AART Architects and Schonherr Landscape recently won the competition for the new Campus Park Skara in Sweden, including a 10,000m2 school and a 49 acre green park. Skara Municipality appointed the two teams to carry on the city’s proud school tradition with their design located in the heart of the city. The winning proposal strives to excite the students’ curiosity and desire to learn by using the architecture as an innovative learning platform, stimulating their senses and social interaction. More architects’ description after the break.
Last summer, we were big advocators for the AIA’s innovative idea to establish a database of stalled projects. As we shared earlier, such a network would allow potential investors to finance halted projects deemed “credit-worthy”; thus, projects that may not acquire the necessary financial backing due to the lack of available credit may be able to be built thanks to public/anonymous investors. This initiative, which has been in effect for a mere 2 and a half months, could be a great opportunity for entreprenauial architects as the database provides a perfect platform for information and interaction. So far, the AIA reported that the database contains 36 projects worth approximately $1.2 billion with 50 investors – and those numbers are only expected to increase as efforts of the initiative are more publicly known. “This effort by the AIA to match projects with investors has no precedent we know of, and so we have to be pleased with the development of the database so far,” said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. “We won’t be satisfied, however, until we see deals being consummated at a rapid pace as a result of our efforts.”
More about the database after the break.
The wicker weaving technique is associated with the traditional manufacturing of small utilitarian objects. This technique installed in Chile since colonial times, stands out for its potential to build complex and resistant shapes given by the flexibility of the fiber and rigidity provided by the weaving. Based on these properties, this project by Andrea von Chrismar explores the manufacturing of the weave, this time in relation to the field of architecture. This research explores the potential of a natural raw material and an ancient technique of patrimonial nature, regarding new usage options. More images and architects’ description after the break.
A well known architectural classic by Le Corbusier, the Notre Dame du Ronchamp, or more commonly referred to as Ronchamp, is featured very elegantly in this video by italian architect Franco Di Capua. The curved roof that peels up towards the heavens, the curving walls, and the the sporadic window placement on the walls are just a few of the architectural elements that make this project such a marvel.
Architect: Make Architects
Location: Birmingham, UK
Client: Birmingham Development Company
Collaborators: BuroHappold, Faber Mansell Fire, Faithful+Gould, GMJ, Hoare Lea
Project Area: 42,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects, Craig Holmes/Images of Birmingham, Crew Photography
Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has pushed into Indonesia with their winning proposal in the masterplan for the high-profile Cilandak Bisnis Square (CIBIS) project in Jakarta, on behalf of client Bhumyamka Sekawan. CIBIS is the practice’s first project in Indonesia, which has one of the world’s fastest growing construction markets and is predicted to represent some four per cent of global construction spending from 2010 to 2020. More images and project description after the break.
In his interview with Renzo Piano, Rob Gregory of Architectural Review discusses architecture, responsibility and innovation within the field. Piano talks about architecture is being a highly considered inquiry into the process of making because “architecture is more lasting and profound” and if it is done wrong, with the wrong intentions and assumptions, then “it is wrong for a long time”. In regards to his work, Renzo Piano speaks about the “good and bad stories” that surround buildings. Mentioning The Shard in London, designed in partnership with Hunter Douglas and Pompidou Centre, designed in collaboration with Richard Rogers, Piano reflects on the role of architecture in a city as a public building and cultural magnet.
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The United States Green Building Council‘s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools, started by the Georgia Chapter, is behind the transformation of the educational system in this country through the introduction of high performance schools and facilities. It all starts with providing an environment for learning focusing on health, education and the responsible use of funds, which are “the three major concerns that the school system struggles with”, says Laura Turdel Seydel – Chair of the Captain Planet Foundation. The fundamentals are simple and are the typical goals of the Board of Education. But this initiative, which is a coalition between some of the top educational and environmental associations in the country, does this by focusing on where students are learning and that means updating the technology of our schools.
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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Design Team: Luke Yeung, PailinPaijitsattaya, PhuttipanAswakool
Exhibition Design: DesignLAB
Client Representative: Dentsu Thailand
Structural Design: MontreeSayabovorn
Contractor: Pico Thailand
Project Area: 500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: PhuttipanAswakool, Luke Yeung
Building Trust International will be hosting an exhibition of sustainable, modular, mobile school designs for migrant and refugee populations at a POP up space open to the general public from 10am-7pm on Oxford St, London from February 3-10.
The event will showcase the winning and shortlisted designs from their recent “School 4 Burma” competition. The exhibition will invite a wide range of distinguished architects and designers to attend which will further widen the exposure of the fantastic designs and continue the support for their “School 4 Burma” project.
KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten recently won the international competition entitled “Blue Sky Building Project” for the Air China headquarters in the major west Chinese city of Chengdu. With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing headed by Johannes Reinsch, Managing Director of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, saw off five other entries. The office boasts a gross surface area (GSA) of 124,000 m² and offers space for a total of 5,470 workspaces. The fact that the high-rise design should serve as a role model with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability is of major concern to the developer. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Weysen & De Baere Architects… recently won a competition to design a multi-funcional hall with a daycare center and small library in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, at the outskirts of Antwerp (Belgium). The building measures around 2.100m2, and spreads over 2 stories. The
Crater Lake, an installation project by 24° Studio, was exhibited at the Kobe Biennale from October – November 2011. The project was also one of the winners for Shitsurai Art International Competition organized by the city of Kobe. This multi-use environmental installation serves as a meeting place where every area can be used as seating for visitors to contemplate the surroundings, thus invoking a social interaction within and around. More images and architects’ description after the break.
British architect David Chipperfield recently gave an interview with Crane.tv discussing his architectural philosophy and affinity for the German culture. He expands on his approach to architecture and touches on his work for the completed reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin. Be sure to check out some of his other recent works including; The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Wakefield, England, Turner Contemporary – a visual arts venue in Margate, England, America’s Cup Building in Valencia, Spain, and the Central Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa.
Architect: Swatt | Miers Architects
Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA
Project Team: Robert Swatt FAIA (Principal Designer), Steven Stept AIA (Project Architect), Shira Czarny, Ivan Olds, Leila Bijan Kuehr, Jeanie Fan, Connie Wong (interiors)
Structural Engineer: Yu Strandberg Engineering
Civil Engineer: Lea & Braze Engineering
Landscape Architect: Ron Herman Landscape Architect
Lighting: Architectural: Lighting Design
Contractor: Lencioni Construction
Design / Completion : 2006 / 2010
Photographs: Tim Griffith