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Archive for May, 2012

EXPO BOOTH at the Outdoor Lifestyle Hangzhou Fair / by Design Initiatives

EXPO BOOTH at the Outdoor Lifestyle Hangzhou Fair / by Design Initiatives

EXPO BOOTH was Design Initiatives stand at the Outdoor Lifestyle Hangzhou Fair, March 21-24, 2012 to present their Not Just a Chair furniture collection. Two wings curve out of the advertising wall with the company’s logo – the lower one becomes a platform to showcase the furniture objects, the upper one light up the exposed objects. The lower platform can be multi-functionally used as a meeting table.
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Institute Of Marine Genomics, Roscoff / by Barré-Lambot Architectes

Institute Of Marine Genomics / by Barré-Lambot Architectes

The quality of the site, both symbolic and architectural, leads us to propose a building organized around an interior garden ; while preserving the site unity.
Whe make the most of the authorized outline to propose a building with a simple construction principle and rational organization, while maintaining the garden’s qualities. All the laboratories and offices are turned to the garden thanks to the gallery distribution system under the hull south facade (it allows on one hand an optimal control of the temperature, and secondly, the precise frame on the surrounding urban elements).
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Mourning House, Mexico City / by Pascal Arquitectos

Mourning House, Mexico City / by Pascal Arquitectos

This is a project with very strong emotional implications. We had to understand the mood of the user, who at such this moment would not care very much for an aesthetical analisis of any place, but at the same time we wanted to create a space that can create a spritual mood, for this we refered to ancient buidings that were designed for this purpose, as the Egiptian “Mastabas” or some Mayan buildings in Palenque.
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Art Gallery Of Ontario, The Weston Family Learning Centre / by Hariri Pontarini Architects

The transformation of the west wing of the Art Gallery of Ontario into The Weston Family Learning Centre punctuates the museum’s ambitious multi-phased renovation. The new Learning Centre offers a major collaborative hub for community creativity and learning, while increasing the AGO’S ability to provide stellar art education for children, families, and adults of all ages. It houses a community gallery, a hands-on centre for young children and their parents, three seminar rooms, an education commons, a youth centre for young adults, and an artist-in-residence studio.

Art Gallery Of Ontario, The Weston Family Learning Centre / by Hariri Pontarini Architects

Situated on the west side of the museum at the sub-basement and concourse level, the WFLC, is a transparent teaching interface, allowing the visitors, students and the community to experience the power of art. Active, hands-on, and social, the new Learning Centre is the city’s on-site and online studio for the celebration and teaching of art. [Editor's note: You can deliver more power of art by using puzzle frames at any place, find out more at www.posterframedepot.com]
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Mikve Rajel in Cuidad de México / by Pascal Arquitectos

Mikve Rajel in Cuidad de México / by Pascal Arquitectos

The Mikve is the ritual bath of purification in the Jewish religion. It is possible diving in fresh spring water, or in a place specially dedicated to it, fed by rainwater that must be collected, stored and communicated to the vessel that is called a Mikve. All this must be made under a very strict set of rules related to the degree of purity of water. These rules also include the use of materials, architectural measures and water treatment.
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HKU International Summer Program in Architecture: Cities in Asia: Studio SHA-HKG

HKU International Summer Program in Architecture: Cities in Asia: Studio SHA-HKG

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Program Directors: H. Koon Wee & Darren Zhou

Studio SHA-HKG is a three-week architectural design and research studio organized by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture in the cities of Shanghai and Hong Kong. Taught by a diverse group of faculty members from the University of Hong Kong, and other internationally renowned universities and research groups, the course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s most vibrant contexts.

The International Summer Program in Architecture positions Hong Kong as a launch pad to other Asian cities, starting strategically with the city of Shanghai. This summer program has the benefit of tapping into the vast wealth of expertise from Asian Urban Lab – a non-profit research organization based in Singapore. In particular, this summer program will also include a short program with students from the China Academy of Art’s Department of Architecture led by Wang Shu and Wang Fei. Since its inception in 2008, HKU academic programs in Shanghai have benefitted from on-going exchanges and joint studios with leading universities such as Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, NYU, AA, ETH and EPFL, as well as regional universities such as Tongji, China Academy of Art, Tianjin and others.
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Green Climate Fund Headquarters, Bonn / by LAVA

Green Climate Fund Headquarters, Bonn / by LAVA

The Federal Republic of Germany chose the multinational firm Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] as the designers for their bid to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund [GCF] in Bonn. LAVA’s design for the headquarters of the GCF is ‘an ecological model project’ and demonstrates their motto: ‘green is the new black’. The vision for international climate protection will be realised in the building design itself, with innovative solutions such as:

• Facades are articulated according to building orientation
• Surfaces integrate various means of regenerative energy production
• Photo-voltaics and bioreactors demonstrate the application of the latest technologies
• The building responds to the site to maximize the experience of its natural qualities
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Piano House, Rotterdam / by pasel kuenzel architects

Piano House, Rotterdam / by pasel kuenzel architects

This remarkable urban villa, designed by Dutch architects Ralf Pasel and Frederik Künzel, is located on the site of a former industrial area, in the heart of the Dutch city of Leiden.

The spatial idea of this urban residence is based on a 3 metre high, all-embracing wooden screen that surrounds the whole site enclosing as well the building volumes as the building voids of the patio and garden.
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