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Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction by Botao Landscape

By : lau | 7 Nov 2014 6:48 pm | Urban

The Town River in Zhangjiagang, China has a length of 2200 meters with a width of 12 meters and nearly half of it was covered by sewage since the 1990s leading to an environmental threat so it needed extensive redesign which was carried out by the Botao Landscape studio. The designers wanted to start from the concept of a City Parlor as the center of a commercial area that would also ensure pollution control and the recovery of the natural…

Reconstruction of the Square in Frýdlant by Vladimir Balda Architekt

By : lau | 3 Sep 2014 2:04 pm | Urban

The practice of Vladimir Balda Architekt was commissioned in 2011 to rebuild the square in Frydlant, Czech Republic, making the public space more open so that different activities can take place here. Three types of paving tiles were used and two stone types to create a pattern which defines each space of the square and, aside from the parking lot, there aren’t any barriers. A fountain with the statue of Albrecht von Wallenstein stands as the dominant element in the…

Central Railway Station Rotterdam

By : lau | 15 Mar 2014 4:05 pm | Other, Urban

The new Central Railway Station in Rotterdam, The Netherlands features a system for transparent curtain walls provided by the ODS-Jansen firm that ensure large expanses of glass with slim sections to allow a good control of the incidence of light. The public transport terminal was re-anchored in the city center to be a part of the European network of transport hubs that were required once the high speed rail system was implemented. The design of the station tries to reflect…

Urban Elevator by Ah Asociados

By : lau | 8 Mar 2014 1:14 pm | Infrastructure, Urban

The architectural practice of Ah Asociados was commissioned by the city council to create an elevator shaft that connects the outskirts of Pamplona, Spain to one of its suburbs called the Echivacoiz Norte neighborhood which was separated from the city through a hillside area. The Urban Elevator connects a neighborhood that previously only had a pedestrian ramp and stairs to access the city and the designers created an extended steel clad walkway that offers panoramic views of the surroundings from…

The House of Chutes-Lavie by Damien Fluchaire & Julien Cogne

By : lau | 30 Aug 2013 5:58 pm | Other, Urban

The impressive House of Chutes-Lavie is the new equipment for sport and community commissioned by the municipality of Marseille, France for the 4th arrondissement. The project was designed by the architects Damien Fluchaire and Julien Cogne with durable materials like concrete and steel but decorated in a delicate manner to gain a contemporary image. The setting of the project is in a neighborhood where the architecture is quite plain so that the new building will be on a large plot…

Magok Central Plaza Winning Proposal by Wooridongin Architects

By : lau | 27 Aug 2013 7:05 pm | Urban

The competition for the Magok Central Plaza, located at the intersection of the pedestrian axis of the Festival Street in Magok city, Seoul, Korea, was won by the practice of Wooridongin Architects with an imposing design which utilizes various eco-friendly elements. The plaza acts as a traffic node due to the fact that the Incheon Airport train and the 5 and 9 subway lines go through it and due to its proximity to the Han River greenery there is a…

BES Pavilion by H&P Architects

By : lau | 27 Aug 2013 6:57 pm | Other, Urban

Located in the central area of Ha Tinh city in Vietnam, the BES Pavilion created by the practice of H&P Architects is a service space which was designed for the community as a place for art and culture. The materials used are locally sourced and the building methods are traditional to the area so that the initials BES are really relevant for the project since they come from Bamboo, Earth and Stone which are all present in the design. Spreading…

Saint Nazaire railway station by Tetrarc

By : lau | 21 Aug 2013 5:39 pm | Other, Urban

The Saint Nazaire railway station is a project designed by the Tetrarc architectural practice as an important part of the public transport network which now has a high-frequency bus route and coach parking areas placed on the plaza which sits between the station and the buildings on the opposite side. The placement of the structure was planned to as to reduce congestion for the busses and a square was also developed in front of the station. The granite was replaced…

Bad Aibling City Hall by Behnisch Architekten

By : lau | 20 Aug 2013 4:45 pm | Other, Urban

The city hall of Bad Aibling, Germany is located in the Marienplatz historic square which is surrounded by other public buildings and retail spaces. The original town hall was built in the 1970s but as a mean of revitalizing the center of the city a new one was commissioned which was designed by the practice of Behnisch Architekten. The previous building was razed all the way to the basement level so that the new structure complies with the load bearing…

Park Over the Highway in St. Louis

By : lau | 16 Aug 2013 6:10 pm | Other, Urban

The Park Over the Highway is a project initiated by the US Department of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri and it plans to transform an area close to the Gateway Arch into a public park spreading over Interstate 70. The project cost reaches 380 million dollars and it will be carried out with the aid of the KCI Construction Company which will create new roads, bike paths and pedestrian sections all with abundant vegetation surrounding them. The park will have…

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