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.
Simpraxis Architects designed this contemporary home for a young family in Nicosia, Cyprus. 'The house falls into the category of ‘half plots’ where two distinct residences are constructed in the same plot and share a wall, also allowing for a three meter setback on the plot’s periphery' Link here.
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.' (viaSwide)
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. (viaWorld Architecture News)
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