Category Archives: Landmarks

Curno Public Library and Auditorium by Archea Associati

By : Dennis Franklin | 3 Feb 2015 3:02 pm | Landmarks

The Curno Public Library and Auditorium began in 1997 to serve as a new cultural setting for the town of Curno in the Bergamo province of Italy and it was completed in 2009 by the Archea Associati architectural practice as a part of a larger plan that includes a school and complex of community services. The site has a public square that is inspired from the traditional cavea, a space for meditation, which can become a venue for contemporary theatre…

Theatre Speelhuis by Cepezed Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 29 Jan 2015 6:37 pm | Monuments

Theatre Speelhuis located in Helmond, The Netherlands is the renovation of a former city landmark that was destroyed during a fire in December 2011 and it was designed by the Cepezed Architects practice in 2013. The town council temporarily moved the theatre in the Our Lady of the Assumption neo-Byzantine church that was disused and it required several preconditions to host the new facility since it is a monument and had to remain in the Den Bosch diocese property so…

Leyla Gencer Opera and Cultural Centre by Cernal Mutlu Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 28 Jan 2015 1:32 pm | Landmarks

Located in the Cultural Center of Bakirkoy Osmaniye in Istanbul, Turkey, the Leyla Gencer Opera is an important venue designed by the practice of Cernal Mutlu Architects with a pedestrian road separating it from the nearby vacant park area to act as a landmark in the region. The project began after the footpath and park were already planned, so they provided the open space needed for a social gathering place and the designers only had to come with the structure…

Qods Mosque by Arash G. Tehrani

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 Jan 2015 7:21 pm | Monuments

The Qods Mosque is located in one of the most crowded areas of Teheran, Iran and it was renovated in 2011 by the architectural practice of Arash G. Tehrani with an aesthetic that improved the overall functionality of the project while also removing the non-Islamic elements present in the former construction. The tent-shaped building had an unfinished minaret and the designers added a semi-transparent façade that would somewhat cover the structure while creating a skyline defined by a dome, gate,…

United States Courthouse – Salt Lake City by Thomas Phifer and Partners

By : Dennis Franklin | 21 Jan 2015 5:57 pm | Landmarks

The United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah was redesigned in 2014 by the architectural practice of Thomas Phifer and Partners to create a landmark in the region which is transparent and symbolizes the egalitarian American judiciary system. To reach these aims, the designers created a cubic mass that has an equal face on all sides and it has a garden surrounding it with a terrace that encompasses the entire city block with the historic Federal Courthouse included as…

Community Mosque by HOK

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 Jan 2015 6:04 pm | Landmarks

The HOK architectural practice was commissioned to design ten of the communal buildings in the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (which we covered here) located in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The design will include a mosque, a library, a bowling alley as well as four utility structures and a residential neighborhood with 200 houses along the research center so that the staff and families of the researchers can be supported. The mosque is entered through floating…

Mons International Congress Xperience by Daniel Liebskind

By : Dennis Franklin | 19 Jan 2015 10:15 am | Landmarks

The Mons International Congress Xperience was designed by the architect Daniel Liebskind to celebrate the European capital of culture with a new conference center that opened on 9th January 2015. The project spreads over a surface of 12.500 square meters and has a geometric exterior that brings breath of fresh air in the region and hosts a large entrance hall, three auditoriums, an event hall, conference rooms, a restaurant, office spaces, a public terrace on the roof and underground parking.…

Musee Des Confluences by Coop Himmelb(l)au

By : Dennis Franklin | 10 Jan 2015 4:10 pm | Museums

The Musee Des Confluences located in Lyon, France is the centerpiece of a regeneration project created by the Coop Himmelb(l)au architectural practice at the junction of the two main rivers in the area, bringing a new dynamic and highly modern landmark in the region. The scheme incorporates the areas of technology, biology and ethics, serving as a leisure space as well as a museum and thus offering one of the main public gathering spaces of the city. The Plinth, the…

Castle Garden Bazaar by Budapesti Muhely

By : Dennis Franklin | 6 Jan 2015 3:18 pm | Historic Buildings

The Castle Garden Bazaar in Budapest, Hungary, which is also known as Varkery Bazar is an important element of the Buda Castle and the Budapesti Muhely architectural practice redesigned it to offer a new splendor to the area. The project is between the Danube River and the fortified resistance, being originally designed as a neo-renaissance garden next to the castle walls. The site opened in 1883 and it wanted to offer a framework for the royal grounds with a concept…

The Han Show Theatre by Stufish Entertainment Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 5 Jan 2015 8:30 pm | Landmarks

The Han Show Theatre was designed by the practice of Stufish Entertainment Architects and it is located in the city of Wuhan, China offering a new theatre setting as well as a water show created by Franco Dragone. The project is a part of the Wuhan Central Cultural District development which also includes office spaces, residential and cultural buildings as well as shopping malls on a site that spreads over a length of 2km along the canal. The façade is…

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