Category Archives: Infrastructure

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Kálvin tér Station by PALATIUM Studio

By : lau | 27 Oct 2014 12:08 pm | Infrastructure

The M4 Underground line is the largest infrastructure project in Budapest, Hungary and, since it is an important part of the public transport, a national competition was started in 2004 for its modernization which was won by the PALATIUM Studio in collaboration with several smaller firms and engineering companies. The stations were designed as unique pieces but with a similar idea in mind and the designers compare the project with a “building with ten wings” where each has a separate…

University Library by a02 Atelier

By : lau | 25 Oct 2014 4:28 pm | Education

Located in Ruzomberok, Slovakia, this University Library was designed by the practice of a02 Atelier in 2013 for the Catholic University as a part of the campus design which began in 2006 with a competition. The entire campus will host the residence halls, the structures of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, of the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law building, a chapel, a new auditorium, concert hall and underground parking. The library hosts around 700000 volumes and there…

Rotman School of Management by KPMB Architects

By : lau | 23 Oct 2014 3:44 pm | Education

The Rotman School of Management is a part of the University of Toronto, Canada and it was designed in 2012 by the practice of KPMB Architects to host one of the most innovative business schools in the world. The school was rapidly successful due to the Integrative Thinking curriculum and this led to the need for a larger setting which was conceived as a global hub that would help the core philosophy of The Rotman School, namely to promote creativity…

St John Bosco Art College by BDP

By : lau | 21 Oct 2014 7:48 pm | Education

The St John Bosco Art College located in Croxteh, Liverpool, UK was designed in 2014 by the BDP architectural practice with a capacity of up to 1100 persons and a single floor layout that combines the learning environments with social spaces for a more efficient and contemporary setting. The project is a secondary structure for the catholic girls’ school and has a layout of 91×55 meters with a sculptural landscape as the central core of the space. The budget for…

Kobato Nursery School by so1architect

By : lau | 13 Oct 2014 8:50 pm | Education

The Kobato Nursery School located in Kashiwa, Japan was designed in 2011 by the practice of so1architect to extend an already existing and partially demolished nursery so that a more open layout would be created to enhance the connection between the outdoors and the interior. There are several small boxes placed with gaps between them to define the large rooms, so the layout is comprised of smaller and larger rooms alternating to support the roof or the columns. The interior…

Footbridge Ribja brv by Arhitektura d.o.o

By : lau | 13 Oct 2014 7:45 pm | Bridges

The Ribja brv Footbridge located in Ljubljana, Slovenia was designed in 2014 by the Arhitektura d.o.o practice in a setting that seems to be inspired from the architecture of Venice with new bridges crossing the river called the Triple Bridge and the Shoemakers bridge that were created as public areas. The famous architect Joze Plecnik, who is responsible for the modern aesthetic of the capital city, is the one who planned the bridge access to the Butchers’ bridge and the…

Music Conservatory in Melun by DE-SO

By : lau | 11 Oct 2014 9:47 am | Education

The DE-SO architectural practice designed the Music Conservatory for the city of Melun, France with a modernist aesthetic that integrates with the surroundings, offering a music box-like structure with brick walls and a copper aluminum alloy cladding. The geometry fits well into the site and emphasizes the skyline, while the golden openings bring out the façade. The designers explain their choice of materials and tones as follows: the dark brick evokes the permanence of the building, while the copper-aluminum alloy…

Forfatterhuset Kindergarten by COBE

By : lau | 7 Oct 2014 10:20 pm | Education

The Forfatterhuset Kindergarten is a daycare center located in Copenhagen, Denmark which was designed by the COBE architectural practice with a warm façade made of special bricks to integrate with the historic surroundings and to create a cozy setting for the children. There are five small structures with green roofs and gardens which create the framework for the project and it was inaugurated in July 2014. The project began in2012 with a competition won by COBE and they created the…

White Rose English School by Horibe architectural firm Ltd.

By : lau | 6 Oct 2014 6:52 pm | Education

Located in Takatsuki, Japan, this joyous primary school was designed by the Horibe architectural firm Ltd. as a school where the children can learn English conversation as extracurricular education. The White Rose English School has a child center in front of it and the designers needed to find a way of not overcrowding the street with cars during the end of the classes, so there are two gateways set up that permit the cars to drive into the school premise…

Paddington Basin Bridge

By : lau | 2 Oct 2014 8:34 pm | Bridges

The Knight Architects practice designed the movable footbridge on the waterfront mix-use site at Paddington Basin in the Merchant Square of London, UK and it was created in close collaboration with the AKT II structural engineers. The cantilevered bridge has a length of 20 meters and spans over the Grand Union canal with a system that uses hydraulic jacks to bring the two edges of the development together. The designers wanted the project to act as a kinetic sculpture resembling…

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