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House in Nakameguro (House with SLIDE) in Tokyo, Japan by LEVEL Architects

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It was the client’s desire. “I want to create the house to which three children remain in memories forever.” he said too. For this family, “SLIDE” will be a symbol felt deeply. We considered the possibility building its play space into the space of daily life naturally at the same time as thinking about “SLIDE” .

courtesy of Shinichi Tanaka


  • Architect: LEVEL Architects
  • Project Name: House in Nakameguro (House with SLIDE)
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Site area: 109.82m2
  • Total floor area: 163.69m2
  • Structure: wood
  • Floor number: 3 stories
  • Completion: 2009
  • Photo by: Shinichi Tanaka, LEVEL Architects


Civic Sports Center and 2013 National Games Arena in Shenyang by EMERGENT Tom Wiscombe

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The site for this project is located at the heart of downtown Shenyang. Adjacent to Zhongshan Park, it is a connector between the natural and urban life of the city, making it a perfect location for a sports complex and for a National Games Arena. The facility has a total built area of 123,000 square meters.

Civic Sports Center

  • Type: Sports Civic Center, National Games Taekwondo Arena, Swimming Arena
  • Client: Liaoning Provincial Government
  • Size: 123,000 m2
  • Design Team: Tom Wiscombe, David Stamatis, Bin Lu, Robbie Eleazer, Amber Bartosh, Josh Moratto, Ryan Lamb, Matt Moran, Esteban Ochogavia, Brent Lucy
  • Status: Competition Winner January, 2011; In Planning


Dancing Living House in Yokohama by Junichi Sampei/A.L.X.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The client for this project is a married couple with dancing as a hobby. They requested a house with a dance studio which also serves as a living room and dining room.

Using living room as the dance studio felt it very important to the couple. They also requested enough light and wind for a comfortable living space. They also required it to have a strong close for high soundproofing – which added up to a number of contradictory elements.

Dancing Living House - Photograph by Kouichi Torimura

  • Architects : Junichi Sampei/A.L.X.
  • Structral engineers:Kume Structural Research & Development Office
  • Photographer: Kouichi Torimura
  • Location: Turugamine Asahi-ku Yokohama Japan
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete
  • Maximum height 8,300mm
  • Site area: 101.58m2
  • Built area: 58.87m2
  • Total floor area: 155.47m2
  • 1st floor area: 58.87m2(The outside garage is contained.)
  • 2nd floor area: 56.61m2
  • 3rd floor area: 39.99m2
  • Completion date:May,2008


Green Master Plan for 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Nanjing will be transformed into a city of lanterns for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games

The master plan for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China has been awarded to Populous, the world’s pre-eminent firm for the design of sporting special events including Olympic Games, World Cups and Super Bowls.

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Masterplan


Chicago Riverwalk by Ross Barney Architects

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The new Chicago Riverwalk is a major public amenity at the river level along lower Wacker Drive, extending from Michigan Avenue westward to Lake Street. Completely built out, the Chicago Riverwalk will offer a mix of concessions and public activities. Following the guidelines established by the City of Chicago for riverside development, the Riverwalk includes reproduction light fixtures, planters, railings and other features that provide symbolic links to the City’s past, while creating state-of -the-art facilities for citizens, visitors and fans of the River as it flows through the City of Chicago.

Chicago Riverwalk by Ross Barney Architects - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wabash Plaza - Photo by Kate Joyce Hedrich Blessing

  • Client: Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Architect: Ross Barney Architects
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois


Friend House Eco-Hotel in Orel river bank, Dnepropertrovsk, Ukraine by Ryntovt Design

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Ecohotel «Friend House» is located on 3 hectares plot in forest resort zone aside of Orel river bank, 30 km far from Dnepropertrovsk. It is a single-floor group of buildings with open yards, parking, terraces, garden and park zones (covered area 1750 square meters). During process of siting, an ineologycal analysis of the region was used, taking into account Earth energy –information field conception. It is space, reflected in details, surrounded by wildlife.

Friend House

  • Architect: Yuriy Ryntovt
  • Project: Friend House
  • Location: Orel river bank, Dnepropertrovsk, Ukraine
  • Area: 1750 sqms
  • Photography: Andrey Avdeenko (more…)

PKU UNIVERSITY OF LAW(Leo KoGuan Building) in Beijing, China by Kokaistudios

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


A challenging project for the most prestigious University in China in the heart of its historical campus

In 2009 a prestigious American Foundation (The Leo KoGuan Foundation) and Beijing University invited Kokaistudios to design the building for the new faculty of law located in a prestigious location within the historical campus of China leading University. This particular site, where the pagoda symbol of the university is standing, required considerable effort in terms of design in order to find architectural answers that could satisfy and meld in a harmonious way the heritage elements; the beautiful natural environment and the new contemporary building. This prestigious project currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in mid 2010 is considered the milestone of a new era for Beijing University, and a symbol for better and more environmentally sustainable standard of living for the future University Community and for architectural buildings within that community.

Main Facade

  • Architect: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project: PKU UNIVERSITY OF LAW(Leo KoGuan Building)
  • Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Li Wei, Fang Wei Yi, Liu Wen Wen, Yu Feng
  • Local Architect: BIAD
  • Structure: BIAD
  • Mechanics & Electricity: BIAD
  • Project Area: 10,000 sqm
  • Photography: Charlie Xia


ZEBAR – a live bar in Shanghai, China by 3GATTI Architect

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This project was born in 2006 when a Singaporean movie director and an ex musician from south of China decided to open a live bar in Shanghai. The budget was very low but the client was incredibly good and open-minded to us.

Zebar, a Live Bar

  • Architecture firm: 3GATTI
  • Chief architect: Francesco Gatti
  • Project manager: Summer Nie
  • Collaborators: Nicole Ni, Chen Qiuju, Kelly Han, Chen Han Yi, Lu Cheng Yuan, Jessie Zhengxin, Ronghui Chen, Vivian Husiyue, Aurgho Jyoti
  • Programme: Bar, restaurant, live music stage area, lounge area, dining area, kitchen, toilets.
  • Contractor: Eric Liang
  • Client: Jim Dandy
  • Location: KIC plaza, Chuangzhi Tiandi, Songhu road, Shanghai, China
  • Total area: 569 m²
  • Design period: autumn  2006
  • Construction period: spring 2008
  • Bar opening: november 2010
  • Materials: white epoxy, black concrete, plywood and plasterboard
  • Photographer: Daniele Mattioli (more…)

brouwersgracht in amsterdam the netherlands by cube architecten and soluz

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This distinctive loft is located on the first floor of a historic warehouse on the Brouwersgracht in the centre of Amsterdam. The apartment is designed by Remco Wilcke of CUBE architecten and his partner Marloes van Heteren of SOLUZ. When they found the monument it was still in use as a warehouse, as two separate long and dark rooms of 100m2 each. They bought the place and hoped the council would let them change the status to ‘dwelling’, which they did after all the plans were submitted.

Interior View

  • Name of the Architects: Marloes van Heteren (SOLUZ) in collaboration with Remco Wilcke (CUBE architecten)
  • Name of the Project: BROUWERSGRACHT
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photos by: CUBE architecten
  • Country of the designer(s): Netherlands
  • Date of creation: 2008
  • Client: private
  • Country of the editor/Productor/Client: Netherlands


Sod Dugout in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska by Randy Brown Architects

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In the early 1800’s, Nebraska was all open fields filled with native prairie grass.  The first settlers were confronted with the challenge of what materials to build with. These pioneers built dugouts, or homes that were literally dug out of the side of hills.  Exterior walls were slabs of sod stacked in a running board pattern.

Sod Dugout

  • Project: Sod Dugout
  • Completion Date: Estimated 2011
  • Use: Single-family residence
  • Location: Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
  • Cost: withheld by owner
  • Construction: Sod wall rain screen, wood frame construction, concrete floors with radiant, geothermal, big and little bluestem grass.
  • Lumasite: American Acrylic Corporation, Parchment-SOS
  • Paint: Sherwin Williams, Extra White, Iron Ore
  • Flooring: Clear Sealed Concrete
  • Millwork: Custom Fabricated
  • Pendant Fluorescent Downlight: Del-Ray, ST48254-1
  • Pendant Track Light: Halo, L3239EMB
  • Recessed Down Light: Halo, H880E-870C
  • Wrap Around Luminaire: Metalux, W-332A
  • Pendant Fluorescent Strip Light: Metalux, EFIX-2S
  • Strip Fluorescent: Metalux, 8T-SM-228T5
  • Surface Fluorescent Downlight: Metalux, WA-232A


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