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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Norwegian Mountaineering Center in Møre og Romsdal, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering. The design of the building is based on its function as a mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.

Image Courtesy © Søren Harder Jensen

Image Courtesy © Søren Harder Jensen

  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Project: Norwegian Mountaineering Center
  • Location: Åndalsnes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
  • Photography: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Søren Harder Jensen, Fotograf André
  • Client: Stiftelsen Tindesenteret
  • Size / value: 900 m2
  • Commission type: Invited competition (2009), 1st prize
  • Status: Completed 2016

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The European Council and Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

As a consequence of 2004 European enlargement, the Justus Lipsius building becomes too small for the council of the European1 (hereafter named the Council). According to the treaty of Nice, adopted in 2001, all European Council2 sessions are held in Brussels, which also generates new real estate needs. In order to respond to those, the Belgian State offered the Council to cede block A from the complex “Residence Palace” to make it the future seat of both the European Council and the Council, once this building renovated and adapted to its future owners’ needs.

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers
  • Project: The European Council and Council of the European Union
  • Location: Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Quentin Olbrechts, Georges MEURANT, Thierry Henrard, Jacques Ceyssens, Marie-Françoise Plissart, POLYGON graphics cvba – Stijn Stragier
  • Client: Belgian Buildings Agency
  • General Direction: Laurent VRIJDAGHS, Administrateur général 
  • Design Partner: Dr Ir Ridder Philippe SAMYN, architect & engineer
  • Associate Partners: Arch. Mehdi CHTOUROU, Ir-Arch. Jean-Charles PUECHBLANC
  • Budget: 240 M€ (value as of index January 2004)
  • Area: 53.815 sqm superstructure (including 9.271 sqm conference rooms, 27.163 sqm offices, 3.370 sqm pressroom and 8.375 sqm ceremonial rooms and restaurants)
  • Asbestos removal started: January 2008
  • Completed: June 2016

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Annandale Scrubby Bay in Banks Peninsula, New Zealand by Patterson Associates

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Patterson Associates 

This is a robust structure, designed to form the centre piece of a remote, symmetrical and thundering surf beach.  It is sited on one of New Zealand’s iconic coastal sheep and cattle stations and is intended as a farm experience for family groups up to 12 people.

Image Courtesy © Greg McKenzie

Image Courtesy © Greg McKenzie

  • Architects: Patterson Associates
  • Project: Annandale Scrubby Bay
  • Location: Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Photography: Stephen Goodenough, Simon Devitt and Greg McKenzie
  • Client: Mark & Jacqui Palmer
  • Team: Davor Popadich, Grant Scurr
  • Builder: Hoogervorst Builders
  • Engineer: Tyndall & Associates
  • Start Date: 2009
  • Completion Date: 2013

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Utive Refuge in Panama by JiA-Jose Isturain Architecture

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: JiA-Jose Isturain Architecture

The project sits on the hills of Utive in eastern Panama.

The basic dwelling was designed for a young couple in need of a retreat from the crowded city of Panama. We focused our efforts on creating ways of taking the most advantage of the site’s scenic potential and natural conditions. Such explorations defined the building envelope and the main section of the roof, where natural conditions impose their presence. The three sections of the façade describe the three basic functions that occur inside—living, eating and sleeping, with this last section been slightly twisted on the horizontal plane, so private functions can be isolated from the public areas. The distortion of a pure volume also suggests certain circumstances such as the direction of the contour lines and the presence of some trees.

Image Courtesy © JiA-Jose Isturain Architecture

Image Courtesy © JiA-Jose Isturain Architecture

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MFA Zichtwei in Barendrecht, The Netherlands by Siebold Nijenhuis Architecten

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Siebold Nijenhuis Architecten

The newly build multifunctional accommodation (MFA) Zichtwei is the closing piece of the education campus in Barendrecht (just South of Rotterdam). The term MFA is commonly used in The Netherlands for a combination of occupants sharing one multi-functional building. In the MFA Zichtwei two schools are sharing the available class rooms, a sports hall is included and a youth center occupies offices and an event space. The sports hall is daily occupied by the school and can also be used by neighborhood associations during evenings as a separate entrance is designed.

Image Courtesy © Menno Emmink

Image Courtesy © Menno Emmink

  • Architects: Siebold Nijenhuis Architecten
  • Project: MFA Zichtwei
  • Location: Haarspitwei 9 2992 ZB Barendrecht, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Menno Emmink
  • Client: Municipality of Barendrecht
  • Lead project architect: Siebold Nijenhuis
  • Technical detailing: Broekbakema
  • Structural engineer: Van Rossum Advisory Engineers b.v.
  • Installation advisor: Vintis installatieadviseurs
  • Contractor: WBC Bouwgroep / Bussman Winterswijk B.V
  • Surface: 2.300 m2
  • Completion: May 2016

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Lilla Alby school in Sundbyberg, Sweden by Marge Arkitekter

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Marge Arkitekter

As an addition to an existing school built in 1968 this extension has been designed to accommodate 180 students in elementary and middle school in addition to the previous 240 and provide new classrooms, staff areas, a cafeteria and a library. An important task in the layout of the whole school complex was to release as much space as possible for play and green areas in the school yard. In order to do so, the extension is divided into a slender five story brick building with a tight footprint aligned with the street, and another lighter volume that links the old and the new school building together.

Image Courtesy © Johan Fowelin

Image Courtesy © Johan Fowelin

  • Architects: Marge Arkitekter
  • Project: Lilla Alby school
  • Location: Sundbyberg, Sweden
  • Photography: Johan Fowelin
  • Client: Sundbyberg Municipality
  • Total area of extension: ca 3400 sqm
  • Year: Completed 2015

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4 in 1 House in Murcia, Spain by Clavel Arquitectos

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Clavel Arquitectos

The 4-in-1 house is located in a quiet residential area, at the top of a leafy hill in the outskirts of the city. From an architectural point of view, it is possible to distinguish the four ways of living, after which the house is named, since they are spatially and constructively qualified:

1. The leisure experience. The basement, lighted by patios and skylights, is the scene for game and amusement. Fun starts in the car park, where see the swimming pool can be seen from a “rear window”. The pavement, made out of stained stamped concrete, solves the contact between the house and the ground. This level, in the form of a zigzagging fissure across the plot, houses the vehicle access and the car park.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos (BIS images)

Image Courtesy © David Frutos (BIS images)

  • Architects: Clavel Arquitectos (Manuel Clavel-Rojo)
  • Project: 4 in 1 House
  • Location: Murcia, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos (BIS images)
  • Design team: Ricardo Carcelén-González (architect), Aarón Hernández-Hernández (architect), David Hernández-Conesa (building engineer)
  • Finishing materials: Concrete, Ceramic tiles and Body-tinted stacked glass
  • Furniture: Interno
  • Built area: 1.210 m2 (+ 815 m2 of terraces and exterior landscape)
  • Completion (date): July 2013

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FONDO in Barcelona, Spain by Picharchitects

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Picharchitects 

The building is located in a dense urban area with a poor road infrastructure and practically no open spaces. The old market was demolished, as its structure was completely obsolete. The new Multifunctional Building has the aim of re-using the place in a more intensive way.

Image Courtesy © Simón García

Image Courtesy © Simón García

  • Architects: Picharchitects 
  • Project: FONDO
  • Location: Santa Coloma De Gramenet, Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Simón García

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Mediatheque in Carballo, Spain by Oscar Pedros Architects

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Oscar Pedros Architects

“Thinking on a 21th. Century library -as a friend of mine would say-, is like wondering about a book´s cemetery”. At that point, all efforts must conciliate architectonic non-variable values as sequence, promenade and staying with immateriality brought by new technologies. There is no other solution than sharing jealously material space with virtuality to avoid Carballo´s newest building ending as book warehouse.

Image Courtesy © Oscar Pedros Architects

Image Courtesy © Oscar Pedros Architects

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Boulder Retreat in Wyoming by Carney Logan Burke Architects

 
September 24th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Carney Logan Burke Architects 

The Boulder Retreat is located adjacent to a ski resort in Wyoming. The owners’ program called for a modest but expandable residential program to be interpreted in an architectural language that is abstract rather than literal in referencing the ubiquitous “western log cabin”.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

  • Architects: Carney Logan Burke Architects
  • Project: Boulder Retreat
  • Location: Wyoming, USA
  • Photography: Matthew Millman, Berkeley, CA
  • Contractor:  Dembergh Construction, Wilson, WY

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