Expected to be completed in 2013, Herzog & de Meuron’s new redevelopment project in Porta Volta, Milan will include the headquarters for the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. The Feltrinelli Group considers the site as an ideal environment for the foundation’s multiple activities and the overall masterplan for Porta Volta will consist of the Fondazione, two new office buildings, and a generous green area. “This undertaking by the Feltrinelli Group has an important urban dimension in that it strengthens and reinforces the city.”
More about the project and more images after the break.
Since 2010, the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned world’s most renowned architects to design a temporary structure to host summer events. The list includes Zaha Hadid, Frank Ghery, Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito, Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer, Alvaro Siza + Souto de Moura, SANAA (previously featured at AD), danish artist Olafur Eliasson, and several collaborations with Cecil Balmond and ARUP.
Nouvel proposes a vivid red metal structure, which trough the reflection of its materials (steel, glass, fabric, polycarbonate) remind of classic british icons, such as the phone box or the London buses, while contrasting with the green of the park. A free standing 12m tall wall marks the presence of the pavilion.
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The proposal separates the site in two roughly equal halves: North and South. The North is proposed for Phase II of the development, because its corner location suited best as commercial or mixed use development. Housing complex is located in more quiet, southern part of the plot and is gathered in a form of a nest – living mount of apartments, stuck one above another. The form makes a perfect shape as a shield protecting the units from sun and wind and the other hand offers quality environment: light, well ventilated with created different types of shared areas, both external and internal. Apartment units are orientated towards the internal park or towards the exterior. With its orientation keep intimacy and opened views to inhabitants. Apartments on level +1 around the internal park have atriums and terraces connected to the plaza.
This workshop will introduce participants to the cultural, technological, and tectonic domain of parametric design and digital fabrication in a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment. Over the course of two days, the workshop will involve iterative prototyping and associative design strategies capable of incorporating and embracing an array of material and fabrication constraints. Participants will explore and construct highly articulated material assemblies through computer-aided manufacturing, mold making, and casting.
This workshop is the result of a collaborative effort between Studio Mode and Point.B Design and will provide participants with direct access to a full suite of manual tools for wood, metal, and plastics fabrication in addition to a 3-Axis CNC Mill. Instruction will be provided in the construction of molds, the proper handling of materials and casting, file preparation for working with the mill, as well as a series of parametric design strategies with supporting content.
For more details on the workshop, please click here.
Architects: Bernardo Bader
Location: Feldkrich, Voralberg, Austria
Collaborator: Sven Matt
Building Contractor: Berchtold Holzbau, Wolfurt
Site Area: 645 sqm
Constructed Area: 120 sqm
Design Year: 2005-2006
Construction Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Architekt DI Bernardo Bader
Now, Iwan Baan shows on his website this great photoset he made for March’s issue of Domus magazine, where we can see much more of the sloped interiors and some amazing images of the perforated curved concrete+glass volume that gives form to the building.
RISCO Architects‘ new 5-star Altis Belém Hotel contains 50 rooms and a number of facilities intended to support water sports. The hotel is designed in a way as to not constitute a visual obstacle along the axis between the Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. The hotel is a very narrow structure composed of a rectangular platform and “pockets” that hold different entities, such as a restaurant, to provide privacy. Above this platform, a larger green space opens for the guests to enjoy. On the exterior of the hotel, what appears to be an elaborate surface is actually a system of shutters that guests can open or close to reveal their larger balconies.
More photos by Fernando Guerra FG + SG after the break.
Designed by NAÇO Architecture, Monaco’s Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 will feature a movie that will take visitors on a lap of Monaco Grand Prix and show a luxury ecological car prototype of the new Venturi Volage.
The 2,000-square-meter pavilion will invite visitors to explore the evolution of casr, city transformation and KERS system from Monaco Grand Prix’s beginning in 1929 in a special area dedicated to Formula One. The Monaco leg is the only city in the world to have a circuit inside it. Upon entering the pavilion, visitors will see a six-minute animation movie “Monaco, a rock for eternity” exclusively produced for the Expo. An extraordinary adventure will be unfolded, which will send visitors back to prehistoric times.
The cinema can accommodate 250 people and will be equipped with a high definition screen of 56 meters. A walk along typical old streets of Monaco will allow visitors to discover the city and its flora and fauna. More images after the break.
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Project Leaders: Christof Zollinger, Verena Lindenmayer
Project Team: Dirk Harmdorf, Elke Kirst, Sidsel Kromann, Verena Lindenmayer, Claudia Meier, Mathias Müller, Verena Nelles, Daniel Niggli, Claudia Peter, Frank Schneider, Christof Zollinger
Client: MCH Messe Schweiz (Zürich) AG
Construction Management: Bauengineering.com AG
Structural Engineering: Aerni + Aerni
Mechanical Engineering: 3-Plan Haustechnik
Lighting & Stage Engineering: Nüssli AG
Project Year: 2005-2006
Photographs: Roger Frei Architekturfotografie & Hannes Henz Architekturfotografie
Since 2006, The Festival des Architectures Vives tries to make people aware to architecture giving them tools to understand it by allowing people who live in town to meet people who draw the town.
This Festival offers young architects to propose, think, investigate and experiment new fields of architectural design in relation with the classic town. The courtyards of private mansion are seen with new eyes and it allows to have a global though about architecture in a urban context.
The Festival allows walking in the centre of the city and take time to discover and re-discover it. The courtyards of private houses are thus connected between them with their particular creation by architects coming from all part of the world.
For this 5th edition, 170 teams composed of architects from all over the world (60% where teams from abroad : Spain, Germany, Italy, United States, Chile, Japan, Canada, Brazil, India…) have registered their submission in order to take part in the FAV. For more information, click here.
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NeoStudio Architekci shared their completed design for a residence in Garby near Poznan, Poland. Located on a sunken site, the building rests on a steep southern slope. With the client’s desire for a double height, two-level living room, the home takes its form around that central room. The back of the home has been fitted to the existing slope and makes the form read as ”soaking into the surroundings” as an attempt to make the form dissolve into nature. The house also includes the standard amenities for a family of four, such as a kitchen, dining area and bedrooms.
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Architects: Maurer United Architects [MUA]
Location: Inden, Germany
Project Leaders: Marc Maurer, Nicole Maurer
Collaborators: Gaby Vanhommerig, Joost Eggermont, Christoph Meyers, Roy Konings, Alan Frijns, Annika Frencken, Peggy Maurer, Danielle Konings
Construction Advisor: Arup GmbH, Düsseldorf
W-Installations Advisor: Ingenieurbüro Inco GmbH
E-Installations Advisor: T + N Ingenieure GbR
Contractor: Metalbau Teufert GmbH
Project Area: 860 sqm
Budget: € 2,500,000
Design Year: 2004-2008
Construction Year: 2009
Photographs: Maurer United Architects [MUA]
March 11 marked the groundbreaking celebration at the historic Beverly Hills Post Office for the new Wallis Annenberg center for the Performing Arts, designed by Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a). The historic building will be restored and adapted, and the spaces that were once used for mail sorting and postage purchases will be redesigned to become a theater school, a flexible studio theater, sculpture garden, café, gift shop and more. Complimenting the historic building will be the 500-seat contemporary Goldsmith Theater.
More images, a video, and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: L3P Architects
Location: Regensberg, Canton Zurich, Switzerland
Project Architects: Boris Egli Arch.FH, Rolf Lüthi Arch.SIA
Light planning: Vogt + Partner, Winterthur
Exhibition: René Kindlimann, Aathal
Historian: Dr. Bruno Meier, Baden & Dr.Dominik Sauerländer, Aarau
Cantonal historic monument preservation: Beat Stahel
Client: Foundation Castle Regensberg
Gross floor area: 47.4 sqm, 6 floors
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Vito Stallone