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Archive for October, 2008

Italian Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 by BiCuadro Architects

Italian Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 | BiCuadro Architects

The design of ‘Italian Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010’ shown here is the 3rd prize winner. The architect, BiCuadro Architects, trying to express Italian city: ‘the historic city layered’ by exposing a split casing in a series of plates “stratigraphy”.

The architectural design inspired all “true expression of Italian city: the historic city layered.” with a reinterpretation of a split casing in a series of plates “stratigraphy” that back to a time sequence, a metaphor for urban training Italian.


1KL Apartments in Kuala Lumpur

1KL apartments in Kuala Lumpur

The 1KL can be called as a high-end building as it utilizing fingerprint sensor (as you can find on high-end laptop) to match the resident with his room. Designed by SDA Architects, this high-rise building will stand 155 tall. And something that make this 25 storey stand out from the crowd is the 95 swimming pools, yes 95 not 9 or 5.


Family House in Yokohama by Torofu

House in Kohoku by Torafu

Designed by Torofu, a Tokyo-based architect, this family house is located in Yokohama, Japan. It has uncommon 3D mass especially on it roof. This one-storey house is constructed with cast concrete.

The house being one-storied, we were able to form the roof with freedom. And taking advantage of the freedom, we aimed to make the exterior and the interior appear as two sides of the same object.


WAF 2008: Grafton Architects Wins First World Building of the Year Award

Universita Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects

The new faculty building for the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan has been awarded as the first World Building of the Year at the inaugural World Architecture 2008 in Barcelona last week. According to the Festival director Paul Finch, the building is praised for its relationship with the city. Grafton Architects has successfully opened up the past of the city with a 21st-century attitude.

She writes: After a day spent absorbing and critiquing presentations by the 17 category winners, the super-jury of Cecil Balmond, Ricky Burdett, Charles Jencks and Süha Özkan retired to consider its verdict. Robert Stern was chairman, presiding over a lively and good humoured debate. Discussions were underpinned by the aim of premiating architecture that ´thought about complex issues in an imaginative way´, according to Stern.

Luigi Bocconi University in Milan



The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard Wins Best ‘New and Old’ Project at WAF 2008

The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution

Foster + Partners has won the best ‘New and Old’ category for its Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard during WAF (World Architecure Festival) 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. The judge mentioned the Smithsonian Institution as ‘an exquisite example’ of the insertion of modern elements into an existing structure.

Spencer de Grey, presenting the project at the Festival, said: “I am delighted that our scheme for the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution won best ‘New and Old’ project and it is especially rewarding to receive this recognition from our peers within the architectural community. It was a privilege to work on such an important landmark for Washington. We tried to celebrate the historic fabric of the building while tranforming the visitor experience of the galleries and providing the city with its largest event space.”


23 East 22nd Street Residential High-Rise in New York City

23 East 22nd Street Residential High-Rise in New York City

Situated in New York City, the 23 East 22nd Street Residential High-Rise building is the first OMA’s tower in the city. The construction is expected to be completed in 2010 and it will rise to 107m high which offers views of Madison Square Park from the upper floors.

“Mirroring the traditional New York setback, the building’s form is at once familiar and distinctive”, said OMA founder and partner Rem Koolhaas. “The form provides a number of unexpected moments that appear at each step – balconies at the upper part of the building and floor windows at the lower part—providing a variety of unit types and features throughout the building”, he said.


Pearl Academy of Fashion, India

Pearl Academy of Fashion by Morphogenesis

Designed by Morphogenesis, the Pearl Academy of Fashion is created as a sustainabale building by combining traditional technic and modern technology. From the outside, the building look simple with cubic shape. It’s located in Jaipur, India and adopting the traditional cooling method from Rajasthan.


In Denmark, Jægersborg Water Tower Converted into Mixed-use Building

Jaegersborg Water tower / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

Jægersborg Water Tower was converted into a mixed-use building, an interesting idea. The architect who had responsibility to design the project was Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Aps as a result of a competition in 2004. It’s sited on 5,370 sqm of area at Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark. In my hometown, there is such old and unused tower, and hope it will be converted also.