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Archive for June, 2010

RESTAURANT O2 – A garden in the parking lot!

O2 is the conversion underground plaza for a parking lot into a garden restaurant with a new approach and ingenious sustainable ideas. When we were confronted with the challenge of designing a restaurant in an overcrowded and concrete-saturated area, we set out to create something that would also make a contribution to area, with vegetation, warmth and a commitment to improving the immediate surroundings.

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House in Kojetin by Kamil Mrva Architects

From Kamil Mrva Architects:
It is a pleasure when an investor asks you for cooperation on another interesting project. The first project was a reconstruction of the UAX company’s headquarters in Bernartice. The second one is a studio and housing project in Kojetín. An exceptional investor, an exceptional place, another challenge for the architect.

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University Campus Brno – Czech Republic / A Plus

Masaryk University Campus is the largest project of its kind in the Czech Republic. The project was set up in 2000 and the construction of the first part of the campus was completed in 2005. Currently the last parts of this imposing high-tech building are near to completion. The detail park and office park form an integral part of the campus which will comprise also sporting, scientific and research facilities as well as residential premises in the near future.

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Final Departure Lounge Terminal 2 Mexico City International Airport

SPACE was selected from among several architecture firms to design the new final departure lounge for a recognized brand of financial services and credit cards. This project is located at terminal 2 of Mexico City airport.

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ADNEC’s Capital Gate: World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower

Press Release:
Abu Dhabi, 21 June 2010: CAPITAL GATE, owned and developed in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company), has been certified as the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower,’ by Guinness World Records.

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KPF Defines Shanghai’s Skyline as 70 Million Gear up to Visit in 2010

Press Release:
[Hong Kong – June 16, 2010] With an estimated 70 million people expected to visit the Shanghai Expo this year, Shanghai is certain to be the center of the world’s focus. While the city epitomizes China’s unprecedented growth, it also demonstrates the outstanding innovation of international architect firm Kohn Pedersen Fox. With the design of countless world-famous projects, including the Shanghai World Financial Center and Plaza 66 towers, KPF has played a major role defining Shanghai’s skyline and dense urban environment.

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Designs for Nelson Cultural Center and Turnblad Mansion Renovation by HGA Architects

Press Release:
The American Swedish Institute, a museum and cultural center with an international reputation on historic Park Avenue in the heart of South Minneapolis, today unveiled designs for the Nelson Cultural Center, a building to be constructed adjacent to the iconic Turnblad Mansion to accommodate growing programs and audiences. In addition, the organization announced plans to renovate and improve accessibility to the mansion, and landscape the campus grounds. HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis, designed the building and landscaping to reflect contemporary and traditional Swedish aesthetics and landscape, and developed plans for the mansion renovation. To date, the American Swedish Institute has received $11 million in gifts and pledges toward a fundraising goal of $21.5 million for these projects, the final phase of the Linking Generations, Linking Communities capital campaign.

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New Energy Efficient BURGER KING Restaurant in Waghäusel, Germany

Press Release:
MIAMI. Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) broke new ground for the BK® brand with the unveiling of its new energy efficient BURGER KING® restaurant located in Waghäusel, Germany. The eco-friendly design developed in cooperation with Wirsol Solar AG (Baden-Württemberg) utilizes state-of-the-art technologies and renewable energy to power one-third of the restaurant’s energy consumption, thus reducing energy costs by 45 percent and the emission of CO2 by more than 1201 metric tons every year.

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