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Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Center by Zaha Hadid

By : Dennis Franklin | 17 Oct 2016 4:12 pm | Education, Urban

The architectural practice of Zaha Hadid announced their new project located in the city of Changsha in China, and the giant building, spreading over 115000 square meters, will become the Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Center. The overall design is really unique and from afar gives the impression of something really alien which might require some time to put into perspective at first. It will include a Grand Theater, a Contemporary Art Museum, a Multipurpose Hall and the facilities…

Istanbul International Financial Center by HOK

By : Dennis Franklin | 24 Mar 2016 2:42 am | Urban

The construction of the Istanbul International Financial Center has begun and the complex aims to be one of the pylons which will push the economy of Turkey into the top 10 of the world until the year 2023. The building covers a 170 acre site and is on the Asian side of the city. Designed by the practice of HOK, the building will house the country’s head financial offices and governing bodies, either state owned or private banks or other…

Mariinsky Theatre II by Diamond Schmitt Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 29 Jan 2016 11:37 pm | Indoor Arenas, Other, Urban

The New Mariinsky Theatre opened on May 2, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia and it was designed by the practice of Diamond Schmitt Architects with a design that tries to give a contemporary renewal of the historic urban building. The Theater is across the street from the original opera and ballet house in the historic center of the city, one of the largest performing arts facilities in the world and the first one in Russia, built in the 19th century.…

Richmond Firehall No.2 by HCMA

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Jul 2015 7:34 am | Other, Urban

Since the fire hall in Richmond, Canada was 40 years old, the city decided to replace it with a new one that is better adapted to the needs of the community and one that was also an iconic civic building through its aspect. Designed by the architectural practice of HCMA in 2011, the Stevenson Fire Hall is on the site of the former one but an adjacent residence was also integrated into the new site. The new project hosts a…

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…

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…

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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