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Archive for November, 2011

Puzzle Piece wins World’s Best New and Old Building at WAF Awards 2011

Puzzle Piece, Spain, designed by Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos

Puzzle Piece, Spain, designed by Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, has won the ‘World’s Best New and Old 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 brief demanded a cover solution for the existing patio of the Infant School ´La Herradura’ that would generate naturally ventilated shadowed areas and protection from the sun and rain for the childrens’ games. The result is this sort of puzzle piece that inserts itself into the old, subtle dialogue by barely touching it, almost floating like a cloud, with light flooding the existing walls.
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Marlon Blackwell Architect wins World’s Best Civic and Community Building at WAF Awards 2011

Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, USA, designed by Marlon Blackwell Architect

Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, USA, designed by Marlon Blackwell Architect, has won the ‘World’s Best Civic and Community 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 church is the result of a transformation of an existing metal shop building into a sanctuary and fellowship hall in anticipation of a larger adjacent sanctuary on the same site.
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Tornado House / by IO DESIGN

Tornado House / by IO DESIGN

Isn’t the Wizard of Oz a clear example of the awesome force that a tornado can muster? How can Jaws drive people out of the ocean screaming when a house blown through the sky brings back nostalgic memories? Please stay out of the water… but feel free to build your home below flood level and out of cards in the wind. There is an urgent need to shift from an outmoded logic, ignorant of the forces of nature, to a point where the unabashed rush for profit and development can be balanced against the basic goal of providing shelter. Humanity is inexplicably driven to build in places where it should not-accepting the unavoidability of this folly is the first step to breathing in a new vision. We sought a way of turning the seemingly destructive acts of nature into creative blooms.
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A New Shop “INDULGI” in Kyoto, Japan / by nendo

A New Shop INDULGI in Kyoto, Japan / by nendo
© Daici Ano

A small clothing shop in Kyoto’s Nakakyo district. The deep, narrow space has good sightlines, but this can be dangerous, too: a shop can look messy and the interior space simply uninteresting if visitors can see all its products in one glance. decided to add shielding elements to create a space that could never be seen in its entirety, one in which different elements appear and disappear from view, changing customers’ experience of the shop as they move about it.
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WT Hotel 2011 / by Well-Tech

WT Hotel 2011, “architetural regeneration”, light and interchangeable layers together with the next-generation technologies dress the building as a second skin, transforming the spatial, functional and emotional perception of the building inside and outside.
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Indigo Tower / by IO DESIGN

Indigo Tower / by IO DESIGN

With a focused look at sustainability, the Hong Kong-based architecture firm lO has been developing a series of research projects aimed at improving the quality of the built environment. One project, the Indigo Tower, takes an active stance and addresses the problem of urban pollution by helping purify the air of our cities through a combination of passive solar techniques and advanced nanotechnology.

The high-rise tower pulls dirt, grease and bacteria out of the air. The cleansing reaction is triggered by the use of a nano coating of titanium dioxide (TiO2) on the outer skin of the tower. TiO2 is a very strong oxidation agent triggered by a photocatalyst reaction.

During the day the reaction is naturally powered by sunlight acting on the titanium dioxide skin. At night the reaction is maintained by a series of ultraviolet lights that are powered by energy collected from photovoltaic panels during the day.
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New Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge in Tempe, AZ / by TYLI

Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge in Tempe, AZ

© James M. Doyle

T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) announced that the new Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge in Tempe, AZ has been completed and is officially open. The $5 million bridge complements the existing aesthetics of the Tempe Town Lake area and features unique criss-crossing parabolic arches that lead as a gateway into the Tempe Center of the Arts.
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Flowerbed Hotel, Aalsmeer, Netherlands / by MVRDV

The 19.500m2 Hotel and conference centre devoted entirely to flowers will be located next to the future Bloomin’ Holland theme park and business centre. The Hotel with 280 rooms will include 2.100m2 flowerbeds and host tourists and business travellers.

Flowerbed Hotel, Aalsmeer, Netherlands / by MVRDV

by MVRDV

Flowerbed Hotel will be located next to the main entrance of the future Bloomin’ Holland theme park and business centre in Aalsmeer. The building is composed of a series of stacked volumes inside a greenhouse. The volumes hold the program of 280 rooms with a floral theme, 1.600m2 conference centre, 550m2 fitness centre and spa, 2.100m2 flower beds, 1.100m2 services and 140 parking spaces. The stacking of volumes underneath the greenhouse shell results in a diverse and spacious lobby with a public flower garden.

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