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Fort de Roovere Trench Bridge in Halsteren, Netherlands

By : Mark V | 30 Jun 2015 9:11 am | Bridges, Infrastructure

The strange architecture of the bridge reminds us of a trench, even if its name is the Moses Bridge (or Loopgraafbrug in the native language). It is a contemporary pedestrian bridge that can be found in the Netherlands. The bridge separated the water that surrounds a beautiful 17th century Dutch fort so that the visitors can have a better view of the shallow moat. The materials used were FSC and PEFC Accoya wood, both sustainable materials and the bridge was…

Central Thermal in Muroto by Ciel Rouge Creation

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 Jun 2015 8:01 pm | Other, Urban

Located in Muroto, Japan and created by the architectural practice of Ciel Rouge Creation in 2006, the Centre de Thalassotherapie UTOCO focuses on the marine life for its inspiration and provided a project with three main structures that were unofficially nicknamed the three whales. The thermal spa is located in-between the UTOCO Hotel and the seawater center along the coast being the latest addition to the complex. According to the designers its purpose is to reflect a new culture, one…

Gyeongju Arts Center by Samoo Architects & Engineers

By : Dennis Franklin | 21 Jun 2015 11:52 pm | Other, Urban

With the aim of providing a new symbol for the ancient city of Gyeongju, which used to be the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Shilla, in the region of Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, the practice of Samoo Architects & Engineers used a traditional style with a smooth roofline and tried to add a futuristic interpretation through the materials used. White porcelain tiles cover the exhibition mass to increase the light and also offer a contrast to the glass wall that…

Miami Beach Convention Center by OMA

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 Jun 2015 11:19 am | Hotels & Spas, Other, Urban

The Dutch architectural practice OMA offered a proposal to transform the Miami Beach Convention Center into an urban landmark through a massive project spreading over 52 acres. The new convention center will also host a hotel on its top and OMA will work along with the property developers Tishman and UIA, with the architects from TVSdesign and the landscape architects MMVA and Raymond Jungles who form the South Beach ACE team. The current convention center is quite obsolete and spreads…

Market Hall by Robbrecht en Daem and Marie-Jose Van Hee

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 Jun 2015 5:16 am | Other, Urban

This building is one of the five finalists for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award and was designed by the Belgian practice of Robbrecht en Daem and Marie-Jose Van Hee using concrete and dual-gabled timber as predominant materials, trying to provide a contemporary response to the nearby town hall and gothic church nearby. The site was used as a car parking before, and now the designers paved the ground surface and transformed it into a public square with a…

Pedestrian Footbridge by Bar Orian Architects

By : Mark V | 19 Jun 2015 5:07 pm | Bridges, Infrastructure

A new design contest was held for a future pedestrian footbridge in the city of Be’er Sheva in Israel and the ones who won the competition were the people from Bar Orian Architects. The bridge will be a standpoint in the urban development of the city and will act as a link between the university and the industrial zone that is meant to have a futuristic aspect. The climate is a major problem in this area so this is why…

The beautiful Ponte della Musica in Rome

By : Mark V | 18 Jun 2015 4:47 am | Bridges, Infrastructure

Ponte della Musica in Rome, Italy has a historical importance because it is the first public footbridge to ever cross the Tiber since Roman times and it was designed by Buro Happold. The bridge is meant to function as an open public space capable of hosting fairs,ex hibitions and festivals and it can very well work as a tram and bus route,too. It was publicly opened in May of this year by the mayor of Rome,Giovanni Alemanno and the bridge…

Centra Metropark by KPF

By : Dennis Franklin | 17 Jun 2015 10:39 pm | Urban

The KPF architectural practice renovated the office building of Centra Metropark in the city of New Jersey, USA. The American Institute of Architects awarded KPF with the National Honor Award, their highest honor, for this project. Although the building is five stories high, the design offers a horizontal composition with an asymmetrical tree-column and a truss for the fourth floor. In the center of the fourth floor is a rectangular carving which permits the sunlight to illuminate the ground level…

Kantana Film and Animation Institute by Bangkok Project Studio

By : Dennis Franklin | 12 Jun 2015 2:27 pm | Education

The architectural practice of Bangkok Project Studio created this structure as the host of the Kantana Film and Animation Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, the home for the undergraduate college that wants to provide opportunities to the local talents to work with the largest film studio in the country. The main architect for the project was Boonserm Permthada and his vision offered a structure that is quite distant from the modern design techniques and rather uses a traditional approach that provides…

Sportplaza Mercator by VenhoevenCS

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Jun 2015 1:51 am | Sport Arenas, Urban

The De Baarsjes neighborhood in Amsterdam hosts people from 129 different countries and this project was designed by the practice of VenhoevenCS as a means of improving the community’s life. They created an attractive landmark with plenty of tempting options such as swimming pools, a therapy pool, fitness, aerobics, a sauna or steam bath and a party center. There is also a café and a restaurant in the plaza and the children can be hosted in a childcare area. Since…

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