Extension of the Building Academy Salzburg / soma

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In less than two weeks, Austrian practice soma will be celebrating the grand opening of their new extension to the Building Academy in . The extension will serve as a new foyer that acts as the school lobby and as a public space for various cultural events. Using a strategy of a “viscous” affiliation, the new atmosphere is generated through a simulation of viscosity that blends with the existing building geometry yet develops its own presence.

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One Ocean, Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 / soma

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As we reported earlier, the highly anticipated Thematic Pavilion for the EXPO 2012 opened earlier this month in Yeosu, . Now, the Austrian architects of soma have shared with us images of that opening day, inviting you inside for a closer look at the unique building that has captured the attention of many.

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soma’s Thematic Pavilion opens tomorrow!

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Designed by the Austrian architecture office soma for EXPO 2012, the Thematic Pavilion dubbed One Ocean will celebrate it’s grand opening tomorrow (May 11) in Yeosu, South-Korea. Since winning first prize in an open international competition in 2009, One Ocean has captured the attention of the international community with its gill-like kinetic façade and sustainable climate design.

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Update: Thematic Pavilion / soma


 

With less than 70 days until soma’s grand opening of their “One Ocean” Thematic Pavilion, we are anxiously anticipating the final result of the firm’s biomorphic creation.  Unlike most pavilions, this building will become a permanent part of the grounds after serving as the central point of the EXPO 2012 in , .  As we reported earlier, soma’s pavilion focuses on creating an experiential journey as visitors enjoy introductory exhibitions on the Expo’s theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast”.

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In Progress: One Ocean / soma

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Construction on soma‘s “One Ocean” thematic pavilion is currently well underway and scheduled for completion in May 2012.  Selected as the first prize winner of an open international competition in , South Korea, the thematic pavilion was designed to embody the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast” and transform it into a three-dimensional “multi-layered” architectural experience. The goal of the Expo is to portray the responsible use of natural materials, which has been embedded into the sustainable climate design and the biomimetic aspects of the facade of “One Ocean”.

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Multiple Natures / soma

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Placing second, behind Sou Fujimoto Architects’ winning proposal, the Austrian practice soma proposed a new tower typology, titled Fibrous Tower of Multiple Natures, for the Taiwan Tower International Competition in Taichung, . The conceptual drive for this tower comes from the desire to create a cultural landmark whose associations are multiple and dynamic, adapting with changing ideas about the nature of a skyscraper in an urban environment. Soma writes, “the tower should not state a fixed message, but trigger people to invent their own interpretations of the tower’s meaning”. How does soma accomplish this? Read on to find out.