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Wine Culture Center

By: admin | January - 28 - 2015

Wine Culture Centre is a recent competition entry designed by Urbanplunger studio. The main purpose of the competition was to rethink the concept of “winery” under a contemporary perspective, transforming the winery from being a simple storehouse / production facility to be a catalyst for culture, tourism and research.

The new Wine Culture Centre is a modern building, that fits into the traditional environment through its careful attention to the context. The main feature of the building is a dramatic roofscape that creates new outline on the background of mountains. Many domes compose the spectacular roof surface defining the geometry of the building – in reference to the essence of wine – grape. Such roof shape allows to create impressive interior space and interpretation of traditional Italian arched courtyard.

The fruit storehouse that works for 3 month a year only turned into multi-purpose space. In this area you can find number of temporary pneumatic membranes for smaller activities – “learning bubbles” that divides the whole space into different functional zones.

A water recycling system will be utilized to collect and store rainfall from the roof. The rain water will be recycled for use in lavatories. Natural ventilation and hybrid ventilation will be used. Perforated concrete shell protects building from overheating and creates comfortably shaded spaces inside. Wine Culture Centre respects the natural context in a new interpretation, while supporting the traditions of Valpolicella. Read the rest of this entry »

Anamorphic Projections and its perspectival techniques offer a way to make a dynamic spatial experience that is three-dimensional and moves further beyond simple geometric projections. More than images that are projected through a space and painted onto surfaces, the physical manifestation of the projection, a cone, allows the user to move away from a two-dimensional realm into one where real forms exist and duality of space is created, the virtual and the real.

The Lexington Children’s Museum, designed by 1st year graduate student Aaron Fritsch from the University of Kentucky College of Design, is created from within three particular vantage points, referred to as “the aligned views”. The objects and forms within these constructed views are constantly changing due to adjacencies, linear relationships and programmatic demands of the building without ever changing the original view. Where openings are needed for light or double heighted space is desired for programmatic function, the projections are used to carve away the floor or façade. Where openings are needed for entryways or enclosures for privacy, the projections are used cut away walls that are then scaled or extruded relative to the users positioning without obstructing the aligned view.

The museum is raised in the front to help generate gathering space that can occur outside and below the building before entering the museum itself. Lifting the building also provides a point of entry and a ramp that is necessary to create an auditorium that is essential to the programmatic demand of the building. As the user reaches the museums entrance, they are confronted with the first view of alignment. As the user moves off of the original vantage point and through the space, the shearing of forms and their linear relationships to one another create new moments of alignment and virtual flatness that the user then comes upon rather than starting with. The overlapping cuts in the floor from the projection allow for an atrium to occur; where circulation can revolve around and a moment of phenomenal transparency can take place vertically through the building.

The ideas of virtual flattening and phenomenal transparency are two crucial elements to this project. The virtual flattening creates spatial ambiguity for the user and allows for moments of phenomenal transparency to occur. The moment of phenomenal transparency allows for the user to not only see into adjacent spaces but rather through the entire space at one time without an interruption of adjacent forms or objects. Read the rest of this entry »

In recent years, China has become the second largest producer and consumer of movies. With this as a starting point, the Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatheque is imagined as the cornerstone of a new media park in Tianjin.

The building design takes it inspiration from the clouds, emphasizing ideas of creativity and inspiration. Each of the buildings programs is encapsulated in its own sphere, creating a series of unique spatial experiences as visitors move through the building. Entering the lobby, visitors are asked to explore the interior universe via series of different public paths, each offering its own unique way of exploring the building.

The Bolong 3D museum offers state of the art projection capabilities mixed with playful and engaging architectural design. The building will serve as the pivot point for the new Bolong Film Festival as well as house the James Cameron Avatar Experience Center.

“With the proposal for the Bolong Mediatek we wanted to create a building that directly reflects new movie technologies. Through interactive surfaces and an expressive, bubbling, interior the building provides an immersive experience as rich as the 3D media it is built for”. – Jens Holm, founder, HAO / Holm Architecture Office. Read the rest of this entry »

Parabola Chair in Polished Stainless Steel

The Parabola Chair designed by Carlo Aiello for ENSSO wins the Red Dot and Good Design awards and launches Kickstarter campaign.

The design derived from the mathematical analysis of hyperbolic paraboloids and their strong structural characteristics of minimal surface thickness and long spans. The research focused on the potential of calibrating these surfaces to the human body. Two paraboloids merge into a single surface that serves as seating, backrest, and armrest supported by a lightweight frame. The outcome is a highly sculptural chair seen as an open mesh that allows light and space to flow through – a porous visual statement.

“The goal was to create a new chair, something radically novel with a refined aesthetic and an easy fabrication process” – says designer Carlo Aiello

The Parabola Chair is available in polished stainless steel; ideal for indoors and outdoors and it is built to last and delight generations.

Dimensions and Materials

Frame: Stainless Steel
Width = 35” (89cm)
Length = 40” (102cm)
Height = 37” (94cmSeat Height= 17” (43cm)

Cushions: Fabric
57% Nylon, 43% Wool (Classic Boucle Fabric – evocative of traditional hand woven textiles)
Colors: Onyx Black, Crimson Red, Aegean Blue, Lemon Chartreuse

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Copenhagen New Modern Library

By: admin | January - 15 - 2015

The form of building reflects the idea of continuous and extended circulation from everywhere to everywhere. Site is surrounded by park, sea, and the city. The new library is center of these three spaces and connect them seamlessly. So the library itself becomes the place for encounter and exchange for people.

On the ground floor, public space and entrance hall are located along the path that connects park, sea, and the city. Educational space(lecture room, multimedia room), recreation space(bookstore, cafe), and functional space (elevator core, restroom, office, locker, control room) are seamlessly melting with public path.

Like a traditional building typology in Denmark, new library has courtyard, but with more contemporary way. Facade, roof, courtyard and skylight is made of one integrated system. Also this integrated system allows abundant and filtered daylight into the space to make delightful atmosphere.

The second floor is made of reading space. This space is truly filled with filtered daylight and panoramic view toward its surrounding. This relaxed atmosphere in the middle of nature reminds unique Danish culture ‘HYGGE’. Read the rest of this entry »

A group of 11 undergrad students from Tecnologico De Monterrey Campus Monterrey have constructed a Parametric Pavilion as a final exercise for the semester. The project started with an algorithm created by one of the students were a pyramidal shaped component was placed across a vaulted surface, creating a strong differentiation by changing its height. Another algorithm was elaborated to unfold all the 195 components to a flat surface to be laser cut and then folded to generate the pyramidal shape from a single piece of 3 millimeter Coroplast. The team carefully assembled all the components using an industrial staple gun and plastic cable zip ties and reinforced the structure with PVC pipes that were fixed to the ground. The pavilion will encourage future students to use digital fabrication techniques.

Project: DIGFABMTY 1.0 Location: Monterrey, Mexico Coordinator: Alejandro Rodriguez Design: Andrés Martinez Photography: Alejandro Rodriguez School: Tec de Monterrey Campus Monterrey Date: December 2014 Area: 21 square meters Software: Rhinoceros + Grasshopper Material: Coroplast Team: Paulina Rangel, Francisco Ruiz, Omar Nava, Maru Padilla, Cesar Delgado, Andrés Martinez, Esteban Huacuja, Javier Jasso, Cristina Gonzalez, Lucia Coronel, Alberto Frias. Read the rest of this entry »

Allied Works Architecture (AWA) today shared designs for the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, OH. Following an invited competition that included David Chipperfield Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Allied Works was awarded the commission in the spring of 2013. The museum, located on the banks of the Scioto River, directly across from downtown Columbus, will open in 2016.

The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding parkland is cut, carved and lifted into the sky, creating a processional path to the sanctuary, a place of ceremony, celebration and reflection—a civic room for the city of Columbus. The second is an act of structure, where a series of concentric arches rise from the earth to hold the sanctuary above. These bands of interwoven concrete hold and protect the museum and its occupants within, creating a labyrinthine journey of exhibitions that illuminate ideas of service, duty and remembrance.

Located at the intersection of the new Scioto riverfront park and Broad Street, the 53,000sf museum houses exhibitions and artifacts that serve as a testimonial to the 250 years of military service of Ohio Veterans. The building provides a variety of education and interpretive spaces. The main level houses a great hall, museum store, and café for public events. Also on the main level is the primary gallery space, culminating in an interactive cyclorama reflecting on the history of service in Ohio. The lower floor contains support, presentation and education spaces, as well as a temporary exhibition space. A private remembrance hall is located on the upper level, adjacent to the exterior sanctuary space, which is approached by a sweeping ramp. This exterior civic room serves as a ceremonial and memorial space for the community at large.

“The new Veterans Memorial and Museum is a powerful piece of architecture that combines building and landscape in one elegant and fluid gesture,” said Brad Cloepfil, principal and founder of Allied Works Architecture. “As a form, it represents the grace of the land of Ohio; as a source of light and ceremony, it will become a marker of inspiration for the city of Columbus.” Read the rest of this entry »

Just like the other European capitals such as Rome, Venice, or Barcelona, Paris risks to become a city museum. The increase of tourists in the French Capital causes panic and also leads to a gradual decentralization from the Parisians.

Paris has the largest concentration in m² of museums in the world, nearly 120 museums in total, with many urban areas which tend to be transformed into living conservatories.

This makes the city susceptible to become an architectural “outdoor” museum. The continued growth of tourist attractions therefore risks making everyday life less interesting for local residents.

In order to meet the needs of short-term housing for tourists, we decided to make further use of the banks of the Seine river, for example the Banks of Saint-Augustin.

Inspired by the structure and shape of the booksellers along the river and the cabin hotels in Japan, we propose to use a similar system in the spaces of great cultural attraction, hoping to reduce the decentralization of the citizens of Paris.

Our proposal is made up of a series of cabins that will be installed on platforms in relation to the Seine and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

To fully integrate oneself into the site and to have the lowest visual impact in places of such cultural importance, the cabins will be serviced by a secure corridor along the banks that will be accessible only by the users.

These temporary structures can be operated by residents as well as by the citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

New York city is experiencing a new golden era, high-rise constructions are booming all over Manhattan, but most of new developments are residential. Beside Hudson Yard, few projects are design for offices even if the city clearly lacks of new renting spaces. Today 80% of offices spaces in Midtown are out dated, old and built decades ago. The ITC tower designed by Chapelle Corentin, 4th-year student at Paris’ Speciale School of Architecture, is an hypothetical project trying to imagine and prove in what ways is possible to design a state of the art office space dealing with nowadays needs in a challenging city such as New York City (what impact such a project can have and could have for the city, what benefits, what opportunities …etc).

Focusing on imaging the tower as a trigger for new development and redefine business in midtown. It has been so long for midtown to be only the stage for the most powerful and giant companies but don’t forget that America’s engine is driven by start-ups and small but dynamic companies that one day will could be a major leading one. Performing a new attractive and economic input in Midtown would be a keystone for those particular companies that will design the future of our economy also making on the path the city attractive again for outsiders and welcoming new businesses.

Defining new spaces that can be enjoyable even in 1000 feet in the air. Forgetting the traditional floor space, drove by 50’s ideas of consumerism and international style create such hostile and sad space to work in. Expression of comfort and wellness put together with new technologies that improving livable experience but also reducing the tower footprint on the environment are such important factors on a tower that wants to lead a new century revolution in an already aged city.

The tower is a great opportunity to create a 21century experience in the heart of midtown and promoting New York as a great hot spot for future innovations and expanding companies. A beacon for New York city as creating not only an iconic skyscraper redefining the skyline but also compete in the XXI century global market. Read the rest of this entry »

Religious Idols Pavilion In India

By: admin | December - 16 - 2014

Durga Puja being one of the biggest socio-cultural and religious festival in India, the temporary pavilions or pandals set up to house the idols act as public spaces.

The curve walls guide a visitor into the triple height pavilion interior and flow outward, folding and unfolding as one travels. The main idol is placed along the longitudinal axis, framed by the steel pillars.

Overall the design of the structure embodies how tradition can be preserved and celebrated within the modern mechanized society. It shows technology is not against tradition rather it fulfills its purpose through future generations, in their original ways.

The transformation from red to blue , from outside to inside , represents the journey from evil to good as one enters the sanctuary , drawing parallel to the tradition of using voluptuous , hedonistic sculptures outside the temple facades and imparts a complete feeling of holiness as one enters the inside sanctum . The four pillars, the trees of life connect the earth to the heaven above. The inscriptions on the laser cut metal sheets reminds one of the stone inscriptions of the ancient temples that were meant to deliver religious, social and moral messages to the mass. Read the rest of this entry »