I don’t think you understand what I’m telling you. I’m not trying to open the door here. I’m trying to open your mind.
It’s a simple problem really. Just keep the rain off of them as they enter the building. That’s all you really need to do, right?. Hardly… This is the first impression this building will make. I’m not going to waste it. You’re not going to open the doors and just walk inside. You’re going cross this threshold into the rest of your life.
BIG wins an invited competition for a 47,000 sqm ski resort and recreational area in Levi, Finland. The future Ski Village will transform the existing Levi ski resort into a world class destination, offering top quality accommodation and leisure services for skiers of all levels and demands. More images and complete press release after the break.
Lets be honest, being an architect results in a whole lot of sitting. Whether we are sitting down with a client or sitting in front of the computer, the chairs we surround ourselves with are an important detail in the everyday routine of an architect. ArchDaily has created a list of a few favorite chairs we wouldn’t mind spending our life with. We feel it is important that every architect has a well designed chair that keeps the legs from falling asleep as well as some designer eye-candy for the office. There are many fantastic chairs in this world, so please, share with us your favorite!
In this edition of Construmat 2011, the Glass Foundation of Barcelona stresses new potentials and future challenges of glass, researching and trialing new possibilities, both for its integration into the architectural field as for the development of new ways in order to move towards a more sustainable architecture.
As the depressed economic state of the U.S. continues, home trends shift from large residential subdivisions towards small scale infill development projects. The 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) third quarter Home Design Trends Survey reflects the current desires of today’s buyer towards affordability, access to public transportation, commercial opportunities and job centers.
Located in the beautiful Marselisborg district, within the center of Aarhus city, is Marselisborg High School, one of Denmark’s most renowned schools, rich in tradition and history – often featured in books and movies. Today, Marselisborg High School is very popular among the students within the city of Aarhus. With this first prize winning new addition, designed by GPP Architects, the school will continue to meet the high demands of modern and visionary high school education requirements. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Our friends from architectural videos told us about this video of Norman Foster‘s Humanitas, Oxford University Lecture which took place on November 28th. The lecture considers ‘Heritage and Lessons’ where Foster encourages us to imagine how differently we might understand the modern world if we could travel back in time. We would discover that the cathedrals, the castles and the viaducts that form our ‘heritage’ were once new themselves and were seen as quite alien at the time; and that many of the landscapes we revere as ‘natural’ were in fact shaped subtly by man — some the outcome of the Industrial Revolution itself. We would also find that many of the challenges we face now have been met before.
Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: Sydney, Australia
Project Team: William Smart, Anita Panov, Laura Morton
Consultants: Brian Wood, John Tourle, Brenon Liston
Project Area: 267 sqm
Photographs: Sharrin Rees
Today, the existing station in Helsingborg is built into an anonymous office block. In the proposal by Metro Architects…, the standalone station is expressed as a modern equivalent of the old train station from around 1860 which was located
Location: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Client: Hradec Kralove Faculty Hospital
Design Team: Michal Juha, Jan Topinka in co-operation with Jan Travnicek, Frantisek Huber
Project manager: Danica Havlikova
Co-ordination of professions: Blanka Handrychova
General contractor: GEOSAN GROUP a.s. , Kolin
Realisation period: 2006- 2008
Cost: EUR 10 840 000
Photographs: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova
Every industrial energy system inscribes its technological order into the urban fabric. Therefore, what shall be the shape and the fingerprint of the next zero carbon economy in the big cities? While the world is looking for alternatives to fossil fuels, Algae is an unlimited source of energy, food, and most important, a remarkable natural CO2 absorber. So, which spatial implications shall have Algae’s new technologies, and which potential integrations could be imagined for Algae bioreactors in central urban areas? Influx Studio believes re-use is by far the most sustainable option: that’s why the key issue is how to anticipate Algae’s green future in the core of the major cities, transforming existing buildings, where most people live and where emissions of CO2 are the most important. More images and project description after the break.
Architects: Batlle & Roig Architects
Location: Vacarisses, Barcelona, Spain
Client: Consorci per a la Gestió dels Residus del Vallès Occidental
Design team: Enric Batlle Durany and Joan Roig i Duran
Collaborators: Xavier Ramoneda, architect, Mario Suñer, architect, IDEMA, engineering
Work date: 2010
Area: 45.000 sqm
Engineers: IDEMA, engineering
Landscape architects: Enric Batlle Durany and Joan Roig i Duran
Contractor: UTECTRV (FFC + HERA + URBASER)
Photographs: Francisco Urrutia
Dutch firm MVRDV has received harsh criticism since they revealed the proposal for two luxury residential towers in South Korea, named after its inspiration, The Cloud. The two towers are connected by a “pixilated cloud of additional program.” Critics are outraged, stating the design resembles the collapsing twin towers of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
MVRDV spokesman Jan Kinkker stated, “We’ve had quite a lot of calls from angry Americans saying it’s a disgrace. 9/11 was not the inspiration behind the design, the inspiration was a real cloud.” He added, “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt.”
Project developer Dream Corporation selected The Cloud design proposal over a number of other options and will have the final say on whether or not they will consider another alternative.