The latest buzz from China is all about the West Kowloon Cultural District, a large performing arts venue incorporating studios, theaters, performance venues, and cultural and public spaces. We’ve brought you coverage on OMA’s proposal as well as Foster+Partners‘ and Rocco Design Architects‘ schemes, and as the master plan develops, we’ll be sure to bring you the latest updates. As CNN reported, China has become “an increasingly attractive territory for leading architects.” And, we couldn’t agree more. Over the past few months, we’ve seen great projects from Holl emerging in China, such as his Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, as well as Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House, OMA’S CCTV Tower, Vector Architects + CCDIP’s Tianjin Elementary School, and, not to mention, Plasma Studio’s Flowing Gardens. Plus, in terms of experimentation, China’s recent Expo 2010 offered the perfect opportunity for architects across the world to demonstrate their newest concepts about space, materials and performance. This explosion of architecture in the West has brought with it a sense of fresh experimentation of form and analysis of programmatic elements and organization. Together, the buildings are forming a rich and diverse vocabulary of architecture sprinkled throughout China. Koolhaas commented to CNN, “I think that any architect today has to be interested in China.”
What do you think of this growing “architectural playground”?
The owners of the Stair House are are a young couple, both teachers, with two young children. When they hired architects y+Mdo to design their dream home, they had three key themes in mind; A house that could protect their privacy, provided warm and bright space, and could also encourage the gathering of people as they love their students visiting them.
For more photographs and details of the Stair House follow the break.
Architects: Magén Arquitectos
Location: Canal de Tauste street, Zaragoza, Spain
Developer: Suelo, Vivienda de Aragón
Collaborators: Beatriz Olona (architect), Carlos Munilla (quantity surveyor), Rafael González (engineer), José Luis Sánchez (structure)
Project Area: 6,546 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2010
Photographs: Jesús Granada, Pedro Pegenaute
Architects Ahmed Mito, Kamel Loqman, Hisham Alaa and artists Ayman Lotfy, Ahmed Refat, Niveen Farghaly, and Amer Abdelhakemrecently took part of the prestigious La Biennale di Venezia where they presented their work for the Egyptian Pavilion. Images and the architects description after the break.
The Yekaterinburg office of the Yandex Company occupies the fifteenth floor of a new business center called Palladium. The building’s plan is nearly a horseshoe shape in form and consequently the office space is concentrated around the vertical circulation systems centrally located. Following the break are more photographs, plan, and write-up about the Yandex design.
Architects: Za Bor Architects
Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Project Team: Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
Project Area: 700 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev
Architects: PZP Arhitectura
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Client : BLUEHOUSE
Authors: Liviu Zagan, Costin Beekman, Robert Popescu, Marian Mihaiescu
Colaborators: Aukett Fitzroy Robinson – Paul Philips, Monika Mayova
Engineers: Popp & Asociatii, Miga AirVent, Conseng
Project Area: 14,500 mp
Project Year: 2005-2010
Photographs: Andrei Margulescu
Architects: Lab255, arch. Dario Perego
Location: Bergamo, Italy
Client: Electric Line
Design Principal: Dario Perego
Project Architects: Dario Perego, Palmisano Aristide, Quadri Daniele
Project Area: 1200 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Gian Marco Finazzi, Paolo Ravasio
Karim Elnabawy, co founder of Mekano based in Alex, Egypt, has shared with us his design submission for the Land Art Generator Initiative. The design, located near the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary of Dubai looks at creating a layered energy system that creatively harnesses available resources as well as becoming an attraction to the landscape. Additional images and architects description after the break.
Authors: Andrea Bruno, Klaus Bollinger, J. Michael Davies, Markus Feldmann, Manfred Feldmann, Federico M. Mazzolani
More information about this publication after the break.
Sadly, Shanghai’s Expo 2010 ended yesterday after 184 exciting days. Throughout the course of the exhibition, over 73 million people experienced great pavilions from countries across the world and we’ve brought you coverage of projects ranging from videos to project descriptions to photographs. In these past months, we’ve shared a few of our reader Seppe’s videos with you (check out his German Pavilion, UK Pavilion, and Denmark Pavilion clips, previously featured on AD) and today we’re sharing his latest bit on the Swiss Pavilion.
The Expo, which opened on May 1st, allowed visitors to experience a taste of different cultures all arranged within the Expo’s 5.28-square-kilometer site. From the beginning, the Expo was a hit. Thousands flocked to the site on a daily basis, with the largest daily attendance hitting more than 1.03 million visitors on October 16th – breaking the record attendance set at the Osaka Expo back in 1970 for 844,000 on a single day. As Yang Jian reported for the Expo, “Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said the Expo has made China and the world come closer together, and that a more open, inclusive and culturally advanced China that steadily moves forward will join other countries to usher in an ever brighter future for all.”
Only five structures will remain (the China Pavilion, the Culture Center, the Expo Center, the Theme Pavilions and Expo Boulevard) and with all the dazzling lights, amazing forms, and elaborate material skins dismantled, the site will now become a cultural, business and commercial center.
Texas Hillel is a private organization that provides a forum for high-holiday and weekly Sabbath services for the three main movements within Judaism. However, over and above its identity as a place of worship, Texas Hillel strives to be a community center for the 4,000+ Jewish students at The University of Texas at Austin (representing one of the largest Jewish student populations of any American university). Informal classes, lectures, student activities, community events and a full-service, kosher meal-plan are all part of the daily life of this institution. The design for a new 18,000 square-foot facility, three times the size of the previous dilapidated building, became a vehicle to contemplate the various ways in which architecture might be significant to this organization and its constituencies. Designed for a modest budget, ingenuity in planning and detail were paramount for insuring the quality and character of the building.
Architects: Ron Arad Architects Ltd (RAAL)
Location: Liege, Belgium
Principal Designer: Ron Arad
Project Director: Geoff Crowther
Project Architect: Paul Madden
Design Team: Joel Dunmore, Tuomas Pirinen, Marta Granda, James Foster, Julian Gilhespie
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold (UK)
Executive Architect: Jaspers Eyers (Belgium)
Main Contractor: BPC (Belgium)
Steel Roof Contractor: Iemants, (Belgium)
Client: Wilhelm & Co.
Project Area: 9,750 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Supplied by RAAL, Wilhelm & Co, Peter Cook, Marc Detiffe, Bernard Boccara, Yves L’Hermite, Eyal Shmuel
Architects: NORD Arkitekter
Location: Bjerringbro, Denmark
Client: Fonden Naturvidenskabernes Hus
Donators: Realdania, Viborg Kommune, Poul Due Jensens Fond and others
Engineer: Cowi a/s, Riisøe Rådgivende Ingeniør –, Svend Ole Hansen ApS – Arup
Landscape Architect: Charlotte Skibsted, Landskabsarkitekt MDL MAA
Client advisor: Rambøll Danmark a/s
Entrepreneur: MT Højgaard a/s, Viborg
Project Area: 2,560 sqm
Budget: 46,300,000 DKK
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: NORD Architects / Adam Mørk