12/31/2010

Projects expected for 2011: Zaha Hadid Architects' Next Gene Architecture Museum

While 2010 is not finished yet, instead of drawing a list of buildings completed in 2010, I continue to draw a list of buildings that are expected to be completed in 2011. Of course the list is not closed and will be completed and updated slowly but surely in 2011.
This post will also conclude the 2010 year.
I would like to add that this blog will probably shift into a webmagazine, precisely more a webnewspaper-type than a webmagazine-type. I say "probably" because I am late and I must hurry up before February. But I will post more information when finished. It does not mean that this blog will be closed but I decided to move into a more flexible project. I have not decided what I will do with this blog yet. Last but not least I wish you all a happy and healthy new year (une bonne année pour les francophones).
Let us move on one of the projects expected to be completed in 2011.
New Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects. Originally appeared on archinnovations

Zaha Hadid Architects' Next Gene Architecture Museum may be one of these constructions to be expected in 2011. Many reviews have been written here and there. I only remind the guidelines of this project.
Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects

The Next Gene Architecture Museum is located in Au-Di, Taipei county, northern part of Taiwan. This building is implanted on the end corner of a steep sloping hill.
Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects. Originally appeared on archinnovations
The museum's skin is perforated so that natural light enter easily the museum's interior and create an interaction between the building and its users.

The museum is designed to both facilitate as an exhibition of architectural works and as an architectural object of itself.
Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects

The form of the building is thought to be in harmony with the surrounding landscape.
Next Gene Architecture Museum, the Cafe — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects

The structural system of the envelope are based on perforated patterns to make natural light to enter easier the building's interior according to the movement of the sun.
Birdview of the Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects. Originally appeared on archinnovations
The conic shape of the building makes the building more dynamic and fluid. The fluidity makes circulation inside building performative.

The choice aims at creating an interaction between the users and the building.

Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects. Originally appeared on archinnovations
Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan © Zaha Hadid Architects. Originally appeared on archinnovations

Now the question is: how will be this building? Let us wait and see its completion for a more precise review.
Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects. Originally appeared on archinnovations
This image illustrates the relation of the building's shape, skin and interiors. Natural light penetrates the building via the perforation and allows the users to interact with the building.
Next Gene Architecture Museum — Render, Zaha Hadid Architects, Taipei, Taiwan, © Zaha Hadid Architects.
Fluidity does not limit only to circulation but also to furniture as shown in the image above.

Project Data
Project: Next Gene Architecture Museum
Program: Museum
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Structural Engineer: Arup
Client: De-Nian International Company, Inc
Total Floor Area: 700 sq. m.
Construction start: 2008
Target completion: 2011

Credits
Renderings all courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects.
Some renders when mentioned are originally appeared on archinnovations.

Frank Gehry's design of the DR Chau Chak Wing Business School Building for the University of Technology of Sydney

Frank Gehry unveils the design of the "Treehouse", the business school building for the University of Technology, Sydney. This building is named Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, after the Australian-Chinese business leader and philanthropist who has donated $25 million for the project. This building will be his first ever Australian building.
Oblique view of University of Technology, Sydney (ITS) Business School Building — Model scale 1 to 200, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on University of Technology of Sydney's website 

The Building's shape
Newspapers discuss Gehry's design with passion.
Frank Gehry wants this building being a landmark for Sydneysiders.
Apparently, according to newspapers, particularly this one I quote, Heath Gilmore's paper "Gehry competes with ghosts for architectural vision", a paper published the December 17th 2010 in the newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, "The $150 million landmark building (…) will be an evocative blur most Sydneysiders".
If, Heath Gilmore continues, the open harbour approach was already taken by Danish Joern Utzon () for his Sydney Open house, perched atop its Bennelong Point pedestral, Gehry's design, on the contrary, is working within twisted alleys and streets laid out in convict-era Sydney.
Site model of the UTS Business School Building — Model scale 1 to 500, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website

Joern Utzon's Opera House, which was completed in 1973, is a building made of tile-clad concrete and precast concrete. The particularity of this prodigious building is its shape, with stairway, and expressionist spherical section roofs; each spherical section is 75.2 metre (246 ft 81/2 in) radius.
The Sydney Opera House, Joern Utzon, Sydney, Australia, © Joern Utzon, Originally appeared on Great Buildings

The curvature of the shapes of the Utzon's Sydney Opera House is pure, delicate, and very "theatrical".
UTS Business School Building — View north Ultimo Pedestrian Network, Model scale 1 to 100, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website

Gehry's building is embedded in the streetscape. The power of the building would "pulsate through the crowded inner city, offering people passing by "fascinating vignettes", Gilmore writes.
Frank Gehry wants his building be considered as "Ghosts". What does he mean with "Ghosts"? If you look of the few images of the design of this building, you'll find first response. Frank Gehry wants his building be "ghosts" like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

The Dr Chau Chak Wing building will be based on a design from the inside-out. This strategy consists of the design of internal spaces which will be developed before design of the building's exterior. Hence the name "Treehouse". 

The building will have two distinct external façades. The west facing facade will contain the ground level entry off Ultimo Road. It is composed of large shards of glass façade. This glass will be slightly reflective to fracture and mirror the image of the surrounding buildings of the neighborhood. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo's sculptures inspired the folds of undulating brickwork that form the west façade.
UTS Business School Building — West elevation, Model scale: 1 to 100, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website
UTS Business School Building — Section view of west elevation, model scale: 1 to 50, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website
UTS Business School Building — West façade, view across Ultimo Pedestrian Network, Model scale: 1 to 100, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website

The other façade, the east facing one, is a collection of angled sheets of glass that will mirror the image of surrounding buildings. It presents a fractured view of the urban sandstone and brick heritage built by people long gone. This façade contains an entry from the UPN which is made of the colored brick similar in color to the Sydney Sandstone.
UTS Business School Building — East elevation, Model scale: 1 to 100, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website

The form of the east façade curves and folds like soft fabric, Gehry adds. The brick will be set in horizontal courses and will step or corbel to create the shape. The texture of the surface will be rough and will emphasize the mass of the material. The shape will flatten as it will wrap around the north and south corners. Large windows will punch this façade.
The building will be constructed on the corner of Omnibus Lane and Ultimo Road, Ultimo, on a small block of land most recently used as a car park.

Peter Bailey, Arup Principal and Project Director says on this project: "Frank Gehry's designs are most easily identified by their unique geometry and exploration of different materials, and the Dr Chau Chak Wing building carries Gehry's indelible mark on its façade." Arup's intervention can be summarized as follows: "One of our most important tasks on this project is to capture this innovative form in a usable and sustainable fashion."

Internal structure
The internal structure will look like a "tree house" that generates a sense of "creative play", says Gehry. What does he mean with "tree house"? The building, Frank Gehry says, will be composed of vertical stacks of office floors with spatial "cracks" in between.
Each of the larger lower floors will be divided into six floor segments. The building façade, mentioned above, will fold in between these elements bringing natural daylight deep into the center of the floors.
The ground floor of the building will house a café with seated dining opening to additional outdoor tables on the sidewalk and proposed plaza to the north. A coffee bar with outdoor seating will animate the upper level entry off the UPN, conveniently adjacent to the student center and the large student lounge. It will be connected via a staircase to the student lounge.
UTS Business School Building — Ground floor plan, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website

The teaching and learning spaces will be accessibly located on the lower four levels of the building. They will be comprised of various classroom types primarily serving postgraduate students.
UTS Business School Building — First floor plan, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website
UTS Business School Building — Third floor plan, Frank Gehry Partners, Sydney, Australia, © Frank Gehry Partners. Originally appeared on UTS' website

There will be ten graduate seminar rooms of forty seats with flat floors to allow for flexibility in seating arrangement, a 120 seat bowl classroom with desk seating and loose chairs on the first floor, four flat floor graduate computer labs for forty students each, and two oval classrooms for sixty students.

Sustainability
This building will be designed to minimise greenhouse gas emissions. Gehry has recently confessed to 2011 January issue of Playboy Magazine that architects should "do more" in terms of sustainability. For this building key sustainability measures currently being investigated will include:

  • low carbon emissions, achieved through low-energy air conditioning and tri-generation power supply
  • smart air conditioning, designed to switch off when offices are empty for an extended period of time
  • monitoring of CO2 levels within the building
  • intelligent lighting that adjusts according to natural light levels
  • optimising natural light, including window positions, floor plate design and window glazing
  • rainwater capture and storage for use in cooling towers and toilet flush applications.


The Dr Chau Chak Wing Business School Building is expected to be finished for the 2014 academic year and is a key part of the University's City Campus Master Plan.

Project Data
Program: Dr Chau Chak Wing Business School Building
Architect: Frank Gehry Partners
Location: Sydney, Australia
Structural Engineer: Arup
Total Floor Area: 16,030 sq. m., spread over 11 floors
Concept Design approved: June 2010
Schematic Design unveiled: December
Construction Start: early 2012
Target completion: end 2013
Final occupancy: March 2014
Client: University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
Models, plans all courtesy Frank Gehry Partners

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald and University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

12/30/2010

BIG's proposal for the Hew Town Hall in Forde, Norway

November 26th 2010, the firm architecture BIG revealed its proposal for the New Town Hall in the City Forde, Norway.
The New Town Hall in Forde — Render, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG

Their proposal wants the Forde Hall Quarter acts much more as an urban space than a building. BIG's idea is to create a common reference point for the city's inhabitants and new citizens.
The New Town Hall in Forde — Render, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Render, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Render, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG

This town hall will be consider a single architectural object that can be admired from distance.
The New Town Hall in Forde — The Site, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
"City Hall Quarter is centrally located in the center south with direct access to the river, surrounded by the mountain wall"
The New Town Hall in Forde — The Volume, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
"To conduct a large public building in the middle of Forde center requires consideration and adaptation to the environment. A potential building volume is raised from the site"
The New Town Hall — The Height, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
"The potential building volume is cut in a 0 degrees angle to avoid casting shadows on the nearby buildings and urban spaces. The volume ensures maximum daylight and sunshine to the surrounding environment"
The New Town Hall in Forde — The Place and the tree, BIG, Forden Norway, © BIG
"The volume is trimmed in the southeast and northwest and creates 2 new sites in relation to the Town Hall Quarter, and preserving the existing. Beautiful leaf-tree, and the existing place towards the water"
The New Town Hall in Forde — The Town hall square, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
"In the heart of the Town Hall Quarter there is cleared a square which will be the new town hall square. The town Hall Square will be a natural gathering grass for Forde's citizens"
The New Town Hall in Forde — The City hall stairs, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
"Passage of the river and the Town Square be extended as an open invitation to the environment. The façade is decorated with a town hall-clock as a traditional symbol for the city's common identity"
The New Town Hall in Forde — The Elevated square, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
"Town Hall Square is elevated 4 feet, this makes the adjacent passages into the ramps — and the great transit access to the City Hall Steps. The Town Hall Square now leave's room for shop and storage features in the street below" 
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG

Big proposes to distort the the insides out of the Town Hall Quarter creating a public village which is bold and well-adjusted, unique and local at the same time.
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG
The New Town Hall in Forde — Model, BIG, Forde, Norway, © BIG

Project Data
Project: New Town Quarter
Architects: BIG
Type: Proposal
Location: Forde, Norway
Year: 2010
Renderings, Models all courtesy © BIG

12/29/2010

BMW International Stadium, a Atelier Cosmas Gozali's proposal for the BMW Int. Stadium Competition

Jakarta-based Atelier Cosmas Gozali (also called Arya Cipta Graha) reveals their proposal for the BMW International Stadium Competition. for which they were awarded the third place finish.
BMW International Stadium, Atelier Cosmas Gozali (Arya Cipta Graha), Jakarta, Indonesia, © Atelier Cosmas Gozali

Atelier Cosmas Gozali want this building as a landmark for the city of Jakarta and as an icon of sports development. The main idea is to shape the identity of the area by manifesting its spirit of place.
BMW International Stadium, Atelier Cosmas Gozali (Arya Cipta Graha), Jakarta, Indonesia, © Atelier Cosmas Gozali

Atelier Cosmas Gozali's stadium is also an ecological sustainable building as the building is uplifted from the ground level.
BMW International Stadium — Master block plan, Atelier Cosmas Gonzali (Arya Cipta Graha), Jakarta, Indonesia, © Atelier Cosmas Gozali. Originally appeared on Archdaily

Two reasons justify this strategy of uplifting the building from the ground level: (1) the building will not deteriorate the existing environment; (2) then it will create an open range of views towards the lake and the park.
BMW International Stadium, Atelier Cosmas Gozali (Arya Cipta Graha), Jakarta, Indonesia, © Atelier Cosmas Gozali

The envelope of the building is made of metal material. These are irregularly arranged with the aim of displaying the dynamic tongues of flame, and effecting reflections of the light.
BMW International Stadium, Atelier Cosmas Gozali (Arya Cipta Graha), Jakarta, Indonesia, © Atelier Cosmas Gozali

Atelier Cosmas Gozali also opts for traditional symbolic elements. Megamendung (or raincloud) batik motif in the façade, Minang-house arch of the main bridge of the stadium's reception the allusion to the headdresses of ondel-ondel (the giant puppet mascots of traditional Betawi festivals) in the binding ring of the stadium are the traditional symbolic elements applied to bring out the building's design.
BMW International Stadium, Atelier Cosmas Gozali, Jakarta, Indonesia, © Atelier Cosmas Gozali. Originally appeared on Archdaily
Profile
Atelier Cosmas Gozali and also known as PT. Arya Cipta. Established and based in Jakarta since 2005 (was before PT. Archindo Ciptakreatif, 1992-2005), the company specializes in architecture, interior, and landscape design, and completed several projects such as Y - House, Jkarta (1994), Origami House, Bandung (1992), "White Box" House - Kosambi, Jarta (2004), W - House, Jakarta (2007), SK Residence, Jakarta 2006), and De Oaze Tomang residence, Jakarta (2006) which have internationally published in some magazines and books.

Project Data
Program: BMW International Stadium
Architect: Atelier Cosmas Gozali (Arya Cipta Graha)
Location: Sunter, North Jakarta, Indonesia
Competition Year: 2009
Renderings and plans all courtesy © Atelier Cosmas Gozali (Arya Cipta Graha)
Plans originally appeared on Archdaily
Source: Archdaily

Daniel Libeskind will design Lüneburg's University

The English edition of German newspaper Der Spiegel reveals, December, the 24th 2010, Daniel Libeskind's new project: a university for the city of Lüneburg, near Hamburg, Germany. According to the journalist Oliver Trenkamp:
"Lüneburg's university wants to reinvent itself as an elite academic institution and is looking to generate buzz with a huge new building designed by Daniel Libeskind.
Lüneburg's University, Daniel Libeskind, © Daniel Libeskind. Originally appeared on Der Spiegel

A computer simulation of the new building's interior: Student and local politicians have criticized the ambitious plans, but construction looks set to go ahead now that funding has finally been secured.
Lüneburg's Univesity, Daniel Libeskind, © Daniel Libeskind. Originally appeared on Der Spiegel

With its silver-colored, jagged facade, the building will be 38 meters (124 feet) high, able to accommodate 1,200 people and will cost around €57,7 million ($76 million).
Lüneburg's University, Daniel Libeskind, © Daniel Libeskind. Originally appeared on Der Spiegel

The laying of the foundation stone is planned for early 2011, and construction is supposed to be completed by Easter 2014."
Lüneburg's University, Daniel Libeskind, © Daniel Libeskind. Originally appeared on Der Spiegel
Lüneburg's University — Model, Daniel Libeskind, © Daniel Libeskind. Originally appeared on Der Spiegel

Project Data
Program: University
Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Location: Lüneburg, Germany
Beginning of the construction: 2011
Final Completion (expectation): 2014
Site area: unspecified
Total Floor Area: unspecified

Source: Der Spiegel, 12/24/2010

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