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Archive for February, 2010

Dunkirk Arts Quarter by François Blanciak Architect


Proposed by François Blanciak Architect for a competition, this design of Dunkirk Arts Quarter trying to blend architetcure and urbanism in a unique way by eroding the building into an array of particles. The project includes a theater, numerous workshops, exhibition and administrative spaces within its most vertical part, followed by artist residencies, student housing, as well as regular urban blocks with semi-private gardens.

Manny by TETRARC


Located in Nantes, France, the Manny was designed by TETRARC architect. The project covers 3,865 m² area including the basement, two parking levels, offices, and a roof garden.


CCEP Masterplan Waterlot by MCM Architects

VCCEP Masterplan Waterlot
VCCEP Masterplan Waterlot

To complete the VCCEP Masterplan Waterlot, a new marina in Vancouver BC, is scheduled following the 2010 Olympic Games. This marina will consist of four floating buildings; the new seaplane terminal, a maintenance workshop, a commercial and marina office. This prominent development will connect to the seawall through two circulation towers at the east and west end of the new convention centre.


Vancouver Convention Centre West Gets LEED Platinum Rating

Vancouver Convention Centre West

Designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects, in collaboration with Vancouver-based MCM and DA, the Vancouver Convention Centre West (VCC) has just been awarded LEED® Canada Platinum certification, the first convention centre project in the world to earn what is the program’s highest rating.


UTS Broadway Tower Skin by LAVA


The tower skin project for UTS Broadway Tower is aimed to transform old style building into modern & sustainable building, but the main purpose is to offer a high performance ‘micro climate’ and to generate energy, thank to the tranparent cocoon and the photo-voltaic cell. Designed by LAVA, the skin project actually can be implemented to any building.


Herning Museum of Contemporary Art by Steven Holl Architects


The Herning Center of the Arts unites, for the first time, three distinct cultural institutions: the Herning Art Museum, the MidWest Ensemble and the Socle du Monde. The new Center is intended to be an innovative forum combining visual art and music. The design fuses landscape and architecture in a one-level building that will include permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a 150-seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, a restaurant, a media library, administrative offices and an active landscape. The design for the center aims at “building the site”. In transforming the flat field, a new 40,000 sf. landscape of grass mounds and pools conceals all the parking and service areas while shaping inspiring bermed landscape spaces focused on reflecting pools positioned in the south sun. Herning’s prominent relationship with textiles and art formed the inspiration for the design concept. Steven Holl states: ‘Part of the current art collection is housed in an old shirt factory in Herning. This 1960s building was designed in the form of a shirt collar and is across the street from the site. It was the interaction between the factory owner and Arte Povera artists such as Piero Manzoni that enabled such a special collection of art to exist in Herning.” A fabric theme is carried throughout the project from the shape of the building which resembles a collection of shirtsleeves viewed from above, through the wall finishes. Fabric tarps were inserted into the formwork to yield a fabric texture to the buildings exterior walls of white concrete.



House in The Pyrenees, Spain / by Cadaval & Sola-Morales


A vernacular dry stone house in the Pyrenees and the aim to transform it into a comfortable and utilitarian second residence are at the origin of this project. Fathers and sons want separated homes but shared experiences.


International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) by Yamasaki Architects


The International Bank of Qatar, known as IBQ, has decided to locate its new Headquarters Building in the New District of Doha. The building is planned to achieve iconic status as a landmark image distinguishing IBQs continuing success as a symbol of trustworthiness and financial leadership in this area.