Architects: Ecosistema Urbano – blog – Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo, Diego García-Setién
Location: Pau de Vallecas, Vial C-91, Madrid, Spain
Collaborators: Ignacio Prieto, Maria Eugenia Lacarra, David Delgado, David Benito, Jaime Eizaguirre, Patricia Lucas, Ana López, Asier Barredo, Laura Casas, Fabricio Pepe, Michael Moradiellos
Client: Land and Housing Municipal Company, Madrid Council, Directorate of Residential Projects Innovation
Year: Phase I 2004-2005, Phase II 2006-2007
Structure: Tectum Ingeniería, S.L. (Constantino Hurtado)
Services: IP Ingeniería
Botany: Ignacio López
Construction Inspector: Belinda Tato, Jose Luiz Vallejo, Diego García-Setién
Contractor: Grupo Entorno, S.A.
Photographs: Emilio P. Doiztua y Roland Halbe
Billboard ads and architecture, and how they relate to landscape when placed along highways, are something that has been investigated in both theory and practice, specially in the US. For example, Robert Venturi analized how constructions were seen from cars in motion. These theories were incorporated into the project, which has a very appealing images but at the same time is reponsable with its surroundings. The canopy looks like birds or clouds on the horizon, between sky and earth.
During the 40s and 50s, gas stations were built with optimism and modernism in mind. Structures cantilevered some magic to the stations. But this building capturates the flow of movement through the curves on its canopy, on a clear statement towards landscape.
The quality of the terrain demanded lots of work, with foundations going up to 15m deep to support the corten steel plates, which don’t need to be painted and age properly.
Pictures and drawings after the break.
Architects: Moneo-Brock – Belén Moneo & Jeff Brock
Location: Madrid, Spain
Collaborators: Benjamín Llana, Andrés Barrón, Sandra Formigo
Design year: 2003-2006
Construction year: 2006-2007
Client: VALAES S.L.
Structural Engineer: NB35, Jesús Jiménez, José Luís Lucero
Contractor: Aguado Ruiz S.A.
Site Area: 7391 sqm
Constructed area: 345 sqm
Architect Guillermo Hevia has been doing nice industrial works, focusing on sustainability. This glass bottling plant features passive ventilation and a daylight use strategy that reduces the energy consumption of the building. Check the sections for more info about that.
Architect: Guillermo Hevia H.
Collaborators: Francisco Carrión G. (Architect), Marcela Suazo M. (Development/CAD)
Bioclimate: BIOTECH Chile Consultores, Jorge Ramirez F.
Location: 5 Norte Route, Km. 85, Llay-Llay, V Región – Chile
Site area: 270.000m2
Built area: 27.500m2
Building materials: Steel, Silk-screened glass and concrete
The Pentagon memorial will be inaugurated tomorrow, 7 years after 9/11. This memorial is the result of a competition won by KBAS Studio, who worked closely with the familiars of the victims. Pre fabrication and computer modelling where vital on the design and construction process of this memorial. More pictures after the architect’s statement.
“Like many people, from the moment we witnessed and learned of the horrific loss of life on the morning of September 11, 2001, we simply wished to extend our hearts to those whose lives had changed forever. Words will never describe how honored we feel to have played such a significant role in the Pentagon Memorial. It has been a true privilege to be part of a stellar team, and to have worked so closely with so many people who gave the project their absolute best. Further, we will forever be inspired by the strength and determination that carries all of the family members we have come to know so well over the past 6 years. Thousands of people contributed to this place so that its contemplative integrity will persist into the distant future and with its dedication, the Pentagon Memorial will take on its own life, attracting meaning and contemplative interpretation from all of those who visit this special place.”
Architect: Jager Janssen architecten BNA
Design team: Alex Jager, Rogier Janssen, Sanne Braakenburg
Location: Blauwestad, Netherlands
Client: Michel Dijk & Karin Berrelkamp
Gross area: 318 sqm (incl. souterrain)
Completion: July 2007
Consultants: Solke Abbring (installations)
Contractor: Marcel van der Sluis
Photography: Rob de Jong/SAPh, Michiel en karin Dijk
Location: Lazaro Cardenas, Jalisco, Mexico Architects: AD 11 Grupo de Arquitectura y Diseño / Salvador Macías, Francisco Gutierrez Collaborators: Israel Melo (arq), Belen Aldapa (arq), Margarita Peredo (arq), Alejandra Fernandez (arq), Almendra Magaña (arq), Manuel Rivera (ing), Javier Ruiz (arq), Lou Peresandi (dis), Alfredo Barb (dis). Client: KP Alazraki Built area: 2280 sqm Photos: Mito Covarrubias
Of the things i really love about maintaining this blog is that it gathers architects from all around the world. In this case, the people from ZLG Design in Malaysia sent us their project for the BOH Visitor Center through our contact form – same as many other offices we will publish in the next days. Everyone is invited!
This great building -my personal favorite in the last month- is located in Malaysia, overlooking an amazing landscape. I think that its tectonic work really frames the natural surrounding.
Architect: ZLG Design
Team: Huat Lim, Susanne Zeidler, Jimmy Wong, Mary Verhaeghe, Hong Chieh
Location: Sungai Palas, Cameron Highland, Boh Visitor Centre, Malaysia
Locale description: Tea plantations and factory
Site area: 12,168.32 sqm
Built area: 1,233.8 sqm
Building start: November 2005
BUilding completion: July 2006
We´ve seen tons of pictures of both the exterior and the inner court of Herzog & de Meuron’s bird nest in Beijing during the Olympics. But what we haven’t seen is the intermediate space inside the nest fibers, a space which looked amazing on the early renderings.
Pictures after the break.
Architects: ADD+ Arquitectura – Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran
Location: Igualada, Spain
Collaborators: O.Florejachs, N.Canas, D.Franz, E.Grammont, M.Hita, P.Juarez, J.Maroto, A.Romero, M.Rull, M.Cabestany, J.Vives
Client: Godó Family
Constructed Area: 200 sqm
Budget: US $627,000
Project year: 2003
Photographs: José Hevia
Architects: Arquitectura X - Adrian Moreno Núñez, Maria Samaniego Ponce
Location: La Tola, valle de Tumbaco, Quito, Ecuador
Contractor: Adrian Moreno Núñez, Carlos Guerra Espinosa
Client: Adrian Moreno Núñez, Maria Samaniego Ponce, Lía Moreno Samaniego
Design year: 2003 – 2006
Construction year: 2006 – 2007
Structural Engineer: Pedro Caicedo
Electrical Engineer: Pedro Freile
Services: Raúl Cueva
Constructed area: 380 sqm
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo
Architects: 70ºN Arkitektur
Location: No defined location
Client: 70ºN Arkitektur
Constructed Area: 36 sqm
Type: Experimental Prefab
Builder: Senja Elementer AS
Project year: 2004
Photographs: BR – Bent Raanes and Sarah Cameron Sørensen, RSB – Rune Stoltz Bertinussen, 70N – 70°N arkitektur
Megan from Been Seen sent us V-Houses, an amazing jungle retreat near the fishing village of Yelapa in tropical Mexico. This rustic-modern aesthetic hotel was designed by Heinz Legler, who used to own a film set construction company and Veronique Lievre, previously a set decorator, from Paris. They started this project as their personal hideaway, but it ended up construction an hotel in a 5 acre area, with infinity pool, spa, restaurants, yoga hut and 8 guest rooms.
This year they expanded their hotel with V-Houses, 5 units with 3 units for hotel staff, 2 for guests, a kitchen and a shared bathroom. This three tower-houses have a particular structure, raising from a small concrete foundation as you can see on the construction pictures. The V Houses are made out of steel, plywood and red corrugated iron roofs.
You can check the great views by yourelf, and don’t mind about the windows. Trust me you won’t be needing them on this tropical paradise. More pictures below.