The iconic building is located in the north of the Han River, which crosses the city, and will dominate the skyline becoming a important icon for Seoul… which is what you will expect if you commission a tower this tall.
York University has selected Levitt Goodman Architects to develop detailed designs for its competition-winning design for a 26,390 ft2 renovation of York University’s main library on its Keele campus. The “Learning Commons” will provide users with a mix of group study areas that will shift York University’s 40-year old Scott Library into a progressive learning environment.
The $2M renovation will be the first initiative on the campus specifically designed to reflect York’s pedagogical shift from a teacher-centered approach to active and collaborative learning. More images and description after the break.
Architect: Christensen & Co Arkitekter
Client: Danish University and Property Agency
Users: Faculty of Science (30 staff / 50 daily users)
Area: 950 m² (site 3000m²)
Project: May 2008
Construction: October 2008
Completion: November 2009
Hellerup Byg (contractors)
CCO staff MC, MC, TN, MS, TB, AM
Misc Partners behind project: Danish University and Property Agency, Copenhagen University, Municipality of Copenhagen, Velux, Velfac
Architects: b720 Arquitectos
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Architect in Charge: Fermin Vazquez
Project Chiefs: Peco Mulet, Fernando Luna, Andreas Moser
Project Team: Pablo González, Laura Marticorena, Carles Martínez-Almoyna, Eduard Miralles, Manuel Rivas, Giussy Ottonelli
On Site Team: Andreas Moser, Eduard Miralles
Client: Layetana Inmobiliaria
Developer: Layetana Inmobiliaria
General Contractor: Costruccions Baldó, S.A.
Structural Engineer: Guillem González (Base 2)
Project Area: 17,400 sqm
Construction Year: 2004-2008
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba
The international studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) transformed a standard parking garage into a large scale “art-come-architecture project” on Albert Street in Brisbane. The art project entitled ’Landlines’ is a contour map of the area that wraps itself around three faces of the 9 floor parking garage.
More about Landlines and more images after the break.
The AIA is hosting its first ever design competition on Facebook—the AIA Facebook Young Designers Challenge. The competition is targeting emerging professionals, and is open to all AIAS members, all Assoc. AIA members, and all AIA young architect members. (The AIA defines young architects as being licensed 10 years or less.)
The AIA is asking designers to submit new, unbuilt building projects that address America’s most pressing design needs for the 21st century. This can include, but is not limited to: sustainability, public infrastructure, affordable housing, retrofitting suburbs and other resource-intensive built environments, urban farming, and rehabilitating dilapidated urban cores. This requirement is intentionally flexible. The most important factor is that each design offers an innovative solution to a concrete and unsolved problem. The winning designer will be announced in AIArchitect with a feature article on their design in January.
For more information, go to the competition’s website in Facebook.
Leong Leong Architecture designed a 550 square meter store for 3.1 Phillip Lim in Cheongdam-Dong, Seoul’s premiere fashion district. The store is characterized by the simultaneous need for sameness and difference. “Typically, the consistent repetition of brand traits is necessary to reinforce an identity, while novelty can refresh the aura and desire for the brand,” explained the architects.
More photos by architectural photographer Iwan Baan, and more about the store after the break.
Architects: Hamonic + Masson architects
Location: Le Havre, France
Project Team: Gaëlle Hamonic, Jean-Christophe Masson, Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt, Cédric Brégeot
Client: Investir Immobilier
Hydraulic Engineer: EGCL
Structural Engineer: Peyronnel
Quantity Surveyor: Kabock
Project Area: 3,024 sqm
Budget: 3,20 M€
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie & Jean-Christophe Masson
The purpose of the competition is establish a schematic design for developing the Gadeokdo region in Busan Metropolitan city, Republic of Korea, as an international compound zone by obtaining the broad ideas of experts at home and abroad.
Landscape architects, architects, and urban planners and designers are invited to suggest feasible ideas and designs to develop the Gadeokdo sustainable environment.
Andre Kikoski has designed a new restaurant, The Wright, for the Guggenheim Museum in New York that transforms Wright’s familiar geometries into a new dining experience. “It was both an incredible honor and an exhilarating challenge to work within Wright’s iconic building,” says Kikoski. “Every time we visit, we see a new subtlety in it that deepens our appreciation of its sophistication. We sought to create a work that is both contemporary and complementary.”
More about the restaurant after the break.
In 2006, with its centennial approaching, St. Albans School, a private boys’ school founded in 1909, decided to embark upon its first new construction project in nearly 30 years. The institution hired Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to complete a 25,000-square-foot expansion and 30,00-square-foot of renovations to provide a student center, new classrooms, faculty offices, library and auditorium. The school, which had developed slowly over the years and did not follow a rational plan, also hoped that the architects could create a cohesive linkage between four of its existing buildings.
Architects: Haworth Tompkins Limited
Location: London, England
Project Team: Graham Haworth, Chris Fellner, Roger Watts and David Lyndon
Client: The Royal College of Art
Main Contractor: LIFE Build Solutions Limited
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers LLP
Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
M&E Consultant & Lighting: Max Fordham Consulting Engineers
Project Area: 1,280 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Philip Vile, Helene Binet, Katsuhisa Kida Foteca
The Pavilion is approximately 24ft across and 38ft high, and is built using steel framing, with acrylic sidings and interior and aluminum siding. Inside is the dome is placeholder for video projection equipment so this can be used for multimedia exhibitions. The starting bid is US$ 100.000 and there’s a little less than a month to bid.
To bid or find more information, click here.
With a shopping center already under construction, ROW Studiowas asked to design the facade for the center in Zona Esmeralda, in Mexico City. The clients asked for an interesting, and almost contradictory mix of requirements: the façade must be both dynamic and eye-catching, while still blending into the surrounding forest line.
More images and more about the facade after the break.
Last weekend I had the chance to spend the afternoon with a group of entrepreneurs and Chris Anderson, editor for Wired magazine and author of The Long Tail and Free, two books that define the new economies of the Internet (highly recommended if you haven´t read them yet, specially Free)
Chris did a little speech on his new research, which immediately made sense to me from an architect’s point of view. At this point, it is more than clear that the bit revolution turned our world in 360º, and thanks to the connected world it seems that the technology development curve is more steep than ever. And now, many rules of the online world are being adopted by the physical world, and according to Anderson “atoms are the new bits”.
First, it was the media revolution. Information became democratic, collaborative, the tools became free, and everyone is part of it. But how do we take this to the World (World 2.0?)? Actually… it´s happening and very close to our profession:
Architectural paint analyst Natasha Loeblich traces the histories of structures from such as the Revolutionary War-era buildings at Colonial Williamsburg, by studying what’s on their walls. I spoke to her about her work and the field.