Friends of 339 invites architects, designers, artists, engineers and multi-disciplinary teams worldwide to participate in a competition to re-imagine and rebuild the Peace Pentagon, located at 339 Lafayette Street in New York City. This is an opportunity to give a physical form to a name in-use since this building became the center of peace-promoting activism in the 1960’s.
They are seeking proposals that will support and expand the work of peace activists on several scales: as a financially and ecologically sustainable building, as a means of engaging with a neighborhood that has a rich history of activism and art, and as part of an influential city that can impact thinking in far away places.
Submission deadline es December 9. For more details on the requirements, go to the competition’s official website.
Richard Rogers on the Maggie’s Center building, by The Architects’ Journal
This small buildings has a great inside/outside integration, given by the combination of several transparent planes and the independent roof, as you can see on the photos.
After the break, more photos by architectural photographer José Miguel Hernández Hernández, and a short video by AJ.
Architect: Andrés Jaque Arquitectos
Location: San Jose, Ibiza, Spain
Project team: Jorge Ruano, Alessandro Armelini, Guido Brandi, Teresa del Pino, Borja Gómez, Alejandro Martín Maté, Leandro Morillas, Pedro Pinto-Correia, Karin Rangel, Alberto Rey, Adeline Ruiz, David Segura, Natalia Solano
Construction Management: Andrés Jaque, Jorge Ruano, Juan Boo
Psicological Consultant: Pablo Hurlé
Services: Nieves Plaza
Budget & Mesurement Consultant: Calle 51
Furniture: Luis García Fraile
Design year: 2007
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán
The Jerde Partnership’s Namba Parks, in Osaka, Japan, was just named one of the winners of the Urban Land Institute’s 2009 Awards of Excellence: Asia Pacific competition. When asked to create a gateway to redefine Osaka’s identity, the architects responded with this project that would become a natural intervention in Osaka’s dense and harsh urban condition. The rooftop park offers a sloping park plane that is “bifurcated by a sinuous, open-air ‘canyon’ path that reinforces the connection with nature while forming the primary circulation pattern.”
More about the park after the break.
Construction has already began on the Venezuela Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site. The 3,000-square-meter Venezuela Pavilion will look like a figure 8 – a symbolic number in both China and Venezuela – and depict many traditional aspects of the country’s history and culture with the theme “A Better Life, Better City.”
The Yanomami tribe that has thrived in the rainforests of South America for thousands of years will perform in the pavilion. Another highlight of the pavilion will be a Venezuelan children’s orchestra, which will perform in a 286-seat theater on July 5, Venezuela’s National Day, said Temir Ponceleon, the country’s commissioner general of the Expo.
The pavilion will be in the geometric shape of a “Mobius strip,” or an inverted cylinder. The exhibition area will feature two-way audiovisual transmissions via satellite between Shanghai and Venezuela. More images and a video after the break.
Architects: AG Planum
Location: Varazdin, Croatia
Architects in Charge: Marko Cvjetko & Robert Jonathan Loher
Project team: Miron Hrzina, Ana Mrda, Bruno Lovrencic
Architectural design: AG Planum d.o.o.
Design of construction and installations: Coning Inženjering d.d.
Design of thermal and acoustic properties: Adapteh d.o.o.
Design of fire prevention: Inženjering Kosović d.o.o.
Design of elevators: OTIS dizala d.o.o.
Design of sprinkler installations: Pastor Inzenjering d.d.
Project area: 19,500 sqm
Design year: 2006-2007
Construction year: 2007-2008
Photographs: André Thissen, Miljenko Bernfest & Robert Les
This Monday, October 19th, young architects working and living in France will present their recent projects in a debate taking place at Columbia University (Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, 6:30pm). Architects participating will be:
Moderated by Rafael Magrou, Curator, Paris.
Architects: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Architect in Charge: Brian Fitzsimmons AIA
Collaborators: Larry Pickering, Stan Lingo P.E.
Project Size: 223 sqm conditioned space, 395 sqm total floor area
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Joseph Mills Photography
Architects: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Location: Milan, Italy
Food and restaurant consultant: Ford McDonald Consultancy
Lighting consultant: Equation Lighting Design
Cost consultant: Davis Langdon
Mechanical engineer: BRE Enginnering s.r.l.
Electrical engineer: CS Progetti
Main contractor: Impresa Minotti s.r.l.
Feature ceiling sub-contractor: Camagni Arredamenti s.r.l.
Project Area: 1,900 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
The city council of Weilburg, Germany, a dense medieval city, organized a design competition upon the demolition of an existing parking structure. ACME’s terrace design is a contemporary spin on the Baroque terraced-landscape building typology found nearby in the Weilburg Castle Gardens. The form becomes an integrated part of the landscape, allowing the project to blend into the surrounding context while inviting inhabitation and managing to create “specific urban character towards some if its city context”.
This project won the first prize from the voting public and the second prize from the professional jury.
More images and more about the project after the break.
This building is almost complete, and it has a strong presence from across the river, or when seen from the High Line. I remember that a month ago, I was looking at it from the High Line and a lady next to me said “how old is that building?”. Despite the fact of its high tech curtain wall, using 1647 different window panels, the building looks ancient, almost like a left over from the old waterfront.
The variation of the windows is not only on their size, but also the inclination and the glass tint, giving this building a unique facade.
More photos after the break:
OLIAROS, a young property development company, called architects up to 35 years old to submit proposals for the construction of an affordable student housing complex in Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (KM), an area in the historic centre of Athens, Greece.
Parasite Studio have shared with us their proposal for the competition. Their project, “Agora”, consists in complex living modules. Each module comprises a common space for six students and three bedrooms. Full architect’s description and more images after the break.
The surPLUShome is based on a single room concept. The interior design is characterized by a multi functional body as its central element. This body contains primary functions like the kitchen, stairs and the bath and defines the possible use of close-by space. Besides it takes over functions of furniture and the building services.
But the most interesting aspect of this house is its shingle inspired ventilated skin, using photovoltaic modules.
You can learn more about the house at Team Germany’s official website.
A young firm from São Paulo, Brazil received an Honorable Mention for their Paineiras Hotel Complex design in Rio de Janeiro. The architects, Alexandre Hepner, Denis Cossia, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych, Ricardo Gonçalves, and environmental design consultant Ricardo Messano, designed a complex that would be functional and “allow perfect fruition of the beautiful panoramic view and the close contact with nature.” The strategy reflects “the intention of harmonizing the intervention with the existing context, thought without denying the contemporary character of such intervention nor hiding its presence among the surrounding forest and the old hotel building.”
More about the hotel after the break.
Architect: Alliance arkitekter AS
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Project manager: Harald Martin Gjøvaag
Project team: Kristoffer Johan Gulbrandsen, Tue Kappel, Tonje Løvdahl
Structural Engineering: Procon AS
Client: Svithun Invest AS
Contractor: Genfer Construction AS
Building area: 3,007 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Budget: 4,110,000 Euro
Photographs: Stian Robberstad