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Miradorm by Tremillimetri

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Jan 2014 11:16 am | Other

Miradorm is a project designed by the Tremillimetri architectural practice as an observation deck and it is located in Benidorm, Spain. The project has a circular shape which is reminiscent of a compass and it was conceived to function as a contemplation spot as well due to the remote and relaxing position. The deck is suspended above the water and it clings to the side of a rock to create a great position from which you can enjoy the city…

Santander Datacenter by Loeb Capote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Jan 2014 11:03 am | Other

The practice of LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo designed the Datacenter of the Santander Bank which is located in the Municipality of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil next to the campus of the University of Campinas. The project is on a large plot of land and it consists of three independent and autonomous Data Processing Centers placed at a distance of 500 meters from each other so that there aren’t any security issues and they are as functional as possible. Each unit…

Cervantes Theater by Ensamble Studio

By : Dennis Franklin | 9 Jan 2014 3:20 pm | Other

Ensamble Studio designed the Cervantes Theater in Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico with a shape inspired by the Aztec culture. Since the Mexican culture is strongly influenced by the history of the country with the pyramids and great constructions of their ancestors, the designers connected the contemporary architecture with the layers of the past. The main source of inspiration was the Dovela which is an air stone called the “Sun Stone” collecting the resonance of the world above it and…

Hair Do by Ryo Matsui Architects Inc

By : Dennis Franklin | 7 Jan 2014 5:18 pm | Other

Hair Do is a hair salon located in the prefectural road in front of Chiba Station in Japan and it was designed by the practice of Ryo Matsui Architects Inc with an aesthetic that combines industrial elements with more comfortable ones. The project has a surface of 106 square meters and is spread over two floors with an intelligent and effective design that is features a completely transparent façade made of glass. There is a large roof covering the second…

Shanghai Vanke by Tsushima Design Studio

By : Dennis Franklin | 6 Jan 2014 5:43 pm | Other

Shanghai Vanke is a flagship project designed by the Tsushima Design Studio in Shanghai, China and it tries to introduce a high-end residential development in the outskirts of the city center. The project has over 20000 square meters of amenities such as branded retails, restaurants, art exhibition spaces and a boutique hotel. The designers tried to reexamine the way in which urban development happens in the major cities of China which usually offer a reduced spatial quality due to the…

The top 10 most innovative architectural companies of 2013

By : Dennis Franklin | 30 Dec 2013 4:05 pm | Other

10. Lake|Flato The group offered a new aesthetic to the Austin skyline with their Hotel San Jose and to west Texas with the Thunderbird Motel. They also launched the Porch House project which is comprised of high-end modular dwellings with a LEED certification. 9. Mazzanti Arquitectos They gave a new face to the slums in Bogota, Columbia, turning the violent scenery into community centers, sports courts and public plazas. 8. Arup In their attempts to shape a better world, they…

Top 10 libraries of 2013

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 Dec 2013 1:51 pm | Other

Although we live in the digital age, the libraries still remain a center of culture making our lives richer and more interesting, so the library of today adapted to the current needs and integrated multimedia activities and communal areas with the traditional programs. Here are ten projects that we consider to be the most interesting ones from this year. 10. Helsinki University Main Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects This is the largest academic library in Finland and it also offers…

Top 10 Apps for Architects 2013

By : Dennis Franklin | 26 Dec 2013 2:31 pm | Other

There are a lot of good apps for designers and architects making the work easier and much more efficient. Here are the ones we consider the best. 10. Photosynth for iOS and Windows This app stitches several photos together and offers you a 360 degree panorama with an intuitive, user friendly interface to make it all easy. 9. AutoCAD 360 for iOS and Android This has been an important utility for a long time and it still holds its ground…

Golf Club House La Graiera by BC Estudio Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 22 Dec 2013 1:17 pm | Other

La Graiera golf club in Barcelona, Spain has an 18-hole golf course and a pitch & putt course located on a lot that is shaped like a bow and it recently received a new club house on the widest part of the site to take advantage of the best views and orientation. The club house was designed by the BC Estudio Architects with two curved walls forming the basic structure and they meet in the entrance to create the hall,…

Palace for Nature by Sanzpont Arquitectura

By : Dennis Franklin | 21 Dec 2013 6:23 pm | Other

The practice of Sanzpont Arquitectura unveiled their plans for a sustainable palace in Quatar which is based on the concept of the Sidra Tree. The project is a submission for an international restricted competition and the design wants to promote life and nature, hence its name. Palace for Nature wants to be a luxurious oasis in the middle of the desert which uses desalinated and reclaimed water to irrigate the botanical gardens and integrated photovoltaic panels to supply the power…

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