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Hotel Liesma in Jurmala, Latvia by BNKR Arquitectura

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Article source: BNKR Arquitectura

A hotel that aims to reproduce in material form the ephemeral process of the diffusion of sound.  This is a process of vibrant outward expression and subsequent decay.  It is a narrative of the loss of integrity and dematerialization in space.

Hotel Liesma

  • Architects: BNKR Arquitectura
  • Project: Hotel Liesma
  • Location: Jurmala, Latvia
  • Partners: Esteban Suárez (Founding Partner) y Sebastián Suárez
  • Project Leaders: Emelio Barjau, Jaime Sol
  • Area: 15,000 m2
  • Status: Competition 2011
  • Renderings: Adrian Aguilar, Jaime Sol
  • Project Team: Adrian Aguilar, Emelio Barjau, Benedetta Caprioti, Paul Chavez, Francisco Cruz, Laura Fontaine, Mitl Gaxiola, Angel Rivero, Jaime Sol and Lasma Grigone
  • Software used: Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, AutoCad and 3d MAX


Bus Shelter in Daroca, Spain by Sergio Sebastián Architects

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Article source: Sergio Sebastián Architects

The intervention builds a piece that receives the visitor who reaches Daroca providing him with a singular image in a peripheral environment that has nothing in common with the beauty of the medieval municipality. The urban area of Daroca answers to a geographical situation in which, before the construction of the Mine, the greatest ingenieril work of the s.XVI in Spain, the waters of all the territory flows across the city and its walls through its Maior Street, a cliff that drained in the river Jiloca. Outskirts are placed in the elongation of that cliff by the canopy, establishing a link with the former city from the reinterpretation of the structures of balconies and hanged houses that they showed on the Maior St. It is a piece that as tribute to this constructive tradition, generated from a structural and matter vision of the project.

Bus Shelter in Daroca

  • Architects: Sergio Sebastián Architects
  • Project: Bus Shelter
  • Location: Avenida de la Constitución  / Daroca / Zaragoza /  España
  • Surface: 60 m2
  • Cost: 45.000 €
  • Construction management: Sergio Sebastián Franco, Pablo Sebastián Franco
  • Construction Company: Proyectos y Restauraciones de Aragón
  • Lighting: Iguzzini
  • Client: Plan de Dinamización Turística de la Comarca de Daroca
  • Maintenance of the work: Excmo Ayto de Daroca
  • Project Team: Miriam Tambo Santos, estructuras; Pablo Sebastián Franco, arquitecto técnico; Jesús Molinos Pérez, Arquitecto técnico

Casa Mediterráneo, Refurbishment of and old train station in Alicante, Spain by Manuel Ocaña del Valle

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Article source: Manuel Ocaña del Valle


Casa Mediterráneo is an institution born to cater for public diplomacy. Its main aim is to foster the common identity of the Mediterranean cultures. Its new headquarters are to be established in the old Benalúa railway station. The new institution needs spaces in orderto host events, exhibitions, concerts, projections and all kinds of parties.

Images Courtesy Manuel Ocaña

  • Architect: Manuel Ocaña del Valle
  • Name of Project: Casa Mediterráneo, Refurbishment of and old train station
  • Location: Benalúa Railway Station, Alicante, Spain
  • Date: 2010-2012
  • Photography: Manuel Ocaña


Funeral Home in Pinoso, Spain by Cor & Asociados

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Cor & Asociados

“The fear of death is about considering ourselves wise without being it, since it is pretending to know about what we don’t know. Death could be the greatest blessing of human beings, no one knows, and yet everyone fears as if we knew with absolute certainty that it’s the worst of evils” (Socrates, 470 BC, 399 BC)

Historically we find different definitions of death that demonstrate how this concept has moved from positions closer to darkness, pain and fear, to positions related to the concept of sadness, change and light.

Image Courtesy David Frutos

  • Architects: Cor & Asociados
  • Project: Funeral Home
  • Location: Pinoso, Alicante, Spain.  38º 21’ 55.59” N 1º 02’ 55.29” W
  • Client: Town Council of Pinoso, Alicante
  • Status: Built
  • Principal Use: Public Building, Funeral home
  • Area: 495 m2
  • Budget: 595.580 €
  • Photo of construction process: David Frutos
  • Photography: David Frutos


Rouen Convention Center in France by Stéphane Bigoni & Antoine Mortemard

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Stéphane Bigoni & Antoine Mortemard

Located in the ancient commercial harbor, the project focuses on the extension of an old storage hangar between the railroad tracks and the Seine River, allowing it to house an auditorium and exhibit spaces. In the middle of the building, a large mashrabiya captures and diffracts light. At night, the lattice becomes a lantern, emerging from the floor beneath the hangar’s frame. The auditorium sits partially beneath the old hangar, a concrete structure independent of the existing building frame. The surprise lies at the end of the room, however, when the back wall of the stage opens, and the harbor is invited to join the conversation – to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the rotation of the vertical blinds.


  • Architects: Stéphane Bigoni & Antoine Mortemard
  • Name of Project: Rouen Convention Center
  • Location: Rouen, France
  • Project team: William Baud, Tim Berger, Pierre Georges, Mathieu Massault, Takami Nakamoto
  • Ingeneers: SIMA Ingenierie, Louis CHOULET, ORFEA
  • Client: La CREA
  • Total built area: 1 800 sqm
  • Completion: november 2010


Marine and World Heritage Centre “Wachau” in Krems, Austria by Najjar & Najjar Architekten

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Najjar & Najjar Architekten

The design includes a new shipping pier and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A large roof spans the area like a wing and connects the elements. The amply roof, desiderated point of arrival, forms likewise a remarkable gate to the landscape of the “Wachau”. Alongside the City it leads the every day life’s fugitives to the place of experience, of emotions. A new place of articulation assumes a shape, creates strong connections between river and city, between landscape and urbanism. The large gate forms the frame for different encounter possibilities, whether cultural, culinary or interpersonal. Zone of communication, gastronomy, commerce and ticket counter conflate into a whole.

Marine and World Heritage Centre “Wachau”


Showroom Albert Reichmuth in Zurich, Switzerland by OOS

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: OOS

OOS designs the new sales room of the Albert Reichmuth wine store.

Always considered to be an insider’s secret among wine lovers in the past, the Albert Reichmuth wine store is now opening its first showroom accessible to the public at Feldstrasse 62 in Zurich. “LA GALERIE DU VIN” is both a sales as well as a wine tasting and seminar venue and aims to appeal to regular customers and passers-by alike. The spatial layout and staging by OOS reflect the store’s values and traditions and let the wine bottles speak for themselves.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Müller)

  • Architect: OOS
  • Name of Project: Showroom Albert Reichmuth
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Picture credits: Christine Müller


Excess Heights by Reality Cues

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Reality Cues

The neighborhood of Excess Heights has implemented a new waste management initiative. Under the city council’s new recommendations, the collection of recyclable refuse will continue, but non-recyclable trash will no longer be collected or processed on the municipal level. The inhabitants of each private residence will be expected to compost all organic material and handle all of its own non-recyclable waste on-site.

View from the middle


Renovation Extension, conversion of the former restaurant Metzger Hall in Dielsdorf, Switzerland by L3P Architects

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: L3P Architects

Renovation / extension, conversion of the former restaurant Metzger Hall, Dielsdorf apartment house with 3 newly constructed apartments, 5 renovated apartments, 1 commercial area Construction time beginning 2009 – April 2010, first use May 2010.

The project is located in the village of Dielsdorf in the Zurich Lowlands. The building project in the central district of the village and is located directly on Wehntalerstrasse, the main street, which leads to Zurich. Formerly a restaurant, a butcher’s shop and abattoir were found in the building at Mühlestrasse 1. Today, it is known as the Metzger (Butcher’s) Hall restaurant. The restaurant with kitchen and the employees’ rooms were found in the main house. The abattoir was located in the older extension to the west and the butcher’s shop was to the south. The outer space was used for park places.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Sabrina Dohle)

  • Architecture: L3P Architects
  • Name of Project: Renovation  Extension, conversion of the former restaurant Metzger Hall
  • Location: Mühlestrasse, Dielsdorf, Switzerland
  • Building constructor: private
  • Project Leader: Martin Reusser dipl. Arch. FH Reg A; Frank Schäfer dipl. Arch. ETH
  • Photography: Sabrina Dohle


Bamboo School for Burmese Refugees in Thailand by 2bw Studio

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: 2bw Studio

Building Trust International recently held an international design competition to design a modular and demountable school for Burmese refugees in Thailand. The building of a new school in Thailand, for Burmese refugees, highlights the need we as humans have to learn and to teach, no matter what the circumstances we may find ourselves in.

Bamboo School for Burmese Refugees

  • Architects: 2bw Studio
  • Project: Bamboo School for Burmese Refugees
  • Location: Thailand


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