MVRDV redesign of Europes largest urban shopping center breaks ground in France

March 14, 2018 by  
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Construction has kicked off on Lyon Part-Dieu, MVRDV’s competition-winning design for Europe’s largest downtown shopping center that promises much more than retail therapy. Conceived as an antidote to the existing mall’s car-centered design, the new shopping center will emphasize the public realm with a human scale and pedestrian friendly experience. The mall will be integrated into the urban fabric and bring in greenery with landscaped areas from the ground floor to the public green roof. Founded in 1975 in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon , the 166,000-square-meter Lyon Part-Dieu shopping center is now undergoing a contemporary makeover. “Lyon Part-Dieu, we draw this facade with big pixels which we hope will give a more human scale not just to the mall, but the whole site,” says Winy Maas, MVRDV co-founder. “In 2020, Lyon Part-Dieu will be both a place for everyday life and shopping, but also culture and relaxation in a reinvented setting.’’ The most eye-catching element of the redesign is the “ pixelated ” facade where the facade subtly transitions from concrete to glass to open the interior up to the outdoors. The concrete facade will also be covered in “depolluting coating” to improve outdoor air quality . Related: MVRDV unveils solar-powered Milestone building that looks like a crystal rock While retail will reign king at Lyon Part-Dieu, the new mall also offers plenty for the non-shopper including restaurants, cinema, and public parks. Big outdoor stairwells and escalators provide access to the public green roof and park. The project is slated for completion in 2020 and the buildings will remain open during construction. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris

January 22, 2015 by  
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Le Monde Group selected Norwegian studio Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. The architects will work with local studio SRA on the design, which will comprise of a twisted structure clad in a “ pixelated matrix of glass” and will focus on the relationship between the French newspaper and the public. Read the rest of Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christian de Portzamparc , digital facade , facade design , French architects , headquarters , Le Monde Group , LED lights , Newspapers , Paris , paris archtitecture , pixelated facade , snohetta

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Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete!

December 15, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , australia , australia’s first carbon neutral building , carbon-neutral , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green roof , Melbourne , net zero , pixel , pixel building , pixelated facade , shade screen , studio505 , sun screen , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Zero Carbon , Zero energy

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INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper

December 15, 2011 by  
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In 2008 Gensler broke ground on the sustainable Shanghai Tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai , China . The tower is currently in construction and is one of three supertall buildings in Pudong, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center . An elegant structure, spiraling up to the sky, once the tower is completed in 2014 it will become the largest skyscraper in Asia, and the second tallest tower in the world — only second the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 632 meter tall structure is not only a testament to both modern architecture and the potential of engineering, but is precedent for sustainable super structures. The tower will take the form of nine cylindrical buildings stacked atop each other, enclosed by the inner layer of glass, and hosting public space for visitors, including atriums, gardens, cafes, restaurants, retail space, a hotel, and 360-degree views of the city. The building will also include a rainwater recycling system, a series of wind turbines able to generate up to 350,000 kWh of electricity per year. But most noatbly, the tower’s glass façade was designed specifically to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%, meaning fewer construction materials needed, including 25% less structural steel. We recently spoke to Gensler ‘s Chris Chan , Design Director and lead designer of the tower, who gave us some insight on what it has taken to get the Shanghai Tower built, and how Building Information Modeling ( BIM ) has played a crucial role from concept to construction. Jump ahead for the fascinating interview with Chris!   This interview is brought to you by  Autodesk – Removing the barriers to better business. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , “sustainable skyscraper” , asia’s tallest sky scraper , asia’s tallest tower , autodesk , autodesk revit , autodesk suite , BIM , BIM tools , building information modeling , CAD , CFM , chris chan , chris chan architect , chris chan design directory , chris chan gensler , computational fluid modeling , eco skyscraper , eco tower , Gensler , Gensler architects , gensler asia , green skyscraper , green tower , Revit , shanghai skyscraper , shanghai tower , skyscraper design , supertall skyscrapers , supertall towers , sustainable design , sustainable tower , tallest skyscraper after burj dubai , tower design , world’s second tallest skyscraper , world’s second tallest tower

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