الخميس، 30 ديسمبر 2010

Ribbon House , Argentina,

Ribbon House / G2 Estudio

© Laila Sartoni
Architects: G2 Estudio
Location: San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentinean PatagoniaStructural calculations: Ingenieria ZapataProject area: 396 sqmProject year: 2008 – 2010Photographs: Laila Sartoni

Results of Downtown Fargo: An Urban-Infill Competition

Results of Downtown Fargo: An Urban-Infill Competition

Two First Prizes have been given at the "Downtown Fargo: an urban-infill competition", an international, conceptual urban ideas competition for Fargo, North Dakota. The challenge, sponsored by Fargo-based developer Kilbourne Group, was open to architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, and students and asked to envision an exceptional multi-use space that accommodates retail, residential, parking, office, and civic space. The space needed to convey the energy of "live, work and play" in Downtown Fargo.
View this competition brief:
Detail from one of the two First-Place ties,
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Kaohsiung Port Terminal Proposal by Asymptote Architecture

Kaohsiung Port Terminal Proposal by Asymptote Architecture
The winners of the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition were announced last Friday with Reiser + Umemoto's concept taking the First Prize. Today, we are very excited to publish the winner of the Second Prize by Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote Architecture in collaboration with Kris Yao of Artech Architects.

Proposed Kaohsiung Marine Gateway Terminal by Asymptote Architecture in collaboration with Artech Architects
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Project Description:
The new Kaohsiung Marine Gateway Terminal designed by Asymptote is a new state of the art transportation interchange, an urban destination with both terminal and public facilities including exhibition and event spaces for the people of Kaohsiung as well as for national and international visitors. The project transforms the site from its industrial roots into a dynamic urban hub and a global gateway that bring a powerful and electric experience to the city 24 hours a day.

Site: A O K I J U NNEWS , Japanese

Maison AoAo
Midsummer Plants
Exhibition Work

Check Out the 2010 DawnTown Miami Entries

Check Out the 2010 DawnTown Miami Entries

DawnTown Miami 2010 Entry 29172
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Village in the Air / Építész Stúdió , Moscow, Russia

Village in the Air / Építész Stúdió

By Hank Jarz , ,

Courtesy Építész Stúdió
Építész Stúdió has shared with us their entry, Village in the Air, for the A101 Bock City Competition in .

الاثنين، 27 ديسمبر 2010

Urban Transformation Project for Kartal Region of Istanbul Metrpolitan Municipality - Zaha Hadid

Istanbul, Turkey

Sea View, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

Proposal for a new city centre on the east bank of Istanbul.
CLIENT:Greater Istanbul Municipality
SIZE:555 Hectares (6 million m²­)
CONCEPT:The Kartal Pendik masterplan is the redevelopment of an abandoned industrial site into a new sub-centre of Istanbul. It is complete with a central business district, high-end residential development, cultural facilities such as concert halls, museums, and theatres, and leisure programs including a marina and tourist hotels. The site lies at the confluence of several important infrastructural links, including the major highway connecting Istanbul to Europe and Asia, the coastal highway, sea bus terminals, and heavy and light rail links to the greater metropolitan area. The project begins by tying together the basic infrastructural and urban context of the surrounding site. Lateral lines stitch together the major road connections emerging from Kartal in the west and Pendik in the east.

Urban Design Project for Izmit Shoreline / Ervin Garip25Dec 2010By Alison Furuto — Filed under: Infrastructure ,Urban Design , Ervin Garip, Izmit, Turkey

Urban Design Project for Izmit Shoreline / Ervin Garip

Courtesy of
shared with us his competition entry for the Urban Design Competition for the shoreline of , where he was awarded the first prize. For this competition, his main goal was to improve the daily social life by creating urban squares, seafront recreation, new urban parks and annotating the required program with a holistic approach.

السبت، 25 ديسمبر 2010

10 Best Architecture Moments of 2001-2010

With the year and the decade soon ending, we're dedicating this final Design Thursday in 2010 to an assessment of the best architecture and interiors of the decade (2001-2010), and likewise providing some thoughts on what you can expect in 2011 and soon thereafter.

There is clearly lots of territory to cover (literally), as we're doing our best to traverse the decade and the globe. For this reason, in addition to the 10 Best Architecture Moments below, I'm joined by fellow design bloggers Jean Lin and Patricia Brizzio, who have assembled the 10 Top Interiors of the Decade and Architecture: What's Coming in 2011, respectively.

On point, the late 1990's were an electrifying period of time for architecture-related progress, with marvels such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao designed by Gehry Partners; in fact, upon visiting Bilbao in 1998, Philip Johnson, arguably the leader of modern architecture, announced Gehry "as the greatest architect we have today," and subsequently described Bilbao as "the greatest building of our time." In my view, that's quite an achievement to close out the millennium. Source: Vanity Fair.

Following this triumph and unmistakable thrust, major architectural commissions in the early and middle decade emerged from obsession with innovation, including use and application of materials, structural system advances, technology and computer-aided design, and of course sustainability. In fact, the scale of innovation often felt like it was accelerating. But as credit markets imploded in September of 2007, so did architectural headway and construction. Therefore, without wanting to sound hackneyed or dated, I contend that architecture of the decade is best described by the following thesis: Bull, Bubble, and Bear. While there have been scattered diamonds in the rough (projects that had already secured financing pre-bubble), the last three years of the decade have been (comparatively) hollow and void of momentum.

That all said, here are the ten most-meaningful architecture moments from a exceptionally topsy-turvy decade. Apologies to any readers or architects who disagree with my findings. Without doubt, this has been one of the more challenging assignments I've accepted this year, possibly this decade.
Rouen Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex

House with midair living

House with midair living

'house with midair living' by studiogreenblue
all images courtesy studiogreenblue

'house with midair living' by studiogreenblue is located in the residential
suburb of koga, ibaraki, japan. designed for a young family, the open plan house
features a translucent second floor, so no one area is closed off from another.
the activity space for the children is above the living room on the first floor,
hence why the house is named 'midair living'. the translucent lattice dividing the
upper and lower levels offers a dwelling space which does not feel confined
by that of a traditional ceiling.

الثلاثاء، 21 ديسمبر 2010

South Korea's eco domes revealed

South Korea's eco domes revealed

Samoo Architecture, in collaboration with Grimshaw Architects, has revealed its plans for what could be called the Eden Project of the South. Part of the upcoming National Ecological Institute(NEI) of South Korea site, The Ecorium Project will provide optimum conditions for a large ecosystem across 33,090 sq m of floor area.

Samoo design to transform redundant Garak Wholesale Market

Samoo design to transform redundant Garak Wholesale Market

Just a quarter of a century old and the original Garak Wholesale Market has turned sour with residents complaining about traffic congestion and a rather unappealing smell from leftover vegetables amounting due to an inefficient logistics system. Enter Samoo Architects & Engineers who's new plans for the space will now be realised after winning a design competition to regenerate the dingy market. Their plans are drastic and will generate, among many improvements, a massive 131 acre green park roof.
While correcting the issues from the original market a new public realm will be generated with the roof functioning as a giant public garden and a continuous pedestrian path along the East-West axis. The sinuous U-shaped landscape is set to provide a flexible public space for diverse recreational, sports and cultural activities and turn the market into a landmark for the city.

The 100 most viewed projects of 2010


As the year draws to a close, WAN looks back at the 100 most viewed projects of 2010



Qatar Stadiums for 2022 FIFA World Cup Nautilus House Miapolis Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Burj Dubai Delhi Airport WAN AWARDS 09 Residential and House of the Year Solar City Tower
Nouvel Chelsea Park51 Architects voted sexiest professionals Marina Bay Sands Zayed National Museum Editorial Grand Canal Square Theatre Editorial
Rolex Learning Center Saadiyat Beach Golf Club Clubhouse, Saadiyat Island FIFA world cup 2010 soccer stadium Museum of Tolerance Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009 AlpspiX Harmon Hotel Middelfart Savings Bank
Meydan City The Ecorium Project of The National Ecological Institute Studio RHE, SilverTree, Royal Docks, Newham Sutyagin House King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art iGuzzini - ENEL SOLE: Archilede Embassy of the U.S. London Mus饠national des beaux-arts du Qu颥c
Meydan Grandstand and Hotel The Kimbell Art Museum Middle East Centre 15 Union Square West Editorial Ziggurat Valetta City Gate Ecohouse
One New Change CTBUH Ten tallest buildings of 2009 Water Cube National Museum of Qatar Chicago Spire Iranian Embassy Salvadore Dali Museum Eco Flow
5* hotel complex Serpentine Pavilion 2010 Commercial Bank of Ethiopia headquarters The Pod Pavilion Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Crossrail Canary Wharf Station Canton Tower Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) Terminal One
WAN AWARDS 09 Residential and House of the Year Northwest Corner Building, Columbia University Bamboo House The Cube MIPIM AR Future Project Awards Songjiang Hotel Singapore Scotts Tower, Orchard Road The New York Korea Centre
Energy Roof Dawangjing District urban model Taipei Pop Music Center MIT Media Lab, Cambridge Nuragic & Contemporary Art Museum Transbay Transit Terminal Rotating Tower Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall
WAN AWARDS 2010, Healthcare Sector 2010 Pritzker Architecture  Prize Masdar Headquarters Auto-d馥nse WAN AWARDS 2010 Education Sector winners Transbay Transit Center Inntel Zaandam/The Blue House The Circle at Zurich Airport
Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer CircleBath BMW Headquarters Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton Central Saint Giles Centre Pompidou-Metz Bella Sky Hotel Marine Research Centre
Beekman tower Shinjuku Gardens Elbphilharmonie New World Symphony The Sil(o)houette Eisenhower National Monument NeoTown - Bangalore South PricewaterhouseCoopers
Catholic Church of Transfiguration Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 130 Bloor Street West Cultural Center Paul Eluard


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