AD Round Up: Institutional Architecture Part VII

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2009 institutional projects for our seventh selection of previously featured posts. Check them all after the break.

US Census Bureau Headquarters / SOM
Situated on 80 wooded acres of the Suitland Federal Center near downtown Washington, D.C., the new 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters for the U.S. Census Bureau houses all the Bureau’s 6,000 employees. The Bureau’s previous workplace model was a 1930s ideal with offices arranged along long corridors (read more…)

Roots Architecture Workshop WOMAD 2011

Last year, we told you about the 1st Roots Architecture Workshop. Now, they are doing a second run. Just as WOMAD brings together many forms of music, arts and dance from around the world, so Roots Architecture at WOMAD Charlton Park 2011 aims to celebrate the work of architects, builders and makers working on humanitarian and emergency shelter projects across the world. Roots Architecture will feature talks and an exhibition highlighting the growing worldwide humanitarian architecture and building community, against the lively backdrop of a practical building challenge.

Workshop participants will team together over 4 days to design and make 4 stages. Materials will be reclaimed, re-useable or sourced from Charlton Park itself. The finished structures will become part of the festival, hosting live performances during ’s Sunday evening finale. Whether you’re an experienced self-builder, or a practical newcomer, come and join our convivial workshop led and guided by experienced specialists. Learn about low-tech and no-tech building techniques and traditions from Britain and around the world. Sessions generally run from 10am – 4:30pm, so you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the music.

For more information on this event, and to purchase tickets, please click here.

De Prinsendam / Tony Fretton Architects

© Christian Richters

Tony Fretton Architects has completed a development of apartments for sale in the North harbor of Amsterdam (). Commissioned by ING Real Estate the 10,700 sqm building is situated in a masterplan by urban designer Ton Schaap and Geurst and Schulze Architekten bv. The building comprises 74 flats through 8 floors, over a basement car park. It occupies the Northern end of the site and forms a courtyard with a scheme by Alvaro Siza. The building is within close proximity to schemes by Jo Coenen, Mecanoo Architekten, Baneke van der Hoeven and Geurst and Schulze Architekten bv.

Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: Overhoeks 1, 1031 CC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project Team: Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen (Project Architect)
Executive Architect: Geurst en Schulze Architecten
Structural Engineer: Ingenieursbureau Zonneveld
Services Engineer: Halmos Adviseurs Installaties
Project Area: 437,000 sqm (site), 10,700 sqm (internal area)
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters

Marine Terrace Resort / Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab

Courtesy of Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab

As the first prize winner for an invited design competition, Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab actively adopted the terrace concept throughout the site to design the Marine Terrace Resort in Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, , Korea. The objective of the competition was to create a next generation resort-style luxury condominium and a boutique hotel complex which capitalizes the on the amazing view experience and provides maximum privacy. By locating terraced residences on a cliff edge, the residents are able to experience an ‘undisturbed’ view of the sea as well as an open residential park in between the villa towers and terrace housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Chimney House / Onix


Architects: Onix - Haiko Meijer
Location: , The Netherlands
Project area: 600 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Onix

The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design / Alison G. Kwok and Walter T. Grondzik

Similar to the first edition published in 2007, the second edition of The Green Studio Handbook offers a useful introduction to green design. As noted in the title the content stays fairly schematic to help guide and introduce green strategies. This book purposely avoids creating a green building checklists and getting bogged down in technical details. In this way the book can cover a wide variety of topics and show how they are interrelated systems. Each strategy is accompanied by a wonderful set of sketches and images that aid in the readers understanding of the basic concepts.

Museum of Steel / FGMF Arquitetos

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Architects: FGMF Arquitetos – Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz

Location: Sao Paulo,

Renders and drawings: Courtesy of Fernando Forte

In Progress: New Greenpoint EMS Station / Michielli + Wyetzner Architects


Construction is underway for the Greenpoint Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Station, designed by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects for Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The two-story, 12,400-square-foot contemporary design accommodates the Fire Department of (FDNY) ambulance crews and vehicles, and occupies a prominent site on Metropolitan Avenue near Bedford Street in the rapidly developing neighborhood. The station is part of FDNY’s plan to improve response time to medical emergencies throughout the city by increasing the number of stations and thereby reducing the distance and time ambulances travel to those in need. Completion is expected for June 2012.

House in Utsunomiya / Soeda and Architects

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Soeda And Architects – Takayuki Soeda
Location: ,
Structural engineer: Masaki Yoshida/YSE
Constructor: Seijo Kensetsu
Project area: 164 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Water Towers of Ireland


The now empty and abandoned water towers presented here are part of a selection of photographs gathered by James Young, a final year architecture student, as part of a research project. With the help of the MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship from the School of Architecture at UCD, he has compiled a list of about 200 towers, with nearly thirty visited and photographed. Like other architectural building types that have been abandoned, what can architects do with water towers such as these? If no longer in use, what can be done to take advantage of these stand along structures? Let us know what you think. More images after the break.

Tregunter Residence / davidclovers

Courtesy of assisted by Ziyin Zhou

Nestled amongst a forest of towers on Old Peak Road above Central Hong Kong, the Tregunter tower holds unique layered views of Victoria Harbor. The abundance of bay windows, structural walls and beams that are common to residential towers would appear to constrain the possibilities of the apartment. However, by turning constraints into opportunities, davidclovers re-works the volumes of this apartment by using the ceiling and the floor. Subtly elongating, pressing upward, and sloping downward, the ceiling produces variable sensations of compression and expansion – making the apartment seem larger than it is, drawing delicate lines that separate dining from living. Skillfully dodging and maneuvering around air-conditioning units and structural beams, the ceiling integrates artificial light and various materials – re-orienting the apartment toward the exterior.

Architect: davidclovers
Location: The Peak, Hong Kong,
Project Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Jason Dembski, Mui Fuk Man, Kantrina Lee, Spencer Mak
Project Area: 2,400 sqf
Photographer: Courtesy of davidclovers assisted by Ziyin Zhou

Royal Wedding Carriage / Reza Esmaeeli

Courtesy of Reza Esmaeeli

Millions are following in this precise moment one of the most important weddings of the last few years. Officially, Prince William and Kate Middleton are now husband and wife. Watching the , I think many of you said: “What is that ugly old-fashioned Royal Carriage they are in? I think they need a new one”. Reza Esmaeeli, an architect and designer currently working at Zaha Hadid Architects in , apparently thought so, and decided to design a new Royal Wedding Carriage that he shared with us! More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kerchum Residence / Frits de Vries Architect

© Lucas Finlay

This single-family residence in the Dunbar neighborhood of Vancouver was designed by Frits de Vries Architect both as a home for the clients, as well as a demonstration suite for their sustainable home building and renovation company. The home is the first LEED Platinum home certified by LEED for Homes in Western and was recently honored with a 2011 RAIC Award of Excellence for Green Building.

Architect: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Team: Frits de Vries (MAIBC, MRAIC), Patrick Warren
Structural Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Builder: Galen Evans, Natural Balance Home Builders Inc.
Landscape Design: Claire Kennedy Design
Interior Design: Patrick Warren
Sustainable Building Advisor: Orianne Johnson, Ltd.
Green Rating/Energy Model: Troy Glasner, E3 Ecogroup
LEED Service Provider: Andriana Beauchemin, E3 Ecogroup
Project Area: 3,068
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Lucas Finlay and Courtesy of Frits de Vries Architect

Gjerdrum High School / Østengen & Bergo AS

© Rolf Estensen

The landscape for this school was designed by Østengen & Bergo AS. The school is located in a gently sloping terrain towards the south west, with traces of past ravines. The building is located with its “back” to the north and opens against the sports facilities and the hills far away to the south. The schoolyard is developed around a central zone south of the building. To the west is built a garden formed as stylized ravines, linked to the building with wooden piers, including various activities. Along the south wall of the building is an activity area with basketball court, volleyball court, running track, jumping pits for long jump and table tennis. The area will also serve as a great gathering place for the school. In one of the ravines there is also a volleyball court.

Landscape Architect: Østengen & Bergo AS, landscape architects MNLA
Location: , Norway
Architect: Kristin Jarmund Architects
Area: 56,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rolf Estensen, Jiri Havran, Dagrun Agnethe Ødegaard

De Beers Ginza Building / Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects

© Naoomi Kurozumi

Architects: Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Jun Mitsui, Jim Lambiasi, Kazumasa Toku
Project area: 4,022 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2008
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi

House B-Wald / Alexander Brenner


Architects: Alexander Brenner
Location: , Germany
Project area: 1,616
Project year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Alexander Brenner

Neues Museum / David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap

© Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

Winner of the prestigious Mies van der Rohe 2011 Award, The Neues Museum on ’s Museum Island was originally designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built between 1841 and 1859.  In 1997, David Chipperfield Architects won the international competition for the rebuilding of the Neues Museum in collaboration with Julian Harrap.  The design focused on repairing and restoring the original volume, respecting the historical structure.  Both the restoration and repair of the existing is driven by the idea that the original structure should be emphasized in its spatial context and original materiality – the new reflects the lost without imitating it.

Architects: David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap
Location: Berlin,
Landscape Architect: Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten
Exhibition Design: architetto Michele de Lucchi S.r.L.
Structural Engineer: Ingenieurgruppe Bauen
Services Engineer: Jaeger, Mornhinweg+Partner Ingenieurgesellschaft
Site Supervision: Lubic & Woehrlin GmbH
Project Area: 20,500 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects, Courtesy of Flickr CC License / jonas-k, christiane-necker, stijn, audringje, dizdau

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XLIV

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More than 46,000 architecture photos from our Flickr Pool! Wow! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by piotr krajewsi in Barcelona, Spain. Check the other four after the break.