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1 Restaurant interior view
2 Courtyard view
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SENSE OF JOURNEY The entrance from the back grows narrower towards the courtyard, visitors coming from this entrance will only be able to see a small part of the courtyard. While they reach the courtyard, they will see the opposite, the courtyard from here grows wider towards the end. When going a few steps down and approaching to the end of the courtyard, there is a stairs allowing the visitors to go down to the kiosk, boat hire courter or to the opening space.
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5 Courtyard view
3 Cafe interior view 6 Cafe outerior view
RELATION TO THE TOPOGRAPHY The paths in the building are going downward from the back to the front, which corresponds to the slope of the site and lead the visitors towards the river. Moreover, the cantilever extended from the restaurant is stretching towards to the other side of the river.
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MARINA + BEACH TOWERS Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Designâ€¨ Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Merging the sky and water / Self-sustenance A pair of fluid forms emerge from the sandy coastline and gently arc towards the sky, responding to the built environment and the landscape. A shifted repetition happens within the tower, developing a woven tapestry on the facade. The facades are comprised of residential unit modules which are successively stepped to have beach views while simultaneously providing critical protection from the intense sun. The protected space between the structures is reserved for a lush garden oasis which is illuminated with ambient light and cooled with natural breezes.
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URBAN OASIS Architects: Influx_studio
Location: Manama, Bahrain
PROFOUND URBAN MAKEOVER:
Gathering the historic and the new rising city Bab Al Bahrain Urban Oasis explores the value of the cultural and natural landscape inheritance as a design opportunity to address climate issues in public space, while catalyzing the urban potential of the site in the emerging new city urbanity. Urban Oasis is called to be the most important public space of Manama, embodying its dynamic character and showcasing its new sustainable identity. The Urban Oasis project has successfully integrated both, values from historic urban tradition and from modern dynamics, embodying local landscape character and defining a strong landmark image for this strategic gathering place of Manama
URBAN EXPERIENCE Visitors may stroll through the natural topography along the promenade which becomes a bazaar revealing retail and dining locations. Pedestrian bridges within the vertical chasm connect the interior spaces of the buildings. Source: http://www.archdaily.com/87669/marinabeach-towers-oppenheim-architecture-design/
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A quiet but profound urban makeover is taking place at Bahrain and especially at its capital, Manama. A new urban shape is being unveiled witnessing a dramatic transformation of the urban fabric, opposing two different urban scales from the traditional historic city, through the new breathtaking waterfront skyline. Hybridizing urban space with landscape and ecology, the BAB Urban Oasis represents by its strategic position and historical importance, a great opportunity to create an exceptional and lively metropolitan interface, able to link and gather both, the historical tight-knit urban fabric and the new modern city front. Source: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/ cat/9/view/19674/influx-studio-urban-oasis.html
ABU DHABI PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects Location: Abu, Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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COMPUTATION AIDED DESIGN
The form of the building is inspired by natural and organic forms (the leaf-like windows). Growth-simulation processes have been used to develop spatial representations into a set of basic geometries and then superimposed with programmatic diagrams into a series of repeated cycles. The primary components of this biological analogy (branches, stems, fruits and leaves) are then transformed from these abstract diagrams into architectonic design. 10 Computation Aided Design
It is conceived as a sculptural form that emerges from a linear intersection of pedestrian paths within the cultural district, gradually developing into a growing organism that sprouts a network of successive branches. As it winds through the site, the architecture increases in complexity, building up height and depth and achieving multiple summits in the bodies housing the performance spaces, which spring from the structure like fruits on a vine and face westward, toward the water. Computation Aided Design 11
BLACK NARCISSUS Architects: Gabriel Esquivel + David Hernandez M Location: La Riviera Restaurant, Bryan, Texas
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BACKGROUND The ‘black narcissus’ is an indoor installation at La Riviera restaurant in Bryan, Texas. Consisting of 1,000 pieces that come together to create a three-dimensional surface, the project is an exercise in combining parametrically designed forms with ornamentation. Stretching from one side of the rectangular space to the other, the crawling intervention takes note of the room’s air flow to form a tubular structure that seemingly melts on to the adjoining walls. The installation discusses issues of intimacy and self-contemplation, combining different sensations in a “blue mood” by combining two different sensibilities.
Pieces cut for installation
2 1/ Detail view of flowers 2/ 3D rendering 3/ Extending above the room
‘Black Narcissus’ highlights the importance of encompassing all methods of fabrication; digital and analog in terms of technology, management efficiency and time towards the production the project. The piece is constituted of 1,000 pieces including the 644 pieces of CNC routed syntra, 50 large flowers with jewel like crowns and 100 small flowers. The idea was to produce a structure that combines a parametrically designed large form ornamented and gardened with nonparametric flowers. Through this gardening process of aggregation, the flowers produce a sensation of excess in a garden of delight. Source: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/18234/gabriel-esquivel-david-hernandezm-black-narcissus.html
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