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Tower of Winds, Yokohama, Japan, Toyo Ito & Associates

Tower of Winds

The formal solutions and use of technology on this project reveal all the contemporaneity of 21st century architecture, making it a highly innovative form of architecture. It is one of Toyo Ito’s best-known projects that earned him the 1987 Edwin Guth Memorial Award of Excellence from […]

Rue des Suisses, Paris, France, Herzog & De Meuron

Rue des Suisses

Herzog & De Meuron team made this their first project in Paris on an unusual site in the 14th Arrondisement not far from Gare Montparnesse. The Paris public housing agency Régie Immobilière de la Paris (RVIP) sponsored a 1966 competition resulting to this project which is built on three interconnected […]

Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, Bilbao, Spain, Soriano y Asociados Arquitectos

Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall

The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall was inaugurated on February 19th, 1999 and it is a very unique building. It is one of the flagships of the new Bilbao of the 21st century. The Conference Centre was designed by architects Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios to look like a […]

Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan, Osaka, Japan, Tadao Ando

Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan

Tadao Ando has succesfully expressed in the Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan (previously The Suntory Museum) his favourite theme: the relationship between man, water and architecture. A gallery of art and design, a 3D IMAX cinema, a series of shops and a restaurant are incorporated in this cultural complex that was […]

Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, OMA

Kunsthal

Text description provided by the architects. Exhibition space of 3300 square meters, an auditorium and restaurant are the combination of Kunsthal into one compact design. Sloping floor planes and a series of tightly organized ramps provide seamless connection between the three large exhibition halls and two intimate galleries. The building […]

Sir John Lyon House, London, UK, Sidell Gibson Architects

Sir John Lyon House

This waterside residential building incorporates affordable housing as well as luxury apartments and penthouses. Complex planning, rights to light and St Paul’s Heights issues were addressed in the course of design. The scheme is one of the first to exploit the potential of glazed terracotta rainscreen, providing a spectacular new […]

The Tate Modern, London, UK, Herzog & de Meuron

The Tate Modern

Tate Modern is a remarkable combination of old and new, Tate Modern sits where Bankside Power station was built in two phases between 1947 and 1963 and designed by Gilbert Scott. The same architect also designed Battersea Power Station and Waterloo Bridge. An interior steel structure supports its construction of […]

Moor House, London, UK, Foster + Partners

Moor House

The 19-storey glass-clad office building at the junction of London Wall and Moorgate offers 43,000 m² of space. Shops, restaurants and bars are located at ground and first floor levels of the building. The façade is stepped back at these levels creating a covered walkway that relates to the low […]

Kyoto International Conference Center, Japan, Sachio Otani

Kyoto International Conference Centre

The Kyoto International Conference Centre, abbreviated as ICC Kyoto and previously called the Kyoto International Conference Hall, is a large conference facility located at Takaragaike, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The Kyoto Protocol was signed in this hall. Sachio Otani designed the centre to have […]

One London Wall, London, UK, Foster + Partners

One London Wall

The site, located at the West end of London Wall, accommodated an existing unoccupied office building which sat over an operational Livery Company premises. The development opportunity was to put back a much larger office building whilst retaining the Livery Company accommodation […]

Tokyo International Forum, Japan, Affonso Eduardo Reidy

Tokyo International Forum

Squeezed onto a 21,000-square-meter site in the heart of Marunouchi, the Tokyo International Forum stands as a lasting reminder of Japan’s boom years which abruptly came to an end in the early 1990’s. New York architect Rafael Vinoli designed the TIF which was commissioned during the last years of the […]

Museum of Modern Art (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Affonso Eduardo Reidy

Museum of Modern Art (MAM)

Rio’s Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1948 by a group of art enthusiasts headed by Raimundo Castro Maia (see Museu do Açude and Chácara do Céu). In 1958 the Museum was transferred to another building that made its permanent headquarters. It is impossible to miss the impressive main […]

30 Saint Mary Axe, London, UK, Foster and Partners

30 Saint Mary Axe (The Gkerkin)

30 Saint Mary Axe (The Gkerkin), previously named Swiss Re Headquarters, is a landmark 40-storey office building in the heart of London’s financial centre, developed by Swiss Re and designed by architects Foster and Partners. Located on the former site of the Baltic Exchange, the distinctive form of the building […]

Gavroche Centre for Children, Saint-Ouen, France, SOA Architectes

Gavroche Centre for Children

Text description provided by the architects. A cultural and educational facility situated in the heart of the Victor Hugo development has been realized with the completion of the Gavroche Centre for Children. The latter is part of a large urban renewal scheme consisting principally of housing, offices and commercial buildings […]

Store Reform in Granada for Camper, Granada, Spain, A-cero

Store Reform in Granada for Camper

Text description provided by the architects. A-cero has renovated a a little store of 50 m² on Mesones street, one of the best known, commercial and important streets of Granada, Spain. The customer is the Spanish leading brand Camper, devoted to the exhibition and sale of trendy shoes. It will […]

Lolita, La Almunia de Doña Godina, Spain, Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos

Lolita

Roadside restaurants are not found very often within the increasingly prestigious restaurant world. Such places have a superposed condition as an infrastructure adapted to the commercial, informational and social […]

Raffles City Beijing, China, SPARK Architects

Raffles City Beijing

Text description provided by the architects. CapitaLand, a global, brand, owns Raffles City Beijing and managed its development and operation to make it an award-winning key component of it. Raffles City Beijing is located at the junction of Dongzhimen Neidajie and Beijing’s 2nd Ring Road. The site is at the […]

Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, SPARK Architects

Starhill Gallery

Text description provided by the architects. Kuala Lumpur’s Starhill Gallery is one of the city’s premier shopping malls featuring an extraordinary array of luxury branded goods and fine dining restaurants. Spark’s proposal deals with The reinvention of the façade of Starhill facing Bukit Bintang as urban sculpture engaging with the […]

Hackney Picturehouse, London, United Kingdom, Fletcher Priest Architects

Hackney Picturehouse

Text description provided by the architects. UK based Fletcher Priest Architects have completed a cinema in the heart of London which has been transformed from a run-down music venue in East London, into a vibrant cinema for the local community. The UK practice is renowned for their bespoke cinema design […]

Liverpool Interlomas Department Store, Mexico City, Mexico, Rojkind Arquitectos

Liverpool Interlomas Department Store

Text description provided by the architects. Rojkind Arquitectos was commissioned to design a façade for the new 18,000m2 department store as part of a new era in the company’s pursuit for re-branding itself, in the concext of the new role that shopping centers play in today’s society, in which they […]

Tori Tori Restaurant, Mexico City, Mexico, Rojkind Arquitectos, ESRAWE Studio

Tori Tori Restaurant

Text description provided by the architects. Tori Tori Restaurant is considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Mexico City with remarkable success. Rojkind Arquitectos and Esrawe Studio teamed up to move the restaurant to a bigger location in the same area of Polanco, Mexico City. At the residential area […]

Hans Otto Theatre, Potsdam, Germany, Gottfried Böhm

Hans Otto Theatre

Architect and Pritzker Prize winner Gottfried Böhm sketched a 5-storey theatrical building with bowl-shaped, cantilevered roofs. Concrete and glass are the prevailing materials. A listed gasometre was integrated into the construction body. On the side of the deep lake an also listed former chicory […]

Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Gehry Partners

Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health sits at the area of downtown Las Vegas at the corner of Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue. Thta is a prominent “gateway” site of the 61 acre Symphony Park development. The center is intended to provide facilities that bridge All aspects […]

On the Corner, Higashiōmi, Japan, EASTERN Design Office

On the Corner

Text description provided by the architects. On the Corner is a castle where the boys and girls of the story of Michael Ende could be entering. Square elements configure this triangular castle! The site is a manufacturing area in Youkaichi City in Shiga Prefecture. There are many big factories in […]

Marco Polo Tower, Hamburg, Germany, Behnisch Architekten

Marco Polo Tower

The Marco Polo Tower sits on the Elbe, on a prominent position in the HafenCity, right beside the Unilever headquarters, also by Behnisch Architekten. The end of the route from the inner city out to the new attractions, the Cruise Ship Terminal and the Promenade on Strandkai are punctuated by […]

South Pointe Park, Miami Beach, Florida, United States, Hargreaves Associates

South Pointe Park

The City of Miami Beach hired Hargreaves Associates to provide design and master plan services for 19 acre South Pointe Park, opened in March 2009. Substantial assets of the existing park included expansive views across Government Cut, adjacency to lively residential neighborhoods, and direct access to both the bayfront and […]

Metal Shutter Houses, New York, United States, Shigeru Ban Architects, Dean Maltz Architect

Metal Shutter Houses

A Residential Condominium with a Gallery Retail space on the ground floor is the concept of Metal Shutter Houses. The building is located in the newly re-zoned West Chelsea district of Manhattan just west of the High Line. Both light and surrounding views are in maximum use of the project […]

KfW Westarkade, Frankfurt, Germany, Sauerbruch Hutton

KfW Westarkade

KfW Westarkade on his opening was touted as one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world. It was projected to use approximately half the energy of an average European office building, and one-third of a US-based one. The building addresses the prevailing wind direction to exploit it for […]

Guangzhou International Finance Center, China, WilkinsonEyre

Guangzhou International Finance Centre

WilkinsonEyre won the first prize in an international design competition for this 440m tower in Guangzhou which is one of China’s tallest buildings. A mixture of uses including office space, a luxury Four Seasons hotel with a top floor high floor high end restaurant and bar consist this tower with […]

New York by Gehry, United States, Gehry Partners

New York by Gehry

New York by Gehry has conquered the place of a residential tower that is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere being a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline, standing at 870 feet tall. The design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise was reinterpreted with undulating waves of stainless steel […]