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Archive for September, 2011

KPF Honored with Five MIPIM Asia Awards

MIPIM’s largest number of awards won by a single architectural firm.

Hong Kong – September, 2011 – International architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), is pleased to announce that the firm has won five awards at the annual MIPIM Asia Awards 2011. The International Commerce Centre and Wheelock Square both won in the Best Business Centres category, Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Complex in the Best Central & Western Asia Future Projects category, Xintiandi Hotels in the Best Hotels & Tourism Resorts category, and The Marina Bay Financial Centre in the Best Mixed-Use Buildings category.

The Crystal Won Best Structural Design 2011 / by schmidt hammer lassen architects

The Crystal, the new extension to the financial institution Nykredit, by schmidt hammer lassen architects, has won an Emirates Glass LEAF Award in the category ‘Best Structural Design of the Year’ 2011. By this award, the Emirates Glass LEAF Awards recognizes The Crystal as an innovative architectural design setting the benchmark for the international architectural community of the next generation, and amongst the best that global architecture has to offer.

The Sliced Porosity Block Tops Out / by Steven Holl Architects

The Sliced Porosity Block—the Raffles City development designed by Steven Holl Architects in Chengdu—celebrates its topping out at 123 meters. Located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road, the 3 million square feet mixed-use complex consists of five towers with offices, apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants.

Sliced Porosity Block / by Steven Holl Architects

The project’s sun sliced geometry results from careful study of daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric. Porous and inviting from every side, five vertical entrances cut through a layer of micro-urban shopping before leading to the elevated public ‘Three Valley’ plaza. A great urban terrace on the scale of Rockefeller Center, this multi-level plaza in the center of the complex is sculpted by stone steps, ramps, trees, and ponds. Here the public space parallax of overlapping geometries is supercharged by color that glows from the shops positioned underneath the plaza.

Modernism in Miniature – The Encounter Between Photography and Model Making


Modernism in Miniature - The Encounter Between Photography and Model Making

Press Release (Montréal, 15 September 2011)
On view at the CCA from 22 September to 8 January 2012, Modernism in Miniature: Points of View explores the encounter between photography and architectural model-making between c.1920 -1960.

Curated by Davide Deriu, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Westminster, London, the exhibition focuses on model photography as a distinctive genre. It proposes an inextricable link with the so-called ‘model boom’ and the explosion of mass media, where miniatures reached out to a wide public and, in some cases, acquired a cult status that has endured to this day.

Gustafson Porter’s Flower Tower Shortlisted for the Nation Grid Pylon Design Competition

Gustafson Porter’s pylon design Flower Tower has been selected for the National Grid pylon design competition shortlist.

Press Release: 14 September 2011

Gustafson Porter reveals shortlisted design for the national Pylon Design Competition Leading landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter has been shortlisted, together with five other finalists, to redesign the British electricity pylon following the launch of a competition by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and National Grid in May this year.

All shortlisted designs are now on show in the ‘A Pylon for the Future’ exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is part of the London Design Festival until 5 October 2011. Gustafson Porter’s pylon design, ‘Flower Tower’, which has been shortlisted from over 250 entries, is inspired by nature, with its form heavily influenced by organic shapes, such as birds in flight and the gently curving forms of flowers and plant life.

Mary Bowman, Director at Gustafson Porter said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be part of the next stage of this competition. Our design evolved from understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the existing lattice work pylon, using this knowledge to create a new design that fits sensitively within the UK countryside. ‘Flower Tower’ moves away from the industrial image of the pylon to form an organic, evocative silhouette that matches elegance with

The ‘Flower Tower’ is made of six identical blades that form a single stem, which works to minimise the structure’s footprint on the landscape. The tower is constructed from a modular kit of parts that can be easily transported and assembled to create an elegant, flowing shape. This concept of modularity and simplicity of form also means the design can adapt to different power distribution requirements across varying landscapes in the UK.

Each of the six leaves that carry the high tension cables is identical in its straight section, curved radius and tapered end piece. A blade at the top of the flower holds the earth wire.

Gustafson Porter is collaborating with structural engineers Atelier One on the project.


Banco Deuno in Mexico City / by usoarquitectura

Banco Deuno in Mexico City / by usoarquitectura

The history of a great project is usually the history of a great client; one who is willing to use architecture and to assume the risks involved in good ideas. The history of the corporate building for BANCODEUNO is a perfect example. This important bank in Mexico, decided to locate their headquarters in the landmark building of Mariano Escobedo and Campos Elíseos in Mexico City. For usoarquitectura, this project is very important for 2 main reasons: first, the excellent communication with the client and second, the opportunity to develop a project inside of a catalogued building designed by architect Augusto H. Alvarez in 1972.


As part of a park competition in Kiev – Ukraine, Maxwan resolved a missing gap in the primary pedestrian path. The solution goes beyond merely creating a bridge. It strives to create a signature place, within the park. It avoids any of the assumed formal or structural gestures. By doing so, it creates an almost non-bridge.

GroupM in Tokyo, Japan / by van der Architects

van der Architects shared with us another completed project called “GroupM”.

Description of the project from the architect:
This is the design for the reception of GroupM, a group company within the WPP group. Rather than designing a space using the various corporate colours of the GroupM companies we decided to design three meeting rooms as three free standing grey boxes. These boxes are finished in glass bead stucco, a wonderful three dimensional material with an equally brilliant name: Jolypatte.