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Archive for July, 2008

Iris Bay by Atkins

Atkins budding Iris

Designed by WS Atkins & Partners and Developed by Sheth Estate International, the Iris Bay is a commercial tower located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. The 32-storey tower will be 170m high with total floor area of 36,000 m2. Estimated completion: 2008.

The innovative Atkins design commissioned by developer Sheth Estate International Ltd is in the form of an ovoid and adds yet a further dimension to the distinctive urban development taking place in this burgeoning CBD. The design comprises two identical double curved pixelated shells which are rotated and cantilevered over the podium. The rear elevation is a continuous vertical curve punctuated by balconies while the front elevation is made up of seven zones of rotated glass.


The COR Building by Chad Oppenhein

The COR Building

The $40 million COR Building is expected to be completed in 2009. Located in Miami, this green building will host mixed-use residential (113 units), office space (20,100 square feet), and commercial space (5,400 square feet).

A new high rise is going up in Miami’s design district, and its a lean, green, eco machine. A collaboration between Chad Oppenheim architecture + design, energy consultant Buro Happold, and structural engineer Ysreal Seinuk, the $40 million, 25-story, “COR” building will incorporate mixed-use residential and commercial space, integrating green technologies including wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water generation.


Chongqing Financial Street Project by KPF

KPF Plan Wall Street Of Chongqing

Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) has designed the Chongqing Financial Street Project, known as the Chicago of China. The mixed use project will cover the entire street at JieFangBei 51 Road with classic look skyscrapers.

A mixed use project the total space is allocated so as to have 130,000 square metres of hotel space, this will include boutique hotels as well luxury hotel serviced apartments. 170,000 square metres of commercial space along with 600,000 square metres of office space.


Part of Alcatraz Will be Converted into a Hotel

Alcatraz Hotel

I know the Alcatraz from one of the Steven Seagal’ movies, it described and visualized as the most extreme prison in the U.S. Surrounding by the cold waters, it’s believed that no prisoners can escape from it. But I just realized that the island is attracted more than 1.4 million tourists a year. Based on that fact, the United States’ National Park Service is planning to build a hotel as a part of the prison.

“People are constantly saying they want to see more of the island,” said Rich Weideman, a National Park Service spokesman. “A hotel would be the ultimate experience in visitor access.”

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Indoor Golf Center in Netherlands

in door Golf Center

Claimed as the world’s largest Indoor Golf Center, this doom will be located in Netherlands covering 34 bays and 15000 square feet area. I don’t know yet whose the designers, but as mentioned by the reports this amazing land will host various facilities including bunkers and water hazard and will be completed in 2010.


CEDIM Design School in Monterrey

CEDIM design school in Monterrey

The design of the new CEDIM Design School in Monterrey is selected from a competition in 2006. Built on 5.200 m² surface area, this new campus was designed by arquitectura 911sc.

Laid out on a 12,000-square-meter lot along the river, the campus occupies the site in a compact block. The need for multifunctional areas and efficient circulations determined an almost square two-story block of 5,200 m², pierced with grooves to let in natural light and provide views of the surroundings. These incisions bring the landscape inside but also make the interior more complex, generating diverse spatial qualities and shorter circulations.


The Yury Dolgoruky Twin Tower by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid  Moscow Tower

Zaha Hadid’s design of the Yury Dolgoruky Twin Tower has been approved. Located in Moskow, the twin tower will be 57-floors and 52-floors consist of exposition centre, hotel and residential.

The towers sport the same look but their facades are punctuated with white concrete, curved balconies which have a retro look to them. Between the two towers sky bridges are suspended at different angles as if they have melted between the buildings. These will not only make access between the towers easier but also provides a warm cosy spot to go and admire the views across the city.


The Rumini Waterfront by Foster+Partners

The Rumini Waterfront by Foster+Partners

The designs proposal of Rumini Waterfront has been presented by Foster+Partners. The design is aimed to make a strong relationship between the town centre and the seafront.

The scheme comprises a new seafront promenade with a mix of related activities and public spaces including a hotel tower, which will extend Rimini’s historic beach culture and continue the existing urban grain. The project celebrates Rimini’s tradition of green boulevards, best characterised by the Via Vespuci. The waterfront will be pedestrianised at certain times and will link directly to a linear public park – or green spine – which will provide much needed shade during the hotter months. This currently links the seafront to the historic city and will be enhanced with improved connections to the new promenade area.

The Rumini Waterfront by Foster+Partners