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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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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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Floating Nests / by Architect Peter Stasek

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The Loft London Farm Tower in the form of an imaginary gigantic tree in whose artificial crown two big loft formations are placed as floating nests. The vision of an unprecedented zest for life (joie de vivre) while, at the same time, utilising the entire Metropolitan logistics.
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INGLASS WARSAW 2013

The fourth edition of INGLASS International Architecture Conference will take place in Warsaw on November 27, 2013. INGLASS is about glass and glass construction, architecture and engineering, facade systems, energy efficiency and sustainability.

INGLASS 2013 is addressed to architects, engineers, glass producers, glass processors, equipment providers and end-users.

This year’s topic is “glass architecture and engineering“.

INGLASS presents the latest applications of glass in architecture, examples of best practice and architectural projects that bring out the importance of glass.

Internationally renowned architects, awarded for their recent and most representative projects for the built environment and leading companies in the glass industry will present solutions, products and state-of-the-art technologies. The Special Guest of the third edition of INGLASS, held on March 5, in Bucharest, was Prof. Wolf D. Prix, co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, AUSTRIA.

INGLASS Warsaw 2013 is the 11th international architecture conference organized by ABplus Events and partners, alongside GIS (interior architecture, design, lighting design) and RIFF (architecture and habitat, roofs, insulations, facades).

Alongside Wolf D. Prix, other special guests of the conferences organised to date have been: Giorgio Borruso (GIS 2013), Tony Fretton (RIFF 2012), Nini Andrade Silva (GIS 2012), Paolo Brescia (INGLASS 2012), Werner Sobek (RIFF 2011), Alan Leo Plestina (GIS 2011), Dan Sergiu Hanganu (INGLASS 2011).

More about INGLASS Warsaw 2013 on the official website of the event: www.ieglass.eu

Aqua Pallazio, Kolkata, India / by STAPL

“If you gave me several million years, there would be nothing that did not grow in beauty if it were surrounded by water”. – Jan Erik Vold, What All The World Knows, 1970

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AQUA PALLAZIO……PALACE in Water

Water, the Hub of Life.
Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium.
Water is the most extraordinary substance!
Practically all its properties are anomalous, which enabled life to use it as building material for its machinery.
Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.
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