McAdam Architects, in a joint venture with Moscow-based Ginzburg Architects, has been shortlisted for a 40,000 m2 mixed use, “Sputnik” multi-storey development in the resort city of Sochi (Krasnodar region), on the Black Sea coast, southern Russia.
The £75m project is located in a formal parkland setting, along Kurortny Prospekt, the main boulevard through Sochi, and in a prominent elevated position, overlooking the main harbour and marina. This prime site provides a landmark development location, as a symbolic gateway to the city and a beacon to the coast line frontage.
Get to know more about this project after the break.
In Progress: Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport / Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, in joint venture, were selected as the winner of the international design competition to design the new sports complex for the University of Toronto containing Field House, Strength & Conditioning Centre, Sports Clinic and Research, Student Facilities. Design development and programming is underway, with anticipated project completion by 2015.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is a new architecture forum that brings together theory and practice, young and experienced architects in order to arouse rich discussion over architecture, urban planning and landscape issues. First TAB concentrates on the hybrid issue of Landscape Urbanism. TAB Vision Competition is addressed to students and young architects, landscape architects and planners who are welcome to shape future cities and make room for fresh ideas.
Our hope is to see landscape urbanism as so-called ‘third way’, which can possibly solve urban problems that have proved too difficult for traditional planning because of rapid processes, constant change and instability. Landscape urbanism could also provide answers how to guide urban processes from inside, so that the system as a whole still maintains a balance. The term ’landscape’ is used primarily as the model for consistency, responsiveness and scale.
For more information go to the competition’s official website.
The National Ballet School (NBS) ranks as one of the finest ballet training institutions in the world, on par with the Royal Ballet School in London, the School of American Ballet in New York, and the Paris Opera Ballet School. NBS is the only institution in North America to offer an integral program of professional dance training, advanced level academic education and residential living all on one site. Its state-of-the-art educational and training programs provide students with the skills to become creative, self-assured individuals for whatever career they pursue upon graduation. Approximately 700 students participate in the NBS programs each week. Project Grand Jeté was conceived to ensure the ongoing evolution of its standards and programs with state-of-the-art facilities. The project weaves together new and heritage buildings. New construction comprises the Celia Franca Training Centre, a vertical campus of three transparent, elevated structures organized into an asymmetrical composition around an existing heritage building, Northfield House, and linked to hertige structures to the north and south via connecting bridges accessed off the piano nobile level.
Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB Architects)
Location: 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Canada
Structural Engineer: Yolles Partnership Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Landscape Architect: The MBTW Group
Arborist: Shady Lane Expert Tree Care Inc.
Branding Consultant: Scott Thornley + Company Inc.
Signage Consultant: Bhandari & Plater Inc.
Urban Planners: Urban Strategies Inc.
Food Services: Marrack + Associates Inc.
AV Consultant: Engineering Harmonics
Public Art: Catherine Williams Fine Art Consultants Inc.
IT Consultant: Graycom Analysis
Furniture Consultant: MCD Design Group Ltd.
Acoustic Consultant: Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
Elevator Consultant: Soberman Engineering Ltd.
Traffic Consultant: iTrans Consulting Inc.
Geotechnical Consultant: Shaheen & Peaker Ltd.
Shoring Consultant: RWB Engineering Ltd.
Land Surveyors: Rabideau & Czerwinski
Quality Surveyor (Arch/Struc): A.W. Hooker & Associates Ltd.
Quality Surveyor (Mech/Elec): Clare Randall-Smith & Ass. Ltd.
Building Code Consultant: Larden Muniak Consulting Inc.
Project Area: 180,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Eduard Hueber, Tom Arban
Architects: SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTEN/ – Leen Borst, Mark Snitker
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Project Team: Brigitte Kwa, Janet André, Pieter van der Pot, Rudy Davi, Petty Tang, Patrick Colly
Design Team – Urban Design: Andrea Alvarez, Sebastian Soelberg
Landscape Architect: Ruwan Aluvihare
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Roos Aldershoff
This charter high school houses 500 students in Silver Lake, a multi-cultural community adjacent to downtown Los Angeles. It is the third project, in a series of four that the Daly Genik Architects has designed for the charter school client. The schools were launched by a nonprofit community development corporation to provide small, focused schools for children in a dense and underserved urban Los Angeles neighborhood. In 2000 and 2003 the office completed an elementary and a middle school on a single block campus in MacArthur Park.
Architect: Daly Genik Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Project Team: Kevin Daly (Principal-in-Charge), Tomaso Bradshaw, Patrick McEneany, Stephan Bohne, Anthony Anderson, Jared Ward, Aaron Whelton, Irena Bedenikovic, Timothy Morshead, Kody Kellogg
Structural Engineering: John Labib + Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Tsuchiyama Kaino Sun & Carter
Electrical Engineering: Konsortum 1
Civil Engineering: Pfeiler and Associates
Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnologies, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Ahbe
Code Consulting: Schirmer Engineering
Specifications: Philip Easton
Contractor: Turner Special Projects
Photographs: Tim Griffith
Summer Lab for students, architects, scientists, artists, and individuals of all backgrounds to explore design with various living matter including live tissues, bacteria, tree grafting, fungi growth control and parametric scripting. ONE Lab is designed for students who wish to engage with the crossover of design and science. The lab concentrates on recent advances in the biotechnology and computation, both in theory and practice.
ONE Lab offers a new means of design inquiry where students will actively use the tools and technologies of live sciences . The participants will learn the processes of biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning), growing materials, grafting trees and plants, scripting and computational modeling for controlled growth. Students will have access to bio laboratories, techniques and expertise.
This summer approximately 40 researchers will gather in New York City for 3 weeks of intense creative and scientific exploration. TerreLab provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from internationally recognized scientists: Dr. Oliver Medvedik; Dr. Ellen Jorgenson; Dr. Dickson D. Despommier and renown designers and artists: Vito Acconnci, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marc Forens and many more. The Lab consists of a Seminar Week (guest lectures from international scholars and designers) and Workshop Weeks where the participant will chose a series of day-long workshops. All classes are beginner level and no previous knowledge or experience is required. More information on the workhop’s official website.
K/R Architects, announced recently that the firm has completed the master plan for the 100-acre (40-hectare) Parque de Levante in Murcia, Spain. The plan, which reinvents the concept of a museum-park explores the relationship between art and culture as a generator of creativity and education, as well as economic dynamism and tourism. The park will serve the Mediterranean region as a major art destination. K/R recently presented the master plan at City Hall in Murcia. Additional images and descriptive text follows the break.
Architects: Ciel Rouge
Project area: 1800 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Iishii Toshihisa
This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to South Beach. Miami’s architectural styles range from austere corporate architecture, as it has the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, to colorful and playful architecture that reflects its beach and Latin American culture. Architecture lovers can’t miss Miami Beach’s Art Deco District or its old Spanish heritage. We have put together a list of 12 contemporary buildings that range from a small park pavilion to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. There is plenty more to see in Miami so please add your “must not miss” in the comment section below.
Architecture City Guide: Miami list and corresponding map after the break!
Rafael Viñoly Architects [RVA] has just shared the opening of their Translational Research Center at Penn in Philadelphia with us. The project, which is part of a larger master plan for Penn Medicine, accommodates research facilities and clinical functions allowing the practices of scientific investigation and patient care to inform one another through close proximity. Building upon an existing structure, RVA’s addition contributes a functionally organized facility while respecting the spirit and urban character of the Perelman Center.
More about the project and more images after the break.
The prestigious recognition of France’s Legion of Honour, was recently bestowed upon MVRDV’s Winy Maas. A French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte, on 19 May 1802, it is the highest decoration in France and was given to Mass by French Ambassador to the Netherlands Mr. Jean-François Blarel.
MVRDV has become active in France, currently part of a think tank – Atelier du Grand Paris (concerned with the future planning of Greater Paris) and a number of architecture projects throughout France including: the refurbishment of a Dijon Mustard laboratory into a call centre and incubator, Le Monolithe in Lyon, they are also working on Caen’s port refurbishment, and the Pushed Slab energy efficient office building.
Architects: Manuel Herz Architects, Basel and Cologne – Manuel Herz
Location: Mainz, Germany
Project Team: Construction Design: Elitsa Lacaze; Hania Michalska, Michael Scheuvens, Peter Sandmann
Concept Design: Cornelia Redeker, Sven Röttger, Sonja Starke
Project Management: Mainzer Aufbaugesellschaft mbH
Site Supervision: Klaus Dittmar Architekt, Mainz
Landscaping: Harald Heims, Mainz
Structural Engineering: Arup GmbH, Düsseldorf
Ceramic Facade Planning: Niels Dietrich Keramikwerkstatt, Cologne
Electrical Engineering: K. Dörflinger GmbH, Allendorf
Building Services: House of Engineers, Mainz
Building Physics: IBC Ingenieurbau Consult GmbH, Mainz
Fire Services: Ingenieurbüro Ingo Petry, Mainz
Acoustical Planning: Ingenieurgesellschaft für Technische Akustik, Wiesbaden
Project area: 2,500 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan
SEI Investments, Inc., a banking and financial software services firm with operations worldwide, commissioned Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle to develop and implement a multi-phase master plan for their 90-acre site located outside Philadelphia. Master planned for 650,000 square feet, SEI Investment’s corporate campus is designed to maximize employee environmental benefits, increase productivity, and eliminate about $1 million per year in operational costs. For five consecutive years, SEI has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” In addition to general statistics regarding employees, jobs, and management, the company was recognized for its family center, egalitarian culture, and beautiful grounds.