Sunday 26 July 2009

8 Finalists of the Classroom Design: Open Architecture Challenge 2009

on Sunday 26 July 2009 - 10:50:06 | by NEO
Open Architecture NetworkOpen Architecture Network this year called the architects and designers from around the world to involve with real schools, students and teachers and improve the design of their classrooms. This competition was a major success if we look at the number of submissions and the diversity of them. The encouraged involvement of students and teachers with the designers seem to be a real breakthrough in the way we think of designing a classroom today.
Here are the images and other details of the eight finalist designs:

Adaptable Hillside classroom
Project: Adaptable Hillside Classrooms
Design Team: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios & Architecture for Humanity UK
Engineering Team: Buro Happold
Partner/ Location: Bunyonyi Community School, Kabale, Uganda

Bamboowood School
Project: Bamboowood School
Design Team: Petr Kostner, Martina Sobotková and Soňa Huberová, Czech Republic
Partner/ Location: Antarastriya Yuba Barsa Lower Secondary School, Lakhanpur - Teksing, Kavre, Nepal

Classroom for the saltpan community, Cohesion Foundation
Project: Classroom for the saltpan community, Cohesion Foundation
Design Team: Rajesh Kapoor, Prashant Solanky, Bharat Karamchandani and Kiran Vaghela, Gujarat, India
Partner/Location: Cohesion Foundation, Kutch, Gujarat, India

Teton Valley Community School
Project: Teton Valley Community School
Design team: Section Eight Design, Idaho, United States
Partner/ Location: Teton Valley Community School, Victor, Idaho, United States

A Sustainable Community Classroom
Project: A Sustainable Community Classroom
Design Team: Gifford, London, UK
Partner/ Location: Building Tomorrow, Uganda

House in the Wood Classroom
Project: House In The Wood
Design team: Built Form, LLC / Northwestern University Settlement House, Chicago, IL, United States
Partner/Location: House In The Wood and Rowe Elementary School, Delavan, Wisconsin, United States

Justified Architecture in a Landscape of Transformation
Project: Justified Architecture in a Landscape of Transformation
Design Team: Arquitectura Justa - Wolfgang Timmer, Fabiola Uribe, T. Luke Young, Bogota, Colombia
Partner/ Location: Corporación Educativa y Social Waldorf, Ciudad Bolívar, Bogota

Blurred Classroom
Project: Blurred Classroom
Design team: Gensler, New York, United States
Partner/ Location: Future Leaders' Institute, New York, NY, United States

Here each of the images are linked to the project pages of OAN Website. It should be an stimulating experience to go through all the finalist projects.

Monday 06 April 2009

Winning Designs Published : House of Arts and Culture, Lebanon

on Monday 06 April 2009 - 10:04:17 | by admin
1st prize winning project | House of arts and culture Lebanon Competition
It is said that the design competition of the House of Arts and Culture of Beirut Lebanon is somewhat the largest design competition of the year! And of course it’s really exciting to see the winning designs to realize how they won, what special they did!
And yes there’s a lot to learn from the designs as well.
Here you can download all the winning projects
| Report of the Jury |
1st Prize | 2nd Prize | 3rd Prize
For detail information and special mention projects

1st prize winning project | House of Arts & Culture Lebanon Competition

[Images: 1st Prize winning project by Architect Alberto Catalano of Milan, Italy, Image courtesy: House of Arts and Culture Lebanon Competition website]

Tuesday 31 March 2009

Winners Declared: House of Arts and Culture, Lebanon

on Tuesday 31 March 2009 - 10:05:38 | by admin
(ArchSociety circulated the news of the international competition for designing the National House of Culture of Lebanon in Beirut. Follow up here)
On few days back the competition organizers declared the name of the winners. The first prize goes to Italian architect Alberto Catalano.
Catalano's winning design includes all of the required spaces and offers an openness and versatility that impressed the competition's jurors. The House will exhibit a low-rise and decidedly post modern exterior, composed of conjoining angles and levels, a sidelong tower [much lower than surrounding buildings] designed for workshops and offices and significant subterranean space for, among other things, the grand auditorium.

"The first proposal is an urban proposal," said Suha Ozkan, a Turkish architect, historian and theorist, and the president of the competition's jury. "It converses with the city."

The Culture Ministry and Gaia-Heritage described Catalano's design as modestly urban and human in scale, one invested with "Arabesque" and Mediterranean spirits and a modern functionality "contribut[ing] to the emerging new identity."

In describing his architectural plan, Catalano chose a post-conflict lexicon, using words like "cuts," "boundary" and "scars."

STAR strategies + architecture team lead by Beatriz Ramo López de Angulo of Netherland and Project Maganom of Russia win the second and third prize.
Eight honorable mentions are also in the list.
All the competition entries are now open in an exhibition till 5th April at the Forum de Beirut, Lebanon, 10am to 8pm. The Competition website will publish the detail information about the winning projects very soon. ArchSociety wish to publish a review afterwards.

Information courtesy: The Daily Star, Lebanon, Competition Website

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