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Metal Shutter Houses, New York, United States, Shigeru Ban Architects, Dean Maltz Architect

Metal Shutter Houses

A Residential Condominium with a Gallery Retail space on the ground floor is the concept of Metal Shutter Houses. The building is located in the newly re-zoned West Chelsea district of Manhattan just west of the High Line. Both light and surrounding views are in maximum use of the project […]

KfW Westarkade, Frankfurt, Germany, Sauerbruch Hutton

KfW Westarkade

KfW Westarkade on his opening was touted as one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world. It was projected to use approximately half the energy of an average European office building, and one-third of a US-based one. The building addresses the prevailing wind direction to exploit it for […]

Guangzhou International Finance Center, China, WilkinsonEyre

Guangzhou International Finance Centre

WilkinsonEyre won the first prize in an international design competition for this 440m tower in Guangzhou which is one of China’s tallest buildings. A mixture of uses including office space, a luxury Four Seasons hotel with a top floor high floor high end restaurant and bar consist this tower with […]

New York by Gehry, United States, Gehry Partners

New York by Gehry

New York by Gehry has conquered the place of a residential tower that is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere being a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline, standing at 870 feet tall. The design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise was reinterpreted with undulating waves of stainless steel […]

Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz (Landhausplatz), Innsbruck, Austria, LAAC Architekten, Stiefel & Company Architects

Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz (Landhausplatz)

Even though Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz was the largest but neglected public square in the centre of the city of Innsbruck in Tyrol, Austria, managed to keep a symbolic significance with the four memorials positioned there. A subterranean garage was built in 1985. Before the transformation took place, the […]

Fukoku Life Osaka, Japan, Dominique Perrault Architecture

Fukoku Life Osaka

The tower looks like a great tree, whose base is widening as the roots, while the body remains straight and vertical. The façade of the building shell is covered with scales larger and more marked at the bottom than the top. The color of the plant turn inspired by the […]

Astir Palace Gate, Vouliagmeni, Greece, SPARCH SakellaridouPapanikolaou Architects

Astir Palace Gate

During a renovation of Astir Palace, a luxury resort 25kms away from the centre of Athens, the architects were asked to design an entrance Gate and to upgrade the entrance of the Nafsika Hotel (the Canopy). In both cases they designed an interface. The Gate The gate acts like a […]

Estoril Sol Residential Complex, Cascais, Portugal, Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

Estoril Sol Residential Complex

The intervention proposal for replacing the existing Hotel Estoril Sol in Cascais, a new building complex comprising a residential program with an area equal to 28.800m² and has 1,200 sqm of area for trade and services. The study is part of the awareness of the collateral issues relating to the […]

Hollenbeck Replacement Police Station, Los Angeles, California, United States, AC Martin

Hollenbeck Replacement Police Station

The design of LAPD Hollenbeck Replacement Station in Boyle Heights exemplifies the station efforts to create an open, community-serving police force. Strengthening the neighborhood’s civic center and highlighting the community’s distinct tradition of artistic expression was the intention of the […]

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, Gehry Partners

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The museum of Guugenheim in Bilbao had already begun to make news long before it opened its doors on October 19, 1997. The previous four years of its construction, the museum was visited by numerous artists, architects, journalists, politicians, filmmakers, and historians that […]

Four Houses in Porto Rafti, Greece, MOB Architects

Four Houses in Porto Rafti

This complex of four house is located in Porto Rafti, an area by the sea in a distance of approximately 40 km from Athens. The recently new roads that have been constructed led an increasing number of population chooses to live here permanently, despite the area has been used for […]

Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, Le Corbusier

Villa Savoye

Many consider Villa Savoye to be the seminal work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. International Style has found to this Villa one of its most recognisable architectural presentations. The Five Points The house was emblematic of Le Corbusier used to work in a system that he addressed “The Five […]

Maison La Roche, Paris, France, Le Corbusier

Maison La Roche

Maison La Roche in Paris is a classic work from Le Corbusier that was built as a home for Raoul La Roche, a Swiss banker and collector of avant-garde art. Among other things, The house was designed to serve as a private gallery to display La Roche’s extensive art collection, […]

Walker Art Centre Expansion, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, Herzog & de Meuron

Walker Art Centre Expansion

With chunky massing and silvery, lightly crumpled aluminum cladding, Herzog & de Meuron’s Walker Art Center expansion hovers over the sidewalk. It acts as a striking counterpoint to its adjoining neighbor, the center’s original brick-clad structure, decisively grounded, by Edward Larrabee Barnes. The 1971 […]

Beijing National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube), Beijing, China, PTW Architects

Beijing National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube)

The highly sustainable structure is clad with translucent ETFE (ethyl tetra fluoro ethylene), a tough, recyclable material that weighs just one percent of an equivalent sized glass panel. The Aquatics Centre has a bubble cladding that lets in more light than glass and thoroughly cleans itself with every rain shower. […]

WoZoCo Apartments, Amsterdam, Netherlands, MVRDV

WoZoCo Apartments

Big increases in density is what the Western Garden Cities of Amsterdam built in the 1950s and 1960s had to confront, increases that continue to threaten their open green spaces, the most important quality of these areas. A block of 100 apartments for people over 55 years was proposed to […]

Westerdok Apartments, Amsterdam, Netherlands, MVRDV

Westerdok Apartments

This project embraces Openness as design concept. This means that the minimal amount of materials are used like glass, steel and concrete to achieve maximum openness for the façade. The building has total surface of 6000 m2 including 46 apartments and a day-care centre. A balcony of varying depths which […]

Orhidelia Wellness, Podčetrtek, Slovenia, Enota

Orhidelia Wellness

Enota’s design for Wellness Orhidelia is third in a row of their projects in Terme Olimia spa resort in last couple of years, whereas the development of thermal complex required more and more new programs and areas. It should also be noted that whenever a need for a new facility […]

Winnipeg Library Addition, Winnipeg, Canada, Patkau Architects, LM Architectural Group

Winnipeg Library Addition

Winnipeg Centennial Library was originally constructed in 1976 as a three-story building occupying a city block and an adjacent public park. The existing library, constructed of reinforced concrete exposed to the interior and pre-cast panel exterior, felt very disconnected from its surroundings including […]

WWF Netherlands Head Office, Zeist, Netherlands, RAU

WWF Netherlands Head Office

RAU has transformed with this design a former 1950’s agricultural laboratory into the first CO2-neutral and (almost entirely) self-sustaining office in the Netherlands. The rejuvenated building got a friendly and inviting appearance, by breaking through the rigidity of the existing structure and […]

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, Washington, United States, Davis Brody Bond

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library

The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library is part of DC Public Library’s Building Program and came from a series of new libraries in Washington that are designed to be flexible and open in order to meet the needs of the community now and in the future. This $12 million facility […]

Watervilla Weesperzijde, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31ARCHITECTS

Watervilla Weesperzijde

Living on the river Amstel in Amsterdam is an experience within itself. At this special location the cream of the crop of houseboat design is situated close to each other. The residents of this villa are feeling evry day like they are on holiday forever. The clients wanted to build […]

Waterman's Place, Leeds, United Kingdom, CZWG Architects

Waterman’s Place

Leeds Canal Basin was regenerated through a masterplanned sequence of public spaces along side the canal and the River Aire, each defined by a series of buildings containing apartments, hotel and commercial spaces. The new quarter is now accessed from the east by using a replacement footbridge spanning the river […]

The Langham and Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai, China, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The Langham and Andaz Xintiandi

The Langham and Andaz Xintiandi Hotels are considered innovators in terms of design and also have a diverse program mix and connection to surrounding context, setting a new standard for modern, high-rise buildings in historic urban districts. Their develompent, luxury and innovative as it is, responds […]

Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, Kenzo Tange Associates

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Yoyogi National Gymnasium that sits in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, Japan is an arena known for its suspension roof design. The gymnasium was designed by Kenzo Tange and the construction lasted from 1961 to 1964. It was meant to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. The […]

Garden of Fine Arts, Kyoto, Japan, Tadao Ando Architects & Associates

Garden of Fine Arts

This project was designed by Tadao Ando and completed in 1994. It is a museum presenting near-life sized reproductions of famous masterpieces on porcelain panels. The Garden of Fine Arts in Kyoto, Japan is considered to be a unique creation of European taste amidst the chaos of Japan’s ancient capital […]

Row House (Azuma House), Osaka, Japan, Tadao Ando Architects & Associates

Row House (Azuma House)

This is a house that was made entirely of exposed concrete and acted as a replacement to the middle unit of three row houses in a downtown district of Osaka. Ando, who is considered to be a fighter-architect, started by developing a number of bold proposals for small houses. Among […]

La Defense Offices, Almere, Netherlands, UNStudio

La Defense Offices

La Defense office complex in Almere manages to integrate well with the larger urban plan. The entrances into the inner courtyards and also its height can tie in with the larger site. The exterior façade of the building is a reflection of the larger urban condition. At the same time, […]

Keyhole House, Kyoto, Japan, EASTERN Design Office

Keyhole House

The facade of Keyhole House has the shape of a keyhole, along a narrow street of a crowded town. It is designed as a key itself on the façade of this house. A house can be called a key, which will open up your life happily. And it can be such a small key, like this house that is a key! The site is in Kyoto, Japan and […]