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Wilanów Apartment by Wamhouse

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Wamhouse

A design for an apartment with floor area of 70m2 (for a 2+2 family) was a challenge, mainly because of the small surface. For the investor, ergonomics was important, as well as to make the apartment have character and not to make it boring. Hallway, living room and kitchen (39,5 m2) have been designed in black and white colours, with vivid, yellow accessories – in greater or smaller quantity. The floor area of the apartment is not big, therefore in the day section, there is a predominance of bright colours and optically-enhancing mirrors. The living room design was supplemented with bathroom and small toilet, which are mainly black and white – yellow is an accessory, which can be changed easily if it becomes boring.

Interior View

  • Architect: Wamhouse
  • Name of Project: Wilanów Apartment

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Concrete House in Mar Azul forest, Argentina by BAK arquitectos

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: BAK arquitectos

BUILDING IN THE FOREST:

We propose choices which guarantee the survival of the natural environment.

Mar Azul is a place well-known for us since time ago, so when in 2004 we built our first work, we knew that we have to join in a land that despite of its worthy landscape, it has never count with a legal support that protect this patrimony of those which built with a unique aim: get the most out of the earth. This land neither count with a code that, understanding the logic of this privileged space, regulate resolving the difference between this inappropriate constructions and the possibility of building without losing the properties of the site. In addition to this situation, the habit of building “picturesque houses in a place of fantasy” is taming slowly the forest, which is nowadays owner of a strong wild presence. Operate in this site meant to know the maladjustments and see how the Architects can make an alternative contribution.

Images Courtesy Gustavo Sosa Pinilla-summa+

  • Architect: BAK arquitectos
  • Name of Project: Concrete House in Mar Azul forest
  • Location: Mar Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architects: María Victoria Besonías, Guillermo de Almeida, Luciano Kruk
  • Collaborator: Sebastián Indri
  • Land area: 595,5 m2
  • Built area: 90 m2
  • Construction year: 2006/2007

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Kilden in Kristiansand, Norway by ALA Architects

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects

Kilden, a theatre and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway, has brought together all the city?s institutions of performing arts. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra now has a concert hall accommodating 1200 attendees. Agder Theater, a regional group, is performing in a theater with a capacity of 700. The theater hall can be transformed to accommodate opera performances to house the ensemble Opera South. In addition, there is a stage for experimental theater and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.

Night view

  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of project: Kilden
  • Location: Kristiansand, Norway
  • Type: Performing Arts Centre
  • Credit of images: Kjartan Belland, Tuomas Uusheimo and Hufton Crow
  • Software used: AutoCad Architecture

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HYDRAMAX: Port Machines in San Francisco, California by Future Cities Lab

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Future Cities Lab

Exhibited at SFMOMA from 31 March to 29 July, 2012

Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project proposes a radical rethinking of San Francisco’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. Using thousands of sensors and motorized components, the massive urban scale robotic structure harvests rainwater and fog, while modulating air flow, solar exposure and intelligent building systems.

HYDRAMAX: Port Machines

  • Architect: Future Cities Lab
  • Name of project: HYDRAMAX: Port Machines
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
  • Project Manager: Ripon DeLeon; Project Interns: Gavin Johns, Cameron Eng
  • Collaborative Sponsor: MIGA Motor Company (Dr. Mark Gummin)
  • Video: Eddie Lee, Square Two Design
  • Model Materials: Cast and thermoformed acrylic, custom printed circuit boards, Arduino based microcontrollers, infrared sensors, shape memory alloy motors (Courtesy of Miga Motor Company)

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Commissariat of Police France by X-TU architects

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: X-TU architects

Given the reduced program size and the location of the land parcel, the idea was to insert most of the program elements in a high vertical volume. Which set on a street angle will stand as an emblematic tower. The “special” elements of the program will have volumes of their own. They strain the composition from one end of the parcel to the other with glass walls. These spaces contain the ground floor and the first level and create a pedestal from where the rest of the masses stand on.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy JM Monthiers)

  • Architects: X-TU architects - Anouk LEGENDRE + Nicolas DESMAZIERES
  • Name of Project: Commissariat of Police France
  • Location: Saint-Denis, Paris, France
  • Team: Roel Dehoorne, Gaelle Leborgne, Melanie Bury and Ingrid Manger
  • Client: Ministery of interior
  • Situation: Saint-Denis, urban context

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Bug Dome in Shenzhen, China by the WEAK!

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: the WEAK!

The building is realized on a wasteland of a ruined building site in-between the Shenzhen City Hall and an illegal workers camp. The design is inspired by insects. The bamboo construction methods are based on local knowledge from rural Guanxi brought into the city by the migrating construction workers.

The space is used during the SZHK Biennale for underground bands, poetry reading, discussions, karaoke and as a lounge for the illegal workers from the neighboring camp. The building offers a shade, a stage and a fireplace. After the Biennale the Bug Dome will act as an un-official social club for illegal workers from the Chinese countryside.

Bug Dome

  • Architect: the WEAK!
  • Name of Project: Bug Dome
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Hsieh Ying-chun, Marco Casagrande and Roan Ching-yueh
  • Project Manager: Nikita Wu
  • Biennale Cordinator: Ya-Zhu Xu

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USB Houses in Milano, Italy by Francesco Fiotti

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Francesco Fiotti

The project relates to the site simultaneously on three levels: the current context – the P.I.I. “Cascina Merlata” – the potential development area.

Our proposal creates a connection between the ‘fast system’ of via Gallarate and the ‘slow system’ of the park, an idea of continuous and fluid urban space that may extend far beyond the simple boundary of the area. The buildings are arranged parallel to the director of Cascina Merlata, not only to respect its visual scope, but also to ensure the higher permeability to those coming from via Gallarate. The residential units are separated from the ground, bridge building resting on the access units to private residences. The idea is to return the soil to the ‘pawn’.

Rendering

  • Architect: Francesco Fiotti
  • Name of Project: USB Houses
  • Location: Milano, Italy
  • Architecture: Carmela Scala collaboration with Antonio De Risi, Vincenzo Toscano and Luigia Aliperti
  • Houses area: 19000 mq
  • Type of project: Competition
  • Year: 2010

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Floating Sauna in Norway by Casagrande Laboratory

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Casagrande Laboratory

World Architecture Community Award 2011

The Floating Sauna is a gift for the Rosendal community, a village at the end of the majestic Hardangerfjord in Norway. The sauna celebrates the ancient but still living connection between the human built environment and the great voice of the ocean. The Viking decedent Rosendal villagers are as natural with house building as with building their boats and the Floating Sauna lays somewhere in-between.

Floating Sauna

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House A+B in Paros, Greece by buerger katsota architects

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: buerger katsota architects

The scheme aims at accommodating the different needs of two families on vacation. The single volume of one building is broken into smaller ones, different in height and size, placed freely but in relation to each other resulting into an ensemble. The ensemble is sited upon a solid stone and concrete platform at 80cm above a preserved agricultural field in immediate adjacency to the sea. The site offered dramatic views out to the bay, the sea beyond and the island of Naxos. The ensemble sited within the buildable area designated by the planning laws, looks to exploit the views offered by its location and to orientate all its internal and shaded spaces towards the sea and the spectacular landscape.

Night View (Images Courtesy Dimitris Kalapodas)

  • Architect: buerger katsota architects
  • Project title: House A+B
  • Location: Santa Maria, Paros, Greece
  • Project description: Retreat for two families in the Cyclades
  • Site area: 9,500 m²
  • Total surface area: 430 m²

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