Featured Architecture Projects
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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Foster + Partners - Terminal at Beijing Capital International Airport Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 03:07

Beijing_airport_08.jpg Archinnovations.com is proud to feature a series of projects by one of the most prestigious and innovative firms in the world: Foster + Partners.

We start with one of Beijing’s recentlly completed landmarks; the new Terminal at Beijing Capital International Airport, considered as the world’s largest building and most advanced airport.

This new terminal offers an unparalleled traveling experience, not only technologically, but also in terms of operational efficiency, passenger comfort, sustainability and access to natural light.

Completed ahead of this summer’s Summer Olympics and conceived as the gateway to Beijing for athletes participating in that great event, it is designed to be welcoming and uplifting. Norman Foster stressed on the symbol of place, its soaring aerodynamic roof and its dragon-like form celebrate the thrill and poetry of flight. Its gold roof resonates with the Forbidden City, while the striking interior palette of red through orange to yellow evokes traditional Chinese colors.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2009 09:17
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OFIS arhitekti - Lace Apartments in Nova Gorica, Slovenia Print E-mail
Monday, 22 September 2008 11:13

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The location of the Lace apartment block is in the centre of Nova Gorica (population 32.000) located in the west of Slovenia, adjacent the Slovene – Italian border. It lies 92 meters above sea level. The town has also very specific climate conditions – it is renowned as the hottest town in Slovenia in summer with very strong winds in winter.

© All photographs courtesy of Tomaz Gregoric

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2009 08:22
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