Olson Kundig Designs Rooftop Play Space in South Korea

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In collaboration with client Shinsegae, Olson Kundig Architects has designed a 20,000 square foot roof in Uijeongbu, South Korea.  Sitting atop the ninth floor of a twelve story department store, the park acts as a playground for children and a cultural center for the community.  The project follows a rising trend: placing green spaces on top of buildings in urban areas to create safe and secluded public places.  This particular garden uses entirely native species and incorporates sculptures by the artist Do-Ho Suh.

Urban Agriculture Part I: What Cuba Can Teach Us

Everyday, in the city of London, 30 million meals are served. That’s millions of trucks arriving to millions of stores and restaurants in a complex, tightly scheduled orchestration of production, transportation, and distribution.

We take it for granted that this system will never fail. But what would happen if these trucks were stopped? As unrealistic as it sounds, it’s happened – and not so long ago.

In 1989, over 57% of Cuba’s caloric intake was imported from the Soviet Union. When it collapsed, Cuba became, virtually overnight, solely responsible for feeding its population – including the 2.2 million in the city of Havana. [1] What happened next is an incredible story of resilience and innovation.

As our world becomes increasingly urbanized, our farms increasingly endangered, and our reliance upon fossil fuels increasingly undesirable, the question of how we will feed billions of future city dwellers is no mere thought experiment – it’s an urgent reality.

The story of Cuba offers us an interesting question:  What would our cities look like if we began to place production/distribution as the primary focus of urban design? And what will it take to make this vision a reality?

More on how Food can shape our cities, after the break…

Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

© Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)

Architects: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
Client: Private
Project year: 2008
Constructed area: 237 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)

House N / Sou Fujimoto

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Oita,
Project Team: Yumiko Nogiri
Structural Consultant: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Design Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Site Area: 236,57 sqm
Constructed Area: 150,57 sqm
Photographer: Iwan Baan

ZAC bords de seine / ECDM Architects


ECDM Architects recently designed another housing project (we just shared their Student Housing Project earlier on AD) in the Issy les moulineaux, France.  Entitled ZAC bords de seine the project features retail and mixed service areas in addition to several gardens that create “an intelligent living space that turns to its surrounding environment and weather elements for assistance.”

More about the project after the break.

Teahouse / A1 Architects

Architects: David Maštálka / A1 Architects
Location: Prague,
Client: David Maštálka and Lenka Kremenová
Project year: 2008 (35 days)
Contractor: Vojtěch Bilišic , scupltor and carpenter (Slovak Republic)
Collaborators: Lenka Kremenová, Marta Maštálková, Rudolf Maštálka
Dome construction: Jan Bašta
Opponency of Diploma Project: Terunobu Fujimori , University of Tokyo
Interpreting: Petr Holý, Director of Czech Center in Tokyo
Surface Area: 3,75 sqm
Construction Area: 7 sqm
Photographs: Ester Havlová

Clara Display Suite / Elenberg Fraser Architecture

Architects: Elenberg Fraser Architecture
Location: Melbourne, Victoria,
Project year: 2008
Client: R. Corporation
Photographs: John Gollings

Brochstein Pavilion / Thomas Phifer & Partners, The Office of James Burnett

Location: Houston, Texas,
Architect: Thomas Phifer & Partners
Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett
Civil Engineering: Walter P. Moore
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone
Client: Rice
Project Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Constructed Area: 557.5 sqm
Photographs: OJB, Paul Hester & Scott Frances

Oslo International School / JVA

Architects: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
Location: Oslo,
Client: Oslo International School
Design Team: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Siv Hofsøy, Anders Granli, Halvor Kloster, Katrine Skavlan, Nikolaj Zamecznik, Kazuhiko Yamada, Trine Johanne Jamtli
Landscape Architect: Grindaker AS
Consultants: AS Frederiksen (structure), Ingénia AS / Ing. Per Rasmussen AS / Heiberg & Tveter AS (Mechanical), NEAS Brannconsult AS (Fire), Norconsult AS (Acoustics)
Contractor: Oslo Byggentreprenør AS
Project Year: 2006-2009
New Structure Area: 3,900 sqm
Refurbishment Area: 3,300 sqm
Photographs: Ivan Brodey

First Nations Garden-Pavilion / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Principal in Charge: Gilles Saucier
Project Architect: André Perrotte
Project team: Sergio Morales, Anna Bendix, Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Christian Hébert
Structure: Genivar
Mechanical & Electrical engineer: Genivar
Landscape: Williams Asselin Ackaoui et associés inc.
Museum Consultants: Cultura – DES
Area: 10,000 sqm
Constructed Area: 415 sqm
Project year: 2001
Photographs: Marc Cramer

U house / NDA

Architects: Natalie Dionne Architecture
Location: Montreal,
DesignYear: 2003
Construction Year: 2007
Photographs: Marc Cramer

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ORDOS 100 #11: NL Architects

This villa is located in plot #13 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: NL Architects – Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Project leader: Michael Schoner
Project team: Jung-Hwa Cho, Gen Yamamoto, Florent Le Corre, Wei-Nien Chen, Amadeo Linke
Structural Engineer: ABT Delft, Walter Spangenberg
Climate Consultant: DGMR, Paul van Bergen
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 #9: Sou Fujimoto

This villa is located in plot #70 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
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 #8: R&Sie(n)

This villa is located in plot #26 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: R&Sie(n)
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Architects in Charge: Francois Roche, Stephanie Lavaux, Toshikatsu Kiuchi
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

Bento Golçalves House / Studio Paralelo

Architects: Studio Paralelo
Location: Bento Golçalves, RS –
Project team: Luciano Andrades, Rochelle Castro e Valéria Bertolini
Contractor: Icon Incorporadora
Structural Engineering: Pasquali e Associados
Lighting: Potencial Engenharia
Landscape: Samuel Seben
Site Area: 930 sqm
Constructed Area: 360 sqm
Project year: 2006
Construction year: 2008
Photographs: Eduardo Aigner

CB 29 Building / Dellekamp arquitectos

Architects: Dellekamp arquitectos
Location: Colonia Polanco, DF,
Project Leader: Alejandro Santillanes
Project Team: Rodrigo Alcocer, Aisha Ballesteros, Tania Velazco, Aline Wallach, Victor Jaime
Program: Apartment Building
Project Year: 2004-2006
Photographs: Dante Busquets & Oscar Necoechea

UQAM’s Campus / Tétreault Parent Languedoc & Saia Barbarese Topouzanov

Architects: Tétreault Parent Languedoc & Saia Barbarese Topouzanov
Location: Montreal,
Project year: 1992-2006
Architect Team: Michel Languedoc (project architect), Mario Saia (director of design). Team members: Dino Barbarese, Vladimir Topouzanov, Trong Tuan Nguyen, Sylvain Bastien, Michel Beauchemin, Richard Beaudoin, Nicolas Bokobza, Patrick De Barros, Suzanne Essiambre, Naomi Frangos, Cathy Gagnon, David Griffin, Vivian Irschick, Laurence Kerr, Jean-Louis Léger, Pascal Lessard, Julie Marchand, Yvan Marion, Nadia Meratla. Marie-Eve Méthot, Annie Morrissette, Marc Pape, Louis-Guillaume Paquet, Marianne Potvin, Steve Proulx, Pascal Roffi, Véronique Roy, Annie-Claude Sauvé, Yvon Théoret, Sam Yip
Landscape: Claude Cormier architectes paysagistes inc.
General Contractor: Hervé Pomerleau inc.
Site Area: 5,000 sqm
Constructed Area: 63,215 sqm
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Nathalie St-Pierre, Ivanoh Demers, Michel Brunelle, Jean-François Vézina, Claude Duchaîne, Andrew Dobrowolskyj

FARO wins sustainable design competition with residencial tower

FARO architecten bv just shared with us their latest project, the winning entry for a sustainable residential tower design competition.

Text from the architects and more images after the break.