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HA tower in Tokyo, Japan by Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

After decades of government-backed decentralization urban life is again being promoted in Tokyo, and residential mid-rise and high-rise towers have as a consequence begun to populate the city in large numbers. Collectively the additions form a new normal urban typology that embraces height but unexpectedly denies the surrounding urban landscape in favor of an interior life. Not surprisingly a side effect of this approach is the lack of livable outdoor space in the city center. Balconies are common but purely technical, included primarily as outdoor service zones to be filled with mechanical equipment and the accessories of the emergency escape system. Even the most modest tables and chairs fight for space. For those who wish to have some degree of open outdoor space there is little choice but to leave the city center and settle into a family home in the suburbs.

Images Courtesy Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

  • Architects: Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect
  • Name of Project: HA tower
  • Location: Higashi-Azabu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Team: Paul Mak, Misuzu Yoshikawa
  • Structural Engineering: Alan Burden (structured environment)
  • Status: preliminary design
  • Area: 850 m2
  • Program: Residential tower
  • Credit of Images: Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect


High rise factory in China by CK Designworks

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: CK Designworks

Australian Architects design high rise factory in China.

Melbourne architects CK Designworks have designed a cutting edge 24 storey industrial and commercial building in Nanjing China.

Robert Caulfield, partner in charge of the project said that the building would set new levels of sustainability and environmental conservation for industrial buildings and could set the scene for similar buildings in other parts of the world, particularly where land is at a premium.

5 Pang Chen Hub

  • Architect: CK Designworks
  • Name of Project: High rise factory in China
  • Location: Nanjing, China


Haus Henter in Reichenau, Germany by Team [tp3] architekten

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: Team [tp3] architekten

Situated on the outskirts of the village of Reichenau, it is almost impossible to tell the original appearance of this detached home, which was built in the 1970s. The extension and renovation of the building in the context of an economical and ecological renewal took top priority in the planning considerations.

Front View


Distort House in Jakarta, Indonesia by TWS & Partners

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: TWS & Partners

Twisting out something from the usual line is taken in order to create different perception or to enrich some more quality. This happens to a house that we name it as The Distort House. It is located in the south of Jakarta which is still dominated by lush, tropical village forest in the neighborhood. In the front of the site itself lays a public park with some old big tropical trees.


Night View

  • Architect: Ir. Tonny Wirawan Suriadjaja – TWS & Partners
  • Name of Project: Distort House
  • Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Land Area: 455 sqm
  • Design Year: 2010
  • Construction Year: 2010-2011


Garden 5 Tool in Seoul, South Korea by DeStefano Partners

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: DeStefano Partners

Located on a 258,720 sf site along the north bank of Jang-Ji stream, Garden 5 Tool (originally called Dongnam Distribution Center) is a creative and unique solution for a mega-shopping center of specialty shops. To consolidate a large number of industrial goods retailers that are currently scattered in the central city of Seoul, the 2,893,440 sf commercial center houses approximately 1,500 shops. A supplementary facility, containing a fitness center, food court, office and officetel components, is also part of the program.

Exterior Entry View (Images Courtesy Samoo Architects & Engineers)

  • Architect: DeStefano Partners, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Name of Project: Garden 5 Tool
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Associate Architect: Samoo Architects & Engineers, Seoul, Korea
  • Completion Date: Nov. 2008
  • Photographer: Courtesy of Samoo Architects & Engineers
  • Software used: Rhino, 3dsMax, and AutoCAD. Quote from the design principal for the project, Scott Sarver “The real and most effective  tool we used for this design was a physical  model.”


zeep-soori of professor kim’s house in Seoul, Korea by Kim Jae-kwan

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: Kim Jae-kwan

Repair of the Axis
The neighborhood has topographical characteristics of a basin. Thus, directions of the house were open to centrifugal or right angles. When I climbed the roof, a road came to view. The road was coiled as if it was an unknown entity drawn in the sky over the numerous houses lined on the edge of the road connecting Ansan and Seongsan. I decided the route is a subjective meridian for closing or opening houses and substituting directions dividing windows, the entrance, stairway and floor to it. The layout of lighting, direction of wood material on the floor, flow of the fence surrounding the house and main entrance were created in accordance with the axis.

Entrance (Images Courtesy Park young-chae)

  • Architect: Kim Jae-kwan
  • Name of Project: zeep-soori of professor kim’s house
  • Location: SeoDaemoon-Koo, Seoul, Korea
  • Program: Housing
  • Written and material provided by: Kim jae-kwan
  • Photography: Park young-chae


Villa van Lipzig in Venlo, Netherlands by Loxodrome architects & planners bv

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: Loxodrome architects & planners  bv

The property of the Villa van Lipzig in Venlo/Netherlands is a small, narrow stripe on the border of the new development area ´Stalberg´. It is not the usual plot of a villa-  and therefore it became very fast, very clear that an extraordinary solution for the stacking of all desired rooms was necessary. On a small footprint a lot of spaces had to be combined. The introduction of the split-level floors solves this problem. With an extra horizontal shift of each floor, the visual connection between the split-levels becomes visible –  in- and outside of the Villa.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Loxodrome architects & planners  bv
  • Project: Villa van Lipzig
  • Location: Hinsbeckerweg 19, 5915 PT Venlo, Netherlands
  • Program: Villa, 630 m2
  • Design process: 2007 – finished oct. 2011


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