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The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE by Jestico + Whiles

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We had published the Yas Hotel project earlier with exterior details. The article below covers the interior design of the Hotel.

Article source: Asymptote Architecture

The opening of the iconic Yas Hotel, with interiors by Jestico + Whiles and architecture by New York City based Asymptote Architecture’s Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture coincided with the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 1 2009. Jestico + Whiles was appointed by Aldar Hotels and Hospitality as interior designers of the luxury Yas Hotel which occupies a prime position; spanning the most exciting corner of the new Yas Marina F1 Grand Prix circuit, on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The architectural form is unique in that the circuit could be said to run through the hotel, and one of the twin elliptical wings sits in the Marina itself.

Image Courtesy Gerry O’leary

  • Interior Architect: Jestico + Whiles
  • Project: The Yas Hotel
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Lead Architect: Asymptote Architecture – Principals Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture
  • Local Architects: Dewan Architects & Engineers, Abu Dhabi ; Tilke & Partners W.L.L., Dubai
  • Structural Engineers: Dewan Architects & Engineers, Abu Dhabi ; ARUP, New York


Grey Group Roof Deck in New York by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The Grey Group Roof Deck is an alternative work and entertainment space on the roof of this renowned advertising agency’s Flatiron office building. The project aims to create a space with an iconic presence. A vehicle for culture building, the deck is used for work and entertainment at all scales, from a private refuge to collaborative meetings and workshops to larger events and launch parties.

Image Courtesy Adrian Wilson


xxs house in Ljubljana, Slovenia by dekleva gregoric arhitekti

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: dekleva gregoric arhitekti

eXtra-eXtra-Small House is located in a specific part of the centre of Ljubljana. The neighbourhood called Krakovo has a structure of a historical village, which was in the Middle Ages supplying the nearby monastery with fresh food and is today highly protected historical area. The basic dimensions of the new house were already defined by law according to the volume of the pre-existing house, hundred years ago working as a service building of a traditional house next-door.


Local context (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

  • Architect: dekleva gregoric arhitekti
  • Name of Project: xxs house
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Design team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a. M.Arch. (AA Dist), Tina Gregoric u.d.i.a. M.Arch. (AA Dist)
  • Photo: Matevz paternoster


Factory Business Center in Braga, Portugal by Simpli Design

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: Simpli Design

Factory Business Center ( is a business center located on the out-skirts of Braga (north of Portugal), with a bright ‘POP-ART’ decorative style within an industrial pavilion which rents ‘turn-key’ office spaces.

Reception & Entrance

  • Architects: Simpli Design (Designer Jeremy Hugh Aston & Architect João Carlos Ferreira)
  • Project: Fy – Factory Business Center
  • Location: Braga, Portugal
  • Engineering & Building: BEC – Braga Construction Equipment, Inc.
  • Project Area: 700 sqm
  • Type of Building: Office / Business center
  • Project date: 2010
  • Photography: Rui Pires
  • Office Furniture: Iduna, S.A.
  • Software used: The concept, design and interiors are designed with Google SketchUp Pro; The technical development and Plans with VectorWorks; The 3D visuals and renders with Cinema 4D.


Balmoral House in Sydney, Australia by Ian Moore Architects (designed using Microstation)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: Ian Moore Architects

This 4 bedroom house is sited on an irregular shaped block of land on the slope above Sydney’s Balmoral Beach. The 2 side boundaries of the site are not parallel and there is a significant diagonal cross fall from southwest to northeast, in addition there are 4 substantial gum trees on the site which have all been retained and integrated into the design of the house.

Entry from street

  • Architects: Ian Moore Architects
  • Project: Balmoral House
  • Location: Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia
  • Software used: Microstation


Jardins de l’Arche in Paris, France by AWP

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: AWP

AWP, Office for Territorial Reconfiguration (Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta), was named in July the general contractor for the landscaping of the public spaces and follies situated at the foot of the Grande Arche. The site, located near the future Arena 92 in the Jardins de l’Arche neighborhood, serves as a space for genuine interchange between La Défense and Seine-Arche. The urbanists at AWP are equally responsible for a guide plan for Defacto that will enhance the urban space of La Défense’s business district.

Rendering (Images Courtesy AWP, Sbda)

  • Architect: AWP
  • Name of Project: Jardins de l’Arche
  • Location: La Défense, Paris, France
  • Net floor area: 71 044 m2
  • Type of project: public realm and follies
  • Images: © AWP, Sbda and Gregori Civera


Parador of Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain by Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos SL

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos SL


The building of The New Parador is the result of a long team process originating from the initiative of Paradores de Turismo to organize a contest that convened a selected group of Spanish architectural offices.

Paradores de Turismo searches for an emblematic architectural solution in a difficult and delicate location such as The Old Complex of El Colegio de Santo Tomás. Dating from the 16th century, the Complex was in use (lastly as a female penitentiary) until very recently, when it was destroyed by fire and abandoned.

Night View

  • Architect: Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos SL
  • Name of Project: Parador of Alcala de Henares
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Collaborators: Arturo Alberquilla Rodríguez, Pablo Aranguren López, Luis Burriel Bielza, Silvia Díez González, Pablo Fernández Lewicki, Simón Francés Martínez, Mónica Fresno Fernández, Blanca Juanes Juanes, Roberto Ortiz De Landázuri Monagas, José Antonio Rodríguez Casas, Javier Rubio Montero, Marta Sorribes Gil, José Antonio Tallón Iglesias.


Fraunhofer ISC Technikum III in Würzburg, Germany by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

The Technikum III laboratory aspires to integrate various fragments on the site: the laboratory spaces, the existing institute buildings and the urban context.This is achieved by “defibration” – the de-laminating of the building volume and facade – which generates a building that is both simple and complex in its reaction to functional demands.

Fraunhofer ISC Technikum III

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Fraunhofer ISC Technikum III
  • Location: Würzburg, Germany
  • Project Date: 2008 – 2013
  • Type: Laboratories, Offices
  • Area: 5,800m2
  • Design: Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Jan Hübener
  • Design Team: Nadeen Mirza, Anna von Roeder, Stefan Rinnebach, Berthold Lauer, Frederic Beaupere, Niels Kespohl, Rassul Wassa


House in Sequeiros, Portugal by Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

To adapt this old farmhouse to a dwelling-house the only necessary intervention was to demolish the partition walls. The house’s social areas were placed in the existing volume. Only a wooden “little box” was set to screen the kitchen area. To host the bedrooms a box unattached to the ground, coated with z – shaped corten steel profiles, was created. In a singular way, the conjunct reminds the traditional rural assemblage of the threshing-floor, granary and farmhouse, as well as a text by Alberto Campo Baeza on boxes: “Caixas, Caixinhas e Caixotes”

House in Sequeiros


Sopron, the rehabilitation of the Várkerület in Hungary by Hetedik Műterem Ltd.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: Hetedik Műterem Ltd.

As one of Hungary’s cities located most to the west, Sopron is the “City of Loyalty”, lying very near to the Austrian border. It’s a relatively small city with a medieval historic core, directly enclosed by the Várkerület area, which today is a busy and hectic district of pedestrians and traffic.


Sopron looking back to current

  • Architect: Hetedik Műterem Ltd.
  • Name of Project: Sopron, the rehabilitation of the Várkerület
  • Location: Sopron, Hungary
  • Project team: Orsolya Almer, Jessica Dvorzsák, András Páll, Orsolya Simon, Levente Szabó, Tibor Tánczos
  • Landscape design: Csenge Csontos, Borbála Gyüre (Geum Műterem)
  • Project year: 2009
  • Project area: 33 000 m2


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