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CovetED Magazine honors All 2018 Winners Of Architizer A+ Awards – The Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program celebrating the year’s best architecture. The A+Awards are bigger than just the architectural community. Entries are judged by more than 400 luminaries from ﬁelds as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech. What architects do gives shape to every space and every place where people spend their lives, so the A+Awards were created to remind the world how important architecture is. And today CovetED Magazine decided to honor the recipients of Architizer A+ Awards 2018.
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Sanbaopeng LKKER Jingdezhen ceramic design center locates on a slope in Sanbao valley in Jingdezhen, with a stream running through it. We hoped to make use of the original natural environment around the site to inspire the designers in space, meanwhile to enable the space itself to build a deep connection with ceramic art. To accomplish that, we gave an answer of a sagger placing on both banks of the stream.
The halle Freyssinet, formerly known as “Messageries d’Austerlitz”, is 310 metres long by 58 metres wide shed for goods transhipment which was built in the late 1920s by French engineer Eugène Freyssinet. This remarkable building in prestressed reinforced concrete is located in the urban renewal area of the Paris Rive Gauche Mixed Development Area. This innovative technique for applying concrete was used to provide the shed with an exceptionally slender loadbearing structure (less than 5 cm thick at the roof ridge in certain places). Preserving, restoring and modernizing this “rough-cast concrete umbrella” – listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments since 2012 – was a real challenge. It was necessary to give new energy to this historic building, break its isolation by including two public passages through it, providing space for 3,000 workstations, and introducing new significant architectural elements. The former halle Freyssinet now houses STATION F, a 1,000 startup campus, which is a workplace that gathers all the services required for entrepreneurial and digital creation activities. It aims at creating a greater coherence for a startup ecosystem that was previously fragmented. STATION F is made up of 3 distinct zones: the “Share” forum for digital sharing and interaction, the “Create” zone in the centre of the shed dedicated to startup workspaces, and the “Chill” zone that hosts a 3,500 sq.m restaurant.
STATION F is an urban, architectural and human project developed around a central axis that is the size of the Eiffel Tower!
The factory MAYA, production of bottled water, is located on 905M.A.S.L. and is completely isolated in the mountain area. It is composed of two cubes penetrating, touching each other, one the production plant and the other administration and accommodation block. Several open or semi-open spaces throughout the building are serving for relaxed employees‚
The design of this Kelowna, British Columbia, winery is a direct response to the Pinot Noir grape cultivated here. Known among winemakers as The Heartbreak Grape because it is so delicate, Pinot Noir grapes do not respond well to typical mechanical wine production methods. Over handling the must, or wine juice, can quickly diminish the quality of Pinot noir wine. As such, the client’s winemaking philosophy designated that Martin’s Lane Winery be based on a gravity-flow process in order to minimize manipulation of the Pinot noir must. Here, gravity, rather than mechanical systems, is the primary force moving wine through the production facility.
Having a similar position and function as Central Park in Manhattan, but unlike the modern box-like buildings that only create a separation between the park and the city, Chaoyang Park Plaza instead is an expansion of nature. It is an extension of the park into the city, naturalizing the CBD’s strong artificial skyline, borrowing scenery from a distant landscape – a classical approach to Chinese garden architecture, where nature and architecture blend into one another.
On the contrary of typical tower design rising from a podium, the goal of this project is to develop a neighbourhood feeling and become a new business center along with other developments close by.
On the contrary of typical tower design rising from a podium, the goal of this project is to develop a neighbourhood feeling and become a new business center along with other developments close by. The future main pedestrian street along the site is inviting and at the same time forms an enclosed urban square for the project.
The new headquarters for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company symbolizes the company’s importance in the development of the United Arab Emirates. Located on one of Abu Dhabi’s most prominent urban sites, the tower will create a new city landmark while articulating ADNOC’s role as one of the world’s most dynamic, influential petroleum companies. The proximity of the Emirates Palace Hotel adds to the site’s exclusivity, with the tower serving as the primary view for VIPs and patrons at the Emirates Palace complex.
They are committed to design their sales office by SUNAC . Based on the regulation, the sales office will be converted into a kindergarten after the use as a sales office.
It is located in the centre of Sydney, Australia. Revaluing Waste Architecture is often reliant on expensive and scarce materials to define its value. The Beehive explores how an undervalued waste product, like the ubiquitous terracotta roof tile can be redefined and revalued.
7 St. Thomas harmonizes retail and commercial design through an inventive interplay of form and light, blending Victorian and contemporary materials to create a unified work.
MVRDV’S design proposal for Baltyk, its first realised project in Poland, responds to the site’s historic location of particular importance for Poznan, on the site of the old Baltyk cinema from which the project takes its name.
The intriguing point of this project was the puzzling subject of it. The project is a jewelry showroom for a client who needed a space with unique quality.
Crossboundaries’ contemporary studio office is transformed from a 1950s auditorium. With the spread of rapid, raze-and-rebuild development in contemporary China, older buildings are becoming increasingly rare – especially in trendy areas like Sanlitun in Beijing.
This newest Pinterest headquarters, occupying a new 150,000sf six story concrete structure in San Francisco’s SOMA district, is positioned to create an urban campus along with their earlier workspaces completed down the street.
The Conversation Plinth is the First Hardwood-Cross-Laminated-Timber(HCLT) structure constructed in the US. It is a winning proposal for the Cleo Rogers Memorial plaza that pays homage to J Irwin Miller and aims to celebrate the community of Columbus.
The major design components for the first shop in Vietnam of Japanese cheese tart brand BAKE. [Customers queue in a vertical direction] To utilize the property’s character which faces a street and has a double-height ceiling,
‘Reconnecting Urban Life with Nature Through A Flowing Shopping Experience’ The sheer size of Megabangna shopping complex is as large as a small town.
Located above Tre Torri station on the M5 line of Milan’s Metro network, CityLife Shopping District integrates a new public park with indoor and outdoor piazzas, food hall, restaurants, cafes, shops and cinema as well as facilities for health and wellbeing.
Located in Sao Paulo city, on a traditional street which contains a great number of architecture and interior shops, Colormixstore is focused on selling internal and external coatings for buildings and wanted to use their own products for the facade of the building.
Located in the heart of the Jnah district in Beirut, the mixed-use project of No.5 organizes 15,000m2 of residential apartments, offices over a two-storey F&B and retail plinth in a compact urban form.
Located in Ballengen, Norway, Kolos’ 600,000 square-meter, four-story data center is designed to take advantage of the country’s competitive green energy, cool climate and large technical workforce, as well as access to international high-performance fiber.
Swiss House Rossa represents the constant commitment to build with respect for the places we inhabit.
Designers always want to enhance the site’s uniqueness in their design. However, for The MIST, its best attribute is hidden down below. Our design challenge is how to capture the beauty of the invisible underground water.
LEGO House is a literal manifestation of the infinite possibilities of the LEGO brick. Aligned to the LEGO Group’s philosophy, LEGO House is conceived as a three-dimensional village of interlocking and overlapping buildings and spaces.
SINBIN is a creative house balancing both natural and built environments. At its core, the space inspires action and activity. It is purpose built for playing, making, and collaboration of all types.
Intuit wanted to honor their employees with new workplace environments that support their strong culture and aspirational mission to power prosperity around the world.
Chaoyang Future School seeks to integrate architectural reuse with pedagogical innovation, thereby adding to the ongoing lifespan of an existing campus and restoring its educational relevance and purpose.
Taking a cue from the old city streets of Mathura city in India where this project is located, this 800 room students’ hostel creates organic spaces.
THE STOREFRONT THEATER is a unique event space that transforms Main Street into an outdoor theater by using an abandoned freestanding storefront wall in downtown Lyons, Nebraska as its site.
A fourfold of strategic decisions drive the architecture of a shelter in City of Khansar for orphaned girls: 1. The “undue” is “undone” In response to the financial limitations of the project, an austere, and honest tectonic is adopted.
Bamboo Sports Hall Chiangmai Life Architect’s Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School combines modern organic design, 21st century engineering and environmental sustainability.
This project was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the PAN Foundation. Dabao village is remotely situated within the scenic mountain range of Guangxi province in China. This completely isolated settlement provides home to around 110 families of an ethnic minority group called the ‘Yaos’, who have their own very distinctive dialect and culture.
“Rong” was the name chosen for this complex because it is an urban space that people can walk on it. It has harmony with the island’s geomorphology and is iconic at the same time. Its presence in Hormoz brings pride for Hormozians.
In its implementation, the adopted sandbag technology was combined with steel structure covered with cement.
Rong accepts the people’s reality and invites their participation and engagement. It is sustainable and recyclable and, it is built fast and with ease and as such, it can be replicated again and again.
The Issa Megaron project is dealing with questions regarding the context of the site boundary, envisioned on the plot that is read as a ‘’void ‘’, blank space-with deception that context is non -existent.
Fleinvaer Refugium is an artist residency located in the remote archipelago of Fleinvaer in North-Norway. The project came about as after composer/musician Håvard Lund contacted Tyin Tegnestue Archtects, who in turn contacted Rintala Eggertsson Architects to do a collaborative effort to design and build the project.
There are many meaningful village school projects in the world. To go further, our charity school project challenges the followings: Transforming the construction site itself into a learning kit
“En la mesa con Rapitae/At the Table with Rapitae”, is a three day ephemeral restaurant hosting 120 people simultaneously during Mexico City’s most prestigious culinary pop-up event: Millesime Mexico by Millesime World.
From competition entry to reality, this multi-building campus is a 3-dimensional, parametric sculpture located in Riyadh. Envisioned as a modern crystal in the desert, lighting creates the central focal point of the project’s nighttime identity, glowing and softly radiating throughout the site.
At Kasita they believe that every aspect of your living space should make our life simpler and fuller. That’s why they reinvented the home for the way we actually live. With over 1000+ design hours Kasita is an award-winning micro-home that’s perfect for those who want to live simply, or for the homeowner who wants some extra space. Whether for a guest house, granny flat, or a rental, this home has enough space for everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Studio PROTOTYPE completed a tiny pavilion located in the garden of a villa. The villa was built in the thirties out of the characteristic red bricks of that time and is situated in a park-like environment at the Rondeweg in Vught.
They have created a movie and still images for the Champ du Chateau project, which was a competition proposal designed by Favre & Guth. The parametric architecture truly inspired them in the creative process.
Nestled in a delicate moss and pebble landscape, the Teahouse is a space for stillness and quiet amidst the busy downtown core of Vancouver. The Tea House embodies the Japanese philosophy of chado, which implies an essential way of life.
A longtime client upon his move to Los Angeles asked them to collaborate with LivingHomes as Project Design Coordinator and Interior Architect to create his ideal prefab home.
Originally built in the late XIX century, its starting point was two traditional northern Portugal maize granaries standing over granite bases. A common roof united them under which there was a dovecote.
Alila Yangshuo hotel is situated in a col between two of the karst mountains that makes this area in the Guangxi region a popular destination for tourists looking to take in the picturesque scenery.
Empire Stores is emblematic of Brooklyn’s transformation from lapsed industrial powerhouse into a growing creative sector. This award-winning mixed-use development reimagines a vacant, 19th century warehouse on the DUMBO waterfront as a contemporary creative workplace and community hub.
Villa F / the off-the-grid house in the central highlands of Germany The client The client of the “off-the-grid house” in the central highlands of Germany, called Sauerland, has an agricultural background. However, he is more than a typical farmer.
Arachne is a digital architectural endeavor to redefine an ordinary building with 3D printed components. To reflect its literal title, Arachne is designed and installed by the spatially intertwined lattices that hung on the building in the curtain wall mechanism.
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, is the #1 destination for adults and children with the most complex conditions – from brain and spinal cord injuries to stroke, cancer, and amputation.
The Crossroads Garden Shed demonstrates the value and capacity of architecture to transform communities with even the smallest of briefs. Intended to supply a growing neighbourhood with a simple storage structure for gardening tools and outdoor furniture, the original vision shifted drastically when re-approached as a unique opportunity to enhance the pedestrian realm. This discovery led to a rigorous design process, developing the project into much more than initially imagined, and activating the area for residents and visitors.
Miguel Ángel Yunes Márquez, the then-mayor of Boca del Río, started the Boca del Río Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014, and that has since become the heart of the cultural life in the city. The philharmonic orchestra is unique not only in Mexico, but worldwide. Through three lines of action, consisting of a yearly season of Orchestral Concerts, as well as monthly Chamber Music performances, and finally, an after-school social development program for low-income children named “Orquestando Armonia”, which focuses on choral and orchestral education fostering values and a sense of excellence for the children and the community. The dynamics and activities of the orchestra have had a successful social and cultural development, and have demonstrated the need to create a new social enclosure to serve as the new home for the orchestra and its programs.
The building is in one of the trendiest and in further development areas of the city of Lisbon. It is a property of essentially industrial characteristics, having housed in its origin a foundry, once a car garage in the 1940’s.
An ordinary art gallery suspended on the clifftop of 100 meters. Here is Anlong county in Southwest Guizhou province, where is the start point of Via ferrata in Anlong Limestone Resort. The destination of our journey is Limestone Gallery suspended on mountain top, a hundred meters above us.
MIG-1.0 is a mobile inflatable gallery, which can be placed in countless different contexts. Without dismantling, the MiG-1.0 deflates and folds into its mobile container, ready for its next stop. This multi-purpose, lightweight structure is essentially a transportable venue for the purpose of housing different events and exhibitions.
Made of 95% recycled and reused materials.
A full-sized, classical performance venue seating more than 2,000 people, the Lotte Concert Hall is located on the roof of the Lotte World Mall. The concert hall is the first new venue of its kind in Seoul built in the last 25 years, and has been recognized as one of the foremost classical performance venues in Asia, with world-class acoustics and sumptuous interiors. Designed in the vineyard style (referencing its terraced appearance), the seating completely surrounds the stage to provide the audience with an immersive experience.
Their design for the new Musco Center for the Arts provides the University and the community with a world-class, highly flexible 1,050 seat multipurpose performance venue. Working with the acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, perhaps best known for his work at Disney Concert Hall, we were able to design an auditorium that can be readily and seamlessly transformed from a proscenium theater to an acoustically superb concert hall. This high level of flexibility allows the hall to meet the needs of the University’s theater, music and dance departments, as well as touring groups. Restricted by the City’s height restrictions, the fly tower and auditorium are located one level below the existing grade, which was achieved by creating a large, sloping garden that lowers the site while also providing a gracious forecourt to the building’s entry.
Zeitz MOCAA is the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from the continent and its diaspora. Originally built in the 1920s, the grain silo stored and graded corn from all over the country.
The Museo del Prado en Filipinas consists of 60 paintings which we housed in 30 portable modules built at a total cost of USD 7000. It seeks to reimagine a museum as an engaging, barrier-free and localized place.
Confluence Park is an intricate teaching tool that allows visitors to gain a greater understanding of the ecotypes of the South Texas region and the function of the San Antonio River watershed.
Situated at the edge of the forest next to the ski slope, while sitting on the hillside, it captures a panoramic view towards the mountain range and the Songhua Lake between its peaks.
The construction of this building came from the desire to have a chapel at the National Scout´s Activities Camp (CNAE), in the municipality of Idanha a Nova, central region of Portugal, for the XXIII National Jamboree of Portuguese Catholic Scouts, which involved about 22,000 participants, and to join the other definitive buildings that this scouting center has. The chosen location is privileged, in a plateau area, central in the CNAE, surrounded by a rural environment, with an extraordinary panoramic view, that also impelled the design of the building.
An international design competition was held in the UK for a National Memorial to honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. The Memorial’s site is in Victoria Tower Gardens alongside the Houses of Parliament and adjacent to the River Thames.
Arktura and Partners by Design collaborated on Mead Johnson Nutrition’s new 62,000 square foot North America headquarters in Chicago to create a customized organic acoustic ceiling that helps bring in the outside, blending naturalistic beauty and functionality
For this important lecture space in McKim, Mead and White’s historic Pulitzer Hall at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, the design was intentionally developed to have a dual personality. To accommodate the broad range of functions required, from lectures to classes to film screenings, the plan is open to multiple configurations via a series of mobile furniture components, including a transformable stage and a moving storage wall.
The house is located in a suburban commune of Hanoi which has undergone a rapid process of urbanization. It is designed in a philosophy that it will help shape a place similar to the natural environment in an artificial manner.
Miguel Ángel Yunes Márquez, the then-mayor of Boca del Río, started the Boca del Río Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014, and that has since become the heart of the cultural life in the city. During recent years there has been a clear enrichment of the musical and cultural life of Boca del Rio, Veracruz. In 2014, the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra was formed, and through its performances it has attracted diverse musical expressions, local and foreign musicians, making it the heart of the cultural life of the city. The philharmonic orchestra is unique not only in Mexico, but worldwide.
Located in Guizhou Province, the Cultural Center is a gateway to Sandu County, the land of the Shui, one of the ethnic minority groups in China. Despite being few in number, the Shui people still retains their own language, together with their unique system of pictographs. The whole projects reminds to their traditions and long history and architects’ aim was to translate Shui’s ancient rituals into the design, through the use of overlapping roofs, bronze, altars and in recreating a holy atmosphere.
Located in a central Tokyo neighborhood with many office buildings, this rental building for restaurants stands on a long, narrow lot, surrounded on three sides by streets. A particular attention has been given to the facade of the new building.
Revaluing Waste Architecture is often reliant on expensive and scarce materials to define its value. The Beehive explores how an undervalued waste product, like the ubiquitous terracotta roof tile can be redefined and revalued.
TCDC is a government agency with a mission to inspire and propel the country’s creative economy. It provides a broad range of resources and services: a design library, a material library, a co-working space, a makerspace, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, etc.
Hariri Pontarini designed 7 St. Thomas to make a statement in its upscale Toronto neighborhood. The renovated historical Victorian townhomes anchoring the six-story modern glass office tower were intended to stand in sharp contrast to the glass curtain wall rising above.
The client desired a retreat that focused on the panoramic views of the site, but also transported them to a feeling of isolation and total privacy, away from hectic work days in the city.
The building is located in Tainan and is a shared space for the residents of the community. It provides spaces for dining, reading, exercising, learning, sharing and communication. The floors are stacked vertically as a series of free curves.
Tunnel stands a visually striking structure. Its presence pops out from the surrounding context of the city, particularly in the area occupied by shophouses and car showrooms. The architectural elements consist of a wall of concrete laths.
Apple Michigan Avenue celebrates Chicago’s creative roots, bringing together the city’s rich history and vibrant contemporary urban culture, by creating a platform for performance in the heart of the city.
The project was an opportunity to explore and establish contemporary interpretations of traditional typologies and building techniques. Located in the culturally rich area of Rajasthan, the contextual response to the region’s architecture rendered a design which sought to push the boundaries of modern temple architecture without compromising on the symbolic aspects of temple design. The decision to use stone masonry was an attempt to pay homage to the region’s building style and yet provide novelty in a temple of that region.
The cultural center is located in the rural Chetian Village (车田村), 30km from Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, in South-West China. The village has more than 400 years of history and is famous for its ‘stone houses’ built with local materials. 41 families, out of the 207 living in the village, belong to the Miao (苗) ethnic minority, one of the oldest minority groups in China, most of whom live in Guizhou province. The square outside the cultural center, surrounded by the river, is often used as a stage for local Miao dance and drama performances. The architecture of the cultural center is strongly characterized by 40cm thick walls, built according to the local traditional methods, using the stone coming from the village’s pit. The stone has a very unique blue shade, which is why it is commonly called ‘blue stone’. It comes from sedimentary rocks and its major components are limestone and dolomite. The strong and obsessive presence of the stone creates an intimate interior space and shows the architects’ deep respect for the historical masonry traditions of Chetian Village.
Stage of Forest, is situated on a hillside between the forest and the slope. The site is surrounded by luscious greenery in summer and covered by an overwhelming white snow in winter. The location and triangle shape of the stage was only determined after precise examination of the site condition, to minimize the impact for the existing vegetation and to maximize the view on the platform.
PM is and always will be a temple of music. So come, pray in the temple, your sins will be kept in secret. Music is a way of thinking it as the ultimate policy of truth.
Hotel Plesnik is a boutique family hotel found in the heart of a nature park. Its exceptional location at the end of a glacial valley offers an unforgettable view of the majestic peaks of the Alps.
Maggie’s Centre Barts is the latest facility for Maggie’s Centres, an organization that provides practical, emotional and social support to cancer patients and their families. The center sits in central London adjacent to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, founded in the 12th century.
What is to be done with China’s 700,000 left behind villages? How can the leisure demands of hundreds of millions of newly affluent consumers be met? How can the beauty, patterns and imagined simplicity of life in the countryside be experienced and enjoyed by visitors without being destroyed? They started with these questions when they were challenged to transform Dashiyao, a mountain village that had been emptied by government order and whose population had been relocated to newly built row houses up the valley. An important aspect of the project was the client’s commitment to engaging this original community as stakeholders in developing the site as a tourism-based enterprise.
The Pierhouse and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge development includes a 194-room hotel and 106-unit condo residence in Brooklyn Heights. Our design innovation allows for every residence to experience unparalleled views of the New York harbor and the park. The complex features green roofs, a variety of pathways to access the park and a newly activated Furman Street.
Situated between two lakes and within the community of Christiania, Noma 2.0 is built on the site of a protected ex-military warehouse once used to store mines for the Royal Danish Navy. It was imagined as an intimate garden village.
Alila Wuzhen adjoining a wetland scenic spot in southeastern Wuzhen is about 3km away from the well-known Xizha Tourist Area. It is a land of idyllic beauty and an oasis of serenity amid chaos.
The new Palace of Justice in Córdoba is located in Arroyo del Moro which is characteristically dominated by anonymous housing blocks, products of the rapid urban development of 21st-century Spanish cities.
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the Filson Historical Society collects, curates, and archives the rich narrative of the Ohio River Valley region, offering an ambitious range of educational programs and cultural resources that support this focus.
The architecture Practice Patrick Schweitzer & Associés responded to the international call launched by the Government of Rwanda in March 2012 for the construction of the new Faculty of architecture in Kigali.
This is a children’s place offering a living, breathing form of nurturing. It allows self-discovery of the individual; understanding and being conscientious of oneself through the exploration of the senses, through physical movement, and through interacting with others and the environment.
Metropolitan Bonsai, Giant Toy Infinity Kindergarten. In an irregular land encircled by a typical villa area in Shanghai, Office Mass tries to break through the dual restriction of surrounding environment and norms through design strategies to create an ideal space in the city for children. The kindergarten looks like infinity symbol from aerial view, so it’s called infinity kindergarten.
MVRDV collaborated with local architects TUPDI, on realising Tianjin Binhai Library, one of the most photographed projects of 2017 that was both celebrated and divisive. The 33,700m2 cultural centre features a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade.
“Wall of knowledge” is a construction project of a middle school in the city of El Jadida (100 km south of Casablanca). The school was built for the OCP employees’ children.
Persian art and architecture is grounded in abstract geometries and geometric patterns. Few, if any notable works in traditional Persian design exist outside a geometric framework.
An underlying geometric order organizes an array of outdoor rooms in this food production and entertaining-focused landscape.
On a windswept grassy ridge high above the Pacific Ocean sits a pyramid-shaped house with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding hills that roll down to the sea.
Having opened to the public in February 2018, The Block is already performing exceptionally well, with 2 large festivals being held at the venue within its first month of opening alone.
Since the Vietnam War is over in late 70s, the country suddenly joined the global capitalism caravan. Dramatic urbanization and economic growth drove food industry to be overcapacity-grown. Nowadays, food crisis awareness is controversially urging among Vietnamese society. COEF is a masterplan design proposal for 600-Hectares-decommissioned rubber plantation in Cuchi, Vietnam. The client acquired the land and aimed to transform the under-utilized site to be an organic food production farm provided from animal feed, livestock, fruit, and vegetation in the closed-cycle operation. The first phase of 50 Ha. is an agro-tourism destination offering visitor holistic experience of food cycle.
11th Street Bridge Park is a place of exchange, an iconic new civic space uniting two historically separated communities and supporting environmental, economic, cultural and physical health.
An important view of the park designed by Niemeyers and large spatial integration, those elements were the starting points for the design of Ibirapuera´s apartment. The integrated rooms, which occupy part of the original terrace, forming a large space containing furnishings chosen and/ or developed by FCstudio. The chromatic dimensions and language of each piece have been established during the project in order to create an coherent atmosphere with the sensations persued in each environment: comfort, functionality, informality and intimacy. A horizontal shelf designed in noguera and pau-ferro wood identifies the TV room and expands the space. The lunch room is bounded only by a winery that serves the dining room. The outdoor living area is integrated with the rest of the apartment through the sliding doors and condenses all functions in one mobile: a concrete table. Designed and executed by FCstudio, this piece has different heights, thicknesses and support it becomes as needed and promotes social integration requested by customers. The design of each piece dialogues with others and contributes to a contemporary spatiality of possibilities.
Perched atop an adaptively reused industrial building this new rooftop structure provides a welcoming retreat for its inhabitants – a home ‘snuggled’ into the dense city. Internally, the home is organised around connections to the outside.
JerseyCity Urby is the second Urby that is realized; a new rental housing concept in the greater New York area built from the ground up with the needs of contemporary urban citizens in mind. JerseyCity Urby consists of 762 rental apartments in a 69-storey tower – with two more towers planned – and is located right on the Hudson River in the heart of JerseyCity with a five-minute subway ride away from NewYork’s WorldTradeCenter. The tower shapes the new JerseyCity skyline and is the tallest building with stunning views of downtown Manhattan.
Offering waterside living, the 22,000m2 and 31-storey Canaletto residential tower in London comprises studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, a variety of three bedrooms and one distinct penthouse with a full rooftop. Canaletto also includes shared amenities such as a swimming pool, health club, media room and resident’s club lounge with a terrace on the 24th floor.
The Cirqua Apartments project represents a shift in Melbourne’s multi-residential market that has been evolving over the past 2-4 years. Prospective owners are increasingly buying into the apartment market (over detached housing) as a matter of choice rather than necessity.
Light-House is located in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. This multi-storied residential building block is designed in consideration of common Taiwanese terrace style houses. This project seeks to rethink the fundamentals of this particular housing model and intends to reinvigorate its underlining idea as “Lian-dong” (describing a continuous housing block) and “Tou-tian” (terrace houses describing buildings with roof spaces open to the sky) in the design approach.
The Ring House is located on the southern coast of Crete only 165 nautical miles from the Sahara desert. Two concrete beams follow the topography of the hill to define the outline of the house.
Carrara House has, in a less obvious way, a certain sculptural character that is present in both houses designed by us in the neighbourhood, Colunata and Elliptic Houses, where the curved and dynamic forms are treated like a volume sculpted from a rough block that has been brought to life. In Carrara House, more angular and longer forms are sculpted in a parallelepiped where, without losing their origin, full and empty spaces coexist as living areas. To be noted is the terrace, more than thirty metres long, which functions as an embellishment or a pinnacle – but one that is paradoxically horizontal – the finishing element in an architectural ensemble.
The Square House is a 43′ x 43′ house designed around a very simple concept: that architecture can completely engage landscape not just through its apertures but from its organizational basis and its approach to what it means to be inside and outside.
Casa Peninsula, a weekend home in a coastal city close to São Paulo, is composed of three stacked abstract volumes which have been delicately positioned on a steep slope overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for minimum topographic impact.
This private residence located in the Hamptons was designed as an immersive yet modern and natural retreat. Situated along a natural ravine and protected wetlands, the residence consists of three simple gable-shaped volumes, creating a dialogue between the natural grasslands and the built environment.
Mylla is a small 84 square meter (940 square foot) cabin located in a towering pine forest outside of Oslo. Designed as a retreat for a geologist and his family, the building sits firmly on a hilltop and is formed by the forces of the landscape around it. Though planning regulations required a gable roof, Mylla splits the gable in half to create four shed roofs that radiate in a pinwheel configuration. Two sheltered outdoor spaces are created which are protected from the wind and from snow shed. The exterior is clad simply with untreated heart pine planks, which register the seasons as it greys and weathers with time. The compact interior, finished in plywood and unified with a continuous roof canopy, can house up to ten people across three dedicated bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Custom plywood furniture, including bed frames, bunk beds, couch, dining table, benches, and shelves are found throughout. The wings of the house engage four distinct characters of the landscape: the great room looks onto Mylla Lake, the guest room looks towards the rolling hillside, the kids’ room looks up at the sky, and the bedroom has a private view of the towering forest beyond.
In a site with dimensions of 7×14 meters, in the Niño Jesús neighborhood, just a few steps from Graciela Iturbide’s home. In this context rises a small tower of just three levels that literally extrudes its floor plant measures to become a solid piece of clay that is De-constructed to its own materiality in very fine and almost imperceptible tensions of steel.
Malangen peninsula is an hour´s drive south of Tromsø in Northern Norway. The site is positioned on a ridge rising from the fiord below and overlooks a natural opening in the forest.
This transformative intervention to a home in midtown Toronto comprises a complete renovation and addition to the second and third floors, reorganizing and rearticulating the private spaces to meet a young family’s evolving needs.
The site for the Zaferanieh Residential Building is located to the North of the city of Tehran. It is situated amongst the green orchards of the Alburz mountains, at one of the highest urban altitudes and with a comprehensive view to the city. The primary design tenet is that the project reflect a level of luxury representative of the affluent residents as well as the high property value.
Tijuana has always been considered a city without definitions, a hybrid laboratory; it is neither defined as Mexican, nor American. The recent real estate boom fueled by high costs of living and high real estate prices in neighboring San Diego.
Set in the foothills of The Remarkables mountain range (Queenstown, New Zealand) this private residence engages an uncompromising and breathtakingly beautiful landscape with an equally uncompromising architecture.
The building is anchored to the site by its relationship to natural elements. Four trees and a pond present a natural matrix from which our design arises.
Pioneertown, California, was originally built in the 1940s as a live-in motion-picture set for actors. Now, it’s much more a pilgrimage scene for Angelenos. The seemingly alien Mohave landscape makes a foreign counterpart to LA’s urban culture.
Vestre Fjord Park is both a building and a natural landscape that with a simple architectural design contributes to the full experience of its unique site.
Chiangmai Life Architect’s Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School combines modern organic design, 21st-century engineering and a natural material – bamboo. The design was based on the lotus flower as Panyaden International School is in Thailand and uses Buddhist teachings to infuse values into its academic curriculum and teach the underlying mechanisms of the human mind.
The new handball arena was a collaboration between Auer Weber, in Munich, and Christophe Gulizzi, in Le Tholonet. The lead firm was the building company Fayat, the client the SPLA Pays d’Aix Territoires, the conurbation authority of the Pays d’Aix, France. The arena is situated on a freeway intersection in the south-west of Aix-en-Provence. The façade is made up of metallic ellipses stacked like layered contours. At first sight, the arena has no front or back – since every side of the façade is treated equally.
The Rwanda Cricket Stadium by Light Earth Designs is formed of three linked parabolic vaults, closely mimicking the path of a bouncing ball while evoking the cherished hilly topography of Rwanda. The project empowers the development of Rwandan economy using local labour-intensive construction materials and techniques.
French architecture firm Coldefy & Associates in collaboration with energy company Dalkia unveiled plans for a huge tropical greenhouse to be built in the north of France.
Historically, the Dutch have always been fervent cyclists. This enthusiasm is growing even further as cycling is being discovered as key to the sustainable city.
Located in Long Beach, CA, the Rainbow Pedestrian Bridge was opened to the public in December 2017. Over a four-year period, from RFP to the end of construction, the project underwent dramatic changes in both purpose and design.
Beibu Gulf International Oceanic Transit Center is located at the south end of downtown Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and closely adjoins the Xunliao Bay at the portal of the Beibu Gulf.
This project celebrates the exact point of the first contact between British explorer Captain James Cook and New Zealand Maori in 1769. The project is situated in Gisborne (Turanga-nui-a-Kiwa) and is located in the Turanganui River on a rock known as Te Toka a Taiau/Taiao. It is the site of the mooring of voyaging waka Te Ikaroa a Rauru and the site of the first interaction between Maori and European.
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