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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    3 World Architectural Projects in a Glance Designed by Foster+Partners, Zaha Hadid, and BIG

    In this post, we will be reviewing some of the biggest worldwide projects that have been designed recently by a number of famous Architects with a big reputation all over the planet.

    Some of these projects were launched and organized within an international competition, another not.
    I actually found it somehow useful to share some of these with my readers for the public benefit and knowledge in general.
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    3 World Architectural Projects designed recently by Famous Architects, Photo: Edited by 101ArchiTechArchive

    In previously posted articles, I used to make those kinds of discussions or presentations, if I can say, in a way to show up and enlighten the best projects in the World of Architecture, which is an infinite Universe of creativity.
    In addition, the other objective of publishing those reviews is to spread the knowledge as much a possible inside the community for the common interest and for providing the all-new update on what is happening in the industry.
    Read more: I hereby refer my readers to some of those posts by following the links below:
    And here we go! ...
    The three selected projects are randomly chosen.
    In some ways, I did do my listing according to the designer; in means, the project itself can reveal the name of its creator.

    Actually, I did choose three among the most famous Architects, with the finest selection of their works in mind: Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid, and BIG.

    1- The Alibaba Main Headquarters in Shanghai, China

    It wasn’t surprising at all for Foster + Partners’ to win the competition for the Alibaba headquarters of the well-known Chinese giant company, specialized in the e-commerce industry.

    The concept of the project adopted by the designers consists of revealing the aim of this company, located in the heart of Shanghai-China;

    It emphasizes the importance of communication and integrity between workers within the cooperation and embodies an image that reflects the company's position.

    Good to note, that nature did occupy a good part of the project. In fact, the site selection with its natural surroundings was real proof for the integration of the inside of the building to its outside;

    The external terraces presented on every side of the construction, make it in complete connection with the environment surrounding it.

    The project was designed to be transparent, allowing passers-by to discover it from inside. (see Fig. No.1)
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    Fig. No.1- A perspective of the main facade of the building and its entrance, showing its structural method consisting of repeated units stacked between each other to form the final shape, Photo: aasarchitecture.com

    Algorithms were used in the design to create the ideal block for the building. These rules combine many important aspects of the project to create the appropriate and relevant model, through the high response to environmental conditions, and the increase in the outlook in addition to the requirements of the region.

    The design improves the building block to provide the best comfort for the building's users throughout the year through protection from strong winds in the winter and also from the sun's heat in the summer, and by creating innovative solutions for the workspaces of the various departments in the company.
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    Fig. No.2- The courtyard is in the middle of the building, showing a part of its uses, Photo: designboom.com

    Office units and meeting rooms were organized with the seek of encouraging cooperation and teamwork.

    The interior spaces are characterized by natural lighting and their ability to connect with the external spaces to encourage work and interaction among workers.

    The construction uses a recurring unit system and off-site manufacturing system to monitor quality, reduce waste and construction operations on-site to achieve an effective construction program.
    Fig. No.3- The site plan shows the integration of the outside with the interior of the building.




    2- The OPPO Mobile Telecom Main Headquarters, in China

    The OPPO by Zaha Hadid is my next choice;

    To whom that the OPPO brand doesn’t sound familiar, and I doubt anyway, it is a Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company.

    OPPO is one of the leading smartphone companies in the world.

    The company started to produce smartphones back in the year 2008, aiming to become a leading company in China in addition to being the fifth-largest company in the world by employing nearly forty thousand employees in 40 different countries.

    The company has established six research institutes, four research and a development center, and a design studio.

    Zaha Hadid's office was chosen within an architectural competition to design the headquarters of OPPO Mobile Telecom.

    The design aims to achieve the LEED Gold certification. 
    LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy and water savings, better eco-environmental friendly conditions, etc…
    Read more: Read related topics about Green Architecture.

    A Glance at the Project Specifications

    The project is located on an area of 185,000 square meters, and it consists of four interconnected towers up to 200 meters in height and comprising 42 floors.

    The towers were directed to provide distinctive views of the interior spaces of the city, as they rise from a small base, which allows the public outdoor spaces to be provided at the street level.
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    Fig. No.4- Overview of the Project, Photo by arabianbusiness.com

    Two of the towers benefit from a flexible design characteristic by the creation of open spaces that links together with a 20 meters height pathway, and the two others include the service and technical facilities.
    Fig. No.4.a- Another internal View of the OPPO Project, Photo Source: albenaamag.com

    The project has also been developed and linked together with corridors, which include a landscaped yard, commercial shops, and restaurants, and it is also directly related to the metro station adjacent to the site.

    The whole project concept follows Zaha Hadid’s Philosophy of Curves.
    Read more: Related article about Zaha Hadid Philosophy.

    3- A Residential Hill of a Green Nature

    It’s another creative project by BIG (BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group) a very famous Architect from Germany, known mainly for his project VIA 57th West in New-York city.
    Read more: Have more information about this project in my previous post: 8 Best Worldwide Architectural Projects in 2016 (with Images) for a complete review.
    Fig. No.5- The distinctive facades with large openings provide a view of the green nature, connecting the interior with the outside, Photo Albina'a Magazine

    In the spring of 2011 BIG was named to design this residential project by Oscar Properties. The project consists of providing contemporary housing units with external spaces and wide views of the outside, with respect to the public parks and the adjacent royal port.

    The project design assures high permeability across its components, which was constructed from cloned units made of Cedars’ wood, with repetitive dimensions of (3.60 x 3.60) meters, stacked on top of each other and organized around an open green patio.

    The building rises within a pyramidal shape with 35 meters above the ground at its highest corner, in order to allow all the units to benefit from the largest amount of natural lighting and views of the port and the gardens surrounding the site. (see Fig. No.6, below)
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    Fig. No.6- General view of the Project by BIG- Photo by Al-Bina’a Magazine

    The building then descends in a slope from both ends of its upper corners, reaching a height of 7 meters above the ground, appearing as a wooden hill merging with its natural green surroundings.

    The natural appearance of the building covered with wood continues in the courtyard, which consists of stepped surfaces dedicated to various services and activities, cultivated courtyards, and bicycle parking.
    Fig. No.7- The main Elevation showing the wide openings to allow natural lighting into the building, Photo Source: albenaamag.com

    The project provides 169 residential units with internal distributions suitable for the majority of the population categories.
    The interior design of the apartments was inspired by Scandinavian lifestyles, and influences from modern South American architecture.

    The architectural influences by using natural materials, floors, and wood for details, give the whole project a warm touch.

    In addition, the granite ceramics used in the bathrooms, as well as natural stones in the kitchens’ tops, added a sort of spirit missed in similar constructions.

    Fig. No.8- Detail of the Elevation made mainly of wood.
    The facades are characterized by large openings that provide a view of the green nature, linking the interior with the exterior.

    Every residence is provided with private and public outdoor terraces.

    Planted with different sorts of perennial plants, which only need little maintenance, those vegetables provide great and green looking for most of the year.

    While the ground level contains commercial and business spaces, upper floors are reserved for housing studios.


    References and Photos in this article:

    1- Al-Bina’a Magazine (the electronic edition)
    2- Wikipedia (the English Online Encyclopedia)
    3- Zaha Hadid (Official Website)




    2 comments:

    1. Boa noite meu querido amigo. Obrigado por seguir o meu blog

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