A master plan by Goettsch Partners (GP) has been selected as the winning scheme in the design competition for a prominent site in the new Pazhou district in Guangzhou, China. The Pazhou Masterplan will consist of three urban parcels that form a triangular site, which is planned for seven buildings totaling 428,000 square meters. The client and developer is Poly Real Estate (Group) Co., Ltd., China’s leading state-owned real estate company.
Read on for more on this project after the break.
A while ago I had the chance to meet one of the architects whose work I highly admire: Sou Fujimoto.
This Japanese architect based in Tokyo, Japan, established his firm Sou Fujimoto Architects back in 2000. He graduated from the Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1994, and has been a lecturer at Kyoto University since 2007. With a solid history in residential and cultural projects this firm has consistently shown a unique and innovative play of spatial qualities within its building designs, pushing the limits of housing and space conventions.
He defines his architecture under the concept of Primitive Future (as seen on his book), better described by himself as “a sort of primitive situation that relates to the human cave habitation but at the same time creating something new for the future”. This explains very well his works, specially in his recently completed library and museum for the Mushashino Art University. On our article you can watch a video of Sou explaining the challenges of designing a library on the information age.
You can check other works by Sou Fujimoto recently featured on ArchDaily:
One of the most interesting projects I’ve seen in a while, the Musashino Art University Museum & Library proposes a new relation between the user and the books, surrounded and sheltered by them. We had the chance to ask Sou Fujimoto about the challenge of designing this program in the information age, as you can see on the above video.
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Camp Arowhon is a family-run summer camp in Algonquin Park. The new 250 sqm two-story Toronto storefront is a new headquarters intended to create a visual presence in the community, facilitate administration, and create a place which fosters a post-camp alumni community. The owners wanted the building to feel like “a piece of Algonquin Park in the city” evoking the character of camp, while wanting to avoid the camp imagery overused by spas and clothing retailers. The character was established instead through the use and detailing of materials: using harvested raw and rough hewn wood from the camp, and detailing them with a more polished, but simple elegance found in camp buildings.
Architect: PLANT Architect
Location: Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Jane Hutton
Contractor: Integer Construction
Cabinetwork: Edwards and Wilson Cabinetmakers
Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Planting & Irrigation: Oriole Landscaping
Signage: Arrow Graphics
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Peter Legris Photography
The 2011 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Pritzker laureate Peter Zumthor was unveiled today. A design that ‘aims to help its audience take the time to relax, to observe and then, perhaps, start to talk again – maybe not’, the materials are significant in aiding the design which emphasizes the role the senses and emotions play in our experience of architecture.
Zumthor added that ‘the concept for this year’s Pavilion is the hortus conclusus, a contemplative room, a garden within a garden. The planted garden enclosed by this dark structure was conceived by the influential Dutch designer Piet Oudolf.
The building acts as a stage, a backdrop for the interior garden of flowers and light. Through blackness and shadow one enters the building from the lawn and begins the transition into the central garden, a place abstracted from the world of noise and traffic and the smells of London – an interior space within which to sit, to walk, to observe the flowers. This experience will be intense and memorable, as will the materials themselves – full of memory and time.’
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Designed by MAD Architects, the Absolute Towers located in Toronto, Canada are nearing completion, and we are sharing with you the latest under construction photographs byJason Zytynsky. Serving as a gateway to the city beyond, the towers’ facade contains a continuous balcony wrapping the entire building. In 2006 MAD Architects competed and won the international competition to design the towers.
More images after the break.
Asker Municipality in Norway continues its urban development towards a larger, more dynamic city centre. DARK, ADEPT and a consultant team have just won the international competition for city development and expansion of Asker Centre. Their project proposal “In the Loop” presents a unified, urban city for sports and social experiences. More images and complete press release after the break.
With an earth floor and a glass roof this building, design by Takashi Fujino of Ikimono Architects, experiments with the limits between inside and outside. This is a reoccurring theme among many of Ikimono Architects’s projects. Tradeoffs are enviable in a building of this kind, such as having to use an umbrella to access to the bathroom when it is raining and the hassles that come with an earth floor. The payoffs come in the form of being able to grow plants inside through the floor, gaze at the clouds and stars, listen to the sound of the rain and smell the scent of spring flowers.
Architectural Design: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Location: Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
General Contractors: Kenchikusha Shiki Inc.
Landscaping: Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
Structural Engineer: Akira Suzuki / ASA
Roof: Safety glass shatterproof
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Use: Office + Residential
Exterior: Reinforced concrete
Project Area: 177.18 sqm (site), 61.93 sqm (building area), 61.93 sqm (floor area)
Design Year: 2007-2010
Project Year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo recently displayed their exhibition of “Space Specific Installations” in the Kerla Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery of Kerala, India. The architects filled the gallery with figures that intruded upon the space occupied by visitors and forced interactions between the work and the users of the space using a wide range of materials. The exhibition ran from May4th-10th so if you missed it be sure to look through the gallery for images of Lijo Jos and Reny Lijo’s work after the break! Photographs by Praveen Mohandas.
Architects: Shift Architecture Urbanism
Location: Tilburg, The Netherlands
Project architects: Harm Timmermans, Pieter Heymans
Collaborators: Sabine Hogenhout, Bahar Akkoclu, Tjeerd Bloothoofd
Developer: Van der Weegen Bouwontwikkeling, Tilburg
Main contractor: Van der Weegen Bouwgroep, Tilburg
Project area: 518 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: René de Wit, Jos Bedaux
As an important urban infill project in Southwest Florida and a catalyst for future development in the government center, this design responds to the need to be a sustainable, survivable, yet open and inviting public building that maintains all critical functions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, during any event. The project is sited on approximately 69,184 square feet of property and consists of 6 stories that house approximately 102,000 square feet of program, with the first 3 levels parking 200 vehicles. It is also LEED Certified.