The latest building by Tony Owen blurs the line between architecture and urban billboard. Work has commenced on the EDEN apartments in Sydney. This infill project is located in a varied and complex part of the Sydney cityscape and is visible from many vantages. The office sought to explore the possibilities of adding to the tapestry as a piece of art in the urban landscape. In a unique approach, the final image was chosen from an on-line poll of various options to allow the public to decide the streetscape of their city.
Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects has just completed a new three-level parkade on the campus of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. At more than 380,000 sqf and with dimensions of 260’ by 560’, this structure and its accompanying road realignments consolidate and rationalize the current sprawled distribution of campus parking into a central facility. In turn, this structure both frees up developable land for additional facilities and uses parking as a means of reinvigorating campus life. Given the massive size of the building, the primary design challenge was mitigating its actual and perceived scale. BTA established a profound relationship between the building and its surrounding landscape by nestling the building into an existing hillside under an existing playing field where the SAIT Trojans play year-round, leaving only the east and south sides of the parkade fully visible. The roof level is the same as the ground level of the gothic Heritage Hall – one of the centerpieces of the campus – so that the building does not obstruct views of the historic 1921 building. Glass pyramids articulate the staircases and create atria that allow natural light down into the structure.
Architect: Bing Thom Architects
Location: SAIT Main Campus, 1301 16th Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Architect of Record: Marshall Tittemore Architects
Project Team: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney, Venelin Kokalov, Ling Meng, Shinobu Homma, Jacqueline Wiles, Derek Kaplan, Yong Sun, Marshall (Bing Thom Architects) Bill Marshall, John Souleles, Paul O’Rourke (Tittemore Architects)
Structural Engineer: Cohos Evamy integratedesign
Mechanical/Civil Engineer: AECOM Canada Inc
Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd, Beaubien Maskell Engineering Inc
Landscape Architect: SWA Group, IBI Landplan
Geotechnical: EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd
Building Code: LMDG Building Code Consultants
Specifications: Marshall Tittemore Architects
Traffic: Bunt & Associates
Costing: Western Cost Consultants
Lighting: Crossey Engineering, William Lam
Construction: PCL Construction Management Inc.
Project Manager: MKT Arkle Development Management Inc
Project Area: 387,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux (Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects), Peter Beech
Last Tuesday we told you we were giving away three copies of Allied Works Architecture Brad Cloepfil: Occupation. Now, thanks to Allied Works Architecture, three happy reigstered users will enjoy this great new book.
And the winners are … Nick Gee, Timothy Dickerson, and Gregory Horen. Congratulations, and remember you can register right here and enjoy the benefits!
A while ago, we had the chance of interviewing Richard Meier. During the interview, Meier told us about the importance of white in architecture. Now, we want to know your opinion. For you, what is the importance of white in contemporary architecture? Leave us your answer in the comments below, and among all the registered users who comment we will give away three signed copies of the book by Richard Meier and Associate Partner – Reynolds Logan.
Become a registered user right here, share with us your comment and next Wednesday, May4 we’ll announce the three winners! You can see more photos by and a short review of “Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona” after the break.
Richard Meier’s importance of white:
The student team of Ivana Andjelic, Nemanja Kocic and Natalija Usendic has shared with us their proposed solution for the Schindler Award 2011 contest for the Olympic Park in Berlin. Additional images and text are available after the break.
Architects: Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos - Francisco Vaz Monteiro, Filipa Roseta
Location: Estoril, Portugal
Collaborators: Inês Fontoura, Bruno Almeida, Patrícia Duarte, Inês Canas, Ana Margarida Mendes
Client: Centro Paroquial do Estoril
Project year: 2001 – 2009
Video: Vitor Gabriel
Photographs: Joao Morgado
In a global competition for a new luxury destination in Wadi Rum, Jordan Oppenheim Architecture + Design‘s winning proposal, Wadi Resort, provided an ecological sensitive design solution. Slated for completion in 2014 the project is comprised of 47 desert lodges setting forth a future primitive experience. The design set out to reinterpret the way society deals with surrounding nature by taking full advantage of the mystical valley where desert sand meets desert stone.
This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to the capital and largest city in Ohio. Columbus is home to The Ohio State University, which probably merits a separate architecture guide all itself. Adding the city to the mix, it was very difficult to keep our list to only twelve. Check out our contemporary list and add to it in the comment section below.
The Architecture City Guide: Columbus list and corresponding map after the break.
Butong, originally a Swedish-based firm, specializes in a unique concrete moulding process which offers a wider range of freedom to designers. We’ve featured Butong previously on ArchDaily as their product was used for Visiondivison’s Cancer City resulting in an amazing lightweight slightly-transparent concrete landscape. The company has just shared their latest collaborative work – an installation between the Collectifs Cochenko and Quatorze as part of the drug awareness campaign commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and MILDT. The project, translated to “Space, light, sound and drugs,” creates a sensory environment combined with a personal experience due to the visitor’s movement and mindset.
More images and more about the project after the break.
‘Ghost 13 Ideas in Things’ will be a three-day International Architecture Conference from June 14th- 17th, 2011. Held at architect Brian MacKay-Lyons farm in Nova Scotia, the theme ‘Ideas in Things’ will address the discipline of architecture as a whole and offer a critique of the current separation of the academy and practice, or the mind and the hand. Keynote Speakers for the conference are Kenneth Frampton and Juhani Pallasmaa. Additional speakers include Deborah Berke, Marlon Blackwell, Wendell Burnette, Ted Flato, Andrew Freear, Vincent James, Rick Joy, Francis Kere, Richard Kroeker, Tod Kundig, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Patricia Patkau, Dan Rockhill, Brigitte Shim, and Peter Stutchbury. A book and a film will document the Conference and participation is limited to 200 registrants.
Additional information about the conference following the break.
Architects: Fabrica 718
Location: Brooklyn, New York City, NY, USA
Architect of Record: Melissa Cicetti, AIA
Project Team (Fabrica718): Julie Torres Moskovitz (principal), Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Brehmer, Michael Vanreusel, Omar Toro-Vaca, Natalya Egon, Viviana Wang, and Corey Yurkovich.
Structural Engineer: Anastos Engineering
Expediter: Schnall Consulting
Contractor: Dave Ramirez, Metal Fabricator: Daniel Bailey/Hard Decor
Project area: 2,300 sqf
Project year: 2010
Photographs: William Mebane, Sean Hemmerle
Revealed earlier this month in Milan, Sawaya & Moroni‘s New Collection 2011 includes pieces from high profile architects Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid, and Dominique Perrault. William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni, founding partners of Sawaya & Moroni, focus the production of their furniture on contemporary designs intertwined with differing cultural backgrounds, resulting in unique pieces and a selective group of architects and artists.
Ben van Berkel of UNStudio also presented new furniture this month in Milan.
More about the chairs after the break.
URBAN REALITIES: Landscape Urbanism 3 Day Design Challenge invites teams to design and construct a site in response to a brief in just three days. The challenge aims to bring together creative minds both nationally and internationally to compete in an action packed, hands on, game plan competition that responds to this years state of design festival theme design that moves. Melbourne’s docklands will become the workshop, the camp, the dining room and the party venue for the teams for three entire days with winning teams being awarded with prize money and the pleasure of having a realised project in Melbourne’s public realm.
There are a number of public events available throughout the duration of the 5 days. A symposium will be held at BMW Edge on Tuesday 26 July. The opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday 27 July at the Docklands. The announcement of the winners will take place at the Docklands on Saturday 30 July. Various commentary and guides will be occurring throughout the event. For more information, please click here.
Public places embodying shared cultural values and ideals have the opportunity to become the most important activity and urban life centers in cities. Contrary to the iconic architecture and closed façades ubiquitous in China, AZL architects feel public buildings need to present an openness and give back to the urban context, especially in the case of the Zhengdong District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.
Architect: AZL architects
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi Wei, Guo Donghai, Cai Zhenghua
Collaborator: Architectural Design & Planning Institute, Nanjing University
Project Area: 8,450 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Yao Li
This hotel and spa situates itself within the surrounding topography that the design itself creates. This interaction with the landscape produces a range of semi-interior spaces. The several courts created help organize the building’s different functions; leisure and business.
Architect: Pàmpols Arquitecte SLP
Location: c-240 pk. 103-Lleida, Spain
Project Team: Romà Pàmpols i Sales, David Pàmpols i Camats, Susanna Simó i Bañeras
Civil Engineer: David Cívico Florejachs
Engineer: Jordi Dalmau i Clua
Builder: ACSA Sorigué SL
Project Area: 7,217.39 sqm
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Oriol Rosell i Giménez
Architects: Locus Architecten (previously Hendriks Schulten Architecten) - Gert-Jan Hendriks, Ted Schulten
Location: Sophiapromenade, The Netherlands
Project area: 8,700 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2010
Photographs: Kees Hummel