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Ennead Designs Sustainable Home for Stanford’s New Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program

Ennead Designs Sustainable Home for Stanford’s New Knight-Hennessy Scholarship ProgramImage courtesy by Tim Griffith

Ennead Designs Sustainable Home for Stanford’s New Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program
Location: Stanford University
Status: Completed

Stanford University’s campus is synonymous with Spanish Revival architecture: red tile roofs, stucco, and colonnades greet visitors and students at every turn. But the Denning House, a new Enneaddesigned building, plays by different rules. Clad with a sweeping curtain wall and delicate stained wood screens, the building brings a new aesthetic to Stanford, as well as a fresh approach to sustainable design. “Nobody ever said that [we] would have to play by all of the usual Stanford rules,” says Richard Olcott, design partner at the New York–based firm.

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Renovation of Palazzo Diamanti – Labics

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Renovation of Palazzo Diamanti – Labics
Location: Ferrara, Italy
Status: Ongoing

The project is the winning entry of the competition for the renovation of Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, the famous renaissance building designed by Biagio Rossetti, and the design of a pavilion in the rear garden. The competition brief asked for an addition necessary to close the exhibition itinerary (the old Palazzo is missing its fourth side), along with the renovation of some parts of the Palazzo to accommodate some services affiliated with the exhibition space, such as the bookshop, the cafeteria, the restrooms, and a space for children.

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Westerpark West by MVRDV

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Westerpark West by MVRDV
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Status: Ongoing

What was once a grey, isolated office location in Amsterdam-West will transform into a green, lively neighbourhood of around 750 homes, thanks to MVRDV’s strategic master plan for a former ING office complex. Located in the Amsterdam Brettenzone, directly to the west of the city’s popular Westerpark, the plan includes 12 buildings. Placing an emphasis on green space and architectural diversity, the proposal for Westerpark West is a sustainable response to the ever-growing housing demand in Amsterdam.

 

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National Bank of Kuwait – Foster + Partners

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National Bank of Kuwait – Foster + Partners
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Status: Ongoing

Located on a prominent site in Kuwait City, the 300-metre-high headquarters tower for the National Bank of Kuwait will have a distinctive presence among the high-rise buildings of Sharq, the city’s growing financial district. The design combines structural innovation with a highly efficient passive form, shielding the offices from the extremes of Kuwait’s climate, where temperatures average 40 degrees in the summer months.

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One Ninety Seven by Rafael de la-Hoz

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One Ninety Seven by Rafael de la-Hoz
Location: Parramatta, Australia
Status: Ongoing

The architectural concept originates inextricably from its location right in the heart of Parramatta. Drawing inspiration from the urban context, heritage, and the timeless New South Wales landscape, our proposal meets the challenge of shaping the transformation of Parramatta. Once we guaranteed the integration of the building with the city and open spaces, we sought a building aesthetic inspired by the local, historical and natural context to develop the most sustainable, integrated design solution.

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Marina Bay Sands – Hotel and SkyPark by Safdie Architects

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Marina Bay Sands – Hotel and SkyPark by Safdie Architects
Location: Singapore
Status: Ongoing

Linked at the 57th floor by an expansive and lush 2.5 acre garden skypark, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel represents a new urban typology characterized by its interconnectedness, both at the ground level and in the sky. The 2,500 room hotel is organized into three 57-story towers joined together at the ground level by a public, pedestrian thoroughfare linking to public transit, the Integrated Resort at large and the surrounding city networks. The sky park includes gardens, restaurants, a one of a kind infinity edge pool, and a public observation deck.

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Tianjin Binhai Library – MVRDV

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Tianjin Binhai Library – MVRDV
Location: Tianjin, China
Status: Completed

MVRDV and Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) have completed Tianjin Binhai Library as part of a larger masterplan to provide a cultural district for the city. The 33,700m2 cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium and floor-to-ceiling cascading bookcases functions not only as an education centre but as a social space and connector from the park into the cultural district. 
       

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