Steel Innovation Centre
From the outset, the intention of Voestalpine’s 5,400 square-metre Steel Innovation Centre at Linz, Austria, was "to reflect the company’s values and the originality and quality of its products in its outer layered steel envelope".
Architect pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG Architects and Engineers Location Linz - Austria Company involved Voestalpine Website http://www.voestalpine.com
Radisson Blu Hotel
Completed in March 2013, the Radisson Blue Riverside hotel in the Swedish port city of Gothenburg overhangs the Göta river like a shimmering shard of titanic proportions.
Constructed for Radisson Hotel’s owner the Winn Hotel Group by major Swedish contractor Skanska, this striking building accommodates 266 guest rooms, together with conference facilities, a bar and restaurant with outdoor seating, and a deluxe roof-top spa.
Images courtesy of Alcoa Architectural Products
Architect Reflex Arkitekter AB (Moritz Kirchmeier / Marco Folke Testa) Location Göteborg - Sweden Company involved Alcoa Architectural Products Website http://www.alcoa.com
China Pavilion - Shanghai Expo
One of the most striking pavilions at last year’s Shanghai Expo came, appropriately, from the home country. It was obvious immediately that it was Chinese, through both the inverted pyramid of its shape, with strong horizontals, and the bright red that is immediately reminiscent of monuments such as Beijing’s Forbidden City. The horizontals, with ends cantilevering a short distance beyond the supporting elements below, pay homage to one of the most typical forms in traditional Chinese architecture, interlocking ‘dougong’ brackets. These were always realised in timber but here, in this modern interpretation, are clad in aluminium.
Architect South China University of Technology Institute of Architectural Design (He Jingtang) Location Shanghai - China Company involved Hunter Douglas China Website http://www.hunterdouglasgroup.com