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Archive for October, 2013

Pavilions for the Shanghai West Bund Biennial Open / by schmidt hammer lassen architects

The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art, China, officially opened this week, and it has pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects. Based on the themes Reflecta and Fabrica, the biennial showcases contemporary architecture, art and theatre. schmidt hammer lassen architects were invited to design pavilions alongside some of China’s most respected architects and selected international architectural practices, including the 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu.

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The contribution of schmidt hammer lassen architects consists of an art installation pavilion, The Cloud, and a composition of pavilions containing support facilities including a café, a gallery and a bookshop. The pavilions are placed adjacent to one of two industrial cranes on the Xuhui West Bank Riverside. The tall crane stands as an icon that people all over the world can recognize and relate to and symbolizes balance, performance and gravity. The aim of the art installation pavilion, The Cloud, is to amplify and contrast these qualities.
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Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør / by BIG

BIG with Kossmann.dejong+Rambøll+Freddy Madsen+KiBiSi have completed the Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør. By marrying the crucial historic elements with an innovative concept of galleries and way-finding, BIG’s renovation scheme reflects Denmark’s historical and contemporary role as one of the world’s leading maritime nations.

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The new Danish National Maritime Museum is located in Helsingør, just 50 km (30 mi.) north of Copenhagen and 10 km (6.5 mi.) from the world famous Louisiana Museum for Modern Art. The new 6,000 m² (65,000 ft²) museum finds itself in a unique historical context adjacent to one of Denmark’s most important buildings, Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site – known from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is the last addition to Kulturhavn Kronborg, a joint effort involving the renovation of the Castle and two new buildings – offering a variety of culture experiences to residents and visitors to Helsingør.
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Warsaw Chopin Airport City / by Arup

(C)Polish Airports

  • New 13.27ha city next to Warsaw Chopin Airport
  • The new city will be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the principles of sustainable development

Arup has been appointed to develop a new 13.27ha city next to Warsaw Chopin Airport, one of the largest and most modern airports in Central Europe.

The new office and retail development will involve the construction of 17 A-class office buildings, including conference halls, offices and service complex comprising of four connected buildings. The design also includes car parks, food-courts, green areas with car and pedestrian access.
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Buffalo Bill’s Home To Get $130 Million Facelift

At the age of 40 the storied Ralph Wilson Stadium, that has played host to some of the NFL’s greatest games and players, is getting a facelift. That operation is coming in the next 10 months, part of the $130 million renovation project that gathers steam after the season and should be completed for the season opener in 2014.

The project will be more than just overpriced floor renovations, especially with a $130 million price tag. The over hall will make the aging facility more fan-friendly, increase advertising and sponsorship revenue and will allow stadium to search as a viable home for the Bills for at least the next nine years.

“This renovation is geared toward the fan,” Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said. “It significantly enhances the fans’ game-day experience.”
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Urban Villa in Amsterdam / by pasel kuenzel architects

The Power of Simple Things
Close and compact are the residences lined up along the waterside of Grote Rieteiland, an artificial island in Amsterdams hip neighbourhood Ijburg.

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Within a strict and complex set of urban rules pasel.kuenzel architects succeeded to develop a plain and sober urban villa that is unique in its reduced design and compelling in its materialisation and level of detailing.
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Bellagio Lvl Nxt-Kolkata / by STAPL

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Located in the upcoming neighborhood of New Town-Kolkata, based on an odd shaped plot sized approximately 4999 sq.m. Bellagio Lvl Nxt aspires to take its residents a level up in luxury and ambiance. After leaving, the required set back margins and with a height restriction of 22.98m due to airport proximity, the biggest challenge was to consume a FAR of 3. The entire building is designed to appear like a series of floating boxes inter wined with curved bands moving in and out of the entire facade. These random boxes define the large balconies and give a play of voids and solids to the entire building facade.Bellagio Lvl nxt consists of 3 blocks offering 150 lavish apartments with a variety of mix of 2BHK, 3BHK and 4BHK, designed in and around an internal courtyard. These blocks are connected on the top by a landscaped terrace garden furnished with common amenities.
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