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Archive for November, 2011

Der SPIEGEL Canteen Hamburg / by IF Group

Der SPIEGEL Canteen Hamburg / by IF Group

© Zooey Braun

In October 2011 the SPIEGEL Group, whose stable includes Germany’s most important news magazine Der SPIEGEL, moved into its new publishing house in Hamburg’s HafenCity development. This impressive structure on the Eriscusspitze, lapped by the waters of the River Elbe, was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen. Ippolito Fleitz Group was commissioned to create a new employees’ canteen for the building. The legacy building’s famous canteen was designed in 1969 by Verner Panton and has since been placed under heritage protection. This inheritance represented a particular challenge.
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Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel – Haus Untersberg / by LAVA

Modernisation of the Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel– Design meets Adventure: Haus Untersberg – now open

Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel– Haus Untersberg / by LAVA

© Robert Pupeter

LAVA’s reinterpretation of an existing youth hostel has resulted in a completely new type of space. The transformation of the youth hostel is underway! The design is all about the individuality of spaces – LAVA achieved this by the clever reorganisation of the existing volume resulting in different types of bedrooms. And a sustainable makeover includes low energy facade, floor heating, the installation of bimass pellet heating system and the use of local materials and craftsmanship. LAVA has set new precedents for future hostel guests with:
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HOUSE 712 in Gualba, Barcelona / by H ARQUITECTES

HOUSE 712 in Gualba, Barcelona / by HARQUITECTES

© Adria Goula

The proposal wants to occupy all the buildable part of the parcel by means of a ground floor house, entailing a triangle shaped plan with each side parallel to its correspondent plot limit. This triangular geometry minimizes the distribution spaces (having only a central one), reduces the cost and allows a constant and homogeneous relation between both the inside and the outside. Because of the ground level difference between site and street (the highest one), the triangular roof, almost an icon, becomes the fourth façade of the house. While designing and planning the project, the budget was cut by 65%. This fact strongly conditioned all the construction decisions: systems, materials, etc. By removing all the superfluous and unnecessary elements, the house was given both an inside and an outside which are extremely austere, powerful and very expressive.
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Research Centre for the University of Jussieu in Paris / by BIG + OFF

BIG + Paris-based architects OFF, engineers Buro Happold, consultants Michel Forgue and environmental engineer Franck Boutte is the winning team to design the new 15.000 m2 research centre for Sorbonne’s Scientific university Universit� Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

RESEARCH CENTRE IN PARIS / by BIG

© BIG

The new multidisciplinary research centre, Paris PARC, located between Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe and the open green park of the Jussieu Campus will become a significant addition to the campus, strengthening the international appeal and openness of the leading French University for Science and Medicine. The facility will bring together academic scholars and the busi�ness community, while re-connecting the university physically and visually with the city of Paris. The winning team was honored as the best design among proposals from MVRDV, Lipsky Rollet, Mario Cucinella and Peripherique.
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JDS’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump Wins the Norwegian Steel Day Prize

JDS’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been announced as the winner of the 23rd Norwegian Steel Day Prize

JDS’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been announced as the winner of the 23rd Norwegian Steel Day Prize for excellence in steel construction. The conference is a open professional and social forum for professionals, and is the natural meeting place for updating of knowledge, new contacts and care of existing and previous contacts in the steel community.

Web: jdsa.eu

Flanders Business School Antwerpen / by BURO II & ARCHI+I in collaboration with Jan de Vloed

Flanders Business School Antwerpen / by BURO II & ARCHI+I in collaboration with Jan de Vloed

© Thomas De Bruyne

Bordering the unique and historic 19th century Jesuit chapel, FBS wanted to build an entirely new infrastructure that meets the most modern requirements of executive education, with an auditorium, cafetaria, conference accommodation, a coffee and business corner, office space, etc. The starting point of the design concept is the preservation of the uniqueness of the listed building: the original intermediate floors, historic vacant space, ventilation of the canals and the 19th century façade.
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Behnisch Architekten wins World’s Best Sport Building at WAF Awards 2011

Speedskating Stadium Inzell, Germany, designed by Behnisch Architekten

Speedskating Stadium Inzell, Germany, designed by Behnisch Architekten, has won the ‘World’s Best Sports Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2011.

The presentation of the WAF Awards are taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

Designed to host the World Single Distant Speed Skating Championships 2011, the Speedskating Stadium in Inzell upgraded the existing outdoor speed-skating track through the construction of a high-performance intelligent roof structure. This improved arena can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators and offers maximum flexibility for large scale world class competitions as well as regular seasonal speed-skating training.
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Stanton Williams wins World’s Best Learning Building at WAF Awards 2011

Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom, designed by Stanton Williams

Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom, designed by Stanton Williams, has won World’s Best Learning Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2011.

The presentation of the WAF Awards are taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is an 11,000 sq.m. plant science research centre set in the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden, and brings together world-leading scientists in a working environment of the highest quality. The design reconciles complex scientific requirements with the need for a piece of architecture that also responds to its landscape setting.
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