Some of these projects were launched and organized within an international competition, others were not. I actually found it somehow useful to share some of these with my readers for the public benefit and knowledge in general.
|3 World Architectural Projects designed recently by Famous Architects, Photo: Edited by 101ArchiTechArchive|
➤ Read more: I hereby refer my readers to some of those posts by following the links below:
- The Opus, Latest of Dubai Hotels by Zaha Hadid (The Opus Hotel Review)
- Architectural Projects: Remembering World Trade Center (The World Trade Centers Review)
- 2 Newest Architectural Projects in Beirut (The 3Beirut and Plot #1282 Reviews)
- 8 Best Worldwide Architectural Projects in 2016 (8 Best Worldwide Architectural Buildings)
- 5 Facts Behind "Beirut Terraces" Architectural building (The Beirut-Terraces Project Review)
In some ways, I did do my listing according to the designer; it 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, ChinaIt wasn’t surprising at all for Foster + Partners’ to win the competition for the Alibaba headquarters of the well-known Chinese giant company, that specializes 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 of 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 the inside. (see Fig. No.1)
|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|
|Fig. No.2- The courtyard is in the middle of the building, showing a part of its uses, Photo: designboom.com|
2- The OPPO Mobile Telecom Main Headquarters, in China
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…
A Glance at the Project Specifications
|Fig. No.4- Overview of the Project, Photo by arabianbusiness.com|
|Fig. No.4.a- Another internal View of the OPPO Project, Photo Source: albenaamag.com|
➤ Read more about Zaha Hadid Philosophy.
3- A Residential Hill of a Green NatureIt’s another creative project by BIG (BIG stands for 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 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|
The project design assures high permeability across its components, which were 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 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)
|Fig. No.6- General view of the Project by BIG- Photo by Al-Bina’a Magazine|
|Fig. No.7- The main Elevation showing the wide openings to allow natural lighting into the building, Photo Source: albenaamag.com|
The architectural influences by using natural materials, floors, and wood for details, give the whole project a warm touch.
|Fig. No.8- Detail of the Elevation made mainly of wood.|
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