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Jean Nouvel – Serpentine in Scarlet

French architect Jean Nouvel has cranked up the color quotient in London with his eye-catching temporary pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in the middle of Hyde Park. The scarlet tent-like structure is made of glass and fabric and supported by a dramatic metal frame.

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Passive House near Paris

Architect: Krawitz Architecture
Type: residential – single family residence
Location: Bessancourt, France
Year:2009

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Time-lapse: The Construction of Sequana Tower in Paris

A 3 years time-lapse about the destruction of EDF tower and construction of Sequana Tower in Paris. Ramon tooks 45 000 pictures to make this video !

Location: Paris / France
First shot: january 2007
Last Shot: September 2010
Number of images: 45.000

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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Artist Olafur Eliasson describes the glass facade on Harpa, Reykjavik’s new conference and concert hall. Architect Osbjørn Jacobsen from Henning Larsen architects and Christopher S. Darland from Artec Consultants explain their part in the design. For more information on the project, go to www.harpa.is

Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the hexagonal glass creates kaleidoscopic reflections of the city.  The multi-faceted glass façade is based on a geometric principle which is realised in two and three dimensions.   Designing and constructing the building have been a complicated process because while the facades are derived from the same concept, depending upon orientation, their geometries vary.  This leads to difficult connections where ultimately each corner is a unique joint.

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137 Housing by H Arquitectes

Architects: H Arquitectes / David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
Location: Granollers, Barcelona, Spain
Colaboradores: Anna Bullich, architect, Ramon Anton, technical architect, Jordi Velazquez, structure (MVA, arquitectura y estructura), Otger Sala, geologist (Granollers 2002, estudis geològics, SL), NADICO, engineering, ESTRATS, archeologist
Promotor: Promo E.S. March S.L.
Project Year: 2006-2008
Project Area: 1,086.05 sqm
Photographs: H Arquitectes

The Urban Planning for ‘Plaça de l’Església’ in Granollers intends to regain the role of this square within the old part of town. Our plot is the key factor for the consolidation of this centrality, due to it occupies the space that gives continuity to Barcelona Street and connects with ‘Plaça de la Porxada’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daunay by Atelier du Pont

Architects: Atelier du Pont / Member of the collective PLAN01)
Location: Paris, France
Project Director: Aquilino Torrao
Project Team: Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertisier
Co-contractors: evp Ingénierie, Structural design engineers; Delta Fluides, construction services
General Services: FARC
Project Area: 658 sqm
Budget: 1,380,000 euros
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Luc Boegly

This large block of 8 flats merges smoothly into the heterogeneity of the Impasse Daunay cul-de-sac. Facing the street, the textured glass skin covering the facades pays discreet homage to the glass walls of the artists’ studios in this Père Lachaise neighbourhood. The choice of glass, used here for the facade covering, parapets, transparent partitions for common areas or simply as windows, has an aesthetic appeal in its uniformity of material and stark simplicity in keeping with the project’s general low key approach: just 8 housing units in a little cul-de-sac.

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Chicken Point Cabin by Olson Kundig Architects

Architect: Olson Kundig Architects
Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Steven Rainville, project architect; Debbie Kennedy, interior designer
Consultants: Turner Exhibits (gizmo fabricator and engineer); Monte Clark Engineering (structural engineering); Moser, Inc. (design/build mechanical system)
Craftspeople: All New Glass (big window); Star Steel (steel structure, bong); Steve Clark (table fabricator, cabinets, beds)
Contractor: MC Construction

The idea for the cabin is that of a lakeside shelter in the woods—a little box with a big window that opens to the surrounding landscape. The cabin’s big window-wall (30 feet by 20 feet) opens the entire living space to the forest and lake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arena Dragão Caixa by Risco

Architects: Risco (Manuel Salgado, Jorge Estriga e Joana Pinheiro)
Architecture Team: Inês Cruz, Joana Pinheiro, Rute Gonçalves, Moisés Rosa, Alexandra Fock, Neuza Pereira e José Carlos Monteiro.
Client: Futebol Clube do Porto
Engineering: Triagonal, OHM, RGA, AZ Consultores, Natural Works e Action Modulers
Date: 2006 – 2009
Area: 13 900 m2
Cost: 11 723 000€
Photos: FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura (www.ultimasreportagens.com)

Description from the Architect:

The site, which is irregular in shape, is actually the left-over of a network of road infrastructures. The construction of the pavilion is particularly important in urban terms, because it closes the eastern edge of the Antas Detailed Development Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Container Studio by Maziar Behrooz Architecture

Architect: Maziar Behrooz Architecture
Project Name: Art Studio
Location: Amagansett, NY
Floor Area: 840 sf
Photography: Dalton Portella and Francine Fleischer

The client needed an art studio close to her house (which we renovated in 2008). Her requirements were for a space of about 700 sf and a stringent budget; and for a simple structure that would be both inviting and reflective. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photography: Danish Pavilion at Expo 2010

Architect: BIG
Location: Shanghai, China
Size: 3.000m2

Photography: Iwan Baan, Hanne Hvattun, and Leif Orkelbog-Andresen.

I know, we just posted an article about the Danisg Pavilion just a few days ago, but it’s always worth taking a second look.

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