Featured Architecture Projects
Simone Giostra - Greenpix, a Zero-Energy Media Wall Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 05:42

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Simone Giostra & Partners Architects have designed the GreenPix - Zero Energy Media Wall - a groundbreaking project applying sustainable and digital media technology to the curtain wall of Xicui Entertainment Complex in Beijing, near the site of the 2008 Olympics.


Featuring the largest color LED display worldwide and the first photovoltaic system integrated into a glass curtain wall in China, GreenPix transforms the building envelop into a self-sufficient organic system, harvesting solar energy by day and using it to illuminate the screen after dark, mirroring a day’s climatic cycle. Arup provided engineering services for the project.

“The Media Wall will provide the city of Beijing with its first venue dedicated to digital media art, while offering the most radical example of sustainable technology applied to an entire building’s envelope to date”, said Simone Giostra.

Photograph courtesy of Simone Giostra, ARUP and Ruogu

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2008 09:14
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Daniel Libeskind - Extension to the Denver Art Museum, Frederic C. Hamilton Building Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2008 04:50

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Since opening its doors in 2006, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building has become one of downtown Denver’s most recognizable landmarks, drawing thousands of visitors. The project, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind and Davis Partnership, consists of a 146,000ft² addition to the existing Denver Art Museum, built originally in 1971, almost doubling its size.



Consisting of a separate building this major expansion tied to the existing museum through a 100ft long enclosed walkway. It hosts the main entrance to the museum complex, as well as a collection of Modern and contemporary art, a collection of Oceanic art and African Art, a theatre and a rooftop sculpture garden with views over the scenic Rocky Mountain range.




Photograph © BitterBredt

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 14:09
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Ibarra Rosano Design Architects - Downing Residence Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008 03:05

The Downing Residence by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects is a carefully nested desert dwelling on a hillside west of Tucson organized between existing saguaros.  The 3500 square foot design splits the floor plan into three smaller pavilion-like footprints in order to rest more gently between areas of dense vegetation.
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From a distance, the Downing Residence is barely discernable from its east-facing mountainside backdrop.  The structure blends with the surrounding rock outcroppings as each of its three volumes sit reverently within a grove of saguaro that dot the hillside.

All photographs are by Bill Timmerman, courtesy of the Ibarra Rosano.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2009 15:48
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Steven Holl - T-Husene Development in Ørestad, Copenhagen Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 02:54

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The T-Husene is a mixed-use development, for Ørestad, Copenhagen (Denmark) presented by Steven Holl Architects for a direct commission from City Development in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Besides a constructed landscape of 8000 sq. m. T-Husene contains 18,000 sq.m. residential space in 5 towers above 12,500 sq.m. commercial space.


Watercolors are courtesy of Steven Holl

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 22:22
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Katsuhiro Miyamoto and Associates - SHIP Print E-mail
Monday, 21 April 2008 02:40

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Katsuhiro Miyamoto thrives on designing dwellings on challenging sites. As we saw in projects previously featured on Archinnovations, the architect carefully composes his projects from the constraint imposed by the surrounding density of the urban landscapes, developing his ideas despite the awkwardness of the site’s shapes and dimensions.

He proposes solutions that possess a powerful in their visual appeal while staying focused on the functional requirements of the house and the creation of user-centric living space.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:04
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MulvannyG2 Architecture - Redmond City Hall Print E-mail
Friday, 18 April 2008 01:54

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The economic boom of the late 1980s and 90s fueled remarkable growth within the City of Redmond, home to software giants Microsoft and Nintendo America. This period saw a similar growth in the size of the City government. As the new century began, it became clear that they had outgrown their existing 1960s era building, and needed a newer, more flexible facility that would serve their needs and represent the City as they faced the future.


The new Redmond City Hall building is the largest public works project ever undertaken in the City’s history. In order to ease the financial burden that such a project would impose, Wright Runstad & Company and the City agreed upon a public / private funding mechanism which has become increasingly more popular for the financing of public projects.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2009 07:58
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LEED Platinum Certified Desert Museum Complex By Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 01:59

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A Platinum LEED certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) was awarded to the Water + Life Museums, which comprise the Center for Water Education and the Western Center for Archeology and Paleontology, designed and constructed by Los Angeles-based Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build. 


The complex is the first museum building to secure a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, the highest bestowed by the USGBC.  The award is doubly impressive, as the 70,000-square-foot museum complex met the most exacting green standards (including those regarding energy and water consumption), despite the harsh desert environment of Hemet, where triple-digit summer heat is the norm, but where water can freeze in winter.


  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 01:52
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OFIS arhitekti - Tetris Apartments in Ljubljana, Slovenia Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 April 2008 09:38

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The featured housing block is situated at the edge of a housing development that projects the construction of 650 apartments. After construction, the design was acquired by the Slovenian Housing Fund and will be replicated in other developments.

With a rich interplay of small volumes of different material interlocking throughout the elevations, many people associated them to Tetris game. And so the building got its name.

 

 

All photographs © Tomaz Gregoric

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2009 08:37
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