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VM Houses in Copenhagen, Denmark by PLOT=BIG+JDS

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: PLOT=BIG+JDS

THE MANIPULATED PERIMETER BLOCK IS CLEARLY DEFINED IN ITS FOUR CORNERS BUT OPENED INTERNALLY AND ALONG THE SIDES. THE VIS-A-VIS WITH THE NEIGHBOUR IS ELIMINATED BY PUSHING THE SLAB IN ITS CENTER, ENSURING DIAGONAL VIEWS TO THE VAST OPEN FIELDS AROUND. THE BUILDING VOLUME PROVIDES OPTIMAL AIR, LIGHT AND VIEWS TO ALL FLATS. ALL APARTMENTS HAVE A DOUBLE-HEIGHT SPACE TO THE NORTH, AND WIDE PANORAMIC VIEWS TO THE SOUTH.

VM House (Image Courtesy JDS FELIX LUONG)

  • ARCHITECTS: PLOT=BIG+JDS
  • PROJECT: VM Houses
  • LOCATION: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • CODE: VM
  • TYPE: COMMISION

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House in Ookayama in Tokyo, Japan by Torafu Architects

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: Torafu Architects

A Collection of Large Furniture

Two generations live in this three-storied wooden house located in a Tokyo residential area. The site corresponds to a 4.7 m wide × 16.5 m long fringe of the land where the owner’s parents lived. Furthermore, the site is enclosed by buildings on three sides while its northern side abuts directly on the street. The layout was designed to alleviate the impression of narrowness of the frontage in as much as possible and make the best use of the site’s conditions within the maximum volume allowed by setback restrictions. To minimize pressure from the corridor on the frontage path we devised a basic plan that placed the entrance and stairs at the center while the bedroom and public areas are divided on a north-south axis.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

  • Architect: Torafu Architects
  • Name of Project: House in Ookayama
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural design: OHNO-JAPAN Co.,Ltd.
  • Facility design: MAXRAY (Lightings)
  • Photographs: Daici Ano.

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V-HOUSE in Leiden, The Netherlands by GAAGA

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: GAAGA

V- HOUSE is designed for a private client and is located in the urban planning area “Nieuw Leyden”, a high dense area in the city of Leiden (The Netherlands).

Front View (Images Courtesy Marcel van der Burg)

  • Architect: GAAGA
  • Name of Project: V-HOUSE
  • Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Team: Esther Stevelink and Arie Bergsma
  • Client: private
  • Realisation: 2008 – 2010
  • Contractor: Verbeij Bouw, Boskoop.
  • Structural Engineering: IMD,  Rotterdam
  • Energy performance & building physics: GAAGA – Arie Bergsma
  • Photographs: Marcel van der Burg
  • Software used: Autocad and Artlantis software for rendering

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Sphere building by EQUIP Xavier Claramunt

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: EQUIP Xavier Claramunt

Sphere Building: ‘un globo, dos globos, tres globos’

One could say that the Sphere Building is rooted on a distinguished tradition that says that the Earth was a tiny sphere suspended stationary at the geometric centre of a much larger rotating one which carried the stars. In other words, the planet Earth was the centre of the universe. It’s a start. The origin of such idea has to be found among Greek astronomers and philosophers. For some of them, the sun moved in the vast space between the earth and the sphere of the stars. Outside of the outer sphere there was nothing at all. No space, no matter, nothing! Frightening and at the same time exciting idea.

Exterior View

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Mountain Dwellings in Ørestad, Denmark by BIG with JDS Architects

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: JDS Architects

How do you combine the splendors of the suburban backyard with the social intensity of urban density?
The Mountain Dwellings are located in Ørestad, a new urban development in Copenhagen. When commissioned to design a traditional housing block and a separate parking house, we proposed the combination of the two programs. The program consist of 1/3 living and 2/3 parking. What if the parking area became the base upon which to place a terraced housing development – like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the eleventh floor to the street edge.

Bird's View (Image Courtesy JDS)

  • Architects: BIG Architects and JDS Architects
  • Project: Mountain Dwellings
  • Location: Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Size: 33 000 M2, 80 Units, 480 Parking Spaces

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New Waterfront for Porto Alegre in Brazil by b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

The architectural practice b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, the designers of the Veles e Vents building for the 32nd edition of the America’s Cup, will now tackle the revitalisation of a 2.5-km stretch of waterfront in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in collaboration with Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados. The project is aimed at transforming the Cais Mauá dock area – a rundown, disused part of the city – into a business, culture and leisure centre for the 2014 World Cup. The project to revitalise the former dock area is expected to cost approximately E198 million.

Torre Business Park e Hotel

  • Architects: b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos
  • Project: New Waterfront for Porto Alegre
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Río Grande do Sul. Brazil
  • Gross floor area: 247.174 m2 + 123.412 urb.
  • Project phase: 2010-2011
  • Construction phase: 2011-2014

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Cork House in Esposende, Portugal by Arquitectos Anónimos

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: Arquitectos Anónimos

An unusual and inverted process. The client convinced us to accept the responsibility to build with such a low cost. The shaped carcass, stoutly wrapped with cork bricks, deals a few radical ruptures, claiming a friendly distance to the neighborhood. Inside, the expectable “ready to inhabit” combines a straight preview to the changeable future and conditions, as direct as possible-translated in interior design. Some found nicknames: “the pavillion”, “the hut”, “the cork”…

Cork House (Image Courtesy Ivo Canelas)

 

  • Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos
  • Project: Cork House
  • Location: Esposende, Portugal
  • Plot area8.900m2
  • Deployment157,5 m2
  • Construction area: 288 m2

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