Shanghai 2010: The Pavilions via Archdaily


Chaz Hutton shared some amazing photos of the pavilions in Shanghai with Archdaily!  Click here to see al the pavilions!

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Knokke Footbridge by Ney & Partners, Knokke, Belgium

02Belgium based structural engineering consultancy designed by Ney & Partners, is situated on the Gueen Elisabeth Avenue, connecting Knokke with Ostende in Belgium.

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Situated on the Queen Elisabeth Avenue, connecting Knokke with Ostende, this pedestrian bridge full fills two functions. On the one hand, the bridge connects the sea dike with a green zone in the “Polders”, creating tourism possibilities for cyclists and pedestrians. On the other hand the bridge symbolizes the entrance into the marine city of Knokke Heist. The static model is a continuous beam with 102m length that rests on 4 supports. This creates an ideal span division of 28m/46m/28m.

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The structural form was first hand sketched, then digitally processed: a software program computed the minimum amount of material required and thus the shapes of the openings. The result is an optimized shape. From a conceptual point of view, the bridge consists of welded bent steel plates of 12mm thickness, forming a structural steel “hammock” to which a concrete deck is tied. To resist shear forces, caused by the bent shape in plan, the sides of the plates are inclined at 45°, with respect to the central axis.

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Photographs are made by Daylight

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The Romanticism by Sako Architects, Hangzhou, Japan

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Romanticism is a women’s clothing brand with about 500 stores in China. Japanese architects Keiichiro Sako and Takeshi Ishizaka of SAKO Architects,  designed a few locations for the brand in the city of Hangzhou. In a interview on movingcities.org, Keiichiro Sako described his design:

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Description of Romanticism 2 in Hangzhou by SAKO Architects

Clothes are what being cut and made of two-dimensional fabric and wrap up three-dimensional body. It started with the idea of adjusting temperature and later grew up into the second skin. Spaces also wrap up body, adjusting temperature. However being different from clothes, space cannot move. Furthermore, instead of space defining elements such as floor, wall or ceiling, there still have the third skin between space and clothes, they are partition, furniture and so on. ‘Clothes like space’ or ‘Space like clothes’ is what we tried to express.

This boutique is located in the neighborhood of Xihu lake, close to the center of Hangzhou. And ROMANTICISM is a lady brand that is holding about 500 boutiques.

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The organic net is going through the whole space. Just like being absorbed from the facade into inner room and then changing the shape smoothly till 1F, wrapping the floor up. Close one side at stairs, the same net goes to basement, and made out various parts as it did at 1F in strong form.

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The net change its shape into partition, counter, chair, furniture as well as railing. Act as the third skin, net comprise of bone, flesh as well as skin. Bone is ordinary reinforcing steel, flesh is form insulation and glass fiber, and skin is epoxy resin as well as oil paint. Some display holes were made in three-dimensional white wall. It is enlarged motif of body and clothes.

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Meanwhile, mirror-finished stainless was used in the ceiling of 1F. This is for vision impact, illumination and overcoming of the low ceiling. Objects reflected from curved stainless look like those in the water. In other words, water should be below us in usual go up over us, then a fantastic view show up.

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Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects, Chicago

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Here aresome new pictures of Zaha Hadid Architects Burnham Pavilion, which opened recently in the Millennium Park in Chicago.

Hadid’s pavilion is one of two designs that are commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the Burnham Plan, which set out a blueprint for urban design in the city.

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The pavilion is composed of an intricate bent-aluminum structure, with each element shaped and welded in order to create its unique curvilinear form. Outer and inner fabric skins are wrapped tightly around the metal frame to create the fluid shape. The skins also serve as the screen for video installations to take place within the pavilion.

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ pavilion also works within the larger framework of the Centennial celebrations’ commitment to deliberate the future of cities. The presence of the new structure triggers the visitor’s intellectual curiosity whilst an intensifi cation of public life around and within the pavilion supports the idea of public discourse. The pavilion was designed and built to maximize the recycling and re-use of the materials after its role in Millennium Park. It can be re-installed for future use at another site.

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ pavilion design for Chicago’s Burnham Plan Centennial celebrates the city’s ongoing tradition of bold plans and big dreams. The project encourages reinvention and improvement on an urban scale and welcomes the future with innovative ideas and technologies whilst referencing the original organizational systems of Burnham’s plan.

Our design continues Chicago’s renowned tradition of cutting edge architecture and engineering, at the scale of a temporary pavilion. The design merges new formal concepts with the memory of bold historic urban planning. Superimpositions of spatial structures with hidden traces of Burnham’s organizational systems and architectural representations create unexpected results. By using methods of overlaying, complexity is build up and inscribed in the structure.

See ArchiDE’s other story about the Burnham Pavilion, designed by UNStudio.

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Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Michelle Litvin.

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Opening Retreat at Kunstfort by UN Studio, Asperen, Netherland

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Dutch architects UN Studio have created an installation in an abandoned fort as part of RETREAT, an art exhibition that they have curated at Fort Asperen near Leerdam in the Netherlands.

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Opening RETREAT Exhibition at KunstFort Asperen, curated by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos / UNStudio – 28 June open for public.

On June 28th the exhibition RETREAT at KunstFort Asperen will be open to the public. Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos invited 12 artists to exhibit works which provide surprising interpretations on the theme of RETREAT from differing disciplines and perspectives.

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The theme shares a close affinity with the work of Van Berkel and Bos, which combines a rich and diverse theoretical position and  to which the artists respond in their own ways with very specific ideas surrounding spatial experience.

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UNStudio has designed a spatial installation which reinterprets the organization of the fort and forms the binding element between the exhibited works. The structure winds through the fort like a ribbon, playing with the changing perceptions and experiences of the space, both literally and symbolically. The material and the diamond structure of the installation reflect the exhibited artworks which are installed around the fort.

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Via designboom.

Images from UNStudio.

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Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects, Chicago

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The pavilion will celebrate the centenary of 1909 Plan of Chicago and will be open to the public from 19 June to 31 October.

More info and pictures on dezeen!!

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New Plugin, Booltools for Skechtup

Dale Martens released his newest SketchUp plugin for performing Boolean operations with Groups/Components. Operations include union, intersection, and difference.

 [info from http://sketchuptips.blogspot.com] Check the video for more information.

More plugins on http://sketchuptips.blogspot.com/. (AR media– CADYOU free skechtup models, etc.)

More plugins on archiDE => https://archide.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/free-skechtup-plugins/

Free Sketchup plugins

 Interesting article about two free plugins you can download for free. For the whole article, click here.
Also check the comments below.

Sketchup is, by far, the easiest tool for modeling. Google acquired this software in order to crowd-source the 3D modeling of the earth, since anyone can use it to model their house, school or favourite building. But being simple and fast doesn’t mean it lacks on features.

You can enable several options available on the free standard version, or go pro for more. Also, you can extend it via plugins. Below, two plugins I have found very useful, and also available for free.

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