“Chase for Space: an architecture challenge for the future is an transdisciplinary book with wide overview of future space commercialization and its impact on architecture discipline. It helps to understand what kind of designs, what kind of architecture and what kind of practice needs to be envisaged in order to enable civilians’ access to space. With contributors from different disciplines and their relations to space creation this piece of work tries to become an inspiration tool for future generations. We are here, just scratching the surface of a field that will in our opinion see an expansive growth in the following years.”
Subarquitectura transforms a roundabout into a public space with the Parametric Romantic Garden that creates a system of paths leading to a tram station in Alicante, Spain. The parametric design accommodates for existing trees while establishing 32 unique ways in which the platforms may be reached. Each platform is capped with a hollow luminary, serving as an identifier for the station while breaking down the scale for the travelers. Follow this link for more information on the project.
Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 25 East 104th Street, New York, USA
Cost: $8.4 million
Client: The Reece School
Project Team: Charles A. Platt, AIA, Design Principal; Ray H. Dovell, AIA, Design Principal; Elissa Icso, AIA, Project Manager; Steven Dodds, Project Architect; Matthew Mueller, AIA, Naomi Touger, Tim Gaiennie
Photographs: Jonathan Wallen
In addition to solving the functional interrelationships of classrooms, workshops, laboratories, cultural center, administrative center, graduate school, parking and service areas, the proposal for the UTEC University Campus by XTe a+d offers an appropriate corporate image to the institution of national and international prominence. Their design will host and give identity to: the most important private organization in the country engaged in higher technological education, being “avant-garde” and “sustainability” two of the essential concepts to be considered in a 3-phase development process to reach its maximum expansion. More images and architects’ description after the break.
This is the second finalist of the international competition for the Alma Hotel Residence for ESO. The competition was won by Kouvo & Partanen.
The main idea of the proposal for the Alma Hotel Residence by Coz Polidura Volante Architects takes us back to archaic structural typologies inherent to the Atacama culture, easily distinguishable in areas like Turi ruins, Lasana or Pucara de Quitor in San Pedro de Atacama. The layout of the building takes advantage of the program modules of rooms, repeating this form of modular design of fullness and emptiness, which means an operation sensible to light and shadow, as occurs at the site between streams and mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the open ideas competition organized by Origami Competitions. The competition focused on an empty plot in Oporto, Portugal, where they were asked to develop a fresh and contemporary residential proposal that could be spread through the city. ‘Polikatoikea’ does just that in seeking a compromise between a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea). More images and architects’ description after the break.
The proposal for the international competition for a cyclone shelter in Bangladesh by Lindsay Bremner and Jeremy Voorhees… is conceptualized as a boat-building, referencing two local typologies – the boat and the landing ghat. Located in Ranggabali, a small village
Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: Pavapuri, Rajasthan, India
Principal in Charge: Gurjit Singh Matharoo
Project Team: Ramesh Patel (Architect), Janmay Mehta (Trainee)
Clients: K.P Sangvi charitable trust, Shri pavapuri tirth dham jeev maitri dham
Structural Engineer: Matharoo associates – R.S Matharoo, Ritesh Chauhan
Mechanical Engineer: Jhaveri Associates
Interior Designer: Matharoo Associates
Landscape Architect: Vagish Naganur
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3100 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates
This video reveals the first statement by director David Chipperfield and president Paolo Baratta regarding the 13th International Venice Biennale. With “Common Ground” as the underlying theme, Chipperfield encourages participants not to promote themselves, as if in a theater, but rather promote a dialogue that will begin the “chemical process” that will ultimately lead to finding connections between “things, people and influences”. Chipperfield highlights that the Venice Biennale is about “what is not private, but what is common.”
The architecture exhibition will open to the public August 29th, 2012.
Barcelona designer Martín Azúa questions the idea of the private home with the Basic House – an inhabitable volume that is “foldable, inflatable and reversible”. The experimental prototype challenges the idea of homeownership, offering an alternative to the materialistic reality of today. Made from metalized polyester, the Basic House is a shelter small enough to fit in your pocket, allowing you to break away from the imprisonment of material ties.
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Architect: Alphaville Architects – Kentaro Takeguchi + Asako Yamamoto
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Project Team: Tomohisa Koike(Associate Architect), Kazuo Takeguchi(Structural Engineer)
General contractor: Craftman Ship Kawana
Project Area: 78.68 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects
Century City Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Century Properties Group Inc. focused on mixed-use developments with high-rise condominiums, recently revealed their architectural design for the Trump Tower in Manila, Philippines. The tower is going to be prominent on the Manila skyline for years to come. It’s a beautiful glass building – very architecturally significant with an incredible spire. Its architecture will be truly iconic. More images and architects’ description after the break.