Alexandra Road Park was designed and built in the late 1970’s and is at the heart of the large Grade II* listed Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate. It has recently been completely restored thanks to a grant from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. It reopened in July 2015.
A thick, dense and kind blanket, trimmed off to the necessary minimum, to transform a stark interior into a space for the people. The intervention takes place in the “Castillo de El Real de la Jara”, a fortress dating from the 14th century, located on the highest point of the hill right north of the village, in the county and Natural Park of the North Range of Sevilla ...
The city of Celje is the third largest city in Slovenia and its well-preserved paved Roman streets, magnificent castles and the remnants of the medieval walls in the city centre bear witness to its rich history that dates back to the Celts and the Romans. Today, Celje constitutes an administrative, business, economic, cultural, educational and tourist centre of the region. The renewed old city centre gave it a new and attractive image.
In 2010, the municipality has engaged a process to regain quality of life and invest in the promotion of the touristic thermal city. Since the Roman times the city of Dax, in the southwest of France, is known for its hot water springs. OKRA’s plan is to develop a pedestrian friendly scheme for the city centre and to renovate one of the main spaces, the Fontaine Chaude Square.
The time of the Belle Epoque has now long ended taking with it most of De Panne's charm and the once chic coastal town gradually turned into a dull extension of the urbanised Belgian Riviera. Developments on the coastal landscape during the 20th century were too drastic and it became clear that at that rate, the town would never regain its former splendour. An ambitious regeneration plan was thus put into action by the local municipality ...
The 137 Pillars House, formerly known as Baan Borneo, is a 30-suite boutique hotel property located on the banks of Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping River in Northern Thailand. The center of the property carefully preserves historic 19th century architecture which is surrounded by the site’s oldest guardians, a few native trees that existed on the site before it was rediscovered for renovation as a hotel property. Through careful planning and landscape design, the property still maintains its historic value and old-world charm.
Ultra-Ruin is a wooden architectural organism that is growing from the ruins of an abandoned red brick farmhouse in the meeting place of terraced farms and jungle. The weak architecture follows the principles of Open Form and is improvised on the site based on instincts reacting on the presence of jungle, ruin and local knowledge.
The new fort can be understood as an enormous grass sculpture integrating both new and historical elements such as the bunkers, the bombproof buildings, old inundation locks, the new Fort house and the amphitheatre.
MDL’s plan for the revised layout and restoration of a duck decoy visualizes various historical layers in the landscape. The duck decoy (a piece of land that was structured with the aim of catching waterfowl, with a pond and often surrounded by woods) is part of the monumental Huis te Glimmen estate in Glimmen, a village in the north of the Netherlands.
A seemingly indestructible bunker with monumental status is sliced open. The design thereby opens up the minuscule interior of one of NDW’s 700 bunkers, the insides of which are normally cut off from view completely. In addition, a long wooden boardwalk cuts through the extremely heavy construction.
The project converted a disused 19th Century reservoir into a public garden in an inner city suburb of Sydney. The project sought to subtly foster and maintain the strange atmosphere found in the subterranean structure.
An old industrial site on the borders off the Leie river in Kortrijks is converted into an new exclusive showroom for carpets brand. Also the private residence of the couple is included in the site.
Bringing together the spontaneous vegetation arranged on terraces and botanical roses, this garden offers a contemporary reading of the idea of a collection reconstructed in the identity of a territory.
A succession of citations and references give life to a bold fusion of form and functional decor in harmony with the richness and majesty of the existing structures, accentuated and enhanced by the minimalist and essential character of the proposed works, totally in keeping with their history and dynamics.