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BrainFit Studio in Ploenchit Center, Thailand by NPDA studio

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: NPDA studio

Brain Fit, by Nutthawut Piriyaprakob of Thailand based NPDA Studio, is a learning studio specifically designed to enhance brain function, imagination and co-ordination for small children. Comprised of 4 zones, (the Reception, the Gym, the Testing Room, and the Computer Testing Room), each zone is designed as the imitation of the brain cell, blood vessel and body membrane to imply the meaning of the learning activities conducted. Trying to balance a space that will cater to a child’s imaginative side, yet not pose a distraction, the studio seeks to foster development and encourage exploration.


  • Architects: NPDA studio
  • Project: BrainFit Studio
  • Location: 2nd Floor, Ploenchit Center, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Owners: Naresh & Nisha Indhewat
  • Project team: Nutthawut Piriyaprakob, Puliwat Pumchana
  • Contractor & Fabricator: Pirom Dueng-kaisorn
  • Project Area: 133 sqm
  • Project year: 2010
  • Photographer: Songtam Srinakarin, Tanet Sae U, Nutthawut Piriyaprakob


Rubem Braga Elevator Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Integration is transformation

The Rubem Braga Elevator Complex aims to improve accessibility for the residents of Pavao community, located 80 meters above ground level, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Not long ago, as in several other Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods, that population experienced the danger of rickety stairways and makeshift passages up and down the slope, not to mention the threat of landslides.

Night View (Images Courtesy Celso Brando)

  • Architect: JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo
  • Name of Project: Rubem Braga Elevator Complex
  • Location: Pavao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Client: Promon
  • Photography: Celso Brando
  • Software used: AutoCAD and 3DSMax


Nursing & Retiree Home in Alava, Spain by Firma d.o.o.

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: Firma d.o.o.

Our proposal was directly influenced by the characteristics of the immediate surroundings of the plot. Through detailed site analysis, we concluded that the most important aspects of context are the landscape and the extreme impact of the rural environment. Therefore, the proposed residence for the elderly, apart from fulfilling all functional prerequisites, must be consistent with those surrounding features.

Nursing & Retiree Home

  • Architects: Firma d.o.o.
  • Project: Nursing & Retiree
  • Location: Alava, Spain
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3dS Max and Adobe Photoshop


Bene Flagshipstore in Vienna, Austria by Solid Architecture

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: Solid Architecture

SOLID architecture was commissioned to design the showroom of office furniture manufacturer .Bene in a newly erected building at no. 4–8 Neutorgasse in Vienna. With a floor area of 1,000 m² the showroom is located at ground floor level and forms a band that runs along the facade. Bene also uses the first floor and a part of the second floor as offices.

The intention was to offer visitors an interestingly varied tour through the world of Bene and at the same time to create a place with its own identity and an unmistakable character.

Image Courtesy Günter Kresser

  • Architects: Solid ArchitectureZT GmbH
  • Project: Bene Flagshipstore
  • Location: Neutorgasse, Vienna, Austria
  • Purpose: Showroom for the presentation of office furniture
  • Project status: Project completed
  • Net usable floor area: 950 m²
  • Spatial programme: Showroom for the presentation of office furniture with a foyer and a multipurpose space. Design of vertical connections to other floors used by Bene. Design of exterior branding.


Villa Festen in Den Haag, Netherlands by BBVH Architecten BV

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: BBVH Architecten BV

This modern villa, designed by BBVH Architecten, is located in the Bieslandarea, a new suburb of Den Haag. The area is characterized by traditional brick architecture but the urban plan prescribed a few private housing developments at specific points in the area. This private house is located at the entrance road in the north east side.

Night View (Images Courtesy Luuk Kramer)

  • Architect: BBVH Architecten BV
  • Name of Project: Villa Festen
  • Location: Den Haag, Netherlands
  • Constractor: Granneman BV, Stompwijk, Netherlands
  • Client: Private
  • Photography: Luuk Kramer
  • Software used: AutoCAD and SketchUp


GH Genhelix Biopharmaceutical Facilities in León, Spain by estudio SIC

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: estudio SIC

The biopharmaceutical facilities, first antibody monoclonal manufacturing plant built in Spain, is the expression of the complex inner manufacturing processes of the product: a technological, efficient and sustainable solution.

GH Genhelix Biopharmaceutical Facilities

  • Architects: estudio SIC
  • Project: GH Genhelix Biopharmaceutical Facilities
  • Location: León, Spain


Khalsa Heritage Center in Punjab, India by Safdie Architects

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: Safdie Architects

The Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex is a new museum of the Sikh people located in the holy town of Anandpur Sahib, near Chandigarh, the capital of the state of Punjab. The museum celebrates 500 years of Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa, the scriptures written by the tenth and last guru, Gobind Singh.

  • Architect: Safdie Architects
  • Name of Project: Khalsa Heritage Center
  • Location: Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India
  • Client: Anandpur Sahib Foundation
  • Associate Architect: Ashok Dhawan Architects
  • Public Opening: Fall 2011
  • Total Area: 250,000 square feet
  • Total Cost: US $21 million


House R in Karlsruhe, Germany by christ christ architekten gmbh

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: christ christ architekten gmbh

The house is located at the “Stadtgarten” (city park) in the centre of Karlsruhe


The property once was a part of a northern situated villa. A pavilion which belongs to the historic ensemble is part of the wall, which encloses property at three sides.


The 4-storey single family house is reached via a forecourt and a ramp. The main entrance on the northern side and a second entrance via the carport lead to the entrance area.

The storeys are connected by an open stairway and an elevator. North side ramp and the integration of an elevator refers to demographic development and possible handicap.

Night View (Images Courtesy Thomas Herrmann | Stuttgart)

  • Architect: christ christ architekten gmbh
  • Name of Project: House R
  • Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Type: single family house
  • Client: Private
  • Photographer: Thomas Herrmann |  Stuttgart


CityLife Milano in Milan, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

Creating a portal to the FieraMilano: a 43-storey, 190 metre retail tower emerging from the site, giving shape to a torsion or vortex, a slow rising and twisting from its base. Horizontal energy is released into a vertical, spiralling vector aligned with the snaking forms of the housing across the river.

Street View

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: CityLife Milano
  • Location:Milan, Italy
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director: Gianluca Racana
  • Project Architect: Paolo Zilli (Tower), Maurizio Meossi (Residential)
  • Tower Design Team: Andrea Balducci Castè, Mario Mattia, Giuseppe Morando, Annarita Papeschi, Matteo Pierotti, Peter McCarthy, Line Rahbek, Arianna Russo, Carlos, Sebastian Martinez


JNC Sales Office & Community Arts Center in Xiamen, China by Line and Space, LLC

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Article source: Line and Space, LLC

Recently crowned as the world’s second-largest economy, China continues to develop new and interesting ways of embracing the free market economy; this time by experimenting with private funding for public buildings.  The new JNC Sales Office/Community Art Center is an example of this inventive approach, where buildings are designed to respond to current and anticipated demographics, cultural and technological changes in innovative ways.

View from Entry (Image Courtesy Yang Chaoying)

  • Architects: Line and Space, LLC
  • Project: JNC Sales Office & Community Arts Center
  • Location: Xiamen, China
  • Completion Date: August 2011
  • Building Area: 11,400 SF
  • Drawing and Photo Credits: All drawings by Line and Space, LLC
  • Project Team: Les Wallach, FAIA (Lead Designer), Bob Clements, AIA, LEED AP (Project Architect), Henry Tom, AIA, NCARB (Project Manager), Mike Anglin, RA, LEED AP, John McColgin, Ray Jin LEED AP, Emily Starace RA, LEED AP


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