lunes, 31 de enero de 2011

School Center Paredes Alenquer / André Espinho

31 de enero de 2011.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Architects: André Espinho
Location: Allanquer, Portugal
Project team: André Espinho, Bruno Mendes, Miguel Henriques, Marco Correia
Project area: 6,700 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
The School Center has been designed to accommodate around 600 children, from the ages of three to nine. Within the school, the children are divided by the 1st cycle, kindergarten and ATL (Leisure Activities). The first floor consists of administration areas, service and a reception for parents whilst the ground floor contains a gymnasium and the majority of the school classrooms, with a direct link to the playgrounds (both covered and uncovered).

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
School Center Paredes is composed of a white volume resting on four black volumes, thus marking the separation between floors. The majority of the project works around the creation of three patios/playgrounds and the relationship of the building with the slope of the existing ground. Contact with the outside was key to this project, with the organisation and shape of the interior space allowing all circulations to enjoy a large amount of natural light. By including a number of covered outdoor spaces, the building now provides excellent leisure facilities for children in all seasons. Several wall paintings in the playgrounds and atriums were carried out by artists invited by the designer in an attempt to enrich the interior space.

One of the original wall hangings was created by Conceição Espinho and Teresa Magalhães. Built in three major areas, (water, earth and sky) it involves a female figure walking and pushing a cart with a child. This is said to symbolise travel and that she will get to know and face the world that awaits her.

HyperAlicante / hiddenoffice

31 de enero de 2011.

Courtesy of hiddenoffice
Hiddenoffice has submitted their proposal, HyperAlicante, for the Spainish coastal city of Alicante to us here at ArchDaily. Wildly ambitious in scale, see more of this design after the jump as well as a explanatory narrative by the architects.

The economic development of Alicante which has led to a large building growth, without the mediation of a proper urban planning. Consequence of this is to the disappearance of his identity as a maritime city, public space, intended as a heart of relations of community life, a clear separation of the port and the rest of the city.

The strategy is born as a criticism of the lack of public spaces and the boundaries set by a succession of uncontrolled urban development, and the intention to refund those feelings and emotions that arise from the relationship with the sea, belonging to a city of Alicante. The idea focuses on the development of the confrontation between the old and new, with the intention to re-store the freedom that certain manifestations of generalized logic of profit tends to stifle development by building unplanned. Implementing an enhancement of the landscape that is realized through a model of stratification, thus keeping unchanged the sense of reality and the image of the place with which the project interacts.

The intention is to establish an urban mixité who currently consists rather in an organization based on the strict division between public and private property. The intent is to re-activate objects architectural and urban systems without following a preexisting order, but trying to instituting a new relationship between the built and the time, continuously searching for new scenarios that are born, grow and change inside the processes of modification the society and its communication mechanisms. The relationship between infrastructure and the port wants to give meaning to both parties.

The intervention is formally and linguistically distinct from the place where it is engaged, but it bound by a state of necessity, as the soil and its significance, with the intention of returning to it all those characteristics that had made in the past center of social life. The concept originated from the desire to return to the city public spaces, working in reverse to the current urban design. From analysis of roads and squares have been carrying out a full reversal of the facts on the study of empty areas in front of the port area.

The result has been the idea of a grid, superimposed on the coast, virtually infinite, and no hierarchy of recognizable geometric constant hosted functions as a horizontal city, growing at a variable height above sea level, depending on the area and function with which it relates. Above is provided for a public space where you can give life to many different events, which just for its features of changeability and uncertainty, puts a strain on any notion of form expressed by the final arrangements, thus leaving room for more unimaginable and non-programmable tasks social. The structure that make up our project is a grid network that can be coated with various materials allowing variations and compositions ever changing, thanks to their modularity, and allow the integration of technologies for energy production is present, that in the future, thanks to freedom of composition which can propose such a solution.

The whole structure is supported by pillars that serve at the same time supports and vertical links, linking functions that are inside, with what is above or below, therefore, assuming an attitude of close relationship to the existing, with which establishes a relationship of dependency and social space, but not functional without mediation of identity, in this manner freeing herself from the necessity of interpretation and updating of existing, and at the same time proposing a possible new model of urban growth.

The program that controls the functions within the organization, wants to leave the maximum freedom of configuration according to those who are socioeconomic dynamics dictated by the market forces, such as a constantly evolving site, which is not defined by the architecture itself but from the composition within the structure.

This division between public and private space is configured so that the public is fully viable, has a continuity and circularity, while private space is always in places where the continuity of the movement is not possible.

domingo, 30 de enero de 2011

Los juguetes de Red Bull

30 de enero de 2011.

Peek Inside Red Bull’s Toy Box es una galería de fotos del Hangar 7 del aeropuerto de Salzburgo, donde Red Bull guarda sus «juguetitos», entre ellos un par de Alpha Jets, este Corsair, y el Extra 300L en el que tuve la oportunidad de hacer un vuelo acrobático
Sospecho que a la mayoría se nos salen un poco de presupuesto, aunque muchos los hemos visto en acción en distintos festivales aéreos.

SALZBURG, Austria — This city is well known as the birthplace of Mozart, the backdrop for the Sound of Music and simply for being a beautiful place. But thanks to worldwide interest in caffeinated energy drinks and Dietrich Mateschitz's desire to share his love of aircraft and race cars, one of this city's newest places to visit is known as Hangar 7.

Located at the Salzburg Airport, Hangar 7 could be called the Red Bull toy box. It is where Mateschitz, who co-founded Red Bull in 1987, stores all his coolest toys. It is a massive glass-enclosed hangar complete with a changing collection of airplanes belonging to the Flying Bulls. It's also got an assortment of Formula 1 cars sponsored by Red Bull, along with a handful of racing motorcycles as well.

We recently paid a visit to Hangar 7 and got a chance to walk across the apron and peek inside Hangar 8, where a fleet of more than 20 Red Bull aircraft is stored and maintained.

Hangar 8's appearance is stunning, and a team of more than 60 people maintains, manages and flies the fleet. Everything is flown regularly. Most perform throughout Europe during the airshow season, and a few are used primarily for business.

All summer long a busy flying schedule keeps four full-time pilots and a handful of part-time pilots in the air most of the time. Whether flying a graceful aerobatic routine in the F4U Corsair, flying to a nearby lake in the Cessna Caravan (on amphibious floats) or transporting VIPs to an F1 race in the vintage DC-6, these guys enjoy some of the best aviation jobs in the world.