Bonus Arena Hull / AFL Architects

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  • Architects: AFL Architects
  • Location: Myton Street, Hull, HU1 2PS, United Kingdom
  • Client: Hull City Council
  • Area: 9376.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
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Text description provided by the architects. One of Hull’s legacy projects following UK City of Culture 2017, Hull Venue (now the Bonus Arena) is a high-quality destination venue, the first UK facility of its type and size to provide a flexible front of house space and deliver a mixed programme of entertainment, conference, exhibition and banqueting using the same space.

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PETSHOP office / PAUM design

2 days 16 hours ago
© Sergey Melnikov © Sergey Melnikov
  • Architects: PAUM design
  • Location: Chkalovskiy Prospekt, 7, Sankt-Peterburg, 197110, Russia
  • Lead Architects: Anna Philippova, Polina Masiianskaia
  • Project Team: Victoria Chugunova, Dmitry Rybak, Anatolii Mozalevskii
  • Area: 450.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Sergey Melnikov
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Text description provided by the architects. The office for IT department of the PETSHOP company is located in St. Petersburg, on Chkalovsky avenue, in a Soviet industrial building of 50th – 60th years of the 20th century. Ridge ceiling and concrete columns more than 4 meters high, the top floor and huge windows overlooking the Petrograd Side – these are a fine introduction of space for the creative department of the modern dynamic company.

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Xuhui Demonstrative Project / SUP Atelier

2 days 18 hours ago
Courtyard surrounded by living room and book house. Image © Su Chen, Chun Fang Courtyard surrounded by living room and book house. Image © Su Chen, Chun Fang
  • Architects: SUP Atelier
  • Location: Shunyi District, Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: Yehao Song
  • Design Team: Xiaojuan Chen, Dan Xie, Jingfen Sun, Zhenghao Lin, Yingnan Chu, Dongchen Han, Haowei Yu, Liangang Tong
  • Area: 157.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Su Chen, Chun Fang
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Dispersed Hotel: Distributed Urban Suites Inspire Exploration of Historic Kyoto

2 days 21 hours ago
[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ]

It’s a simple but powerful idea, spreading out and embedding hotel rooms into the urban fabric to give visitors a space from which to explore as well as a place that feels like it’s more part of the city than a monolithic tourist resort. The Hotel Enso Ango features a series of zen-inspired buildings and landscaping in what it boasts as Japan’s first ‘dispersed hotel’ in the ancient capital of Kyoto.

The idea, in part, is to encourage travel between the buildings in the hotel network, both to experience their amenities but also to explore more along the way. In simple terms: it aims to combine the best of staying at a cozy bed-and-breakfast with the benefits of a high-end hotel.

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Foster + Partners' Tulip Towers Could Pose Risks to Air Traffic Control

3 days 1 hour ago
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Blossoming alongside the iconic Gherkin building, Foster + Partners' Tulip Tower has been planning to join London's skyline since they released their proposal earlier in November. However, construction of the1,000-foot tower has been halted until officials can determine its impact on aircraft radar systems at London City airport, six miles away. Featuring mobile gondolas in the form of three-meter wide glass spheres intended for visitor rides on an elliptical journey around the tower, the proposed viewing platform is potentially highly problematic.

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CK House / Christiana Karagiorgi Architects

3 days 2 hours ago
© Maria Efthumiou, CreativePhotoRoom © Maria Efthumiou, CreativePhotoRoom
  • Collaborators: Alpha Ioannou Construction, Thermocool Mechanical Constructors, Pkz Electrical Constructors, L. Karkas Aluminium Constructors, S. Kousioulos Carpentry Constructors
  • Consultants: Nikolaou Engineering Civil & Structural Design, M. Mourouzides Consulting Engineers, Double N Consulting Engineers, N. Onisiforou Quantity Surveyors
  • Budjet: €800.000

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OFFICE

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YALE UNION . Portland OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen Being located on a seismic active zone, the Portland based contemporary art centre ‘Yale Union’ is faces the need to provide a so-called ‘seismic update’ to their current infrastructure, a complex of historic brick buildings built in the early 1900’s. Instead of undergoing a major … Continue reading OFFICE
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Lothar Baumgarten

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Lothar Baumgarten
AMERICA Invention . 1985-88 + Marian Goodman Gallery Lothar Baumgarten’s well-known body of work has included ephemeral sculptures, photographic work, slide projection pieces, 16 mm film works, recordings, drawings, prints, books, short stories, as well as site-specific works and wall drawings and architecture related interventions…The artist draws on the importance of space and memory, rhythm … Continue reading Lothar Baumgarten
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Why Nature Should be a Co-Author in Architectural Projects

3 days 3 hours ago
Tidal Pools of Leça da Palmeira / Alvaro Siza. Image: © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Tidal Pools of Leça da Palmeira / Alvaro Siza. Image: © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Dealing with the context of a project’s site is an essential part of architecture, be it by denying or incorporating preexisting elements and the environment’s conditions in the design. However, understanding what lies around as an active agent of the decisions and space organization goes beyond simply considering the good views, natural ventilation, solar orientation, etc; it is about seeing these conditions as co-authors.

These cases are most notable when practices think of the architecture's surrounding environment as an active agent. 

Office Casagrande Laboratory, headed by Finish architect Marco Casagrande, proposes an architecture that acts as a mediator in the relationship between people and nature. In his descriptions, we frequently see the idea of nature as a co-author in the design process. This is given as the starting point for propositions that reconnect contemporary society and natural elements. These strategies often take advantage of these natural resources to create new places.

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Souto Moura

3 days 6 hours ago
Souto Moura
Power Plant . Foz Tua Dam Souto Moura Arquitectos Power Plant for the Foz Tua Dam nominated for EU Mies Award 2019. Our main concern was to eliminate all the aspects of a “building” that this construction involved, reducing its appearance to that of a “machine” inserted in the landscape. This operation had three phases … Continue reading Souto Moura
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Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer

3 days 7 hours ago
Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, or simply Oscar Niemeyer, (December 15, 1907 – December 5, 2012) was one of the greatest architects in Brazil's history, and one of the greats of the global modernist movement. After his death in 2012, Niemeyer left the world more than five hundred works scattered throughout the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

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Spotlight: Charles and Ray Eames

3 days 9 hours ago
Eames House. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jkz/20338540121/'>Flickr user jkz</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Eames House. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jkz/20338540121/'>Flickr user jkz</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>

Charles (June 17, 1907 – August 21, 1978) and Ray Eames (December 15, 1912 – August 21, 1988) are best known for their personal and artistic collaboration, and their innovative designs that shaped the course of modernism. Their firm worked on a diverse array of projects, with designs for exhibitions, furniture, houses, monuments, and toys. Together they developed manufacturing processes to take advantage of new materials and technology, aiming to produce high quality everyday objects at a reasonable cost.

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Compás de las Ánimas y del Nazareno / WaterScales arquitectos

3 days 10 hours ago
© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda
  • Architects: WaterScales arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Ancha, 43, 29500 Álora, Málaga, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Carmen Barrós Velázquez, Francisco J. del Corral del Campo
  • Area: 285.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda
  • Technical Architect: Antonio Montes Sáez
  • Gardening & Landscape: Ana Ibáñez Fernández, Bióloga
  • Structure: Jesus Hernández Martí, Ingeniero de caminos
  • Installations: Ricardo Rueda García, ingeniero de Caminos
  • Collaborators: lvaro López Camino, estudiante de arquitectura / Jorge López González, estudiante de arquitectura / Daniel Marcos Ruiz, estudiante de arquitectura / Belén Muñoz de la Torre Calzado, arquitecta / Francisco Ortega Ruiz, arquitecto / Felipe Pérez García, estudiante de arquitectura / Patricia Prados Pérez, estudiante de arquitectura
  • Builder: I.M. Instalaciones y Obras S.A. (Álora)
  • Promotor: Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Álora

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COSTALOPES

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building for epal . lisbon COSTALOPES The proposal consists in an object composed by a set of elements that respond to the required program. Four basement levels intended for parking create a public square surrounded by commercial units, projected over the landscape. A single volume over the base composed by a service ring constitutes the … Continue reading COSTALOPES
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So You Want to Learn About: Roberto Burle Marx

3 days 12 hours ago
The "So You Want to Learn About" series highlights books focused on a particular theme: think "socially responsible architecture" and "Le Corbusier," rather than broad themes like "housing" or "modern architects." Therefore the series aims to be a resource for finding decent reading materials on certain topics, born of a desire to further define noticeable areas of interest in the books I review. And while I haven't reviewed every title, I am familiar with each one; these are not blind recommendations.

About one year ago my book 100 Years, 100 Landscape Designs came out. There were a number of landscape designers that just had to be in the book, one of them being Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), the great Brazilian landscape designer and artist who single-handedly defined landscape architecture in South America, not just Brazil. (A couple of his landscapes worked their way into my book, both carrying his influential name: Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, 1949, and Parque da Cidade Roberto Burle Marx, 1950.) The research for my book led me to obtain a few relevant old titles that I came across, some hard to find. But a couple books released this year, both compiling the landscape designer's own words, prompted me to put together this SYW2 post about Burle Marx. These are not all of the books devoted to Burle Marx, but they're more than I ever anticipated I'd have in my library, especially given how few English titles exist on the influential figure.

In-print:

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