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Library Technical University in Delft, Netherlands by Mecanoo Architecten

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Mecanoo Architecten


The library of Delft Technical University is the central library of the Netherlands, but also the technical library of the Netherlands, linked by the latest electronic devices to libraries all over the world. The university library not only offers space to books, it also offers space for knowledge and research. It is a meeting place where ideas are exchanged. The programme allows for a thousand study places. That means that warmth and light will be given to more than three thousand students per day.

Image Courtesy Christian Richters

  • Architects: Mecanoo Architecten
  • Project: Library Technical University
  • Location: Delft, Netherlands
  • Design 1993-1995
  • Execution 1996-1998
  • Client ING Real Estate, Den Haag; Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Structural engineer ABT b.v., Delft/Velp
  • Photography: Christian Richters


Schuler Villa in Neuchâtel, Switzerland by Andrea pelati architecte

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Andrea pelati architecte

In the center of the village of Boudry, the project settles on a narrow plot, surrounded with collective housing, a church and an old mansion. In this motley context and its limited openings, the villa seeks to favor the inhabitants intimacy. Turning its back to the public space, it is widely opened on the park and benefits from the natural green environment. It stretches over three levels to be able to appreciate a few perspectives thanks to the height.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Jantscher)

  • Architect: Andrea pelati architecte
  • Name of Project: Schuler Villa
  • Location: Rue des Lières, 2017 Boudry, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Client: Mr. & Mrs. Schuler
  • Project team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg and Sandy Erlebach
  • Engineers: Mauler SA
  • Surface: 690 m2
  • Project end date: December 2010
  • Photographer: Thomas Jantscher


Moliner House in Zaragoza, Spain by Alberto Campo Baeza

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Alberto Campo Baeza

To build a house for a poet. To make a house for dreaming, living and dying. A house in which to read, to write and to think.

We raised high walls to create a box open to the sky, like a nude, metaphysical garden, with concrete walls and floor. To create an interior world. We dug into the ground to plant leafy trees.

Image Courtesy Javier Callejas

  • Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Project: Moliner House
  • Location: Zaragoza, Spain
  • Promotor: Luis Moliner Lorente
  • Fecha de proyecto: 2006
  • Fecha de construcción: 2008
  • Superficie: 216 m2
  • Arquitectos colaboradores: Ignacio Aguirre López; Emilio Delgado Martos
  • Estructura: María Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez
  • Aparejador: José Miguel Moya
  • Coste: 480.000 €
  • Constructor: Construcciones Moya Valero; Rafael Moya, Ramón Moya
  • Fotografía: Javier Callejas


Metalsa SA in Nuevo León, Mexico by Brooks + Scarpa

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa

Historically, Metalsa began as a family-owned company, founded by Guillermo Zambrano Gutierrez in November 1956, previously named Manufacturas Metalicas Monterrey. The company later entered the automotive industry through a partnership with American firm A. O. Smith and began manufacturing chassis frames for heavy trucks and pickups in the late 60’s. The official name of Metalsa was adopted in the late 70’s and operations started in Apodaca. Metalsa’s successes allowed them to acquire the commercial vehicles business from Tower Automotive expanding to Virginia, and later building facilities in China, Japan and India.  Today the company boasts several major automotive corporations as their clients, including Ford and Toyota.


  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
  • Project’s Formal Name: Metalsa SA
  • Location: Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Client/Owner: The Proeza Group
  • Total Area: Phase I_ +/- 500 sqm of Offices, +/-1000 sqm of Warehouse, Phase II_ +/-500 sqm of Offices, +/-3000 sqm of Warehouse (Phase II sqm is in addition to Phase I)
  • Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer, Daniel Poei, Abby Katcher, Oliver Liao, Darien Williams, Jordan Gearhart, Ching Luk  – Project Design Team
  • Landscape: PEG
  • LEED: Zinner Consultants
  • Engineering:

    • Structural Engineering: Carl W. Howe Partners, Inc.
    • Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing: Cobalt


Gianicolo House in Rome, Italy by Carola Vannini Architecture

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Carola Vannini Architecture

Interior design project of a private residence located in the Trastevere area, the heart of Rome’s historical center. The house renovation included the complete reorganization of interior spaces, as well as the design of new furniture and lighting.

Gianicolo House

  • Architects: Carola Vannini Architecture
  • Project: Gianicolo House
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Client: private
  • Budget: 170.000 euros
  • Surface: 120sm(interior space) + 150sm (exterior space)
  • Publication:
    AD Architectural Digest Italy – January 2007 issue
    The White Bathroom has been published on the 2007  Architectural Record’s Kitchen and Bath Portfolio (USA)


Nowhere but Sajima in Yokosuka Kanagawa, Japan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Cutting resort environment out of urban environment

Nowhere resort is the resort program that is renting out weekly vacation house. Suggesting new urban life style by making shorten the distance to weekend house from standard 3 hours up to 1 hour. The environment must get close to urban when shorten the distance, the issue comes to how to cut off resort environment out of there. Therefore Nowhere but Sajima comes to build long and thin tube-like spaces that bundle them into one home unit. The tube-like spaces are facing toward the ocean and at the same time intercept the sight from the next condominium. The building is controlling both privacy and scenery.

Images Courtesy Yasutaka Yoshimura

  • Architect: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
  • Name of Project: Nowhere but Sajima
  • Location: Yokosuka Kanagawa, Japan
  • Principal Use: House
  • Completion: Jun/2010
  • Photographer: Yasutaka Yoshimura and Chiaki Yasukawa


Eco Temporary Refuge by Cimini Architettura

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Cimini Architettura

The increasing activity of the mountain as a recreational area for tourists, climbers and hikers, is leaving the dramatic consequences for its delicate ecosystem. From year to year the increase of housing construction and permanent shelters in the high mountains, are the cause of indelible scars and points of no return. The project intends to place himself in contrast, suggest alternative ways to enjoy the mountains, promoting sustainable development and use of solutions with minimum environmental impact.

Eco Temporary Refuge

Architects: Cimini Architettura
Project: Eco Temporary Refuge

Muskoka Boathouse in Ontario, Canada by Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.

This project for the renovation of an existing boathouse and new 600 sq.ft. second storey guest suite is located in the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario.  Situated at the end of a narrow bay, the design of the new boathouse mediates between extended views out to the wide vista of the distant lake and the immediacy of the enclosed forested shoreline of the bay.  The design provides a lens for these varied views as well as a sheltering foil to the open lake breezes and water traffic.  The project called for the renovation of an existing two slip boathouse and the addition of a second storey guest suite and roof terrace.

Night View (Images Courtesy Peter Fritz Photography)

  • Architect: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
  • Project Name: Muskoka Boathouse
  • Location: Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada
  • Project Type: Boathouse with seasonal residence – rural
  • Architect: Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
  • Completed: Fall 2007
  • Photography: Peter Fritz Photography


Earthen School in Jar Maulwi, Pakistan by Ziegert Roswag Seiler Architekten Ingenieure

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Article source: Ziegert Roswag Seiler Architekten Ingenieure

SINGAPUR School and development organisation Tipu Sultan Merkez (TSM) was awarded Gold at the Holcim Award celebration for its work in Asia. The Holcim Awards for sustainable constructions are presented every three years by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. Three honourable mentions and three prizes are awarded in five regions, and the recipients are automatically nominated for the global award.

Mixing brickearth (Photo: Roswag Architekten)

  • Architects: Ziegert | Roswag | Seiler Architekten Ingenieure
  • Project: Earthen School Tipu Sultan Merkez
  • Location: Jar Maulwi, Pakistan
  • Contractor, project sponsor: Tipu Sultan Merkez (TSM)
  • Software used: Vectorworks. The Layout was done in Adobe InDesign.


Blas Infante Square in Lleida, Spain by Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, architects (Designed using ArchiCAD and AutoCAD)

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Article source: Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, architects

The proposal represents and symbolizes the new centrality that Blas Infante Square offers in a contemporary way. The project is developed from the duality of the two scales that are mixed: the scale of the neighborhood, immediate environment, and a larger size, the city and its historic center.

Blas Infante Square


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