April is Autism Awareness Month, and ArchDaily would like to draw your attention to the architectural coverage we have done on the topic. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders that affect 1 in 88 children. The spectrum is large and diverse. It ranges from individuals who can be socially withdrawn, have extreme learning difficulties and little to no communication to individuals who can be highly intelligent but socially awkward. Each individual, however, exhibits, to varying degrees, impairments in social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. ArchDaily’s coverage looks at the various approaches architects have taken when designing for individuals with autism. We hope to get your feedback on the articles and your help in spreading autism awareness.
Architects: GAP Arquitectos - Daniel Jiménez & Beatriz Martínez & Jaime Olivera Arquitectos
Location: Badajoz, Spain
Completion: April 2009
Intervention Areas: 3.025 sqm
Construction Cost: phase 1 (rehab): 979.625 € / phase 2 (garden): 362.215 €
Client: Consejería de Cultura y Turismo, Junta de Extremadura
Constructor: Construcciones e Instalaciones Moreno, SL
Project Team: Daniel Jiménez Ferrera, Beatriz Martínez Martínez, Jaime Olivera Quintanilla
Collaborators: Carlos Olivera Quintanilla, Juan Ruiz, Luis Fernández, Aurora Fernández, Fernando García, Ignacio Jiménez, Juan Yruela, Joao Durao
Photographs: Jesús Granada
Architect: Undurraga Devés Arquitectos – Cristián Undurraga
Location: Los Andes Valley, Chile
Construction Year: 2009
Constructed Surface Area: 620 sqm
Team Design: Undurraga Deves Arquitectos, Cristián Larraín Bontá, Pablo López, Jean Baptiste Bruderer
Altar Design: José Vicente Gajardo
Structural Engineer: José Jiménez, Rafael Gatica Engineers
Constructor: Terrano S.A.
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone
The design intent of Lemay Associés for the Stinson Transport Center in Montreal was to achieve a seamless weaving of the project into the surrounding urban fabric. They then did thus through the introduction of a new dialog element: an interface which will serve as a catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding industrial sector. Characterized by simple and contemporary volumetrics, the project is based on functional principles which give it its geometric singularity. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Zijlweg 2, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Project Team: Paul Diederen, Irene Horvers, Fabianne Riolo, Cyriel Heemels, Edgar Claassen, Ronald Van, Aggelen, Susanne Tissen, Annemiek Bergman.
Advisors: Pieters Bouwtechniek Haarlem bv, Valstar Simonis, advies-en ingenieurs bureau dhv bv
Contractor: Ballast Nedam Bouw, Noordwest.
Interior Architects: Paul Diederen, Fabianne Riolo, Cyriel Heemels, Irene Horvers, Bob Copray
Photographs: Arthur Bagen
The sports center’s concept by Côté Leahy Cardas Architects… rests on the alteration of the site on which it will be implemented. A site which has been metamorphosed from an industrial field (a quarry) into a landfill and will now
Filmed in 1921, Manhatta reveals a typical day in Lower Manhattan in the early part of the 20th century. Painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand created this silent film to discover the relationship between film and photography, while exploring their love to the City. Just as it is today, the City is amidst endless chaos.
Koen Olthuis’s Dutch practice, Waterstudio, has been preparing for the environmental impacts on architecture for ten years now – building a practice on the assumption that a new solution for inhabitation is on the water. Having lived in Amsterdam, Olthuis has intimate experience with the battle against water that people have posed for themselves. In an interview with Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat, Olthuis describes how Amsterdam was settled, what it means to have a city built upon water and the maintenance required. Olthuis’ desire to colonize the oceans is not new, but his techniques, which he touches upon in this TEDx Talk in Warwick, focus on a refined and innovative way of approaching this strategy that is progressive in that it requires far less maintenance.
The starting point for ECDM Architectes in their design for the Cité municipale de Bonneuil-Sur-Marne is the context in which the new city hall will be located. Here more than elsewhere, the town hall will articulate, unify urban landscapes of great diversity, contribute to the implementation of a new polarity high symbolic value in a heterogeneous urban environment. The intersection of two major pathways of Bonneuil-sur-Marne, between the Avenue de Verdun and the provincial road 19 is a strategic crossroads at the edge of urbanity strong and gives our response as an interface between the different territories of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.
gmp Architekten just won the first prize with their design for the new buildings of the Karlsruhe Medical Centre. The competition focused on the 2015 master plan and was open to 15 selected practices. The briefing called for the construction of a new central building in order to give more structure to the hospital precinct – which consists of older buildings from the nineteenth century as well as later additions – and to improve the logistics of the centre by constructing a new central catering facility and new institute buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The design for the Citadel Skyscraper by Victor Kopeikin and Pavlo Zabotin is a symbiosis of a skyscraper and a residential tank creating a defensive shield to protect the island from the inside against external natural and anthropogenic influences. The project provides carrying the residential functions of cities in the land out to self-supporting residential units located in the sea (residential skyscrapers, citadels).These citadels interact with each other on the shoreline, forming a single closed defensive chain that operates both on the surface and underground. Thereby proceeds the mastering of new territories for the human life. More images and architects’ description after the break.
It is hard not to want to pick up this book and start reading with the project displayed on the front cover. Fantastic! This book grapples with the issue of how to marry old buildings with new design. The book offers a wide range of projects that should challenge architects and planners working at any scale. The text is tremendously accessible while being sophistically insightful.
Check out some of the projects featured in this book that we have also featured: Dovecote Studio, Walden Studios, Hutong Bubble 32, Guru Bar, Ozuluama Penthouse, II Forte di Fortezza, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Moderna Museet Malmo, Hearst Tower, California College of the Arts, and Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere.
The inspirations for the design and character of the SiloCenter building, by Neostudio Architekci + BPT Jedlinski, were open minds and the creation of new challenges for people who are looking for an active lifestyle. The design dynamics underline a positive attitude to change, which will stimulate a positive body and mind culture, which is realized in the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.