AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Iwan Baan

Monday again. Time for you to check out some of the best projects we featured last week! Check them all after the break.

Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center / REX
Last year we presented you this interesting project by REX during its construction stage, where you could see how an unused structure was converted into the new headquarters for Vakko, integrated with a new complex steel structure. The project is now completed, and we can see the final result with photos by Iwan Baan and a complete set of drawings and diagrams courtesy of REX (read more…)

© Yong-Kwan Kim

S-Trenue Tower / Mass Studies
Generally, the plan of this tower typology is determined by the maximum site coverage (60% in this case), and the maximum F.A.R. (800%), and is repeatedly stacked vertically. Proportionately, this typology is usually on the stable, short side and thus referred to as a “stocky” tower. In this plan, a tower of 14 floors (800% ÷ 60% = 13.333) is possible (read more…)

Porciúncula de la Milagrosa Chapel / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos’s latest project is an open chapel in La Calera, Colombia that is gently nestled into the surroundings. The simplicity of the geometry adds a touch of elegance to the pious space, as the natural features of the environment, wind and light, create “an essential harmony” (read more…)

The Hollywood Sign Hotel
Every now and then, we find some crazy ideas around the web. What about this one? Christian Bay – Jørgensen, owner of Bay Arch, has an idea to turn the famous Hollywood Sign into an hotel. This could solve the money/land issues that have been sorrounding the sign lately. The plan calls for the famous letters to be enlarged to double the size, building them out from the back, allowing guests to stay inside the Hollywood sign itself (read more…)

© Anthony Vizzari

Orchard House / Anderson Anderson Architecture
The Orchard House is a highly site-specific, cast concrete construction, rationally pre-fabricated through the use of a limited set of repeated, modular formwork, and standardized SIPS sandwich panel and pre-fabricated truss framing components. This approach allows a high degree of adaptability to the landscape, while keeping construction costs to a minimum (read more…)

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "AD Recommends: Best of the Week" 19 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=56995>

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