Top 10 Apps for Architects

Following our readers poll last year, here’s an updated list of what we think are the best ten for architects. From condensed versions of large scale programmes architects and designers use every day, to blank canvases to scratch ideas down onto, you might just find an app that could improve the way you work.

Element house / Sami Rintala

Courtesy of Sami Rintala

Architect: Sami Rintala
Landscape Architects: Eedo Space Architectural Design, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Location: Anyang Park, Anyang, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Materials: Steel, , Concrete, Gravel,
Construction: October-December 2005
Finish: January 2006
Constructed Area: 72sqm
Client: Anyang City / Public Art Project
Collaborators: John Roger Holte, Artist, Norway; Finnforest, Wood
Photography: Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

MyZeil Shopping Mall / Studio Fuksas

© Karsten Monnerjahn

Architects: Studio Fuksas - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Interior Design: Fuksas Design
Location: ,
Address: Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse 10-14
Period: 2002-2009 
Client: PalaisQuartier GmBH & CO., KG
Surface:  Built Surface – 77,000 sq.m., Facade – 8,500 sq.m., Cover – 13,000 sq.m.
Engineering:  Structures – Knippers-Helbig Beratende Ingenieure, Stuttgart; Krebs und Kiefer Beratende Ingenieure für das Bauwesen GmbH, Darmstadt | Realization of the façade and covering – Waagner Biro Stahlbau AG, Wien

   

CCTV Headquarters / OMA

CCTV/ Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

Architects: OMA
Location: Beijing,
Project Area: 473,000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: OMA, Iwan Baan, Jim Gourley, Philippe Ruault

Flashback: Glen Murcutt on Sustainability

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In reference to Living Steel‘s 3rd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing,  discusses his ideas surrounding the issue of sustainability. He emphasizes the strategies employed by the top contenders such as the planning of orientation, thermal performance, and human effort in addition to other variables involved in sustainable architecture. One particular method that Murcutt stresses is using materials that can dissolve back into the earth, citing earth walls as an excellent medium to build with and their inherent thermal mass qualities. Each team was invited to present their ideas in person, a variation from previous years which Murcutt believes led to the highest quality of work and diversity of the competition series.

Flashback: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters / Morphosis

© Roland Halbe

Architects: MorphosisThom Mayne
Location: 100 South Main St., Los Angeles, California,
Project Team: Team
Client: State of California, Department of General Services
Construction Years:  2002-2004
Building Area: 1,200,000 gross sq ft
Photographs: Liao Yusheng, Roland Halbe

WA House / MAPA

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Architects: MAPA / Cristián Larraín, Matías Madsen, Bernardo Valdés
Location: , Chile
Collaborators: Karina Pardo, Eduardo Colares
Structural Design: Alex Popp
Contractor: Daniel Matte
Project Area: 130 sqm
Project Year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

In Progress: Cervantes Theater / Ensamble Studio

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: D.F,
Architect in Charge: Antón García- Abril
Associate Architect: Elena Pérez
Construction manager architect: Alba Cortés
Project Team: Débora Mesa, Joaquín Gallegos, Alba Beroiz, Jaime Alcayde, Cristina Moya, Juan Ruiz Antón, Tomaso Boano, Federico Letizia
Developer: SGAE – GRUPO CARSO
Project Management: INPROS
Construction Company: GRUPO PC
Structural Engineering: COLINAS DE BUEN
Project Area: 11,500 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Ensamble Studio

Rothschild Bank Headquarters / OMA

Forecourt and St Stephen Walbrook at night © by Philippe Ruault

OMA recently completed their first building in London. The new 21,000sqm building is located in the narrow medieval alley of St Swithin’s Lane, in the heart of the City, a dense context where OMA’s precise intervention is able to blend and become an active urban piece.

The building, thanks to its structural steel design, is lifted from the ground exposing new situations, connections and views, detonator of a new  streetscape where the public realm is as important as the office space above.

You can see Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon discussing this project on a video posted earlier at ArchDaily.

More information courtesy of OMA after the break:

Project: Rothschild Bank Headquarters
Year: 2011
Client: NM Rothschild & Sons
Location: St Swithin’s Lane, City of London
Site: New Court, enclosed in cluster of buildings, adjacent to the 17th century St. Stephen Walbrook church; with main entrance on the narrow St. Swithin’s Lane
Program: Office headquarters: 13,000m2
Partners in charge: Rem Koolhaas,

 

Maritime Station of the See Highway / [baragaño]

© Mariela Apollonio
Architects: [baragaño] / Ana López, Inés Suárez
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 358 sqm
Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

University of Iowa BioVentures Center / OPN Architects

© Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio

Architect: OPN Architects
Location: , Iowa
Project Year: 2009
Engineer: KJWW Engineering Consultants
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

The BioVentures Center is a new office and laboratory facility on the campus of the University of Iowa that functions as a collaborative environment and business incubator for biotech start-ups and the academic field.  The 80,000sf facility was designed by OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in conjunction with KJWW Engineering and Consultants.  In addition to traditional academic functions, half of the buildings usable area was designed as speculative lab space and is available for commercial lease.

Modern Villa / BBVH Architecten

© Luuk Kramer

Architects: BBVH Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Constractor: BB-X
Developer: Willson Real Estate
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

Roncero House / ALT arquitectura

© Silvio Posada

Architects: ALT arquitectura / Ángel Luis Tendero, Bernardo Cummins
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Silvio Posada

Colin Powell Middle School / Legat Architects, Inc.

© James Steinkamp

Architect: Legat Architects, Inc.
Location: ,
Construction Manager: Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
Technology/Audio-visual/Security/Geothermal Feasibility Consultant: KJWW Engineering Consultants
MEP/Structural/Civil Engineer: Globetrotters
PhotographsJames Steinkamp

Designed by Legat Architects, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, the 122,000sf Colin Powell Middle School is an academic facility that serves grades 6-8 for Illinois School District 159.  According to the architect, “The design of Colin Powell Middle School responds to the client’s desire to provide a progressive symbol of education to its students and community.  Energy efficiency, environmental conscientiousness, and openness were all driving factors in the design.”  More images and description after the break.

Gazebo for TV Show / za bor Architects

© Peter Zaytsev

Architects: za bor Architects / Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev
Location: , Russia
Engineering: za bor architects
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

AD Classics: Bac de Roda Bridge / Santiago Calatrava

© www.flickr.com / Jaume Meneses

The Bac de Roda Bridge by Santiago Calatrava marks his first foray into bridge design. Part of a larger development plan in preparation for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the bridge functions as both a symbolic and physical connection to two previously disjointed districts; Sant Marti and Sant Andreu. More information after the .

11 Boxes / Keiji Ashizawa Design

© Daici Ano

Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Location: Saitama,
Project Architect: Keiji Ashizawa
Structural Engineer: Ejiri Engneer
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

© Brininstool, Kerwin, & Lynch

Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , China.  More images and architect’s description after the .