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Safe House in Warsaw, Poland by KWK Promes

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Article source: KWK Promes arch. Robert Konieczny

The clients’ top priority was to gain the feeling of maximum security in their future house, which determined the building’s outlook and performance. The house took the form of a cuboid in which parts of the exterior walls are movable. When the house opens up to the garden, eastern and western side walls move towards the exterior fence creating a courtyard. After crossing the gate one has to wait in this safety zone before being let inside the house. In the same time, there is no risk of children escaping to the street area in an uncontrolled way while playing in the garden.

Front View of Safe House

  • Architect: KWK Promes arch. Robert Konieczny
  • Name of Project: Safe House
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Collaboration: Marcin Jojko, Łukasz Zadrzyński
  • Interior Design: Magdalena Radałowicz – Zadrzyńska
  • Site Area: 2500 m2
  • Usable Floor Area: 567m2
  • Volume: 1719m3
  • Design: 2004-2005
  • Construction: 2005-2009


Ravensbourne College in London, UK by Foreign Office Architects

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The new building for Ravensbourne, a university sector college innovating in digital media and design, is located on the South-Eastern edge of The O2 building at Greenwich Peninsula.  By moving to this extraordinary location, the college aims to deliver education to meet the shifting demands of 21st century learners who expect access to resources and support on demand, and whose needs differ greatly on account of a variety of social and economic factors. In line with these requirements, the new college building simulates the environment and working practices of creative professionals, providing the best in technology and mobile computing in an environment which enables a variety of learning styles.

Ravensbourne College - Photo by Ben Luxmoore

  • Architect: Foreign Office Architects
  • Project: Ravensbourne College
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: Ravensbourne in partnership with Greenwich Peninsula Regeneration Limited.
  • Completion date: 2010
  • Total Area: 21,500m2
  • Budget: £70m including technical fit-out
  • Photography: Ben Luxmoore, Morley Von Sternberg (more…)

A Forest For a Moon Dazzler in Playa Avellanas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architect

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The house was self built. The wood for the terraces and closet and kitchen walls was cut from trees on site; hence every piece is different from the next.

The Bamboo was cut from a family farm during full moon, then submerged in Diesel in order to cure it and dried under shade. Later it was cut into 15cm pieces and finished in maritime varnish.

The House

  • Architect: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Site: Playa Avellanas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Type Of Project: Residential (Coastal)
  • Total area: 100m2 of which 48m2 are terrace
  • Total cost: 40,000USD
  • Year of contest: N/A
  • Year of project: Jan 2010 (completion)
  • Year of construction: Built between 2008-2009
  • Client: Helen Saxe Fernandez 
  • Collaborators: none
  • Structural engineering: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Installations engineering: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Acoustic engineering: none
  • Lighting: none
  • Quantity surveyor: none
  • Contractor: Self Build
  • Photography: Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Andres Garcia Lachner, and Isabel Amador
  • Software: hand drawings, plans in Autocad, 3D in Vectorworks and  Sketchup

CDM, 26 Houses in Manta, Ecuador by Cheungvogl Architect

Friday, March 11th, 2011

CDM is a residential development overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the coastline of Manta, Ecuador. The design enhances the existing waterfront by creating a modern living community. The project consists of 26 + 2 houses with a private rooftop swimming pool in a common lounge area.

26 Houses

  • Architect: cheungvogl
  • Project: CDM, 26 Houses
  • Location: Manta, Ecuador
  • Photography: Sheungvogl
  • Area: 2360 square metres (more…)

Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza, Seoul, Korea by Zaha Hadid Architects

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

The 85,000 square metre Dongdaemun Design Plaza establishes a learning resource for designers and members of the public with a design museum, library and educational facilities, whilst the 30,000 square metre Park creates a green oasis within the dense urban surroundings of Dongdaemun, Seoul. The form of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park revolves around the ancient city wall, which forms the central element of the composition, creating a continuous landscape that physically links the park and plaza together. The fl uid language of the design, by inference and analogy, acts as a catalyst by promoting fl uid thinking and interaction across all the design disciplines, whilst also encouraging the greatest degree of interaction between the activities of the Plaza and the public.

Dongdaemun Design Park & Plaza - (c) ZHA

  • PROGRAM: Park and Design Complex for Central Seoul
  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Design Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Leader: Eddie Can
  • Porject Manager: Craig Kiner
  • Project Team: Kaloyan Erevinov, Martin Self, Hooman Talebi, Carlos S. Martinez,
  • Camiel Weijenberg, Florian Goscheff, Maaike Hawinkels, Aditya Chandra,
  • Andy Chang, Arianna Russo, Ayat Fadaifard, Josias Hamid, Shuojiong
  • Zhang, Natalie Koerner, Jae Yoon Lee
  • Competition Team: Kaloyan Erevinov, Paloma Gormley, Hee Seung Lee, Kelly Lee
  • Andres Madrid, Deniz Manisali, Kevin McClellan, Claus Voigtmann,
  • Maurits Fennis
  • CONSULTANTS: Structural Engineer: ARUP
  • Services Engineer: ARUP
  • Lighting Consultant: ARUP
  • Acoustics Consultant: ARUP
  • Landscape Architect: Gross Max
  • Facade Consultant: Group 5F
  • Geometry Consultant: Evolute
  • Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon & Everest
  • SIZE / AREA: Building 85,000 m2
  • Site 65,000 m2
  • Park 30,000 m2
  • Year: 2007 – 2013


Two houses in Bratovici, Istria, Croatia by Arhitektri

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

While working on this project the main question that was raised was how to integrate a contemporary facility into the existing ambient of a small Istrian town, how to incorporate something modern into the existing area, which in itself entails a string of details and functions that considerably vary from the rural image of surrounding households, all the while striving to keep the balance with the community in general.

Two Houses

  • Architect: Arhitektri
  • Name of Project: Two houses
  • Location: Bratovici, Istria, Croatia
  • Author: Arhitektri
  • Project team: Rujana Bergam Markovic, Boska Bahtijarevic, Aleksandar Markovic
  • Contractor: SAB d.o.o.
  • Project: 2007-2008
  • Construction: 2009-2010
  • Site area: 2.179m2
  • Gross floor area: 384m2
  • Photographs: Miljenko Bernfest, Aleksandar Markovic


Jewish Memorial in Frankfurt, Germany by AquiliAlberg

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

“In history there were two basic visions of time, one was cyclical, another linear. Most recent was the linear: darting or plodding forward while dismantling the bridges once crossed. There’s no way back, you can’t return, you can’t reverse. Certainly ours is not cyclical time – nothing repeats now exactly as the last time: ‘last year’ means now ‘outdated’, and ‘the way things were done’ is the way they should be done no more… People who are at the forefront of organizational progress are certainly afraid of sticking to experience and tradition. None of the two models fit liquid modernity. Time is no longer cyclical, but not linear either because events and actions succeed each other randomly rather than in a straight line, and seem to change direction on their way… Living though the moment, one point in time, you can not be sure to what configuration you will eventually belong when scrutinized retrospectively.

Aerial View

  • Architect: AquiliAlberg
  • Project: Jewish Memorial in Frankfurt
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main – Germany
  • Client: Stadtplanungsamt Frankfurt am Main
  • Phase: First phase competition
  • Site area: 16500 sqm
  • Year: 2009 – 2010
  • Design team: Ergian Alberg, Laura Aquili, Alessio Pucci, Christian Ronchi


Sorte in Tokyo, Japan by Junichi Sampei/A.L.X.

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

“Rebuilding from one to one”

Sorte has been built where there was once an old timber house. It has a good influence on  surrounding area by making the the outside approach a space of sharing.  Because the approach of five households the floor concentrates, it becomes a three-dimensional composition of the vertical direction of each unit.


Night View

  • Architect: Junichi Sampei/A.L.X.
  • Name of Project: Sorte
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Structral engineers: Kume Structural Research & Development Office
  • Photographer: Kouichi Torimura
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete Underground floor+4stories
  • Total floor area: 210.75m2
  • Completion date: 2008


Single family house in Biały Bór, Poland by KWK PROMES

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Architect: KWK Promes arch. Robert Konieczny

The object was to be a gathering place for 8 related families. The key concept was to use a round plan, as a circle had been a symbol of gathering for ages. The initial layout was modified, as a semicircle enabled a better look-out towards the nearby lake. The common zone was hidden in a natural slope of the plot. The night zone was located on the upper level and devided  into eight units in order to keep each family’s  privacy. The form of the units was to correspond with those of the houses in the neighbourhood.

Single Family House

Standard hOuse in Germany by KWKpromes

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Architect: KWK Promes arch. Robert Konieczny

The project arose in untypical conditions: it was supposed to be built in two different places – near Pszczyna and in the outskirts of Berlin. As the second location was still to be chosen, the main goal became to design a house that fits every plot. This is how the idea of standard hOuse emerged, first such an attempt in the KWK Promes history. Round shape of the house makes it easily suitable to any given shape of the site, freedom in the choice of a roof type makes it universal in terms of landscape conditionings, while flexibility of interior plan adopts it to needs of an individual family.

Standard House - Photo by Mariusz Czechowicz MURATOR


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