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One Man’s Meat is another Man’s Poison Library & Learning Center by Zaha Hadid

09/04/2011 Comments off

When concepts at other places threaten to fail due to the consequences of the international financial crisis, just that is a lucky strike for the new campus of the University of Economics Vienna, the project of which, the central Library & Learning Center by Zaha Hadid, designed as a light-tower, is currently under construction. Since the plans for building upon the 88,000 sqm large area were already there when the wave of economic stimulus packages provided an unexpected boost.

As desired, the design of the Library & Learning Center embodies a brand for the new campus of the University of Economics Vienna. Individuality, expressiveness, presence and identity are not only the formulae of the future economic elite, but also the requirements buildings will have to meet. The shaping idea for the LLC is the integration of the “walk-along-park“ from the master plan with its place sequences and traffic streams into the building. And apart from that, through the folding formed inside the structure, through which two entwined building parts arise into a third dimension. The gap evolving from this – sometimes broad and generous in the open lobby, or strict and narrow in the canyon-like opening hallways – becomes directly visible and can thus be directly experienced by the user.  The opening winds upwards in spirals and leads into a self-study room at the top level – with a gorgeous view across the treetops. Will that keep students away from their books? Public and semi-public functions wind up along the various height levels.

According to the master plan the campus creates urban spaces within a green environment, at the transition between the voluminous buildings of the Vienna trade fair premises and the superordinate free area of the Prater nature preserve. A chance you get only once in a century, to have the possibility to build a university, also in terms of ideas. And a boost for the economy – in multiple respects. Living and learning at the campus – gladly so, day and night at the LLC…

260,000 cubic meters of soil have already been moved aside, and also seven meters below ground level construction works are in full swing. Whoever wishes to follow the construction progress may do so through one of the four webcams that have been put online at It’s worth it.  

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Roof Terrace with Rhine View– Kap am Südkai

09/04/2011 Comments off

With its red tower it nearly looks like a light-tower – matching the new Rheinauhafen. The eleven floors belong to the building Kap am Südkai, for which the architectural bureau KSP Engel und Zimmermann from Frankfurt was responsible for from design documentation and investment planning down to using it for their own purposes.

 From the outside it is pretty plainly structured, since it falls neatly in line with the neighboring “Siebengebirge“. However, taking a closer look pays off, since the peculiarities can be spotted in the details: Already when entering the building it becomes clear that the architects had many ideas concerning details. On nearly 12,000 square meters the building cores of contrasting color meet on the roof area to form the building’s spine. Including a generous roof terrace granting a wide view.  

However, this is not accessible to anybody like the first floor, which is open to interested visitors and can also be used as a showroom for exhibitors. If you wish to get from the first floor to the roof terrace you will have to pass the openly arranged offices of the upper floors. Arranged around the building’s colored cores one can already guess the view across the river Rhine provided by their glass fronts, a view one can enjoy unhindered from the roof terrace. “Room for working people, their guests and the public“ the Rheinauhafen intended to create with the Kap am Südkai according to its marketing slogan. And the concept seems to work.


The in-house “KAP Forum“ offers unusual meals such as “Salade Niçoise“ or potatoe almond balls in a mediterranean setting to employees and guests alike. And some think while getting treated by the creations of chef Steffen Kimmig, that there might be even more details hidden inside the Kap am Südkai. The extra weight gained there or inside the nearby chocolate museum can then be lost again while taking a walk along the Rhine shores. Read more…

The condominium building at 1111 East Pike Street in Seattle offers a lively contribution to an urban environment.

03/04/2011 4 comments

 The condominium building at 1111 East Pike Street in Seattle offers a lively contribution to an urban environment. Located in a dense, walkable, transit-served neighborhood that was formerly Seattle’s “auto row,” the six-story building features panelized siding in four colors inspired by classic cars of the 1950s. With condo owners given a choice of color for the unit exteriors, those four colors combine to form a variegated patchwork.

The building was honored by the American Institute of Architects in its 2011 AIA Housing Awards. The ten multifamily and special housing projects recognized with awards range from a converted 19th-century jail in Salem, Massachusetts, to a new transitional housing campus in San Antonio, Texas. ArchitectureWeek will also publish the eight single-family homes that received 2011 AIA housing awards.

Urban Color in Seattle

The 1111 East Pike building is located in Seattle’s Pike/Pine Corridor, within walking distance of a grocery store, park, shops, and restaurants. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the building places 27 residential units above a ground-level retail space — occupied by a boutique cupcake shop — and two levels of underground parking.

The owner and developer, Anne Michelson, is a longtime resident of the neighborhood who sought to provide housing for people working nearby, with goals of both economic and cultural sustainability. The 39,100-square-foot (3,630-square-meter) building contains primarily “open one-bedroom” units ranging in size from roughly 600 to 800 square feet (55 to 75 square meters), and priced starting just below $240,000.

A clever, custom-designed “puzzle door” makes these compact units more adaptable. The large sliding wall panel, shaped like a wide upside-down L, modulates separation between the bedroom, kitchen, and living areas.

Simple materials and straightforward construction helped keep costs low: the condominium building at 1111 East Pike Street was built for $169 per square foot ($1,820 per square meter).

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Despite Major Earthquake Zero Tokyo Buildings Collapsed Thanks to Stringent Building Codes

13/03/2011 Comments off

Japan is no stranger to earthquakes, but this morning’s incident was nothing like the country had ever seen before. Registering at a record breaking magnitude 8.9, the earthquake even triggered a staggering 33 foot tsunami which swept away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. While there is no question that the devastation has been massive – the situation could have been worse. Given the country’s past experience with these life-threatening tremors, Japan boasts one of the most well-thought out building codes in the world. With a system that underscores the importance of smart design and preventative measures, millions of lives may very well have been spared.


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From seawalls that line stretches of Japan’s coastline, to skyscrapers that sway to absorb earthquakes, to unrelenting building codes, there is no other country better prepared for an earthquake than Japan. Over the years, the country has invested billions of dollars developing new technology to aid in protecting their citizens and infrastructure against earthquakes and tsunamis.

Buildings in the country have been built to be earthquake proof, and construction focuses on deep foundation and massive shock absorbers to dampen seismic energy in the event of an earthquake. Another method that is often employed in construction is to create a base for the building that would allow it to move semi-independently from the total structure, in turn reducing the shaking caused by a quake. As seen in the video taken above by an onlooker in the neighborhood of Shinjuku, while the buildings sway, they do not collapse. In fact, not one building in Tokyo fell despite the record breaking magnitude – a true testament to the level of engineering involved in the construction of their structures.

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Apprentice Formation Centre by AIR in France

09/09/2010 Comments off

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Architects:  AIR / Cyrille Hanappe & Olivier Leclercq
AIR in collaboration with Cyille Hanappe & Olivier Leclercq, hace recently finished the extension of the Apprentice Formation Center in Val-de-Marne department, near Paris. The key aim was to transform the extension in a compact and economic building. The new extension, achieves the composition of the complex of the Chambre des Métiers of the Val-de-Marne Departement, near Paris.

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Atelier-House in Finland by Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects

09/09/2010 Comments off


The atelier is situated on a beautiful shoreline plot in a densely built area dominated by low-rise housing. Already existing on the plot were a single-family house from the 1990s and an older shoreline sauna. The task of Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects was to design an artist`s workspace, which could later be transformed into a common residence.

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