AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Shu He

Projects from China, UK, The Netherlands and Czech Republic, as well as our special inforgraphic on the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion’s 11 years. Check the best of last week after the break.

Administration Building of the North Shanghai Gas Company in Jiading / Atelier Deshaus
This is the administration building of the North Shanghai Gas Company in Jiading. The needs of the function of this building are generally simple. With surrounding the undeveloped constructional land, the site is small, and the only feature of the site is the river landscape close to the northern side. The final form of the building completely responds to the landscape in the northern side (read more…)

Courtesy of Make Architects

The Cube / Make Architects
The Cube is the final phase of Birmingham’s Mailbox development and one of Make’s largest buildings to date. Comprising offices, an automated car park, apartments, retail units, a hotel, spa, restaurant and ‘sky bar’, The Cube was conceived as a building which would never close; crafted to open up routes and views to emerging neighbouring districts and permeable to both the users of the building and the community as a whole (read more…)

Infographic: 11 Years of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
The Serpentine Pavilion is an art gallery in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, central London. The gallery was established in 1970 and housed in a classical 1934 tea pavilion. It takes its name from the nearby Serpentine Lake (read more…)

Courtesy of SGL Projekt s.r.o.

The Stork Nest Farm / SGL Projekt
In 2006 we were asked to design the revitalization of a farmstead for congress, company presentation, holding of corporate events and leisure activities. For this purpose our client bought 19th century farmstead located at a large pound. The farmstead included a distillery with it’s chimney. Since 1926 storks have lived on the chimney. It became the main reason for buying this farm (read more…)

© Marcel van der Burg

Linnaeusborg, Centre for Life Sciences / Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau
‘Linnaeusborg’ is the new building for the Centre for Life Sciences of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen. The design forms a component of the WEST8 urban development plan, in which Zernike College will be transformed from a technocratic outpost of the university into an Arcadian campus in a leafy setting (read more…)

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