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Zollverein School of Management and Design / SANAA

15:48 - 28 March, 2010
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Architects: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA Client: Zollverein School Location: Essen, Germany Construction start: March 2005 Completed: July 2006 Project architect: Nicole Berganski Associate architects: Böll & Krabel Built area: 5.000sqm Masterplan: Rem Koolhaas, OMA Landscape: Agence Ter Photos: Iwan Baan

Rolex Learning Center / SANAA

11:49 - 18 February, 2010

The Rolex Learning Center at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland will open its doors on Feb 22th.

The building, designed by the acclaimed Japanese firm SANAA, features one of the most impressive concrete surfaces I have ever seen, creating a fluid space for students to enjoy. Interesting comments by Ryue Nishizawa on the relation between organic forms in architecture and human life. While the building is a perfect rectangle when seen in a plan view, the curves and slopes which define the interior space give the building a totally organic look.

More photos after the break.

Art Bridge / wHY Architecture

06:00 - 16 December, 2009

wHY Architecture has shown us their expertise on cultural projects at different scales: the Grand Rapids Art Museum (the first LEED Gold certified museum) on the large scale in one side and the Royal/T Gallery on a smaller scale, among other cultural projects shown on their website.

And now they share with us a cultural project on the infrastructure scale that I had the chance to see when I visited their office early this year, which got green light and enters construction phase in 2010: the Art Bridge.

The project is located over the Los Angeles river and it’s very related to it, as most of its structure will be built from trash salvaged from the river itself.  This project will achieve what many have been looking for, and that is to reconnect with the river that crosses LA. And I think that it will make it.

You can also watch our interview with Yo-ichiro Hakomori from whY Architecture, filmed at Postopolis! LA earlier this year.

Project description and more images after the break:

ORDOS 100 #44: Mass Studies

07:30 - 12 August, 2009
courtesy of Mass Studies
courtesy of Mass Studies

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Mass Studies Project Team: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Joungwon Lee, Hyunseok Jung, Sanghoon Lee, Cheonkang Park, Joonhee Lee, Kyungmok Park Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

House 01 / za bor Architects

00:00 - 24 June, 2009

Architects: za bor architects / Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaitsev Location: Moscow, Russia Principal Use: Residence Engineer: za bor architects Structure material: Concrete Constructed Area: 560 sqm Project year: 2004-2006 Photographs: Zinur Razutdinov & Peter Zaitsev

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ORDOS 100 #37: Polaris Architects

14:00 - 20 April, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Polaris Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Principals in Charge: Carole Schmit & François Thiry Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Casa Pedralbes / Joan Anguita

07:30 - 5 April, 2009

This house in the mountains, designed by the architect Joan Anguita, brings all the glamour of Los Angeles to Barcelona, Spain. Partially suspended above the terrain, it is the dream home of a young businessman who loves collecting cars and organizing gatherings for his friends.

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ORDOS 100 #30: LTL Architects

14:00 - 26 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: LTL Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Marc Tsurumaki, Paul Lewis, David J. Lewis, Kate Snider, Deric Mizokami, Laura Cheung Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Arial M6 / Carbajo Barrios Arquitectos

09:00 - 14 March, 2009

Architects: Carbajo Barrios Arquitectos / Manuel Carbajo Capeans & Celso Barrios Ceide Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain Construction Manager: Enrique Martinez Render: Carlos Pascual Ayestarán – Artquimedia Interior Design: Fatima Amo Lighting: Tokonoma Aditional Support: Santiago Interiores Building Type: Mixed Use_Residential / Commercial / Office Design year: 2007/2008 Construction year: 2008/2011 Size: 20,000 sqm Project website: Grupo Arial

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ORDOS 100 #23: Oyler Wu Collaborative

14:00 - 2 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Fayez Ahbad, Phillip Cameron, Jian Huang, Huy Le Consulting Structural Engineer: Buro Happold Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, ChinaConstructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

This proposal for a 1000 square meter villa in Inner Mongolia, China is part of a development of 100 villas to be designed by 100 architects from 27 different countries. The project is coordinated by Ai Wei Wei of FAKE Design, Beijing.

Hollywood House / wHY Architecture

21:00 - 28 February, 2009

wHY Architecture shared with us an interesting project for a house in Hollywood, a series of spaces contained by a single stripe, alternating between open and closed.

Read more about it:

ORDOS 100 #22: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

14:00 - 26 February, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, ChinaConstructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

The starting point of this proposal is a vertical experience as a complement to the horizontal condition of the Ordos plateau, a new topography that can take full advantage of its surroundings. The house starts with the pool at lower garden level and reaches up to the top roof terrace open to the sky. Interior spaces follow the movement, a rising spiral around the structural core, the stairs. As a result the program is distributed on a series of interior terraces that are interconnected visually yet offering seclusion and differentiating space in the section.

ORDOS 100 #12: RSVP

15:00 - 22 January, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: RSVP Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #5: HHF

16:00 - 29 December, 2008

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: HHF Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER with Nicole Baron, Daichi Takano, Kohsuke Uesugi and Christian Weyell Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Site Area: 1,521 sqm Constructed Area: 925 sqm

Gardiner Museum Renewal / KPMB Architects

16:00 - 12 December, 2008

Architects: KPMB Architects Location: Toronto, Canada Client: Gardiner Museum Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara (design principal), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Paulo Rocha (design/project architect); Shane O’Neill, Javier Uribe, Kevin Bridgman, Tyler Sharpe, Ramon Janer, Steven Casey, Bill Colaco (project team) Structural Enginnering: Halsall Associates Ltd. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Crossey Engineering Ltd. Contractor: Urbacon Budget: US $7,23M Photographs: Eduard Hueber & Tom Arban

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Boh Visitor Center / ZLG Design

20:47 - 1 September, 2008

Of the things i really love about maintaining this blog is that it gathers architects from all around the world. In this case, the people from ZLG Design in Malaysia sent us their project for the BOH Visitor Center through our contact form – same as many other offices we will publish in the next days. Everyone is invited!

This great building -my personal favorite in the last month- is located in Malaysia, overlooking an amazing landscape. I think that its tectonic work really frames the natural surrounding.

Architect: ZLG Design Team: Huat Lim, Susanne Zeidler, Jimmy Wong, Mary Verhaeghe, Hong Chieh Location: Sungai Palas, Cameron Highland, Boh Visitor Centre, Malaysia Locale description: Tea plantations and factory Site area: 12,168.32 sqm Built area: 1,233.8 sqm Building start: November 2005 BUilding completion: July 2006 Budget: USD$498,652.29

Impressive Storm Sewer System / Saitama, Japan

03:12 - 7 July, 2008

To avoid floodings on typhoon season, the city of Saitama in Japan features an impressive storm sewer system. Its construction started in 1992, and its composed by giant concrete silos (65m tall, 32m wide) connected by 6.4km of underground tunnels 50m below the surface. It also has a giant tank: 25.4m tall, 177m long and 78 wide, with 59 concrete columns.

This impressive structure is opened for tourists. More pictures  and videos below. Be sure to check out the truck being lifted through the sewer!.

Fundação Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre, Brazil / Alvaro Siza

19:25 - 21 June, 2008

The new building for the Ibere Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil designed by Portugal´s Alvaro Siza, is a big rectangular white concrete structure. It has a big central space enclose by circulations and exhibition spaces. Some of this circulations separate from the main body as arms going out through the facade.

I´ve always loved the big white orthogonal Siza buildings, and i think that this form is really informed by brazilian modernists, resulting on sculptural rock in front of the river with an amazing light use, a tradition on Siza´s works.

Pictures by Grazielle Bruscato, plans taken from Fundação Iberê Camargo.