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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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Category: Multi-functional Buildings

The Practical Art of Land-Based Casinos

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Human nature is split into two halves. Just like two brain hemispheres, humans have the tendency to latch onto practicalities, all the while nurturing the propensity for art.

When it comes to casinos, the line that defines art and practicality is blurred. The entire point of such venues lies in the urge to enable entertainment, and you would think that for that you only need a building. However, architecture as one of the branches of art is essentially the mélange of art and science, so it has grown out of the conventions of formal art.
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Cyrus Tang Foundation Center in Suzhou, China / by UAD

As the headquarters of Cyrus Tang Foundation (CTF) in mainland China, the project is a complex which integrates multiple functional spaces, including the foundation’s offices, a museum for displaying various gifts that the foundation has received, and spaces for holding exchange activities with its college members, including exhibitions, conferences, and training, etc.
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An Architectural Masterclass or a Project that was a Huge Gamble?

Ever thought about designing a casino and being able to build what will become a multi-million-dollar empire? Imagine you have all the tools and free reign as a designer, how will it look, will there be a core theme, color scheme, perhaps a philosophy? There have been many concepts put forward, inviting modern, futuristic and old-age designs, though of the many, lots, no matter how beautiful, still remain on paper. There are some, however, which have won-over owners and have become the most daring, complex and inspiring developments that house within them a world of casino entertainment.
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Dice and Design: The Architecture Of Casinos

When you’re heading out to a casino, you probably dress for the occasion. In the world’s very highest end casinos, that might mean a tuxedo for gentlemen or a ball gown for ladies. Even if you’re not going quite that formal, it’s generally considered polite to wear a jacket and a dress shirt for men, and a cocktail dress for women. Casinos are considered to be high society venues, where people come to be seen as much as they come to play games.
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Golf Exécutif Montréal Clubhouse / by Architecture49

The new building boasts a massive wooden roof, whose clean lines echo the curve of the driving range. The clubhouse delivers an exceptional experience for golfers who appreciate refinement and high-tech facilities.

Architecture49 is proud to unveil its latest project, the clubhouse for Golf Exécutif Montréal, located on Nuns’ Island, a green oasis in the St. Lawrence River facing downtown Montreal. The building, which boasts an impressive wooden framework, is designed to offer its users an exceptional experience. It includes sheltered driving-range tees, a bar in the centre of a spacious lounge, a full restaurant kitchen, state-of-the-art golf simulators, a pro shop, offices and mechanical spaces.
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Towers of Love / by Alva Roy Architects

In his Towers of Love, Toronto-based architect Alva Roy takes the notion of love and shoots it from deep beneath the earth’s soil, towards the sky. His design allows onlookers to pause to apprehend the mystery; allowing visitors to walk its hallways and through its corridors; and, of course, those who live there, they will have the chance to be fully immersed in the recesses of its heart.
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Piuarch wins the competition to build the new Latteria Sociale Valtellina cooperative dairy

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The competition awarded the design by the Milan studio, which proposed a building with a unique territorial identity.

The competition, called by the Latteria Sociale Valtellina S.C.A. cooperative dairy, was aimed at renovating the old building, adding a new space to incorporate a sales outlet, restaurant, conference room and a small museum.
Located in the municipality of Postalesio in the province of Sondrio (120 km north of Milan), the project is an opportunity for Piuarch to make the most of the landscape and the economic and historic context of the area.
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Glass Farm in Schijndel, Netherlands / by MVRDV

Glass Farm in Schijndel, Netherlands / by MVRDV

RemBrand developers, the Town of Schijndel and MVRDV complete the Glass Farm, a multifunctional building in the village square. The building with a total surface area of 1600m2 contains shops, restaurants, offices and a wellness centre. The exterior is printed glass with a collage of typical local farms; a monument to the past but 1,6 times larger than life. This concept can be seen as a contemporary response to retro-architecture whilst respecting the public’s wish for vernacular authenticity. In 1944 the small Brabant town of Schijndel which is the birthplace of Winy Maas suffered from WWII Operation Market Garden damages resulting in an oversized market square. In 1980 the then 20 year old Winy Maas urged the mayor to fill in the gap, 23 years after this first initiative the building is now completed.
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