christian Lalonde)
  • Lighting Design: Gabriel-Mackinnon (Philip Gabriel)
  • Woodwork: Gruber (Robert Gruber)


Gandra School in Paredes, Portugal by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

This is a two-storey school center based on a modular composition organized around a central courtyard. The classrooms are configured as single modules, juxtaposed and clearly perceptible, where variations of the implementation’s orientation and the roof’s slopes determine the formal design of this schools center. This results in a fragmentation of the global volume and roofing design, which cut out a silhouette of relative informality along the complex’s development. The different orientations and roof slopes grant a playful appearance that fits the scholar theme and its environment.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra)

  • Arcitect:Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes
  • Name of Project: Gandra School
  • Location: Paredes, Portugal
  • Project: 2009_2010
  • Client: Paredes’ City Hall
  • Photography: FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
  • Software used: Revit Architecture


CIRAM in Metz, France by Jean-Marie GREMILLET

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Jean-Marie GREMILLET

Research center on the metal containing a technical hall and its satellites, specialized technical rooms, enlightened naturally by two patios gardens. The center also includes computer rooms, researchers’ offices and premises of training.

Image Courtesy Nicolas Waltefaugle

  • Architects: Jean-Marie GREMILLET
  • Project: CIRAM (Centre d’Innovation et de Recherche Associate  Metz)
  • Location: Metz, France
  • Project leader : Thierry MERIGOUT
  • Size : 4 170 m2
  • Photographer : Nicolas WALTEFAUGLE
  • Client : CA2M
  • Structural engineers : SNC LAVALIN
  • Software used: AutoCAD and 3dS Max


Sky village in Rødovre, Denmark by ADEPT and MVRDV

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: ADEPT and MVRDV

ADEPT and MVRDV win Copenhagen high rise competition with ‘Sky Village’ design.

The municipality of Rødovre, an independent municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark, announced ADEPT and MVRDV winner of the design competition of the Rødovre Skyscraper. The 116 meter tall tower accommodates apartments, a hotel, retail and offices. A public park and a plaza are also part of the privately funded scheme.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy DEPT and MVRDV)

  • Architect: ADEPT and MVRDV
  • Name of Project: Sky village
  • Location: Rødovre, Denmark
  • Type: Invited competition – 1st prize
  • Job: Masterplan / building design
  • Client: Rødovre municipality / brainstones
  • Size: 22.000 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Collaboration: mvrdv, søren jensen rådgivende ingeniører & abt velp


House in El Carmen, Valencia, Spain by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The apartment is on the first floor of a mid-19th century three-storey building, located in the city centre of Valencia.

Considering the limited gross area and the scant natural light, this refurbishment project partitioned only the night-time areas and enhanced the verticality of the dwelling to the utmost, making the most of its high ceilings. The project also created a glass box with large windows in the former gallery which gives onto a terrace over the roof of the covered patio on the ground floor.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Diego Opazo)

  • ARCHITECTURE: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • NAME OF PROJECT: House in El Carmen
  • LOCATION: C/ Na Jordana, Valencia, Spain
  • PROJECT ARCHITECT: Fran Silvestre, María José Sáez
  • COLLABORATOR: Sara Sancho Ferreras | Architecture
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Diego Opazo


Evelyn Grace Academy in London, United Kingdom by Zaha Hadid Architects Wins the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

An opportunity to broaden the educational diversity of this active and historic London area. Following the principle of ‘schools within schools’, the design generates natural patterns of division within highly functional spaces which give each of the four smaller schools a distinct identity, both internally and externally.

Evelyn Grace Academy

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Evelyn Grace Academy
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Site Area: 10,745m2
  • Project Date: 2006 – 2010
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director: Lars Teichmann
  • Project Architect: Matthew Hardcastle


Giulio Tanini showroom in Florence, Italy by Studio 63 Architecture + Design (designed using AutoCAD and 3dS Max)

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Studio 63 Architecture + Design

The showroom Giulio Tanini has won the Best Showroom Award 2011at the Cersaie Fair , Bologna Italy


The new Giulio Tanini showroom in Florence designed by Studio 63 Architecture + Design was thought of as a very clean, rational almost rigorous container. The large space is divided to several smaller spaces, one destined for the surfaces display and coverings, while the new building is dedicated to bathroom furniture and accessories.

Night View (Images Courtesy Pietro Savorelli)

  • Architect: Studio 63 Architecture + Design
  • Name of Project: Giulio Tanini showroom
  • Location: Via Maragliano 155, Florence, Italy
  • Project manager: Studio 63 Architecture + Design
  • Photos by: Pietro Savorelli
  • Completion date: June 2011
  • Sqm: 1200
  • Custom made furniture designed by Studio 63: realized by Intrapresa Srl.
  • Lighting fixture: Technical lighting Xal, Logica.
  • Suspension lamps Danese Milano designed by: Studio 63
  • Software used: Autocad and 3dS Max


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