Industrial architecture

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NewsNews • 31 May 2024

FRPO designs green thermal power plant as architectural icon

Madrid-based architectural studio FRPO Rodríguez & Oriol has completed a green thermal power plant for the Spanish District Heating company DH Ecoenergías. Located in the Spanish city of Palencia, the small thermal power plant building is described by FRPO as “the visible part of a whole that remains hidden from view.” The studio approached the project from an architectural viewpoint, creating a building as an “icon” and a “reference” to green energy transition, its design a contrast to more mundane industrial architecture. Luis Asín The Palencia network is the first in a series of similar projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions across Spain’s urban conurbatio... More

Project • By SPDGOffices


 The case of E.C.Park is a paradigm in the process of re-urbanization and a natural choice under the Live-Streaming Economy. When the land attributes change due to changes in urban planning, industrial composite communities integrate production, office, living, commercial and other complex needs, and are a new form of integration between industrial and civil buildings. SPDG E. C. Park has a total site area of 27,000 ㎡ with a total construction area of 103,000㎡. It is composed of a 100m high main building in the center and surrounding unit incubators, including offices, exhibition halls, apartments, and retailing blocks. It forms a circular and interactive ecological chain with multiple business functions, responding to the practi... More

NewsNews • 24 Jan 2024

'Green District of the Future' to emerge on a former factory site in Warsaw

On the site of the former FSO car factory in Warsaw, a 60-hectare, multi-functional 'Green District of The Future' is to be built. The masterplan for the scheme, undertaken by WXCA and SAWAWA in close collaboration with Warsaw City Council, aims to accommodate 17,000 residents by the year 2050, with an additional 13,000 finding employment within this post-industrial concept. The first stage of implementing the FSO Park development is planned for 2026.  Courtesy WXCA Guided by principles of sustainable development, WXCA architect and SAWAWA urban planners developed the masterplan as a residential district for the future that responds to challenges resulting from the complex climate change process.  Courtesy WXCA... More

NewsNews • 22 Jan 2024

Johannes Saurer Architekt completes conscientious expansion and conversion of Thun factory building

Swiss architectural studio Johannes Saurer Architekt has completed the conscientious expansion and conversion of a former factory that made stones for watches and later operated as a machine factory. The project conserves the existing space and the expansion meets the needs of its new IT tenants. Maintaining the fabric of the original building, the project reinvigorates and repurposes the tired 20th century factory, making it fit for use in the 21st century. View before the renovation: Thomas Telley Tafers View after the renovation: Thomas Telley Tafers The factory is located in an industrial area in the west of Thun, a town and municipality in Switzerland. Built in 1952, it was designed by 35-year-old Thun-based archit... More

Project • By AOJ Architects & InteriorsOffices

Ascendis Medical Office/Warehouse

This landmark project is situated on a prime corner of the Boundary Park Industrial Park development in Northriding, Johannesburg. The site location, coupled with the tenant’s large staff compliment, led to a somewhat unconventional office to warehouse ratio of 60:40 instead of the more typical 90:10 ratio. 'This model is seemingly becoming more common nowadays with a shrinking global economy and improvements in technology. Many large companies with distribution facilities are downsizing and consolidating their operations,' says Alessio Lacovig of AOJ Architecture & Interiors. Dominic Barnardt Dominic Barnardt Dominic Barnardt Dominic Barnardt Dominic Barnardt The tenant, Ascendis Medical, needed to conso... More

Project • By hcreatesRestaurants

Rock Bund Bakery

Luneurs Rockbund is located in one of the most distinguished and historic areas of Shanghai, The Bund. The restaurant and bakery is found on Level one of the National Y.W.C.A Building, a beautiful piece of heritage Architecture completed in 1933. hcreates interior design For this space, we explored the concept of “utility”. A design adhering to an unfussy, minimalistic, and useful aesthetic. We took note of the ornamental Architecture of the bund and the Y.W.C.A Building itself and wanted to create a space that complemented, rather than competed with the heritage features. hcreates interior design   The concept was influenced by the humble aesthetic of utilitarian spaces, these areas tending to discard elements... More

Project • By IndiesalonBars

Dosan Precision, Seoul

Dosan Precision explores the subtle connection between a precision factory and a dining bar, drawing inspiration from this combination to create a unique space. This connection can be found in the way small components complete the motion of a machine and how small ingredients complete a dish, emphasizing the shared values of engineers and chefs. Donggyu kim As a dining bar, Dosan Precision offers high-quality cuisine using carefully selected ingredients. Chefs treat even small ingredients with great care and attention, similar to how small components are meticulously crafted in a precision factory. To reflect the industrial elements, Dosan Precision's interior incorporates features typically found in factories. Metal structures, stee... More

NewsNews • 24 Aug 2023

New Helsinki Heat Pump Building integrates seamlessly with the industrial landscape

The Vuosaari Heat Pump Building in Helsinki, Finland, was completed by Finnish architectural studio Virkkunen & Co Architects. The building is a key part of Finnish energy company Helen Ltd’s drive towards carbon-neutral energy production by 2030. Its design enjoys a seamless integration with the surrounding industrial landscape.  Tuomas Kivinen Tuomas Kivinen The new heat pump building is located on an existing power plant site in east Helsinki, close to Vuosaari Harbour and the Baltic Sea. It sits adjacent to two dominant Vuosaari power plants, both designed by Virkkunen & Co Architects: power plant A (1987) and power plant B (1998). “The new building is a simple box that fits into the existing... More

Project • By Pedro GeraldesOffices

POC Régua

Having to diminish que quantity of resources that we extract from the soil, it's mandatory that new buildings start to use more and more existing materials and structures.This building, located in Peso da Régua, in a beautiful area of the Douro region (UNESCO World Heritage), was my second approach (after POC Caldeirão) to the use of second-hand shipping containers as the core structure, with the effort of turning it's final image into a qualified and contextualized work. Paulo Alexandre Coelho The landscape of the Douro River, near Régua, is clearly marked by morphological elements with enormous character, namely the vineyards and the terraces that support them. Stone buildings that define strong and overlapping... More

NewsNews • 23 Jun 2023

BURR Studio reimagines a former industrial warehouse as a bright live–work home

The redesign of MRT, a former industrial warehouse, is part of an initiative called "Elements for Industrial Recovery”. Established by Madrid-based BURR Studio, the project works to protect Madrid’s industrial heritage with an architectural intervention that proposes alternative uses for obsolete industrial buildings. Maru Serrano BURR Studio describes industrial activity in the center of Madrid as a sector very much in decline over the past 30 years, fearing the situation will result in “a foreseeable disappearance.” A range of aggravating factors are exacerbating the problem (albeit some of these factors are necessary): an explosive rise in property values, noise and environmental protection measures, inc... More

Project • By De Zwarte HondOffices

Alliander Westpoort

The City of Amsterdam has a serious space shortage and is looking for business locations that can be redeveloped into housing. One such is the location on Spaklerweg in Amsterdam Amstel, where Alliander has been housed for more than 100 years. After a joint search, the city and network operator have found a suitable plot for a new building in the Sloterdijk 3 port area. Alliander Westpoort, as the location will be called, will offer space for offices, training facilities, workshops, storage and test areas. Jacques Tillmans Foto Focus De Zwarte Hond has translated the functional requirements and aspirations for the new location into an extremely resilient design, which takes account of Alliander’s possibly changing future needs.... More

NewsNews • 18 May 2023

Milan's Open 336 presents an extroverted architecture focused on well-being in the office environment

In Viale Sarca, Milan, the Open 336 project by Park Associati offers modern and functional offices that incorporate a reinterpretation of the industrial identity of the surrounding neighborhood. This reinterpretation of industrial history is sensitive to its context while integrating sustainable building technologies and putting forth a contemporary architectural twist.  Lorenzo Zandri Situated in Milan's largely industrial Biococca District, the surrounding architecture features a series of large early twentieth-century production plants of the former Breda Division. In a gesture to the surrounding grain of infrastructure, this new office addition features a terracotta-colored fiber cement facade and regularly spaced large w... More

Project • By ON-AApartments

Torre el Rengle II

After the good reception of the first assignment (Torre el Rengle I), Sorigué once again opted for the experience of ON-A in the construction of a second residential building, following the same language and projection that had been promoted in the previous project for the city of Mataró. This is why the new building follows the geometric line of its predecessor: a volume where the singularity is defined by the sinuousness of its curves and the horizontality of the white GRC stripes.   Efficiency and SustainabilityTo guarantee the sustainability of the project, we have chosen materials that achieve energy and acoustic efficiency, as well as the connection to an urban air-conditioning network (La Red Tub Verd Matar&oacut... More

Project • By ON-AApartments

The Crown

The Crown Tower, a uniquely designed luxury residential high-rise that will be a new urban landmark in Taipei City. The building, called The Crown is located in the Datong District of Taipei (Taiwan), a privileged area due to its proximity to major transport hubs such as the HSR Taipei Station and where several high-rise buildings will be constructed in the near future. This new urban intervention in the area will be an important development point for the future of Taipei. Caption Considering the site’s existing characteristics and its great future projection, the developer, Kingland Property Corporation, aimed to create a unique residential landmark, providing a differentiating and impactful architecture for the surroundings.... More

NewsNews • 1 Mar 2023

Almeira Fish Market by Estudio Acta provocatively connects industrial processes with the city

In Almeira, Spain, the new Fish Market and South Area Remodeling at Roquetas de Mart Port  creates new synergies with the city via a dynamic grouping of uses within a new single volume. Freeing the site of old buildings, the unified design by Estudio Acta contains a fish market, restaurant, commercial premises, and facilities rooms. Fernando Alda Fotografía For those in the industry, the workings of the fish market are an expert process executed with the precision of a modern and functional machine. The Fish Market’s main floor is a direct result of this, carefully programmed to accommodate work cycles and functional flows from fish at the dock to the product’s departure by truck. Alongside processing opera... More