Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 | London UK | Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 | London UK | Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei | Image © 2012 Iwan Baan

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei have created the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. It is the twelfth commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. The design team responsible for the celebrated Beijing National Stadium, which was built for the 2008 Olympic Games has come together again in London in 2012 for the Serpentine’s acclaimed annual commission, presented as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. The Pavilion is Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s first collaborative built structure in the UK.

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“Dance floor” Recreation and Memorial Park | Ronabanya Hungary | SAGRA Architects

Dance floor Recreation and Memorial Park | Ronabanya Hungary | SAGRA Architects
The site is situated in the Karancs-Medves landscape area in North-East Hungary. Around and in the city of Salgótarján the memorials, geological and mining attractions are forming a hiking trail. Along this trail is set the “Dance floor” Recreation  and Memorial Park. The site is embraced by the surrounding hills and huge hillside trees. In our architectural concept we aimed to preserve and strengthen this special character of the place. The park would function as an exhibition for the mining memorials and as a natural recreational area. The organising element in the park is a wall providing covered space. This space can be used for exhibitions and performances.  Open air theatre may also function here, the covered space is used for stage and the “Dance floor” as auditorium.

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NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park

NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park
The Shell at Liberty Terrace

Recently, New York City officials broke ground on Phase 1 of the new Governors Island Park, with over 30 acres including Liggett Terrace, a six acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a ten acre space that is home to 2,000 new trees, play areas and hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball. Also to be built will be welcome areas, a re-graded Parade Ground and key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District.

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Gandhi Park | Reus Spain | Green Effect Landscape Architects & Josep Selga Landscape Studio

GANDHI PARK | Green Effect Landscape Architects/Josep Selga Landscape Studio
The basis of the project stars from the idea to formalize the dynamics of the torrents. The torrents are streams with intermittent flows typical of Mediterranean climates. This means that in times of heavy rain the water drag down all kinds of materials, while in times of drought, there are small grooves that draw an intertwined trace in the earth.
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FPT City | Danang Vietnam | SOM

FPT City | Danang Vietnam | SOM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was awarded the Master Plan commission for FPT City in Danang, Vietnam.  SOM’s preliminary plan for a sustainable new high-tech community at the edge of the city has been applauded by local authorities, including the Head of Planning and the Peoples Committee of the City of Danang.  SOM is now working closely with these authorities to finalise the project’s design and ensure its delivery.  This is SOM’s second recent project ‘win’ in the country and follows the firm’s recent success of Green Tech City in Hanoi.

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