Brightly colored confetti and sequined samba queens covered the newly renovated Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, marking the beginning of the 2012 world-famous annual Carnival. Designed by Brazil’s legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Sambadrome was originally constructed during the first government of Leonel Brizola (1983 – 1987) in an effort to provide Rio with an urban facility that would serve as the permanent location of the traditional spectacle of the samba school’s parade. Inaugurated in 1984, the Sambadrome is also known as the Catwalk Professor Darcy Ribeiro out of respect to the man who moved the parade to its current site. Continue for more.
Architects: Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associés + Atela Architectes
Location: Sophia Antipolis, France
Consultants: SETOR (engineering), Peutz ET Associés (acoustics), Anne-Lise Leymarie (environmental engineering)
Client: Nice–Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Size: 2,000 sqm
Budget: 3.8 million euros
Photographs: Stephan Lucas
Opening on February 24th at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Lina & Gio: The Last Humanists will explore for the first time the relationship between two seminal figures in twentieth-century design: Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) and Gio Ponti (1891-1979). More details after the break.
Call for Proposals: Completed Building Projects & Research that Engage Innovative Approach to Seismic Design
Curators Dr. Effie Bouras and Professor Ghyslaine McClure of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering, are seeking completed building projects and research that engage innovative approach to seismic design for an exhibit that will be held at the internationally renowned…
Placing second, behind Sou Fujimoto Architects’ winning proposal, the Austrian practice soma proposed a new tower typology, titled Fibrous Tower of Multiple Natures, for the Taiwan Tower International Competition in Taichung, Taiwan. The conceptual drive for this tower comes from the desire to create a cultural landmark whose associations are multiple and dynamic, adapting with changing ideas about the nature of a skyscraper in an urban environment. Soma writes, “the tower should not state a fixed message, but trigger people to invent their own interpretations of the tower’s meaning”. How does soma accomplish this? Read on to find out.
Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu in collaboration with Joris Van Huychem
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Joris Van Huychem, Sander Rutgers, Lauren Dierickx
Area: 304 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin
For their new library and community center in Vennesla, Norwegian architects Helen & Hard bring a sophisticated elegance to the public facility in Norway. The project links an existing community house and learning center, and seeks to become an extension of the main city square with its transparent facade and urban loggia. The expressive ribs combine structure, technical infrastructure, and functionality into one architectonic element that creates a dynamic aesthetic identity for the project to meet the client’s original intent to mark the city’s cultural center.
More about the project after the break.
Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates your achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge. Through live interviews with shortlisted project teams…
Architect: CT Design + Cooperation Team
Location: Bazhou City, Hebei Province, China
Site Area: About 12 hectares at the first phase
Investment: About 600,000,000 TWD
Hot Spring Hotel Area: 13,000 sqm approx.
Design Team: C T Design, Taipei Taiwan, Yuan-Sheng Chen, Chin-Ling Tseng, Ya-Hsin Chen, Annelie Hakansson
Cooperation Team: LPD Landscape Planning & Design Inc, Tokyo Japan; Yutaka Akama; Hideyuki Ishii; Michiko Yokota and Light
Completion: Nov 2010
The spring 2012 lecture series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture started on February 13th with Patrik Schumacher and concludes with the ‘Transactions’ lecture on April 9th. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place…
Architects: Nomen Architectes
Location: Tanger122-140, 08018, Barcelona, Spain
Project Team: Frederic Crespo Nomen, Silvia Crespo Nomen, Miguel Del Rio Francos, Juan Carlos Colicchio Angeles, Anne Cecile Landru, Leticia Nieto Rodriguez, Meritxell Tortosa Alemany, Xavier Butinya Sitja
Built Area: 8,500 sqm
Client: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Photographs: Manuel Giron Perez