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Morgan Bank headquarters . Amsterdam

OMA . Morgan Bank . Amsterdam ( afasia (1)

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The zoning envelope on the Morgan site and its configuration were conceived at the beginning of the century as part of an ensemble of residential blocks, but the intended symmetry of this complex has been gradually abandoned in the post-war period. Instead of trying to force the bank into this superceded form – the perimeter block, appropriate for housing but not necessarily for the functional needs of an office building – we propose a clear-cut distinction between bank and housing through a cut that divides the block in a separate volume for offices (along Apollolaan) and a section for housing (facing the residential Titiaanstraat). Continue reading OMA

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Beyond 1210 . Nobel Center competition proposal . Stockholm

OMA  . Beyond 1210 . Nobel Center competition proposal . Stockholm (1)

OMA . renders: © Robota

The Nobel Foundation is the living proof that an institution doesn’t need a building to rise to prominence. Despite early ambitions, throughout its existence – more than a hundred years – The Nobel Foundation has thrived without its own building. Most of its components have survived in a state of improvisation, essentially ‘squatting’ in various part of the town, in ‘borrowed buildings’… In terms of its own necessity, a new, purpose built Nobel Center faces a considerable burden of proof. Continue reading OMA

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West Wing Extension of Helvetia Head Office . St. Gallen

© Damian Poffet

Herzog & de Meuron . + a as architecture

The extension of the head office, west wing is the last stage of the competition which Herzog & de Meuron won in 1989 and consists of four structures docked onto the ends of each wing of the existing cruciform complex erected in the 1970s. Three of these extensions were completed between 2000 and 2004. Plans for the extension to the west were taken up again in 2013. Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron

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Castagnola . Lugano

© Daniel Hunziker / Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron . renders: bloomimages © Herzog & de Meuron / Archi di luce . + baunetz

The residential complex “Archi di Luce” designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron is situated in a splendid city of Lugano (Canton Ticino, Switzerland) on the territory of historic Villa Favorita Park that occupies 800 meters of lakeside and has a total surface area of at about 40’000 m2. The complex occupies an area of approx. 6’000 m2 and comprises 8 prestigious villas (from 671 sqm up to 1’314 sqm), nestled among the park’s lush Mediterranean vegetation with palms, magnolias, camellias, cedars, cypresses and pines. The Mediterranean-like climate and quiet, secluded environment make the park an ideal and dream location. The unique location offers the opportunity to live in the historic Villa Favorita park. Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron