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On the Corner, Higashiōmi, Japan, EASTERN Design Office

On the Corner

On the Corner is a castle where the boys and girls of the story of Michael Ende could be entering. Square elements configure this triangular castle! The site is a manufacturing area in Youkaichi City in Shiga Prefecture. There are many big factories in this town. Among the local people, […]

Marco Polo Tower, Hamburg, Germany, Behnisch Architekten

Marco Polo Tower

The Marco Polo Tower sits on the Elbe, on a prominent position in the HafenCity, right beside the Unilever headquarters, also by Behnisch Architekten. The end of the route from the inner city out to the new attractions, the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Promenade on Strandkai are punctuated by […]

South Pointe Park, Miami Beach, Florida, United States, Hargreaves Associates

South Pointe Park

The City of Miami Beach hired Hargreaves Associates to provide design and master plan services for 19 acre South Pointe Park, opened in March 2009. Substantial assets of the existing park included expansive views across Government Cut, adjacency to lively residential neighborhoods, and direct access to both the bayfront and […]

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 […]

Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea, Dominique Perrault Architecture

Ewha Womans University

A larger than site response, an urban response, a global landscaped solution which weaves together the tissue of the EWHA campus with that of the city was necessary in regards to the complexity of the immediate site through its relationship to the greater campus and the city of Shinchon to […]

Galleria Department Store, Seoul, South Korea, UNStudio

Galleria Department Store

The Galleria Department Store design evolved around two main goals. The first goal was for the Gallery to have a new façade that projects a lively, ever changing surface. In total 4330 glass discs are mounted on the existing concrete skin of the building. The glass discs include special dicroic […]

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 […]

Vacation House on Syros Island, Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece, Katerina Valsamaki

Vacation House on Syros Island

This small house for vacation of 130sqm sits at the eastern part of Syros Island in the area of Manna, Sklipi, and was designed for a three-member family. The design focused on integrating the building with the landscape and thus the three volumes of the building were organized around three […]

Water Temple (Shingonshu Honpukuji), Awaji, Japan, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

Water Temple (Shingonshu Honpukuji)

The Water Temple in Awaji Island can be reached from long uphill path traversing the original temple compound and cemetery. The temple was originally constructed for the Shingon Buddhist Sect. One is then directed, indirectly, through a simple series of two gesturing white-washed concrete walls of light and shadow that […]

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, […]

Mulini Beach, Rovinj, Croatia, 3LHD

Mulini Beach

In an attractive area of Rovinj, Mulini Beach lies on the exit from the central part of the city and in the continuation of the promenade. It is in front of hotels Monte Mulini, Lone and Eden, wrapped in a rich green public park and green forest protective areas. The […]

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 […]