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Archive for May, 2010

The Elbphilharmonie: Hamburg’s Newest Landmark

Press Release:
During a Roofing ceremony on 28 and 29 May the northern German metropolis Hamburg will present with the “Elbphilharmonie” its new concert house to the public. More than 5,000 guests will gain an insight into the making of this unique concert house. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the magnificent building is to become Hamburg’s newest landmark.


New Biofuels Laboratory in Bilbao, Spain

Intertek is building a new and expanded laboratory complex in the port area of Bilbao, Spain. The new laboratory is expected to open in the Fall, 2010. The new laboratory will house the Intertek Bilbao Technology Centre (BTC). Intertek BTC has been providing testing, inspection and certification for Spain and the world for over 30 years, serving the petroleum and biofuels industries.


Tri-Bowl to Commemorate The Global Fair & Festival Incheon

Press Release:
INCHEON, South Korea. Arresting the viewers’ eyes, another structure has appeared in the international city of Songdo, Incheon, adding a new style of exhibition center for the Korean architecture. It is the Tri-Bowl linking three bowl-like structures together. It is a unique art and cultural space Korea has never seen before.


The French Window Honoured with New York Award

Press Release:
The French Window Selected by Hospitality Design Magazine for Prestigious Award
Hong Kong, May 25, 2010 – Design mastermind, AB Concept, has been honoured with an illustrious Hospitality Design Award for its most recently completed and striking project, The French Window. The company will be presented with one of the design community’s most prestigious accolades in the Restaurant Fine Dining category at the awards run by leading publication Hospitality Design next month in New York.


Defense Metals Technology Center Student Titanium Pedestrian Bridge

The University of Akron Blue Team has taken First Place in the Student Titanium Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition sponsored by the Defense Metals Technology Center (DMTC) of North Canton, Ohio. Winners were announced Thursday night at a dinner and awards ceremony at InfoCision Stadium, the new University of Akron Football complex. Guests included Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and University of Akron President Luis Proenza.

“This Competition shows that armor quality and structural titanium can readily be applied to meaningful creative commercial projects,” says Charles Clark, executive director of the Defense Metals Technology Center (DMTC). “We also achieved a goal of inviting design, architecture, and engineering schools in our region – America’s Metals Heartland – to showcase the importance of Titanium in a major civilian use.”

Fish Restaurant Bebek by GAD Architecture

Detailed-information from GAD Architecture:
In collaboration with Dara Kirmizitoprak. The restaurant is located on the shore of the Bosphorus, with a main access road running behind it. The existing structure on the site is a 3-story 1,500m2 house. This will be renovated to serve the new function as a fish restaurant, with a capacity of 500 people. The house is wrapped in elegant steel ribbons, which add the possibility for more functions to the site. The canopy structure begins to envelope the structure at the entrance door, where it serves as a canopy. It then splits and wraps the roof, serving multiple functions as an emergency stair and a bar. The terraces are divided in three levels, and are covered with elements of the same ribbon. The careful leveling and sculpting of the ribbon provides views for all the customers.


Underground Spa by Carmody Groarke

Detailed-information from Carmody Groarke:
The client’s brief was to create a place for exercise and relaxation beneath the a nineteenth century mansion, as part of an extensive renovation to create a new private family home. Their brief was clear – a space to be discovered underground, and of entirely different character to the house above. As its most fundamental principle the space, excavated from the bedrock of the site, seeks punches of daylight from wherever possible at ground level. Underground, the simple sculptural treatment of stone, plaster and water are given definition by a subtle mixture of natural and artificial light. The main stone-lined space contains a 17 metre long, stone-lined swimming pool and is surrounded by smaller stone blocks containing treatment rooms – sauna, spa and gymnasium.


Kepier Homes by Ryder Architecture

Project description from Ryder Architecture:
Kepier Homes LLP is a joint venture company between Laing O’Rourke and Three Rivers Housing Group. Working with Ryder the previously delivered a scheme comprising of 180 post graduate student apartment at Dryburn in Durham, acting as a catalyst for this subsequent development at Kepier Court. Kepier Court is located a short distance from Durham City centre, close to the A690 and adjacent to Bakehouse Lane and Mayorswell Close in a predominantly residential area.