Architects: Mario Carreño Zunino, Piera Sartori del Campo
Location: National Zoo, Santiago Metropolitan Park, Chile
Collaborator: Pamela Jarpa Rosa
Contractor: Constructora Arquios Ltda.
Structural Engineering: Ingevsa ltda.
Electrical Engineering: ICG S.A.
Services: Patricio Vega Vásquez
Landscape: Piera Sartori del Campo, Pamela Jarpa Rosa
Zoo Technical Consultant: Equipo Zoológico Nacional
Site Area: 63 sqm
Constructed Area: 115 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal
A few days ago, we introduced Junya Ishigami’s Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, a lightweight studio space with an interesting interior due to 305 slender columns. Our friend, Brandon Shigeta, shared his photos with us that illustrate Ishigami’s technique of using column distribution as a space generator. Although the slender columns appear randomly distributed, the architects’ seemingly scattered order has created defined zones that subdivide the large studio workspace.
More images and more about the columns after the break.
Architects: Unsangdong Architects
Location: 968-3, Daechi-dong, Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Site Area: 4,110.9 m2
Building Area: 3,153.58 m2
Gross Floor Area: 7,144.53 m2
Design Period: May 2007 – July 2008
Photography: Unsangdong Architects Cooperation
Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: Brisbane CBD, Australia
Project Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Paul Jones, Fedor Medek, Mark Spence, Phil Hindmarsh, Andrew D’Occhio, Michael Moore, Lucas Leo, George Taran, Greg Lamb, Kim Baber, Ron van Sluys, Graham Hobbs , Jonathan Goh, Ceirwen Burton, Yee Chong, Michael Hogg
Client: Nielson Properties
Principal Contractor: Hutchinson Builders
Landscape Architect: Gamble McKinnon Gree
Height: 42 floors including ground and basement levels @ 148m
Total Floor Area: 42,263m² gross
Net Lettable Area: 34,774m²
Design Period: 1 year commencing February 2005
Construction Period: June 2007 – April 2009
Photo Credits: Jon Linkins, Sam Thiess, Shantanu Starick, Donovan Hill
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 glass 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.
The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum by Herzog & de Meuron is a remarkable revival of a building that no longer exists. The original museum, which opened in 1895, was an outgrowth of a fair modeled on the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition the previous year known as the California Midwinter Internation Exposition of 1894. Located in the sunny San Francisco, California, the museum was formerly named for one of the city’s newspapermen M.H. de Young. The old museum was a bulky structure decorated with concrete ornaments, which began falling off the building and became hazardous, leading to their removal in 1949. The building was completely destroyed, however, in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake.
More on the museum after the break.
Architects: Donovan Hill
Location: Not available (images are from Australia, but house is prefab, it can be anywhere!)
Project Team: Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Michael Hogg, Kim Baber, Chris Hing Fay, Greg Lamb, Phil Hindmarsh, Christina Cho, Jon Shankey, Dana Hutchinson
Builders: Hutchinson Builders
Total Floor Area: 26-42m²/unit
Design Period: 1 year
Construction Period: 8 weeks plus site works
Photography: Jon Linkins, Donovan Hill
We first heard about the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) building by OMA during the peak of the new chinese construction revolution. Then we saw Rem Koolhaas breaking ground together with the Chinese government, and capitalism in China started to have a tangible representation.
The new building for the NASDAQ equivalent (730 high tech companies & startups, moving over US$500 billion) has now topped out at 246m.
“For millennia, the solid building stands on a solid base; it is an image that has survived modernity. Typically, the base anchors a structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not gravity. In the case of Shenzhen’s almost virtual stock market, the role of symbolism exceeds that of the program – it is a building that has to represent the stock market, more than physically accommodate it. It is not a trading arena with offices, but an office with virtual organs that suggest and illustrate the process of the market.”
The project is based on pure volumes, a combination of a tower and a podium suspended 36m high. The podium is one of the biggest cantilevers in the world, an operation that liberates the ground to create a big public plaza which is visually connected (representing the new economic openness) to the lower part of the tower and the podium itself, the places were the stock exchange operations take place. Above the podium, there is a series of office space for internal operations of the SSE, totaling 200,000sqm for the entire building.
The tower’s structure is a robust exoskeletal grid overlayed with a patterned glass skin – the first time such glass has been used for an exterior at this scale. The patterned glass reveals the detail and complexity of construction while creating a mysterious crystalline effect as the tower responds to light: sparkling during bright sunshine, mute on an overcast day, enigmatic at dusk, glimmering during rain and glowing at night.
The building is expected to be completed by August, 2011.
Renderings afte the break:
Architects: Donovan Hill + Peddle Thorp Architects
Location: 30 Bamberry Street Fingal, Brisbane, Australia
Project Team: Timothy Hill, Brian Donovan, Damian EckersleyFrank Way, Jeffrey Briant, Brett Hudson, Lucas Leo, Mark Floate, Greg Lamb, Fedor Medek, George Taran, Ron van Sluys, Ines Hallmond, Graham Mudge, Graham Hobbs, Rosario Distaso, David Evans, Mark Damant, Seth Remaut, Tania McLachlan, Phil Hindmarsh, Kevin O’Brien, Michael Hogg, Lisa Matray, Yee Chong, Louise Hamilton, Paul Jones, Michael Moore, Chris Hing Fay, Ceirwen Burton, Ben Killeen, Eden Norris, Stephanie Donigi, Michael Rasi, Gary Cannon
Total Floor Area: Nominally 35,000 m2 gross
Design Period: 2 years
Construction Period: 2004-2006
Completion Date: November 2006
Photography: Jon Linkins, Diana Snape, Shantanu Starick, Donovan Hill
A few weeks ago we introduced you one of the latest built projects by Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The center is supported by Keep Memory Alive, and it is planned to become a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington ‘s Diseases, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) as well as focusing on prevention, early detection and education.
On our previous feature we got a glimpse of the project, which at first sight might look like just another Gehry project. And now, thanks to these new photos by Matthew Carbone, we can get a better look at it.
The center features three main spaces:
Siloetten/The Sil(o)houette / C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma
Architect: C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma
Location: Løgten, Denmark
Landscape Architect: C. F. Møller Architects
Client: Løgten Midt A/S
Size: 3000 m2 (silo conversion housing), 1500 m2 (mixed-use urban centre)
Photograph: Julian Weyer