Latest additions | MIMOAlatest additionshttp://www.mimoa.eu/latest_additionsmimoaMon, 15 Sep 2014 05:21:26 +0200Hallgrímskirkjahttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Reykjavik/Hallgr%EDmskirkjaReykjavik, Iceland
Designer: Gudjon Samuelsson
Contributed by: Nazar

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 73 metres, it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape. It took 38 years to build the church. Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986, the landmark tower being completed long before the church's actual completion. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings were completed in 1974, and the nave was consecrated in 1986. Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city.

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Skólavörðustígur 1
101 Reykjavik
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Bifröst Business Schoolhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Bifr%F6st/Bifr%F6st%20Business%20SchoolBifröst, Iceland
Designer: Studio Granda
Contributed by: Nazar

The new student accommodation and research wing is the third building on the Bifröst campus designed by Studio Granda. It is one of a series of new buildings outlined in the master plan that has also been developed by the office. The program required fifty-one residential units, of which six for students with impaired mobility, a large reading room, open office space, cellular offices and meeting facilities. The building should house laundry facilities for the entire campus, significant storage space and be designed and built for a less than an adequate budget.

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311 Bifröst
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Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Egst/Snaefellsstofa%20Visitor%20CenterEgst, Iceland
Designer: ARKÍS arkitektar
Contributed by: Nazar

Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center communicates the dignity of the surrounding nature and is closely connected to its immediate surroundings. It attracts visitors to its unique appearance and simultaneously works as an attractor for indoor and outdoor activities. The building is divided into three parts so that it can be utilized in different ways, depending on the season.

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Fljótsdalsvegur 0
701 Egst
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Sparrendaal Estatehttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Vught/Sparrendaal%20EstateVught, Netherlands
Designer: Team V Architecture
Contributed by: renatevschaik

Sparrendaal Estate is a country estate in south of the Netherlands. Constructed to a high level of detail, and tailored to the specific needs of its residents, it is carefully situated within the landscape, designed by Michael van Gessel. A former monastery, the estate consists of two parcels of land separated by a long lane. On one side of the lane stands a studio-pavilion with a plectrum-shaped floor plan and facades covered with greenery. The main house is clad in natural stone and intersected by four axes, along which corridors have been built, providing views of the landscape. These axes divide the house into nine volumes, each with its own atmosphere and decor.

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Sparrendaalseweg -
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Headquarters a.s.r.http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Utrecht/Headquarters%20a.s.r.Utrecht, Netherlands
Designer: Team V Architecture
Contributed by: renatevschaik

The strategy behind the transformation of one of the largest office buildings from the 1970s was to preserve the positive features and renew what needed to be improved upon, thus bringing it into line with current building standards and regulations. New glass facades have given the formerly colossal structure a more open ambiance by allowing light to penetrate deep into the heart of the building. Surrounding the building is a mature garden that will be extended into the atrium. The transformation has also made the building more energy-efficient, while the streamlined new layout has provided room for 2,800 flexible workspaces and a working environment for 4,000 employees.

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Archimedeslaan 10
3584 BA Utrecht
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Cafe Botanicalhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Akureyri/Cafe%20BotanicalAkureyri , Iceland
Designer: Kollgata arkitektúr
Contributed by: Nazar

The main objectives of Kollgata were to create a building which could capture the spirit of its surroundings. The Botanical gardens themselves had to be in a primary role with this new building as a supportive point of interest, providing necessary servises to the visitors and creating a year round attraction. There were already two small buildings in the gardens with one of them being one of the oldest buildings in Akureyri, and thus demanding respect especially in this setting. The basis for the design was to create a cafe that would clearly be a testament to the times we live in and at the same time keep with the atmosphere already created by these older buildings. Therefore we sought inspiration in their form, colors and scale and we looked to locally manufactured and tested materials to keep with the ideas of sustainability and heritage. Materials that would also allow us to implement modern details with precision.

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Eyrarlandsvegur 28
600 Akureyri
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Stöðin road stophttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Borgarnes/St%F6%F0in%20road%20stopBorgarnes, Iceland
Designer: Krads
Contributed by: Nazar

The Station, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station. Icelandic culture is in many ways shaped by American influences due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country. The Station addresses this cultural relationship by incorporating architectural elements from the American diner that contrast the traditional Icelandic building method of in situ cast concrete. The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic materiality's gravity. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers generous panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjordur while the curvilinear form allows for a smooth circulation of cars outside.

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Brúartorg 1
310 Borgarnes
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Nyja Bíóhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Reykjavik/Nyja%20B%ED%F3Reykjavik, Iceland
Designer: Studio Granda
Contributed by: Nazar

The cinema, Nyja Bíó, was completely razed and only drawings and photographic documentation remained. Furthermore a new building had been built on much of the old lot so the reconstruction has been made on a location slightly shifted from the original. The tighter constraints of the new plot and the increased height of its new and reconstructed neighbors influenced the decision to decrease the plan depth and increase the height by one floor. The questionable historical truthfulness of this building is not denied but expressed in the use of system shuttering for the in-situ concrete and raw finishing of the north facade in a play between notions of memory and the preoccupations of the present. A new stair tower separates Lækjargata 2 and Nyja Bíó. It is a clearly modern intervention but with its massive columnar basalt cladding has a geological history. A smaller stone tower holds the west side of Nyja Bíó.

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Lækjargata 1
101 Reykjavik
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The Supreme Court of Icelandhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Reykjavik/The%20Supreme%20Court%20of%20IcelandReykjavik, Iceland
Designer: Studio Granda
Contributed by: Nazar

After the transfer of power from Denmark, the Court was first housed in the Old Penitentiary Building on Skólavörðustígur in Reykjavík. In 1949 it moved to the former court building on Lindargata. 1993 saw a competition to design a new home for the Court, which was won by Margrét Harðardóttir and Steve Christer of Studio Grandi, Reykjavík. The Icelandic Minister of Justice dug the first spade of ground for the new Courthouse of the Supreme Court of Iceland at Arnarhóll on 15 July 1994, laid the cornerstone of the building on the Court's 75th anniversary, 16 February 1995, and handed it over to the Court for use on 5 September 1996.

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Ingólfsstræti -
101 Reykjavik
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Reykjavík Art Museumhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Reykjavik/Reykjav%EDk%20Art%20MuseumReykjavik, Iceland
Designer: Studio Granda
Contributed by: Nazar

Founded in 1973, the Reykjavík Art Museum is the largest visual art institution in Iceland. Its mission to present contemporary art in its many manifestations is carried out through diverse programs at the museum's three venues: Hafnarhus, Kjarvalsstadir, and Asmundarsafn. The museum is situated at three different locations in the city: Kjarvalsstadir exhibition hall at Miklatún, inaugurated in 1973, where the main emphasis is on paintings and sculpture by well established artists; Hafnarhus, located in downtown Reykjavik, inaugurated in 2000, which serves as the museums institute of contemporary art, where new developments in art are explored; and the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum and Park at Sigtún, inaugurated in 1991, which is dedicated to the work of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson.

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Tryggvagata 1
101 Reykjavik
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ISTAK headquarterhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Reykjavik/ISTAK%20headquarterReykjavik, Iceland
Designer: KHR architekter
Contributed by: Nazar

Ístak's new headquarters building was inspired by the Iceland nature and the significance of Tingvalla, both as an ancient meeting place for the country's Allting (the world's first parliamentary meeting place) as well as a geological phenomenon; the fissure between the north Atlantic and Euro-asiatic continental plates. The fissure's spatial sequence of clefts, with varying daylight access, textural weight, reflections in the water and the dynamic view of the surrounding landscape is echoed in the headquarters building as architectural effects expressed in Corten steel, glass and concrete. The scheme respects the existing building pattern in Engjateigur and fills out a space, where there is a change in direction of a row of detached buildings. With the chosen form and the organization of the site, there was also the desire to give the building an easily perceived identity as a typical Icelandic country house, in a grassy landscape with the sea in the background.

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Engjateigur 5
105 Reykjavik
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The Icelandic Institute of Natural Historyhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Gar%F0ab%E6r/The%20Icelandic%20Institute%20of%20Natural%20HistoryGarðabær, Iceland
Designer: ARKÍS arkitektar
Contributed by: Nazar

The new building for the Icelandic Institute of Natural History houses research facilities and offices for 50 scientists and other employees. Furthermore, the building houses the Institute's research specimen collections and scientific library. As one of the first buildings to rise in Urridaholt, the Icelandic Institute of Natural History will mark the entry to the development's business avenue. The building is divided into three parts by two fissures that visually reduce the building mass and communicate the gradual rhythm and human scale of the streetscape prescribed in the master plan. Moreover, the three part plan figure reflects the composition of an insect body, thereby connecting building form to the Institute's function.

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Urriðaholtsstræti 6
210 Garðabær
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Smáratorg Towerhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Iceland/Reykjavik/Sm%E1ratorg%20TowerReykjavik, Iceland
Designer: ARKÍS arkitektar
Contributed by: Nazar

Smáratorg 3 is an office and retail building in Iceland. It is the tallest building in Iceland, surpassing the Hallgrímskirkja in height, and is the fifth tallest architectural structure in the country after the Eiðar longwave transmitter, the masts of Naval Radio Transmitter Facility Grindavik and longwave radio mast Hellissandur. The building has 20 floors and is 77.6 metres high.

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Dalvegur -
201 Reykjavik
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The Four Worldshttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Spijkenisse/The%20Four%20WorldsSpijkenisse, Netherlands
Designer: Mei architects and planners
Contributed by: Mei

In the Dijkzone in Spijkenisse the 'Four Worlds' is being realised. An out-of-the-ordinary apartment complex bordering straight on the Old Meuse river. Visually, the building is divided into four separate parts referring to the neighbourhood structure that is typical of Spijkenisse. Every neighbourhood will have its own identity, enhanced by the use that is made of specific materials. Meeting places are important elements of the design. The building has a recreational deck offering amongst others barbecuing facilities, a petanque court, a tennis court and a large greenhouse. In addition, the randomly staggered balconies invite residents to strike up a conversation with their neighbours. Artist Milou van Ham collected hundreds of words that represent Spijkenisse's identity. These words have been cast into the façade and balcony elements.

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Hongerlandsedijk
3201 LG Spijkenisse
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Gum Factoryhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Amsterdam/Gum%20FactoryAmsterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Mei architects and planners
Contributed by: Mei

The former gum factory (kauwgomballenfabriek) in Amsterdam has been transformed into a creative and extrovert mix of buildings for creative and extrovert users. The complex was used by Maple Leaf for brands like Sportlife. The most robust building in the complex is converted to a premises for creative businesses. The building was built in the early 70's and used as production and storage space spread over three floors. Because of its function, the building has a heavy concrete and steel construction and high levels six meters by a very special spatial quality. The high areas are used as a workplace, while meeting rooms and concentration workplaces are realized in the mezzanine floors. Due to the heavy construction it is possible to construct an additional volume onto the building. The new volume is unique in form and materials of the existing building, but because of the restrained, industrial metal and glass materials also a "marriage" with this huge building.

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Paul van Vlissingenstraat 8
1096 BK Amsterdam
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Lijnbaan 77http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Rotterdam/Lijnbaan%2077Rotterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Mei architects and planners
Contributed by: Mei

Commissioned by ASR Vastgoed Mei architects and planners thoroughly renovated Lijnbaan 77, a national monument in Rotterdam. The typical details of the fifties and the original use of materials were the main starting points in the design. Lijnbaan 77 is one of the first post-war national monuments of the Netherlands. This period of reconstruction is a very important development in the history of Dutch architecture. It is a period of recovery and scarcity, but it also represents optimism and renewal.

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Lijnbaan 77
3012 EM Rotterdam
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25kV buildinghttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Rotterdam/25kV%20buildingRotterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Mei architects and planners
Contributed by: Mei

Mei architects and planners played an important role in transforming Schiecentrale - the former electricity generating plant on Lloydpier in Rotterdam - and its surroundings into the creative centre that it now is. Mei turned the originally introverted and blank transformer house, called 25 kV building located on Lloydpier, into a transparent structure that houses various businesses. The transparency of the new structure was achieved by removing the originally blank façade over the full length of the building and replacing it with a steel frame faced entirely with glazed panels. The new volume contain all supporting facilities for the adjacent 46 office spaces such as toilets and pantries. This corridor between the offices and the service spaces is a shared zone that functions as a space for encounter. Because all daylight enters the building through this zone, even the toilets and pantries are made of glass, albeit translucent glass for privacy reasons.

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Lloydstraat 9-19
3024 EA Rotterdam
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Schiecentrale Phase 4Bhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Rotterdam/Schiecentrale%20Phase%204BRotterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Mei architects and planners
Contributed by: EelcoDekker

Schiecentrale Phase 4B is the final phase in the redevelopment of the former Schiehavencentrale and surroundings in the Lloydkwartier. The combination of office spaces, housing, and combined living/working units adds life to the area, which has become the audio-visual centre of Rotterdam in recent years. Schiecentrale Phase 4B consists of a striking new structure, built around the north-west sides of the old Schiecentrale building. The new complex provides the media centre with various types of units, for people closely involved in the audio-visual sector and people in other creative disciplines who like the port atmosphere still palpable in the area.

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Schiehavenkade 1-526
3024 Rotterdam
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Jobsveemhttp://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Rotterdam/JobsveemRotterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Mei architects and planners
Contributed by: Mei

The former warehouse and national monument Jobsveem, also known as St. Job, on the quay of the Lloyd Pier in Rotterdam, has been changed significantly. The design by Mei in collaboration with architect Wessel de Jonge breathes new life into the old warehouse. Since its completion in 1913, is was extremely introverted. This was done to protect the stored goods from too much daylight, rain and wind. The structure involved the use of construction methods that were very advanced for their time: long floors (130x25m) with cast-iron columns of different heights. Converting it to apartments and commercial spaces was an opportunity to bring daylight into the building with 3 glazed atria. The light courts of glass and steel emphasise the monumental components that have been carefully restored. They are lively, light spaces where residents can meet one another. In warm weather, and also in the event of calamities such as fire, the glazed roof opens and a light breeze blows through the atrium.

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Lloydstraat 2-200
3024 EA Rotterdam
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Kraton 230http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Netherlands/Rotterdam/Kraton%20230Rotterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Mei architects and planners
Contributed by: olivier_van_den_hoven

Part of the larger Schiecentrale Complex in the former harbour area Lloydkwartier, this new building will house the local TV broadcasting station, its studio’s and offices. The Schiecentrale used to be an electricity plant, now transformed into a creative melting-pot of 80 different film, audio-visual and Information and Communication Technology businesses. The complex consists of the 25Kv Building, the Trafohuis, Hotel Stroom, the canteen building, and more living and working space. The façade of this building, clad with cast-iron panels has a special pattern, designed by Studio Job. It refers to the former steel-industry of the harbour area, and was chosen for its ‘dirty’ look, and the resemblance to the cast-iron covers on street-holes. The plates, now orange, will soon rust more and change into dark brown, leaving rusty, red water, which will be disgorged. The choice for this material leaves visitors to think it is also one of the renovated and reused buildings.

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Lloydstraat 23
3024 EA Rotterdam
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