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Moss House in Tokyo, Japan by Nendo Architect

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: Nendo Architect

This project involved renovating an old wooden house on the Shibuya River in Tokyo’s Ebisu neighbourhood into a live-work space. The house had accumulated some strange and wonderful features -an inner courtyard, an oddly long hallway, a tiny room- from a series of earlier renovations, so we decided to build on these earlier features, but also to “acclimate” the space to the new owner’s lifestyle. The hallway became a study, and the small Japanese-style room a studio.

Interior View


Community center & sports facility “Pulsen” in Balling, Denmark by Park Architecture

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: Park Architecture

Design strategy

The brief called for a 3.500 sqm combined community center and sports facility with emphasis on sustainability both in construction and use. But rather than applying the traditional repertoire of green technologies to the building, after initial concept design was developed, the client called for an architecture that in itself embodied the idea of the sustainable approach. A precise objective that called for bold strategy.

South view

  • Architects: Park Architecture
  • Project: Community center & sports facility “Pulsen”
  • Location: Balling, Denmark
  • Type: Competition entry
  • Year: 2011
  • Status: Honorable mention


The Why Factory Tribune by MVRDV with Furniture of Richard Hutten

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: MVRDV with Furniture of Richard Hutten

Several weeks after The Why Factory – a newly established research institute, lead by MVRDV and the Technical University Delft –  had moved into their new residence on the top floor of the Faculty Building of the Technical University, the building was destroyed by a fire on May 12, 2008.

Images Courtesy Rob't Hart

  • Architect: MVRDV with Furniture of Richard Hutten
  • Name of Project: The Why Factory Tribune
  • Photography: Rob’t Hart


Private House in Marupe, Latvia by Open AD / Zane Tetere

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: Open AD / Zane Tetere

The building was constructed around a growing body compositional center-inner gadren. The idea for this project was inspired by stylistic Japanese tsubo gardens. Often constructed in confined spaces, Tsubo gardens represent the essential elements and create the illusion of nature just outside or even intering the room.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Maris Lagzdins)

  • Architect: Open AD / Zane Tetere
  • Name of Project: Private House in Marupe
  • Location: Marupe, Latvia
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Project Area: 320 sqm
  • Photographs: Maris Lagzdins


Las Torres in Cuautitlán Izcalli, México by Hierve

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: Hierve

60 dwelling residential block conformed by houses and apartments made out with tepetate (hard compacted soil) and a pink stucco façade.

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: Hierve
  • Project: Las Torres
  • Location: Cuautitlán Izcalli, México
  • Client: Zimbra
  • Principal designer: Alejandro Villarreal


Kaohsiung Competition Proposal in Taiwan, ROC by Maxwan

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: Maxwan


For a true icon of the maritime and pop culture industries, the space should be more than simply formally symbolic or a series of closed boxes; it should function as a visual display of bustle of the actual workings and events of pop and maritime culture. By exposing the reality of the maritime and pop industries, people can engage with these cultures.

Kaohsiung Competition Proposal

  • Architects: Maxwan
  • Project: Kaohsiung Competition Proposal
  • Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC
  • Program: Cultural – Pop Music Center, Marine Center, Large Performance Hall, Music Rehearsal Space, Small Performance Halls
  • Client: City of Kaohsiung


Santa Maria in Valle de Bravo, Mexico by Hierve

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Hierve

Santa Maria is a housing development located in a historic protected site in the heart of Valle de Bravo, a small colonial city dating from 1530, which is 2 hours away from Mexico City. This historic town has a strong physical context and is found in the outskirts of a man-made lake. Our site is located a hundred yards from the church of Santa Maria Ahuacatlan, a colonial church that dates back to the XVI century.

Image Courtesy Alejandro Villarreal

  • Architects: Hierve
  • Project: Santa Maria
  • Location: alle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Client: Inmobiliaria Sanmo SA de CV
  • Principal designer: Alejandro Villarreal
  • Contractor: Zimbra
  • Design team: Project architect (Andrés Casares) and Co-workers (Sugey Ramirez, Gabriela Rosas, Jesús Ramirez, Denisse Novelo and Arturo García Crespo)


Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China by OMA

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: OMA

For millennia, the solid building stands on a solid base; it is an image that has survived modernity. Typically, the base anchors a structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not gravity. In the case of Shenzhen’s almost virtual stock market, the role of symbolism exceeds that of the program – it is a building that has to represent the stock market, more than physically accommodate it.

Panorama (Images Courtesy OMA)

  • Architect: OMA
  • Name of Project: Shenzhen Stock Exchange
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Project: The new headquarters for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange
  • Status: Competition: 1st prize 2006. Completion: August 2011
  • Photography: © OMA


Ninety7 @ Siglap, Singapore by Aamer architects

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Aamer architects

Magnificent views towards the city from atop Siglap Hill inspired the design. Master and family room are placed on the third level having the best views. Living and Dining on the second level, connected with external verandahs / terraces that flow upwards and fold into the roof form with deep overhangs for sufficient shade and channeling the breeze through the whole house.

Front View full in evening (Images Courtesy Patrick Bingham - Hall)

  • Architect: Aamer Taher – Aamer architects
  • Name of Project: Ninety7 @ Siglap
  • Location: Siglap Road, Singapore
  • Completed: 2010
  • Land / Built-up area: 891 m2 / 767 m2
  • Photographer: Patrick Bingham – Hall


Black Slit House in Okayama, Japan by Three Ball Cascade Architecture Design Office

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Three Ball Cascade

Two-family house is planned in Okayama City. Because of the light-industrial area around the site, in a residential area with big highways and factories, the house was a shape that extends from north to south. Because of the site on the north side of existing dwelling, it is necessary to consider the lighting and copper. So we started to design forms the basis of minute building through the courtyard. That two-family, light, in advance of consideration by taking into account the nature of the room, further developed as a result of minute building form, style and detached office. Appearance has been cut a slit in the magnitude of the room windows.



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