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YSY House in Seto, Japan by Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU

Friday, April 1st, 2011

It is a small house for two small children and young couple. The blank and coming in succession were invented by making the best use of the vertical interval in the small hill, making “Enclosure” as the life scene place in the average of a dynamic flow that connected the earth to the sky, and dressing “Wear” the outside. This creates an inside, outside new relation and sense of distance, reinforces the subject soft “Enclosure” structurally by “Wear”, assumes the strengthened plan, and has both the role to ease the thermal environment in the environment.

YSY House

  • Architects:Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU
  • Project: YSY House
  • Location: Seto, Japan
  • Function: Personal Residence
  • Site area: 182.63‡u


Zuiderzeeweg in Amsterdam, Netherland by Fact Architects

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Zuiderzeeweg is a housing project for students. The building blocks are made from high quality units. The units are prefabricated with balcony, windows, floor heating system and sanitary. After completion the units were transported to the location. The buildings are sustainable and prepared for future environmental requirements. The location is temporary, in the future all the buildings will move to a definitive location.

Exterior Photo, From Parking Lot

  • Architects: Fact Architects
  • Project: Zuiderzeeweg
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Function: 335 apartments for students
  • Client: De Principaal
  • Design team: Inge Brouwer, Peer Glandorff
  • Status: Built 2010
  • Size:12395 m2, area 3,35 acre
  • Program: 335 apartments, laundry, sports and recreation fields
  • Apartment size: 31m2
  • Status: Completion 2010
  • Author of text: Fact Architects
  • Photography: Luuk Kramer


The Garoa Store in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Una Arquitetos

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Garoa store is located in a small plot at one of the most sophisticated commercial streets of São Paulo, the Oscar Freire Street. We see the corner as the place where the building has its best exposure for it is there that it is two times linked to the street, to the sidewalk.  Right at this encounter of streets, a dent in the building was drawn as if a portion of its volume had been extracted, defining two transparent planes, which shows the store interior and expands its presence in the corner.  The indentation was thought to intensify the most immediate relationship with the public space.  Even though the plot is located at the beginning of the street, the traffic has its single direction opposite to the corner in which the building is. That condition led us to think that, the sight to the corner or even to the Oscar Freire Street, will be more pleasant if taken from the oblique sights. That has the effect that the transparencies of the store do not follow lines parallel to the street, and do not reproduce a façade but rather define a volume.

Ground Floor Hall View Toward the Small Courtyard

  • Architects: Una Arquitetos
  • Project: The Garoa Store
  • Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Design: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara e Fernando Viégas
  • Collaborators: Ana Paula de Castro, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Gabriela Gurgel, Miguel Muralha e Roberto Galvão
  • Structure: Trianon Engenharia de Projetos
  • Installations: K2P Projetos
  • Construction: Souza Lima
  • Frames: Dinaflex
  • Lightning Project: Ricardo Heder
  • Visual Merchandising: Vimer Experience Merchadising
  • Interior Design: Mateus Ribeiro
  • Curators Artworks: Alberto Tassinari
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti


W London Leicester Square in Leicester Square, London by Jestico Whiles Architects

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Designed by award-winning architects Jestico + Whiles, the glamorous new Starwood hotel W London in Leicester Square is now open to visitors. Developed by McAleer & Rushe, the new ten-storey building houses retail, leisure and residential accommodation spread over 200,000 sq ft, including a spa, 11 penthouse apartments and a new 35,000 sq ft retail-leisure experience provided by a leading global brand.

W London Leicester Square

  • Architects: Jestico + Whiles Architects
  • Project: W London – Leicester Square
  • Location: Leicester Square, London
  • Client: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • M&E Engineers: Caldwell Consulting
  • Building Contractor: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Project Manager: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • QS/Cost Consultant: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Structural Engineer: Ian Black Consulting
  • Façade Consultant: Billings Design Associates Ltd
  • Fire Engineer: Michael Slattery & Associates
  • Façade Artist: Jason Bruges Studio Ltd
  • Interior Designer: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Start on site: March 2009
  • Completion: January 2011
  • Gross Internal Floor area: 17,000m2


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