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- Via World Architecture News
FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS unveil design for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable housing projects…
” FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS has unveiled its design for a new socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable housing project planned for a growing region in Greater Noida, India. Located 48 km (30 miles) from Delhi in Northern India and near a major regional rail system, Greater Noida will provide 1,700 units of housing (studios to five bedrooms) and 3,700 units of parking for a growing Indian middle-class.
Situated on a 19-hectare (47-acre) site, the Greater Noida Housing Project is developed by Ansal Properties & Infrastructure, a commercial and residential real estate company with offices throughout India. Situated on a 19-hectare (47-acre) site, the Greater Noida Housing Project is developed by Ansal Properties & Infrastructure, a commercial and residential real estate company with offices throughout India. The project is currently in design development with an anticipated completion in 2011. The project’s twenty-two residential buildings are clustered throughout the site with varying heights. The taller structures (from 25 to 45 stories) are located on the northern edge of the site, and the smaller buildings (from 5 to 15 stories) are layered to the south. The varying building heights and lengths create a vibrant, urban rhythm to the site development.
The buildings are an interplay of solid and voids, rectilinear volumes stacked, shifted, and stacked again, with residential units interspersed with cultural and amenity space floating above the rolling site. The architecture is created using a modular system of residential unit types supported by concrete sheer walls and flat slabs. This structural system allows for residential units with column-free living spaces and dual exposures. The shear walls are clad in terra cotta, responding to the color and texture of the environment. Balconies, terraces, outdoor seating, and gardens extend the residential units into the natural environment to encourage social interaction and at the same time reinforce the privacy of the residential units.”
- Via Jetson Green
” ….. Late yesterday, it was announced that the Technische Universität Darmstadt team from Germany took first prize. Congratulations! Word on the street is that this house was consistently swarmed with visitors the entire week. Rightfully so, too. The trademark feature of their home is the oak louvered frames, almost like plantation shutters, that surround the home. They’re built with integrated photovoltaics to provide that extra amount of solar power. Visitors also seemed to love the floor-integrated bed and storage system. With everything “Made in Germany,” the subtle touches and green materials are so compelling, so German-engineered. And as you can see from the images below, this team expects various applications for the home, from vertical loft to outdoor retreat, and everything in between.
Now that they’ve won, the home will be shipped back to campus in Germany to serve as a “power plant” of sorts. Right now, the campus is retrofitting buildings with integrated photovoltaics to feed electricity into the power grid, because there’s a solar feed-in tariff in Germany that provides a guaranteed price for any solar power that is piped into the grid. To finance the installation of the photovoltaics, the university is selling shares to the public and they’ll pay the profits gained from the feed-in tariff to the shareholders. So this home’s going back to start making money for the university! What an interesting world where clean tech is incentivized and rewarded?
- Via Dezeen
” A team of four architectural practices (Modostudio, Adhoc, Barbarela and Bestbefore) have won an international competition to design the Ciudad del Medio Ambiente - or Environment City - in Santomera in the Spanish province of Murcia.
The project will be built in a former quarry and will feature buildings addressing ecological issues. Modostudio are based in Italy while the other three practices are Spanish.
Foster + Partners have won an international competition to design a highly sustainable mixed use scheme for Beach Road in Singapore..
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” Foster + Partners have won an international competition to design a highly sustainable mixed use scheme for Beach Road in Singapore. Occupying an entire city block between the Marina Center and the Civic District, the scheme will create a 150,000 square meter eco-quarter in downtown Singapore that continues the Singaporean ideal of the ‘city in a garden’ with its lush planting and sky gardens. A generous canopy protects the public realm at ground level, buffering the spaces beneath from the extremes of the tropical climate. Above the canopy rises a vertical city of clustered towers.
The scheme incorporates commercial, residential, retail and two high end hotels, as well as a direct ‘green’ link to an MRT station. Offering a light and comfortable environment, Beach Road will provide an exemplar sustainable quarter for Singapore. The design has the potential to achieve the Green Mark Platinum Rating.
The canopy is articulated by ribbon-forms that flex above the primary circulation routes and public spaces and dip near the edges - reflecting the changes of use beneath it. The ribbons rise up the exposed east and west elevations of the towers where they form a series of vertical louvres. These filter the sun and provide a framework for the planting which will transform the towers into a series of vertically linked green spaces. The buildings’ forms and slanted facades are oriented to catch the prevailing winds and direct air flow down to cool the ground level spaces.
To lock the project into its context four existing structures are conserved and opened to the city as public buildings. The primary axis of the scheme is a new street which is crossed at key points to encourage circulation through shops and cafés. The scheme will provide a new civic destination for Singapore.
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- Via Dezeen
“ Architect Jean Nouvel has restarted work on The Landmark, a large mixed-use development in central Beirut, Lebanon. The project features a 42-storey tower containing a hotel and apartments a horizontal commercial and leisure block with a raised pedestrian street.”
Nouvel won the project through an international competition in 2004 but the project was later put on hold. Nouvel has now revised his designs.
- Via Dezeen
” Zaha Hadid Architects have formally launched the masterplan for Zorrozaurre, a 60 hectare peninsula in the Nervión river in the former port area of Bilbao, Spain. The architects have been working on the masterplan, which will turn the peninsula into an island with homes and offices, for several years.
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” Zaha Hadid has completed the conceptual masterplan for Zorrozaurre in Bilbao, a 60 hectare area cradled in a long curve of the Nervion River just across from the city’s centre. This former port and industrial area will become home to nearly 15,000 new residents and will provide workshops, labs, studios, and offices for nearly 6,000 working people. Zorrozaurre has been nearly separated from its neighbouring communities by a canal opened to enlarge the port during its heyday, and this canal is destined to be extended for flood-control purposes in future years. This will make Zorrozaurre an island occupying a strategically key position in the future expansion of the city and integration of the region. Zaha Hadid Architects have responded to this challenge by defining a dramatic urban fabric and bold approach to infrastructure and the waterfront that will highlight the great significance of its natural and strategic position.
The plan permits the dramatic character of Zorrozaurre’s surrounding topography and the broad curve of the Nervion to subtly influence Bilbao’s well-defined urban grid. The resulting building alignment generates a finely textured ground sweeping the length of the site, contracting to conform to the small scale of existing fabric and expanding in response to more open spaces. In this way the plan accommodates both historic buildings and major new investment, while linking both to a generous public waterfront. Zorrozaurre’s future skyline presents a jagged profile with fine gaps, reminiscent of densely built waterfronts around the world. Zorrozaurre will be well integrated with its neighbours on both banks of the Nervion by an exciting sequence of bridges. These will allow the river itself to become a meaningful part of the daily life of local communities along the banks. Equally important to the transport system, Bilbao’s existing tram system will be extended the length of Zorrozaurre and beyond, establishing a central spine of activity running through the island and linking the region’s downstream communities to the city’s centre. The plan aims to set the trend for a regionally integrated city, defining new patterns of living and working within the context of a distinctively strong local identity.
At the heart of the plan for Zorrozaurre, an elegant system of building blocks enables the achievement of both skyline and collective ground. These building blocks are like a set of “tiles,” each over 1000 m2, and they allow the ground formation to respond to the curving spine of the river, the street grid, and the shifting orientation of buildings from upstream to downstream. In this way, the tiles give the plan an overall unity while allowing the differentiation of districts and clusters. The platform level of the tiles establishes the critical level of defence against floods while also creating space for underground parking. By linking this critical level to the development of building clusters, the waterside promenade can dip closer to the normal level of the river, allowing the people of Bilbao a closer engagement with the water’s edge. Meanwhile, above the platforms, the buildings are turned perpendicular to the long axes of the river, opening the building fabric so that pathways and views may be enjoyed by all. The rich pattern of public and private spaces we see in the plan can be achieved through the subtle differentiation of levels, promoting an easy balance between the needs of privacy and the pleasures of community life. The overall structure organizing the tiles permits a densely built environment to accompany the fabric’s strong feel of porosity, with future residents and workers all enjoying a rich tapestry of outdoor places. Waterside promenades, parks, the tree-lined central avenue, small squares, and public gardens—all link together to create a textured setting for urban social life.
The plan promotes the development of three loosely-defined districts that effectively integrate with their neighbours across the water, establishing together with them larger and more complex urban areas that will be able to meet the challenges of regional economic change in evidence across Europe. Upstream, Zorrozaurre lends itself to a natural urban intensification. Just across the river from the Bilbao’s 19th century core and conveniently located among centres of learning, medicine, business, and engineering make this area an ideal knowledge-economy district. The built fabric here will be sharper and tighter than in the two downstream districts, integrating the existing historic waterfront into a compelling fabric of offices and residential buildings. Courtyards and public passages create a porous and intricate environment linking old and new. The middle district mirrors the openness of Sarriko Park across the canal, drawing upon the strength of the landscape to establish a strong coherence among historic buildings of very different character. There is an enticingly grand scale to be preserved in the more interesting industrial buildings, with these potentially providing workshops, studios, and classrooms for the further development of local arts-based industries. Meanwhile, the small-scale existing neighbourhood that gathers close around the local church retains its intimacy amongst the trees of an adjoining park where a small amphitheatre provides a venue for outdoor performances. The district offers itself as a centre for arts, sports, and environmental science, connecting via a “green bridge” to the university and Sarriko Park. The openness of the site creates an opportunity for the development of sports facilities with a wider regional appeal, while the waterside park establishes an important local amenity for surrounding communities. Downstream, Zorrozaurre will establish a concentrated urban node within the long-term regional development of the Ria, with a set of new bridges creating an essential urban link between across the banks of the Nervion. The district is defined by its close integration with the water, with local docks to moor small private boats, ponds, boardwalks, and waterside bars to encourage a relaxed leisure culture along the canal. Together, the districts, the ground formation generated by the tiles, and the skyline present an overall picture of a differentiated unity.”
Below are the early studies:
PROGRAM: Refurbishment and construction of housing, new industries, tertiary uses, urban and recreational spaces and new connections linking the peninsula, city and surrounding areas.
CLIENT: Management Committee for the urban development of the peninsula of Zorrozaurre, Bilbao [Spain]
ARCHITECT: Design Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Competition and Phase A
Project Architect / Project Manager Gunther Koppelhuber / Kim Thornton
Project Architect / Project Manager Manuela Gatto
Local Firm Arkitektura Eta Hirigintza Bulegoa S.A. [Spain]
Engineer Ove Arup & Partners [UK]
Traffic Engineer Leber Planificación e Ingenieria S.A. [Spain]
Landscape Architect Gross Max [UK]
Urban Strategy Larry Barth [UK]
SIZE/AREA: 60 hectare
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