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The New Taipei City Museum of Art in Taiwan by Zerafa Architecture Studio

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Article source: Zerafa Architecture Studio

The New Taipei City Museum of Art should propose a new paradigm for celebrating art in Taipei, one that brings lifestyle, art, recreation and education together to celebrate a vibrant cultural identity for the community. The fusion of art with all aspects of one’s daily experience is driven by ideas about the intrinsic relationship between art and life relevant in popular contemporary culture in Taiwan. The new museum seeks to embody these ideas and provide an iconic venue for the spontaneous unfolding of contemporary life. The existing park located at the meeting of the Yingge and Dahan rivers within which the Museum sits, is one that immediately reveals a dynamic juxtaposition between the constructed nature (the park environment) and the density and “urban” scale of the surrounding hillside context.  The somewhat auspicious relative condition of these two abstract realities, both organic, yet both man-made provides the perfect setting for this museum.


  • Architects: Zerafa Architecture Studio
  • Project: The New Taipei City Museum of Art
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Jason Zerafa, Joaquin Boldrini , Bridgett Cruz, Katherine Moya.
  • Associate Architect: Gregory T Waugh AIA
  • Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP.
  • Client: New Taipei City Government.
  • Facility: Art Museum
  • Size: 53,000 sm
  • Status: International Competition Proposal.


Retreat House in Lake Michigan, Northern Indiana by JDD Designed using AutoCAD

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Article source: JDD

This compact beach house located near Lake Michigan in Northern Indiana was designed for Dr. Nancy Church, a Chicago based robotic gynecological surgeon by architect John DeSalvo. She wanted to have a retreat away from her hectic city practice where she and her husband Charlie Jett could entertain friends, do their gardening and relax.

Front View (Images Courtesy David Robert-Elliott)

  • Architect: JDD –
  • Name of Project: Retreat House
  • Location: Lake Michigan, Northern Indiana, USA
  • Photographer: David Robert-Elliott
  • Software used: AutoCAD


A Wood Screen for Dinant Road in Belgium by Corbacreative Designed using Vectorworks and Cinema 4D

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Article source: Corbacreative

Customer’s program was clear and well defined. The building should include an exhibition hall at the ground floor and a loft on the first level; as well as become the image of Maison Passion. The location near by a highly frequented artery inspired the project’s dynamic. The sequence of the vertical wooden boarding became a noise shield frontage designed along the road. The extension,s screen frontage made of thin and spaced out wood, give homogeneity to the existing volumes, heterogeneous and obsoletes, creating a succession of plans more or less translucent. It let see though the background shapes and lift up like a curtain to create the principal entrance of the exposition hall.

A Wood Screen for Dinant Road

  • Architects: Corba Philippo
  • Project: A Wood Screen for Dinant Road
  • Location: Belgium
  • Software used: VectorWorks for CAD and Cinema 4D for 3d and rendering


Research & Sports Hall of Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany by Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten (designed using ArchiCAD)

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Article source: Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten

A research facility in energy-efficient construction

In 2009 the Ed. Züblin AG, with the concept of Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten, was able to obtain the competing award procedure for the construction of a research-coliseum for Humboldt University Berlin.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Rainer Gollmer)

  • Architect: Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten
  • Name of Project: Research & Sports Hall of Humboldt University
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Photographs: Rainer Gollmer
  • Awarding authority: Humboldt University Berlin
  • Contractor: Ed. Züblin AG
  • Software used: Graphisoft ArchiCAD


Lake Drive House Addition by Martin Holub Architects (designed by using AutoCad)

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Article source: Martin holub Architects

The owner asked for a sybaritic lounge for entertaining including a hot-tub with an adjacent bathroom and laundry. Importantly, he also wanted this addition to be an integral part of the original house and to elevate the design standard of the new whole. He was hoping the addition would turn this unremarkable house by his own admission – into a remarkable one.

Lake drive house addition


Raumstation in Gunskirchen, Austria by x architekten Designed using Vectorworks

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Article source: x architekten

Spacestation inrharting

A two-storey private residence at the edge of a small village in gunskirchen, austria. Utilizing the slight slope present on the site, the design lifts up in a dramatic cantilever to accommodate a shaded parking space below while establishing a sense of levitation to the living space above.

Exterior View

  • Architect: x architekten
  • Name of Project: Raumstation
  • Location: Gunskirchen, Austria
  • Software used: Vectorworks 2010


Jacobson Carriage House in Mineral, Virginia by Robert Gurney Architect

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Article source: Robert Gurney Architect

As the first phase of a client’s planned move to Lake Anna, Virginia, this guest house and garage becomes the starting point for further development of the site.  Its design sets a precedent of economy thru selection of material and simple methods of construction.  These methods also allowed the client to construct the building himself and become familiar with each material and the most sensible way to use it providing for minimal future maintenance.  These materials, such as concrete block and rusted corrugated metal siding, also ground the building with their timeless sensibilities and embed it to the site.

Image Courtesy Hoachlander Davis

  • Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
  • Project: Jacobson Carriage House
  • Location: Mineral, Virginia
  • Project Architect: Brian Tuskey, Associate AIA
  • Contractor: Owner
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Photographer: Anice Hoachlander
  • Software used: The design the project began with pencil and paper; Bob sketches and hand-draws the design first, then it is put into CAD by the project architect.


House 4×30 in São Paulo, Brazil by CR2 Arquitetos + FGMF Architects Designed using AutoCAD and Illustrator

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Article source: CR2 Arquitetos + FGMF Architects

Encrusted in a row of narrow geminate houses, the story began more as a challenge rather than as an architectural project. How make the entire program of a house fit in that 4x30m lot, relying on a few illuminated surfaces?

Image Courtesy Fran Parente

  • Architects: Clara Reynaldo (CR2) and Lourenço Gimenes (FGMF)
  • Project: House 4×30
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Collaborators: Fernando Forte, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz, Ana Luíza Galvão, Bruno Araújo, Marcela Aleottiand Marília Caetano (architects), Mirela Caetano, Rafaela Arantes and Wilson Barcellone (interns)
  • Structural project: INNER engenharia
  • Landscaping project: Stúdio Ilex
  • Installation project: Ramoska&Castellani
  • Artpanel: Fábio Flaks
  • Photography: Fran Parente
  • Site: São Paulo, SP
  • Project Date: 2008-2009
  • Work: 2010-2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Illustrator


Hayes Valley Playground and Clubhouse in San Francisco, California by WRNS Studio

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Article source: WRNS Studio

The nonprofit Trust for Public Land (TPL) partnered with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to update this 1958 park located between San Francisco’s Hayes Valley and Western Addition neighborhoods. Reflecting TPL’s mission to create livable communities through land conservation, the new playground and clubhouse provide this dense area with a safe, welcoming facility that fosters an appreciation for nature, outdoor activity, and social gathering.

Exterior View

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Project: Hayes Valley Playground and Clubhouse
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Client: Trust for Public Land
  • Project Team: Bryan Shiles, Brian Milman, Kyle Elliott, Rus Sherman, Li Kuo, Geoff Brown, Jenny Huang, and Melinda Turner
  • Software used: Sketchup, AutoCAD, Revit, Ecotect, and the Adobe Creative Suite


Playground building in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Van Rooijen Architecten

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Article source: Van Rooijen Architecten

In an inner courtyard close to the city center of Utrecht a playground is situated for the children of the neighborhood. The old existing building on the playground was to be replaced by a new one. The brief called for a modest, durable and safe new building that would upgrade the playground and appeal to children. The building has separate spaces for a kindergarten. By means of a movable partition the spaces can be interlinked to provide space for different activities and multiple uses.

Covered Entrance 01 (Images Courtesy Cornbread Works)

  • Architect: Van Rooijen Architecten
  • Name of Project: Playground building
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Client: Municipality of Utrecht
  • Interior architect: Van Rooijen Architecten
  • Photographer: Cornbread Works
  • Completion: April 2010
  • Award: The project received an honorable mention for The Dutch Building of the Year 2011 Award.


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