Wintergarden, a facade created by studio505 for the Wintergarden shopping centre, takes nature as inspiration for an intricate and beautiful piece of art.read more »
Frank Gehry’s recently completed, and long-awaited, New York by Gehry is the first of its kind to be designed by the famous architect. At 76 stories high, the multi-use residential complex is the tallest in the Western hemisphere and nestles well within Manhattan’s rich skyline. Soaring above a pocket of low-rise buildings that fill the outskirts of New York’s financial district, New York by Gehry stands in charming dialogue with the nearby New York City Hall, Woolworth building and Brooklyn bridge; paying homage to the great city’s past and future.
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As a small boutique firm, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects prides itself on being committed to searching for the endless possibilities that architecture presents. This means constantly incorporating current trends and obsessions with old loves, taking cues from contexts, absorbing and transforming, and aiming for a final result that clearly displays intent and joyfulness of form.read more »
Now in its third year, the World Architecture Festival has become the platform for the world’s biggest architecture contest that attracts architects worldwide to battle it out in Barcelona. From November 3–5 this year, over 500 entries from 65 countries competed for awards in just 15 completed buildings categories, with three Australian practices emerging victorious. International superstars met the industry’s unsung, with each to have gone head-to-head in front of a jury of architecture luminaries to take out the grand title of 2010 World Building of the Year. We take a look at some of the winners from this year’s Festival.read more »
The recipe behind Seven Seeds seems quite simple. Take an existing inner city warehouse and transform it into a roastery and café facility that’s as ecologically sustainable as possible. Reuse existing materials here, add some water tanks there and a greenhouse somewhere in the middle and, voila! But one has only to walk through the café’s warm, modestly rendered entrance, into a treasure trove of finely executed ideas to see that Seven Seeds is all this, and much more.read more »
Environmentally friendly design is set to reach new dizzying heights of achievement with the development of the Kö-Bogen, a new office and retail complex which will join two city blocks and feature a green roof when completed. Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, Kö-Bogen will be located in the heart of Düsseldorf, opposite the central park. The building’s ecological covering will help establish a broader and more continuous green space within the city, leaving the impression of an unending green area as it associates with the beautiful parklands of this historical city. Allowing its people the opportunity to enjoy truly scenic surroundings, the eco-friendly roof will also decrease rainwater runoff, resulting in the reduction of both heating and cooling costs. A mixture of glass and limestone will reflect the façades of nearby buildings, connecting both the historical and environmental elements of the surrounding area, with straight lines reflecting the former and curved lines the latter. With funding being recently granted, another Libeskind masterpiece will be on show soon enough.read more »
The sky is the limit. Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design have submitted plans for Miapolis, a 160-storey ‘city within a city’ situated on Watson Island in Miami, which could make Dubai’s Burj Khalifa’s right to brag about being the world’s tallest tower null and void. If approved, the structure will be, at 975 metres, 147 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa. The self-contained ‘city’ would contain restaurants, an observatory, an amusement park, 1.96 million sq ft of retail space, 1 million sq ft of office space, over 1000 apartments and a 792-room hotel. Kobi Korp has a history of designing extravagant and daring large-scale, high-rise condominiums. The idea for the Miami Tower has been around for a while, but has now started to pick up steam with developer Guillermo Socarras reportedly in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration to secure height approval. The construction of Miapolis is expected to create 46,000 construction jobs whilst establishing 35,000 permanent jobs, and inject $2.5 billion annually into the local Miami economy, which would allow the $39 million debt owed to the city to be paid off.read more »
It was hardly a case of terra incognita when TERROIR came to work on this latest extension of Fish349, midway along North Hobart’s popular commercial strip. In 2006, the firm transformed a grocery store – a 1970s extension in an original Georgian heritage building – into a contemporary seafood café. And so this time around, when invited to turn an adjoining car park into a Function Room, TERROIR were on familiar territory.