|The month in review - March '10|
|Monday, 05 April 2010 00:00|
A selection of projects that we featured in the month of March.
Designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind, the Grand Canal Square Theatre and Commercial Development in Dublin features a 2,000-seat performing arts centre which is integrated into a commercial area via two office blocks that include 375,000-squarefoot of leasable office and retail space. This is located at the heart of the Grand Canal Harbour development and creates a focal point for Grand Canal Square.
Steven Holl Architects’ Linked Hybrid stands out as one of the most innovative projects to be completed in the past couple of years. Inspired by the traditional polychromatic Chinese architecture, as well as the urban layout of older Beijing neibourhoods developed prior to the 1980s, the architects have designed a modern alternative to the current trend of individualistic urban towers.
The Center for Urban Waters is a 51,000 square-foot environmental services and research laboratory. The building will house government and higher education groups that collaborate on policy making, research and enforcement designed to address the pollution problems facing urban communities. It is located in Tacoma on the east shore of Thea Foss Waterway with unobstructed views of downtown.
To define the context of the project, we have to go back to its roots, back in 2003, when a consortium uniting 3 firms, MVRDV (NL) - a-lab (NO) - Dark architects (NO) won the competition for a megaproject; Oslo’s new waterfront development along Bjørvika with the design of the “BJØRVIKA BARCODE” for Oslo S Utvikling (OSU).
A great effort is currently being exhorted to transform the small state of Qatar into a hub of culture and communications for the Gulf region. The Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) has just announced its plans for the new National Museum of Qatar, as expressed in an evocative design by Pritzker Prize-winning architect.
Do industrial buildings have to be dull? Not necessarily, if we rely on this project by Danish architects, KHR Arkitekter. The combined production and administration building for fiberglass manufacturer Fiberline, stands as a piece of identity-generating ‘countryside-art’ by the motorway close to Middelfart. Like a hill the building grows out of the landscape and arches its back against the sky.
Challenging accepted norms in health care design, this new greenfield facility responds to the highly emotional reality of what really happens in a hospital. TBRHSC affirms a growing belief in the value of designing for the body, the mind and also the spirit. The most prominent feature is the means through which the hospital draws on its context and makes tangible references to the natural surroundings. It is the first hospital in Canada to gain approval for the use of wood as a primary structural element.
Henning Larsen Architects - The Icelandic National Concert & Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland
The Icelandic National Concert & Conference Centre gathers inspiration from the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic nature. Situated in Reykjavik on the boundary between the land and the sea, the building stands out like a radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city.
On a prominent urban site, the Broadway Building for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology will form the gateway to a revitalised UTS City Campus and Sydney’s southern CBD....
Located at the convergence of the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio rivers, the expansion of the River Heritage Museum will be a pivotal project in the re-development of Paducah’s historic riverfront arts community. The 32,000 sf expansion is designed to be constructed in 3 phases over the next 4 years.
Mahlum - Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Lake Washington School District in Kirkland, Washington
Set within a residential neighborhood interlaced with equestrian trails, horse paddocks and mature stands of Douglas fir trees, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School shares its 12-acre site with a large wooded area.
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects - Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at University of California, Davis
For more than 125 years, the University of California, Davis has maintained active research and education programs in viticulture, enology, and food science,. In 2001, Robert Mondavi, renowned California wine producer, made a personal gift of $25 million to establish the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Davis, opening a new era of opportunity for UC Davis in its widely acclaimed wine and food programs.
Located close to the North Sea, the new Court is placed between nature and city, set in the rolling dune landscape at the edge of The Hague. The main concept is the sculptural arrangement of buildings in the landscape and the design of a landmark that conveys the eminence and authority of the ICC while at the same time relating to a human scale. Schmidt hammer lassen´s winning design complies with a complex brief and captures the spirit of the ICC.
31 Blair Road is a contemporary renovation of an Art Deco style terrace house, results in an charming neutral living space. The continuity of spaces eliminates the boundary between inside and outside, in order to create multiple relationships between diverse activities that occur in a residential realm. Simple and minimalistic with a constant analogy to industrial spaces.
Built like its neighbors, over a century ago and part of a continuous network of buildings in a historical district, this town house has been completely renovated. Regulations required that the traditional limestone facade remain intact. The bottom floor of the facade has been reworked within the existing limestone composition in an effort to provide a separate entrance and storefront for a future commercial tenant in the lower level. The rear facade, located in an alley has been completely reworked to provide more light into the building.
Houses (and smaller dwellings)
Shoal Bay is a remote settlement on the rugged east coast of southern Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. The building is designed to be part of the rural setting. It is raised off the ground and sits beside the original woolshed, which has served the bay since the early 1900's.
Discreetly open towards the street, the house is accessed by crossing over a fountain from which a huge oak tree emerges, impressive both for its size and its beauty. Once on the porch, a grand mural-like door -constructed of marble, wood and steel- welcomes the visitor.
Singapore based architect, Wallflower Architecture + Design has created innovative architectural spaces amidst urban density for a homeowner in Singapore East Coast area. The owners wanted a spacious, contemporary house that would be as open as possible but without compromising security and privacy at the same time.
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