Nordhavnen Immortalized on “Someone Has Built it Before” Blog

Posted in Architecture, Community, Competitions, Construction, Design, Education, International, Media by htdstudio on March 22, 2011

HTDSTUDIO’s 2008 competition proposal, Nordhavnen Pixel City was selected as a design example on the SHBiB architecture blog.

Architizer App for iPad, iPad2

Our good friends at have released their new iPad app.  Enjoy.

Griffintown Interrupted Exhibition in Montreal

Posted in Architecture, Community, Competitions, Construction, Design, Education, International, Media by htdstudio on February 11, 2011

Photo © 2011 Alexis Schneider

In October 2010, international ideas competition Griffintown Interrupted was launched, calling for temporary structures in one of Montréal’s most contentious districts. In response, forty-three teams of architects and designers from ten countries came forward to propose innovative temporary structures on five sites throughout Griffintown.  These propositions were featured in an exhibition at the Fonderie Darling, which ran January 17-24, 2011.  HTDSTUDIO’s winning Horsepalace scheme was part of this opening and exhibition.


Posted in Architecture, Community, Competitions, Construction, Design, Education, International, Uncategorized by htdstudio on January 13, 2011

Exhibition  |   Griffintown Interrupted

40 international propositions for temporary, dynamic and disassemblable architecture on 5 sites across Griffintown

17-22 January 2011, Fonderie Darling, 745 rue Ottawa, H3C 1R8 Montréal

Please join us for the opening reception: 6:00-8:00 PM, January 17, 2011.

Exposition  |  Griffintown Interrupted

40 propositions internationales pour l’architecture temporaire, dynamique

et démontable sur 5 sites répartis dans Griffintown

17-22 janvier 2011, Fonderie Darling, 745 rue Ottawa, H3C 1R8 Montréal

SVP nous joindre pour le vernissage: 18h00-20h00, 17 janvier, 2011.


Posted in Architecture, Community, Competitions, Construction, Design, Media, Publications by htdstudio on December 18, 2010

Montreal, December 18th, 2010 – HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE won a competition to build a temporary gallery  space in the Griffintown section of Old Montreal, Canada.  The Griffintown Interrupted Ideas Competition took five strategic vacant sites in hopes to create a series of temporary interventions to raise awareness of the history of Griffintown, Montreal, while creating cultural, community and public activity to rejuvenate the faded industrial area.

Each proposal was to include a plan for its own disassembly, de-habitation or disappearance at the end of its short-term lease. Each submission determined the conditions of the structure’s use for the duration of the provided lease.

The five winning proposals will be featured in an interactive exhibition opening on January 17, 2011 at the Fonderie Darling, Montreal.

Fonderie Darling
745 Ottawa Street
Montréal, Quebec


HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE is an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary design practice with a mission to bring innovative design excellence to architectural, interior, urban and sustainable design projects.  Their clients include Aristeia International Inc., City of Newark, Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the UN, and numerous organizations, corporations and private clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Caribbean.


Posted in Architecture, Community, Competitions, Design by htdstudio on December 1, 2010

This ideas competition explores the potential present of Griffintown, at a time when its past and future have been brought into the public eye

This week our “Griffintown Horse Palace” entry ‘was shortlisted for the Horse Palace as a part of the Griffintown Interrupted Ideas competition in Montreal Canada.

These urban stables, dating from the era when thousands of horses filled the Griffintown streets,are still in operation: the horses spend their nights at the Palace, and their days pulling carriages through Old Montreal. Efforts are in place to preserve this pastoral moment in the middle of the city; the Horse Palace Foundation has plans to make this the site of a Griffintown Museum, with the stables remaining in operation alongside the galleries.”

Please Vote for our entry titled “Griffintown Horse Palace” Online  NOW until Dec. 10th


Posted in Architecture, Competitions, Design, Media, Publications by htdstudio on February 19, 2010

HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE is part of a new 2-volume set “Panel Layout for Competition”.  The book covers topics related to ARCHITECTURE, from architecture itself to LANDSCAPE, URBAN, INTERIOR and other disciplines.

HTDSTUDIO’s published project is their proposal for a zero-carbon, 24-hour city in Nordhavnen, Denmark, just outside Copenhagen.  This community i with the idea of life as a focus from the start of the design process. Great emphasis is set on carefully balancing and integrating residential, cultural, commercial, recreational, naturalistic and institutional elements of this masterplan.

A holistic approach to both micro and macro organization were crucial to this ultra livable city.  Special attention was given to influencing and promoting activities, interaction and microclimates. Day and night as well as summer and winter activities were key to creating a vibrant and sustainable city.

PANEL LAYOUT for Competition

DAMDI Architectural Publishing Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea

267 projects with 72 design teams

Over 839 panels Total 752 pages with 2 books

260mm X 360mm, Hard Cover / English / Korean

ISBN 978-89-91111-55-4

Mercedes-Benz Business Center + Intercontinental Hotel Competition, Yerevan, Armenia

Posted in Architecture, Business, Competitions, Construction, Design by htdstudio on February 2, 2010


The Mercedes-Benz Business Center and Intercontinental Hotel stands alone as a singular business destination in the Northern Middle East region.  Situated atop a promontory overlooking the Old City via the axis of Terian Street,  the Mercedes-Benz Business Center and Intercontinental Hotel will be a beacon of progress, sustainability and excellence that is customarily associated with both global brands.  The approach is to create a ‘Living’ program where each component  maximizes the following:

  • All exposures to city ‘walls’ or old vs. new city
  • Site access and traffic flow, both vehicular and pedestrian
  • Dramatic/Strategic views of the City of Yerevan & Mt. Ararat
  • Discreet Separation vs. Consolidation of spaces
  • Minimal site disturbance by main building
  • Sub-grade parking coupled with a green park and public gardens
  • Re-use of at-grade wall-base  of old Yerevan Youth Center as Museum
  • Superstructure.

    The Superstructure was created for both enhanced integrity and seismic absorption. Constructed of steel (100% of which is now recycled)  the four main pylons are tied together with trussed ‘bridge’ volumes at floor levels 2,3,8,9,16 and 17.  A minimum of site area was disturbed to anchor the structure.  Designed with sub-grade pedestrian only access for enhanced building security.

    Lower program volumes such as Fitness/Spa/Restaurant are suspended from main fitness/spa volume; they are meant to ‘hang’ from the building to anticipate and counteract seismic activity and oscillation.  Grand Ballroom and Conference halls are suspended from the larger building for clearly denoted typology as well as increased speed of construction.  These volumes are constructed (and chemically isolated) of Aluminum construction for increased rigidity and weight savings of up to 30%.


    The creation of a steel ‘monocoque’ was necessary as the basis for the tower portion of the complex to facilitate staggering of floor units while maintaining integrity.  Each floor unit is composed of an inner box-truss system around the core opening and main suite walls are made up of a steel shear-wall truss system that extends from the center. The Tower core super-structures penetrate floor plates at appropriate locations according to layout.

    Reduced Footprint.

    A smaller footprint adds value to a development project as there is reduced schedule in site prep.  This is a similar approach to how an oil rig would be constructed.  Where the main pylon is built and key program components can be assembled and lifted into place.  Construction scheduling may be maximized as the building can be simultaneously assembled from above (jump crane) and below (assembly lift).

    Floorplate Configurations.

    With the Quad-Core Superstructure, the Client is free to design hotel floorplates as desired according to budget, anticipated occupancies, future expansion and so on.  Each floorplate acts as a brace both vertically and horizontally throughout the building.  Steel slab construction is also cross-braced to lock the structure in place.  Views, green space, suite configurations dictate staggered program elements.