Aimer Lingerie Factory by Crossboundaries, photo: Yang Chao Ying
When Aimer first approached Crossboundaries in 2004, it requested a factory compound of 14000 sqm gross floor area that could house conventional storage, manufacturing, and a 300-people dormitory by individual functions. However, as Aimer grew rapidly in China, the leadership quickly foresaw the importance to upgrade its operation shifting from a production-focused business to a genuine fashion brand. In order to reinforce its brand image and adapt to a maturing economy, Crossboundaries was asked to add a Research and Development office, a 23000sqm distribution center as well as spaces to showcase its products. The realized facility of 53000sqm in 2014 represents a successful collaboration between Aimer and the designers in rethinking the future of the Chinese brand that integrates production, brand building with the well-being of employees. (text by Crossboundaries)
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MAPFRE Complex by TSM Asociados, photo: Gonzalo Cáceres
TSM Asociados’ MAPFRE Complex in Lima, Peru, for Spanish transnational insurance company Mapfre, is composed of a two story commercial office and medical center, a chapel, a six storey columbarium building, a wake area and two basements.
Ourdoor terraces, 'Aqua Tower' by Studio Gang Architects
Soon the Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects will be finished with their 823 feet high Aqua Tower, which they planned for their hometown. The building is still under construction but received already the American Architecture Award 2008 conferred by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design.
823 feet high, 'Aqua Tower' by Gang Architects
What Studio Gang Architects say about the project:
In an increasingly dense city like Chicago, views from a new tower must be negotiated between existing buildings. Aqua tower considers criteria such as views, solar shading and function to derive a vertical system of contours that gives the structure its sculptural form. Its vertical topography is defined by its outdoor terraces that gradually change in plan over the length of the tower. These terraces offer a strong connection to the outdoors and allow inhabitants to occupy the building façade and city simultaneously. The result is a highly sculptural building when viewed obliquely that transforms into a slender rectangle from further away. Its powerful form suggests the limestone outcroppings and geologic forces that shaped the great lakes region.
'Aqua Tower' by Gang Architects, Photo: David Seide, Rendering: Image Fiction
Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Architect of Record: Loewenberg & Associates
Owner: Magellan Development
Program: Hotel and Residential High-rise with retail and commercial spaces
Size: 1.9 m SF including parking, 823 feet high
Completion: Summer 2009, currently under construction
to the Studio Gang Architects website