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Archive for April, 2010

Villa Storingavika, Bergen by Saunders Architecture

From the architects (Saunders Architecture):
Built on one of Bergen’s most attractive sites, the house looks out over the southern fjords and the West coast archipelago. The house is twofold. The top floor is for the parents and the bottom for their two children that are university students. In addition there is a small 35m2 guest studio on the bottom floor. The house is a long thin structure with a balcony extruding 6m out of the house that rests on 3 steel poles. The house is clad in black stained wood with natural wood between the window partitions.

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Port Arthur Separate Prison by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

Project description by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer:
The 1849 Separate Prison is chilling evidence of the 19th century’s moral phobias and experimental initiatives. Based on Quaker principles of penitence brought about by silence and control, it was a strict machine to subdue convicts.

Ruined by bushfires in 1895, the Prison has had a series of confusing, ad-hoc conservation measures. The stonework was in poor condition and the small range of original timber and iron elements was overlaid with reconstructions from the 1970s.

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Nordwesthaus Fussach by Baumschlager Eberle Lochau

Description from the architects (Baumschlager Eberle Lochau):
The construction of the port in Fußach is an undertaking that disdains any picturesque posturing. The clear geometrical structures contrast starkly with the natural environment. Since the year 2000 the port building has »hovered« over its surroundings, giving the owner, Maria Rohner, the overall view she needs. In response to the concrete tube devised for the head of the marina, Baumschlager Eberle have installed a cube as the new meeting point for the sailing community. Positioned right on the edge of the moorings, the building presents a striking interaction between the supporting concrete elements and the envelope of glazed panels that allow the contours of the building to shine through.

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Hotel Mandarin in Barcelona by OAB

Description from the architects (OAB):
The Hotel Mandarin in Barcelona is the result of a long journey in which only the shared perseverance of “client and architect” can explain five years of work. At the start of summer 2004 we began working on the vague idea of a hotel on the Paseo de Gracia. At the time no contact existed with Mandarin Oriental or with any other hotel company. Only the dream of coming up with a proposal that would give a boost to the interest of the city.

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Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Description from Pei Cobb Freed & Partners:
The new Heart Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center will greatly expand the functional capacity of the Cardiology Department. The new building is an intervention in the existing hospital complex and serves to express the vitality and dynamism of the rapidly changing medical community it serves. A curving all-glass wall acts as a counterpoint to the existing masonry buildings and provides panoramic views of its spectacular setting to visitors, patients, and medical practitioners.

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YKH House by ISSHO Architects

Description from the architects (ISSHO Architects):
A two-generation family house in Tokyo suburbia. While allowing each family unit to have its own independent usage, they share the common circulation space which still allows fluid connectivity of space and function. The circulation space has a quality like a ‘street’ in a small village where dwellers can feel the life of others.

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Tripoli Museum of Conflict, Libya by Metropolitan Workshop

Project description from Metropolitan Workshop:
A Centre for Memory and Reconciliation
Metropolitan Workshop has won a closed competition for the new Museum of Conflict in Tripoli, Libya. The museum will house permanent and special exhibitions providing a unique platform to showcase Libya’s national story on a local and international level and educate future generations of the price of war.

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Martha Schwartz Partners’ Grand Canal Square in Dublin, Ireland

The landscape architects at MSP designed the square to be the main attraction of the newly renovated Dublin riverfront; with the completion this month of architect Daniel Libeskind’s Grand Canal Theater on the its southern perimeter, the plaza is now just that, a great connector and main meet-up spot that establishes the theater in relation to the river, to the surrounding buildings, and to the vital spirit of Dublin itself.

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