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SymHomes Mk1, Kolkata, India
Piercy Conner’s innovation for Indian apartments makes the unthinkable solar solution sustainable
In a region where in the height of summer temperatures can rise to 111°F, constructing a steel apartment block seems like insanity. But just such a design is to be created in the West Bangor city of Kolkata in India. Building sanction (which incorporates planning permission and building control) for SymHomes Mk1, a design by Piercy Conner Architects, has been applied for and the design has already received several awards for its innovative sustainable properties.

Piercy Conner’s design was the winning entrant of The Living Steel International Architecture competition in 2005 and went on to win the MIPIM AR Future Project Sustainability Award in 2007. Disregarding convention, the design uses steel for cladding and shuttering as well as the internal structure. Perforated steel shades over the deep-set terraces provide a sustainable solution to air conditioning by allowing air to pass into the room and providing shade from the glaring sun thus cooling the building naturally. When needed, an inner skin can be sealed to allow air-conditioning units to be used in extremes of temperature.

Cultural acknowledgement was important throughout the design process: “India is on the verge of a building explosion but we wanted to avoid the anonymity of Dubai-style development,” says Stuart Piercy, Director of the project. “Instead we wanted to offer a culturally sympathetic yet environmentally intelligent building which retained an Indian identity and created a role-model for sustainable living.”
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Shanghai Design Center, Shanghai, China
Studio Twist's unconventional showcase strategy for Shanghai Design Center
Annie Chung, director of Studio Twist, has completed the interior master-planning and design for a 3,000 sq m furniture showroom and museum in Shanghai comprising high-end European furniture brands Cassina, Flos, Zanotta, Cecotti, Acerbis, Extremis, Danese, Brand van Egmond, Limited Edition and Santambrogio. The design challenges the convention of linear segregated spaces for furniture showrooms by introducing vertical spatial variations, creating a fluid and interconnected showcase space within an existing unused concrete factory building.

The interior was designed as a series of inter-related 3-dimensional spaces, resulting in new possibilities for furniture display. The vertical height of the existing factory building was fully utilized – new levels are introduced, resulting in platforms of various heights used as specific areas for each brand. On the ground floor, the main circulation level at 1.5m height is planned with a main axis that penetrates the whole building, allowing an overview and choice to the visitor when moving through different furniture display zones. Due to the fluidity of space and the levels, a variety of visual connections are made between the display spaces and the exterior landscapes. This strategy creates surprises for the users as they roam through the space, resulting in an increase of interaction between visitors and the display.
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Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Exclusive images document a remarkable new chapter in AGO’s 108-year history
“We’re not just opening doors, we’re opening minds”. It is with this forward thinking slogan that the Art Gallery of Ontario opened its doors after a remarkable transformation penned by Toronto- born Frank Gehry.

Launched in 2002, the transformation programme has included the major architectural extension by Gehry and the expansion of the permanent collection. As a consequence, the new AGO offers a 47 per cent increase in art viewing space welcoming visitors to 110 light-filled galleries featuring more than 4,000 new and perennial art works.

The building is surprisingly Gehry’s first commission in his native city and contains an interesting array of signature elements such as an iconic sculptural staircase emerging from Walker Court (the historic centre of the AGO), the sweeping glass-and-wood Galleria Italia extending an entire city block along Dundas Street, and the new contemporary tower with its vistas of Grange Park and of a Toronto Skyline never seen from this angle.

With this new museum extension, Frank Gehry has devised an unforgettable space to honour the art housed within. Attention to the core issue of the pleasure of art viewing is palpable throughout thanks to the amount of natural light and transparency that permeate the extension.

Happy to define his recent creation as “a real Frank Gehry building”, the architect nonetheless commented on the hard nature of remodelling an existing structure, as the gallery has since its opening in 1900 seen many extension with the latest designed by Barton Myers in 1993.
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Old Posted Dec 11, 2008, 5:19 AM
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The Times did a very positive review of the Art Gallery Of Ontario, based on reading that (at least) it gave the impression that it's a project on which Gehry actually put forth an effort in creating a building rather than a sculpture with rooms inside and actually did quite well in.
It reinforces my idea of Gehry as an accomplished and capable architect who chooses to make lots of money playing cliches than good programs.
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Old Posted Dec 11, 2008, 6:34 AM
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Wow. A Gehry building that I actually like!
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Old Posted Dec 11, 2008, 4:42 PM
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Project X / René van Zuuk Architekten
Architect: René van Zuuk Architekten
Location: Almere, the Netherlands

Client: René van Zuuk & Marjo Körner
Program: Villa
Structural Ingeneering: Van de Laar, Eindhoven / NL
Project Year: 2008
Site Area: 454 sqm
Constructed Area: 215 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters & René van Zuuk
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excellent posts. Loved the last few buildings featured
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Why so few windows on that last building? Personally I don't find buildings with so few windows aesthetically pleasing, and I bet it costs a ton to heat and cool.
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^ Huh? Windows are your enemy when it comes to heating / cooling.
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Depends on Climate, what kind of glass you have, sunshading, absorption rates of materials, window placement, pressure differentiations, a whole range of design factors. Large windows are great for daylighting and solar gain, just need to vent it out or provide sunshading on the outside to reduce gains during summer. My guess with that building is the public areas have the largest windows and the private areas have smaller windows. Warm air rises so it may vent its way to the upper volume or can be circulated via passive measures (opening a window on the opposite side). Offcourse it can be heated and cooled with active sytems as well HVAC. There are no photos of the bedrooms and bathrooms which I believe are upstairs. Solid is private, void is public, makes perfect sense. The solid areas appear to be getting ambient sunlight from above.
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Bondy School / Atelier Phileas
Architects: Atelier Phileas (member of PLAN01)
Location: Bondy, France

Client: Town of Bondy - SODEDAT 93
Program: 15 classes, Youth center, Multifunction room, Library, canteen
Contractor: COLAS
Consultants: BETOM Ingénierie / CAP TERRE / AVEL Acoustique
Constructed Area: 3,100 sqm
Budget: 5.7M Euro + tax (US $7.18M + tax)
Project year: 2007
Photographer: Stephan Lucas
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Casa Wakasa / wHY Architecture
Architects: wHY Architecture
Location: Osaka, Japan

Area: 279 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Program: Private Residence
Photographs: wHY Architecture
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Gardiner Museum Renewal / KPMB Architects
Architects: KPMB Architects
Location: Toronto, Canada
Client: Gardiner Museum

Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara (design principal), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Paulo Rocha (design/project architect); Shane O’Neill, Javier Uribe, Kevin Bridgman, Tyler Sharpe, Ramon Janer, Steven Casey, Bill Colaco (project team)
Structural Enginnering: Halsall Associates Ltd.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Urbacon
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Volume B store / Marcio Kogan
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Design Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007
Co-author: Bruno Gomes, Bruno Guedes
Collaborators: Diana Radomysler, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski, Lair Reis, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Maria Cristina Motta, Gabriel Kogan, Mariana Simas
Client: Vitra
Site Area: 504 sqm
Constructed Area: 250 sqm
Contractor: Pentágono Engenharia
Photographs: Fran Parente, Nelson Kon
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Architects: LAVA
Location: Duisburg, Germany

Project year: 2008
Project Team: Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck with Kadri Kaldam, Martin Völkle, Jan Saggau
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Architects: ssm Architekten ag
Location: Solothurn, Switzerland

Project year: 2004
Construction year: 2005
Engineering: H. Katzenstein AG
Constructed Area: 1,720 sqm
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(...except for the concrete bathtub, which doesn't look comfy at all)
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Architects: Corona y P. Amaral Arquitectos
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Project year: 2005
Consultants: DD7 Aparejadores, S.L. (José Manuel Alonso Delgado y Fermín Gutiérrez Hernández ), Diego Estévez
Client: Arsenio Pérez Amaral
Contractor: Construcciones Francisco Rodríguez
Structures: Arquiestructuras Tenerife (Benjamín Cova), Dionisio Castro
Garden: Poa Jardinería (Eduardo Zárate)
Site Area: 626,79 sqm
Constructed Area: 388,97 sqm
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Oslo Opera House / Snohetta
Architects: Snohetta
Location: Bjørvika, Oslo, Norway

Client: Ministry of Church an Cultural Affairs
Area: 38.500sqm
Construction start: 2004
Completion: 2007
Contractors: 55 contracts
Geological Engineer: NGI
Structural Engineer: Reinertsen Engineering ANS
Electrical Engineer: Ingeniør Per Rasmussen AS
Theatre Planning: Theatre Project Consultants
Acoustics: Brekke Strand Akustikk, Arup Acoustic
Artists, integrated artwork: Kristian Blystad, Kalle Grude, Jorunn Sannes, Astrid Løvaas og Kirsten Wagle
Photos: Snohetta, Nina Reistad, Statsbygg, Erik Berg & Nicolas Buisson
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^ Yeah, that Opera house is pretty damn impressive, especially the treatment of stone. Thanks for your tireless posting, by the way.

The "let's let the people walk all over the building" thing has been done many times over, but this is one of the few that appears to work.
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Obviously, I haven't been in the house, but based on the pictures of this one (and most of these posted here), this is exactly how I would feel in this environment. Like just another set piece in some architects plans. Don't move, don't live, just stay on display.

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Scandinavian awesomeness, cont'd, Svalbard Science Centre (yes again, but I think this is one of my favourites in this thread)
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Svalbard Science Centre / JVA
Architects: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL / Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs & Alessandra Kosberg
Location: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Design Period: 2001-2003
Construction period: 2003-2005
Collaborators: Anders Granli, Nevzat Vize, Sissil Morseth Gromholt, Thor Christian Pethon, Halina Noach, Harald Lode, Stian Schjelderup
Client: Statsbygg / Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property
Interior Desgin: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL, Nina Stokset Nilsen
Landscape Architect: Grindaker A/S
Structural Engineer: AS Frederiksen
Electrical Engineer: Monstad AS
Mecanical Engineer: Erichsen & Horgen AS
Climatic Consultant: Byggforsk v/Thomas Thiis
Gross Area: 8.500 sqm
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale
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