Morphosis - 41 Cooper Square in New York City Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 10:06

Morphosis_Cooper_Union_01The Cooper Union’ s new building at 41 Cooper Square in New York City, is an academic facility located on the east side of Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets. It houses the college’s Albert Nerken School of Engineering and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences along with additional facilities for the School of Art and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

Thom Mayne and the Morphosis team designed the nine-story, 175,000 square foot, full-block building to replace more than 40 percent of the academic space at the college with reconfigurable, state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, studios and public spaces.

As explained by Thom Mayne, the new academic building for The Cooper Union, aspires to manifest the character, culture and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded.

 

All photographs © Iwan Baan


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 10:56
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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects - Westminster Academy at The Naim Dangoor Centre Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 09:37


The Westminster Academy is a new secondary school in West London, housing 1175 pupils and 128 staff members. The sponsor, Exilarch Foundation and the Academy principals Alison Banks and Smita Bora, had a powerful vision of learning for the school that embraces the latest thinking in education and the ideals of the RSA Curriculum of the 21st century.
AHMM_Westminster_Academy_06The core values of the Academy are Enterprise, Global Citizenship and Communication delivered through a flexible and responsive learning framework that gives pupils individual responsibility for their education and encourages team working by both staff and pupils.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 March 2010 09:36
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Ofis Arhiekti - Four-Leaf Clover Kindergarten in Ribnica, Slovenia Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:23

The project is a kindergarten by Slovenian Architects Ofis Arhitekti., with a  proposed layout  in the form of a four-leaf clover. Each leaf will comprise one department with its associated facilities.
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The entrance leads to the central area, hosting or leading to the common areas, that are positioned and distributed on three floors: ground floor with the main entrance and outdoor central common play area/playgrounds for additional activities, first floor with administration/offices and underground level with kitchen, services and technical areas.

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter - Østfold College University in Halden, Norway Print E-mail
Monday, 21 December 2009 08:10


In fall of 2005 Østfold University relocated to its new premises in Halden, Norway.  Central to the Architecture's strategy are the qualities of the surrounding landscape and a limited palette of materials.
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The project, a close integration of new and existing buildings, emphasizes the contrast between different volumes by using simple geometrical prisms, lines and planes to form a complex matrix of functions and spaces.

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C. F. Møller Architects - ‘Dragen’ Children’s House in Odense, Denmark Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 00:00


The integrated kindergarten 'Dragen' sets new standards, as a sustainable and pedagogically thought-through design. All components are 'Nordic Swan' eco-labelled. The construction is a certified passive-house, using a minimum of energy. And the children's needs and well-being has been the main driver in the design.
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The fundamental architectural concept is a simple and clear geometric form on two levels, with the children’s areas located in the best-lit southern end. The two levels are linked by staircases and ramps which are designed to stimulate and challenge the children’s sensory and motor skills.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:16
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Morphogenesis - The Pearl Academy of Fashion in Jaipur, India Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 November 2009 05:47

Morphogenesis_Pearl_academy_01The Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur is a campus which by virtue of its design is geared towards creating an environmentally responsive passive habitat.


The institute creates interactive spaces for a highly creative student body to work in multifunctional zones which blend the indoors with the outdoors seamlessly. The radical architecture of the institute emerges from a fusion of the rich traditional building knowledge bank and cutting edge contemporary architecture.



The institute is located in a typical hot, dry, desert type climate on the outskirts of Jaipur in the soulless Kukas industrial area, about 20 kilometers from the famous walled city. It ranks third in the top 10 fashion design institutes in India, and its design needed to represent the seriousness of its academic orientation through its formal geometry.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2009 08:55
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Henning Larsen Architects - IT University in Ørestaden, Denmark Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:35

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The masterplan for the area is based on a north-south-going, linear structure. This basic structure is designed as three strips conveying three different urban themes.


The strips are intersected by roads on the transverse axis from Amager Fælledvej. Connections between the buildings lie on the transverse axis perpendicular to the open, landscaped areas.



The IT University appears open and inviting - forming a frame around students, professors and researchers of the university; a building in spatial dialogue with its surroundings and, at the same time, responding to the city by opening up and letting university activities interact as an asset to the neighboring space.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 16:00
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OWP|P - Ralph Ellison Campus, in Chicago, Illinois Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 08:06

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Ralph Ellison High School is named for the African-American writer whose novels and essays were transformative in the realms of literature, history and the African-American identity.


Located on the South Side of Chicago, CICS Ellison wants to a difference in the lives of students in Chicago, by offering its students “a college preparatory education emphasizing rigor, relevance, and responsible leadership”.

As explained by OWP|P, the design sought to reflect Ellison’s legacy in the design. The front elevation of the addition is a glass curtain wall sandblasted with a quote from Ralph Ellison. The text is visible both from the interior library and science spaces and from the exterior to passersby and the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:50
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RSP Architects, Ltd. in association with Lake|Flato Architects - ASU Polytechnic Academic Complex, Mesa, Arizona Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 08:58

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Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus is home to more than 9,600 students pursuing degrees in professional or technological programs.


The campus is situated on more than 600 acres in the Phoenix area's fast-growing East Valley. First-time visitors to the Polytechnic campus are immediately struck by the spacious grounds, friendly people and relaxed atmosphere.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:12
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