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Archive for April, 2013

Daegu Gosan Public Library / by Łukasz Wawrzeńczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Adrian Yau


The cultural importance of the public library lies within the inherent power of the knowledge which it holds. This knowledge can be a significant life-altering force for the patrons of the library and furthermore within the larger community which it serves. The methods by which this information is contained and transmitted are continually evolving, yet the correlation between access to such information and issues such as upward social mobility and increased life opportunity are evident.

Construction Start: Central Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport / by MVRDV

Sincere Property, MVRDV and Aedas have started construction on a Central Business District at Shanghai’s mostly domestic airport Hongqiao. The 4.5ha site is located near Hongqiao Airport train station at the corner of Shenhai Express Way and Shenbin Road. The plan comprises ten office towers, an underground shopping centre, cultural program, parking and a sunken plaza which will bring a more intimate form of urban life into an area currently dominated by large boulevards and urban expressway’s. The project’s completion is planned for 2015.

Central Business District at Shangha Hongqiao Airport / by MVRDV

Just weeks after winning the competition, construction has already started on this urban masterplan for an office and retail centre near the fourth busiest airport in mainland China. The 4.5ha site is divided into a small northern plot of 8,409 m2 and a larger southern plot. The team won the competition with highly energy-efficient architecture combined with an intimate urban plan which allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces.

Why You Should Consider a Moving Company for Your Local Move

Often when someone is making a local move they don’t consider a moving company, but they can save time and hassle. No matter where you live, or how nearby your new home, is a moving company is worth considering. Here are just a few reasons:

Time—Packing up a house can take weeks if you do it yourself, but an experienced moving crew can do it in a matter of hours. Strong, physically able movers can quickly move your heavy furniture like sleeper couches and your heirloom solid oak table. When planning your move consider how you will find time to pack and move—and what you may have to miss out on to do so.

Injury—Moving heavy furniture and even boxes yourself can cause injuries like strained muscles, pulled backs, and separated shoulders. Moving companies have workers who have the proper equipment to move heavy items and have the physical capacity to move a large amount of things, quickly and safely.

If Uncle Joe and Dad are willing to help out, that’s great—but do them both a favor and leave the heavy stuff to state-endoresed professionals like New York or St. Louis moving companies, depending on where you live.

International Criminal Court (Ground-breaking) / by schmidt hammer lassen architects

Ground-breaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court


A historical milestone was reached when the ground-breaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court (ICC) took place on Tuesday 16th April 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects to convey hope, trust and faith in justice, the 54,500 square metre building complex will be the first permanent premises of the unique, international institution.

The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. It was founded in 2002 and has grown to the present-day size of 122 member countries.

BEKAERT NV Office Building Zwevegem / by BURO II & ARCHI+I – SILEGHEM & PARTNERS

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Bekaert nv is the market leader in steel wire transformation and coatings. The new administrative building is built on a site in Zwevegem, near the Bekaert Technology Center (BTC) site. The architects have opted in favour of a campus model for the building, thus prioritizing the synergy between the new project and the BTC. The building’s implantation, the design of the surrounding area as well as the architectural approach are all conceived in function of this synergy.

The building is situated across the street pattern, partly positioned in parallel to the buffer pond corresponding with the rhythm of the buildings in the Esser industrial zone, partly connected to the ETC buildings. The result is a playful element in the design.

Home Renovations You Can Do Yourself

Home renovations can be expensive but taking the Do-It-Yourself approach will cut the labor costs as well as give your family an entertaining, productive task. Here are some fix ups that are helpful around the home.

Reface or Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets

Refinishing your kitchen cabinet doors is inexpensive, all it requires is your choice of paint, stain, or laminate. To reface your cabinets means to put new doors on the already mounted kitchen boxes. The re-facing process is quite simple: order the appropriate amount of doors and drawer fronts but be conscious of the costs. There are many sets that are cost friendly and pleasing to the eye as well.

Cabinet knob renovations to wooden cabinets can always be given a nice touch with new knobs from a relatively cheap place like including stainless pieces, or stained colored knobs. It will give your kitchen an attractive fix and compliment your new kitchen cabinets at the same time.

Improve the Lighting

Lighting is a perfect way to change the style of your home and you are capable to do it yourself. Track lighting covers a lot of surface area and is an innovative way to brighten your living room or bedroom. If you like to keep your home coordinated, match the style of track lights with other lighting in your home. Choose lighting with stainless steel tracks or black tracks to continue your home’s theme.

Under cabinet lights can improve your kitchen renovations and give off the sense of comfort; not to mention the usefulness of them. Hanging a chandelier from your dining room ceiling is a possible DIY fix up as well, choose a selection that fits your home’s style at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Cut Energy Costs with Renovations

There are many cracks around windows and between floorboards where air can escape which will ultimately lead to higher energy costs. Caulk the area around your windows and doors so that your home stays at your desired temperature. Also insulate pipes to prevent heat loss and from air creating a draft which can also raise energy costs.

Install New Faucets

Modern faucets can change a kitchen sink or your bathroom sink from a traditional style to a completely brand new look. Make sure that your faucet installations will fit in the sink hole and won’t require any molding. Choose faucets of the same size so that there is an easy transition.
Paint a Room

Painting requires some preparation but a great DIY renovation that will obviously change the look of a room completely. If you aren’t looking to make as much as a commitment as to paint a room then add a painted accent to rooms around your home. Add bold accent to your living room walls or white trim to surrounding ceilings which won’t require as much paint.

Give Your Floor a New Look

It is often overlooked but your hardwood floors can easily get scuffed and show signs of wear and tear. Refinishing wood floors will turn your home from dull floorboards to shiny wood. Old, worn carpet doesn’t get much attention as well, take the time to clean your carpet and freshen the carpet’s color.

The Beam, Villeneuve d’Ascq / by MVRDV

Development corporation ADIM Nord with MVRDV and de Alzua+ have been announced the winners of an urban renewal competition in the French town of Villeneuve d’Ascq, beating four other entries. The masterplan for a crucial site in the town centre adjacent to an inner city motorway, is the starting point of a wider regeneration of the area’s public space. An iconic building, The Beam, will hover over the motorway signalling urban renewal and acting as visual reference point for the town’s centre. A hotel, offices and retail space, totalling 15.000 m2, will be built on the site of a former petrol station, with construction expected to start in 2015.

The Beam, Villeneuve d'Ascq

Villeneuve d’Ascq is a new town located near Lille in the very north of France. The Beam will be icon of a larger urban generation effort in the town centre which is currently characterised by parking lots, large volumes and undefined green spaces. On an urban level the masterplan aims at a more sustainable form of development by densifying the town centre and adding identity and diversity to the site. The creation of pedestrian zones, and the demarcation and connection of the existing green spaces together also form part of the plan.

GROUPON 1st Concept Store in Hong Kong / by Head Architecture

Groupon 1st Concept Store in Hong Kong by Head Architecture

Groupon (a portmanteau derived from “group coupon”) is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies.