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Dragon Skin Pavilion in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong by Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Article source: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

The Dragon Skin Pavilion is an architectural installation designed and built for the 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture. The Pavilion utilises a newly developed environmentally friendly material called “post-formable” plywood, which incorporates layers of adhesive film to allow easy single-curved bending without the need for steam or extreme heat.  With no material loss, a CNC mill divided 21 of these 8×4 plywood sheets into eight identical squares, and accurately cut the unique connection slots that were programmed into the pavilion geometry by computer.

Interior Perspective (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

  • Architects: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD
  • Project: Dragon Skin Pavilion
  • Location: Shenzhen Pavilion, Kowloon Park – Roof Garden 2, Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Design: EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture; Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD)
  • Design Team: KristofCrolla (LEAD), Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD), Emmi Keskisarja (EDGE), PekkaTynkkynen (EDGE)
    Client: 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture
  • Project Dimensions: 4.5m (width) x 3.5m (depth) x 2.5m (height)
  • Photography: Dennis Lo Designs

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Spröjs Castle by Visiondivision

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Article source: Visiondivision

Spröjs Castle is the residence of choice for an opulent lifestyle where you can combine different modular towers into your very own magnum opus or chose from a premade composition that comes with the promise of excellence.

Towers with built-in fountains for unrivaled extravaganza

  • Architect: Visiondivision
  • Name of Project: Spröjs Castle
  • Software used: A mix of Rhino, Autocad, Photoshop and some Maya

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Hotel Portago Urban in Granada, Spain by ILMIODESIGN

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Article source: ILMIODESIGN

Hotel PORTAGO URBAN is the second Global Suites chain. As the name says its connotation is urban. The space is inspired by the figure of a typical English gentleman, blending style with relaxed and colorful atmosphere that permeates this central district of Granada. A series of messages stamped on the headboard and the entry invite us to relax and enjoy your stay. You always have someone next to that will give you a good night!

Interior View (Images Courtesy Alfonso Acedo)

  • Architect: ILMIODESIGN
  • Name of Project: Hotel Portago Urban
  • Location: Granada, Spain
  • Area: 1000 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photo: Alfonso Acedo

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Alpine Ski Apartments in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia by OFIS Arhitekti

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Article source: OFIS Arhitekti

The project is located in the Slovenian alpine town Kranjska Gora on the north western corner of the country. The brief required a public ground floor and small apartments on the upper floor that could be converted into bigger units.

Concept design-initial urban cube-cutout the cube in vertical and horizontal planes
The concept design was initially dictated by strict local building regulations, height and footprint plot limit which partially led to the building form. The first step was pasting maximum volume on the site -a cube on the allowed urban footprint. The final form derived from cutting the cube in the vertical and horizontal planes.

Image Courtesy Tomaz Gregoric & Jan Celada

  • Architects: OFIS Arhitekti
  • Project: Alpine Ski Apartments
  • Location: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
  • Type:  Housing apartments
  • Client:  GRADIS G Group d.d
  • Site Area:  462 m2
  • Bldg. Area:  177 m2
  • Gross Floor Area: 457 m2

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Bridal Suite in Masnuy-Saint-Jean, Belgium by m architecture

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Article source: m architecture

Starting with a constraining volumetry characterized by an extremely limited useful floor space (1.5 m wide), a simple program and open-minded customers willing a unique project, adapted to their needs, the idea is to work with transparency, in view to optimize the spatial continuity. This leads, first of all, to a rational successive organization of the various functions / sequences: 1.) dressing-table “coiffeuse” / reading area, 2.) bathroom, 3.) bedroom. The bathroom in the centre of the area consists of a curved glass box, articulating the volumes while offering transparency between them. A skylight is cut in length in the roof which illuminates the area.

Interior View (Images Courtesy bepictures)

  • Architect: m architecture (Catherine Maraite & Pascal Monniez)
  • Name of Project: Bridal Suite
  • Location: Masnuy-Saint-Jean, Belgium
  • Program: planning a bedroom
  • Client: private
  • Surface: 30 m²
  • Completed: 2012
  • Photos: © bepictures

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Spire in Våler, Norway by Visiondivision

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Article source: Visiondivision

The church in the small town of Våler in Norway burned down and a competition was held to build a new one. We joined the competition with the following entry. It is in the rural church that the people in a village is experiencing its most emotional moments; this is where the kids run out on the last day of school, it is here you get married and it is here you bid farewell to your loved ones.

Mountain

  • Architects: Visiondivision
  • Project: Spire
  • Location: Våler, Norway
  • Software used: A mix of Rhino, Autocad, Photoshop and some Maya

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StarEight in WuXi, China by Panorama International Limited

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Article source: Panorama International Limited

Starry Night Dining

 StarEight is a new steak house situated at one of the warehouse buildings within a 100-year old factory compound in the city of WuXi, China. A historical re-vitalization design strategy was adopted to preserve most of the original building features with addition of new mezzanine structure to maximize the spatial potentials and turned the old warehouse into a hip F&B landmark.

Image Courtesy Ng Siu Fung

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Públia Hortênsia de Castro High School in Vila Viçosa, Portugal by Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Article source: Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos

The intervention area consisted of school grounds, vast and arid, where, between the existing buildings, three large pine trees grew. The central block had social and management functions; other two held classrooms and laboratories, another was still devoted to workshops and, finally, a sports pavilion. Functionally outdated, formally unattractive and structurally fragile, it denoted an aging prematurely equipment and an obvious inability to become warm and friendly to the school community.

Image Courtesy José Campos

  • Architects: Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos
  • Project: Públia Hortênsia de Castro High School
  • Location: Vila Viçosa,Évora, Portugal
  • Design: Cândido Chuva Gomes Arquitectos, Lda. / Ana Pestana, Unipessoal Lda.
  • Project Team: Arqº Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arqª Sandra Amorim, Arqª Ana Florêncio, Arqª Ana Luísa Brandão, Arqº Bruno Bernardo, Arqº Bruno Ribeiro, Arqª Cristina Martinho, Arqº Paulo Melo, Arqª Vanda Vitorino
  • Client: Parque Escolar, E.P.E.
  • Timeline: 2008-2011
  • Building Contractors: Lena Construções / Abrantina / MRG Engenharia e Construção
  • Photography: José Campos

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Mandalong House in NSW, Australia by Smart Design Studio (designed using MicroStation)

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Article source: Smart Design Studio

Smart Design Studio have completed Mandolong House in Mosman following a sensitive and extensive refurbishment of a two storey Victorian family home originally built in 1885. The house recently featured on the front cover of Belle magazine’s May edition and as part of the article ‘Sheer Brilliance – Fabulous homes that really set the pace’.

Tennis court

  • Architects: Smart Design Studio
  • Project: Mandalong House
  • Location: Mosman, NSW, Australia
  • Project Architect: William Smart
  • Software used: MicroStation

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Rieteiland House in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Hans van Heeswijk Architects

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Article source: Hans van Heeswijk Architects

We all occasionally fantasize about our dream home, but few of us ever manage to make it a reality. And how does the architect himself live? In this case, the private home of architect Hans van Heeswijk led to a spacious and light-filled house full of special details. The client and architect Van Heeswijk was encouraged not to settle for off-the-peg solutions. Instead, he seized the opportunity to work to a higher level of ambition in terms of how to use energy, how to maximize the potential of technology, how to respond to the context, and how to stretch the limits of what is possible. The result is a real machine for living in.

Image Courtesy Imre Csany

  • Architects: Hans van Heeswijk Architects
  • Project: Rieteiland House
  • Location:Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client: Hans van Heeswijk, Amsterdam
  • Design: Hans van Heeswijk Architects, Amsterdam
  • Project team : Richard Gouverneur, Rob Hulst, Richard Teeling
  • Construction advisor :ABT, Delft
  • Installations advisor :  Huygen Installatie Adviseurs, Amsterdam
  • Lighting advisor :  Hans Wolff, Amsterdam

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