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Abandoned Parisian subways transformed into entertainment centers by Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisne

By : Dennis Franklin | 7 Feb 2014 8:14 am | Other

The Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusk-Morizet proposed an innovative transformation of the abandoned underground stations into a huge entertainment center capable of hosting a restaurant, a nightclub and a theater. The Parisian architect Manal Rachdi and the architectural planner Nicolas Laisne began working on several designs to bring the ghost stations back to life and build nightclubs or swimming pools in their stead. The restaurant they propose is brightly lit with various seating areas and a light palette, the theater…

Brooklyn Boulders by Arrowstreet + Sean Selby

By : Dennis Franklin | 6 Feb 2014 4:13 pm | Offices, Other

Brooklyn Boulders is a firm specializing in building and operating hybrid rock climbing and fitness facilities to bring together diverse groups and create a community so their workspace in Somerville, MA, USA tries to give shape to their philosophy through a design created by the Arrowstreet architectural practice. The starting point for the project is the idea that physicality is something that stimulates innovation and creativity so they created a space which encourages energy and dynamics. The project hosts individuals…

Book Mountain by MVRDV

By : Dennis Franklin | 6 Feb 2014 4:09 pm | Other

The Book Mountain is a project designed by the architectural practice of MVRDV in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and its shape is destined to act as an advertisement for reading, quite an appropriate message for a library, which is made visible as an attempt to reduce the 10 percent illiteracy rate in the community. The façade is made of glass to allow the books to be seen from all sides and below the mountain and they can also be…

Suspended Bicycle Roundabout by Ipv Delft

By : Dennis Franklin | 5 Feb 2014 7:13 pm | Other

The Ipv Delft architectural practice created the first suspended bicycle roundabout in the world and it is located in a region between the cities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven and Meerhoven in The Netherlands. The purpose of the project is to encourage a healthier way of life and there is a central pylon with a height of 70 meters from which 24 steel cables extend to support the circular bridge which has a weight of almost 1000 tons of steel. The cables…

New Opera in Jinan by Paul Andreu Architecte

By : Dennis Franklin | 5 Feb 2014 7:00 pm | Other

The practice of Paul Andreu Architecte designed the New Opera in the city of Jinan, Shandong, China and it is surrounded by a lot of natural vegetation with two parks intersecting and the building complex of Provincial Cultural & Art Center Plaza placed in the middle of the Central Park next to the new metro line. The entire complex has a geometry which references the central public space with three towers bordering it with a common base and the towers…

House of Music by Coop Himmelb(l)au

By : Dennis Franklin | 4 Feb 2014 7:05 pm | Other

The architectural practice of Coop Himmelb(l)au designed the House of Music project which is currently in its final phase with a scheme arranged around the concept of shared synergy to reflect the dynamic nature involved in music and the creative process in general. Located in Aalborg, Denmark the project combines the public performance spaces with cultural and educational facilities so that the complex offers an open system in which the artists, students and teachers can exchange ideas with ease. There…

SeaOrbiter by Jacques Rougerie

By : Dennis Franklin | 3 Feb 2014 7:18 pm | Other

The SeaOrbiter marine vessel is a project that recently finished the crowdfunding campaign and has entered the construction phase being the first vertical ship navigating the oceans of the world. The project is created by the French architect Jacques Rougerie and since the KissKissBankBank campaign was successful they can now begin the construction of the Eye of SeaOrbiter. After a period of 10 years spent developing the project with extensive research and community support, the project received aid from some…

Ga On Jai Expo Town Project by IROJE KHM Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 30 Jan 2014 2:31 pm | Other

The practice of IROJE KHM Architects combined modern architecture with the local traditional style to create this GaOnJai expo town in GangNam, South Korea. About 20 years ago, the government of South Korea created an expo town in which the famous architects of those times would create the buildings and GaOnJai was one of the settings for the expo so the current architects recreated the project for a client who wishes ecology and useful landuse would open and illuminate the…

La Perla by RAS Arquitectos

By : Dennis Franklin | 30 Jan 2014 2:28 pm | Other

La Perla is a booth designed by the practice of RAS Arquitectos in 2013 and it is located in Elche, Alicante, Spain in the Perleta district which offers an agricultural landscape. Spreading over a surface of 56 square meters, the booth is made of metal profiles and sheets being prefabricated to resemble a silo, greenhouse or other agricultural facilities so that it integrates into the surroundings. The booth has wooden finishes to contrast the metal shape and add natural warmth…

Glaring for Glampers by archiworkshop

By : Dennis Franklin | 30 Jan 2014 2:00 pm | Other

The archiworkshop architectural practice developed a tent village in the Korean countryside which combines ecology with a comfortable and modern design so that the guests get closer to nature. Called Glaring for Glampers, the project offers two typologies, one called Stacking Doughnut due to the shape of the tents reflecting the circular nature of pebbles and another extendable structure is made of juxtaposed floor plans so it is called Modular Flow. Each of the typologies offers a flexible and easy…

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