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Best of 2012: Most Viewed Projects

Architecture best of 2012

According to Google Analytics the most viewed articles in 2012 were the following:

ONG&ONG | M Hotel Business Centre

ONGThe new M Hotel Business Centre is sleek and sophisticated. Clean lines, polished surfaces and clever use of lighting is used to enhance the bold feel of the open space. Plush black leather furnishing complements the punches of warm yellow highlights. The reception area provides a space for casual discussions and informal meetings. A clever separation is provided between the main reception and individual personal computer spaces within the open-plan. Private meeting rooms equipped with proper business facilities are also incorporated into the space planning with interiors kept simple and professional. With the use of glass partitions, rooms feel open and spacious, while still providing subtle separation for privacy. [Read more]

Buensalido Architects | Smiles By Dr. Cecile Dental Clinic Buensalido ArchitectsSmiles By Dr Cecile was an existing dental clinic that was going through a re-branding as they wanted to give it a ‘re-birth’ as a premiere and first aesthetic dental clinic in the Philippines. Typical dental clinic designs would be conservative, ubiquitous, and very clinical. It thus called for a design that is to be the complete opposite of these typical clinic design traits – avantgarde, modern, unique and fresh, and vogue-ish. [Read more]

Zaha Hadid Architects | London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics  

Zaha LondonThe architectural concept of the London Aquatic Centre is inspired by the fluid geometries of water in motion, creating spaces and a surrounding environment that reflect the riverside landscapes of the Olympic Park. An undulating roof sweeps up from the ground as a wave – enclosing the pools of the Centre with a unifying gesture of fluidity, while also describing the volume of the swimming and diving pools. The Aquatics Centre is designed with an inherent flexibility to accommodate 17,500 spectators for the London 2012 Games in ‘Olympic’ mode while also providing the optimum spectator capacity of 2000 for use in ‘Legacy’ mode after the Games. [Read more]

Steven Holl Architects | Vanke Center Steven HallThe Vanke Center will be the first, highest rated USGBC, LEED Platinum Certified Project in China. Steven Holl Architects announces the winning design for the Vanke Center, a progressive new sustainable mixed-use complex in Shenzhen, China on the South China Sea. The firm was selected from a small list of invited firms including MVRDV (The Netherlands) and HAE (China). Vanke Center, set to break ground in April 2007, is located on a 60,000 sq meter site on the Chinese coast. The building, a floating horizontal skyscraper, will contain a conference center, hotel, serviced apartments and offices. [Read more]

BIG | National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan

BIG LibraryThe Architecture of the National Library fuses 4 universal archetypes into one new national monument : The circle, the rotunda, the arch and the yurt are merged in the form of a Möbius strip. The clarity of the circle, the courtyard of the rotunda, the gateway of the arch and the soft silhouette of the yurt are combined to create a new national monument appearing local and universal, contemporary and timeless, unique and archetypal at the same time. [Read more]

 BIG | Tallinn Town Hall – The public village

BIG TallinPublic Village 2.0: This is our improved proposal for the new civic center of Tallinn incorporating the comments and criticisms of the jury. Like the old proverb:”success has many fathers”, architecture is the synthesis of a lot of different demands and challenges. The role of the architect is to incorporate and curate all these conditions (and contradictions) in to a coherent whole. Therefore it is ironic that we architects often find ourselves isolated at the essential moment of conception from the crucial dialogue with the clients, the neighbours, the city etc. due to the format of the architectural competition’s demand for anonymity. We therefore see this second phase as the first step of many in our collaboration with the citizens of Tallinn to formulate a desirable vision for this (in all meanings of the word) central node of the city. [Read more]

 Zaha Hadid Architects | Vitra Fire Station

ZAha VitraWe initiated our design with a study of the overall factory site. Our intention was to place the elements of our commission in such a way that they would not be lost between the enormous factory sheds. We also used these elements to structure the whole site, giving identity and rhythm to the main street running through the complex. This street – which stretches from the chair museum to the other end of the factory site, where the fire station is now located, was envisaged as a linear landscaped zone, almost as if it were the artificial extension of the linear patterns of the adjacent agricultural fields and vineyards. Thus, rather than designing the building as an isolated object, it was developed as the outer edge of the landscaped zone: defining space rather than occupying space. This was achieved by stretching the program into a long, narrow building alongside the street which marks the edge of the factory site, and which also functions as a screening device against the bordering buildings. [Read more]

Atelier Christian de Portzamparc | Quartier Massena

Commande _02 : MassŽna nord et lՔlot ouvertA new district located between the « rue de Tolbiac » and the « rue Watt », on the south bank of the Seine river, in Paris, France. [Read more]

 OFIS arhitekti | Honeycomb Apartments

OFIS arhitektiThe project is a winning entry for two housing blocks in a competition convoked by the Slovenia Housing Fund, a government-run program that is providing low-cost apartments for young families. The proposal won for economic, rational and functional issues but mostly for the ratio between gross vs. saleable surface area and the flexibility of the plans. When signing the contract we were obliged to prepare construction documentation for the building cost 600€ per m2 of net surface area. [Read more]

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas | Milan Trade Fair

Massimiliano and Doriana FuksasNew Milan Trade Fair is a great architectural project for the territory. Its dimension renders it one of the major complex nowadays on building in Europe. It is part of the recovery of wide urban spaces, of the territory which goes beyond the borders of the city itself. Areas which aspire to become “geography”, landscape. The abandoned areas and suburbs call for important interventions. The critical mass of the intervention, more than 2 millions squared meters and more than half million of construction, are the starting point. I thought about a unitary complex, of simple geometry. The project of the New Milan Trade Fair is characterized by the great central axis: the great transparent coverage modifies spaces and represents the continuity of the vision. The service center, the offices, the convention area, are the fulcrum of the entire system: transition from honour “entrance” to central axis. [Read more]

BIG | Danish Maritime Museum

BIG DanishHow does one breathe new life into an abandoned dry dock? While researching the placement of the Maritime Museum, we discovered the abandoned yet cavernous 150m long, 25m wide, and 9m deep concrete dry dock and knew straightaway that we had found the ideal location for our proposal. In order to build the Maritime Museum in the old dry dock it had to be reinforced in order not to cave in. [Read more]

Tabanlıoğlu Architects | Sipopo Congress Center

Tabanlıoğlu ArchitectsRepublic of Equatorial Guinea is located in the west coast of Middle Africa, including several small offshore islands and an insular region containing Annobon and Bioko islands. Malabo is the capital and the second largest city of Equatorial Guinea, located on the northern coast of Bioko Island. The SIPOPO Congress Center building site is situated by the ocean and surrounded by the woods, next to the recently built Meeting Hall. [Read more]

Zaha Hadid Architects | The Circle at Zurich Airport

Zaha ZurichThe fluid shapes of the building respond to two conditions. There is the compact and continuous adjacency to the airport on one side and a convex and eroded condition on the other side in order to maximise the perimeter, to embrace nature and to take maximum advantage of views. The building’s “interior urbanism” encourages interaction amongst different programmatic modules and sharing of facilities open to the public, whilst maintaining a practical vertical stacking for each module, aimed at rationalizing services and circulation. [Read more]

Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos | House in Estoril

Frederico ValsassinaIncluded in Estoril’s residential neighborhood, in a low density urban area, the House stands discreetly in a plot where the green predominates. Natural and artificial live here together as a mutual extension of each other, accomplices in establishing a spatiality which is intended to be active in the characterization of its surroundings.Included in Estoril’s residential neighborhood, in a low density urban area, the House stands discreetly in a plot where the green predominates. Natural and artificial live here together as a mutual extension of each other, accomplices in establishing a spatiality which is intended to be active in the characterization of its surroundings. [Read more]

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