Dec 12, 2011
Conix Architects designed a new office building for Umicore, a materials technology company, located in Belgium. ‘The new office building is the eye-catcher, encapsulating and generating the company’s new corporate identity. It offers a place to stop on the main axis which runs through the entire site. By narrowing and shaping the street profile, the idea of an entry area is created, an element that was lacking. The office building is unrestrained in design in contrast to the monotonous and randomly selected surroundings. The design draws one’s attention, in an emotional response, counter to the existing rational background. By positioning the building at a slight angle, the axis of the central entry road is broken. The powerful look and feel creates an innovative image, thus modernizing the company. Umicore is ready to face the 21st century as a dynamic and innovating company.’Link here.
Nov 30, 2011
The first civic building to be erected in more than 30 years to serve the small towns of Edcouch and Elsa, Edcouch Elsa school district’s new Fine Arts Center is also the tallest in the delta region of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Sharing resources in a combined public school district, the towns are located halfway between Harlingen and Edinburg. The 31,000 sq ft facility, seats 975 people in an auditorium equipped for state of the art audio visual technologies. Link here.
Nov 29, 2011
‘The project is framed in the Zuidlanden housing urban project that aims to alter the Dutch suburb. Zerodegree Architecture, the Amsterdam-based office of Japanese architect Yushi Uehara, has designed Elementary School complex on the ancient village core of the area. The building stands next to a monument, a farmhouse built in a local style.’ (Continue…)
Nov 28, 2011
‘A collaboration between Mexico-based firm Rojkind Arquitectos and design workshop Esrawe Studio, construction for the ‘Tori-Tori restaurant‘ in Polanco near Mexico City is now complete. Emerging from the ground like climbing ivy, the CNC routed facade appears to waver and curve. Subtly different, the two layers of self-supporting steel were precisely handcrafted and finished to generate the dynamic effect. The outdoor terrace allows guests to eat or drink amongst natural vegetation while the furniture has been specifically developed for a comfortable dining experience. A complete collection of tables and chairs were created to enhance each interior area connecting the atmosphere and function.’ (via Designboom)
Nov 28, 2011
The walkable, large outdoor sculpture Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain is currently in construction on the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim (D). It overtops the plateau with the artificially heaped-up mountain by 21m | 23yd so the visitor can rise by more than 45m | 49yd above the level of the landscape and enjoy an impressive view over the Rhine. Link here.
Nov 15, 2011
‘ A house and garden to eat, that you are able to touch, smell, taste, seed, weed, and harvest! EATHOUSE is a house in a garden that attracts visitors with delicious vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. We want to seduce people and make them taste the edible garden and the edible house. EATHOUSE has a temporary character; it lasts a summer season. This is why all the materials used in EATHOUSE can be re-used for a new season of EATHOUSE at a different spot. EATHOUSE consists of a modular system of plain plastic crates, in combination with a scaffold structure. These crates are used in the agricultural industry to harvest, transport and exhibit fruit and vegetables in combination with a scaffold system. With this system vertical green becomes accessible for everyone; you can make your own vegetable garden on the wall of your balcony or on the roof of your garden shed! ‘ (via Arch daily)
Nov 14, 2011
Coronet Grove Residence is located in the Beaumaris suburb of Melbourne, Australia and has been designed by Maddison Architects. The project includes 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with a very complex design, sophisticated open spaces, a long and narrow terrace. In the black, zinc-clad southern box are placed the living, kitchen and outdoor spaces while in the separate masonry northern wing are the private rooms. The residence has a dynamic architecture and it’s combining raw design with details. Link here.
Nov 11, 2011
‘ The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion is located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, overlooking the Snøhetta mountain massif. The 90m2 building is open to the public and serves as an observation pavilion for the Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programmes. A 1,5km nature path brings visitors to this spectacular site, 1200 meters above sea level.’ (via Archdaily)
Nov 10, 2011
‘ This design was proposed by NL Architects in a design competition for the Taipei Performing Arts Center to host a variety of large-scale performances. There is something really amazing about the aesthetics of this project that I love yet can’t quite put my finger to it. Perhaps it is the fact that I like large void spaces. I just love how the structure is actually a simple white cube with its inner volume subtracted, like a mouse eating in a cube of cheese with square teeth. In the end, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) won the competition as other pragmatic concerns, such as the poor acoustics in such a huge structure, took over.’ (via Designboom)
Oct 27, 2011
‘ This Airport Design was created by Erich Gassmann and Tina Aßmann. The VIP WING Lounge at the Munich Airport was created using local materials such as felt, leather, and broad oak planks. Those materials are then enriched by the exquisite bright natural light coming from the large windows. And it doesn’t stop there, this contemporary airport lounge design is fully armored with all the latest tech. With ultramodern facilities and elegant, functional spaces this airport is ready to spoiled the customers. The lounge covers 1,200 square meters and located at Terminal 1. Here you can always enjoy working alone, rest at the rest areas, take showers and enjoy the changing facilities, an interdenominational prayer room, and smoke at the smoking corner. ‘ Link here.