- THE: SQUARE³ \ LAVA
- ANIMA Cultural Center in Grottammare \ Bernard Tschumi Architects
- ELEPHANT rocking chair \ Paster & Geldmacher studio
Posted: 02 Mar 2013 09:49 AM PST
How do you want to live in the future?
Three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonally shaped city blocks make up THE: SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalises a unique urban quarter in Berlin. The project is just nine minutes from Alexanderplatz, the very heart of Berlin, and located near Europe's largest urban nature reserve and a sports hot spot.
Conceived by visionary developer Moritz Gruppe and designed by internationally acclaimed architects, LAVA, THE: SQUARE³ theme is Life, Nature, Sport:
The innovative design solution maximises the spatial experience whilst minimising the use of energy and resources.
Sustainability is embedded in the project. Mixed use ensures social sustainability. Building shapes maximise daylight, reducing the need for artificial light and energy use. Facades integrate photo-voltaics as a means of regenerative energy production. Naturally ventilated spaces minimise mechanical ventilation. Rainwater is collected and reused.
The project is located in Alt-Hohenschönhausen, an area once known for its Stasi memorial and East German prefab apartments, and now ripe for revitalisation. Its proximity to the city centre, its location near several beautiful lakes and a large nature reserve, and its leisure and sporting facilities make it unique.
THE: SQUARE³ is one of four projects shortlisted in the prestigious 2013 MIPIM real estate awards in the Futura category.
Previous winners of MIPIM include the DaimlerChrysler development Potsdamer Platz (1999) and the new Reichstag (2000, special jury price).
LIFE: apartments, offices, retail, social facilities
LIFE: spaces for community living
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Berlin is a city with a long history and tradition. The design of a project in an urban area characterised by different scales and typologies demands a new approach. Rather than mimicking a particular style or historical development, the project aims at an evolutionary development of these typologies. The roofs of the city blocks become roof-scapes with balconies cascading into the courtyards. The rectangular volumes of the towers are diagonally cut creating more open views and perspectives.
Rather than a technological add-on, sustainability is embedded in the project’s setup that optimises solar gains and the use of energy. A careful balance of mixed use ensures social sustainability and use of the buildings. The integration of large green areas for the courtyards and the roof of the housing blocks and for the roof of the podium as well as gardens in the towers make plants an integral part of the architecture. Mixed use also provides the opportunity to combine heating with the production of energy resulting in a highly efficient system. All buildings maximise daylight, reducing the need for artificial light. Spaces are, where possible, naturally ventilated minimising the need for mechanical ventilation. Rainwater will be collected and reused. The towers feature an innovative use of vertical green as well as surfaces that integrate photo-voltaics as means of regenerative energy production integrated seamlessly in the metallic facades.
The surrounding urban fabric of the site is diverse and fragmented at present. The Sportsforum fields, some turn of the century buildings, modern era housing blocks and a parking lot. The design responds by reformulating existing typologies to adapt to the various scales, relating to both 19th century and 20th century buildings as well as to the open space and the urban streetscape. This results in the clustering of the high-rise towers and in the landscaped articulation of the roofs of the residential blocks. The new massing corresponds to the themes of life – nature – sport creating boundaries and views between old and new parts. It ties old and new together on many levels, programmatic as well as urban and architecturally.
The mixed-use concept is perfectly adapted and related to the nearby environment. It adds significant value to the quality of life and to German sports and sports in general. It reflects the local centre of excellence for high-performance sport, promotes local, national and global sports, generating positive social, health and economic benefits to the area. The architecture is forward looking and dynamic. It is less an expression of traditional facade grids or materials but rather one of the next stage of development in a dynamic, global city that respects traditions but combines different stages of its history with new possibilities.
The building structure is concrete and the tower cladding is metal to achieve the shimmering effect related to the sports podium concept. The facades have a metal structure with vertical green on the lower levels to relate the buildings into the green park landscape of the Sportsforum. The roofs of the apartment blocks are metal clad with a light colour to reduce the effect of urban overheating.
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Project: THE: SQUARE³
Moritz Gruppe: We find potential in the most unexpected projects and spaces
For 20 years the department real estate development of Moritz Gruppe has specialised in developing extraordinary projects including a forgotten music hall theatre in Berlin Mitte, a former confectionary factory in Alt-Hohenschönhausen and an old transformer substation in a challenging back courtyard in Prenzlauer Berg. www.moritzgruppe.com
LAVA: Man, Nature and Technology
Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck founded LAVA [Laboratory for Visionary Architecture] in 2007 as a network of creative minds with a research and design focus. LAVA combines digital workflow, nature's principles and the latest digital fabrication technologies with the aim of achieving MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/energy/time/cost). www.l-a-v-a.net
+ All images & drawings courtesy LAVA
Posted: 02 Mar 2013 04:40 AM PST
A CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND ARCHITECTURAL GENERATOR OF EVENTS, ANIMA IS THE NEW PROJECT BY BERNARD TSCHUMI IN ITALY.
ANIMA is the first project by architect Bernard Tschumi in Italy. Commissioned by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ascoli Piceno and by the Municipality of Grottammare, it is meant to generate stronger ties between the people and the territory, as well as to associate its image to the most diverse manifestations of culture in the form of a public center. The project, whose completion is scheduled for 2016, is a future point of reference, a generator of ideas in the area, both in the sense of a physical built structure but also figuratively inherent in its creative potential. Placed at the fringes of the urban fabric, between the sea and hills that characterize the landscape, the building is clearly visible and immediately accessible from the Adriatic highway. The spatial design is characterized by an exceptional flexibility, floor areas, structural systems, and vertical movement (stairs, elevators) organized in such a way that changing demands can be accommodated.
The decision to entrust Bernard Tschumi with this task was based on his extensive and varied experience designing spaces intended for culture. The name of the project, ANIMA, is the result of a public referendum for an acronym of the following concepts: A for Art, N for Nature, I for Ideas, M for Music and A for Action. These are the "five souls" of the project, which Bernard Tschumi used to generate the artifact: an identity in constant flux. The building will be a catalyst for people's interests, interaction and synergy, promoted by clients who understand architecture as a process rather than a final product.
The encounter, hospitality and gathering of cultures. The aim of ANIMA is to host the various forms of local culture that find expression through artistic, gastronomic and environmental means. The objective is to promote the encounter, interaction, and exchange through widespread activities: shows, exhibitions, conferences and workshops that describe the existing territory and envision its possibilities for the future. The project is thus configured as a dynamic space, in constant evolution, that will in essence never lack cultural significance, its temperament as mutable as the expressions that will find home in its interior. A point of excellence which will help generate activities, ANIMA will encourage community groups and foster local productivity, thus becoming an urban generator for the development of the area. A center of excellence and creativity of local resources is born.
A perfect square and a permeable envelope. The surface area on which the building stands coincides with that of the small medieval center of Grottammare, which is little over 7,000 square meters. The project recalls the historic heart of the city not only in its size; it also refers to the concept of urbs. On the outside ANIMA is presented as one single entity with a strong presence; a compact body, a perfect square that in some ways alludes to the notion of enclosure and protection. However, at the same time, it conveys the image of an architectural space in a constant state of becoming. A reflection on the definition of facade is in fact what brought Bernard Tschumi to create an informal solution for the grand vertical surfaces that enclose the building. These walls find the strongest expression on the southern side where the building's interior spaces are accessed. Seen from the outside, the volume is understood as a recognizable artifact that exists in light of the resources in the vicinity and finds resolution as a highly permeable and contextually receptive building.
The systems of courts and the main room. Upon entering the quadrangular body, the visitor finds himself in a space partly broken up: meaning it is understood as both interior and exterior. The complexity of the space is determined by the rotation of a large rectangular volume that occupies the center of the building and contains the main room with 1,500 seats, which are configured according to the varying capacity requirements. The rotation of the volume creates four large courtyards, the main room thus faces and can open up to, creating in the end a series of fluid and dynamic pathways, traversed by either the eye or the visitor. An articulate system of ramps permits movement, creating perspectives at varying heights each of which illustrates the new ways in which the space may be understood. Adjacent to the main hall, connected by a multiplicity of pathways, a series of laboratories, offices, the cafe and ancillary spaces that compose the rest of the building.
With the presentation of the schematic design, the team of architects, coordinated by Alfonso Giancotti, have begun to undertake the next stages of the design process of ANIMA, whose construction is intended to start in approximately a year (early 2014).
ANIMA ACCORDING TO BERNARD TSCHUMI ARCHITECTS
BERNARD TSCHUMI, ARCHITECT. Bernard Tschumi is widely recognized as one of today's foremost architects. First known as a theorist, he drew attention to his innovative architectural practice in 1983 when he won the prestigious competition for the Parc de La Villette. He opened the head office, Bernard Tschumi Architects (BTA), in New York in 1988. Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes (BTuA) was established in Paris in 2002 to act as executive architects for BTA's French projects. A graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Tschumi has taught architecture at a range of institutions including the Architectural Association in London, Princeton University, and The Cooper Union in New York. He was dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University from 1988 to 2003 and is currently a professor in the Graduate School of Architecture. Among his most recent projects are: the new Acropolis Museum in Athens (2009), the Cultural Center in Bordeaux Cenon (2010), the Ale?sia Museum and Archaeological Park (2012). Mr.Tschumi is international fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in England and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and of the Colle?ge International de Philosophie and the Acade?mie d'Architecture in France, where he has been the recipient of distinguished honors that include the rank of Officer in both the Le?gion d'Honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The many books devoted to Tschumi's writings and architectural practice include the four-part Event-Cities series (The MIT Press, 1994, 2001,2005, 2010); The Manhattan Transcripts (St. Martin's Press / Academy Editions, 1981 and 1995); Architecture and Disjunction (The MIT Press, 1996). His most recent book is Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color (Rizzoli, 2012). A series of conversations with the architect has been published by The Monacelli Press under the title Tschumi on Architecture (2006). www.tschumi.com
ALFONSO GIANCOTTI, GENERAL COORDINATOR. Alfonso Giancotti studied at the E?cole Nationale Supe?rieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette and at the Faculty of Architecture at "La Sapienza" University in Rome, where he graduated in 1994. Adjunct professor in architectural design at "La Sapienza", he studied and collaborated with Maurizio Sacripanti. He couples his activity as a designer with scholarly research, publishing articles and books on contemporary architecture. Between 2000 and 2002 he was architectural supervisor for the construction of Renzo Piano's City of Music in Rome. In 2004 he founded his own practice, NOOS and in 2009, he co-founded with Barbara Elia the office Elia Giancotti. Among his completed projects are the Visual Arts Learning Complex in Ceccano, the Sports Center in Roma, the Headquarters for the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics in Pescara. The book Tanto al metro quadro (Prospettive Edizioni, 2008), with essays by Michele Costanzo and Federico De Matteis, presents his recent projects.
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Clients: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ascoli Piceno – Municipality of Grottammare
+ All images & drawings courtesy Bernard Tschumi Architects
Posted: 01 Mar 2013 08:29 PM PST
Paster & Geldmacher studio designed the ELEPHANT rocking chair.
When thinking of retirement, many people imagine sitting in a rocking chair in front of a fire. Perhaps it was the same idea that inspired the two designers of the Neuland, Paster & Geldmacher studio when they developed Elephant Rocking.
This rocking chair is a development of the renowned Elephant chair by Kristalia. In 2012, the chair won the Interior Innovation Award in the "best of the best" section.
The chair is welcoming and comfortable. The rocking version has a frame made entirely of solid wood, which excellently contrasts with the structure in polyurethane or entirely upholstered in hide.
"This is just a start", commented the two designers when presenting the chair. New finishes and surprises are on the horizon!
+ All images courtesy Paster & Geldmacher studio
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