On a misty day in Rotterdam, the taller of the two towers that make up the Maas Tower development seems to disappear into the sky. Oddly, on a clear day, the effect is not entirely different. Although the light silvery colour of the tower stands out sharply against a blue sky, there is a fading away at the top that cannot just be put down to the diminution that comes with distance.
Architect Diederick Dam (Dam and Partners) Location Rotterdam - The Netherlands Company involved Euramax Coated Products & Hunter Douglas Website http://www.euramax.nl
Slotting into its industrial setting like a sleek ocean liner, the modern office building Imparo, while inexpensively constructed and technologically simple, brings and glamour and a sense of quality to an otherwise inauspicious commercial zone on the outskirts of Ljubljana.
Architect Abiro Location Ljubljana Vič - Slovenia Company involved voestalpine Stahl GmbH & Armat Website www.voestalpine.com/colofer
Southwest from Paris, just 1km from the Porte de Versailles and within view of the Eiffel Tower, the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux sits on the bank of the River Seine. It has undertaken a commitment that all its major buildings should be of high environmental quality, and this is evident in one new structure, with its green roof and its river frontage half hidden behind trees planted on the upper levels. It is therefore surprising at first to discover that this building in such a prime position is fulfilling the decidedly unglamorous function of a plant for sorting and treating waste.
Architect Dubosc & Associés Location Issy-les-Moulineaux - France