Hong Kong based architecture firm Cheongvogl has won an international competition to build the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal in Seoul, South Korea. Founded by Judy Cheung and Christoph Vogl in 2008, the international practice aspires to “touch human hearts with poetic senses” through their projects. With that in mind, their winning design impressed an illustrious jury including architects Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA, Nishizawa, and Associates) and Alejandro Zaera Polo of APML. Using an approach called “Poetic Pragmatism” – the design aims to enhance the flatness and monochrome characteristics of the Han River site through its architecture. The masterplan connects the entire design to the city’s existing infrastructure while creating a sense of place along the riverbank.
The masterplan together with the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal creates social and environmental relevance by responding to programmatic and contextual relationships, as structures and functions are treated as a coherent entity to establish Yeoui-Naru’s new cultural identity - Cheongvogl.Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL
The Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal is a single story with a height of 5m, “forming a thin line following the river flow.” The decision to extend the terminal using only one floor maximizes efficiency by spreading the facilities over a greater area. Its slender footprint will provide spaces for up to seven 700 tons vessels to berth at the same time, as well as 20 private boats, tour boats, and transport vessels.Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL
The wavy character of the terminal is optimized for maneuvering vessels, and its location away from the shoreline enhances the experience of “walking on Han River.” The continuous, undulating roof that shelters the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal and marina corresponds with the flow of the river and “creates a poetic interpretation of Yeoui-Naru symbolic identity.” Views of the river and city are framed from openings within the roof design.Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL
Timber cladding and lightweight steel frames make up the principal structure of the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal. Instead of using balustrades, a metal mesh will enclose the periphery of the marina creating an “almost invisible curtain” effect. The use of a semi-transparent mesh disintegrates the threshold between river and pier, as described by Cheongvogl:Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL
The slender pier structure is wide enough to provide visitors with a feeling of comfort and security on the floating platform. At the same time it is narrow enough to create the unique experience of “walking on the Han River”. While the areas and dimensions are highly optimized, the result is a structure, which allows visitors to experience an intense connection with the flowing river.Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL
The terminal and marina facilities will be connected to the Yeoui-Naru Station via a link bridge, which provides a barrier-free connection to the new development and public transportation facilities.Courtesy of CHEUNGVOGL
Further built additions to the masterplan include a Yeouijeong (Pier Deck) and a cultural center. The pier deck, following the terminal, will also be one-storey. An open timber structure with shutters facing the terminal and marina facilities, it is conceptualized as a market hall typology with cafes/restaurants in flexible enclosed, open and semi-open spaces. The enclosures are temporary flexible structures, prepared for any future expansions and changes while being cost-effective to secure, maintain and replace due to flooding. The 8,500 sqm rooftop of the Yeouijeong will be a vast observation platform, overseeing the Han River and the marina facilities. The 4-storey landmark “Ari Cultural Center,” to be located on the southeast corner of the masterplan aims to be “a strong anchor point to connect the entire cultural development with the urban grain.”
The project is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
- Architects: Cheungvogl
- Location: Yeoui-Naru, Seoul, South Korea
- Competition Jury: Ryue Nishizawa - Office of Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), Alejandro Zaera Polo - AZPML, Professor Choi Moongyu - Yonsei University, Professor Choi JeongKwon - Gachon University, Professor Park SunWoo - Korea National University of Arts, Professor Shim Jaehyeon - Sejong University
- Area: 0.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
News via: Cheongvogl
Vincent Callebaut Architectures have developed a design plan reimagining the riverbank of Yeouhido Park, Seoul. The park is envisioned as an experimental urban space dedicated to sustainable development through a series of interventions - including a floating ferry terminal.
Echelon Seaport, a mixed-used development designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and CBT Architects, will join the growing number of buildings and public spaces slated to revitalize the Boston Seaport neighborhood in the coming decade. The 1.3 million square foot property will accompany projects such as OMA’s 88 Seaport and developments by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.
Due to its accessibility to the Boston Harbor, the area has historically been known as a space for industrial and commercial use. Factors such as proximity to Boston’s downtown have spurred developments such as the Echelon Seaport that aim to introduce residential living into the fabric of the neighborhood. Developed by Cottonwood Management, the project will feature 733 residential condominiums along with 125,000 square feet of publicly accessible restaurants and retail.Courtesy of KPF
The development is broken into three towers of differing heights in order to create visual interest. To further that design initiative, the facade of the building is a mixture of glass and masonry. According to the architects, the focus on a diversified aesthetic is a nod to the collection of styles and materials that make up Boston’s current skyline.
Our design for the project transforms a larger site into a series of three, smaller-scaled towers, where each is given a subtly differentiated architectural character, said James von Klemperer, KPF President and Design Principal.Courtesy of KPF
Integral to the design is the something currently lacking in the neighborhood-- public space. Looking towards the future of Seaport, the architects identified the need for a dynamic urban streetscape that encourages civic interaction. The point where the three towers meet forms a central courtyard that features multi-level retail space connected through passageways and a bridge.Courtesy of KPF
Renderings of the project show both the large-scale connections between towers and the smaller layered connections of the retail and public spaces. The renderings also detail the additional exterior space in the building such as sun decks, terraces, and pools that are designated for the private residences.Courtesy of KPF
The buildings enliven the adjacent streets with active retail, finely crafted details, and smaller scale visual moments of surprise said Klemperer.
Pre-construction for Echelon Seaport began in March 2017 and is on track for final completion in 2020.
News via: Cottonwood Management.
OMA New York has revealed renderings for it latest project, a 490,000-square-foot mixed-used retail and office development located at 88 Seaport Boulevard in the emerging Boston Seaport neighborhood. Being developed by Massachusetts-based property developer WS Development, the structure adds to a growing collection of quality architecture commissioned for the district, including projects by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.
- Architects: ODA New York
- Location: 15 Renwick St, New York, NY 10013, United States
- Architects In Charge: Eran Chen, P. Christian Bailey, Ryoko Okada, Christopher Berino, Côme Ménage, Abby Bullard, Karen Evans
- Area: 70000.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2016
- Photographs: Frank Oudeman, Erieta Attali
- Client/Developer: IGI-USA
From the architect. Tucked between Spring and Canal in New York City’s recently rezoned Hudson Square, Renwick Street is a rare blip on the vast urban grid: a small, single-block residential enclave, whose self-generated hush recalls the era of a much more intimate Manhattan.Diagram
That scale and setting—and the historical memory they evoke—were the contextual cues for ODA New York’s newest completed multifamily. At 15 Renwick Street, ODA bucks the contemporary trend towards ultramodern—frequently hermetic—crystal towers. Instead, myriad bespoke details and ample outdoor space add up to this resolutely classic, quasi-suburban sanctuary from the surrounding bustle.© Frank Oudeman
Renwick’s outdoor area, totaling 8,300 square feet, results from consummate expertise in zoning, which consistently allows ODA to flip the rulebook in its favor—to experience New York City’s labyrinthine zoning code not as an inhibitor, but as a launchpad for innovation.© Frank Oudeman
Here, that innovation was delivered by way of the standard dormer rule, governing the amount of square footage that can encroach into a building’s setback line. By reinterpreting the rule, ODA was able to dissect and redistribute Renwick’s upper massing, opening large geometric pockets for private terraces. Meanwhile, the use of glass windows and doors to demarcate terracing creates seamless indoor-outdoor connectivity, and ideal sun exposure.11th Floor Plan
In these ways—freeing up outdoor space, opening opportunities for residents to engage with others and with the elements—ODA once again instantiates a coherent, and well-documented, mission: As increasingly crowded city-dwellers sacrifice these vital interactions for the convenience of location, the firm aims to incorporate what we've lost back into New York’s upward sprawl—to restore, and improve, our quality of living.© Frank Oudeman
Indeed a concern for quality runs throughout 15 Renwick, even in its materials. On the exterior, an elegant grid of deep, charcoal-hued aluminum fins produce shadow lines to shield units from street view, amplifying privacy. And luxuriant details like wood-grained window inserts—for depth of color—and a series of ground-floor copper panels feel more like they belong to a private suburban home than any typical urban condominium.© Frank Oudeman
Inside, residents are removed even further from the urban fray. A nod to James Renwick himself—the English-American scientist and engineer for whom Renwick Street was named—interior common spaces channel the warmth and intimacy of an early British social club. Rich wood panels (mimicking Renwick's exterior fins), lush leather appointments, and Emperador marble details all feel sumptuously transportive.© Frank Oudeman
Taken together with Renwick's creatively wrought outdoor space, these elements combine to combat the cold modernism of so much contemporary construction—which tends to seal residents in nondescript boxes, up and away from each other. Towards that end, 15 Renwick is new kind of new build, rooted in ideals of the past—a fitting tribute to one of Manhattan's last quiet corners.© Frank Oudeman
Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect known for designs which are sensitive to their context and yet still experimental in their approach to forms and materials. Her diverse and complex works have marked her Barcelona-based firm EMBT as one of the most respected Spanish practices of the 21st century.Courtesy of RIBA Santa Caterina Market. Image © Ceramica Cumella
Born in Milan, Tagliabue graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in 1989. In the early 1990s, she married Spanish architect Enric Miralles and the pair founded their studio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Together, Miralles and Tagliabue designed some of the practice's most notable works, including the renovation of the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona and the enormous edifice of the Scottish Parliament Building—a building which critic Charles Jencks described as "a kind of small city," reflecting the complexity and intricacy of the Edinburgh streets which it responds to.Scottish Parliament Building. Image © Dave Morris
Following Enric Miralles' tragically premature death in 2000, Tagliabue took over the firm as a sole director, completing the Santa Caterina market, Edinburgh Parliament and a string of other projects besides. In recent years, the firm's most striking work has perhaps been the Spanish Pavilion completed for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, a design which epitomizes their philosophy of continuing curiosity and material experimentation.Diagonal Mar Park. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/oh-barcelona/6815735718'>Flickr user oh-barcelona</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
To this day, Tagliabue refers to her late husband as one of her greatest influences, and in 2011 she founded the Foundation Enric Miralles, with the mission of promoting and teaching the philosophies of inquiry and experiment that are fundamental to his legacy.The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
The capabilities of personal 3D printing and fabrication are only beginning to be tested, but a new system is pushing the boundaries for feasible, structurally-sound large scale structures. Unlike other structures created by 3D printing systems, Trussfab doesn’t require access to specialized equipment, nor specific engineering knowledge, to print and build large-scale structures capable of supporting human weight. The Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany created Trussfab as an end-to-end system allowing users to fabricate sturdy, large-scale structures using plastic bottles and 3D-printed connections, making them easy and relatively quick to construct.A bridge designed and fabricated with Trussfab. Image © Hasso Plattner Institute
Trussfab treats plastic bottles like beams, forming structurally-sound closed triangles which join together to form trusses. These trusses are the basic building blocks of any Trussfab structure. The Trussfab editor is available as a plugin to Sketchup, in which the embodied engineering knowledge within the program allows users to validate their designs using the integrated structural analysis. The Sketchup plugin has the option to automatically convert an existing 3D model into a Trussfab structure, in addition to the capability to build and manipulate a structure from scratch.A 3D printed hub with embossed ID numbers. Image © Hasso Plattner Institute
Trussfab’s Sketchup editor offers primitives as building blocks in tetrahedron and octahedron shapes. The initial shapes can then be manipulated, however, and Trussfab’s system adjusts the model in a way that automatically maintains the truss structure and the overall structural stability. After a structure is designed, Trussfab generates 3D model files of all the necessary connection hubs for each node, which users can then send directly to a 3D printer. Unique IDs will be embossed into the 3D-printed pieces for clarity, allowing users to then assemble their structure using standard sizes of plastic bottles (Trussfab will show where each bottle size is needed).The CHI'17 Pavilion. Image © Ludwig Wilhem Wall A detailed view of the CHI'17 Pavilion construction. Image © Stephanie Neubert
With only Trussfab’s Sketchup editor, a desktop 3D printer, and the necessary materials, anyone can now design and fabricate a large-scale structure capable of supporting human weight. Once the main truss structure has been created, users can also add decorative facades and other details. For non-structural parts of a design, if desired the Trussfab system will also design flat facades with hubs that can be laser-cut instead of 3D printed, the files for which are also automatically generated.Digital model of the CHI'17 Pavilion in the Trussfab editor in Sketchup. Image © Robert Kovacs and Oanh Lisa Nyugen Xuan Digital model of the CHI'17 Pavilion in the Trussfab editor in Sketchup. Image © Robert Kovacs and Oanh Lisa Nyugen Xuan
At the recent CHI’17 conference in Denver, a team led by architects Oanh Lisa Nguyen Xuan and Robert Kovacs constructed a pavilion with Trussfab using 1268 bottles and 191 3D-printed connectors. The pavilion took about 6 hours to assemble on site, a time-lapse of which is shown in the video below. Another video describing the process can be watched here as well.
- Architects: AR Arquitetos
- Location: R. Caconde - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil
- Area: 96.0 m2
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Maíra Acayaba
- Authors: Marina Acayaba, Juan Pablo Rosenberg
- Team: Andrea Helou
- Engineer: Carlos Nakazato
From the architect. After the removal of all internal divisions from the original plan to a complete restructuring of layout, the project aimed to create a large and fluid space, taking advantage of the natural lighting conditions. With only one bedroom needed, the rearrangement was made as to prioritize the living room area. Therefore, a single volume was created, being able to solve all issues of the building’s system.Floor Plan
The big white volume concentrates de spaces that serve the apartment, articulating the program. With each door opening, its interior reveals monochromatic spaces – each one with a different color – coated in hydraulic tiles, which hold different uses: the suite’s bathroom, toilet, kitchen, service area and pantry.© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba
The served rooms – bedroom and living room –separated by a wooden panel constitute a sort of wrap for this hydraulic core, where the white floor, ceiling and walls emphasize the apparent concrete from the structure. This allows us to identify the original floor plan from the 70s. Still on the living room, the same wood table, with six meters long, is able to be used both as dining table and office table, with no need for a separation between these them.© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba
Invis Mx2 is a device that allows you to connect screws and bolts easily without leaving any holes. Its cordless screwdriver works through a MiniMag rotary magnetic field, which adapts to any conventional drill, allowing to generate detachable connections with a tensile force of 250 kg per connector.
The system is designed to be applied to wooden elements and ceramic materials, allowing the construction of furniture, railings, coatings, stairs, among others.
More details on this device here.
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- Architects: SO Architecture
- Location: Ma'ale Gamla, Israel
- Architects In Charge: Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier, Alejandro Fajnerman
- Area: 232.0 m2
- Project Year: 2016
- Photographs: Asaf Oren
- Project Team: Oded Rozenkier, Shachar Lulav, Alejandro fajnerman, Tzeela Sivan, Itay Aflalo, Srul Rota
- Construction Manager: Dagan Ben-Tsur
- Construction Engineer: Mario Shocron
- Structural Engineer: Mario Sukrun
- Supervisor: Dagan Benzur
From the architect. A private residence frames a spectacular natural context, on the hills surrounding the Galilee Sea. Folded in a plastered white envelope, the inner spaces are oriented towards the view and invite it to enter the family's domain.© Asaf Oren
Reflecting upon the surroundings, a wide usage of roughly finished natural materials has been made. The exposed concrete ceilings emphasize the inclined section and call for the spectator to walk outside, onto the wooden deck. Steel structure articulate a rhythmic façade and compliment the pallette. The owner, a practicing carpenter and locksmith, lovingly made many of the construction and furnishing details himself, such as: the central blue library, the wooden decks and pergola, the TV mezzanine and armchair. The bottom floor is a studio for the owner.Floor Plan
The access path is leading from the street, exposing parts of the natural scene at a time, before the complete picture reveals itself – slopping down from the common space in the heart of the dwelling.© Asaf Oren
Common and private spaces are parted by the blue library and a fireplace. Both of which are disconnected from the ceiling – making the room appear bigger and more spacious.
The connection between the central space and the eastern areas of the house and garden, are arranged so that to frame an ancient monolithic Dolmen structure. The Dolmen is a burial site, dated back to the Chalcolithic (Copper) Age, which was discovered on site. It was carefully preserved during the construction and plays a meaningful role in the orientation of the spaces.Section
The steep hill makes room for a spacious front yard, accessed fluently from the bedrooms.© Asaf Oren
- Architects: Julsamano Bhongsatiern
- Location: Rama IX Soi 55, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
- Owner And Contractor: Prawit Werakultawan
- Firm: Meaning of Design and Construction Co., Ltd.
- Area: 1100.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Beersingnoi
From the architect. This KPWT residence project offers an example of a modern house in the tropical climate country. In order to build a modern architecture in this particular area, it is not only about a form, less-is-more, clean and clear, box-like building but also, for its longevity, building needs some sun shading devices as well as a roof for the rains. This project offers architecture which is more applicable.© Beersingnoi
The house is on an 800 square metre land plot, situated in a residential area of Bangkok, Thailand where the owner wants to build a house for his contemporary family; two storey, open-plan living, dining area with a double volume space and three bedrooms are altogether in the main building whereas a 6 metre high ceiling multifunctioning hall and cinema room are in one another. Both are connected to each other by a gallery on the second floor with another bedroom behind it.© Beersingnoi Ground Floor Plan © Beersingnoi First Floor Plan
Orientation of the building has strong relationship with the context, the 6 metre high building turns its back on the unpleasant 8 storey office building nearby in the north, whilst the 2 storey main wing makes a connection across the site to adjacent existing 1970s modern house in the south, creating an interesting conversation between the two modern houses that are built through different times.© Beersingnoi
Mass of the architecture itself illustrates admiration to the site, the long horizontal lines are used to emphasise and celebrate long frontage of this land plot, 40 metre long facing the road. For the tropical climate aspect, main surface of the house is slightly angled to create sun shading for itself instead of only plain surface confronting the sun. The aluminium windows also makes a feature, rather than building another wall as a second skin or a sun protection, which is widely used elsewhere, the windows are preferably designed to be sun shading themselves by embedding the vertical frame gradiently to control daylight from sunrise to sunset.© Beersingnoi
- Interiors Designers: OeO Studio
- Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
- Architect In Charge: Head of Design Thomas Lykke
- Design Team: OeO Studio
- Area: 500.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Morten Bentzon
From the architect. OEO Studio, a multi-disciplinary Copenhagen-based design studio, has unveiled its complete redesign of the 500 m2 FLOS Scandinavia showroom in Denmark.
Located in an old tractor repair workshop amongst the spacious former warehouses of one of Copenhagen’s old industrial docks, the FLOS showroom has been entirely transformed by OEO Studio to create a bold new spatial experience with an international feel that allows the products to take centre stage.© Morten Bentzon
OEO Studio has worked with spatial elements that draw on the structure of the building itself – monolithic and contrasting elements that inspire curiosity bring the products to life and create a dynamic interplay between architectural and home lighting. The brief from FLOS Scandinavia was to create a showroom of international standing; to create a natural integration of work spaces into the overall space, as well as to design a comprehensive display system that works for FLOS architectural, home and outdoor lighting.© Morten Bentzon
A playful sculptural staircase works as a dramatic display element and as a zone divider within the open-plan space, creating a natural transition between architectural and home lighting. With its bold appearance the staircase triggers curiosity and works as a perfect backdrop for the products. It is like a staircase to heaven leading towards the sky.© Morten Bentzon
Another important design element is the Cover House, a separate home lighting display area within the showroom, which is clad with brick from Danish brickwork manufacturer, Petersen Tegl. The masonry was carefully selected by OEO Studio to create a perfect contrast and to give emphasis to the FLOS lighting products.Showroom
The OEO Studio-designed showroom features many unique architectural details, including bespoke shelving units and a playful and inspiring new display system that offers an interesting approach to display lighting. The display system has been designed so that it can be configured in multiple ways, offering a perfect system to showcase lighting solutions by FLOS and to create a subtle and inspiring spatial backdrop.© Morten Bentzon
The main inspiration for the OEO Studios design solution was the structure and history of the old building – the monolithic architecture, the contrasts of materials, and the interplay of natural and artificial light.© Morten Bentzon
Thomas Lykke, creative director of OEO Studio says: “We have worked with spatial elements that draw on the body of this wonderful old industrial building. Monolithic and contrasting structures have been deployed to create a play of light and shadow – an ambiance that brings the iconic FLOS products to centre stage and inspires curiosity about the possibilities of lighting.”© Morten Bentzon
- Architects: designpad architecture
- Location: 27th St, San Francisco, CA 94131, United States
- Architect In Charge: Patrick Perez
- Area: 3046.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2016
- Photographs: Adam Rouse
- Construction: Brad Doran
- Interior Design: Melissa Winn
- Professional Engineers: Enertia Design
From the architect. The original home was a modest one story over garage, two bedroom, one bath home in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Similar to other homes in San Francisco, when built, a handful of other very similar homes were constructed adjacent to it, each slightly different than the next.© Adam Rouse
Our clients are a young family who at the start of the project had one toddler and towards the end another. Their dream for the home was to modernize and expand the space to allow for a growing family. Connecting to the rear yard and expanding vertically to capture the downtown views were vital as were an open floor that was flooded with light.© Adam Rouse 1st / 2nd Level Plans © Adam Rouse Roof Plan
At the ground floor the rear was dug out and expanded to allow for a living space and home office. At the main floor the space was gutted and expanded out with a new rear yard roof deck and an open floor plan. And at the new third story, a master suite and roof deck with city views was designed along with two bedrooms and a new bath.© Adam Rouse
Cornell University's Intuitive Push/Pull Furniture Series Blends Asian Sensibility with New York Flavor
Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning has unveiled a 12-piece versatile furniture series designed for the school's New York City space in Manhattan's financial district. Created by Hong Kong-based architecture office CL3 and interdisciplinary design studio Lim + Lu (founding partners of which are Cornell alumni), each piece has been inspired both by their New York context and intuitive operation by a global user.© NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland
Description from the Architects
Founder of CL3, William Lim, as well as both founding partners of Lim+Lu, Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu, are alumni of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning. The two design studios were invited to design pieces specifically for Cornell University's space located in the financial district in Manhattan. When engaged by the Dean of the college for this project, the three thought it would be a great way to give back to their alma mater.
Lim + Lu noted that the pushcart is uniquely New York and has become an ubiquitous part of the city's landscape. At every turn and corner, the pushcarts are transporting goods in, out, and around the city. Although it is inherently New York, the pushcart represents matters at a larger scale — globalisation.© NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland © NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland
The design journey began by examining the inherent qualities of these pushcarts and how they are used on a daily basis. They are sometimes used in an upright manner and at other times adopt a more reclined position. This bipolar characteristic of the pushcart presented the opportunity to design a furniture series that could also have multiple personalities. For example, a piece that functions as a three-seater sofa in its reclined position may transform into a coat rack when it's upright. When a piece is in one posture, one can notice subtle hints that it can be used in another stance. This exploration resulted in 12 pieces of multi-purpose portable furniture.© NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland
Due to the bespoke nature of these furniture pieces, its context was crucial to the success of the project. William Lim of CL3 commented: "We always like to approach our designs within context. Our practice is rooted in the principles of Asian design. We blend an intuitive sense of light, balance and proportion with contemporary solutions and innovative materials to produce design that are versatile. That's what we have done with this range: we have thought about the true purpose of the furniture. How it will become part of Cornell's fabric, go beyond the primary usage, and spread out within the context it has been placed within."© NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland
Vincent Lim of Lim + Lu added “This has been a fun journey. As alumni we have been peering back into our old school and thought what could we give back. Thinking back to our time as students and how we used the spaces around Cornell, to come together to share ideas. These have a nice function and form element to them, also to apply the Cornell crest to the structure adds a nice sense of pride. Unveiling these in May is a great time to coincide with the 29th annual ICFF platform for global design, where we also have a booth showing our other designs.”© NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland
Kent Kleinman, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Cornell AAP commented: "Each piece is a hybrid; a modular urban element that functions as a kind of infrastructure, mated to a customized artifact specific to particular program. Taken together, they are a microcosm of Cornell's famous lessons in college urbanism.”
Design Type: Product Design
Designer: William Lim, Vincent Lim, Elaine Lu,
Design Company: CL3, Lim + Lu
Design Time: 2017.05
Material: Powder Coated Stainless Steel, Vinyl Upholstery
Photographer: NirutBenjabanpot, Garrett Rowland
- Architects: OCADU
- Location: Toronto, Canada
- Lead Architects: Curtis Ho, Mark Tholen
- Area: 300.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2016
- Photographs: Mark Tholen, Khristel Stecher, Curtis Ho, Shengjie Qiu
- Other Participants: Jaewon Kim, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St-Cyr, Jason Wong, Sanjana Chokshi, Aruvi Rajasingham, Supreetha Guntur, Rachel Sau, Nancy Le, Olayide Madamidola, Alejandro Rebollar Heres, Albert Bachli
From the architect. OCAD’s Steam Canoe was inspired by the canoe; The vessel that symbolizes the rich history of the indigenous first nations and early exploration of North America. The shoreline shelter was built to cut through the harsh wind of the cold winter shoreline, reflecting the interior space created by overturned water vessels. Solar hydronic components were installed within the structure, reflecting the underlying theme of freeze-thaw. Evacuated solar tubes heated a capture pan at the rear of the interior, melting snow and generating warm water, creating a fog halo that emerged from within the structure.Canoe Parts Diagram
The Steam Canoe structure was achieved with a combination of computer assisted parametric geometry, manual cutting of the computer generated forms and innovative experimental production combining the traditional process of rolling Press Laminated Timber Panels with a new mechanical fastening technology called GRIP Metal, a type of “metal velcro,” applied in the form of continuous thin-gauge sheet metal layers, with grip hooks on both faces of the sheet.© Curtis Ho
GRIP Metal simplified the process of sandwiching two layers of 1/8 “Oak and one layer of 3/4" Spruce, eliminating the adhesives typically used for laminate panels. This continuous steel sheet is pressed into the veneer and core lumber in this simple press rolling method. The results are strong and lightweight panels allowing an assembly into a pavilion without need for substructure, the external skin is the structure.© Khristel Stecher Building Detail and Elevations © Khristel Stecher Timber Panels Diagram © Khristel Stecher
Different radii are made possible by adjusting the feeding angle of the assembled panels carefully into the roll press. The panels have a stronger bond than traditional chemical adhesive methods; the components can be separated at the end of their lifetime into pure material origins of wood and metal, making this a perfect innovation in material, process, application, product and sustainability.
Construction has begun on the Liuzhou Forest City in the mountainous region of Guangxi, China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the new ground-up city will accommodate up to 30,000 people in a master plan of environmentally efficient structures covered top-to-bottom in plants and trees.
Liuzhou Forest City will contain all of the essential typologies of the modern city – offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools – housed within a 175 hectare site near the Liujiang River. Employing the firm’s signature vertical forest system, The facades of each building will be covered in plant life, with a total 40,000 trees and nearly 1 million plants from over 100 species specified.© Stefano Boeri Architetti
This implementation of greenery will benefit both residents and the environment, acting as passive cooling systems for interior spaces, noise barriers to shield the city from the nearby highway and a micro-habitat supporting the region’s lush biodiversity of organisms including plants, birds, insects and small animals. The system will also improve the air quality of the area, as it is estimated to absorb 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year, in turn producing approximately 900 tons of oxygen.© Stefano Boeri Architetti © Stefano Boeri Architetti
In addition to the benefits of the planted facades, each building has been designed for energy self-sufficiency, with geothermal systems providing interior air conditions and rooftop solar panels offering a renewable energy source. Transportation to downtown Liuzhou will also utilize efficiency means, including a high-speed rail line and electric vehicles.© Stefano Boeri Architetti © Stefano Boeri Architetti
The forest city concept builds upon the firm’s vertical forest research, which has resulted in the world’s first completed vertical forest tower in Milan, as well as plans for several other iterations of the system throughout the world including the Chinese cities of Nanjing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
With construction on Liuzhou Forest City now underway, the project is expected to be realized in just 3 years, with an anticipated opening in 2020.
News via Stefano Boeri Architetti.
- Architects: Stefano Boeri Architetti
- Location: Liuzhou, Guangxi, China
- Partners: Stefano Boeri, Yibo Xu
- Project Leader: Pietro Chiodi
- Team Architects: Julia Gocalek, Yinxin Bao, Shilong Tan with Giulia Chiatante
- Cooperative Design Institute In China: Shanghai Tongyan Architectural and Planning Design Co. Ltd.
- Client: Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning Bureau
- Area: 1385000.0 m2
- Photographs: Stefano Boeri Architetti
In 1925, Italian designer Armando Brasini created a sweeping masterplan to transform the Albanian capital city of Tirana. Almost one hundred years later, the Tirana 2030 (TR030) Local Plan by Italian firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has been approved by Tirana City Council.
Stefano Boeri Architetti has released plans for their first "Vertical Forest" project to be realized in Asia, two mixed-use towers to be located near the Yangtze River in the Pukou District of Nanjing, China. In total, over 1100 trees will cover the building, helping to regenerate local biodiversity while cleaning the air.
- Architects: WRNS Studio
- Location: Father Alfred E. Boeddeker Park, 246 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
- Architect In Charge: WRNS Studio
- Area: 4000.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2014
- Photographs: Matthew Milman
- Structural Engineering: Daedalus
- Engineering: Inc. Interface
- Design Engineers: Sherwood
- Landscape Architect: Trust for Public Land
From the architect. San Francisco’s Tenderloin is the City’s densest neighborhood, and most of its residents live below the poverty line in small apartments without access to back yards or green space. Re-built in 1985, Boeddeker Park never lived up to its potential as the neighborhood’s largest public park. Early attempts to address safety concerns resulted in a maze of fences and visibility across the space was poor. Neighbors called it “Prison Park.” In response, The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the City of San Francisco, teamed with WRNS Studio to redesign and completely rebuild the one-acre park and clubhouse to meet the needs of the community.© Matthew Milman Site Plan © Matthew Milman
Together, The Trust for Public Land and WRNS conducted extensive community outreach, holding public meetings and forums at the site as well as at nearby youth centers, senior centers and churches—wherever local people were likely to come. Key decisions were made at these forums. The result is a new landmark park and clubhouse that serves as a model of civic engagement, inspiration, resource conservation and adaptability. The clubhouse was conceived as an inviting living room for the neighborhood. Its geometries and language are derived from integration with the park and a respectful contrast to the surrounding neighborhood fabric. This building extends both the tradition of San Francisco clubhouse design and the history of delightful contrast found in Tenderloin architecture.© Matthew Milman
Organized around two flexible gathering spaces, the clubhouse’s main recreation room fronts Eddy Street and frames the main park entry on the street. The form of the room reaches to the sky for light and volume and bends into the park to strengthen the feeling of “park pavilion”. This room opens to the main entry plaza. The recreation room is transparent, making interior activities evident to both the neighborhood and park. Addressing the community’s need for open space that supports a wide age-range of patrons, park amenities include different areas supporting adult exercise, basketball, youth play structures, and socializing and gathering.Elevation / Section
Boeddeker Park is one of the first participants in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices.© Matthew Milman
Following the opening of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed this year by Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture), photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to London. Designed to mimic a tree, or a canopy of trees, the wooden structure has been designed to fuse cultural references from Kéré's home town of Gando in Burkino Faso with more "experimental" construction techniques. His ambition is that the pavilion becomes a social condenser – "a symbol of storytelling and togetherness."
You can find out more about the design and development of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, including its unique climatic features, here.© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré ( Kéré Architecture), was unveiled today in London. Conceived as a micro cosmos-"a community structure within Kensington Gardens"-the pavilion has been designed to consciously fuse cultural references from Kéré's home town of Gando in Burkino Faso, with "experimental construction techniques."
- Architects: ARCO mais
- Location: Rabo de Peixe, Açores, Portugal
- Lead Architects: Paulo Lima, Chiara Bettelli
- Area: 76.0 m2
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Paulo Goulart
- Engineering: Clife Braga, Paulo Bandarra
From the architect. Situated on the northern side of S.Miguel Island, the plot has an open view over the sorrounding fields and woods.© Paulo Goulart
The client expressed a desire of openness and harmony with nature, and very little concerns about how he would like the interior of the house, except from the wish of including memories of old travels through some objects.Floor Plan
The design keeps the action of building minimal, as aethereal as possible when working with concrete, shaping a simple frame and the border between inside and outside, giving it flexibility.© Paulo Goulart
So we designed and built a floating concrete box. The concrete frame does not touch the ground, and the living space is separated from the outside only through a set of sliding glass panels.Cross Section
In a plot sorrounded by high stone walls, the building is located next to the western end, with no relation with the street, becoming almost invisible from it.© Paulo Goulart
The tension created on the west side between wall and construction gives to the in-between space a sense of intimacy, enough to define it as a garden, in opposition to the rest of the plot.© Paulo Goulart
From the outside, the building materializes itself through light and shadows, its mass and presence appearing and desappearing with a change of wiewpoint or the mere passage of a cloud.© Paulo Goulart
The interior space of the house, taken to the essential, develops into the sleeping area and the living, separated by a functional block including storage, kitchen and the restroom: a box inside the box.
Living room and bedroom find an extension on the ouside under the roof slab.© Paulo Goulart
Bee Breeders have selected winners of the Hong Kong Pixel Homes competition, seeking to address the pressures of expanding populations and urban growth on existing housing markets. The competition asked for solutions which would reconsider our entrenched conventional forms of housing with “formal, technological, and material strategies predicated on modularity and repetition”. In announcing the competition results, the jury applauded the exploration of density, amenity and public/private adjacency in the winning schemes, recognizing their consideration for novel approaches to domestic culture and tradition.
The competition winners, including noted ‘Green’ and ‘Student’ schemes, are set out below.
Towers within a Tower: Lap Chi Kwong, Alison Von Glinow, Kevin LamyuktseungFirst Prize: Exterior Perspective . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
The winning scheme ‘Towers within a Tower’ reimagined the idea of vertical living. Rather than typical stacked apartments, individual units are staggered vertically, establishing a repetitive module for adapted use across Hong Kong. A stepped façade between floors allows for more exposure to natural light, whilst also incorporating circulation and courtyards.
By re-thinking the typical rental unit, the project re-postulates common urban housing. The woven circulation offers opportunities for chance encounters and shared narrative, re-imagining the idea of the street and neighbourhood. The vertical stacking of individual units develops a new tower paradigm, taking advantage of amenities more commonly provided in the sprawling expanse of single family neighborhoods, while engaging the end user in direct dialogue with the scale of the city - Jury comments.
Vertical Village: François Chantier, Maria FernandezSecond Prize: Exterior Perspective. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
The second place proposal was hailed for its reformulation of typical domestic typologies in order to solve Hong Kong’s housing crisis. Using the vernacular gable, the scheme offers a varied sectional treatment to each module, providing a dynamic, rich spatial variety whilst helping to form an interconnected vertical village. A robust morphology, along with simplified post-and-beam construction results in a scheme which is both adaptable, economical, and flexible.
Third Prize + BB Student Award
Upside - Down Machine: Yukang Yang, Jingwen Cui / Beijing University of TechnologyThird Prize + BB Student Award: Exterior Render. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
The third place proposal draws inspiration from the Metabolist capsule tower, furthering the micro-unit dwelling as a mechanized zone for flexibility, aesthetic appeal, and efficiency. Circulation and bathrooms are contained in a fixed central core, whilst living spaces rhythmically rotate and interchange. The scheme drew praise for its critique of the dystopian future of technical solutions to the housing crisis, offering an exacerbation of the problematic tendencies of urban living. Whilst not proposed as a firm solution, the scheme relies on the optimistic vision of the inherent fun in “relaying the activity of the private domestic sphere in a theater of spectacle for the public realm”.
BB Green Award
Hong Kong Pixel Homes - Lanterns of Lives: Danaiporn Pongamornprom, Thongchai Wongsrisuppakul, Veeramon Suwannasang.Green Prize: Exterior Perspective . Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
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Bee Breeders have selected winners of the Stone Barn Meditation Camp competition, seeking to create a place of refuge for individuals amidst the pristine natural beauty of one of Latvia's most remote regions.
The Amber Road trekking path is planned to allow long-distance hikers to traverse the country, reaching from the Latvia-Lithuania border to the Latvia-Estonia border. Receiving its name from the shiny specimens that wash up on the beaches to this day, the total length of the trekking path would be 530 km, and it would be included as part of one of the European long-distance paths, a network of 12 paths designated by the European Ramblers Association.
Bee Breeders have selected the winners of the New York Affordable Housing Challenge, inspired by barriers faced by the global population in our contemporary culture of housing scarcity and economic deprivation. The submissions provide various multifaceted architectural responses to scattered sites of various scales around New York City, "redefining the culture, economy, and experience of urban domesticity by means of space, material, morphology, or structure."
- Architects: Schema Architecture & Engineering
- Location: Athens, Greece
- Architect In Charge: Marianna Athanasiadou
- Area: 350.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Nikos Alexopoulos, Marianna Athanasiadou
- Design Team: Giorgos Iliadis, Zoe Roussou (Interior)
- Structural Engineer: Christos Stavrogiannis
- Mechanical Engineer: Antonis Togkas
- Landscape Architect: Aggeliki Zografaki
From the architect. The Wedge house is a custom-built single family home located in the eastern suburbs of Athens, in the mountainous and full of pine trees area of Pikermi, named Drafi. The site is quite distinctive and has many challenging features. The main complexity is the steep terrain with an almost 20-meter- height-difference from one side of the site to the other. The virtually vertical cliffs on both edges made access very difficult, so when a mild inclined surface appeared in the middle of the site it was quite inevitable that the house would be situated there.© Nikos Alexopoulos
Our design concentrated in creating a house that utterly blends with its natural environment sustaining most of the existing pine trees. This supposition unavoidably led to a split-level house, accommodating the steepness and the fluctuations of the topology. Two distinct blocks, facing north and west, sit on different levels, and come together in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and the vertical circulation leading to the main spaces of the house. The entrance emerges in a tight exterior passage that opens up to the whole interior enclosure, immediately as someone enters, surprising the visitor to the house’s unpredictable nine-meter- height interior.© Nikos Alexopoulos
Both block facades completely open up through large glazing surfaces to the view of the pines trees and the hills beyond, concealing the boundary between the interior of the house and its surrounding environment.Section 01 Section 03
The composite structure allows all finishes to appear in their natural state. The basic four walls are covered in stone, to seem as they are coming through the earth, connected to the exposed wooden roof only through a series of triangular aluminum windows. A butterfly roof, which reverses the conventional icon of the pitched roof house, lets natural light to enter through those high windows on the back side of the building.© Nikos Alexopoulos
The wedge permeates the roof as well, creating a skylight right above the metal stairway that leads down to the living room, kitchen and dining room, all based on the ground floor of the block facing north. The three bedrooms only accessed through the wedge are situated on the block facing west.© Nikos Alexopoulos
Again, due to the site’s steepness, the parking garage stands next to the main entrance, right above the living spaces.Ground Floor Plan
At the lower edge of the site, beyond the road, there is a small canyon and a narrow stream coming through. Due to the height difference the stream is not visible, but the water sound is noticeable. A longitudinal swimming pool parallel to the direction of the stream, but at a higher level, reenacted that natural condition.© Nikos Alexopoulos
- Architects: OFIS Architects
- Location: Kanin, Slovenia
- Architects In Charge: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Janez Martincic, Tomaz Cirkvencic, Andrej Gregoric, Sara Carciotti, Lucas Blasco Sendon, Jose Navarrete Jimenez
- Area: 30.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Janez Martincic
- C+C Project Team: Claudio Tombolini, Cristiana Antonini
- C28 Project Team: Francesco Sforza, Federico Pasqualini, Antonello Michelangeli
- Structural Engineering: AKT, Milan Sorc - Projecta d.o.o.
- Contractor: Bostjan Perme - Permiz d.o.o. ( www.permiz.si ), Slovenia
From the architect. The research for the Cabin was initiated by OFIS, C+C, C28 and AKT along with contractor Permiz to develop Self-contained wooden shell, which can be flexible and adaptable on different locations, climate conditions and terrains.Section
They can be used as holiday cabins, hide away, tree houses or short-time habitations for research, tourism or shelter; their small size allows easy and different transport possibilities.© Janez Martincic
The basic unit can contain habitation for 2 people with double bed, wardrobe, table with chairs and possibility to install bathroom, and kitchenette. If needed 2 or more cabins can be combined together creating a larger habitation that could inhabit 4-6 people. They can be combined vertically (like here in Parco Sempione) or horizontally.© Janez Martincic Diagram © Janez Martincic
The structure are timber frames that are reinforced by plywood boards on both sides. The cabin can be fixed on the ground either by steel anchors or removable concrete cubes.© Janez Martincic
The material promotes use of wood – natural, ecological and human friendly material. The façade and interior treatment can be changeable and flexible, so the unit in its material and finishing can be used in various site context.
The living units exhibited on Milan Design Week are available on Sale.Structure