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The Shops of Summerhill in Toronto, Canada by Audax Architecture

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: Audax Architecture

The redevelopment of the Shops of Summerhill is comprised of a contemporary addition to an existing group of heritage commercial structures.  The project provided a unique opportunity to create an urban pedestrian environment which promotes human interaction throughout the site.  The design of the new addition takes cues from the original structures by creating a modulated threshold between the public and semi public spaces.  There are spaces for gathering such as the patio; spaces defining entry points such as areas under the canopies; and spaces for spontaneous use such as displaying goods along the building edges.  All of these offer users the opportunity to slow their pace, pause for a moment and reflect upon their surroundings. This diverse experience by the pedestrian is matched by the diversity of material elements of the facade which are all broken down into components based on the human scale.

The Shops of Summerhill

  • Architects: Audax Architecture
  • Project: The Shops of Summerhill
  • Location: 1099 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Woods of Net in Ninotaira, Japan by Tezuka Architects + TIS & PARTNERS

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: Tezuka Architects + TIS & PARTNERS

This is a permanent pavilion for a net artist, Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. The artist knitted the net entirely by hands, which is designed for children to crow in, roll around, and jump on the net.  It was easy for us to see the artwork being outside even when it cannot be exposed to rain or ultraviolet light. We wanted to design a space as soft as the forest where the boundary between outside and inside disappears. The space attracts people like campfire. The children play inside of the net just as fire and parents sit around and lay on the woods.

Night View (Images Courtesy Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA)

  • Architects: Tezuka Architects + TIS & PARTNERS
  • Project name: Woods of Net
  • Location: Ninotaira, Hakone Kanagawa, Japan/inside of Hakone Open-air Museum
  • Photos: Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA
  • Lighting Designer: Masahide Kakudate/Lighting Architect&Associates
  • Client: Hakone Open-Air Museum


Student apartment studios in Paris by OFIS Architects

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: OFIS architects

This project involves designing a dormitory with 180 studios on the site of the Stade de Ladoumègue in Paris’s 19th district. The plot of the building is part of an urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects. By early 2012, the Paris tram will pass by the site, and the goal is to complete the project before the opening in 2011.

Student Apartments

  • Architects: OFIS Architects
  • Project:Student housing Ladoumegue
  • Location: Paris 19th district
  • Use: Student apartments
  • Client:Regie Immobiliere de la Ville de Paris.


Masterplan of Havenstraat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by Allard Architecture

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Allard Architecture

With primary focus for new construction in Amsterdam South, 2700 new houses will be developed in the Havenstraat and Zuidas zones.The Havenstraat masterplan is currently the biggest project in this area, with construction due to start in 2014. The plans are yet to be finalised, as the city must reclaim the land from companies which occupy the existing temporary buildings. Allard Architecture was triggered by these plans to develop a dwelling scheme that adapts to the specific qualities of the Havenstraat, near the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam.

Existing situation: Industrial area as termination of pedestrian green boulevard

  • Architect: Allard Architecture
  • Name of Project: Masterplan of Havenstraat
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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4 Towers in Osdorp-Amsterdam, the Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects

In Osdorp, southwest of Amsterdam, major changes took place to transform a vacant zone into a residential district connected to the existing housing area alongside it. One part of the residential district is a public garden, Jan van Zutphenplantsoen, where the four towers stand along a newly created water-park. All four towers are sited according to the given urban footprint and take up the maximum envelope, giving a total of 390 apartments evenly distributed over 11 levels.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Jan Bitter and Christian Richters)

  • Architect: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Name of Project: 4 TOWERS OSDORP
  • Location: Jan van Zutphenstraat, Osdorp-Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Project team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Mai Henriksen, Jacques van Eyck
  • Collaborators: Arthur Claassens, Phillip Dirix, Harold Hermans, Rob Willemse
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter, Christian Richters
  • Software used: Vectorworks


Penthouses and Rooftop terrace in Copenhagen, Denmark by JDS Architects

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: JDS Architects

Elmegade district is probably one of the most densely populated areas of inner Nørrebro, CPH. Especially the triangular block Birkegade / Egegade / Elmegade has a very high density, which is reflected in very narrow courtyards.

Image Courtesy JDS Architects

  • Architects: Julien De Smedt Architects (JDS)
  • Project: Penthouses and Rooftop terrace
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Type: Commission
  • Budget: 950 000 EUR (7 000 000 DKK)


Gazoline in Cuneo, Italy by Duilio Damilano

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Duilio Damilano

The design of a service station is a strong reference to the idea of travel, short or long-distance routes interrupted only by a few stops and then back on the road. A break for refueling, or just to stretch a bit ‘legs before continuing his journey. With the same continuity, the service station is separated from the asphalt like a ribbon of road with the engine and wrapping around itself, creating a temporary volume to accommodate the traveler.

Gazoline (Image Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

  • Architects: Duilio Damilano
  • Project: Gazoline
  • Location: Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy
  • Project type: Petrol station
  • Client: Centro calor s.r.l.
  • Team project: DamilanostudioArchitects
  • Software used: 3dsMax and Autocad 2011


Rijkswaterstaat Head Office in Assen, The Netherlands by 24H Architecture

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: 24H Architecture

For Rijkswaterstaat, who are building and maintaining highways, waterways and nature, 24H-architecture designed the new districts head office along the highway in Assen, The Netherlands.

Office Buildings (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

  • Architects: 24H Architecture
  • Project: Rijkswaterstaat Head Office
  • Location: Assen, The Netherlands
  • Design: Maartje Lammers, Boris Zeisser, Albert-Jan Vermeulen, Sandor Marks, Frank Morel, Ben de Lange
  • Client: RijksgebouwendienstMr. Jur Koerts
  • Construction: ABT bv


Warehouse 8B in Madrid, Spain by Arturo Franco Office

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Arturo Franco Office

In a small warehouse of the old slaughterhouse of Madrid, warehouse 8B, the tiles in bad condition have been removed from the roof, been stacked and been put inside to solve a problem. This could be the summary of the intervention.

Image Courtesy Carlos Fernández Piñar

  • Architect: Arturo Franco Office
  • Project: Warehouse 8B
  • construction schedule: January 2009_December 2009
  • Project’s collaborator: Diego Castellanos. (interior architect), Yolanda Ferrero. (architect)
  • Site Supervisor and Quantity Surveyor: Jose H. Largo Díaz. DITE SL.


Tamina Thermal Baths in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland by Smolenicky & Partner Architektur

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Article source: Smolenicky & Partner Architektur

The project for the Tamina thermal baths is the result of a two-stage competition from 2003. The aim of the first phase of the process was to coordinate the large pending architectural interventions in terms of town planning. Where should the new five-star hotel be located, where should the extension of the medical centre be set, and how should the new public thermal baths be accessed from the site? The plan was to invest and coordinate a total of SFr. 160 million in new constructions and structural alterations.

Open entrance pavillon (photo: Roland Bernath)

  • Architects: Smolenicky & Partner Architektur
  • Project: Tamina Thermal Baths
  • Location: Tamina Therme, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG, CH-7310 Bad Ragaz
  • Client: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG
  • Overall site: 90,000 m2
  • Total volume of site investment: SFr.160 million


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