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.
Architects: ACXT Arquitectos
Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Client: Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council
Project Team: Jesús Armendáriz Eguillor, Amaia Los Arcos Larumbe, David Resano Resano
Building contractor: UTE SERIDOM / ZIKOTZ
Envirionmental Enegieneering: Juan Luís Geijo Angulo, Iñigo Aguirre Armentia, Elena Gezuraga Torrecilla, Camino Lopez Uriarte
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 14,200 sqm
Photographs: Josema Cutillas
If you haven’t finished all your holiday shopping, and you need something for someone who loves both architecture and London then we might have the right gift for you. We recently received Matteo Pericoli’s London Unfurled…. This accordion-style book folds out
OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Anglet Logements where they were invited to conciliate a project where the interests of protagonists are sometimes contradictory: the density of needed housing, the neighbors’ quality of living as well as the conservation of fauna and flora. This is an opportunity to invent new scenarios and to propose a strategy that reconciles history and development. More images and architects’ description after the break.
DesignByMany’s latest challenge: Electric Vehicle Charging Station sponsored by HP and media partners ArchDaily. Historically, the filling station was designed with the basic concept of sheltering those in need of filling up their tanks and nothing more. However, as consumers adopt an environmentally conscious lifestyle and hybrid technology advances, the functionality of the filling station is no longer what it used to be. This challenge is to design an electric vehicle charging station that will define a new era of electric mobility.
DesignByMany is a challenge based design technology community where users post challenges to the community along with their design source files. The community can then post responses with their own source files to solve the challenge. They can also comment on the challenge and interact with other designers throughout the process.
Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Marcin Szef, Tom Lee
Graphic Designer: Studio Blue
General contractor: Art Institute of Chicago
Project Area: 6600 sqf
Project Year: 2011…
Apple has released updated plans revealing an ambitions solar installation for their proposed campus in Cupertino. Announced back in June, the campus will include an office, research and development building, research facilities, corporate auditorium, fitness center, a central plant and associated parking. Foster + Partners will collaborate with ARUP North America and local civil engineering firm Kier & Wright for the completion of the project.
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National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture
Cipher City, 01-07 April 2012
In today’s world of amplified social interaction and connectivity there is a need for the built environment to evolve beyond its current relatively static state. In 2012, Cipher City takes place in one of Europe’s most historical and ever-changing cities, Athens, offering a direct engagement with design models characterized by action. In the capital of Greece, where innovation has been always a force of creativity, the workshop will be hosted by the NTUA School of Architecture.
In its urban context, Athens presents a challenging mixture of historical diversity and current developing territories in the outskirts of the city. The act of reaching from one place to another in a continuous and fluid way therefore becomes the starting point in developing working kinetic prototypes energised by motion on horizontal planes. The workshop aims to bring out the dynamic qualities of the seemingly inanimate urban surroundings, such as urban paths, sense of orientation, topography, and bridge these with the animate qualities of the human body. During this process, participants will have the opportunity to experience the historical, contemporary, and geographical diversity of Athens during studio trips, while challenging the conventional design approach in order to break the dichotomy between the building and the urban realm. Capable of responding to external stimuli, the proposed structures will apply the concepts of motion and real-time reaction to various parameters.
The concept for the new UNO Charter School by STL Architects has been conceived as a response to the organization’s bold vision for the Latino community in Chicago. Rather than replicate a tired, traditional school archetype solution, the design embraces the challenge of modernity with heroic determination. The heart of the building is an abstract yet powerful multinational expression of the neighborhood cultural identity – an environment to fuel the aspirations of students and community. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Fontainebleau Forest, France
Client: Communaute De Communes Fontainebleau-Avon
Area: 2,000 sqm + 25 H Landscaping
Value: 9.3 M€ (Inc. Terraces And Landscaping)
Date: Contract Awarded June 2007, Completion 2012 (Phases)
Design Team: Evp (Structures), Alto (Energy And Environmental Consultant), Forgue (Quantity Surveyor) Map (Landscape), Urbatec (Civil Engineer)
Photographs: Courtesy of Joly&Loiret
The Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers by MVRDVis a residential development of the Yongsan Business district. A 260 meter tall tower and a 300 meter tall tower are connected in the center by a pixelated cloud of additional programs offering amenities and outside spaces with wide views. The towers with a total surface of 128,000m2 are expected to be completed in 2015. More images and project description after the break.