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Public Facilities: The Latest Architecture and News

Diamond Schmitt Reveals Design for Ottawa Public Library and Archives Joint Facility

Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects have designed the Ottawa Public Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. In partnership with municipal and federal institutions, the facility will create an “inspiring place for gathering, learning and discovery”.

Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects + 8

EVOA - Environmental Interpretation Center / Maisr Arquitetos

© Filipa Miguel Ferreira
© Filipa Miguel Ferreira
Lezíria, Portugal
  • Architects: Maisr Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  470
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

© Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira + 18

The Pinch Library And Community Center / John Lin + Olivier Ottevaere

Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin + 37

The Elastic Perspective / NEXT architects

© Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner + 13

Barendrecht, The Netherlands

Mecanoo & Ayesa’s Palace of Justice Nears Completion in Córdoba

CBack in 2006, the team of Mecanoo and Ayesa placed first in an international competition with its winning proposal for a perforated courthouse in Córdoba, combining the area’s historical character with a modern twist. Now, after almost a decade, the Palace of Justice is set for completion later this year, having broken ground in 2015.

Inspired by Córdoba’s Moorish origins, the design balances a contemporary concrete mass with traditional exterior courtyard spaces; a reflection of the plan of the old city. These are faced by colored ceramic tiles, which break the façade’s uniformity.

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda + 12

5 Ways to Improve Senior Wellness through Centres for Healthy Living

Today we live in a rapidly aging society. The shift in the population pyramid means that traditional healthcare systems need to be reimagined in order to efficiently support an increasing senior population. This added pressure on healthcare is significant--the number of older adults in the US alone requiring long-term healthcare support is set to increase from 15 million to 27 million by 2050. By partnering with designers, healthcare providers can create valuable responses to address these growing needs.

One building typology that expresses this designer-provider partnership are centers for healthy living (CHL). CHLs help to bridge the gap between the senior living and healthcare sectors, and go beyond simple clinic or exercise spaces. Taking a more holistic approach, they seek to become accessible destinations for programs that nurture wellness while providing a sense of place and community.

In a new downloadable report, Perkins Eastman have explored this typology in great depth by investigating existing CHLs. Through spatial and market research, case studies and user surveys, their findings identify strategies for improving upon the CHL model in the future. Read on for our summary of their discoveries.

Lebourgneuf Community Center / CCM2 architectes

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau + 17

Quebec City, Canada
  • Architects: CCM2 architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2330
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

Sevilla, Spain
  • Architects: Vázquez Consuegra
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  22080
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba + 31

The New Kununurra Courthouse / TAG Architects + iredale pedersen hook architects

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts + 28

Kununurra, Australia

Waitrose, Chester / Broadway Malyan

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Graeme Cooper + 21

Chester, United Kingdom
  • Architects: Broadway Malyan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2756
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

COOKFOX Begins Construction on the Neeson Cripps Academy in Cambodia

COOKFOX Architects has recently begun construction on The Neeson Cripps Academy, a high-tech and sustainable school to be built in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as a gift from Velcro Companies to the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

The school, named for Cambodian Children’s Fund founder Scott Neeson and former Velcro Companies Chairman Robert Cripps, will employ multiple sustainable building practices, including water and energy efficiency via natural lighting, integrated solar shading, low energy lighting, and low flow water fixtures. An energy recovery system will further work to improve air quality inside classrooms by filtering outdoor air into the interior of the building, and on-site photovoltaic cells will provide a portion of the school’s energy needs.

Community Center in Groningen / Kwint Architecten

© Ronald Zijlstra © Ronald Zijlstra © Ronald Zijlstra © Ronald Zijlstra + 18

  • Architects: Kwint Architecten

Cam Thanh Community House / 1+1>2

© Hoang Thuc Hao © Hoang Thuc Hao © Hoang Thuc Hao © Hoang Thuc Hao + 24

tp. Hội An, Vietnam
  • Architects: 1+1>2
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  550
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Dialogue in the Dark Bukchon / Wise Architecture

© Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim + 35

  • Architects: Wise Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  390
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Duurzaamheidscentrum Assen / 24H > architecture

Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H Courtesy of Boris Zeisser 24H + 31

  • Architects: 24H > architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Dongdaemun Design Plaza / Zaha Hadid Architects

©  Virgile Simon Bertrand ©  Virgile Simon Bertrand ©  Virgile Simon Bertrand ©  Virgile Simon Bertrand + 39

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  89574
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Arxiu Pla Urgell / Valor - Llimos

© Lluís Sans © Lluís Sans © Lluís Sans © Lluís Sans + 14

Mollerussa, Spain
  • Architects: Valor - Llimos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Moucharabieh New-School / Y.Architectes + Gautier+Conquet

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert + 12

Nimes, France
  • Architects: Y.Architectes, Gautier+Conquet
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  230
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012