ZhongXun Times by 10 Design

This mixed use office and retail development sits centrally within the new Danzishi Central Head Quarters in Chongqing, that sits on the banks of the Yangtze River.

The brief was to create an interactive retail environment that would interact and reflect with the rich topography that Chongqing is renowned for. The site set many challenges with a level difference of some 10m across such a narrow site and has to cater for multiple level pedestrian access point from elevated walkways interconnecting with adjacent developments and the Light Rail Station.

architects: 10 Design
location: Chongqing, China
year: 2013 Design
team: Gordon Affleck, Brian Fok, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Nick Chan, Rita Pang, Ryan Leong, Dan Narita, Jon Martin
client: ZhongXun Group
type: office, food & beverage, retail
area: G.F.A. 130,000 sqm ; site area 17,995 sqm ; retail 35,000 sqm
service: architecture, master planning, landscape, CGI

source: 10design.co

White Wave by Piuarch

The Studio Piuarch is awarded the prize “Italian Architect 2013” and his new building is the symbol of the rising Milan architectural revolution

As part of the Porta Nuova urban renewal project, the so called “White Wave” is a building for showrooms and offices, which has become the symbol of the new architectural dynamism of Milan. Designed by Piuarch as project winner of a Competition held in 2006 by Hines Italia.

Bounded on one side by the central square, adjacent to Cesar Pelli’s three towers, the White Wave has an area of about 22.500 square metres distributed over five stories and a ground floor for an overall height of 30 metres.
This choice was conditioned by the need to respect the heights of the existing residential buildings as well as by the desire to make the new structure a strong and recognizable landmark within the requalified area, in contrast with the general plan which calls for much taller buildings.

The simple and sinuous form of the building articulates and integrates the two volumes in a single element distinguished by a deep central fissure. A projecting roof on the southern side runs the entire perimeter of the building, resolving at the base of the first floor to form a sort of container open on the long sides.
The design plays with the contrast of the building’s two main facades.
The northern facade, on the plaza, is a large, light, transparent glass front that functions as a rigorous backdrop for the pedestrian area and the new Gardens of Porta Nuova.

The southern facade, at the edge of the area bordered by Via Don Luigi Sturzo, with a curved profile, is enclosed by a sunscreen system; the blades mounted on the facade vertically pace the front, regulating internal luminosity. The continuity of the elevation, of about 140 meters, is enlivened by a system of internal courts with colored windows, that penetrate different levels of the building, bringing light to the various levels.
The portico and roof are combined in a unified way: the portico rests on the glass facade of the shops, and its overhang permits a covered walkway along the entire building. The overhang of the roof closes the glass volume and clearly defines the silhouette of the building, making it simultaneously linear, clean and unique.

The White Wave rises at the centre of the Porta Nuova urban renewal project – that includes the Garibaldi, Varesine and Isola areas in Milan. An ambitious undertaking aimed at revitalizing over 290,000 square meters of abandoned areas, reconnecting the urban fabric of three neighborhoods that have been separated for over thirty years.
The goal of its requalification is to give this vital area back to the city and make it an integral part of the future urban dynamic.

Within this multifaceted and complex plan, the White Wave seeks to establish a dialogue with the public part of the area as a whole, configuring itself as an access point to the park, which is situated at a higher elevation with respect to street level, thus the decision to position the building on a sort of podium that connects the two spaces.

Porta Nuova Building
Invited competition, first prize
Typology: Offices – Stores
built area: 22.500 mq
client: Hines Italia SGR S.p.a.
location: Milano, Italia
year: 2006–2013
architectural design: Piuarch. Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario
architectural construction design: Tekne S.p.a.
structural design: MSC Associati S.r.l.
M & E design: Ariatta Ingegneria dei Sistemi S.r.l.
landscape design: Land S.r.l.

source: piuarch.it

Kufra Multi-functional Hall by Daniela Colli

The Kufra Hall is a multifunctional space located inside the Oasi di Kufra hotel in Sabaudia, it overlooks a beautiful beach with views of mount Circeo.

Located in the basement of the hotel, built in the seventies, the Kufra Hall is a circular space. With its structure made of partition walls, pillars, a coffered raw concrete ceiling and no natural light, the place was essentially gray, but even though with a strong potential.

Its transformation into a multi-purpose space intended for mixed uses could only be possible through the creation of an environment with various souls, a place capable to astonish through its multiple contemporary expressiveness. A place where most playful entertainments as disco parties can alternate to more conventional events, such as conferences and business meetings.

The combination of architecture, light and sound are the key elements that led to the transformation of a large blank box into a continuously evolving space, exuberant with people and activities, a bright environment where the use of light creates emotionally captivating scenarios and stories.

Inside, the presence of newly designed elements, such as the bar, the control room and the stage does not spoil the sense of spatial flow of the layout. The new volumes flawlessly merge into the reinforced concrete cylinder that represents the rigid structural skeleton.

White colour is dominant in its minimalism. it amplifies the fluid outlines of the hall and creates a neutral homogeneous container, dominated by the contrasts of black horizontal planes, glossy and matte surfaces, lights and shadows.

Like sentries between the two ring areas of the hall, pillars are white cylinders enveloped by an ethereal metal mesh. The lozenge mesh stretches, bends, opens like a flower corolla, in the virtual support of the ceiling, it provides verticality to the lower volume of the first ring and emphasizes the height of the main hall, an abstract volume made of horizontal planes and light.

The black flooring and a ‘glowing crown’, consisting of lozenge shaped, white lacquered MDF panels create an emotional space – a sensorial environment enveloped in light and sound.

The lozenges hang from the ceiling by means of steel ropes and are equipped with a 700 m long strip of LED lights that are set inside their thickness. Together with a considerable noise reduction, they contribute to the sound control and diffusion, so obtaining high performances in terms of quality and functionality.
A large scale lozenge carves the fluid volume of the bar. Like a super hero mask, it frames the bar counter and represents the most magnetic feature of the disco. Made of white lacquered glass with corian edges, the bar counter displays a Laminam backdrop with decorative back-lit elements inspired by the form of the Sombrero Galaxy in the Virgo constellation.

Throughout the interior, the lighting system, totally LED dimmable, merges with architecture. Light sources disappear, as for the ‘glowing crown’ or blend as by XRG 1036 by Panzeri and by Modular Lotis smarts. In some cases they change colour through a RGB system, so maximizing the volumetric and dimensional plays of the cone light halos in the bar area.

Functional changes can rapidly take place with the help of moveable elements with retractable mechanical installation devices and a sophisticated home automation system. This allows a resources optimization, reduces energy consumption and achieves a comfortable acoustic and lighting environment, giving life to an extremely sophisticated technological universe, where the real space merges with the virtual one, just awaiting to be experienced.

location: Strada Lungomare, km. 29.800 – SABAUDIA (LT) – Italy
Superface: 770 sqm
Capacity: 450 people
Year of construction: july 2013
Designer: COLLIDANIELARCHITETTO – arch. Daniela Colli – Roma
Client: OASI DI KUFRA gestioni alberghiere s.r.l, Sabaudia (LT) – Italy
Photograper: Matteo Piazza – Milano

source: collidaniela.com

Rowing High Performance Centre by Alvaro Andradre

The Rowing High Performance Centre in Pocinho is located in one of the most beautiful and idyllic valleys in the world – the Douro valley – one of the places of choice for champions of this sport.
The project is structured into three key components: Social Zone, Housing and Training. The entire project fuses with the reinterpretation of two secular elements of landscape construction in Douro Valley: the walled terraced, a recurrent form of “inhabiting” this place, and the great white volumes of large production units, deployed along the terrain, are formally complex and diverse volumetrically.

Architecture: Alvaro Andradre
Coordination: MPT
Client: Vila Nova de Foz Côa Municipality
Contractor: Manuel Vieira e Irmãos Lda
Area: 8000 sqm
Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Supernova by Liong Lie architects

A brand new dimension in congress and events
Supernova is a conference area within the Jaarbeurs Utrecht (the largest fair and conference centre of The Netherlands). The 3500 m2 area includes a foyer and four meeting rooms: one for 454 persons, two meeting rooms for 80 persons each and one meeting room for 460 persons, which can be divided into two smaller rooms. This area will also be the connection between other buildings such as the existing conference center Mediaplaza and a future cinema.

Turn your congress into a cosmic adventure
Supernova adds a brand new dimension to seminars or events – giving it an almost extraterrestrial atmosphere. With this versatile location Jaarbeurs Utrecht and Liong Lie Architects have created a knowledge junction where connection and delivering the right energy is key. Supernova is the meeting point of Holland where knowledge is shared and multiplied.

Spacy design, new insights
Four congress halls with striking and unique designs lead the way to new insights and the discovery of new worlds. The visitors will literally step into a new dimension. They will be welcomed in the TransitZone, a modern and atmospheric place and they will realize that it all starts here. The guests will make a journey. The meeting rooms are designed as space capsules. Each of the three capsules feels like entering a different world. Therefore every capsule is designed as a different object in shape and material. What unites them is that they suggest action, tension, flow.

Together on a voyage of discovery
The congress halls Mission, Quest, Expedition and Progress are perfectly combinable. The design of the halls is sophisticated and the halls are flexible in use and arrangement. Furthermore, all halls are outfitted with the most modern high tech equipment. The right combination of all these elements enables the guests to look forward and to absorb other insights. They will meet other people and will focus on the future.

Unique offer
With Supernova and the location Media Plaza Jaarbeurs Utrecht and Liong Lie Architects create a unique combination for congress and events. Where at Media Plaza everything is about innovation and change, Supernova is all about meeting minds and sharing and multiplying knowledge. This location will make a deep impression on its visitors.

The meeting rooms are designed as capsules. Each of the capsules feel like entering a different world. Therefore every capsule is designed as a different object in shape and material. What unites them is that they all suggest action, tension, flow.

Mission can be split into two separate rooms. The design and the special incidence of light will comfort the visitors to stimulate entering new contacts and the sharing of knowledge. If the Mission is used as one big space, then more than 430 guests can be received. On the outside the white corian façade represents the clean and austere effect to be found in science fiction spaces. The 4 meter high façade is designed as a continuous plane. Light strips behind the panels enhance this effect and are spread over the whole façade. Inside, custom designed vertical lights and transparent enlightened panels with a print of the universe are used for the ceiling. In combination with a mirroring strip at the top part of the wall this creates the effect of infinity. The rest of the walls and the floor are united with continued light strips organized as a grid. Black perforated panels on the wall allow the air flow. The rest of the wall and the floor finishing is a black carpet.

Like in theaters the experience of the spaces are not only achieved by shapes, materials and colors: also acoustics, light effects and mirroring effects are part of the experience.

Quest – Expedition
Both the Quest and Expedition room are real space capsules. Here knowledge is literally launched. This place is designed as an engine room. The outside is cladded with mirroring stainless steel sheets. Inside is a world of silver colored metal and black rubber. The floor finish is black rubber, also found in factories. The walls are cladded with aluminum sheets. A 3 meter wide silver coloured fan which can rotate the ceiling is installed to enhance the effect of being in a machine room. The rooms have a capacity of 100 guests and different arrangements are possible.

The ceiling of Progress looks a bit like a spaceship. Distinctive and unusual. The lines of this special form are directed to the front of the room: the central point where knowledge is shared and panorama views become new insights. The outside is designed as a black box. It is cladded with carbon fiber strips and green led light strips. The different movement of light patterns suggest a stand by effect of the capsule. Inside the walls are cladded with grey fabric and gray perforated aluminum panels (for air flow). A lower echo than usually found in conference rooms of similar size creates a more intimate experience in a wide open space. The ceiling is designed as a 350 m2 UFO seen from below. It is cladded with silver colored aluminum metal panels. Progress has a room capacity of over 470 persons.

The TransitZone provides a warm welcome into another dimension. The TransitZone is like the waiting area of airports before taking off. From here you can enter the different halls. You will feel free from everyday life and realize that the journey has begun. The TransitZone is designed as a dark room isolated from the outside world. 2300 m2 Black and darkness is used to forget were you came from. Black rubber is used for the floor. A black curtain wall is used for the walls. In the ceiling all the installations such as ducts, fans sprinklers are visible and painted black.
Custom designed 4,5 meter circular light rings introduce a different scale. A bar 5×5 m2 is designed in black hardboard panels. Circular holes reveal the second layer of enlightened color sheets.
The seat elements are custom designed by designer Edward van Vliet.

Project data

Client: Jaarbeurs Utrecht BV
Location: Utrecht (Jaarbeurs complex), The Netherlands
Main function: Conference area
Total area: 3500 m²
TransitZone: 2000 m², 1100 persons
Total amount of rooms: 4 conference rooms: 1 for 454 persons, 2 for 80 persons each and 1 for 460 persons
Architect: Liong Lie Architects
Design team: Liong Lie, Roeland de Jong, Rajiv Sewtahal, Jasper Polak, Michael Schuurman, Dagmara Chechelska
Photography: Christiaan de Bruijne
Time span: 7 Months – design including realization
Brand development: Leaders against routine
Co-designer TransitZone furniture: Studio Edward van Vliet
Contractor: Vios Bouwgroep BV
Contractor Interiors: Dokter Interieurbouw, Finitouch Interieurbouw BV
Electrical engineering: Imtech building services BV, Controllux BV
Mechanical engineering: Kropman Installatietechniek BV
Fire protection consultant: EFPC NV
Audio Visual: Heuvelman Sound & Vision
Elevator: Mohringer Liften BV
Escalator: ThyssenKrupp Liften BV
Construction: Aronsohn Constructies Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV

Taichung City Cultural Center by RTA Office

Our proposal is strongly based on the idea of a container — a unique vessel that encompasses a multitude of architectural objects, various spaces, and the relationships between them. Inspiration for the design of our shape was derived from traditional Taiwanese basket weaving.
The final result is a unitary transparent skin that allows stolen glimpses of the complexity that lies inside.

Thus this object becomes a contemporary interpretation of an ancient traditional art and culture. Comprised of thin lines of recycled ceramic elements, the skin gently filters the light that reaches the interior and enhances the shapes of the volume. The skin of our design not only serves to enhance the aesthetic value of the building, but it also reduces our impact on the natural environment by taking advantage of passive technologies such as solar shading and natural day lighting.

Our interior intrigues the visitor with interesting juxtapositions and connections through the design of inseparable public spaces and programs. The volume of the building has been cut on the interior by a series of interconnected voids to allow the penetration of natural light and natural ventilation. This design further provides an experience of unexpected relations between the two main programs: the museum and the library.
We reach these voids through a network of public spaces that intertwine the museum and library, penetrating the depth of the building, beginning with the park level and reaching as high as the third floor. This unconventional design leaves us with a large porous object, drawing in visitors from both the park and the main street, and directing them to the third level through an organic gradation between the natural and built landscape where they are left with uncompromised views of the Taichung Gateway.

The intricacies that lie within the woven object are not only a direct reflection of the rich culture of Taiwan,
but it is also a parallel to the elaborate nature that is associated with sustainability. Like the woven bamboo, we believe the beauty lies in the convergence of these intricacies, producing a singularity—weaving an interdependent whole.

The Public Library and the Fine Arts Museum spaces are organized around a fluid a public space where all the functions are integrated and connected while maintaining their independence.
The building is organized on two main public floors, the first and the third.
The first floor is conceived in continuity with the park, is completely permeable and accessible either from the street side or from the park, without obstructing the visual and physical connection between the two parts.
From the first level an open air ramp brings the visitors to the museum lobby which is located in the first basement, here is the access to the Permanent Exhibition Area.
In the other side of the building a public elevator brings the visitors directly to the Lobby of the library, located on the third level.

There are two open ramps connecting the first with the second floor, where the administration, research and education spaces are organized around a fluid and permeable space. From this space there is another open ramp that takes people to the third level.
In the third level the special collection area of the museum and other exhibition spaces, the lobby and the public services of the library are organized around a vast public space that is open to the street and the park.
The fourth, fifth and sixth levels are all dedicated to the Library and are accessible only from the lobby on the third floor.
The Library is conceived as a continuous open space where all the different reading areas and cultural resources can be connected between each other using direct vertical connections (stairs, elevators) or gentle ramps that ease the manipulation of books. These ramps continue all the way to the roof of the building to the open air reading spaces.
The cores of the building have a double role, acting both as structure and as vertical circulation, containing the elevators and fire evacuation stairs.

The building is a large porous object that collects and draws in the visitors coming from the park or the main street; it takes them to the third level where it offers them elevated views of the surroundings and the landscape.


Siting & Biodiversity
With special attention paid to low impact development, we have kept the building compact, have provided no roads for vehicular transportation, located parking underground, and have incorporated vertical façade and roof vegetation wherever possible. Through multi-layer greening techniques, we improve local species richness while providing a diverse landscape that highlights the native flora and fauna of Taiwan. We further minimize the building footprint by maximizing open space for the preservation and enhancement of the natural landscape. Our desire to have an organic and symbiotic relationship between the natural environment and the built landscape is conveyed through the ground floor of our design, which provides a fluid environmental transition from Taichung Gateway Park to the street without interruption in scenery.
While we provide no roads for vehicular transportation, our design does include an underground parking garage that has made provisions for the parking of alternative fuel or low-emitting vehicles. Further, we have installed storage racks near the entrances of both of our lobbies to promote carbon free transportation.

The intent of water design for the building is to reduce consumption to the point where all water is reused on-site. We plan to achieve this by utilizing water-efficient plumbing fixtures that exceed the efficiency levels currently provided by market regulations. For example, we plan to install: photoelectric or low-flow faucets, pressure regulators, aerators, dual-flush toilets, and waterless urinals.
The core of our water use design focuses on passive green infrastructure strategies throughout the project, such as the green roof. The building’s design also includes a grey water system that harvests all rainwater that falls on-site for irrigation purposes through rainwater catchment pools located on the ground floor of the project site for storage and filtering processing. Further, to meet the needs of the native species throughout the project, we plan to include efficient irrigation strategies, such as drip irrigation.
Additionally, we propose utilizing a mechanical separation system and fecal composting toilets in combination with the previously mentioned grey water recycling system. This closed-loop method of dealing with the site’s waste would allow the building to be considered “off-grid” and would subsequently reduce the load on the surrounding Taichung’s network.

Materials & Resources
Our environmental selectivity minimizes resource consumption while maximizing closed-loop material lifecycles and recycled materials. Our strategy is to reduce material consumption per unit of service, decreasing the environmental impact of the material. We predominantly use rapidly renewable materials when they are natural and recycled materials when they are industrial.
Within the framework of technical and economic feasibility, we use 100% recycled and 100% recyclable materials such as: certified sustainable and recycled wood panelling (CLT wood), steel, and fly-ash concrete (less than 5% of total structural materials) in our structure, and using recycled aggregates from construction for landscape draining purposes and in structural concrete. We additionally incorporate locally sourced materials, and green building material label products for reduced environmental impact whenever possible.

Indoor Environment
Our design process took into careful consideration the entire life cycle of the building, paying particular attention to the uncertainty of the future. Thus, our guiding principle became the concept of adaptive reuse.

Throughout the building, we have designed spaces that provide the opportunity for various functionalities. These spaces being allocated for flexible purposes allows the visitor a sense of discovery and a changing interior landscape that encourages visitors to return for a new experience, as well as provides numerous opportunities should the building no longer be used as a library or museum.

Additionally, integral to our design was the provision of a comfortable indoor environment. We accomplished this through several strategies, such as: natural ventilation through patio spaces created by the distance between the external skin and the inner structure, natural ventilation and day lighting through the open-air columns, interior vegetation that removes toxins from the environment, operable windows, and simple sustainable interior furnishings (green building material label products with low to no volatile organic compounds).

Energy & Atmosphere
Achieving Diamond Level EEWH certification, as well as LEED Platinum certification required special attention to the energy and carbon implications of our design. In regards to the interior climate, we have taken into consideration the different demands of comfort for various spaces throughout the building. We have divided the project into distinct zones, limiting the volume and necessity of air conditioning while maximizing passive strategies for ventilation and air renewal.

For example, the design includes several large open-air columns that achieve multifunctional purposes. These columns serve as: courtyards, catalysers of natural ventilation, dissipaters of heat, sources of natural daylight, and opportunities for social exploration. These columns are further lined with vegetation, helping to remove toxins from the indoor air environment and increasing the biodiversity of the building.
The external skin of the structure was designed specifically to regulate the solar radiation and intensity of the
building, further reducing the energy demand associated with cooling.
This skin makes use of diffuse radiation, a day lighting technique that optimizes the penetration of sunlight into the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting, and directly creating energy savings for both the electrical and internal load. While the external skin provides a generous amount of solar shading, the occupant’s views of Taichung are not compromised.

We have placed building-integrated thin film solar over the external skin on the roof of the project in order to deliver power to the building’s geothermal heat pump and solar desiccant air-conditioning system.
A solar battery storage system will collect excess thermal power to be used for powering the building at night.

In combination with this external skin, triple glazed windows, air-sealing, and extremely efficient insulation, we have designed a high-performance building envelope.

The passive design strategies that we have included for this project are balanced by the use of active systems that maximize renewable sources of energy. Instead of air-conditioning the entire volume, only the zones where visitors are anticipated will be conditioned. To meet the demand that has been reduced by the passive strategies, we include a radiant cooling system and a convective heating system. The heating system is comprised of recycled fly-ash concrete panels that have water ducts with the ability to pass heating or cooling; the radiant cooling system is located in a space of moisture control that avoids the risk of condensation, ensuring the longevity of this technology.

Using occupancy & vacancy sensors for the highly efficient lighting and ventilation installations allows our building to further limit the energy consumption associated with internal occupant comfort. We have included, in the design, a hybrid mechanical ventilation system that prioritizes natural ventilation when possible. The system is designed so that if air exchange levels fall below a specified limit, the mechanical ventilation is automatically activated. This system also makes use of the mechanical ventilation when the outside air conditions are not optimal or beneficial for building inhabitants.

In order to enhance the social aspect of sustainability into our project, we wanted to design a facility that both educated and inspired the building’s visitors. To do this, we have incorporated interactive behaviour-based efficiency measures into the facility. Specifically, we have designed a system located on the ground floor of the building that displays real-time feedback of the building’s performance. The interactive screens display the current carbon intensity, energy consumption, energy production, and water use load of the building. It is our intention that this experience encourages visitors to think about their own environmental performance beyond the duration of their visit. We are able to utilize this technology through our Intelligent Building System that uses smart metering to monitor, manage, and respond to the slightest variations of building performance, essentially making the building a living building.

The building is comprised of industrialized solutions that minimize the amount of waste that will be generated on site. Inherent in our design process was the provision of reusing all surplus construction materials and land excavation on-site. We intend to conduct a detailed study and develop a waste management plan for the construction phase of the project, minimizing our carbon impact on the local landscape. Additionally, we have dedicated facility space on-site for the management and sorting of recyclables.

Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Area: Site area: 2.6 hectares
Built-up Area: 62.700 m2
Program: Library, Conference hall, Museum, Archive, Classrooms, Research rooms, Offices, Public services and
Completion Date: 2013 competition entry
Landscape Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office
Interior Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office
Team: Miguel Vilacha, Isabel Granell, Javier Gonzalez, Alex Muntean, Teodor Cozma, Elisa Ascari, FeiFeiZhang,
Chunhui Tian, Shoaib Asif, Lindsey J. Hirsch, Simona Assiero Brá.
Environmental and energy consultants: Fabian Lopez, Daniel Calatayud.
Photography: All images courtesy of RTA-Office
Client: Taichung City
Total Construction Budget: 62 million euro

source: rta-office.com

Public space in Kyiv by Mary Protsyk, Iryna Volynets

The main idea of the project is to create cultural space on the territory of Andriyivskyy Descent in Kyiv. The Architectural conception of the space creation depends on historical values of Andriyivskyy Descent, its unique beauty and genuine spirit of the street. The proposed complex is situated on the former territory of the Yunist city block and on the territory of the factory of the same name. Whereas the descent is situated in the city center, the proposed space is a way to the Dnipro riverside. The main building is a landscape-building, which preserves historical surroundings and Zamkova hill silhouette. It becomes like an interaction of the building and landscape.

The territory of Yunist city block is located within walking distance from city center and it also has a good developed transport network. There are three ways to the planned area: from Andriyivskyy descent, Frolivska street and Borychiv Tik street. The main curvilinear building starts from the pedestrian part of Frolivska street and goes through the whole territory and finishes at Andriyivskyy descent. The main curvilinear building is not only cultural space but also recreation space. The building with different functions are also located on this territory, namely café, restaurant and conference room. The open green amphitheatre is situated in the heart of the cultural space. The remainder territory is the pedestrian path and greenery plantations.

The cultural space, as a general function, connects all the buildings of the area. Furthermore, it accumulates a variety of functions: exhibition and exposition halls, place for relaxation and alternative studying, library halls, lounge zone and service room. Each building has an entrance to the street, green amphitheater and other buildings. The whole cultural space is like a labyrinth which combines different functions. Movement in building is provided by ramps, which give the possibility to move from one level to another. Moreover, the dynamic ramps also connect the buildings of the first level and the roof, which are separated from the exhibition zone by the glass walls.

There is a pedestrian path on the roof which provides connectivity with the residential area neighboring street where one may find recreational zone with the places for sitting. The green islets, being the essence of the project, are grown along the path.

source: Mary Protsyk

Eco-Resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas [video]

The new eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Portugal, consists of a set of seven small houses in perfect harmony with the surrounding outstanding nature.

Designed in a modular prefabrication system but flexible to adapt to the specific places within the park, these houses result in several different combinations of the same three modules (entrance/bathing – living – sleeping) creating different morphologies and different dialogues with the surrounding nature, wisely occupying the empty spaces between the trunks oflarge trees and, at the same time, allowing each home to be unique, special and worth visiting.

The pitched roofs that caracterize the intervention redefine the contours of the park boundary and result, within the houses in comfortable but dynamic spaces.

The vain corner contradicts the structural logic of the house but creates the ilusion that the park is inside the house framing living nature pictures.

The outer coating in slate tile reffers to the local construction traditions and the slatted wood used when there is a balcony creates the perfect resting spaces.

Location: Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
Completion: 2012
Typology: seven dwellings for eco-resort
Architects: Luís Rebelo de Andrade (www.rebelodeandrade.com) + Diogo Aguiar (www.diogoaguiar.com)
Collaborators team: Madalena Andrade, Raquel Jorge
Client: Unicer
Construction: Modular System
Client: Unicer
Photos: ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio (http://www.ivotavares.net)
Video: Archmov (http://www.archmov.com)

Mountain Lodge on Sognefjorden by Haptic

A new mountain lodge on the largest Norwegian fjord – Sognefjorden was designed by the Haptic atelier from London. This project, inspired by traditional Norwegian farms, consists of five buildings surrounding a central yard. Each individual building fills a specific role and offers a different view of the fjord and surrounding mountainscape. The central space serves as a gathering place for everyday activities with a reception, a bar and an overview of the surrounding living quarters which include a clubhouse, a dining area, a kitchen, a library, and a meeting room. The lower level, partially embedded in the terrain, boasts a spa, a swimming pool, a gym, a cinema, a playroom, and utility spaces. The upper levels consist mostly of living spaces – apartments with two bedrooms. The buildings are lined with wood both outside and inside, have saddle roofs and rest upon a natural stone base.

photo: fpilgrim.blogspot.com