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Baghdad Library by AMBS Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 22 Jun 2013 1:22 pm | Other

This project began in 2011 and at its completion it will be the first public library to be built in Baghdad since the 1970s. Began by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the project was designed by the practice of AMBS Architects with a curved structure and located on the edge of a lake. The library will have the largest reading room in the world with 80 meters across providing a functional and intuitive design which has the purpose of…

Emporia by Wingårdhs

By : Dennis Franklin | 19 Jun 2013 10:37 am | Other

Designed by the architectural practice of Wingardhs, Emporia is an urban planning project which includes offices, housing and retail spaces on the Hyllie Boulevard 19 in Malmo, Sweden. The project was the winner of a competition and the designers tried to conceal the retail while putting the residential and commercial buildings in front in order that the entire complex would be integrated into the city’s existing fabric. The colossal development will take a long time to complete and only the…

Aluminum Flower Garden by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects/TwoPlus-A

By : Dennis Franklin | 18 Jun 2013 9:45 am | Other

This original project was designed by the practice of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects/TwoPlus-A for the Hana (which in Japanese means “flower”) restaurant and bar in Tokyo, Japan as a physical expression of the Japanese passion for flowers. One of the most characteristic aesthetic ideas that the Japanese promote is the desire to create complex structures from a few materials and in this case aluminum was the singular element used in the construction of the three dimensional sculptural decoration. Due to the…

Gota de Plata Auditorium Theatre by Migdal Arquitectos

By : Dennis Franklin | 15 Jun 2013 1:20 pm | Other

Located in the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, this theatre is a part of a new urban development program which plans to raise several residential, commercial and service programs in a region of the city called the “Silver Zone”, with the aid of private developers, government agencies and Ejido societies. Another element of the project is the Ben Gurion  Cultural and Recreational Park spreading over a surface of 25 hectares and which will host a large mural square with a…

Swallows Nest: Cultural Center for Taiwan by Vincent Callebaut

By : Dennis Franklin | 14 Jun 2013 9:54 am | Other

This amazing structure hosts the new cultural center in Taichung, Taiwan and it was designed by the architectural practice of Vincent Callebaut. We have previously seen several other projects (here is one of them) designed by this practice and all of them showed a brilliant originality and tried to show alternative ways of living. This project tries to provide an architectural representation of the famous Mobius ring and it uses bioclimatic architectural elements to transform the structure into a landmark…

Gangnam-style Chungha Building Transformation by MVRDV

By : Dennis Franklin | 12 Jun 2013 5:31 pm | Other

The architectural practice of MVRDV completed their renovation of this structure commissioned by Woon Nam Management Ltd. as a redefining of the former outdated building located on Gangnam’s Apgujung Road in Seoul, Korea. Although the original building was built during the 1980s it already seemed outdated due to the large number of flagship stores which are present on the street. The entire renovation took only 9 months in which the building received an extra level and a completely new look.…

Spira Performing Arts Center by Wingardh Arkitektkontor

By : Dennis Franklin | 12 Jun 2013 3:36 pm | Indoor Arenas, Other

The Spira Performing Arts Center is located on an artificial peninsula on Lake Munksjon in the center of downtown Jonkoping, Sweden and it was designed by the architectural practice of Wingardh Arkitektkontor through an invited competition in which they won the first prize. The project includes four performing arts venues: the main concert hall with seats for 910 persons, a 450 seat theater, a black box with 200 seats and a café stage with 200 seats. The four halls are…

Grand Cancun Eco Island by Richard Moreta Castillo

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Jun 2013 5:17 pm | Other

This project is designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Cancun development which will take place in 2020 and it is designed by the architectural practice of Richard Moreta Castillo. The project wishes to become a huge eco-complex which will include luxury amenities such as underwater dining or shopping spaces all with the predominant theme of the project which is the ecological focus. The whole project is built on a platform offshore and there will be…

Refuge du Gouter by Group-H

By : Dennis Franklin | 8 Jun 2013 4:11 pm | Hotels & Spas, Other

This state of the art piece of architecture is a refuge on the route toward Mont Blanc and it is located at a height of 12582 feet above the sea level. The project was designed by the architects Thomas Buchi and Herve Dessimoz from Group-H and the owner is the French Alpine Club. Called Refuge du Gouter the refuge is autonomous and was built with pinewood from a local source and equipped with solar panels and wind turbines. There is…

Finca Bellavista Tree house community

By : Dennis Franklin | 7 Jun 2013 4:12 pm | Other

Tree houses aren’t just a children’s wish, but in some regions of the world they are actually quite practical and offer a sustainable solution to housing. One such region is located in the Costa Rican jungle where the Finca Bellavista community resides. The community was founded by Mateo and Erica Hogan who discovered the 62 acres of property right next to the Rio Bellavista River and they wanted to create a private retreat here but after further consideration they had…

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