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JDS (Julien De Smedt architects): Kalvebod Brygge waterfront in Copenhagen

27-11-2013

JDS (Julien De Smedt architects): Kalvebod Brygge waterfront in Copenhagen

Julien De Smedt architects is at the centre of the group of designers now working on another important urban project after Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge Park in 2003. The opposite shore of the canal has been redeveloped with a walkway over the water equipped to host sports activities and outdoor events, with the aim of reconnecting the city centre with the port and revitalising what was historically an industrial area.

Taller Bàsico de Arquitectura: Faculty of medicine in Zaragoza

20-11-2013

Taller Bàsico de Arquitectura: Faculty of medicine in Zaragoza

Taller Bàsico de Arquitectura built the architectural complex of the San Jorge University Faculty of Medicine in Zaragoza. Three L-shaped volumes form a central plaza, reproducing an urban space outside the context of the city. The construction’s form and materials help to dematerialise it, creating views over the internal and external landscape.

Takeshi Hosaka: home flooded with daylight in Yokohama

13-11-2013

Takeshi Hosaka: home flooded with daylight in Yokohama

Takeshi Hosaka’s project focuses on the presence of light in architecture, through the life experience of man represented as a voyage from the light of dawn to the night. The materials used, including the plywood so often associated with contemporary Japanese design, are intended to have the effect of flooding the space with daylight. The home is all on a single level and is not penalised by the shadows of the other buildings around it.

Paredes Pedrosa: Public library in Ceuta

06-11-2013

Paredes Pedrosa: Public library in Ceuta

Built on an archaeological site dating back to the Marinid Berber dynasty, the new Ceuta public library designed by Paredes Pedrosa arquitectos embraces two cultural functions, linking the present with the past. The metal grids of the side surfaces reduce the impact of the African sun on the interior, improving the building’s environmental sustainability.

Khmaladze: Service station and McDonalds in Batumi (Georgia)

30-10-2013

Khmaladze: Service station and McDonalds in Batumi (Georgia)

Awarded a special mention for best first project in Next Landmark 2013, the second international architecture contest, Giorgi Khmaladze’s project is a strong urban landmark in a new district in Batumi, Georgia. Occupying only a small piece of ground, the building combines a service station with a McDonalds restaurant so that the two services complement one another.

Invena by écru architetti shortlisted for the 2013 Federico Maggia prize.

24-10-2013

Invena by écru architetti shortlisted for the 2013 Federico Maggia prize.

“Abandoned industrial buildings. Young architects manufacturing ideas” was the theme of the 2013 Federico Maggia Prize, and écru architetti entered “Invena”, a blue staircase for an old industrial building.

BIG (Bjarke Ingles): Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium in Denmark

16-10-2013

BIG (Bjarke Ingles): Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium in Denmark

Surprising everyone with their plans for the expansion of Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium in Denmark, the architects of well-known studio BIG (Bjarke Ingles) have opened a new chapter in their philosophy of architecture. In the new central courtyard which forms the wooden roof of the gym below, the architects make the most of the potential of the cladding material to design a unique construction linking the historic building with the contemporary world.

Murakaji: architecture and landscape in Irimote

02-10-2013

Murakaji: architecture and landscape in Irimote

The winners of the second international Next Landmark contest, held by Floornature to draw attention to the work of young architects all over the world, are Shoko and Naoto Murakaji, whose residential building on the Japanese island of Irimote interacts with the landscape around it. Materials have been chosen carefully to respond to the demands of the location, and the form of the construction ensures that the building’s natural surroundings can communicate with it.

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