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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.

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. 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. 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. MOS Architects wins the P.S.1 competition. We just got the news that MOS Architects won the competition to build a temporary installation at MoMA´s P.S.1 during this summer. For this competition the P.S.1 invites each year a group of emerging architects to experiment with new shapes and materials, as Work AC did last year with their PF1 project.

MOS project is entitled Afterparty, a design that Micheal Meredith and Hilary Sample (MOS partners) say is meant to honor and reflect current economic realities, by using basic materials. 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. The housing unit will use a rhomboid framework constrained within two strips to produce a parametric model. Lambda Table by Gianluigi Landoni for Sovet. Italian designer Gianluigi Landoni has created the Lambda Table for the manufacturer Sovet.

Lambda Table by Gianluigi Landoni for Sovet

Description from the manufacturer: The table has been inspired by the dynamism of a moving element, like the ribbon of a gymnast that vaults in the air designing natural and soft shapes. The base is made in Cristalplant, a hard, smooth and solid material, which is also very pleasant to the touch and eco-friendly. Its sinuous shape, synthesis of personality and elegance, perfectly matches the lightness of the glass top. New terminal for Stockholm / C. F. Møller Architects. C.

New terminal for Stockholm / C. F. Møller Architects

F. Møller Architects has just won the competition for a new terminal for Stockholm’s permanent ferry connections to Finland and the Baltics. The terminal will be a landmark for the new urban development Norra Djurgårdsstaden at the Stockholm waterfront. See more images and architect’s description after the break. The terminal, which will have a facade covered with expanded mesh, recalls the shape of a moving vessel and the architecture – with large cranes and warehouses – that previously characterized the ports. 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. The design fills the gallery with a system of vaults to be experienced both from within and from above. The edges of the vaults are delimited by the entry soffit and the two long gallery walls. Building in South Africa - james. Web.mit.edu/masonry/papers/Mapungubwe_Holcim.pdf.

Equilibrium y’all !! Web.mit.edu/masonry/papers/Block_PhD_2009.pdf. 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. 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. Asymptote Architecture and Artech Architects were awarded a close second place finish for the Kaohsiung Marine Gateway project. The project proposes a 200m long structure situated between two 14 story towers located at the cities newly developed harbor edge. The proposal calls for a new urban intervention at the cities waterfront combining both cultural and commercial aspects with the port terminal functions the building is designed to house. The buildings technological envelope and architecture and is designed to be a striking and elegant addition to the quickly changing city of Kaohsiung and to act as a catalyst for unique and sustained urban development over the coming years and decades.

Further description and renderings of Asymptote Architecture and Artech Architects proposal after the break. For the winning proposal by Reiser + Umemoto click here. 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. Their entry, “Openair,” ranked in the top five, advancing the scheme to the second stage of the competition. Now, they decided to submit their competition entry for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition to Azure’s AZ AWARDS, the magazine’s first annual international competition recognizing excellence in design. The project was chosen as a finalist for the AZ AWARDS in the Concepts: Unbuilt Competitions Entries category and is eligible for the AZ People’s Choice Awards.

More images and architects’ description after the break. 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. 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. Ferry Terminal by C. F. Møller. Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser + Umemoto.