Master Plan for Bastide Niel / MVRDV

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The Urban Community of (CUB) and MVRDV recently presented the master plan for Bastide Niel, a 35ha extension of Bordeaux’ city center onto the right bank of Garonne River. The dense urban master plan will offer 3200 homes, offices and urban amenities, respect the existing fabric of the city and become one of the largest zero energy neighborhoods in the world. Construction is to start in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Office & Hotel Complex / Hooman Balazadeh

Although Kish Island is currently a developing region, it can be observed as two main zones; one of which is based on former developments of the Island in previous years, and the other is the currently developing parts. The project…

Safor School of Architects / Orts-Trullenque

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Architects: Orts-Trullenque
Location: Benipeixcar,Valencia,
Client: CTAV (College of Architects of Valencia)
Head Architects: Marta Orts, Carlos Trullenque
Assistant architects: Carlos Nieto – Ana Ábalos – Nacho Fós
Structural engineering : Javier Cases
Civil engineer: Vicente Sevila
Mechanical Engineering: GIA (Luis Sanchis – Agustí Vila)
Contractor: OTP Construcciones
Photographs: Diego Opazo

  

Update: Flight Assembled Architecture Exhibition


Here at ArchDaily we are still pretty amped about the Flight Assembled Architecture exhibit by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d’Andrea, in cooperation with ETH Zurich. Located at the FRAC Center in Orleans, , the exhibit features flying drones constructing an architectural structure at the scale of a 600m high “vertical village” out of foam blocks. Feel the excitement of viewers as this video documents the process of the growing structure. The exhibit continues on until February 19th.

Reference: FRAC CentreBLDGBLOG

Video: Michael Graves furniture for Capital Health

We have talk a lot lately about Michael Graves, his Wounded Warrior Home Project and his thoughts on hospital room design, mentioning briefly about his initiative to create beautiful and functional furniture for hospitals. This video takes a closer look at the furniture Graves has designed for Capital Health, including discussions and reviews by healthcare professionals.

House W-DR / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten
Location: Frans De Potterstraat 9 – 9000 , Belgium
Completion: 2011
Site area: 162 sqm
Built area: 234 sqm
Photographs: Fay Pynaert, Philippe Brysse, GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

Netdragon Commune / OPEN Architecture

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At the virgin beach front area where Min River meets the Pacific Ocean, and adjacent to Fuzhou Changle Airport, Netdragon Websoft Company is building their brand new campus. Nearly 700 employees and their families will relocate from the center of Fuzhou city to here. OPEN Architecture is commissioned to design a new living quarter for them on a 50,000m² piece of land that used to be an eel farm. This is a very interesting and young community of people. Their work is to create wonderful virtual worlds that entertain millions of people. In real life and on this land of their new dreams, they need a unique living area and a brand new collective life style. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wafra Living Complex / AGi Architects

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The design for the ‘Wafra Living’ complex by AGi Architects won the first prize in the future project/residential category in the WAF 2011 competition. The proposal consists of a high rise building set back from the street and an L-shaped building defining the street edge, conceived to maximize privacy within the community, whilst providing ample natural light and usable indoor and outdoor common spaces. Cuts have been made in the front building in order to provide better views for the lower floor apartments in the back tower. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Europan 11 Proposal: Havenkwartier / Erwin Schot, Eloi Koster, Bas Meijerman and Elmar Hammers

Located at the southeast of the historical city center in Havenkwartier Deventer, the site for the project by Erwin Schot, Eloi Koster, Bas Meijerman and Elmar Hammers… is marked by a remarkable building: the Hoge Silo. Accompanied by the Zwarte

Photography: Museum der Kulturen / Herzog & de Meuron by Duccio Malagamba

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Duccio Malagamba shared with us his photographic work on Herzog and de Meuron’s Museum der Kulturen. His photos not just provide us with more images on this exciting design, but allow us to really appreciate the stunning details and architectural elements shown such as its historic walls and beautiful rooftop of irregular folds.

After two years of reconstruction, refurbishment and expansion, it recently re-opened in early September of this year and continues to be one of Europe’s great ethnographic museums. More photos by Duccio Malagamba can be viewed after the break.

Fire Station In Weert / BDG Architecten Ingenieurs Zwolle

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Architect: BDG Architecten Ingenieurs Zwolle
Location: Weert,
Client: BrandweerWeert
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Alex Mulder

    

H-House / TOFU architects

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hitects: TOFU architects 
Location: Hikone, Shiga,
Project Architect: Fumiya Ogawa+Tomonobu Higashino
Project Area: 178.76 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura 

   

M House / RS + Robert Skitek

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Architect: RS+ Robert Skitek
Location: Tychy, Poland
Project Team: Robert Skitek, Robert Wilczok, Barbara Kotas, Dawid Marszolik
Structure: PROBEX Marian Urbanik
Completion: 2011
Project area: 371 sqm
Model: Piotr Witański
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

   

Update: Foster + Partners Thames Hub proposal faces opposition

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Foster + Partners Thames Hub proposal has continuously made progress throughout the year of 2011, however reports say the practice is facing some opposition in the new year. In early November, revealed the £50bn project that plans to include a £20bn high-speed Orbital Rail line around ; a new £6bn Thames Barrier and crossing; and a £20bn international Estuary Airport, with annual capacity for 150 million passengers.

As seen on BD, Councilors in Essex plan to rally up their colleagues in January in attempt to battle the “disastrous” proposal. Councilor Peter Martin stated, “Lord Foster has been known to build all over the world, so we cannot sit idly by and let this happen. We must have a loud voice when it comes to opposing the airport.”

It will be interesting to hear their critiques of the project and see what pans out in the New Year for the Thames Hub proposal. What are your thoughts on the project?

Reference: BD

New Headquarters Of The Healthcare And Social Affairs Ministry in Toledo / TASH

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Architects: TASH (Taller de Arquitectura Sánchez-Horneros)
Location: Toledo,
Authors: Antonio Sánchez-Horneros, Emilio Sánchez-Horneros
Collaborators: Javier Rodríguez, Emilio Gómez, Alberto Di Nunzio, Alvaro Cabrera, Nieves Somacarrera, Isabel Ruiz De Los Paños, Sandra Nieto, Antonio Calvo, Cecilio Aguilera
Client: Servicios Periféricos de la Consejería de Sanidad y Asuntos Sociales de Toledo
Project Area: 7,337.05 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán, Javier Acedo

Competition: Urban Intervention

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Urban Intervention is challenging you, the innovative designer, to create a multidisciplinary design team able to conceive the new vision for ’s public space in the coming century. “Design ideas should harness Seattle’s history of innovation and civic engagement to inspire the next generation of great public spaces, connecting interaction and innovation to meet the challenges of the future”.

The 9-acre site is located within the 74-acre Seattle Center campus, neighboring the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Experience Music Project, Space Needle and other cultural assets. The top three finalists will receive $30,000, allowing them to further develop their ideas into the second phase. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $30,000 cash award.

Continue reading for more important dates and information.

Basque Culinary Center / VAUMM

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Architects: VAUMM architecture& urbanism
Location: Donostia-, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Project Team: Iñigo García Odiaga, Javier Ubillos, Jon Muniategiandikoetxea, Marta Alvarez y Tomás Valenciano
Collaborators: Naroa Oleaga, Ander Rodriguez, Architecture PFC students
Promotor: Basque Culinary Center
Completion: 2011
Total square meters: 15,000 sqm
Budget: 17,000,000 €
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

SMEC Soccer Complex Winning Proposal / Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects

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The mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, recently announced the winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer center at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC). The jury has chosen the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects from among the four submitted by the finalist firms. The daring and creative project is one more step toward the completion of this long-awaited project, which will provide Montrealers with access to a sports center that is not only functional but boasts a modern design meeting the highest standards of quality. This public building, a testament to the talent of our local architects, will be incorporated into the SMEC, one of the largest parks in Montréal. More images and project description after the break.