C.F. Mller unveils nature-filled urban space at Oslo Central Station

June 1, 2018 by  
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In collaboration with Kristin Jarmund Architects and Rodeo Architects , C.F. Møller Architects has unveiled designs for a new urban space—comprising a square, a hotel and a high-rise tower—at Oslo Central Station. Located in the heart of Oslo, the Biskop Gunnerus gate 14B project offers the opportunity to create a lasting impression on visitors and locals thanks to its high-traffic site and potential for effective urban connections. The design team earned the commission with their winning proposal—developed by Kristin Jarmund Architects and C.F. Møller Architects—in a pre-qualified architectural competition in 2009. In addition to improving site circulation, the Biskop Gunnerus gate 14B project proposal aims to catalyze urban development in central Oslo . KLP Eiendom, a Norwegian real estate management company, aspires to turn the proposal into “a pioneering international project when it comes to the environment and sustainability ,” according to a project statement. Porosity will be a guiding principle in the design as well. Currently, the site is entirely occupied by buildings. Under the new proposal, however, more than half of the area will be opened up for use as publicly accessible green space . The landscaped area will also help connect the redeveloped urban space to the green path along the river Akerselva. “The cohesive terrain eliminates level differences and establishes new connections, with an effective flow between Schweigaards gate, a bus terminal and Nylandsbroen,” wrote the architects. Related: Solar-powered school will teach children how to grow and cook their own food The site will feature two new buildings elevated on a shared base with a square. The building to the west will primarily house a hotel , while the building to east will mostly comprise offices . To break the buildings down to a more human scale, the architects have added and subtracted blocks from the mass to create opportunities for green terracing. The terraced rings will provide space for roof gardens and vantage points for overlooking the city. + C.F. Møller Architects Images via C.F. Møller Architects

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Greenery-covered ziggurat symbolizes Burkina Fasos new era of democracy

July 5, 2017 by  
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African architect Francis Kéré is making headlines for this year’s Serpentine Pavilion , but London’s not the only place where he’s making a splash. The Berlin-based architect was commissioned to redesign his home country’s National Assembly, the Burkina Faso parliament building that had been set ablaze during the country’s revolution in 2014. Covered in green terraces, the striking ziggurat structure draws on traditional African principles and will be complemented with a memorial park. After 31 years of dictatorial rule, the people of Burkina Faso revolted against their government in a series of demonstrations and riots known as the 2014 Burkinabé uprising. In protest of the old regime, the former National Assembly was set ablaze and destroyed. As part of the country’s new start into democracy, architect Kéré was commissioned to design a new parliament building that would not only symbolize the country’s ideals for transparency, openness, and equality, but also catalyze development for Ouagadougou. The proposed National Assembly is a giant ziggurat structure that rises to a height of six stories. “The stepped pyramidal structure becomes a monument that citizens can climb and have an elevated view of Ouagadougou,” wrote the Kéré Architecture. “In an area where the highest altitude does not exceed more than 400 meters, this unexpected but accessible height in the middle of the flat urban fabric offers a new perspective both literally and metaphorically.” A tree occupies the heart of the building in reference to “arbre à palabres” (tree of discussion) under which Burkinabé leaders make decisions in the countryside. Related: Diébédo Francis Kéré unveils 2017 Serpentine Pavilion with rain-gathering roof The 25,000-square-meter 127-seat public assembly also pays homage to subsistence farming since 90% of the country’s labor force is dedicated to agriculture. The pyramidal building’s facade provides solar shading and also includes publicly accessible green terraces that serve as educational tools to pioneer new urban farming methods. Strategically placed openings allows for crosswinds and natural cooling. The ruins of the old assembly are transformed into a shaded depression for the collection of rainwater that will be reused for on-site irrigation. A Memorial Park with a reflection pool and landscaping complements the building and offer a space for reflection on those who lost their lives in the revolts. + Kéré Architecture Via Dezeen Images via Kéré Architecture

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Immense green-roofed school grows its own herb and vegetables in France

December 31, 2015 by  
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Artist critiques mass media by turning old satellite dishes into floating swans

December 31, 2015 by  
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Terraced LEED Platinum Tower is Wrapped in Greenery

November 10, 2010 by  
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HKS Inc has proposed a soaring LEED platinum tower for India that is designed to effortlessly blend the indoors and outdoors. Dubbed the ITC Corporate Tower, the breathing white building features a double façade system that integrates balconies and a green zone to help keep the intense Bangalore sun from overheating the inside.

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Agoras Project: GAD envisions a green urban oasis for bustling Istanbul

October 12, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Mixed-use residential development with green terraces, rainwater collection systems and solar modules. In an attempt to give Turkey a contemplative and comfortable escape, Global Architectural Development (GAD) has developed a mixed-use high rise, residential development wrapped in green terraces. Dubbed the “Agoras Project”, this green oasis situated in the heart of the busy metropolis of Istanbul will house varied sized flats to appeal to various budgets and family types, a shopping mall, 14 cinemas, a fitness center, restaurants, and numerous cafes and shops

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