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NASA Sustainability Base in Moffett Field, California by William McDonough + Partners

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: William McDonough + Partners

Sustainability Base, NASA’s new facility at the entrance to Ames Research Center, is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation. The client charged the team with delivering a facility that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle® solutions.

Aerial view of Ames

  • Architects: William McDonough + Partners
  • Project: NASA Sustainability Base
  • Location: Moffett Field, California
  • Client: NASA Ames Research Center
  • Program: Office Building
  • Area: 50,000 square feet
  • Status: Completed December 2011


Bus Station in Osijek, Croatia by Rechner d.o.o.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Rechner d.o.o.

The idea of ​​building a new bus station in Osijek was created in 2007, when the city of Osijek published an invitation to tender for the construction of a new bus station in Osijek on the principle of public-private partnerships. The tender required high quality architectural, and an economically best solution, in terms of construction cost, maintenance and usage. We, the renowned Croatian architect’s office Rechner Ltd. from Osijek, were hired by one of the greatest Croatian construction companies “Osijek Koteks Inc.” from Osijek, and together we won the tender previously mentioned.

General view (Image Courtesy Mario Romulic & Drazen Stojcic)

  • Architects: Rechner d.o.o.
  • Project: Bus Station
  • Location: Osijek, Croatia
  • Client: Osijek koteks d.d.
  • Contractor: Osijek koteks d.d.
  • Site area: 21.199m2
  • Building area: 11.066m2
  • Building cost: 16.000.000€
  • Completion: 2011.
  • Photographers: Mario Romulic & Drazen Stojcic


A Wandering in Between Line & Hollows in Garches, France by Aude Borromee Architecte

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Aude Borromee Architecte

The project aimed at creating a terrace connected to the kitchen at level one of a house and also allowing to go down towards the garden. It was deeply constrained by urbanistic rules (maximum length including stairs, no view towards the neighbors’ garden…) and the idea was, through an original design, to succeed in integrating the project into the environment as well as keeping some natural light for the room located at garden level behind the future terrace. This last constraint implied the trapezoidal shape of the plan and the creation of structures positioned obliquely and with hollow poles to also be used as shelves.

Image Courtesy Laurent Gueneau


  • Architects: Aude Borromee Architecte
  • Project: A Wandering in Between Line & Hollows
  • Location: Garches, Paris, France
  • Photography: Laurent Gueneau


Squish Studio in Newfoundland, Canada by Saunders Architecture

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

The Squish Studio is located just outside the small town of Tilting on the eastern end of Fogo Island. First settled in the mid-18th century, Tilting is known for its strong Irish culture and its recent designation by Parks Canada as a National Cultural Landscape District of Canada.

Image Courtesy Bent René Synnevåg

  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Squish Studio
  • Location: Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Client: Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Team architects: Attila Béres, Ryan Jørgensen, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, Nick Herder, Rubén Sáez López, Soizic Bernard, Colin Hertberger, Christina Mayer, Olivier Bourgeois, Pål Storsveen, Zdenek Dohnalek
  • Associate Architect: Sheppard Case Architects Inc. (Long Studio)
  • Structural Engineer: DBA Associates (Long Studio)
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Split View in Hout, The Netherlands by U Architects

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: U Architects

This  family which wanted to build this house was motivated by the change of their living situation and wanted to express this also in their new house. The two children of this family wanted to have their own living surrounding but also wanted to be in close contact with the parents. On the other hand the parents wanted to have more private zones in the new house but also be in close contact with their children.

Every floor of the house had to have an overview of the surrounding. In a certain way  the new house is a translation of the family situation which is undergoing a transformation like many other families in the Netherlands.

West and south facade

  • Architects: U Architects
  • Project: Split View
  • Location: Voorste Akkerweg 2, Mierlo – Hout, The Netherlands
  • Delivered:  February 2012
  • Building costs: 299.000 euro  inclusive VAT
  • Gross floor area:  250 m2
  • Type: One freestanding family house
  • Contractor: Jansen&Vis
  • Advisor construction: Vervest Constructief
  • Advisor HVAC: Volantis
  • Architecture photographer: Daan Dijkmeijer
  • Client : Family van Renterghem, which made this project financially possible.
  • Founders and owners of UArchitects: Misak Terzibasiyan & Emile van Vugt


Google Campus in London, UK by Jump Studios

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Jump Studios

Google Campus is a seven storey co-working and event space in the centre of London’s Tech City, otherwise known as Silicon Roundabout. The project, run by Google UK aims to fuel the success of London’s tech start up community.

Working with partners Seedcamp, Tech Hub, Springboard and Central Working, the primary function of Campus will be to provide office space for startup companies, but the facilities will also host daily events, offer regular speaker series with leading technology and entrepreneurship experts, hold networking events and run a constant mentoring program where Google staff will share their experience and expertise with residents.


  • Architects: Jump Studios (Shaun Fernandes, Markus Nonn)
  • Project: Google Campus
  • Location: 4-5 Bonhill Street, London, UK
  • Total floor area: ~2,300 m²
  • Capacity: ~ 200 desk spaces, 16 meeting rooms of various sizes, 2 presentation and event spaces (130 / 75 person capacity), informal work + break out spaces, café
  • Project cost: £ 2.2 M
  • Client: Google UK Ltd.
  • M&E: Medland Metropolis
  • Contractor: Como
  • Furniture: Viaduct
  • Bespoke Joinery: Key Joinery


Sorara’s Showroom in Hangzhou, China by Ramón Esteve – Estudio de Arquitectura

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Ramón Esteve – Estudio de Arquitectura

The showroom designed by Ramon Esteve meets the goals set by the client using  a contemporary language consistent with brand values​​. A 2500 square meter showroom inside the Dikai International Center which is located in Jianggan district, known as CBD, where the new landmark buildings of the city of Hangzhou are settled.

The showroom, recently opened, has grown the international work of Ramon Esteve. It has lead this studio the way to other major projects in China.

Showroom Sorara Hangzhou


Cutty Sark in London, England by Grimshaw

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Grimshaw

Cutty Sark epitomises the great age of sail; she is the last surviving tea clipper. Her remarkable story is tangible evidence of the centuries long importance of sea-trade to this country and to the growth of London as the world’s pre-eminent port and trading centre. Built as a tea clipper, where speed to market was critical, it is the combination of sail and hull form which gave Cutty Sark her edge. The hull shape is defined by the revolutionary 19th century composite iron and timber shipbuilding technique.

Image Courtesy Jim Stephenson

  • Architects: Grimshaw
  • Project: Cutty Sark
  • Location: London, England
  • Client: The Cutty Sark Trust
  • Partner: Chris Nash
  • Associate Director: Diane Metcalfe
  • Project Architects: Jorrin Ten-Have, Den Farnworth
  • Architect Design: Joe Laslett


La Vitrine culturelle in Montreal, Canada by Moment Factory

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Moment Factory

La Vitrine Culturelle is located in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles theatre district–an area known as a showcase for pioneering uses of multimedia technologies. After winning several awards for its interactive LED facade at La Vitrine’s former information centre at the Place-des-Arts, La Vitrine once again asked Moment Factory to push the boundaries of multimedia environments for their new and highly-visible location at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Sainte-Catherine. Moment Factory created an artistic installation that represents the effervescence of the city’s culture of design and innovation, while doubling as an informative and interactive medium.

La Vitrine culturelle

  • Architects: Moment Factory
  • Project: La Vitrine culturelle
  • Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Software used: x-agora


Renovation of an old barn in Charroux, France by Comac

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Comac

Charroux, village of the XVIIth century part of the heritage of the most beautiful villages of France. An ancient franked fortified town, eminent point of the medieval trade shining under the air of Dukes du Bourbonnais. Today mystified, the village looks like a frozen museum where the time seems to have stopped.

Renovation of an old barn

  • Architects: Comac
  • Project: Renovation of an old barn of the XVIIth
  • Location: Charroux, France


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