Located off Broadway Market, south of London Fields in one of the poorer, but upcoming east-end areas, Ada Street accommodates six apartments above two small retail units in an area with the largest number of different languages spoken in the city with the largest population of artist per square kilometer in Europe. With creative shops, bars and clubs to reflect the Local Authority’s more relaxed approach to design aesthetics, Amin Taha Architects formed a structure asymmetrical in appearance with subtly battered and sloping walls and floor plates and a gentle scattering of window openings. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Pampuslaan 1, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Client: Hevo BV, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Area: 11.430 sqm (school), 3.000 sqm (sport), 3.000 sqm (Parking) and 23 apartments
Team: Erik Schotte, Pivo Wirfler, Carel van Kuijk, Harmen Landman, Martin Pasman and Thomas Witteman
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Thomas Schlijper, Vulkers Fotografie
Henn architects recently won the first prize in the invited international competition to design a new sports center in Nantong, China, which is in close proximity to Shanghai. The Nantong Sports Center establishes a hybrid of landscape, public space and athletic functions. As the epicenter of the complex, the 50,000sqm stadium features a 400 m track and seating for 10,000 spectators. Smaller independent sports halls surround the central stadium, interconnected by a diagrid path network which seamlessly links all functions throughout the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Rembrand developers, the town of Schijndel and MVRDV recently started construction on the Glass Farm, a multifunctional building in the village square of the small Brabant town of Schijndel. The building, with a total surface area of 1600m2, will contain shops, restaurants, offices and a wellness centre. The exterior is printed glass with the motive of a typical local farm. Construction will be completed in December 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Phooey Architects
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Site: 840 sqm
Floor Area: 240 sqm
Year Competed: 2009
Project Team: Peter Ho, Emma Young, Lucy Williams, Leigh de Longville, James Baradine & Alan Ting
Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stantin
Landscape Design: Simon Ellis
Photographer: Peter Bennetts
After many years spent fighting to preserve the famous Robin Hood Gardens social housing complex in East London, the architecture community mourns another loss. Tower Hamlets Council and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporations have approved the demolition of the 1960s Brutalist complex in an effort to make way for a new £500 million sustainable development comprised of energy efficient, mixed-tenure homes and an enlarged central park. The historic building was built by modernist architects Alison and Peter Smithson and remains an important piece to Great Britain’s architectural history. Continue reading for more.
Architects: Topos Design Studio – Alan Fan, Lim Hong Kian
Location: Bukit Timah, Singapore
Main Contractor: Millard Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Barton Associates Pte Ltd
Civil and Structural Engineer: First Engineer Consultants
Site: 950 sqm
Floor Area: 590 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell
Architects: ARM Architecture, CCN
Location: Perth WA 6000 Australia
Project Director: Stephen Ashton
Jv Director: Dominic Snellgrove
Design Director: Howard Raggatt
Project Architects: Stephen Davies, Peter Keleman
Senior Team Leader: Steve Christie
Area: 28300.0 sqm
Photographs: Greg Hocking, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings
In a single photograph, French photographer Franck Bohbot exposes the essence of each unique architectural masterpiece in a series entitled Respect the Architect that captures a telling moment within a variety of locations throughout Europe. Stylistically, the series embodies a homogeneous composition throughout while simultaneously revealing the unique story of each space. Bohbot embraces quasiperfect symmetry, creating a surreal quality and invoking a sense of curiosity with each image.
Continue after the break for more images. In case you missed it, be sure to check out this series: Parisian Theaters by Franck Bohbot.
The Envision Energy Headquarters, designed by AECOM, is located in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China. Envision Energy is the leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer that emphasizes in research, development, manufacturing, sales and maintenance. The new 3-story 3,000 square meter facility is a mixed use, multi-layered space which includes program of offices, dining facilities, galleries and exhibition spaces, an employee recreation lounge with karaoke room, theater, gym, massage room and game room. The facility supports all employees from skilled laborers to executive directors and encompasses the attitiude of the company, celebrating wind energy as the fastest growing clean alternative energy solution. The architects were asked to design the facility to express this technology.
Read on for more on the design after the break.