AD Round Up: Green Roof Part V

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A lot of amazing projects are designed now with green roofs. And for our 5th selection, we even have a Building of the Year 2009 by ACXT. Check them all after the break.

BTEK – Technology Interpretation Center / ACXT
BTEK is an interpretation centre for new technologies, aimed at student visitors. The site’s location, on one of the highest points of the Vizcaya Technology Park and close to the Bilbao airport’s flight path for takeoffs and landings, helps with the aim of making the building a landmark in its landscape (read more…)

The Filter / Global Architects and Bloot Architecture

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Dutch architecture offices Global Architects and Bloot Architecture cooperated in an international team of architects and became third in the Vertical Spa in International Architectural Competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Primetime Nursery School / Marcio Kogan

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Architects: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo,
Co-Author: Lair Reis
Interior Design: Diana Radomysler, Regiane Leão
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Luciana Antunes, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
Lightning Project: , Beatriz Ennes
Structural Design: Aluizio D’ávila
Installations: Grau Engenharia
Kitchen Consultant: Gisela Porto
General Contractor: Fakiani Contruções
Site Area: 900 sqm
Project Area: 870.75 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Project Umbrella / Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak

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Project Umbrella by architects Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak has been awarded first place in the LA Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, presented by SCI-Arc and Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of , the Community Redevelopment Agency, along with other public and private sponsors.

More images and descriptions after the break.

Vision for the Great Lakes at TEDxTalks by Philip Enquist of SOM

This past July Philip Enquist of SOM spoke to the city of , as a part of TEDxTalks Mill City series.  His focus was to raise awareness and also challenge the Great Lake and St. Lawrence watershed residents to “imagine there are no borders”.  This video hits close to home, as I grew up in the Great Lakes watershed region.  His lecture is informative and revealing of the responsibility there is to utilize and protect this great resource of the United States.

At the end of the video you find yourself wondering why haven’t we already created a plan for the Great Lakes region.  Possibly the size of this region or the international boarder running through it has failed to put it on many people’s radar screens.  Either way Enquist lays out an achievable ten point plan (overview after the break) to focus on where this 100 year vision could be a global example of human balance with nature, beyond two nations.

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Following Enquist’s lecture the mayors of the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative voted to approve a regional sustainability program.

Palace Hotel in Portorož / Api Arhitekti

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Architects: Api Arhitekti
Location: Portorož,
Investor: Istrabenz Hoteli Portoroz d.o.o.
Design team leaders: Uroš Birsa, Goran Čala
Landscape architecture: Lanscape
Interior design: Dessins
Project Area: 28041,00 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Tower House / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: Leander, Texas,
Project Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Kristen Heaney, Travis Greig
Contractor: Curtis Gravatt, Construction Arts
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray

House in Meco / Jorge Mealha

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Located on a woody site at Meco beach nearby Sesimbra in the outskirts of Lisbon, this house aims to create close relationship with its  surrounding space, a beautiful natural landscape.

Architect: Jorge Mealha
Location: , Lisbon,
Project Team: João Sítima, Luís Banazol, Pedro Pereira, Rita Melância, Teófilo Raposo, Ricardo Manaia
Client: Paula Ribeiro
Project Area: 388,50 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jorge Mealha

Office Building / LAN Architecture

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based LAN Architecture has shared with us their winning design for the competition organized by SAEM EURALILLE to design an office building for Sogeprom / Projectim in , France. Additional images and insight from the architects after the break.

Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond / Studio Gang Architects

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The project transforms a picturesque urban pond from the 19th century into an ecological habitat buzzing with life. With the design’s improvements to water quality, hydrology, landscape, accessibility, and shelter, the site is able to function as an outdoor classroom in which the co-existence of natural and urban surroundings is demonstrated.

Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Client: Lincoln Park Zoo
Project Area: 4 acres
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Beth Zacherle and Studio Gang Architects

Meadows Community Recreation Centre & Edmonton Public Library / Group2 Architecture Engineering & Shore Tilbe Perkins + Will

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Creating an anchor to the urban development of , , the collaboration of architects Group2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. and Shore Tilbe Perkins + Will created a harmonious synthesis with the site, its natural landscape and the needs of the community with their Meadows Community Recreation Centre & Edmonton Public Library. Their project is to begin construction in January of 2011. More images and architect’s description after the break.

One Kids Place / Mitchell Architects

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One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre is a not-for-profit corporation providing regional rehabilitation and related support services. The new Children’s Treatment Centre in North Bay, Ontario serves children and youth with communication, developmental and physical needs including, with a range of integrated services which include: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology, social work, therapeutic recreation and specialized medical clinics.

Context, design process, sustainable design features along with photographs following the break.

Architect: Mitchell Architects
Location: Ontario, Canada
Principal Architect: Paul Mitchell, OAA, FRAIC
Architectural Team: John Weinhardt, Marc Guilmette, Leena Sauvola, Steve Sopinka, Trudi Fontaine
Interior Design: Carlyle Design Associates
Landscape Architect: Vertech Design
Forest Dreamscape Installation Team: Sean Ledoux, Terryl Ryan, Keith Campbell, Barry Rudachyk, Susan Dell
MEP & Structural Engineering: Anrep Krieg Desilets Gravelle Consulting
Civil Engineering: TROW Associates
Audio Visual Systems: Novita Techne
Client: One Kids Place
Project Area: 3,836 sqm
Photographs: Richard Johnson

In Progress: Jujuy Redux / P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S & Maxi Spina

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Architects: P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S & Maxi Spina
Location: Rosario, Argentina
Principals: Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich (P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S), Maxi Spina (msa)
Project Team: Rick Michod, Nathaniel Moore and Giuliana Haro, Assistants (P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S)
Structural Engineer: Orengo & Associates
Construction Company: D.R.S. Construcciones S.A.
Project Management: Maxi Spina (msa) and Marcelo Spina (P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S)
Project Area: 1,350 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2011
Photographs: Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S & Maxi Spina

Wolkem Office Building / Vir.Mueller Architects

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Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
Location: New Delhi,
Client: Wolkem India Limited
Partners in Charge: Christine Mueller Gupta, Pankaj Vir Gupta
Project Team: Saurabh Jain Ridhi Kapoor Neil Patel
Structural Engineer: Chandresh Bapna
Mechanical Engineer: Pankaj Dharkar Associates
Electrical Engineer: Harshad Jhaveri Associates
Plumbing Engineer: Chandresh Bapna
Project Area: 4000 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Andre J. Fanthome

Ptruj Performance Center Competition Winner / Enota

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Enota has been awarded first prize for the renovation of the Dominican Monastary into a Performance Center located in the western most part of the historical center of , Slovania on the embankment of the Dvara River.

More images and description after the break.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Opens


The 32,000 sqf Holocaust Museum, designed by Belzberg Architects, has just opened.  Sitting across from the Holocaust Memorial, the museum is the new face of the LAMH, the United States’ oldest holocaust museum which dates back to 1962.  To the unknowing passerby, one may not even notice the museum as Belzberg has decided to bury the museum underground – a move that not only preserves the parkland above but also creates a dynamic circulation route bringing people beneath the earth to remember those who experienced the Holocaust.

More images and more about the museum after the break.

Video: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Here is a video about one of Zaha Hadid‘s latest project, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSRC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  This project has a holistic approach unifying architecture and engineering, landscape and building artist expression and environmental responsive design.  It is intended to not only be a leading research facility, but also a certified building upon its completion.

We recently featured Zaha Hadid, as she won this years esteemed RIBA Stirling Prize for the design of the MAXXI National Museum in . Full coverage of the RIBA Stirling Prize along with photographs of the MAXXI can be found here.

Also you can check our previous coverage of Saudi Arabai – in particular last year ArchDaily personally visited Saudi Arabia for the opening of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, an international graduate-level research institution.  Photographs and a write up on KAUST here.

Silk Road Map Evolution / OFL Architecture

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Roma-based OFL Architecture shared with us their winning proposal for the Silk Road Map International Competition. See more images and architect’s description after the break.