A bionic shape, as a living organism rising from the ocean, rests on the coastline. The form, inspired by the natural topography along the river, interacts with the surrounding and appears as an incarnation of the nature itself, becoming a significant watermark, that announces the arrival to the charming Kaohsiung, visible and accessible from the city and the sea. The marine creature lays calm, surrounded by splashes of water dropped all around on the ground and shimmering in the sun and in the dark. The overall effect embodies a good, harmonious dialogue between harbourfront and city. The continuous outline in self-compact cement of the building, its effect of smoothness and watery fluidity emphasize the dynamicity of the site. Some scales come off and the skin offers transparency, allowing view and light to pass through. The surroundings (parcel B and C) are conceived as green park, open and accessible day and night-time; an integrated events technology announces a flexible schedule of cultural, recreational events that will transform the zone from an arrival and departure point into an attractive, destination space. The sustainable plan is the driving force in this regeneration vision: emphasizing the great natural potential of the scenic location, the infrastructural district of the terminal becomes an extraordinary, catalytic hub of work, culture and leisure. People, without difference of age, will come not only for a cruise tour but also for enjoying sitting in the park between art installations, doing tai-chi facing the sea at the sunset. The multifunctional centre draws people inside, attracting with its shops, cafes and panoramic restaurant. Nighttime a movie premier as a concert or water show engage public. Car circulation has been planned underground not only for maximizing the efficiency of the terminal, not interfering with pedestrian traffic, cyclists and strollers, but especially for not spoiling the vibrant scenario. The curve geometry of one side of the structure extends and grows as lines of a whirlpool through the adjacent greenery, creating an unexpected network of social spaces, a recreational park where environment, water and activities gather people. The ‘sea’ moves into the land, establishing and strengthening a previous absent connection. Water (water-puddles, water fountains, water screens interacting with light, water shows) is the leitmotif in the new landscape. On the other side as a simple extension, a long limbless reptile snakes in the grass, leaning over the bank of the ocean. It’s a platform for video projections, open-air musical or theatrical performances. Read more...

Monday, 31 January 2011 13:02
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WAM 16 - TADAO ANDO coming soon!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 11:14

The 4th edition of the Roca International Design Contest Jump the Gap is underway

The London 100% Design Exhibition, one of the most important international calendar events in the world of design finished yesterday. Roca was present at the exhibition with their space entitled ‘The Wave’.

At the event, Roca presented the 4th edition of the International Design Contest Jump the Gap and opened the registration process for entries to the competition. The prime objective of this Roca initiative is to support young talent throughout the world and offer the winning project and its author the possibility of achieving international recognition. As in previous years, this edition has an exceptional judges’ panel comprised of leading figures from the world of design and architecture:

Friday, 19 November 2010 13:02

The President of Republic of Bulgaria officially awarded the IAA President Georgi Stoilov with the highest State Order “Stara Planina” for his merits and his long life dedication to the architectural profession.

Monday, 15 November 2010 21:18

The We Are Water Foundation will launch several projects aimed at improving the management of water resources with different NGOs

The filmmaker Isabel Coixet will collaborate in the We Are Water Foundation’s first initiative with a documentary about the drastic reduction of the Aral Sea.

The film will be projected in the documentary section of the San Sebastian Film Festival next September 21st. Read more...

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 14:40

Innovative and creative brick architecture recognised for the fourth consecutive time

• First Prize goes to the new State Forum and Parliament building of the Principality of Liechtenstein (Hansjörg Göritz Architecture Studio)

• Documentation Centre for Human Rights in New Delhi receives Second Prize (Anagram Architects)

• Single family house in Germany awarded Third Prize (Nikolaus Bienefeld)

• Special Prize awarded for infrastructure buildings in Mali and the Museum of Architecture for the Island of Hombroich Foundation in Germany (Álvaro Siza, Rudolf Finsterwalder)

• More than 300 international guests attended the award ceremony on April 8, 2010 in Vienna’s Liechtenstein Museum.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010 12:38

Modern technology of façade surface reshaping enables you to choose your preferred design. On the other hand you can also decide for predesigned patterns Puzzle, Lines or Bubbles.

Dr. Viktor Zaletelj said: "The award represents recognition of our development work and its practical application in the form of the product ArtMe, expressed by a broad range of professionals in the area of new technology development in Slovenia. I will gladly make use of the award and participate in the international specialist conference, because new knowledge and acquaintances are of crucial importance in the development of new innovative technologies. The latter can establish a company's greatest competitive edge. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the development of ArtMe and congratulate them on the excellent work."

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Monday, 19 April 2010 09:11
Written by pollex

Designed by the Roca innovation lab, together with Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, W+W is a truly exciting new product innovation from Roca.
The washbasin and WC are two essential elements in every single bathroom. Highlighting its commitment to design and innovation, Roca has combined these two elements to create W+W; an all-in-one washbasin and WC designed to maximize space and conserve water.

This ground breaking idea, incorporating Roca’s new water-reuse technology, uses waste water from the basin to fill the WC cistern, thereby reducing water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3 litre dual-flush WC. For safe hygiene there is a double filtration system to filter particle debris and chemically treat the used water before being applied to flush the WC, thereby eliminating bacteria.

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Hotel Puerta America, Madrid, Spain by Zaha Hadid

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:06

Spittelau viaducts hosting - Vienna by Zaha Hadid

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:03
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Phaneo Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany by Zaha Hadid

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Ordrupgaard museum extension by Zaha Hadid in Copenhagen, Denmark

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