Labels Berlin 2 / HHF Architects

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In response to the large demand of the fashion industry for showroom space, the client conducted an external expert evaluation with an international architectural competition in the spring of 2007 for a new building Labels 2. In September 2007 the expert commission awarded first prize to the design by HHF Architects.

The new center for fashion, Labels Berlin 2, was conceived to provide showroom space for approximately thirty different international fashion labels. A large event area and small restaurant are located on the ground floor.  The design concept responds to the architecture of the adjacent building.  The interior spaces of this historical building are strongly characterized by the repetition of arched windows used in the façade. This motif became one of the starting points for the design of the project.

After the break you will find more photographs of Labels Berlin 2, along with a more detailed description about the design.

Architects: HHF Architects
Location: , Berlin
Client: Labels Projektmanagment GmbH & Co KG
Project Area: 1,537 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan receives Julius Shulman Photography Award

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Photographer Iwan Baan received the inaugural Julius Shulman Photography Award in on October 10th.  The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University will honor the legacy of the renowned photographer during a series of events that coincide with the 100th anniversary of the day of his birth. The exhibit is currently featuring Iwan Baan along with 9 photographers all whose work illuminates a range of explorations into documenting the experience of space.  This exhibit is at Ahmanson Main Space at Woodbury University until October 23rd.

Remez Arlozorov / Mayslits Kassif Architects


Architects: Mayslits Kassif Architects
Location: Arlozorov Street, Tel Aviv, Israel
Design Team: Udi Kassif, Ganit Mayslits Kassif, Maor Roytman
Program: A mixed use building containing kindergarten cluster and municipal welfare offices.
Client: The Tel Aviv-Yafo Economic Development Authority Ltd.
Site Area: 6,000 sqm
Built Area: 3,000 sqm
Budget: $5,000,000
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Yuval Tebol

Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop / Junya Ishigami


Check out Junya Ishigami and Associates amazing studio + workspace where students of the Kanagawa Institute of Technology get to spend their days designing.  The studio is about the closest you can get to the feeling of working outside while being indoors.  The floor-to-ceiling makes the building appear weightless and elegant, and the open plan preserves the building’s sense of transparency as the viewer’s eye can shoot directly across the uninterrupted space.  305 columns of various sizes support the stripped roof of skylights, yet their white color keeps the focus on the space and the view, not the structure.    The columns, although seemingly random, as specifically placed to create the sensation of zoned spaces, but their nonrestrictive quality provides a flexible layout to suit the changing needs of students.

Inspiring place to design in, wouldn’t you agree?

More photographs by Iwan Baan after the break.

Update: Pole Dance / SO-IL, by Iwan Baan


We are sure that SO-IL‘s PS1 installation, Pole Dance, will be a hit this summer.  On Friday we had a preview by Alan R Tansey and today, we found at Iwan Baan’s website another view on the installation.  We hope you’ll be able to visit the project in person sometime.

Complete photoset at Iwan’s website, some photos after the break:

Horizontal Skyscraper / Steven Holl

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Our friend and architecture photographer, Iwan Baan , just published on his website some of his recently shot images of Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China .  The project is a long mixed-use complex which includes office spaces, apartments, a hotel and even a public landscape.  Baan’s photos illustrate Holl’s idea that the “building appears as if it were once floating on a higher sea that has now subsided; leaving the structure propped up high on eight legs.”

Complete photoset at Iwan’s website, more images and more about the project after the break.

Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010 / BIG

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The Shanghai Expo 2010 has opened its doors, and we start to see how the pavilions evolved from the previews we saw during design/construction phases at ArchDaily, to become a showcase of the current status of architecture from around the world.

The Denmark Pavilion was one of the first ones we presented you, almost a year ago. The project, designed by BIG with ARUP and 2+1, was interesting not only from an architectural and structural point of view, but also for the danish spirit it represents.

Basically, the pavilion is a loop on which visitors ride around on one of the 1,500 bikes available at the entrance, a chance to experience the Danish urban way. At the center of the pavilion there’s a pool with fresh water from Copenhagen’s harbor (one of the most clean in the world), on which visitors can even swim.

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At the center of the pool you will find The Little Mermaid, a statue that has become a symbol for Denmark. And this time, it will be moved temporarily to . In Bjarke Ingels words “it is considerably more resource efficient moving The Little Mermaid to , than moving 1.3 billion Chinese to Copenhagen”.

After the break, more images of the completed pavilion by arch photographer Iwan Baan, including Bjarke Ingels himself riding a bike on the circular loop:

AD Round Up: Projects photographed by Iwan Baan


Iwan Baan is a dutch photographer that has been documenting works from the best contemporary architects, such as OMA, , Steven Holl, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Michael Maltzan and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, moving away from the traditional static architecture photography. As you may have noticed, we’ve been featuring many projects photographed by Iwan Baan, so here’s a little selection for you to see his works. Check them all after the break.

Selgas Cano Architecture Office by Iwan Baan
Once again, Iwan Baan amaze us with this great project between the woods by Spanish practice Selgas Cano: Their own architecture office. You can see the complete photoset after the break (photos here)

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre / Peter Rich Architects


Last year, architectural photographer Iwan Baan took a trip to South Africa to visit the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center designed by Peter Rich Architects.

Mapungubwe, located on South Africa’s northern border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, prospered between 1200 and 1300 AD by being one of the first places that produced gold, but after its fall it remained uninhabited for over 700 years, until it’s discovery in 1933. The society living in what today is Unesco World Heritage Site, is thought to have been the most complex in the region, implementing the first class-based social system in southern Africa. And besides the cultural heritage, Mapungubwe is also home to an immensely rich flora and fauna, including over 1000 years old Baobab trees and a variety of animal life, including elephant, giraffe, white rhino, antelopes and 400 bird species.

You can see the complete photoset over Iwan Baan’s website

Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center / REX


Last year we presented you this interesting project by REX during its construction stage, where you could see how an unused structure was converted into the new headquarters for Vakko, integrated with a new complex steel structure. The project is now completed, and we can see the final result with photos by Iwan Baan and a complete set of drawings and diagrams courtesy of REX.

Despite the mix of the existing concrete structure with the new additions and the complex inner core (dubbed the “showcase”), the exterior of the building is read as a whole. The structural “X” of the glass panels on the facade break the monotony of the box on the outside, contrasting with the mirror like finish of the volume on top.

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The “showcase” fills the central void with a mirror finish that turns the volume into a sculpture (as seen on the photos and on the showcase elevations below), while housing different programs that benefit from the arrange of the boxes, such as the auditorium, meeting rooms and showrooms.

REX once again shows innovative structural solutions in relation with the program, together with new uses of materials as we previously saw on the Wyly Theatre in Dallas.

After the break, the architect’s description:

Location: , Turkey
Clientes: Vakko and Power Media
Architect: REX
Key personnel: Erez Ella, Tomas Janka, Mathias Madaus, David Menicovich, Tsuyoshi Nakamoto, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Ishtiaq Rafiuddin, Tieliu Wu
Consultants: ARTE, Autoban, Buro Statik, Cedetas, Dora, Eleksis, Front, Gurmen Muhendislik, Lamglass, Norm Tecnic, Say Yapi, STEP, Superpool, Cem Mimarlik
Area: 9,100 sqm (98,000 sqf)
Completion: 2010
Program: Headquarters for a Turkish fashion house—including offices, showrooms, conference rooms, auditorium, museum, and dining hall—as well as the television studios, radio production facilities, and screening rooms of its media sister-company
Photography: REX, Iwan Baan

S-Trenue Tower / Mass Studies

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Architects: Mass Studies
Location: Seoul,
Project Team: Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Zongxoo U, Younkyoung Shin, Sangkyu Jeon, Jingyoung Ha, Geunmi Ryu, Jieun Lee, Joonhee Lee, Daeun Jeong, Bumhyun Chun, Kiwoong Ko, Hartmut Flothmann, Dongchul Yang, Seongbeom Mo, Byungkyun Kim, Jisoo Kim, Songmin Lee, Vin Kim, Young Kim, Ranhee Kim, Kwangjin Woo, Minho Hwang, Jiyoung Yoon, Chungwhan Park
Structural Engineering: Junwoo Structure
MEP Engineering: HANA Consulting & Engineers
Civil Engineering: CG E&C
Landscaping: Alban Mannisi + Soltos Landscaping
Construction: SK E&C
Client: SK Networks
Site Area: 2,931 sqm
Project Area: 39,898.56 sqm
Design Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Kyungsub Shin & Yong-Kwan Kim

Zollverein School of Management and Design / SANAA

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Architects: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Client: Zollverein School
Location: Essen,
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

Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art / SANAA

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Location: Toledo, Ohio,
Client: Toledo Museum of Art
Architect: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue NishizawaSANAA
Team: Toshi Oki, Takayuki Hasegawa, Keiko Uchiyama, Mizuki Imamura, Tetsuo Kondo, Junya Ishigami
Built area: 7,000sqm
Site area: 20,000sqm
Opening: 2006
Structure: Guy Nordenson & Associates / SAPS
Glass consultant: Front Inc
Lighting: Arup / Kilt Planning
Photos: Iwan Baan

Rolex Learning Center / SANAA by Iwan Baan

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About a month ago the Rolex Learning Center designed by SANAA opened its doors and we feature it with a great video and some images they shared with us.

Now, Iwan Baan shows on his website this great photoset he made for March’s issue of Domus magazine, where we can see much more of the sloped interiors and some amazing images of the perforated curved concrete+glass volume that gives form to the building.

VitraHaus virtual tour

Iwan Baan has always amazed us with his photos, capturing the essence of several projects around the world. But Iwan has also been exploring with virtual panoramas (I remember some OMA buildings at Domus, included on a CD).

Via @vitra I found that Iwan used this technique on the VitraHaus building by Herzog & de Meuron, which you can now explore from your computer to  get a better idea about the spatial relations between these stacked volumes.

Follow this link to take the virtual tour.

Media-TIC / Enric Ruiz Geli

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The 22@ is an experimental district in , Spain, with a mayor energetic load (District Climate), where the new values of the companies are intangible: they are not based in having natural resources of water, soil, gas, they don’t have real-estate values, retransmission rights (media Pro), they have patents (Indra), they have intelligence, programming and interaction (like the Reactable of Sergi Jorda from the Pompeu), a district, the way Artur Serra from I2CAT and the people form the 22@ say, an urban Lab.

Is here where Spanish architect Enric Ruiz Geli designed this innovative building with a net-like structure, avoiding pillars on the ground floor, introducing the public spaces to the building.

Check the photos Iwan Baan took for Abitare and some drawings after the break.

Nanjing Performing Arts Center / Preston Scott Cohen


Architects: Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. (Design Architect); Institute of Architectural Design and Planning with Atelier Zhang Lei (Chinese architect of record)
Location: Nanjing, China
Client: Nanjing University
Project Area: 16,000 sqm
Budget: RMB 3,000/sqm
Design Year: 2007
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan

MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Rome, Flaminio,
Client: Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali – Fondazione MAXXI
Structural engineers: Anthony Hunts Associates OK Design Group
Lights and illumination: Equation Lighting
Year of enchargement: 1999
Year of completion: 2009
Constructed area: 27,000 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan

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