Christopher Hawthorne’s article “Atlantic on the Move“, published in the Los Angeles Times, covers the transitions taking place along LA’s boulevards and one in particular: the 5600 block of Atlantic Avenue. Hawthorne reveals the changes taking place that are “reversing decades of neglect” among LA’s roadways. Among those that have promoted a cultural association with Los Angeles: traffic, congestion and miles of roadways. The article covers the small steps that take place over time via minor interventions that combine to change the face of the boulevards to more pedestrian and bike-friendly spaces for alternative modes of transportation.
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On May 11, 2011, the performance of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound premiered on OMA‘s (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) stage set for the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, Sicily. The design consists of three transformable architectural devices that can be reinterpreted among the different spaces of the theater. These devices date back to 5th century BCE.
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The design for Onze Droomschool by Mecanoo Architecten focuses on human scale and security as its key concepts. By splitting the building up into a family of little brick houses it reflects the typical saddleback roofs found in the vicinity of the school. The new 5,322 m² school, which began construction last month, rings together education, care and medical science. In addition to classrooms the building will house practical training studios, a mediatheque, music studio, sports centre and an outdoor Johan Cruijff court for soccer and basketball. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Two weeks ago we started proposing films relevant to our field for you to primarily enjoy and also to encourage its discussion. First with “The Belly of an Architect”, and then “Blade Runner”, this week is the turn for a slightly more contemporary movie written and directed by Andrew Niccol, Gattaca. The film presents a future were the human condition is already defined in DNA, therefore human’s opportunities for life development are pre-established. Beyond the interesting ethical issue, the architecture where this story occurs is carefully selected in order to fit the director’s image of the future. Locations include the Marin County Civic Center by Frank Lloyd Wright and the CLA Building by Antoine Predock.
The masterplan for the National Creative Cluster by Sasaki Associates integrates the urban form with the surrounding landscape by creating a series of green wedges, interspersed within the urban clusters and forming a series of community parks. Located near Songzhuang, a quiet village on the outskirts of Beijing, the success of the district is tied to its openness, where people can interact in both structured and spontaneous ways to exchange ideas and have constructive dialogue. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The project for an office buiding in Boulogne Billancourt, France consists of the renovation of building B’s existing 10,402m² surface area, the redesign of the facade taking into account the overall structure, the renovation of the technical premises, and the optimizing of office surface space. The competition winning design by Atelier Zündel Cristea is conceived with the logic of functional flexibility in which a central technical core frees the 8 floors, including the ground floor, from bearing concerns.
Built during the 1970’s, building B forms part of a larger whole located at 122, avenue du Général Leclerc, in the Silly-Gallieni neighborhood. The complex is made up of 11 buildings for housing, situated in the northern section of the site, along with the two office buildings, interconnected at ground floor level via a shared lobby with accompanying spaces for businesses to the south. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The public space project by Domitianus Arquitectura of this unique urban neighbourhood comes at a time of re-foundation of the modern process, reflecting in its urban structure the main issues from the time it was done. In this housing complex, their design overcomes the idea of urban center, and instead, long sets of “bands” are adapting along the road structure, promoting advances and setbacks of buildings or misalignments in the implementation of several blocks, situations diversity, which take on greater meaning when incorporated into the structure of green frame. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Rethink Studio
Location: Pereybere, Mauritius
Project Team: Nitish Chummun, Michael Leclezio, Verity Nesbitt, Yannick Goldsmith
Engineers: Dawn Engineering Ltd.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: House 01 aprox. 250 sqm, House 02 aprox. 200 sqm
Photographs: Gordon Mackenzie – Kennedy
International architectural practice Swanke Hayden Connell has won the international competition commissioned by Tahincioglu Gayrimenkul (Tahincioglu Real Estate) for the Palladium Tower in Istanbul, Turkey. The 49,500 sq meter tower will be situated on a 1.7 hectare site. The project is due for completion in 2014.
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Architects: Estudio Gonzalo Moure – Gonzalo Moure Lorenzo
Location: Escuelas Pías de San Antón, Madrid, Spain
Design Team: Myriam Pascual Luján, Pedro Barranco Vara, Jose María Cristobal González, Marcos S. Gutiérrez, Fernando Ruiz Martínez, Enrique Carreras Rufín, David Torres Barrón, Pablo Matilla Pérez, David Manso Pulido, Verónica San José González
Structure Consultant: Juan Carlos Salvá
Installation Consultant: Ignacio Menéndez-Azcárraga, Integral Ingeniería
Photographs: Jorge Crooke Carballal
Architects: React Architects – Yiorgos Spiridonos, Natasha Deliyianni
Location: Paros Cyclades, Greece
Project Manager: Yiorgos Spiridonos, Architect
Civil Engineer: MFP consulting engineers
Mechanical Study: Gregoriades Dimitris, Mechanical Engineer
Area: 450 sqm
Plot Area: 9,000 sqm
Photographs: Elias Chandelis