In conjunction with our recent coverage of the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo, we would like to share Aidan Flaherty’s interview with Holger Kehne, co-principle of Plasma Studio and GroundLab. Plasma 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 Exhibition 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.
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
Photographs: Dico si Tiganas, Cosmin Dragomir
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
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has clocked in at a positive 50.9 for January. Although the score brings the ABI 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?
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
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
Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu
Location: GB., Belgium
Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Lauren Dierickx, Gosia Olchowska
Structural Engineering: UTIL Structuurstudiescvba, Brussel
Area: 99 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin
Architects: Clavel Arquitectos – Manuel Clavel Rojo
Location: Shenzhen, 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
Wolf House Productions and Gabriel Pascariu 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.
Location: Yanshan Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, 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.
Site Area: 13,198 sqm
Floor Area: 21,540 sqm
Photographs: Wu Qiwei
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, China. 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.
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 Hong Kong. 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.
Architect: LOOK Architects
Location: 5 Bishan Place, Singapore
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
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Tim Nolan
Architect: María Isabel Bennasar Félix
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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.
Construction company: Construccions DECO S.A.
Photographs: Filippo Poli