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House in Kikuicho, Japan by NOA Architect & Associates

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Article source: NOA architect & associates

An exterior wall has an important role. It separates inside and outside. In many cases in wooden structure, exterior walls are divided into many layers for different purposes. The outer layer protect against weather, dirt and fire while inner layers need fireproofing as well as aesthetical attributes. As a result, the total thickness can be 20 cm thick. For this project we developed and add one more layer to it. Raised from the face of the unit, the translucent cladding softens incoming light and blurs the visibility of both passerby’s and inhabitants. Where in view of neighboring structures and street-level traffic, the milky surface extends over the windows to obstruct the view, while other less-compromised openings remain exposed.

Front View

  • Architects: NOA architect & associates
  • Project: House in Kikuicho
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Type: Residential single family house
  • Building status: built in 2011


FITECO in Changé, France by Colboc Franzen & Associés

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Article source: Colboc Franzen & Associés

The Public accounting group Fiteco was willing to get its head office and its local branch together in only one area, situated in the suburb of Laval.

Facade View (Image Courtesy Cécile Septet)

  • Architects: Colboc Franzen & Associés
  • Project: FITECO
  • Location: Changé, France
  • Client: FITECO Group
  • Budget :2 500 000€
  • Floor space:1776 sqm
  • Project area: 7005 sqm
  • Project Team: Benjamin Colboc, Ulrich Faudry, Manuela Franzen, Jean-Pierre Pommerol, Arnaud Sachet, AesaWindels.
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Grasp Pendulum by ART+COM AG

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Article source: ART+COM AG

Interplay between virtual and real motion

Clearly visible from outside behind the glass facade, the grasp pendulum also provides a thematic introduction to the exhibition on human motor functions in the Medical Technology Science Center. The eight-metre high installation visualises the quality and complexity of grasping. It consists of three pendulum arms suspended in parallel, each of which carries 12 inward and outward-facing monitors. The screens show virtual hands, which interact with each other from one screen to another.

Grasp Pendulum (Images Courtesy ART+COM AG)

  • Architect: ART+COM AG
  • Name of Project: Grasp Pendulum
  • Client: Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH
  • Images credit: ART+COM AG


  • Choreography and Live Tracking: The Product
  • Technical Execution: MKT AG


Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) Mountain lodge in Norway by Helen & Hard AS designed using ArchiCAD and FormZ

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Article source: Helen & Hard

The new Pulpit Rock mountain lodge, the winning design competition entry in 2004, accommodates twenty-eight guest rooms, a café, a restaurant and a conference room. The lodge is situated at the trail-head leading up to The Pulpit Rock, the sheer cliff cantilevering over the Lysefjord.

Images Courtesy Emile Ashley

  • Architect: Helen & Hard AS
  • Name of the project: Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) Mountain lodge
  • Location: Strand, Norway
  • Client: Stavanger Trekking Association
  • Consultants: Wörle Sparowitz Ingenieure, Graz, Austria
  • Photographers: Emile Ashley, Jiri Havran, Sune Eriksen
  • Software used: ArchiCAD and FormZ


NPS Podium Roof Garden in Toronto, Canada by PLANT Architect, Perkins Will Canada, HSLA and ABUP

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Article source: PLANT Architect, Perkins Will Canada, HSLA and ABUP

Project update – December 22, 2011 – The Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Podium Green Roof Garden has won two more Awards!!

  • Green Roofs For Healthy Cities 2011 Award of Excellence
  • DX Silver Award

The Podium Green Roof Garden is the first transformation in the competition-winning scheme “Agora Theatre” –  the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization. This three-acre upper-level component of Viljo Revell’s 1965 iconic City Hall and multi-level public square was originally conceived as a ceremonial public space, reached via a giant sculptural ramp. The space was never successful at attracting the public – it was a grim, empty, three acres of concrete that has been closed to the public for well over a decade. The Podium Green Roof Garden re-conceives this upper level as a vast public park integrated with the existing elevated walkway system, and while respecting the complex’s heritage status, reopening it to the public as a truly engaging 21st Century space. The project reconsiders how an extensive green roof providing a plethora of technical environmental benefits can be an exciting and successful public space that merits repeated, habitual visits. It is the largest publicly accessible green roof in Canada and the flagship green roof project for the City of Toronto that since 2009 mandates green roofs on all new buildings. By creating a vital community space that fulfils this environmental imperative, it promotes a broader concept of stewardship linking people to their environment.

Night View (Images Courtesy Steven Evans and Chris Pommer)

  • Architect: PLANT Architect, Perkins Will Canada, HSLA and ABUP
  • Name of Project: NPS Podium Roof Garden
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • General Contractor: Flynn Canada / Gardens in the Sky
  • Structural: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
  • Mechanical/Electrical: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
  • Photos: Steven Evans and Chris Pommer


L’arbrisseau Neighborhood Centre in Lille, France by Colboc Franzen & Associates, architect

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Article source: Colboc Franzen & Associés

The project screens the various programs to free up the largest garden possible while providing a real status of public facilities, cultural and social home neighborhood.

Front View (Images Courtesy Paul Raftery)

  • Architect: Colboc Franzen & Associates, architect
  • Name of Project: L’arbrisseau Neighborhood Centre
  • Location: Lille, France
  • Client: CITY OF LILLE
  • Budget: € 4,076,000 HT
  • Photographs: Paul Raftery


11 Housing Units in a Slope in Turquant, France by 2:pm architectures

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Article source: 2:pm architectures

Sustainable development must begin with a general reflection of the building process, including on materials. It is important to prove that today, building a sustainable and energy-efficient, is not necessarily syno­nymous with building in wood. Indeed the extensive use of a material can quickly become detrimental to the economic market. Steel is a building material to take into account development considera­tions sustainable in many aspects.

Exterior View

  • Architect: 2:pm architectures
  • Name of Project: 11 Housing Units in a Slope
  • Place: Turquant, France
  • Client: Parc Loire Anjou Tourraine
  • Program: Housing
  • Cost: 750 000 euros
  • Materials: Steel structure
  • Project team: AIA Ingénierie, Bétyle, Cabinet Faure
  • Competition: February 2011


Belén Street Studio in Granada, Spain by Elisa Valero Ramos

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Article source: Elisa Valero Ramos

Building a place for oneself is an opportunity with its own risks and difficulties. I chose a place in one of Granada’s earliest areas, the neighborhood of El Realejo enar Campo del Príncipe, on a site favored by views of the west side of the Alhambra, presided over by the Manuel de Falla Auditorium and the country house and garden of the Martyrs. Further back, behind the cedars, chestnuts, magnolias and palm trees in the gardens of the little hotels in Belén stands the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This lot would have been rejected by many because its tiny size precludes a conventional distribution. Only 3.60 meters deep and ten meters wide, this work is an exercise in minimums, a laboratory of light and construction intended for living.

Image Courtesy Fernando Alda

  • Architects: Elisa Valero Ramos
  • Project: Belén Street Studio
  • Location: belén street, 17 granada
  • Client: Elisa Valero Ramos
  • Building surveyor: María de los Llanos Martín Romero
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Hard Rock Cafe Facade in Bangkok, Thailand by Architectkidd

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Article source: Architectkidd

The Hard Rock Cafe in Bangkok marks a new approach for the global Hard Rock brand.  Designers Architectkidd and Prinda Puranananda have completed the new restaurant in the Siam Square district of Bangkok with focus on connecting music and architecture.

Overall View (Image Courtesy Architectkidd)

  • Architects: Architectkidd – Udomsak Komonvilas, Jariyawadee Lekawatana, Luke Yeung
  • Project: Hard Rock Cafe Facade
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Owner: Hotel Properties Limited
  • Project Team: Luke Yeung, Vichayuth Meenaphant, Pailin Paijitsattaya,  Jariyawadee Lekawatana, Tammarat Rodpul, Manassak Senachak, Peerawin Sawattanawanit


Tower Plaza in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal by Regino Cruz Architects

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Article source: Regino Cruz Architects

The Building

Tower Plaza is one of a set of two office towers with 17 floors above ground situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, facing O’Porto. The towers embrace symmetrically the main roundabout of Gaia Nova on V8 Avenue.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Regino Cruz Architects
  • Name of Project: Tower Plaza
  • Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Structures: PECS – Projecto de Engenharia, Lda
  • Specials Technical Facilities: Energia Técnica Lda
  • Area: 2965m2


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