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Valladolid Art School / Estudio Primitivo González | eGa

March 21, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

The new School of Arts of Valladolid is adjacent to the convent of Las Carmelitas Descalzas. According to historical plans, the plot used to be part of the convent’s orchards, a condition which has characterised the project from the beginning. Towards the city, the buildings shows itself as an architecture of walls; towards the inside, an architecture of patios. The project strives to be respectful of its historical context. However, it houses a space for creativity, youth and dreams. The essence of the project is the materialization of this duality. The exterior is clad in black brick; an architecture of texture, materiality and colour, which creates a sort of mystifying atmosphere that surrounds and protects the inner world of creation. The interior is thought of, by opposition, as a technological space, white and bright with formal allusions to industrial architecture, production and creation.

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The Panda Pavilions Zoo / EID Architecture

March 21, 2023 Collin Chen 0

Chengdu National Giant Panda Research and Breeding Center, the world’s leading research institute on panda preservation, has recently completed a significant campus expansion in a national preservation park near the outskirts of Chengdu, China. Designed by Ping Jiang, FAIA, of EID Architecture, a group of four panda pavilions has been newly opened to the public after experiencing some delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These pavilions are built to become the research lab to house and study pandas’ behaviors and activities. It also serves the community for educational and recreational purposes, while attracting millions of panda lovers annually to visit the campus.

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Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center / designLAB architects

February 22, 2023 Paula Pintos 0

Located on a former industrial complex, the Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center narrates a history without the use of historic artifacts. When a fire burned down the last remaining structure of the once-sprawling steel mill on the site, the land was cleared and planning began for a new, purpose-built visitors center to celebrate the history of the site and the surrounding community. The challenge for the design team was to create a place that communicates a rich and layered history, despite all architectural remnants of that history having been erased. The devised solution consists of five key elements:

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University of Rhode Island Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering / Ballinger

January 30, 2023 Valeria Silva 0

The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering is a 190,000 SF signature replacement building for the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering. The building is a result of Ballinger’s strategic master planning for the University, which recommended the demolition of five existing buildings and the creation of a new interdisciplinary teaching and research hub at the center of campus. The resulting Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering is the centerpiece of this transformational vision.

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Rapunzel Visitor Centre / haascookzemmrich STUDIO 2050

January 27, 2023 Pilar Caballero 0

After three years of construction, a visitor center has emerged as a walk-in building sculpture on the premises of Rapunzel Naturkost GmbH in Legau. The new visitor center is designed to be public and inviting and is intended to make Rapunzel’s leitmotif “We make organic out of love” tangible for visitors. A house is full of discoveries that invite guests to linger and participate in varied and emotional imparting of knowledge.

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The Mill of Betekom / ALT architectuur

January 25, 2023 Pilar Caballero 0

This is an intervention in and restoration of the early 16th-century mill ruins of Betekom. The ruin has been stabilized through a whole series of injections and reinforcements in the stone mass. The ruin is constructed of iron sandstone. This is a local stone that is very expressive in its eroded form.

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Interdisciplinary Sciences Building / Perkins&Will

January 21, 2023 Valeria Silva 0

Next Gen STEM. The Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington is envisioned to showcase a next-generation STEM building. ISB is intentionally transparent inside and out, putting science and learning on display to inspire an interactive environment with active learning classrooms, teaching labs, and student collaboration areas. A communicating stair activates teamwork and collaboration throughout the building. All of this is done to help students connect with each other and faculty outside of class.

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Kobe Port Museum / TAISEI DESIGN Planners Architects & Engineers

January 20, 2023 Hana Abdel 0

A Building on Land and Sea – Kobe Port Museum is a multi-purpose cultural facility consisting mainly of an aquarium, a food hall, and a bridal desk. Kobe has a characteristic topography enclosed between the Seto Inland Sea and Mount Rokko. The jetty area is a planning area where the remains of the Hanshin-Awaji Great Earthquake are preserved today, to pass down to the people the situation that occurred at that time. The concept was for a building at this site that would pass on the history of the land where many crustal movements have been repeated, and that exist together with eternal time.

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Benchakitti Rain Forest Observatory / HAS design and research

January 5, 2023 Pilar Caballero 0

According to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Bangkok has 6.99m² of green space for each person, which is less than the minimum of 9m² recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Benchakitti Forest Park is located in the center of Bangkok, and it was opened to the public in 2022. At the same time, it will give Bangkok a wider green open space and provide a brand-new well-being lifestyle.

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Visitor Center Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation / Toro Arquitectos

January 1, 2023 Pilar Caballero 0

The Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation is a nonprofit organization that preserves and promotes the intellectual legacy of the first elected Puerto Rican Governor and his wife Inés Mendoza. The foundation is located on the estate were the couple lived for various decades; it was their shelter from the growing metropolitan area.