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Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Located at a strategic point within the city of Helsinki, the ‘Shared Dreams’ proposal for the Helsinki Central Library conforms to the proposed massing and urban regulations, while endeavoring to give a coherent response to the program and the environment. Designed by Kubota & Bachmann Architects, the variety of the urban conditions will be, from the very beginning, reflected in the concept of the building and the organization of spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Round Up: Pavilions Part II

© ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
© ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

Modular Residential Tower To Be Built at Atlantic Yards

© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) just announced that they will be partnering with Skanska, one of the world’s largest construction and development groups, for the B2 project. This project is making headlines because it will be the first residential tower that is part of the Atlantic Yards Development in Brooklyn using modular construction. FCRC plans to break ground on the 32-story building on December 18th and anticipates that the building will open in 2014. While high-rise modular technology has been initially developed for use at Atlantic Yards, this new industry has the potential to create modular components for construction projects across New York City and worldwide, becoming the first major manufacturing expansion in New York City since manufacturing began its decline over a generation ago. More information after the break.

Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur

AllesWirdGut, together with the German climate engineering experts Transsolar and the Dutch-born urban planning avant-gardist Ton Matton, recently developed their concept for the BIO Campus. The project consists of a huge site just outside Istanbul that is becoming one of the world’s leading scientific research centers which has had a holistic approach from the very start. The main idea behind the architectural and environmental project is to create a self-sufficient and self-supporting accumulation of living spaces for work, scientific research, everyday life and recreational activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

8th China Flower Expo Information Center / Lab Architecture Studio

Designed for the 8th China Flower expo, which will be held in 2014, the design for the information center by Lab Architecture Studio aims to create a very subtle expression. By blending it into nature, the project is able to unite itself with the land and environment. Both the lively architectural form and the flexible spatial structures activate the whole expo park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Irene Joliot Curie Residences / DATA [Architectes]

  • Architects: DATA [Architectes]
  • Location: Maison Blanche, France
  • Architect In Charge: BE Hauvette
  • Economist: Cabinet Lemonnier
  • Structural Engineering: Malishev-Wilson Ingénieries
  • Fuids Engineering: Icofluides
  • Landscape: David Besson
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of DATA [Architectes]

Courtesy of DATA [Architectes] Courtesy of DATA [Architectes] Courtesy of DATA [Architectes] Courtesy of DATA [Architectes]

Avery Fisher Hall To Be "Radically" Renovated

Interior of Avery Fisher Hall. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons User Mikhail Klassen at en.wikipedia
Interior of Avery Fisher Hall. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons User Mikhail Klassen at en.wikipedia

About a decade's passed since Foster+Partners won the competition to re-design Avery Fisher Hall (as part of Lincoln Center's campus-wide re-haul, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro), and the famous music hall is finally ready to go through with it - just not necessarily with Foster+Partners. 

After Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic failed to raise the $300 million they needed to cover construction costs, and due to concerns that displacing the orchestra would jeopardize potential revenue, Foster+Partners' plans languished. However, the Philharmonic is now under new leadership, and its young directors are anxious to transform the conventional music hall, hence why they've decided to solicit new proposals for the building. 

As the Orchestra's new executive eirector, Matthew VanBesien, told the New York Times: “If you’re not thinking about the way in which our art form and music and audiences are evolving, you’re not serving the art form long term. You really want to build this next great hall in a new way, to do the kinds of things you maybe are doing but want to do in a more compelling way or maybe can’t even imagine yet.”

More info about the proposal for the new Avery Fisher Hall, after the break...

House Ber / Nico van der Meulen Architects

© Barend Roberts © Barend Roberts © Victoria Pilcher © Victoria Pilcher

The Lanxi Curtilage / Archi Union Architects

© SHEN Zhonghai
© SHEN Zhonghai
  • Architects: Archi Union Architects Inc
  • Location: International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, Chengdu, China
  • Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
  • Client: Chengdu Qingyang Suburb Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area: 4,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: SHEN Zhonghai

© SHEN Zhonghai © SHEN Zhonghai © SHEN Zhonghai © SHEN Zhonghai

Shipping and Transport College / DP6

  • Architects: DP6
  • Location: Anthony fokkerweg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Robert Alewijnse, Chris de Weijer Dardo Mantel, Harrie Hupperts, Jimmy van de Aa, Tim Sluiter, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Sarina Gomez
  • Consultants: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Nelissen ingenieursbureau, Basalt Bouwadvies
  • Contractors: Heerkens van Bavel, Wolter & Dros, Alewijnse Delft
  • Client: STC-group
  • Area: 7,600 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Christian Richters

© Marcel van der Burg © Christian Richters © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg

Castle Winery / Moral Arquitectura

  • Architects Office: Moral Arquitectura
  • Location: Villada, Spain
  • Architect: Fernando Moral Andrés
  • Quantity Surveyor: José Luis Sánchez Rodríguez
  • Collaborators: Teresa Gómez, Fernando P. Borrego, Antonio Moral, Miguel Ángel Moral, Javier Ramos, Javier Sancho, Alexis S. Verpont
  • Structural Partner: Moncova, S.L.
  • Construction: Javier Vega, Miguel Alonso, Alfonso Alonso, Secundino González, Tino Díez
  • Area: 255.2 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Jorge López-Conde

© Jorge López-Conde © Jorge López-Conde © Jorge López-Conde © Jorge López-Conde

Arteology / Atelier 37.2

  • Architects: Atelier 37.2
  • Location: Auvergne region, France
  • Collaborators: Anna Checchi, Giorgio Davi’, Pascal Schaller, Christine Vergez
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of atelier 37-2

Courtesy of atelier 37-2 Courtesy of atelier 37-2 Courtesy of atelier 37-2 Courtesy of atelier 37-2

Encounters 2 - Architectural Essays / Peter MacKeith

Architecture is fundamentally existential in its very essence, and it arises from existential experience and wisdom rather than intellectualized and formalized theories. We can only prepare ourselves for our work in architecture by developing a distinct sensitivity and awareness for architectural phenomena.” With these declarative words, Finnish architect, educator and critic Juhani Pallasmaa resounds the call of his 2005 volume, Encounters: Architectural Essays, in this second volume of essays, Encounters 2. 

Fournitures Select / Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

© Steve Montpetit © Steve Montpetit © Steve Montpetit © Steve Montpetit

SANAA Unveils Their Plans for Bocconi University Campus

The new Bocconi University campus by SANAA. Photo via Domus.
The new Bocconi University campus by SANAA. Photo via Domus.

SANAA has just unveiled their plans for the Bocconi University Campus in Milan, Italy. The design features various undulating structures, forming connective inner courtyards, that wind their way across a 17,500 square meter green space open to both students and neighborhood residents.

According to Paola Nicolin, a professor at Bocconi and writer for Domus, the University is a "playground" for the imagination, using "non-hierarchic compositional elements" to establish a relationship between the campus' organic forms and the human lives which inhabit it. In Nicolin's words, the project "speaks of transparency, empathy for nature, and far-sightedness."

More images and info on the project, after the break...

Font Del Roure Nursery / ONL Arquitectura

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Location: C/ del Pont s/n, Masquefa, Anoia, Spain
  • Arquitectos A Cargo: ONL arquitectura - Joan Nogué , Txema Onzain , Félix López
  • Collaborators: Félix López, Borja Iglesias, Tapio Lassmann, Mireia Marès
  • Constructor: EMCOFA, S.L.
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • Budget: € 2,847,390
  • Year: 2006
  • Photography: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Shanghai Vanke Headquarters / Tsushima Design Studio

  • Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
  • Location: Shanghai, Changning, China
  • Design Architects: Tsushima Design Studio (TDS), Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
  • Principal: Mr. Toshio Tsushima (TDS), Mr. Hiroto Kobayashi/Mrs. Naomi Maki (KMDW)
  • Collaborators: Shanghai Vanke: Shikyo Fu (Design Director)
  • Landscape: Studio On Site
  • Area: 15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa