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Posts tagged as 'Hamburg'

Fri 7.12.

1051 North Laser Center by blauraum architekten BDA (DE)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 07.12.2012 - Tagged as: , ,

1051 North Laser Center by blauraum architekten BDA; photo by Martin Schlüter

German architectural practice blauraum architekten BDA have recently completed this understated three-storey research centre dedicated to laser technology and its appliance in steel construction industry. Located in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, the design of the perforated aluminium-clad, 4,970-square-meters building was inspired by the precision of laser technology with the yellow-and-grey colour theme ‘serving as homage to the technology.’ (more…)

'Portraits from Above'

'Portraits from Above'

In South America the slums are attached to the outskirts of mega-cities such as Caracas and Mexico City like wasps’ nests on a cliff face. In a hilly island city like Hong Kong, however, living space is limited. Here you only see the laboriously constructed huts made of corrugated iron and planks of wood in which the poorest of the poor live if you look upwards – they occupy, to put it in cynical terms, a penthouse location.

An exhibition of Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham

An exhibition of Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham

Some of these rooftop shacks, which in the year 2006 after the government’s first slum clearance programme still housed 3962 people in 1554 households, are up to three storeys high. Improvised structures made of ladders and bits of furniture create connections between the individual parts of the buildings and join these impoverished dwellings into complete rooftop settlements – sociologists even talk of a “self-organising niche architecture” and point to the utopian aspects of this urban way of life.

3962 persons in 1554 households

3962 persons in 1554 households, detailed sketches and photos by Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham

Over a period of months the Canadian architect Rufina Wu and Hamburg photographer Stefan Canham created a record of the rooftop slums of Hong Kong in photos and detailed sketches. Their work is displayed at an exhibition in Hamburg’s Kunsthaus.

to the Kunsthaus Hamburg website

Kaufhauskanal Metrozone by BIG and Topotek 1

Kaufhauskanal Metrozone by BIG and Topotek1

The winner project has been announced for the construction project which is soon to take place on the banks of the ‘Kaufhauskanal’ at the inland port of Harburg, a suburb of Hamburg. In cooperation with the Berlin landscape architects Topotek1 the Danish architects from BIG have planned a residential development which will create 80 housing units in this former industrial area of the city.

Kaufhauskanal housing scheme provides 80 residential units

Kaufhauskanal housing scheme provides 80 residential units

“The typology for the overall plan for the Kaufhauskanal Metrozone is designed as a series of new “Kaufhaus Hybrids””. The scheme is meant to accommodate the existing quarter so that all the new buildings slope downwards and outwards to meet the heights of the existing buildings. The roofs are angled and inclined to maximize views to the sky and at the same time minimize the noise from the surrounding streets, roads and railway.”

Kaufhauskanal Metrozone by BIG and Topotek1

Kaufhauskanal Metrozone by BIG and Topotek1

more info at ArchDaily

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