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Archive for June, 2008

French Embassy of Germany

French embassy of Germany, Berlin

The French Embassy of Germany by Atelier Christian de Portzamparc is a Prizewinning entry of a competition in 1997.

Program: This cultural facility accomodates the Ambassador’s residence, the Consolate and Chancellery offices, the cultural department, function halls, a cafeteria, an amphitheatre, housing and multifunctional spaces, all divided into seven buildings.

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King Abdulaziz Center by Snøhetta

King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge

Norwegian architects, Snøhetta has won the competition to design King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Saudi Arabia. The design concept is “the history of oil in Saudi Arabia”.

May 20th 2008, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz set the cornerstone for the cultural centre which will house a museum, library, theatre, cinema and more. The building reflects the history of oil in Saudi Arabia and is different from the country’s architectonic traditions with its abstract and spectacular form.

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Zaha Hadid ‘s Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion

Zaha Hadid designed the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion for her client, Expoagua Zaragoza 2008. The pavilion is built to hold the Water and Sustainable Development Expo in Zaragoza or known as Zaragoza Expo 2008. It has 3915 m2 of surface and 2500 m2 of Pedestrian Bridge.

The Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion is organized around 4 main objects, or “pods” that perform both as structural elements and as spatial enclosures. The Bridge Pavilion design stems from the detailed examination and research into the potential of a diamond shaped section – which offers both structural and programming properties. As in the case of space-frame structures, a diamond section represents a rational way if distributing forces along a surface.

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The London Festival of Architecture

London Festival of Architecture

Foster+Partners had an idea to let the audience involving the architecture during the London Festival of Architecture. They built a conical structure, interwoven with fabric panels hand-printed by the public.

Alistair Lenczner of Foster + Partners said:
“The day was a lot of fun for all involved and a real success. The London Festival of Architecture is a great opportunity to bring architecture to a wide audience. Our installation was designed as a celebration of the collaborations between people that create architecture, and in this case the public were very much part of that process. The handprints placed on the fabric symbolised the human input into the structure’s creation and Bill Fontana’s maritime-themed sound work complemented the nautical feel of the rigging-type ropes that formed the cable net structure.”

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Building Progress of The Serpentine Pavilion 2008

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 construction

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 is under construction. This landmark is mentioned to be the first example of Frank Gehry’s spectacular architecture in London.

Frank Gehry said: “The Pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure that acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing Gallery. Inside the Pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden structure to protect the interior from wind and rain and provide for shade during sunny days. The Pavilion is much like an amphitheatre, designed to serve as a place for live events, music, performance, discussion and debate. As the visitor walks through the Pavilion they have access to terraced seating on both sides of the urban street. In addition to the terraced seating there are five elevated seating pods, which are accessed around the perimeter of the Pavilion. These pods serve as visual markers enclosing the street and can be used as stages, private viewing platforms and dining areas.”

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Have you’ve heard an idiom ‘home sweet home’? I think everybody know about it. And we also know that the most crucial aspect to achieve the mentioned idiom is not the home interior, of course. But I think the home interior took the second place to help people feel ‘home sweet home’.

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Tour Signal at La Défense, Paris

Tour Signal by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Tour Signal comprises 71-storey, consists of five different uses including office (50,000 sqm), hotel 39,000 sqm), residential (33,000 sqm), Public facilities (8,000 sqm) and retail spaces (10,000 sqm). This tower will be located at La Défense, Paris.

This project’s ambition is to create a strong hub at the heart of the Greater Paris region, creating a significant draw at the same time as establishing a relationship between the project and its natural and built-up environment, embodying the various temporal considerations which strengthen the links between a project and its environs.

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Zaha Hadid Proposed The Innovation Tower in Hongkong

new School of Design on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University by zaha hadid

Zaha Hadid proposed an interesting design for the new School of Design tower on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The tower utilizing glass and steel and expected to be completed in 2011.

Mainly made up of dark glazing, here and there some floors are picked out by a lighter windows which looks like it was too long for the floor plate size and so has been folded downwards over lower levels creating shading for the interior and adding an irregularity to the appearance of the scheme.

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