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Riel Estate / Joris Verhoeven Architectuur

Do, 01.12.2016 - 15:00
© John van Groenedaal

© John van Groenedaal

House Riel Estate completed in 2014 is located in a new residential development in the small village Riel near the town Tilburg. The property conforms with its archetypal main structure and materialization with the rural character of the village and the surrounding countryside; a main building with a gable roof, rural hand-molded bricks and heavy oak doors.

© John van Groenedaal

In the province of Brabant, where the dwelling is situated, it is customary to enter through the back door. By seperating kitchen and living room from each other, a separation is also made between the formal entrance and the informal back door. Also arise an afternoon and evening terrace.

© John van Groenedaal

The staircase is located in the intermediate zone between kitchen and living room. It rises up along the gentle slope of the roof and ensures a clear connection between the ground floor and upstairs. The presence of this stairs is further emphasized by the skylight above it folding over the roof which ensures light gliding down the stairs.

© John van Groenedaal Plan © John van Groenedaal

An asymmetric sculptural play of mass and openness is created by tilting the roof and also with the masonry giving the impression of heavy solid walls. The detailing of the house reinforces this and provides a powerful clarity.

Riel Estate is inspired by the minimalistic brick pavilions in the German museum park Insel Hombroich. 

© John van Groenedaal

Product Description.The window frames and lintels are all detailed out of sight. By this means the bricks and the glass are the only materials in sight for a strong image.

© John van Groenedaal
Kategorien: Architektur

Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Abandoned After Rejection by City Council

Do, 01.12.2016 - 13:10
© Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is abandoning plans for a museum in the Finnish capital after a proposal for funding was rejected by the Helsinki City Council, 53-32.

“We are disappointed that the Helsinki City Council has decided not to allocate funds for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum, in effect bringing this project to a close,” Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, told the Helsinki Times.

The news comes a shortly after the Helsinki City Board voted to proceed with the scheme by a 8-7 vote, despite the project already being denied funding by Finnish Government in September.

The controversial project has been under fire from opponents since its inception. Recent figures to speak out against the project included Finnish MP and architect Anders Adlercreutz, architectural critic Jonathan Glancey, and Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, who criticized the project’s “globalisation and commercialisation of art.”

The competition for the design had attracted 1,715 entries, likely making it the largest architectural competition in history. It was won by Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki Architects, whose proposal was lauded for its contextually-driven design.

News via Architect’s Journal, Helsinki Times.

Kategorien: Architektur

Sir Sandford Fleming College - Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre / Perkins + Will

Do, 01.12.2016 - 13:00
© Tom Arban

  • Architects: Perkins + Will Toronto Office
  • Location: Peterborough, ON, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Jan-Willem Gritters (lead architect), Duff Balmer (design principal)
  • Area: 87000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tom Arban, Scott Norsworthy
  • Structural: Stephenson Engineering Limited
  • Mechanical And Electrical: MCW Consultants Ltd
  • Civil: D.M. Wills Associates Ltd.
  • Landscape Consultant: Fleisher Ridout Partnership Inc.
  • Life Safety / Code Consultant: Jensen Hughes Inc.
  • Cost Consultant: A.W. Hooker Associates Ltd.
  • Leed: Provident Energy Management
  • Racking: Johnson Equipment
  • Specifications: DGS Consulting Services
© Scott Norsworthy

From the architect. The Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC) was established in 2014 as a central part of the Sir Arthur Fleming college in Peterborough, Ontario. Designed by architects Perkins + Will, the $42 million project used innovative design to leverage campus and community interest in the skilled trades and training programs.

© Scott Norsworthy

Aligned with the main north-south axis of the campus, the building is conceived as a new gateway, inviting pedestrian movement from the student residences and Sport and Wellness Centre (also designed by Shore Tilbe Perkins+Will in 2002) to the north. The guiding vision behind the project is the idea of exploring new pathways to learning and the conviction that ‘learning can happen anywhere’. A state-of-the-art facility, Fleming College integrates theoretical learning with applied practice in a manner that emphasizes visibility and inter-disciplinary inclusiveness.

© Tom Arban © Scott Norsworthy

The 87, 000 sq. ft. multi-level learning center is illuminated by natural light, exposed structural components and open spaces, creating ideal grounds for learning and collaboration - proponents that Perkins + Will find integral to noble design. A series of flexible spaces, including a large ‘learning factory’ allow each trade to work collaboratively within one large floor space. Within this space an innovative 4 storey teaching ‘cube’ provides a flexible framework for electrical and plumbing installations and a more direct simulation of actual site conditions. Serving this space, are a series of dedicated workshops, SMART classrooms, and interactive student and office spaces that support a wide range of services and programs; all supported with wireless access, flexible integrated services and reconfigurable layouts. Fostering the visibility of students working in the bustling commons area below, the facility emulates a real-world construction site and promotes the cross-pollination of ideas, while simultaneously providing the technological tools needed for the traditional teaching above.

Exploded Axonometric

The KTTC also incorporates aesthetic details that appeal to students of varying demographics, who may wish to get involved in the trades, effectively shattering the gendered divide that is often seen in the skilled trade sector. Targeting a Gold LEED certification, the KTTC building challenges the perceptions of what skilled trade training facilities look like and serves as first-hand inspiration for the students enrolled.

© Scott Norsworthy

The building engages its setting by partially burying its lower floor along the east side and carving out a large sunken courtyard along this face connected to the lower workshop zone. Along the opposite side of the building facing the woodlot, the lower floor aligns with the existing grade enabling unobstructed access into the main project spaces.

Section Section

A cladding of black cement board, natural concrete, cedar, Corten steel and generous glazing, reinforces this connection to the site creating a combination of rich natural tones and patinated surfaces that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings

© Scott Norsworthy

Product Description. Using wood accenting at the front entrance allows the facility to merge with the existing landscape in a way that is natural and uplifting. The rich cedar introduces neutral tones which are continued through the facility, providing an unobtrusive, yet eye-catching design.

© Tom Arban

Kategorien: Architektur

Cappadocia’s Fairy Chimneys: A Collaboration Between Humans and Rocks

Do, 01.12.2016 - 11:30
© <a href=''> Rob Whitworth </a>

Fairy chimneys, also known as hoodoos or tent rocks, are spooky looking spires of rock that range from the height of an average person to over 40 meters. While recently on assignment creating one of his time-lapse videos for Turkish Airlines, photographer and filmmaker Rob Whitworth captured the fairy chimneys found in the Cappadocia region of Turkey in all their eerie charm.

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Simply put, fairy chimneys are formed when thick layers of soft rock are covered by a thin layer of hard rock, with the soft rock continuing to erode through cracks in the layer of hard rock. As the cracks deepen, the fairy chimneys come to be shaped into their pillar-like silhouettes.

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While this geological process happens all over the world—fairy chimneys can be found in Taiwan, the US, New Zealand and Jordan—it is only in Cappadocia where they have been transformed into houses and churches through a sort of human-rock collaboration.

© <a href=''> Rob Whitworth </a>

The magical-looking result of this human-rock partnership was many millennia in the making. The first Cappadocian volcanic rocks were formed millions of years ago, followed by further centuries of natural forces that eroded the rock into their distinctive forms. The human touch to the Cappadocian fairy chimneys took less time than Mother Nature’s, and began out of necessity when early Christians during the Roman period sought refuge within the rocks. On the run from persecution in Rome, upon reaching Cappadocia (the town of Goreme in particular), they discovered the malleability of the rocks and began to carve into them. A system of manmade caves was created throughout the fairy chimneys, which became homes, churches and stables.

© <a href=''> Rob Whitworth </a>

Today, the fairy chimneys serve as a refuge for tourists rather than those fleeing empire-wide persecution, but remain uncannily unique. Some of the chimney caves have been converted into museums and hotels, letting people truly explore a built environment that owes its creation to volcanoes, wind and rain as much as ancient human intervention.

© <a href=''> Rob Whitworth </a>
Kategorien: Architektur

Domus Aurea / Alberto Campo Baeza + Gilberto L. Rodríguez

Do, 01.12.2016 - 10:30
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

  • Collaborators Architects: Alejandro Cervilla García, Ignacio Aguirre López, María Pérez de Camino Díez, Pamela Díaz de León, David Alatorre, Viviana Ortíz, Mauricio Bárcenas, Katia Radilla, Guillermo Durán, Elena Jiménez Sánchez, Tommaso Campiotti, Imanol Iparraguirre Barbero
  • Construction Company: Sorteo TEC
  • Client: Sorteos TEC – Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

From the architect. For a Spanish architect, to build a house in Mexico is a privilege. To build a house in Monterrey is a gift. To build the TEC lottery house in Monterrey is amazing. And, logically, I did my utmost to ensure that this house would be the most beautiful in the world. That is my stated intent with every new project that falls into my hands.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla

And of course, if Barragán is always present in all my architecture, he is even more in this case, which is why I decided that not only would my house be flooded with light, but that it would be the golden light of Barragán.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla

With this in mind, after creating a diagonal space resulting from concatenating two spaces of double height, I decided to gild the high vertical wall on which all the southern light would fall and fill it with this much-coveted golden hue.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla

Accordingly this light-filled house would be literally flooded with golden light, and thus become a veritable DOMUS AUREA.

Ground Floor Sketch 1st Floor

In functional terms, the house is divided into three planes. On the ground floor the most public areas. Continuity to the garden will be through verandas and shaded areas. On the upper floor, the bedrooms and living area overlooking the lower floor. At the higher rooftop level, the more private areas will be located, including the swimming-pool.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla

We dream of a white house, serene, full of light, a golden light, where its inhabitants will be happy.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
Kategorien: Architektur

6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks

Do, 01.12.2016 - 10:00
Courtesy of Unknown

Building a highway in a city is often thought of as a solution to traffic congestion. However, the induced demand theory has shown that when drivers have more routes, they choose to continue using this medium instead of using public transport or a bicycle, and as a result, congestion doesn’t decrease.

As a result, some cities have chosen to remove spaces designated for cars and turn what was once a highway into urban parks and less congested streets. 

Here we have six examples, some have already been completed, while a few are still under construction. To the surprise of some, most of the projects are in the US, which reflects that American designers are looking into further studying European transport policies. 

Harbor Drive, Portland – USA

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One of the first highways in the US to be eliminated to make way for a park was Portland, Oregon’s Harbor Drive built on the shore of the Willamette River. In 1974 the transformation work began that gave rise to Tom McCall Park. 

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The Hawthorne Bridge, which was originally part of the freeway, became a bridge for cyclists and pedestrians, connecting First Avenue with the park. 

Cheonggyecheon, Seoul – South Korea

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The Cheonggyecheon elevated highway in Seoul was built on a canal of the same name. In order to deal with environmental pollution and the noise generated by the more than 160,000 vehicles using the highway daily, Mayor Lee Myung Bak launched a plan to demolish it and build a park instead. 

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The selected proposal was designed by Kee Yeon Hwang, who wanted to clean up the canal and return it to its role as a meeting place. In addition, the recovery of this public space has reduced noise levels and temperature in the surrounding area. 

Pier Freeway, San Francisco

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In the early 1980s in San Francisco, a plan began to demolish the California 480 highway with the idea of building a park instead. However, it wasn’t until 1991 that the two-story motorway was demolished - after being damaged by the 1989 earthquake. Studies concluded that rebuilding the freeway was much more expensive than making a park. 

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Today the place has one of the best views of San Francisco Bay and has many miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths. 

Madrid Río, Madrid 

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In the year 2000, the Madrid Río project was started, which sought to restore the banks of the Manzares River. A difficult task thanks to the stretches of the M-30 highway that crossed it. 

As there were several historic structures involved, like the Puente de Segovia, the oldest bridge in the city, the Ermita Virgen del Puerto and Puente del Rey, the project carried out the restoration while maintaining these aspects of the city's history in the middle of the park. In addition, the Puerta del Rey, a building dating back to the reign of José Bonaparte, was able to return to its original location, since it had been displaced during the construction of the motorway. 

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The park opened in 2011, offering citizens spaces for sports, walks, and opportunities to learn about the city's history. In this instance, the motorway was not completely demolished, but traffic was diverted by underground tunnels. 

Park East Freeway, Milwaukee 

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In the 1960s, a project in the works would see the downtown area surrounded by the Park East Freeway. However, nearby residents began to oppose it, arguing that the project would cause too much noise. For this reason, the highway was never completed and certain parts were demolished between 1999 and 2002 for the development of the Park East Corridor project which, when finished, will allow free access from the city center to the river. 

© trevor.patt, via Flickr

In total, the new park is 60 hectares, 24 of which were allocated to new buildings to revitalize the area. So far, the northern part of the park is the one that shows the greatest advances through the remodeling of the main avenues that connect with downtown. 

Alaskan Way, Seattle 

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In 2001 an earthquake damaged the overpass of the Alaska Freeway in Seattle. Initially, the plan was to rebuild it, however, it was later decided to make a four lane underground tunnel so that on the surface the areas along Elliot Bay join with the rest of the city through a new pedestrian space. The inauguration of the park is scheduled for next year. 

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Kategorien: Architektur

RIBA Announces 2016 House of the Year Finalists

Do, 01.12.2016 - 08:00
Antsy Plum / Coppin Dockray. Image © Katie Lock

Last week, RIBA announced the first two homes shortlisted for this year's House of the Year Award: Antsy Plum by Coppin Dockray and Outhouse by Loyn & Co Architects. Antsy Plum is a 1960s modernist house located in Antsy, Wiltshire, renovated to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent; Outhouse, located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, is a partly subterranean concrete structure on a sloped site. 

Outhouse / Loyn & Co Architects. Image © Charles Hosea

Since 2001, the RIBA House of the Year Award has recognized the best new house designed by a UK architect annually and is sponsored by Hiscox Home Insurance and Paint and Paper Library. RIBA plans to name seven houses in total to its shortlist and name the 2016 House of the Year on December 15.

News via: Royal Institute of British Architects

Kategorien: Architektur

Shoji Screen House / Yoshiaki Yamashita

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 21:00
© Eiji Tomita

  • Structural Engineer: Yoshiki Mondo
  • Constructor: Egawa Kenchiku
  • Site Area: 66.06 m2
© Eiji Tomita

This house is in Osaka city, the back of the Karahori shopping district. This site of the only 66 square meters is located in the place where entered 30m the alley from the road.

Alley width is about 2m.

© Eiji Tomita

Site is a corner lot in contact with the crank. On the south side of the site, there is stone wall exceeds the height 4m and 2 or 3-story house has been built on it. Also other three sides of the site has surrounded by a three-story building.

© Eiji Tomita

Standing on the site, I felt like being in the bottom of a well. First, I tried to capture the stone walls in the house.

Floor Plans + Elevations

But it was rejected to the client. Because they're not good at small animals and insects. So, direction of the design was headed to the Urban Housing that is completely contained inside.

© Eiji Tomita

But I wanted to be left a little relationship with the surroundings. I was allowed to extend the alley in this house and placed glass-walled entrance, glass-walled light garden and glass-walled sanitary space ahead of the approach (the wall mirror has emphasized the depth).

© Eiji Tomita

They upon entering the low-ceilinged entrance, then high ceilings and spacious space will greet them.

© Eiji Tomita

There is no window in the two sides facing the street.(see the appearance)

© Eiji Tomita

Private space spacious has adopted the light from three light yard provided inside of the outer wall.


Although especially large fixed window is facing the service Terrace, I chose the abstract light (rather than show a embodying, such as the laundry) by paste the Japanese paper in the window over the entire surface.

In the night, the silhouette of bamboo planted outside is reflected on this screen.

© Eiji Tomita

There is a square window on top of the light garden next the entrance, also this window is affixed Japanese paper to hide the outside view. The traditional materials of Japan "Japanese paper" has created an abstract and modern space.  As not "Shoji Joinery" but "Shoji Screen"

Kategorien: Architektur

St. Nicholas School / aflalo/gasperini arquitetos

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 17:00
© Ana Mello

© Ana Mello

From the architect. An elementary and high school for pupils aged between 2 and 17, the construction houses adjoining collective spaces featuring partial isolation between the three different school levels: Infant, Junior and Senior. A backbone

© Ana Mello

creates connectivity between all spaces, with the three scholastic levels, the spaces of common use – dining hall, game courts, theater, football field, arts complex – and the socialising areas scattered throughout the large garden that separates the blocks from the classrooms.

© Ana Mello Site Plan © Ana Mello

The volumes’ dynamic installation allowed the privacy of each age group’s playground, and at the same time favored a permeability between them through the woods. The project design is formed by the balanced disposition of occupied spaces and the empty spaces formed between them. The volumetry’s inclined planes create shading over the classroom terraces, on the facades of the various spaces and on the access passageways which are open and integrated with the green areas.

© Ana Mello
Kategorien: Architektur

Jean Nouvel's First Melbourne Tower Receives Go-Ahead

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 16:00
Courtesy of Sterling Global

Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Australian firm Architectus’ 70-story mixed-use tower, 383 La Trobe Street, will be the newest addition to the Melbourne skyline, after its approval by the Victoria Department of Planning.

Upon completion, the building will be Nouvel’s first project in Melbourne and second in Australia following One Central Park in Sydney, which was named the  Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Best Tall Building Worldwide in 2014.

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The 242 meter (827 foot) tower will feature a gridded facade with varying fenestration on each elevation – including the signature south facade, which has been inspired a curtain in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hillside Theatre at Taliesin.

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Inside, the tower will contain 488 apartment units and a 196-room hotel organized around four sky gardens. Approximately one third of the 2,850 square meter site will be designated for public space, containing galleries, restaurants, a bar, retail spaces and an internal arcade for digital art installations.

In addition, a book exchange library run in partnership with Victoria University will allow visitors and residents to borrow and donate books.

News via ArchitectureAU + Urban Melbourne.

Kategorien: Architektur

Camp Baird / Malcolm Davis Architecture

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 15:00
© Joe Fletcher

  • Landscape Architect: Cary Bush of Merge Studio
  • Contractor: Simon Fairweather & Associates
© Joe Fletcher Floor Plan

From the architect. Malcolm Davis Architecture built an incredible contextual indoor/outdoor living space. This off the grid home sits on a stunning 165-wooded acre property in a valley west of Healdsburg. Previously working with the Baird family for their first home in the Bay Area, Malcolm Davis already understood the family and their design aesthetic.

© Joe Fletcher

The home, similar to their very own family campground, is outfitted for the family yearning to unplug from their fast-paced lives and connect to the outdoors. The property has two main structures - a car and barn equipment shed and a main structure, which has three primary enclosed multi-function spaces on opposite ends of the central south-facing porch. These spaces can be used for sleeping, practicing yoga and games. The backyard has an 82-foot long solar-heated swimming pool, a concrete outdoor fireplace used for grilling and cooking and a partially screened outdoor shower, which also functions as their primary shower. In addition, the backyard is the families playground which includes a tree house, rope swing, archery area and two large grass areas flank the east and west end of property for outdoor activities.

© Joe Fletcher

“Camp Baird” is a fully functional, efficient and sustainable compound. The three enclosed rooms can be fully heated by Rais wood stoves while the kitchen is heavily insulated to stay cool on hot summer days. The galvanized metal roofs reduce heat build up and the metal cladding and hardwood Ipe decks in this Wildland Urban Interface zone minimize fire threat. The landscape, done by Cary Bush of Merge Studio, is filled with drought tolerant native species with a row of trees at the parking area to provide future shade for visiting cars. In addition, a snake fence - a 30" tall metal wall - keeps the immediate compound free from critters.

© Joe Fletcher

Product Description: The buildings are clad in CorTen metal on the walls and galvanized metal roofs. The CorTen allows the simple shed structures to blend into the landscape. The galvanized metal roofs reduce heat build up. The metal cladding and hardwood Ipe decks in this Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zone minimize fire threat.

© Joe Fletcher
Kategorien: Architektur

Intercultural Education Center at Tübingen / (se)arch architekten

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 13:00
© Zooey Braun

  • Structure : merz kley partner ZT GmbH
  • Construction Site Area: 980 m2
© Zooey Braun

The intercultural education center is located in an attractive urban location not far from the historical district of Tübingen. The direct proximity to the riverside as well as the view of the castle are characteristic of the particular situation of the property. Inspired by the pavilion structure of the surrounding existing buildings, an ensemble of two differently sized buildings emerged: the two-storey primary school and the smaller, one-storey children‘s home. Both houses were designed on a square floor plan with a pyramid roof and are connected via a common, covered entrance area. 

© Zooey Braun

The two pavilion-like solitaires create a high permeability in the outer space due to their open arrangement. The result is a “school landscape” through which the important paths and perspectives are preserved as far as possible. Due to the location and topography of the property, the striking roof surfaces can be experienced as a fifth façade. Splitting the entire cubature into two smaller buildings creates a child-friendly scale that supports the desired clear orientation. 

© Zooey Braun Site Plan © Zooey Braun

Children can enter the school and the children‘s house through the shared, weather protected access. Together with the switchable multifunctional areas, the cafeteria and the seating sections, here you will find space to interact and to meet. On the ground floor of the children‘s house, a multi-purpose room and the administration is located at the entrance, the group rooms open to the landscape tot he East. The primary school welcomes the students on the ground floor with more public spaces such as cafeteria, communal area and library. 

© Zooey Braun Floor Plan © Zooey Braun Floor Plan

Characteristic of the atmosphere in the interior spaces of both buildings is the large, square skylight in the roof, which functions as a large „light shower“ providing plenty of natural daylight in the center of the buildings. In order to open up this open learning lands- cape filled with zenital light with the seat step, the classrooms and classrooms, which can be used in a variety of ways, are located on the upper floor of the school.

© Zooey Braun

Around this, filled with zenital light, open learning landscape the classrooms are situated. This zone is multiple usable and connected to the open staircase with seating steps. 

© Zooey Braun

Both houses have a façade of cedar-wood shingles, which by their small size and warm material language strengthen the scale and atmosphere of the ensemble. Both the children‘s house and the school are built in timber construction, only reinforced concrete has been used for the floor and floor ceilings. All materials were tested and carefully selected for their pollutants and primary energy requirements. 

© Zooey Braun

Despite the high energetic demands of a passive house, which has already been formula- ted in the competition, the technology appears as an unpretentious and integrative part of the house: the two solitaires offer quiet, concentrated spaces, which give the children a high degree of identification. 

Kategorien: Architektur

OMA’s Masterplan for Feyenoord City in Rotterdam Approved

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 12:02
View from Water. Image © OMA

OMA has released images of their masterplan for Feyenoord City, Rotterdam, after the plan was approved by city’s mayor and alderman. Developed for the Feyenoord football club, the project will consist of a redeveloped mixed-use district centered around a new 63,000 seat stadium for the team located along the Maas River.

Feyenoord City Bird's-Eye View. Image © OMA

The stadium will serve as the starting point for business development in the area, linking to the rest of the Rotterdam-Zuid district through a walkway and generous public space. A new active artery, called “The Strip,” will connect the new arena with Feyenoord’s current stadium, De Kuip, whose history will be preserved by its conversion into apartments, commercial space, an athletics sports center and a public square.

Feyenoord City Bird's-Eye View. Image © OMA Stadium - Varkenoordseviaduct. Image © OMA

The renovated “Kuip Park” will contain more than 89,000 square meters (958,000 square feet) of green space for sport and leisure activities, as well as 700 residential units.

View - Kuip North. Image © OMA

In total, the masterplan will add 180,000 square meters (1,938,000 square feet) of housing in a variety of typologies; 64,000 square meters (689,000 square feet) of retail and commercial space, including a cinema, restaurants and shopping; and 83,000 square meters (893,000 square feet) of various public program elements including a “sports experience” and urban sports fields. 

Feyenoord City Bird's-Eye View. Image © OMA Model photos (New Stadium). Image © OMA

“With the development of Feyenoord City, OMA contributes to the next phase of development for the city of Rotterdam, our home town. We help to connect parts of the city that were isolated and difficult to reach; we designed a piece of city around the Feyenoord football club and its new stadium, which will connect people through sport and community,” said David Gianotten, partner-in-charge at OMA.

UrbanBridge. Image © OMA View from Boat. Image © OMA

“With this design, OMA fulfills our strong desire to develop a sport city that is unique in the Netherlands and northern Europe.”

News via OMA.

Kategorien: Architektur

A Virtual Look Into Richard Neutra's Unbuilt Case Study House #13, The Alpha House

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 11:30
Courtesy of Archilogic

Of the four homes designed by Richard Neutra for the Case Study Houses program, post-war thought experiments commissioned by Arts & Architecture, only one was ever realized. In the imaginary village of the program's many unbuilt homes, next to #6, the Omega house, stands #13, named Alpha. Archilogic’s 3D model gives us a unique chance to experience this innovative concept home.

Each of Neutra’s projects was designed for a family of five, and each reveals his psychoanalytic approach to architecture, in which the house itself is an intimate part of family relationships, as important as the personalities involved. (Neutra was personally acquainted with Freud, and a committed follower of birth trauma theorist Otto Rank.) Underlining this Freudian view, his imaginary clients are not just neighbours—they are related; Mrs Alpha being sister to Mrs Omega.

The magazine’s introduction of the Alpha house avows: “Together these people had decided on a most favourable scheme, to settle themselves side by side”—which of course provides the architect with an excuse for designing two houses as an intimate pair, but might cause a raised eyebrow if we consider the psychological state of grown women insisting on raising their families in this twinned condition. Neutra, known to employ psychoanalytic tricks on his clients to win their commitment to his ideas, and by his own admission “quite enthusiastic in placing the accent on individuality on the consumer,” surely delighted in this fantasy.

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As with the Omega house, and appropriately for the southern California setting, the (hypothetical) brief emphasizes outdoor living, and in particular the need for the space to accommodate a large group of children—the groups from each family co-mingling and travelling around from patio to patio. Wide open sliding doors meet that need for easy traffic, this transparency contrasting with the suggestively hidden, libidinous play area provided by the lath house “overgrown with vines.”

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More innuendo comes to light with the requirement that guest accommodation should be far away from the family bedrooms and their “negligé-behavior.” They are “not prudish,” these Alphas, and indeed most families might be uncomfortable with their practical notion of having "a lavatory right in the room" of the eldest son in order, apparently, to facilitate sleepovers.

Like the Omega house, Alpha has a sloping roof, but in this case it tilts down toward the kitchen and garage—avoiding the Omega time-trap of having children stuck in low-ceilinged rooms they are sure to grow out of. Just as well, since the Alpha kids are already heading into adolescence; this does point to the impending obsolescence of the play area, but then, it is just a wide corridor after all.

Courtesy of Archilogic

The shared features of the two houses—tilted roofs, identical fixtures, finishes and facing materials—make a statement about neighbourhood planning. These houses are not intended to stand alone, but to be part of a community (albeit perhaps less intimate than the almost incestuous Alphas and Omegas). They look outward; not just literally, thanks to the abundant glass that takes advantage of those Californian views, but figuratively, acknowledging that an individual home takes its place within a neighborhood and contributes to it. This community spirit and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle planning evinced by Neutra’s designs—both firm tenets of modern housing development—withstand examination perhaps better than the details of the bedroom arrangements.

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Correction Update: This article originally stated that "neither" of Neutra's Case Study Houses was built, implying that he designed only the two houses mentioned in this article. In fact, Neutra designed a total of four houses for the program, and one of these was indeed built: #20, the Stuart Bailey House (not to be confused with Pierre Koenig's Walter Bailey House, #21). The article has been amended to reflect this fact.

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Hairdresser's Salon Talstrasse Zürich / Wülser Bechtel Architekten

Mi, 30.11.2016 - 11:00
© Stefan Wülser

© Stefan Wülser

From the architect. Tranquility and movement

We’ve been working on a art-inspired hairdressers salon interior on one of the most busy streets of Zurich. The brief said that their ambitious clients should forget about their jobs and problems once they get their hair done. It’s a highly personal and very demanding service and the atmosphere is a huge part of the experience. 

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There was obviously a huge difference in mood from the hectic and noisy street outside to the laidback music and the repetitive sound of high quality scissors inside. It seems that time passes in different tempi. 


The quick pace of the outside can be considered distracting for what the hairdressor wants to achieve but at the same time we don’t want to neglect the surrounding since we were interested in a very specific solution. We developed a pattern that is both – unhasty and intricate at the same time. It remains interesting since it changes it appearence depending on the perspective of it’s observer. It’s the result of an elaborate series of prototypes done with a local carpenter and inspired by contemporary graphic art (like the beautiful painting by Emilie Ding) or classic modern stage designs (like Roman Clemens’ work).

© Stefan Wülser

Spatial Installation

The delicate wood interior was partly prefabricated using CAAD and CAM technologies but also involved a lot of handcraft. We managed to develop some refined and invisible longitudinal connections between pieces of 3mm MDF wood. Everything had to be as thin and precise as possible to not spoil the perspective effect. It took a lot of testing and developing before everything was assembled within 6 days of work. It’s more of an installation then a classic architecural approach but we believe the precision and the site-specific approach creates something very timeless here.

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As a customer you spend between 1 and 3 hours in the . You move slowly inside the patterns space – so it unfolds it’s rich variations when you change direction of view. As a cardriver or pedestrian you see the ceiling kind of „transform“ while you move by rather quickly because you change the angle of view more drastically. 

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Since this geometric perception phenomena is the dominating spatial idea – all the other elements of the salon are stripped to their very functional minimum. The lights and the plugs hang from the ceiling. Black wires not touching neither floor nor ceiling. Nothing comes out of walls since we wanted this temporary – artgallery like space. We also designed a specific series of mirrors for the salon which always comes in symmetrical pairs. While there is the mirror on the frontside – the back serves as a table to place magazines and drinks. The existing column in the back of the space is thicker then it should be from a structural point of view. But it gives weight and centres to the whole space – it is a welcoming disturbance to all the repeating parts and emphasizes the thinness of the wooden ceiling and walls.

© Stefan Wülser
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Eric Parry Architects' 72-Story Skyscraper Receives Approval from City of London

Di, 29.11.2016 - 19:20
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Eric Parry Architects’ 1 Undershaft has been granted planning permission from the City of London Corporation’s Planning Committee, which will allow the 73-story tower to become the tallest building in the London Financial District and the second tallest building in the UK, behind only The Shard.

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The 295 meter (967 foot) tall structure will house over 130,000 square meters (1,400,000 square feet) of Grade A office space and 1,800 square meters (19,3875 square feet) of retail and restaurant space accessible from an open public square beneath the building.

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At the top of the building, a free public viewing gallery, the tallest free observation deck in the UK, will provide views of the city and an education center with two classrooms. A bank of dedicated elevators will transport visitors to the deck, 7 days a week.

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The project (already being dubbed “The Trellis”) will join the group of iconic towers that make up the City of London’s distinctive skyline, including the Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (The Cheesegrater), Foster + Partners’ 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), and PLP Architecture’s upcoming 22 Bishopsgate.

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Learn more about the project, here.

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Clifton Hill Clinic / Cloud Architectiure Studio

Di, 29.11.2016 - 19:00
© Jeremy Wright

  • Builders: Ascot Group
© Jeremy Wright

From the architect. The Clifton Hill Clinic challenges the design norm prevalent in local medical practices. The 1901 former residential building has been transformed into a 9 room contemporary facility that will become an important social hub for the local community. 

© Jeremy Wright

Inspired by a visit to the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne the client, a local GP challenged us to deliver a cutting edge conversion on a very tight budget. We cut an internal corridor through the center of the site and fed of that space. This allowed us to create colour and light that is typified by the stair light well and courtyard spaces. 

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The building has created considerable local interest since its completion, its light and airy feel very different to the medical practices the locals visit.

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Product Description. The client for the project required a tough and seemingly impenetrable exterior cladding to the rearof the property, worried about potential break-ins We selected VM Zinc to provide this exterior but also for its beautiful aesthetic properties. 

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New Permanent Garden / Gabriel Orozco

Di, 29.11.2016 - 17:00
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  • Designer: Gabriel Orozco
  • Location: Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery, Walpole Park, Mattock Ln, London W5 5EQ, UK
  • Collaborators: 6a architects, horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Andy Stagg
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Created over the past two years by the artist, with support from 6aarchitects and horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this extraordinary garden will be open to the public every weekend and used by invited groups during the week. It introduces a new, planted entrance to the garden for residents of Sceaux Gardens housing estate, where the SLG has run art programmes for a number of years. The opening of the garden marks a pivotal moment in the SLG’s history of working with artists on ambitious and challenging projects which aim to inspire, attract and connect with large and diverse audiences. 


Establishing a tension between symmetry and assymetry, a geometry of intertwining circles intricately outlined in brick dimensioned york stone subtly maps a series of discreet spaces or notional rooms. Each is lent its own distinctive character through slight shifts in form or by being at different levels, variously planted or featuring seating, a sink, water butt or welcome bowl built up from the york stone. 

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The various levels and spaces can be used interchangeably for sitting, eating, playing or showing work by other artists, reflecting the multiple activities the garden will be used for. The choice of materials was drawn from the language of the gallery’s Victorian building and includes bricks from the newly opened up rear facade. Playing on the idea of an urban ruin, the garden will gradually evolve to become rambling and overgrown with different grasses, low level creepers and fragrant plants chosen with expert advice from horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Plan Plan

The invitation to create a garden at the SLG as a permanent art work presented a unique opportunity to extend my work into new territory. From my first visit I was impressed by the SLG’s commitment to its local community and neighbourhood and intrigued by the relationship between the garden space and its different audiences, and the idea of creating something which could provide an inspiring platform for all of them. I started to think about various geometries emerging from the architecture surrounding the space and how they might be re-integrated into it as the basis of a design. It has been a fascinating process working directly with the gallery, architects and horticulturalists to develop the plans for the work which I am excited to see become a reality.

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Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Park / OMA

Di, 29.11.2016 - 15:45
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: OMA
  • Location: 3398 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140, United States
  • Partners: Shohei Shigematsu, Jason Long
  • Associate In Charge: Jake Forster
  • Area: 90922.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, OMA, Kris Tamburello, Bruce Damonte
  • Concept Design – Design Development : Project Architect: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Paxton Sheldhal Team: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Lawrence Siu, Francesca Portesine, Ravi Kamisetti, Ted Lin, Jesung Park, Anupama Garla, Andy Westner, Daniel Queseda Lombo, Andrew Mack, Caroline Corbett, Denis Bondar, Ahmadreza Schricker, Darien Williams, Gabrielle Marcoux, Marcela Ferreira, Jenni Ni Zhan, Lisa Hollywood, Paul Tse, Sarah Carpenter, Carla Hani, Sean Billy Kizy, Simona Solarzano, Ivan Sergejev, Tamara Levy, Matthew Austin, Ben Halpern
  • Construction Documentation Construction Administration: Project Architect: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Paxton Sheldhal (BOS|UA), Team: Yusef Ali Denis, Slava Savova, Cass Nakashima, Ariel Poliner, Jackie Woon Bae, Matthew Haseltine, Salome Nikuradze, Simon McKenzie
  • Project Management: Gardiner & Theobald, Inc., Claro Development Solutions
  • Architect Of Record: Revuelta Architecture International, PA
  • Landscape Architect: Raymond Jungles, Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: DeSimone Consulting Engineers
  • Mep & Fire Engineer: Hufsey Nicolaides Garcia Suarez Consulting Engineers
  • Lighting: Tillotson Design Associates
  • Elevator: Persohn Hahn Associates
  • Acoustic: Electro-Media Design, Ltd., Stages Consultants, LLC
  • Exterior Building Envelope: IBA Consultants, Inc.
  • Parking: Tim Haahs Engineers
  • Theatre Consultant: Stages Consultants, LLC
  • Food Service Consultant: Clevenger Frable and Lavallee, Inc.
  • Architectural Concrete Consultant: Reginald Hough Associates
  • Life Safety: SLS Consulting, Inc.
  • Security: Security Industry Specialist, Inc.
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan

From the architect. As the cultural core of the Faena District, the Forum provides a focal point to the neighborhood and to the mid-Beach zone at large. The ensemble of three buildings – the Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Parking—enrich Faena’s hotel and residential components along Collins Avenue, providing a dynamic symmetry between the district’s cultural and commercial programming across Miami Beach’s main thoroughfare.

Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan

The existing site presented three distinct conditions for the three distinct programs– a large, wedge shaped site for the Forum, a protected historic art deco hotel for the Bazaar and an empty lot allocated for parking. Although the Faena District enjoys a unique location spanning two waterfronts, the cultural components were positioned on the quieter, residential zone along Indian Creek rather than the activated Atlantic beachfront.

Faena Forum Section © Kris Tamburello

The Forum claims the heart of the complex by addressing this urban context with two volumes that generate distinct frontages toward Indian Creek Drive and Collins Avenue. Embedded within the residential zone west of Collins, the Forum’s cube and cylinder achieve the same intimate scale as the Bazaar and Park. The Forum’s circular plan enables the public domain to expand, activating pedestrian movement within the district. A 45-foot cantilever allows the landscaped plaza to slip under the Forum along Collins, providing a dramatic sense of arrival.

Forum Spiral Balcony. Image © Iwan Baan

The combination of the Forum’s classical dome space with a black box theater in the main assembly space provide the ultimate flexibility for the diverse programming of Faena’s multifaceted ambitions. Combined, the full layout has the capacity for large scale events. Independently, the spaces can be divided to host distinct events, with dedicated acoustics and arrival. The Forum represents endless possibilities to host a range of events - from concerts to conventions; roundtable discussion to banquets; intimate exhibitions to art fairs- all within a single evening. Liberated from obligations to operate as a strictly institutional or a strictly commercial entity, the Forum presents a new typology for interaction, leveraging the ambiguous advantage of Faena’s redefinition of culture.

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BIG and BARCODE Win Competition for the Sluishuis Housing Development in Amsterdam

Di, 29.11.2016 - 12:30
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BIG and Barcode Architects have been selected as the winning team in a competition to design a new mixed-use building in the emerging district of IJburg Steigereiland in Amsterdam. To be known as Sluishuis (Lock House), the building will serve as a new icon connecting the neighborhood to Amsterdam’s historic center while providing 380 zero-energy residences, 4,000 square meters of commercial and public space, and a marina with space for up to 30 houseboats.

© BIG / Barcode Architects

The winning design takes the form of a classic European courtyard typology, adapted to the canal-centered landscape of Amsterdam and the complex context of the site, close to both large infrastructure and small-scale urban development. Towards the water, the building corner is lifted to bring daylight and views to inner apartments and to allow watercraft to enter the complex. From this peak, a cascade of landscape terraces creates a transition from the scale of the cityscape to its small-scale surroundings.

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“Having spent my formative years as an architect in Holland at the end of the 20th century, it feels like a homecoming to now get to contribute to the architecture of the city that I have loved and admired for so long,” said Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG.

“Our Sluishuis is conceived as a city block of downtown Amsterdam floating in the IJ Lake, complete with all aspects of city life. Towards the city, the courtyard building kneels down to invite visitors to climb its roof and enjoy the panoramic view of the new neighborhoods on the IJ. Toward the water, the building rises from the river, opening a gigantic gate for ships to enter and dock in the port/yard. A building inside the port, with a port inside the building.”

© BIG / Barcode Architects © BIG / Barcode Architects

Around the building, a vegetated promenade connects an archipelago of public program elements, including mooring points for houseboats, a sailing school, and floating gardens. The pathway loops around to connect to a public passage climbing the terraces on the roof of the building, leading to community viewing platform at the building’s peak.

“We have tried to design a building with a surprisingly changing perspective and a unique contemporary character, which reflects the identity of the future residents and all users of Sluishuis.” explained Barcode Architects Partner Dirk Peters.

© BIG / Barcode Architects

The design was lauded by the competition jury for its ambitious sustainability goals, which aim to increase social sustainability by “reducing environmental impact during the construction phase, limiting total CO2 emissions, and by using renewable resources throughout the building.”

“The world-famous urban environment of Amsterdam was created by the fusion of water and city,” said Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner at BIG. “The new Sluishuis is born of the same DNA, merging water and perimeter block and expanding the possibilities for urban lifeforms around the IJ.”

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  • Architects: BIG, Barcode Architects
  • Location: Steigereiland, The Netherlands
  • Partners In Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Design Lead: Dimitrie Grigorescu
  • Project Manager: Birgitte Villadsen
  • Big Team: Justyna Mydlak, Nina Vuga, Santtu Johannes Hyvärinen, Jonas Aarsø Larsen, Kirsty Badenoch, Vinish Sethi, Yannick Macken, Ulla Hornsyld, Brage Mæhle Hult, Sebastian Liszka, Sabine Kokina
  • Barcode Team: Dirk Peters, Caro van de Venne, Robbert Peters, Jakub Pakos, Cristobal Middleton, Mojca Bek, Emiliya Stancheva, Egidijus Kasakaitis
  • Client: VORM, BESIX
  • Investor Rental Apartments: MN Services
  • Area: 46000.0 m2
  • Photographs: BIG / Barcode Architects
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