Vélez-Rubio Health Center / LosdelDesierto
© David Frutos
Architects: LosdelDesierto – Eva Luque + Alejandro Pascual [Elap ArquitectosIngenieros Slp]
Location: Almeria, Spain
Project area: 1,918 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2009
Photographs: Jesús Granada, David Frutos, LosdelDesierto
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quite a syrreal sight (:
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like a supersize forest of magic mushrooms
Meydan Racecourse Complex by Malaysian architect, Teoh A Khing
The beautiful fireworks lighting up the sky of Dubai, marking the opening of Meydan Complex…this is only a small part, the fireworks show lasted more than 10 minutes actually…
‘Meydan’ in Arabic word means ‘gather and race’, which suits perfectly the functional programme of the horseracing complex. It is designed by TAK Architects, whom the one in charge is Mr. Teoh A Khing, a Malaysian architect.
The sheer size of the Meydan Racecourse is staggering. It is the world’s biggest racecourse to host the Dubai World Cup, which has the world’s largest prize pot of US$10mil (RM34mil). It is also claimed to be the world longest building.
The US$2bil (RM6.8bil) state-of-the-art racing facility covering 76mil sq ft will include a five-star hotel, luxurious horse stables, a marina and a racing museum alongside a grandstand crowned by its distinctive crescent- shaped roof. The grandstand stretches 1.6km – that’s as long as 22 Boeing 747 airlines lined up nose to tail. The mammoth structure has 20,000 seats, with standing room for 60,000. It offers an unobstructed view of five entire furlongs – that’s over 1,200m of viewing.
Resembling an airport terminal at first glance, Meydan overflows with adjectives: it has the world’s largest suspended roof, the world’s longest LED screen, and the first trackside hotel. National Geographic will be producing a documentary on the project for its Megastructures series.
The racecourse’s most distinctive feature is the dramatic cantilevered grandstand roof, clad in 9,000 tonnes of stainless steel, and 8,000 solar panels that generate 20% of the electricity needed for the project. “The falcon denotes speed and decisiveness, something integral to horseracing,” Teo explains. “The grandstand design symbolises the crescent, and is also an abstract of a falcon landing. “Its steel claws grip the Rooftop Bubble Lounge like a nest. There is also a distinctive Chinese symbolism to it because we believe that when a falcon comes to nest, it brings good fortune. Falcons have strong vision and it’s symbolic of a new future for horseracing. The Sheikh’s vision will continue on here.”
At the entrance, the falcon’s “feathers” shelter 10,000 parking bays. The trackside hotel marks a subtle and gentle shift in tradition. Local Arabic women are seldom seen on the grandstands, but with 95% of the hotel rooms facing the track directly, it means more families can catch the action in comfort. A unique feature of Meydan is a series of tunnels that allows the horses to be led towards the track without d istraction. They emerge from the tunnel with their jockeys like footballers at a stadium. Or, in Teo’s words, like Roman gladiators in the Coliseum!
Teo is behind the masterplan of Meydan City (Arabic for a place where people congregate), which is the first part of an integrated development. The other sections are The Metropolis (the business district), Horizons (which comprises offices, housing and a marina) and Godolphin Parks (a canalstyled district that includes the spectacular Godolphin Gateway Tower, a 40-storey building with an archway shaped like a thoroughbred).
Congratulation to TAK Architects (Malaysian-based) for making this project a success despite during the financial and time restricted period. Last but not least, the virtual reality video of Meydan:
Beautiful, right? It is a very large scale project, that Dubai commonly establish to bring the name of Dubai further ahead on international stage. Tallest, biggest, grandest…everything that breaks record, then Dubai will attempt, despite financial problem…they have really accomplished some of their visions….very ambitious, yet exciting!
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand
PARKROYAL On Pickering, Singapore, WOHA:
Statoil Offices Oslo, Norway by A-Lab
Emporia Malmö, Sweden by Wingardh Arkitektkontor
German Office Revitalisation
Location: Müllheim, Baden-Württemberg, southern Germany
Design : wurm + wurm architekten
Müllheim Office Building Germany
The task of this project was the revitalization of an empty precast concrete office from the 1980`s. After the purchase of the building by the firm DORNER Health IT Solutions the ground floor was to be turned into the firm’s headquarter, whereas the first floor was to contain rentable office space. With an average budget, the client expected to achieve an exceptional level of architecture. After having played with several variations and solutions, we settled for a dark paint finish and reflective panels, giving the building an exclusive look.
All walls and the suspended ceiling were removed to create an open loft style working space, additionally the room was opened upon the courtyard and garden by replacing existing concrete wall elements by glazed sliding doors. Due to acoustic reasons, the ceiling was partially covered with woodwool slabs whereas all of the installation remained uncovered.
Partition walls as well as the specially designed furniture are all made from the same wooden panels, sustaining a continuous design throughout the office despite the numerous accentuations set in bright colors. As counterpart to the wooden interior there is a bright white mountain set in the angle of the L-shaped room, that serves as retreat and informal meeting room. Set in the rear part of the office there is also a freestanding cube containing a second, more private, meeting room.
The student category winners, Ms.Gauri Satam and Mr.Tejesh Patil from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai, India, used the basic design principles of anthropometric/scale along with simple striking colours naturally creating a welcoming feel towards a learning institution for young minds.
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Demanding Modern Design for Two-Level House Extension in Australia
The unconventional two-level house extension features an original angular roof contributing to the aerodynamic shape of the bungalow-inspired building. Excavated into the ground, the garage area was left open, while the upper volume was enclosed by glass. It is here that the extra bedrooms and bathrooms are located. “The new extension is not meant to be sympathetic to an older style but rather has been shaped by the clients’ brief, solar access and one of Melbourne’s best views back onto the city,” explained the architects.
Exquisite Views and Fine Modern Details: Dudley Residence in Australia
The strategy was to divide the house into two parts, private ( family sleeping) areas and then common (living) areas. These two wings are joined by a stairwell that passes under the pool. The courtyard and pool provide the opportunity for some external, level, sun catching space, protected from the cold winds in winter. The building steps with the land and the level closest to the garden accommodates the bedrooms. This wing changes geometry midway along it’s length to run parallel to a cliff that exists on the block.
The clients had commissioned a Landscape Architect (Richard Stutchbury), also a sculptor, to design the outdoor spaces and provide some focus works of sculpture. Richard used plant species, native to the region, with just the occasional exotic to provide a feature element. His hand hewn sculptures near the pool and in the garden, provide subtle dialogue with the architecture. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Bourne Blue Architecture ]
Michael Jordan’s Mansion Up For Sale for $29 Million [Video]
We almost forgot the circular infinity pool with its own green oasis and the impressive skylight (“Eye-to-the-Sky”) above the kitchen table. The basketball theme is present throughout, beginning with the number “23″ embedded on the front gate, to the custom-designed living room table and ultimately, the indoor basketball court. The property is surrounded by a living fence of 150 mature evergreens, creating an envelope of unparalleled privacy. We uploaded a video with the actual tour of Michael Jordan’s mansion at the end of the post, presenting each interior in detail. Enjoy the “legendary” sights!