Building Name: LAND Experience Center
Building Location: Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
AE Interests: Sculptural façade takes influence from surrounding topography. Special steel foundation designed to allow for re-use of space and mobility (building will be relocated in its life to become a contemporary museum). Vertical aluminum/wood façade celebrates ancient Chinese architecture while solving design problems inherent of complex geometry.
Building Name: Antalya Aquarium
Building Location: Antalya, Turkey
Architects: Bahadir Kul Architects
Engineering Consulting: Meinhardt (formerly OGP Consulting)
Construction Engineer: Sitil Yapı Construction
AE Interests: World’s Largest Tunnel Aquarium (131meters x 3meters). Sculptural façade allows for the Aquarium to vanish into the topography. Recessed ground level allows for inhabitants to enjoy the outdoors, while providing shade and breeze.
Building Name: Plaza Baquerizo Moreno
Building Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Architect: Juan Xavier Chávez
Collaborator: Carlos Alberto Fernández Dávila
AE Interests: Materials such as exposed concrete and structural metal create a contrast of preexisting landscape, while translucent poly-carbonate allows the inhabitants to experience the landscape. Reflection pool as well as an outdoor theater allow for the space to seamlessly integrate into the landscape whilst preserving a historical obelisk. Dramatic solar shading covers the outdoor programs (café, reflection pool, amphitheater, playgrounds etc.) Creates formerly unusable space on the water.
Building Name: Eyüp Cultural Center and Marriage Hall
Building Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Architect: Emre Arolat Architects
Structural: Çelik Yap
Contractor: Ayhas İnşaat
Interior Design: EAA
AE Interests: Mixed use of diverse programs (Marriage Hall, Theater, and Conference Space). Ramp access to the coastline and surrounding neighborhoods creates a “structural landscape”. Transparency allows for inhabitants to be connected to the mixture of activities that take place in the building (one marriage every 15 minutes on average).
Building Name: Watch/Watertower Sint Jansklooster
Building Location: Sint Jansklooster, Netherlands
Architects: Zecc Architecten
Project Architects: Bart Kellerhuis, Marnix van der Meer
Project Team: Tom Leerkes, Mark Gerritsen
AE Interests: National monument and now defunct water-tower transformed into a watch tower. Architectural statement made on the interior, exterior was not renovated. Maze of MC Escher style staircases made of contrasting wood (Oriented Strand Board) takes you 45 meters high. Look out view over a nature preserve.