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Monday, 12 October 2009
Called SOF, the building is clad in aluminium with windows framed by dark horizontal bands across the facade.
Photographs are by Jakub Kaczmarczyk, Ovotz design Lab.
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Here’s some text from J Mayer H Arhictects:
Opening of SOF – Hotel Park Inn, Krakow, Poland
October 8th 2009 marks the opening of SOF, the new Hotel Park Inn, Krakow, Poland designed by J. MAYER H. architects in collaboration with GD&K Consulting Sp. z o.o. and OVOTZ Design LAB.
The hotel is being constructed in the city centre, at the intersection of important transport routes. The hotel is located in the vicinity of the planned Congress Centre as well as near to the Wawel Castel and the histrorical Jewish district.
It offers splendid views onto the old city centre. The new property is characterized by clear horizontal line, picking out the panorama-view as a central theme. The Facade is emphasized by black and white aluminium stripes, seperated by dark glass windows.
Opening: 8th October 2009, 9 PM
Location: SOF – Hotel Park Inn, Krakow, Poland
Investor: SOF Debniki Development sp. z o.o.
Client: GD&K Consulting Sp. z o.o., SOF Debniki Development Sp. z o.o. (UBM + GD&K Group)
Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects with OVOTZ design Lab.
General Constructor: PORR (Polska) S.A.
Project Management: UBM Polska sp. z o.o.,
Project Administrator: GD&K Consulting sp. z o.o.,
Interior Design: JOI-Design GmbH with OVOTZ design Lab.
Photographer: Jakub Kaczmarczyk, Ovotz design Lab
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand, Wojciech Witek, Magdalena Skoplak-Seweryn, Jakub Kaczmarczyk
Build for The Rezidor Hotel Group
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Dutch architects UNStudio have won a competition to design a football stadium in Dalian, China.
The building will have a double-layered, lattice-like roof inspired by traditional Chinese footballs, which are made from layers of coloured bamboo.
The stadium includes seating for 40,000 spectators, a TV broadcasting centre, players’ facilities and a VIP lounge.
Here’s some more information from UNStudio:
UNStudio/ Ben van Berkel’s design selected for new football stadium in China
Unstudio has won the limited competition for a 40,000 spectator football stadium for the most successful club in the Chinese Super League: Dalian Shide FC. The stadium will be built in the club’s hometown of the city of Dalian, on the southern tip of Liaodong peninsula in Northeast China. The design for the 38,500 m2 stadium has been inspired by the colourful layering and overlapping of the ancient Chinese cuju football. The design weaves together the collective spirit of the spectators with the public realm and the urban context of the building. The main stadium houses spectator seating, TV broadcasting centre, administration areas, VIP lounge, players facilities and public concourse in a layered envelope which extends on ground level to provide outdoor public areas above decked parking facilities. In addition, the design incorporates two training fields on the 144,000 m2 site.
According to Ben van Berkel, “The design of the Dalian Football Stadium is inspired by the classic Chinese football, which was made by layering coloured bamboo. For the stadium design we appropriated this effect to generate a double-layered roof structure. This structure operates as a double concourse enclosure, encircling the tribunes. Splits and openings in between broad bands of the lattice structure enable views from the outside in and from the inside out.”
Essential to the stadium typology is the experience of the spectator. Aside from the basic function of a stadium as an arena for spectator sport with one central focal point, stadium design requires the consideration of many essential structural, programmatic, contextual, infrastructural and stylistic elements and the incorporation of these into a strong, integral gesture. Infrastructural considerations include ease of access and evacuation, visitor routing and parking facilities, while contextual considerations form an important element in both the relationship of the stadium to the city, its surroundings and its orientation with regard to nearby transport modes.
UNStudio’s design for the Dalian stadium presents an inclusive approach to stadium design where the articulation of the structure and the openings and overlapping moments of its double-layered envelope serve as the starting point for visitor experience and programmatic and infrastructural requirements, in addition to heightening spectator experience in terms of proximity to the playing field.
Ben van Berkel says, “A key feature of the Dalian Stadium is the proximity of the spectators to the pitch, thereby ensuring the best views from the tribunes and creating a true sense of engagement. As in theatre design specific views and focal points are required. In the Dalian stadium, we envisioned the playing field as the stage. A two tier seating system and curved outlines optimise the corners of the tribunes and allow the spectators to be as close as possible to the playing field.”
With a population of 5.7 million Dalian is the largest port in Northeast China and forms an important centre of trade, industry and tourism. In 1984, the State Council approved Dalian as a coastal open city during China’s opening up to the West. In the mid-90s Dalian began an ambitious undertaking to become a world-class port city on the level of Rotterdam, and a host to international events. Radical city planning policies were implemented, improving the aesthetic appearance of the city and eventually transforming the centre of Dalian with architectural styles reminiscent of the Mediterranean and Sweden, thereby making it a unique city in China.
UNStudio’s design for the Dalian Football Stadium reacts to this setting by orientating the building in order to maximise both the use of existing transport modes and the views of the surrounding sea and mountains, whilst providing a unique sporting venue for the population of the Dalian.
Dalian Football Stadium, Dalian, China, 2009
Client: Dalian City Bureau of Urban Planning, Location: Dalian, China
Building surface: 38,500 m2 Building site: 144,000 m2 Capacity: 40,000 spectators Programme: Football stadium with two additional training grounds Status: Competition 1st prize
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Astrid Piber with Nuno Almeida, Ger Gijzen and
Cynthia Markhoff, Luis Etchegorry, Shu Yan Chan, Ramon van der Heijden, Marcin Koltunski,
Fernie Lai, Patrik Noome
Engineering consultants: ARUP Shanghai, China
Arup International Consultants (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Sports consultant: ASS Planungs GMBH Freie Architekten, Germany
Traffic consultant: MVA Hong Kong LTD.
Visualisations: UNStudio / and SZ Silkroad Digi Tech Co. LTD., China Animation: IDF Global Pty Ltd.
Czech architects Projektil Architekti have completed the National Technical Library in Prague, Czech Republic.
The library was designed to house 1.2 million volumes alongside an exhibition hall, conference centre, cafe, and bookshop.
The building has three floors below ground (comprising storage and parking) and six storeys above.
Visitors can access the ground floor entrance hall from four directions and ascend to the main hall on the first floor.
The remaining storeys are arranged around a central atrium, admitting natural light.
All lighting points towards the centre of the building to help with orientation and the concrete interiors have brightly-coloured flooring.
Photographs are by Andrea Lhotakova.
Here’s some more information from Projektil Architekti:
The architect of the National Technical Library is Projektil architekti. It is an architectural office with a wide range of architectural works, which includes small and big buildings and refurbishment, as well as public-space design such as squares and parks.
What is special about our approach to designing buildings is the emphasis on energy saving and team work. To work in teams means not only cooperation with excellent technicians but graphic designers and artists as well. The best way to show how our approach works, is to show it at the building itself. In addition to the National technical library we also designed a library in Hradec Králové and the Centre for ecological activities Sluňákov near the city of Olomouc. Both of them are already in use. The CEA Sluňákov got the Grand Prix of architects 2007 prize and the library in Hradec Králové the main prize Grand Prix of architect 2009 in the category new building.
The idea of the new technical library is quite old and started in the 90’s. The architectural competition took place in 2000. The investor is the ministry of education on behalf of the State technical library. Our design got 1st prize among approximately 50 proposals. There wasn’t any second prize and, instead there were three third prizes. Afterwards, there was a time gap till the year 2004 in which the ministry of education chose to sponsor another competition to decide who would continue in the building design. After the plans where finished in 2006 the developer Sekyra Group was chosen to construct in a PPP like program. The real building contractor was then the partnership Metrostav – OHLŽS. Building construction started in the year 2006 and was finished in January 2009. Currently books are being moved in.
There are more sources of the architectural concept of the building. Firstly there is a spatial context influence which involves the historical urbanistic plans for the whole area as well as its present significance. Secondly the concept is our answer to the idea of the institution and especially to the role of the library in today’s society.
That is why on the groundfloor there is a minimum of the library itself unlike all the complementary services such as the cafeteria, exhibition hall and congress hall. Next the chosen shape and material should resolve one of crucial question of how to be modern and monumental at the same time. And, what is important, the building from the very beginning was formed to be energy saving one and the shape show it clearly.
Part of the concept is as well the use of the area around the building – social space on the west and a green park on the east. Finally, the building was designed to include the interior and the graphic design following the concept “the technological schoolbook”, so a lot of things (for example installations) are knowingly shown for better understanding how the building was designed and functions.
The building has three underground and six above ground floors. Underground there is book storage, technology, supply and a parking lot.
On the ground floor and the second floor there is the main entry to the library and all complementary facilities – conference hall, exhibition hall, cafeteria, bookshop and cloak room.
All of them are around the entry hall which is the main place for meeting people not just from the library but from the whole university campus. That is the reason why the building has not one but four entrances to all sides. The idea was to give to the campus, not just a library, but a needed public place as well; where all the students could meet together.
The entry hall doubles as a square for bad weather days (in summer the campus is empty). Additionally, there is a night study room on the ground floor so the building can provide the 24 hour service without needing to open all the building during the night. In the middle of the groundfloor is the entrance to the library and first info desk.
The visitors then follow up to the second floor and the atrium hall with the main desk. The atrium is naturally lit through the skylight and it is the main space of the whole building.
Then the library floors follow from third to sixth. The setup is similar. On the north side of the floor there is the administration section. In the public part there are the study places and study rooms of different sizes next to the façade, followed by book shelves in the darker part of the floor and finally an info desk and other study places around the atrium with natural light.
This plot mirrors not just the natural light level in different parts but also helps to distribute the warm gain from the sun and to differentiate acoustic demands. For administration the open space-system is used. Each floor is a little different but the main orientation points remain. More differences are found in the last floor where two open atriums give the chance to read under the sky, and is also where individual study rooms for rent are located.
In construction of the building many interesting technological solutions were used. Some of them help the flexibility, the others help save on energy demands. The construction itself used columns in a 15 meter grid with, in both directions, pre-stress concrete slabs. The statics deflation diagram for floorslabs pre-stressing was used for designing the floor, so you can imagine how the strength in the construction goes.
The concrete corn activation system is used for the heating and cooling. There are plastic pipes directly in construction slabs with a medium whose temperature is changing according to demands during the year. This system perfectly suits the open space of the library. In addition, there is an easy system for pre-cooling the building during summer nights just by natural ventilation via opening windows.
The main façade is divided into glass and blind parts on the surface in a ratio near to 50/50% in order to optimize the amount of heat energy. Recuperation of air and sun blinds are standard solutions, here thanks to an external double façade, wherein the sun blinds are sheltered from the wind. For the surface of the ground floor an asphalt-based floor covering material (bitu-terrazzo) was used. It significantly reduces noise levels in the building.
The fire prevention system is an automatic water mist-spraying fire extinguishing system which is more property/asset-protective, plus it does not require a large-capacity storage vessel.
The roof is covered with extensive green to create the fifth façade of the building for views from surrounding higher buildings. It also slows down draining in case of heavy rain.
The interior is very open and friendly to express the openness and friendliness of the contemporary institution. The main elements are the power-colored floor and the orientation of all lighting which point to the very middle point of the building. In every room you are sure about your position. Some furniture was developed especially for the library to give visitors a free-minded feeling. They are movable so the students can build their own constellations from them. The main principle of interior design is about collaboartion and reciprocal influence.
The important parts of the interior are the graphic design, which follows the technical schoolbook concept, and the art. We invited an art curator with the group PAS (production of contemporary activities) to prepare an art scheme for whole building. From the big scheme only the central artwork remains because of the lack of money. There was an international competition for this job and the famous artist Dan Perjovschi won. So now you can see an elaboration of his ideas from MoMa in New York.
The National Technical Library will be ceremonially opened on September 9(th), 2009. Library users will have access to over 1,200 seats in study areas and 300 seats in relaxation areas. It is estimated that the library stores about 1.2 million volumes. There will also be an exhibition hall, a conference hall with 200 seats, a cafe with 150 seats, WiFi internet access throughout the building, parking for 300 cars and stands for 200 bicycles. It is expected that the new library will draw up to 900,000 visitors every year.
Name: National Technical Library
Location: Prague – Dejvice, areál vysokých technických škol
Client: Státní technická knihovna, Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy
Architect: Projektil architekti s.r.o.
Roman Brychta, Adam Halíř, Ondřej Hofmeister, Petr Lešek
Co – author of the interior: Hipposdesign, R.Babák, O.Tobola
Graphic designer: Laboratoř, P.Babák
Main art work: Pas, Dan Perjovschi
Planning: Helika a.s.
Energy scheme: Jan Žemlička,
Developer: Sekyra Group a.s.
General constructor: Sdružení Metrostav a.s., OHL ŽS a.s.
Competition entry authors: R. Brychta, A. Halíř, V. Králíček, P. Lešek
Plannig time: 2004-2006
Total grounf area: 11 740 m2
Built – up area – groundfloor: 4 740 m2
Total floor space: 51.434 m2
Enclosed volume of the elevated: 115.613 m3
Total enclosed volume: 168.187 m3
A number of readers´: 1200
A number of books on shelves: 500 000
A number of books in stocks: 600 000
An estimated number of visitors per year: 900 000
Posted by Rose Etherington