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THE HUG – Otaniemi Central Campus of AAl to University by MenoMenoPiu Architects

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: MenoMenoPiu Architects

The  project is a contemporary evolution of the classic courtyard tipology, unfolding the four sides of the courtyard along the axis of the main road,creating a central urban square facing south for both students and citizens.

The four sides go up from east to west according to the heights of the surrounding buildings. It allows to keep the view of the main Alvar Aalto building and creating a main access.

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The former carriageable roads are processed in the main pedestrian and cycle paths, keeping the total permeability of the site in the main points of access.

The creation of two different external levels that takes shape from theterrain, has enabled the customization of two different open spaces.

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The Lower square at 0.00 represents “THE HUG”, the most dynamic front, south faced, the New Centrality  of the Alvar Aalto Campus. In this space of social interaction  all the public university activities and  the commercial/gastronomic frontare  concentrated. The north side of “THE HUG”, which is less enlightened, becomes the Media Lume of the campus with the presence of two theatres and one exterior stage.

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The Upper square at +5.00 is the quieter front of the project thought as a green open space with big terraces.The goal is to keep low in front the Alvar Aalto’s building.

The program is developed in a linear way on the site. Placing on the south-east the commercial front and on the north-west the university activities. Following the logics of the planning, the program turns into a curve that ends on the VTT Building and generates the large central space,”THE HUG”.

This approach creates an interactive environment  for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, releasing and lengthening the visual outlook.

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The basement of the building is a vibrant glazed space, conceived like a green house, whereon the east side is concentrated a large retail front, such as grocery shop, copy shop, material shop, book shop, galleries and restaurants, and on the west side all the common activities of the university campus, such as exhibition spaces, lounge point, interactive and audiovisual areas, administrations,stages (Media Lume).

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This mix will guarantee a continuous daily life of this place, making it an attractive center either for its users orfor those of the nearby universities. In fact the project’s purpose is to provide a clever urban link between all the activities already existing and those that will be realized.

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On this common basement three boxesare settled. The lower one, that is in visual relation with the Alvar Aalto building, hosts all dining activities with their beautiful terraces on both sides. The other two boxes represent  all the university program (Media, Architecture,Design and Art, VTT extension).

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The university boxes work like a covered courtyard providing external views on campus and at the same time give more intimate interior views. The possibility to share the spaces between the various faculties makes possible the interaction between the different disciplines.

The development of the internal program is based on the principle of the mixing and sharing of activities, believing that this system could be a fruitful way to break down the usual concept of a university campus.

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The VTT expansion has been considered as an integrant part of the project being one of the sides that embraces this new centrality, in fact the highest box relies on the corner building, connecting it to the whole system and bringing into it new cultural energy.

The Shading envelope provides a climate control depending on the exposition, concentrating glazed surfaces on the south-west to accumulate heat during daylight hours and more opaque surfaces on the north side to eliminate the heat loss.

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The roofs play a key role in the project as generators of life, interactions and energy. The lowest roof is totally merged with the ground, being a beautiful terrace and a set back with the Aalto building.

The second and the third roof are two powerful terraces serving the university spaces where in summer period students can enjoy the beautiful views on the bay. Those two roof decks could be imagined also as exhibition spaces for the artistic production of the campus. The Highest roof  is equipped with wind turbines that  guarantee the production of the energy for the new building and the surroundings.

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All the design choices are directed in the way of durable development through the use of high  performance materials, capable of limiting consumption, natural ventilation, natural management of humidity inside, rainwater recovery and the use of renewable energy such as geothermal energy.

The rectangle is the neutral form par excellence, because its corners balance the two opposing forces of the line: the vertical and horizontal”.

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PEDROSO HOUSE in Buenos Aires, Argentina by BAK Arquitectos

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: BAK Arquitectos

This work is the result of a process that began in 2004 with the construction of a summer house in the forest of Mar Azul in order to take advantage of this intervention opportunity in a site of significant landscape values to propose design alternatives that take under consideration the protection of the natural environment as an unavoidable premise.

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  • Architects: BAK Arquitectos
  • Project: PEDROSO HOUSE
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Photography: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Design and Project Management: María Victoria Besonias, Luciano Kruk
  • Collaborators: Diorella Fortunati
  • Land Area: 333 m2
  • Built Area: 95 m2
  • Completion date: 2012

Pablo Neruda Elementary School in Alcorcón (Madrid), Spain by Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos

Inspired in the duality between the world of adults and the world of children described in the work of Lewis Carroll, the project proposes transferring Alice ‘s universe to the primary school; a world full of sensations, experiences, games, scales and colors where both coexist.

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  • Architects: Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos
  • Project: Pablo Neruda Elementary School
  • Location: Alcorcón (Madrid), Spain
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Architects: Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos SLP.María José Pizarro, Óscar Rueda.Antonio Cantero, Miguel Chillerón, Alberto Galindo, Laura Montero, Pedro G. Merino.
  • Area: 1.503,35 sqm.
  • Client: Alcorcón City Council

Entourage by Latitude Studio

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: Latitude Studio

The accommodation of this 200m2-place into an art-gallery-lounge bar gives opportunity to explore different ways of displaying art inside a place which is traditionally conceived as a chill-out space.

The gallery is organized as three-concatenated spaces: the “Light Fall Room”, the “Mirror Room” and the “Dada Room”. The white walls of the Light Fall Room display a so-called “untouched nature”: the only piece of art which cannot be purchased.

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  • Architects: Latitude Studio
  • Project: Entourage
  • YEAR: 2013
  • TYPE: Commission
  • STATUS: Built
  • CLIENT: Ammo Catering Culture Co., Limited
  • PROGRAM: 200m2 of a gallery-lounge bar
  • CHEIF DESIGNER: Manuel Zornoza
  • TEAM: Wang Heyi , Yang Yushan, Xi Heng
  • CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: SOK Consulting Service Limited

Curl Curl Residence in Sydney, NSW by CplusC Architectural Workshop

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: CplusC Architectural Workshop

The Curl Curl House was an exercise in material, time, and cost efficiency. A specific project brief included two bedrooms with built-in robes, bathroom/laundry, an open plan dining, kitchen, living space, and a deck. The Client also required that the home was to be at one level extending from the carport and main entrance.

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  • Architects: CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Project: Curl Curl Residence
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Architect: Clinton Cole
  • Photography: Murray Fredericks, Simon Whitbread
  • Floor Area: 237m² + Pool + Landscape
  • Time: 22 weeks
  • Year: 2011
  • Engineer: Jack Hodgson Consultants
  • Builder: CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Landscaper: CplusC Architectural Workshop
  • Software used: Vectorworks

House in Naarden, Netherlands by Serge Scheomaker Architects

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: Serge Schoemaker Architects

Serge Schoemaker Architects was commissioned to renovate and modernize a semi-detached house from the thirties in Naarden, the Netherlands. The architectural office significantly improved the internal spatial quality of the traditional house without physically altering its protected external appearance.

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  • Architects: Serge Scheomaker Architects
  • Project: House
  • Location: Naarden, Netherlands
  • Photography: Raoul Kramer
  • Client: Private
  • Program: Residential
  • Gross Floor Area: 195 m2
  • Status: Completed (2013)
  • Team: Serge Schoemaker, Max Hart Nibbrig, Giulia Tönz

Qatar’s Pavilion – Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy by Andrea Maffei Architects

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei Architects

1. Introduction

The Pavilion for the EXPO 2015 represents a great opportunity to show the interest and the charm of the country of Qatar to all over the world. Millions of visitors will go to Milan to see the EXPO 2015 and will learn the culture of Qatar in the exhibition space in the new Pavillion.

The Milan Expo 2015 is about “Feeding the Planet”, that means about food culture all over the world and how all the countries developed their food tradition and experience.

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  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Project: Qatar’s Pavilion – Expo 2015
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Program: pavilion for exhibition
  • Client: Qatar Ministry of Business and Trade
  • Competition time:  july 2013 – September 2013
  • Project: Andrea Maffei
  • Design team: Alessandra De Stefani, Stefano Bergagna, Andrea Maffei Architects s.r.l. Milano
  • Contractor: Grassi & Crespi Impresa di Costruzioni
  • Security coordination: Grassi & Crespi Impresa di Costruzioni

AIDS MEMORIAL PARK in NYC by Walzworkinc and d’

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: Walzworkinc and d’

The scars left from the devastation of AIDS on New York City are not visible. No buildings were downed from the attack of AIDS. Instead there are thousands of small holes where people’s lives were cut short. In fact there are over a hundred thousand of them throughout the city of New York. Also there are the millions of holes in the hearts and memories of those that survived them, the family members, friends, neighbors, and communities, those that nursed them, and the courageous activists who refused to allow the suffering and loss to be swept under a rug, who demanded attention, gave support and initiated action.

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  • Architects: Walzworkinc and D’
  • Location: NYC , U.S.A
  • Year: 2012
  • Software used: Rhionceros for the 3D and V-ray

New York Loft by Adi Gershoni Architect

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: Adi Gershoni Architect

This downtown NYC loft has a challenging long and narrow shape, and the clients had a complex set of requirements: Both husband and wife work from home, they frequently entertain large groups, and they often have guests stay over, sometimes for extended periods.

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Alaloum Board Game Café in Nea Filadelfia, Athens, Greece by Triopton Architects

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: Triopton Architects

Alaloum Board Game Cafe is located in Nea Filadelfeia, a suburb in north east of Athens, and addresses board game lovers.

According to Triopton Αrchitects, “the very specific function of board gaming inspires and determines the design concept.”

The café is developed in two levels of total space of 160 sq.m. The concept behind the café is mainly focusing on preserving and enhancing the strict geometries of the structure, thus creating a welcoming, yet subversive environment influenced by the creative imagination and variegation of a board game.

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

  • Architects: Triopton Architects
  • Project: Alaloum Board Game Café
  • Location: Nea Filadelfia, Athens, Greece
  • Photography: Dimitris Kleanthis
  • Design Team: Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Project Area: 160 sqm
  • Software Used: Autocad, 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop
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