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Atelier Phileas - Animation Center in Paris, France Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 04:26

Phileas_animation_03.jpg The complex is situated in the southern portion of the prestigious 16eme arrondissement of Paris, bordering the Seine. The entire block surrounding the project is dedicated to different sports and cultural activities.

The way that the building was oriented provides a complete and quite unique view on the river Seine. The opening towards that view came at a price, since it has also exposed the building to the noise and commotion of the dense traffic of the close-by Saint-Exupery wharf as well as the Parisian ring-road.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2010 10:45
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects - The Royal Library in Copenhagen Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 03:55

SHL_Royal_Library_06.jpg The Royal Library is one of the most significant architectural landmarks on the Copenhagen waterfront. Clad in black granite, the building is known as the ‘Black Diamond’ – with its clean-cut lines and glittering polished surfaces, the library is now recognised as one of Copenhagens’ architectural gems.

The new building marks a radical shift from the traditional library structure and accommodates a range of cultural facilities. The Royal Library is situated in the historic heart of Copenhagen, and has proved to be a catalyst for the subsequent construction boom along the Copenhagen waterfront in recent years. The new library’s immediate context is a backdrop of important historical buildings such as the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg Palace, The Danish State Archives,Thorvaldsen’s Museum, the Danish Jewish Museum and King Christian IV’s elegant Stock Exchange building, the latter dating to the early 17th century.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 08:51
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In Construction: Rennes Metropole Crematorium at Vern-sur-Seiche in France Print E-mail
Friday, 23 January 2009 03:12

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PLAN01 Architects proposes the "Circle for the Departed".


A sensitive subject deserves sensitive treatment. Few projects involve so much emotion, so much human and cultural input. Few projects are so fraught with pitfalls and hazards.

The challenge here is to create an area and time of dignity and serenity. The spatial layout must reflect the site’s symbolic and emotional function in order to accommodate the diversity of people’s reactions. The choice of simple shapes and materials provides an integrated landscape of peace and tranquility. In this place where you must detach yourself from the outside world, the pathways encourage a gradual progress from the external environment towards internal intimacy, from outer noise to inner silence.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2009 03:30
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Atelier Phileas - Centralised Command Headquarters of the Number 13 Parisian Subway Line Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 December 2008 18:00

PHILEAS_Subway_03.jpg Located close to Paris, the city of Malakoff possesses a typical suburban fabric. Separated by the south beltway of the capital, this city, historically proletarian slowly evolved to a high-end neighbourhood for privileged white collars, willing to escape from the capital ambient stress. This close location allows them to stay in close contact with the city centre especially since it is well served by many metropolitan trains.

The site gets its character through several remarkable points. The subway station Etienne-Dolet, borders the West side of the building, creating a green frontage stretching through the whole depth of the site, Its built front, that develops on 180 metres, is covered with a low-grade cladding that projects a poor image for the current site. The construction is set in a large parcel of land with various neighbouring landowners that generate divers building alignments. One of the sides of the building borders a large greenway that stretches around the city.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2010 10:45
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Kristin Jarmund Architects - The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2008 02:18

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The Norwegian Embassy is built as a freestanding building in the garden of an older villa which previously housed the existing embassy. The old building will soon be demolished to make way for the new Ambassadors residence.

The site, in the area of Lalitpur , is roughly 4 acres and sits high overlooking Kathmandu . The site for the embassy steps steeply down towards the north. The fall of the site, taken from the highest point down to the entrance area and courtyard, is equivalent to one floor level. The courtyard sits a further floor level above the main gates. The site is surrounded by high walls with neighbouring buildings built right up to the property line.

On clear days the Himalayan mountain range can be seen to the north

Photographs courtesy of Guri Dahl, Graeme Ferguson, and Kristin Jarmund.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 November 2009 18:28
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Woodhead - Interpretive Centre in West Australia Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 02:01

Interpretive_Centre_05.jpg The ritual burning of the Pinnacles Interpretive Centre in Western Australia, as part of its design and building process underscores the unique role of fire both culturally and environmentally in Australia. This incredibly evocative gesture by Woodhead and project architect for the Centre, John Nichols, introduces this specific practice into contemporary Australian architecture.
 
Located 250km north of Perth in the Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles is made of thousands of protruding limestone formations spread over a vast dunal landscape.  The rock formations are the exposed eroded remnants of a formerly thick bed of Tamala Limestone, created over time by rain and wind

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 02:17
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David Chipperfield Architects - Des Moines Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa Print E-mail
Friday, 05 December 2008 03:36

The library forms an integral part of the new Des Moines 'Western Gateway Park'. This area of the city is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment and the new library and park will become a centrepiece for the urban renewal of Des Moines.
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All Photographs are courtesy David Chipperfield Architects and Des Moines Public Library / Photographer Farshid Assassi.

Located at the east end of the park, the new library acts as a link between downtown Des Moines and the park. On the one hand, it responds to the city block, but at the same time it stretches out into the parkland, floating in the surrounding landscape, thus creating outside spaces of different character while conveying to the visitor the feeling of sitting in the park while reading a book.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:41
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Bing Thom Architects - Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver, Canada Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 01:56

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Located in a vibrant neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada, the Sunset Community Centre was conceived as a link between nature and the multi-cultural communities that surround it.


The original Sunset Community Centre was sited two blocks from the nearest major street, lacking visibility and accessibility. To better serve the community, the re-development of the community centre situates the building on Main Street, a major north-south thoroughfare while sitting harmoniously among the fields, greenhouses and planting beds of the adjacent city nursery.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 14:53
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Sorg Architects - U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 02:35

Sunshade_Detail.jpg The new U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown opened earlier this year as part of a larger New Embassy Compound designed by Sorg Architects for the U.S. Department of State.  The new Embassy consists of a renovated existing five-story office building along with a new addition of similar scale, and is located on a dramatic site in Wildey, St. Michael, outside Barbados’ capital city, Bridgetown.


In response to the challenging site and Department of State security requirements the design concept combines prevalent vernacular architectural styles with local materials and modernist forms to create architecture that both reflects  important elements of its local context and serves as a symbol of U.S. democratic ideals.  The new Embassy’s hinged form connects public and private functions with a smaller centerpiece and creates a welcoming and graceful American diplomatic presence on the island.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:20
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