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‘Garden Ribbons’ – A City Hall and Urban Park / ShaGa Studio. The new municipality building of Netanya, located in the old part of the city introduces a unique public park for the city – a green heart – that like a ribbon gradually transforms from a horizontal landscape to a vertical climatic structure.

‘Garden Ribbons’ – A City Hall and Urban Park / ShaGa Studio

Designed by the Dutch office ShaGa Studio in collaboration with Shyovitz Architects, they define Netanya’s future identity as a coastal city which truly embraces an urban sustainable lifestyle for its residents, workers and visitors. More images and architects’ description after the break. A unique focal point at the center of town and a counter balance to the sea-side coastal square, the complex’s sustainable public character and its contemporary mix of leisure, culture and civic municipality services will help not only to regenerate the old center but also help complementing and defining this identity.

An Identity – Between Urban Regeneration and a City Landmark. Hoto Fudo / Takeshi Hosaka Architects. This building is similar to the inside and outside house we previously featured.

Hoto Fudo / Takeshi Hosaka Architects

The project was planned on the site with Mt. Fuji rising closely in the south and the two sides facing the trunk roads. Takeshi Hosaka Architects wanted this building to take on the characteristics of mountains and clouds. Ponte Parodi / UNStudio. This month, UNStudio’s Ponte Parodi, a waterfront design for Genoa, Italy, will be presented at the MAPIC in Cannes as one of the most iconic waterfront developments currently being realized.

Ponte Parodi / UNStudio

The harbor project is part of a larger vision to revitalize the entire waterfront area, and merge the local urban and economic fabric to create a point of interest for Genoa’s varied waterfront users. The juxtaposition of varied circulation typologies creates an innovative extension for the city center which not only organizes the position of the program, but also optimizes pedestrian flows within and atop the building. More about the waterfront after the break.

The proposal emphasizes that the urban intervention must establish connections between the different harbor districts in its proximity, and add programmed spaces that complement the existing infrastructure. Ponte Parodi, Genoa, Italy, 2001-2014 Client: ALTAREA Italia Progetti S.r.l.; (Competition) Porto Antico di Genova Spa Total: 132,200 m2. Oslo Central Station / Space Group. Norwegian architects Space Group won the competition for Oslo´s new Central Station. The project consists on demolishing a big part of the existing station, to build a 4 stories tall structure that will unify the station. It will include 2 floors for offices hanging over the station. Also, an adjacent U-shaped building will be occupied by the biggest conference hotel in Norway. Currently, the Central Station receive 150,000 travellers every day, number expected to double in the next few years, rendering the current structure obsolete. Space Group´s project will be able to grow in stages. Below, more renders by Luxigon sent to us by Space Group.

MOS Architects wins the P.S.1 competition. Eco-Sustainable Housing – Parametric Design. Special Mention - 2007 Housing Competition Project by: Federico Rossi This project focuses on the development of new housing typology in Oman, generated through the accumulation of independent variables into a system of relationships, where the interdependencies generate a variation of possibilities that is able to adapt to local conditions.

Eco-Sustainable Housing – Parametric Design

The development of inhabitable units will be dependent on environmental variables and eco-sustainable principles to achieve new spatial and per formative configurations. Lambda Table by Gianluigi Landoni for Sovet. New terminal for Stockholm / C. F. Møller Architects. Yeoju Golf Club, 2008. Digging on Shigeru. I’m fascinated by Shigeru Ban’s Nine Bridge Club house.

Digging on Shigeru

The projection of the a rectangular grid down into these funnel shapes is such a simple idea on a large scale and totally mind bending in the details. For my sketch, I made a quarter of one funnel with a revolve, cut it down to a square edge, divided the surface, then turned off the U and V grids, and used intersects projected from Level 1. The panel is just a half step pattern with this geometry. Plenty of flaws in the lattice (intersect based gridlines can get a little funky at the edges, particularly in tangency conditions) but it’s getting there. Voussoir Cloud. This project called Voussoir Cloud is a site specific installation created (2008) by IwamotoScott Architecture and Buro Happold for the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery, Los Angeles.

Voussoir Cloud

Voussoir Cloud explores the structural paradigm of pure compression coupled with an ultra-light material system. Building in South Africa - james. Equilibrium y’all !! Area. The Flying Carpet is a piece of microarchitecture that converts a long, narrow volume of space in Angell Elementary School into a reading, writing, lounging, and play space for the children occupants of the building.


Located on the second floor among the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms, the Flying Carpet was designed to retain the existing programmatic uses of the space but give them beautiful and lively accommodation. Folk stories in many cultures tell of a mythical flying carpet that transport their riders to distant places faster than the wind. Recalling these stories from our own childhood, the flying carpet became the apt poetic metaphor for the space’s primary activities: reading, writing, and imagining… the fastest ways we know to travel elsewhere. The computer script we wrote to generate the final form for the piece had to be able to produce widely varying sectional shapes, but also had to conform precisely to children’s body dimensions.

Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Terminal Competition proposal / HMC Architects. Los Angeles-based HMC Architects shared with us their proposal for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Terminal Competition in Taiwan.

Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Terminal Competition proposal / HMC Architects

They were selected as one of the five finalists. More images and press release after the break. The proposal by HMC Architects envisions an iconic gateway to the City of Kaohsiung, and a lens into the outer-world visualized from within. It creates a new urban datum—an inviting gesture—to allow a new connection between visitors, citizens, and the City of Kaohsiung. This gateway is designed to serve as a physical and economical impetus to the City’s goal of transforming its waterfront from its industrial past into an inviting future. Ferry Terminal / F451 Arquitectura. Kaohsiung Port Terminal Competition Proposal / Asymptote Architecture and Artech Architects. Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center Proposal / JET Architecture, CXT Architects & Archasia Design Group. JET Architecture in joint venture with CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group earned an Honorable Mention for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition in September 2010.

Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center Proposal / JET Architecture, CXT Architects & Archasia Design Group

Cruise Ship Terminal in Bilbao / [baragaño] Architects: [baragaño] Location: Bilbao, Spain Architects in Charge: Sergio Baragaño [baragaño], David García [Modultec], Mario Hernáez [Autoridad Portuaria], Enrique Muga [Satie Arquitectos], Joseba Ugarte [Arquitecto Técnico] Project Team: Ana López, Inés Suárez, Verónica Carreño Project Year: 2010 Project Area: 1,482 sqm Photographs: Mariela Apollonio The Port of Bilbao, launches a competition at the end of 2009 in order to build the new Terminal of Cruise ships in Bilbao.

Cruise Ship Terminal in Bilbao / [baragaño]

A damp city, with a metallic memory, of shipyards, cranes, postindustrial areas, the suspension bridge of Portugalete. We start from a metallic orthogonal prism, and working in it, as it was a sculpture. The building starts to open to the sea, with it’s large crystal facade. Ferry Terminal by C. F. Møller. Danish architects C. F. Møller have won a competition to design a new ferry terminal in Stockholm, Sweden. The terminal will service Stockholm’s ferry connection to Finland and the Baltics. The massing of the new building is inspired by traditional maritime architecture and its exterior will be clad in expanded mesh. The new terminal will form part of Norra Djurgårdsstaden, a residential and commercial development in the Stockholm city suburb Hjorthagen.

Click above for larger image. Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser + Umemoto.