Exclusive Interview: Plasma Studio on Xi’an International Horticultural Expo

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In conjunction with our recent coverage of the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo, we would like to share Aidan Flaherty’s with Holger Kehne, co-principle of Plasma Studio and GroundLabPlasma Studio, GroundLab and LAUR Studio worked together to win this international competition with a 37-hectare master plan for the International Horticultural Expo, a 5,000SM Hall, a 4,000SM Greenhouse, and a 3,500SM Gate Building. The project initiated the re-development of a large area between the airport and the center of the ancient city of Xi’an – known as the home of the Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty.

The Expo opened in the spring of 2011 and welcomed more than 16 million visitors before it closed in the fall of 2011. The Expo park will remain as a new contemporary addition to the Xi’an region. The particularities of this legacy plan are currently underway. Holger Kehne discusses his firms’ unique design methodologies and multidisciplinary approach while working on this large-scale project. Read the interview after the break.

Cluj Arena / Dico si Tiganas

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Architects: Dico si Tiganas – Șerban Țigănaș, Florin Dico, Levente Kornis, Cristian Urcan
Location: Cluj, Romania
Team: Carmen Brădățeanu , Ciprian Onețiu, Sorin Bularca, Alexandra Bendea, Ioan Sava, Lorant Miklos, Ioan Bera, Ioan Iov, Iustinian Orza, Teodora Dănilă, Ciprian Cătineanu, Bogdan Dico, Diana Edițoiu, Cristian Ioja, Paul Moldovan, Mihai Roșca, Adina Petrica, Sabina Bulboacă, Emilia Bulboacăand Răzvan Câmpeanu
Design Partners : Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Bogart Construct, DAS Engineering, Grup 4 Instalații, Paul Gilleron Acoustics
Constructors: ACI Cluj, CON-A,Transilvania Construcții
Total Built Area: 43 000 square meters excluding the playing field and running track
Cost: 35 million euro+VAT
Client: Cluj County Council
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Dico si Tiganas, Cosmin Dragomir

Andrews Glen / SMR Architects

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Architect: SMR Architects
Location: Bellevue, , USA
Project Team: John Woodworth, Paul Hanson, Scott Starr, Leah Ericksen
Client: Imagine Housing
Contractor: WG Clark Construction
Structural and Civil Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Photographs: Courtesy of SMR Architects

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Affordable Housing Proposal / FCHA

The strategy by FangCheng Architects… for the affordable housing design in Shenzhen involves bringing the apartments outside the urban core. Their concept is to build as many affordable houses as possible in the urban center, which can decrease residents’ travelling

Dar HI / MATALI CRASSET

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Architects: MATALI CRASSET
Location: , Tunisia
Photographer: Courtesy of MATALI CRASSET

Update: ABI January

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The Architecture () has clocked in at a positive 50.9 for January.  Although the score brings the into positive territories for the past three months, 50.9 is slightly over the positive measuring marker and actually, just under December’s mark of 51.0.   Regional averages place the Midwest as the leading area with 53.7; followed by the South (51.6),  Northeast (50.7), and West (45.6).  AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA explained that even though the index is showing a similar upturn in design billings to the late 2010 and early 2011, firms are still having a hard time staying on their feet.  “We still continue to hear about struggling firms and some continued uncertainly in the market, we expect that overall economic improvements in the design and construction sector to be modest in the coming months.”

We want to know if you are seeing positive effects of an increased ABI over the past three months.  Are your offices acquiring more projects? Hiring new people? Or, has the situation remained similar over the past months?

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Emerging New York Architects Competition Proposal / PRAUD

The Emerging New York Architects Competition proposal, ‘The Greenhouse Transformer’, which received an honorable mention, is a typology for urban farming with the purpose of creating environments for learning year round within the community of West Harlem. PRAUD…‘s main

112 Flats Building / Basilio Tobías

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Architect: Basilio Tobías
Location: Avenida de Ranillas, Zaragoza, Spain
Collaborators: Javier Prieto, Isabel Gómez, Daniel Fuertes, Enrique Morales, Susan Valdivia , Carlos Jaén. BOMA S.L. (structure), JG Ingenieros (installations)
Builder: Estructuras Aragón S.A
Completion: April 2008
Budget: 6,152,500 €
Floor area: 18,085 sqm
Photographer: Pedro Pegenaute

  

Houses Over The Ria De Aveiro / RVDM

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Architects: RVDM
Location: Agras do Norte, , Portugal
Design Team: Rui Rei, Ricardo Senos, Jorge Brito, Catarina Simões and Nuno Marques
Engineering: Da Vinci Lda
Construction Area: 2 x 270 sqm
Project Year: 2003
Construction: 2007
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

House Bernheimbeuk / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu

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Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu
Location: GB.,
Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Lauren Dierickx, Gosia Olchowska
Structural Engineering: UTIL Structuurstudiescvba, Brussel
Area: 99 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Ultralight Centrifugal Pavilion / Clavel Arquitectos

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Architects: Clavel Arquitectos – Manuel Clavel Rojo
Location: , China
Collaborators: Ricardo Carcelén González, Diego Victoria García, Robin Harloff, Rafael de Giles González, David Hernández Conesa
Client: 2011 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture
Completion: December 2011
Total area: 150 sqm
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

‘THE BLUE LINE’ Dnieper Pearls Competition Winning Proposal / Wolf House Productions & Gabriel Pascariu

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and shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the ‘Dnieper Pearls’ international urban planning competition in Kiev. THE BLUE LINE aims at providing a sustainable development framework for the Kiev islands as well as an infrastructural backbone for the future urban development of the entire metropolis. Their design suggests a paradigm shift: from large scale urban and infrastructure projects (specific to Ukrainian urban planning) to a more fluid and efficient place-making driven urbanism. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: Yanshan Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, , China
Project Designers, Design Director: Meng Yan, Zhu Jialin
Architecture Design: Zheng Ying, Huang Zhiyi, Yao Xiaowei, Zuo Lei, Liu Xiaoqiang, Yie Peijun, Li Da, Shen Yandan, Ji Yuyu, Zhang Zhen, Liu Liu, Liu Zirong, Xia Miao, Yuan Yi, Guo Donghai
Landscape Design: Xing Guo, Wei Zhijiao, Ding Yu, Cedric Yu, Li Jing, Huang Yihong, Liao Zhixiong
Client: China Merchants Real Estate Co. Ltd.
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 13,198 sqm
Floor Area: 21,540 sqm
Photographs: Wu Qiwei

SuZhou 133: BaiTang One Kindergarten Project / CPG Advisory

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Integrated within the overall residential development of SuZhou 133: Baitang One, the aim of the kindergarten design by CPG Advisory is to provide a high quality, inspiring environment for early age education in the new CBD of SuZhou, . The design concept is based on the famous children classic: Jack and Beanstalk. By using vines, leaves and beans as the architectural and landscape design elements, a kindergarten associated with the “Magic World” in the story of Jack and Beanstalk is created. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Elevated Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong / Urbanplunger

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The young architectural studio Urbanplunger was recently awarded third prize in the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of . Their proposal consists of a uniquely suspended building structure described as an “architectural parasite” that leans on neighboring buildings in order to elevate itself above ground. Read on for more.

Bishan Public Library / LOOK Architects

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Architect: LOOK Architects 
Location: 5 ,
Site Area: 1400.30 sqm
Client: National Library Board, Singapore
Structural Engineer: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Mechanicalme &Electrical Engineer: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Quantity surveyor: BEC Consultants
Completion: 2006
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Tim Nolan

   

Fire Station Russelsheim Bauschheim / Schoyerer Architekten BDA

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Architects: Schoyerer Architekten BDA
Location: Bauschheim, , Germany
Client: Stadt Rüsselsheim, Gebäudewirtschaft Rüsselheim
Structural Engineer: GREBNER – Ingenieure GmbH
Electric Services: Gerhard Hörbert
Photographs: Stefan Klomfass

Nursery School In Barcelona / Maria Isabel Bennasar Felix

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Architect: María Isabel Bennasar Félix
Location: ,
Client: Consorcid’Educació de Barcelona, PlaçaUrquinaona 6, 08010 Barcelona, tel. 935511000
Area: 1,080 sqm
Budget: 2,791,094 euros
Collaborators: Nursery School In Barcelona / Maria Isabel Bennasar Felix CorinaDindareanu.
Completion: 2011
Construction company: Construccions DECO S.A.
Photographs: Filippo Poli