Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, North Terminal / Gensler

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The 12th-busiest airport in the United States, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) serves as a global gateway to Metro Detroit. Opened as a model of post 9/11 terminal design, the airport’s new North Terminal is enhancing DTW’s status as one of the most modern and efficient airports in the world. Gensler designed the terminal to meet the dynamic needs of today’s travelers. The 26-gate, 824,000-square-foot terminal met stringent budget requirements, and establishes new benchmarks for value-conscious airport facilities. A tremendous time saver for travelers, the terminal’s linear design will also create a faster, more efficient path for taxiing aircraft that will save fuel and reduce environmental emissions. More images and information about DTW’s North Terminal after the break.

Architect: Gensler
Location: Romulus, , United States
Project Area: 850,000 gross square feet
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Gensler

Chicony Plaza / Goettsch Partners

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Architect: Goettsch Partners
Location: , China
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: 1st Image

Chicony Plaza is a 37-story mixed-use complex that has just recently reached substantial completion in Chengdu, China.  Designed by of Chicago, IL, the massive complex occupies a complete city bock and, at present, serves the city of Chengdu as a department store with a 450-room hotel schedule to open in the fall of 2012. 

Mortensrud church / JSA

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Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Location: Mortensrud, Oslo
Design Period: 1998 – 1999
Construction period: 2000-2002
Building Leader: Øivind Moen AS, Dag Solvang, Haavard Slaatten
Client: Kirkelig Fellesråd i Oslo, Terje Oterholt
Project Architects: Jensen & Skodvin, JanOlav Jensen (project leader), Børre Skodvin, AnneLise Bjerkan, Torunn Golberg, Torstein Koch, Siri Moseng, Einar Bjarki Malmquist
Artists: Gunnar Torvund (main altar piece & blue sculpture in chapel), Knut Wold (marble piece in chapel)
Interior Architect Furniture: Terje Hope
Structural Engineer: ICG ASA / Einar Johansen, Ola Bjørn Petteresen, Gunnar Fuglerudsveen
Ventilation & Sanitary: Andersen & Johnsen AS, Bjørn Andersen
Budget: 5.500.000 EURO (US $8.42 millions)
Constructed Area: 2.200 sqm
Photographs: Jan Olav Jensen, Per Berntsen

Heartland Community Church / 360 Architecture

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Architect: 360 Architecture
Location: , Kansas,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: 360 Architecture

360 Architecture accepted a big challenge when they took on a project transforming a big box store for Heartland Community Church. The church sought a nontraditional worship space, and 360 Architecture revamped the former furniture store into a space representative of the contemporary church and its mission.

TRADIBOM Administrative Building / LBM Studio

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Architects: LBM Studio / Leandro Matsuda
Location: Mogi Mirim,
Project Area: 358 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of LBM Studio

Fyrstikkalleén School / GASA Architects

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Architects: GASA Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 14,500 sqm
Photographs: Jiri Havran

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B / Fentress Architects

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Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: , California,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ken Paul, Mark Rothman, Jason A. Knowles, Nick Merrick

Terminal B at the Mineta San Jose International Airport by Fentress Architects fits right in to its Silicon Valley Home. Fentress Architects created a building that takes advantage of available technology to assure a safe building with state of the art amenities for its users.

Kew House / Vibe Design Group

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Architects: Vibe Design Group
Location: ,
Project Area: 321 sqm
Photographs: Robert Hamer

Na Mata Café / Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos

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Architects: Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 900,00 sqm
Photographs: Fran Parente

New Design for Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz Public Square / LAAC Architekten + Stiefel Kramer Architecture

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Architects: LAAC Architekten + Stiefel Kramer Architecture
Location: Innsbruck,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9000 sqm
Photographs: Günter Richard Wett

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Milanofiori Housing Complex / OBR

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Architects: OBR
Location: ,
Project Area: 27,400 sqm
Photographs: Marco introini, Mariela Apollonio, Maurizio Bianchi

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / Moshe Safdie

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Architects: Moshe Safdie
Location: Kansas, Missouri,
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Tim Hursley

CC House / Longhi Architects

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Architects: Longhi Architects / Luis Longhi
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 389 sqm
Photographs: Juan Solano / CHOlon Photography

Tree Hotel / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Location: Harads,
Chief Architects: Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham
Collaborators: Andreas Helgesson, Julia Gudiel Urbano, Mia Nygren
Client: Tree Hotel / Brittas Pensionat, Britta Lindvall and Kent Lindvall
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Tampere Glass Pavillion / ALA Architects

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ALA Architects has proposed to plant a Magnolia tree for Tampere. An intelligent dome will provide this tree with a more southern climate, complete with ventilation, shading and lighting. The air exhaust of the parking garage will provide additional heating during the cold, dark months. This dome will have its own microclimate fine-tuned using the technical abilities provided by its glazed surface. The Magnolia will be nurtured to burst into a magnificent bright pink blossom by the first of May annually. Its strong perfumed scent will fill the pavilion, on some spring days the scent might even flow down to the parking garage.

Library Information Centre / Juraj Koban, Karol Gregor, Štefan Pacák

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Architects: , Karol Gregor, Štefan Pacák
Location: Košice,
Client: Technical University Košice
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 1,935 sqm
Photographs: Ľubo Stacho, Štefan Pacák

Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto

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Architects: Sou Fujimoto
Location: , Japan
Client: Musashino Art University
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2,883.18 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

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 about the challenge of designing this program in the information age, as you can see on the above video.

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Corby Cube: Civic Hub and Arts Centre / Hawkins\Brown

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Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Client: Corby Borough Council
Project Area: 715.35 sqm
Photographs: Tim Crocker, Hufton + Crow