AD Round Up: Public Facilities Part IX

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We have some great public facilities projects published back in 2009. Here’s five you can’t miss: A community center in the island of Tenerife, or Produkcija 004′s emergency terminal of a hospital in Zagreb. Don’t miss the Macarthur Gardens Education & Display Centre in Australia, nor this pavilion at Aventura Park in Portugal. Last, a great lanscape project in Barcelona.

Casal de la Ciutat Lapallavacara a Balaguer / Mamen Domingo & Ernest Ferre

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Architects: Mamen Domingo & Ernest Ferré
Location: Balaguer, Lleida,
Completion: March 2011
Area: 2,078.80 sqm
Budget: 2,216,525€
Architectural Collaborator: Malena Padawer, Isabel Cotchà,ReljaFerusic, Nagore Linares, UxíaCarballeira, Ola Otwinowska
Photographs: Courtesy of Mamen Domingo y Ernest Ferré


Arteixo Sport Center / Jose Ramon Garitaonaindia de Vera

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Architect: José Ramón Garitaonaindía de Vera
Location: Avenida de Arsenio Iglesias, Arteixo, , Spain
Project Team: Montserrat Neira, Omar Curros.
Clients: Concello de Arteixo (Arteixo City Council)
Project Square Footage: 1,527 sqm
Site Area: 3,150 sqm
Completed: 2011
Structural Engineers: Jorge Aragón Fitera.
Contractor: Construcciones Riotorto S.L.
Budget: 2,293,128 million Euro.
Photographs: Hector Santos-Díez

Plantahof Auditorium / Valerio Olgiati

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Architects: Valerio Olgiati
Location: ,
Collaborators: Nathan Ghiringhelli, Daisuke Kokufuda
Date: 2008-2010
Area: 270 sqm
Photographs: Javier Miguel Verme


Video: Wang Shu Interviewed in St. Louis

Two days before lecturing at ’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Wang Shu was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize. In this interview, discusses his work with architectural historian Robert McCarter, the Sam Fox School’s Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, and Seng Kuan, assistant professor of architecture. The interview takes place in the University’s Mildred Land Kemper Art Museum, designed by Pritzker laureate and former WUSTL professor, Fumihiko Maki.

Techne – Space Pen: Drawing in 3D on the Web

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With the advent and proliferation of tablets, using a pen to annotate or even sketch is becoming more and more useful, if not necessary. Enter the Space Pen. Now, you can sketch or annotate 3D models on the web. Developed at the University of Washington’s Design Machine Group, this tool provides an ideal interface with another of the group’s projects, Spot, the daylight measuring tool for architects.

Is Space Pen really as simple as it sounds? Can you really just draw and edit any 3D model? Yes. But it is not just that you can draw on any surface, it also recognizes certain basic shapes to aid in the drawing process. It also automatically renders a 3D floor plan from one’s model in real time. Another boon is the addition of a “light pen” allows users to add directional light to the drawing. It’s also free.

Areopagus Residence / Paravant Architects

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The Areopagus Residence, designed by Paravant Architects in Atenas, , is custom designed to be as intimately connected to the natural landscape around it as possible.  By exploiting passive heating and cooling strategies, the architects were able to design a home that does not require mechanical air conditioning systems. This also allows for uninterrupted south-facing views that open out into the landscape.

More photos of this residence after the break.

King’s Cross Station / John McAslan + Partners

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Architect: John McAslan + Partners
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton and Crow, John Sturrock, Phil Adams

Offices and Showroom of a Fabric Company / Kalliope Kontozoglou

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Architect: Kalliope Kontozoglou
Completion: October 2011
Client: G.F.Ioannidis
Photographs: Henriette Attali

Video: Plan01

A laboratory for ideas, collective Plan01 consists of four architectural groups in Paris: Atelier du Pont, BP, Koz and Phileas. Sharing a common space and questioning common sense, the collective works on several projects together, from the architectural through to producing exhibitions and books. It’s our latest from

Electric Boat House in The Netherlands / Sebastiaan Jansen Architectuur

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Architects: Sebastiaan Jansen Architectuur
Location: It Butlan 9, Heeg, Friesland, The
Principal in Charge: Sebastiaan Jansen
Completion: 2011
Building: 700 sqm
Photographs: Sebastiaan Jansen

208 West 96th Street Residences / Arctangent Architecture + Design


Architects: Arctangent Architecture + Design
Location: Upper West Side, New York City,
Completion Date: 2011
Total Building Floor Area: 2,080 sqm
Principals in Charge: Keitaro Nei & David Hu
Project Designers: Mark Gumienny, Javier Oddo, & Bridgett Cruz
Structural Engineer: Efraim Goldstein, PE PC
MEP Engineer: A Joselow, PC
Lighting Design: PHT Lighting Design Inc.
Photographs: Arctangent Architecture + Design, Peiheng Tsai 


Lot 4 – ZAC de la Porte de Gentilly / ECDM

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The Lot 4 – ZAC de la Porte de project by ECDM is primarily a proposal to articulate two territories, two urban landscapes separated by the influence of the device. This context of urban fringe releases a vast expanse where the vacuum is dominant, where the eye can see far. This work on the perception and interpretation of the landscape gives a facade gable major pivotal role. Whether from the device or from the streets of Gentilly, pine nuts are present, dominant in the interpretation of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Church of Vaaler Proposal / CEBRA

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The design proposal by CEBRA for the New Church of is based on the most widespread symbol for the Christian church: the cross. Located in the south eastern part of Norway, it is a strong visual symbol, which beautifully combines the horizontal with the vertical in its simplicity – and in its meaning the worldly with the heavenly. In the same way, the cross also represents the church’s fundamental function. More images and architects’ description after the break.

10 Ken House / Coordinate House NOGAMI

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Architects: Coordinate House NOGAMI – Yuki Nogami
Location: , Ehime,
Site Area: 274.00 sqm
Total Floor Area: 217.12 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Naoto Kawai, Yuki Nogami

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‘The Rink’ Pedestrian Bridge Proposal / Kamvari Architects

The approach for the Amsterdam pedestrian bridge by Kamvari Architects… challenges the basic principles of a bridge as their design takes on a completely new form as it attempts to create space by looping across the river. They hope that

Bellad House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: Hubli, ,
Design Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Praveena A., and Dhaval Shellugar
Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutham


Farmyard / Hilberink Bosch Architects

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Architect: Hilberink Bosch Architects
Location: , The
Project Team: Geert Bosch, Annemariken Hilberink, Rolf van Boxmeer, Bas Lavrijssen
Photographer: René de Wit, Breda