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Brière, Gilbert + associés -The Montarville - Boucher De la Bruère Public Library Print E-mail
Friday, 09 April 2010 07:30

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This Public Library is located in  downtown Boucherville, a town of 40,000, located in the vicinity of Montreal. Built more than 25 years ago, the municipal library needed to expand and reconfigure its existing facilities, to pursue its mission and provide services in accordance with new and emerging social, cultural and technological trends.

The project, therefore consists of a three-storey expansion (1,470 square metres) along with an indoor renovation and refitting of the existing structure (1,700 square metres). It includes an atrium, a new entrance hall, a new library promenade, a new loans counter and a complete reorganization of all the library stacks.

After an initial assessment of the library’s current context, it was the idea for a visceral connection with the wooded area in an adjoining Park that ignited the project's initial concept. In contrast to the existing building, whose introverted geometry neglected both the social and natural aspects of its surroundings, the architects adopted an open, barrier-free design intended to convey the very essence of the new centre whose essential mission is about discovery and openness to knowledge and to the world.

Photographs by Christian Perreault

Last Updated on Friday, 09 April 2010 08:10
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3XN - The Blue Planet in Copenhagen, DK Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 February 2010 00:00

BIG_Blue_Planet_05Inspired by the shape of water in endless motion, The Blue Planet is shaped as a great whirlpool. The new Denmark’s Aquarium is situated in the borderland between the worlds of Poseidon and Zeus. The walls and roofs form a single, continuous flow and are clad in a way which emphasizes the wavy outline of the building, thereby telling a story of this union. The first and longest of the whirlpool’s arms follows the shape of the landscape and the building, moving into the land.

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HOK-Designed Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 09:38

HOK-Designed Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport, which debuted in 2008, was the first designed with new security protocols following the 9/11 attacks.
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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 11:44
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J. MAYER H. Architects - Danfoss Universe Science Park in Nordborg, Denmark Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010 09:35

JMAYERH_DanfossUniverse_09The project consists of an extension of Danfoss Universe Science Park. Danfoss Universe is a science park in Denmark, embedded in the agricultural landscape of Nordborg next to the founder’s home and the Danfoss HQ. It opened in May 2005 and has been expanding due to its considerable success.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2010 10:14
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Tony Fretton Architects - New British Embassy in Warsaw Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010 05:32

Mace_British_Embassy_01Set in its own grounds facing onto Warsaw's Ulica Kawalerii on one side and a park on the other in an area of the city devoted to embassies, this project has a serene and formal quality. Its long form is centralized by an attic in an elementally neo-classical way and underlined by the longer figures of the walls and railings enclosing the site.

The building is explicit in its conservation of energy; its glass elevations function as the outer skin of a double façade, which provides substantial thermal insulation in winter and relieves heat in the summer. The outer layer, delineated by pale bronze aluminum mullions and mirror glass, reflects the sky and trees of the surrounding gardens. Behind this is a more substantial façade of windows set between solid piers and spandrels in a modulated composition of a similar palette. The pale polychromy of this arrangement is a distant relative of the painted stucco buildings of the school of Schinkel, which can be seen across Europe from the Hague to Oslo and here in Warsaw.

 

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Les architectes FABG - Pierrefonds Community Center in Montreal, Quebec Print E-mail
Friday, 22 January 2010 08:38

The Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, is a large suburb of Montreal located in the western end of the Montreal island. It contains a population of more than 65 000 socially and economically diversified inhabitants, distributed over a 30 Kilometres (18 Miles). While the demographic majority is middle-class, there is a significant 16% of the population living under the level of poverty.
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Photographs by Steve Montpetit

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Bark design Visitor Information Centre in Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia Print E-mail
Friday, 15 January 2010 08:41

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Photographs by Christopher Frederick Jones

Architecture can be inspired from Nature, and the architects at Bark design drew their inspiration creatively. Starting with the simplest natural element of landscape - a leaf..... something natural, organic, sculptural, folding, undulating, sheltering which reaches up dynamically for the light informed design of
the ‘Leaf’ canopy.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2010 17:23
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Marlene Imirzian & Associates - Broadway Heritage Resource Center in Phoenix, AZ Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 05:59

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The Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) is an outpost for city services in an area that has historically been a liability to the community, impacted by age, neglect and high crime.

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Safdie Rabines Architects - Robert Paine Scripps Forum For Science, Society and the Environment Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 07:42

Scientists from around the world gather to help advance the study of the oceans, earth, and marine life sciences at this oceanfront conference center located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 08:26
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