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Archive for March, 2009

Art Museum Strongoli in Calabria, Italy

Art Museum Strongoli by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Designed by Austrian architect Coop Himmelb(l)au, the Art Museum Strongoli will stand high on top of the Motta Grande in Calabria, Italy. When complete, the building will mix the use of flexible exhibition spaces, a small “multi-hall” and a panorama restaurant.


Residence Cristallo_SD1 Project by Tissellistudioarchitetti


The aim of the project was to revitalize a dismissed industrial area with a residential building. The challenge was to work within the parameters of good design and a low budget to provide the city with quality architecture while respecting the commercial space requirements of the client.

The resulting project provides a substantial architectural impact with respect to the smaller buildings of the area that are characterized by a broad range of building styles.


The Shortlisted Designers for The Art Fund Pavillion Architecture Competition


The following five entries are the shortlisted design for The Art Fund Pavillion Architecture Competition. These five designers has stood out from over 600 entries from 52 countries around the globe.


Hermitage Plaza in Paris


Designed by Foster+Partners, the Hermitage Plaza project incorporates two 323-metre-high buildings which is crowned as the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe. Expected to be completed in 2014, the two towers accommodate a hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base.


Shipping Container Multi-family Development in SLC, UT


Group 41 Inc. (, a San Francisco-based design firm, has long been experimenting with shipping container design. Besides recently winning a Lifecycle award and submitting a shipping container design to the Google 10 to 100, the company is currently working on a large multi-family development in Utah that is to be entirely constructed out of shipping containers. Below is additional info on the project and a link to Group 41’s container design site:


drdharchitects Wins Library and Concert Hall Competition in Norway

Bodo Kulturhus and Library

drdharchitects has won the international competition for a new 7,350m² concert hall and 5,500m² library in Bodo, Norway. The Bodo Kulturhus and Library will consist of two public buildings; a new city library (5,500m²) and a three-auditorium concert hall (7,350m²), creating a new cultural centre for the Norwegian coastal city. The results of the competition were announced in Bodo, Norway on 27 February. drdharchitects beat five other practices to win the invited competition, including CF Moller, Medplan, General Architecture, Langdon Reis Zahn and Lundgaard & Tranberg.