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Archive for November, 2007

Construction Begins On Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

The design of Shenzhen Stock Exchange was done by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) last year in December 2006, and the construction work has started on it since last week. The building consists of 250m tall tower with 200,000m2 gross floor area.

“The progress of this project has been a source of pride for both parties,” said OMA Managing Partner, Victor van der Chijs. “Less than one year ago OMA was announced the winner of the design competition and we now have a dedicated team in Shenzhen to oversee the completion of The Stock Exchange in 2010,” said Mr van der Chijs.

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New Cultural Quarter of The Pushkin Museum

Pushkin State Museum

The new landscape of Puskhin Meseum has been designed by by Foster + Partners. The Museum located in Moskow, a place where i want to visit most. As we know, this Museum of Fine Arts was built in 1912 and now Foster proposes a new cultural area on its site.

Norman Foster said, “I am very excited by this extraordinary project to create a cultural quarter for the Pushkin Museum and for Moscow. It is a true masterplan in the sense that it is less about individual buildings and more about the coherence of the site in its entirety, with an emphasis on landscaping and public spaces. It is also about enhancing connections – both above and below ground. Improvements to the historic buildings and better provisions for back-of-house facilities will make the Pushkin’s magnificent collections more accessible and part of a wider destination.”

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The Project7ten, A Platinum Certified Homes in California.

Project7ten House California

The construction of Project7ten is already finish and you can check it out at 710 E. Milwood Avenue in Venice, California if you are interested to buy it. As the one of a few certified LEED Platinum homes in the country, the home aimed to be an educational model of green building. As mentioned on the project7ten.com, the project is also a part of the A+Design Museum Enlightened Development, which opened on March 29th, 2007 a show which aims to inform the public of important environmental ventures, and cutting edge efforts in this vain.

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Blue Residential Tower Opened in New York

Blue Tower New York

Designed by Bernard Tschumi, a New York based Architect, the Blue Tower is already open for public since November 7. This 17-story residential tower consists 32 apartments ranging from one and two bedroom units. The tower is 181 feet tall and located on on the Lower East Side, New York. According to the architect, a unique shape is adopted to differentiate the building from other high-rise building.

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The Joan Olivier Sant Antoni Library in Barcelona

the Joan Olivier Sant Antoni library
(images Inigo Bujedo Aguirre)

What i can say about this library, it has unique design as it is hidden away behind the street facade. Located in Barcelona, the Joan Olivier Sant Antoni Library buildings was designed to offer new public spaces for the urban community. And as you see on the picture (bottom), there are a tall brick chimney left untouched in the corner of the open space. As mentioned by iconeye.com, the architect want to state that the area was a factory or an industrial site.

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Diamond Exchange Tower by Goettsch Partners

Shanghai Lujiazui Diamond Exchange Tower

Designed by Goettsch Partners Firm, the Shanghai Lujiazui Diamond Exchange Tower located in Podung Area, Shanghai. As mentioned on WAN website(www.worldarchitecturenews.com), the ground floor of the tower dedicated for diamond center-related retail and the second floor will be the place for elevator lobby, exhibition hall, and restaurant. As you can see on the picture above, the tower clearly showing off two massive building that well connected by transparent curtain wall. Beautiful landmark!

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The Premliminary Design of 53w53rd Tower by Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel 75-story tower New York

A Paris based architect, Jean Nouvel, has been choses by Hines to design new tower in midtown Manhattan just west of The Museum of Modern Art New York. The mix use tower will rise 75 stories including expansion of MoMA, 100-room, 7-star hotel and 120 residential condominiums.

Gerald D. Hines, chairman of Hines, commented, “Nouvel’s exciting concept has the potential to become an international architectural design icon.”

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Penthouse Suite of Four Seasons Hotel At $30,000 a Night

Four Season Hotel

A super expensive penthouse suite has been unveiled by the Four Seasons Hotel New York. The penthouse is claimed as the most expensive suite in the world: at $30,000 a night, wow! This 4,300 sqm suite has 9 rooms with luxury interior including glass balcony, which hovers 700 feet above the street with spectacular city views.

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