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Springer's Blog – August 2010 Archive (28)

Zagreb Airport New Passenger Terminal & Masterplan Airport City

Designed for Zracna Luka Zagreb of Zagreb Airport in Croatia, the new passenger terminal and masterplan airport city by Zaha Hadid Architects aims to successfully combine national aspirations, regional development, the flow of passengers, and technical/operational requirements. The fluid grid design is meant to allow for easy and beautiful future expansion. It is also designed to blur the lines… Continue

Added by Springer on August 24, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Galaxy Soho

Galaxy Soho is a 330,000 square meter commercial office and retail complex in central Beijing conceived for SOHO China Ltd. by Zaha Hadid Architects. It is composed of five (sic) oval towers connected to each other by stretched bridges, and is planned to become a major urban landmark for the city. It is filled with expansive interior courtyards that reflect the… Continue

Added by Springer on August 23, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments


Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design a scheme in the garden plot of Middle East Centre of St. Antony’s College. This new building has to separate 68 and 66-64 Woodstock Road, add formal coherence to the existing quad, as well as tie in with the ambition and vision of the college. Hadid's design includes a series… Continue

Added by Springer on August 21, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center

Zaha Hadid designed this organic gem for The Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC). The 62,770 square meter Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center will house a music hall, concert hall, opera house, drama theater, and a flexible theater with a combined seating capacity of 6,300. It will be ten storeys high,… Continue

Added by Springer on August 20, 2010 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Dance and Music Centre in the Hague

For the The Hague, Zaha Hadid collaborated with Patrik Schumacher to create this graceful New Dance and Music Centre. The Centre will house four major institutions in one fluid structure: the Royal Conservatory, the Netherlands Dance Theatre, the Residential Orchestra and the Centre’s Guest Programming. Hadid says of the… Continue

Added by Springer on August 19, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Jesolo Magica

I'm in love with Zaha Hadid, and so I've decided that my next several blogs will be my "Zaha Hadid Week." I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Located in Jesolo, Italy near the Venice Lagoon, the Jesolo Magica hotel and retail center is scheduled for completion in 2014. Commissioned by Home Group, the 53,000 square meter project… Continue

Added by Springer on August 18, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Stalactile Installation

In the main staircase of Givens Hall resides the installation Stalactile. It was designed and created by students from the fall 2009 Advanced Digital Fabrication Studio at Washington University in St.

Louis, led by Marcelo Spina of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Daniel… Continue

Added by Springer on August 16, 2010 at 3:15pm — No Comments

The House in Never-Never Land

On the Mediterranean isle of Ibiza, architect Andrés Jaque has designed the House in Never-Never Land. It is built on a 1,300 square meter plot of land with an average slope of 20%. Great care was taken to design around the… Continue

Added by Springer on August 16, 2010 at 2:51pm — No Comments

“Multi Mill” Outdoor Cultural Stage in Amsterdam

NL Architects have won the competition to design an outdoor cultural stage on the Haparandadam on the banks of the IJ River in Amsterdam. NL Architects say that the Port of Amsterdam is in a perpetual process of transformation, and the challenge of the project was to host multiple functions in a single spatial given. The “Multi Mill”… Continue

Added by Springer on August 14, 2010 at 6:54pm — 1 Comment

Datong Sports Park

The Datong Sports Park, located relatively close to Beijing, was conceived by the global design practice Populous. The park is part of a larger plan by the mayor of Datong to rejuvinate the city with developments that also include… Continue

Added by Springer on August 14, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Stoke-on-Trent Bus Station by Austin-Smith: Lord

Although the competition ultimately went to Grimshaw Architects, Austin-Smith: Lord's design for the Stoke-on-Trent Bus Station topped both the Council’s own public vote and The Architects’ Journal’s peer vote. The station… Continue

Added by Springer on August 13, 2010 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Transbay Transit Center and Tower

Scheduled for completion in 2017, the Transbay Transit Center and Tower aim to become defining images for San Francisco, California. The Transit Center and Tower are designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli… Continue

Added by Springer on August 12, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka

Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller)
are not for the slow and feeble - in fact, they're designed to prevent and even reverse slowness and fragility. Created by artists-… Continue

Added by Springer on August 12, 2010 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Banca dell'Occhio by Emilio Ambasz

In Mestre-Venice, Italy stands the Banca dell'Occhio by Emilio Ambasz & Associates. Located near the entrance of the new regional hospital that Ambasz also designed, the… Continue

Added by Springer on August 11, 2010 at 12:47pm — No Comments

H2O Facade

This facade by the creative New York based design firm Axis Mundi is a retrofit for the ambitious bottled water company H2O. H2O Headquarters is a six story building on a busy intersection in Barcelona, located near Gaudi's Casa Mila. The facade is… Continue

Added by Springer on August 11, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Tall Emblem Structure by B+U

The Tall Emblem structure is designed by the LA-based architecture firm B+U, LLC for Dubai, UAE. The steel and fabric skyscraper will stand about half as tall as France's Eiffel Tower. It's graceful form is meant to become an iconic landmark for Za'abeel Park. In addition to it's unique… Continue

Added by Springer on August 10, 2010 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments


Ted is the very ordinary sounding name for the extraordinary giant cube designed by Bjarke Ingels Group in Taiwan. It will be a public space 43,000 square meters in size - or, more specifically, 57 meters cubed. The design uses a coil within a cube to create the public street that spirals from the ground floor to the rooftop… Continue

Added by Springer on August 10, 2010 at 12:34pm — 4 Comments

Migrating Floating Gardens

Yep. It looks and sounds pretty weird, but it's so crazy it just might work. Migrating Floating Gardens is a project idea by Rael San Fratello Architects to bring the benefits of green space to the urban landscape in a whole new way. Space on both the horizontal and… Continue

Added by Springer on August 9, 2010 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

The Floating Garden of Aldgate

While on Haptic Architects' website, I was impressed by this simple little gem of an idea. Situated on the former location of Aldgate in London, the challenge of this garden was to create a secluded green space while still allowing unhindered pedestrian movement through the site. Haptic's solution was to create a "floating" garden elevated above the busy… Continue

Added by Springer on August 7, 2010 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Hanimaadhoo International Airport

This design for the Hanimaadhoo International Airport in the Maldives was created by Norway based Narud Stokke Wiig Architects and UK based … Continue

Added by Springer on August 7, 2010 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

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