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Courtyard House Plugin

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People’s Architecture Office

Photos courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Courtyard House Plugin

PeoplePeople's Architecture Office
Tiaozhou Hutong, Yard No.37 Xi Cheng District, Beijing, China 100051
www.peoples-architecture.com
Category:
Retrofitting and refurbishment
Project selected:
Courtyard House Plugin
Location:
Beijing, China
Year:
2014
Winner of Retrofitting and Refurbishment category

Jury motivation: An ingenious system that not only solves the demographic issues but also inspires the whole new community life.

The award-winning Courtyard House Plugin is essentially a house within a house. It is a prefabricated building system for inserting modern living conditions into dilapidated courtyard houses. This alternative approach to urban renewal does not require tearing down existing structures or relocating residents. Currently, over a dozen Courtyard House Plugins have been built with more under construction. It is part of Dashilar Project, an initiative aimed at rejuvenating an historic district in the center of Beijing.
People’s Architecture Office has developed a proprietary prefabricated panel that can snap and lock together with a single hex wrench. The panels are light, easy to handle, and inexpensive to ship. A few people can construct a complete Plugin structure in one day, requiring no special skills or training. The result is a well-sealed and insulated interior that reduces energy use by one third. ‘Plugging in’ is half the cost of renovating and about a fifth of the cost of building a new courtyard house.
In China vast areas are still being torn down, forcing people from their homes, severing social ties in tight-knit communities, and erasing traces of a rich and tumultuous history. The Courtyard House Plugin offers an alternative option. Its simplicity and low cost give local residents access to participate in the process of upgrading their city and preserving their heritage.

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Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge

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ZUS

Photos courtesy of Ossip van Duivenbode

Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge

ZUSarchmarathonZUS
Schieblock, Schiekade 189, unit 303 3013 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands
www.zus.cc
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge
Location:
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Year:
2015
Winner of Transport category

Jury motivation: Questo progetto usa le infrastrutture come un mezzo per attivare spazi pubblici per la riqualificazione dell’intera comunità.

The Luchtsingel threads estranged parts of the city of Rotterdam back together. The financing of this bridge was initiated through the Rotterdam City Initiative and partially through crowdfunding. In return, crowd funders had their names or maxims engraved on the bridge’s wooden planks. Consequently, the bridge has around 10,000 co-owners.
The design is a long wooden bridge, which swings from a car park behind the Schieblock building towards the neighborhoods of Pompenburg, Hofbogen, and Delftse Poort. This creates a major route: about 1.5km, of which 350m is the wooden bridge. The largest part of the route runs at five to eight meters above ground level. The Luchtsingel’s deck is painted yellow – the color of the temporality. Different width staircases descend to specific ground-level areas, such as a playground, a bus stop, and a public building’s entrance. It is more than a structure; it is a new urban infrastructure.
From the car park, a wide staircase rises, as if from a ballroom, to a 3.5-meter high walking deck. On one side, widened sections provide seating. The deck opens onto the 1960s Schieblock building and runs right through it. The Luchtsingel then crosses over the Schiekade’s six lanes of traffic and a two tram routes.

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Våler Church

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Espen Surnevik

Photos courtesy of Rasmus Norlander

Våler Church

Espen SurnevikarchmarathonEspen Surnevik
sivilarkitekt espen surnevik as Maridalsveien 122 0461 Oslo, Norway
www.espensurnevik.no
Category:
Religious Buildings
Project selected:
Våler Church
Location:
Våler, Norway
Year:
2015
Winner of Religius Building category

Jury motivation: A strong architecture form and a great spiritual quality to the different spaces.

The open international competition for Våler church is one of the largest in Norway ever, with 239 proposals from 23 countries. The competitions winner proposal was finished in spring 2015.
Våler is a small village along the Glomma River.
The churchyard is one of the few planned areas of the town centre, and when the old 19th Century church burned down in 2009, people felt the loss very keenly.
The all but impossible task of the new church was to recreate the lost space as a frame for significant events in local people’s lives.
The buildings expression was generated as a direct response to the place, and organised around a quadrant with four oriels pointing north, south, east and west, as an analogy to the old cross-church.
The main story of the liturgy has become the narrative of the church: from fire to resurrection. The new church is placed on the existing processional axis, and clad in straight board of heartwood pine, reflecting the local forest landscape. The natural facades have a long local tradition. Due to climate they slowly get darker before ending up going back to nature. Every fifty years the façade-wood will be renewed and the church will resurrect as new for every new-born generation.
The interior is covered in birch plywood. The artistic elaboration in the interior seeks to “eradicate” the reality of the loadbearing structure and achieve an expression of lightness. The towers mark the main liturgical spaces, the church hall and the baptistery, rising from a common cast concrete plinth, the “bedrock” of the church.
The footprint of the old cross-church, were made into a memorial as a big grave in the middle of the old graveyard. Behind the memorial the new church rises up. The new church is built as a cultural arena, and open minded gathering-place for the whole community of Våler.

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Merchant Square Bridge

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Knight Architects

Photos courtesy of Peter Cook, Edmund Sumner and Knight Architects

Merchant Square Bridge

Knight ArchitectsarchmarathonKnight Architects
9 castle street high wycombe bucks hp136rz
www.knightarchitects.co.uk
Category:
Urban Design & Public Spaces
Project selected:
Merchant Square Bridge
Location:
London, UK
Year:
2014
Winner of Urban Design & Public Spaces category

Jury motivation: It shows a creative relationship between architecture, engeneering and urban design.

The competition-winning design for the replacement opening footbridge at Paddington Basin spans 20m across the Grand Union Canal at the heart of the new waterside Merchant Square development.
The brief called for a piece of architecture that would provide a focal point to an area of waterfront public space that will be opened at least once a week.
The design concept is both simple and spectacular: a 3m wide cantilevering deck is hinged at its north end and is raised using hydraulic jacks with an action similar to that of a Japanese fan.
The aim was to create an elegant, innovative design that utilised proven technologies, resulting in a structure that would have a significant impact on its locality.
The design has been considered in respect to the high quality new architecture and landscape, and from elevated as well as ground level viewpoints.
The five steel beams forming the deck open in sequence and shaped counterweights assist the hydraulic mechanism and reduce the energy required to move the structure.
In motion it is an eye-catching kinetic sculpture which is well suited to the position in Merchant Square. When in its lowered position, the five fingers had to create a flat, almost seamless walking surface.
This meant all members of the design team had to work to a high degree of accuracy to ensure the end result would have a clean finish and be of the highest quality.

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Seashore Library

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Vector Architects

Photos courtesy of Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi, He Bin, Hal Chen

Seashore Library

Vector ArchitectsarchmarathonVector Architects
Rm 208, Bldg 22, 4 North Gongrentiyuchang Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100027
www.vectorarchitects.com
Category:
Arts & Culture
Project selected:
Seashore Library
Location:
Beidaihe New District, China
Year:
2015
Overall Winner

About three hours drive from Beijing, the library is located inside a vacation compound along Bohai Bay. While Beijing has been experiencing massive growth in economy and city development, many have pointed out the issue of a drop in living environment. The vacation compound aims to create a quality-living area closer to nature. There are a series of cultural and leisure facilities within the compound, and Seashore Library is one of them.
The design key point is focused on exploring the co-existing relationship of the space boundary, the movement of the human body, the shifting light ambience, the air ventilating through and the ocean view. The library faces the ocean to its east. During seasons of spring, summer and fall, it not only serves the community residents at west, but opens to the public as well.
The design began with section. The library houses a reading area, a meditation space, activity room, a drinking bar and a resting area. According to each space, we establish a distinctive relationship between space and the ocean; define how light and wind enters into each room.
If we slice through the building along the north-south long axis, we can see how each space elaborates itself with ocean distinctively. And the movement and memory of human body together choreographs a series of experience.

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Servizio bus navette da Stazione Centrale di Milano

archmarathon
Per facilitare il raggiungimento della location da parte dei visitatori è stato organizzato un servizio di navette dalla Stazione Centrale.
Gli orari sono i seguenti:
 
Venerdì e sabato da stazione Centrale (lato Hotel Gallia) a Via Mecenate 90:
– ore 08:00
– ore 08:25
– ore 08:50
Venerdì e sabato da Via Mecenate 90 a stazione Centrale (lato Hotel Gallia):
– ore 19:00
– ore 19:30
 
Domenica da stazione Centrale (lato Hotel Gallia) a Via Mecenate 90:
– ore 08:00
– ore 08:25
– ore 08:50
Domenica da Via Mecenate 90 a stazione Centrale (lato Hotel Gallia):
– ore 20:00
– ore 20:30




Omicron living rooms

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Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst and Studio Anna Heringer

Photo courtesy of Pauline Semon, Stefano Mori

Omicron living rooms

Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst and Studio Anna HeringerarchmarathonLehm Ton Erde Baukunst and Studio Anna Heringer
Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst: Quadernstraße 7, 6824 Schlins, Austria
Studio Anna Heringer: Marienplatz 7 83410 Laufen, Germany
www.lehmtonerde.at
www.anna-heringer.com
Category:
Workspaces
Project selected:
Omicron living rooms
Location:
Klaus, Austria
Year:
2014

Fair trade meets regionalism. The project, 3 sculptures that serve as meeting rooms for the workers, is a commitment to support craftsmanship locally as well as in Bangladesh and in India. The aim is to create an atmospheric space of high quality for the employees of Omicron, and at the same time to make a social economic impact by involving a high amount of local craftsmanship and development organization from the global South.
The 3 sculptures can be seen as living rooms for the companies employees, to have meetings in a comfortable poetic atmosphere to retreat, contemplate, meditate, brainstorm, to have a coffee break, to chat.
The monolith is the most experimental structure of these 3. It is an attempt to bring the most basic building earth technique, zabur, as it is used in Ghana for example into Austrian laws and regulation systems. It is a two stories structure with only 15 centimeters thick and unstabilized clay walls including a load bearing clay dome. The Austrian regulations unfortunately lead, besides a steel foundation, to an addition of two horizontal steel rings as well as a ring for the central light opening. The rest of the monolith is layer by layer shaped by hand.
The zeppelin is a meeting room up in the air that glooms in the night and illuminates the space. Through the silky skin the atmosphere inside is very soft and poetic, in dialogue with the rich patterned textiles from Bangladesh the space will touch the senses in a very subtile way. The structure is made by timber, covered by an outside layer of handwoven non-violent silk from a leprosy project in India called Little Flower. The pool formed out of a landscape of earth is filled with a dozen of pillows from Bangladesh that we’ve made in cooperation with the NGO Dipshikha. It is a playful and communicative area where pillow fights will possibly be happening, same as a snooze in a pile of silky cushions.
Materials: clay as load bearing earth walls and as plaster, which also has a positive influence on the indoor climate. Local timber. Locally made ceramics. Hand-stitched and printed cushions from women in Rudrapur, Bangladesh. Hand-woven silk from Little Flower.

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Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst and Studio Anna Heringer

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Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst)
Over the course of three decades of research into theory and practice, Martin Rauch (b. 1958, Austria) has elevated traditional rammed earth techniques to a new level – both in terms of aesthetics and technology. As a leader in his field he has designed, planned and realized numerous domestic and international projects. His work has been widely published and he has received a number of awards such as the Plischke Award, a Holcim Regional Award – Bronze and a Fassa Bortolo Award. Since 2010 Rauch has held a UNESCO honorary professorship Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development. He is currently teaching design studio courses at the ETH Zurich.

Anna Heringer
Anna Heringer (b. 1977, Germany) is an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development. Her diploma work, the METI School, won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. Since then Heringer has realized further projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has been a visiting professor and teaching design courses at universities in Stuttgart, Linz, TU Vienna, the ETH Zurich and TU Munich. She has received numerous honors, including the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s GSD, the AR Emerging Architecture Award (twice) and a RIBA International Fellowship.

Main projects Lehm Ton Erde:
– Haus Rauch, Architecture: Roger Boltshauser and Martin Rauch
– Ricola Kräuterzentrum (Herb Center), Architecture: Herzog & de Meuron, Facade planning

Main projects Anna Heringer:
– METI school, Bangladesh
– DESI Centre, Bangladesh
– Bamboo Hostels, China
– Kindergarten, Zimbabwe
– Didi Textiles
– Omicron Monolith
– Teaching Centre, Morocco

Project selected for Archmarathon: Omicron living rooms



NODE Architecture and Urbanism

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NODE stands for Nansha Original DEsign (or NO DEsign) and was established in 2004. It is a small and high quality architectural practice in the Pearl River Delta region, which grew out of a series of projects associated and completed with the Fok Foundation of Hong Kong, and has extended its practice geographically outward. Founded and led by Principal Architect, Doreen Heng LIU, NODE currently consists of 10 architects and designers from Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Spain and Germany, and has completed and is implementing architectural projects in China. For years, NODE, with Nansha as her local base and Hong Kong as her international window, also established a studio in Shenzhen in late 2009, has been conducting a diversity of architectural, art and design practices in the PRD region.
Nansha is a uniquely situated at the land and water interface of Pearl River. It is a transit node between the east and west banks of the river; to the north is Guangzhou and to the south is Hong Kong. In contrast with rapid urban development in the rest of China, Nansha has taken a relatively slower pace toward urbanization. NODE argues for participation and inclusion of local interests as well as those from external sources, focuses on the basics of architecture in order to maintain a critical position under the pressure of tremendous speed, quantity and size. NODE’s work makes a departure from the essential issues of building – site, program, space, materials and construction– and ventures into complexities of urbanism, nature, landscape, tradition and culture. With such concerns, we as well consistently seek multi-disciplinary collaborations. Besides architecture, our work also covers a range of projects from scale of furniture and lighting features to urban design. We actively participate in academic forums, art exhibitions and installation designs locally and globally.
NODE here is understood as the point in which different vectors – possibilities, tendencies, and events – intersect. It is neither a point of departure or of arrival. It is not a fixed entity. It is determined by ever-changing fluxes and dynamics.
China is undergoing a great transitional period. The opportunities for architects are not only to design and build but also to contribute in the shaping of contemporary China. This is the ultimate challenge for NODE.

Main projects:
– Interior Design of Upper Bookstore, Shanghai
– Yang-chong River Water Infrastructure, Shenzhen
– Floating Entrance-Shekou Fufa Glass Factory Renovation, Shenzhen
– Warehouse, Shekou Fufa Glass Factory Renovation, Shenzhen
– Drunk Ink Hall, Chengdu
– Folded House-Artist Studio, Nanjing
– Time Art Museum, Guangzhou
– Health Center of Nansha Grand Hotel, Guangzhou
– Nansha Science Museum, Guangzhou
– Dachan Flour Factory Rennovation, Shenzhen

Work in progress:
– En-Ning Historical Street Renovations, Guangzhou
– Commercial street, Plot 1#-2, Shenzhen
– Wedding Hall, Shenzhen
– Office design, Plot B4, Shenzhen
– Office design, Plot A3, Shenzhen
– Kindergarten, Dongwan

Project selected for Archmarathon: Dacheng Factory Adaptive Reuse / UABB Venue