Designed by Office of Architecture in Barcelona, this urban landscape snakes along the Benidorm seascape in Spain. The region is a popular attraction outfitted with high rise buildings, promenades, the bars, and the water. Yet, OAB’s addition to the thriving seaside has created an identifying element which sets this area apart from similar places.
More images and more about the landscape after the break.
Archiprix International is an international design competition, displaying the work of the world’s best graduates in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture!
Organized by the Archiprix Foundation, the 2011 host of MIT in conjunction with the Platform for Permanent Modernity, and sponsored by Hunter Douglas, Archiprix International invites schools to nominate their best graduation project of the past year and submit that project for consideration in the competition, as well as participate in a series of workshops and debates revolving around the topics critical to architectural discourse today.
Location: Oslo, Norway
NBBJ Team: Peter Pran, Jonathan Ward, Martin Reeves, Stuart Rudd, Phu Duong, Cliff Green, Nick Worth, Ivan Equihua, Rachel Lin
Pran Arkitekter Team: Odd Sigvart Pran, Elizabeth Pran
Poulsson/Pran Architects Team: Marcus Pran, Andreas Poulsson, Jonas Sobstad, Inger Anita Reigstad, Jurg Frei, Erling Magnus Hjerman
Interior Architects: Zinc
Client: NCC Property Development, Oslo
Construction: NCC Construction
Owner: Vital Company
Project Area: 17,600
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith, Jiri Havran
Eli Broad, an American philanthropist, is getting ready to design the newest home for his extensive art collection. For his latest museum project, on the corner of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street in Los Angeles, Broad invited six of the professions’ leading minds to compete. Resting across the street from Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and Arata Isozaki’s 1986 Museum of Contemporary Art, Broad’s museum with include approximately 40,000 square feet of top-floor exhibition space, along with offices for the Broad Art Foundation.
Built in memory of Ernst Koller, a businessman and inventor, BBK‘s pavilion is a multipurpose space open to the educational community for meetings, workshops and exhibitions. The pavilion, in the spirit of Koller, will serve as a creative center where students on the Basel University campus can come together to brainstorm and design.
More about the pavilion after the break.
SHIFTboston is calling on architects, space-architects, scientists, engineers, urban designers, landscape designers, artists and futurists to submit their most provocative ideas for the moon. Think: WHAT IF this could happen on the moon? SHIFTboston seeks to collect visions that will provoke thought on the moon as a new destination. We want radical ideas for new lunar elements such as rovers, growing pods, inflatable structures, and lunar habitats. How about a new moon culture? Competitors are encouraged to form teams in order to tackle multiple concepts.
The Schindler Award has the goal of improving access and overall mobility for all city dwellers, irrespective of their age, status or physical capabilities. To that end, it challenges young architects to think beyond form, light and materials and to focus on the needs of the people who will eventually inhabit the structures and spaces that they design.
The task this year is aimed at transforming a somewhat neglected area of the 1936 Olympic grounds into a pleasing, functional and fully accessible sport and leisure compound. Projects must be submitted by July 30. For more information visit the competition’s official website. Seen at bdonline.
Brain Fit, by Nutthawut Piriyaprakob of Thailand based NPDA Studio, is a learning studio specifically designed to enhance brain function, imagination and co-ordination for small children. Comprised of 4 zones, (the Reception, the Gym, the Testing Room, and the Computer Testing Room), each zone is designed as the imitation of the brain cell, blood vessel and body membrane to imply the meaning of the learning activities conducted. Trying to balance a space that will cater to a child’s imaginative side, yet not pose a distraction, the studio seeks to foster development and encourage exploration.
More images and more about the different zones after the break.
Architect: José Juan Barba (Project & Management)
Location: Valle del Órbigo, Benavente, Zamora, Spain
Collaborating Architect: Concha Llorden (Project)
Technical Collaborators: Miguel A. Vecino (Quantity Surveyor), Daniel Juan (Quantity Surveyor) Rosa Pérez Fdez. (Civil Eng.)
Collaborators: Andrés Ferrero, Alex Puigborn, Pablo Cruz (infography), Juan Carlos Yusto (model), Menelaos Yorgos
Structural Engineering: Ramón Barreiro
External Collaborators: J.M. Aller (interior models), Illione (furnishing), Alberto de Prado, Consultoría Lumínica / Hess-Iluminación (lighting), Agustín Maestro (Air Conditioning), Ferroblan S.L. (Concrete), Luis Aragoneses (PERI)
Contractors: Villar y Vara, Ferroblan (concrete vertical structure & ramp), Manuel Rubial S.L. (Stainless Steel), Terraconti (Floors), Asprosub (gardens)
Promotor: Proyectos Interreg. Unión Europea. España/Portugal
Built Area: 900,00 sqm
Garden Area: 220,47 sqm (Total 1.120,47 sqm)
Site Area: 2 Ha. (aprox. 20.000 sqm)
Budget: 1,225,000.00 €
Project Year: 2004
Furnishing & Model Project: 2005
Construction Year: 2005-2009
Educational Elements: 2009
Photographs: Ignacio Bisbal Grandal
The Guggenheim Musuem’s newest exhibit features the work of Julie Mehretu, an abstract painter best known for her densely-layered paintings. Her work expresses an obsession with architecture, in particular, densely populated urban environments. In her pieces, Mehretu takes recognizable architectural components, such as the column, façade, and elevation, which are then compressed and combined to capture different perspectives. “Her paintings present a tornado of visual incident where gridded cities become fluid and flattened, like many layers of urban graffiti.”
Frank Gehry’s latest project, a $100 million clinic for brain health in Las Vegas, has just opened this past week. For years, many felt Gehry’s signature style would be a perfect match for Vegas’ decked out architecture, yet the starchitect has continually declined offers. However, this request to design a research facilitiy was quite different; Gehry agreed to design the center only if Huntington was added to the list of diseases the new center would study and treat (Gehry’s good friend saw several loved one suffer from the illness).
The building is definitely an aesthetic throwback, as it shares the recurring elements of previous designs. At times, Gehry’s reliance on his ‘typical’ design moves can make his projects “lose their freshness;” and yet, typical of Gehry, he continues to find ways to justify them.
Architecture: Christian Kronaus + Erhard An-He Kinzelbach
Location: Hofmeisterstraße 70b, A-2410 Hainburg, Austria
Collaborators: Stefan Gruber, Daniel Lopez-Perez
Client: Uni Credit BA-CA Leasing MAR Immobilien GmbH
User: NÖ Landespensionisten- und Pflegeheim Hainburg
Construction administration: Rudischer & Panzenböck, Neunkirchen
Structural engineering: Markus Kuhlang, Mödling
Mechanical engineering: SanCoWent, Scheiblingkirchen
Building physics: Gerhard Novak, Baden
Electrical engineering: VEN, Lichtenegg
Wood construction: Ybbstaler Holz- und Bau
Site supervision: Team-Plan, Krems
Landscape design: Franz Grossauer, Gmünd
Contractor: Alpine Bau GmbH, Horn
Facade: Rambacher, Hof
Project Area: 3,821 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Thomas Ott, Mühltal
For the Gruškovje Border Shop commission, Slovenian architecture firm Enota designed a 550m2 store situated between two roads. Since the project has an “undemanding program”, the architects decided to create a recognizable entity that would be treated in two different ways, depending upon which road the object was viewed.
More about the shop after the break.