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Archive for July, 2009

Dorobanti Tower in Bucharest

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Comprising of a 5-star hotel, luxury apartments, retail areas, a business centre, a casino and underground parking, the Dorobanti Tower was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for Smartown Group. The tower is expected to be completed within the next 4 years and will cover 100,000 square metre of floor area. You see the sinus wave facade? it’s concrete filled stainless steel profiles which are complementing the tower design.

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Architectural Book: Artists’ Studios MJ Long

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Artists’ Studios showcases some of the personal work of architect and interior designer MJ Long. Long’s high profile projects include The National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, the award-winning extension to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, and the celebrated Ivy and Quo Vadis restaurants in London.

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Kesher Synagogue by Studio ST Architects & Z-A Studio

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Covering 18,000 sq.ft, the Kesher Synagogue houses three main programmatic spaces including Sanctuary, Social hall and Chapel. The building consists of three half-levels that doesn’t need elevator for connection, only stairs and ramps are available which also minimizing the energy consumption.

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Mexico City Office Tower

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The Mexico City Office Tower will be designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour in collaboration with local practice Legorreta & Legorreta. The 221m-tall tower will be used by Mexican bank Bancomer and Spanish financial institution BBVA. Consist of 50 floors, the tower will cover 78,600 sqm and expected to be completed within the next 4 years.

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Soccer City Stadium [ 2010 FIFA World Cup Stadium - South Africa ]

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Designed by Boogertaman + Partners as the center of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the Soccer City Stadium utilizing concrete products extensively, both as complex structural elements as well as for aesthetic finishes. And the project won the “Concrete in Architecture award” for the innovative culturally identifiable form of the calabash (African pot) which stimulates a truly African image to the rest of the world.

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UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010

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Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the UK pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010 is a six storey high object formed from some 60,000 slender transparent rods, which will extend from the structure and quiver in the breeze. The rods illuminates the interior which offers glowing effect at night. The design concept is ‘Better City, Better Life’.

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LSE Student Centre by O’Donnell & Tuomey

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Picture above is the design of LSE Student Centre proposed by O’Donnell & Tuomey for the RIBA’s design competition. Based in Dublin, the firm outranks David Chipperfield, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, de Rijke Marsh Morgan and 3XN. With £21.5 million budget, the project will include a student union reception, bars, entertainment venues, media facilities and offices.

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