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Water Pavilion Siegen in Germany by Ian Shaw Architekten

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Article source: Ian Shaw Architekten

The pavilion’s dramatic planar form articulates an assured, yet subtle compression of space, framing views of the lake and the local topography. The building’s tectonic rigour is palpable, its seemingly gravity defying configuration enabling the floor plate and ceiling to cantilever some 6m beyond the lakeshore.

Image Courtesy Felix Krumbholz

  • Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten
  • Project: Water Pavilion Siegen
  • Location: Siegen, Germany
  • Photography: Felix Krumbholz

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Haileybury Astana School in Astana, Kazakistan by Cinici Architects

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Article source: Cinici Architects

Haileybury, one of the Britain’s oldest and most prestigious independent boarding schools, has its Astana Campus situated on a 12 hectares site, with 20 000 m2 closed area. There were three challenges while developing the design idea of this campus: the vast and flat layout of the city, the complexity of the programme and the climatic conditions. The challenge of complexity aroused its counterpart, simplicity, as the main design strategy.

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

  • Architects: Cinici Architects 
  • Project: Haileybury Astana School
  • Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Photography: Cemal Emden
  • Project Date: 2009 – 2010
  • Construction Date:  2010 – 2011 (1st Phase)
  • Client: Capital Partners
  • Project Management: Mert Gokturk
  • Civil Engineer: Fonksiyon Muhendislik – Atilla Caydamlı
  • Mechanical: Okutan Mühendislik – Mehmet Okutan
  • Electrical: Aykar Mühendislik – Mehmet Karadurak
  • Landscape Architecture: DS Mimarlik – Deniz Aslan
  • Acoustic Consultant: Sey Muhendislik – Yıldız Sey
  • Total construction area: 20 500 m2( 1 phase)
  • Construction type: ReinforcedConcrete + Steel Construction

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Sixty Colborne Presentation Centre in Toronto, Canada by Johnson Chou Inc.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Article source: Johnson Chou Inc.

Sixty Colborne is a 3,300 SF condominium presentation centre comprised of a sales area and a model suite created for Freed Developments and located in the St. Lawrence historical district of downtown Toronto.

Design Concept:

To create a building of paradoxes much like it’s site: a building of simple form juxtaposed against a context of a cacophony of form, detail and colour; to create a building passive by day and active at night; direct access from exterior yet complex interior movement and parti.

Image Courtesy Johnson Chou Inc.

  • Architects: Johnson Chou Inc.
  • Project: Sixty Colborne Presentation Centre
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Project Team: Silke Stadtmueller, Anne Ehlers, Shant Krichelian, Johnson Chou
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Started: November 2011
  • Completed: May 2012
  • Software used: AutoCad, Sketchup for renderings

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The New Gerngross in Vienna, Austria by LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH

The design concept for the renovation of the interior of the department store followed one main principle: the central atrium should become the store’s new nucleus and the central orientation point of the building because this is where the horizontal and vertical visual axes and the main building access are united.

Image Courtesy Bruno-Klomfar

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House in Kitaoji, Japan by Torafu Architects

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Torafu Architects

Located in a quiet housing estate in Kyoto, this house was designed with a hard concrete outer shell in order to protect the client need for privacy from the outside, as well as for accessibility in a wheelchair- bound lifestyle. Firstly, to protect the privacy of the family, we built walls along the site boundary to elevate the main living space, which is maximised on the 2nd floor. We designed a large central space with individual rooms, wet areas and circulation and other utility spaces surrounding it, to ensure a distance is kept well from the outside.

Image Courtesy Daici Ano

  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Project: House in Kitaoji
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Photographs: Daici Ano
  • Principle Use: HOUSE
  • Facility Design: DAIKO(Lightings)
  • Structural Design: Takashi Manda Structural Design
  • Production: Kyoto kensetsu
  • Building Site: Kyoto
  • Site Area: 139.39m2
  • Total Floor Area: 133.93m2
  • Number of Stories: 2F
  • Structure: RC
  • Design Period: 2010.07-2011.10
  • Construction Period: 2011.11-2012.08

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House MJ in Novo Mesto, Slovenia by Kombinat

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Kombinat

House MJ stands on the outskirts on a once undeveloped patch of meadow between residential houses and forest edge. The house stands detached from the road, on the slope higher up, overlooking the town of Novo Mesto. Due to the views and the configuration of the plot, the house opens towards northwest. With the slight split of levels it adapts to the terrain and at the same time separates the living from the sleeping area. The house is without corridors, the rooms can be entered from the shifted landing, which is part of the living area. The shape of the roof allows the morning sun from the southeast to light the entrance, bathroom and the living room. The construction is prefabricated timber frame with larch wood facade.

Image Courtesy Matjaž Tančič & Klemen Ilovar

  • Architects: Kombinat
  • Project: House MJ
  • Location: Novo Mesto, Slovenia
  • Architects: Tomaž Čeligoj, Ana Grk, Blaž Kandus, Alenka Korenjak, Tina Rugelj, Tjaša Mavrič
  • Photo: Matjaž Tančič & Klemen Ilovar
  • Plot Area: 1.495,00 m²
  • Floor Area: 247,11 m²
  • Project & Construction: 2009-2012

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Capilla del Lago in Michoacan, México by Divece Arquitectos

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Divece Arquitectos

The architectonic concept for this ecumenical chapel  is that  the countless  columns  that  disorderly support  the  rectangular roof  for the chapel, are conceived as an analogy of a group of    filaments that,  when lit with the proper energy,  can illuminate our earthly  lives  with a  glimpse of  heavenly light.

Capilla 02 : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

  • Architects: Divece Arquitectos
  • Project: Capilla del Lago
  • Location: Zamora, Michoacan, México
  • Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona
  • Architect: Paolino Di Vece
  • Co-workers: Divece arquitectos
  • Year: 2010
  • Cunstructed Area: 348.21m2

Capilla 04 : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

According to Pythagoras “this world is false and illusive, a turbid medium in which the rays of heavenly light are broken and obscured in mist and darkness”.[1]

On the other hand, Mother Teresa tells us that through constant prayer we can become an instrument of the divine light that illuminates the world.

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

The filaments of the light bulbs are useless if they are not energized.
You, me, are filaments.
The energy is God.
We have the possibility of letting this energy pass through ourselves and let it utilize us in order to produce light for the world
”. [2]


[1] Bertrand Russel, A History of Western Philosophy,  Simon&Schuster,  U.S.A. 2007 pp.32

[2] José Luis Gonzalez-Balado, Madre Teresa ORAR, pensamiento espiritual,  Planeta. España 2011 pp.25

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

This ecumenical chapel takes advantage of its central position within the residential development to remind its users that spiritual life has become a forgotten priority in our everyday activities; the chapel takes the central stage of the development  in order to emphasize the possibility of making the act of praying a useful habit that cannot only help each one of its inhabitants find their  own path in life, but also to help everyone of them become an energized filament which produces light for the world.

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

This chapel is configured as a lightweight structure, almost ephemeral, that makes itself accessible for everyone at anytime; the chapel dissolves its boundaries in order to impregnate itself of its immediate surroundings and becomes a semi transparent object difficult to idealize. This building performs as  a character that acts under the effects of  light, that changes with sunlight, that becomes enhanced by its users and celebrates its mission as a catalyst of the  everyday activities  proper of this residential development.

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

Furthermore, spirituality is no longer a luxury for a few, that can only be achieved through a scheduled visit to a sacred site, but it could become a usual state of mind that transforms our everyday lives and becomes one positive influence for the world that surrounds its users.

Alzado frontal : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

immediate surroundings and becomes a semi transparent object difficult to idealize. This building performs as  a character that acts under the effects of  light, that changes with sunlight, that becomes enhanced by its users and celebrates its mission as a catalyst of the  everyday activities  proper of this residential development.

Alzado lateral : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

Furthermore, spirituality is no longer a luxury for a few, that can only be achieved through a scheduled visit to a sacred site, but it could become a usual state of mind that transforms our everyday lives and becomes one positive influence for the world that surrounds its users.

Planta baja : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

Seccion B : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

 

Casa LH in Jalisco, Mexico by Divece Arquitectos

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Article source: Divece Arquitectos 

The architectonic concept for this residential project is to propose a composition that is achieved by the proper manipulation of “contrasts in balance”; an architecture that is generated as a response to the particularities of the site, the adequate solution for the programmatic family needs, but most important, inspired by the deep motivation for the search of the supreme well being of its inhabitants.

Image Courtesy Mito Covarrubias

  • Architects: Divece Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa LH
  • Location: Zapopan, Jalisco. México
  • Photography:  Mito Covarrubias
  • Architect: Paolino Di Vece
  • Co-workers: Edgar Benítez Rivera, Noemí Valdivia.
  • Year: 2010
  • Constructed Area: 661m2

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Liaison Cubique in Aichi, Japan by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Article source: Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

For a traditional Japanese restaurant in the underground commercial space under Nagoya Station, we started by analyzing the time transversal components of architecture, themes such as metric, gradation, rhythm and transparency, giving them a contemporary twist. We used one of the primordial volumes to spur the feeling of familiarity, the cube.

Image Courtesy Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

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Dental Bliss in Bangkok, Thailand by Integrated Field (IF)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Article source: Integrated Field (IF)

Normally, clinic is definitely not one of a destination to be thought of, except for the time of sickness or unwell. But to care more about your health and have it checked up from time to time won’t be such a bad idea. Therefore, this dental clinic, DENTAL BLISS, was meant to create the feeling of relaxation and warmth to lessen visitor’s stress from spending time in the small space with strangers and make it feel ordinary to go to clinic by routine.

Image Courtesy Integrated Field Co.,Ltd

  • Architects: Integrated Field Co.,Ltd
  • Project: Dental Bliss
  • Location: THE INT (The Intersect), Rama III Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
  • Owner: Dental Bliss
  • Interior designer: Integrated Field Co.,Ltd.
  • Corporate identity: Siwaporn Kumtan
  • Main contractor:
    • Phase 1 :WeerayutWeerasamai
    • Phase 2 : CharnchaiLongcharoen
  • Area: 91sq.m.
  • Cost: 1,000,000 Baht
  • Design: 2011
  • Completed: 2012

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