The Month in Review - February 09 Print
Monday, 02 March 2009 03:20

This Month's Featured Projects 

Matteo Thun, Architect - Strategic Business Unit, Hugo Boss Industries in Coldrerio, Switzerland

This office building rises from its surroundings with a distinctive exterior; a shell structure of intertwined wooden elements, covering a transparent structure of glass and steel.  Transparency and lightness make the essential ingredients of the formal concept.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects - The Royal Library

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.

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas - Zenith Strasburg, France

By its playful form and character, the Zenith music hall contributes to the great Varietee Theaters which were built since the Zenith building in Paris was erected in 1984. The new Zenith building is an important project for the exhibition area in Strasbourg. It will be the new attraction which will give new impulse to the future development of the city’s infrastructure.

Steven Holl Architects - Master Plan in Shenzhen “4 Tower in 1”

Steven Holl Architects have been selected as the winning firm for the design of the master plan of the “4 Tower in 1” competition by unanimous decision. This competition was for an office tower complex around the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters located in Shenzhen’s Futian commercial business district.

Querkraft Architects - VIT Wintergärten Showroom in Asperhofen, Austria

Built next to the highway, the building hosts a showroom dedicated to industrial products. The site happens to be on a steep slope. The architects creatively exploited this attribute that helped them to provide a greater visibility of the project to the people driving by.

Houses

Alison Brooks Architects - The Salt House

The Salt House is a rare example of a contemporary UK sea-side house.  Described by The Guardian’s Architecture critic Jonathan Glancey as “one of the best new houses in Britain today”, the building has been hailed as a prototype for flood-proof residential construction and reinvents the Modernist tradition of the 'experimental' beach house.

Morrison Seifert Murphy - Berkshire Residence in Dallas, Texas

This site is in a traditional single-family neighborhood with large mature trees in front and a busy thoroughfare in the rear. These opportunities and limitations became the genesis of the design of the house. The plan of the house is a U-shape that turns its back toward the noisy thoroughfare and opens to a courtyard that is shaded by the existing canopy of trees.

Arquitectura X - Casa 3 in Quito, Ecuador

Located on a valley to the east of Quito, within an area that enjoys a temperate climate all year round. It is quite a privileged setting due to the proximity of the local mountain ranges. Unfortunately, the surrounding built context consists mainly of colonial style houses with a total disregard for the local topography, landscape or climate.


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