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Architects unveil four bold visions for 11th Street Bridge Park – The Washington Post

The subject of Washington’s buzziest architecture competition isn’t a Smithsonian museum or a downtown office building, but a series of concrete piers jutting out of the Anacostia River a dozen blocks east of Nationals Park.

More than 40 architecture teams comprised of 82 firms initially expressed interested in designing a park traversing the Anacostia  – what could become a local version of New York’s High Line Park — atop piers that held up the old 11th Street Bridge before it was replaced.

The four finalists submitted their proposals to the project’s organizers Tuesday, and they leave nothing to the imagination: there are amphitheaters, education centers, dining piers, urban gardens, waterfalls, climbing walls and an array of eye-catching architectural features, any of which could transform the old bridge site into a distinctive landmark.

Scott Kratz, director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, said the project has the chance to bring needed attention to a river that has suffered environmentally and long served as a barrier between the majority of the city and some of its poorest communities. He said he was thrilled at the quality of responses.

“These are some of the best designers in the world and their work reflects that,” he said. “We were hoping that the proposals would not just be shades of gray and we received reds and blues and greens and purples. They are all so different while still responding to the community’s vision.

”The teams will come to Washington to present their ideas to a jury of experts in design, architecture, health and economic development on Sept. 29-30 and a final decision is expected Oct. 16.

via Architects unveil four bold visions for 11th Street Bridge Park – The Washington Post.

Small Yard of the Day!

Apple Car Play coming soon!

 

Here is an example of the future Car Play that will been featured on several models in the coming year! Nice integration and well designed!

To the moon! 45 years later!

2 | Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums Reimagined As Sorely Needed Housing

2 | Brazil's World Cup Stadiums Reimagined As Sorely Needed Housing | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

 

What happens to all the World Cup stadiums now that the big event is over? Brazil spent around $4 billion on the stadiums used this year, including four new stadiums that are unlikely to ever see much action again. In Brasilia, a $900 million stadium has 72,000 seats, but local football teams will probably draw crowds less than a tenth of that size. In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, a little-used stadium will cost $250,000 a month just to maintain.

via 2 | Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums Reimagined As Sorely Needed Housing | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.

Outdoor-Oriented Dream Home/Office Implants Modern African Aesthetic in Switzerland

 

We’re used to SAOTA‘s impressive and imposing residences and pleased to see each of them unravel before our virtual eyes. This time we’ll be admiring a fascinatingly transparent Lake House in Geneva, Switzerland. Attracting the eye with an unusual architecture, the building acts as both a residence and an office. The client is a fan of the illustrious architecture team and this 2,800 sqm family home and office is the 4th home SAOTA has designed for him. The owner can boast about a wonderful collection of homes in Cape Town and Paris and Senegal. This one is located on Lake Geneva, and features sculptural design lines shaping a provocative architecture.

via Outdoor-Oriented Dream Home/Office Implants Modern African Aesthetic in Switzerland.