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Posts tagged as 'public architecture'

LA CITE DES AFFAIRES SAINT-ETIENNE by Manuelle Gautrand Architect, photo by Philippe Ruault

This new office building for several government bodies, including some service and leisure facilities, of the city of St. Etienne was developed by the Paris based practice Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. The structure is a long built ‘continuum’ which stands out due to its large cantilevered parts and giant gates that lead to the spacious courts.


Chapel of St.Lawrence by Avanto Architects, photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

Recently the Finnish Avanto Architects completed the impressive Chapel of St.Lawrence for the Parish Union in Vantaa, a city north of Helsinki. The chapel which includes the old stone church with its bell tower is characterised by a range of exquisit materials that correspond with the old structures in the area, such as the lightly plastered and whitewashed masonry walls or the roof of patinated copper.


School Center Antas by AVA Architects, photo by Barbosa & Benigno

This new school building in Porto was realised by the Portoguese architectural office AVA Architects. The complex is composed of different architectural bodies, whose arrangement smartly took account to the relationship established between spaces, between exterior and interior and between interior spaces.


'ARK booktower' by Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter

Within the ‘1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces’ exhibition at the V&A in London the Norwegian practice Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter realised this wooden structure, a temporary, intimate, little library, in the middle of the stairwell that leads to the museum’s first-floor National Art Library.

Now after having dismantled the ARK booktower Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter are currently looking for someone who might be interested in it.


2010 Taipei International Floral Expo, Fine Arts Museum Park by King Shih Architects, photo by Marc Gerritsen

The Taipei based King Shih Architects realised the center for this year’s International Floral Expo in Taipei, a horticultural event authorized by AIPH and hosted by Taipei City Government. The complex includes a Gift Shop Pavilion, an Outlook Pavilion and the Expo Hall with its stunning meshed roof that has a span of up to 65 m.


Museum aan de Stroom by Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, photo by Sarah Blee

The Rotterdam based practice Neutelings Riedijk Architecten recently unveiled the new Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp, located in the centre of the old harbour district, the most important and biggest city renovation project in the centre of Antwerp. This district was originally called ‘Nieuwstad (New City)’, as it was the first city expansion constructed by land speculator and urban developer Gilbert van Schoonbeke (1519-1556) outside the Spanish fortress belt in the sixteenth century. Today, old warehouses are being converted into lofts everywhere, and new apartment buildings such as the Koninklijk Entrepot by Berlin architect Hans Kolhoff, the residential towers by Swiss architects Diener en Diener and the towers by David Chipperfield and Guyer en Gigon, as well as many projects yet to follow, are being erected.


Visitor Center Grube Messel by Holzer Kobler Architekturen, photo by Jan Bitter

For almost 100 years oil shale was mined in the Messel Pit near Darmstadt in central Germany. Here very well preserved fossils were found again and again in the course of mining operations. After the mine was closed in 1971 it turned – due to the great number of fossils that it contains – into an archaeological excavation and was placed under UNESCO protection as a World Heritage Site. The Zurich based practice Holzer Kobler Architekturen recently completed the scenography and interior design for the Visitors Center of the exhibition.


Kindergarten Sighartstein, photo by Angelo Kaunat, Salzburg

This play school and nursery near Salzburg, Austria was realised by the German architectural practice kadawittfeldarchitektur. The building, situated in a small villages surrounded by fields and grassland, is characterised by a pictorial, abstract “grass-facade” – an ornament which creates identity and orientation at the same time. The inside of the building follows a strict material and colour-scheme of greenish and natural shades and materials.