Featured Architecture Projects
The Baupiloten, part 4: The Snuffle of the Silver Dragon Print E-mail
Friday, 10 October 2008 02:20

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As we explained in our previous articles on the Baupiloten, this is a group of students at the architectural faculty of the TU Berlin, that produce real life projects under the supervision of founder, Suzanne Hoffman. In this fourth featured project, the Baupiloten create an all-day “home-away-from-home” for grade-schoolers

The  Baupiloten – together with the schoolchildren – expanded upon the concept of a comfortable learning environment to include the school’s hallways and classrooms. Until recently, the hallways of the school building (designed by Ludwig Hoffmann in 1915) embodied the sterile and authoritarian educational atmosphere of the early 20th century. In their redesign, the hallways were made to suit modern educational concepts of a “rhythmic” learning atmosphere, thereby serving the current need for communal areas of varied use.


Photographs courtesy of Jan Bitter.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 07:37
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Antoine Predock - School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2008 02:11

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The design of the new School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, as explained by the architects, is intended as a source of inspiration  to the young minds on the road to discover the intricacies of Architecture, teaching the students through a living example a good doze of healthy concepts.

Intersecting the original directive, and somehow complementing it, is the desire to shape the building according to specific  surrounding environmental, urban and campus form-givers.

The timeless relationships between building and environment from the cliffs of Canyon de Chelly to the mute, powerfull walls of Anasazi architecture, conceptually and materially inspire the project. While the building optimizes its functional role, it incorporates within its concepts these powerful forces.

Photographs courtesy of Kirk Gittings, Photographer

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:39
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Office of Metropolitan Architecture - China Central Television Station and Headquarters Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 02:25

Here is another innovative project by dutch architects of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. CCTV will be one among many towers in Beijing’s new Central Business District, all striving to be unique – all different expressions of the vertical dimension.

The tragedy of the skyscraper is that it marks a place as significant, which it then occupies and exhausts with banality… This banality is twofold: in spite of their potential to be incubators of new cultures, programs, and ways of life, most towers accommodate merely routine activity, arranged according to predictable patterns. Formally, their expressions of verticality have proven to stunt the imagination: as verticality soars, creativity crashes.

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© All photographs courtesy of CCTV/OMA Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren photographed by Iwan Baan.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 17:19
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Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects - Svalbard Science Centre 78°north Print E-mail
Monday, 06 October 2008 04:29

Svalbard, Norway is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe, about midway between Norway and the North Pole. This archipelago is the northernmost part of Norway. Three of its islands are populated: Spitsbergen, Bear Island and Hopen. The largest settlement is in Longyearbyen.
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This project is an addition to an existing university and research facility, which get extended approximately  four times their original size. The project, which was commissioned through an invited competition, also provides new facilities for the Svalbard Museum. The project became the largest building in Longyearbyen and Spitzbergen.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:39
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Architype - Eco-Friendly Office In English Countryside Print E-mail
Friday, 03 October 2008 01:49

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When leading UK eco architects, Architype, grew out of their old office they decided that their new West of England office would be a model of sustainable workplace practice and contemporary design.


In 2007 Architype was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ prestigious National Sustainability Award for the recently completed new office building, a resounding endorsement of their achievement. Architype was also named Building Magazine’s Sustainable Architect of the Year 2007.

Architype required a property in the West of England that could accommodate an expanding office staff of 17 (the practice also supports a 20 strong office in London).


Photographs courtesy of Leigh Simpson

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2008 05:39
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Bing Thom Architects - Central City in Surrey, British Columbia Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 12:19

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As a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, the City of Surrey in British Columbia has the catalyst for a new urban core in the Central City project.


Challenging the context in which it is situated with its form and scale, this large mixed-use project integrates 450,000 square feet of academic space for Simon Fraser University, 500,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail space with an existing 700,000 square foot regional shopping centre.

 

Photographs courtesy of Nic Lehoux

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 14:54
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Studio Granda - Vogaskoli secondary school extension in Reykjavík, Iceland Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008 19:00

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The Vogaskoli secondary school was first built in 1958. The number of students has varied greatly over the years and during the late sixties it was the largest school in the country. Following this expansion the school was split with the creation of the new sixth form college Menntaskólans by Sund.



In 1975 a new building was added to Vogaskoli. In 2004 as a result of a new increase in the number of students and changes in pedagogical thinking the city decided to demolish the 1975 building and build a new extension.




Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:40
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Resolution For Architecture - Peconic Bay House in Southampton, NY Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008 05:23

I was reading recently in an architectural magazine some comments that an architect was uttering about prefabricated construction, putting the whole industry in a single bag and qualifying the results as “ugly”. As I find the comment to be out of touch with the reality, I believe that the esthetics of a prefabricated house lies in the skills of its designers and builders.
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A great example of fabulous prefab is this latest house by New York based Res4 Architecture. Overlooking the Great Peconic Bay in the south fork of Long Island, this compact house is sited beyond a wildlife buffer in a wooded enclave, steps from the bay.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:53
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