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Placebo pharmacy in Glyfada, Greece by Konstantinos Labrinopoulos

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: klab

The design process for this large (600m2) supralocal pharmacy forced us to shift our viewpoint and come up with a virtual building—a placebo pharmacy. The octagonal shape of the existing structure was re-formed into a cylinder in order to create a spiral which seeks to converse with the rapid motion on Vouliagmenis Avenue, the urban artery on which the building stands. The panels of the façade are perforated using Braille, which both alludes to the system’s use on pharmaceutical packaging and boosts visibility by allowing the light to find its way into the interior. The new facade also protects the interior while acting as a lure for passers-by. Inside, the product display mirrors the circular frontage, while a ramp up to the upper level extends the dynamism of the exterior spiral into the interior space.

Placebo Pharmacy

  • Architects: Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
  • Project: Placebo pharmacy
  • Location: Glyfada, Athens, Greece
  • Façade artistic implementation: Xara Marantidou
  • Design team: Enrique Ramirez, Mark Chapman, Kostis Anagnostakis
  • Images credit: P. Kokkinias


Loop House in Heiry Art Valley, South Korea by NL Architects + yo2

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: NL Architects + yo2

Loop House is the residence for a producer of film music and his parents. The ‘infinite’ plan is divided into 3 parts, a shared domain with kitchen, dining and living room and the private rooms for both parties.

Night View

  • Architect: NL Architects + yo2      
  • Project title: Loop House
  • Location: Heiry Art Valley, South Korea
  • Design year(s): from  2004.01 to 2005.03
  • Construction year(s): from 2005.04 to 2006.04
  • Principal(s) in charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Kamiel Klaasse, Walter van Dijk, Young Joon Kim


Mediapark in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico by Volta Arquitectos

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: Volta Arquitectos

The brief for the XIII Arquine International Contest asked participants design a Media Park, an ‘environment for free and safe interaction that can also be a space for culture and learning’, much in the tradition of the successful library parks in Medellin, Colombia , while reactivating an emblematic, but semi-abandoned site of Ciudad Juarez, the PRONAF polygon (National Border Program of Mexico), built in 1961 with the intention of attracting people from the neighbor city of EI Paso, Texas. The 1961 project saw two of Mexico’s most prominent architects of the time -Pedro Ramirez Vazquez and Mario Pani-design buildings which in the past 2 decades have become surrounded by parking lots, and eaten by a now decaying mall respectively. More images and description after the break.

Interior View

  • Architects: Volta Arquitectos
  • Project: Mediapark
  • Location: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • Architect Design: Volta Arquitectos & Patrick López
  • Project Team: Volta Arquitectos(Eduardo Audirac, Uziel Marrufo, Rafael Ojeda)+ Patrick Lopez+Augusto Arias.


Student residence in Paris, France by LAN Architects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: LAN Architects

The driving idea guiding our project stems from the challenge of responding to the necessity for urban integration and creating optimum comfort for the residence’s occupants in a convivial and intimate environment.

The context

The project for a student residence was considered in the context of the urban fabric of the La Chapelle district in Paris and its role in its evolution. The plot is on the corner of rue Philippe de Girard and rue Pajol in the 18th arrondissement, close to the ZAC Pajol, an ambitious redevelopment of former railway yards, on which social, cultural and sports amenities are currently being created. The district is a very heterogeneous mixture of Haussmannian residential buildings, factories and workshops, and therefore has a richness and wide diversity of situations unusual within Paris itself.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)


  • Architect: LAN Architects
  • Name of Project: Student residence
  • Location: 21 rue Pajol and 65 rue Philippe de Girard, Paris 18, France
  • Project: construction of a 143-room student residence
  • Project manager: RIVP
  • Photography: Julien Lanoo
  • Budget: 8M € HT
  • Project area: 3,950 m²
  • Delivery: February 2011
  • Team: LAN (architects), Franck Boutté (HEQ consultant), LGX Ingénierie (HVAC, main contractor)
  • Project leaders: Sebastian Niemann, Venezia Ferret


Marin Terrace Resort in Yongho-dong, Korea by Yamasaki.Ku.Hong Associates

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: Yamasaki.Ku.Hong Associates

Overseeing Oryuk Island and the newly established Marina, the site is located on a spectacular seashore cliff.  The objective of this limited invited design competition is to create a next generation resort-style luxury condominium and a boutique hotel complex which capitalize the ‘amazing view experience’ and provide a ‘maximum privacy’.  By taking advantage of the site condition, we have actively adopted ‘terrace’ concept throughout the site; by locating terraced residences on a cliff edge, the residents are able to experience an ‘undisturbed’ view of the sea as well as ‘open’ residential park in between the villa towers and terrace housing.  We have isolated a single detached villa zone into a ‘gated-community’; thus provide an increased ‘security’ for the residents.  Single detached units are ‘Villa Bar-view’ (Entertainment House) and ‘chateau W-Peaks’ (two generation, two entry house).  Cluster Housing is comprised of two types:  ‘House of Hanging Garden’ (Terrace House) and ‘Casa Cristallo’ (Crystal Cube Tower Housing).

Aerial View

  • Architects: Yamasaki.Ku.Hong Associates
  • Project: Marin Terrace Resort
  • Location: Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, Korea
  • Program: Unit 117 Residences, 111 Hotel Rooms
  • Status: 1st Prize Winner – Invited Design Competition


Casa Paz in Madrid, Spain by estudio de arquitectura

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: estudio de arquitectura

“Casa Paz”, is located in a housing development built in the 60’s, approximately 70Km. outside of Madrid.  The area is considered a conventional residential zone, of no specific architectural interest, built using heterogeneous topologies and materials.  The housing development, called Rio Cofio, is located on the outskirts of the village Robledo de Chavela; there at the edge of a cliff, a 1,400 m2 steeply sloped lot overlooks a small river.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Carlos Fernández Piñar)

  • Architect: estudio de arquitectura
  • Name of Project: Casa Paz
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Preparation of the project and completion of construction schedule: January 2004_April 2006.
  • Project’s authorship: Arturo Franco. (architect), Fabrice van Teslaar. (architect)
  • Project’s collaborators: Diego Castellanos (interior architect)
  • Site Supervisor and Quantity Surveyor: Salvador Baños.
  • Photographer: Carlos Fernández Piñar
  • Developer/Owner: Paz Fernandez/Tomas Rodríguez
  • Area or volume constructed: 363 m²


Stratocruiser by NAU Architect

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: NAU Architect

“Merging the soothing ride of an ocean cruise with Richard Branson’s futuristic visions of space travel, the Stratocruiser offers short, regenerative journeys for the cosmopolitan traveler. The project aims to bring lifestyle and health into travel routines, which have become increasingly compacted and frenzied. Like modern nomads we can again enjoy travel, arriving more refreshed than we left, thanks to incredible views of the world’s most exciting landscapes and cities.”



The Truffle in Costa da Morte, España by Ensamble Studio

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: Ensamble Studio

The Truffle is a piece of nature built with earth, full of air. A space within a stone that sits on the ground and blends with the territory. It camouflages, by emulating the processes of mineral formation in its structure, and integrates with the natural environment, complying with its laws.

Trufa Vaciado Interior (Image Courtesy Roland Halbe)

  • Architects: Ensamble Studio
  • Project: The Truffle
  • Location: Costa da Morte, España
  • Date of project:Agosto 2006
  • End of building construction:Febrero 2010


Interpolis, ’t Laar in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by NL architects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: NL architects

Information Technology allows us to re-think the way we work. Working becomes potentially independent from time and place. The insurance company Interpolis has together with Veldhoen Company developed a revolutionary and radical office concept, called ‘Helder Werken’. The central idea is that employees no longer need a fixed workspace. Potentially any place becomes a place to work. They are allowed to choose from numerous high quality rooms and spaces that are optimized for the nature of their business at each point in time. You can take your laptop and cell phone and find a place under a tree, if you want, or go home, or work in the car, or use the ‘clubhouses’ that are especially designed for you. Flex.


  • Architect: NL architects
  • Project: Interpolis, ’t Laar
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client: N.V. Interpolis Tivoli – Hans Koense
  • Architect of the ‘High Rises’: Architectenbureau Storimans
  • Supervisor interior design: Kho Liang Ie,  Nel Verschuuren


Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower in Yerevan, Armenia by OFIS architects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: OFIS architects

All Seasons Tent Tower – Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower

The competition was held to create an international business centre containing a museum and hotel in Yerevan. The prominent location and dominating position of the competition area represents a chance for a unique arrangement with its own identity and could become a symbol or landmark of contemporary architecture in the city of Yerevan. The mixture of programs and relations inside the space calls for complex organisation – both inside and outside.

Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower

  • Architect: OFIS architects
  • Name of Project: Mercedes Benz Hotel Tower
  • Location: Yerevan, Armenia
  • Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Katja Aljaz, Andrej Gregoric
  • Competition entry: 2010
  • Navigation: Yerevan, Armenia


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