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Three Taverns Imaginarium // Square Feet Studio

Project Status: BuiltYear: 2020Size: 5000 sqft – 10,000 sqft

Text description provided by the architects.

An old-world cabinet of curiosities meets a modern working brewery: this project is all about escaping into the mind of our client, a creative brewmaster. Our shared philosophy was to feature the beer-making process in a theatrical way, and to create a space that encourages visitors to be curious and embrace new and sometimes unusual styles of beer.

© Square Feet Studio

© Square Feet Studio

Located in an historic adaptive reuse development, the volume of the space our client selected was perfect for the requisite large stainless steel brewing tanks. Our biggest challenge was working with the small but tall footprint to accommodate our client’s desire to maximize guest seating. So, we designed a mezzanine that allows for the complete beer-making process to be viewed from a variety of vantage points.

© Square Feet Studio

© Square Feet Studio

Upon entry, a series of repurposed factory windows delineate the tasting room and draw the curtain back on the production area like a performing arts stage. Rows of polished tanks are arranged below a custom golden mural which artfully hints of the molecular science behind beer-making. Like Alice heading down the rabbit hole, gleaming high gloss blue paneling throughout harkens to old railway carriages, capable of transporting you to another place and time.

© Square Feet Studio

© Square Feet Studio

Following upstairs along a tactile, leather-wrapped handrail, the upper level is tucked beneath the structure of the old building where we created a lounge dotted with intimate seating and glowing lighting. Similar to a theatre mezzanine, here guests can appreciate the art of brewing from above as they peer into the production area.

© Square Feet Studio

© Square Feet Studio

We designed a smaller scale bar upstairs as a true cabinet of curiosities, complete with apothecary paraphernalia and monk figurines, a nod to the Trappist beermasters of Europe. Custom wallpaper features the brightly colored fruits and herbs used to make the flavorful beers produced in the brewery..

© Square Feet Studio

© Square Feet Studio

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The New St. Pete Pier // ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

Project Status: ConceptSize: 100,000 sqft – 300,000 sqftBudget: 10M – 50M

Text description provided by the architects.

The vision for a new St. Petersburg pier creates a destination that embraces the pier’s role both as an icon for the City of St. Petersburg and an integral part of the vitality of downtown – a place for tourists and the local community alike, one that honors its history, while establishing a new icon for a 21st century public place.The New St.

© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

Pete Pier is a 13-acre armature of rich, local and destination-based programming adaptable over time as recreation and quality of life grow and change with generations. Activities are diversified through flexible planning and programming that elevates and establishes a sustainable relationship between the natural and built environments. A variety of unique spaces enable active and passive connections to the bay: a coastal thicket, wet classroom, water lounge, tilted lawn, and places for dining, fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming.

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© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

A water lounge at the end of the pier – a floating dock with a porous bottom that allows in a small pool of bay water – becomes a place for people to dip their feet and kids to safely splash around. The breakwater calms the water and creates more suitable environments for marine animals and plant life.

© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

The one-acre coastal thicket offers opportunities for new microecologies, created as part of the pier’s educational center, which includes 300 linear feet of new, artificial reef. Hydrodynamic modeling will allow for the production of calmed water and a naturalized beach frontage, enhancing both recreational use and seagrass habitats.The design reconnects the pier to the daily life of downtown St.

© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

Petersburg, tying into transportation and recreation systems such as bike paths, jogging trails, parking locations, and public transit systems. It also overlays new transport options such as the Looper Trolley and a potential high-speed ferry. .

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© ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

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Designs of the Decade: The World’s Best Retail Spaces From 2012 to Today

Celebrate a decade of inspirational design with us! The 10th Annual A+Awards is officially underway, and the Finaly Entry Deadline is January 28, 2021. Click here to start your entry today.

Over the past ten years, the A+Awards has been collecting impressive retail designs for commercial spaces around the world. Designing good retail not only entails creating a unique, memorable store that stands out from the rest, but also creating a space that contributes to impactful branding for your client. Award-winning commercial spaces create appealing experiences for visiting customers; they showcase products while acting as spatial representations of the brands’ identity. From façade to interior, the selection of forms and colors and the logic behind the display and circulation all play important roles in shaping the relationship between customer and brand.

This collection brings together a retrospective of the top retail spaces from last decade. Be inspired by these clever — oftentimes innovative — design solutions tailored for their clients and sites.

2012-13: Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Shimura Branch

emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design | Azusawa, Itabashi-ku, Japan

Popular Choice, 2012-13 A+Awards, Retail

Sugamo Shinkin Bank_interior
In response to the third commission from Sugamo Shinkin Bank, the design team continued with their iconic rainbow color swatch to create a building that best echoes the bank’s motto: “We take pleasure in serving happy customers.” The façade features twelve layers of color that stretch out from the white walls following an energetic rhythm. At night, the layers are illuminated from inside, and the building appears like a vibrant neon beacon whose colors vary from season to season.

Upon entering the building, three elliptical light-wells invite skylight into the rooms. The whimsical, technicolor palette extend from the façade onto the internal walls and ceiling, taking the form of dandelion puffs and rainbow chairs.

2014: Sokol Blosser Winery Tasting Room

Allied Works Architecture | Dayton, OR, United States

Jury Winner, 2014 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail

Sokol Blosser Winery Tasting Room_exterior

Sokol Blosser Winery Tasting Room_interior
This timber structure houses the tasting room of Sokol Blosser Winery on the Dundee Hills; it also functions as an event space with views of the family’s vineyards and the whole estate. The timber’s warmth and intimate scale contribute to a welcoming, home-like atmosphere. The building is centered around the main tasting room, with a bar, hearth, library, kitchen and other functions. Meanwhile, the seating areas are strategically arranged to ensure nice views of the landscape, both indoor and outdoor.

2015: Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center

de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop | Lawrenceburg, KY, United States

Jury Winner and Popular Choice, 2015 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail

Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center_exterior

Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center_interior
The dark silhouette of the latest addition to the Wild Turkey Bourbon Distillery complex stands out on the unsheltered landscape of Kentucky River. The Visitor Center houses exhibitions, a gift shop, event venues, a tasting room and offices, with a generous view of the river. Expertly combining simplicity and complexity, the building takes on the simple shape of the local tobacco barns while employing a rich façade consisting of clear glazing, opaque panels and light-filtering lattice. By thematizing the juxtaposition between the traditional and the new, the design gies expression to the distillery’s rebranding program which favors both devoted old friends and new fans of bourbon.

2016: UNILUX

SOMA | Beirut, Lebanon

Popular Choice, 2016 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail


The Unilux showroom is located on a long and thin site of 65 x 13 feet (20 x 4 meters). The ground floor is designed as an interactive lighting showroom to exhibit the effect of Unilux’s lighting products. Furnished with geometric patterns of stacked white cubes, the showroom captures the light with its dynamic 3D form. Visitors can walk through the space and experience the lighting from different perspectives.

The space thus presents lights of different characteristics to the visitors while itself is also a showpiece that is visible from the street, inviting people in. Below ground is a catalog room that showcases a collection of products in a rather static way. The windows occupied by lights are colored white to present the lights in the best quality possible, while the floor and walls are made of a reflective black, which makes the space appear visually taller.

2017: Östermalm’s Temporary Market Hall

Tengbom | Stockholm, Sweden

Jury Winner, 2017 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail

Östermalm's Temporary Market Hall_exterior

Östermalm's Temporary Market Hall_interior
This temporary structure was built as a temporary home for stalls from the adjacent old market while it was being refurbished. Due to its temporary nature, the architects opted for lightweight, cost-efficient and reusable materials such as timber and polycarbonate. A modular mounting system allowed the building to be quickly set up, dismantled and transported to and from the busy Östermalm’s square, where it was located for a spell. To minimize the disturbance to the original pedestrian traffic on the popular public space, all four facades have an entrance for people to pass through the market area during its open hours while introducing new customers to the market.

2018: Cheese Tart Shop “BAKE”

07BEACH | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Jury Winner and Popular Choice, 2018 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail


This project is carefully designed to display cheese tarts. The shopfront features a floor-to-ceiling window that curves inwards towards the inside of the shop, providing a sheltered queueing area while maintaining the exhibition function of the window. The glazing separates the circulation of staff and customers, while keeping the two visually connected. Customers can closely observe the tarts being packed as they queue; the design makes the store’s activities a source of entertainment in and of itself. The wall behind the staff is finished with light color of mortar, which guides customers’ sight towards the tarts. To better present the tarts to passersby on the street level, the ceiling above the stairs are also clad with mirrors that reflect the tarts in the window.


GARDE Co., Ltd. | Osaka, Japan

Jury Winner, 2019 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail



The Drape is a store of the Japanese wedding company Takami Bridal that provides high-end wedding clothing and event organizing services. Curtains of ring-mesh fabric drape down behind the full-height glazing, creating a patterned, eye-catching façade of metallic reflections. The interior is done with simplistic forms and colors that highlight the design of the dresses. Moreover, the kimono area of the shop is framed with warm timber finishing that differs from the showrooms of western bridal dresses. Kimonos are presented flat on shelves, to provide a straightforward comparison between colors and patterns.

2020: National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops


Jury Winner, 2020 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail

National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops_interior

National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops_interior2
To celebrate the Dahl Al Misfir (Cave of Light), a beautiful underground landscape in central Qatar, the National Museum of Qatar’s gift shop recreates the natural picturesque with 40,000 pieces of timber. With the aid of 3D modelling and CNC cutting, the timber pieces are precisely crafted and form smooth curves without any visible fixings. With a surprisingly generous space overhead, the depth and massiveness of the original landscape are well replicated as a memorial of the natural heritage. The shops provide a unique shopping experience that cannot be found elsewhere.

2021: Velaa Sindhorn Village

Architects 49 Limited | Bangkok, Thailand

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Commercial – Retail


The Sindhorn Village is a commercial complex that provides an escape from the urban chaos and concrete jungles. Shops meander along Langsuan Road in a semi-outdoor space, embracing the urban green areas next to the complex. The experience of wandering among the shops feels like walking under the trees. The tall roof makes all shops visible from the street, keeps the area sheltered while allowing good ventilation for the tropical climate. The roof canopy is supported by columns resembling the thickness of the tree trunk. Furthermore, sunlight filters through the four louver openings on the canopy, mimicking the scenery of lights coming through the leaves.

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Project Status: BuiltYear: 2020Size: 10,000 sqft – 25,000 sqftBudget: 100K – 500K

Text description provided by the architects.

Baldiri Reixac public school occupies Count Güell’s former residence and surroundings, where Park Güell was conceived in 1900. UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.TRANSFORMATION PROJECT1. PEDAGOGICAL REQUIREMENTSThe first strategy is to consider the courtyard as part of the educational unit through a great variety of amenities and routes as well as specific learning areas like music station, painting workshop, orchard, sports court, amphitheater and reading hammocks.2.

© Aquidos Arquitectes

© Aquidos Arquitectes


Gaudí’s permanent research to merge work of art and nature in Park Güell is a starting point for this project’s formal language. This intervention explores on natural earthy colors, organic and polygonal geometries, ruled and parabolic surfaces, wooden furniture, Mediterranean vegetation, and the interpretation of natural elements with artificial materials. 3.

© Aquidos Arquitectes

© Aquidos Arquitectes

LEARNING PROCESSThe courtyard seeks to be a source of knowledge. Teaching about respect for the environment, awareness on water management, joint responsibility over a collective good, inclusion of gender, cultural and social diversity. The amphitheater and the hammock areas are perfect for sharing knowledge. The Biotope Garden’s water collection cycle promotes biodiversity: children can learn about flora and fauna.

© Aquidos Arquitectes

© Aquidos Arquitectes

The courtyard behaves as a small Mediterranean botanical garden: bush cover, tall shrubs, and humid undergrowth.4. SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC FACILITY MANAGEMENT

The project achieves low maintenance / long lifespan using heat-treated wood form selective logging of European trees, mass-colored concrete allowing polishing, use of low water consumption native vegetation, draining granular surfaces and LED lighting with photoelectric automation..

© Aquidos Arquitectes

© Aquidos Arquitectes


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How China’s Top Architects Are Changing Perceptions and Winning Global Recognition

Architizer’s A+Awards, the world’s largest architectural awards program, has become one of the most significant platforms for Chinese architecture firms to gain recognition within their country and increase their visibility around the world. The iconic program is still open for entries for its 10th anniversary season, with jurors looking forward to reviewing submissions that will reveal the next creative forces emerging from across the country. With a Final Entry Deadline of January 28th, 2022, now is the perfect time to get started and put your firm in the running for publication in print and major press coverage this year:

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The Western perception that China is some kind of ‘sleeping giant’ when it comes to architectural design has long since fallen away, with headline-grabbing projects on an extraordinary scale rising in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and beyond. But it’s also notable that the types of projects receiving recognition are changing. A decade ago, China’s megatall commercial skyscrapers dominated coverage in architectural media, but today, cleverly crafted cultural, institutional and residential projects are now catching the eye of a global audience.

Yada Theatre by GOA, Jiangsu, China 9th Annual A+Awards Winner in the Unbuilt Cultural category.

For evidence, one need look no further than last season’s A+Awards, which saw no fewer than 22 different Chinese architecture and design firms receive prestigious accolades for their work. The rising prominence of the A+Awards in China has led Architizer to make the program more accessible to Chinese-speaking firms this season, with the addition of in-built translation on the submission site (simply click the ‘flag’ icon in the top right corner of the site to change languages).

So, how has the architectural profession evolved in China and made it one of the world’s top countries for A+Awards recipients? “The increased arrival of domestic architectural projects [in the A+Awards] reflects that architecture’s value is weaving into the development of public spaces and social environment in China,” said architectural designer Dylon Yang in conversation with the Global Times

“It is a progress that not only shows that we embrace international design aesthetics, but also a sign of a developed mentality — being able to see the difference between ‘buildings’ and ‘building designs’… designed architecture serves not only as shelter, but carries human responsibilities, preserves culture and community, strives for environmental sustainability, and so forth.”

Left: Yabuli Entrepreneurs’ Congress Center by MAD, 9th Annual A+Awards Winner in the Hall / Theater Category; right: Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum by Studio Zhu Pei, 9th Annual A+Awards Winner in the Museum Category.

This deep understanding of context — both social and environmental — can be seen in the work of many innovative Chinese firms, large and small. And, while some of last season’s winning firms are already very well known — MAD Architects, for example, took home multiple A+Awards — others have used their A+Awards success as a launching pad for major recognition and a greater standing among their competitors.Firms like Studio Zhu Pei — the architects behind the stunning Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum — and META-Project, which produced the tactile HeyTown Art Center in Beijing, are no strangers to success, but last season’s A+Awards saw their work thrown into the global spotlight. These projects are now held up as a creative benchmark — not just for other Chinese cultural centers, but for galleries and museums around the globe.

HeyTown Art Center by META-Project, 9th Annual A+Awards Winner in the Architecture +Metal category.

Perhaps the biggest factor giving rise to Chinese success in the A+Awards lies in the growing trend for firms to prioritize functionality and responsible design over flashy, formal structures. “Chinese architects around me, they have this attentiveness,” architect Wang Mian told the Global Times. “Most times, I hear people always judging a building by its appearance, but good design is far more than its aesthetics; it solves problems. In a true architect’s eyes, there is no such thing as only focusing on big ambitious ideas while neglecting to improve a situation a little bit better.”

The outcome of the 10th Annual A+Awards will be one of the highlights of 2022, and will bring with it plenty of creative surprises. One thing appears certain though — China’s most innovative architecture firms will feature prominently once again.

Get your work published internationally this year through the 10th Annual A+Awards! The Final Entry Deadline is January 28, 2022. Click here to start your entry today.Top image: Tea Leaf Market of Zhuguanlong by SUP Atelier, 9th Annual A+Awards Winner in the Architecture +New Materials category.

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Reader’s Choice: The 10 Most Popular Architecture Projects On Architizer in 2021

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Architizer’s journal is fueled by the creative energy of the thousands of architects from around the world who upload their stunning work throughout the year. From conceptual designs to projects under construction to completed buildings, we are proud to serve as a platform for showcasing global architectural talent and the brilliance of visualizers, engineers, manufacturers, and photographers who are crucial members of the industry. A stellar drawing, rendering or photo, as well as a detailed project description, can go a long way in making a project stand out, as does tagging the stellar contributors on a project.

Firms who upload to Architizer share their work with professionals and design enthusiasts through our Firm Directory and Projects database. They also gain exposure by having their projects shared on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages, as well as in our Journal feature articles. Indeed, through these various channels, hundreds of thousands of people in the global design community have come to rely on Architizer as their architectural reference and source of inspiration. As 2021 draws to a close, we’ve rounded up our database’s top 10 most-viewed, user-uploaded architecture projects:

1. Harbour Plaza Residences

architects–Alliance, Toronto, Canada

Harbour Plaza is a ‘vertical community’ aimed at transforming a former business district — a dead zone after dusk — into community for 9,000 residents, workers and visitors. A four-storey mixed use podium supports the elegant residential towers, whose bright white skin of pierced aluminum echos the rippling reflection of sunlight on the nearby Lake Ontario.

The façade’s woven texture can also be read symbolically, expressing the interrelationship between social, cultural, professional and recreational activity promoted by the development.

2. Beaver Lake Kiosks

perraultarchitecture (atelier urban face), Montreal, Canada

Mount Royal Park is to Montreal what Central Park is to New York. What is more, both were designed by Frederick Olmsted in the late 19th century. Fast forward to today, and 3 new kiosks at the Beaver Lake are reinvigorating the beloved Canadian green space.

Nestled in a glade on the top of the urban mountain, the trio imbues the natural surroundings with a poetic air. Their expressively slanted forms seemingly respond the elements, as if gusts of wind were pushing their volumes. Glazing at their front and rear ends transform the structures into glowing beacons that guide late night skaters and tubers in the dark.

3. Nancy and Rich Kinder Museum Building – Museum of Fine Arts Houston

By Steven Holl Architects, L’Observatoire International, Kendall/Heaton Associates, Houston, TX

The new Nancy and Rich Kinder building stands as the central showpiece in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston campus redevelopment. The iconic structure is the final addition to the diverse portfolio of buildings on the Fayez S. Sarofim campus at the heart of Houston’s museum district.

The lighting concept for the new 164,000 square foot museum was carefully curated not to overpower this cultural district with its large scale. Its glass facade offers a muted backdrop for the lush green live oak trees of the museum grounds during the day, and softly glows as a lantern beacon at night.

4. Îlot Balmoral

Provencher_Roy, Montreal, Canada

This vibrant icon acts as a visual anchor for the pedestrians who wander through Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles — a favorite festival destination and the cultural heart of the vibrant northern city. The structure actually consists of two volumes, which are at once physically connected and visually separated by an emphatic, oblique fault line.

This divide is highlighted by large-scaled, bright red facets, which fold outwards and are oriented diagonally to the urban grid. This full-height atrium also invites light to deeply pierce into the building’s interior, revealing the zigzagging walkways that bridge the two volumes.

5. Phoenix Pavilion

Jiangzuo Studio of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Gao Xin Da Dao, China

Sited on what was once a large refuse landfill, this pavilion marks the area’s transformation into an outdoor education place for students after its ecological restoration. Fittingly, the design of the Phoenix Pavilion articulates the intersection of three different lines of investigation: sustainable construction, heritage context and modern technology.

Bamboo grows abundantly in the area and it was thus used as the main built material. Exploring the possibilities of hot bending techniques, the large-span arch structure expresses the materials pliability and strength. Open and elegant, the pavilion takes the form of a phoenix spreading its wings in an allusion to traditional Chinese structures.

6. YAO Concept Restaurant

AAN Architests, Shenzhen, China

While interior architects are constantly advancing the spatial experience of hospitality interiors, tables and chairs are basic standards for most restaurants. This Chinese restaurant meditates on the expectation that diners eat at separately spaced tables. Curved partitions swoop down from the ceiling, simultaneously uniting and separating the various tables. The result is a net-like landscape which entangles hungry visitors and holding them together apart.

7. Cultural Center of Beicheng Central Park

Shenzhen HuaHui Design, Hefei, China

This cultural and educational facility reimagines the powerful tradition of the Chinese courtyard. Wall and corridor serves as interface for the courtyard, redefining the architectural space through a combination of different forms and modules that create rhythms of opened and closed space.

8. The Bicycle Garage

Tengbom, Uppsala, Sweden

Located next to the platforms of Uppsala Central Station, this bicycle garage is both a symbol and an  attestation of the city’s action-oriented sustainability ambitions. The building is a practical functionality piece of infrastructure, but at the same time, it powerfully represents a strong design concept. Two floors hold 1, 200 bicycles at once; they are connected by a wooden bike ramp which melds into the building’s exposed wood skeleton. Clad in glass façades with black steel moulding, the handsome building greets commuters at the platform of the city’s central railway station.

9. A Surfer’s House

Christiana Karagiorgi Architects, Peyia, Cyprus

This design ingeniously moves beyond the binaries of inside/outside to explore what it means to live in between indoor and outdoor space. Natural materials and claddings — including movable screens made of reeds — enclose exterior spaces, transforming the structure into a light and almost transparent cubical volume that overlooks the sea.

The building’s ground imprint is minimized in order to preserve the local microclimate and natural flora, while the timber slats visually elide the distance between the natural and built environments. The Akamas Peninsula is carpeted with plants and rocky fields. The house embraces both, inviting them to rest amongst the living spaces.

10. The Wall House

Guedes Cruz Architects, Lisbon, Portugal

Concrete, glass and wood form a protective but open barrier that cocoons the patio of this remarkable home. Privacy was less of a concern than the harsh Atlantic winds. To this end, extensive glazing opens the house to scenic sea views, which are visible from both interior and exterior spaces. The tour de force are two stacked,  exterior pools that crisscross over one another on the patio — one in the ground and the other floating in the air.

Bonus: Toyath Residence

Webber + Studio, Architects, Austin, TX

Infrastructural issues, size constraints and stylistic inconsistencies plagued this twice-renovated Freedman’s cottage in Austin’s historic Clarksville neighborhood. Although it may be a common challenge, preservation is an art form, and this intervention is a masterclass in balancing modern updates and expansion with sensitivity to historic value. This project responds by reimagining the home as a series of smooth and luminous interconnected spaces that culminate a spacious, modern addition at the rear.

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Gosford Leagues Club Park // Turf Design Studio

Project Status: BuiltYear: 2021Size: 10,000 sqft – 25,000 sqftBudget: 5M – 10M

Text description provided by the architects.

Fundamentally this project is about connection; connection to environment; connection to ‘country’ and connection to community – making a place for all. Gosford, one of the earliest European settlements in New South Wales and now a thriving town, is undergoing significant revitalization, led by a number of State government initiatives including Gosford Leagues Club Park – an inauspicious cluster of underutilised playing fields on reclaimed waterfront separated from Brisbane Waters by Dane Drive, an arterial road.

© Turf Design Studio

Our brief was to provide a town green, a regional playground, conserve existing phoenix palms, extend Baker Street to provide frontage for new adjacent development, and lastly, provide a new and ‘community node’.Discovery of the early shoreline on historical surveys, located deep within the park, long buried, strongly influenced the park narrative and its overall physical form.

© Turf Design Studio

We saw an opportunity to not simply interpret, but also restore this lost shoreline in a kind of archaeological dig, revealing the bay floor as an estuarine wild play area, a ‘Tidal Terrace’– a place to play, to learn, to connect to nature.

Our approach was to codesign the project with the three key stakeholders: our client Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC), Central Coast Council (CCC) and Darkinjung Local Land Council; via a series of design workshops identifying key attributes, opportunities and options for site development.

Working with the Darkinjung, we learnt the site was once an important camp, a place of trade and cultural exchange, a meeting ground between the Darkinjung clans and with adjoining nations such as the Gadigal, Gomeroi and Wiradjuri.

© Turf Design Studio

The Darkinjung oral history recounts this place as an important point of first contact between the Darkinjung and Europeans – when charting the Brisbane Waters in the first months of settlement, Phillip’s exploration party found a large camp with a marina of canoes at the shoreline. We also learnt in these workshops the importance of ‘country’, both land and sea, as resource and spiritual connection.

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Elder and artist Kevin Gavi Duncan shared important local rock carvings and asked if these could somehow be incorporated in the park.

The Tidal Terrace became a place to interpret these songlines and stories; the camp, first contact and carvings, in a new meeting ground for all. At its heart is a central community node, Norimbah – a dance ground defined by timber totems of both clans and nations.

© Turf Design Studio

Mythic sea creatures in the shape of local rock carvings, formed as stone terraces, swim in on the tide, reinhabiting the recovered coastline, encircling both the Norimbah and also Phillips’ Gig, approaching from the bay. Two songlines forever intertwined.The community is invited in; to experience and to play. The Tidal Terrace is the focal point, however the park offers more.

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Play opportunities for all abilities and ages extend into adjoining spaces, the ‘Seed Pod’ play towers located atop the adjacent berm offer expansive views to the bay and active natural play. The ‘Fish Trap’, a communal rope structure invites immersive, imaginative play as it sways in space. To the north of the Tidal Terrace is Ray Maher Field, an open lawn framed by mature Date Palms, capable of accommodating everything from kicking a ball to a major civic event.To the east, Baker Street is extended as a pedestrian zone shared with slow moving vehicles, providing access to neighbouring buildings as well as key spaces, adjoining BBQs, picnic facilities, showers, amenities building and exercise area.

© Turf Design Studio


© Turf Design Studio

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recenter // BRAVE / architecture

Project Status: BuiltYear: 2020Size: 25,000 sqft – 100,000 sqftBudget: 10M – 50M

Text description provided by the architects.

Recenter is a five-story, multi-use structure, designed for the nonprofit Hope Harbor in the Midtown district of Houston, Texas. Situated on Main Street along the light rail line, Hope Harbor’s mission provides rehabilitation services to Houston’s homeless population, including educational initiatives in addition to housing and addiction services. The new building replaces a small complex of structures that were woefully inadequate for the scale of impact necessary.

The first and second levels house administration, resident lounges, a garden terrace, and a dining facility for both residents and non-residents.

© Leonid Furmansky Photographer

© Leonid Furmansky Photographer

Levels 3 through 5 contain the single-room-occupancy residential spaces. Each of these residential floors includes one dayroom that provides access to a shared resident space and laundry facilities. Each residential floor utilizes a different color to define the spaces and create a less institutional environment. The three dayrooms puncture the main Street facade offering a glimpse to the colorful organization within.

The bottom two floors used conventional steel construction methods while the top three residential levels are comprised of a digitally fabricated cold-formed steel panelized system factory-made off-site.

© G. Lyon Photography, Inc.

© Leonid Furmansky Photographer

This process translated the architectural BIM file into a fabrication model that was then manufactured and shipped to the construction site. Once on-site, the top three floors were installed in 14 days significantly reducing the on-site construction schedule.

Darker metallic and natural wood materials on Levels 1 and 2 emphasize the monolithic and lighter-colored composite panel pre-fabricated system on the residential floors.

© G. Lyon Photography, Inc.

© G. Lyon Photography, Inc.

Level 2’s terrace is a shared resident-only space with moveable garden cubes for vegetables and a large covered exterior space. This space is both the heart of recenter overlooking Main Street while also being an elevated and quiet area of respite..

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© G. Lyon Photography, Inc.

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Architectural Details: Interlocking Timber in Kengo Kuma’s Odunpazari Museum

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Few architects balance the science and art of construction like Kengo Kuma. As an architect, professor and prolific writer, Kuma has redefined and expanded the possibilities of materiality in architecture. This approach holds true in the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum (OMM) designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates and located in Eskişehir, Turkey. Combining interlocked timber beams with cubic volumes, the design pays homage to the district’s historic namesake, which means “wood market” in Turkish.

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum
Kengo Kuma and Associates describe the practice’s driving philosophy as “amalgamating nature and architecture in a manner that creates a strong bond between the ‘building’ and its ‘location.’”

In the design of the OMM building, the team reinterprets the historic fabric of the Odunpazarı district from a contemporary perspective. Drawing from the local architecture of Odunpazarı, Ottoman dome architecture, and traditional Japanese architecture, OMM’s design is highlighted by four major components: geometry, light, stacking, and timber. In terms of materials, Kuma took a similar approach, opting for natural materials such as timber, stone, and paper for similar reasons.

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum
The site is at the threshold of newly developed urban area and small-scale town scape of traditional Ottoman wooden houses. These wooden houses, with cantilevered volumes at the upper level, were built along the narrow, meandering streets, making the walk-through experience both unique and unexpected.

The stacked and interlocked boxes are designed in various sizes to create diverse scales of exhibition space inside. Boxes at the ground level offers opportunities for large scale art works and installation. The boxes get smaller at upper levels to exhibit smaller, intimate scale art works.

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum
As the team explains, the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum exhibits the owner’s collection of Turkish modern art. The museum was planned in the city of Eskisehir where the owner was born and raised. This university town is known for its young population that is a large majority, and the city has a lively and active atmosphere.

The architectural stacking and the timber construction system defines the spatial experience of the museum, which combines laminated timber pine, glass and limestone. The exterior envelop of the museum features timber as a way to signify the history and memory of Odunpazari that used to function as a market in trading wood.

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum
The designers worked with a range of consultants to bring the museum to life. These included SIGMA for structural, as well as Ateknik Structural Design as the facade engineer and Polimeks Holdings as the general contractor.

The design strategy was to make the volume in aggregation; stacking small boxes to create the urban scale architecture. “Stacked boxes at the street level are read in the scale of surrounding houses and it grows taller towards the center of the museum to stands in the urban scape that announces itself as new cultural landmark of the area.”

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum
The solid timber material provides both facade and structural material. The larger exterior of the site features a tiered, cascading staircase that runs diagonally across OMM, providing access to all levels. Inside, the central atrium is composed with timber blocks and connects each level to let the natural light through skylight above.

The structural system uses engineered mass timber beams in a stacked effect to create a simple layered system. The 11 inch section beams use two different joinery techniques. Some of the beams are laid flat on top of each other, leaving a full 11 inch gap between beams. Other beams are notched 3 inches into their neighboring perpendicular beams, leaving only a 6 inch gap.

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum
TSteel rods are inserted into the connections for stability and have been capped with wooden plugs. The interior spaces are mostly defined by white walls and oak timber floorboards. A layer of cement fiber sheet, along with a vapor barrier and both mineral and rigid insulation sit between the timber cladding and the internal structure.

“The idea for OMM was to use architecture to create a link between people and art,” said Kengo Kuma and project leader Yuki Ikeguchi in a statement. “We were deeply inspired by the history, culture, people, and streetscape of Odunpazarı, and we wanted the building to resonate on many levels. we hope that the museum will breathe new life into Eskişehir and become a central and inviting meeting point for the city.”

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum

Odunpazari Modern Art Museum
Totaling more than 48,000 square feet, OMM is home to the collection of Turkish architect Erol Tabanca. The building works in tandem with other structures on site to create a museum square that has served as a meeting point for locals and visitors alike since its opening in September 2019. Now the museums stands as an iconic landmark and cultural gateway to the Anatolia region of Turkey.

All images courtesy NAARO. All drawings courtesy Kengo Kuma and Associates.

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Architizer Gift Guide: 12 Perfect Presents for Architects and Designers

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Here at Architizer, we know picking presents can be hard work, especially when the person you’re choosing for has very specific taste — I’m looking at you architects! So this year we’ve put together a handy list full of gift ideas that are sure to please any of your architecture enthusiast friends, family or colleagues. From books to office supplies to whimsical surprises, we have you covered. Without further ado, here’s our list of thirteen perfect gifts for architects and designers, in no particular order:

Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse Smart Writing Set Pen & Smart Notebook

Moleskin, but not as you know it. The staple of every architect’s arsenal has moved into the 21st century. Note-taking has gone digital. Ideas can now translate off-page and evolve on screen with the new generation Moleskine Paper Tablet, Pen+ and companion app. For the analog architect that embraces the traditional pen to paper but works in the electronic era. NCoded technology embedded within each page of the Paper Tablet allows the Pen+ to record each pen stroke as you capture your thoughts, sketches, designs and doodles.

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

Ember has revolutionized the way people eat and drink. Founded by inventor and serial entrepreneur Clay Alexander, Ember creates, designs and develops temperature-controlled products that provide complete customization. Never again will you need to reheat your coffee — or accept it’s now an iced latte. Smart Mug 2 is the latest in the product line and the award-winning mug and coaster allow you to keep any drink perfectly hot for up to 80 minutes at a chosen temperature. Its sleek design and beautiful matt finish ceramic coating make it a perfect addition to any desk.

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Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present Edited by Irene Cheng, Charles L Davis II, Mabel O Wilson

Race and Modern Architecture is far from a curated coffee table book of aesthetically pleasing images. The book comprises 18 essays over six chapters that address topics like the enlightenment, organicism, nationalism, representation, colonialism and urbanism. It is a challenging read without question, but one that is an incredibly worthy time investment.

Interpreting and illuminating the hidden histories of race in western architecture, this expertly edited history seeks to fill in the gaps of historical knowledge, while illuminating racial injustices playing out in contemporary construction. Race and Modern Architecture will undoubtedly be a key text assigned in architecture and cultural studies courses that aims to reframe the study of high architecture and examine vernacular-built landscapes.

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Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency by Sarah Ichioka and Michael Pawlyn

With the weight of responsibility sitting firmly on the shoulders of architects, Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency offers crucial insights to help point the profession in a new direction. It is a pragmatic and well-considered book that looks to reach beyond ideals of sustainability and regeneration to transform how we design, think about, make and manage our buildings, infrastructure and communities. Written by climate experts Sarah Ichioka and Michael Pawlyn, the book looks to urgently educate and drive architects to restore balance to our world, strive to repair past injustices and support the planet for future generations at a time where each of those things have never been more vital.

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Herman Miller Aeron Chair, B, Graphite

A design classic, remastered. The Aeron Chair by Herman Miller has always been and still remains one of the most comfortable, well-designed office chairs on the market. At the cutting edge of human-centered design, the Aeron chair takes economics to the next level. It is an office chair that is fully adjustable to suit any body, shape, height or position. If you’re blessed with office space (or even just a desk) and you’re working from home, the Aeron office chair is the answer to the nagging back problems that have developed over the last two years.

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Frank Lloyd Wright City by The Sea Jigsaw Puzzle

The Frank Lloyd Wright City By The Sea 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Galison is just the right level of challenge for a few days of activity. The foil accents combined with Wright’s striking image will bring joy and relaxation to amateur and pro puzzlers alike. It’s an art jigsaw puzzle that, when finished, can be framed and mounted as a beautiful wall piece.

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Brutalist Calendar 2022

Brutalism at its best. This year’s wall calendar celebrates the brutalism’s comeback with 12 prime slabs of concrete hewn by the likes of Le Corbusier, Breuer and Rudolph. Their hulking aesthetics will inspire and delight throughout the year while also providing a welcomed additional grey hue to any sleek, monochrome space.

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Architizer: The World’s Best Architecture by Architizer

Each year, select winners from the A+Awards are honored in this fully illustrated compendium which features the best architecture of the year. Entries for the competition are judged by more than 400 luminaries from a diverse range of fields such as fashion, publishing, product design, real-estate development and technology. The result is a beautiful digest full of information and inspiration that is a perfect gift for any architecture enthusiast.

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Architizer: The World’s Best Architecture Practices 2021: Architizer

Celebrating the work of 31 of the most outstanding contemporary architecture practices and design firms from around the globe. Featuring the finest and most innovative contemporary architecture practices around the world Architizer’s The World’s Best Architecture guide accompanies the annual A+Firm Awards program. Chosen by an international panel of experts, the winners include a plethora of industry stars, such as Foster + Partners, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office and Michael Green Architecture, alongside emerging talents like Shulin Architectural Design and OfficeOffCourse. The ultimate accolade for collaborative creativity, recipients include architecture firms, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, photographers and real estate developers.

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SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Arguably the best non-premium tablet SAMSUNG has ever put out. Pipped as a great competitor to the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is an excellent piece of tech for any architect on the move. It is the most affordable Samsung tablet to come with a stylus so is ideal for sketching, annotating and note taking and also comes with plenty Android UI customization options making it a fantastic option in the design world. Robust yet sleek in its appearance this tablet is an excellent present for any architect who hates being chained to their desk.

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MasterClass: Architecture by Frank Gehry, Interior Design by Kelly Wearstler and more

From sessions with Frank Gehry to courses by Kelly Wearstler, there are over 100 Masterclasses available on the MasterClass platform. An annual subscription allows you to access courses from some of the most recognized names in not only architecture and design but music, business, writing and food, and everything in between. Each series of 10 to 15-minute episodes serves as an insight into how the minds of the great and the good got to where they are today. MasterClass is a platform of inspiration and education that you can binge over a few hours or refer to when mentorship and guidance are what you need.

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Sigurd Lewerentz Architect of Death and Life by Kieran Long (Editor, Contributor), Johan Örn (Editor, Contributor), Mikael Andersson (Contributor)

Enigmatic, mystical and technical are the words are often used to describe Swedish architect and craftsman Sigurd Lewerentz. A man — and a poet to some — who was characterized as aloof and stubborn in private, he did little writing or public speaking and was renowned for letting his work do the talking for him. The book includes insightful detail about Lewerentz’s research and working methods, such as the influence of ancient Persian masonry techniques on his work and how he sketched over photographs of partially built works to refine the design. The book offers a detailed perspective into the life and work of one of the worlds most revered architects to sit alongside the exhibition of his career showing at ArkDEs, Sweden, until 28 August 2022.

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Nintendo Entertainment System NES Classic Edition

Rediscover a love of 8-bit graphics with the system that started it all and the characters that shaped a generation. NES is back and as good as ever. Perfect for every millennial you know, the NES Classic Edition system is a miniaturized version of the groundbreaking NES, originally released in 1985. Just plug the NES Classic Edition into your TV, pick up the iconic gray controller and bring back the joy of thirty classic NES games.

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