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Learning Hub

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Heatherwick Studio

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Learning Hub

Heatherwick StudioarchmarathonHeatherwick Studio
356-364 Gray’s Inn Road London WC1X 8BH
www.heatherwick.com
Category:
Education Buildings
Project selected:
Learning Hub
Location:
Singapore
Year:
2015

The studio was asked by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to design a building suited to the needs of students in the 21st century.
With so much information available on the internet, the university recognised the need to redefine the physical space of the university now that it is no longer the sole repository of knowledge. The studio understood the contemporary university to be a space for meeting people, and designed a building to facilitate that as much as possible.
The Learning Hub opened in March 2015. It is composed of twelve towers, each a stack of corner-less classrooms intended to foster collaborative learning. The towers are arranged around a central atrium space, which provides sunlight, visibility, and a sense of openness. This interweaving of social and learning spaces creates a dynamic environment and encourages interaction between students and professors.
The studio kept construction costs down with a series of re-usable silicon moulds that add variety and shape to the concrete. The columns, for example, have an undulating surface that makes them more tactile. To make each facade panel unique, the studio developed a modular system in which rubber strips of different sizes could be inserted and removed; the panels were then curved in ten different gradations to clad the rounded classrooms. A third set of moulds were used on the interior wall panels, which were pigmented and embedded with 700 drawings by the illustrator Sara Fanelli.
The Learning Hub’s environmental credentials earned it Green Mark Platinum status, the highest environmental rating in Singapore.

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Ålgård Church

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LINK Arkitektur

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Ålgård Church

LINK ArkitekturarchmarathonLINK Arkitektur
Elveveien 81 1366 Lysaker, Norway
www.linkarkitektur.com
Category:
Religious Buildings
Project selected:
Ålgård Church
Location:
Ålgård, Norway
Year:
2015

Aalgaard is a small town north of Stavanger in Norway. The main design challenge was combining a significant number of functions under one roof. It required a classroom, an office, a café and areas for younger people, without negatively affecting the character or function of the Nave.
This was done by partially lowering the ground floor into the terrain, leaving the sacral space undisturbed on the upper floor.
The church’s structure is the result of combining a square and a triangle. Within Christianity the triangle symbolises the holy Trinity.
The square symbolises Earth, with the four corners of the world.
The main processional axis is placed diago­nally to the square, dissecting the plaza, stairs, foyer, continuing into the Nave, and terminating at the Altar.
The wooden façade and the roof is finished in white resembling a tent canvas. This creates a light, pliable structure which is lifted to accentuate the entrance and allow natural light inside.
The roof’s triangular skylights are a modern inter- pretation of a traditional church vault also allowing natural light to enter the Nave.
The main structure consists of Glulam beams, arranged to create a network of triangles exposed on the ceiling of the Nave. A staircase spreads like a fan from the main entrance, welcoming people into the church.
The shape inspired the local Bishop to name Aalgaard Church “the church with open arms”.

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SOS Children’s Village

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Urko Sánchez Architects

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SOS Children’s Village

Urko Sánchez ArchitectsarchmarathonUrko Sánchez Architects
P.O. Box 52879 - 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
urkosanchez.com
Category:
Mixed Tenure Housing & Buildings
Project selected:
SOS Children’s Village
Location:
Tadjourah, Djibouti
Year:
2014

A medina for children designed according to extreme weather conditions and community traditions.
Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa, which suffers from persistent droughts and severe scarcities.
We were approached by SOS Kinderdorf to design a residential compound of 15 houses where to run their family-strengthening programmes.
We learnt about SOS systems, about the community where the project would take place, their nomadic traditions and the extreme climate of the region. We searched for traditional housing references in similar cultural and climatic environments and finally decided to design a MEDINA with certain singularities:

A. It is a medina for children – A safe environment, with no cars, where the narrow streets and squares become places to play
B. It is a medina with plenty of open spaces – Public and private spaces are clearly defined. And in the private, the inside and outside areas melt, allowing residents to maintain certain outdoors living.
C. It is a medina with lots of vegetation – Where the inhabitants are encouraged to take care of their plants and benefit from the result.

In terms of distribution, all houses follow the same scheme but are arranged in different ways, placed close to each other giving shade one another and generating alleys between them in an apparent disordered way. Natural ventilation and sun shading was intensely studied, introducing natural ventilation towers where needed.
The construction of this project was possible thanks to an international team, which reflects the mixture of backgrounds in the practice of our profession, making every project a very enriching experience.

– Dji Fu – Chinese Contractor based in Djibouti
– John Andrews – Ugandan Architect based in Djibouti
– Fritz Bachlechner – Austrian Project Manager based in Kenya
– Estrella de Andrés – Spanish Architect based in Kenya
– Oliver Kabure – Kenyan engineer based in Kenya
– And of course all the Djiboutian who worked on site
– The funding came from the German Cooperation Aid.
The materials were very simple: cement blocks, RC structure and Cemcrete finish from a South African company.

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The Pinch: library and community center

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John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere

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The Pinch: library and community center

John Lin and Olivier OttevaerearchmarathonJohn Lin and Olivier Ottevaere
Rural Urban Framework Room 406 Knowles Building The Faculty of Architecture The University of Hong Kong Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
www.rufwork.org
www.doubleostudio.com
Category:
Education Buildings
Project selected:
The Pinch: library and community center
Location:
Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China
Year:
2014

The Pinch is a library and community center in Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China. The project is part of a government led reconstruction effort after an earthquake in Sept 2012. The majority of village houses were destroyed, leaving the residents living in tents for up to one year. After the earthquake the government has sponsored new concrete and brick houses and a large central plaza. During the first site visit, the houses remained incomplete and the plaza was a large empty site.
The University of Hong Kong decided to sponsor the design and implementation of a new library building. Located in the new but empty public plaza, it would serve to activate the community and provide a physical memorial for the event. The site of the library is against a 4 meter high retaining wall. The design spans across this level difference and acts as a bridge between the rebuilt village and the new memorial plaza. Emphasizing its location in a remote mountain valley, the design responds visually to the space of the valley, offering stunning views across a dramatic double curved roof. The structure itself rises to a peak, a monument to the earthquake and rebuilding effort.
As a Knowledge Exchange Project, the construction involves collaboration with a local timber manufacturing factory. The process resulted in the development of a surprisingly diverse form through simple means. A series of trusses is anchored between the upper road level and lower plaza level. The form of each truss changes to create both a gradual incline (to bring people down) and then a sharp upward pitch (to elevate the roof). The trusses were covered in an aluminium waterproofing layer and timber decking. On the interior, the trusses extend downward to support a floating bookshelf. Simple traditional school benches are used as chairs. The polycarbonate doors can open to create a completely open space extending out to the plaza.
Rather than submitting to the abandonment of wood construction (as with the houses after the earthquake), the project reasserts the ability to build contemporary timber structures in remote areas of China.

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Våler Church

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Espen Surnevik

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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

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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Birmingham New Street Station

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AZPML

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Birmingham New Street Station

AZPMLarchmarathonAZPML
55 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT, UK
www.azpml.com
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
Birmingham New Street Station
Location:
Birmingham, UK
Year:
2015

Birmingham New Street Station is an important transport hub and a key aspect of the city’s public realm. Occupying an important position in the city and handling a large amount of traffic, it provides the first impression of Birmingham to a large influx of visitors to the Midlands. Our proposal for the station seeks to produce iconic architecture that, beyond creating an impression, is able to communicate the function of the building to the public. To achieve this, the station is designed to give expression to the dynamic nature of the railway.
The rail engine, the bifurcating patterns of the rails, or the distortion of perception produced by movement have been the inspiration for the architectural expression of the project. The undulating, smooth forms of the track field have been transferred and embedded into the geometry of the building to embellish the city and to convey its historical character as a transportation hub where various traffic systems such as the famous canals, the roman roads, etc, converge and overlay. Our design aims to trigger a new perception of the urban settings around the station.
The station cladding will be a stainless steel skin which conceals the future plant areas on the roof and wraps around the existing car park.
As the cladding cannot be related to the interior of the building for practical reasons, the design of the facade is related to the exterior space, making the building an instrument to intensify the perception of urban life in Birmingham’s inner city. By turning the external rain screen into a warping, reflective stainless steel surface, Birmingham New Street Station will produce a controlled refl ection of the surrounding urban field – the once dark, now bright, Birmingham sky, the crowds of passengers, the trains entering and exiting the station, the hues of sunset and sunrise and other dynamic regimes present at the site.
To highlight the four main access points, large eye-shaped media screens to broadcast railway information, news and commercials have been integrated in the facade. The field of reflections which constitutes the external envelope of the building, and produces a consistent identity, diff erentiates depending on the opportunities on each side of the building.

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317 Social Housing Units

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SV60 Cordón & Liñán Arquitectos

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317 Social Housing Units

SV60 Cordón & Liñán ArquitectosarchmarathonSV60 Cordón & Liñán Arquitectos
San Vicente, 60 3º izq, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
www.agcordon.com
Category:
Mixed Tenure Housing & Buildings
Project selected:
317 Social Housing Units
Location:
Loma de Colmenar, Ceuta
Year:
2015

We bring into play a range of parameters aimed at creating an independent fragment of a city that reconstructs perceptive essences associated with an understanding of the Place itself. Empty spaces, squares, streets, vantage points and courtyards are configured as basic elements in order to define our new “neighbourhood.”
Due to the sharp slope of the plot (40 metres of height difference), the proposal is to amend the topography by means of a series of terraces integrated into the geometric framework, with slopes of approximately 5 metres. The buildings will adapt to the different slopes, adopting a winding pattern to seek better orientations and spread out in a south to north direction. The buildings adapt to the topography, either supported or “floating”, focusing on the continuity of spaces, of visual relationships, orientation, etc.
The typology is based on a rational model generated by 3.00 x 3.00 m. grouped together depending on needs of use. The diversity in positioning the gaps, terraces, patios and empty spaces in general seeks to establish internal spatial continuity, by establishing internal relationships between the dwellings and improving the performance and energy efficiency of the buildings. All the homes have double orientation, terraces and inner courtyards. In addition, a filter-storage façade is proposed.

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Saigon house

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a21studio

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Saigon house

a21studioarchmarathona21studio
2/10 Nguyễn Huy Lượng, ward 14, Bình Thạnh district, Hochiminh city, Vietnam
www.a21studio.com.vn
Category:
Private housing
Project selected:
Saigon house
Location:
Hồ Chí Minh city, Vietnam
Year:
2015

In Saigon, there is a story about Van Duong Phu, a masterpiece of architecture, built by Mr. Vuong Hong Sen, a culturist, an academic, and a famous collector of antiques. Moreover, he also has a deep knowledge of southern Vietnam and wrote many books about Saigon.
At the end of his life, he would have liked to dedicate his house as a museum in order to prevent the antiques from being stolen and introduce Saigon culture to visitors.
However, after his death, the house has been abandoned, and the spirit is totally lost.
We’ve recognized that although being respected and successful in his works, he failed in passing his love to his family. Therefore, they do not respect their childhood.

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WWF-UK’s Living Planet Centre

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Hopkins Architects

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WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre

Hopkins ArchitectsarchmarathonHopkins Architects
27 Broadley Terrace London NW1 6LG UK
www.hopkins.co.uk
Category:
Workspaces
Project selected:
WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre
Location:
Woking, UK
Year:
2014

The site for the new Living Planet Centre, which is located within the Town Centre, sits alongside the Basingstoke Canal and the brief required that the existing public car park at ground level be retained.
The new building sits on a raised in-situ concrete podium, whose perimeter has been planted with shrubs, trees and flowers. A new bridge from the town centre leads to a public piazza at podium level, connecting through to an internal public exhibition space.
The accommodation is arranged over two storeys and serves as the headquarters for WWF-UK. The 80 m long curved timber gridshell spans 37.5 m, providing long-term flexibility for WWF. The building houses an open-plan workplace for some 300 staff, a 150 seat conference venue, education support facilities and the WWF Experience exhibit.
At ground level, the existing trees have been retained and a new wetlands area created to provide a wildlife corridor from the Basingstoke Canal to Horsell Moor, enhancing the public realm onto the canal.
The design for the headquarters aims to maximise on-site sustainable features and has been awarded the Breeam Outstanding rating. Hopkins Architects have also provided interior design services throughout the project.

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Houtloods

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Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

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Houtloods

Bedaux de Brouwer ArchitectsarchmarathonBedaux de Brouwer Architects
Dr. Keyzerlaan 2 5051 PB Goirle, the Netherlands
www.bedauxdebrouwer.nl
Category:
Workspaces
Project selected:
Houtloods
Location:
Tilburg, the Netherlands
Year:
2014

The ‘Houtloods’ is the oldest, still remaining building in the ‘Spoorzone’, a former site of the Dutch Railroad Company. The ‘Houtloods’ is located in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and originally served as the railroad’s lumberyard. The exposed masonry arched structure opened up to the elements and allowed the lumber to naturally dry. Later on the masonry arches were filled in with brick and the enclosed building became a workshop.
During the renovation, the infilled arches were reopened to highlight the structure and let natural light in. Behind the arched wall, we placed a glass façade that complements and preserves the ‘newly’ opened structure.
Inside the building, detached from the glass façade and timber roof, we placed a large oak clad “furniture box” that houses the newly added functions and program. Inside this ‘box’ are offices, restrooms and storage while on the outside of the box public spaces are placed. The oak clad outside of the box offers room for an auditorium on one side and the open kitchen and bar of a trendy restaurant, appropriately named “the Houtloods”, Dutch for timber yard, on the other side.

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