World Architecture Awards Submissions / 39th Cycle
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Aimberê Residence is a residential building with fifteen floors, located in Guarapuava, a municipality in the state of Paraná, in the interior of southern Brazil.
Aimberê in Tupi-Guarani, the language of the Indians of the southern region of Brazil, means 'one who squirms (turns)'. the building seeks to reflect this dynamism and the movement of Nature, with a contemporary architecture. The choice for a differentiated residential product has been a conviction of the developer and the architectural firm since their first studies.
Volumetrically, the building consists of a large vertical monolith in which its balconies have their axes displaced, giving a twisted sensation. As for the distribution of uses, all parking spaces and most of the technical areas of the building are located in the back of the building, freeing the front area for the condominium spaces like a decorated and furnished party saloon, fitness with modern and high performance equipments, kids place and outdoor fireplace. This concept is evidenced by the large indentation of the tower on the site, providing a beautiful and sunny access to the garden. All apartments have excellent ventilation and solar orientation, apartments with 3 and 2 suits and all with balconies. The total area of the Development is 3,861.84 square meters.
In general, there was no obvious product to be launched: all alternatives, to a greater or lesser degree, presented risks and opportunities to be exploited. Thus creating an important challenge to be overcome to distinguish itself from the existing market and the products offered by other companies.
Site Area: 874,31m²
Usable Area: 716,93m²
Building Area: 3.861,84m²
Number of Towers: 01
Number of Apartments: 24
Building height: 43,61m
Client: Mendes & Faria Construtora
Team Lead: Alberto Torres
Design Team: Carolina Torres, Christian Rupp, Felipe Matte, Pedro Plentz
Partners: Carpeggiani Engenharia, Vista CG, Studio Triverum
Medical services have almost become the scarcest and most important type of public resources in China, for their allocation is facing the impossible trinity, in which low prices, high efficiency and good services are not available at the same time.
Chinese general hospitals offer medical services at an affordable price, but they usually get as crowded as a railway station due to their open management. Here are the medical records of a COVID-19 patient in Tianjin. Owing to the complicated arrangement of flows in this hospital, 973 people were under quarantine for direct or indirect contact with this one patient. Prevention is better than treatment. If the flows were better designed, the number of people exposed to the virus would have been reduced by 90%, making it possible for the hospital to provide more precise prevention and treatment for the rest 10%.
The design of general hospitals in China usually focuses on the function of medical equipment. Hospitals are as cold as machines, there is no relief and comfort for patients or easy and safe working environment for doctors. Our design puts emphasis on the experience of both doctors and patients, by combining and reorganizing the inpatient, outpatient, emergency and medical technology departments, which are currently separated in hospitals, we have designed a public floor, a technology floor, and a service floor from bottom to top to share resources and improve efficiency. The building looks like an orchid, for this is a bright and scented flower in Confucius’s poem, and it always represents nobility and integrity in Chinese culture. Apart from the graceful form, the building also presents a friendly scale and careful attention to details. As the world is fighting the coronavirus pandemic, this building symbolizes the spirit and character of Chinese doctors. Moreover, it eases the tension between hospitals and residents with better medical services.
Design area: 148000m2
Liu Jinrui, Zou Mingxi, Feng Qiong, Li Jiayan, Xie shunbing, Lai Wuyi, Guan Haoting, Gao Xueying
The building is not designed as an enclosed building, but is designed with an architectural design that will maximize the use of outside participation by disposing and disposing the shop units in different directions within the urban fabric in which it is located. 15 units of shops were separated from each other in units of two to define a 3-meter-deep hunting ground, giving a new architectural identity to the surrounding area of the urban life.
Instead of being a single piece of shops, fragmented geometry makes each shop more fertile to the city.
This courtyard, which defines a semi-open space, will create a new urban reroute where users in the vicinity can come and go. The office floor creates a semi-open space underneath, covering the lower shops and courtyards, and enhancing the perception of space. The steel columns that add aesthetic value to the building with different openings carrying office floors rise on the basement floor curtain wall.
Vehicles for underground parking Muammer Aksoy will be able to access the building through this street with the incoming traffic. The space under the office block is accessible from 3 directions. While the city is inhabited, 15 shops refer to this urban lifestyle as it develops, such as regular irregularity in the irregularity of streets that are formed in different directions rather than a regular girdal geometry. The fire escape stairway, which must be located at the end of the office block due to the fire distance, is hung with the cables towards the courtyard and opens out through the corner shop. In this way, it is thought to add charm to the structure in an artistic aesthetic that adds value to the space. When the floors of the classical building were placed on top of each other and a shopping arcade was built, the shops formed their own language with a different geometry, and this moving language at the bottom made a contrast with the monolithic structure of the office block. In this way, the uniformity of the office block enhances the emphasis of the moving station geometry beneath it. The conference room is located on the floor below the courtyard. The courses were arranged as two floors with common spaces for stairs and elevator units to provide access to the office block.
The objective is to maximize pedestrian exposure to the Nile via stitching the urban fabric of the two banks. The bridge acts as an urban park with two concealed lower floor levels above the Nile, including recreational, commercial, cultural, administrative, and social spaces. The structure maximizes the visual connectivity between the indoor and outdoor spaces and the natural ventilation and lighting. The project is a breathing sanctuary for people that hugs pedestrian-friendly spaces.
The proposed design site is located in the center of Cairo, over the Nile River, connecting its banks. Due to the present development of Egypt's administrative capital to the east of Cairo, there is an inevitable scope for regeneration in the selected project site. The idea was to design a living pedestrian bridge over the Nile, connecting Al-Tahrir to Al-Zamalek, and to re-imagine the public space on the east bank of the Nile. The design stitches the urban fabric of the two banks together, which resulted in a massive form, firstly connecting an unobstructed linear path (between the Egyptian Museum and Cairo Tower) and secondly, a semi-elliptical path housing the Cultural Nile Plaza and the Elevated Garden acting as a socio-economic hub. The project includes creating a tunnel system for vehicular traffic and relocation of the exit of the 6th October Bridge while the concept facilitates space for an urban park blended into the land on both sides with two concealed floor levels above the Nile. The idea re-imagines and reflects the historical landscapes of Egypt for a future heading towards promoting green cities and sustainable environments.
Tamayouz Excellence Award has announced the winners of its Rifat Chadirji Prize 2020, an annual thematic prize named after the prolific Iraqi architect and academic Dr. Rifat Chadirji, is a thematic international prize that seeks designs responding to local challenges. The prize, which is part of Tamayouz’s program of championing and celebrating architecture in the Near East and North Africa, aims to introduce local challenges to the world and invite architects, designers, and planners to submit their concepts. It also aims to establish an uncompromising open source of ideas that tackle social issues through design. It is worth mentioning that dame Zaha Hadid was a jury member in Tamayouz Excellence Award 2012.
The first-place winner for the Rifat Chadirji Prize 2020 and the People’s Choice Award is a team of five from Cairo, Egypt: Ali Khaled Elewa, Mostafa Ahmed Zakaria, Sherif Khaled Abdelkhaleq, Hoda Essam Abdelmawla, and Ebtisam Elgizawy. The winning team was selected out of 177 submissions from 42 countries received this year.
Description, as mentioned by the architects:
The main objective of the living bridge is to maximize pedestrian exposure to the Nile, via stitching the urban fabric of the two banks together.
The form was generated as a result of two main paths. Firstly, an unobstructed linear path directly linking the Egyptian Museum with Cairo Tower. Secondly, a semi-elliptical path was generated to embrace the two opposite banks; the Cultural Nile Plaza and the Elevated Garden. This path is meant to be pleasant, playful, and links successive attractions and socio-economic hubs.
The paths incorporate together to create a single continuous leaning body blended into the land on both sides, offering panoramic views of the Cairo downtown, Nile, and the surrounding iconic attractions.
Moreover, the bridge is acting as an urban park with two concealed lower floor levels above the Nile, including recreational, commercial, cultural, administrative, and social spaces.
The six flowing structural columns maximize the visual connectivity between the indoor and outdoor spaces and the natural ventilation and lighting. Besides, the top layer consists of concrete tiles and grass, driven parametrically based on pedestrian flow.
For the sake of achieving the project objective, it is proposed to bury a 200 m stretch of road along the Nile River and build a park on top. Additionally, it is proposed to relocate the exit of the sixth of October Bridge.
Accordingly, Cairo's central downtown will be valued as a breathing sanctuary for people and will transform into pedestrian-friendly spaces.
Architects: Ali Khaled Elewa, Mostafa Ahmed Zakaria, Sherif Khaled Abdelkhaleq, Hoda Essam Abdelmawla, and Ebtisam Elgizawy
The terraced sections of different heights form a lively silhouette and provide excellent views even from the building's second row. The complex's entrance lobbies are reminiscent of premium hotels in New York, the architecture of which became the main source of inspiration for creating the project.
A shared promenade has been formed here, which unites quiet courtyards and active zones. Simultaneously, the pedestrian space in cozy yards inside the quarters is separated from the motorways, contributing to increased safety and comfort for the complex residents.
Inside the complex, from the large main square, a pedestrian street with active ground floors has been formed, in which commercial premises for restaurants, beauty salons, and shops are located.
The complex forms a new architectural silhouette, which stands out against the background of linear development. While developing the master plan, we have preserved the existing trees and set high-quality landscaping in the complex's territory with an open promenade. Moreover, the complex also includes separate townhouses with their terraces.
Facts and details:
The existing trees on the site have been preserved and included in the landscaping, to create a cozy pedestrian space, quiet courtyards inside the blocks are separated from the motorways. The complex will have a large outdoor pool overlooking the sea and splash pools in the children's play areas. Terraces or open balconies are available in each apartment. The ceiling height in apartments is 3 m and over. Facades will be made of natural stone. In all buildings, one can access the apartment floors by an elevator directly from the underground parking.