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Henley Halebrown Rorrison - The Waldron in Lewisham, South London Print E-mail
Friday, 10 December 2010 08:17

The phased masterplan development of The Waldron health centre in Lewisham South London has just been completed. Designed to change people’s perception of healthcare, The Waldron is planned around a new civic square framed by the health centre, shops, and a 5-storey development with street level café. Inside, the 6,029 sq m health centre is organised around two courtyard gardens and a spacious foyer featuring a site-specific installation by artist Martin Richman.
HhBR-01Located in the London Borough of Lewisham just north of London’s South Circular inner ring road, in an area in which housing estates and tower blocks populate a discontinuous landscape, the new centre replaces an anonymous single storey health centre with a significant urban development that has a greater capacity to shape the fabric of the locality and form a backdrop for public activity.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 December 2010 08:49
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ZGF Architects - St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 08:29
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ZGF Architects - St. Anthony Hospital
Photograph © Doug J. Scott

Featuring a 24-hour emergency department, this hospital designed by Seattle based ZGF Architects for the Franciscan Health System, is equipped to handle trauma cases and includes medical, surgical and critical care units; inpatient and outpatient surgery; a heart catheterization laboratory; diagnostic services (including MRI, CT scans, ultrasound and mammography); and physical, occupational and speech therapies.

The main hospital is connected to the 95,000 SF Milgard Medical Pavilion which houses medical offices and the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center, an integrated cancer center offering programs for patients and families. The project also includes parking for 700 cars.

A Community in Need

Prior to the completion of the new St. Anthony Hospital, the South Sound Region represented one of the largest population centers in the State of Washington without a central community hospital. As a result more than 3,500 emergencies and 4,000 patients requiring overnight care had to travel well outside of the area for treatment annually.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:05
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atelier du pont - Social Housing Development in the Parisian Suburbs Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 08:47
A project of 34 housing units on an island site bordered by a gymnasium, a school and suburban housing, on avenue Henri Barbusse, along with a low-cost housing development from the 50s marked for demolition.

Social-Housing-06The challenge here for the lessor is to rehouse 34 families close to their old district within a scenario of wholly revamped housing, clearly departing from the typical ‘Banlieu’ social housing.

Largely due to its double-pitched roof, the project looks like a large house, a clear departure from the typical French suburban housing developments. Avoiding the mistakes of the housing projects from past decades, the dimensions of this development are brought down to scales within the grasp and control of its inhabitants.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:06
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Taichung Echo Wind Tower Project in Taiwan Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 November 2010 08:24
Overseeing the Taichung basin, the Taiwan Tower is the observatory of the central Taiwan ecosystem ranging from the Central Mountain Range to the South China sea.
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The tower's envelope is composed of 2 million suspended thin metal leaves that tilt up against the wind, which operates 64 internal helicoidal wind turbines generating enough energy to make the building fully sustainable.

The facade shows patterns of air flows as a monumental expression of the natural context and its immediate climatic conditions. Its skin symbolizes the cohesion of the surrounding habitat while the evolving winds provide transformations of its form.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 09:10
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LMN Architects - Paccar Hall: Phase I of the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business Expanded Campus Project Print E-mail
Friday, 19 November 2010 14:06
Paccar-Hall-01The Foster School of Business is in the midst of a transformation, with a clearly articulated vision to become the top public business school in the nation. The overriding purpose of this multi-phase project is to convert the school’s current collection of outdated facilities-through new construction and renovation-into a cohesive education complex that embodies its educational focus of leadership development, strategic thinking and collaboration. The project includes two new, interconnected buildings: the privately funded 133,000 SF Paccar Hall (Phase I); and a publicly funded 63,000 SF building that replaces 1960’s era Balmer Hall (Phase II).

Also included is renovation of the subterranean Foster Business Library, which repositions its primary entrance to link directly with the central activity zone of Paccar Hall.

The design responds to the program’s strong emphasis on social connectivity and its active central campus site with a high degree of porosity—in terms of both visual and functional relationships. A four-story, day-lighted atrium runs the entire length of Paccar Hall. Primary entrances are knitted into the pedestrian flow of the campus, with views, topography and landscape embraced as integrated elements in the architectural experience. The exterior expression is a direct response to the functional needs of modern business education and environmental influences, while responding to adjacent historic campus buildings with compatible materiality, scale and proportion.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:32
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Michael Graves and Associates - National Automobile Museum of the Netherlands Print E-mail
Friday, 19 November 2010 08:41
Michael Graves & Associates have just finished work on The Louwman Collection, the National Automobile Museum of the Netherlands. The project was designed by MGA Principal and Studio Head Gary Lapera, AIA.
National-Design-MuseumSpeaking of the firm’s interest in museum design, Michael Graves remarks, “For an architect, museums are certainly among the most gratifying commissions one can receive—they give you a chance to contribute to cultural history and to the public’s shared experience of that history. We’ve been fortunate to have designed a variety of museums over the years.” Says Gary Lapera, “In designing this particular museum, we were greatly influenced by the character of the historical and physical context, and endeavored to give this institution a presence with a unique sense of place.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:31
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Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture (HMBA) - Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 08:41
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Photograph ©Tom Kessler
This new project has just opened its doors earlier this month. Two years in the making its is being inaugurated during Kent State University’s centennial year, the Roe Green Center designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture (HMBA) incorporates both renovation and new construction of the Music and Speech Building built in 1960.

It features a striking new glass lobby entrance, a 200-seat black box experimental theatre, and brings the Theatre and Dance departments together under the same roof for the first time with three, new state-of-the art dance studios.

"We are thrilled to have everyone in the same building and we're excited by the creative possibilities for collaborations by theatre, dance and music students." said Cynthia Stillings, director, School of Theatre and Dance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:29
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Olson Kundig Architects - Lightcatcher at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA Print E-mail
Monday, 15 November 2010 07:56

The Lightcatcher Building will be newest addition to the Whatcom Museum. It is located in the downtown area of Bellingham, WA, within a newly created, Arts and Cultural District, which includes restored adjacent landmarks. Olson-Kundig-Lightcatcher-14

The Museum’s mission is to provide informative, innovative and interactive educational programs and exhibitions about art and Northwest history and the influences that affected their evolution. It seeks to stimulate inquiry about our changing cultural, natural and historical landscapes, for the youngest to the oldest minds, and to inspire preservation of and creative contributions to our region. The Museum’s collection holds more than 200,000 artifacts and art pieces of regional importance, including a vast photographic archive.

All Photographs by Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:27
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