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February 7, 2011

Copenhagen Harbor Housing Project | tegnestuen vandkunsten

Project Details:

teglværkshavnen – housing
client: SAB v. KAB bygge- og boligadministration and finansgruppen nordic a/s
architects: tegnestuen vandkunsten
landscape: tegnestuen vandkunsten
projekt team: jan albrechtsen, pernille schyum poulsen, flemming ibsen, ole halfdan andersen, thomas nybo rasmussen, jørn hovind, knud kappel, bjarne lade, marie granholm, jens kristian seier
engineer: lemming og eriksson a/s
contractor: KPC-byg a/s copenhagen
120 apartments
address: peter holms vej 9-27, 2450 copenhagen SV, denmark
photos: tegnestuen vandkunsten – seier+seier+seier
The following text are courtesy tegnestuen vandkunsten
“The project consists of 120 flats, half of them social housing and half of them private, and a communal house placed out in the copenhagen harbor. the context is characterized by large scale structures and a windblown openness, into which the project introduces a smaller scale and ordered spaces.

it is result of a 2003 competition which had an unusual brief, partly in the 50/50 social housing-private ownership mix but not least in the fact that the copenhagen harbor authorities had donated an area of water for the competition as they wanted a model project to boost development of this part of the harbor.”

“the idea was that the money saved from not having to buy land could instead pay for a large landfill that would accommodate buildings and cars. our proposal was to forget the landfill and to build an artificial island in the form of a one-story parking house to get rid of the cars that plague the spaces between our houses and to get closer to the water.

the sea-view has become an obsession in real estate but maybe looking at the sea is the least interesting and certainly the most passive way to enjoy living near water. our claim was that the spaces between our houses and the wooden decks around the parking island would encourage swimming, fishing, kayaking – and the great thing was that when the first residents moved in this spring, we saw people fishing from their balconies, swimming, even partying on a floating platform…

building on the water was a challenge, but once the island was established, the plan helped organize things: the floor of the parking house was dimensioned for a single, large tower crane on tracks and the houses were built one by one as the crane moved from one end of the island to the other.”

“the buildings are quite narrow and all flats receive daylight from two or three sides. windows span from floor to ceiling and are for the most part placed next to partition walls to reflect the at times limited nordic light into the rooms – and to make the most of the light reflected off the water.

the general structure is prefabricated concrete, but because of the difficult site elements like balconies, stairs and fully fitted bathrooms were also prefabricated and simply lifted into place.

insulation is to high scandinavian standards. a careful balance between solar gain from windows from autumn to winter and shading to counter overheating during spring and summer was achieved with the articulation of the south facade and calculated by the engineers.”




February 7, 2011

Arizona State University | Ehrlich Architects

Project Details:
Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Design Architect: Ehrlich Architects, Culver City, California –
Executive Architect: HDR, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Design-Builder: Sundt Construction, Inc.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Site area: 289,488 sf
Building area: 223,000 gross square feet
Stories: 6
Completed date: August 2008
Structure:Cast-in-place concrete/post-tensioned concrete; structural steel framing; and masonry
Finish(exterior&interior): The exterior is clad with glass, masonry and multi-colored metal panels – the pattern of the panels is inspired by U.S. broadcast frequency spectrum allocations.
Interior: Burnished concrete block walls (using local concrete), ground and polished concrete floors and warm wood ceilings further express the forthright and direct nature of news delivery, while the color palette takes inspiration from natural Arizona environments.
Photographer: Bill Timmerman

Located in downtown Phoenix, the new six-story, 225,000 sq. ft., 110-foot tall building has become an integral part of the fabric of ASU’s energizing downtown campus and a harbinger of Phoenix’s redevelopment.

Delivered in a design-build, fast-track method, work began on design in October 2006 and the school opened its doors in August 2008, 22 months later. School schedules and budgets were both met.

Ground floor retail spaces and ample shaded arcades foster outdoor seating and café life. The main entrance to the structure is under a three-story high “front porch” facing the civic space, and includes a large, scrolling, electronic news ticker highlighting the most current headlines. . Immediately adjacent to one of the stops on the newly completed Phoenix Light Rail and numerous bus stops, the Cronkite School allows students, teachers and professionals to arrive by public transportation. Parking capacity on the campus has been deliberately limited to encourage this. The building’s main entry fronts onto ‘Taylor Mall’ – an urban green belt that runs the full length of the downtown campus. This fosters community connectivity that places student housing, the new downtown Phoenix Civic Space, Student Union and Arizona Center Mall all within easy walking distance. In addition, many of the School of Journalism’s functions on upper levels, including the Cronkite News Service, are oriented toward and have open terraces overlooking Central Avenue, allowing the students and faculty to consistently be part of the bustle of downtown.

As truth and honesty are guiding principles to journalism – so are they to the design of the building. The architecture is specifically expressive of function and materiality. The design is based on an economical 30-foot square exposed structural concrete column grid with post-tensioned concrete floor slabs. The exterior is clad with glass, masonry and multi-colored metal panels – the pattern of the panels is inspired by U.S. broadcast frequency spectrum allocations (the Radio Spectrum). The composition is kinetic and dynamic – symbolic of journalism and media’s role in our society. The building’s massing incorporates appropriate sun screens on each of the four facades; their specific architectural treatment reduces the heat loads and is one of many of the LEED Silver building’s sustainable strategies. Burnished concrete block walls, ground and polished concrete floors and warm wood ceilings further express the forthright and direct nature of news delivery.

The Architect explains “We have brought a burst of color and life to an emerging district in downtown Phoenix. The building activates the street and instigates collaboration. The activity and energy inside the building is broadcast to the community and beyond.”

The Cronkite School occupies all of the second and third floors and a portion of the fourth and sixth floors. The airy, multi-tiered First Amendment Forum is the heart of the school. By day, students gather spontaneously between classes, and in the evenings, the grand hall transforms into a public forum where students and industry leaders discuss the most critical issues facing today’s news media. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a theme repeated throughout the building. Floor-to-ceiling versions of the Amendment are found in the lobbies of each floor, and quotes about the importance of the Amendment to journalism encircle and embrace the central forum.

Half of the sixth floor has been custom tailored for the Cronkite News Watch. Both the newsroom and broadcast anchor desks are contained within one massive production space with views overlooking the city and beyond. Flanked by state-of-the-art control rooms and edit bays, Cronkite News Watch is in constant communication with itself and the community it serves. KAET Channel 8 Public TV also transmits live from their state-of-the-art studios on the sixth floor. This top floor location allows for long spans and high ceilings, required for the studios, and is constructed of a prefabricated lightweight steel structure. Satellite dishes from transmission are housed on the roof; they are specifically not screened and directly express the building’s function as one of communication.


February 7, 2011

Grenelle Tower | Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Grenelle Tower Courtesy of Atelier Zündel & Cristea

Atelier Zündel & Cristea architects shared with us their Grenelle Tower in  , which has been commended by the Mipim AR FUTURE awards. At a time when  is reviewing its ambitions of ‘greatness’, the richness of the city’s diversity is transposed vertically into towers of shifting density.

Within a country where speed is not necessarily a condition of efficiency, and where “quality of life” is elevated to “the art of living”, a purely geographic and territorial expansion based upon the American model is unfeasible.

At the outset, we imagined the tower from an initial volume, which we considered a “spatial texture”, consisting of slabs stacked vertically to a height of 200 meters. Within this solid and uniform texture, we applied a dynamic formation process utilizing an empty tube of manifold geometry. In motion, this cavity becomes a generator of space, a dynamic, fluctuating, and evolving construct. Its topology will help us delineate such properties as proximity, contiguity, continuity.

More concretely, we are able to liken the tower to the diversity of the city: the uniform fabric of Parisian homes, the rapid transportation network, the squares, the parks, the avenues, the public meeting places of Parisians known and renowned.

Architects: Atelier Zündel & Cristea
Consultants: BET CHOULET
Construction cost: 300 M€ (ex VAT)
Gross area: 168 000 m²
Mission: Conception
Project: Multiactivities skyscraper

February 7, 2011

Cluster Complex for Dubai | Denton Corker Marshall

A landmark 75 storey commercial tower and mixed use complex.

Denton Corker Marshall’s design for a commercial tower/mixed use complex in Dubai has won the Tall Buildings category in the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards.

Project Details:
Location: Dubai – UAE
Architects: Denton Corker Marshall –
Office Tower: 75 Levels – 111,500 m2
Apartment Tower: 21 Levels – 18,000 m2
Hotel Tower: 27 Levels – 30,000 m2
Podium – Serviced Offices & Retail : 5 Levels – 54,500 m2
Gross Floor Area: 214,500 m2

A Striking Vertical Street:
Rising impressively from a podium, the Office Tower is the complex’s core element. Comprised of four shafts, each is a series of individual office buildings clustered vertically along a dramatic 255m atrium.

The clusters are divided into typical 11-level modules by four sky lobbies regularly punctuating each shaft. The larger clusters are broken down to smaller 5- and 6-level blocks, creating two cluster sizes of 10,000m2 and 5,000m2. The shafts connect to form two offices per floor plate, with a typical range of 1,800-2,200m2.

Below the imposing Office Tower sit smaller blocks of Hotel and Apartment towers. Residents – globally mobile and largely expatriate creative knowledge workers – are close to work and recreation, with easy transition from one to the other, and back again.

Singularly Seamless:
In Dubai’s extreme and challenging climate buildings are commonly designed to exclude the harsh elements, eliminating any connection between buildings and their surrounds. The structures of the Cluster Complex look outward as well as inward, and are fully merged with generous landscaping which integrates the building program, public spaces, common areas and circulation patterns.

A continuous mesh canopy envelopes the podium, and grounds the towers in a tapestry of green. A sculptural form evoking a sand dune or tent, the canopy’s variable profile creates a wide variety of spaces beneath it. The perforated metal, as both podium screen and building façade, performs well in the harsh environment, setting it apart from other high rise projects in Dubai.

Social Vitality:
The vitality and spontaneity of Middle Eastern culture are captured in the rich program of spaces and buildings. Like a bazaar, intense narrow streets of activity are punctuated with courtyards and frequent glimpses of the lush green zones for relaxation and reflection. The effect is very different from the over-conditioned and over-lit enclosed experience of a typical mall.

Public space is fundamental to the concept, from the integration of landscape through to the use of atria and multi-level lobbies encouraging vital horizontal connections. These interstitial spaces extend through the entire complex, promoting discourse and interaction – the social vitality to turn it from a project into a community.

The podium’s fourth level is a lively street scene – a teeming blend of cafes, bistros, performance spaces, art galleries and retail outlets connecting the main Hotel and Apartment foyers with the Office Tower, conference and leisure facilities.







February 7, 2011

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center | RTKL

Washington, DC

As the seat of the nation’s legislative branch, the U.S. Capitol is one of the most recognizable and visited historic buildings in the world. RTKL was commissioned to design a 580,000 SF multi-function facility, the largest single building effort constructed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. While officially called the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, it encompasses not only visitor screening and orientation functions, but also several other components critical for the operations of the U.S. Capitol. With knowledge garnered from a dozen years of work with the Architect of the Capitol, RTKL designed a facility that enhances visitor reception experience and education, strengthens building security and the U.S. Capitol’s functionality while preserving an atmosphere of free public access for the more than three million visitors who tour the U.S. Capitol annually.

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Building Information

Project: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Location: Washington, DC
Services: Architecture, Structural Engineering, Telecommunications, MEP Engineering, interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Environmental Graphic Design, Audio-Visual, Security Design

photographs © Whitcomb & Maxwell MacKenzie

February 7, 2011

The Sail @ Marina | NBBJ

April 5th, 2010David K

The Sail @ Marina Bay by NBBJ is the mixed-use building comprising apartment units, several restaurants, health clubs, recreation decks with pools and tennis courts, and parking. As the 10th largest residential high-rise in the world, and the largest high-rise in Singapore, the Sail @ Marina Bay has become Singapore’s newest city icon. It carves out the leading edge of Singapore’s emerging new skyline.

The development is the first project in the area to introduce residential units and is designed to advance Singapore’s leadership in Asia as a city that offers the ultimate in “Live Work Play.” The Sail has achieved Singapore’s Gold standard of sustainability and its iconic sculptured towers, paired with its many amenities, is transforming Marina Bay into a geographical hotspot for culture, entertainment, and business in Singapore.

Project description courtesy of NBBJ

The Sail @ Marina Bay
The Creation of a Sustainable City for Living, Working, and Playing
Marina Bay, Singapore

The design of the award-winning Sail @ Marina Bay derives inspiration from Singapore’s port environment—the air, wind and water—and its diverse international population. Viewed from across the bay, the 63- and 70-story glass-clad towers rise from a sculpted base to resemble wind-blown sails. At 245 meters tall, the Sail @ Marina Bay prominently carves out the leading edge of Singapore’s emerging new skyline.

Designed to advance Singapore’s leadership as a global “Live Work Play” destination, the Sail @ Marina Bay features 1,111 residences—the first Marina Bay project to introduce residential units—restaurants, health clubs, recreation decks with pools and tennis courts and car-park facilities.

To create a true 24/7 lifestyle environment in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD), and to help reduce traffic, congestion and smog, the Sail @ Marina Bay is designed to directly access the MRT and park amenities along the waterfront. Retail, dining and work environments are all within an easy walk.

Careful site orientation provides 65 percent of the apartments with panoramic vistas of Marina Bay and the CBD’s cultural, entertainment and retail areas. Six-star penthouses offer breathtaking views of the sea and islands beyond. This thoughtful planning has yielded great success for the project: Tower One units sold out in two weeks; Tower Two in two days; with sale prices setting new records for the Southeast Asia residential market.

The design sets new safety and sustainability standards for all of Marina Bay. The innovative yet economical structural solution couples a shear-wall and foundation system—a first for the Singapore—to withstand seismic criteria, resulting in one of the safest buildings in the country. The exterior facade uses insulated low-E glass to reduce solar heat gain and lower air-conditioning demands—another first for Singapore residential towers—while taking full advantage of spectacular views with floor-to-ceiling glass in many units.

The building is BCA Green Mark Gold Certified (Singapore’s sustainable building criteria), integrating features such as a seven-story car park greenwall along a new pedestrian linkage connecting Raffles Quay to a proposed central park; improving the residents’ overall air-quality and living experience and creating a new public space for the City.

The Sail has been deemed Singapore’s newest city icon and it is fast becoming a top destination within the rich and diverse fabric of Singapore, helping transform Marina Bay into a geographical hotspot for culture, entertainment and business.

Sustainable Highlights:

  • The site is 50% water and 50% city with direct access to public transit, the bay, retail and dining—creating a live/work/play environment that helps reduce traffic, congestion and smog
  • A seven-story greenwall, which is currently growing in, will provide foliage to the pedestrian thoroughfare, improving the overall air quality and living experience for the residents
  • Energy saving techniques include low-energy light fixtures, motion sensor lighting and energy-efficient air conditioners in every unit
  • A healthy environment is achieved through extensive vegetation and landscaping that adds oxygen to the air and helps filter pollutants, the use of low formaldehyde emitting materials and chemical-free landscape maintenance
  • Water saving techniques include dual flush toilets and low-flow water fixtures
  • High-performance insulated low-E glass—the first use in Singapore—is used for the glass curtain wall to enhance energy efficiency and maximize visibility
  • Detailed energy modeling was used to tune the performance criteria for the glass—yielding stellar visibility and low reflectance, which reduces heat gain and saves energy
  • Recycled materials such as metal, rubber and wood are used throughout in the fabrication of walls, doors and the playground equipment
  • All residential units have operable windows and extensive access to natural ligh
+ Project credits / data

Project: The Sail @ Marina Bay
Location: Marina Bay, Singapore
Project Team Architect: NBBJ
NBBJ Co-Design Principals: Peter Pran and Timothy Johnson
NBBJ Managing Principal: Scott Hunter
Owner: City Developments Limited (CDL), American International Group (AIG)
Completion: September 2008
Total surface area: 118,182 SM (1.2 million SF)
Residential Units: 1,111

+ About NBBJ

For more than 60 years, NBBJ, a leading global architecture and design firm, has helped companies and organizations create innovative places. NBBJ’s culture and design methods have attracted the attention of Fortune 500 companies, leading public and civic organizations worldwide and US News & World Report top hospitals. The firm is dedicated to actively pursuing sustainable solutions that contribute to a more livable world and they are one of 12 international design firms who have signed on to the progressive goals of the 2030 Challenge—a world-wide initiative calling for carbon neutrality in all new buildings by 2030.NBBJ has nine offices globally, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York, London, Dubai, Beijing and Shanghai.

+ All images and drawings courtesy of NBBJ | Photo by Tim Griffith + Sean Airhart of NBBJ





February 7, 2011

Akerselva Atrium | Peter Pran + Jonathan Ward of NBBJ

August 1st, 2009David K

Peter Pran & Jonathan Ward of NBBJ recently has completed the Akerselva Atrium mixed-used building located along the Akerselva/Aker River in Oslo, Norway. The project composed of two distinct architectural forms split by the central lift core with a dramatic striking color glass atrium, where the entrance of the project is defined.

One part of the facade toward the river is in all glass, with a leaning out toward the river with its massing, giving panoramic views for the people working in the building – one feels suspended in space and feel a senstation of floating over the river.

Peter Pran of NBBJ

+ Project description courtesy of Laura Ray of NBBJ

The NBBJ-designed Akerselva Atrium is a new 17,600 SM mixed-use project in the Akerselvaneighborhood in downtown Oslo—a mere five-minute walk to the city’s opera, central train station and harbor. Surrounded by historical industrial, office and apartment buildings, it is among the first contemporary and innovative designs introduced to the area in recent years.

As a site-specific project, the design anchors to the area’s existing architectural aesthetic, while the use of juxtaposed facades, materials and colors, enlivens the neighborhood with a new modern identity. The design also ties to the riverfront whenever possible:

  • The all-metal curtain wall melds with the area’s predominantly metal and masonry buildings; its white-and-blue punched windows bring a modern interplay of color and shape.
  • The west-facing all high-performance glass facade tilts 90 degrees to seemingly float above the river, providing staff with not only a panoramic views but a unique sensation of suspension above water.
  • The inward-leaning atrium serves as the project’s primary entrance and is clearly marked by a dramatic 10-story leaning atrium comprised entirely of orange glass.
  • The atrium defines a diagonal circulation path through the project, splitting it in two.
  • At street level, a wide staircase offers the area’s only public access point to the riverside.

The top floors are occupied by NHST, the primary tenant and owner of Dagens Næringsliv, one of Norway’s top newspapers. The lower floors are occupied by Oslo Kommune/Oslo County and Eiendoms-og Byfornyelsesetaten/Property and City Renewal Department.

Project credits / data

Project: Akerselva Atrium
Location: Downtown Oslo, Norway
Owner: Vital
Architect: NBBJ (London office) and Bambus Architects + Pran Architects (now Poulsson/Pran Architects)
Design principle in charge: Peter Pran, Jonathan Ward
Project designer and manager in charge: Martin Reeves
Interiors: Zinc Interiors
Developer: NCC Property Development
NCC Administrative directors: Adm. Dir.s Mona Ingebrigtsen, Stein Haugbro, Rolf Thorsen
Contractor: NCC Construction

+ All images and drawings courtesy of NBBJ | Photographers Jiri Havran, Erling Magnus Hjerman, Peter Pran
About NBBJ

NBBJ is one of the largest architecture, design and planning practices in the world, with offices in the United Kingdom, North America, the Middle East and China. The firm is a world leader in the design of progressive corporate and commercial buildings for leading companies such as Microsoft, Telenor, Boeing, Reebok, Starbucks and Novartis.

NBBJ’s client roster also includes world-renowned academic, research, healthcare and civic organizations such as the Wellcome Trust and Stanford University. Together, NBBJ’s employees and clients have designed communities, buildings, products, environments and digital experiences across the globe that enhance people’s lives, improve businesses’ bottom lines and contribute to a more sustainable and livable world.

Project credits / data

Project: Akerselva Atrium
Location: Downtown Oslo, Norway

NBBJ (Design Architect)

Peter Pran, Design Principal in charge
Jonathan Ward, Principal,
Martin Reeves, Project Designer and Manager in charge
Stuart Rudd, Technical Coordinator
Phu Duong, Associate and Project Designer
Cliff Green, Architect
Nick Worth, Assistant Architect
Ivan Equihua, Project Designer
Rachel Lin, Designer

Pran Arkitekter, Architects, Oslo

Odd Sigvart Pran, Principal in charge
Elizabeth Pran, Principal

Poulsson/Pran Architects, Oslo (formerly Bambus)

Marcus Pran, Principal in charge
Andreas Poulsson, Principal
Jonas Sobstad, Senior Architect
Inger Anita Reigstad, Interior Architect
Jurg Frei, Senior Architect for Bambus (now Poulsson/Pran)
Erling Magnus Hjerman, Senior Architect

Interior Architects:

Zinc (design for NHST/DN for Akerselva Atrium; floors 4 to 10, lobby, 1st fl+Cafetria)
Elisabeth Tromborg, Interior Architect MNIL in charge
Camilla Songe-Moller, Interior Architect MNIL

Mellbye Architects/Interiors
For EBY at 2 to 4 fl


NCC Property Development, Oslo
Mona Ingebrigtsen, Adm. Dir.
Stein Haugbro, Adm. Dir.
Thomas Tenden, Director
Rolf Thorsen, Adm. Dir.

Construction: NCC Construction

Owner: Vital Company

Main Tenants:

NHST with Dagens Næringsliv (one of the main newspapers in Norway)
Eiendoms- and Byfornyelsesetaten (Property and City Renewal Department)

Advisors/Technical advisors:

Opak – RIB, RIG, RIBR:
Rambøll – Ria: BS Akustikk

Technical coordinator:

Projectibg service: VVS:
Hjeltness Consult- Registering neigbotbuildings: Multiconsult – RIE: Norconsult

Other consultants:

Measuring of sites: Asker Oppmåling
Remove structures and digging: Dokken
Spunt and pilots work: Kynningsrud
Form work: Dokka
Deck casting: Euro Gulv
Finished concrete: Norbetong
Prefab walls: Con-Form Oslo
Steel constructions: Skar Industriservice
Steel and metal work: Rosmek
Coverage/technical rooms: Nordisk

Steel and metalwork, baldakin: Odd aronsen Mechaniv caø Industri
Tekking: Hesselberg Roof
Brick/wall and pussverk: Fjeeldheim & Knudsen
Tile work: BBM in Norway
Metal ceiling outdoors: Moelven Nordia
Aluminum and glass facades: Clima SRL, Italy
Carusell door: Boon Edam
Facade Washing System; NorAcon Kitchen: HTH
Internal system walls+ ceilings: Modulvegger Oslo
Tapestry: Ragnar Anderson
Parkett: ABS Parkettgruppen
Painting work: Dema. Painting technique
Core DRiling and concrete sawing: Mirmax Asphalt & Concrete
Fire sealing: Thermax
Pipe installation: CM athiesen & Co.
Ventilations: Bjerke Ventliasjon
Electro: YIT Building System
Out-of-house work: Løvold
Deliverance of wood:Ø Løvold
Building materials: MV Høvelllas
Sauna: Tylø

+ All images and drawings courtesy of NBBJ | Photo by Jiri Havran + Tim Griffith + Scott Wyatt