- New Entrance building Jaarbeurs \ Liong Lie architects
- Offices Blaak 8 Rotterdam \ GROUP A
- Honda BigWing \ Whitespace
- Niu House \ Yoshihiro Yamamoto of YYAA
- MOMAT Pavilion by Studio Mumbai
- “Shield” Waterproof Case \ Joongho Choi
- Installation for Venice Biennale 2012 by Valerio Olgiati
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 08:11 AM PDT
Jaarbeurs Utrecht is taking its first steps in building a new Entrance in collaboration with Liong Lie architects.
With the development of a wonderful new space, named the Galaxy and a new Entrance, the Jaarbeurs gets an innovative and contemporary appearance.
With the aim to create a sustainable society Liong Lie architects believe in creating unique places. Places that have an attractive force on people, places that deliver memorable experiences and create a big social and economical boost.
The Galaxy is a space suited for conventions, dinner parties and other events. It is directed towards the renewed West station area by means of a huge panorama window.
Underneath the Galaxy the new Entrance East is situated: a spacious entrance hall that gives access to the halls on the ground floor and the conference rooms – including Media Plaza (1st phase designed by Sander architecten, 2nd part by Liong Lie Architects) – on the first floor. The Entrance serves as a central welcoming reception area with all facilities needed for a warm reception and an efficient people flow to guide visitors to their destinations. The entrance is part of the main connecting route, the Centrumboulevard.
Construction is planned to start in 2013, and will take place solely on Jaarbeurs Utrecht property. During construction, events like fairs, conferences and business meetings will continue to take place. The application for a building permit has been submitted. Soon the construction documents phase will start.
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 07:44 AM PDT
Recently the new office building Blaak 8 in the center of Rotterdam was completed, after which the organisation of Stedin has moved into the premises. Commissioned by real-estate developer Blauwhoed, GROUP A has in collaboration with Dreissen architects designed the building.
Massing and Program
This prominent and dynamic area along the Blaak in Rotterdam, has long been a wide gap in the urban fabric; a location with an illustrious history where much has changed and for which various proposals have been put forward following the demolition of the original railway bridge and trainstation Rotterdam Blaak. A location which until recently was only used occasionally by a circus, an ice rink, or an exhibition.
Both the restricted building footprint, sandwiched in between the railway tunnel, the extended Willemsbrug and the Blaak, as well as the comprehensive office program, have dictated the urban mass; conditions that have resulted in a powerful and compact 70 meter high building. The design of the building mass has emerged from the urban contours of the surrounding areas. A 6-floor trapezoidal shaped building base runs parallel to the extended Willemsbrug, with above a slightly twisted and ocantilevered rectangular high rise of 14 floors. The receding and rotated 3 floors high top along the Blaak facade, is oriented towards the city center. A building composition according to the classical configuration of 'base, body & top'
The 22,500 m² building houses alongside spectacular views, facilities like a representative entrance hall and outdoor spaces on both the 5th and 17th floor. A range of sustainable measures has provided the building a Greencalc+, A-label. Floors of Blaak 8 are characterised by their large, almost column-free space with asymmetric central core. The average area of a standard office floor is approximately 825 m². Parking facilities for 160 cars have been integrated within the building envelope.
Blaak 8 is a robust and future-proof building, firmly anchored in the urban fabric of the Rotterdam Laurenskwartier.
The structure of a tree with its natural constructional logic, has been the inspiration for the facade design. At the top, where the forces are relatively small, the tree exists of thin twigs. At the bottom, where the forces from the entire crown come together and must be carried, the trunk of the tree looks broad and strong. It is this natural structure that has served as inspiration for the load-bearing facade of Blaak 8. On the lower floors heavy piers reflect the 'tree-trunks' which extend upwardly branching out into smaller piers that reflect the 'tree-tops'. The tower owes its stability to this diagonal fluttering 'branches'. The unconventional facade structure ensures the building to be experienced as abstract from various viewpoints, and from other positions the tree structure to be clearly visible.
Prefab facade elements
Despite the wide variety of facade fragments as a result of the irregular shape of the 'tree structure', Group A has been able to minimise the number of elements. The smart use of a limited number of molds (7 window-options and 1 closed part) in the base-production mold of 7,20 m, provided a feasible and financially viable facade. By subtly varying the roughness and the 'sparkling' characteristics of the natural stone supplement in the concrete elements, the tree structure in the facade is strengthened. In this way the building presents itself constantly in a different way, depending on the ever changing light, weather conditions and season of the year.
+ All images courtesy GROUP A
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 07:18 AM PDT
Thailand-based design studio Whitespace recently has completed the new showroom for Honda.
Honda motorcycles entrusted Whitespace to help introduce Thai consumers to their line of 'Big Bikes' within their new landmark building. Focusing on evoking emotions and highlighting technology, we set out to let showroom visitors feel the excitement, quality and technical edge Honda bikes long before their first test ride.
+ Project facts
Company: Whitespace Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
Start – September 2011
+ All images and drawings courtesy Whitespace
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 07:22 AM PDT
The site is located at the very end of the residential section developed in the 1970s in Nara, Japan. There are homogeneous prefabricated houses in one side, and ancient Japanese-styled houses and rich nature spread in another side. It is the typical site of Nara. We planned a new residence for young husband and wife.
First, We classified various spaces into two . The opened space with free usage , such as the living, the dining room, kitchen, and loft, was unified by a white volume. The closed space with specific functions, such as soundproof studio, a bathroom, a utility room, and a bedroom, was unified by a black volume.
Second, We put the black volume to the road side, The white volume was set some distance back from it.
Third, by combining two volumes, the residence could have a small courtyard and was able to gain a wind, light, and a view.
+ Project facts
+ All images and drawings courtesy YYAA
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 06:25 AM PDT
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 06:07 AM PDT
SHEILD, a waterproof case for smart phones, has been released through a collaboration of UX agency Light Brain and Joongho Choi. SHEILD is designed to improve its look and durability by the consideration of distinctiveness to existing water proof cases, that have rough exterior and unreliable durability.
Double zipper has been implemented to provide better function and underwater photo and touch functions are provided with three color variations.
+ Designer: Joongho Choi
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 05:58 AM PDT
Valerio Olgiati recently completed an installation for the 2012 Venice Biennale (Commond Ground, curated by David Chipperield).
+ Pictographs – Statements of contemporary architects
+ List of architects:
David Adjaye, Francisco & Manuel Aires Mateus, Alejandro Aravena, Mario Botta, Alberto Campo Baeza, Adam Caruso & Peter St John, Preston Scott Cohen, Hermann Czech, Roger Diener, Peter Eisenman, Sou Fujimoto, Anton Garcia Abril, Go Hasegawa, Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron, Steven Holl, Anne Holtrop, Junya Ishigami, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai), Momoyo Kaijima & Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow), Christian Kerez, Hans Kollhoff, Winy Maas (MVRDV), Peter Märkli, Jürgen Mayer H., Richard Meier, Valerio Olgiati, John Pawson, Cecilia Puga, Smiljan Radic, Richard Rogers, Kazuyo Sejima, Jonathan Sergison & Stephen Bates, Miroslav Sik, Alvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Ben van Berkel, Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown, Peter Wilson (Bolles+Wilson) and Peter Zumthor.
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