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e celeberate the release of the eighth issue of Architecture highlights. It is not a short or easy journey since we started it at the

very beginning. We paid our best and went through a lot in the past eight years. But, it is worthy of all hard efforts. From a small seed of a simple idea, gathering the wonderful architectural works and spread to the ones who love architecture, it has grown up to a luxuriant tree with each master piece enrich its life. The shinning names here are all from Europe, they are Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit Oy, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, a-lab, Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, AR Design Studio, Dehullu Architects, Herault Arnod Architectes, Agence d’Architecture Paul Le Quernec, Bierman Henket architecten, ACXT-Idom, AGi architects, Sánchez Gil Arquitectos, Taller Básico de Arquitectura, HOLODECK architects, Davide Macullo Architects, L3P Architekten, Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectessa SA, FAAB Architektura, Radionica Arhitekture, Park Associati.


Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit Oy  Finland


Helsinki University Main Library

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects  Finland


Museum of the History of Polish Jews


Finnish Nature Centre Haltia

a-lab  Norway 046 The Carve


Statoil Regional and International Offices

Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects  Norway


Split House


Dune House


Myrkdalen Hotel

Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB  Sweden




Aula Medica


Spira Performing Arts Center

AR Design Studio  UK


Abbots Way


The Lighthouse 65

Dehullu Architects Belgium 120 City Hall Harelbeke

Kortrijk Auditorium

Herault Arnod Architectes France 128 The Metaphone



Theatre - Anglet

Agence d’Architecture Paul Le Quernec France 142 Childcare Facilities in Boulay and Piblange


Cultural Centre Mulhouse

Bierman Henket architecten  The Netherlands


Fries Museum


Museum de Fundatie

178 Museumkwartier's

ACXT-Idom Spain 186 104 VPO en Borinbizkarra


Historical Archive of the Basque Country


Headquarter building for the Science Park of the University of the Basque Country


New ONO Corporate Headquarters


AGi architects  Spain & Kuwait


La Ascensión del Señor Church


Mop House


S Cube Chalet

Sánchez Gil Arquitectos Spain 238 Multipurpose Administration Building for the Council of Castilla y León in Salamanca

Santa Marta Town Hall

Taller Básico de Arquitectura Spain 254 Biokilab Laboratories



Health Sciences Faculty

HOLODECK architects Austria 268 businesspark breitensee


breitensee studios


urban topos

Davide Macullo Architects Switzerland 282 Wal Chong Gallery


Jansen Campus

L3P Architekten Switzerland 304 Duplex House


New Replacement Apartment House at Glättlistrasse 31 and 33


Two Single-Occupancy Detached Houses


New Weiach Kindergarten


Renovation and Extension of the Zurich Zoo Foyer

Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes SA Switzerland 340 EPFL Quartier Nord, SwissTech Convention Center


EPFL Quartier Nord, Student Housing


Bobst Headquarters

360 L'Îlot-du-Centre

FAAB Architektura  Poland


PGE GiEK Headquarters


Raciborz Regional Blood Center

Radionica Arhitekture  Croatia


Helsinki Central Library


Museum of Vucedol Culture


Nestlé Headquarters, Assago (MI)

Park Associati  Italy


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Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit Oy Finland Helsinki University Main Library Helsinki, Finland Helsinki University Main Library, the largest academic library in Fin-

openings in the ceilings. Three distinct apertures and the main stair-

tics centre is below ground with the maintenance facilities. New li-

land is located in a historically important city block in the very heart

case form a series of spaces serving as a basis for the ambiance

brary materials will first be transported from the logistics centre to

of the city centre. The library was designed to offer a wide range

of the interior, the functional zones as well as the architecture of the

the top floor for processing and then delivered to their destinations

of services flexibly to a large number of customers. This imposing

façade. The architectural concept of the façade directly reflects the

on the appropriate floors.

building in the centre of Helsinki provides a gateway to the new in-

functional solutions of the interior.

formation age.

The objective of the University of Helsinki was to build a representaThe facilities have been divided into functional zones with the aim

tive, interesting and comfortable facilities for students, researchers

The new library building complements the urban block by adding a

of facilitating the use of the library and its services. This will, in turn,

and staff to be appreciated.

curved brick facade, integrated within the street line formed by the

support and facilitate the learning process. The apertures are en-

adjacent buildings.

circled by walkways and the information zone, which is, in turn, sur-

The building has a reinforced concrete frame which is built on top

rounded by the collections zone.

of the old, existing basement levels. Due to increasing load the old


The architectural starting point - the cityscape considered - was

concrete structures were heavily reinforced.

a vision of a unique public building that will suit its surroundings in

A work zone with sound-proof working facilities provides areas for

terms of its materials, design and height. The dense fenestration

both quiet reading and noisy group work. The library also has qui-

The facades are concrete walls which are covered with onsite laid

grid, which blurs the standard floor division, together with the large

et reading rooms. Field-specific areas are designated for the collec-

brickwork.The large main window openings are suspended steel

arched openings give the library a distinct external appearance.

tions in each of the floors.


an integrative solution within a situation of three different types of

Staff facilities and offices are on the collection floors above ground

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street space.

level. The customer service centre with its back offices is located on

By varying the size of the arched openings the building is fitted as

the entrance level. Acquisitions and cataloguing, and administration The design of the building’s interior is based on an aligned series of

and network services can be found on the top floor, while the logis-

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Finland Museum of the History of Polish Jews Warsaw, Poland Warsaw has been one of the most important cities for Jews; before

erected in the park.

the Second World War there were half a million Jewish inhabitants


in the city.

scape. The basic form of the building is compact and simple, reducing its footprint in the surrounding park. The competition jury stated

The Memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising located next to the

in its evaluation, that the concept had been realized “without unnec-

museum is one of the key points of departure for the design. The

essary rhetoric, with simplicity and elegance”.

The museum’s plot is about a kilometre away from the old centre

square in front of the memorial and the museum are sufficient-

of Warsaw. The site is a park surrounded by residential buildings.

ly close together and their dimensions are mutually compatible: the

The name of the competition proposal, “Yum Suf”, symbolically re-

The park located there today, named after the former Chancellor of

square and the museum building will form a new urban space. The

fers to the architecture of the main hall. The inspiration for the space

the Federal Republic of Germany, Willy Brandt, formed the core of

main entrance is placed on the memorial side of the building, from

has been the legends of the Old Testament, although at the same

the Warsaw ghetto. The Memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is

where a series of spaces continues via a bridge towards the land-

time forms of the hall refer to the universal and abstract phenomena

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of nature. The main hall is the most important element in the architecture of the building; a pure and silent space introducing the museum to the visitors. The museum building is a multifunctional centre for research, exhibition, education and culture relating to the Jewish heritage. The core exhibition area comprises a hall that resembles an only halffinished space, almost five thousand square metres in area, beneath the main lobby. The exhibition will present the different forms and periods of Jewish culture from the Middle Ages on until today-the holocaust is only one of the themes of the exhibition. The message will be conveyed in the form of a narrative exhibition, making use of reconstruction, moving pictures, and various constructed milieus and to minor extent also historical objects. The plan for the core exhibition was part of the competition source material, and the functional requirements and gallery division for the exhibition were to be considered in designing the building. There is to be a special focus on young people. The museum expects half a million visitors annually. The frame of the building is cast-in-situ concrete. The free-form walls and the curving shapes of the roof connecting to them form part of the frame system. The total thickness of the steel structured and sprayed concreted wall is about 60 cm. The design of the curved walls, which are bearing structures, was particularly challenging. To the best of our knowledge it is the biggest uniform, geometrically double curving surface that has ever been realized. The design was partly implemented with assistance of software developed by the designer specifically for this project by Markus Wikar / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. The outer layer of the double facade is to be clad with laminated glass panels and pre-treated, perforated copper panels.


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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Finland Finnish Nature Centre Haltia Espoo, Finland The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is designed by Lahdelma &

ture, and the meaning of nature for Finland’s cultural and economi-

middle floor (where the main entrance is located) houses the re-

Mahlamäki Architects Ltd with professor Rainer Mahlamäki as the

cal life.

ception and exhibition spaces, and the top floor a restaurant facili-


head designer. The centre opens for the public the 31st of May,

ty. The multifunctional auditorium connects the two main floors-top

2013. The building is located on the shore of Lake Pitkäjärvi next to

Haltia has been designed to blend with its location. It is surround-

Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, 30 km away from Helsinki. Total

ed by the symbols of Finnish nature: granite bedrock, a lake, and

area of the building is 3500 m² and volume is 18 000 m³. Haltia will

dense forest. Haltia’s north face is sheltered inside the rock, while

On the south side of the building, a lengthy terrace gives continuity

provide exhibition, restaurant and conference services for estimated

the southern face opens itself towards the lake scenery. Haltia set-

to the inner spaces and at the same time shelters glass walls from

200 000 visitors per year. Activities are aimed for both national and

tles into the steeply sloping lot so that every floor has a direct ac-

direct sunshine. All other facades are covered by a closed curv-

international visitors, who are interested in nature, rambling in na-

cess from outside. The lowest floor houses educational rooms, the

ing wooden wall, which houses the exhibition spaces. Environmen-

floor and middle floor-together.

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tal friendly solutions have been taken into consideration already dur-

cladding surfaces. The frame of the building – walls, roof and floors

world. The arched and straight lines exhibit the various solutions of

ing the design phase. Facilities are versatile, flexible and adaptable.

– have been built from prefabricated solid-wood panels known as

building with wood: the possibilities of joinery as well as the combi-

The building is technically advanced and utilizes geothermal and so-

cross-laminated timber. External cladding is made of sawn surface

nation of on-site building with straight-lined prefabrication, in addi-

lar energy. The roof of the building where solar collectors and pan-

spruce planks, eaves are clad with copper. Internal cladding is made

tion to the various traditional and modern wood processing meth-

els are located is decked with grass. Haltia is launching a new era

of spruce with fine-sawn waxed surface, and floors are varnished


of building in the country. Only the lowest floor which is mainly un-


derground is made of concrete. In all floors above, wood has been used in every aspect of construction from supporting structures to

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a-lab Norway The Carve Oslo, Norway The Carve is an untraditional high-rise apartment building, part of

The project is situated in the “Opera Quarter”, part of the new Oslo

acts as a buffer zone, where every resident passes through on their

Oslo’s Barcode Plan. Enveloping a narrow strip of 21m by 105m (with

waterfront development. Location is in fact one of the projects as-

way home. Both ends open on to communal terraces overlooking

a maximum height regulation of 54m) the white marble and wood

sets: it has the cosmopolitan character of downtown Oslo, 5minutes

the Oslo Fjord due South and the cityscape due North and East. The

panel clad building embodies a mix-use complex totaling 15 stories.

from its main arteries, the Central Station and the Airport fast-train

covered garden is the physical response to the uncompromising real

The first 8 floors are designated office space, topped off with resi-

– at the same time it has the idyllic Oslo Fjord views or the low-rise

estate strategy of the Barcode Plan, where one-sided apartments

dential program, in a total of 22,000 square meters. The mixed pro-

city with the Oslomarka (forest hills) in the background. All this is

are not allowed, in order to raise the environmental standards and

gram is structured compacting the flexible office spaces in an effi-

supported by a completely new city development and infrastructure

the living qualities in the new City waterfront development. The re-

cient machine and optimizing the views and outdoor spaces of the

(Oslo Fjord City).

sult is equally uncompromising: one gesture removes the one-side

apartments around a raised, covered garden.

apartments and creates a roof garden to two new inner facades.


When completed, the “Opera Quarter” will be the new Central BusiThe public passage that cuts through the first two levels facilitates

ness District and this project is part of the 20% residential program

This architectural gesture might be the most noticeable feature;

for a pedestrian route through all Barcode buildings and generates

to be allocated in it.The residential complex rests on 1,000 m2 of

however the most notable one is that it allows for a terraced hous-

the space for the separate entrance to the residential floors, con-

common, open areas - a garden terrace elevated far above street

ing typology in the center of Oslo. The private terraces offer spec-

necting them directly to Oslo Central Station and the central arteries

level that creates a distance to the corporate world underneath. Fit-

tacular views either to the Fjord or to the City.The lack of visible

of the City.

ted with a panoramic elevator and open air bridges, this green foyer

structural elements in the housing levels (except for the glass eleva-

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tor) was a battle worth fighting for, with the challenge highlighted by

other hand we need to guarantee optimal natural light conditions for

hind the white marble façade. The façade grid (module), flexes at

the North-European climate requirements – regarding both temper-

workstations (not further than 10m from the facades). This chal-

the points of higher effort. These points reveal both structural and

ature (energy, cold bridges) and structural loads (snow). This early

lenge, combined with the structural façade solution (office space

conceptual effort, representing the areas where ideas conferred ac-

design control allowed for a clearer hierarchy regarding material use

flexibility) has resulted in unusually thick facades, with very high U-

tivity/changes on the shape of the initial block.

and project expression.

values (average 500mm insulation).

Different security levels between the housing and bank resulted in

Ultimately the façade is designed for optimal daylight and environ-

analyzed in its three layers: skin, muscle and bone. The white Span-

particularly complex infrastructures (emergency circulation, venti-

mental performance and the window size variation results of the

ish marble represents the skin. The incisions in this shape reveal the

lation, etc.)The office levels cater to a mix of open landscape to cell

overlay of 2 parameters: the energy/heat exposure (sun studies tak-

composite wood panel surfaces (muscle). And at last the opening

offices, allowing for a flexible range of layouts. An easy variation of

ing account of the coming neighboring buildings) and the structural

through the covered garden exposes the hefty steel structure – the

the circulation (along the cores or the facades) guarantees efficien-

efforts inside it. As part of the Barcode Plan, the project guarantees

bones relaying the massive vertical forces back towards the ground.

cy in the different solutions, as well as securing the best working

the regulated green area of 50% of the buildings footprint within the

The Carve combines and offers some of Oslo’s stunning new wa-


uncovered, open air green surface. The covered garden area comes

terfront penthouses, with 40m2 terraces and panoramic common

as an added value.

garden in the same entity of a highly efficient office machine.

an energy class B building (less than 126 Kwh/m2) and the Nor-

The unique character of the building rests on its pragmatic ap-

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wegian working space requirements. To reach the required ener-

proach to its programmatic duality between the nature of the office


gy marks the building needs to be as closed as possible, and on the

and that of the housing. Expressing this dialogue is the system be-

Borrowing the body analogy, the materiality of the building can be


The project had to balance the necessary requirements to achieve

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a-lab Norway Statoil Regional and International Offices Fornebu, Bærum, Norway The new Statoil regional and international offices at Fornebu is re-

tion into an urban area, with commercial and residential buildings

tical size, stacked on top of each other. The concept minimizes the

sult of an open competition won by Norwegian architects a-lab in

and public recreation areas.

environmental footprint of the building and gives a generous amount

February 2009, with completion of the building the autumn of 2012.

of space to the park.


A key challenge of the design was to balance size and architectural Iconic & Innovative. Statoil is a Norwegian energy producer, the

expression with its surroundings, whilst at the same time introduc-

Modular Construction. Each lamella is 3 stories high, 140 me-

57th largest company in the world by revenue, with about 30 000

ing new impulses that enliven the park and commercial area. More

ters long and 23 meters wide. The modules are oriented differently

employees in 37 countries. 2500 of these now work in this unique

specifically: how does one design a 65.000 / 117.000 m2 commer-

to optimize internal daylight conditions and views towards the fjord

office building, with a spectacular view over adjacent park areas and

cial building complex to make it blend with the idyllic shoreline of

landscape. Inside, the modules create a communal atrium, with

the fjord of Oslo. The iconic structure seeks to reflect Statoil’s role


an “urban plaza” connecting many of the social functions on the

as an innovative and internationally pioneering petroleum company as well as giving a new identity and pulse to the local environment.

ground floor. The design is rooted in the democratic principle of bePark and Landmark. A large part of the site has been transformed

stowing all users of the building with excellent working conditions

into a publicly accessible park and promenade along the fjord. The

that include stunning views and good light conditions.

From Airport to Urban Environment. The Fornebu area, a previ-

new office building stands on the site of the old airport’s multi-sto-

ous site for Oslo’s main airport, is undergoing a radical transforma-

rey car park. The structure consists of five office lamellas of iden-

Seamless Superstructure. The building design draws on the oil in-

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dustry’s own construction forms and techniques. The steel super-

as small as 3x3 meters, each with access to power, sprinklers, venti-

contractors were able to complete the complex design on sched-

structure enables the different modules to cantilever up to 30 me-

lation and lighting. An interior almost free of columns makes it pos-

ule. The result is a building where the owner, contractor, architects,

ters. Escape stairs and services are concentrated in four giant

sible to easily adjust the number and size of workstations and meet-

construction companies and user of the building have all expressed

concrete cores, which also stabilize the superstructure. The façade

ing rooms according to a project or the tenant’s shifting needs.

great satisfaction with the project.

windows, insulation and solar-shading, a highly energy efficient so-

Cost Effective. The characteristic building is highly cost effec-

A Modern Scandinavian. Although an untraditional office build-

lution with no visible fixings in the entire facade.

tive and has a calculated energy use of just 103 kWh/m2/yr. This is

ing, the new Statoil offices represent typical Scandinavian values

consistes of about 1600 prefabricated elements with integrated

achieved through several methods, including using heat from the

by emphasizing democratic values and social equality. Both place-

Propeller-Shaped Glass Roof. The central atrium is covered by

remote centralised heat source, 85% energy recycling and of course

ment and orientation reflects optimized adaptation to its surround-

a high-tech, “propeller-shaped” glass roof – the first of its kind in

a well insulated and airtight skin: The triple-glazed façade panels

ings. Inside, the warm oak interior and cool aluminum reflects the

Scandinavia. The geometry can be described as a «soap-bubble»,

have an u-value of 0.6 and the air tightness of the construction aids

soft northern daylight in different ways, and create a much appreci-

finding the smallest surface area to close the volume between the

reaching the very low energy consumption figures for the building.

ated contrast in the aspect of accessibility and universal design.

20 Months, 2500 Workers. The construction of the building above

Award Winning. Before construction the new Statoil offices was

ground was completed in less than 20 months, with a total of 2500

awarded at 2009 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award, and af-

Friction for Innovation. A communication tower in the commu-

people from 30 countries having worked on site. Due to the very

ter completion the 2012 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards,

nal atrium is the centre of the building’s social life; everyone passes

short construction period, most of the building, including steel and

both in the Commercial category. Recently the project was nomi-

through the atrium to and from work. In this way, spontaneous en-

concrete superstructure, facades and glazed structures, was pre-

nated to the Norwegian CITY Award and the international 2013 MIP-

counters and exchanges are fostered, which are very desirable for

fabricated off-site. Northern Europe’s biggest mobile crane was

IM Award, in the category of Best Office & Business Development.

an international knowledge-based company such as Statoil.

used for the assembly of the steel trusses.

Besides complementing the iconic and advanced structure, juries

modules. Considering the extra weight from snow, this construction was one of the most complex challenges of the project.


praise the flexible office solutions and the building’s adaption to the Flexible Solutions. The office building has a high degree of flexibil-

Fruitful Dialogue. Thanks to thorough planning, advanced BIM-

ity to ensure that it can easily be adapted to changing future needs.

modeling and a fruitful solution-oriented dialogue, the team of the

A specially developed ceiling allows workspaces with separate units

architects, client and owner, construction companies and all sub-

site. Photography: Luis Fonseca, a-lab

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Split House Asker, Norway The house is situated close to the sea with a great view in this direc-

views for neighbors on the back side.

tion. While it folds out towards the horizon, it is also broken up to relate to the scale of existing buildings close by. The building is also partly hidden under ground in order to allow for unobstructed sea

Photography: Nils Petter Dale

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Dune House Thorpeness, England The house is situated in Thorpeness, England on the Suffolk coast,

ings, and also brings into mind a romantic remembrance of holidays

can be opened by sliding doors; this will emphasize the floating ap-

replacing an existing building at the site. The house is a holiday

at bed- and breakfasts while traveling through the UK.

pearance of the top floor. While the materiality of the ground floor;

house for rental and is part of Living Architecture.

concrete, glass, aluminum, relates to the masses of the ground, the The ground floor is contrasting this by its lack of relationship to the

upper floor is a construction made of solid wood, cladding stained

To get a planning permission it was important to relate to the exist-

architecture of the top floor. The living area and the terraces are

dark as the existing gables and sheds found in the area.

ing, typical, British seaside strip of houses. The roofscape, the bed-

set into the dunes in order to protect it form the strong winds, and

room floor, somehow plays with the formal presence of these build-

opens equally in all directions to allow for wide views. The corners

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Jarmund / VigsnĂŚs AS Architects Norway Myrkdalen Hotel Myrkdalen, Norway In 2008 JVA won the competition for the new master plan of Myrkdalen ski resort near Voss. Myrkdalen Hotel is the first project from the master plan that is realized. The volume and location of the building is understood as a part of a greater scheme. It embraces the ski slope


and at the same time it takes part of creating a public square in the new alpine village. The shape of the building is inspired by the traditional alpine chalets in southern Europe and American mountain lodges, while the roof and plan is sculptured to adapt to the scale of the existing buildings on site and the surrounding landscape. The hotel is cladded in wide laminated horizontal wood planks and which makes the large building appear smaller. Photography: Nils Petter Dale

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Emporia Malmö, Sweden Emporia is first and foremost an urban planning project in which of-

ible when the development is completely built out. The idea of lin-

Shops are grouped together around boldly colored atriums, each

fices, housing, and retail come together in a mixed-use develop-

ing the streets with mixed-use buildings demanded a strong form

with a different theme. On the north side of the complex, a ramp

ment along Boulevarden and Stationsgatan in Hyllie, on the south

that could attract visitors from Station Square to come in and shop.

leads into a rainbow-colored parking garage (for 2500 cars) with di-

side of Malmö. The main idea of our winning competition entry

A sequence of vaults from a previous competition proposal, along

rect access to the figure eight. To the east is a surface parking lot (for

was to hide inward-looking retail behind a wreath of residential and

with a memory from the Pantheon, reemerged in a bronze-ochre

500) right outside the supermarket.

commercial buildings. The whole shopping complex would thereby

tone. Double-bent glass encloses the diagonal slit that cuts through

eventually become integrated into the fabric of the city.

the building. Here the weather of the Öresund Strait, its fast-moving

The rooftop park is designed as a bit of cultivated nature. Its vegetation

clouds chasing glimpses of sun, becomes present and tangible.

(sedum, prairie grass, and trees) and its sun-facing, wind-sheltered pa-

It is a huge development, of which only the corner building with

tios are accessible from both inside and outside the building. The hills

the Amber Entrance has yet been completed. This entrance will

The diagonal entrance from Hyllie Station Square leads deep into

that provide protection from the wind are actually hiding mechanical

be the only part of the Emporia shopping center that remains vis-

the block. Inside, retail is organized around a three-story figure eight.

rooms. In the future the roof will be developed with outdoor dining and


Emporia can expand upward and to the west, but not in any of the other directions. The freestanding residential buildings facing Boulevarden have yet to be built, as do those that will stand atop the podium along Stationsgatan on the south side.


Emporia’s interior challenges established shopping center conventions. Its bold colors and bent sightlines break with the norm, as do the project’s size and ambition—which have made it possible to do custom designs for everything from ceilings, floors, and storefronts to signage, ropes of hanging plants, furniture, and cast glass door handles.

LEGEND BLACK = Emporia DARK GREY = existing development LIGHT GREY= planned development North is upward






Our motto has been “no intermediate scale”—because that is the realm of the products on display. Large-scale patterns and intricate details characterize the interior. The terrazzo floor is typical of this approach, with its oversized triangular joint pattern, its gradual shift from white to graphite in seven

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steps, and its flashing inclusions of colored mirror glass. The design has been wrought with extraordinary attention to detail, down to the leather-wrapped handrails and the color of the stitching on the built-in seating.

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a spa facility—like amusement parks, shopping centers need to offer new attractions at regular intervals.

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shopping centre placed by the railway station

entry plaza carved out towards the traffic route

entry plaza carved out towards the railwaystation

the perimeter is lined with housing to let the shopping centre blend with the urban fabric

car park placed towards the traffic route

the internal loop

a series of colour coded plazas creates distinctive orientation points

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Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB Sweden Aula Medica Solna, Sweden Strange enough, no large auditorium was built at Karolinska Institu-

The significance of the aula both for academia and for the society

tal currently under construction next by. The proximity to its large

tet when its campus was created in the 1940’s. Yes, there were in-

at large, calls for a protrude setting in the city. That is why the proj-

complex called for an expressive form, and discussions with the an-

tentions, but the medical university expanded in numbers as well as

ect for an aula at Karolinska Institutet moved from a remote site be-

tiquary authorities created a clarifying distinction to a listed building

ranking without any possibility to assemble neither students nor sci-

hind existing buildings to the exposed location where it is being built


entists in large numbers. In the beginning of the new millennia, a do-

today. Wingårdhs’ involvement began with a proposal in an invit-

nation finally made it possible to complete the compound with the

ed competition in 2001. The entry was selected for further develop-

These geometries – the street 5,5 meter below the crossing pe-

venue it needed so long.

ment, and as the site later altered, the client’s choice of architect re-

destrian axis and the V-shaped auditorium – denominated the plan.


The urban pattern called for a building that treated the street with


An auditorium at a university, or aula to use the word of the classi-

the same respect as the main entrance toward the walkway. If Sol-

cal languages, goes beyond the task of a lecture hall. Its ceremoni-

The new location for the building is congenial with its position in the

navägen shall be a street with a human presence in the future, en-

al roots in the church and the architectonic heredity in the theatre,

academic society as well as in the emerging cityscape. The building

trances close to the pavement are of crucial importance.

makes the aula today’s secular society’s most solemn and ritu-

protrudes over the intersection between Solnavägen, a thoroughfare

al space. It is not only a tribute to science and education, but also a

that is about to be transformed into an urban street, and the pedes-

If the relation to the city is guided by a wish to adapt to an urban

site for strong collective experiences.

trian axis that will connect the university with the extensive hospi-

pattern, the plan of the building is generated by the auditorium. For

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a large aula of today, where lectures with images and performances

the “silver” level of sustainability) have been some of the key criteria

facilities for administration and a faculty club. These are located on

on the stage demand good sightlines and acoustics to each and ev-

when planning the aula, but the most visual statement will always

top of the hall, which was made possible thru large trusses. The en-

ery seat, the V-shaped seating have proved to be the most efficient.

be the inclined façade.

tire structure stands on three legs, located together with stairs and

It has not always been like that. The shape of the hall has changed

elevators in each corner. The retracted supports have enabled uninThe twisted elevation is made entirely of flat glass panes; a geome-

terrupted spaces indoor as well as continuity in the outer form. Vari-

where the speaker and the audience could meet on an equal ba-

try made possible by the triangular pattern that encloses the entire

ation will arise from shifts in light, as architecture always has.

sis, mirrored the academic society of today best. That is also why

building. A variation of different panes handles the demands for in-

the level of the auditorium entrance is equal with the stage, as well

sulation, transparency as well as shade without compromising the

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as with the middle section of the dividable plenum. An auditorium at

uniform character. In the interior, the wooden framework is as strik-

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Nobel Center shall be equally accessible, but differences in size and

ing as the geometry. An ambition to provide a “Nordic” atmosphere

mood may call for a different plan. The optimal solution is never

to the setting, have called for an extensive use of fir in structures as


well as surfaces.

Daylight, efficiency and energy consumption (the aula has reached

The 1000-seat auditorium dominates the building that also hosts


by changing objectives. For KI, we believed that an arrangement


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Spira Performing Arts Center Jönköping, Sweden Spira is twisted as a spiral to catch the attention of the eye as well

rent programs can be displayed. The bright and curved walls give

shifting views over the lake outside. The space ends with the café

as the body; transparent, to turn every side into a front; compact, to

the building an ephemeral character that relates to the arts that are

stage. In wintertime the warmth of the interior will make the building

be efficient and sparse; meandering, to create expectation.

being performed inside.

glow. In summertime, the foyer opens up to the terraces outside.

The performing arts centre Spira in the city of Jönköping is a re-

The building is designed for rather small audiences, but in many dif-

The cool, austere glass façades are bound together by warm bands

gional scene for music and theater in the southern part of Sweden.

ferent spaces. The concert hall seats 910, and a smaller theater is

of orange. As the sun sets over the lake, the colored glass heightens

It is a culturally vivid part of the country, but the performing arts

designed for 420 people. There is also a multistage, a café stage

the festive atmosphere of the foyer. The warm light mingles with the

have not had a permanent stage so far. Our proposal is a result of a

and a restaurant. All stages are on the same level, providing max-

din of people coming up from the coat check. The doors of expec-

winning competition from 2005 and the house was inaugurated on

imal accessibility for wheelchairs as well as transportations back-

tation beckon in bright colors. In the darkness beyond them, life is


stage. The characters vary from a deep green serenity of the largest

once again about to rise to a dramatic crescendo.

saloon, to the acoustical flexible structure of the multistage. The building is tall, expressive and controls the surroundings of the

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man-made peninsula in lake Munksjön. The communicative ap-

The narrow but long foyer is a fluid space, all covered in pine, the

proach is enhanced by the semitransparent façade, on which cur-

local wood. It follows the curved line of the building and provides

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Abbots Way Hampshire, UK Abbots Way is a stunning five bedroom house. Bordered by mature

paths and large stone walls that begin in the garden and run through

trees and a small lake, this spectacular house creates feelings of ul-

the house and out the other side. The walls continue through the

over it.

timate relaxation and privacy, whilst its contemporary design juxta-

plot, to link a further a separate office and gym space at the bottom

A white box, sat on top of the axial walls, gives the upper sleep-

poses superbly with its beautifully rural location, on the south coast

of the garden. These dividing walls create four separate garden ex-

ing floor a light weight image and appears to be floating above the

of England.

periences, the first of which being the entrance space. The second

stone axes. It contains the five bedrooms, all with large glazed ar-

is a calm pebbled Japanese herb garden to the rear of the house

eas. This provides beautiful tree top views of the lake and surround-

The site is accessed via a private forest lane. Its overtly linear ap-

linking the separate office. The third is a private enclosed wood-

ing woodland, creating a sense of being nestled amongst the tree

proach extends into the plot and creates the conceptual main axis.

ed space dedicated to the kitchen and master bedroom above. The

canopy whilst lying in bed.

A second axis, perpendicular to the former, intersects and leads to-

fourth is a large open expanse of tropical plants and lawn reach-

wards a hot tub and the lake. These axes are defined by timber

ing down to the lake, reflecting the open plan living space that looks

The ground floor living areas, nestled under the box and formed by

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the axis, are enclosed with large sliding glazed panels that provide

The palette of materials used is modest and understated. White and

a seamless link between the internal and external. The terrace fur-

grey render adorn the floating box. Natural stone, inspired by local

ther accentuates this, with the use of a single style of floor tile in-

12th Century abbey that sets the vernacular for the area, is used for

side, that extends outside through flush thresholds to really give a

the walls that dominate the ground floor providing rugged contrast.

true sense of ‘inside/outside living’.

Dark floor tiles inside and out, make the experience of the house, that of calm play between light and space without boundaries. The house is super insulated to create a highly energy efficient home,

security between the outside world and the inner sanctum. Crossing

with under floor heating providing warmth and large overhangs to

it via a bridge to access the front door, enables the owners to psy-

reduce solar gain in the summer months.

chologically leave the outside world behind and enter into their own retreat.

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AR Design Studio UK The Lighthouse 65 Hill Head, Fareham, UK The design concept was to maximize the building's width, so ev-

closure providing access and acting as a lighthouse. Lighting with-

land. It is a super insulated, luxury 3 bedroom house sitting in a

ery key room enjoys expansive views of the vista. All bathrooms and

in this enclosure is triggered by a barometer providing instanta-

beautiful water side location enjoying stunning views of the Solent

utility spaces run at the rear of the property, allowing the view to be

neous information to the beach and sea beyond. This illuminated

and the Isle of Wight.

continuous for all living spaces. The house sits 7 metres below road

glass cube sits on top of the concrete stair core. At night the lit glass

level with the roof acting as a parking deck for 3 cars. Visually the

glows to indicate local weather conditions: green when weather is

The site is enclosed between two neighbouring buildings and a 7m

roof and floor decks are hung from the central concrete core, termi-

fair and red when atmospheric pressure drops, warning passing

high embankment to the north; of which pavement and street ac-

nating in large cantilevers that provide shade and open-air shelter to

yachtsmen of possible stormy conditions.

cess sits at the top. This access, to the roof level of the property,

the ground floor.

and the one-directional view over the beach, English Channel and

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Isle of Wight to the south, has led to an interesting design which

Balconies and outdoor accommodation are provided by horizon-

takes inspiration from traditional beach pavilions such as the De La

tal planes carefully cantilevered from a central access tower which

Warr in Bexhill a little further along the coast.

penetrates the roof plane; atop of which sits a frameless glass en-


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Dehullu Architects Belgium City Hall Harelbeke Harelbeke, Belgium The works that have been conducted are part of a masterplan that

carefully thought of.


was developped in 2007. Since it’s central location in the city, the new entrance building was

Sustainability was an important aspect in the building process. No

Due to the growing needs of the city services, the Town Hall was

designed to be a contemporary ‘landmark’ on the main road of

cooling was installed in this office building. Due to the high degree

looking for an extension of their site. In order to anticipate these

Harelbeke. Therefore the cladding of the facade and the roof was

of isolation, the use of windowblinds and the white colour of the

growing needs a masterplan was developped. In this plan the his-

executed in a dirt repelling white material. The material is a miner-

cladding, overheating of the building can be avoided for the Belgian

toric site of a 19th century flax-factory was incorporated in the new

al substance of the brand Corian. It is the first time in Belgium that

mild summer climate.

site of the Town Hall. Redevelopping the new site, a new entrance

this material is used as exterior cladding.

building was designed, centrally located between two existing his-


torically valuable buildings. The new entrance building links it’s adjacent buildings. None of the

In a next phase the central spot in the site will be transformed into Furthermore, part of the historical flax-factory was renovated. The

an atrium, in order to centralise all of the city services so the current

walls and roof of this part were carefully preserved and restored ac-

and future needs of the civilians can easily be satisfied.

cording to the recommendations of the institute of cultural heritage.

floors of these neighbouring buildings were corresponding. The challenge was to make all of the floors accessible for wheelchair

On the inside of this historical part, the pattern of the tiled floors re-

users. Therefore the location of elevators and staircases was very

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Dehullu Architects Belgium Kortrijk Auditorium Kortrijk, Belgium The auditorium is part of a meeting centre that is situated on the

tinct, has a gracious and optimistic elegance.


site of the general hospital of AZ Groeninge in Kortrijk, Belgium. The

In the use of materials it is striking that the bricks in the facade are placed vertically. Because of the shape of the walls, it was the most

hospital itself and all of the infrastructure is designed on a strict car-

The new building is an extension to an old 'villa' that was trans-

logic way to place them. The use of the golden doors in the interi-

tesian grid. Compared to the hospital the auditorium is only a tiny

formed into a meeting centre with 6 meeting rooms. The new ex-

or is a reference to the old Villa. The hall with the main staircase is lit

building, it is located in a corner of the site. It was the intension of

tension holds catering facilities and is equipped with high-end pro-

by ‘light Blubs’, an artwork of the Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans.

the architects to design a building with its own identity, a building

jection technology in the main auditorium. Also, due its location, it

on which the cartesian grid was not imposed. It is a hide-out for the

creates a double new entrance to the complex on two different lev-

The meeting centre can be used by approximately 300 visitors. In

staff of the hospital, a place to be away from professional obliga-

els. The slope of the main auditorium bridges these two different

the main auditorium 230 people can be seated.

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The Metaphone Oignies, France The Metaphone is the contemporary keystone of the whole project,

The Metaphone is both concert hall and “urban musical instrument”,

installing and maintaining the sound and lighting equipment. On the

embodying the site’s new musical and acoustic role. An architecture

whose walls produce and diffuse sounds, in harmony with the play

roof, the lattice of scales extends into a sheet of integrated photo-

of materials, sound and light, it is the emblematic space of 9 – 9bis:

of light. The concert hall and its annexes (technical rooms and audi-

voltaic cells. The instrumental elements are made up of plates of

a building to be looked at and listened to, an immense instrument

ence boxes) are contained within a volume of black concrete, itself

different materials, whose acoustic properties have been calculated

played by musicians who are alternately invisible or in the limelight.

wrapped in a light skin made of scales of different materials: ground

to produce musical sound. There are two principles of sound pro-

The musical flow of the site strikes its walls and makes them sing.

glass, steel, wood... This scaly skin extends outwards and opens

duction: mechanical or electroacoustic, with vibrating bowls mount-

And like music, it evolves in time, in the passing of time: it is trans-

above the concourse, forming a great porch protecting the entrance

ed on the plates to form loudspeaker membranes (this technique is

formed into harmonies of sound and colour, fluid, fleeting, but con-

and terrace. Between the concrete mass and the scaly skin, at-

commonly used in the car industry). These systems have been de-

stantly renewed, which will become the spirit of the place.

tached to a metallic structure, technical walkways are provided for

veloped and tested by making a prototype of the musical facade,

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composed of 8 modules measuring 1.2 m, half fitted with an acous-

and cost... One can only imagine the variety of timbres that can be

For the public, the Metaphone is likely to be a “curiosity”. People will

tic instrument, the other half with vibrating plates.

produced. In addition, the dimensions of the hall offer a playing area

come to Oignies to see and hear it. It will serve as a secular bell,

great enough for an orchestra bigger than Berlioz himself could ever

marking the hours, midday or sunset. It will signal the beginning of

What can be composed with such an instrument? Obviously, it is

have dreamed of. It is an exceptional space which will make it pos-

a concert or the interval, produce a peripheral sound space, discreet

not a tool for producing special effects. On the contrary, the aim is

sible to invent musical forms commensurate with the architecture.

so as not to inconvenience the neighbours … It could also be used

to give a totally and resolutely musical shape to a concert hall built

Composers from all over the world will be invited to create works for

as an instrument in an orchestral composition, with the musicians

on a site dedicated to music. Undoubtably unique. The principles of

this auditorium. This is how the originality and power of the project

playing beneath the porch.

composition include factors relating to architectural space, materials

will be maintained.


and light. Factors relating to environment and use, to maintenance

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Herault Arnod Architectes France Theatre - Anglet Anglet, France The architecture needs both to play a major, structuring urban role,

These surfaces are extended on the ground through walkways,

and to constitute a structure that gives form to this idea of interior

ramps, stairways or plazas, which link the structure with the rest of

and exterior spaces, where new types of performance and relations

the neighbourhood.


with the public can take place.

accommodate shows and a seated audience of around 300. This advantageous location, facing south and forming a balcony over the esplanade, can be used to organise events different from

The entrance hall is a largely glass surface on the plaza side, open-

those on the plaza. On market days, an orchestra or band could play

In its design, the project developed through a interplay between ur-

ing onto the esplanade and Boulevard A. Barillet. It is slightly el-

here, contributing to the festival atmosphere and creating an addi-

ban, symbolic, spatial and functional factors.

evated above the esplanade, creating a bar with a huge, protect-

tional interaction between the market and the new facility. Anoth-

ed terrace, clearly visible from the market. Outdoor performances

er possibility would be more small-scale events, such as readings or

Our project is a journey through a landscape of wood. We propose

and events can take place here, using the part covered by the lobby

“literary snacks” organised by the media library.

using a naturally Class 3 wood, a simple, warm material that envel-

overhang as an outdoor stage (possibility of hanging spotlights or

ops the entire structure, walls and roof, walkway and terraces. The

projection equipment on the underside). The plaza stretches as far

The architecture develops a dynamic interaction with the site, sensi-

outer shell is made of thick planks of raw wood, laid with irregular

as the entrance to the media library, bringing the two amenities into

tive to the existing lines of force. It forms a sculptural whole, arising

openings. In front of the glass sections of the boxes, these openings

close and clear connection. The volume is well anchored within the

from a firm topographical attachment to the site. The architecture is

are more numerous and wider, providing light and views.

terrain. Pathways on the park side offer pedestrian access from Rue

both open, to foster acceptance, and mysterious, to generate desire.

Eugène Bernain, on the other side of the plot, and then lead into a

With its strong identity, the building forms a landmark in the town

The volume forms a sculptural whole, built like a series of folded

ramp which rises to the public terrace above the rehearsal room. At

without being either imposing or monumental.

planes rising from the ground and developing in space. In this way,

the end of the terrace, a sloping surface with tiered seating creates

the project adapts to the slope of the terrain and creates continuities

a transition with the upper part of the structure, which contains the

of surfaces and slanted planes that progressively generate the vol-

main theatre auditorium, and is extended by the mass of the boxes.


The combined terrace and seating provides a public space able to

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Agence d’Architecture Paul Le Quernec France Childcare Facilities in Boulay and Piblange Boulay and Piblange, France Concept

for the vehicle circulation, so the access is through a one-way lane

Childcare facilities and nurseries are not intended for children but

that limits the parking maneuver and decreases the risks of ac-

babies…, which conditions the behavior and the sensitivity of the

cidents involving pedestrians, children or strollers. Moreover, the

For the purpose of safety, the interior fittings have been designed in

parents and the staff. In our opinion, the infants’ fragility and need

drop-off area is next to the sidewalk, so that the parents should nev-

order to make all the right angles disappear and to offer smoothly

of protection and care should be taken into consideration and so in-

er have to cross the street with children in their arms.

curved walls. The sharp edges are also rounded off. The building is

tegrated in the architecture. That is why we have chosen to develop


light may be provided during the entire day.

so characterized by this feature that even the external walls “undu-

a uterine concept, which has only been possible thanks to the unre-

We have organized the interior of the building around a highly pro-

stricted urban setting.

tected circular central space. Children’s spaces gravitate and con-

late” around the internal spaces.

verge around this centre. Crossed views between each part of the

Cardinal points are also taken into account during the design pro-


building, are centrifugal and centripetal. The surveillance and the se-

cess of the buildings. As you can see on the axonometric views, we

The entrance is set back from the street and so from the traffic. In

curity are thus at the maximum level. At the very center of the build-

have indeed put together all technical and administrative spaces on

order to strenghten the visitors perception of feeling safe, it “sub-

ing, the circus tent-like wooden structure ends with a 3 meters wide

the north side of the building, while saving the south side for chil-

merges” into the building. We also have wanted to avoid dead-ends

vaulted ceiling made of polycarbonate, which ensures that the day-

dren’s spaces. And the exterior spaces are, of course, south-facing.

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In order to provide children with a playground protected from sun or

circle that has only one edge, it has only one aesthetically homoge-

rain, which they can use regardless of weather conditions, the roof

nous façade, which can be seen from all around.

of building extends to cover these spaces.

Technical Features and Energy Saving Technologies Another result of the centripetal organization is that, thanks to it, we

We propose natural gas-based heat production. HQE and BBC stan-

do not need anymore hallways in these two buildings. Every children

dards in France (HQE : High Environmental Quality ; BBC : Low En-

space is directly linked to central area. In addition to its aesthetic ef-

ergy-Use Building) also require a high efficiency heat recovery ven-

fect and ergonomic benefit, the real gain is related to space-saving.

tilation system, which we have incorporated into the design and the

Thanks to this system, we have been able to save about 100 square

estimation of the building’s cost from the outset of the project, as

meters, which gives a hallway ratio of 11 %. This benefit allowed us

well as many other energy saving systems.

to design two buildings that respect BBC (Low Energy-Use Building) regulations without overrunning the provisional budget of our client.

We are aware that the calculations are pointless unless we actually deploy these systems, especially for the air-tightness of the building.

Exterior Spaces

That is why we have included to the construction process two blow-

It was the south-facing orientation and the natural incline of the site

er door tests: the first one when the enclosure is completed, and the

that gave us the idea of creating platforms with a cascade effect for

second one when the building is delivered to the client.

a smooth integration with the environment. Each platform corresponds a function like gardens, playgrounds, educational gardens, etc … The centrifugal shape of the facility reflects the situation of the site, which is literally surrounded by other educational facilities. Our


building have neither a “main façade” nor a “back façade”, but as a

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Agence d’Architecture Paul Le Quernec France Cultural Centre Mulhouse Mulhouse, France A socio-cultural center embodies the spirit of initiative and solidar-

an energy that needs to be expressed drove it…

ity. This building plays a convening key role in the same way as a church, the only difference being that it would not necessarily gather

For us, this is the true spirit of initiative and resourcefulness. We do

the believers but “the people who believe in”. This reflection is fun-

not limit our purpose to create a simple skin effect but the concept

damental to attach the greatest value to the content as well as the

emerges, all by itself, from the interior design, which is based on the

container. That is why we immediately thought that this neighbor-

same principles of dynamism.

hood and this architectural brief required an expressive building that would constitute the symbol of the profound metamorphosis of the

We also have considered the old cultural center as a counterexam-


ple during the design process. We took care not to create a lockdown atmosphere, which is due to the long and narrow corridors. Furthermore, we have attached great importance to the sense of di-

gether or separately. These parts are rigorously aligned with each

rection of the users in the building. With this in mind, we have dis-

other as well as the plot’s limits. As they rise, these parts twist on

posed several transparency effects as well as the crossing views.

the first floor, escape from the plot’s limits in order to move towards to the square as a flower twists to catch the sunlight. As a result, the building is deformed as if a positive force evoking the presence of

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Bierman Henket architecten The Netherlands

Bierman Henket architecten The Netherlands Fries Museum Leeuwarden, The Netherlands The Wilhelminaplein in Leeuwarden, also known as het Zaailand,

ly becoming a large square for markets, festivals and parking. The

has undergone a radical transformation. The enormous square has

square’s large size and the lack of density in the surrounding devel-

been reduced considerably by the addition of the new Fries Muse-

opment led many people to consider it an unpleasant place, lack-

um on the east side and a street front of housing and shops on the

ing in scale. The development of the museum on the Zaailand site

north side. The existing Zaailand shopping centre has been given a

made it possible to reduce the scale of the square and increase

facelift. This combination of commercial and cultural functions cre-

the activities held there. Soeters Van Eldonk architecten designed

ates a lively, urban atmosphere.

a street frontage with shops and housing on the northern side and Bierman Henket architecten was responsible for the realisation of

The new Fries Museum came into being thanks to a legacy  from

the new Fries Museum on the eastern side.

the architect Abe Bonnema. On his death in 2001 he bequeathed 18 The Fries Museum focuses on Friesland’s history, its art and its cul-

dition that it was to be built on het Zaailand, a square in the centre

ture. The history of the northern province of Friesland has for cen-

of the provincial capital of Friesland, Leeuwarden. The building was

turies been determined by its relationship with water. The specific

designed by Hubert-Jan Henket and the structural elaboration was

characteristics of the open landscape, the bright daylight, the Frie-

carried out by Bonnema architecten in accordance with the will.

sian language and the no-nonsense mentality of the Friesian people find expression in the new museum. Choosing the Zaailand site for

For a long time het Zaailand was one large, empty space. When

the museum called for a new museological concept in which this

Leeuwarden was still a walled-in, fortified city, it was a vegeta-

Friesian identity could be placed at the very centre of the contempo-

ble garden. It later became a military parade ground before final-

rary, globalised society.


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The new Fries Museum is situated between the Zaailand shopping centre, built in the eighties, and the square with its activities such as the weekly market, fairs and festivals. A public pedestrian route runs straight through the building connecting both functions. The main entrance to the existing underground car park on the square is also housed in the building. In order to inject more life into the everyday, urban programme a number of shops, including the museum shop, an art film cinema with three auditoriums, a studio for Omroep Friesland – the regional public broadcasting company, and a brasserie were also added to the building. The ground floor and a mezzanine connect the various public routes and functions. A central hall that is the height of the building overlooks the square, providing a view of the museum situated above. A system of inviting stairways and galleries are designed to tempt passers-by to visit the museum. The building’s public plinth is entirely transparent, making it a spatial component of the public domain. The volume above is largely closed and has stone cladding. It houses some thirty museum halls (3,200 m2) for regional art, history and culture, spread over three floors. The halls have classical dimensions and are interconnected on each floor to form a continuous route through the museum round a central exhibition designed for alternating displays. A large, projecting roof above the museum is carried on slender columns. The roof links the museum with the adjacent buildings with a welcoming gesture towards the city. The slender columns refer to the 19th century neo-classical Palace of Justice on the opposite side of the square. On the square itself an enormous glass front breaks though the closed volume housing the museum halls, flooding the central hall with daylight. A monumental flight of stairs leads up to the various floors. Here visitors have a view of the refurbished square and the museum, like an urban display case, displays the art to the city.


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Bierman Henket architecten The Netherlands Museum De Fundatie Zwolle, The Netherlands Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle, situated on the border between the

free-standing on the canal side, in the green zone of Potgietersingel.

The museum has an extraordinary collection including works by

mediaeval city centre and the open 19th century parkland with its

The canals were laid out as a public park in the English landscape

Rembrandt, Saenredam, Turner, Monet, Rodin, Van Gogh, Mondri-

canals, has been extended with a spectacular volume on the roof of

style in the second half of the 19th century, following the demolition

an and Van der Leck. In addition, the museum organises modest,

the former Palace of Justice.

of the city walls.

but much discussed exhibitions. Under Ralph Keuning’s directorship these temporary exhibitions became so successful that extension

The courthouse on Blijmarkt was designed by the architect Eduard

Due to its location the building became a link between two distinct

of the museum became unavoidable. Despite the inherent problems

Louis de Coninck in 1938 in the neo-classical style. De Coninck in-

worlds: one an inward-orientated, mediaeval, fortified city with a

of extending the palace in the historical city centre, the museum re-

tended this style of architecture to symbolise the unity in the legisla-

compact and static character and the other a 19th century park with

sisted the temptation to abandon this national monument and opted

tion of the new kingdom. The building has a double symmetry with

an outward-orientated, dynamic character.

to extend it.

In 1977 the building ceased to function as a Palace of Justice and

Bierman Henket architecten designed the extension of the former

a monumental entrance and a central entrance hall extending over two floors.

courthouse in 2010. Architect Hubert-Jan Henket succeeded in per-

government planning department. A mezzanine was constructed in

suading the client not to add an extension next to the existing build-

lation to the unbroken, mediaeval façade of Blijmarkt. Together with

the two high court rooms. Since 2005, following internal renovation

ing: this would have destroyed its solitary and symmetrical char-

the classical façade structure of a tympanum on Corinthian col-

by architect Gunnar Daan, the building has been the home of Muse-

acter. An underground extension proved spatially too complicated.

umns, this gives the building a solitary character. The building is also

um De Fundatie.

Instead Henket designed an extension with an autonomous volume


it was converted into offices for the Rijksplanologische Dienst, the On the city side the free-standing building is slightly recessed in re-

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on top of the monumental building. In the same way that the Palace of Justice links two worlds in a hor-

preservation through development the customary debates and pub-

With the extension, the original central entrance hall has been car-

lic inquiry procedures were considerably shortened. Planning per-

ried through as an atrium where the two museological worlds con-

mission was granted in record time.

verge. A glass lift in the atrium conveys visitors to the various floors.

izontal direction, Henket couples the classical, static building with

The stairways are located on the outer part of the floors. In the old

the fluid dynamics of a contemporary extension in a vertical direc-

Straight through the existing building, eight steel columns stand on

building they are stately and straight, in the new development they

tion. The superstructure, just like the substructure, is symmetrical in

eight individual foundations. The columns support the new exten-

are flowingly curved. A glass passageway runs between the existing

two directions, but the shape rather resembles a rugby ball. Togeth-

sion – with two exhibition floors that total 1,000 m2. So, structural-

building and the extension − where new and old meet. On the one

er, the two totally-different volumes form a new urban entity. There

ly and architecturally, the extension is independent of the old build-

side visitors look into the atrium and on the other they have a view

are also two contrasting interpretations in the interior: the classi-

ing. The extension – also called the Art Cloud – is clad with 55,000

of the city and the underside of the tiled extension. With its aim of

cal succession of rectangular museum halls below versus the fluid,

three-dimensional ceramic elements produced by Koninklijke Tiche-

presenting contemporary and old art in one building – Museum De

open spaces in the elliptical volume above.

laar in Makkum. Together, the mixed blue-and-white glazed tiles

Fundatie now has a new, truly-unique identity.


measuring 20x20 cm and 10x10 cm, form a subtle surface which, Right from the outset, both the Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed,

depending on the weather, merges into the heavens. On the north-

the department responsible for the preservation of monuments and

ern side daylight floods into the two, new exhibition floors through a

historical buildings, and local conservation societies were enthusi-

large, glazed pane in the tiled superstructure. Inside, visitors have a

astic about the radical concept for the expansion. Under the motto

panoramic view of the city.

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Bierman Henket architecten The Netherlands Museumkwartier ’s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Combining the new development for the Stedelijk Museum in’s-

den. When walking round the museum the garden is visible at every

automatic ticket machine is located in the former coach house on

Hertogenbosch with the renovation and extension of Het Noord-

turn and serves as an orientation point. Part of the museum route is

the forecourt.

brabants Museum has created an continuous museum district in

freely accessible to the public, making the enclosed garden a com-

the historical city centre. Contemporary art is merged with regional

ponent of the public, urban fabric.


art, culture and history round the monumental garden of the former provincial government.

When converting the palace into a museum 25 years ago, architect Wim Quist added two museum wings. These Quist wings have been

Since 1987 the Noordbrabants Museum has been housed in the

renovated and extended with new museum halls and facility areas.

former governmental palace dating from 1768. This national mon-

As far as possible, the existing design qualities have been explicit-

This monumental garden was the most important point of depar-

ument has been completely renovated. Wherever possible, the pal-

ly further enhanced: a clear succession of exhibition halls, elegant,

ture in the design of the museum complex. The various buildings

ace’s original structure has been restored to its original state – a

north-light, sawtooth roofing and surprising views of the city and

and functions are threaded like a string of beads round the gar-

succession of period rooms each with its own colour scheme. The


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The new halls are surrounded by six museum houses and these

The former Provinciale Griffie, the provincial registry, a 19th centu-

avoid a blind wall on the adjoining square. These dwellings and the

ry neo-gothic building designed by architect Van Lokhorst, is situat-

new halls are designed in dark brickwork so that the museum com-

ed between both museums. This houses the shared functions such

The connecting passageway forges the various buildings and func-

plex blends naturally into the historical fabric of the city centre.

as a restaurant, meeting rooms, offices for both museums and a

tions in the Museumkwartier into one spatial entity, while preserving

staff canteen. The former Statenzaal or state hall will be used for big

the identity of the contemporary Stedelijk Museum and the monu-

On the opposite side of the palace garden a new building has been

gatherings, wedding ceremonies and other festive occasions. The

mental Noordbrabants Museum.

added: the Stedelijk Museum. It is composed of projecting volumes

building has been completely restored and, in the general spaces,

that turn with the bend into the adjacent alleyway. Here, the Ste-

the original colours and materials have also been restored wherever

The realisation of the Museumkwartier has transformed a forgotten

delijk Museum has been given its own entrance. This new volume


corner of the historical city centre into an inviting world of art, cul-

is clearly visible from a distance with its glittering, green-glazed fa-

the restaurant without a ticket.

ture, education and social interaction. A walk through the building

çade: a striking, contemporary intervention in a forgotten corner of

Both museums and the shared functions are connected by means

complex, each with its own history and architecture, is a fascinating

the city centre.

of a central connecting passageway. This spacious passageway

voyage of discovery through time and space.


runs along the Griffiegebouw and the Statenzaal and has a glass faThe new museum has two large museum halls on the first and sec-

çade on the garden side. The museum garden, redesigned by MTD

ond floors. The central desk, auditorium and museum shop are lo-

landschapsarchitecten, has a large outdoor cafĂŠ. The connecting

cated in the public space on the ground floor. An eye-catching,

passageway is open to the public so visitors can walk through the

winding flight of stairs conveys the visitor to the exhibitions.

museum complex, visit the museum shop or enjoy refreshments in

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ACXT-Idom Spain 104 VPO en Borinbizkarra Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain The Municipal Urban Planning organisation of the City Hall of Vito-

running north to south, with 6 stories and a tower of 9 stories at the

ria-Gasteiz, Ensanche 21- Zabalgunea awarded by public tender, the

southern end that meets the street. The blocks are connected on

development of 104 social housing units in sector 1, Borinbizkar-

the ground floor by large commercial premises facing the street.


ra of Zabalgana. The tender was awarded to ARALAN who present-

home. The layout of the apartments seeks to maximize the double Northsouth orientation of the units with the design of the living room-

ed an architectural proposal prepared by ACXT-Idom. The criterion

All the housing units have been proposed to have a floor area of 90

kitchen area, which constitutes a single longitudinal space from end

adopted in the tender evaluation considered the urban, architectural,

m2 and include 3 bedrooms.

to end, around which the other areas are situated. This space is lim-

functional and aesthetic value of the proposal.

ited with two large alcoves at each end, finished off by a terraced at The standard housing building consists of 3 bodies which house

the living room end. This layout reduces the spaces of circulation,

Situated on a rectangular plot, the building was conditioned by the

the stairwell and lift shafts which give access to two apartments

thereby allowing the living spaces to be maximized without exceed-

partial development plan that defined three longitudinal volumes,

on each landing, thus allowing double east-west orientation in each

ing the statutory maximum area of 90m2.

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Aspects of innovation that are incorporated in the works

that varies from traditional building methods must be adequately

heating system using condensing boilers and low temperature, sup-

justified in terms of its contribution to energy requirements; assess-

plementing the output of the DHW with solar panels, the total sav-

The project seeks to be an answer to the desire of the City Hall of Vi-

ing both the elevated economic cost and depreciation in the energy

ings can be as high as 44%.

toria to promote the energy efficiency of the housing stock, while


working with a very tight budget, as is normal on social housing de-

The chosen faรงade is of steel sheets and insulation material to a

velopments. The decision regarding the orientation of the apartment

The treatment of the shell of the building is one of the most effective

thickness of 80mm, and pine wooden windows which respond to the

buildings, the location of the living areas of the same, the size of the

aspects in relation to construction-energy savings costs. A contin-

requirements set out of: low cost, allowing continuous insulation us-

spaces and location of the terraces in specific places took place

uous sheathing or envelope with a slightly higher level of insulation

ing great thickness cutting out thermal bridges and voids, and con-

from the very beginning of the project. The construction aspects

that usual can mean savings on the energy bill of up to 15%. If we

structed using highly recyclable materials.

were also conditioned by the limitations of the budget. Any aspect

add this to the installation of a DHW system and a high-efficiency


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ACXT-Idom Spain Historical Archive of the Basque Country Bilbao, Spain The building is located in MaríaDíaz de Haro Street, close to the

The ground floor, first floor and part of the first basement floor are

eas, laboratories, and documentation processing areas. These are

main avenue of the city of Bilbao, the Gran Via. The plot measures

for free access public uses: the main lobby, reception area, and

all non-public use areas. Below ground, and also for private use, are

20 metres between the party walls of the adjoining buildings by 70

several exhibition rooms that can also be used as a multifunction

the document vaults, meeting rooms and parking facilities. These

metres deep, and forms part of one of the blocks of the Ensanche

space. Through the lobby on the ground floor, the garden is ac-

spaces are accessed directly from the street level by a car lift.

(widening of the city) of Bilbao.

cessed, a space designed to accommodate different uses such as open-air exhibitions, a reading area or area for film projections.

The main façade has been designed as a vibrating glass front that increases the perception of the building, breaking with the flatness

the building is 25 metres deep, following the criteria established in

On the second floor is the reading room and documentation consul-

of the street and emphasizing its location. The design seeks great

the planning regulations. The program is organized by floor, de-

tation area, accessed by the public upon accreditation at reception.

transparency, allowing the workings of the building and the structure

pending on the degree of access control of the different uses of the building.

to be understood from the exterior. The outer glass skin is printed On the remaining floors above ground are the administration ar-

with extracts of texts from some of the documents preserved with-


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in the archive, in such a way that the building is not seen as sealed place, private and closed off from the citizen.

20 metres below ground level,have natural light and ventilation.The

A highly efficient air conditioning system has been designed which

nucleus of vertical communications and the nucleus of the lavato-

incorporates an enthalpy recovery and freecoolingsystem, taking full

ries of the building above ground level also have natural light. As a

advantage of the internal and external conditions to reduce energy

The interior faรงade has been designed with a language thattries to

result, most of the spaces and areas of circulation are bright and

consumption. In addition, in the courtyard of the block, a garden has

establish a formal dialogue with the rest of the buildingsof the block,


been designed with vegetation around the air intake chillerwhich will

while retaining the contemporary character of the building. This fa-

help to cool the air in the hottest months of the year, allowing the

รงade and garden seeks to project a friendly image to the users of

The walls of the basement, which occupies the entire plot, have

the courtyard, dignifying a typology normally uncared for in the

been executed using the hydrofraise technique, allowing them to be

buildings of the Ensanche.

terminated before excavation commenced on the rock terrain. This

The energy used for lighting is limited through the use of high-per-

decision meant that the execution times of the basement works

formance equipment and taking advantage of diffused light to illu-

In the interior of the building, we have opted for double height ceil-

were shortened and effect of vibration on the adjacent buildings

minate all the areas of movement in the basements and garage, as

ings, with visible crossing points that will enrich the relationship be-

was significantly reduced. Some of the surrounding buildings are al-

mentioned above. Despite the depth of 20 metres, the use of light

tween the different uses existing in the building. The planned work

most 100 years old.

colours and light wells results in theses spaces being bright during

areas are clear, free of columns and flexible in order to facilitate adaptability to possible functional changes.

daytime periods and not requiringartificial lighting. The primary use of the first three basement levels is that of a document archive, with capacity for 20 linear kilometres of shelving;


system to function in a more efficient way.

As much of the program has been developed underground, the use

equipped with an air conditioning system to control temperature

of natural light and ventilation has been maximized, in such a way

and humidity, as well as a fire protection system using mist extin-

that the lobbies to access the document vaults or garage, which is


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ACXT-Idom Spain Headquarter Building for the Science Park of the University of the Basque Country Leioa, Spain The building, which is located in the Science Park of the University

laboratories. Open spaces have been designed without any inner el-

of the Basque Country, next to the university campus of Leioa, con-

ements and the vertical clearance considers the requirements for

stitutes the main nexus between two worlds. It aims to be a meet-

laboratory use. A window sill runs the entire length of the façade

ing point between academia and industry.

from north to south, encasing the installations to be distributed to the laboratory facilities. Large vertical conduits have been designed

The ground floor accommodates the main reception, meeting

for the building installations to facilitate the progressive introduction

rooms and multipurpose rooms that provide service to the academ-

of companies.

ic-business environment. The unknown factor in terms of the number, type and nature of businesses that will occupy the building is reflected in the façade of

transparency of the curtain wall on the ground floor, creating a vi-

the upper floors,forming an abstract volume which in turn enhanc-

sion of the crossover of the campus and the science park, devel-

es the concepts applied to the ground floor. The main façades on

oping the concept of openness and communication. In turn, the

the north and south are composed of a double skin, consisting of a

ground floor is divided into two separate bodies with a passageway

curtain wall on the inner face, and on the outer face, an expanded

between them, further enhancing these concepts.

metal skin with a gateway for immediate maintenance. The expanded metal skin fulfils the functions of both solar protection and visual

The upper floors are designed to accommodate both offices and

control of the proximity of the neighbouring buildings. The result is


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a building which is very bright in its interior despite the large expanse of expanded metal. The east and west faรงades are resolved with large vertical louvres that prevent direct solar radiation in the morning and evening. We have designed a compact central nucleus of vertical communications, lavatory blocks and utili-

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ty shafts, minimizing its size accordingly to achieve a usable surface area of 91.3% on the upper floors where companies will be accommodated. On the roof, the building has a large installations platform, which is raised to a height of one metre, allowing for maintenance and repairs without affecting functioning of the companies on the up-

Ground floor

per floor. This installations platform is directly connected to the utilities shaft or conduits which run throughout the building. Below ground level are two floors mainly for parking, as well as meter rooms, and other installation which serve the entire Science Park. Photography: Aitor Ortiz -1 Floor


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ACXT-Idom Spain New ONO Corporate Headquarters Madrid, Spain The need to renew the premises of an office block located in a sub-

ular spatial conditions of the building stand out. It did so by focusing

east elevation, visible from the Road to Humera, which belongs to

urb in the north area of Madrid was perceived as a chance to make

mainly on three elements: the courtyard, the flexible organization of

one of the short building’s bays, remained behind the car park, out

the most out of an underused building. One intervention after anoth-

the floors and the image of the building, along with a thrifty invest-

of which its roof and three ventilation unit huts protruded.

er had made it more and more meaningless, with a broken up and

ment, which called for extraordinary precision in all interventions.


confusing spatial organization structure and an environment that

The entrance was changed, generating a great open square as a

made it difficult for it to be seen from the urban surroundings. The

From the outside, the building was hardly perceived in a compre-

consequence of doing away with all the detached protruding vol-

operation entailed a new space management policy for the compa-

hensible way. It was a compact volume without a clear front due to

umes. And the building was opened on its most visible corner,

ny, which turned the building into its new corporate headquarters.

the main entrance being in a small steep side street, perpendicular

breaking the façade’s uniformity.

to the main road, where the car entrance was located. Furthermore, From a formal point of view, the project intended to make the partic-

the entrance itself was below ground level. On the other hand, the

In front of the façade, which has ceramic cladding, galvanized cold-

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drawn steel protection slats of varying opacity were fixed, joined by

First to third floors maintain a similar spatial structure. The commu-

the cores is opposite the patio, again achieving that visual amplitude

horizontal catwalks of variable size according to the orientation of

nication cores concentrate all the floor’s amenities (toilets, archive,

of the space. The glazed area was increased, substituting the blind

the façade with the idea of avoiding direct sun light. The proposal

vending machines, etc.) and the façades were liberated, thus allow-

corner walls with glazing with metalwork and modulation similar

for the building’s façades sought to improve their thermal properties

ing an open organization in the rest of the floor. The work stations

to the existing ones. From the offices, once the mirror effect of the

and their image without changing their size or their openings.

were organized in an open plan scheme, always with natural light,

windows was dealt with, a greater visual link was achieved between

which was guided from the reprography areas, conceived as small

the two bays, allowing for the spatial perception of the whole floor.

From a functional point of view, as a basic starting point, the uses

open spaces delimited by low screens. The two service cores are

were to be reorganized and ordered so that offices and techni-

located on either ends of the floors and allow for great flexibility in

A pergola of rectangular strips, which change their orientation in

cal rooms became independent and didn’t interfere with each oth-

the setting up of the offices.

oblique angles, make up an open ceiling, which serves as a visual fil-

er. Hence, the DPCs and equipment rooms were concentrated on

ter and that configures and characterizes a delimited outdoor space. The courtyard, accessible only for maintenance duties and occupied

house the offices. This distribution allows for both the circulation

by HVAC machinery, was another focal point of the intervention. The

areas and the building services to be independent. The only inter-

patio walls, cladded with small dark ceramic pieces, were covered

vention took place in the inside distribution and the finishes so that

with a continuous light-finish coating, providing greater brightness

the building maintained its structure and its communication cores.

to the spaces that overlook it. Inside, the patio is independent from

Partitions and screens were done away with in the upper floors and

the vertical cores; it became detached by freeing its four elevations.

then reorganized as an open plan office.

As with the entrance to the building, the entrance to the offices from


the lower ground floor and basement and the upper floors would

Roof Detail

C Detail

B Detail

A Detail

South Flag Detail

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AGi architects Spain & Kuwait La Ascensión del Señor Church Seville, Spain “La Ascensión del Señor” Church is the result of the competition or-

wards, the inherent spiritual task of the church will be delivered.

ganized by the Archdiocese of Seville in 2010.

penitential chapel and sacristy, which are linked and interrelated, both physically and visually, with three open mixed used spaces, de-

One of the main elements of our design is the main entrance that

signed both for the development of social activities (training, enter-

From the beginning, we realized that the design of the church was

invites to access into the parish center and creates a welcoming

tainment ...) and spiritual actions due to they could also be an exten-

not a formal exercise but it had to tackle many social issues not so

space that is embodied in the existing large central courtyard. We

sion of the worship’s spaces.

associated to what the representation of a church is. Why?

open the church outside, inviting people to freely access the garden which is perceived from the street.

First, because Church has moved from being a reference social in-

We have chosen to implement economy and sustainability principles in the choice of materials and construction techniques used

stitution to an outdated and nearly reviled organization, little linked

While the main entrance’s size is large to emphasize the character

in this project, being this building extremely sensitive to the cur-

to social issues. Second, it should be noted that this is a newly es-

of welcoming and inviting users inside, containment is pursued to-

rent economic circumstances and to the conditions of its end users.

tablished residential area on the outskirts of the city of Seville, a new

wards outside, with a more domestic and social and less dogmat-

Therefore, we have tried to minimize direct solar radiation on the

growing area of the city lacking of neighborhood identity and with

ic scale. In fact, the inherent symbols of a church –cross, belfry- are

spaces opening windows to north, and an elongated crack behind

high rates of population at risk of exclusion and marginalization.

located secondly.

the altar, creating a line of diffuse light to south. Recyclable materi-

So we set out in this project the recovery of the social role of the

Conceptually, a stone carpet is unfolded from the central courtyard

munity members. Despite the reduced and limited budget of the

Church. This requires a necessary opening of the institution to the

to enter the main space of the church creating a huge vessel that

project, we have been able to incorporate special details, such as

community, not only of the human groups that compose it, but its

houses the congregation of believers and, on the other hand, we

craft making wooden furniture like benches, confessional, altar and

empty and built spaces, which have always been representative of

have the folded roof -with different levels and openings for the intro-

small interior details, so that the neighborhood feel comfortable in

the community in which they reside.

duction of natural light inside- that structures spaces in relation to

this new space created for them.


als have been chosen that also mean an easy maintenance by com-

the liturgy requirements. How to do it? First, solving the existing social needs of the neighbor-

In essence, this church is very close to the community, reaching the

hood whether economic, social, related to coexistence and shelter,

The 1,000 m2 church is located in a plot of 1,150 m2 annexed to the

family, etc. The aim is that the parish becomes this meeting point,

existing Parish center. The plan of the church is divided into three

a place that opens to the public to be listened and welcomed. After-

worship’s areas: the main space of the church; baptismal font; and

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AGi architects Spain & Kuwait Mop House Kuwait The site can be accessed from either side of the surrounding streets

ly around a central axis. This axis twists upwards to generate spac-

of the house, which subtly reveals a side garden. The residence

to allow for both a private and a public entrance. After moving along

es that are channeling the vision in different directions: the front side

was originally planned to house one family with two small children,

a curved wall that guides the visitor from the exterior of the plot into

of the house, side gardens and angles of the back street.

however in the future it could be divided into two units. The struc-

the center, one reaches the main entrance into the house. Upon en-

ture of the house and the distribution of the circulation, as well as The circulation surrounding the patio on the first floor contrives of

the positioning of the entrances and lift allows for guaranteed priva-

the swimming pool and the public living areas of the house.

a succession of living spaces, which not only communicate to one

cy between parents and children in the prospective future.

another, but also relate visually the interior of the patio to the exteriThe form of the residence is reminiscent of the movement pat-

or. The first floor overhangs to shade the rooms on the ground floor,

terns of a mop, from which flexible volumes are organized diagonal-

and the patio is designed to define a break in between the volumes

Photography: Nelson Garrido


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S Cube Chalet Kuwait S Cube family chalet is made up of three intertwined beach houses.

, AGi architects have divided the plot into two units, composed of

comfortably reside in them. The building is carefully situated to pro-

The owners -two brothers and their sister each with their own fam-

two houses that are mirror images of each other, named S2 and S3.

tect its exposure to the sun on the southern faรงade, whilst increas-

ilies- want to continue enjoying the same exceptional environment

These units are separated by a staircase leading towards the third

ing shaded space on the northern side to frame views out to the

in which they grew up, but with complete independency and privacy

house, located at the higher level. The third house is positioned on

sea as well as create a pleasant outdoor environment. The outdoor

from each other.

top and across from the two residences, enjoying a large roof ter-

spaces on the ground floor and the roof terrace of the third house

race with direct views towards the sea. Each of the three houses en-

on the upper level are the main distinguishing elements and spaces

For these reasons, the design of these three small houses calls for a

joys an individual outdoor area that is open to the sky, privacy from

of this project; from which the three houses are organized around

duplicated program, which maintains privacy, while benefiting from

its neighbor, and extended sea views.

them. They are beach houses designed to optimize and enhance

outdoor areas and sea views, by the use of several terraces.

the outdoor experience. The highly dense program in the intertwined houses is manipulat-

In order to create private and independent houses for each fami-

ed to create outdoor spaces which harvest the prevailing winds and

ly -comprising of three young couples with two small children each-

enhance their circulation within the courtyards, allowing people to

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Sรกnchez Gil Arquitectos Spain Multipurpose Administration Building for the Council of Castilla y Leรณn in Salamanca Salamanca, Spain We have designed an administration building to house the head-

pedestrian and vehicle access is located.


quarters of the delegation and services of the Council of Castil-

ume of the administrative building.The building consists of a black concrete plinth that draws as reference the level of the access pla-

la y Leรณn in Salamanca in order to improve its performance, reduce

We decided to design a building that enhances its character and

za and effectively resolves the height difference. It houses com-

costs and simplify maintenance.

reaches optimal functionality and flexibility. The building is aligned

plementary uses such as nursery, auditorium, multipurpose class-

with the street and the park, and separated from the party walls cre-

rooms, cafeteria and parking. On the plinth lies a white volume

The building is located in a peripheral residential neighborhood to

ating a perimeter garden that serves as a vegetal buffer, which im-

intended for the main administrative use, which in an L-shape of two

the east of the city, in a trapezoidal lot with a steep slope, surround-

proves both the view and privacy of users as well as the urban im-

and four levels surrounds the access plaza, which is a space that

ed on two of its sides by a long party wall on which courtyards open

age of the building. At the southern end lies the nursery and hall,

links the city and the building.

up from the neighboring residential buildings. In its lower area, to-

which as a carved garden, gives up its presence creating a play of

wards the south, the lot borders a public park and a street where the

volumes and sunken yards that avoid competing with the large vol-

The proposal is designed with an idea of lightness and horizontali-

jected modulation, 7.20ร—14.40 m (1Mx2M), creating a unique struc-

courtyards, so that the offices, with an opaque screen, are located

and float on a plinth of textured, dark concrete. The windows are set

ture of large spans and cantilevers of landscaped terraces that bal-

in the exterior perimeter, while the administrative areas, diaphanous

back according to orientations. They give the building and ethere-

ance it. The facade is divided into sub-modules of 0.90m with 1-2-1

and enclosed in glass, turn to the courtyards, providing space and

al character where the horizontal structure is protagonist. The land-

rhythms, which allows an easy change of distribution, predictable in

light into the hallway. In the inner corners, framing the administrative

scaped slabs protect the interior rooms from direct sunlight and im-

this administrative use.

areas, the building cores are laid out. As rotund, compact volumes

prove the conditions of privacy and visual comfort, reducing energy

covered in large format Calatorao stone, they reinforce their status

costs. The facade of the offices is a glass skin with color and trans-

The building takes the monastic model and is organized around

parency variations.

three courtyards, one smaller (2Mx2M) located in the access area, which is covered on the ground floor with a large skylight, setting

We begin with a square mesh (M=7.20m), that orders the natural

the main lobby and two other gardened lobbies that structure the

growth of the building. The layout of columns is adjusted to the pro-

top area (3Mx4M). We propose an annular circulation around the

and organize the space. Photography: Montse Zamorano, Fernando Sรกnchez Cuadrado

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Sánchez Gil Arquitectos Spain Santa Marta Town Hall Santa Marta de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain The Building That Generates City

Square in the Vatican, Campidoglio in Rome or the Piazza del Cam-

exposed clinker brick, in which the openings and ceramic lattices

We begin with an unstructured space with multiple conditions that

po in Siena). It is embraced by the building, which reinforces the ten-

are protagonist.

required specific answers, exposed party walls, immovable tele-

sion of the space generated with the line of the ledges increasing

phone substation, a messy urban fabric with uneven heights, streets

outwards. We have designed a public space-building positive-nega-


leading to the site … We seek a single design capable of solving all

tive interaction.

A City Hall is not another administrative building. Its symbolic na-

the urban problems. The general layout of the square consists of

ture, its representative elements and the traditional relationship with

two facilities: City Hall and library. Both are separated by the preex-

The building embraces the public space, creating a welcoming

the city make it a unique building, so there has been a new reading

isting telephone substation, hidden behind a ceramic panel connect-

space. It has a ground floor with a continuous arch on which a body

of the elements of classic town halls.

ing them.

of variable height, between one and two floors, rises. The volume is

The town hall takes its representative role over the square it config-

the result of the intersection of an elliptical cylinder with an inclined

The building opens to the public space and surrounds the citizen in a


friendly and transparent way, as a symbol of the democratic institu-

ures, while the library is lost among the trees, an element that rein-


forces the space created.

tion it represents, and where great care has been given to the location


of the different urban landmarks: Flags masts, rising above the cornice

The facade of the cantilevered body overlooking the plaza, facing

line, the balcony, protagonist during holidays, designed as a gap in the

The proposal arises from the configuration of the representative

north and east, is glazed in its entirety and is protected by vertical

rhythm of the slats, and the clock, which recovers the classical duality

public space as a generator of the project. We create an elliptical

slats of white precast concrete, which unify the image of the build-

with the church tower on the other side of the parkway.

plaza with a slope, about 42×35 meters, a typology with very out-

ing and ensure brightness inside the rooms. The rest of the building

standing precedents in the field of historic urbanism (Saint Peter’s

facades have a massive character, reinforcing the volume with black

Photography: Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

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Biokilab Laboratories Álava, Spain Two boxes in the air and a structure as architecture

structure. Its two horizontal elements form a cross inscribed in the

beams as high as the box. These wall-beams have only one hole,

The technologic Park of Vitoria colonizes a little bit of nature. The

square floor of the boxes. The sides of these floors measure twelve

defined by the maximum dimensions that let the beams work prop-

quality of the site and its steepness make us question where to

and thirteen meters respectively. The horizontal beams where the

erly. Outside, the concrete structure is visible on all faces of the box.

build. Two boxes made from air rise above the slope. The structure

boxes rest avoid any interlocking. Consequently, the structure is vis-

Inside, plasterboards cover the structure. The window frame, drawn

become architecture carries on its shoulders these boxes, showing

ible in its entirety. The ends of the beams join vertical elements,

as a single line, stays hidden between both sheets. The gap be-

a new plane. We investigate new ways of entering new places. Our

which become the legs of this quadruped anatomy. Legs are as

tween sheets, both in walls and slabs, contains all building systems,

place appears on a new level, determined by a four-legged and col-

wide as beams, managing a continuity that makes all the pieces be

as plumbing, electricity, voice and data. This net of systems solves

orful structure. Two hollow boxes of concrete inhabit this new place

understood as a unique element. Different lengths of the legs let the

the flexibility needed by the laboratory for its continuous transfor-

on the structure. The whole complex in a permanent flight reveals a

slope remain unaltered.


The structure of the box

Photography: José Manuel Cutillas

new gravity.

Quadruped anatomies

The box is thought as a second structure that replaces walls with

The metallic structure that raises the boxes in the air is a quadruped

beams and roofs with double slabs. The vertical faces of the box are

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Health Sciences Faculty Zaragoza, Spain The new Health Faculty of San Jorge University is located on a

white and scaled lines unfold on the campus as part of its land-

through the square, which discovers the inside of this mineral com-

campus on the outskirts of Zaragoza city. Although it is a rural cam-

scape. Inside, on two floors, classrooms and laboratories are orga-

plex. The inside and outside relation of the faculty gets inverted. The

pus, the nature in it is scarce. The forest along the campus is the re-

nized for teaching and research. Each scale catches the light need-

concave outside happens to be the most interior room, and the con-

sult of a man created operation. The surrounding buildings, the Rec-

ed for each room. The dimensions and shape of rooms allow a big

vex inside becomes the most exterior place.

tory and Communications Faculty, respond to a contemporaneous

variability of use. Consequently, it is possible an academic reorga-

architecture that lives besides that nature.

nization in an easy way. Light coming through scales can be con-

The mineral nature of this faculty in San Jorge University offers a

trolled, so digital technologies can be used inside rooms. The minor

new landscape of white scales breathing light on the outside, and it

The Health Faculty joins the development of that little nature to rein-

creases of each line contain the most public rooms of the new fac-

offers a big room opened to the sky on the inside.

force the place where the existing buildings rest and where new build-

ulty: cafeteria, conference room and multipurpose rooms.

ings will do. The new faculty is not only another building; it becomes part of the new place. Architecture is thought as part of a new nature.

Photography: JosĂŠ Manuel Cutillas The three lines enclose a big room open to the sky. All the access corridors to laboratories and classrooms face this big room. The

The building program is organized in three concave lines. These

square gives access to the three lines. Lines look at each other

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HOLODECK architects Austria businesspark breitensee Vienna, Austria Based upon winning the 1st prize in the preceding competition HO-

eas and diverse open spaces.

LODECK architects develop a new interpretation of the existing in-

throughout the new buildings) and two-sided exposure to natural light. The choice of materials and their processing follows a ‘crafts-

ner-city industrial location Breitensee in terms of urban planning as

The objective is to strengthen and to consolidate the inconsistent

manship approach’ to produce a connection with the historical pro-

well as with regard to densification.

existing building complex by implementation of the new building.

duction site and to achieve an atmosphere that is specific for this


location. The same applies to the execution of the office and proThe transformation from mere production facilities to an homo-

The analysis of tractory curves influences the design process in or-

duction facilities in the sense of a reference to the classic industri-

geneous mixed-use location equipped to cover a wide range of re-

der to thematically arrange the building’s volumes and the open ar-

al warehouse. Mechanical and electrical conducts and wiring are

quirements of e.g. manufacturing plants, IT businesses, creative in-

eas. With reference to densification optimum logistics and supplies

therefore deliberately kept exposed.

dustries or media representatives represents a structural challenge

are striven for. The bridge accommodating a separate office unit

for the architects and calls for a specific approach.

connects the new with the existing and continues to form a two-

The building design is developed according to a consciously chosen

storey roof extension on top of the existing ‘Gründerzeit‘ commer-

low tech approach involving high quality building components and

The interpretation of the industrial estate results in the new design

cial building that constitutes the conclusion of the building complex

durable materials. The building represents a sustainable concep-

of the businesspark Breitensee. In its compacted location various

towards the Goldschlagstrasse.

tion with regard to choice of material and adaptability and features

premises, existing and newly built to cover a total of approximately

a high flexibility space management. In this regard the concept of

25,000 m2, offer commercial and office facilities with direct access

An essential point of focus involves the creation of a particular

a high quality curtain walling facade construction (low energy rat-

to an underground car park as well as spacious communication ar-

open plan atmosphere with maximum room height (approx. 3.28m

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els, openable windows) acts as a fundamental factor. The façade towards the residential building that covers a length of approx. 70m north of the businesspark is divided into small sections and is designed to express equability. Continuing into the existing courtyard, the rhythm of the façade patterns changes in accordance to the inconsistent appearance of the surrounding existing buildings to show alterations in proportions and arrangement. The interior construction includes the thermal activation of the exposed concrete building elements (abstinence of suspended ceilings and raised floors) in order to minimize operating costs. Solar energy ingress is minimized, while a specific open office atmosphere is created. A glass roof patio area is located in the centre of the new building to serve as a communal area for the staff, improving crosscompany communication. Furthermore, the double height (1st – 3rd floor) space can be used for internal events and will also be available for external activities, possibly in combination with the ground floor catering facilities. On top of the ‘Gründerzeit’ commercial building duplex units with individually allocated exterior areas are introduced, offering the option for office or studio usage. The units located inside the existing parts of the courtyard have partially been redeveloped and have additionally been equipped with balconies or sun rooms.


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HOLODECK architects Austria breitensee studios Vienna, Austria The project is located on top of an existing building, that is dated

enriched by the breitensee studios for creative people.


around the 1890’s and built out of bricks, and which is part of a larg-

this spatial extension. The movement of the two levels follow the idea of ‘changing outdoor spaces’ for each unit. It also becomes a sign on

er industrial complex including buildings of that period as well as of

Eight units consist of a large open space on the first level with views

its own for the newly built business park inside the building complex,

the 1960’s.

to the street and partly alongside terraces. A sanitary box in the

that will be finished soon. Different companies of production, trade and

second level separates the area into zones with views into the huge

design rent spaces here and create a vivid community.

The just completed roof extension supports the area with lofts for

courtyard and over the street and offers different usages for living

start ups. Spatious units on two levels offer living and working at the

or working with outdoor spaces.

same location for a decent prize. The surroundings with producing companies, apartment buildings, entertainment areas, restaurants

A special created façade pattern, structured by three different elements

and parks reflect the idea of a multifunctional district. which is now

of light transmitting, is designed to show a different time and scale of

Photography: Wolfgang Thaler

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HOLODECK architects Austria urban topos Vienna, Austria The building site in its urban context as well as the clients’ innova-

complementing the surrounding structure and making a strong ar-

demand for attached open spaces.A generous foyer and a green

tive approach to housing concepts were our inspiration for the ar-

chitectural statement were aspects that guided us through the de-

courtyard with playground and common areas visible from the

chitectural design.The site is located in the 15th district of Vienna, an

sign process.Observing these parameters we decided to interpret

street entrance underline the open character of this building.

area that has recently turned into a focus regarding urban develop-

the building as an ‘urban landscape’ and to transform the stratifica-

ment and revaluation.

tion of the area into the topographic layering of the building.

The design of the facade refers to the horizontal rhythm of the ad-


jacent buildings and displays two main elements. The circumferenIt offers qualities like spatial proximity to the city center, the exten-

This approach and the local building regulations in mind we devel-

tial outdoor spaces are lined surrounded by sheets of expanded alu-

sion of the new ‘west train station’ as well as an ambitious environ-

oped a Z-shaped, gradually layered volume that accommodates 20

minum adjusted to let sunlight in and to keep curious glimpses out,

ment and convenient infrastructure. Both client and architects were

apartment units and an underground car park.All of the six stories

its anodized surface giving it a silky reflection.Together with the la-

dedicated to developing a building that represents and encourages

provide surrounding balconies and terraces. Through floor to ceil-

va-coloured facade panels the shimmering aluminum bands char-

this progress and creating a new quality of living.

ing french windows the interior living spaces extend to semi-private

acterize the appearance of the building.

outdoor spaces and further into the urban environment. Situated on a sloping site with panoramic view towards the ‘Wien-

Photography: Hertha Hurnaus

tal’ and at the ‘Wienerberg’, the building connects a 1960s detached

Four slightly varying types of open floor plan apartments, each fac-

apartment building with the adjacent row of historic houses. Both

ing at least two directions, correspond to an urban resident with the

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Wal Chong Gallery SeoGuiPo, Jeju Island, South Korea Wal Chong Museum is not a work of architecture but a translation

The architect is asked to prepare the physical mass. Its form was

ly life, (not a day has gone by that he has not worked alongside the

into a built landscape of the work of contemporary Korean artist Lee

created as if carved out by the natural elements of the island, as if

builders) has shaped every detail according to his own extraordi-

Wal Chong. The much discussed theme of the boundaries between

it were lain exposed for centuries to its wind and its waters. This

nary sensibility related to his world on Jeju island. He has created

art and architecture and the collaboration between artists and ar-

work becomes the representation of a built and painted space of

a sculpture on a landscape scale, he has recreated the wonderful

chitects, finds in this work an answer as simple as it is effective.

the magic world of Jeju and of its history, evoking the ancestral en-

world of his art using all the elements available to him. He chooses

ergies of volcanic eruptions out in the middle of the sea. This proj-

natural elements such as the flowers and the trees and considers

After many years of research, merging our work with the context

ect was conceived of and explored as a modelled form; sculptur-

not only their form and colour but also the insects and the songs

within which we build, this work represents an important milestone

al and gestural forms that are afforded harmony through a precise

of the birds that live and fly among them. All these elements are

that has confirmed to us, how, on a practical level, abandoning the

geometry. Initially revealing a reclining female figure overlooking the

found in the work of the artist, but this time they are transformed

dogma often associated with the practice of architecture is a way to

ocean, it ultimately reaches a synthesis within which we find the as-

into a landscape to be enjoyed and physically experienced through

enter into a new expressive world, related more to the senses than

pirations and inspirations of the artist working in tandem with natu-

the senses. The work of Wal Chong is focussed on representing the

to ideology. Architecture is the bridge between the DNA of a place

ral elements.

context of his island. It reproduces the simplicity and the richness of

and its future and serves to transmit the emotions through the

island life and of its proud and humble soul.

senses of man. The Wal Chong Museum, for which we have served

Just like a block of clay from which the artist can carve out, cut,

as the instruments for the sensibilities of the artist, is born out of the

shape and paint; the building, together with the sculpture garden,

fertile land of Jeju and expresses its heritage and soul.

becomes part of the artist’s work. Wal Chong, in his on-site dai-

Photography: Park YoungChae

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Davide Macullo Architects Switzerland Jansen Campus Oberriet, SG, Switzerland The project is the landmark HQ of the new ‘Jansen Campus’ and is

it has excellent sustainable credentials- the HV system, for example,

the result of two years of extraordinary collaboration between the

is ‘TAPS’, activated by the structural shell of the building.


architects and the clients.

pected glimpses sliced out of the landscape.   The landscaped park surrounding the building includes 80 trees,

One of Jansen’s main objectives for the project is to make the Cam-

35 different species representative of those of the region. The proj-

The building , a striking new addition to the skyline, is the link be-

pus a creative and engaging place for all their employees. The build-

ect also sees the beginning of the Jansen Art collection, containing

tween the industrial area and the old town and takes its triangular

ing’s work spaces are open plan, with each employee have their own

works by international contemporary artists.

forms from the traditional pitched roofs of Oberriet. The project in-

custom designed workstation. (Many furniture pieces have been

tegrates innovative technologies and includes new details and ma-

custom designed and made for the project and stand alongside the

terials not yet used in architecture- the façade system for example,

chosen brands of Alias and Cappellini).

structural glazing details (by Jansen AG) and internal glazed fireproof doors. The building’s heating, ventilation, lighting and energy

All spaces look out across the Rheintal and the geometry of the

consumption meets strict Swiss ‘Minergie’ standards, meaning that

building means that visitors and employees alike are offered unex-

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L3P Architekten Switzerland Duplex House Ennetbaden, Switzerland Despite the small block of land (637m2), a generous duplex house

The cut in the north of the ground floor allows a north-side access

Both of the volume cuts in the attic provide the party in the upper

has been developed in an architecturally heterogeneous neighbour-

to the house.

house with south and north terraces.

The breach on the ground floor allows access to the garden area

The duplex house is not readable from the outside. The main sur-

which is used by both parties living in the house.

face are rendered with a horizontal brush with a 6mm render, treat-

hood on the south face of Ennetbaden, which, in reference to organ-


isation, takes an interesting and unconventional path. The floor-plan volume is comprised of distorted rectangles. The ar-

ed and painted in a subtle green tone. On the contrary, the dissect-

chitects dissected the volume at diverse sites. Besides the resulting

The cut in the south side of the ground floor presents the party in

ed surfaces are treated with a 0.5mm fine render in a brown colour

attractive remaining volume, each of these dissections is intended

the lower house with the covered south terrace, which is contained

scheme, thus machining an additional volume cut. The windows

to fulfil an additional function:

within the main rectangle.

are also treated in two colours: the protruding, box-shaped con-

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structions are kept aluminium-coloured externally, while the small-

power and dynamic. The design of the interior with its exposed cast

above with polygonal apertures in the wall and roof. The surround-

formed windows that are flush with the exterior surface, as well as

concrete ceilings, floors and partial walls, as well as the white kitch-

ing living, dining and kitchen area are arranged on the south and

the shutters, appear in golden tones.

en with cast concrete exposure gives an archaic impression.

north-sided terraces. The view to the south from the timber decking

The interior of the two units are intrinsically different. The valley-

The hillside unit stretches over four floors which are combined

sation a mixture of cast concrete and oak parquet flooring in combi-

side unit stretches below from the naturally-lit sleeping area over

through a central core. The common utilities management and

nation with exposed concrete ceilings and partial walls was chosen.

the ground floor, including the living / dining / kitchen area, up to the

workshop is found in the basement. The ground floor with its entry

upper floor encompassing the bedrooms. The continuous staircase

and wardrobe only serves as a collection point to the upper floors

This duplex house is in true spirit of the expression: externally united

leaning on the fire division wall serves as a connection to the third

with the bedrooms. The formative element here is the access to the

– internally atwain.

floor, building a formative element of the interior. The two-storey liv-

overlapping staircase, which changes direction and entry-side with

ing area is completed without the usual accessibility, thus gaining

every floor. In the attic storey, the core of the unit is lighted from

and the intensive roof-greening are breath-taking. For the materiali-

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New Replacement Apartment House at Gl채ttlistrasse 31 and 33 Z체rich, Switzerland The Gl채ttlistrasse neighbourhood, located in the Zurich district of

es and buildings. An important goal was to integrate the volume into

area generously meanders into the living room without any actual

Altstett, is a typical 1950s suburban development. The construction

the surrounding vegetation through the choice of facade colour and

dedicated circulation spaces, joining with huge windows to give the

brief for this project was to replace four terraced houses and a kin-

texture while simultaneously lending the building a distinctive identi-

flats a light-flooded, gracious feel. Elaborate window solutions in-

dergarten that was no longer needed with a single apartment house


corporating various colours and materials relate to the environment

offering a total of 16 rental apartments.

outside while contributing a fantastic look as well as practical beneThe polygonal design extends to the floor plans of the apartments

In urban planning terms, the new, polygonal structure closes off the

inside, which represent an innovative new form of domestic lay-

Gl채ttlistrasse development toward the neighbouring smaller hous-

out pioneered by the Halde building cooperative. The kitchen/dining

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L3P Architekten Switzerland Two Single-Occupancy Detached Houses Oberweningen ZH, Switzerland Despite the small size of the parcel of land, two single-occupancy

enced in the building itself. While the inner walls are masoned and

detached houses have been developed in a countryside setting tak-

smoothly plastered, the exposed concrete outer walls, the black pol-

ing a new path in reference to volumetry and spacial definitions. The

ished and jointless floor and large window fronts add to a cool tech-

The materialisation of the façade and roof add to the monolith-

basic type of detached house has been split, the work being akin to

nical conclusion. Elaborate skylights allow an atmosphere of light to

ic overall picture and allows constant pauses for a moment. When

a sculpturer’s work. Polygonal bodies were formed in which the mu-

develop which features a spiritual force and vibrancy.

one takes a moment, one realises: something is responding and de-


tual proximity becomes a quality. The mirroring of water and façade

association to a sculpturer’s work is given once again.

veloping a plurality from itself. Something new is forming from the

in the water basin hints at a clear vision within these rooms, which

The materialization of the facade and the roof are conspicuous. To-

are among themselves but without direct insight to each other – a

gether with the artist Thomas Sonderegger, we experimented with a

special place with strong vibrancy and intimacy.

surface of galvanised steel.

etching. It is growing. It lives. It is this which constitutes the unique expression of the façade – an alchemical-generated and self-generating work from Thomas Son-

The position in the parcel of land also moulds the inner area. An

We were able to fabricate a sheet with a unique and vital expression

elaborately-devised subdivision arranges the rooms in a split-lev-

which was deployed for a first time on the façade and in the roof

el system and allows the hillside characteristics to also be experi-

area. The design added to a monolithic overall picture in which an

deregger, and so, an artistic bow to vitality. Photography: Vito Stallone

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L3P Architekten Switzerland New Weiach Kindergarten Weiach, Switzerland Diverse operational and economic considerations led to the devel-

in the rural village centre and stimulates playful dialogue.


opment of a new kindergarten on the north side of the already ex-

covers the entrée area below. A stairwell leads back down to the entrée and so closes the circular course.

isting primary school in Weiach. The new development was realised

The rooms are aligned along a central atrium in a flowing progres-

from pre-fabricated wooden elements.

sion through diverse building components: entrée - cloakroom –

The novelcircular course through the building allows diverse insights

kindergarten classroom– play area - material and group room. The

and perspectives of the building, leading to a distinctive adventure.

A child-friendly, delicate façade made from artificial lawn naturally

room sequence rises gently over a short flight of stairs ending at

moulds into the colour tones of straw gold, red kraut and olive green

the upper-most room, the group room, which at the same time also

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Renovation and Extension of the Zurich Zoo Foyer Zurich, Switzerland The Zurich Zoo, situated on Zurichberg overlooking Zurich, is one of

With flowing forms the new foyer respectfully orientates itself to the

grain reminding one of animal fur was superimposed with animal-

the mostvisited sights in Zurich. Due to the continual growing num-

pre-existing structures. Curved walls, display windows and rooves

istic textures derived from irregularly drilled holes. Thus the guestis

ber of visitors, the entrance foyer was re-structured and adapted to

combine in spectacular rolling lines. The flowing forms and a selec-

presented with an exciting backdrop which is emotionally attuned

current needs. In this process, the need to react subtly to the stand-

tive light design were implemented intentionally to quickly and intui-

with the world of the zoo.

ing foyer, an excellent project from Dürig Architects in 1999, was

tively guide the arriving visitors.

applied. A complex, merged facility, embracing diverse areas such

Photography: Sabrina Scheja

as the forecourt, counters, visitors’ centre, Zoo Shop, Zoo Café,

Great merit was given to authentic materials in the interior. An es-

volunteers’centre and also including the station for the new zoo

pecially developed acoustic panel, made from packaging plywood,

tram was realised in an all-out operation.

was put to use in the counter and visitors’ centre area. The natural

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EPFL Quartier Nord, SwissTech Convention Center Ecublens, Switzerland Situated at the northern entrance to the EPFL campus, the Swis-

different stage set-ups in each case, ultimately defined the build-

Hydraulic platforms and rotating seat mounts allow the auditorium

sTech Convention Center becomes a new landmark, a clearly iden-

ing’s form. The question of external cladding for the shell of the con-

to be transformed into a flat, multi-purpose room or banquet hall in

tifiable reference point in the landscape. The metallic shell, closely

vention center was resolved through a typical process of research in

a matter of minutes. The west facade of the main foyer is draped

following the internal spatial configuration of the optimised main au-

terms of form and materiality, leading to the selection of elongated

in300 square metres of glazed panels, which include revolutionary

ditorium, seems to float over the glazed facades that enclose both

diamond-shaped tiles in anodised aluminium. A subtle variation in

dye-sensitized solar cells, developed by the Swiss chemist Michael

the auditorium and the foyer, allowing a maximum of daylight to

their depth reinforces the rich textural nature of the shell’s surface.

Grätzel of the EPFL, to provide protection from the afternoon sun

penetrate the inner spaces. The auditorium is designed to accom-

The maximum capacity of 3,000 seats in the auditorium is only re-

while generating 2,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The

modate up to 3,000 people, but just as importantly, it can be subdi-

quired on a limited number of occasions per year. The possibili-

artist Catherine Bolle worked with the technically possible colours to

vided into alternative configurations to allow for a variety of small-

ty to subdivide this main space in order to create other spaces that

achieve Le Semainier.

er-scale events to take place simultaneously or in sequence. The

are just as suitably proportioned and optimised was part of the brief

optimisation of these spaces in their different arrangements, which

from the outset. Moveable partitions allow the upper balcony as

guarantee impeccable sight lines and balanced distances from the

well as the area of the parterre below the balcony to be closed off.

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Richter Dahl Rocha and Associés architectes SA Switzerland EPFL Quartier Nord, Student Housing Ecublens, Switzerland On the eastern edge of the site, student housing and commercial

za on level two. A 70-room hotel surrounds the south courtyard,

ment panels transformed by artist Catherine Bolle into :« Le Chro-

and service areas provide a clear border on the public plaza. Extend-

and shared student apartments are reached through access galler-

moscope ».

ing to the south to include the Metro station, shops and restaurants

ies around the north courtyard on level four. On level six are shared

are sheltered by a covered gallery with the hotel and student lodg-

apartments around the north courtyard, and studio apartments

Studio apartments are arranged on both sides of the long interior

ings above. The large scale of the building is mediated through a se-

in the southeast wing of the building. Only three wings of student

north-south corridor running through the main wing of the building.

ries of articulations and variations in height of the different volumes

apartments are carried up to level eight.

To encourage social interaction among students, a variety of com-


that make up the complex. Only the central bodies of the building

mon spaces have been laid out at various points along this main in-

are carried up to level eight at the top. The outer facades clad in se-

The shared apartments are arranged around the access galleries.

ternal thoroughfare. Double- or single-height spaces are closed off

rigraphed glass and aluminium louvers maintain a clear dialogue

Semi-private living spaces in turn lead to the individual bedrooms,

with brilliantly coloured glass panels, continuing the polychromatic

with the convention center, the coloured window jambs anticipate

each with it’s own private bathroom. All the bedrooms are located

theme of Catherine Bolle’s Le Chromoscope surounding the court-

the exuberance of the inner courtyard.

on the outer perimeter, with the living spaces opening directly onto

yards in the access galleries.

the access galleries surrounding the courtyard. This interior courtCommercial and service areas open directly onto the public pla-

yard elevation is entirely clad in individually hand painted, fibre-ce-

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Richter Dahl Rocha and Associés architectes SA Switzerland Bobst Headquarters Mex, Switzerland This project to organize and extend an industrial headquarters com-

from this, an existing production facility was extended to increase

becomes a linear reference embedded in the landscape of the sur-

plex in the countryside of the French Swiss Canton of Vaud explores

factory space by 14,000 square meters.

rounding countryside, taking on the appearance of a grand roof be-

the richness of the relationship between the built ensemble and the

neath which are sheltered programs as diverse as administration,

rural landscape it occupies.

One side of the long main building houses the great expanse of the

training, and display. This contrapuntal relation to the landscape, one

Competence Center; on the other side, the "clearing" of the court-

of the main themes of the project along with the handling of natural

Since 1974, the Bobst Group, major producers of machinery for the

yard garden is surrounded by glazed office and meeting spaces that

light, is also expressed in the choice of materials.

manufacturing of packaging materials, has occupied this 29-hect-

function as the company's administrative center. The entrance hall

are parcel in a bucolic setting to the west of greater Lausanne,

with its double-height atrium connects these various programs and

The facade of the exhibition hall, revetted with canted vertical stain-

straddling the three communes of Mex, Villars-Sainte-Croix, and

offers panoramic views that simultaneously embrace all of them.

less steel plates, subtly invokes a material common to the industri-



al activity taking place at the other end of the site; at the same time, Extending into the landscape, the horizontal figure of the building

it mirrors the image of the constantly changing patterns and colors

In 2012, Bobst decided to centralize all of its production activity in

is reinforced by the straight line of the eaves, in stark contrast to

of the sky as well as the subtle qualities of the pastoral environment,

Mex. A new building at the main entrance to the site was designed

the undulating character of the site's natural topography. This hor-

with the ubiquitous cultivated fields bringing a golden tinge to the re-

to accommodate 6,100 square meters of office space as well as a

izontality is accentuated by the “Promenade des Alpes” laid out by

flective facades.

vast showroom and training facility spanning another 4,000 square

L’Atelier du Paysage, with its stone-lined pool running down the mid-

meters. At the other end of the site, next to an existing sports field

dle on axis with a broad ramp that leads up to the main entrance.

and gymnasium, a second new building was designed to house a restaurant – a glass pavilion offering views of the near and distance

The promenade effectively functions as a spinal column structuring

landscape – and a day care center for up to 40 children. Across

the Bobst headquarters complex as a whole, while the main building

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L’Îlot-du-Centre Lausanne, Switzerland The design for this residential complex situated a few stepsfrom

ous order of the urbanfabric, making a gesture toward public space

conies with views of the lake, and also as an urban facade respond-

Place Saint-François in the center of Lausanne had as its main

at its free end. Uncommon in this situation, a series of townhous-

ing to the character of the street. Reinforcing this integration is the

theme the challenge of striking a balance between the contempo-

es with gardens also helps to integrate the complex: located on the

punctuation of the facade by entrances and stair wells which evoke

rary apartment model and its integration within the historical con-

lower levels of the barre, they put the level change on the site to

the rhythm and scale of the neighbouring buildings, referencing the

text in terms of both urban morphology and architectural language.

good use. The contemporary language of facades consisting of pre-

tradition and materials of the mansard roofs.

The main building evokes the functionalist paradigm of the mega

cast concrete components and aluminium louvers and balustrades

barre building, and is at the same time assimilated into the contigu-

is inflected by being expressed toward the south as generous bal-

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FAAB Architektura Poland PGE GiEK Headquarters Łódź Voivodeship, Poland The building is located in the center of Poland in the town of

The form of the building was, in part, inspired by the scope of the

The building is equipped with twilight sensor fixtures which adjust

Bełchatów (60 000 inhabitants). The office building is the headquar-

PGE GiEK Capital Group. Mining lignite is represented in the ground

the luminosity of the artificial light to that of the natural light. This

ters of PGE GiEK Concern – the largest energy producer in Poland

level areas, finished with rusty black slate. Production and transmis-

has enormous impact during morning and evening hours as well as

(40% of the Polish overall electricity volume). Distinguished in the

sion of electrical energy reflected in the upper levels: electric trans-

on overcast days. Exceptional access to natural light and the use of

company scope is the quarry in Bełchatów, one of the largest open-

mission cables characterized with black cement composite panels

twilight sensor fixtures result in lower electric energy consumption.

cast lignite quarries in Europe (35 million ton of raw material yearly).

and electric energy (glass) running in between.

One of the PGE electric power plants – also in Bełchatów – is note-

Within the framework of the project lies a recreational area for em-

worthy: producing yearly an estimated 31 trillion watt-hours (Wh) of

The building is endowed with an atypical structural framework – up-

ployees, including a terraced square on the ground floor and open

electric energy.

per floors are supported by a multilevel, irregular steel truss weigh-

garden terrace on level one. These features ensure the users the

ing 160,000 kilograms. Its implementation is a result of formal in-

possibility of rest and relaxation during often very long work days.

The office building location is not accidental. Settled on the fringe

spiration taken from mechanisms encountered in the extractive and

It is worth to add that the water reservoir (comprising an element

of a housing district, with 6,000 inhabitants, it is the first element of

production industries. While its dynamism recalls the movement of

of the square) is treated with the aid of a technology using minimal

the local service center and at once shapes the frontage of the new

particles creating electric energy.

amounts of chemicals and has properties similar to that of natural,


city plaza. A portion of the office employees, residing in the nearby

clean lake water. Landscaped elements are irrigated with rain water

area, resigned from the everyday use of private or public transporta-

Light, specifically access to natural light, is the dominating element

collected from the building roof, surface parking and sidewalks, to a

tion. In a very undeniable manner, this aids in the reduction of pollu-

in the interior design for the building. An overwhelming majority of

special underground water storage tank.


interior space is lit by natural light. This includes staircases, corridors, conference rooms as well as traditionally artificially lit areas

Within the building, apart from a wide range of office space dedicated

such as print/copy rooms, employee lunch-break rooms and toilets.

for 230 employees, lies a cluster of conference rooms, a staff canteen/

Close to 92% of the interior space has access to natural light, mak-

lounge and a center for the digitization of paper documents.

ing it difficult to overestimate the quality of the office work space.

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FAAB Architektura Poland Raciborz Regional Blood Center Raciborz, Poland Investment divided into three phases, including (1) construction of

The color scheme, the irregularity of the elevation leitmotif and the

the new Regional Blood Center building, (2) shelter for the mobile

panel’s glossiness represent the richness of blood, often decribed

blood center [bus] and (3) the first in Poland specialized Center for

as the gift of life. The geometry is inspired by the function of the

Blood Cancer Diagnostics to be located within the existing building.

blood center, the clash of biology with technology. Rounded ele-

At the moment, the first phase has been completed.

ments represent biology, straight represent technology.

The first phase building houses modern cool rooms and storages,

The intentional vivid color scheme of the elevation, making the

blood collecting unit, a complex of advanced medical laboratories

building visually suprising to the public, calls attention to the idea

and blood radiation laboratory,offices and conference center. Within

of blood donation. Application of the glazed panels is inspired by

the building blood is being collected, tested, processed to divide into

the local Silesian building tradition, which is present in the historical

blood elements and purified with the technology based on radioac-

building facades with the glazed bricks.

tive materials. The interior design is based on the colors used in the context of the The building elevation is finished with ceramics, including small ce-

facade. The stairwell placed in the building’s center, lit with the aid of

ramic tiles on the ground level and glazed ceramic panels on the up-

natural sunlight, is finished with red ceramic tiles along the corridor.

per floor levels. The upper levels consist of more than 2000 ceram-

Red color is present on floors and walls as an accent.

ic elements. Among them 50x100cm flat panels, vertical blinds and Most rooms are lit by two belts of windows. The lower window belt

dius. Three different shades of red were implemented to create ir-

illuminates laboratory worktops placed along the outer walls while

regularity on the surface of the all four elevations. Ceramic pipes

the upper belt, just below the ceiling, allows the infiltration of natu-

(TERRART®-BAGUET TE), placed at the uppermost level, protect

ral light to the remotest parts of the rooms. Thanks to glazed inter-

the conference room from overheating as well as hide complicated

nal walls, the corridors are also lit with natural sunlight.

and massive technological systems located at the roof level. These ceramic pipes add detail and make the enclosure lighter in its appearance.

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Helsinki Central Library Helsinki, Finland We noticed that the Töölönlahti area is a special place in Helsin-

to be an important new architectural place in Helsinki, but with re-

sion” of the small part of the Mediterranean Sea into theBaltic.The

ki. We understand the importance ofthis “emptiness” in the heart of

spect for itssurroundings.The western facade of the Library build-

structuralist order is used to form the terraces and intimate spaces

the city and we think it is equally or even more important than theu-

ing is more important than the others, not just because of itsde-

that flow one into another. Thebuilding is vertically zoned with func-

nique buildings surrounding it.From this void space flows to the

sign, but because that side is facing the Parliament, the park, the

tional units distributed over the “hanging gardens”, over openterrac-

north towards the lake and from it one can perceive all surround-

lake. We “plug in” Library into theurban network of the city.By build-

es or closed “living rooms” depending on the need to be in the “room”

ingbuildings.Our wish is to keep the identity of this “emptiness”, pe-

ing a house in the park, we also tend to bring the park into the house

or in the “street”. Thegardens are connected by horizontal corridors

destrian, cycling, green. That is why we design abuilding which is

and in such a way thegreenery and the Library can “work” together

/ bridges, stairways, escalators and elevators.While designing a li-

aware of its surroundings. It will be the last note of the Töölönlahti

the whole year round, just like plants from the south livein northern

brary in the park we concluded that bringing the park into the library

area chord, thefinal piece that will round and close Töölönlahti “void”.

botanical gardens during the winter. The Mediterranean character

is just asimportant.

It will be adequately special, but not too special.This house wants

of the interior of theLibrary is not accidental. It is a conscious “infu-

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Radionica Arhitekture Croatia Museum of Vucedol Culture Vukovar, Croatia Vucedol is located on the right bank of the Danube River , 4.5 km

Systematic research of Vučedol began in 1984. and already at the

The interior of the museum is divided into different sections. Ground

downstream from the center of Vukovar. Culture that bears its name

beginning of the excavations , there was the idea of an archeological

floor contents, such as coffee shop and dressing rooms, are de-

, the Vučedol culture ( 3000- .) , is contemporary with

and a museum on the site of the excavations. The research stopped

signed for visitors. Offices and storage are accessible from the

in the early 90’s because of the war and resumed in 2000 after the

ground and are partially placed in the basement. The rest of the in-

de-mining of the area.

terior exhibition space is divided into several levels, interconnect-

Sumerian period in Mesopotamia , the Old Kingdom in Egypt and the beginnings of Troy. In its initial phase its located in Srijem and

ed with ramps. On separate levels of exhibition space it’s possible

Eastern Slavonia , and in the late stage it spread over the whole of

The archaeological site extends to just over 6 acres and is most-

to exit the museum, and continue touring on the roof surface. Due

Croatia and parts of 11 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

ly covered with woods and vineyards. The terrain rises from about

to the fact that the building is mostly buried, but also because of the

+90 m AMSL where the entrance to the museum is, to approximate-

depth of space, atriums were made to further illuminate the interior

First archaeological findings, on the site, made the family Streim in

ly 110 m AMSL where the Gradac site is located. The main buildings


the late 19th century, who was the owner of Vučedol site and whose

in the park are: the museum, restored Villa Streim (which will serve

reconstructed house still stands in the archaeological park. This

as a research center for the archaeologists), old crafts workshops

The entire structure of the museum is made of reinforced concrete.

prompted further research, of which the most notable was the one

(for demonstrations of crafts from Vučedol culture), underground

It consists of a foundation slab and the longitudinal walls between

made in 1938. when a German archaeologist, Robert R. Schmidt

building on the site of Gradac and reconstructed building of Mega-

each serpentine, transverse trapezoidal walls, longitudinal and trans-

excavated Megaron and found the world-famous Vucedol Dove.

ron above it.

verse beams and roof slabs. Treatment of the interior is simple; the

All of Gradac was a casting center, and because of casting and the

The basic idea behind the concept of the museum was integration into

poisonous gases released from that process, Gradac was separat-

the terrain, which is achieved with the museum design which is most-

ed from the rest of the village, and was as a kind of acropolis and re-

ly buried in the ground and only the façade is open to the landscape. Its

As part of the future park, tourist and recreational activities are

ligious center of the village. The Vučedol houses had numerous cy-

shape, as serpentine, follows terrain, and on whose green roof you can

planned, as well as a large parking lot for cars and buses, and a pier

lindrical tombs that were used for storage room, and sometimes

reach the archaeological sites over the museum. Integration into the

for tourist boats.

as the tombs for ritually sacrificed animals and humans. Vučedol

terrain is achieved, except with serpentine form, by selecting materials,

houses are characterized by rounded corners and walls of wicker,

and so was brick selected for the outer coating, a natural material that

coated with clay, with a large fireplace in the center.

most resembles the ground at the site.


walls were left as bare concrete, finally painted in black, and on the floor light oak was placed.

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Nestlé Headquarters, Assago (MI) Milan, Italy In the month of April, Nestlè Italy inaugurated its new headquarters

area, the pedestrian walkways and roads, climatic factors relating to

users of the building, relates to the external landscape and is con-

in the building called U27, completed two years from construction

the context and the goal of properly integrating the building into the

ceived as a kind of “secret garden”.

start in the Milanofiori Nord area, Assago (MI) . The architectural

overall masterplan. Its position as a link to an area of forest towards

project was committed by society Milanofiori 2000 to Park Associa-

the north led to the development of a complex that while being

The entrance, that faces onto a semi-urban piazza, has been con-

ti while executive project and management work have been taken in

based on a closed courtyard layout, enables a visual permeability to

ceived as a continuation of the main pedestrian access from the

charge by the engineering firm General Planning.

be maintained in terms of the routes that surround the building. The

south-west of the site (directly connected to the metro station) while

building has been designed in such a way as to create a visual con-

service vehicles are directed to the opposite end of the complex to

The architectural design by Park Associati is based on an analytical

tinuity between the natural landscape of the wood at the north and

an area that is completely hidden by ground. The main entrance hall

approach to the articulated system of access to the Milanofiori Nord

the designed landscape of the site itself. The courtyard, reserved for

is in direct visual contact with the internal courtyard and is flooded

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with natural light by a large, north-facing rooflight. The canteen area

affecting the level of transparency.

is a place for relaxing and an important area for social interaction that adds to the quality of the environment.

The raised part of the building is embedded into the ground in a natural way to create a secluded internal space on top of which sit vol-

While the building appears compact and rational in plan, the eleva-

umes at different levels that house the building’s main facilities. The

tions are articulated in a series of blocks allowing for a lighter and

articulation of the building envelope and the rhythm of the structure

more fragmented composition. This is achieved by dividing the

relate to the open-planned interior spaces and act as a grid for gen-

whole building into a number of segments, ‘suspended boxes’ that

erating different configurations for the internal circulation, enabling a

vary in size and height and each with a slightly inclined facade. The

high degree of flexibility.

elevations establish a link with the context through the nature of the surfaces, perceived from different angles, they are sometimes

Considerable importance has been given to energy issues and levels

made neutral allowing light to filter through, other times compact

of energy consumption. The building is certified LEED (Leadership in

and reflective giving continuity to the natural surroundings. At cer-

Energy and Environmental Design) “Core and Shell” in Gold class.

tain points the composition is enriched with the addition of vertical


blades in coloured glass that further articulate the volumes without

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Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit  Finland Selina Anttinen (b.1977, Oulu) and Vesa Oiva (b.1973, Turku) founded Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit in 2006. Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit

that have different skill sets and experiences we are able to operate

We are in a state of growth. The office has an expressed objec-

in all phases of the design process. Moreover, we invest a lot of en-

tive of recruiting personnel primarily from the younger generation.

ergy in the sustainability aspects of each of our projects.

This gives everyone a chance to assume responsibility and to devel-

is a Helsinki based office working extensively in building design and urban planning. The office started through success in open competitions.

op within a range of projects. We have established a very sound orJarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects  Norway Jarmund / Vigsnæs As Architects was established in 1995 after

The office works on all types of projects, from product devel-

Selina Anttinen graduated from the Helsinki University of Tech-

teaching and independent practice for both partners. The office em-

opment (e.g. Volvo’s stands at international auto shows) and interi-

nology and Vesa Oiva from the University of Oulu in 2006. They

ploys today 17 architects. In 2004, a third partner, joined in, Alessan-

or design (e.g. Vinge law firm in Gothenburg) to large structures (e.g.

both have taught at Aalto University. In 2013 they received the Finn-

dra Kosberg. She is born in 1967, graduated from the Oslo School of

Emporia shopping center in Malmö) and urban planning projects (e.g.

ish State Prize for Architecture.

Architecture in 1995, and started working with JVA in 1997.

Havneholmen in Copenhagen).

Recent and ongoing works include the University of Helsinki

The partners are Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs and Alessan-

We work on projects in all phases, from pilot studies and sur-

City Campus Library (2013), Wood City - a wooden hybrid city block

dra Kosberg. Jarmund and Vigsnæs were born in 1962 in Oslo and

veys to finished construction documents. The office has extensive

in Helsinki (2013- ) and several urban planning and housing projects

graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture in 1987 and 1989.

experience working with both renovation and new construction. Our

mainly in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Håkon spent one year at the Architectural Association (AA) in Lon-

clients are private businesses, government authorities, municipali-

don and Einar took a Masters degree from University of Washing-

ties, real estate developers, building contractors, and private individ-

ton in Seattle. Håkon worked with Sverre Fehn, while Einar taught


Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects  Finland Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects was founded in 1997. The

and worked in Seattle. Both have been teaching in Oslo and Bergen,

A large proportion of our clients are returning customers, such as

partners of the studio are Ilmari Lahdelma, architect SAFA, profes-

and were visiting Professors at Washington University in St. Louis in

AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Volvo, Statens Fastighetsverk (Swedish Nation-

sor and Rainer Mahlamäki, architect SAFA, professor. The partners

2004 and at University of Arizona, Tucson in 2005.

al Property Board), AP, Riksbyggen (the Cooperative Housing Organiza-

have been working together since 1985. A very large number of the

The practice focuses on projects with potential for outstand-

tion of the Swedish Trade Unions), HSB, SKB, Steen & Strøm, and oth-

studio’s works has been published both nationally and international-

ing and meaningful architecture, most often closely related to na-

ers. Today the office has great expertise in working throughout Sweden

ly. In 2008 the partners received the Finland Prize for achievements

ture and preferably in strong natural settings with harsh climate.

and internationally. We have executed projects in Denmark (hous-

in architecture. Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects’ practice is based

The practice explores modern possibilities with sensual and tactile

ing and offices), Finland (housing), England (offices and theme park),

on wide range participation in the field of architecture. They think,

means, seeking the right character for the place and purpose. Clear

Germany (visitor center/aquarium and sculpture museum), the Unit-

that all this – teaching, lecturing, planning new and renovating old,

and understandable strategies attempts to results that are both self-

ed States (houses), and China (offices and R&D). Within the framework

land use or development projects and taking part in competitions, is

evident and sensational.

of projects for two large clients, Ericsson and Volvo, we are working in some thirty other countries around the world.

complementary to each other: each sector can obtain visions from

Larger projects results most commonly from competition-win-

another. Ambitious and great interest in each project qualifies the

ning schemes, smaller from the reputation of former clients and

received experience to be transferred into the built environment. The


AR Design Studio  UK

Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB  Sweden

and trained at Plymouth School of Architecture under the eminent

partners take actively part in competitions both nationally and internationally. This is an important possibility to re‑educate and also to

AR Design Studio’s Director Andy Ramus was born in London

examine ideas about architecture freely, with an innovative touch.

Wingårdh is a Swedish enterprise, specialized in architecture,

Thus, the main part of the commissions has been received thru the

urban planning, interior design and landscape planning. Gert Wing-

competitions during the years. They aim, and believe that they also

årdh, architect SAR/MSA and CEO, is the company’s founder and

have succeeded in it, to keep the innovative touch started with the


competition phase and transfer it into the building form.

a-lab  Norway a-lab is a young international architecture office involved in a variety of innovative and experimental projects with a global character.


ganizational structure.

Professor Adrian Gale. In 2000 he completed his education at the AA in London. In 2001, after 5 years working in London, he established his own practice and is now based in Hampshire. AR Design Studio is a

The office is today among the five largest architect groups in

young, award winning, contemporary architectural practice dedicat-

Sweden, and among the ten largest in the Nordic Region. This falls

ed and passionate about delivering elegant and functional solutions

well in line with the target set in the office’s general objectives that

to modern living.

we must be one of Scandinavia’s leading architecture firms. Wingårdh has been operating in Gothenburg since 1977, in Stockholm since 1985 and in Malmö since 2011.

Initially designing small bespoke extensions and furniture, the practice has steadily extended its portfolio to include several oneoff houses and a range of luxury commercial refurbishment and new build schemes. We currently have a variety of exciting projects

a-lab was founded in 2000 and has two partners, Geir Haa-

As we enter our thirtieth year of business, we employ 98 men

versen and Odd Klev. The office consists of 42 architects with di-

and 79 women in our total of 177 staff, 85 architects, 16 interior de-

verse backgrounds and experience, and a project administrator and

signers, 28 constructional engineers, 13 visualisers, 5 data techni-

The studio’s design philosophy is to understand the client’s

a marketing coordinator.

cians, 2 model makers, 1 spatial planner, 1 architectural historian, 5

needs and requirements through listening, interpreting and translat-

All a-lab projects currently under construction are results of

administrators, 6 consultants, and 15 trainees. We come from eight

ing the design brief into clear objectives. We aim to offer an innova-

won competitions. a-lab is working on a wide spectrum of projects

different countries on three continents. The distribution is 120 em-

tive design approach that exceeds expectations, yet remain achiev-

of various scales and with different programs. Our projects range

ployees in Gothenburg, 47 in Stockholm and 10 in Malmö. We are a

able. We avoid a prescriptive style of architecture, rather taking

from museums, housing projects and office buildings, to master

knowledge company where it is commonplace for employees to as-

inspiration from the client and the site. However, our work is always

plans and urban projects with complex programs. With designers

sume great responsibility.

characterized by a clean, contemporary, and eco-friendly approach.

with budgets ranging from £100,000 to £12,000,000.

related to the landscape, but also to the urban contexts, where

ACXT-Idom  Spain

Award 2012 and the Daily Telegraph Small House of the Year 2008

the relation between the man and the elements - light, sky, sea-

ACXT, an architecture services provider, started off as a society of

Award, and were shortlisted for the RIBA Downland Award 2010 and

sons, air… is of primary importance. Herault Arnod concern to re-

professionals who came together with the aim of offering a quality al-

the Young Architect of the Year Award 2011.

spect their engagements and had developed a working meth-

ternative within the field of architecture, becoming a valid option for the

AR Design Studio are also catching the eye of the national me-

od which aims to the strict control of the costs, schedules and

professional development of architects interested in high level archi-

dia and have been featured on ITV’s Meridian Tonight and featured

the quality of the realization: their creativity and architectural re-

tecture. Its philosophy marks the creation of a professional framework

in the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Hello and

search that they pursue exerts inside this framework.

of collaboration and avail of its members’ synergies, always from a full

Grand Design magazines.

understanding of architecture: both technically and culturally. Agence d’Architecture Paul Le Quernec  France

The philosophy that guides ACXT is based on the respect for

Graduated in October 2000, Paul Le Quernec has established

traditional values, still in force today, generated during the secular

Founded in 1975 by Philippe Dehullu and strengthened by Bert

his company in Strasbourg (France) in January 2003. Since 2005

practice of architecture. ACXT is committed to signature architec-

Dehullu in 2007, Dehullu Architects has an experience of almost 40

the company has been working almost exclusively on public equip-

ture, understood in terms of respect for the creative values that ar-

years in the designing and construction of high quality contempo-

ment and markets. Nowadays, the company has five to seven em-

chitects, with a clear customer orientated practice, have historically

rary buildings. In 2012 the office, consisting of 6 collaborators, has

ployees and builds throughout France.

contributed throughout the whole intellectual and constructive pro-

Dehullu Architects  Belgium

built a solid reputation due to is customer-driven approach both in

Our projects constitute critical and discerning responses to the

cess. ACXT aims to offer a quality solution to the huge social cred-

renovating existing buildings and constructing new buildings with

typical box architecture whose poverty is hidden underneath eye-

it that the practice of architecture implies in its double commercial

attention for great detail and craftsmanship.

catching construction materials or fashionable textures. Using sim-

and cultural dimension.

Dehullu Architects is Belgian based and mainly works in Bel-

ple rules of geometry, we design complex forms and volumes that

ACXT-IDOM has become the largest provider of professional

gium and France on medium sized projects. Amongst the most no-

we build with common and cheap materials. For us, the luxury is

services to architecture in Spain and one of the most relevant world-

ticeable buildings are the ‘Kaaitheatre’ in Brussels, the City Hall-

not a matter of surface, area or materials but a matter of volume

wide. In the January 2015 edition of the BD World Architecture’s An-

project in Harelbeke and the convention-centre of the AZ Groeninge

and forms. Materials have been invented to freely give shape to our

nual Survey, a British publication that gathers the hundred most

Hospital in Kortrijk. The office has participated and won sever-

thoughts and not the reverse.

important architecture firms worldwide, ACXT-IDOM was ranked number 52.

al competitions and was published on the internationally renowned website In collaboration with specialists in the field of

Bierman Henket architecten  The Netherlands AGi architects  Spain & Kuwait

engineering, acoustics, durability, restoration of monuments…, De-

Bierman Henket architecten specialises in designing buildings

hullu Architects aim to offer a total solution with a fresh and onward

that are ingeniously embedded in the existing urban fabric and the sur-

The international design firm AGi architects was founded in

looking vision.

rounding landscape. In addition to designing new-build properties, the

2006 by two young architects educated at Harvard University,

restoration, renovation and transformation of existing buildings ac-

Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea and Nasser B. Abulhasan.

Herault Arnod Architectes  France


AR Design Studio have won the prestigious RIBA Downland

counts for a significant share of the work. The bureau’s architecture is

With a noticeable international character and a multidisciplinary

Yves Ar n o d an d Is ab e l H é r ault co - f o un d e d th e ir a g e n -

clear, spacious and functional, seeking a fine balance between tradition

focus, AGi architects offer a professional service emphasizing in quality,

c y in 1991, and ever since they have conceived and realised

and modernity. The designs are meticulously elaborated down to the

creativity and exclusive design. AGi has a vision to create environment

many buildings, the majority issued by a public order. The agen-

minutest detail. Functional clarity and technical innovation lead to sus-

that contribute a lasting value for clients through distinctive and imag-

cy works on very varied programs on different scales, refuting

tainable buildings: with a minimal ecological footprint, serviceable and

inative solutions. At present, the studio has offices in Kuwait and Ma-

any idea of specialization. Each time the will to escape from the

beautiful for generations to come.

drid, the team is comprised of more than 50 professionals.

already-made solutions or the transposition of receipts leads

Bierman Henket architecten is an architectural firm with an av-

The studio’s architecture is based on four founding pillars: inno-

them to propose relevant and original answers which draw their

eragestaff of 20people. The staff are well-educated architects, de-

vation, an inherent life component, ecological and social vocation,

substance from the reality of a situation. They are very atten-

signers and construction engineers. They have wide experience in

and research. AGi architects provide comprehensive services in ar-

tive to the medium in which a project situates itself in order to

the discipline and are highly versatile. The bureau is organised as a

chitecture, urban planning and design, interior design, research, con-

find each time the right answer to the specificity of a context. It

design studio, with a dedicated design team foreach project. A new

sultancy and complementary services.

is a question “of revealing the forces and energies involved rath-

studio forinterior design has recently been founded: Bierman Henket

er than forcing things” (Deleuze). This way of thinking aims to a


Among the latest acknowledgements for AGi architects are four WAF Awards (2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010 editions), seven Middle

work starting from the medium produced by projects very differ-

Janneke Bierman (1970) is an architect and the Director of Bier-

East Architect Awards (2014, 2013 & 2012), two mentions at MIP-

ent from each other, the recurrence is in the process rather than

man Henket architecten. She is ultimately responsible for all proj-

IM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards 2012, and various

in the result. The agency develops along with its projects a re-

ects and for the organisation of the bureau.

awards granted in the last editions of Cityscape Awards and Inter-

Hubert-Jan Henket (1940) is an architect and the founder of the

by the client. The data of a situation makes it possible to devel-

bureau. Together with Janneke Bierman he monitors the contextual

op this more or less far according to the program, the site and

quality of the projects.

national Property Awards, amongst other prizes.

Sánchez Gil Arquitectos  Spain

the budget. Beyond the technical aspects related to the energy

Sjoekie de BijllNachenius (1968), Henk van Laarhoven (1951)

Emilio Sánchez Gil was born in Salamanca in 1945, graduat-

saving or the constructive modes, the question of interaction be-

and Yvonne Segers (1973) are the project architects and coordina-

ed by the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) in 1970 and spe-

tween architecture and nature is unceasingly put, in the projects

tors within the management team.

cialized in Urban Planning in the London Architectural Asociacion


flection on the sustainable development, whether required or not


(dip. AA) in 1973. In 1975 he writes his Doctoral Thesis (Ph.D) and

His work has been recognized in Arquitectura Española, FAD,

at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI Arc) of Los An-

entered as a professor in the ETSAM. From the beginning he works

ICONIC of German Design Council, Chicago Athenaeum and Barbara

geles, teaching assignments at Universities of Technology at Turin,

in the double facet of projecting buildings as independent architect

Cappochin Awards. He has been exhibited at the RIBA in London, AIA

Paris and Vienna.

and teaching as Senior Urbanism Lecturer at the Madrid School of

in Washington, Italian Institute in Tokyo or Istanbul Design Biennial. He

Michael Ogertschnig, Arch. DI.

Architecture. From 1995, Emilio y Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado have

has been published by Phaidon Atlas, Architectural Review, Architect’s

Studied architecture at Vienna University of Technology, post-

been collaborating in the studio and joined the office as associated

Journal, L'Arca Internazionale, Domus, C3 Korea or ARQ Chile.

architects in 2002.

He is the author of “Boxes of air”, an essay about the mod-


at Vienna University of Technology.

ern adventure of the inhabitation, and “Idea-Logic” a notebook con-

Lectures in Milan, Paris, Budapest, Stuttgart, Vienna, Zagreb.

2011  1st Prize

Biological Research Center University of Salamanca

cerning the ideas and their meanings in architecture. He represent-

Exhibition participations in Buenos Aires, Saint Petersburg, Rome,

2009  1st Prize

Multipurpose Administration Building.

ed Spain at the 8th Bienial of Architecture in Venice in 2002, at the

Helsinki, Shanghai, Paris, Milan, Pärnu, Crete,Tel Aviv, Taipei, Ljublja-

Council of Castilla y León Salamanca.

Young Architects of Spain international exhibition in 2008 and at

na, Zagreb, Prag, New York. Project selection ‘promis14’ Creative In-

2008  1st Prize

the Emerging Architects in London in 2013. He was the first Dean

dustries 1140 Vienna 2007-11. ‘urban topos’ Housing 1150 Vienna

Centre “Prosperidad”. Salamanca.

of San Jorge University, from which he received his Gold Medal in

2009-10. ‘urban reflections’ Rooftop extension 1010 Vienna 2005-

2007  1st Prize

2009. He was lecture at the Public University of Navarre before. He

10. ‘22tops’ Housing Wolfsberg 2002-08. ‘stratified townscape’

Housing Agency. Madrid.

is currently Associate Professor of Architectural Design at the Zara-

Housing 1050 Vienna 2005-08.

2005   1st Prize

goza University, Visiting Professor at the IE University and invited in

Administrative Building and Healthcare

Young Housing Project. Municipal

37 VPP “Vallecas 31” Public Housing.

Municipal Housing Agency. Madrid.

other Schools and Universities.

2003  1st Prize

Faculty of Odontology. University of Salamanca.

Javier Quintana de Uña

2002  1st Prize

Pandora Civic Centre. Santa Marta de Tormes.

2001  1st Prize

Vargas Zuñiga Central Library. Pontifical

Javier Quintana (Spain, 1964) blends together academic com-

Davide Macullo Architects  Switzerland Davide Macullo Architects is an international design studio founded in 2000 and based in Lugano in southern Switzerland.

mitment with an established professional career in the field of archi-

Current projects include a residential complex on Lake Luga-

University of Salamanca.

tecture. He holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from

no, several houses and leisure facilities in Switzerland, art fair and lux-

1997  1st Prize

Cancer Research Centre University of Salamanca.

Columbia University, and has a PhD in Architecture from the Uni-

ury brand exhibition stands, a hospital in Ashdod, Israel, a destina-

1986  1st Prize

Faculty of Geography and History.

versity of Navarra where his doctoral thesis won the extraordinary

tion spa in Turkey, two beachfront properties in Greece, a museum

University of Salamanca.

prize. He has subsequently worked as design studio instructor at

on Jeju Island, a museum retreat at Hwacheon, a mixed use building

1985  1st Prize

Urban Planning National Museum. Salamanca

the University of Navarra and acted as design juror in other Span-

in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea and several residential, commercial

1978  1st Prize

Caja Rural Headquarters. Salamanca.

ish and international institutions. His research work includes numer-

and masterplan projects in Milan. The work of the studio includes cus-

ous publications and collaborations, especially in the field of high-

tom designed furniture, some of which are now in production and also

rise architecture. As of 2007, he has taken the position of Dean of IE

spans to the creation of contemporary art collections for clients.

Taller Básico de Arquitectura  Spain Taller Básico de Arquitectura is a space for reflection and the

School of Architecture and Design, the international and innovative

The ethos of the studio has developed into one of ‘cross-expe-

proposal of the contemporary, founded and directed by Javier

new School of IE University (Instituto de Empresa), based in Segovia

riences’ and promotes an open and cultural exchange with archi-

Pérez-Herreras and Javier Quintana de Uña.

and Madrid, Spain.

tects and collaborators coming from different backgrounds. The di-

The goals which inspire the team are: Excellence as path, Re-

Alongside, he has been director of the Fundación Rafael Esco-

verse contributions promote a dialogue between the specificity of

search and its parallelism with projects, Competitions as the tool for

lá (an institution which promotes professional excellence through

the project and the universality of the contexts through the theory

experimentation, Commissions as the chance for reality, Theory and

research in the Architecture and Engineering realms) and maintains

and practice of specific design strategies, investigating and analys-

teaching as the chance for reality, Theory and teaching as the proposal

his architectural practice with Javier Pérez Herreras at [tba] taller

ing different spatial scales, architectonics and technology. This en-

of results, Ideo-logic as opposed to typological architecture

básico de Arquitectura in Pamplona and Madrid. [tba] is a research,

courages and helps sustain a local-meets-global, embracing ap-

The typology of our ideo-logic: the Idea, As the source [of the

academic and professional space for the discussion of the contem-

proach to architecture, spanning from the theoretical to the practical

idea], reason, With [reason] we define, the place, To occupy [the

porary. They have worked on numerous projects and have won a

and detail level, to territorial analysis, pedagogy and sustainability in

place], ambit, To design the [ambit], ideo-logic.

number of prizes and distinctions including: Hyspalit, FAD, COAVN,


Javier Pérez Herreras

Construmat, Sedigas and Veteco/Asefave. They also represented

The work of the studio has received awards, been published

Spain at the 8th Biennial of Architecture of Venice. Their work has

and exhibited widely both at home and abroad; in Switzerland, Italy,

been published and exhibited nationally and internationally.

France, Greece, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey, Rus-

Javier Pérez Herreras (Spain, 1967) is phD in Architecture from the University of Navarre. In 2002 he founded with Javier Quintana


graduate course at Barcelona IAAS/MACBA, teaching assignments

their studio Taller Basico de Arquitectura: a laboratory of research in

Javier Quintana is the country representative in Spain of the

sia, China, Korea, Australia, Argentina, Ireland, UK and in the US and

architecture, placed in Pamplona and Madrid. His professional ac-

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat from Chicago and is a

has just published SWISSMADEINITALY, which focuses on eight of

tivity is focused on new ways of inhabitation, its structural anatomy

member of the Board of the Columbia University Club of Spain.

its residential projects in Ticino. The work of the studio has also re-

and the new city that emerges. From this research he built up Houses for Teachers or Umbrella House. His other projects, all from his

cently been featured on Case e Segreti and Case da Sogno for Sky HOLODECK architects  Austria

Television Italia. Davide has also lectured on the work of the stu-

participation in public competitions as way of researching, are Par-

Marlies Breuss, Arch. DI. MArch.

dio at the Architektursalon in Munich, CAFA Beijing, Seoul Nation-

liament of Navarre, Library in Pamplona, Ericsson Technology Cen-

Studied piano and composition, graduated in architecture from

al University, IUAV Venice, Florence Kent University, the Internation-

Vienna University of Technology, postgraduate master pgrogramme

al Convention of Architecture in Budapest and at the China Building

tre in Bilbao and San Jorge University Campus.

Centre in Beijing and at the Shanghai Architects Fair. They have been shortlisted for the Exposynergy A Prize, finalists for the Spark Space Awards, nominated in two categories at the

Kenneth Ross (with the office from the very beginning) togeth-

petition Cascade Commercial Center in Zagreb, the Narona Archae-

er with Christian Leibbrandt (who joined them soon after) lead ar-

ological Museum was completed (awarded by Vladimir Nazor prize)

chitectural project teams. Manuel Perez (who joined the practice in

and the team took part in Zagreb airport competition. Another im-

2005) leads the Construction Management team.

portant competition was the Memorial Water-tower park in Vukovar,

World Architecture Awards in Barcelona; shortlisted for the WAN

The practice believes in an architecture rooted in the social and

when Radionica won the first price again. In 2009. project Vučedol

House of the Year Award; shortlisted for an Innovation and Excel-

urban context, detached from fashion and inspired by the historical

Archeological Museum in Vukovar was started and in 2010, an ur-

lence Award by Hise, Slovenia; shortlisted for the European Hotel

and cultural context. Combining creativity and professionalism and

ban plan for Muller hill was won on a competition. The team won

Design Awards and the Copper in Architecture Awards in London.

covering all areas of architectural, urban and interior design servic-

the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center internation-

They have been awarded the Tecu Award for residential buildings,

es, this last area in particular being the responsibility of RDR design,

al competition in 2011 and was one of five winners of the Collider

the international architecture DITEC award, the Luigi Cosenza Euro-

opened in 2000.

Activity Center international competition in Bulgaria in 2013. Today

pean Architecture Award, named as one of the ‘world’s most excit-

All phases of the design process are covered, from preliminary

Radionica arhitekture are Fani Frković, Sara Jurinčić, Dora Krušelj,

ing new architects’ by Wallpaper magazine, shortlisted for the Prix

studies through to construction and site management, where exact-

Klara Nikšić, Jelena Prokop, Ankica Rako, Goran Rako, Ana Ranoga-

d'Architecture de Languedoc-Roussillon and winner at World Ar-

ing the highest standards has become an integral part of their repu-

jec and Josip Sabolić.

chitecture Community 20+10+X Awards. They have exhibited at the


Centro de Arte y Comunicación CAYC in La Plata, Argentina, select-

RDR arquitectos opened in 2005, is based in Buenos Aires, Ar-

ed as "Architect of the Month" by Archiworld, South Korea and in

gentina, and works in close collaboration with the Lausanne office.

Park Associati was set up by Filippo Pagliani and Michele Ros-

China the practice has recently been awarded the Building Industry

Aimed at facilitating a rich personal and cultural exchange whilst

si in 2000, is to constantly move beyond the compositional and ty-

Environmental Design Medal and the Shenzhen Top Ideas Award for

promoting a technological and know-how transfer between the two

pological bounds of architecture; its projects draw on the kind of

residential design. They have also exhibited at the Hungarian Pavil-


free and open exchange of ideas characterizing the work carried out

ion at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Prior to founding his own studio, Davide was with Mario Bot-

L3P Architekten  Switzerland L3P Architekten was founded in 1966 by Rolf Lüthi, Arch. SIA. In

Park Associati Italy

by its partners and collaborators; they are based on stylistic-comFAAB Architektura  Poland

ta Architects for 20 years as international project architect, with responsibility for over 200 projects worldwide.

positional input coming from context, technological research and a

FAAB Architektura was founded in 2003 by Adam Bialobrzeski

combination of materials and methods; they are structured around

and Adam Figurski after 5 years of professional experience working

the handling of design complexity and always focus special atten-

in architectural practices both in Poland and abroad. Maria Messina

tion on the issues of sustainability and energy saving. Featuring a

joined the design team in 2005 having had 7 years prior profession-

constantly changing yet highly distinctive stylistic approach, Park’s

al architectural training in both the USA & Poland.

works are aimed at constantly moving beyond the composition-

1999 the sole-proprietorship was made into a corporation. Markus

Our team is composed of a professional architects and en-

al and typological bounds of architecture: by experimenting with dif-

Müller and Martin Reusser, dipl. Arch. FH, joined the company as

gineers with over 10 years’ experience in the field of architectural

ferent building scales and different realms of design, they challenge

partners and so Lüthi + Partner Architects AG was formed.

practice and building construction.

building conventions and stand out on the Italian and international

The office is a low energy consumption specialist partner since

FAAB Architektura maintains design excellence by participating

2006. Our office is well-known in the areas of energy assessment

in national & international architectural design competitions gain-

and remedial action. For the assessment of structural problems and

ing awards and recognition in over eleven of such entries. Three of

Examples of these projects are the Nestlé Headquarters in As-

damage assessment our office has its own thermography camera.

these winning projects have been successfully constructed - name-

sago, the restructuring of the “Serenissima” or “Gioiaotto”, “The

Martin Reusser and Markus Müller took over the operative

ly: PGE GiEK Conern Headquarters in Belchatow, Regional Blood

Cube by Electrolux” travelling restaurant, Salewa Headquarters in

management of the office at the beginning of 2008. Furthermore,

Center in Raciborz and the Foundation for Polish Science in War-

Bolzano and the latest international stores for Brioni fashion com-

Boris Egli, dipl. Architect FH, an experience worker, joined the man-


pany, all projects that have helped build the firm’s reputation and are

agement as a new partner. In 2009 the transformation from Lüthi+Partner AG to L3P Architects AG was completed. Successful collaboration within joint ventures was the reason


Decoration Association. He recently presented at the China Building

We specializes in architectural building design for offices & skyscrapers, hospitals & medical centers, cultural & sport centers, pa-

cultural scene for their formal, technological and functional innovation.

frequently published in specialist magazines and invited to take part in leading national-international architecture exhibitions.

vilions, hotels & resorts, renovations & sustainable design projects as well as interior design.

Frank Schäfer, dipl. Arch. ETH joined the company as a new partner

FAAB Architektura works with private firms, international & na-

at the beginning of 2011 A large amount of contracts coming from

tional developers, institutional investors for public bidding works and

government authorities are a result of open competition.

individual investors.

Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes SA  Switzerland

Radionica Arhitekture  Croatia Radionica Arhitekture was established in 2003. by Goran Rako

Richter and Ignacio Dahl Rocha took over the previous generation's

with an office placed in Zagreb. In 2004. Rako was a part of 'Days

practice of Richter et Gut. Their partnership followed a ten years

of Oris' with lecture abouth his previous work. In the same year, by

friendship initiated in the USA while obtaining a Masters degree

winning the first price on a competition, project Hlapić Kindergarten

from Yale University.

started it's realization. In the following years the team won a com-


Richter Dahl Rocha architectes began in 1993 when Jacques

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