LAN Architecture - 486 Mina El Hosn in Beirut, Lebanon Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:00

BEIRUT_LAN_01Designed by LAN Architecture, based in Paris, the ‘mirror-tower’ is a 142m. High-rise located in Beirut, poetically described by the architects as 'The city that wouldn’t disappear'

Every city is singular. Yet clearly some are more so than others. Beirut is a unique urban phenomenon, literally inhabited by its history, and with each successive war or occupation finding the strength to combat its disappearance.

The 486 MINA EL HOSN, the ‘mirror-tower’ designed by LAN, is to be built in the port area, opposite the Murr Tower, the shell-riddled building that has come to symbolise the civil war. The tower is absolutely novel in concept: the building’s skin will reflect the city surrounding it. One will be able to see it from everywhere, and everywhere one’s view will bounce off its mobile surface into the surrounding city, showing Beirut in all its myriad facets. And of course behind this innovative technology lies a guiding idea: the impressive outline of 486 MINA EL HOSN, soaring above the skyline, will enable a kind of moving and poetic visual reconstitution of the city – a way of making Beirut itself, its light, diversity, districts and cultures, the tower’s very substance.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2009 13:06
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Aedas - Raisina Residency Masterplan in Gurgaon, India Print E-mail
Friday, 25 September 2009 06:50


Boosting a green lifestyle of art & culture, Aedas’ project the Raisina Residency is intended as an oasis of self-sustained living in Gurgaon of India. The project also focuses on the incorporation of art into the landscape and architecture. Apart from major sculptures and murals acting as focal points in the landscape, an art gallery is incorporated into the clubhouse.

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Responding to the necessity of providing sustainable utility services and an increasing interest among buyers for a greener lifestyle in India, the Raisina Residency has an emphasis on green solutions. The designers integrated features such as extensive green roofs, dynamic overhanging shade structure and unique articulated façade screens.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2009 07:13
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Brooks + Scarpa Step Up on Fifth in Santa Monica, California Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 08:19

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Step Up on 5th is a bright new spot in downtown Santa Monica. The new building provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for the homeless and mentally disabled population.


The new structure provides 46 studio apartments of permanent affordable housing. The project also includes ground level commercial/retail space and subterranean parking.


A striking yet light-hearted exterior makes the new building a welcome landmark in downtown Santa Monica. Custom water jet-anodized aluminum panels on the main façade creates a dramatic screen that sparkles in the sun and glows at night, while also acting as sun protection and privacy screens. The material reappears as a strategic arrangement of screens on east and south-facing walls, lending a subtle rhythm to the exterior circulation walkways and stairs.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 10:35
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The Bridge - Homeless Assistance Center in Dallas, Texas by Overland Partners Architects Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2009 09:26

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Every once in a while comes a project that we feel strongly about. It could be due to the vocation of the center and the sensibility of the function it addressed, or the approach taken by the architects and the city of Dallas in creating a complex intended as a safe haven within the heart of its community.


Naming the project “The Bridge” Overland Partners, worked for the integration of the Center to its neighborhood, the planning in this project, one of the recipients of the 2009 AIA Housing Awards, balances personal safety of guests and neighbors with hospitality. Temporary shelter is a reclaimed warehouse while transitional housing is on upper floors, separating disparate populations. Sleeping areas have translucent walls that welcome natural light and remind the City of the presence and function of the building.

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Courtyard Lofts – Long Beach, California Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2009 11:22

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Architects: Studio One Eleven at Perkowitz+Ruth Architects in association with Interstices, Inc.


If a developer wants to push for sustainable design, he should opt, when feasible, for the option of reutilizing the existing structure. Breathing a new life into an existing building while transforming their vocation avoids the wasteful process of demolition and can yield very interesting results.


Continuing our series on the recipients of the 2009 AIA Housing Awards, we are featuring this project situated in downtown Long Beach. Courtyard Lofts represents the transformation of two derelict commercial buildings and an existing parking lot into residential lofts surrounding a verdant communal courtyard.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 11:38
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Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects - Madison @ 14th Apartments in Oakland, California Print E-mail
Friday, 12 June 2009 07:56

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We continue the series dedicated to the recipients of the 2009 AIA Housing Awards, with this well designed apartment building.


The building provides 79 apartments and supportive services for low-income residents and former foster youth at risk of becoming homeless.

The ground floor is activated by retail spaces that encourage pedestrian street use in the neighborhood.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:40
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Pb Elemental Architecture - Dakota Residences in Seattle, Washington Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 01:35

facade1.jpg The four-unit project is a premier home placed in a small suburb of South Seattle called Beacon Hill. Surrounded by older one-story brick homes, the bold multi-family building rises up 3 levels and is topped off with a generous cedar roof deck.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 08:47
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Hacin + Associates - Fort Point Loft Condominiums in Boston, Massachusetts Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2009 02:57

Last week we published the list of the 17 projects that have been selected by the AIA as recipients of the 2009 Housing Awards. Some of these projects are remarkable, and in the next weeks, we will try to feature some of them, courtesy of the AIA.
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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 17:43
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Carbajo Barrios Arquitectos - Arial M6 Residential Development in Santiago, Spain Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2009 02:32

Arial_02.jpg ARIAL M6 is a residential development comprising 78 flats of different characteristics distributed amongst five storeys and an attic along with ground floor premises meant for commercial use and a three-level basement garage. The building concludes with a private area destined for a garden and leisure activities, swimming pool and solarium.

The project is located in the Avenida da Liberdade, the main boulevard within Santa Marta, one of the expansion areas of the city of Santiago de Compostela . This location allows for an unbound development, with wide spaces and limitless surrounding views, both in its front façade towards the boulevard as well as to the rear façade to which there are not adjacent constructions, but open spaces, greens and sporting facilities.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2009 09:45
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