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Eberhard H. Zeidler - Architect Of The Week - July 2008 - 4th Week

Eberhard H. Zeidler as a Senior Partner in the firm , has over 50 years of architectural experience on landmark projects of almost every building type built in dozens of countries spanning the globe . These include the Eaton centre in Toronto , Canada place in Vancouver , BNI city office tower in Jakarta , the Kravis performing arts centre in Florida and many others .

His current work involves the Trump international hotel and Towers , the Minto Midtown development , and Emaar Dubai development . More than 400 articles have been published by leading professional magazines in addition the work has appeared in a number of architectural texts . He has written two books ” Healing the hospital ” and ” Multi-Use Architecture in the Urban Context ” .
Two books have been written ” Eberhard Zeidler : In search of human space ” ( Ernst & Sohn ) . Among the many awards and honor he has received  is the gold medal of the RAIC and four honor degrees for universities . From 1984 to 2000 , Mr. Zeidler was an adjunct professor of architectural design at the University of Toronto .

Zeidler Partnership Architects
The Firm’s continuity in terms of overlapping partners can be traced back to 1980. Today, the firm is led by three senior partners: Tarek El–Khatib, Alan Munn, Eb–Zeidler and eight general partners.

Toronto is the head office for the firm with other offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria, Beijing, Berlin, London and West Palm Beach. The firm has some 220 staff, worldwide.

Zeidler projects cover virtually the entire range of architectural building types, urban design, master planning and interior design. The scale of projects varies from large, mixed-use complexes to small residences and offices. The firm’s major body of work is historically located in Canada and the USA, with a significant, rapidly growing international presence in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Zeidler Partnership Architects has been recognized by its peers with over 130 national and international awards.

Canada Place, Vancouver

Built upon a 1,100-foot long pier that was significantly extended in 2003, this 1.78 million-square foot mixed-use waterfront development initially served as the Canadian pavilion for expo ‘86.

The complex now contains the 384,000-square foot Vancouver Trade and convention center, and 243,000-square foot world trade center office. It also features the 505-room pan pacific hotel, 43,000 square feet of retail space, fully equipped five-berth cruise ship terminal, 480-seat 3-D IMAX cinema, bus depot, and 770 parking space. Promenades, located on both sides of the building and on various levels, offer dramatic views of the mountains and Stanley Park. They lead to an urban piazza at the and of the pier which features a 1,000-seat amphitheatre, restaurants, and small shopping center.

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Alfredo Haberli - Designer Of The Week - July 2008 - 4th Week

Alfredo Haberli was born in 1964, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved to Switzerland in 1977, where in 1991, he graduated in Industrial design at the H?here Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. He received the Diploma Prize, SfGZ in 1991.

From 1988 onwards, he worked in Zurich for the Museum für Gestaltung, where he was responsible for numerous exhibitions.

In 1993 he set up his own studio, and subsequently worked for firms such as Alias, Authentics, Edra, Driade, Luceplan, Thonet, Zanotta, etc. Recently Alfredo Haberli has developed products for Asplund, Bd Ediciones de Diseno, Cappellini, Classicon, Iittala, Leitner, Moroso, Offecct, Rorstrand.

Alfredo Haberli’s work and designs have been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe. He has received many awards for his work over the years.

Take a line for a walk 2003

Lounge chair

The modeling method of rapid prototyping served as the starting point for this design. The result was a lightweight structure for a lounge chair with enormous wings.

The upholstered version of this came a year later. To be able to sit in it without being concerned about one’s shoes was a small detail in this autonomous structure.
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Snohetta - Architect Of The Week - July 2008 - 3rd Week

Snohetta as was formed in 1989 in Norway and has operated continuously since that time.The architecture and landscape architecture practice is based in Oslo, Norway and in New York city, USA.

Snohetta is an integrated landscape, interior and Architectural practice, where a full 25% of the company is composed of landscape and interior architects sharing studio spaces directly with architects.

A high percentage of staff are international citizens with experience working in the USA and the Middle East, While presently enjoying the atmosphere of contemporary European design. As a result of this understanding Snohetta has received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Finally, a number of similar cultural projects have been undertaken or completed in the recent year providing the firm with a strong reputation in the filed. Working in the international market for over 15 years.

Snohetta is often associated with projects outside of its home in Oslo.


In 2002 the new library of Alexandria in Egypt reopened its doors for the first time in nearly 2000 years.

The culmination of an international effort lasting over 12 years, the library is one of the most contemporary in the world, in its over 800,000 square feet a rang of museums and public assembly areas can also be found. Despite its large size, the building often feels humane and intimate in scale, while also having an atmosphere of dignity and calm repose.

Outside of the library a large reflecting pool and public plaza link the building to the nearby Mediterranean and the city of Alexandria, The pools help to cool the area around the building and naturally collect dust to clean the air near the building. The building’s unusual tilting form links the architecture directly with the landscape creating a unifying atmosphere that extends into the interior of the building. The building and ground change atmosphere throughout the day and seasons. The water, vegetation and shape of the building help allay the sound of the nearby busy street, creating a calm and comfortable, yet public and open space for those visiting the building and those simply passing by.

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