Parasite or Savior? Ibelings van Tilburg's Hovering New High-Rise

00:00 - 3 September, 2013
Parasite or Savior? Ibelings van Tilburg's Hovering New High-Rise, © Ossip van Duivenbode for Ibelings van Tilburg architecten
© Ossip van Duivenbode for Ibelings van Tilburg architecten

This article originally appeared in uncube magazine as "Saviour or Parasite?"

The post-war city centre of Rotterdam is ruled by commerce. Only five percent of the city's inhabitants live in the centre, which is almost entirely occupied by highstreet fashion chains, fast food restaurants, and offices. After shop closing time, the shutters go down and the streets are deserted. The municipality would like to lure more inhabitants into the centre – but space for new residential buildings is scarce. So in recent years, a 1960s cinema and church had to make way for a huge new housing complex designed by Alsop Architects, and a residential tower by Wiel Arets was speedily attached to Marcel Breuer's department store, De Bijenkorf. It was not until the municipality suggested forcing new housing high-rises into the green courtyards of the Lijnbaanhoven residential complex, designed in 1954 by Hugh Maaskant, that there were protests and the project had to be cancelled. For the time being, that is.

One densification project, however, tried not to destroy or debase the post-war building originally occupying its site. In many respects, the Karel Doorman residential high-rise could even be called the saviour of the old Ter Meulen department store. It might be rather uncommon for a valiant hero to crouch down on the shoulders of the little old lady he intends to rescue – but that's more or less what happened here.

Harding House / Athfield Architects

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
Harding House / Athfield Architects, © Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand
  • Design Team

    John Hardwick Smith, Jon Rennie, Jaime Lawrence, Paul Cummack, Lars von Minden, Maurice Pipson
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt +12

Museum & Biodiversity Research Center / Guinée et Potin Architects

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
Museum & Biodiversity Research Center / Guinée et Potin Architects, © Stephane Chalmeau
© Stephane Chalmeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Roche-sur-Yon, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Agence GUINEE*POTIN Architectes
  • Design Team

    Anne-Flore Guinée et Hervé Potin architectes; Solen Nico chef de projet
  • Landscape Designers

    Guillaume Sevin Paysages
  • Graphic Design

    WARMGREY
  • Museographic Content

    Stéphanie VINCENT
  • Engineering

    ISATEG
  • Scenography

    block architects
  • Area

    2057.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Stephane Chalmeau, Courtesy of Guinée et Potin Architects, Nicolas Pineau, Spectrum/Xavier Poirier

© Stephane Chalmeau © Stephane Chalmeau © Stephane Chalmeau © Stephane Chalmeau +42

Edel_Weiss Residence / Matteo Thun & Partners

00:00 - 3 September, 2013
Edel_Weiss Residence / Matteo Thun & Partners, © Christian Wöckinger
© Christian Wöckinger
  • Architects

  • Location

    Katschberg Pass, 5582, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Oliver Hofmeister, Jens Seemueller
  • Project Manager Architecture

    Bruno Franchi
  • Interior Design

    Michael Catoir
  • Interior Designers

    Sabrina Pinkes, Maren Weitz
  • Light Design

    Simone Fumagalli
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Jens Weber © Jens Weber © Jens Weber © Christian Wöckinger +13

Tapered House / Index Architecture

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
Tapered House  / Index Architecture, © Hunga Chan
© Hunga Chan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shunde, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Designer

    Anderson Lee
  • Design Team

    Yung Sai Chun, Bart Kwok, Ronnie Chui
  • Area

    670.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hunga Chan © Hunga Chan © Hunga Chan © Hunga Chan +24

Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha / Coop Himmelb(l)au, Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au
Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

One of Coop Himmelb(l)au's latest competition winning designs is the Dawang Mountain Resort near Changsha, China, a combination of an entertainment ice world with an indoor ski slope, a water park and supporting restaurant and shopping facilities. Positioned directly on top of a historical cement mining quarry pit and lake, this proposal aims to combine "striking landscape with ambitious design" in a way that could redefine the idea and aesthetics of recreation for the south-central Chinese city.

Designing Offices For Introverts, Extroverts, & Everything In Between

00:00 - 3 September, 2013
Designing Offices For Introverts, Extroverts, & Everything In Between, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

In an article for Fast Company, Chris Congdon explains the key to designing workplaces that cater to the needs of introverts, extroverts and everyone in between. According to Congdon, most office workers need a mixture: places to be around others, encouraging collaboration, and places to work alone and focus on individual tasks. The solution? A "pallette of places" which give workers an ample choice of where to work. Read the full article here and learn more about how do design successful workplaces here

New House in Ranzo / Wespi de Meuron

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
New House in Ranzo / Wespi de Meuron, © Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ranzo, 6577 Sant'Abbondio, Switzerland
  • Collaborators

    Roberto La Rocca Architekt
  • Engineer

    Anastasi
  • Building Physics

    IFEC Consulenze
  • Master Builder

    Clerici Vitali Dellea SA
  • Area

    127.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz +23

Marabajo / Nicolás Campodonico

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Nicolas Campodonico © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Nicolas Campodonico © Nicolas Campodonico +17

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute / Samoo Architects & Engineers + Grimshaw Architects

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute / Samoo Architects & Engineers + Grimshaw Architects  , © Young Chae Park
© Young Chae Park

© Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park © Young Chae Park +12

Casa Y / F:L Architetti

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
© Daniele Domenicali
© Daniele Domenicali

© Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali +43

Transoceánica Building / +arquitectos

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
 Transoceánica Building / +arquitectos , © Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

© Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali +48

  • +Arquitectos

  • Location

    Parque Santa María de Manquehue, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Alex Brahm, David Bonomi, Marcelo Leturia, Maite Bartolomé, Felipe de la Jara, Diego Parra, Sebastián Infanta, Manuel Brahm, Mauricio Sanchez, Manuel Pulgar, Javiera Rolando, Ignacio Abé
  • Project Area

    17000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Erieta Attali, Guy Wenborne, Courtesy of +arquitectos, Cortesía de Transoceánica

NASA Plans to 3D Print Spacecraft in Orbit

00:00 - 2 September, 2013
NASA Plans to 3D Print Spacecraft in Orbit, © Tethers Unlimited Inc.
© Tethers Unlimited Inc.

As revealed in an article on Gigaom, NASA has recently added an extra $500,000 into a collaboration with Tethers Unlimited, a company researching ways to 3D print and assemble structures whilst in orbit. Using this technology, their SpiderFab robots reduce the size of the rockets needed to launch materials into space, and also allow for much larger structures to be created than in any previous technique - opening up new possibilities for construction in space. You can read the full article here.

Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services Headquarters / Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects

00:00 - 2 September, 2013
Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services Headquarters / Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects, © Will Crocker
© Will Crocker
  • Architects

  • Location

    Baton Rouge, LA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Trula H. Remson, FAIA
  • Design Team

    Christopher G. Remson, AIA; Jason Hargrave, AIA; Jonathan Guelfo, AIA; Molly Donalson
  • Area

    30000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Will Crocker © Will Crocker © Will Crocker © Will Crocker +9

Budapest Music Center / Art1st Design Studio

01:00 - 2 September, 2013
Budapest Music Center / Art1st Design Studio, © Tamás, Bujonovszky
© Tamás, Bujonovszky
  • Architects

  • Location

    1093 Budapest, Mátyás Street 8, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel, Taraczky, Dorottya, Gőz, Abdel Rahim, Chehadé
  • Structural Engineer

    Ödenburger Építészeti és Mérnöki Iroda
  • Civil Engineers

    Dezső, Hensler, Krisztina, Csepregálovics
  • Mechanical Engineers

    Attila, Lucz, Ervin, Barta
  • Photographs

© Tamás, Bujonovszky © Tamás, Bujonovszky © Tamás, Bujonovszky © Tamás, Bujonovszky +40

Red Rock / Rolf Ockert

01:00 - 2 September, 2013
Courtesy of Rolf Ockert
Courtesy of Rolf Ockert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rolf Ockert

Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Courtesy of Rolf Ockert +15

Warsaw Villa / Kulczyński Architect + PL09

01:00 - 2 September, 2013
Warsaw Villa / Kulczyński Architect + PL09, © Jan Karol Gołębiewski
© Jan Karol Gołębiewski

© Jan Karol Gołębiewski © Jan Karol Gołębiewski © Jan Karol Gołębiewski © Jan Karol Gołębiewski +13

Postcode 3000 Exhibition

00:00 - 2 September, 2013
Postcode 3000 Exhibition, Courtesy of City of Melbourne
Courtesy of City of Melbourne

Once labeled 'an empty useless city center,' by architectural commentator Norman Day, the city of Melbourne's transformation since the 1980s has been dramatic. Today, Melbourne is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a vibrant, urbane downtown. Currently on show until December 21st at City Gallery in Melbourne, this exhibition examines the impact and legacy of the Postcode 3000 planning policy. Curated by Rob Adams, the exhibition looks at the genesis and typologies of this change and its ongoing impact on the form and vitality of central Melbourne. It asks the question: do we fully comprehend the impact of this latest boom? For more information, please visit here.