Two months in review - December and January Print
Monday, 01 February 2010 00:00

A selection of projects that we featured in December and January

Featured Projects:

Zaha Hadid Architects - MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in RomeZaha Hadid Architects - MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome

Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the MAXXI is located in the Flaminio quarter of Rome, in the area of the former Montello military barracks. The MAXXI_Museum of 21st Century Arts is a foundation created by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Minister Sandro Bondi). The president is Pio Baldi.....

 

Richmond Olympic Oval in BC, by Cannon DesignRichmond Olympic Oval in BC, by Cannon Design

The Richmond Olympic Oval is major venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Conceived by Cannon Design to be one of the world’s largest speed-skating facilities, the Oval displays a massive wood wave roof encompassing 6.5 acres. This innovative roof system is one of the longest clear spans in North America, and built almost entirely from wood.


Safdie Rabines Architects - Robert Paine Scripps Forum For Science, Society and the Environment Safdie Rabines Architects - Robert Paine Scripps Forum For Science, Society and the Environment

Scientists from around the world gather to help advance the study of the oceans, earth, and marine life sciences at this oceanfront conference center located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. The project includes an approximately 300-person flexible auditorium space, four oceanfront meeting rooms of varying sizes, a graduate student lounge, catering kitchen and restaurant.



HOK-Designed Sheraton Incheon Hotel in New Songdo City, Korea HOK-Designed Sheraton Incheon Hotel in New Songdo City, Korea

The new 300-room, five-star-rated Sheraton Incheon Hotel recently opened in New Songdo City, Korea, offering a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of a new urban center. HOK provided architectural design, landscape design and sustainable design services for the new 500,000-square-foot, LEED® certified hotel.



Rafael Viñoly Architects - Phase II Expansion of Van Andel Institute Education and Medical Research Center Rafael Viñoly Architects - Phase II Expansion of Van Andel Institute Education and Medical Research Center

A major fixture of Grand Rapid’s “Medical Mile”, the Institute was designed by Viñoly in 1997 as a phased-growth facility, expandable and adaptable to meet the changing needs of its team of elite researchers. Phase II adds 240,000 square feet of new laboratory space as well as innovative environmental and service features that bring the building to the forefront of the health sciences in the 21st century.

 

Farrow Partnership - Peel Regional Cancer Centre, Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, OntarioFarrow Partnership - Peel Regional Cancer Centre, Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario

The original program for Ontario’s Credit Valley Hospital, Cancer Care Centre had set the bar quite high for the project, as it was intended "to be the finest hospital in Canada in the hearts and minds of the people we serve." According to the Architects, transforming these words into reality required a deeply thoughtful response to the “individual's physical, emotional and spiritual needs.”

 

Marlene Imirzian & Associates - Broadway Heritage Resource Center in Phoenix, AZ Marlene Imirzian & Associates - Broadway Heritage Resource Center in Phoenix, AZ

The Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) is an outpost for city services in an area that has historically been a liability to the community, impacted by age, neglect and high crime. The Architects had to design and construct a facility that is modest in scale and budget but creates a strong presence to anchor future redevelopment at a major intersection. In recognition of the desert climate the Neighborhood Resource Center is a courtyard building oriented in the east-west axis...

Emilio Ambasz - Ospedale dell’Angelo (Venice-Mestre Hospital) in Mestre-Venice, Italy Emilio Ambasz and Associates - Banca dell’Occhio, in Mestre-Venice, Italy

The Venice-Mestre Hospital is a general care hospital with 680 patient care beds. It also boasts an emergency care center and advanced surgical facilities. It is the result of a turnkey competition awarded to Astaldi, one of Italy’s two largest developers. This scheme won over a more conventional design because it was understood that a hospital should be conceived as part of the healing process.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects - Congress and Hotel Centre in Helsingborg, Sweden Schmidt hammer lassen architects - Congress and Hotel Centre in Helsingborg, Sweden

The project consists of a 16,900 m2 congress and hotel facility and 17,100 m2 housing on the most attractive area of Helsingborg – the former central ferry dock Ångfärjan in the city centre. The new facilities will play an important part in the ongoing development of the promenade running the length of the city waterfront. The building is characterized by a deformation of the grid into a crystalline expression that has coined the nick name “The Salt Crystals”. The 12-storey hotel volume in the south east corner with its light, generic and broken facades will become the new landmark of the city.

Perkins Eastman - Concordia International School Shanghai High SchoolPerkins Eastman - Concordia International School Shanghai High School

The new high school comprises a variety of academic, athletic, and administrative functions in a fully integrated six-story complex. It includes 20 classrooms, four science classrooms, a world language lab, and a number of seminar/group instruction rooms of varying sizes. A media commons ‘bridge’ connects the new facility with the original shared facilities pavilion. It also includes a 10,800 sf (1,000 m2) gymnasium containing two full-sized basketball courts, a weight room, a dance studio, and a unique physical education interactive space, and an outdoor climbing wall.

TRIPTYQUE - Rua Colombia in São Paulo, brazil TRIPTYQUE - Rua Colombia in São Paulo, brazil

The project is an advertising agency situated in the ‘Jardins’, a São Paulo neighborhood that is undergoing radical change, on an avenue of intense traffic. Facing north, it appears as an organic incarnation of the urban and natural “aggressions” suffered by the tropical city. The noise, the insulation and the intense traffic are building components that get infused in this project. Rather than isolating itself from the noise and movement surrounding it, it absorbs the neighboring energy, and uses it to define its identity, sending the energy back as in a boomerang effect.

ONG&ONG - Hotel Quincy in Singapore ONG&ONG - Hotel Quincy in Singapore

Hotel Quincy, located in Singapore, was envisaged as a one-of-a kind boutique hotel encompassing all the design aspects from architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, project management and graphic design. This building shows the process of how one design concept is implemented through all design elements, providing consistency in creativity and design.

Aedas - U-Bora Towers, Dubai, UAEAedas - U-Bora Towers, Dubai, UAE

The U-Bora Towers development is a signature style offered by Aedas to the important financial center of Dubai that is straddled between the East and West. The design has given equal attention to its three different uses - office, residential and retail podium, in order to maximize their opportunities and viabilities within the site’s context. The architecture offers something to everyone and complimentarily balances its three major components of office, residential and retail in order to maximize the sites vibrancy.

KlingStubbins - Gateway Center at Songdo City KlingStubbins - Gateway Center at Songdo City in South Korea

Songdo International Business District (IBD) is being developed on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land in South Korea along Incheon’s waterfront, 40 miles from Seoul and just seven miles from Incheon International Airport. The Gateway Center, which is defined by six office towers over three city blocks, will be become one of Songdo’s premier office complexes. The heart of the city’s business district will consist of the Gateway Center and the three adjacent blocks to the north that make up the International Plaza.

Interior:

Studio O+A - Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, California Studio O+A - Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, California

Employees of Facebook recently moved to a new headquarters that facilitates interaction and connection, reflecting the company’s mission as a social networking website provider. Formerly a laboratory facility for high-tech manufacturer Agilent Technologies, the new Facebook headquarters is a 150,000-square-foot structure at Palo Alto’s Stanford Research Park brings together more than 700 employees originally scattered throughout 10 locations in and around downtown Palo Alto.

 

Shubin + Donaldson Architects - Urban SPA in Malibu Shubin + Donaldson Architects - Urban SPA in Malibu, California

The overarching concept for this 2,900-square-foot beach-side modern house was to transform it into an urban spa-like retreat. The house is perched along Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway, and features access to beach in the back.

 

Houses (and smaller dwellings)

Abramson Teiger Architects - Lima Residence in Calabasas, CA Abramson Teiger Architects - Lima Residence in Calabasas, California

Situated on the edge of a natural preserve this house takes full advantage of the uninterrupted natural landscape that it faces. The compound consists of the main house building and the g arage, guest room building which are separated by a courtyard. The house form is a rectangle, in plan, with the long side composed of large glass doors and windows that face the view.


Marmol Radziner - Vienna Way Residence in Venice, CA Marmol Radziner - Vienna Way Residence in Venice, California

The Vienna Way residence by Marmol Radziner, designed for a young family, is located on a large, extensively landscaped lot in Venice, CA. Floor to ceiling glazing and outdoor living spaces fully integrate the home within the California native landscape. Working within the restrictions posed by the narrow site, the design divides the lot into thirds, with the two main volumes placed on the exterior edges of the property, bridged by a sunken kitchen in the center.


Suppose Design Office - House in Moriyama, Japan Suppose Design Office - House in Moriyama, Japan

The project is a great example of space optimization. It proves that the quality of space doesn’t need to suffer through confinement. Squeezed in a small and narrow site, space and natural light becomes precious resources, what the architect describes as ‘Architectural Values’. The vertical circulation doubles up as a living area. Natural light is collected through skylights and carefully channeled vertically to illuminate the different spaces...

 

Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects - Leschi Residence in Seattle, WA Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects - Leschi Residence in Seattle, Washington

This 3300 SF Seattle residence is built on an irregularly shaped, sloping site with an outstanding scenic view, overlooking Lake Washington with diagonal views of Mt. Baker to the northeast and Mt. Rainier to the southeast. In addition to the typical program for a three bedroom house, the owner requested a semi-detached guest suite and studio as well as a tall, covered ‘veranda’ that would allow for protected outdoor living without blocking natural light from entering the house.

Coates Design - Knowles ResidenceCoates Design - Knowles Residence

For the architectural remodeling of Knowles Residence, Coates Design opted for a profound lifestyle makeover. The aim of their design was to breath a new life into a mundane dwelling, transforming it into an architectural living space with soul and character.



Robert M. Gurney - Buisson Residence on Lake Anna in Central Virginia Robert M. Gurney - Buisson Residence on Lake Anna in Central Virginia

Another neatly crafted little house from Bates Masi + Architects. This 2-level house, referred to by its' Owner as his "tree house", is situated in a dense grove of pines and hollies with a view of the bay from the second level. The approach by a raised wooden walkway arrives at a walled deck and glass entrance. Two guest bedrooms, bath and guest deck are on the first floor with a steel stair leading to the living, dining, kitchen and Master Suite on the second floor.

 

John Ronan Architect - House at the Edge of the Forest in Northbrook, IllinoisJohn Ronan Architect - House at the Edge of the Forest in Northbrook, Illinois

This home, is situated on the edge of a forest preserve. John Ronan explores the relationship between site, material and program in a domestic environment. The site, urban on one side, falling away into a forest preserve on the other, yields a building of two characters: a low, more private “urban” façade in the front gives way to an all-glass two-story wall in the rear...

Grant & Sinclair Architects - Private Waterfront Residence in West VancouverGrant & Sinclair Architects - Private Waterfront Residence in West Vancouver

Sited on a sloping waterfront property, the main contextual focal points for the design of this ultramodern home are views, access to the water, privacy and no view obstruction to uphill properties. The long-span concrete thin shell structure allows sharp exterior edges and opens the living spaces to the view. The highly detailed wood interior is flooded in conditioned daylight...

 

AIA's 2010 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

Selected from over 700 total submissions, 28 recipients located throughout the world, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2010 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence. We featured the honored projects, subdivided within three categorties; Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design.

 


Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2010 08:22