Photos courtesy of Michelle Litvin Studio
Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center
Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center
Located in the center of three separately defined campus zones at Case Western Reserve University the new university center contains student gathering spaces, dining facilities, meeting rooms, and offices for student organizations. The new building features three wings that are designed to facilitate the convergence of students from all three zones and serve as a connection point to tie the entire campus together.
The site is adjacent to a large open field, which sits atop a two-story underground parking structure. Construction was prohibited on the field above the garage due to insufficient structure and high hydrostatic pressure. The two sides adjacent to the field and underground parking structure are cantilevered over the garage to avoid these structural complications and to maximize floor plate sizes.
The structure of the facility was designed as a folded plate of green roofs growing out of the site with glazed walls below that open views to the outdoors. At the intersection of the three wings is a double-height gathering space uniting the two floors of the facility. A two-story high double-glazed wall encloses this space and opens western views into the field and an art museum beyond while eliminating excessive heat loads.
People’s Architecture Office
Photos courtesy of People’s Architecture Office
Retrofitting and refurbishment
Courtyard House Plugin
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.
Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Photos courtesy of Fernando Guerra_FG+SG
Office on the water
Huai'an, Jiangsu, China
Like a coiled, sleeping dragon, this office building floats on the water of the lake, which is also the dam for the Shihlien Chemical Industrial factory in Huai’an, Jiangsu province, PRC.
The idea of placing the main office building on water was implicit in the master plan for the factory, as this primarily chemical industry needs a reservoir to ensure its permanent, constant production.
The curved shape of the volume, accessed across two bridges, makes it seem to move as one approach and moves away.
The extremely simple organization is distributed on two levels: the main entrance is on the east side, where the central foyer provides access to the work area in a south-facing unit, with another north-facing unit for the social and exhibition zones. The service entrance, restaurant and kitchen areas all face north. The administration zones and facilities of the associate companies are on the upper floor.
The highlights of the main body include the volumes for the special zones such as the meeting rooms and the auditorium. Stairs, bridges and a ramped bridge facilitate accessibility, functionality and circulation between the spaces.
White concrete, aluminum/wood window frames and glass characterize the materiality of the building in contrast to the fluidity of the water body that supports it.
The building moves, always displaying its different forms with controlled elegance, exposed to light and shadows, with changing colors and reflections.
As architecture should it be.
Photos courtesy of Ossip van Duivenbode
Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge
Schieblock, Schiekade 189, unit 303 3013 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands
Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Photos courtesy of Hiroyuki Oki
Hotel & Leisure
Situated near to the main road linking Danang City and Hoi An old town, Naman Retreat Resort is designed to provide a relaxing atmosphere for the human senses. The environmental-friendly resort provides facilities and encourages guests to be involved in a variety of healthy activities, such as spa, yoga, beach sports, and etc. The resort blends harmoniously with the surroundings by integrating natural vegetation to the building, in addition to using natural and local materials such as natural stone and bamboo. This creates an ideal atmosphere to relax and purify the body and mind.
Located next to the resort entrance is the Babylon, a 3-storey hotel with 32 rooms which features vertical concrete screens on the building facades. Green vines are grown on the facades, resulting in a visually attractive landmark. The green facades also reduce building heat gain by filtering direct sunlight into the building whilst allowing natural cross-ventilation. The 5x15cm precast concrete screens are finished with timber texture, providing natural color as well as to complement the surrounding natural landscape.
The pool is both open and discreet, which provides a semi-private yet relaxing atmosphere for the guests to be totally immersed in the wonderful nature.
Photos courtesy of Fernando Guerra
Mixed Tenure Housing & Buildings
Città del Sole
Winning competition entry for the redevelopment of an urban area, including the transformation of an existing bus depot to integrate a mixture of uses including office, retail space and residential units.
This project is part of the Municipality of Rome’s initiative to redevelop a number of transport depots within the city in conjunction with local public transport authority ATAC. It involves the regeneration of a neighbourhood with a weak identity but with good growth potential due to its location at the edge of the city centre. Labics’ aim therefore was to create a new centre for the local community, but also to increase its profile as a place of transition with privileged access to the city centre.
The development of the site has been designed to be porous, allowing good access to and from the site, encouraging the flow of people and demonstrating Labics’ philosophy that cities should be built around systems rather than as a series of objects. Public realm space is not seen as residual but is fully integrated with the built elements – so, for example, the basement space becomes the load-bearing structure for high level walkways as well as a pathway in itself. This creates a complex public space, rich in experience.
The project is articulated over different levels, with commercial activities and the public library at ground level, offices on the first floor and public spaces on top of those. Three buildings are suspended above this public area – one containing more offices and the other two for residential use. The residential buildings contrast in terms of their typology and external treatment. The first is a tower containing small and medium-sized flats, partially enclosed with a horizontal glass brise soleil. The second ‘villa’ building contains luxury duplex apartments and is clad with aluminium panels that provide flexible, adjustable sun shading and a playful, ever-changing envelope.
DGT. Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
Photos courtesy of Takumi Ota
A house for Oiso
Our client decided to be a resident of Oiso.
Oiso, far from the city – around one hour away, is located in-between the sea and the mountains, with a population of around 32,000 people.
“I would like you to design a house that will remain after 100 years.” – that was the first request by our client. Oiso is a place that retains the trail left by the inhabitants from over five thousand years ago. It is the land in which ancient people lived, who selected the warm climate from the huge island that is Japan. Over time, the trail of various eras remained, from the Yayoi period (B.C. 4 – 4C) to the modern age through to the Edo period (17C – middle of 19C). The people of Oiso experimented with many different forms of housing, such as pit-dwellings, raised-floor dwellings, dug-standing pillar buildings, machiya (traditional merchant houses), architecture of villa and so on. Then we got one idea: we want to design a ‘Japanese House’ of the living form, which captures the essence of Japan from all ages.
In ‘A house for Oiso’, we used the ‘soil colour’ for the floor of the ground level and the walls. Having excavated the building 60 centimetres more than the surface of the foothold, we reused the remaining soil as a finishing material. The soil performs highly as a building material, with hygroscopic and heat-insulation properties. The building being buried inside the ground allows the soil to keep the cool temperature in summer, and warm the floor surface with regenerating radiation floor heating in winter. The second floor is the integrated space of ‘the wood colour’ covering the floor, the wall and the ceiling. We planned the circulation of the air to prevent the wind and rain, and to mitigate the humidity.
Photos courtesy of Julien Lanoo
Arts & Culture
Carrières sous Poissy, France
The project is part of a future 113 ha large public green space along the Seine river, in Carrières-Sous-Poissy, at the end station of the RER line A and close to the renown Villa Savoye from Le Corbusier. The Park will be a public park and ecological showcase for local residents and a leisure destination for people living in and around Paris.
The competition brief included the construction of a visitor’s center, of a restaurant (“guinguette”), of an observatory and smaller infrastructure “follies” with different uses.
Similar to the wooden preschool toys in form of building blocks, this collection of pavilions and ‘follies’ is based on a modular wood system, combining different sizes and angled timber frames.
The site is exceptional, for its location along the Seine river and for its “in-between”, dual nature (land/water, city/sprawl, wilderness/domesticated nature). Barges, fishing huts and houseboats, which have been so far inhabiting the site have been a powerful source of inspiration. The other site boundary is characterized by suburban nondescript housing pavilions. The design springs from an hybridization between these two existing habitat models: the floating barge and the archetypical suburban house resulting in a new typology emerging in the park and dealing with the site’s identity both spatially and socially, whilst providing a contemporary and forward-looking response.
AWP (Marc ARMENGAUD, Matthias ARMENGAUD Alessandra CIANCHETTA) and HHF (HERLACH, HARTMANN, FROMMENWILER)
PARTNER-IN-CHARGE DIRECTION DU PROJET:
There is less than a month to the new edition of ARCHMARATHON 2016, the architectural event where 42 international studios will compete for the prestigious ARCHMARATHON AWARDS, from 13 to 15 May at the Studio 90 of the EastEndStudios in Milan: ARCHMARATHON is a platform for dialogue between different actors operating in the market of architecture and construction, promoting the international exchange of ideas, know-how and relationships, in order to stimulate new and profitable business opportunities.
The event will take place near Linate Airport, in an esclusive location easily accessible by all means of transports.
As for the 2014 edition, the ARCHMARATHON organization decided to make available a free transfer service to the Italian Order of Architects.
Here are the buses already active for which you can register:
– Asti / Sunday 15 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_asti
– Biella / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_biella
– Bologna / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_bologna
– Bolzano / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_bolzano
– Cuneo / Sunday 15 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_cuneo
– Forlì Cesena / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_forli_cesena
– Genova / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_genova
– La Spezia / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_la_spezia
– Livorno / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_livorno
– Massa-Carrara / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_Massa-Carrara
– Modena / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_modena
– Padova / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_padova
– Parma / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_parma
– Piacenza / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_piacenza
– Pisa / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_pisa
– Pordenone / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_pordenone
– Ravenna / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_ravenna
– Reggio Emilia / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_reggioemilia
– Rovigo / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_rovigo
– Savona / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_savona
– Trento / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/archmarathon_trento
– Treviso / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_treviso
– Turin / Sunday 15 May – http://www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_torino
– Udine / Friday 13 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_udine
– Venezia / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_venezia
– Vercelli / Sunday 15 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_vercelli
– Verona / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_verona
– Vicenza / Saturday 14 May – www.archmarathon.com/bus/pullman_vicenza
The interested architects will have to book a place on the bus. The bus will be activated only if the minimum guaranteed number of participants is achieved and only when the service is confirmed, the link for the payment of the entrance reservation will be sent.
ARCHMARATHON has been accredited by the Orders of Architects of Milan and the credits are valid for members of all Italian Orders of Architects. Architects from all over Italy will receive 6 credits for each course.
Ares Partners and Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Photos courtesy of SU Shengliang
Hotel & Leisure
Xingping Scenic Area, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Yun Lu is a boutique eco-resort nestled within a village at north eastern part of Yangshuo which situated along the dramatic landscape of the Li River. The site consists of nine renovated old farm houses and one new addition which functions as an all-day dining restaurant for hotel guests. Taking on a sensitive approach to the local culture with villagers still living nearby, the overall planning and landscape design blends into the original village structure without creating new boundary conditions to the villagers. The rammed earthed buildings were retrofitted to accommodate refreshing and uncompromisingly contemporary living, while the new restaurant addition adopts an understated presence with the use of steel frame, glass pivot doors in contrast with the locally sourced rough-cut stone blocks, charcoal treated wooden louvers and terra-cotta roof tiles to provide a rich tactile experience. The spatial dialogue and sense of continuity between the old and the new buildings maintain an order of symbiosis between the foreign (hotel) and the local (village). The same design principle extends into the interior space of the hotel. The dialogue between people, space, light and landscape is well thought out. The typical layout of the vernacular house here is a three bay structure with a double height volume in the middle bay. Each typical building consists of four guest rooms with a shared living and hangout space in the center. Bamboo, wood, galvanized steel, concrete finishes and pebble washed stones are main materials being used in interior spaces. Most of wood beams and existing wooden doors are being refurbished and reused on the project.
There are issues which we expected and issues that we did not anticipated through design stages. The owner prefers to achieve certain number of guest rooms which requires adding a second floor. To make sure the houses are structurally stable after renovation is a major concern. For the interior space, we decided to keep the east and west ram earth brick walls as they are and adding new gypsum boards to the south and north walls. The cavity between the new added gypsum boards and the existing brick wall is the space for housing all M&E ducts and pipes. However, the corner detail when the new and old meets take quite an effort to resolve. Besides all the technical issues, we also have to answer to comments and demands raised from the villagers live nearby on daily bases.
Our objective is not to just preserve these traditional houses. We would very much like to see the symbiosis of nature and architecture of tradition, of local villagers, modern city visitors (intruders), of present and past that are all opposing entities. These opposing entities being in an interactive collaboration evokes multivalent and ambivalent meanings through differences and tension.
The material we picked for interior space is mainly concrete, wood and natural finish black steel. We wanted to avoid glitz and glamour in this project. The main idea is to bring clam and tranquility atmosphere into the space. We wanted people to concentrate on enjoying the spatial relationship, the dialogue between indoor and outdoor space and how the natural light casts onto the surface throughout different time of the day and of the year rather than concentrate on many different materials. The exterior building material is quite modest and unpretentious which we would want the interior to echo.