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October 10, 2011

OHSU Peter O. Kohler Pavilion | OHSU Peter O. Kohler Pavilion Oregon Health & Science University Portland, Oregon Completion Date: 2006 Square Footage: 335,000 Awards: National Design Award, 2009 AIA American Academy of Architecture for Health Honorable Mention, 2006 Modern Healthcare/AIA Design Award Honor Award, 2006 AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter

OHSU Peter O. Kohler Pavilion
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon
Completion Date: 2006
Square Footage: 335,000

National Design Award, 2009
AIA American Academy of Architecture for Health

Honorable Mention, 2006
Modern Healthcare/AIA Design Award

Honor Award, 2006
AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter

The OHSU campus is located on a hilltop with several ridges and complex topography. It is truly a 3-dimensional campus with the main street of the hospital at the 9th-floor level. With limited land available for the expansion of the hospital, a site was created by relocating a road. The new facility serves as a circulation link between the existing hospital, the existing School of Medicine and research buildings and the aerial tram from the South Waterfront. The Peter O. Kohler Pavilion is a significant building for the campus and is visible from downtown and several bridges across the river.

The facility consists of 11 floors housing 335,000 square feet and contains 26 ICU beds, 60 medical/surgical beds, eight ORs, radiation therapy, the Center for Women’s Health clinic, an imaging center and ancillary support services. In addition, a 456-car parking structure and an elevated roadway are part of the project. A key feature of the building is a terrace-level series of healing and meditative gardens including a healing herbal garden.

This project was done in association with Petersen Kolberg & Associates who were responsible for the tenant improvement in the building.

October 10, 2011

super mega underground church | beck group + gansam

‘super mega underground church’ by beck group + gansam, seoul, south korea

images courtesy of beck group

U.S. based architectural practice beck group and seoul-based firm gansam have collaborated to propose ‘super mega underground
church’, a spiritual facility for the city of seoul, south korea. this urban site must accommodate over 40,000 people every sunday,
the majority of whom arrive by subway. the design called for a 6,500 seat worship sanctuary, offices for the church’s global ministry,
a 300 seat chapel, fellowship / classroom spaces, 250 parking spaces and a public plaza. the design solution features the worship
sanctuary underground, covered only by the public plaza, and sky above.

flanking the worship center on the north and south, the remaining program is projected upwards into two towers that are unified
at three levels with a sky bridge. to give further emphasis on the sky above, the massing of the two towers and sky bridge is extruded
at an angle about the elliptical plaza, and wrapped in clear vision glass to give unobstructed views inside and out.

interior views surrounding sanctuary

interior views of subway connection

interior views of education tower

site plan


aerial view / site section

cutaway plans

circulation diagrams

sunscreen analysis








October 10, 2011

guangzhou south railway station | TFP farrells

‘guangzhou south railway station’ by TFP farrells, guangzhou, china
images courtesy TFP farrells

the recently completed ‘guangzhou south railway station’ located in guangzhou, china designed by london-based
practice TFP farrells has been shortlisted for an award in the transport category of this year’s world architecture festival.
positioned within the pearl river delta region, this addition to china’s growing network of high speed railway transportation
hubs will circulate 300,000 passengers on a daily basis. 28 platforms distributed on the ground level receive the arrival
trains while departures are elevated to the first floor. the building is divided vertically to provide infrastructure for other
modes of movement including taxis, cars, buses and connections to the metropolitan subway positioned underground.

a series of spacious atriums welcome passengers while simultaneously allowing unobstructed views from the raised
concourses through to the waiting hall. the spine of the structure contains a 348 meter long skylight which becomes wider
near the main entrances and slimmer towards the center. the barrel vaulted structural steel diagrid is enclosed with ETFE
air cushions to introduce daylight while minimizing excessive solar gain. reminiscent of the appearance of victorian train stations,
the standing seam roof is angled 45 degrees to evoke the structural arrangement of leaves. the 168 meter clear-spans of the roof’s
hybrid system of structural components results in column free areas with visual connections between escalators and lifts.
the overall masterplan introduces two large vegetated plazas at the opposing points of entry increasing the urban dweller’s
connection with native trees and plants.

ground level entrance

atrium with glazed roof

waiting area with column free spaces

stairs down to platforms


departure platforms

elevated outward view from station of landscaped plaza

perimeter corridor

outdoor corridors beneath roof overhang

aerial view


October 10, 2011

Novancia (ADVANCIA) Business School, Paris | Architecture-Studio

Armand Moisant street, Paris

Following a competition organised by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, the restructuring and extension of Novancia business school, located on Armand Moisant street in Paris, was entrusted to AS.Architecture-Studio. This higher education institution, specialising in entrepreneurship, should accommodate 1500 students in 2011. The building features a property complex including classrooms, offices, 3 amphitheatres, a 260-seat auditorium, a resource centre, a recording studio and food and beverage areas.

The building asserts its modern character, in line with its environment, and emphasizes the historical part built in 1908. In contrast with the latter ’s rough and static bricks, the extension is smooth, dynamic and kinetic. It is characterised by the refined design of glass facades composed of mobile ver tical shutters with couloured printed glass. These shutters act as a protection against sunrays or, on the contrary, let them in.

The facade colour range makes the building sensitive to its environment. I ts characteristics are constantly changing according to light inputs, angles and the positions of sun-breakers. Whereas colour gradation makes the building contextual, it becomes the «context» itself due to the reflection of surrounding elements onto the facade.

The main classrooms and offices are served by open walkways set around a large atrium. The atrium is the main foyer and an open, user-friendly area. I t is also a horizontal and ver tical transfer area connecting the old and the contemporary buildings. When bathed in light inside the atrium, one has the impression of being outside. When protected from bad weather, one really appreciates being indoors.

The business school is designed as a real forum dedicated to students, teachers and entrepreneurs. Permanent dialogue and common work between the client and the design team resulted in a project that fully complies with financial targets and established deadlines.


Several consultation meetings with residents took place during the study phases. The project has also gained the suppor t of local politicians. We sought for chromatic harmony with nearby environment: yellow colour of the 1908 building and red colour of Bourdelle museum. The building plays and interacts with the brightness and colours of its surroundings. The volume composition corresponds to Paris city planning regulations. The morphology of the plot includes twenty-three different sizes. In the prolongation of the 1908 building, the extension follows the Hausmanntype building line. In front of a ledge of the museum, where Bourdelle street narrows, the extension turns towards the core of the plot, generating a curve and a countercurve. The patio thus created expands urban space.


The project is both contemporary and historical – and these notions support each other. AS.Architecture-Studio renovated the initial building in a precise and refined manner. The school asserts its modern character while echoing and reinforcing the initial building. The use of hollow joints enables everybody to make a clear distinction between the initial and the new building; both thus become autonomous within this unitary project. The rear facade of the historical building reveals itself inside the atrium. The opposite facade asserts the aesthetics of the building: history and future – «together» and «simultaneously» – which is already a sign of contemporaneity.


The old building was renovated according to its original treatment (bricks, stylized windows, cornices and mosaics). Original colours were resur faced and restored. We recovered room clearance by pulling out the 1954 extension. The old building was renovated in full compliance with its original design.


A contemporary, precise, joyful and coloured building stands out of the street building alignment. I ts refined design makes it even more dynamic. As a contrast with the static and rough bricks of the historical building, the extension is smooth and kynetic.

Facades gain rhythm thanks to mobile ver tical shutters made of coloured printed glass. They control light input (either protecting from sunlight or letting it in). These revolving shutters are grouped together and electrically-driven. The building thus comes alive, as shutters open, close and revolve. Shutters seem closed when seen from afar and transparent when seen from nearby. The colour range also changes, as it adapts to the brightness and position of the sun. According to sunray position throughout the year, the facade colours will vary from pastel to fluorescent. When people stroll nearby, the landscape reflected by the shutters vibrates and becomes pixelated.

According to a mathematical formula, colours vary within a gradation going from red to yellow and from yellow to red. Gradations accelerate and decelerate. Seven colours, three patterns, on both sides, and seven different heights result in eight hundred seventy-three references and four thousand one hundred and two implemented items. Shutters are the result of a long endeavour of graphic research, reinterpreting the sunbreaker theme.

This contemporary building, with a simple and unique design, turns in the schoolyard and wraps the historical building on the nor thern side. The opening onto Antoine Bourdelle street enables us to treate the rear facade as precisely as the front one. The integration work on the facade was achieved through constant collaboration with a national heritage architect.

The atrium represents the hear t of the building itself. Open walkways serve the main classrooms and offices, the auditorium, the amphitheatres and the cafeteria.

The central foyer helps visitors find their way and makes the functioning of the building dynamic. It is a horizontal and ver tical transfer area for all:
– a horizontal area, at street level and through walkways located at various levels,
– a vertical area, through elevators and stairways that serve all the levels of both the old and new building. A monumental staircase generates a counterpoint in this longitudinal area.

Zenithal light changes the characteristics of this area throughout the day. Diurnal cycles animate social life and encounters.

When inside the atrium, one can easily imagine the geometry of the entire building. The curved lines in the patio differ from the front facade geometry. The auditorium is wrapped in a wooden shell and topped by a meeting platform, like a piazza. The facades of the 1908 building separate the atrium from classrooms and offices. They are a metaphor of the city inside the building. This majestic and welcoming atrium is planted with bamboos.

Dominated by the white colour, the atrium brings together the bricks of the old building, the colours of the glass facade, wood and vegetal textures, as well as the movements of people who meet inside the building.

The atrium establishes a physical and visual link with the ground floor and the planted patio, where the information directory and food and beverage areas are located.

Novancia Business School Paris – Building Information

Financing: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris,
Ile-de-France Region
Client: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris,
Real Estate Department
Architect: Architecture-Studio
Engineering: Arcoba
Quality surveyor: Eco-Cités
Acoustics: AVA
Assignment: public contract + diagnosis + accessibility
Total area: 22,360 sqm (including car parks)
Budget: Euro 34 M before tax (market value)
Competition: 2006, winner
Studies: from 2006 onwards
Completion: 2011

Novancia Business School formerly titled Advancia Business School

Novancia Business School images / information from Architecture-Studio Architectes


October 10, 2011

Nanjing Tower Block | gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Masterplan for ten new towers planned for Nanjing inspired by windmill sails

Following their success in winning first prize in an international competition, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to realize a tower block complex of ten buildings in Nanjing. The design by gmp is for a financial enterprise centre on a site of about 80,000 sq m in this large eastern Chinese metropolis. The above ground gross floor space of the 120m to 200m high tower blocks will be about 500,000 sq m.

A 14m wide river crosses the site to the north of the future financial centre; a 28m wide green belt runs through the development, which is served by an underground railway line. The design idea is based on the following features: the outer edges of the site are bounded by the buildings, providing generous space for green areas and footpaths in the clearly defined central area. The architects have arranged the tower blocks on the site in a windmill sail pattern arranged in a clockwise direction, creating an outer ring of seven 120m to 200m high, and an inner ring of three 130m to 150m high buildings.

The facade concept plays an important role in terms of the sustainability of the design, as it helps to conserve energy and to ensure the well-being of users: the facades of the outer buildings rely on the natural shading from vertical shading fins which are arranged in such a way that they prevent solar heat gain from the low sun positions in the east and west. Large window elements between the shading fins let in daylight from the north and south.

The three inner tower blocks use the principle of double-skin facades with counter sash windows featuring individually controllable solar screening which is protected from the weather and avoids the need of darkened solar protection glazing. This means that the offices do not require artificial lighting during the day, which conserves energy and protects the environment. The colour scheme of the facades is reminiscent of the Nanjing city wall. The dominant scheme is based on the different colour shades of burnt brick, and so each block is given its own identity with a different colouring.

October 10, 2011

Trollwall Restaurant, Trollveggen, Møre og Romsdal, Norway | Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Tallest cliff face in Europe is backdrop for stunningly elegant restaurant complex

Reiulf Ramstad Architects has completed a breathtaking restaurant and information centre at the base of the Troll Wall – Europe’s tallest vertical, overhanging rock face – in The Romsdal Valley, Norway. Rising 3,600ft in a sheer mountainous peak, the raw landscape that surrounds the Trollwall Restuarant is subtly reflected in the building’s highly mirrored glass facades.

Also echoing the peaks and troughs on the horizon is the sharply undulating roof, which rises and falls in two acute arches, arching gracefully against the stunning backdrop. The wall panels that aren’t glass are formed of plastered chipboard and a concrete floor provides a simple if basic setting for the restaurant amenities.

Besides the restaurant facilities – which provide both three course dining and fast food opportunities – the complex offers a gift shop and film theatre, showing a short informative video on the history of the neighbouring Troll Wall. The Trollwall Restaurant is open June to September during the areas busiest season and will provide a base for many public events including music concerts and base jumping meetings.

Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA)
Location: Trollveggen, , Norway
Project Area: 700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

It’s a new cursor at the foot of the Troll Wall; The architecture of the new visitors`center next to E139 is an outcome of the sites` close connection to the impressive mountain wall, one of Norways many nature attractions. The building has a simple, though flexible plan, with a characteristic roof that has its character from the majestic surrounding landscape. These simple ways of design gives the building its character and identity that makes the Service center an eye-catcher and an architectural attraction in the region.

October 10, 2011

One40william, Perth | HASSELL

HASSELL combines retail, workplace and public realm for new mixed-use development


Designed by HASSELL, one40william is one of Perth’s most significant and influential new buildings, enlivening the city’s retail centre and setting a benchmark in environmental sustainability.

Based on progressive responses to workplace design, public realm, climate and context, the building has been designed from the inside out rather than fitting functions into a predetermined aesthetic.

The building design strives to engage people who work within, visit, and simply pass by it through careful consideration of urban grain, streetscape, heritage, activity, scale and texture.  Integral to the success of the building are the permeable linkages created with the surrounding city and the underground railway station beneath the building itself.

The design celebrates Perth’s specific microclimate by taking best advantage of light and shade in the overall building orientation and design and incorporating extensive landscaped rooftop spaces and winter gardens.

The project has achieved a 5 Star Green Star Office Design rating (and is targeting a 5 Star Green Star Office As Built rating) with a range of initiatives including: built form to maximise natural light, views and self shading, bicycle parking and end of trip facilities, reduced car parking, grey water storage and high-efficiency, low-temperature VAV air-conditioning.

October 10, 2011

Learning & Research Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol | Avanti Architects

Avanti Architects use a palatte of colours insipred by nature in their Learning and Research Building at Southmead Hospital


Avanti were commissioned to design an integrated centre for hospital staff education and training, together with university research. The building was to act as the first part of a much larger redevelopment of the site and to mitigate between the suburban surroundings and the large scale hospital development to come.

The plan restores the original orthogonal order of the site reintroducing views and ‘green fingers’ and enabling natural wayfinding. The building and its neighbours are composed as a series of parallel brick planes that follow the natural terraces of the site, separated by open landscaped areas and fully glazed end facades allowing transparency through and between the buildings.

For the colour scheme Avanti worked in collaboration with lead artist Kate Blee, who says of her approach:
‘For this commission I looked at colour in relation to growth and hierarchy in nature. Earth, plant, bloom, leaf and sky. A palette inspired by nature to enliven these strong rhythmical façades. A rhythm of colour to be seen through and against the trees, by the residents living opposite the building, and to joyfully present the building across the hospital campus.’

‘I wanted the colour to be rich and saturated but not to cast distracting coloured light into the internal working environments. The colour was sprayed onto the internal face of the glazing units creating a colour light box effect rather than a stained glass effect.’

‘The commission extended into the building for the colour of the portals – visually marking the entrances into spaces along corridors and walkways. This was again about chromatic rhythms, and the colours taken from the external façade scheme were used to further connect the inside to the outside of the building and to inject placed and composed colour into the white and dark grey interior.’


October 10, 2011

Invest AD Tower, Abu Dhabi | PTW Architects

PTW designs new corporate head office building for Invest AD in Abu Dhabi


This leading edge, sustainable office tower was specifically designed as the new corporate head office building for Invest AD, a leading UAE financial company. The flagship corporate Headquarters, consists of a 22-storey tower containing a total GFA of 22,000 sq m which is spread across a flexible rectangular floor plate with a side core configuration to minimise eastern solar heat gain.

The western elevation is articulated with a series of fixed and operable glass louvres which provide both solar shading and the potentially natural (winter) ventilation to the six-storey, upper garden atrium creating a luminous roof top lantern. The south façade is dominated by the building core which features two glass lifts. The east and north facades are set back on top of a podium rising 16.2 m from the ground level. All facades except for the south facade feature a super-grid frame structure with a curtain-wall skin behind. The east and west facades’ super-grid incorporate metal louvers for added sun shade.

At ground level along the west boundary a colonnade defined by the superstructure from the tower above forms part of the main entry into the building and car park areas. The ground level on the east side of the site combines retail with building service requirements. The crown of the building is articulated according to the functional requirements of service equipment (lift core and plant room) and to proportionally enhance the building tower. The west-facing super structure forms the pinnacle of the building crown assembly rising above the highest roof level to frame the sky and best feature signage and lighting. Currently under construction with completion due mid 2012.


October 10, 2011

Administration Building No. 5 – Roche Diagnostics Inc., Rotkreuz, Switzerland | Burckhardt+Partner AG

An energy-efficient high rise building in the tradition of the puristic corporate architecture of Roche

The Roche office tower in Rotkreuz, Switzerland, was the winning entry of a competition in 2008. The brief required an energy-efficient high rise building which stands in the tradition of the puristic corporate architecture of Roche. The 68m high, all around glazed building is the landmark of the Roche site. It is vertically separated in 3 parts: a 6m high lobby, 13 office floors and a double height space containing auditorium and sky lobby as a visual top of the building.

Public and private spaces are distinguished by the use of different materials; elegant red marble in the lobby, brown carpet and oak spiral stairs the office floors and oak parquet in the sky lobby. All spaces are visually connected by the free standing fair faced concrete core. The office floors are connected by 12 spiral stairs, surrounding the core three times from bottom to top. The structural system of the high rise is characterised by rhombus shaped, 4 floors high façade columns.

The brand new ‘closed cavity façade’ is an integral part of the energy efficiency of the building. Generic principle of the two layer façade is a completely sealed cavity containing the sunshading of each façade element. The core of the energy supply is a combination of heat pump and chiller. The ventilation of the building is covered by local façade ventilation units.

Through half of the year the building can be cooled with fresh air from outside without extra cooling energy. The concrete floor slabs are thermally activated. Additionally, absorbing strips have been embedded in the concrete soffit to maintain the required acoustic quality. The first time use of a high pressure fog system in a building instead of a common sprinker system is rounding up the technical features.

and from the architect’s website:

The Roche Diagnostics AG Rotkreuz is located next to the Rütihof highway off-ramp. The site for the new administrative building, where the new structure will be erected, is at the southern end of the transverse axis of the terrain. The structure, 68 m tall, will line up with the existing neighboring buildings, which thus defines its exact location.

The outer shell of the office tower is in the form of a curtain wall façade which, light conditions permitting, offers a more or less clear view of the inner support structure of the V-posts.

The architectural design proposes a nearly square footprint with two load-bearing cores constituting the central zone. The work areas are arranged in circular fashion around this core zone. Since the building supports are located at the perimeter, i.e. façade, it allows for a ground plan without pillars and with maximum flexibility on all levels.

The ground floor of the administrative building, with its raised foyer, relates to the new site while at the same time featuring an open concept in all directions. Located above this stylish foyer are two IT levels and eleven additional office levels accommodating 625 employees. Internal traffic is facilitated via spiral stairways each of which connects two levels. The conference rooms and individual offices are transparent compartments integrated into the large office space. The Convention Center, extending on the garret level above two stories below, includes a large raised auditorium and associated conference rooms