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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates - Shanghai World Financial Center, in Shanghai, China

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.

Henning Larsen Architects - Opera Copenhagen

Placed in a unique and beautiful location in the central harbor of Copenhagen facing Amalienborg, the Royal residence, The Opera is an exceptional, monumental building complex. Designed by the danish architecture firm of Henning Larsen Architects, the project  combines classic forms with modern ideas to create a fully functional space for the staging of opera, ballet and other lyric presentations.

David Chipperfield Architects - Des Moines Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa

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.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA

With its upper level hovering dramatically over the water, the Institute of Contemporary Art offers its visitors, a rich and dynamic visual experience. The building deals with the challenging concept of offering both interactive public areas and intimate private spaces within a single unified entity.

Zaha Hadid Architects - Library and Learning Center in Vienna

The University of Economics & Business, Vienna will build a new campus, (masterplan: BUSarchitecture) with the Library and Learning Center (LLC) in the centre of the campus. The LLC provides a significant upgrade to the university’s services with workplaces, lounges and cloakrooms, library, language laboratory, training classrooms, administration offices, study services and central supporting services...

Bing Thom Architects - Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver, Canada

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.

3SIX0 Architecture & Design - Shepherd of the Valley Chapel in Hope, Rhode Island

Shepherd of the Valley, a United Methodist Church in Hope, Rhode Island, hired 3six0 initially to prepare an assessment and feasibility study for their needs to expand. The church had grown and the existing building was no longer seen as being adequate in meeting the needs of worship, ministry, education and other activities. There was also an overall need for maintenance repair. Stan Mar buildings constructed the existing building in 1970, using pre-fabricated, vinyl-sided wood construction. 

Foreign Office Architects - John Lewis Department Store And Cineplex in Leicester, UK

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. 

Sou Fujimoto Architects - Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

This is a treatment center for the mentally challenged children, that offers a place where they would live together and start regaining their mental health. Like a small village aiming that offers a rich variety of activities within an intimate context.

Houses

Morrison Seifert Murphy - Vanguard Way in Dallas

This was the first house completed in new Dallas neighborhood devoted entirely to Modernism. As our clients were the first they were able to select a premier albeit irregularly-shaped site that overlooks a public park and waterway. Guests enter from the street under a covered porch that leads to a double- height entry that is illuminated from above.

Jarmund/Vigsaes Architects - Triangle House

Located in the costal little town of Nesodden on the eastern side of Norway, the house is built on a site with views towards the sea between the branches of the surrounding pine-forest. The permitted aerial building lines define the plan and even the heights of the roofline.

XTEN Architecture - Surfhouse Residence in Manhattan Beach, California

The Surfhouse appears as an abstract block of ebonized cedar a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Hermosa Beach. The site is very small. While typical lots in the area measure 120’ x 40’, the allowable building area for the Surfhouse measures just 33’ x 24’.

MAD - Hongluo Clubhouse, North of Beijing

Economically and geographically, the rapid expansion of Beijing has had a profound effect on the city’s periphery, subjecting areas within one hour’s drive of the capital to furious residential development. The undulating beauty of the landscape in these areas exists in marked contrast to the repetitive, planned efficiency of the suburbs rushing out to meet them.

BGP Arquitectura - Black House

Located on the hill above a small village at some 150km from Mexico City, the main feature of this retreat is its magnificent view. Its aim is to live with the landscape under a canopy with as few interior elements as possible. 

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