Sid Lee Architecture was asked to create the architectural designs for Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau, a modern twist on the traditional urban spa. This ambitious project, led by the Émond family—also owners of Balnea spa, located in Bromont-sur-le-Lac—is now up and running, following a whirlwind two-year adventure. Located at the foot of rue McGill in the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota is the new name given to a ferryboat that used to link Sorel and Berthier in the 1950s and that’s been renovated into a floating Scandinavian spa. The boat’s architecture, redesign and visual identity are the fruit of a collaborative effort between Sid Lee Architecture and Sid Lee.
Architect: Sid Lee Architecture
Location: 358 de la Commune West, Quays of the Old Port of Montreal, Canada
Naval engineering: Raymond Daoust
Structural engineering: Anand Swaminadhan enr.
Mechanical engineering: Blondin Fortin
General contractor: Mikado Construction
Graphics and signage: Sid Lee
Project Area: 3150 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Stephane Brugger and Sid Lee Architecture
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Physicist Amelia Sparavigna recently identified an artifact in a Turin museum as the world’s first known protractor. Sparavigna argues that the artifact’s ornate decoration, which resembles a compass rose with 16 evenly spaced petals surrounded by a zigzag with 36 corners, was used in combination with a plumb line to measure the slope angle of an object beneath it.
The new centre for youth and culture right next to the station in Ieper aspires primarily to be an informal meeting place for all ages and nationalities, an objective that pays tribute to the city’s tradition as a tolerant city of peace. The recent disappearance of the cattle market has freed up space for a use which will impart a new momentum to the area, both by day and by night. The programme offers a unique synergy between public and private functions: bringing together a cultural centre (CCI), the youth meeting centre (JOC) and the centre for educational projects and activities (ARGOS).
Architectuur: BURO II & ARCHI+I
Location: Ieper, Belgium
Project Management: THV Vanhaerents – Alheembouw
Stability: Establis nv, Roeselare
Technical: Studiebureau Boydens, Loppem
Theater: TTAS, Gent
Safety Coordinator: VeCoBo bvba, Waregem
Photographs: Klaas Verdru
AECOM has just been announced as the winning firm for the international competition held for the master plan design of Rio 2016 Olympic Park. The first international architecture competition held in the country, the English firm is quite experienced in master plan’s for the Olympics as they were responsible for London’s 2012 Olympic Park Master Plan. The jury chose the winning project by AECOM with chief architect Bill Hanway and Brazilian project author Daniel Gusmão, because of its unique concept of operation, separate access for athletes and the audience, logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and access for parking. In the legacy that the project will leave to the city, the highlights were environmental preservation and the viability of maintaining and preserving the lagoon.
More about the winning project and the competition along with plans following the break.
Penleigh and Essendon Junior Boys School began in an Italianate mansion on windy hill, opposite the Essendon Footy Club. This building is exceptional in a residential area where Federation housing dominates. Slowly the school has accumulated much of the property in the block bounded by Nicholson, Raleigh, Napier & Fletcher Streets. Many of the ‘houses’ are now occupied by the school. This new project, a two story year 5 & 6 block with 3 classrooms above and below, is an important addition to the school and public interface to Nicholson Street.
Architect: McBride Charles Ryan
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Project Team: Rob McBride, Principal Architect; Debbie-Lyn Ryan, Principal Architect; Benedikt Josef, Project Manager; Amelia Borg, Natasha Maben
Engineer: Hive Engineering
Builder: Contract Control
Building Surveyor: Davis Langdon
Services Engineer: Medland Metropolis
Project Area: 1650 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of McBride Charles Ryan / John Gollings
To say New York’s High Line is a successful project is putting it very lightly. From the moment the overgrown landscape opened, thousands have flocked to experience the amazing public space and dozens have been inspired to incorporate similar urban reuse attitudes in their cities. Ruth Samuelson shared Mexico City’s inspired project which seeks to apply the New York High Line’s sense of serenity to a busy intersection by mid-2012. “The High Line in New York seemed to me a fresh breath of air, completely. Mexico City just needs – within so many streets, so many avenues – respite like this,” explained Daniel Escotto Sánchez, the general coordinator for the city’s Public Space Authority.
More about the project after the break.
Architect: HKS, Inc.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Project Team: Enrique Greenwell, Bruce E. Johnson, Dulce Torres
General Contractor: Abitat
MEP Engineer: Hector Gomez Engineers
Structural Engineer: Correa Hermanos S.A. de C.V.
Project Area: 65,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Blake Marvin, HKS Inc.
Boffo is a New York City non-profit organization focused on culture and the arts. Through events and exhibitions Boffo draws attention to artists and designers while often giving them an opportunity to display their work. Boffo recently announced the winners of their Boffo Building Fashion competition, an open competition that called for architects to pair with fashion designers to build temporary spaces displaying both talents. Find out who the architects and designers are after the break.
ORPROJECT shared with us, Anisotropia, a proposal for Busan Opera House based on Klavierstück I, a composition for piano by Orproject director Christoph Klemmt. It is based on a twelve tone row which is repeated and altered by the different voices in order to create complex, rhythmic patterns. More images and project description after the break.
Architect: Baker Architecture + Design
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Project Year: 2009
Client: Albuquerque Public School
Building Area: 12,500 SqFt
Contractor: MV Industries Inc.
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: CME Inc.
Structural Engineer: MacCornack Engineering
Civil Engineer: High Mesa Consulting
LEED Consultant: Halcom Consulting
Acoustical Consultant: Southwest Noise Control
Photography: Richard Nunez
The SOM Foundation has announced the 2011 SOM Prize Winner and Runner-up. Brandon Clifford, a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture’s program at Princeton University, was selected as the winner of the prestigious SOM Prize, a $50,000 Research and Travel Fellowship. Clifford will visit multiple countries on four continents in carrying out his research topic, “Volume: Researching Past Methods of Stereotomy.”
SOM, one of the first major modern American architectural firms to promote a corporate face, has continued to be a ‘massive and dynamically creative commercial force’ designing the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, their commission for a new green district, Green Tech City, in Hanoi, Vietnam, and SOM was selected to design New York City’s (and the State’s) first Net Zero Energy school building, PS 62 located in Staten Island.
In 2009 SOM was recognized for just that when they were included in Fast Company’s annual list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” ranked #32 (the only AEC company on the ranking), amongst companies such as Google and Apple. And they were also rated (by Fast Company) as number one on its list of the 10 most innovative architecture firms.
In this 30th year of Foundation Awards, the Fellowships continue to offer recent graduates the rare opportunity to travel in connection with carrying out in-depth research, collaborate with other professionals and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 to architecture, design and engineering students who have gone on to distinguish themselves in professional and academic careers. It has been said that,”the SOM Prize is one of the primary tools that our profession has to bridge the gap between the academy and the real world.”
The official press release from SOM following the break.