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Archive for June, 2008

Headquarters Building for Ernst & Young in Amsterdam

headquarters building for Ernst & Young

The headquarters building for Ernst & Young is just completed and known as Foster+Partners’s first tower in Amsterdam. The building has 24-storey and approached through a water-court. And one of its facade is fully glazed to get as much natural light as possible.

David Nelson, Senior Executive and joint Head of Design at Foster + Partners said:
“Our first building in Amsterdam not only exceeds Dutch environmental regulations by ten per cent, but provides a striking marker for the Vivaldi park area, a high quality, flexible working environment for tenants Ernst & Young and a lively public water-court with a working ecological pond at its base.”


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Elephant House by Foster+Partners

Elephant House opens at Copenhagen Zoo

Located at Copenhegen, the Elephant House is mentioned as the first zoological building designed by Foster+Partners. The building is constructed with a warm terracotta-coloured concrete and lightweight glazed domes to offers natural light and openness.

Spencer de Grey, Senior Executive and Head of Design said:
“As our first zoo project, we were asked to create a new enclosure for a herd of Asian Elephants in Denmark’s renowned Copenhagen Zoo. We have designed a building that not only responds to the animals’ natural behaviour, but is also a seamless insertion into the landscape that uses the site’s natural properties to provide thermal insulation. We are delighted to learn that the elephants are enjoying their new home.”

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Y House Aichi by Power Unit Studio

Power Unit Studio

Various images of contemporary architectures in Japan currently being displayed in London during an exhibition of work by British architectural photographer Edmund Sumner. The exibihition which entitled ‘Outside the Box – Images of contemporary Japanese architecture‘ is held by Daiwa Foundation Japan House and scheduled to open between 2 June – 25 July 2008. Image above is the Y House Aichi by Power Unit Studio, it’s just another contemporary work that i like most.

As a photographer, Sumner has long held an interest in contemporary architecture. The tension involved in capturing an often fleeting moment within a permanent image is the focus of his work and is what has drawn him to the innovative contemporary architecture of Japan.

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W Hotel & Residences in New York City

W Residents NYC

Offering unique and luxury amenities such as a rooftop terrace, a fitness center and spa in the sky, the luxury W Hotel and Residences designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkell of UNStudio. The building mixing the use of hotels and residences.

The building itself, designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkell of UNStudio, will be wrapped in a series of horizontal black metallic bands – each of which ungulates as it curves around and hugs the frame of the structure. The façade is apparently a direct tribute to the original 19th century built form of cast iron that shaped lower Manhattan – and the metallic surface will reflect light while highlighting the magnificence of the neighboring buildings.

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Dubai Opera House and Cultural Centre Designed by Zaha Hadid

Dubai Opera House by Zaha Hadid

It’s very typical of Zaha Hadid’s designs: stream line, curved shape, and futuristic style. The Dubai Opera House, yet another Zaha Hadid’s great works that selected from a competition in 2006. Located on an island in Dubai Creek, this landmark mixing the opera house, playhouse, arts gallery, performing arts school and themed hotel.

Design Concept and Programme Organisation

The proposal houses all of the facilities within a single striking structure. The gentle winding form evokes images of mountains or sand dunes. Rising out of the ground, this form is both a part of the landscape yet very much a distinct element in the skyline. The surrounding landscape forms build up to the main building. These constitute open park spaces as well as ancillary functions such as the parking facilities and the monorail station, which are either tucked under or integrated into the andscape forms.

Dubai Opera House by Zaha Hadid

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The Kartal Project by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid project in Kartal, Istanbul

Located in Istanbul, The Kartal Project named as the city’s most ambitious building project with total area of 555 hectare. Zaha Hadid designed the project for a competition in 2005 and she won. And the reports said that the construction will start next year.

Hadid unveils new project images
An important step in this project’s development took place on Feburary 21, 2008, in a press conference at the city government bureau that originated this effort, the Istanbul Greater Municipality, Metropolitan Planning and Urban Design Centre, (İstanbul Metropoliten Planlama ve Kentsel Tasarım Merkezi). At the conference attended by Hadid, Mayor Kadir Topbas, Kartal Mayor Arif Dağlar, İMP Director Prof. Dr. İbrahim Baz and architectural consultant Süha Özkan details were announced for the Kartal project as it moved from vision to reality.

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Google Zurich by Camenzind Evolution

Google Zurich

Camenzind Evolutionhas designed the Google offices in Zurich. The offices comprise seven storeys of 130,000 square feet of floor space for up to 800 employees. On of their design concepts including ‘flexibility of space that allows employees take ownership and feel like they belong’.

The final design strategy involved the creation of highly functional, yet somewhat basic individual workspace surrounded by proportionally larger, highly stimulating communal areas and meeting spaces. Open-plan workspaces were created for 8-10 employees, while glass-partitioned offices were built for smaller work teams allowing for both transparency and light from the outside, as well as creating the required degree of privacy from within. And because the average Google worker moves workstations twice a year, each area has to be exceedingly flexibly and adaptable.

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The Newest Designs for The London 2012 Olympic Stadium

London 2012 Olympic stadium

Designed by HOK Sport and Peter Cook, the new planning application of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium including the details of the stadium’s layout, scale, appearance and the external materials to be used have been revealed for the first time.

“Sustainable materials, options for the roof and wrap fabrics are currently being investigated,” the application states. “These include materials using recycled polymer based fabric, hemp and where the polymer based fabric can be recycled after use. Many of these materials could also be re-used after the games for other purposes.”

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