The project by Dongil Kim and Seojoo Lee from the University of California, Berkeley demonstrates a research on an agent-based aggregation model for architectural applications with a system of assembly based on environmental data acting as a driver for a growth mechanism. Even though the generative design and algorithms have been widely employed in the field of art and architecture, such applications tend to stay in morphological explorations. This paper examines an aggregation model based on the Diffusion Limited Aggregation system incorporating solar environment analysis for global perspective of aggregation, the geometry research for lattice systems, and morphological principles of unit module at local scale. The later part of this research paper demonstrates the potential of a design process through the “Constructed Cloud” case study, including site-specific applications and the implementation of the systemized rule set. Read the rest of this entry »

The answer was given by the last century which brought us to choose the concrete represented in one of its purest shapes; the cube. Once chosen a symbol to represent the museum of architecture, the idea was to analyze what is photography more than an image of something existing. We arrived at the conclusion that the ideal way to represent photography was as a negative representation of the existing.

Therefore we decided to think about the museum of photography as the mirror negative image of the architecture museum. This made us choose this path of imagining the photo museum as the opposite of the architecture and to use the glass elements to describe a wireframe of the other museum.

The volumes emerging from the architecture museum will be built with concrete structures with transparent covers, while the museum of photography, representing the negative of the others, will be made of transparent glass structures. The use of these two materials, the Mass and the Transparency, ideally refers to the two functions demonstrated in the two structures, the Architecture is Built, Mass, Photography is Transparency, Negative Idea Memory


MenoMenoPiu Architects
Team: Rocco Valantines, Mario Emanuele Salini, Alessandro Balducci, Giovanni Sandrini, Giampaolo Fondi, Pietro Bodria, Alexandra Baldwin, Paola Malinverni

TWOSIX 26-Architecture
Team: Angelo Balducci, Manuel Tonati, Giorgia Davini, Claudia Di Emidio, Giulia Vano

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SITE Santa Fe, committed to presenting the cutting edge in contemporary art and expanding traditional museum experiences, announces a major expansion designed by SHoP Architects. When completed, the new building will greatly enhance SITE Santa Fe’s capacity with a total of 36,000 square feet of interior and exterior space to further serve the creative community and city of Santa Fe. The project will break ground in August 2016 and is slated for completion by summer 2017.

“SITE Santa Fe has a tremendous history of working with acclaimed architects who have all left their mark on SITE,” said Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe. “In choosing SHoP Architects, we again sought out an innovative firm with a strong sense of community, civic engagement and the environment. SHoP’s design of our new building addition reaffirms our important role in the contemporary art world, positioning SITE for the next generation with a bold building that matches the inspiring expressions of the artists we champion.”

The new design will address the critical operational and programmatic needs of SITE’s existing facilities, while creating an iconic new spatial presence for the innovative cultural institution. Located at 1606 Paseo de Peralta-the heart of the burgeoning Santa Fe Railyard, named one of six Great Public Spaces in America this year by the American Planning Association-SITE’s building expansion will continue to lead the next phase of an already active and dynamic public space.

Andrew Wallerstein, SITE Board Chair, said, “SITE’s early commitment to the Railyard 20 years ago has acted as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the neighborhood, attracting galleries, retailers and other arts organizations. Today the Railyard is a hub of contemporary art and community. With this bold expansion designed by SHoP, SITE will build on its legacy.”

Led by SHoP principals, and project director, Ayumi Sugiyama, the design emphasizes SITE’s role as a progressive and dynamic cultural hub, while considering the current structure and SITE’s increased national and international profile. The nearly 15,000 square feet of new interior and exterior spaces represent SITE’s growth and enhanced capacity to present the best in contemporary art and to host more educational programs in-house.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with SITE Santa Fe to help transform its current home,” SHoP principal Christopher Sharples said. “Our design is based around the idea that art doesn’t have to be experienced in isolation. The galleries will become unique and intimate places to interact with art, even as the building itself opens up to the neighboring park, the life of the Railyard district, and gives SITE a greater presence in the landscape of the city as a whole.”

Key features of SHoP Architects’ design for SITE Santa Fe include: the new SITElab Exhibition gallery, which will expand to become an 1,800 square foot gallery; a new 3,000 square foot flexible lecture and event space; an Education Lab, featuring a 540 square foot classroom to welcome students from the surrounding areas; and new outdoor gathering and social spaces, including the 1,740 square foot Entrance Sculpture Court and the 1,825 square foot Sky Mezzanine.

The building’s low-slung form establishes a dialogue with Santa Fe Railyard Park and surrounding buildings, while an entrance court and rear porch (framed by a soaring layered and perforated façade), function as inviting and expansive public gathering spaces. Drawing inspiration from traditional Navajo patternmaking, and anchored in the distinctive material qualities of the Santa Fe Railyard, the building’s exterior not only reflects the rich history and culture of the American Southwest, but also expresses a contemporary aesthetic that is authentic to SITE Santa Fe. Read the rest of this entry »

This proposal for Viru Square by Joel Kerner, Chris Miller, and Kyle Faulkner seeks to create a new functional plaza space for Tallinn, without interfering with the existing or future transit system. The scheme provides a dedicated transit zone below grade that allows for the at grade surface to serve as a renewed pedestrian square. This solution becomes more necessary when autonomous vehicles are taken into consideration. Autonomous vehicles would be capable of traveling at higher speeds, therefore posing a greater potential conflict with pedestrians. Moreover, the roadway capacity of vehicles would increase due to reduced need for safety gaps. This increased volume of vehicles on the roadway would make it less likely for Viru Square to function as a plaza space. The renewed plaza serves as an armature around which a new focal point for Tallinn emerges. New office spaces and a branch library are proposed in order programmatically anchor the square, and to spatially reshape and define it as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Crown Resorts Limited (ASX: CWN) and its joint venture partner, Schiavello Group, announced today that award winning British architects, WilkinsonEyre had won the contest to design the proposed new Queensbridge Hotel Tower and precinct to be located in Melbourne’s Southbank area.

Crown and Schiavello conducted a global design competition which resulted in five architecture firms being shortlisted – WilkinsonEyre, Bates Smart, Hassell, Foster + Partners and Jean Nouvel. The competition jury selected the proposed design from WilkinsonEyre as the best proposal for the site and were unanimous in their decision.

Situated in one of Melbourne’s premier living and leisure destinations and one of Australia’s prime hosting areas for international meetings and events, the proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower will comprise a 388room, luxury six–star hotel and approximately 680 apartments. The hotel will feature a truly unique special event space and a publicly accessible restaurant, lounge and garden terrace at the top of the tower.

The design also provides an active streetscape and public forecourt area with retail outlets and restaurants, which will become a new amenity for locals and visitors, connecting the ground floor of the building and hotel to the outdoors area.

In addition to the proposed landmark hotel tower, Crown and Schiavello are also proposing a major upgrade to Queensbridge Square improving the precinct’s attractiveness for local residents and visitors alike.

With its three Southbank hotels at nearly full capacity (over 90 percent occupancy), the addition of this luxury hotel will assist Melbourne to meet its future tourist accommodation demands, with Crown being able to offer over 2,000 guest rooms and suites, upon completion.

This luxury hotel addition coupled with the recently announced expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will reinforce the Southbank precinct’s position as Victoria’s leading tourism, meetings, exhibitions and event destination.

A sculptural pedestrian link will provide hotel guests with all-weather access from the lobby of the new luxury hotel to the Crown Melbourne Resort. The joining of this prestigious development to the Crown Melbourne Resort will reinforce Crown’s market leading position in Australia as one of the largest international tourism and business destinations.

WilkinsonEyre’s elegant solution for the Queensbridge Hotel Tower will be created by three interlocking sculptural forms providing a graceful and unique addition to the Melbourne skyline.

Crown Resorts Executive Director, James Packer, thanked the judging panel and congratulated WilkinsonEyre on their appointment:

“WilkinsonEyre have designed a beautiful and elegant building that is destined to be an important addition to the Melbourne skyline. Melbourne just keeps getting better as a city, but we can’t take this success for granted.”

“A new hotel is the next evolution of Crown Melbourne. I am committed to this city and committed to keeping Crown Melbourne at the forefront of Australian tourism. A new Crown hotel means more rooms for interstate and international tourists and that means more jobs for Victorians,” Mr Packer said.

Schiavello Group Chairman, Tony Schiavello thanked all of the participating architects:

“It was a very competitive design process, with some of the world’s and region’s best known architects involved. The calibre of all five firms in the process shows how special the city of Melbourne is and its’ prominence on the world stage. This site deserves a truly special building and our vision is to create a landmark building that has international appeal, timeless form and design.”

“We want to create a place that people are proud to call home,”

Mr Schiavello said. Crown Resorts CEO, Rowen Craigie added:

‘‘The new luxury hotel addition to Crown Melbourne will have significant economic and employment benefits for Victoria with over 3,000 new direct and indirect jobs during construction and over 1,000 new direct and indirect jobs on an on-going basis after completion. The development will also assist Melbourne in attracting more high net worth tourists, reinforcing the city’s appeal as a destination for important international conferences, sporting and cultural events.”

On winning the design competition, Paul Baker, Director WilkinsonEyre said:

“We approached this project with the ambition to create an elegant and timeless building that will become a new, world-class landmark against the Melbourne skyline. All across the world we are seeing cities embrace iconic developments as they vie for their share of international tourists.”

“We are confident that the design of the proposed Hotel and the ’one of a kind’ offerings like the ’Sky Bar’ at the top of the tower will be ‘must see’ destinations in Melbourne. We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to design what we believe will be an outstanding addition to the world’s most liveable city,’’ Mr Baker said.

The proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower development remains subject to planning approval, project financing and the finalisation of long form joint venture documentation between Crown and Schiavello.


Urban Sutures is Joseph Sarafian’s entry in the Perkins+Will Design Leadership Competition. This design takes a disconnected corridor along the Chicago River and re-integrates it with the public realm. Each tube weaves previously disparate building functions such as a power plant, post office, and an apartment complex into a singular design solution. The tubes are not merely mediators between functions, but destinations in themselves, attracting pedestrians during the winter when harsh winter snow storms make walking on the street nearly impossible. In the warmer months, the roof garden offer views of the Chicago skyline. Inspired by the multi-level experience of Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain, Urban Sutures re-imagines an elevated walkway integrated with a train, creating a second and third floor entrance to most buildings, redefining their lobby level and therefore their use. The facade carries the motif of weaving as seemingly woven pre-cast concrete elements support the floors, creating an unimpeded free floor plan inside. These elements can be modulated to account for openings for bridges and for light penetration. The Municipal Device of Chicago is used as a starting shape, and molded to create the three-legged directional tubes that branch throughout the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Italian cookery is worldwide appreciated and the very cooking of Bologna excels for many features. Bologna’s C.A.A.B.® will welcome in 2016 such a 80.000 m2 entertainment centre: F.I.CO®. This structure will host swimming pools, restaurants, orchards, beehives, teaching farms and shopping centres. F.I.CO® is planned to become a pivotal international attraction; this will trigger an important territorial redevelopment in order to welcome users and tourist. F.I.CO®.Wellness Club aims to offer a wellness area for those classy visitors willing to discover both nutrition and body care.

Italian firm Barberio Colella ARC has proposed its own architectural vision to achieve this objective1. Two main themes leads the whole project: the water and the wood. The water is the most precious element for human life and it generates the wood, one of the most precious materials for human civilization. In fact, at looking the exterior of the building, its shape and its façade, made of translucent material (polycarbonate), look like a drop of dew on a leaf. Instead, the interior is characterized from the particular hue of the wood, a reminiscence of the the colors of the bricks which Bologna is made. Also the balcony system of the lateral pavilions is inspired by the famous “porticati” of the city.

The parabola generated from a water jet, inspires the shape of the envelope and the internal court. The aggregation of plant cells is the inspiration for the pattern of the whole building envelope and structure. This is a clear reference to plants and wood, using their smallest form of internal organization (the cells) to design the structure. The structure is made of Curved plywood cells based on a parametric design. They are joined together thanks a system of nuts and bolts. A reflective film can keep out as much as 83% of the sun’s heat, dramatically lowering air conditioning costs. In the winter, the same film helps retain interior heat, reducing heating costs. In addition, the internal court is used to improve the passive ventilation in the winter and during the summer.

The common area (aqua zone) is the core of the project and it is conceived to be a fluid space, with pools with different sizes, with a big one and three more intimate: two on the ground floor and one above. The club also has a fitness center, a day spa of 600 square meters (with turkish bath, sauna, solarium, massage area, bath tubs and multi-sensory showers), four spa suites from 50 square meters, a meditation area, a restaurant and a coffee shop Read the rest of this entry »

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners were able to prevail against the competition in the project for Vietnam’s National Exhibition and Trade Fair Center. From nine designs by international architects such as SAMOO Architects & Engineers (Korea), Atkins (Hong Kong) and NIKKEN SEKKEI (Japan), the client, Vingroup, selected the master plan and architectural concept of the Hamburg architects, and announced the result on the 3rd of October.

The design for the main building of the trade center follows the motif of an open lotus flower – Vietnam’s national flower – and, with this shape, is intended to become the unique and unmistakable landmark of the city. The image of a blossom is achieved in layout by arranging the exhibition halls like petals around the chalice of a flower. The architectural concept is reinforced by elegant roof structures consisting of pylons with tensile curved roofs, giving the mass of the buildings a delicate appearance.

The 128 hectare site benefits from good transport connections and is located to the north of Hanoi on the way to the international Noi Bai airport; in the east-west direction it is divided by a river. With a gross floor area of more than 600,000 m², the future National Exhibition and Trade Fair Center to the north of the river will be embedded in a green park landscape which extends to the southern side of the river.

The entrance to the trade fair will be marked by two high-rise hotel and office blocks, which are placed on either side of the access area and which are visible from afar. The first building phase includes the Trade Fair Center, which consists of a conference center and eight exhibition halls. All buildings are grouped in circular fashion around a central open space, which is designed as a water feature with „islands“ and bridges. The entrance hall is placed to the south and the support-free halls, with an exhibition area of 10,000 m² each, are linked with each other by a ring-shaped building called the „Concourse“.

Delivery yards are situated between the various exhibition halls, from where trucks can drive into the sides of the halls; the gates on the sides also serve as connections between the halls. In this way it is possible to combine several areas or separate them from each other, ensuring flexible use and making it possible to organize several trade exhibitions at the same time.

In later building phases, six trade fair halls are planned both in the west and the east, which will be combined to a square overall layout shape and connected to the central buildings of the first phase via glazed connecting galleries.

In addition, a trade exhibition building for regular trade exhibitions is provided in the eastern part of the site; the building is circular in plan and is placed on its own so that it attracts attention from the motorway and main road. To mirror this arrangement, a smaller circular building has been planned which will form the entrance to the western trade exhibition building when all phases of the development have been completed. All elements of the design are separate building units which can be developed at different times and independently of each other.

Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Dirk Heller
Project: leader competition Karen Schroeder
Team: Christoph Berle, Mikael Stenberg, Holger Schmücker, Urs Wedekind
Team Vietnam: Tran Cong Duc (Project management), Duong Nguyen Tien Hong
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7004 house, designed by Daniel Caven, is based upon using natural materials as structural components, the 7004 house is an open air wine house (3 seasons pavilion). Literally taking root, the site is located in the midwest overlooking a private client’s vineyard. The creation of the house incorporates autonomous natural objects as primitive growths within oriented patterns -allowing nature to overtake structural molds. The molds were based around generations and iterations of natural tree structures, then transformed to structural flow lines for the shell and floors of the house. Allowing for overgrowth to the structures.

The use of trees and plants for structural behavior systems creates new dialogues between ecology to architecture. The wine house tectonically is constructed of a semi-permeable fiberglass shell and structural molds braced in between. Through a two to three year process, a bundle of trees are molded and grown under the shell to create a union of the shell and trees. The shell, although static, grows with the tree lifting and creating a core to the shell. Using low density fiberglass the plants are able to push the shell and manipulate it as it grows; aggregating itself in a new way of passive structure. This new architecture takes on motives towards transformation of autonomy of trees as positions within ecology. The 7004 house is the first iteration of an on going project that will eventually take form towards autonomy of nature materials used for architecture. Read the rest of this entry »

Pruitt-Igoe Reloaded

By: admin | October - 12 - 2015

“Modern Architecture died in St Louis, Missouri on July 15, 1972 at 3.32 p.m. (or thereabouts) when the infamous Pruitt-lgoe scheme, or rather several of its slab 3 blocks, were given the final coup de grace by dynamite.”_Charles Jencks

This project designed by Giacomo Pala is an attempt of developing an investigation about the possibility of having multiple objects contradicting each-other. Instead of a single Object Ontology, this design is a “Motley Ontologies” architecture sided against all of the architectural positivisms. It is an architecture that invokes an ironic, parodic and self-parodic conception of the discipline within the Avant-Garde agenda. This kind of architecture is able to ironically take advantage of the gap between Avant-Garde aspirations and reality, so as to incorporate the concept of multiplicities in the design strategies.

This architectural, theoretical and critical investigation takes place in the Pruitt-Igoe. The project’s gound is not the (in)famous district of Saint-Louis, Missouri. It is a theoretical ground. The real context is Jencks’s sentence about this place. In my project, Pruitt-Igoe is once again the set where modernisms’ drama takes place. A drama about the simultaneous and incongruent layering of two ontologies which produces the possibility of a different architectural condition. Read the rest of this entry »