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Vancouver Convention Centre West Now Broadcast and Media Center for the Olympics Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 December 2009 00:00

2009_VCCW_01p.jpg We revisit another green project that we featured back in April of last year and being utilized for the Olympic Games.


Located on Vancouver’s waterfront with spectacular views of mountains, ocean, and parks, the Vancouver Convention Centre West is designed to bring together the natural ecology, vibrant local culture, and built environment, accentuating their interrelationships through the architecture. Opened earlier this month, the Convention Centre West expansion facility triples the total square footage and functional capacity as well as completes the development of the public realm on the waterfront.

This facility which, is serving as the official broadcast and media center for the Olympics, has just earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada Platinum rating.

Among the VCC’s most stunning features is a 6-acre living roof, which is Canada’s largest and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America. Landscaped with 400,000 native plants and grasses, the green roof acts as an insulator to mediate the exterior air temperature, as well as contributes to the building’s stormwater utilization and integrates with the waterfront landscape ecosystem.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 March 2010 09:37
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Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP - EPA Region8 Headquarters in Denver, CO Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 07:02


ZGF_EPA_03Located on the corner of Wynkoop and 16th streets in Denver’s Lower Downtown District, the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 8 Headquarters building sits on an urban brownfield that formerly housed a U.S. Postal Annex.


Adjacent to Denver’s Union Station, this civic building also sits at the nexus of public transportation for the region, offering EPA employees and visitors alike access to a vast array of light rail, commuter rail and bus lines, as well as regional pedestrian and recreational trails.


Moreover, the building provides a visual connection between Downtown Denver’s various architectural styles and structures, sitting at the crossroads between newer downtown developments and one of the city’s most historic districts.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2009 10:05
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A2RC Architects - SQUARE - Brussels Meeting Centre Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 08:51

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An architectural proposition to the city offers a newfound visibility to the former “Palais des Congrès” by means of a poetic emblem embodied in the glass cube that forms the principal entry to SQUARE, Brussels Meeting Centre.



Its treelike structure and an aesthetic based on transparency and light, irresistibly evokes landscape architecture, takes root in history and projects the « Mont des Arts » into modernity. This monumentality, mild and poetic, dialogs with the image of the garden. Present and at the same time melting into the surrounding architectural landscape, it changes in materiality as the light and time of day change.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:26
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WMA - Willy Müller Architects - Vitória Bay and Vix Tower in Vitória, Brazil Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 November 2009 10:01

The Vitória Bay project is intended to help the region to evolve from its current state of inertia and initiate the dynamics that lead to the creation of a new identity and a new reference point for its citizens.
vix4The Agenda 21 for Vitória is a city development strategy that foresees major changes in the infrastructure and a reformation of the waterfront. Apart from opening itself towards marine cruises and leisure tourism, there will also be an event center for multiple uses such as sports and cultural events, a marina for public use, shipyards and so on. This will obviously draw attention to the area even beyond the city limits. Tourism and events will attract new enterprises, create jobs and in the long run improve the Capixaba lifestyle.

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Estudio Carme Pinos - Caixaforum in Zaragoza, Spain Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2009 08:01

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While developping their concept for the project, the architects felt the need to overcome two challenges. First, the building had impact its environment. As they expressed it : “capable of making the city”. The project should acheive this through its strong identity as well as newly generated public spaces. Second, building had to integrate within its environment, weaving a visual relationship with the city and the new park from the inside looking out and from the outside peaking in.  "A building creating the city, and at the same time makes us a part of it as we inhabit it."

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 14:40
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The Water Centre in Calgary by Sturgess Architecture Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 September 2009 05:27

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Designed by Sturgess Architecture in conjunction with Manasc Isaac Architects (Edmonton), The Water Centre is the first phase of the urban redevelopment of the City of Calgary industrial yards into a civic operational and administrative centre.



The 16,000 m2 building combines the Water Resources and Water Services departments consisting of 460 administrative staff and 360 operational staff.

 



All photographs by Robert Lemermeyer


Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2009 04:42
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C.F. Møller Architects - Second phase of the Darwin Centre in London Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 07:16

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The design of the second phase of the Darwin Centre project is characterized by a compelling and strong architectural concept in order to contain and represent vast entomological and botanical collections housed within the Natural History Museum.

The solution to resolving the various Client requirements and to clearly symbolize the world class collection of specimens is the ‘Cocoon’, an architectural translation which forms the inner protective envelope.

The scale of the Cocoon form is such that it cannot be seen in its entirety from any one position. This emphasizes its massive scale. The shape and size give the visitor a tangible understanding of the volume of the collections contained within.
The collections housed in the Natural History Museum are among the world’s most extensive and treasured.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 08:06
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John Ronan - The Gary Comer Youth Center Chicago IL Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2009 08:34


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This 74,000 square foot youth center, located in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, demonstrates a commitment to social progress in providing a constructive environment for area youths to spend their after-school hours.


The center provides support for the programs of a 300-member drill team/performance group for children aged eight to eighteen, which performs in parades and on stage about 50 times per year, and provides space for various youth educational and recreational programs for disadvantaged children to better their chances of success in life.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2009 09:37
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JKMM Architects - The New City Library in Turku, Finland Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2009 00:39

The new city library in Turku is located at the historical centre of the city. The building is the latest addition to a block with the old library and several other historically valuable buildings. The historical and cultural value of the site presented a great challenge for the planning of the new building. The objective of the project was to create a new construct, which would harmonize with the historically invaluable setting while also manifesting an architecture of its own age.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:43
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