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The Indian Heritage Centre in Little India, Singapore by ROBERT GREG SHAND ARCHITECTS

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Article source: ROBERT GREG SHAND ARCHITECTS

The Brief

The National Heritage Board wanted a sustainable contemporary building that would embrace the vibrant streetscape of the area and its people. Singapore’s first Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) would feature small-scale museum facilities as well as community and educational spaces.

The space requirement was for two large galleries for the permanent collection, a special gallery for changing exhibitions, and an activity space for smaller groups that could be closed off when in use, or opened up to complement the special exhibition gallery.

In terms of energy efficiency, the brief stipulated that while the environmental control requirements were to be strictly adhered to for the galleries (relative humidity and temperature), the building should achieve a minimum Green Mark GOLD rating.

Image Courtesy © Aaron Pocock

  • Architects: ROBERT GREG SHAND ARCHITECTS
  • Project: The Indian Heritage Centre
  • Location: Little India, Singapore
  • Photography: Aaron Pocock
  • Design Team: Robert Greg Shand, Luther Maynard Sim, Avy Hizole Janda, Anna Lourdes Dayan
  • Client: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD (Singapore Govt)
  • Main Contractor: Yong Xing Construction Pte Ltd
  • Collaborator: URBAN ARCH PTE LTD – Urban Design
  • Project Management: SIPM Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Civil & Structural Engineer: Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Floors: 4
  • Land Area: 1033.80m2
  • Built-in GFA: 3089.68m2
  • Total Floor Area: 3,010 SQM

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HOW Art Museum in Shanghai, China by ARES Partners ltd.

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Article source: ARES Partners ltd.

HOW Art Museum is located in ZhangJiang Hi-Teck Park at Pudong Shanghai. Occupying three levels of the podium floors within the existing HOW Art Hotel building, this 7000sqm Contemporary Art Museum includes a 4200sqm Exhibition space and an about 2800sqm space of supporting service area. The Museum entry hall at the west side of the hotel building is a new addition. To echo with the existing glass curtain wall, this new addition takes on a simple architecture form. The new addition hall way is a transitional space between the exterior sculpture park and the interior Gallery space as well as a link between the Art Hotel and the Museum. The 22 meter long rectangular form takes one single bend in correspond to the existing podium building shape.

Image Courtesy © Dirk Weiblen

  • Architects: ARES Partners ltd.
  • Project: HOW Art Museum
  • Location: ZhangJiang Hi-Tech Park, PuDong New district, Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Dirk Weiblen
  • Client: Zheng Hao
  • Design Group: Helen Wang, Colin Zhu, Mei Qin, Hu Jieling, Cheng Hui, An Dongguang
  • GFA: 7,000 sqm
  • Design: 2016.03-2017.04
  • Completion: 2017.08

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Slow Food Freespace in Chengdu, China by Stefano Boeri Architetti

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Article source: Stefano Boeri Architetti

Venice Biennial, Stefano Boeri Architetti presents Slow Food Freespace: the pilot project for the first Slow Village to be constructed in China in collaboration with Slow Food Movement. The speakers at the May 25th “Across Chinese Cities – The Community” event at Ca’ Tron will be Stefano Boeri and Carlo Petrini, founders of the two entities, Stefano Boeri Architetti and Slow Food.

Image Courtesy © Stefano Boeri Architetti

  • Architects: Stefano Boeri Architetti
  • Project: Slow Food Freespace
  • Location: Anrenqiyan Village, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
  • Partners: Stefano Boeri, Yibo Xu
  • Project Director: Pietro Chiodi
  • Project Architect: Claudia Scaglioni, Moataz Faisal Farid
  • Design Team: Huang Zhiyang, Jiang Linhong, Krista Skujina
  • Year: 2018

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Tirana Pyramid in Albania by MVRDV

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Article source: MVRDV

Situated in the centre of Tirana, the former Enver Hoxha Museum designed in the 1980s by a group of architects including the then president’s daughter Pranvera Hoxha and her husband Klement Kolneci. Throughout the years it has also served as a temporary base for NATO during the War in Kosovo, a night club and as an event space. In recent years there were plans to transform the structure into a national theatre. These plans never materialized meaning the building has been left to decay for more than a decade.

Image Courtesy © Gent Onuzi

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Tirana Pyramid
  • Location: Tirana, Albania
  • Photography: Gent Onuzi
  • Client: Municipality of Tirana
  • Design: MVRDV – Winy Maas, Jacob Van Rijs and Nathalie De Vries
  • Design Team: Winy Maas, Stefan de Koning with Ronald Hoogeveen, Boris Tikvarski, Stavros Gargaretas, Leo Stuckardt and Guido Boeters.
  • Youth Centre Management: TUMO
  • Area: 11,800m2
  • Year: 2018+

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Area Three Art Museum in Beijing, China by CUN Design

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Article source: CUN Design

Louis Kahn has said that if you fill your mind with something that does not belongs to you, they would never stay in your brain; you would forget them, and you would lose the awareness of defining your self-worth. His spirit in the architecture has been summarized by John Lobell in the book Between Silence and Light.

In my point of view, Louis Kahn has found a calm answer for each question he asked in architecture. He never went with the flow but thought more about design and himself. As a designer, the most important thing is to think beyond the box and create new possibility, not always stay stereotyped or even duplicate work from others.

Image Courtesy © Wang Ting & Wang Jin

  • Architects: CUN Design
  • Project: Area Three Art Museum
  • Location: A No.1 Creative Park, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Photography: Wang Ting & Wang Jin
  • Interior Architects: Cui Shu & Wu Wei
  • Project Designers: Liu Xiaoyu & Ma Shijia
  • Area: 2300㎡

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The Lost Shtetl in Šeduva, Lithuania by LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Article source: LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS

The Lost Shtetl is at the same time a memorial and a museum. The entity is a remembrance of a lost village, but also a universal interpretation of community living and about the physical environment, where we all have the right to live. No other goals have been set to the symbolism of the building –the village itself will tell the story of life.

Image Courtesy © LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS

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Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment in Canada by KPMB Architects

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Article source: KPMB Architects

The Ottawa Art Gallery expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment involves the careful integration of a new building and the redistribution of arts organizations within the existing Arts Court complex to create an integrated arts community. The project is a priority of the City of Ottawa Renewed Action Plan for Arts Heritage and Culture (2013-2018). Included in the project are: a new home for the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), a new 120-seat black box theatre and rehearsal studios for the University of Ottawa (UOttawa), a new 245-seat OAG multi-purpose screening room, repurposed space within the existing Arts Court complex, and a 21-storey private sector tower that will house a Le Germain hotel and private condominium with underground parking. The project aspires to create a destination for patrons of the arts as well as provide identity for the OAG and the other arts organizations currently housed in the Arts Court. The new exterior north entry court and interior atrium off Daly Avenue shall serve to provide a new accessible entrance and central hub for all of the arts organizations within the expanded Arts Court. Located one level up from the North entry court on Daly Avenue is the OAG lobby with its’ main entrance and associated South entry court off Waller Street. Taken together these two entry courts define a north -south axis of clearly delineated address and circulation. Equally important and working in tandem with these access points is the east-west axis which is defined by the extension of the existing primary circulation corridor in the existing Arts Court building. The new building and the existing complex will be linked along this axis at the concourse, main, and second floor levels. This east-west axis is immediately accessible from the North Atrium at the concourse level and the OAG lobby at the main level and terminates at the SAW Gallery entry court at the west and the UOttawa entry on the east. This linkage is critical to the success of the project and requires the relocation of an existing exit stair that is currently located at the eastern end of the existing corridor effectively blocking the proposed connection.

Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

  • Architects: KPMB Architects (Barry Padolsky Associates Inc.)
  • Project: Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment
  • Location: 2 Daly, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2, Canada
  • Photography: Adrien Williams
  • KPMB Project Lead: Mitchell Hall (principal), Zachary Hinchliffe (project architect), Olena Chorny, Grace Ko
  • Design Phase:

    • Structural: Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd.
    • Mechanical & Electrical: Goodkey, Weedmark & Associates Ltd.
    • Gallery Lighting: Gabriel MacKinnon
    • Theatre & Lighting consultant: MCLD Inc.
    • Landscape: Lashley + Associates
    • Civil & Traffic: Delcan

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Alfred Eisenstaedt. The Father of Photojournalism in Moscow, Russia by FORM bureau

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Article source:  FORM bureau

The twentieth century classic Alfred Eisenstaedt played a pivotal role in the development and understanding of reportage photography. A significant part of the photographer’s legacy is his collection of portraits of the biggest personalities in art, science and politics. Amongst them are iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Sofia Loren, Dali, Einstein, T.S. Elliot, Hemingway and Kennedy.


Image Courtesy © Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

  • Architects: FORM bureau
  • Project: Alfred Eisenstaedt. The Father of Photojournalism
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Photography: Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
  • Design: Olga Treiwas, Very Odyn, Elena Kornilova 
  • Client: Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center 
  • Curator: Maria Nasimova 
  • Graphic Design: Maria Ignatyeva 
  • Year: 2015

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Pino familia in Seoul, South Korea by Moon Hoon

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Article source: Moon Hoon

The 300pyong irregular shaped piece of land near the outskirt of north eastern Seoul simultaneously faces forests and the dense urban conditions. The boundary that faces the city is walled up according to wishes of the client, who is both an avid collector of Pinocchio dolls and artifacts from around the world, and owner of a private kinder-garden. The client had a programmatic vision for a museum and galleries where her Pinocchio collections and related collections and designs could be enjoyed and experienced.  The first building was envisioned as mainly as a Pinocchio doll museum with some seating areas for watching performances. There was a request for an outdoor hall where make shift arena could take place. The second building was to house many other character designs related to Pinocchio, with an emphasis on interactive program and a larger auditorium for movies, concerts and other congregational uses. The third building needed to accommodate a museum shop with a cafeteria, and some workshop space.

Image Courtesy © Namgoong Sun

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Project: Pino familia
  • Location: 373-7, Junggye-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Photography: Namgoong Sun
  • Client: Lee So young
  • Design Team: Kim sookhee, Park jeonguk, Kim haeree, Kang changsu
  • Site Area: 1807.3m²

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San Pellegrino church restoration and outfitting of plaster deposits in Lucca, Italy by MICROSCAPE architecture urban design ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS ​

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Article source: MICROSCAPE architecture urban design ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS ​

The Church of San Pellegrino in the historic centre of Lucca takes its name from its location which is on Via San Pellegrino, now called Via Galli Tassi: the northernmost route to the city of Lucca on Via Francigena.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

  • Architects: MICROSCAPE architecture urban design ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS
  • Project: San Pellegrino church restoration and outfitting of plaster deposits
  • Location: Lucca, Italy
  • Photography: Pietro Savorelli
  • Work Supervision: MICROSCAPE architecture urban design AA
  • Contractor: Lorenzini Pietro s.r.l., Moretti Restauri, S2 s.r.l., Tarchiani s.r.l., Tecno Service s.r.l.
  • Size: 310 mq
  • Project Assignment: 2015
  • Site: 2015-16

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