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BEC (Barcelona Ecological Center) Design Proposal by Xavier Vilalta Studio

If this Barcelona Ecological Center (BEC) design proposal became reality, it would radically transform the future of the Bullfight Plaza “Monumental” in Barcelona. Xavier Vilalta Studio (XV Studio) will convert this bullring center into sustainable and environmentally friendly recreation area with special sensitivity toward animals. In short words, all the elements that are now exists in the plaza will be turned 180 degrees.

BEC (Barcelona Ecological Center) by Xavier Vilalta Studio

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Three-storey Office Building Was Moved As One Piece by Water

We believe this is the first three-storey office building that can be moved in one piece anywhere, it is also earthquake resistant. Designed by NEAPO, the building has been transferred in one piece by water to the island of Hirvensalo in Turku where it took only 3 hours to move the building from Turku Shipyard to Hirvensalo.

Three-Storey Office Building by Neapo

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Barndominium at Chappel Hill Texas Blends Modern and Workshop Lives Into One

How would you like to have a barn as your house? It’s not just ordinary barn, it’s a Barndominium. Located at Chappel Hill, Logan and Johnson Architecture has re-designed this place to become a contemporary expansion of a historical archetype by bridging the modern live/work program with vernacular barn typology.

Barndominium at Chappel Hill by Logan and Johnson Architecture

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Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

The architecture of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture features wood, stones, shingles and glass but the landscape actually that provides real identity of these buildings in their place. Stone Barns Center is housed in 1930s dairy barns that were designed by Grovsenor Atterbury and built by John D. Rockefeller, the structures later then converted by Machado and Silvetti Associates and finished in 2004.

The entrance gateway would be the evidence of contemporary expression. The atmosphere inside of these barns will take you to a small English town. Large expanses of glass can be found in the lower floors, particularly in the center of the symmetrical façade. The building is now used as a non-profit farm and educational center about food sources and production.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture by Grovsenor Atterbury

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London Tower Farm : Vertical Farm Inspired by Honeycomb

London Tower Farm project generates awareness in people about the importance of food in the future by creating a mini ecosystem in the shape of a honeycomb tower. By 2050, the world population will go beyond 9 billion people where 71% will live in urban areas. London as one of the cities that grows incredibly fast, it has the necessity to develop vertical farming as one of strategies to feed urban residents. At the same time, the XOME Arquitectos wanted to design a place where people can do different activities such as shopping and working, yet still enjoying a friendly atmosphere.

London Tower Farm by Xome Arquitectos

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Nakahouse Hillside Home by XTEN Architecture Features Framed Views of Its Surrounding Nature

Situated at the Hollywood Hills, Nakahouse has been built to remodel a 1960’s hillside home. The site location is just below the Hollywood sign; this home previously was built as a series of interrelated spaces from the terrace to the downslope property.

Nakahouse by XTEN Architecture

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A House Under Pohutukawa Trees by Herbst Architects

This house was designed and built under Pohutukawa trees which makes this project was extremely challenging. Being a part of a forest, the site was 90% covered in Pohutukawa trees while destruction a large number of mature trees was out of the question. The architects needed to look at the trees and asked themselves, what do they need?

Herbst Architects started to design separate components of private and public space, giving smaller masses where they can articulate the forms. There are 2 towers that house bedrooms and garage which are construed as freshly sawn stumps of the trees that were removed. To refer to the bark of the stumps, these towers are covered in black stained rough sawn irregular boards. The interior of the house has been designed to look like as if carved out from freshly cut wood, the architects did it by detailing the wall, ceiling and other elements in the same light timber.

House Under Pohutukawa Trees by Herbst Architects

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ELEMENTAL Monterrey Housing Unit Gives You The Freedom To Expand The House

ELEMENTAL Monterrey Housing Unit is the first project of ELEMENTAL outside of Chile. This project was commissioned by the Government of Nuevo León, Mexico in 2008 to design a group of 70 homes on a site of 0.6 hectares in the middle of class neighborhood in Santa Catarina. The architecture company needs to adapt their proposal to the climate of the city with 600 mm of annual rainfall which is very different compared to the northern dessert climate of Chile.

ELEMENTAL Monterrey Housing Unit by ELEMENTAL

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Kap 686 Skatepark Was Born Out Of Collaboration Between Skaters and Metrobox Architects

Kap 686 Skatepark is an urban space for skaters and pedestrians. For over 25 years, the Cologne Cathedral’s Roncalliplatz has been the perfect place for skateboarders to hangout. This public space has been taken by city skaters and become the part of their identity. There are many different cultures formed in this place. However, for the past few years, this scene has become a problem where some people demand skating should simply be banned.

The city had good intentions and wanted to resolve this conflict and cooperate with skaters, unfortunately there was no point of contact among the skaters. Therefore, they had no choice but to deny those skaters to do their activities around the cathedral. This action led the skaters to act if they didn’t want to let go their sport, since there were no comparable alternatives in Cologne. They formed a society that gained over 500 members in short of time.

The city now had a contact person that represents the interests of these skaters. They could discuss the alternative and plan to create a facility that meets their needs.

Metrobox Architects has been chosen to work together with these skaters in this unusual project. Instead of creating the usual skate park with many curves and ramps, the skaters wanted an urban area that offers the same challenges and obstacles just like in a city. The difference is that these challenges should be better arrange with each other and more durable. The area would have edges, terrain, green areas, and steps. There was no square like this had ever been built before, therefore everything had to be developed from scratch.

Kap 686 Skatepark by Metrobox Architekten

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New Taipei City Museum of Art Design Proposal by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Kubota & Bachmann Architects shared us their latest project as part of New Taipei City Museum of Art (NTCArt) competition. The museum is situated at the South of Taipei city, between beautiful mountains and Dahan river. Using Curio box as their basic structure, the museum is designed vertically to create an urban totem.

Taipei City Museum of Art by Kubota and Bachmann Architects

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