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* Architecture: Park 1 Stockholm by White Arkitektur

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 9 March 2013

Park 1 Stockholm by White Arkitektur

Architecture: Park 1 Stockholm by White Arkitektur: “..white arkitectur’s ‘park 1’ is a new typology for a civic structure, one that contributes to the greenery of the urban environment while dutifully performing the functions of an infrastructural complex. designed to house a traffic and emergency management center in addition to a fire station, the building serves kungsholmen, an island district of a historical province in stockholm city, Sweden. in a bid won with associates at AG arkitekter, the pragmatic program of 1200 new workplaces is bolstered by the dynamic inclusion of a restaurant, cafe, conference facilities and exhibition areas, all open to the public. the active spaces are arranged in five layers, with the fire station at the bottom level and the civic services center and office at the top, sandwiching the public floors. the architecture inclines back from the busy street of lindhagensgatan and cantilevers over the essingeleden highway– a poetic gesture that expresses a self-conscious sense of aestheticism. the building transcends purely functional geometry with a generous green roof, affording views from an impressive 50 meter height and acting as a foliage-filled oasis of rest and recreation. the structure complies with the eco-certification BREEAM and sweden’s own sustainability policy miljöbyggnad; the public rooftop park acting as a particular contributor to the biodiversity of the site and significant producer of solar energy. developed with london-based engineers at AKT, a double-skinned facade is informed by the intricate shapes of a circuit board, itself characterized by myriad nodes and synapses individually simple but infinitely combinable. the conceptual pattern describes the coordination center’s round-the-clock functions and connects the building activities of coordination, management and infrastructure with the architectonics of the exterior..”

image: © white arkitektur; article: Designboom

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* Architecture: Parking Garage ‘de Cope’ by JHK Architecten

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 12 August 2012

Architecture: Parking Garage ‘de Cope’ by JHK Architecten: “..Parking garage ‘de Cope’ at Papendorp in Utrecht, Netherlands proves once and for all that a parking accommodation need no longer be a grey and negative mass. With its clear design and transparent parking structure, this garage is truly an added value to its environment and makes parking a positive experience. Industrial estate (and offices complex) Papendorp currently witnesses widespread parking in public space. Temporary parking solutions very much mark the streets..In the meantime, parking regulations have been amended and new developments set into motion. In the context of this development, Kroon Group and  realised a parking garage combined with an office/business premises in Papendorp Zuid, with a total of some 500 parking places and 3x1000m2 worth of office space. The majority of the parking spaces is intended for use by the neighboring offices. In other words, we are on our way to a street without parked cars..The design consists of two abstract units, connected by means of a crossway. Two spirals open up the various parking decks within the building. The parking garage functions separately from the three office storeys on the three top floors. The entrance to the offices is an entrance hall at ground level. Orientation within the garage is optimal both for motorists and pedestrians. You need not spend time looking for a spot or the exit: the design quite simply leads you along..The building’s façade is the result of the desire to create a building that is not the same old parking garage with its typical construction of bar, balustrade and column. The level of ambition is high from an urban planning perspective, as the design must be able to compete with an originally planned office unit..By building the façade around both the parking decks and the office storey’s, there is no way to visually distinguish between the different functions. The façade consists of inward curved, perforated ‘Platibond composite panels’ with a golden coating, which give the aluminum surface coat its golden metallic look. The panels were specially developed for this project in collaboration with the façade supplier. The gradual changes in the perforations and the jumping panels create the impression of a woven structure. The perforations guarantee the natural ventilation of the parking garage. The construction of the panels also allows for even distribution along the façade in places where the façade curves. Form, color and detail give the building a different look depending on the weather and the light..”

See our post on another parking garage: Architecture + Design: Miami Beach Parking Garage by Zaha Hadid.

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image: © Burg + Schuh; article: “Parking Garage ‘de Cope’ / JHK Architecten” 11 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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* Architecture: Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus by Andrew Bromberg

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 15 July 2012

Architecture: Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus by Andrew Bromberg: “..The Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus West, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, functions as an indicator of how relations have improved between Hong Kong and mainland China. The high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to Beijing with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in Hong Kong within the city’s urban realm, the 430,000 square meter facility, equipped with fifteen tracks, will be the largest below ground terminus station in the world..The WKT will function more like an international airport than a rail station as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region maintains economic and political differences from P.R.C. This means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers. What is highly unusual in this facility is that the West Kowloon Terminus will have immigration domains for both Hong Kong and China in the same facility, as opposed to how immigration works in a typical international airport, which only serves the host country..The site’s proximity to the future West Kowloon Cultural District and to Victoria Harbor required a design which was highly influenced by civic demand. Adding to the challenge was the construction of a 400,000 square meters of commercial development on top of the station, which would be auctioned off to a developer at a later date..”

See our other posts on West Kowloon:

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image: Courtesy of Aedas; article: Furuto , Alison . “Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg” 14 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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* Architecture: Video: Building the Golden Gate Bridge

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 16 June 2012

Architecture: Video: Building the Golden Gate Bridge: “..Courtesy of the Prelinger Archives, this archival 1930s footage by Bethlehem Steel captures every phase of construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic, San Francisco structure celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, as it opened May 27th, 1937. Including the approaches, the Golden Gate Bridge spans a remarkable length of 1.7 miles (8981ft or 2737m), making it the longest span in the world from its completion in 1937 until the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was built in New York in 1964. A unique aspect to the construction of the suspension bridge was the emphasis placed on safety..”  Astounding..

Video: Prelinger Archive and The Atlantic, ArchDaily; article: ArchDaily

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