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Archive for April, 2008

The Civic District of Concepción

Civic District Concepcion

The design of District of Concepción is chosen in 2001 from he National Competition of Architecture which held by the Public Works Ministry in Chile.

The project occupies an intermediary site between the old city born after the earthquake of 1939, and the new, to be built along the shores of the Bío-Bío River, which until recently were occupied by train lines. At both ends of the elderly train station were proposed four pairs of buildings in the direction of the river to the city.


The Dead Sinai Hotels

uncomplete Sinai Hotels.

The resort wannabe, Sinai Hotel, stand up silently in the middle of empty area somewhere on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. It’s mentioned as an “architectonic sculptures” in the desert or a “monuments to failed investment”.

The hotels now look more like “architectonic sculptures” in the desert, the photographers claim, or derelict abstractions, as if some aging and half-crazed billionaire had constructed an eccentric sculpture park for himself amongst the dunes.


Centre Zamet at Rijeka, Croatia

Centre Zamet by 3LHD Architects

Designed by 3LHD, the sports and community center in Croatia which known as ‘Center Zamet’ offers public space on the roof. The designs has been chosen as the winner of invited competition.

The primary characteristic of the design of Zamet Centre is the integration of a big work project into the urban structure of this part of the town of Rijeka, with the objective of minimizing disruption and to evaluate its given urban conditions – unleveled terrain, the pedestrian link in a north-south direction, the quality plateau in front of the primary school, the park zone, placing the program in the centre of Zamet at the intersection of communications.


Linked Hybrid in Beijing is Alive

Construction of Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl

Designed by Steven Holl, the Linked Hybrid in Beijing is being constructed as you can see in the image above. Thank to Iwan Baan who proudly captured the progress.

Current development in Beijing is almost entirely “object buildings” and free standing towers. This “city within a city” envisions urban space as the central aim—as well as all the activities and programs that can support the daily life of over 2500 inhabitants: café’s, delis, laundry, dry cleaners, florists etc, line the main public passages. The eight towers are linked at the twentieth floor by a ring of cafes and services.


Death Star Lunar Hotel by Heerim Architects

Death Star Lunar Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan

Located in Baku, Azerbaijan, these futuristic architecture consists of three iconic urban building including Hotel Full Moon, Full Moon Bay, and Hotel Crescent.

Facing the Caspian Sea, the buildings are named Hotel Full Moon – a disc with rounded edges and a hole in one of the top corners – and Hotel Crescent, a curving arch similar to a crescent moon – and will mark out an area appropriately named Full Moon Bay. Designed to appear drastically different from different viewing angles – from one angle Death Star and from the other Gherkin – Hotel Full Moon will be a 150 meter-high, 35 story luxury hotel with 382 large rooms.


Sand-bag House in Cape Town

Sand-bag houses by MMA Architects 3

Designed by MMA Architects the sand-bag houses costs only $8,600 per unit. This works is part of the 10×10 Housing Project in Cape Town, South Africa.

“The bags have now all been packed in for the bottom floor, and the shuttering was made right on the top for the concrete ringbeam, which was cast on Friday,” says project manager Nadya Glawe.


Agro-Housing by Knafo Klimor Architects

Agro-Housing for a Sustainable Urban China

Designed to anticipate the problem of chaotic urbanization in China, Argo Housing adopts prefab concept with the integration of green architecture and traditional value. This approach expects to offer sustainable urban communities in modern living.

The building will be constructed with a number of sustainable building techniques: the gardens reduce carbon dioxide and provide natural cooling and shade, drip irrigation from the existing high water table is used to water the plants and grey water is recycled for gardening. The materials used for paving are recycled and there is ample bicycle parking in the shade. Other heating and cooling comes from passive solar energy and ground source heat pump systems.


The Warehouse Showing Off Richard Meier’s Designs


If you want to look closer at Richard Meier’s works from 1960’s through the present, then you are very lucky. You can visit his storehouse, in Long Island City, New York on Friday starting May 2 10am – 5pm (appointment needed). Richard Meier proudly will show you a large scale presentation and study models of the Getty in Los Angeles, which took 15 years to develop and is considered his masterwork.