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MVRDV to dramatically revitalize Frances historic Palais du Commerce

Dutch design firm MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and expand the historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. The impressive 19th century palace had once served multiple public functions but now suffers from disconnect with current civic life. Working in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin for developers Frey and Engie Avenue, MVRDV plans to reactivate the former public building and transform it into an inviting mixed-use destination that will serve as the centerpiece o...
Tags: Transparency, Design, France, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Commerce, Expansion, Palace, Historic Preservation, Rennes, Place De La République, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse


Sydneys vibrant Green Square Library and Plaza collects and reuses rainwater

Former marshland in Sydney has been transformed into the new Green Square Library and Plaza, a striking project that’s not only revitalizing one of the city’s oldest industrial areas but is also a shining beacon for sustainability. Designed by Sydney-based architecture and urban design practice Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture, the Green Square project features a semi-submerged underground library with a plaza on top. Energy efficiency drove the design as well, from ...
Tags: Design, Library, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Energy Efficiency, Shenzhen, Carousel Showcase, Skylights, Rainwater Collection, Urban Revitalization, Rainwater Harvesting, Arup, Amphitheater, Sunken Garden, Plaza


MVRDV proposes a glowing Times Square Taiwan with interactive media facades

Prolific Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled a bold proposal to transform Taipei’s Main Station into a “Times Square for Taiwan.” Designed as part of a consortium led by Nan Hai Development, the Taipei Twin Towers aim to reactivate the area with two high-rises clad in interactive media facades. The mixed-use project would offer new retail, office space, two cinemas and two hotels, in addition to the unification and redevelopment of the existing plazas. Located on the east side of the ci...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Gallery, Taipei, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Urban Revitalization, MVRDV, Mixed-use Development, Terrace, Taipei Main Station, Winy Maas, Vertical Village, Stacked Architecture, Taipei Twin Towers, Times Square Taiwan


Recyclable art pavilion made of mesh pops up in Kolkata

West Bengal’s biggest annual festival recently saw the addition of a strikingly contemporary pavilion that is 100 percent recyclable in Kolkata, India. Designed by Abin Chaudhuri of the firm Abin Design Studio, the metal mesh pavilion was one of many temporary pavilions — or pandals — constructed to honor the goddess Durga as part of a five-day Hindu festival called Durga Puja. Unlike the other pandals, which are typically built of natural materials and reference traditional motifs and artworks...
Tags: Art, Design, India, Gallery, Newspaper, Bamboo, Art Installation, Kolkata, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Recycled Materials, Plywood, Recyclable Materials, Urban Revitalization, Temporary Pavilion, West Bengal


Henning Larsen completes award-winning Wave apartments in Denmark

Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects has completed The Wave, a striking wave-shaped apartment complex that has made splashes internationally long before the project was finished. Located in Vejle, Denmark, the award-winning building was designed as an extension of its surroundings, from the waterfront location to the rolling, forested hills that rise from Vejle Fjord. The Wave’s sculptural silhouette comprises five rounded towers that create a new visual landmark for the town and are visi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Denmark, Copenhagen, Pier, Carousel Showcase, Urban Revitalization, Abb, Waterfront, Vejle Denmark, Nature Inspired Architecture, The Wave, Henning Larsen, Henning Larsen Architects


LEED-targeted Monroe Blocks breaks ground in the heart of Detroit

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has just broken ground on its first U.S. project, Monroe Blocks, a masterplan that the international architecture firm has described as “downtown Detroit’s most significant mixed-use development in decades.” Located in the heart of Detroit’s Central Business District, the project will span two city blocks and feature a striking high-rise office tower that will not only be the first of its kind in the downtown area in more than 25 years, but it is also expected t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Michigan, Brussels, Detroit, Sustainable Design, Masterplan, High-rise, Urban Revitalization, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, SCHMIDT, Monroe, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Greektown


Victor Idaho Mural Painting by Borbay

I’m beyond delighted to share the “Victor Idaho Mural” — 264-square-feet of neon, painted on-stage at Victor City Park! VICTOR IDAHO Mural by Borbay I am beyond thrilled to share the final Victor Idaho mural! At 264-square-feet, this is the largest Borbay original in the world. So many to thank… my fellow Victor PlaceMakers for …
Tags: Art, NYC, Collaboration, City Council, Public Art, Jackson Hole, Mural, Borbay, Mh The Verb, Urban Revitalization, Teton Valley, Urban Renewal, Victor Idaho, Spirit of Wyoming, VictorDreaming, Music on Main


Colorful raised gardens bring greenery and shelter to the Thames riverfront

Cities across the world are reclaiming their waterfronts – and that includes London, where a series of verdant gardens are sprouting to reconnect the populace with the Thames River. As part of the Nine Elms Riverside Strategy to revitalize the waterfront in South West London, local architecture practice Studio Weave was tapped to design a landscaped pavilion that draws inspiration from the bygone industrial era. Raised on timber-clad steel columns, the pavilion—called the ‘Nine Elms Thames Walk...
Tags: Art, UK, Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Hawthorn, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Urban Revitalization, south west London, Riverfront, Waterfront, Thames River, Screen Printing, Studio Weave


Vertical village built almost entirely of wood to rise in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel have won a design competition to design a striking new mixed-use development as a counterpoint to Paris’ urban sprawl. Titled “Vertical Village,” the 164-foot-tall tower will serve as a “new gateway” to the east suburb Rosny-sous-Bois and be built almost entirely of timber. The nearly 400-foot-long timber-framed structure will be reinforced with a concrete base and supporting column. Developed by La Compagnie de Phalsbourg and REI Habitat, the ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Paris, Central Park, Carousel Showcase, Timber Construction, Urban Revitalization, Mixed-use, Bois, Fujimoto, Sou Fujimoto, Paris architecture, Timber Frame, Concrete Base, Vertical Village


Herzog & de Meuron unveils plans for a Horizontal Skyscraper in Moscow

Building on an urban waterfront often means compromised views for existing structures, but that’s not the case for this “Horizontal Skyscraper” planned for Moscow. As part of an urban revitalization plan for an abandoned historic brewery, Herzog & de Meuron unveiled designs for two new residential blocks that will be elevated 115 feet into the air and supported by slender white stilts. By raising the contemporary additions, the Swiss architects guarantee coveted panoramic views for residents an...
Tags: Design, Russia, Park, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Moscow, Residential, Brewery, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Urban Revitalization, Herzog, Herzog & De Meuron


Herzog & de Meuron designs a Horizontal Skyscraper for Moscow

Building on an urban waterfront often means compromised views for existing structures, but that’s not the case for the “Horizontal Skyscraper” in Moscow. As part of an urban revitalization plan for an abandoned historic brewery, Herzog & de Meuron unveiled designs for two new residential blocks that will be elevated 115 feet into the air and supported by slender white stilts. By raising the contemporary additions, the Swiss architects guarantee coveted panoramic views for residents and a preser...
Tags: Design, Russia, Park, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Moscow, Residential, Brewery, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Urban Revitalization, Herzog, Herzog & De Meuron


BIG unveils designs for bow tie-shaped National Theater of Albania

Albania’s capital of Tirana is undergoing exciting changes—including a new National Theater of Albania designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. The proposed bow tie-shaped theater is an extension of the government’s ongoing efforts for turning the city into a greener, more pedestrian-friendly place to live, work, and travel. Designed to replace the existing theater, the 9,300-square-meter contemporary complex will be located in downtown Tirana and host local and touring theater companies within a 3-in-...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Bjarke Ingels, Theater, Albania, Big, Carousel Showcase, Tirana, Urban Revitalization, Bjarke Ingels Group, Bow Tie, Pedestrian Friendly, Erion Veliaj, National Theater of Albania, Theater Architecture


Triptyque gives a 1970s office building an eco-friendly makeover in Brazil

Located within the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s business and economic district, the 85-meter-tall RB12 sports a new bioclimatic facade with zigzagging glazed panels and louvers that reduce solar heat gain but allow desired natural light in. Natural ventilation flows throughout the building. Plant-filled balconies punctuate the sculptural facade and aid in natural cooling. The landscaping is irrigated with harvested rainwater, which is also used to flush the toilets. Related: Bioclimatic Rio Br...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Green Building, Sustainable Development, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Porto Maravilha, Solar Heat Gain, Urban Revitalization, Green Offices, Bioclimatic


SOM designs pedestrian-friendly revamp for the heart of Philadelphia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTtsmrT7y6k SOM’s masterplan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Precinct was selected by Amtrak and designed in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors. The beautiful Beaux Arts 30th Street Station—the third busiest transit hub in the U.S.—will retain its architectural magnificence but be expanded to improve accessibility and comfort for the 30,000 passengers that use the trains every morning. New public plazas and pedestrian-friendly...
Tags: Design, Transit, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Philadelphia, Train Station, Amtrak, Carousel Showcase, Masterplan, Urban Revitalization, Mixed-use, Som, Drexel University, Parsons, University City



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