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Joshua Hall in Cleveland, Ohio by Maker

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Maker

Located in the Joshua Hall Building, a former stag hotel in Cleveland’s Gateway Neighborhood, the design for a Live/ Work unit eschews conventional loft typologies in order to maximize square footage and natural light. Portions of the original floor plates are removed while new plates are inserted around a central void, extending beyond the existing roof plane.

Interior View

  • Architect: Maker
  • Name of Project: Joshua Hall
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Software used: AutoCad for documentation, and then worked with physical models to explain the design to the contractors.


Shinjuku Gardens in Tokyo, Japan by Cheungvogl architects

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Cheungvogl architects


Land is scarce in the inner city of Tokyo and restful green spaces few and far between. ‘Shinjuku Gardens’ – in the thriving hub of Tokyo’s inner city, is a conscious effort to make the most of the available open space; pushing boundaries in a quest to amalgamate much needed natural landscape into the infrastructure of the city. The project raises economical, social, environmental and cultural awareness on various aspects. The design strategies aim to maximize investment returns by providing more than double the amount of car parking spaces; optimize opportunities to inject greenscape to reduce CO2 exhaust emissions, and promote the arts and culture by offering spaces for art exhibitions in the city centre of Tokyo.


  • Architect: Cheungvogl architects
  • Project Name: Shinjuku Gardens
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Use: Car Park
  • Site Area: 2,200 ㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 1,800 ㎡


  • Gross Floor Area: 3,200㎡ parking above ground / 1,800 public accessible gardens on roof top
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio: 80% (0.8)
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 145%  (1.5)
  • Bldg. Scale: 2Stories above Ground + Roof Top Gardens
  • Structure: Concrete
  • Max. Height: 6 m
  • Landscape Area: 400㎡ Ground floor + 1,800 ㎡Roof Top Gardens
  • Parking Lot: 163 cars
  • Exterior Finish: Concrete, landscape



‘Shinjuku Gardens’ proposes to replace an existing open (80 number) car parking lot with a 2-storey car park; rendering the site with a sheltered ‘green-wall-gallery’ which will accommodate an additional 83 parking spaces. Appreciating the economical value of land, the car park adopts the most efficient parking layout grid. Replacing conventional car ramps with car lifts will maximize parking spaces; minimize traffic congestion, safety hazards and waiting time. This highly rational 54m x 33m parking structure occupies 22% less site coverage compare to the existing layout, leaving more quality public green spaces and allowing light and air to penetrate deeper into the already dense urban environment. External pedestrian ramps are inserted to provide public access to the rooftop garden and park-gallery above ground.



The simple, restrained and clear material palette subtlety blends in with the existing city fabric. The ‘soft-cladding’ of the structure is characterised by the wide balustrades to allow grass to coat the exterior of the frame, creating layers of ‘green living-walls’ as enclosures to the structure. Visually, the architecture enriches the community with layers of translucent green-curtains while shielding the views of parked cars. Functionally, the ‘soft-cladding’ utilizes the fields of grass to absorb CO2 exhaust emissions, acting as clean air filters between the buildings.

The rooftop garden is a new green oasis above the dedicated car park facility. This intimate social space above the infrastructure and man-made concrete structure is freely accessible and animated by the public at all times.



The two levels of car parks are envisaged as park-galleries, where artists are invited to exhibit their artworks. Using structural columns and structural slabs as blank canvases for artists to create art might be a new culture to bring the arts into the everyday lives. Exhibiting art within found spaces is undoubtedly an economically viable and functionally manageable alternative to make the arts more accessible to the public. The project blurs between architecture and art; turning a conventional car park project into a Street Art Museum – looking deeper into the everyday ordinary environment to seek surprising findings.


East Elevation


South Elevation


Hanok Garden in Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea by Y Design Office

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Y Design Office

Hanok Garden, a landscape project in South Korea byY Design Office, strips one of the older Korean traditional courtyard houses into its barebones with a small deck for resting. The old house is simply turned into a public garden. More is taken away than what gets added. The project asks and challenges the very basic questions about a person, a house, a city and a tree.

Finished (Image Courtesy Y Design Office)

  • Architects: Y Design Office
  • Project: Hanok Garden
  • Location: Gyeongsangbuk do Yeongcheon Gasang-li, South Korea
  • Building Type: Garden/Landscape/Reconstruction
  • Date: 2011
  • Size: 50sqm
  • Photo Credit: Y Design Office



Pueblo House in Oelde, Germany by Matthias Schmalohr

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Matthias Schmalohr

The virtually ‚shocking‘ modern extension with its red fair-faced concrete and the flat roof opens the normality of living under a saddle-roof. The small estate house from the fifties, the basis of the extension, is not being copied or falsified by using the technical advances of the 21st century, but experiences an independent, modern continuation. Thus inside, at close range to each other, very different worlds of experiences emerge: the significance of great apertures, wide views, multistorey openness in contrast to the fragmentation and narrowness of the past. What makes the ensemble, including a new carport, so fascinating, is the contrast and the interplay of all these influences. Different dates of origin lead, consequently from an architectural point of view, to different results.

Pueblo House

  • Architects: Matthias Schmalohr
  • Project: House D in O – Pueblo House
  • Location: Oelde, Germany


Orange Grove in West Hollywood, California by BROOKS + SCARPA

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: BROOKS + SCARPA

Located in a neighborhood characterized by traditional bungalow style single-family residences, Orange Grove is a new landmark for the City of West Hollywood.  The building is sensitively designed and compatible with the neighborhood, but differs in material palette and scale from its neighbors. Referencing architectural conventions of modernism rather than the pitched roof forms of traditional domesticity, the project presents a characteristic that is consistent with the eclectic and often unconventional demographic of West Hollywood.  Distinct from neighboring structures, the building creates a strong relationship to the street by virtue of its large amount of highly usable balcony area in the front façade.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Marvin Rand)

  • Architects: BROOKS + SCARPA (formerly Pugh + Scarpa)
  • Project’s Formal Name: Orange Grove
  • Location: West Hollywood, California
  • Client/Owner: Urban Environments, Inc.
  • Total Square Footage: 6,700 sq. ft.
  • Photography: Marvin Rand


Xinjin Zhi Museum in Cheng du, China by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

This pavilion is located at the foot of Laojunshan mountain in Xinjin, to usher in the people to the holy place of Taoism, while the building itself shows the essence of Taoism through its space and exhibitions.

The tile used for façade is made of local material and worked on in a traditional method of this region, to pay tribute to Taoism that emphasizes on nature and balance. Tile is hung and floated in the air by wire to be released from its weight (and gain lightness). Clad in breathing façade of particles, the architecture is merged into its surrounding nature.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project name: Xinjin Zhi Museum
  • Location: Cheng du, China
  • Client: Fantasia group
  • Principal use: Museum
  • Site area: 2,580㎡


Public Art Installations by Numen/For Use

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: Numen/For Use

The work was specially commissioned by Melbourne’s main civic centre and cultural district Federation Square as a part of their Creative Program focussing on experimental large-scale public art and its social and communal relevance. The full 16 meters stretch of the Fed Square’s Western Terrace is the greatest span traversed by a Tape Installation thus far. The structure had to be constructed with the help of special platforms as it projects from the external walls of the Fed Square’s SBS building at the height of 6 meters above ground. Its more slender and tenuous, distinctly willowy form is dictated by the specifics of the bridged span and setting. Tape Melbourne is the first Tape Installation to be executed outside Europe and below the equator.

Tape Melbourne

  • Architect: Numen/For Use
  • Name of Project: Public Art Installations


Cultural Centre and the New City Hall of Archidona in Spain by Ramón Fernández-Alonso y Asociados

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: Ramón Fernández-Alonso y Asociados

The project, called administratively “Rehabilitation of the Old School Square Minor of Archidona ” located between the Plaza Ochavada and the street San José combines two distinct types of intervention, consisting on one hand, in acting on the heritage building that gives face to the square consisting primarily of a conceptual re-definition of its functioning and enhancer of its structural features and, at the same time, the approach of a new building facing the street frontage of the Street San Jose with its own capacity and specificity.

Exterior view (Image Courtesy Fernando Alda)

  • Architects: Ramón Fernández-Alonso y Asociados
  • Project: Cultural Centre and the New City Hall of Archidona
  • Location: Archidona, Malaga, Spain
  • Client:  Junta de Andalucía
  • Year of Completion: 2011
  • Photographer: Fernando Alda


Motril Footbridge in Granada, Spain by Guijón Arquitectura

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: Guijón Arquitectura 

The proposal meets the pedestrian continuity between the gardens of the Explanadas and the Park Pueblos de las Américas, bridging the difference in height between these two areas and freeing the passage of the Avenue Virgen de la Cabeza, main entrance city traffic.

Images Courtesy of Pasarela peatonal

  • Architects: Guijón Arquitectura  – Angel Gijón Díaz, Vicente Guallart Furió
  • Name of Project: Motril Footbridge
  • Location: Granada, Spain
  • Collaborators: Maria Diaz, Mónica Luque, Fernando Meneses, Daniela Frogheri, Andrea Imaz, Adrian Martin Munoz, Manolo Matin Munoz
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda, Pasarela peatonal


Oresen House in Sapporo, Japan by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier (designed using Vectorworks)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier

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Our goal is to create architecture whose meaning and purpose is derived through ongoing communication with clients.

West elevation - Photo by Koji Sakai

  • Architect:Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
  • Name of Project: Oresen House
  • Location: Sapporo, Japan
  • Photos: Koji Sakai
  • Software used: Vectorworks


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