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Gran Hotel Domine – Bilbao, Spain

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Building: Gran Hotel Domine
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Architect: Estudio Mariscal
Completion: 2002
Design Concept: Javier Mariscal, Fernando Salas
Project Management: Vizcaina de Edificaciones SA
Acoustics: Higini Arau
Client: Silken Hotels
AE Interest: unique organic shape, stone pillar extending up through the lobby, designed for relaxation, visually interesting aray of sloped individual windows that jut out from the building

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Posted in Built

Altamira Museum & Research Centre – Santillana del Mar, Spain

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Building: Altamira Museum & Research Centre
Location: Santillana del Mar, Spain
Architect: Juan Navarro Baldweg
Completion: 2001
AE Interest: Cut into the hillside and made to blend with its surroundings and landscape, inside ceiling replicates the famous prehistoric drawings on the insides of the real caves, made of ochre-colored stone, glass, and metal for a contemporary spin on an archeic feel

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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Concert Hall – Leon, Spain

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Building: Concert Hall
Location: Leon, Spain
Architect: Mansilla + Tunon Architects
Completion: 2002
Project team: Luis Moreno Mansilla, Emillo Tunon, Andres Reguelro, Fernando Garcia Pino, Maria Linares
Structural engineer: Ove Arup
Mechanical engineer: JG Asociados
Cost consultants: Hernan, Corona y Asociados
Acoustic consultant: Higini Araw
Client: Junta de Castilla y Leon
AE Interest: “billboard” wall, made of white travertine, grid of deeply recessed and splayed bays, each containing windows of different sizes, theatrically lights the exhibition space inside

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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Leon Tanatorio – Leon, Spain

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Building: Leon Tanatorio
Location: Leon, Spain
Architect: BAAS Architects
Completed: 2000
Structure: Eduard Doce, architect
Engineering Assistance: Mariano Fernández, José Manuel Pérez
Budget Consultant: Francesc Belart
Client: Leon City Council
AE Interest: whole building located under a reflecting pong with some concrete rectangular tubes protruding out from the water at the loxer righthand corner that act at skylights to the chapel that is in that corner, designed in concrete and underground to resemble tombs, allegory of death associated with total design

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

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Law Courts – Grasse, France

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Building: Law Courts
Location: Grasse, France
Architect: Christian de Portzamparc
Completion: 1999
Clients: French Ministry of Justice, DDe Alpes-Maritimes
AE Interest: curved shape with vertical slats, common to much of de Portsamparc’s work, very open and spacious, good use of shading mechanisms

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Posted in Built

Ruffi Sports Complex – Marseille, France

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Building: Ruffi Sports Complex
Location: Marseille, France
Architect: Remy Marciano
Completion: 2001
Client: Ville de Marseille
AE Interest: powerful blocky presence, envelope composed of concrete panels, interesting lighting to enhance the building at night

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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The Sprouting Building – Montpellier, France

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Building: The Sprouting Building
Location: Montpellier, France
Architect: Edouard Francois
Completion: 2000
Client: Pragma
AE Interest: blending nature in design, exterior rock walls covered in plants growing from a seeded steel mesh layer, cantilevered rustic timber balconies that look like tree houses

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 2:28 am

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Toulouse Provincial Capitol Building – Toulouse, France

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Building: Toulouse Provincial Capitol Building
Location: Toulouse, France
Architect: Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, in association with Anderson/Schwartz Architects and Hermet-Blanc-Lagausie-Mommens/Atelier A4
Completion: 1999
Client: Département de la Haute-Garônne
AE Interest: two narrow 6 story wings joined together by two glass-clad bridges, glass curtain walls were unique for that mostly brick town

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 2:17 am

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Hangar 14 – Bordeaux, France

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Building: Hangar 14
Location: Bordeaux, France
Architect: Flint & Lanoire Courrian
Completion: 1999
Client: City of Bordeaux
AE Interest: transluscent polycarbonate entry way, 8 aesthetically designed emergency stairways

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 2:06 am

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Vulcania Museum – St. Ours-les-Roches, France

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Building: Vulcania Museum
Location: St. Ours-les-Roches, France
Architect: Hans Hollein
Completion: 2002
Scenography: Rainer Verbizh
Client: Conseil Regional d’Auvergne, Chamalieres
AE Interest: hollowed out from flows of basaltic lava, only the main peak is visible about ground, interior lined with gold shimmering stainless steel scales for aesthetics and to provide light to the foyer, Hans Hollein won an International Competition for the design in 1994

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 1:49 am

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Galleria Hall West – Seoul, South Korea

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Building: Galleria Hall West
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Architect: UNStudio
Completion: 2004
Structural engineers: Arup & Partners, Arjan Habraken (Schematic Design)

AE Interest: facade that changes color and always looks different, covered in glass discs hung from a metal sub-structure backed by individually controlled LED lights

Written by Kristin Wall

September 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

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Mercedes Benz Museum – Stuttgart, Germany

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Building: Mercedes Benz Museum
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Architect: UNStudio
Completion: May 2006

AE Interest: winding double helix shape, can’t see others from whereever one is standing, won an architecture contest

Written by Kristin Wall

September 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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Theatre Spijkenisse – Spijkenisse, The Netherlands

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Building: Theatre Spijkenisse
Location: Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
Completion: 2008
Architect: UNStudio

AE Interest: efficient and logical design elements, sculptural stairway

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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Music Theatre – Graz, Austria

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Building: Music Theatre
Location: Graz, Austria
Completion: 2008
Architect: UNStudio
Engineering: Arup

AE Interest: glittering mesh envelope, repetitive exterior pattern, spiraling constuction in interior

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

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ZVE Fraunhofer Institute – Stuttgart, Germany

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Building: ZVE (Centre for Virtual Engineering) Fraunhofer Institute
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Completion: 2006
Architect: UNStudio
Structural Engineer: BKSI
Mechanical Engineer: Rentschler und Riedesser
Electric Engineer: Müller und Bleher

AE Interest: open fluid design, diagrammatic, blended into the campus

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

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Raffles City Hangzhou – Hangzhou, China

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Building: Raffles City Hangzhou
Location: Hangzhou, China
Completion: 2008
Architect: UNStudio
LEED Enigineer: Arup
Facade Engineer: Meinhardt Façade Technology

AE Interest: curving and twisting exterior walls, extremely unique shape for multistory buildings

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

Posted in Built

New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion – New York City, New York, USA

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Building: New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion
Location: New York City, New York
Completion: September 9, 2009 (unveiling)
Architect: UNStudio
Lighting Design and Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering: Buro Happold

AE Interest: pinwheel shape, programmatic design for its functions

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

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I’Park City – Suwon, Korea

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Building (group of buildings): I’Park City
Location: Suwon, Korea
Completion: 2008
Architect: UNStudio
Landscape Architect: Lodewijk Baljon
Local Architect: Heerim architects and planners

AE Interest: utilizes form and color, displays 6 different themes separating the clusters

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 11:13 am

Posted in Built

Grand Hyatt Hotel – Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Building: Grand Hyatt Hotel
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Expected Completion: 2009
Architect: UNStudio
Structural Engineer: Bollinger + Grohman
MEP Engineering, Facade Engineering, Fire Safety: Arup

AE Interest: consist of 3 different elevated sections, looks totally different from different directions, 30 hotel floors

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 12:43 am

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Burnham Pavilion – Chicago, USA

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burnham pavilion

Building: Burnham Pavilion
Location: Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
Completion: June 2009
Architect: UNStudio
Structural Engineer: Chris Rockey

AE Interest: gives a floating structure perception, flowing lines, both straight and curved angles

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 12:27 am

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The Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art (MOMEMA) – Khor Dubai, UAE

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Building: The Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art (MOMEMA)
Location: Khor Dubai, UAE
Expected Completion: January 2011
Architect: UNStudio

AE Interest: peculiar shape, large spanning windows, intricately designed interior walls, flowing exterior lines

Written by Kristin Wall

September 1, 2009 at 12:05 am

Posted in Under Construction

Research Laboratory – Groningen, Netherlands

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Building: Research Laboratory
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Completion: 2008
Architect: UNStudio
Contractor: Heijmans Bouw

AE Interest: straight and curved pieces on skin, cone-shaped voids with spiral stairs, strategically assigned colors for lighting purposes, pedestrian bridge

Written by Kristin Wall

August 31, 2009 at 2:33 am

Posted in Built

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