Braila, Romania (by Ioana_Lungu)
(Via All things Europe.)
Los Angeles’ very own Michael Maltzan has beat out some architectural heavy weights to win a competition for the design of the St. Petersburg pier. The firm, based in Silver Lake, was unanimously chosen over the likes of BIG and West 8 to develop their scheme that reimagines the Florida city’s waterfront and might resemble a giant tiara from certain angles. The usual experience of a pier is to go all the way out to the end and turn back, retracing all of your steps; instead, the winning scheme proposes a series of interconnected loops. Like the mathematical representation of infinity (or the figure eight), tracks cross each other before arching over a series of programmed spaces both on land and over the water. I’m not entirely sure that I understand the crenelated edge, but my favorite detail from the renderings has to be the smaller balconies that punch through the curving wall at the distant end of the pier. The balconies are small and more intimate, which is a nice moment in large, public works like this one.
This is an excellent project for the firm and it will be exciting to see how the scheme evolves as it moves from design to construction to reality.
(Via The Fox Is Black.)
Only Zaha Hadid could make a parking garage look this stylish. The world-renowned architect will be designing the new structure for Miami. After the city’s previous success with famous architects Frank Gehry, Enrique Norton and others, it’s created new, visually striking car parks that have attracted worldwide attention. The mayor, Matti Bower says “even our parking garages are more than a group of parking spaces. Some have become destinations within themselves and have attained individual iconic status. Every building can be a work of art.”
The Shanghai World Expo 2010 has a showcase of buildings designed by a variety of architects around the world, on display until October 31, 2010. You can think of it as an Olympics with architecture instead of athletes. Here is a sampling of the amazing pavilions.
United Kingdom, Thomas Heatherwick
Austria, SPAN & ZEYTINOGLU
China, He Jingtang
Germany and China, Markus Heinsdorff
Israel, Haim Z. Dotan
Japan, Yutaka Hikosaka
Republic of Korea, Mass Studies
Luxembourg, Francois Valentiny
Nepal, Nepal Implementing Experts Group (IEG)
Netherlands, John Kormeling
Poland, Wojciech Kakowski, Marcin Mostafa and Natalia Paszkowska
Saudi Arabia, Collaboration between Chinese and Saudi Arabian architects
Serbia, Natalija Miodragovic and Darko Kovacev
Spain, Benedetta Tagliabue
Taiwan, Lee Chu-yuan
United Arab Emirates, Foster + Partners
(Via Design Milk.)