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BESIKTAS FISHMARKET by GAD

GAD

Photos courtesy of Ali Eren

BESIKTAS FISHMARKET

GADarchmarathonGAD
Tesvikiye Cad. Gunes Apt. No:3B D:2
34367 Tesvikiye Istanbul, Turkey
www.gadarchitecture.com
Category:
Urban design
Project selected:
BESIKTAS FISHMARKET
Location:
Istambul, Turkey
Year:
2013

Jury motivation
The Crowd Award was assigned to the Besiktas Fishmarket project by Gad. Votes were given by internet users through the Archmarathon website.

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The refurbishment of the Besiktas Fish Market is not a design and realization process that was prosecuted in an accustomed manner. It is not intended to be carried through to an incomputable state. On the contrary, the aspiration is to initiate a dynamic outset by the gradual functional supplements and substitutions and even with the immediate effects of artistic approaches. The architectural decisions were constituted with a simplistic approach to form and solutions, in order to allow and welcome revolution in this 26×23/2 triangular space which can subsist with temporary art installations and elements that, only in the course of time, generate themselves through the medium of color, texture and light. The space mimics a piece of cloth lifted from the corners or a seashell. A junction of three roads thrives with transverse movements. Furthermore the ceiling has been kept high increasing the openness and view capacity of the restaurants. This visual linkage spontaneously promotes an invitation both towards the inside and outside. The concept of the refurbishment is primarily based on eliminating the distress of neglect, lack of infrastructure and hygiene while preparing the stall and shop owners for a more professional environment.


FOGO ISLAND LONG STUDIOS by Saunders Archtecture

SAUNDERS ARCHITECTURE


FOGO ISLAND LONG STUDIOS

SAUNDERS ARCHITECTUREarchmarathonSAUNDERS ARCHITECTURE
Vestre Torggate 22
5015 Bergen, Norway
www.saunders.no
Category:
Workspaces
Project selected:
FOGO ISLAND LONG STUDIOS
Location:
Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
Year:
2010
Jury motivation
This project with 14 studios and one restaurant building demonstrates a high respect for the existing environment. It shows how architecture can foster economic and sustainable benefit in a way that is rooted in place. hows the validity of architecture to a long term social, economic and cultural commitment.

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The concept of the long studio responds to the transition of the seasons. The studio is organized in a linear from that consists of three different spaces. An open but covered area representing the spring marks the entrance to the studio and the beginning of the seasonal activity. The central portion is left open and mostly exposed to be fully immersed in all that is offered by the long summer days on Fogo Island. The end and main body of the studio is fully enclosed to provide an area of protection and solitude from the outside environment while still providing a connection to the landscape through a strategically framed view of the dramatic surrounding.
The long linear structure of this artist studio maximizes the amount of open wall and floor space. Large windows at either end and a skylight on the roof of the studio allows the maximum amount of natural light to flood the space. We have made one of the walls 1m deep to house storage, toilets and washbasins, with doors that are flush to the wall, thus avoiding any visual distraction inside the space.
The studios are placed on pillars at the end towards the sea, while the entrance area has a small concrete foundation for anchoring the construction to the landscape. With this type of construction, the studios can be placed in almost any place on the island. In addition, this allows for the studios to be pre-fabricated in a local workshop during the winter months, and then placed in the landscape in the spring.


BORN MARKET SURROUNDINGS by Vora

VORA

Photos courtesy of Adrià Goula

BORN MARKET SURROUNDINGS


VORAarchmarathonVORA
Sant Pere Més alt 62
bxs-entl 08003 Barcelona, Spain
www.vora.cat
Category:
Urban design
Project selected:
BORN MARKET SURROUNDINGS
Location:
Barcelona, Spain
Year:
2013

Jury motivation
The Born Market project gives Barcelona’s strong tradition for quality public space another valuable architectural contribution, realised with out spectacle nor compromise. With its subtle variations drawn from research into historic cartography, the regeneration has breathed valuable new life into a public market context that lay unused for far too long. We salute the positive effect on the neighbourhood, improving its atmosphere, permeability and sense of identity. This is truly an urban infrastructure for citizenship.

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The urbanization of the Mercat del Born surroundings is part of a regenerating strategy of a city area which has been at a standstill for many years due to the lack of use of the market and the inaccessibility to the Parc de la Ciutadella. The market building, which contains a considerable part of medieval city, dating back to 1714, has been re-opened as a cultural and historic centre. The re- opening, at a urban level, offers a large, covered public space, framed by a cohesive architectural plan: the so-called porches Fontserè. The objective of the project is to answer to the potentials and necessities generated in the public space by the utilization of the building as a cultural centre. This answer is based on 3 strategies:
1. Connectivity and permeability
2. Centrality and identity
3. Flexibility and functionality.


AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE by Sadar+Vuga

SADAR + VUGA

Photos courtesy of Miran Kambič e David Lotrič

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE

SADAR + VUGAarchmarathonSADAR + VUGA
Tivolska 50
SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
www.sadarvuga.com
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE
Location:
Brnik, Slovenia
Year:
2013
Jury motivation
With their air traffic control center building, Sadar+Vuga have managed to make a typology visible which normally does not register on the radar of our architectural culture. With its many openings, it successfully bypasses the security paranoia which normally characterizes this type of building. It brings in daylight to provide for optimal working conditions and offers generous recreational facilities for the flight operators to recover from their demanding work. With the erratic expression of its reflective band window facades, the building renders a fascinating mirror image of the Alpine mountains around Ljubljana and creates a memorable visual identity for a kind of building which all too often keeps too low and blank a profile.

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New Air Traffic Control Center, comprising air control center with 24/7 amenities and office premises is a highly demanding and complex object due to the nature of the institution it hosts. It is designed to enable safety and high operational activity as well as consistent comfort for visitors and staff 24 hours a day all year around.
The building, located in the middle of the plot, consists of three parts: the central space; the double-height ATCC room, or the pentagon; two wings of offices on the first floor and public spaces on the ground floor.
Within, the object is organized by five levels of security zones with access control at each passage. The further one moves from the rim that holds administrative and rest areas towards the centre of the object, the greater the security level of the areas. The compact design serves to enhance the operational efficiency of the object, paths are short and manageable.
The particular geometric shape of the buildings skin, designed as parametric system becomes the main, immediately identifiable, feature of the building.

LONDON VELODROME by Hopkins Architects

HOPKINS ARCHITECTS

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LONDON VELODROME

HOPKINS ARCHITECTSarchmarathonHOPKINS ARCHITECTS
27 Broadley Terrace
London NW1 6LG, England
www.hopkins.co.uk
Category:
Sport
Project selected:
LONDON VELODROME
Location:
London, England
Year:
2012
Jury motivation
It was a difficult decision because these three very different entries are difficult to compare. In the end, we thought the Velodrome was outstanding because of its technological, innovative and sustainable solutions worked at every level. It also rethinks the typology of the Velodrome and is a model for future Velodromes. At the same time, it’s a beautiful project that also regenerates and transforms a former wasteland into a vibrant new public park.

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The 21,700m² Velodrome was inspired by the activity which takes place within its walls; from the beginning of the project Hopkins Architects wanted to apply the same level of design creativity and rigor of engineering that goes into a bicycle to the building itself. It was important to the architects that this not serve to mimic but rather that it manifest itself as a three-dimensional response to the functional requirements of the stadium and its aesthetics and shape thus emerged directly from this process. The Velodrome contains 6,000 seats in both Olympic and Legacy Modes and embraces both contexts with minimal transformation.
The concrete upper and lower seating tiers are split by the public circulation concourse which allows spectators to maintain contact with the action on the track as they move around the building.
The design strategy focused on minimizing demand for energy and water and integrating this into the fabric of the building to reduce reliance on systems and infrastructure. The daylighting strategy applied to the main cycling arena exemplifies this approach.
Other notable features include high levels of insulation coupled with natural ventilation to reduce energy demand and rainwater harvesting which reduces potable water demand by 75% for the building.


HAVRE 69 HOUSING by AT103

AT103

HAVRE 69 HOUSING

AT103archmarathonAT103
Río Tiber 103-PH Col. Cuauhtémoc C.P. 06500 México D.F.
www.at103.net
Category:
Retrofitting and refurbishment
Project selected:
HAVRE 69 HOUSING
Location:
Mexico City
Year:
2013

Jury motivation
In an depressed urban area, the architects and the clients transformed a rundown building In the act of refurbishment there was a sensitivity towards the site which intelligently recycled materials. Through a process of densification and additions, the project opened new development possibilities by rewriting the existing building codes. This is a model for the regeneration of public housing in Mexico City.

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Havre 69 is located on the south side of Paseo de la Reforma, in Colonia Juarez, one of the most exclusive areas in Mexico City during the early 1900’s, peripheral suburbia that over the years has seen various transformations. This privileged residential neighborhood has faced many changing moments: a revolution war in the early 20th century, two destructive earthquakes -1957 and 1985-, and frozen rents for over 50 years. These phenomena have changed the face of this particular area of the city; the empty lots left from the earthquakes, change of land use and under value of the land have been its main problems. Now the new regulations that allow more density, a better public transportation and some regeneration programs in Paseo de la Reforma and the city’s downtown have renewed the neighborhood. The old 19th century structure we worked on was a building that accommodated four upper middle class families more tan a hundred years ago. Our Project fragmented these houses into 12 housing units, plus offices and two commercial front stores: a bakery and a low cost prefix menu establishment. The project opens up to the street, and brings it in through narrow plazas on the sides, it creates a new relationship between the city, the neighborhood and the abandoned old houses. Rather than a single intervention, Havre 69 opens to the immediate context, regenerating the neighborhood’s fractured texture.


VAULT HOUSE by Johnston Marklee

JOHNSTON MARKLEE


VAULT HOUSE

JOHNSTON MARKLEEarchmarathonJOHNSTON MARKLEE
1545 Pontius Avenue
CA 90025 Los Angeles, USA
www.johnstonmarklee.com
Category:
Private housing
Project selected:
VAULT HOUSE
Location:
Oxnard, California
Year:
2013
Jury motivation
After much debate, the jury awarded the Vault House because the project challenges the standard California shotgun house on a densely developed California beach site, by applying a series of stacked and undirectional vaults. It addresses the design restrictions of a tsunami zone and the challenges of a climate of salt water and wind, by applying an industrial surfacing membrane to a domestic structure and lifting the house above the ground.
Finally, the resulting architecture through its layered ceilings and arched ceilings frame the beach front views while creating a poetic and beautiful solution.

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La Vault House, situata in una località marittima densamente sviluppata della California meridionale, sfida la comune tipologia delle lottizzazioni sulla riva dell’oceano.
Anziché concentrarsi prima di tutto sulla vista sull’oceano, all’interno del volume principale è stata realizzata una serie di spazi interni trasparenti stratificati che offre molteplici viste oblique attraverso la casa, catturando nel contempo la luce naturale da diverse angolazioni. Con l’assemblaggio di stanze a volta sovrapposte e unidirezionali contenute all’interno di un semplice volume rettilineo, l’orientamento parallelo dei locali agisce come filtro che estende la vista sull’oceano dalla facciata sulla riva a ovest al confine orientale del sito al di là della strada.
La casa è stata progettata in base ai vincoli imposti dalla Commissione Costiera della California, che prevedono che la zona giorno principale sia due metri al disopra della sabbia per consentire alle onde di un eventuale tsunami di passare al disotto del fabbricato.


STUDENT HOUSING by DataAE & H Architects

DATAAE & H ARCHITECTS


STUDENT HOUSING

DATAAE & H ARCHITECTSarchmarathonDATAAE & H ARCHITECTS
Montserrat, 22, 2º 2ª
08201 Sabadell (Barcelona), Spain
www.harquitectes.com
www.dataae.com
Category:
Mixed tenure housing
Project selected:
STUDENT HOUSING
Location:
St Cugat, Barcelona, Spain
Year:
2012
Jury motivation
Student Housing, Barcelona displays a process of construction allowing a highly economic and sustainable performance. It gives genuine possibilities for new public spaces, generating a strong identity to the students’ living and working spaces.

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The new university housing for students is located on the same plot as the School of Architecture of Vallès, BARCELONA TECH. The project aims to adapt to the low density of the urban surroundings, prioritizing the direct relationship between the students housing and the campus. This condition is archived with a low building, composed by a ground floor and one storey without elevators, formed by two parallel blocks separated with a central community atrium, which promotes the students relationship with nature.
The project is designed based on industrialized constructions through the use of only one typology of housing made of precast concrete without partition walls. Each unit has just the necessary fixed elements, which allows for guaranteeing habitability, by simplifying finishing in order investing in energy efficiency.
Most of the components are installed and assembled with dry-build systems so every module and its finishing can be dismantled and be reused or highly recyclable. The building is layered over two floors in order to take advantage of the existing topography, making accessible entrances without elevators and reducing in 50% the area used for corridors and stairs. The central atrium is covered in order to create an intermediate bioclimatic space that makes the energy efficiency of the building increase and, at the same time, economizes the building enclosure.


R50 by ifau und Jesko Fezer | HEIDE & VON BECKERATH

ifau und Jesko Fezer | HEIDE & VON BECKERATH


R50

ifau und Jesko Fezer | HEIDE & VON BECKERATHarchmarathonifau und Jesko Fezer | HEIDE & VON BECKERATH
Kantstraße 152
10623 Berlin
www.ifau.berlin.heimat.de
www.heidevonbeckerath.com
Category:
Mixed tenure housing
Project selected:
R50
Location:
Berlin, Germany
Year:
2013
Jury motivation
The innovative methodology and design thinking opens up many possibilities for much needed affordable housing everywhere. It transforms a neglected urban area into a highly liveable and sustainable laboratory for collective housing.

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The building for the R50 joint building venture consists of 19 distinct apartments and large rooms and areas for all residents. It is situated in a post-war residential neighbourhood in Berlin Kreuzberg which comprises diverse housing developments.
The six-storey detached building has three apartments on each level, as well as a basement and an attic. The reinforced concrete structure was designed to minimum requirements.
Combined with the reduced and partly exposed infrastructure, the independent modular timber facade and apertures specifically developed for this building and the all- around balconies on each level, it provides great flexibility for the layout of floor plans.
Meeting the owners’ aspiration for collective and affordable living the architectural concept is based on a robust and simple structure with carefully detailed connections on different scales. Each apartment was developed in an intensive process of consultations, discussions and design.


SAC: Student Activity Center by Supermachine

SUPERMACHINE STUDIO

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SAC: STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER

SUPERMACHINE STUDIOarchmarathonSUPERMACHINE STUDIO
57/7 Soi Chokchairuammit 16/13
Jompol Jatujuk Bangkok 10900 Thailand
supermachine.wordpress.com
Category:
Education
Project selected:
SAC: STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER
Location:
Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus
Year:
2013
Jury motivation
The Student Activity Center gives a new identity to a mix of different educational and cultural functions which are hosted in an open, powerful building. The process of recycling of the former structure and furniture shows an alternative attitude in the Asian context and allows a creative process which is able to re-think preexisting, anonymous buildings as a source for future architecture.

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SAC (Student Activity Center) is one of the most challenging projects that Supermachine studio has to do for Bangkok University from quite a number that we have done for the campus. It is not only because of the complexity of the program but also the 2,200 sq.m. project has to be on the 20+ year old building that used to be a dormitory. It is the most drastic building transformation that we have done to date.
SAC consists of diverse facility space, mainly for out-of-classroom ones, from photo studio, music rehearsal room, Thai dance club, 20+ faculty rooms, meeting rooms to POM POM cheer leader training hall. All of the students’ programs have to be accommodated into the existing structure of the building that was not designed for.
The old building was a 32 compact room dormitory inserted with 12 compact courtyards. The 90 meter long building was low, dark and damaged from the great flood in Thailand in 2011. The main operation is to merge 2 gable roofs into a new single roof with new structure to make the space more livable for the increasing number of users. The outer skin of the building is re-clad though out with single material which is a cedar shingle. Half of the inner space are kept intact but repainted systematically the existing corridor is yellow while 4 of the voids are modified, made public and painted into 5 different colors; purple, green, pink and turquoise. Natural light is brought in through the void skylights to make sure that the new space is bright enough. At the rear end of the building is a completely new structure as it has to house the BU POM POM club. When completed the 16 meter high gym will be the new training ground for the famous cheer leader team of Bangkok University that has won a lot of competitions internationally.
Given a nickname like a chocolate while being developed, “Toblerone”, SAC has been transformed from a simple program dorm into a complex programmed public building compressed into one long stick. Architecture also can be “Recycled.”