Mixed Use
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects - Barking Central Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2009 04:27

Located in a diverdified borough within the outer areas of London, England, this project is the first phase of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ re-development of Barking Central I for their client Redrow Regeneration & London Borough of Barking and Dagenham . The scheme comprises 246 one and two-bedroom flats in two new six storey blocks sitting above the two floors of a totally revitalised and extended library. AHMM_Barking_Central_02.jpg



Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2009 04:23
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Henning Larsen Architects - Uppsala Concert & Congress Hall Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 01:47

HLA_Uppsala_01.jpg With its reflective metallic facades, Sweden's Uppsala Concert and Conference Hall appears as a large, split crystal. The vertical cleft in the building pro-vides the public with access from two sides - from the old historical town and from the modern and lively Vaksala Square.

From the horizontal cleft on top one has a magnificent panorama of Uppsala’s characteristic sky-line dominated by the castle, cathedral and library. With its 37 metres the building is a significant part of the city’s remarkable silhouette hence contributing to a new modern chapter in the city’s history.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 16:00
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Foreign Office Architects - John Lewis Department Store And Cineplex in Leicester, UK Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 01:40

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Occupying one building block which borders the busy Vaughan Way to the north-west and the Shires Shopping Center to the south-east, the John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex both is an anchor to the Shopping Center and enlivens Vaughan Way through the complimentary functions of the department store and the cinema, which provide continuous activity. 
 


Commissioned within a larger city centre regeneration scheme, the Department Store and Cineplex challenge the conventional blank envelopes which typify these buildings and explore new ways for them to connect to an urban context.  In order to produce a unique experience for both visitors and those passing by, and to make the building unique to Leicester, a number of cultural and historical references have been used to animate the block and enrich the retail and leisure experience. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 02:09
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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates - Shanghai World Financial Center, in Shanghai, China Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 18:00

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A square prism—the symbol used by the ancient Chinese to represent the earth—is intersected by two cosmic arcs, representing the heavens, as the tower ascends in gesture to the sky.  The interaction between these two realms gives rise to the building’s form, carving a square sky portal at the top of the tower that lends balance to the structure and links the two opposing elements—the heavens and the earth.



Soaring 101 stories above the city skyline, the Shanghai World Financial Center stands as a symbol of commerce and culture that speaks to the city’s emergence as a global capital. It features the highest occupied floor and highest public observatory in the world, and was recently recognized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the Best Tall Building in the World 2008.

All Photographs courtesy of Mori Building Co., Ltd

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 November 2009 18:14
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Teeple Architects - Pachter Hall in Toronto, Ontario Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2008 06:00

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Canadian Pop artist Charles Pachter, made famous by his imagery of Canadian moose, decided to live, work, and sell his art in one location, on the site of his Toronto studio, a narrow 6 x 30 metre infill, in a Victorian residential neighbourhood, of Toronto’s Chinatown.

Moose Factory, the original studio, a lane shed at the rear of the site, was left in tact. For Pachter Hall, the contemporary addition, Teeple Architects designed a set of three transparent, horizontal, stacked and stepped extruded tubes, shifted for maximum light penetration; programmed as the ground floor studio, second storey gallery and Pachter’s loft, on top.





Photographs courtesy of Tom Arban.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:45
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Jean Nouvel - Design for Hines Project in Manhattan Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 19:00

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Hines, the international real estate firm, had selected Jean Nouvel as the designer for this building slated for a key parcel in midtown Manhattan, adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Here are some details from the preliminary architectural design.


Nouvel’s bold design will rise 75 stories from the 17,000-square-foot-site between 53rd and 54th streets just west of MoMA.

Currently, a mix of uses is contemplated for the building including: a 50,000-square-foot expansion of MoMA’s galleries (levels two to five); a 100-room, seven-star hotel and 120 highest-end residential condominiums on the upper floors.


The project will likely commence pre-sales in late 2008.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 November 2008 02:53
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Bing Thom Architects - Central City in Surrey, British Columbia Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 12:19

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As a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, the City of Surrey in British Columbia has the catalyst for a new urban core in the Central City project.


Challenging the context in which it is situated with its form and scale, this large mixed-use project integrates 450,000 square feet of academic space for Simon Fraser University, 500,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail space with an existing 700,000 square foot regional shopping centre.

 

Photographs courtesy of Nic Lehoux

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 14:54
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