The month in review - March '10 Print
Monday, 05 April 2010 00:00

A selection of projects that we featured in the month of March.

Featured Projects:

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Studio Daniel Libeskind - Grand Canal Square Theatre in Dublin, IrelandStudio Daniel Libeskind - Grand Canal Square Theatre in Dublin, Ireland

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.

 

Museum of Art in Tampa, FloridaStanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects - Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Florida

This museum is a neutral frame for the display of art, an empty canvass to be filled with paintings. It is a beautiful but blank container, a scaffold, to be completed by its contents. We are interested in openness, in unknown possibilities in the future, in Architecture as infrastructure.


Steven Holl Architects - Linked Hybrid Building Complex in Beijing Steven Holl Architects - Linked Hybrid Building Complex in Beijing

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.


Perkins+Will's Center for Urban WatersPerkins+Will's Center for Urban Waters

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.


a-lab - DnB NOR Headquarters in Oslo, Norway  a-lab - DnB NOR Headquarters in Oslo, Norway

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).

 

Jean Nouvel's Design for the National Museum of Qatar  Jean Nouvel's Design for the National Museum of Qatar

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.

 

KHR Arkitekter - Fiberline Building in Middelfart, DenmarkKHR Arkitekter - Fiberline Building in Middelfart, Denmark

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.

 

Farrow Partnership - Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences CentreFarrow Partnership - Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

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 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.

 

C. F. Møller Architects - Vitus Bering Innovation Park, Horsens, in Denmark Denton Corker Marshall - Broadway Building, University of Technology in Sydney, Australia

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....

 

Houser Walker Architecture - River Heritage Museum in Paducah, KentuckyHouser Walker Architecture - River Heritage Museum in Paducah, Kentucky

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 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 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.

 

schmidt hammer lassen architects - International Criminal Court in The Hague schmidt hammer lassen architects - International Criminal Court in The Hague

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.

 

Office Interior

LEED-CI Certified HOK's London Office LEED-CI Certified HOK's London Office

HOK London's new office at the Qube in Central London has earned LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Gold certification, the first office space in the United Kingdom to achieve this distinction from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 20,000-square-foot project is the most recent of the architectural design firm's 11 LEED-certified offices.

 

Renovated Townhouses

Pitman Tozer - Gap House in Bayswater, LondonPitman Tozer - Gap House in Bayswater, London

Winner of the 2009 Manser Medal, the Gap House is a narrow new-build terraced London townhouse, designed by Pitman Tozer. The house, which is sited on a plot only 2.3m wide within a conservation area in West London, proves that sustainable architecture is achievable without compromise on the tightest of urban sites.


Ong & Ong - 31 Blair Road in SingaporeOng & Ong - 31 Blair Road in Singapore

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.

 

Robert M. Gurney Architect - Town House in Washington, DCRobert M. Gurney Architect - Town House in Washington, DC

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)

Group 41 - H House in San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup 41 - H House in San Francisco, California

The project, entitled the H House, is an attractive modern architectural residence situated in Noe Valley, a neighborhood located within the central portion of San Francisco, California. To its architect/developer Joel Karr of Group 41, the project was the first ground-up development property and became a welcomed opportunity to express his own distinctive ideas of modernist design.

a|k|a architecture + design – House in Whistler’s Spring Creek, British Columbiaa|k|a architecture + design – House in Whistler’s Spring Creek, British Columbia

Building in a mountainous environment surely has its share of obstacles, but also opportunities to create a unique architecture solution that is proper to the site, its surrounding views, as well as the region in which it is situated.


Parsonson Architects - Shoal Bay House in Hawkes Bay, New ZealandParsonson Architects - Shoal Bay House in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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.

 

Safdie Rabines Architects - Artist Bridge Studio in San Diego, California  Safdie Rabines Architects - Artist Bridge Studio in San Diego, California

This project is a studio for two artists wishing to create a new work space while minimizing the impact of any new construction on the natural landscape of their property. The studio is located to the rear of an existing house, connecting it to a beautiful portion of the site which prior to the addition had not been accessible.

GLR arquitecto / Gilberto L. Rodríguez - Torres House in Monterrey, Mexico  GLR arquitecto / Gilberto L. Rodríguez - Torres House in Monterrey, Mexico

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.

 

Bark Design - Tinbeerwah House Bark Design - Tinbeerwah House

Australian based Architects, Bark Design, produced this attractive modern house, built within a breathtaking site, located in Tinbeerwah, a suburb of Noosa in Australia. This hinterland house contains two main interconnected, steel framed volumes for living and sleeping, perched high on the site to take in broad views of the Pacific coastline with the forested hinterland in the foreground.

Wallflower Architecture + Design - Enclosed Open House in Singapore  Wallflower Architecture + Design - Enclosed Open House in Singapore

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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