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North Laser Center / blauraum

  • Architects: blauraum
  • Location: Am Schleusengraben, 21029 Hamburg, Germany
  • Client: Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH
  • Area: 4,700 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Martin Schlüter

© Martin Schlüter © Martin Schlüter © Martin Schlüter © Martin Schlüter

modeLab Introduction to Simulation with Kangaroo Webinar

Taking place tomorrow, January 11th from 2:00-4:30pm EST,  modeLab‘s Introduction to Simulation with Kangaroo Webinar will apply physical properties and forces to geometry to offer a fun and interactive way to implement physics-based constraints into your parametric workflows. Through a series of short presentations and “live” exercises, learn essential techniques for setting up and developing simulations with Kangaroo in Grasshopper, ranging from particle systems to spring networks. Over the course of the 2.5 hour webinar, you will learn strategies for working with physical geometry, dynamic relaxation, and funicular shapes. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

How to Pleasantly Demolish a High-Rise

As the Atlantic Cities best describes, “Leave it to Japan to turn one of the dirtiest and noisiest processes of the urban lifecycle – the demolition of highrises – into a neat, quiet and almost cute affair.”

Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation has discovered a new, more efficient way to disassemble, rather than demolish, a tall building over 100 meters. The process, known as Taisei’s Ecological Reproduction System or Tecorep, begins by transforming the structure’s top floors into an enclosed “cap”, which is then supported by temporary columns and powerful jacks. As demolition workers begin to disassemble the building from within, they use interior cranes to lower materials. After dismantling an entire floor, the jacks quietly lower the “cap” and the process is repeated.

“It’s kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks,” says one Taisei engineer, according to this report in the Japan Times.

Learn about the advantages of this process after the break.

AD Interviews: Richard Hassell / WOHA

During the 2012 World Architecture Festival held in Singapore, we had the opportunity to interview Richard Hassell, one of the founders of the highly acclaimed practice WOHA.

Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District

URBAN FABRIC: Building New York's Garment District; Courtesy of the Skyscraper Museum © 2012
URBAN FABRIC: Building New York's Garment District; Courtesy of the Skyscraper Museum © 2012

New York’s Garment District, consisting of 18 blocks in the west side of midtown, was the city’s most well known industries in the boom of the 1920s through the early 50s.  The influx of immigrants and the geography of New York City made it a natural hub for manufacturing and trading activity.  The work began in small workshops and at home in crowded tenements and eventually grew out of these crammed space into factories and warehouses.  The industry inadvertently transformed Seventh Avenue into rows of skyscraper factories that faithfully abided to New York City’s zoning regulations.  The 125 loft buildings all shared the pyramidal forms due to step-back laws governing design.

Now, The Skyscraper Museum in New York City is celebrating this neighborhood and its influential development of business, industry and architecture and the mark that it left on the city with an exhibition called URBAN FABRIC.  It is curated by Andrew S Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program, and will be running through February 17th.

Learn more and watch the curator’s lecture after the break.

'The Crown of Septiemvri' Soccer Stadium Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

Located in the old plot of the Olympic stadium of Sofia, Bulgaria, the proposal for the new soccer stadium by Gras Arquitectos aims to create a new mixed complex, keeping as much as possible the green and central qualities of the plot. Designed to seat around 15,000, the plot itself works as a central park of the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Open Exchange' Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / MODU

The “’Open Exchang’ proposal, for the Green Square Library and Plaza competition, creates a space of public engagement by challenging the role of the library in the contemporary city of Sydney. Designed by MODU , in collaboration with Future Green Studio landscape architects, their project becomes a social and public space made possible by new technology, with the potential to transcend the traditional definition of learning spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects In Charge: Leonardo Shieh & Shueh Shueh Yau
  • Project Team: Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano
  • Structural Engineering: EMAC Projetos
  • Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering: CZN Engenharia
  • Site Area: 545 m²
  • Project Area: 500 sqm
  • Ano Do Projeto: 2012
  • Fotografias: Fernando Stankuns

© Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns

Campo de Santa Cruz / José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia

  • Architects: José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia
  • Location: Coimbra, Portugal
  • Authors: José Cabral Dias, Luís Miguel Correia
  • Collaborators: Daniel Gameiro, Luís Spranger Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira Barbosa, João Fôja, Patrícia Miguel, Vanda Correia
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of JCD+LMC, Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Mineral Lodge / Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

© N.Borel
© N.Borel
  • Architects: Atelier d'Architecture Christian Girard
  • Location: Savoie, France
  • Architect In Charge: Christian Girard
  • Design Team: Christian Girard, Christophe Hebert, T.Sugi, M.Shun, L. Capdevielle, C.Cobel
  • Area: 371.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: N.Borel

© N.Borel © N.Borel © N.Borel © N.Borel

Tokyo Balconies / KINO Architects

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects: KINO Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Area: 31.12 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers by Cristobal Palma

After working with Rick Joy for more three years, collaborating in projects all around the US, Matías Zegers went back to Chile and founded Matías Zegers Architects. Last year, this Guest Pavilion, located in the Casas del Bosque winery in the Casablanca Valley, was finished and Cristobal Palma realized this beautiful video, showing how simple but very powerful house settles overlooking the vineyards.

You can check some more videos by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily:

12 Towers In Vallecas / nodo17 Architects

© Amparo Garrido
© Amparo Garrido
  • Architects: nodo17 Architects
  • Location: Avenida del Ensanche de Vallecas, 28031 Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team: Birga Wingenfeld, Michael Moradillos, Félix Toledo Lerín
  • Contractor: Fercaber
  • Structure: Joaquín Antuña + JOFEMAR
  • Instalations: Pérez Barja
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Amparo Garrido

© Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido

Smart-Stell Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

  • Architects: Tonic Design
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • Builder: Tonic Construction
  • Area: 2400.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tonic Design

Courtesy of Tonic Design Courtesy of Tonic Design Courtesy of Tonic Design Courtesy of Tonic Design

Vorwerk Uster / Spillmann Echsle

  • Architects: Spillmann Echsle
  • Location: Uster, Switzerland
  • Project Leader: Simone Retter
  • Client: Trümper AG
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei