Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects, in collaboration with Viennese office BKK-3, shared with us their third place winning proposal for the ‘Green City’ housing complex which will include 700 apartments in Graz, Austria. The whole concept of their project is to create a clear hierarchy of public and semi-public spaces by means of simple volumes of apartment buildings. Their design is based on repeating the same three objects and interlinking them through a common yard ranked among three best projects. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The new extension for the Crossroad Offices by OFIS Arhitekti acts as a crossroad regulator between the existing villa and its approach from the street on the south side and the underground parking on the east side. The actual form derives from the main logical directions on the site to the main destinations as the new volume is positioned behind the existing villa with individual cut outs, ‘green bays’, in function of the extended external park coming into the pavilion. Inside they form divisions between internal spaces and create dynamic, light and calming atmosphere. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Organized by Graz University of Technology, the ‘Advanced Building Skins’ Conference will take place June 14-15 where creative, innovative professionals and researchers at the forefront of skin design will discuss tasks and issues in research, design and manufacturing of high-performance façades and building envelopes. Participants will gain new perspectives on, and an enhanced insight into, developments and research in design and engineering for tomorrow’s advanced building skins. uilding skins have rarely been as fascinating and challenging as they are today. They are the most interesting field in contemporary architecture. Façades and building envelopes are determining the visual identity, character and expression of architecture. The design of buildings’ skins shapes the urban environment. For more information, please visit here.
Under the title “Dense Cities”, the Institute of Architectural Typologies at Graz University of Technology addresses the broad topic of urban density and its relevance to actual production of architecture. There is every indication that the habitat of the 21st century will be the city. Whilst a major part of this development will take place in megacities and megaurban areas, the open development of medium-sized cities, which still see themselves as founded on the centrally oriented historical city, would seem to invite discussion of new approaches to design and planning in architecture.
At an international symposium from 26/05/2011 till 28/05/2011 in Graz, attention turns to the question of how to shape an active role for architecture in the development of “Dense Cities“. The range of questions covers all levels of scale ranging from urban landscape and agglomeration through districts to blocks and individual buildings, covering everything from the development of new building typologies on through actual interventions in the urban setting to analyses of transformations of urban density.
For more information, visit the conference’s official website.