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Hotel Full Moon – Baku, Azerbaijan

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Building: Hotel Full Moon
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Completion: Under Construction [started in 2008]
Architect: Heerim Architects

AE Interests: Curved façade creates spherical illusion, “Death Star” hole provides some solution to wind pressure problems.

Written by Alan Del Olmo

July 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Under Construction

Mur Island – Graz, Austria

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Building: Mur Island
Location: Mariahilferstraße 2, 8020 Graz, Austria
Date of Completion: March 2004
Architect: Acconci Studio
Design and architectural layout: Robert Punkenhofer

AE Interests: Steel structure. The structure contains an amphitheater, café, and children’s playground. It’s geometry is that of shells coming together at different areas, a fitting theme for an “island”.

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

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Kunsthaus – Graz, Austria

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Building: Kunsthaus
Location: Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Date of Completion: September 27, 2003
Architect: Peter Cook/Colin Fournier
Partner Architect: Architektur Consult, Graz (Peyker, Domenig, Eisenköck)
Structural Engineering: Bollinger and Grohmann, Frankfurt/M

AE Interests: Façade is a media skin that can be changed electronically. “Biomorphic” geometry. Houses a very cost-efficient air conditioning system.

Link to building video: http://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/kunsthaus/the_building/movie_a_friendly_alien

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 27, 2010 at 2:00 am

Posted in Built

Podersdorf Parish Centre – Podersdorf am See, Austria

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Building: Podersdorf Parish Centre
Location: Podersdorf am See, Austria
Date of Completion: 2001
Architect: Lichtblau Wagner Architekten
Structural Engineer: Josef Gebeshuber

AE Interests: Ingenious ventilation system that conforms to the temperature and air quality needs at different times of the season. 40-meter long glass wall printed with quotations from the bible.

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 27, 2010 at 1:47 am

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MISS Sargfabrik – Vienna, Austria

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Building: MISS Sargfabrik
Location: dorm Missindorfstraße 10, 1140 Vienna, Austria
Date of Completion: 2000
Architect: BKK-3

AE Interests: Orange-colored façade randomly lined up indicating that corridors and rooms near the outer walls have variable heights and spaces to accommodate the most obvious residential needs.

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 27, 2010 at 1:11 am

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Paltramplatz Residential Building – Vienna, Austria

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Building: Paltramplatz Residential Building
Location: Paltramplatz 7, 1100 Vienna, Austria
Date of Completion: 2002
Architect: Delugan-Meissl

AE Interests: façade includes windows that are placed seemingly random, a sleek gray skin, and protruding room-sized windows extending out of the building. The roof acts as a “hat” for the building and has perforations that leak sunlight into the open area in the middle of the building.

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 26, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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Church Donaucity – Vienna, Austria

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Building: Church Donaucity
Location: Donau City Straße 1 1220 Vienna, Austria
Date of Completion: 2000
Architect: Heinz Tesar

AE Interests: Rectangular shaped placed diagonally in a plaza avoids conflict with the high-rise buildings surrounding it. Façade is clad in chromium steel plates.

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm

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Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation – Vienna, Austria

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Building: Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation
Location: Museums Quartier, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna, Austria
Date of Completion: September 15, 2001
Architect: Ortner & Ortner
Usable space: 14.000 m²
Exhibition space: 4.500 m²
Depot space: 1.800 m²

AE Interests: Basalt-lava-stone used for the façade, roof, and floor inside. Small slits in the skin provide lighting to pierce the building to provide guests a sense of orientation. Equipped with an artificial lighting system to provide exceptional lighting conditions for exhibits.

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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Media Tower – Vienna, Austria

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Building: Media Tower
Location: Wiedener Hauptstrasse 15, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Date of Completion: 2000
Architect: Hans Hollein
Client: Generali Gruppe, Nutzer: Verlagsgruppe News

AE Interests: Lobby shaped like a rhombus, buildings adjacent look misaligned creating a cartoonish look to the geometry, a room sticks out of the middle of the building like a cantilever

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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Private Underground Pool – Vienna, Austria

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Building: Private Underground Pool
Location: 1190 Vienna, Austria
Date of Completion: 2001
Architect: the next ENTERprise
Associate Architect: Florian Haydn
Competition: 1997
Structural Engineer: Dipl. Ing. Dr. Karl Heinz Wagner
Building-related Physics: Dipl. Ing. Erich Panzhauser
Light Design: Christian Ploderer
Site Area: 1167 m2
Floor Area: 219 m2
Volume: 1050 m2

AE Interests: Indoor pool built in the earthspace to avoid destroying the garden, “long-distance” pool connects to residential bathroom in villa through an elongated ramp

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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AHS Secondary School -Vienna, Austria

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Building: AHS Secondary School
Location: AHS Heustadelgasse 4, 1220 Vienna, Austria
Date of Completion: May 2002
Architect: Henke and Schreieck Architekten
Client: BIG Federal Estate Limited
Project Team / Collaboration: Gavin Rae (project manager) & Sascha Dehn
Structural Consultants: Dipl. Ing. Manfred Gmeiner, Dipl. Ing. Martin Haferl
Construction Physics: Dipl. Ing. Walter Prause
Mechanical Services: TB ZFG-Projekt GmbH. & TB Eipeldauer GmbH., Baden bei Wien
Signage: Mag. Ingeborg Kumpfmuller
Auxiliary Lighting: Waltraut Cooper
Competition: November 1998
Construction period: 04/2000 to 05/2002
Gross volume: 57,476 m3

AE Interests: Gliding openness that easily accomodates 1,000 pupils, naturally ventilated with well of ‘fresh air’, shading provided by louvres

Written by Alan Del Olmo

January 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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Arezzo Law Court – Italy

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Arezzo Law Court

Building: Arezzo Law Court
Location: Arezzo, Italy
Completed: 2007
Architect: Studio Nicoletti
Associate Architect: F. Pagliano Tajani
Architect of Record: Antonio Sorrento
Client: Comune di Arrezo
Structural Engineer: M. Mele

AE Interests:  curved façades made with rectilinear parts mimic natural flow of leaves and wind, silver foliage provides natural shading

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 31, 2009 at 12:06 am

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Torres de Satélite (Satélite Towers) – Mexico

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Torres de Satélite

Building: Torres de Satélite
Location: Ciudad Satélite, Naucalpan, Mexico
Completed: 1958
Architect: Luis Barragán
Associate Architect: Mathias Goeritz

AE Interests: aesthetic structures meant to symbolize modern Ciudad Satélite

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 30, 2009 at 11:41 pm

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Watercube – Beijing

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Building: “Watercube” National Aquatics Center
Location: Olympic Park, Beijing, China
Completed: 2008
Architect: PTW
Architect of Record: CCDI
Engineering: ARUP
Client: People’s Government of Beijing Municipality

AE Interests: Skeletal structure resembles biological cells and soap bubbles, clad with ethyl tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE).  `

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Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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Putrajaya Waterfront – Malaysia

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Putrajaya Waterfront

Building: Putrajaya Waterfront
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Completion Expected: 2010
Architect: Studio Nicoletti
Associate Architect: Hijjas Kasturi Associates
Architect of Record: Luca Maugeri, A. Dato’ Shamsir, Amir Hamzah
Façade Engineer: P. Bebington, ARUP
General Contractor: Putrajaya Holdings Ltd.

AE Interests: massive facades, natural ventilation,  bright skin controls daylight in units

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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House 12 at Avenida de las Fuentes – Mexico City

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House 12

Building: House 12 at Avenida de las Fuentes
Location: El Pedregal de San Angel, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Completed:1949
Architect: Luis Barragán
Associate Architect: Max Cetto

AE interests: water features, volcanic outcropping, natural and simple design

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

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Cuadra San Cristóbal/Egerström House – Mexico City

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Cuadra San Cristobal

Building: Cuadra San Cristóbal/Egerström House
Location: Los Clubes, Mexico City, Mexico
Completed: 1968
Architect: Luis Barragán
Owner: Folke Egerström

AE Interests: house/stable, pool of water with waterfall, a rich feel but suggests common hacienda

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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Prieto Lopez House – Mexico City

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Prieto Lopez House

Building: Prieto Lopez House
Location: Jardines del Pedregal, Mexico City, Mexico
Completed: 1950
Architect: Luis Barragán

AE Interests: lava stone, sits on various levels that create spaces

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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Barragán House – Mexico City

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Barragán House

Building: Barragán House
Location: Calle Francisco Ramirez 14, Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico
Completed: 1948
Architect: Luis Barragán

AE Interests: simple design, experimentation with spacing and characterisation

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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Barragán/Ortega House – Mexico City

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Barragán/Ortega House

Building: Barragán/Ortega House
Location: Calle Francisco Ramirez 20/22, Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico
Completed: 1943
Architect: Luis Barragán

AE Interests: Created around existing buildings

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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House 10 at Avenida de las Fuentes – Mexico City, D.F.

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House 10

Building: House 10 at Avenida de las Fuentes
Location: El Pedregal de San Angel, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Completed:1949
Architect: Luis Barragán
Associate Architect: Max Cetto

AE interests: water features, volcanic outcropping, natural and simple design

Written by Alan Del Olmo

August 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Posted in Built

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