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GA House in Verdizela, Portugal by SAMF Arquitectos

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: SAMF Arquitectos

This house and studio for a painter, is situated on the edge of a low-density housing development, bordering a large extension of pinewood.

The project chooses to invite this landscape into the house, opening generous views to the south, and the spaces created within, whilst sheltering itself from the surrounding urban situation, in a reinterpretation of local vernacular typologies.

Image Courtesy Thorsten Humpel

  • Architects: Sara Antunes Mário Ferreira Arquitectos
  • Project: GA House
  • Location: Verdizela, Portugal
  • Project Date: 1999-2003
  • Total Area: 252m2
  • Construction: 2005
  • Photography: © Thorsten Humpel
  • Software used: AutoCAD


3 Houses in Maitencillo, Chile by SML Arquitectos

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: SML Arquitectos

The project consisted of three cabins located in Maitencillo, Chile on a small site 15 mts. wide by 35 mts. deep.  The design had to guarantee the independence and ocean view of each unit, keeping at the same time a unitary composition of the three cabins. That is to say, it should function either as one big house or three independent units that could be used by different families. Additionally, the project was restricted by a tight budget and a short construction period that forced the use of cheap materials and efficient constructive systems.

Image Courtesy Juan Sebastian Lama

  • Architects: Somigli-Moreno-Lama Arquitectos
  • Project: 3 Houses in Maitencillo
  • Location: Maitencillo, Chile
  • Architect Team: Juan Sebastian Lama, Felipe Moreno, Franco Somigli
  • Surface: 190 M2
  • Constructor: Manuel Arredondo
  • Project Date: 2010
  • Construction: 2011
  • Photography: Juan Sebastian Lama, Franco Somigli
  • Materials: Wood, Fiber Cement Boards.


Widlund House in Öland, Sweden by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects

This house is like a funnel of light, space and sea views. The location is the west coast of the Baltic island of Öland. The white concrete box is “corsetted” in the middle, creating slightly sheared wall and roof angles. This gives the house both its direction and character, while also marking the difference between the rear private two-storey bedroom part and the communal double ceiling-height front part.

Image Courtesy Åke E.son Lindman

  • Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects
  • Project: Widlund House
  • Location: Sandvik, Öland, Sweden
  • Project Team: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Deta Gemzell, Kumi Nakagaki, Kia Larsdotter, Lotti Engstrand
  • Client: Karin Meindner and Jan Widlund
  • Designed: 2008
  • Built: 2011
  • Builder: Folke Nilsson AB and Finja (precast concrete)
  • Construction/Material: solid white precast concrete
  • Building area: 220 m2


Ski terminal in Schladming, Austria by Hofrichter-Ritter Architects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Hofrichter-Ritter Architects

An oversized “Loop“ (based on the model of a folded piece of paper) coats the whole building and is carried by 74 diagonal columns. Each and every single column can carry 230 tons. Inside the “Loop”, three connected complexes of buildings are situated. In the Southern most part (close to the finishing passage), the new headquarters of the Planai can be found; it hosts all enterprises and subsidiary companies of the Planai-Bahnen (360 employees). In the central building, offices for important partners such as Wintersportverein Schladming, Austrian Ski Federation or FIS are available. The Northern complex with 1,000 m2 of glass facade is accessible for guests.

Ski terminal

  • Architects: Hofrichter-Ritter Architects
  • Project: Ski terminal
  • Location: Schladming, Styria, Austria
  • Statik: Peter Mandl, Graz, Austria
  • Guests per year: approximately 1 mio.
  • Proportions: 80 x 40 m
  • Cubature: 52,500 m3
  • Effective area (station plus garage): 18.500 m2
  • Columns: 74 columns carry the Loop. Each column can carry 230 tons.
  • Armouring for concrete shell: 850,000 kg
  • Glass facade: ca. 1,000 m2
  • Investment: € 22 Mio.


Connecting Riads in Casablanca, Morocco by AQSO arquitectos office

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: AQSO arquitectos office

This residential complex is defined by a continuous volume snaking around two semipublic courtyards. Its height adapts to the different conditions of the plot to combine a domestic and urban appearance.

The project is located on the east side of Anfa district, a downtown historic area in the vicinity of an old airport to be demolished. The plot is situated between the Gran Theatre boulevard and a residential area composed of low buildings and an urban park.


  • Architects: AQSO arquitectos office
  • Project Title: Connecting Riads
  • Subtitle: Residential complex in Casablanca
  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Site area: 9814 sqm
  • Ground Floor Area: 49154 sqm
  • Client: Nokta Group


Europa City in Triangle de Gonesse, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Europa City is an ambitious project based on the idea of creating an absolute must and stop place, at the national and international scale. The objective is to show and explain the European features, country by country, with a project mixing retail, leisure and cultural activities. Each European country is shown through a specific location.

Dedicated to the French but also to all the tourists who come to visit Europe, the goal is to give a first vision of Europe, before continuing the trip.

Image Courtesy Luxigon

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Project: Europa City
  • Location: Triangle de Gonesse, France
  • Client: Immochan
  • Program: retails, shopping mall, leisure and cultural activities, indoor and outdoor sports activities, hotels, offices, convention center, a.s.o.
  • Area: 600.000 sqm (building) + 700.000 sqm (landscape and outdoor activities)
  • Dates: International competition – 2011-2012
  • Consultant: Franck Boutté (Sustainable), D. Besson-Girard (Landscape), Troisième Pôle (Cultural Consultant), SNC Lavalin (Public space engineering), Vanguard (QS).
  • Architectural team: Olivier Evrard, project manager
  • Copyrights: Rendering: © Luxigon; plans, images, sketches: © Manuelle Gautrand Architecture


House like a Museum in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan by Edward Suzuki Associates

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Edward Suzuki Associates

Located in only about a five-minute walking distance from the railroad station, this house sits in a commercial/residential zone. As such, the neighboring houses and shops encroach upon the site rather closely, so much so that from the start the idea to “look out” from the property was abandoned to instead “look inward” was adopted. Since the client-owner had a vast amount of art collection and wished to display such art in the new house, the theme “House like a Museum” became the design generator.

Image Courtesy Yasuhiro Nukamura

  • Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates (Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba)
  • Project: House like a Museum
  • Location: Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Period: May —December 2006
  • Construction Period: June 2007—June 2008
  • Design Period: May —December 2006
  • Construction Period: June 2007—June 2008
  • Structural Engineers: Yamabe Structural Engineers (Toyohiko Yamabe, Kohichi Shioya)
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Kuukan Setsubi Consultants (Masahiro Imai, Tomohiro Nagasaka)


Espacio C Mixcoac in Mexico City, Mexico by ROW Studio

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: ROW Studio

The first training facility called Espacio C (C Space -C for the initials of Coca Cola, Training, Quality, Commitment and Creativity in Spanish-) is located at the Mixcoac Distribution Center on the southwestern area of Mexico City. It includes three separate rooms that can be joined together for common activities, a mediateque, snacks bar, souvenir store, data and electrical connections and storage space. The brief also required to include elements from the different brands of Coca Cola FEMSA and to reinforce the company’s values in the space.

Image Courtesy Juan Marcos Castañeda

  • Architects: ROW Studio
  • Project: Espacio C Mixcoac
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Use: Training Facility
  • Client: Coca Cola FEMSA – Brenda Grissel González Aguilar, Training Manager. Ramón Gorbea Chávez, Project Leader.
  • Architect of Record and General Contractor: INMO­SUR SA de CV – Arq. Álvaro Hernández Cabada.


Steckelhörn 11 in Hamburg, Germany by J. Mayer H. Architects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: J. Mayer H. Architects

The project “Steckelhörn 11” is located in the old centre of Hamburg, close to the prominent new “Hafen City” development. It replaces a ruinous building and fills the gap between two historic premises. The triangular-shaped lot stretches across the city block, thus allowing for a narrow façade of about 1.3 m width facing the harbor and a main elevation of about 26.4 m oriented toward Steckelhörn street. The vertical design and soft setbacks of the latter pay tribute to the massing of the surrounding structures, as well as to local building-height regulations.

Main facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

  • Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
  • Project: S11 – Office Complex Steckelhörn 11
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Hans Schneider, Wilko Hoffmann, Marcus Blum
  • Project Date: 2007-2009
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Client: Cogiton Projekt Altstadt GmbH, Hamburg
  • Architect on Site: Imhotep, Donachie und Blomeyer with Dirk Reinisch, Berlin
  • Software used: Archicad and Rhino


Forest Stair in Stokke, Norway by Saunders Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: Saunders Architecture

This sculptural installation was designed for the Sti For Øye sculpture park in Stokke, set amongst the Vestfold oak forest to the south of Oslo. Working alongside landscape architect and professor Rainer Stange in order to create the infrastructure for a woodland walk past a series of artists’ installations, Saunders proposed a series of steel and wooden walkways set at the highest point of the site, looking east towards Slottsfjellet, or castle rock. The design plays with the idea of an artificially facilitated foray up above the forest floor, an elevated viewpoint that would otherwise be unavailable to the visitor.

Forest Stair

  • Architects: Saunders Architecture
  • Project: Forest Stair
  • Location: Stokke, Norway
  • Client: Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
  • Team architects: Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach, general contractor and carpenter, Timber AS, Anders Frøstrup
  • Steel consultants and builders: Jotne Mekaniske Verksteder AS, Terje Johannessen, Christian Larsson, Helge Thorsen
  • Landscape architects: Rainer Stange, Dronninga Landskap
  • Size: 30 m2; 11 m length, 1.2 to 3.5 m width, 4.5 m height
  • Status: Finished January 2012
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


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