Monday
Nov242014

CERÁMICA TRIANA - Seville, Spain - by AF6 Arquitectos

The project was developed by Spanish based studio AF6 Arquitectos. The building compromises an old pottery complex, exhibition center of ceramics, an interpretative center on different tourist routes in the quarter of Triana.

In Seville, the fact of crossing the river and getting into Triana is like crossing an imaginary border where the logic of the generation of the historical city blurs.

Triana is a quarter that displays itself at a small, close, almost domestic scale. It is a complex urban area which mixes neighbors’ yards, craft workshops, popular homes and other type of housing which originated by the mid 20th century residential growth. 

The ceramic production was one of main crafts in which the development of Triana is based since its origin, existing thus a strong identity between the neighborhood and the pottery activity.

 

We are in an area with enormous appeal for contemporary Architecture. In Triana we will not find new large public buildings, far from it we find places for alterations or infiltrations through slight modifications, allowing us to discover new possibilities in a diverse and heterogeneous urban configuration.

 

The old factory kept its production until the end of the 20th century. This fact has permitted that many of its elements are complete and located in their original site: seven firing kilns, a well, pigments mills, workshops and warehouses. During archaeological works, remains of other 8 kilns, out of which the oldest ones were in use until the end of the 16th century, were found. Two of these kilns have been integrated into the project. The old factory is not visible from the outside; it is hidden behind the buildings which make up its urban image.

Tuesday
Nov182014

Concert Hall - Blaibach, Germany - Peter Haimerl Architektur

The project was developed by German based studio Peter Haimerl Architektur. The concert hall represents the heart of the urban development to revitalize the new centre of Blaibach.

It is located next to the new community centre and complements the space of a new village square that was realized with funds of the state urban development support.

The concert hall is a solitaire of concrete with an inclination above the slope in the village centre following the topography and linking with its granite facade to the stone carver tradition of Bailbach. 

The monolithic tilted building opens itself to the visitors at the new village square and guides them by a staircase to the foyer below the surface. The foyer provides not only the functional areas like wardrobe, sanitary rooms and bar, but also leads the visitor excitingly around the auditorium into the inner concert hall. 

The hall unfolds its acoustics within the seemingly light building. While the precised light slits illuminate the space.
The stage of the concert hall, which is only designed for its actual function not as a multifunctional room, is equipped with modern LED-stage technology.

The building body is made of pre-cast concrete and only a highly intricate constructed formwork made the realization of the difficult form possible. The dominant tilted surfaces of the concert hall are based on acoustic specifications and include besides LED-lights also bass absorber behind the light slits as well as underneath the steps for optimal acoustics. The concrete in the hall is untreated. Its lively surfaces help to absorb the medium-height tones.

The inclination of the building – based on the increase of the slope – carry the gallery. The seemingly transparent seats, which are fixed on iron swords, appear to float above the light slits. 

Monday
Nov172014

Tower Bridge - London, UK - By Purcell Architects

The project was developed by British studio Purcell Architects. Tower Bridge has unveiled two new glass floors across its high-level walkways, enabling visitors to view a bridge lift from a wholly new and unique perspective.

Purcell were the architects responsible for introducing the glass floors into the Grade I listed structure and improve the accessibility of Tower Bridge.

The £1m scheme, spearheaded by Bridge House Estates and the City of London Corporation, coincides with the 120th birthday year of the opening of Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge exhibition first opened in 1982, and the project has enabled its refurbishment, while the new glass floors provide an exciting addition to a remarkable historic landmark.

The bridge, which took eight years to build, was conceived and constructed by the architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry and the original steel lattice structure has been conserved under glass panels weighing 530 kilograms each. There are two glass floors comprised of six panels, 11.5metres long and 1.8metres wide, supported by a 1000 kilogram carbon steel framework. Standing 42 metres above the Thames, visitors can now view the bridge and the lifting process from a completely different angle.

The project took a great deal of sensitivity in order to create spaces within the structure for the glass panels to sit. Over the last year Purcell has been working on the project, from writing the heritage statement to acting as architectural consultants on the design. Two identical planning and listed building consent applications were submitted to Tower Hamlets and Southwark as the bridge straddles the two borough boundaries. The boundaries crossing over the Thames highlights the important historic role the bridge has had in connecting London together and creating a national landmark.

Saturday
Nov152014

Fulton Center - New York, USA - by Grimshaw Architects

The project was developed by superstar London based Grimshaw Architects. Situated in the heart of Lower Manhattan, MTA's Fulton Center is designed to be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the area.

Handling an average of 275,000 passengers per day and linking nine subway lines, the station complex is one of New York City’s busiest underground transit interchanges.

The MTA appointed Arup, with Grimshaw, to develop designs for a new transit hub, with re-engineered platform and passenger access below ground.

The Transit Center is organised around a grand civic space at its core. This atrium design is topped by a glass oculus and defined by a hyperbolic paraboloid cable net, stretched within a cone, developed in partnership with artist James Carpenter.

This cable net supports an inner skin of filigree metal reflector panels, optimised to capture and distribute year round daylight to the deepest levels of the transit centre. The planning of the building is organised to streamline the transfer of passengers around the central space, providing an intuitive means of way finding.

Saturday
Nov082014

Five Temporary Pavilions - Monte-carlo, Monaco - by Affine Design

The temporary construction was developed by Paris based studio Affine Design. As part of the redevelopment of Place Du Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Five pavilions have been realized to temporarily house twenty-one boutiques during construction work.

The project was designed by architect Richard Martinet, the bulbous structures are clad in diagonal-shaped aluminum panels, and range in size from 220 – 600 square meters each.

With a completion date set for 2018, the major renovation project is planned to take four years, and includes the restoration of the complex’s hotel.

The replacement of its meeting halls (sporting d’hiver) with three mixed use buildings to accommodate shops, residences, offices, and public spaces.