GT Tower East is a 130-meter high contemporary office tower designed by the Dutch architectural firm ArchitectenConsort and located in Seoul, South Korea. “Within its gross 54,000 m2 of floor space, GT Tower East fulfills a range of purposes. In addition to functional office spaces, there is room for commercial and cultural uses, as well as parking. We achieved the high adaptive capacity of GT Tower East by placing the compact core at the heart of the floor plan and using a carefully thought-out column structure. These measures ensure that the facade remains entirely unencumbered, and large floor spaces are created that allow the building to accommodate a variety of uses in the future. Many sustainability measures were integrated into the design, including a well-insulated facade, the installation of solar panels for generating power, and a lot of natural light and ventilation to create a pleasant working environment.”
Elqui Domos Hotel designed by Rodrigo Duque Motta. Beautiful! Link.
The Galaxy Soho Complex by Zaha Hadid Architects in central Beijing.
The Melkwegbridge is located in Purmerend, the Netherlands. The bridge is part of the masterplan ‘De Kanaalsprong’ and connects the historic city center with the towns’ new district. The most striking part of the bridge, designed by NEXT architects, is a massive arch which reaches the height of 12m above water level and stands in a continuous line with the Melkweg-road, thus offering an incredible view over the city. The high lookout is an attraction in itself and lets pedestrians fully experience the relation between the new and historic center of Purmerend.
Little Factory by Florentijn Hofman is a three-dimensional oversized pictogram of an industrial zone made out of steel frame and corrugated steel roof sheets. It is situated at the Azeven Noord (along the N31) an industrial site in progress at Drachten (NL). The work questions the architecture on business parks as well as the use of those sites. It’s not only a landmark but it could be also used for an artist in residence program.
Designed as a permanent show gallery and tourist information center for China’s largest developer Vanke, MOD’s dramatic design for the TRIPLE V GALLERY has become an icon along the Dong Jiang Bay coastline.
Despite its obvious sculptural qualities, the building’s DNA evolved rationally from a careful analysis of key contextual & programmatic perimeters – resulting in the TRIPLE V GALLERY’S triangulated floor plan as well as the 3 soaring edges that have come to define its form. The client’s program called for 3 main spaces: a tourist information center, a show gallery & a lounge for discussion. Requiring their own entrances, the tourist center and the show gallery are orientated to separate existing pedestrian pathways and can be operated independently. An extension of the show gallery, the lounge area is where discussions are conducted. This space takes advantage of the panoramic views of the coastline and comprises a sculptural bar counter. Tectonically, the building responds to the coastal setting and is finished in weather-sensitive corten steel panels on its exterior and timber strips on the interior walls and ceiling for a more natural feel. Link here.
Nomiya: A 12-Person Restaurant in Paris by Laurent and Pascal Grasso. ‘Situated near the breathtaking Eiffel Tower, Nomiya only seats 12 and spots are available one month in advance. If you don’t plan on booking all 12 places at the dining table, then don’t be surprised if you’re seated by 10 complete strangers. In honouring Grasso’s word, Nomiya looks to provide an “experience” with helo from their guided tours. The tour consists of first visiting the awe-inspiring garden and dining room, and then works its way up to the top of Palais de Tokyo.’ (via Swide)
Situated within a dense thickness of trees the Shell House by Kotaro Ide of Artechnic unravels itself displaying its contrasting underbelly to the private audience of its owners. Brazen yet shy, the house’s open form hidden within the trees presents an honest display of relevance to its situation. The curved forms synonymous with the outer shell of a snail or sea-faring crustacean stand on a plinth of wood creating the illusion that the form floats above the forest bed. (via World Architecture News)