Posts tagged as 'public architecture'
Information and directional signage fuses with its architectural host at the aptly named Signterior office/retail building in Shanghai. The wayfinding was designed by ujidesign of Tokyo; architecture by A-ASTERISK and A-I-SHA. Photos Nakaça & Partners
Feeling a little bit lost? It’s no surprise, really. As populations grow, cities expand, international travel increases and we all work (and live) harder and faster, it seems that there are ever more new and complex terrains to navigate. Enter a number of highly considered wayfinding systems that help you make sense of the space around you. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)
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Architect Henning Larsen, who has died at the age of 87
The renowned Danish architect Henning Larsen has died at the age of 87.
Founded in 1959, his practice, Henning Larsen Architects, has delivered some of Scandinavia’s most celebrated projects, including the Harpa Concert & Conference Centre in Reykjavik, completed in 2011 and winner of the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award, and the Uppsala Concert & Congress Hall, which opened in 2004.
The structure’s outer concrete shell protects the interior’s wooden core, while solar cells built into the large, south-facing window provide all the energy the facility needs; photo L J B AS, E Marchesi, Statens Vegvesen
We’d like to talk to you about a delicate matter. The toilet. The WC. The lavatory. However you choose to refer to it, we all require regular access to this most prosaic of environments. Which is why it’s refreshing to see a number of recent public conveniences receive a greater degree of design consideration than has historically been the case. So, sit down, relax and don’t forget to flush…
(by Simon Keane-Cowell)
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Selvika National Tourist Route by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter; photo courtesy of the architects
Overlooking the Arctic Ocean and surrounded by the spectacular, coastal scenery of Havøysund, north Norway, this winding concrete structure has been developed by Oslo-based practice Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter. One of the 18 National Tourist Routes in Norway, it was realised ‘to single out and magnify the experience of walking from the roadside down to the seaside at this very special place.’ The striking, serpentine path has been officially inaugurated less than a month ago, on 22 June. (more…)
MuséoParc Alésia by Bernard Tschumi Architects; photo by Christian Richters
New York-based architectural practice led by the Swiss-born Bernard Tschumi have completed this circular, wood-clad interpretative center which commemorates the history of the battle between Julius Cesar and the Gauls in 52 B.C. Located in Alise-Sainte-Reine, Burgudy, the striking development encompasses two separate but related structures: a museum and a visitors centre. (more…)
Healthcare Centre for Cancer Patients by Nord Architects Copenhagen
Coincidentally, today’s second featured project also comes from the Danish capital, this time in a form of a recently-completed convalescent centre for patients battling or recovering from one of the most fundamental of diseases, cancer. Realised in 2011 by Nord Architects Copenhagen near the Copenhagen city centre and Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), the striking, white-clad centre comprises a number of individual, yet interconnected by a common multifaceted roof houses, which ‘provide the space needed for a modern health facility, without losing the comforting scale of the individual.’ (more…)
Mirror House by MLRP; photo by Stamers Kontor
As part of the new Interactive Playground Project in Copenhagen, an American-Danish architectural practice MLRP have converted a disused, dilapidated structure into this striking playground pavilion by cladding its gables and shutters with highly reflective mirror polished stainless steel. Completed in 2011, the renovation transformed the previously nondescript, unusable building into ‘Mirror House’ which is now used by kindergarten classes. In order to improve the energy efficiency of the structure, insulation values, sun shading, heating, ventilation and lighting systems have also been upgraded. (more…)
Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design; photo by Edward Hendricks
A Singapore-based practice Ministry of Design have realised this dramatic, triangular permanent show gallery and tourist information centre in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. Featuring characteristic sharp edges and sky-piercing roof, the 750-square meters Triple V Gallery encompasses three spaces of diverse functions: a tourist information centre, a gallery and a discussion lounge. Completed in only four months, the sea-facing pre-weathered Corten steel-clad building was officially opened in November 2011. (more…)