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Exhibition: Open the Tower

Open the Tower Exhibition
Open the Tower Exhibition

Our friends from the Iceland Design Centre Blog shared with us this interesting news. Open the Tower exhibits 676 models in a scale of 1:1000 designed by Eurohigh. The project was led by architect Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdlov and Ania Molenda of The Why Factory in collaboration with KRADS and supported by Lego and Arup. The exhibition is the result of a 2-month-long research period on the ultimate European skyscraper, and the models are presented in a grid of 26 linear iterations. This exhibition is on display at the Tu Delft Faculty of Architecture. This work will continue until January 2012 and it will be in continous exhibition until February 2012. More images after the break. Original article: http://blog.icelanddesign.is/krads-open-the-tower/.

Sneek Bridge / Achterbosch Architectuur with Onix

© Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix
© Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix

Architects: Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix Location: Sneek, The Netherlands Project Year: (First bridge) 2008; (Second bridge) 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix

© Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix © Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix © Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix © Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix

What Can Architecture Do? An Interview with Xiaodu Liu

“Architecture is not just one thing. It is not just an art. … It has to deal with the real situation; it has to do something good for the society. Architecture can provide a better life for people. Urbanization is the most current thing happening in China and it does greatly affect Chinese life.”

Slide to the Train Station with the Transfer Accelerator by HIK Ontwerpers

Courtesy of HIK Ontwerpers
Courtesy of HIK Ontwerpers

HIK Ontwerpers capitalized on the opportunity to provide a unique and playful experience for commuters in their hometown of Utrecht.  Part of a complete renovation of the Overvecht railway station the transfer accelerator, the official name given to the slide by ProRail the railway maintenance company, provides a fun and unforgettable way of getting to where you are going.  The slide was installed as the final piece of the station renovation and opened earlier this month. A video and additional photographs of the transfer accelerator following the break.

Noorderpoort College / Mecanoo

Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

Mecanoo architecten has won the architectural selection for the new Noorderpoort regional community college in Stadskanaal, The Netherlands. More images and complete press release afer the break.

In Progress: Regiocentrale Zuid Levee Control Center / Wiel Arets Architects

© Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects
© Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

Architects: Wiel Arets Architects Location: Maasbracht, The Netherlands Client: Rijkswaterstaat Maas- werken Project Year: Under Construction Project Area: 1850 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

© Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects © Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects © Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects © Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

'Meissen | SO - IL': 18th-Century porcelain in contemporary architecture

Meissen | SO – IL Exhibition / © Iwan Baan
Meissen | SO – IL Exhibition / © Iwan Baan

In the Netherlands, Meissen porcelain is often regarded as ‘high-class kitsch’. Its sumptuous, often narrative style of decoration puts it at odds with the minimalistic and conceptual traditions of Modernism. Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) was commissioned by Kunsthal KAdE to design an ideal contemporary three-dimensional setting in which to present the porcelain such that it would challenge this prejudice and focus attention on the great sculptural, artistic and technical strengths of Meissen. In response, SO – IL has designed 32 modern, geometrically shaped showcases in bright colors and with ‘pointed tops’. These showcases not only serve the Meissen objects also autonomous in character. More images by Iwan Baan and information after the break.

Athletic-LOOP / UArchitects

© UArchitects
© UArchitects

Architects: UArchitects – Emile van Vugt and Misak Terzibasiyan Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands Client: Municipality Eindhoven Drawings/Renders: Courtesy of UArchitects

Dutch House / Rem Koolhaas

© Christian Ritchers
© Christian Ritchers

One of the most prominent aspects of a design, if not the most important, is the consideration of the context and environment in which the proposed design will be found. In the case of the Dutch House by Rem Koolhaas, the unique and very challenging environmental conditions and topography of the site led to a design with interesting conditions that respond to these conditions. More on the Dutch House in The Netherlands after the break.

Transformation Station Voorburg / POSAD

The stationsquare offers room for public events
The stationsquare offers room for public events

The city of Leidschendam-Voorburg [the Netherlands] has recently approved the design for a extensive transformation of the Station area. The urban plan, designed by POSAD spatial strategies, connects the different scales that are present, such as the historical center of Voorburg and the adjacent Binckhorst business park. The array of functions of the transport hub – railway, tram, bicycle and bus connections – will profit from this strategic transformation. Images of the project in addition to a description from the architects can be found after the jump.

Sectionhouse / The Cloud Collective

© Pieter De Ruijter / The Cloud Collective
© Pieter De Ruijter / The Cloud Collective

Sectionhouse is a public outdoor concrete sculpture, a fragment of a house that displays the ways in which daily life is enacted within architecture.  The project is located in the small Dutch rural town of Oisterwijk and was designed by The Cloud Collective, a collaboration of young designers, architects, urban designers, artists and theorists, spread out all over Europe, working for different offices, schools and governments. More on this project after the break.

Mecanoo designs Amsterdam University College

Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

Last week, the construction of the new academic building for the Amsterdam University College has began. Mecanoo Architecten of Delft designed the faculty for the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. The new Liberal Arts and Science building will be located in Science Park Amsterdam, the international science and research center in the area referred to as Watergraafsmeer, and will be completed in 2012. More images and information after the break.

5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam: Making City

Courtesy of IABR
Courtesy of IABR

The 5th IABR calls for submissions of projects that advance innovative responses to today’s most pressing urban challenges. Municipal, metropolitan and national governments, cultural organizations, researchers, designers, and other parties are invited to submit design projects that rethink the existing interaction between politics, planning and design. The selected projects will be integrated into the 5th IABR’s overall research and development process and they will be presented in Making City, the 5th IABR’s main exhibition at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, opening in April 2012. Projects can be submitted until 1 April 2011, 12:00 CET. Submission guidelines, the complete Call for Projects and more information can be found on the 5th IABR: Making City website.

Indesem 2011: Losing Ground

The 2011 edition of Indesem will focus on the theme ‘Losing ground’; the changing position of architect and architecture with respect to the digitalized network society and the necessary shifts in practice and thinking when designing in this changing paradigm. For more information on the theme, lectures and workshop you can go to the event’s official website.

Transformation of Leiden Central Station Master Plan / Maxwan

Maxwan shared with us their master plan design for the transformation of the Leiden Central Station and its quarter in Leiden City, Netherlands. From a neglected station area into a vibrant new high-density neighborhood, their design strengthens the connection between the historic center in the south and Leiden’s Bio-Science District in the north. More images and architect’s description after the break.

STILLS: A Wiel Arets Architects exhibition

STILLS shows the development of the oeuvre, shows the projects, expands upon the theoretical background and offers insight into the sources of inspiration and fascination of Wiel Arets himself. From his very early beginnings to his striking and unique personal vision on the future of urban development exemplified by the utopian ‘Zuidstad’ model.

International Dance and Music Centre / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Neutelings Riedijk Architects is chosen as the winner of the architecture competition for the new building of the International Dance and Music Centre in city of The Hague, The Netherlands, among a field of 16 renowned international firms. More images and complete press release after the break.

Tidelands Competition First Prize Winner / MASS architecture and Joep van der Veen

Courtesy of MASS architecture and Joep van der Veen
Courtesy of MASS architecture and Joep van der Veen

Mass Architectuur and Joep Van Der Veen were selected as one of six first prize winners for a competition organized by ‘Stichting de Stad’ to research potentials for the development of infrastructural nodes around Dordrecht, the Netherlands. Tijland, or Tidelands, was selected by Prof. ir. Kees Kaan, with Koen van Velsen and Prof. ir. Joost Schrijnen, among others. Read on for more images and information after the break.