- Shanghai Fish Community Art Gallery \ Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China
- Gas Kompressor Station Egtved \ C. F. Møller Architects
- Home in Black Serenity \ Atelierii
- THE HUG – Alvar Aalto Campus Otaniemi \ MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 07:59 AM PDT
The site is situated in the middle of an artificial lake in south-east Shanghai, China. Being the first to be completed and the focal point of the 5 commercial buildings planned, the showroom is intended to become a remarkable landmark for the new development.
The circular shape of the floor plans was determined by the dialogue with the waterfront, giving it a 270° lake view that is reminiscent of a lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula. A wooden podium rises from the ground and becomes a 5 meter-high viewing point. This way, the promenade and the landscape are combined integrating nature and architecture. Also, the buildings unique façade treatment creates a cloud like texture. The vertical fins have variations in orientation, responding to interior space functions requiring various natural light solutions. At night, LED lights integrated in the vertical fins create a surreal reflection of a “colorful cloud” on the lake`s surface.
The building will function as a showroom while the area develops and will later become an community based art gallery.
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Showroom / Community Art Gallery Shanghai Fish
Building Status: ongoing building work
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 07:32 AM PDT
Natural gas plant consisting of compressor station and service buildings.
A technical site is normally swaddled in greenery to prevent it from becoming an eyesore in the natural environment. The new Energinet.dk compressor station at Egtved is Den-mark’s first installation of its kind, and here the opposite is true.
C.F. Møller has designed the plant, consisting of four compressor units and service buildings, as an architectural feature in the open landscape. The form of the buildings was also specially chosen in order to achieve optimum safety conditions at the plant.
The new technical plant, supplying the central intersection of the gas pipelines connection north-south from Germany and east-west to Sweden, has a landscape-like expression emerging from the landscape as a grassy embankment.
The remainder of the building appears almost to hover over the mound and is clad with rust-coloured cor-ten steel plating. The plating is juxtaposed to create a varied and vibrant pattern of light and shadow. The combination of materials aims to make the buildings appear rugged and elegant at the same time.
The grass and iron-clad plant houses service buildings, including an emergency genera-tor and storage rooms, and beyond the buildings lies the compression plant itself atop an open plane. The buildings are designed to provide visual, aural and safety screening from the compression units.
The simple and striking design of the service buildings and substation also provides the opportunity for great flexibility in relation to the functional adaptation of the design in the coming phases.
Natural gas supplies from the North Sea are dwindling. To ensure a regular and safe energy supply in the future, Denmark has to be able to receive gas from continental Europe.
Energinet.dk has therefore constructed 94 kilometres of “gas motorway” from Egtved to Germany. This extension of the fossil gas system may well be a decisive step on the road to a green energy system, which is projected by 2050 to use only renewable energy.
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GAS KOMPRESSOR STATION EGTVED
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 07:13 AM PDT
The dark interior by taiwanese firms atelierii + just make design, seeks to create a sense of overall luxury.
located in taipei, taiwan the residence is defined by its unique material application – various natural stones help to both unify and separate the interior elements. upon entering, a rough wall is presented that continues to feature throughout, providing a consistent, textural background.
based on this alchemist approach, the individual functions are separated by the different use of materials, while the interrelationship between the areas is provided through visual connections. a secretive corridor features five, hidden doors to the bedrooms, with each given a private en-suite.
In keeping with the simplicity of structure, the floor plan of the 5-bedroom is logical and organized. The public living spaces (kitchen, dining, and living areas) are arranged as a large open space . The dining table is positioned in the front hallway, effectively separating the public and private sectors of the residence.
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Title: Home in Black Serenity by ATELIERII + Just Make Design
+ All images and drawings courtesy ATELIERII \ photo by Ivan Chuang
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 06:54 AM PDT
The project is a contemporary evolution of the classic courtyard tipology, unfolding the four sides of the courtyard along the axis of the main road,creating a central urban square facing south for both students and citizens.The four sides go up from east to west according to the heights of the surrounding buildings. It allows to keep the view of the main Alvar Aalto building and creating a main access.The former carriageable roads are processed in the main pedestrian and cycle paths, keeping the total permeability of the site in the main points of access.The creation of two different external levels that takes shape from theterrain, has enabled the customization of two different open spaces.
The Lower square at 0.00 represents “THE HUG”, the most dynamic front, south faced, the New Centrality of the Alvar Aalto Campus. In this space of social interaction all the public university activities and the commercial/gastronomic frontare concentrated. The north side of “THE HUG”, which is less enlightened, becomes the Media Lume of the campus with the presence of two theatres and one exterior stage.
The Upper square at +5.00 is the quieter front of the project thought as a green open space with big terraces.The goal is to keep low in front the Alvar Aalto’s building.The program is developed in a linear way on the site. Placing on the south-east the commercial front and on the north-west the university activities. Following the logics of the planning, the program turns into a curve that ends on the VTT Building and generates the large central space,”THE HUG”.This approach creates an interactive environment for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, releasing and lengthening the visual outlook.The basement of the building is a vibrant glazed space, conceived like a green house, whereon the east side is concentrated a large retail front, such as grocery shop, copy shop, material shop, book shop, galleries and restaurants, and on the west side all the common activities of the university campus, such as exhibition spaces, lounge point, interactive and audiovisual areas, administrations,stages (Media Lume).
This mix will guarantee a continuous daily life of this place, making it an attractive center either for its users orfor those of the nearby universities. In fact the project’s purpose is to provide a clever urban link between all the activities already existing and those that will be realized.On this common basement three boxesare settled. The lower one, that is in visual relation with the Alvar Aalto building, hosts all dining activities with their beautiful terraces on both sides. The other two boxes represent all the university program (Media, Architecture,Design and Art, VTT extension).The university boxes work like a covered courtyard providing external views on campus and at the same time give more intimate interior views. The possibility to share the spaces between the various faculties makes possible the interaction between the different disciplines.
The development of the internal program is based on the principle of the mixing and sharing of activities, believing that this system could be a fruitful way to break down the usual concept of a university campus.The VTT expansion has been considered as an integrant part of the project being one of the sides that embraces this new centrality, in fact the highest box relies on the corner building, connecting it to the whole system and bringing into it new cultural energy.
The Shading envelope provides a climate control depending on the exposition, concentrating glazed surfaces on the south-west to accumulate heat during daylight hours and more opaque surfaces on the north side to eliminate the heat loss.The roofs play a key role in the project as generators of life, interactions and energy. The lowest roof is totally merged with the ground, being a beautiful terrace and a set back with the Aalto building.The second and the third roof are two powerful terraces serving the university spaces where in summer period students can enjoy the beautiful views on the bay. Those two roof decks could be imagined also as exhibition spaces for the artistic production of the campus. The Highest roof is equipped with wind turbines that guarantee the production of the energy for the new building and the surroundings. All the design choices are directed in the way of durable development through the use of high performance materials, capable of limiting consumption, natural ventilation, natural management of humidity inside, rainwater recovery and the use of renewable energy such as geothermal energy.
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MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella
+ All images and drawings courtesy MenoMenoPiu Architects
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