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COBE Designs New Visitor Center And LERVIG Brewery For Stavanger

So, 24.12.2017 - 16:00
Courtesy of COBE

Soon the people of Stavanger, Norway will get to see the LERVIG beer brewing process at the new 11,000 square meter visitor center and brewery designed by Danish architects COBE. An iconic focal point on what was once an industrial pier, the building will offer many new amenities to central Stavanger. The brewery will be encircled by public spaces such as a harbour bath and Norway’s first west-coast ‘street-food’ market, complete with a green roof above. From these periphery spaces, guests will be able to view the brew tanks and fermentation process happening in the heart of the building.

Courtesy of COBE Courtesy of COBE

Taking from traditional brew hall materiality, the architects used wood construction to design a series of arches which connect all of the buildings many functions. Overhead, the complex looks like a large park due to the roof garden which gives the brewery the opportunity to grow hops, vegetables and fruit trees.

Courtesy of COBE

“Our vision is to create a vernacular attraction and destination in the heart of Stavanger. Breweries have always been perceived as closed-off facilities. By wrapping the brewery with a range of public functions within a single structure, we are able to create a project capable of making citizens and visitors come together and enjoy city life. For years, the site serviced the offshore industry. With the new brewery, the site will reconnect with the city not only physically, but also socially. Offering spectacular views of both the city and the fjord, we do not envision a high building on such a prominent site – rather a low building, conceived as an urban space as much as a visitor center, tailored to celebrate city life,” says Founder and Creative Director of COBE, Dan Stubbergaard.

News via: COBE.

Kategorien: Architektur

Log Villa on the Coast / Pluspuu Oy

So, 24.12.2017 - 15:00
© Samuli Miettinen
  • Architects: Pluspuu Oy
  • Location: Finland
  • Architects In Charge: Esa Liesmäki architect, Mikko Kyläkoski design engineer, Merja Nummelin-Kasen Interior designer
  • Area: 125.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Samuli Miettinen
  • Constructor: Jari Ojalainen
© Samuli Miettinen

Text description provided by the architects. The villa was built in 2017 on a coastal plot in Turku to serve as the second home of a Helsinki family. The villa was designed in line with the customer’s wishes and the geography of the plot, and it gave rise to a new Pluspuu house model called Kustavi 125.

© Samuli Miettinen

The villa has a floor area of 125 m2. It has two bedrooms, a combined living room, kitchen and fireplace lounge, and a sauna and washroom. There is a heated outdoor jacuzzi on the terrace near the sauna.

Floor Plan

The building meets all of the necessary energy standards for a detached house in Finland. In the winter, temperatures may drop as low as -30 °C. The walls are made from laminated logs 202 mm thick with no additional insulation, the windows are triple glazed and the roof is thermally insulated by 500 mm of wood fibre insulation. The villa is heated by a geothermal heat pump, which distributes heat using liquid-circulating underfloor heating. In the summer, geothermal energy is also used to cool the building.

© Samuli Miettinen

The house looks out over the sea through floor-to-ceiling picture windows. There is also a stunning sea view from the sauna.

© Samuli Miettinen

The external walls are made from glued laminated timber consisting of three pine layers with no additional insulation. The timber seams are narrow and the corners are stylishly mitred. Timber is a breathable material with undisputedly positive health effects. Nowadays, timber is used to build day care centres and schools for children in Finland due to the healthy nature of the material.

© Samuli Miettinen

The internal surfaces of the house are made from timber treated with white wood wax and special batten wall panels.

The floors are made from clinker.

The house has a stylish, smooth, noise-insulated metal roof.

The external window frames are made from painted aluminium.

The house has been built from the best materials to last from one generation to the next.

© Samuli Miettinen

Kategorien: Architektur

10 Wonderful Winter Cabins: The Best Photos of the Week

So, 24.12.2017 - 14:00
© Tim Bies

December 21 saw the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. The season is an excellent time to take architectural photographs in a unique and different landscape, with a blanket of snow providing a reminder of the delights of nature. Here, we present a selection of 10 cabins captured in winter by prominent photographers such as Tim BiesFernando Alda and Pasi Aalto

Svein Arne Brygfjeld

Rabot Tourist Cabin / JVA

© Svein Arne Brygfjeld

Fernando Alda

Awasi Patagonia Hotel / Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido

© Fernando Alda

Thomas Jantscher

New Mountain Hut At Tracuit / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

© Thomas Jantscher

Pasi Aalto

Fleinvær Refugium / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects

© Pasi Aalto

Scott & Scott Architects

Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

Cortesía de Scott and Scott Architects

Tim Bies

Delta Shelter / Olson Kundig

© Tim Bies

Scott & Scott Architects

Whistler Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

Cortesía de Scott and Scott Architects

Dylan Perrenoud

Antoine / BUREAU A

© Dylan Perrenoud


Getaway Cabin No. 3 - “The Clara” / Wyatt Komarin + Addison Godine + Rachel Moranis

© Getaway


The VIPP Shelter / VIPP

Cortesía de VIPP
Kategorien: Architektur

Nordea’s Danish Headquarters / Henning Larsen

So, 24.12.2017 - 11:00
© Adam Mork
  • Architects: Henning Larsen
  • Location: Ørestads Blvd. 21, 2300 København S, Denmark
  • Team: Landscape; SLA, Workspace; Signal, Engineering; COWI
  • Area: 46600.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Adam Mork
  • Partner Responsible From Henning Larsen: Søren Øllgaard
  • Design Responsible From Henning Larsen: Carsten Fischer
  • Project Manager From Henning Larsen: Debbi Hededam Thuesen
  • Sustainability Responsible From Henning Larsen: Anne Iversen
  • Facade Specialist From Henning Larsen: Steen Elsted Andersen
  • Team From Henning Larsen: Anders Park, Axel Bluhme, Charlotte Bigom, Charlotte Søderhamn Nielsen, Daniel Skaanstrøm Damm, David Mikkelsen, Gitte Edelgren, Hanne Winther Gottlieb, Jeja Jensen, Julian Chen, Martha Lewis, Martin Lindberg, Martin Weis Mortensen, Mette Landorph, Nanna Maria Menzel, Per Kræmmer, Stefan Ernst Jensen
  • Client: Nordea properties
© Adam Mork

Text description provided by the architects. Nordea is a prominent Nordic Bank. Built on a base of slate with scintillating, transparent facades, the bank sets new standards for work in the financial sector by providing an approachable environment that opens up to the city. With a tribute to the great Nordic landscapes, the new Nordea Headquarters rises like a sparkling giant ice block on a charcoal slate base.

Site Plan

The crystalline facade allows daylight to flow through the building and is a key component in the vision of creating transparency between employees, clients and the surrounding city. Passersby can glance in from the outside and witness life and work within the building. The headquarters consists of two masses with indoor atrium spaces. One wing houses Scandinavia’s largest trading floor with a capacity of 600 traders, the other buzzes with life and energy sparked by activity among employees and clients.

© Adam Mork

The bank meets the city
Nordea’s new headquarter has been designed with the objective of creating a transparent house that meets the city in a welcoming manner. Despite the security levels indispensable to a financial institution, we have created a building where the public has visual access to live and work inside the bank, to conference rooms and offices.

© Adam Mork

The reception is located in a publicly accessible inner streetscape with views of the sky through massive skylights and to the inside of the bank through transparent internal barriers. Clients experience a bank that meets them at eye level. Visual contact and uninterrupted views are guiding principles that are established across meeting rooms and offices, quiet spaces, balconies, stairways and dining areas. Throughout the day, employees feel connected to the spectacular nature of adjacent Amager Fælled and in return, the bank welcomes in the city.

© Adam Mork

Inspired by the North
The selection of materials for the Nordea Headquarter is inspired by Nordic landscapes using both slate, oak, and trees borrowed from the vegetation of the Nordic forests, adorning the indoor atrium space. The inspiration for the innovative and expressive façade draws on the fractured surfaces of icebergs. Functionally, the façade also meets Nordic principles here related to sustainability. The façade based on a two-pane window concept called the Kastenfenster System.

© Adam Mork

The system comprises three-dimensional cassettes that are angled and assembled like building bricks. Natural ventilation, noise dampening, and solar shading are physically handled in the cavity between the panes of glass. The façade solution helps to ensure the effective operation of the building, energy savings, better acoustics and indoor climate control. The glass used in the façade is of the highest quality, with a low iron content. This ensures natural reflection of daylight and ensures the outdoor views can be enjoyed.

© Adam Mork Section AA-1 © Adam Mork
Kategorien: Architektur

Multi-Functional Lego-Like Plywood Building Blocks Create Limitless Design Solution

So, 24.12.2017 - 10:00

Out of 200 applicants, London-based Gilles Retsin Architecture won the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 competition with their temporary outdoor installation. Participants were challenged to use the fabrication abilities of Estonian wooden house manufacturers in a new and creative way. Jury member Martin Tamke said the Retsin proposal is, “characterized by outstanding aesthetic and intellectually challenging, as it questions current beliefs and trends in architecture."

© Studio Naaro © Studio Naaro

Retsin engineered CNC-cut plywood building blocks which, like Legos, can create many different design solutions. Plywood was locally sourced, and the blocks were designed with standard sheet size (3.3 x 1.35 m) in mind. Segments come as structurally supportive straight, 45-degree, 90-degree, and 135-degree elements. The block’s connection derives from off-the-rack threaded rods, used in suspended ceilings which allow the building blocks to function as column, beam, and cladding simultaneously. This raises the question, can we reduce the number of traditional construction industry parts?

© Studio Naaro © Studio Naaro © Studio Naaro

80 building blocks were created out of 380 square meters of cut plywood. In just four days, four men were able to assemble the prefab 80 building blocks into the 75 square meter pavilion without using any mechanical tools. The structure weighs 2 tons and can support up to four people.

© Studio Naaro

The structure is representative of a construction system which could be part of a larger model. Its horizontal organization lends it to appear unfinished, open to continuation. The pavilion’s quick and affordable production makes it a scalable project; applicable to different project types and/or materials such as cross-laminated timber or laminated veneer lumber. CNC building block projects such as this one allow the architects to examine technology’s ability to inform not only formal expression but social agency as well.

© Studio Naaro

Designer: Gilles Retsin Architecture
Design Team: Gilles Retsin, Ivo Tedbury, Oscar Walheim
Engineering: Manja van de Worp, YIP Structural Engineering London
Construction Team: Isaie Bloch, Ward Delbeke, Gilles Retsin, Kevin Saey, Ivo Tedbury, Oscar Walheim
Client: Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017
TAB Volunteers: Mari Poom, Ra Puhkan, Mia Peil, Elsbeth Aarsalu, Katariina Mustasaar, Henri Ingelman
TAB Installation Curators: Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam
With Support of The British Council
Academic Partner: The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Design Computation Lab and Estonian Academy of Arts

Kategorien: Architektur

Kengo Kuma Explains How His Architectural Style was Formed by Financial Crisis

So, 24.12.2017 - 09:00

Japan's renowned architect Kengo Kuma is the latest to feature in PLANE—SITE's video series Time-Space-Existence, exploring the inner workings of his Tokyo office and how the Japanese financial crisis of the early 1990s shaped his firm. In the video, Kuma discusses the practice's ethos of working slowly with care to achieve happiness within architecture and stresses the importance of feeling the energy of the site and engaging with the environment to really understand the possibilities of a new project.


Kengo Kuma and Associates began in 1986, but the crash of the Japanese economy in 1991 drove the firm out of Tokyo to work with local craftsman and materials in the countryside. It was here where Kuma had the opportunity to learn about the vernacular techniques and the natural settings he so proudly integrates into his architecture today.


Things are slowly changing: from architecture as monument to architecture as environment, from the 20th century to the 21st century.

Kuma expresses his evolving philosophy, shaped by the transition of time and events, and how he has come to build buildings that are sensitive to materials and technique in an up-to-date manner entwined with modern technologies. His most notable projects have included the Stone Museum in Nasu using small repeated elements of repurposed stones to create a tactility and the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum that similarly uses a repeat pattern to evoke a bamboo forest.


News via: PLANE — SITE

Kategorien: Architektur

Lorient Multimodal Hub / AREP

So, 24.12.2017 - 07:00
© Didier Boy de la Tour
  • Architects: AREP
  • Location: France
  • Architects In Charge: Etienne Tricaud, Jean-Marie Duthilleul, François Bonnefille, Olivier Boissonnet
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour
  • Project Management: SNCF Gares & Connexions, AREP
  • Engineering Consultancy For Framework And Façades: H.D.A. Hugh Dutton & Associés; Mitsu
  • Client: SNCF Gares & Connexions, SNCF Réseau, Lorient Conurbation
© Didier Boy de la Tour

Text description provided by the architects. The Lorient multimodal hub is part of the “Bretagne à Grande Vitesse” project (“High-speed for Brittany”), a high-speed line which is expected to allow a three-hour total travel time between Quimper, Brest and Paris by 2017. The station is being rebuilt on the south, close to the city centre and in the heart of the transport hub accommodating different types of public transport means: rail, inter-city buses and coaches serving the conurbation. The north and south forecourts house taxi ranks and drop-off areas. Car parks and bike parking facilities will be incorporated in the neighbouring construction projects to come. An urban walkway both allows to access the platforms and links Kerentrech district to the city centre during the station opening hours.


The main façade opens up to the heart of the city and along with the large timber portal frame forming the building’s structure, alludes to the city’s shipbuilding tradition. Lorient’s recent architectural history gives prominence to stone as well as concrete and washed-concrete façades, all of which is echoed by the fibre-reinforced double skin featuring all the openings related to the various elements of the project (station entrance, retail outlets, offices) and protecting the façade from solar radiation. Colour is a background element in the same way as in the buildings with loggias of Lorient. The south façade is composed of a complex timber structure comprising insulation, interior and exterior timber cladding, glazed surfaces and double skin, ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) screen modelled in sub-frames. The north façade is mostly glazed and its large openings allow views on the new TER platform (express regional lines), the rail tracks, the future north access and the historic district of Kerentrech. It is gridded with large glass modules featuring metal crosspieces with a 4.80-metre span between the beams.

© Didier Boy de la Tour

The structure of the passenger building consists of a series of portal frames made of composite wood and featuring various spans.  The central part of the building is braced by a concrete core and the hall and canopy by concrete portal frames located in the area intended for operational purposes.  The roof extends towards the coach station by means of a canopy, which is supported by a cantilevered beam running along its south edge and arching down to the ground.

© Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour
Kategorien: Architektur

Damavand Villa / Shirazian Studio

So, 24.12.2017 - 04:00
© Mohammad Hasan Ettefagh
  • Client: Ali Rezaian
  • Structural Consultant: Bani Asadi
© Mohammad Hasan Ettefagh

Text description provided by the architects. The site of this project is a field situated on a mountain slope, overlooking a beautiful plain. The desire to have a better view and also more building space in the small field lead to building up 3 floors above the ground. The neighborhood is a mix of small land division and so condense that blocks easterly and westerly sides of the field. Whereas, the northerly and southerly sides have the chance to offer charming proper views.

Site Plan

The cold climate and mountainous weather conditions pose a design challenge. So, a special consideration has been given to snow removal from the roof (to reduce the dead load tensions and protecting precipitation isolation), thermal isolation in the exterior walls, and accounting for higher efficiency of mechanical and water systems during intensive cold weather. For blocking heat being conducted through the floors, there are no voids or free vertical connections, despite the aesthetic preference of the architect.

© Mohammad Hasan Ettefagh

A large terrace offering an expansive view was one of the main design goals facing the the southeasterly direction which is the best side for viewing the garden city of Damavand. The height restriction of the sloping roof and having the optimum slope regarding the aesthetic and functional needs would have resulted in a height shortcoming in the terrace. In response to this problem, a mechanically inclinable sloping roof is designed that is also wind-resistant and economical.

© Mohammad Hasan Ettefagh

The structure design with the slanted columns turned out to be challenging in that earthquake-prone region. It was also difficult to make the metal frame with its accurate pattern and to be simultaneously sealed.

Kategorien: Architektur

Raphael Center / KYWC Architects

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 22:00
© KIM Jaekyung
  • Architects: KYWC Architects
  • Location: 8 Seongbukdong 1(il)-ga, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Lead Architects: Kim Seunghoy (Seoul National University), Yoo Yongyeon
  • Construction: Ean R&C (Kim Jongkyu)
  • Area: 1177.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: KIM Jaekyung
© KIM Jaekyung

Space for shared life and service
The Raphael Center is a free medical facility for foreign workers. The task for the architect was to renovate the poorer building used as accommodation for the examination into a medical facility for foreign workers and a complex cultural space for local people. Aside from the limited budget, the biggest problem was the narrow space of the space. Most of all, we planned empty spaces without defined layouts as much as possible, in order to enable many people to stay there, designing the flow line as the form of track in order to avoid interrupting patient’s circulation.

© KIM Jaekyung

We also planned flexible space which can be used as medical treatment space at weekends and complex cultural space for local people at weekdays. On the first floor level, a canopy has been installed along the alleyway to form a continuous urban street. The Raphael Center, aiming to become both a healing space and a cultural space, works of architecture that is part of the city, communicating with and open to the city by holding architectural pose required for public building.

Section A

The performance and overall class of the building has been improved by adding insulation to the existing wall and finishing by face bricks. The complex shape of the existing building is transformed into a simple mass and irregular windows have been replaced by square ones. Protruding eaves have been added to the windows, and the inside of the eaves have been painted in various colours standing for all people of the world. I hoped this building could present foreign workers with a cheerful look.

© KIM Jaekyung
Kategorien: Architektur

Canada's First Ever Funicular Opens in Downtown Edmonton

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 18:00
© Brock Kryton

Last week marked the opening of Canada’s first ever funicular in downtown Edmonton, a cable-mechanized incline elevator aimed at making the city’s largest green space more accessible.

Publically funded, the $24million project features the 100 Street Funicular to transport mobility aids, strollers, and bikes, as well as a generous staircase for walking, running and lounging. Concrete sitting blocks are dispersed up the 170 steps from a promenade at the bottom. Visitors can walk along the promenade to a lookout point or ascend the stairs or funicular to the raised lookout for extensive views of the river valley.

© Brock Kryton © Brock Kryton

Dialog, the architecture firm who designed it, said of the project:

The materiality and overall form of the project are heavily influenced by the existing connective infrastructure of the city’s river valley system. The river valley is connected by a series of meandering wood stairs, boardwalks, and weathering steel foot bridges and this is an experience that is reinforced through the design.

© Brock Kryton © Brock Kryton

Kebony wood, used on the boardwalk and as cladding, gives a warmth to the project and softens the concrete structure. Both materials were chosen for their durability, with Kebony wood designed to last six times longer than pressure-treated timber. The funicular is sure to become a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.

News via: Kebony

Kategorien: Architektur

KAAN Architecten Designs New Facades For Munich's iCampus

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 16:00
Courtesy of KAAN press

Netherlands based KAAN Architecten won R&S Realty II’s competition to design three office building facades for Munich’s new iCampus. Located in the Werksviertel district, the project adds a contemporary layer to this creative, industrial neighborhood.

RKW Architektur + strove to represent today’s creative industry through transparent loft spaces in the design of office buildings named Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. KAAN’s facades for the buildings maintain the architectural identity while being their own distinctive elements.

Courtesy of KAAN press Courtesy of KAAN press

Representative of the building’s structure, the facades are concrete frames with large openings; adaptable to future office space typologies. The entrances, stairways, sunscreens and technical spaces are enclosed by a seamless glazing and black metal clad skin. The roof acts as its own facade, bringing light into the building via triangular glass atriums; the shape of which saves material and inhibits overheating. The atriums distinguish interior and exterior spatial connection. Exterior spaces, such as public cafes, add to the contemporary architectural vibes.

Courtesy of KAAN press

Work will begin in 2020 and be completed in 2022.

  • Architects: KAAN Architecten
  • Design Team: Yang Zhang
  • Main Building Architect: RKW Architektur +, Düsseldorf
  • Facade Advisor: KD Fassadenplanung, Düsseldorf
  • Visualization: Beauty & The Bit, Madrid
  • Project Year: 2017

News via: KAAN Architecten.

Kategorien: Architektur

Aldebarán House / Haro Arquitectos

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 15:00
© Lorena Darquea
  • Architects: Haro Arquitectos
  • Location: Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Carlos Haro Avelar
  • Collaborator: Fausto Pérez
  • Area: 338.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

Text description provided by the architects. A white, solid structure seems to float on a wall formed by vertical strips of exposed concrete and solid parota wood. This is the facade for Casa Aldebarán standing on a piece of land very close to the Primavera Forest in Zapopan, Mexico.


Designed in a simple contemporary style, paths emerge from two courtyards that boast the pre-existing trees in the land, which embellish the building with their green foliage, and create a natural foyer at the main entrance, and a welcoming sensation for its dwellers as they enter the house.

© Lorena Darquea

The heart of the house features double-height ceilings, and strategically located windows to capitalize on views and natural light, channeling sunshine to its spaces. Therefore, the house is very open towards its center. Although solid elements prevail over empty spaces on the house’s main frontage facing west, and where the windows become very subtle openings on walls, favoring verticality and enhancing the feeling of weightlessness within the house.

© Lorena Darquea

The ground level features a kitchen with a secondary entrance from the garage, a study which can be used as a bedroom, a double-height living room, a dining room, and between these two spaces a covered terrace separated only by glass, which when opened integrates the whole area creating a very large open space without walls extending from the entrance to the garden in the back. On the top floor there is a bridge and a studio that feed off the double height and the tree canopies; a laundry room, two bedrooms with private bathrooms, and a master bedroom with an en-suite dressing room and bathroom.

© Lorena Darquea Lower floor plan © Lorena Darquea

Few building materials are used and most of them are raw, and although white is the predominant color, exposed concrete walls and sections of parota wood produce a harmonious color effect. The previously mentioned study and bridge under the double-height ceiling seem to be independent of the house structure, being supported by steel beams and board-formed concrete slabs with seepage marks that enhance the perspective. These slabs have indirect lighting, further emphasizing its brutalist texture in the evening, producing a striking contrast with its surroundings.

Longitudinal Section

The house is in a privileged location and we were able to fully take advantage of this, designing a very discreet staircase on the top floor to easily and comfortably access the roof garden and enjoy the breathtaking sunset views of the Primavera Forest.

© Lorena Darquea
Kategorien: Architektur

If We Were To Design The Ideal Building Material, It Would Look A Lot Like Bamboo

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 14:00
© Eduardo Souza

"Bamboo is too close to an ideal structural material." This statement by Neil Thomas during his talk at Bamboo U, which took place in November 2017 in Bali, really caught my attention. Neil is the director of atelier one, a London office of structural engineering, whose outstanding projects include stage and scenography for the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and U2; art installations by Anish Kapoor and Marc Quinn; the Gardens by the Bay, in Singapore, among many others. From a few years to now, the engineer has exhaustive study about bamboo, its structural properties and its most diverse potentialities. 

According to him, bamboo is too close to the ideal structural material, beginning with its tubular shape, an open section, such as a channel, is weaker than a closed one because the edge can bend much more easily. Just think of a sheet of paper and how it becomes stronger when we roll it up like a tube, preventing it from bending so much. I

In addition, it has another feature that improves its resistance. The bamboo has longitudinal fibers that leave its base to the top, which are called vascular bundles. The closer to the exterior of the stalk wall, these bundles have a higher density, which makes the piece more naturally resistant. So, the stronger part of the section is further away from its radially centroid, making the piece more resistant. And this is the main difference in relation to a wooden trunk, whose strongest part is right in the center of its section. Another peculiarity is its speed of growth. Unlike hardwood, which can take more than 30 years to be exploited, bamboo can be cut and used between 3 to 5 years, then growing again.

© José Tomás Franco

In laboratory tests bamboo also achieves impressive structural capabilities. Its compressive strength is equivalent to the concrete, while the traction reaches the steel numbers. Clearly, this can range according to the species - more than 1500, which grow naturally on almost all continents, especially in regions with higher temperatures. 

© José Tomás Franco

Even so, there is some resistance in the use of the material, since it requires another type of thinking and the breaking of certain paradigms so rooted in architecture. One of them is the fear of using the material in its rough form, with its irregularities and natural forms. where the beauty of bamboo lives. 

Green School. Image © Eduardo Souza

There are, of course, some issues that need to be considered, such as the chemical treatment of bamboo prior to its use for construction, to prevent its rotting and insects. Another issue when constructing with bamboo that needs to be considered is the fact that its components should be very well protected from the sun and rain, for adequate durability. This also includes the pillars, which cannot be in direct contact with the ground, that is usually solved by adding a piece of rock over the shallow foundation. 

The detailing of bamboo and its connections has been historically developed, being passed from one generation to the next through artisan builders, evolving through the understanding of the material itself. In the 21st century, with all the technology we have available, it is possible to better understand the specific forces in different conditions (strain, compression, bending, shear) and apply modern technologies, so that it is possible to optimize the material and to use other materials and techniques, such as shells and membranes, to achieve even more ambitious structures.

© Eduardo Souza

Neil concluded by stating that bamboo is the most sustainable natural building structure on the planet and that we are certainly at the beginning of its use in a much broader way. However, its main teaching is that we should not try to adjust the bamboo to the existing rules, but to change them to suit the bamboo.

© José Tomás Franco

Two of our editors,  Eduardo Souza and José Tomás Franco, were invited by BambooU and the IBUKU bamboo project company to be part of this incredible experience, organized by The Kul Kul Farm  at the Green School  in Bali, Indonesia. Check out more information on upcoming courses here or through instagram.

Kategorien: Architektur

Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 11:30
© Ieva Saudargaite

How does contemporary religious architecture adapt to the needs of the modern world? Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) award acknowledges the best in religious art and architecture. This year’s winners included 27 projects spanning in religious denomination, size, and location. Beyonds this, the award recognizes three common trends present in religious architecture today: re-adaptation of existing facilities, community-based sacred spaces, and simplicity in design. Read on to see all 27 winners.

Calcagnini Contemplative Center / Dynerman Architects

(Bluemont, VA, USA)

Courtesy of Alan Karchmer Photography

RLJ Chapel / Ricaro Yslas Gamez Arquitectos

(San Juan Cosalá, Jalisco)

© Jaime Navarro

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre / Walters & Cohen Architects

(Bury Saint Edmunds, UK)

© Jim Stephenson

Stella Maris Chapel / Alejandro Beautell Arquitecto

(Tenerife, Canarias Island, Spain)

© Efrain Pintos

Garden Chapel Pavilion / archimania

(Memphis, TN, USA)

Courtesy of archimania

Liberty United Methodist Church / Dake Wells Architecture

(Liberty, MO, USA)

Courtesy of Architectural Imageworks LLC

New Faith Baptist Church Worship Center / Harding Partners

(Matteson, IL, USA)

Courtesy of Christopher Barrett Photography

Park Plaza Synagogue / Epstein-Principal Designer Andrew Metter

(Chicago, IL, USA)

Courtesy of Ballogg Photography

Tegami-Dokoro / Shoji Oshio + UA architects

(Funabashi, Chiba, Japan)

© Ken'ichi Suzuki

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque / L.E.FT Architects

(Moukhtara, Lebanon)

© Ieva Saudargaite

Bellevue First Congregational Church / atelierjones llc

(Bellevue, WA, USA)

Courtesy of Lara Swimmer

Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue Chapel / FXFOWLE

(New York, NY, USA)

© Chris Cooper

Redeemer Presbyteraian / archimania

(Memphis, TN, USA)

Courtesy of Hank Mardukas Photography

SGI New England Buddhist Center / Touloukian Touloukian Inc

(Brookline, MA, USA)

Courtesy of Photo Anton Grassi Photography

Redemption Arcadia / DeBartolo Architects

(Pheonix, AZ, USA)

© Bill Timmerman

Westport Presbyterian Church / BNIM

(Kansas City, MO, USA)

© Michael Robinson

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah / Architecture Research Office

(New York, NY, USA)

© Elizabeth Felicella/Esto

The Sheridan Center Chapel / Jackson & Ryan Architects

(Houston, TX, USA)

© Mark Scheyer

Chai Spice Box / Ellen Hunt

(Chicago, IL, USA)

© Ellen Hunt

Duke University Chapel Woodwork Restoration / Century Guild

(Durham, NC, USA)

© KC Ramsay

'Pieta' / Salvatore LaRosa

© David Mitchell

Eid Prayer Ground / Allies and Morrison

(Doha, Qatar)

© Gerry O'Leary

Cathedral Campus / Strada Architecture LLC

(Wheeling, WA, USA)

© Dennis Marsico

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption / Moto Designshop


Courtesy of Moto Designshop

Funeral Home / Edyta Paula Konstantynowicz

(Biolystok, Poland)

Courtesy of Edyta Paula Konstantynowicz

Sacred Space of a Modern Man / Joanna Wierzbicka

(Warsaw, Poland)

Courtesy of Joanna Wierzbicka

The Mhuysqa Offering / Travis Price Architects with The Catholic University of America

(Tenjo, Columbia)

© Travis Price
Kategorien: Architektur

Rust House / Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 11:00
© Nils Petter Dale
  • Architects: Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Architect In Charge: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen,
  • Area: 198.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

Text description provided by the architects. The inner east municipality of Oslo is a diverse and urban area called Gamlebyen (old town). The area is the oldest parts of Oslo dating back to medieval ages. The area has been in decline for large parts of the twentieth century, but is now experiencing an upturn in popularity and gentrification.  

© Nils Petter Dale

Rust House is designed flexibly for a family of six; to adapt their living to the current number of family members - as kids and teenagers comes and goes. The architectural volume of the house corresponds to neighboring walls in various heights: politely adapted between existing houses. As a result of orignally living in the building next door, the family built a new house in their own backyard to extend their lifestyle into a new home.

1st Floor Plan Section 2nd Floor Plan

Three volumes create an L-shaped structure with a small inner garden for family enjoyment, in addition to two private and quiet roof top terraces. The carefully chosen window placements give views to a narrow urban context on the ground floor and first floor - in contrast to a wide open view from the living room on the top floor. The materials used are solid and maintenance free; with corten steel facades, plywood interiors and concrete floors.

© Nils Petter Dale

Kategorien: Architektur

15 Of The Best and Most Ambitious Floating Architecture Projects

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 10:00

More than half of the planet is composed of water and most of the population lives in its vicinity. These sites are increasingly affected by environmental disasters or the increase in water levels caused by global warming, forming a scenario that brings new challenges to the way we live and think the buildings in coastal or riverine areas.

Floating architecture can adapt to changes in water levels and different climatic conditions, signaling a possible way to solve the problems pointed out. To increase your repertoire of floating references, we have gathered here 15 projects that have been implemented directly in the waters and have the most different uses: housing, cultural, educational, recreational and infrastructure.

Floating School in Makoko / NLÉ Architects

Image Via Gizmag

Jellyfish Barge / Studiomobile

© Matteo De Mayda

The Hasle Harbour Bath / White

© Signe Find Larsen

Canal Swimming Club / Atelier Bow-Wow + Architectuuratelier Dertien 12

© Filip Dujardin

Pavilion of Reflections / Studio Tom Emerson

Courtesy of Studio Tom Emerson

Dutch Floating Bridge / RO&AD Architecten

© Erik Stekelenburg

Floating Piers / Christo & Jeanne-Claude

© Christo

DD16 / BIO-architects

© Vlad Mitrichev

DOC - Temporary Floating House / Lime Studio

© Sabin Prodan

Floating House / Friday SA

© José Campos

Water Way / EKA Sisearhitektuur

© Tõnu Tunnel

Watervilla / +31ARCHITECTS

© Ewout Huibers

The Floating Kayak Club / FORCE4 Architects

© Søren Aagaard

Sørenga Sjøbad / LPO arkitekter

© Tove Lauluten

AntiRoom II / Elena Chiavi + Ahmad El Mad + Matteo Goldoni

© Ahmad El Mad
Kategorien: Architektur

Blushhh! Secret Shop / AKZ Architectura

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 07:00
© Lesha Yanchenkov
  • Architects: AKZ Architectura
  • Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Architect In Charge: Artem Vahrin, Katya Zuieva
  • Area: 100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Lesha Yanchenkov
© Lesha Yanchenkov

Text description provided by the architects. Blushhh! secret shop, which is our new project, is an example of a bright concept put at the heart of a minimalist interior.  To land the main focus on retail, we designed a perimeter-wise path starting with the entrance on its right-hand side and aided by rails and steps with the assortment on them. Being a two-level solution, they have clothes on their upper and accessories and footwear on the lower level. Augmenting the whole spatial composition, the consumer area is equally divided into levels to sell accessories. The dynamic rhythm of lighting is reflected in the metal wall decor, making the inside seem more spacious.

© Lesha Yanchenkov Floor Plan © Lesha Yanchenkov
Kategorien: Architektur

Ankara Office Tower / Anmahian Winton Architects

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 04:00
© Florian Holzherr
  • Design Structural Engineer: Richmond So Engineering
  • Design Mep/Fp: Buro Happold
  • Architect Of Record: RGGA Architects
  • Civil, Mep/Fp & Structural Engineers Of Record: Yapi Proje Uygulama
  • Mep/Fp & Tel/Data Associate Engineers: MPM ; Troy ; PMT
  • Landscape Architect: Stoss
  • Owner Project Manager: BHP International – Barnard Howell Partnership
  • Contractors: Tepe-Tesan Joint Venture ; AECOM
  • Façade Contractor: Pimeks Group
  • Owner: Dolphin Overseas Fund LLC
© Florian Holzherr

Text description provided by the architects. The Ankara Office Tower is a fourteen-story office building in Ankara, Turkey, that serves local and international high tech companies engaging with leading universities and research institutes in the nation’s capital. Urbanistically, the project plays an important role in a rapidly developing area west of Ankara’s old city centre, knitting together a transit corridor, a pedestrian underpass, an emerging mixed-use neighbourhood, and new commercial areas. In response to this immediate context, the building is set back from the highway, making space for a bamboo grove that buffers a habitable urban garden and provides a much-needed pedestrian connection between the transportation node and the adjacent neighbourhood.

© Florian Holzherr

The Tower itself is distinguished by clarity of expression: a simple, geometric glass volume encasing a stack of large-scale, horizontal louvres, set in a lush landscape. At ground level, the lobby, reception, and a café provide public spaces whose scale, enclosure, and use of light reference regional culture. A perforated exterior screen surrounds the café, reflecting traditions for guiding views and creating privacy, and providing a man-made counterpart to the adjacent, semi-transparent bamboo “wall.”

South Section

The Tower’s innovative cladding system employs horizontal exterior mullions with a variable section, to maximize year-round operational efficiency. Their subtly inflected profiles successively shift as they wrap the Tower, creating a pattern that changes depending on the viewer’s perspective. Interior wood louvres integral to the curtain wall—mechanically operated but with manual overrides—give tenants individual daylight control within their workspace. They mitigate glare, admit indirect light, and maintain views while introducing wood’s warm, textural qualities to the office environment.

© Florian Holzherr

The outcome is a kinetic facade system that is environmentally responsive, satisfies the workplace preferences of a demanding tenant cohort, and enhances the project’s architectural impact and influence in a newly expanding area of the city. Over the course of the day and as one move around the building, this innovative wall assembly produces a transformative effect, drawing the observer in and evoking curiosity. The sculptural exterior mullions create different patterns, depending on the sun’s position and the pedestrian’s perspective. As wood louvres open or close according to interior needs, the Tower itself appears either permeable or reflective, revealing patterns of use and activity within.

© Florian Holzherr
Kategorien: Architektur

Safari Residential Apartment / Ashari Architects

Sa, 23.12.2017 - 00:00
© Parham Taghioff
  • Architects: Ashari Architects
  • Location: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
  • Lead Architects: AmirHossein Ashari
  • Design Associates/Team: Zahra Jafari, Amir Iranidoost Haghighi
  • Area: 1300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Parham Taghioff
  • Executive: Ali Safari
  • Executive Associates: Asghar Gerami, Ayoob Hashemi
  • Research: Elnaz Amini
  • 3 D Modeling: Amir Iranidoost Haghighi, Mostafa Yektar Zade
  • Graphic (Diagram): Sara Zahmatkeshfard Shirazi
© Parham Taghioff

Text description provided by the architects. The Safari Residential Project is located at the southeast of Shiraz, one of the oldest part of the city. Today, the attention of the architects in the city is more focused on the wealthy areas and there is a lack of innovative projects in such poor areas. The site context’s situation is in decline, and architecture is being oblivious, which has affected the city fabric structure and visual aspect of the region. To this end, the initial perspective on the creation of this project is a slight attempt to revive the recession situation of the design site.

© Parham Taghioff

The idea of the design was based on creating a connecting and reliant element on all floors. This central element, which is in the inner shell of the bricks, has the effect of the transition from the two-dimensional façade to three dimension object. By rotating and bend the wall of this core object (ring), a part of interior private space is dedicated to the terrace space and the building façade was formed as the interface between urban space and the interior of the building. As a result, the living and dining room created on each floor. Accordingly, more and more of the spaces inside and outside were merged, which helped to create more various view angles on the façade external view.

© Parham Taghioff

The private walls (The rooms) also reached a higher level of privacy with a slight retreat while having a terrace. The formation of the three-dimensional façade helped to create a hierarchy and distinguish between the private and public area of residential units in the exterior façade. Due to limitations that the municipality faced in the absence of aristocracy in the vicinity of the neighbourhood, we had to close the view to a height of 1.7 meters. Our idea to capture the maximum visual aspect of the exterior space was to create a porous brick shell which merged from the façade itself. Creating these brick lattice walls, in addition to a close direct view of the outside, caused the viewer not to be seen within these spaces and at the same time using the space. The underside of this lattice wall is open and strips are implemented for vegetation growth which limits the view as well.

Facade Diagram Vision Diagram

By using the natural light, instead of unformed lighting, we tried to create an emotional mood in the inhabitants by creating the optical contrast and passing it from “Fakhro Madins”. In addition, during the night, the illumination of the interior from the outside helped to create visual appeal and visibility. In addition to implement the brick grids, in order to sequence and transform the natural light, in parts of the bricks of the façade, by twisting about 20 degrees of bricks in a 180degree arc, it tries to play light and shadow, and eventually create dynamism and change. We had a texture at different times, Plus the use of glass bricks as transparent materials and light controllers in a linear view of the daylight in the interior.

© Parham Taghioff
Kategorien: Architektur

Elwood House / STAR Architecture

Fr, 22.12.2017 - 22:00
© Peter Bennetts
  • Builder: STAR Kolektiv
  • Landscape: Lachie Anderson Landscapes
  • Structural/Civil Engineering: ACOR Kersulting
  • Site: 711 m2
© Peter Bennetts

Text description provided by the architects. Elwood House of Heaton Avenue sits within a tree-lined streetscape that comprises a mix of contemporary and heritage buildings within a council heritage overlay - predominantly Californian bungalows with red brick façades and terracotta tiled roofs, set back from the street with formal gardens and timber fences. Prior to renovation, Elwood House was a tired, 100-year-old example of these in poor condition but with bones intact. The client, who valued the history and style of the building wanted to invest in its retention and restoration. Details such as tuckpointing of façade brickwork, new cobbled bluestone driveway, reinstated timber fence and formal geometric front garden designed by Lachie Anderson Landscapes has strengthened the heritage fabric of the street.

© Peter Bennetts

The demolition of the cramped rear section of the house allowed for a new extension to open-up and take better advantage of the north-facing aspect back-garden. The new ground floor addition housing kitchen and living space is juxtaposed with the original house as a streamlined box with floor-to-ceiling glazing, aluminium doors and windows, limestone tiled floor and marble detailing. The transparent box soaks up the natural northern and western light and utilises reflection from the existing pool to further bounce light around the internal space. It is a bright, spacious centre for gathering, sharing and enjoying the connection to the garden, barbeque and pool. The junction between old and new is distinct but fluid. A central spinal hallway links the two halves of the building with walls extending from front to back in a continuous line, creating a long, framed vista.

Ground Floor Plan First Floor Plan

The new first floor addition housing the children’s bedrooms distinguishes itself from the more transparent ground floor as a solid monolithic box. Although solid, the off-white rough-cast rendered box seems to float above the building below and to rise and disappear into the sky. It is offset from and overhanging the ground floor envelope, providing shading below and moderating the bulk of the overall mass. Spotted gum elements feature throughout the building uniting the two different levels. On the ground floor, new windows are framed with timber, referencing the formal heritage detailing elsewhere. Timber screens are used on the façade of the new extension, softening the robust box against the heritage façade.

© Peter Bennetts

Interior finishes and joinery were designed with Fiona Lynch. The selection of tactile materials, lustrous finishes, rich colours and sleek detailing complement the architectural forms and add another layer of design integrity to the house. The clients’ extensive art collection was accommodated with spaces designed to best present the range of work, further enhancing the building’s character.

© Peter Bennetts

Elwood House provides the multi-dimensionality and flexibility needed for a modern family which is reflected in a range of architectural styles and materials from different eras that have been successfully integrated as an elegant, contemporary home. The extension is respectful of its neighbours and the streetscape; it is not prominent from the street front - there are only glimpses of a modern box behind, modestly set back from its neighbouring buildings. Energy use, solar access, thermal performance, ventilation and water-sensitivity have been considered at all stages of the project to create a house that aims for self-sufficiency and a harmonious relationship with its surrounding landscape. Despite its elegant design credentials, the house is still primarily a home for a young family; joining the daily life of the other parents and children in the local neighbourhood.

© Peter Bennetts
Kategorien: Architektur
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