INP Gymnasium complex
Taking architecture “further than a mere building” is how architect Marc Laurens, from Toulouse-based practice Laurens & Loustau Architects, describes the recently completed INP gymnasium complex at the new Toulouse-Labège university campus in southwest France.
Architect Marc Laurens, Pierre Loustau Location Toulouse - France Company involved ArcelorMittal Website http://www.arcelormittal.com/construction
Look at one side of the AV College Helsinki and you appear to be studying a pixellated image of ... well, you can’t tell what, and that is a deliberate strategy on the part of the architects. Ark-House Architects, also based in Helsinki, used six different off-the-shelf colours of prepainted metal to create an almost entirely windowless facade that makes reference to the digital techniques that are happening inside this college, dedicated to audiovisual education. The practice’s Pentti Kareoja says that they considered putting in a definite image, such as a face, but decided to leave it abstract – a wise decision. ‘Now people can find their own images,’ said Kareoja.
Architect Ark-House Architects (Pentti Kareoja) Location Helsinki - Finland Company involved Rautaruukki Website http://www.ruukki.com
Cluj Arena Football Stadium
A sleek and impressive curvilinear structure now sits prominently yet comfortably amid the relatively low-level residential and commercial blocks and trees otherwise occupying the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca.
The new Cluj Arena, built as a symbolic contemporary landmark, is by far the largest and most overtly modern building in this culturally rich university city.
Architect Dico si Tiganas Location Cluj - Romania Company involved Hydro Aluminium & Lindab Website http://www.hydro.com