While Seoul celebrates cutting-edge architecture modelled after Western aesthetics, Seoul-based architecture firm AND promotes traditional housing with a twist. In a quest to remain true to its roots, AND combines traditional elements with eco-sustainable design. Founder Yeob Jeong and researcher Tae Lee whisk us away to view Villa Topoject, one of the firm’s most renowned projects located in rural Gyeonggido, just an hour away from the city.
To combat the harsh reality of the extreme air pollution caused by urban sprawl in Tehran, CAAT Architecture Studio… proposed building up, locating massive skyscrapers within the city to house masses of residents centrally. Demolishing unimportant old buildings will create
Martin Klaeschen & Carl Ray Miller… shared with us their first place winning proposal for the Noble Square Park in the Eckhart Park Design Competition. Their design focused on a donor recognition wall with an earthen mound that would act
Architects: Estudio Guto Requena + Atelier Marko Brajovic
Location: 579 Luiz Dumont Villares Avenue, São Paulo, Brazil
Collaborators: Vinicius Capella, Alberto Gomez, Henrique Stabileand Paulo de Camargo
Installation Coordinator: Carmela Rocha
Visual Identity and Graphic Project: Estudia Design
Photographs: Fran Parente
Oyler Wu Collaborative, in collaboration with Michael Kalish, shared with us their video, reALIze, which documents the development and fabrication of the 2011 reALIze installation, a tribute to the life and cultural significance of Muhammad Ali. The project is aimed at exposing a new generation to this larger than life character by building an appreciation for the nuanced emotional, aesthetic, and technical principles that collectively form experience – a concept that holds true as much for human persona as it does for architecture.
The monograph 2G presents a new way of approaching Chilean architecture. In the wake of the interesting publications of Mathias Klotz (2G 26, 2003), Smiljan Radic (2G 44, 2007) and Cecilia Puga (2G 53, 2010), now comes that of Pezo von Ellrichshausen, a firm that has proven itself around the world for its consistently outstanding, contemporary works (you can see some examples here).
Located in central Singapore, the top tier business hotel and office in a garden project at Hong Lim Park, designed by WOHA, demonstrates how they were able to not only conserve greenery in a built-up high-rise city center, but multiply it vertically in a manner that is architecturally striking, integrated and sustainable. Undergoing construction with scheduled completion in this year, the project has achieved Singapore’s Green Mark Platinum score, the nation’s highest environmental certification. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: ENSITU – Patrick Dillon
Client: Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation
Design/ Production Team: Brenda Gotti, Zitta Pozo, Aristides Robles, Emilio Rivadeneira
Structural Engineer: Arquinde. Martin Isaac, Luis McNulty
MEP: Luis Carlos Gotti
Area: Visitor’s Center- 150 sqm, Observation Tower- 32m height
Photographs: Sylvia Grunhut, Colibri Productions
Driven by the desire to find safe, carbon-neutral and sustainable alternatives to the incumbent structural materials of the urban world, Michael Green, Principal at Michael Green Architecture, has shared with us this highly-anticipated feasibility study, The Case for Tall Wood Buildings. The 200-page document encourages architects, engineers and designers to push the envelope of conventional thinking by demonstrating that wood is a viable material for tall and large buildings and exposing its environmental and economic benefits.
Co-author Michael Green explains, “To slow and contain greenhouse gas emissions and find truly sustainable solutions to building, we must look at the fundamentals of the way we build – from the bones of large urban building structures to the details of energy performance. We need to search for the big picture solutions of today’s vast climate, environmental, economic and world housing needs.”
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Cheng Du, China
Client: Fantasia Group
Structural engineers: Oak Structural Design Office
Mechanical engineers: P.T.Morimura & Associates,LTD
Site area: 2,580 sqm
Building Area: 787 sqm
Total floor area: 2,353 sqm
Total Budget: 30,000,000RMB
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Rotterdam-based practice BUBE has shared with us their third-place winning proposal in the Classic Siftung Weimar international competition for the New Bauhaus Museum. Three translucent cubes are clustered together in an effort to maximize open space and reorganize the site with a focus of intensifying the interactions between park and museum visitors. BUBE’s proposal is one of the final four designs still competing. The jury is expected to announce the winning design this summer. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates – Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Kamakurayama, Kamakura city, Kanagawa, Japan
Date of Completion: December 2011
Site Area: 111.92 sqm
Total Floor Area: 182.70 sqm (79.29m2/1F, 103.41m2/2F)
Structural Engineer: Taro Yokoyama
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Photographer: Masao Nishikawa