Latest additions | MIMOAlatest additions, 24 Jul 2016 21:50:35 +0200The Long Room Hub, Ireland
Designer: McCullough Mulvin Architects
Contributed by: EmmettScanlon

The Long Room Hub is a space for thinking, for making soaring linkages, and for sharing the unique collections of the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin. The site of the project is in Fellows Square, at the heart of the College; the small rectangular form - four storeys high with tall rooflights penetrating the volume to form shafts of light. The building perches on the end of the Arts Block, closing the nearby square and framing the prospect to Front Square. The context is challenging, and the architects have made a clearly stated intervention in the context.

Front Square, Trinity College 00
D02 Dublin
Housing Malburgen, Netherlands
Designer: Atelier PRO
Contributed by: Atelier_PRO

In the Huissensestraat, the major distribution road of the district Malburgen in Arnhem, atelier PRO has designed 83 new houses. Malburgen is one of the oldest garden towns in the Netherlands. In Arnhem this is the only quarter built on the southern banks of the Rhine. Originally, before the Second World War, Malburgen was designed as a garden town by architect Granpré Molière. However, as a result of the war and the enormous housing shortages after the war, the original plans were never completed. In addition to the building scheme, the design of the public domain has also been guiding for the positioning of the houses. In the design, a lot of attention has been paid to the outskirts, and the transition to the public space. By enclosing the gardens with hedges, these areas have become typical for Malburgen. Moreover, colours and materials have meticulously been adjusted to the environment, for instance by using various brickwork bonds.

Huissensestraat 171-273
6833 Arnhem
Torun Arena, Poland
Designer: Dedeco
Contributed by: pkrajewski_pl

Torun Arena is a multi-functional sports hall in Torun which is able to hold from 5,192 to 6,248 people. The building is an rectangular hall with dimensions of 162.25 x 97.10 m and 20m high. The underground car park has 438 places. The upper floors of the facade are covered with black panels with spot energy-saving LED lighting.

gen. Józefa Bema 73-89
87-100 Torun
The Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland
Designer: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and associates
Contributed by: Nazar

The Convention Centre in the Dublin Docklands was opened in 2010. It was designed by the American-Irish architect Kevin Roche. The building can hold up to 8,000 people in 22 meeting rooms, which include a 2,000-seat auditorium and a 4,500 square metre exhibition and banqueting space. It is the first carbon-neutral convention centre in the world because of its use of low-carbon cement and the offsetting of unavoidable carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits in accordance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard.

N Wall Quay
1 Dublin
CW apartment, Italy
Designer: Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti
Contributed by: burnazzi

CW apartment is located in an area in the south part of Trento, a green and rural cameo nestled inside the urban pattern. The flat is set in a new row house surrounded by fields mostly of which are apple orchards. Nearby a farm house, from the end of the nineteenth century, together with some one storey single family houses, recently built, marks out a low population density area. The furnishing project concerns both the day area and the night one, set on the same level: the ground floor. The family, which consists of three members, expressed to the designers the double need to stay with family, cooking or relaxing, and to share convivial moments with many friends during the weekend; the dining table and the kitchen are situated on the best windowed side of the apartment: the one towards the garden. The custom made furniture of the day area creates an efficient and versatile space, flexible to the different living needs.

Via Fersina 60
38123 Trento
The Norwegian embassy in Athens, Greece
Designer: gfra architecture
Contributed by: jfrijda

A modern, professional and functional environment was requested for the new Norwegian embassy in Athens, while seeking at the same time a recognizable Norwegian identity, reflecting Norwegian character. Permanent natural and technical daylight is introduced to the space, mainly through long continuous strips of light in the ceiling that extend through the whole embassy and even pass through walls. The 'backbone' of the design is a large wall with a dynamic wooden structure inspired by the view of mountains reflecting in the water of a fjord. The transparency of the office spaces is broken by a design pattern of frosted film positioned on the glass partitions that is influenced by traditional Norwegian Selbu knitting. Also the signage of the embassy follows this style, while the coloured signage to distinguish the individual offices, is an actual piece of knitting, again based upon Norwegian patterns but knitted by Greek grandmothers.

Chatzigianni Mexi 5
11528 Athens
Glasgow City Mission, United Kingdom
Designer: Elder and Cannon
Contributed by: Nazar

The Glasgow City Mission is located in the City's emerging financial district between the Broomielaw and Argyle Street. Located on the site of a former chapel, the building's two primary elevations face north and west onto Crimea Street and Brown Street. It is surrounded by buildings of varying architectural character, scale and massing constructed over a number of years. Glasgow City Mission is a resource centre for the city's homeless community. The primary function centres around the serving of an evening meal in the male and female refuges on the ground and first floors respectively. The design is framed by the enhanced volume colonnaded ground and top floors, with a staggered and recessed window detail to the intermediate three floors which give a depth and weight to the elevations.

Crimea St 40
G2 8PW Glasgow
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Double House, Greece
Designer: Nikos Ktenas
Contributed by: Yannis_Aesopos

A small number of architects practising in Athens attempt to decode the city's composition and reinterpret the organizational logic of its main building types (the poly-katoikia or apartment building, and the mono-katoikia or single-family house), and the elements and materials of which they are constructed (cantilevered balconies, hanging gardens, set-backs, rooftop spaces, arcades, pilotis, plaster, glass). Rather than accentuating Athens' formless character through the use of highly expressive forms, they attempt to counterbalance it through the design of straightforward, orthogonal prisms. This dikatoikia (double house) emphasizes the individual character of each of its two constituent parts and the importance given to the building's relation to its surroundings and the design of its open-air spaces. The clear stratification in section is contrasted by the building's volume which develops freely in space; parts of the initial prism are subtracted to produce protected courtyards.

Leoforos Kyprou 17
15669 Athens
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Australia
Designer: Wood Marsh Architecture
Contributed by: thom

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) by Wood Marsh Architects is a contemporary art gallery located near the VCA in Melbourne. The rusted corten steel monolithic building, set in a landscape of pale earth, is a reference to the Australian landscape and the factory buildings which originally occupied the site. The bold sculptural form reflects its function as a sculpture within which to exhibit contemporary art. The centre contains 3 large gallery spaces, offices, a workshop and the dance studio of the Chunky Move dance company.

Sturt Street 111
3006 Melbourne
Gavina Showroom, Italy
Designer: Carlo Scarpa
Contributed by: 3lliott

A former showroom for Italian furniture designer Dino Gavina. The showroom is unoccupied and partially scaffolded when visited in June 2016.

Via Altabella 10
40125 Bologna
The SSE Hydro, United Kingdom
Designer: Foster & Partners
Contributed by: Nazar

The Hydro joins the Clyde Auditorium on the northern edge of the River Clyde to create a new entertainment destination within the redevelopment of Glasgow's former docks. The building's form is generated from the inside-out by the seating, which wraps around the stage above ground level and rises toward the front, optimising the viewing angle and drawing the audience closer to the excitement of the performance. The roof canopy follows this distinctive angled profile, rising away from the busy main road to the rear to reveal a dramatic 40-metre-high elevation to the south, its dramatic structure spans 120 metres in a shallow dome of diagonally latticed steelwork, weighing 1,400 tonnes. The facades are clad in translucent ETFE panels, onto which patterns and images can be projected, and which can be illuminated to make the building glow like a beacon for the new quarter at night.

Exhibition Way 1
G3 8YW Glasgow
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La Rivota Welfare Centreón, Spain
Designer: Araujo & Nadal & Marteles Arquitectos
Contributed by: man

A two-storey building with a rectangular plan, adapted to the site respecting the mandatory setbacks, the parking areas and vehicular traffic. Inside, the zones are rationally divided, grouping the various uses and articulating all through two transverse patios. The formal vocabulary used is of the utmost simplicity. Smooth exterior walls of perforated galvanized steel sheets with concrete plinth adapt to the slope of the site. Inside two enclosed courtyards have u-glass facades. In the north and south, the facades have open windows under the perforated plate. In the west, a large glass wall illuminates the staircase.

Calle Las Palmeras s/n
28922 Alcorcón
Lincoln Place, Ireland
Designer: McCullough Mulvin Architects
Contributed by: Nazar

Lincoln Place is a small office building in central Dublin the space was required as an extension to a solicitor's office in an adjacent premises. The site was a very narrow triangle; the brief called for a maximization of the office potential within the given area, resulting in four separate office floors with a single connecting circulation zone. Dublin is a city of brickwork and the new building stands in the centre of a Conservation zone. While there is no impediment to the design of new buildings within these areas, the designs have to be carefully attuned to their location and express an understanding for the scale, increment and rhythm of the Georgian idiom. As a result, the new building is the same height as its neighbour. The facade reflects the varied rhythm of Dublin's Georgian streets, creating a moving, rhythmic skin which reflects the general material and proportional character of its context.

Clare Street 1
2 Dublin
Espai La Senieta, Spain
Designer: Sonia Rayos Arquitecta
Contributed by: Rayos

This building in the centre of Moraira, a small harbour town in the Teulada Municipality, is a cultural centre as well as a tourism office. The rectangular building has two levels. Within this rectangle, which occupies most of the plot, two volumes are placed next to a central space and corridor, which holds all the entrances and exits. With the above-described idea, the building is a clearly organized puzzle of differently sized spaces. Intermediate spaces between the public and the private stimulate the interaction between the users.

Avenida Madrid 15
03724 Moraira
WTC Transportation Hub Oculus York, United States
Designer: Santiago Calatrava
Contributed by: BasHaasakker

In January 2004, Santiago Calatrava unveiled his design for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub: a new, permanent facility for Lower Manhattan, located immediately to the east of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers. Calatrava's first major design decision for the WTC Transportation Hub was to conceive the building at grade, the 'Oculus', as a free standing structure and situate it along the southern edge of Daniel Libeskind's 'Wedge of Light' plaza. The 'Oculus' is comprised of steel ribs and glass arrayed in a large elliptical shape. The ribs extend to create two canopies over the north and south portions of the plaza.

Cortlandt St Greenwich St
NY 10006 New York
United States]]>
Warteck Stairway, Switzerland
Designer: b-r-a-n-d - Fabian Nichele
Contributed by: dirkverwoerd

When you visit Basel you don't forget to visit Werkraum Warteck pp, the building that provides home to the fair, and have a look at the staircase. According to one website, the staircase is not actually a result of styling but because of functional specifications. It needs to connect the existing doors as well as the different levels of the three sections of the building. The thunderbolt-looking staircase seems to modernize the old look of the building. It became an impressive artwork. The building, once a brewery, can be taught in architecture schools as a good example of renovation.

Burgweg 7-15
4058 Basel
Sean O'Casey Community Centre, Ireland
Designer: O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Contributed by: Nazar

The intention of the project is to accommodate the energies of existing community activities within a new building, a place apart integrated within the larger consistency, a knot in the grain of the given pattern. Four separately functioning blocks emerge from a single storey plinth which is cut out to form four courtyard gardens. Three sizes of circular windows and roof-lights perforate the outer corrugated concrete shell. Small portholes at eye-level, middle size windows at desk-level and larger openings at body-scale provide points of communication between the world within and the larger world outside the containment of the courtyard complex. Childcare, day-care, sports and drama facilities are the functional components of the composition. The courtyards provide diagonal transparencies between the different social activities of the centre, connecting old with young and relating passive and active recreations.

Saint Mary's Road 18
3 Dublin
Two faced office building, Netherlands
Designer: Joris Verhoeven
Contributed by: JVArchitecture

The new headquarters of Shoesme, a childrens shoe's manufacturer in Tilburg, has been given two different faces. This conscious duality originated from its location in the city. On one side, the building has a classical facade that radiates allure and status and blends seamlessly into the historic ribbon structure of the city. The gap in this typical street structure is filled with a building that always seems to have stood there. As if a missing link is put in the chain. The other side of the building is recessed relative to the street, a playful modern shoebox is put on a black base and slid into a glass facade. This very pronounced statement hides itself to the unwary passerby. Thus, it has become a building with two very different faces. Quality that comes from years of experience and tradition combined with modern comfort and contemporary design. The building not only houses a Tilburg shoe brand. It is also a representation of it.

Trouwlaan 3
5021 WD Tilburg
Alto Vetro, Ireland
Designer: Shay Cleary Architects
Contributed by: Nazar

The site for the project is at the junction of Grand Canal Quay and Pearse Street. It measures 21.0m x 8.0m. Its location is significant in urban design terms in that it marks a particular moment as one approaches the city from the east by bridge over Grand Canal Dock. The building is a sixteen storey glazed tower. At ground floor an entrance hall is located towards the middle of the plan and has a fully glazed inner wall looking onto the dock.

Alto Vetro 1
1 Dublin
Helicopter base Nîmes-Garons, France
Designer: NBJ Architecture
Contributed by: nbarchi

The restructuration and expansion of the helicopter base for civil security in Nimes Garons is a relatively complex project, under two major constraints. Firstly the fact that the work had to be done without interrupting the activity of helicopter maintenance requiring extreme rigor in the areas of site partitioning and scheduling of work, secondly because of the environmental issues, classified BBC and Very High Energy Performance (TPHE). The set of proposals aimed to address these constraints, the programme and the optimisation of the operation of the site. Thus the project is based on two major axes. The first is the logical organization of the site. Secondly the architectural features implemented were intended to meet environmental expectations prior to the implementation of specific technical systems.

De Broussan 1
30128 Garons