Featuring a new 8,000 sqf main catering kitchen for the campus, the Housing & Dining Services Administration Building is home to UCSD’s Catering and Housing, Dining & Hospitality staff—here everything to do with food or housing on campus is handled. The project site is in the southwestern corner of the UCSD campus and sits on the western edge of campus. The building overlooks North Torrey Pines Road which is a major thoroughfare. The neighborhood across this road to the west is a mix of small scale housing and a church. On campus, the immediate neighbors are classrooms and laboratories to the north, a student dining commons to the east and a new residential complex now under construction to the south. The site was chosen in part because the catering operations could share the loading/drop off space with the student dining commons.
Architect: Studio E Architects
Location: North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California, USA
Landscape Architect: IVY Landscape
General Contractor: Swinerton Incorporated
Project Area: 43,400 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: David Hewitt & Anne Garrison
Architects: AZL architects – Zhang Lei
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Meng Fanhao, Cai Menglei, Lu Yuan, Tang Xiaoxin
Collaborator: Architectural Design & Planning Institute, Nanjing University
Project area: 270 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2008
Photographs: Iwan Baan
The existing 30,000 sqf building was originally used for light manufacturing, constructed in the 1940′s, has walls of poured concrete, and a roof structure that is a sequence of wood bow string trusses. A large steel frame, enclosed with corrugated metal, 50 feet high, is located just outside the warehouse, where a industrial press was once housed. The now vacant tower was stripped revealing a ramshackle steel support structure, and a supporting concrete block wall. With the intention to reuse the existing structure, Eric Owen Moss Architects reinterpreted the space to create an outdoor meeting and gathering area.
More photographs and drawings of the Cactus Tower following the break.
The city of Dijon and Teletech International have chosen MVRDV to transform a disused Dijon Mustard laboratory completed in 2004 into an innovative call centre with an education centre, incubator and social program. Transformation through reuse is one of the contemporary issues in European architecture since the current crisis. Completion of the 6000m2 refurbishment is planned for 2012. More images and complete press release after the break.
The Nunavut Tower by rzlbd is a structure that aims to fulfill the human desire to conquer gravity, while challenging the modern notion of skyscrapers as vertical extrusions of a two-dimensional layout on the ground. The desire is to design a skyscraper in which each space is tailored to the inhabitant.
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The Wang Campus Center, Davis Garage and related Alumnae Valley projects encompass most of the western half of the Wellesley College campus. They include a 50,000 sqf Campus Center, the renovation of the Alumnae Valley landscape, a 565 car parking garage, a 20,000 sqf building for the Campus Trade Shops, a 4,000 sqf building for the campus police, the renovation and re-design of the campus chilled water plant, and the re-design of the Campus Central Utility Plant environs.
Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
Project Team: Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam, Timothy Harrison, Christopher Agosta, David Yocum, Kimberly Shoemake-Medlock, Jeffrey Collins, Jennifer Pindyck, Barnum Tiller, Christian Rice, Michael Wirsching, Jennifer Hurst, John Trefry, Stephen Trimble, Kevin Gotsch, Andrea Korber, Jane Lee, Ashley Moore, Margaret Fletcher, Brian Bell, Trey Lindsey, Sophia Greenbaum, Helen Han, Ted Paxton
Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Structural Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Arup
Civil Engineer: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
General Contractor: Richard White Sons
Project Managers: Genesis Partners
Lighting Consultant: LAM Partners
Project Area: 74,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographer: Timothy Hursley
Slated to be one of the most ambitious green buildings in North America, the Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction will be the world’s most energy-efficient commercial building reinforcing the city of Seattle’s commitment to be at the forefront the green building movement. This exciting new building is planning to achieve the Living Building Challenge (version 2.0), as described by the International Living Building Institute.
The mixed-use building will serve as the future headquarters of the Bullitt Foundation as well as provide office and commercial space for leaders in the green building industry. Thursday, May 4th, at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, a free community event will present the Cascadia Center. Further details can be found here.
Architects: Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos (FGMF Arquitetos)
Location: Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil
Authors: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Marília Caetano, Ana Paula Barbosa, Dante Furlan, Mônica Harumi, Bruno Milan, Flávio Faggion
Structural Engineering: Delta Mais Engenharia
Hydraulics and Electrics: Esotécnica Engenharia
Lighting: Marcos Castilha
Landscaping: MHC Paisagismo
Construction: Alphaville S.A.
Wood Elements: Marcenaria Rutra
Local area: 15,820 sqm
Constructed area: 930 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fran Parente
Architects: H2o architects
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Project team: Tim Hurburgh, Mark O’Dwyer, Alison Binks, Cameron Clifford, Vieri Nembrini, Ross Weeks, Justin Shu, Anne-Claire Devile, Susannah Lempriere, Chelsea Koh, Dean Hole, Christian Olevasen, Babak Kahvazadeh, Elin Persson, Kate Butler, Davin Smith & the Smith Lebbos Team, James Murray, Tim Hill & the Tandem Team
Client: Swinburne University of Technology
Project area: 19,000 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2011
Photographs: Trevor Mein
The Dingbat, which has long been a residential icon of the Los Angeles area, is direly in need of an update. Transportation and congestion are some of the greatest obstacles that Los Angeles faces today and the traditional Dingbat fails to respond to these problems in many ways. Not only has the limited capacity (6-8 households per building) proven insufficient in accommodating the rapidly increasing population and thus exacerbating already problematic sprawl, but the back-out parking spaces traversing the sidewalks create unfriendly and hazardous walking conditions for pedestrians making the already difficult journey to public transit even more of a challenge.
The former school building was too small, and had to be replaced. The new building includes a large multipurpose sports hall, its own performance hall and an open library. Offices for the community culture school and part of the local council is also located here. The school houses 770 pupils from 1st to 10th grade. The facilities both indoor and outdoor will serve the whole community. The school is located to an almost flat site, slightly rising to the north, in a valley surrounded by hills. East of the site there are ravines with grassy slopes and valuable vegetation belts. Two power lines are crossing the area. With the largest line to the west, the project and the landscape design therefore pays more attention to the east. The vegetation belts in the east are reinforced and continue into the campus. Closer to the building, they get more cultured, and “finger-merged” with the building wings.
The visitor center in Hengshan Temple, designed by Latitude Studio, aims to promote tourism in the historical-rural area of Southwest Datong, China. The project hopes to respect the ancestral history of the site while providing a modern architecture from which to appreciate the history of China.
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Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Sines, Portugal
Project Authors: Manuel Aires Mateus & Francisco Aires Mateus
Project Leader: Jorge P. Silva
Collaborators: Rodolfo Reis Dias, Bruno Moura Anes, Pedro Anão, Cristina Fuertes Miquel, Amparo Burgos Garcia
Client: Câmara Municipal de Sines
Structural Engineer: Miguel Vilar – BETAR
Electrical Engineer: Raul Serafim
Water Engineer: Marta Azevedo – BETAR
Construction Coordination: Emília Martins
Site Director: António Pinto
Project Area: 8,065 sqm
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Daniel Malhão
Set in its own grounds facing onto Ulica Kawalerii on one side and a park on the other in an area of the city devoted to embassies, the British Embassy in Warsaw has a serene and formal quality. Its long form is centralized by an attic in an elementally neo-classical way and underlined by the longer figures of the walls and railings enclosing the site. The building is explicit in its conservation of energy; its glass elevations function as the outer skin of a double façade, which provides substantial thermal insulation in winter and relieves heat in the summer. The outer layer, delineated by pale bronze aluminum mullions and mirror glass, reflects the sky and trees of the surrounding gardens. Behind this is a more substantial façade of windows set between solid piers and spandrels in a modulated composition of a similar palette. The pale polychromy of this arrangement is a distant relative of the painted stucco buildings of the school of Schinkel, which can be seen across Europe from the Hague to Oslo and here in Warsaw.
Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: UI. Kawalerii 12, Warsaw, Poland
Design Build Contractor: Mace Limited
Executive Architect: Epstein Sp zo.o
Structural/Services/Acoustical Engineer: Buro Happold Polska Sp.
Quanity Surveyors: Arcadis
Security Consultant: David Goode Associates
Landscape Architect: Schoenaich Landscape Architects Ltd
Landscape Execution: RS Architektura Krajobrazu
Space Planners: Forme UK
Architecture Execution: EMKAA Architekci
BREEAM Construction: TPS
Façade Specialist: Saelzer
Project Area: 4,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects