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Architects: BWM Architekten Location: Vienna, Austria Area: 12,900 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Rupert Steiner Client: LF 1-3 Betriebs GmbH Project Controlling: c-performance Baumanagement General Planning: BWM Architekten Interior D...
Architects: BWM Architekten Location: Vienna, Austria Area: 12,900 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Rupert Steiner Client: LF 1-3 Betriebs GmbH Project Controlling: c-performance Baumanagement General Planning: BWM Architekten Interior Design: dreimeta Statics: Aste Weissteiner ZT GmbH Building Services: PME Technisches Büro Construction Physics: Raab-Engeneering GmbH Construction Supervision: BWM, Bubel Eichhorn, Pawlik Consulting GmbH From the architect. A hotel is a hotel is a hotel just for tourists. Wrong! The new 25hours Hotel, located near Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier, is by no means just a pretentious structure offering accommodation for a well-heeled foreign clientele. Since opening its doors in early 2013, this centrally located hotel has become a popular spot for all – especially for the locals, who appreciate the pizzeria, the Viennese “Schanigarten” with a special burger grill, and a cool rooftop café with a terrace. The Viennese architecture firm BWM Architekten converted the former student residence in Vienna’s 7th district into a laid-back hotel in several stages for 25hours Hotel Company. Although this six-floor building with its uncompromising functionalist design was constructed as a student residence in 1969, it was initially used as office space by UNIDO until the organization was able to move into the newly built UNO City in Vienna’s 22nd district. In 2009 the new operational concept was born and a modern glass cube designed to rest on top of the rational building. This roof structure, which draws upon the original building’s compact architecture and modifies it for today’s sensibilities, was opened in 2011. It provides enough room, not only for 35 individually designed apartments on three floors, but also for a café-bar with a terrace and a fabulous view. In the second construction phase the existing building was revitalized and the façade was given a dramatic anthracite-colored look. The building is within walking distance of the popular MuseumsQuartier Wien and is – with its 219 rooms – the largest hotel of the German-owned 25hours Hotel Company to date. The hotel’s opening marked BWM Architekten and 25hours Hotel Company’s successful completion of a sensitive urban project at a nodal point between the densely built 7th district and the historical 1st district. And it also marks the building’s revival and new lease on life. 25hours Hotel Vienna / BWM Architekten originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Oct 2013.send to Twitter | Share on Facebook | What do you think about this?
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ACME has won an international competition for the design of the new headquarters of the Sächsische AufbauBank in Leipzig, Germany. Chosen from submissions by 20 architectural practices (including Zaha Hadid and Sauerbruch Hutton), ACME&#...
ACME has won an international competition for the design of the new headquarters of the Sächsische AufbauBank in Leipzig, Germany. Chosen from submissions by 20 architectural practices (including Zaha Hadid and Sauerbruch Hutton), ACME’s design was referred to by the jury as “an innovative and [...] a visionary solution, which is manifested in a striking, distinctive appearance. Especially noteworthy is the symbiotic unity of building and open space design.” The Sächsische AufbauBank (SAB) is the federal development bank of the state of Saxony, providing grants, subsidies, loans and guarantees to businesses, technology companies, investors, developers and homeowners. The SAB has a major presence in Dresden and is planning to build a new headquarters building in Leipzig to accommodate 600 members of staff, a conference center, canteen and parking space, along with a major new public space. In previous centuries, the site was the location for the city’s stock exchange and tanning district. More recently, it was occupied by offices of the East German computer manufacturer Robotron. The site context provided a rather heterogeneous context, dominated by socialist apartment and hotel towers alongside 19th century grand hotels and late-20th century office blocks. ACME’s proposal for the SAB develops the traditional typology of a bank as an imposing institution representing stability, permanence and strength into a contemporary design for a bank of the 21st century. The traditional columns, acting as a transition between inside and outside, have been dissolved into a forest of supports carrying an overarching roof that covers the entirety of the site. Beneath this roof, a number of spaces are new public routes, and spaces are created like clearings in a forest, inviting inhabitation and passage. This open, partially green space recalls the site’s past as part of Leipzig’s pleasure gardens: acres of formal gardens with long, sweeping avenues, down which the city’s residents strolled together on balmy summer evenings in the 18th century. Some of the clearings will be occupied by landscaping, some by permanent artworks, while the largest open space provides amphitheater seating and staging grounds for events. The columns and roof provide a sense of visual and acoustic enclosure towards the adjacent highway and integrate shading and passive cooling functions for the office spaces. This allows the offices to be open and transparent towards the new public space, creating an efficient, yet loose array of stacked and overlapping office floor-plates to accommodate the many differing departments of the SAB. Efficient shading and insulation in combination with activated exposed concrete surfaces and decentralized ventilation will create a simple, yet highly sustainable bank of the future – and an important new public institution in the centre of Leipzig. All submitted designs for the Sächsische AufbauBank competition will be on display in Leipzig from October 7-18, 2013. News via ACME. ACME to Design SAB Headquarters in Germany originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Oct 2013.send to Twitter | Share on Facebook | What do you think about this?
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Apple's Jonathan Ive and Australian designer Marc Newson have created this one-off Leica camera to be auctioned for charity. Apple senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson based their design on German brand...
Apple's Jonathan Ive and Australian designer Marc Newson have created this one-off Leica camera to be auctioned for charity. Apple senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson based their design on German brand Leica's M camera. The camera will be auctioned along with a selection of other unique designs by the duo to raise money to help combat tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS for U2 frontman Bono's charity (RED). On this model buttons and dials sit in recessions on the top of the camera so they lie flush with the surface, and the shell is perforated to create a fine mesh. "Leica represents the confluence of precision engineering, world-class lens technology and design principles which elevate both function and form," said Ive. "Designing this very special camera for the (RED) Auction has been a privilege for myself and Marc, and its sale on 23 November will generate funds so critical to the fight to end AIDS." "With nearly 1000 prototype parts and more than 725 hours of manufacturing time, the winning bidder will own a piece of exquisite imaging history," added Newson. "The attention to each and every detail of this camera – from its outer shell to the magnificent optics – will delight a collector who appreciates the absolute pinnacle of craftsmanship." It was first announced that Ive would design the camera in 2012. The design will go to the highest bidder during a special event at auction house Sotheby's in New York on 23 November 2013. Marc Newson previously designed a camera for Pentax, and we've also featured a device that's controlled by blinking and squinting. See more camera designs » See more design by Jonathan Ive » See more design by Marc Newson » Here's some more information sent to us by Sotheby's: Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera Designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson to Join More than 40 Rare and Exceptional Objects in (RED) Auction at Sotheby's New York Money raised through the (Red) Auction will go Towards the fight against Aids in Africa. A truly unique Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson will join more than 40 other rare and diverse items in the (RED) Auction on November 23rd 2013. Based on the Leica M, the camera will be auctioned to raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Hundreds of models and prototypes were made in the development of The Leica M for (RED). The body and lens ultimately being machined from a custom engineered alloy. Presented with a perfectly textured anodised aluminium outer shell, the traditional leather waist, synonymous with Leica, has been replaced with a laser machined aluminium body. More than 21,000 hemispheres create a new and extraordinary aesthetic, while a total of 561 models and nearly 1000 prototype parts were made during the 85 days it took to create of this incredibly special camera. ?????????????????????????? ????Delivering an uncompromised photography experience, the camera features a full-format CMOS sensor, high performance processor and new Leica APO-Summicron –M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens. Jony Ive said, "Leica represents the confluence of precision engineering, world-class lens technology and design principles which elevate both function and form. Designing this very special camera for the (RED) Auction has been a privilege for myself and Marc, and its sale on November 23rd will generate funds so critical to the fight to end AIDS." "With nearly 1000 prototype parts and more than 725 hours of manufacturing time, the winning bidder will own a piece of exquisite imaging history. The attention to each and every detail of this camera – from its outer shell to the magnificent optics – will delight a collector who appreciates the absolute pinnacle of craftsmanship," said Marc Newson. Dr. Andreas Kaufman, Chairman, Leica, said: "We loved the collaboration with Jony and Marc. Their design sets a new and unprecedented standard in modern photography. As the only one ever to be produced, an
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In this movie filmed by Dezeen, London Design Festival deputy director Max Fraser summarises the aims and key themes of last month's Global Design Forum series of talks and discussions. London Design Festival deputy director Max Fraser ...
In this movie filmed by Dezeen, London Design Festival deputy director Max Fraser summarises the aims and key themes of last month's Global Design Forum series of talks and discussions. London Design Festival deputy director Max Fraser Global Design Forum is held annually over two days as one of the key events during London Design Festival. "What we're trying to get to is the core of how design can help make the world a better place," says Fraser in the movie. "We're trying to eke out some of the issues that are affecting design right now." Peter Saville (right) in conversation with Peter Morley This year the opening evening took place at London's V&A museum and a full day of talks was hosted at the Royal Festival Hall. Speakers included designers Peter Saville, Ross Lovegrove, Michael Young and Jaime Hayón, as well as leading figures from the automotive and advertising industries. From left to right: Alexei Orlov, Carmel Allen, Jaime Hayon and Ross Lovegrove "We've tried to encourage a mixed variety of speakers," says Fraser. "We wanted to invite people from different parts of industry to come together to debate issues and hopefully disagree and provoke each other, then see if there are any ideas that can be implemented or if there are any new processes or techniques that can change the way that the business of design is done today." From left to right: Michael Young, Francis Stevens, Justine Simons, Guta More Guedes and Ben Page During this year's event Peter Saville spoke about designing a visual identity for rapper Kanye West and a water-filtration system that uses plants to extract arsenic to be sold on for profit was voted the "Idea that will change the world". The music featured in the movie is a track called Caverns by London band Dead Red Sun. See all our coverage of London Design Festival 2013 » See more architecture and design movies » The post "We invited a mixed variety of speakers to provoke debate" appeared first on Dezeen.
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Zombies: We've read books on how to kill them, seen movies with every possible breed of undead enemy and created series of television shows depicting the toll that the zombie apocalpyse can take on our fragile human bonds (I'm look at yo...
Zombies: We've read books on how to kill them, seen movies with every possible breed of undead enemy and created series of television shows depicting the toll that the zombie apocalpyse can take on our fragile human bonds (I'm look at you, Walking Dead). But have you ever really seen—or thought about—all of the supplies a proper Zombie raid survival would take? (The scenes from Zombieland, involving Woody Harrelson and a trunk full of guns/blunt objects, don't count.) But Donal O'Keeffe, a UK-based motion designer at ITN, has done the research for you and put together a series of Zombie Survival Vehicles. Created with Cinema 4D's Physical Renderer, O'Keeffe was inspired by his interest for highly detailed cross-section 3D designs. I wanted to create naratives and characters within the details. I wanted to create a series of renders that people could spend hours looking at, to see something new with every fresh viewing. Each one was rendered and created for large format printing. Plus I felt the concept of protection from the outside world and our attempt to cling onto some form of reality was fascinating. These themes lead me to the zombie survival vehicles. Match this with me being a huge Oscar Romero fan and you can the see where the concept spawned. The tiny contents inside the vehicles were modeled and textured by the designer, aside from a few of the more complex items (i.e. guns), which he purchased. Most of the actual cars were also modeled by O'Keeffe.(more...)
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Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Contractor: Myhlenberg – Søren Vangsted Vest A/S Engineer: MOE A/S Area: 11,500 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Adam Mørk From the architect. The central locat...
Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Contractor: Myhlenberg – Søren Vangsted Vest A/S Engineer: MOE A/S Area: 11,500 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Adam Mørk From the architect. The central location in Buddinge was ideal for a corporate headquarters, and schmidt hammer lassen architects has worked closely together with MOE during development of the project. ”For MOE, it was important that the spirit of the building supported their corporate brand. Already from the first sketches, they talked about dynamics and synergy. From there, came the idea of a long spiral staircase all the way up through the building levels, so the building in itself encourages movement,” states Kristian Lars Ahlmark, partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. Instead of designing a classic atrium building, schmidt hammer lassen architects proposed a Yin Yang shape, where two building volumes are staggered and at the same time interlocked. The idea of the building as an atrium with an active staircase was taken to the extreme. The building itself became one long staircase where the working areas are placed on what look like oversized landings. “The result is an office building with displaced levels linked by two staircases, where you use the staircase to move from one floor to the next without landings. Instead of having four to five levels we end up having nine levels but with a leap of half a storey at a time,” Kristian Ahlmark explains. The office building is pre-certified as DGNB silver and meets the requirements of the Danish 2015 energy classification. The energy-optimizing measures in the building include high-insolating windows, heat recovery and 300 square metres of solar cell panel on the roof. The DGNB certification also includes measures regarding accessibility and bicycle parking. Besides the function as an office building, the development also consists of a base in light grey concrete with a shopping area of approximately 4,000 square metres at ground floor level, connecting to parking areas in the two subterranean levels and on the roof. The two-piece office building sits on top of the base with five east-facing and four west-facing floor levels. The facade is clad in a black ceramic brick tile. The dynamic line of the building continues in the interior design and decoration, also designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects. schmidt hammer lassen architects has extensive experience with the design of sustainable buildings. Denmark’s first zero-energy office building was designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects and inaugurated in June 2013. In September, schmidt hammer lassen architects, as part of a multidisciplinary team, was appointed winner of the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway with a proposal for a refurbishment and extension of a 79,000-square-metre high-rise office building in Oslo. Furthermore, the practice is currently working on several sustainability projects both in Denmark and internationally. New Landmark in Copenhaguen / schmidt hammer lassen architects originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Oct 2013.send to Twitter | Share on Facebook | What do you think about this?
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The Light Walls House is a project developed by mA-style Architects in the city of Toyokawa, Japan. What’s really interesting is that, despite not having windows, the house is uniformly lit, enhancing the feeling of peacefulness. T...
The Light Walls House is a project developed by mA-style Architects in the city of Toyokawa, Japan. What’s really interesting is that, despite not having windows, the house is uniformly lit, enhancing the feeling of peacefulness. The neat, rectangular-shaped home was designed to take advantage of the natural light, in a less common manner, but hey, we’re in Japan, the land of the almighty extravaganza, where less common things are actually common! “The roof beams narrow the sunlight, and the slightly angled clapboard interior walls with laminated wood reflect and diffuse the light. As a result, soft and uniformly distributed light is created and surrounds the entire space.” It’s fascinating how light encompasses everything, transforming the house into a calm and tranquil living environment. Bathed in light, the interior is barely populated with home décor objects. The simple interior, with wooden finishings, emphasises the power of light and the effect it has on the “public areas”: the hallways, the kitchen and the study area. The private areas (bedrooms and storage spaces) are distributed as boxes, seeking ” balance within the large spatial mass.” Photo credit: Kai Nakamura. You're reading Uniformly Lit Living Environment: The Light Walls House in Japan originally posted on Freshome. The post Uniformly Lit Living Environment: The Light Walls House in Japan appeared first on Freshome.com.
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Beloit College has chosen Studio Gang Architects to convert a century old power-plant into a campus recreation and activity center. The project was born out of an ongoing partnership with Alliant Energy Wisconsin, the local utility compa...
Beloit College has chosen Studio Gang Architects to convert a century old power-plant into a campus recreation and activity center. The project was born out of an ongoing partnership with Alliant Energy Wisconsin, the local utility company that currently holds the space, who has been in talks within the college for over a year. “The Studio Gang team is very excited to partner with Beloit College,” stated Jeanne Gang. “Together we can transform this historic structure into a new hub for wellness, green power, and great architecture. By reflecting Beloit’s core values in the design, values shared by our team, we will create a model that will bring many benefits to the college, city, and region. This is a project that has the potential to inspire other communities around the globe.” A selection committee made up of Beloit trustees, faculty, staff, and students selected Studio Gang from a shortlist of five nationally recognized firms. Christina Klawitter, the committee co-chair and Dean of Students at Beloit, cited their “creativity, talent, vision, care” and “enthusiasm for approaching this project as both collaborator and partner, learner and leader” as the driving reasons behind the decision. “This project should be a model—for connecting college to community, campus to river, and our city’s past to its future while honoring the role Alliant Energy and its employees played in powering our state’s growth over a century,” explained Beloit College President Scott Bierman in a press event. Studio Gang, the Chicago based firm led by Jeanne Gang, has recently gained recognition as one of architecture’s most innovative firms, particularly for their strength in restoring and enhancing natural and urban landscapes; this no doubt aided in their selection for the Beloit project, one that is primarily focused on adaptive reuse. Studio Gang Chosen to Convert Power Plant to Rec Center originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 09 Oct 2013.send to Twitter | Share on Facebook | What do you think about this?
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Beijing studio MAD has revealed new photographs of its hotel shaped like a giant horseshoe at the edge of Taihu Lake in Huzhou, China (+ slideshow). The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort comprises a pair of matching 27-storey towers tha...
Beijing studio MAD has revealed new photographs of its hotel shaped like a giant horseshoe at the edge of Taihu Lake in Huzhou, China (+ slideshow). The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort comprises a pair of matching 27-storey towers that are connected on the upper levels to form a smoothly curving arch across the water. Ma Yansong of MAD designed the building for the Sheraton hotels chain, which was responsible for the interior fit out. A total of 282 guest rooms are contained inside, while additional villas and guest facilities are housed within several accompanying buildings. Some rooms are already available, but the building will officially open in December - read more about the project in our earlier story. See more architecture by MAD » See more hotels » See more architecture in China » Photography is by Xia Zhi. The post Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD - more photos appeared first on Dezeen.
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In January, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei stacked 760 bicycles at the Galleria Continua in Italy. His most recent installation, on display until October 27 in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square, tops his previous one with 3,144 bikes, illuminat...
In January, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei stacked 760 bicycles at the Galleria Continua in Italy. His most recent installation, on display until October 27 in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square, tops his previous one with 3,144 bikes, illuminated by blue and pink lights. A similar exhibit (with the same name, but using 1,200 bikes without the lights) was shown at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in early 2012. The lights reflect the bikes' chrome, giving it an eerie, almost blurry look. Weiwei is known for his social design and this sentiment isn't lost on this project. The sound variation of "Forever Bikes" was created as a labyrinth-like monument to the rapid social change China—and the rest of the world—is constantly experiencing. Never before has a pile of chrome looked so good. The installation was an exhibit at Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which took place on October 5th. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is a one-night contemporary arts and culture festival that features artists from around the world. (more...)
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