Architect: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Kurtatsch, Italy
Project manager: Pedó Pobitzer
Project team: Christian Gold, Barbara Waldboth, Amgelika Mair
Structural Engineering: Baucon Bozen (Ing. Neulichedl Simon)
Client: Rothoblaas limited Company
Building area: 3,700 sqm
Budget: 5,5 Mil. Euro
Project year: 2005
Photographs: Oskar Da Riz
On September 29, Storefront for Art and Architecture will inaugurate a new exhibition showcasing research conducted over the past 3 years at ETH Zurich by Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler into full-scale digital fabrication in architecture using industrial robots. At the same time, construction work will begin on Pike Loop, the first architectural project to be built on site by an industrial robot in the US.
Located on Pike Street, the robot, R-O-B, will work for up to four weeks—in full view of the public— to construct a brick wall, a highly sculptural response to the specific identity of the site. The same robot unit recently built the award-winning installation, Structural Oscillations, at the 2008 architectural biennial in Venice. For the Pike Loop installation, more than seven thousand bricks aggregate to form an infinite loop that weaves along the pedestrian island. In changing rhythms the loop lifts off the ground and intersects itself at its peaks. The installation was coordinated through the New York City Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program.
More images and a video after the break.
Allied Works Architecture was selected to design the National Music Center project in Calgary’s East Village. The firm, led by Brad Cloepfil, will have the opportunity to “invent a new kind of institution,” as the center will be the first of its kind for Canada and will be part museum, part education and part performance. The proposal is comprised of a five-storey building that will incorporate the historic King Edward Hotel, a legendary house of blues, and provide 80,000 sf of new space for the Cantos Music Foundation’s growing collection. This project marks the first stage of the redevelopment of Calgary’s East Village and the creation of a new music district in the historic heart of the city.
More images and more about the winning proposal after the break.
Last month, we featured a post about James May, a toy fanatic (and presenter of the television show James May’s Toy Stories), that built a house using LEGO bricks. The house was complete, but unfortunately, it’s now demolished after a deal to sell it didn’t quite go well.
Because the home didn’t have planning permission on its site, the builder was hoping to find a buyer to transport the house elsewhere. LEGOland theme park showed interest, but the high cost of transportation didn’t make seem like a good deal. The 3.3 million LEGO bricks used to build the home will be donated to charity once the home is teared down.
Seen at designboom. More images of James May with the completed house and demolition process after the break.
Architects: Kanner Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Architect in Charge: Stephen H. Kanner
Project team: Damian Lemons, Nicolas O.S. Marques, Jay Fukuzawa, Clare Olsen, John Mebasser, Claudia Wiehen, Lincoln Tobier, Stephane Corbel
Client: United Oil
Project Area: 630.8 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: John Linden & Nicolas O.S. Marques
Location: Gliwice, Poland
Architects in Charge: Przemo łukasik, Lukasz zagała
Associate Architects: Rafal Dziedzic, Kuba Pudo, Tomasz Majewski, Dominik Jaksik, Dawid Beil, Krzysztof Drozda, Justyna Siwińska, Agnieszka Szewera, Jakub Magoń
Structural Engineer: Statyk
Client: Wektor Inwestycje sp. z o.o.
Project area: 5,000 sqm
Design year: 2007-2008
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Milosz Jaksik
Alison Brooks Architects, one of the leading talents in the UK, was awarded first prize for their master plan for the University of Northampton. The two stage master plan will play a vital role in enabling the university to meet both the need for short term accommodations and longer term plans for future growth. “The School of the Arts embraces new technologies in a dynamic cross-discipline mix that will drive our vision for a creative technologies campus. I believe the chosen proposal will provide a powerful statement which captures and projects our collective values and ambitions,” explained Paul Middleton.
More about the master plan after the break.
Controversy is surrounding the latest design of the 400 meter tower for Gazprom, a Russian energy company. Designed by RMJM, the tower, known as Okhta Center, will dominate the skyline, towering over the spire of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. The new design may actually become the tallest building in Europe, which begs the question that even though we have the capability of building taller and larger, should that be our priority?
More about the tower after the break.
In the post-parametric era, one key challenge for architectural design is the acquisition, processing, and integration of data. Designers already have an enormous amount of computable data from building simulations, physical sensing, geometric form, construction techniques, cost and location of materials—and the mountain of numbers shows every sign of rapid expansion.
This debate will explore what might be done with all of this data, and more broadly, how we might be designing architecture ten years from now. Post Parametric 1 is the first in a series of discussions that aim to question, broaden, and re-frame the way we think about computation and design.
Architects: Gonzalez Goodale Architects
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Principal-in-charge: Armando Gonzalez, FAIA
Design principal: David Goodale, AIA, LEED AP
Project designer; Chung Chan
Principal/ Senior project manager: Harry Drake, AIA
Project Team: Anthony Tam, AIA, Sheila Mactal, Say-Vun Khov, Bill Ortega, Juan Bermudez
Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Street, Inta Krukle, Magnus Stark
Architects: Claus en Kaan Architekten/ Felix Claus & Jaap Gräber
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Design team: Jan Kerkhoff, Mike Heemrood, Emal Karanzai, Hilmar Goedhart, James Webb
Client: Dura Vermeer Vastgoed BV
Constructed area:10,000 sqm
Budget:$1,215 Euro / sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer
MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.
Each issue collects essays, projects and photographs from contributors from all over the world to a given topic. Thus MONU examines topics that are important to the future of our cities and urban regions from a variety of perspectives.
They have just released their latest issue on the topic of “Clean Urbanism”. You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue #11 on YouTube (video after the break).
Architects: Estudio Valdes / Leonardo Valdes- Alejandra Demaria – Federico Prieto
Localización: Santo Domingo
Landscape: Juan Grimm
Lighting: Sandra Bordoni- Carolina Palacios
Main Materials: Concrete, Petorca grey stones, Cypress wood
Site area: 3,000 sqm
Project year: 2005
Construction year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Alejandra Demaria
Architects: PLAN 01 architects
Location: Rennes Métropole, France
Project team: Jean Bocabeille, Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Christophe Ouhayoun, Stéphane Pertusier, Ignacio Prego, Dominique Vitti, Anne-Charlotte Zanassi, Julien Zanassi and Nicolas Ziesel
Project manager: Daniela Miccolis
Project year: 2005-2009
Site Area: 1,100 sqm
Budget: US $2,72 M
Photographs: © Luc Boegly & Stéphane Chalmeau