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Wedding Chapel in Nanjing, China by SO-IL

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: SO-IL

This is a proposal for a wedding Chapel as part of the China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture, (CIPEA) in Nanjing. The project is located northwest of the old capital, on the lush shores of Foshou Lake, next to a newly constructed hotel. We propose to create an intimate space with a singular gesture situated on a beautiful, mountainous landscape. By splitting the topography, a space is generated within the site.

Wedding Chapel

  • Architects: SO-IL
  • Project: Wedding Chapel
  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Program: Wedding chapel
  • Area: 450 m² / 4,845 sf
  • Status: Concept design 2008


Xieira House II in Leiria, Portugal by A2+ Arquitectos

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: A2+ Arquitectos

Implemented in a slender lot from north to south, the project born with the aim of building a dwelling with a single floor

The typology was defined according to the best sunlight, as this is one of the richest of this Mediterranean country. So all rooms are oriented to the east, the living room (place more permanent) to south, the kitchen to west and garage to north where the functionality is the symbiosis of the project

Image Courtesy FG + SG

  • Architects: A2+ Arquitectos
  • Project: Xieira House II
  • Location: Carsnguejelra, Leiria, Portugal
  • Project Architects: A2+ Arquitectos, Sara Oliveira + Marco Guarda
  • Area: 350 sq.m.
  • Construction: 2010/2011
  • Photography: FG + SG


ILÓ POLANCO in Mexico City by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

Balance between the new image and the concept, in a modern and innovative design, are also the elements for the interior design project for the Polanco store ILÓ. The idea comes from the use of the hank of yarn as the design element of a cozy, classic and very elegant space. Being a retail store that sells home high end products the color palette selected was earth, to harmonize and enhance the quality and warmth of the products.

Image Courtesy Jaime Navarro

  • Architects: ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea
  • Project: ILÓ POLANCO
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Year: 2010
  • Interior design: Arq. José Lew Kirsch, Arq. Bernardo Lew Kirsch
  • Associates: Arq. Oscar Sarabia, Arq. Jonathan Herrejón, Arq. Adrián de Lucio, Beatriz Canuto
  • Photography: Jaime Navarro


University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in New York by HOK

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: HOK

After winning a global design ideas competition, HOK has been selected to design the new University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on its downtown campus. Competition finalists included Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Cannon Design, Rafael Vinoly Architects with Foit-Albert Associates, and Grimshaw and Davis Brody Bond.

University at Buffalo School

  • Architects: HOK
  • Project: University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Location: Buffalo, NY
  • Client: University at Buffalo
  • Budget: $375 million
  • Project end date: 2016


Home-Office in Formentera, Spain by Marià Castelló Martínez

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: Marià Castelló Martínez


Es Pujol de s’Era is a fairly representative fragment of the inland landscape of the island of Formentera. It comprises 33,022 square metres of wheat and barley fields, a small wood of common and Phoenician juniper and rosemary, and dry-stone walls on a practically flat topography.

The intervention seeks refuge among the existing vegetation and a fragment of dry-stone wall. These two conditions draw out the dimensions, the orientation and the height of a construction of austere geometry that bears some relation to the architectural tradition of Formentera.

North Facade With Wood Panels Open

  • Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
  • Project: Home-Office
  • Location: Camí Vell de la Mola km. 2,3. Formentera, Spain
  • Promoter: Marià Castelló Martínez
  • Building engineer: Agustí Yern Ribas + Albert Yern Ribas
  • Structure: Albert Yern Ribas, José Antonio Molina, Salvador Soteras y Agustí Yern


8×8 House in Formentera, Spain by Marià Castelló Martínez

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: Marià Castelló Martínez

The project is located on a plot of rustic nature at the Portossalè band on the island of Fomentera. This is an extension of an existing house formalized as a self-­‐serving refuge for a teacher. The volumetric project is highly conditioned by the existing building as well as native vegetation which needed to be retained. In this context arises the 8×8 sq meters floor, which is part of a basic program where public areas (living-­‐room and kitchen) act as distribution areas, thus getting larges rooms for the small scale of the building.

Image Courtesy Lourdes Grivé + EPDSE

  • Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
  • Project: 8×8 House
  • Location: Vénda de Portossalè. Estany des Peix. Formentera. Spain
  • Promoter: Òscar Portas Juan
  • Building engineer: Albert Yern Ribas
  • Structure: Albert Yern Ribas
  • Collaborators: Sonia Iben Jellal, Albert Yern, Ferran Juan and Jesús Rodríguez
  • Builder: Julián Nieto, Ferrería Ferreret CB, Carpintería de aluminio “Tití” and Carpintería Carlos
  • Project: 2005
  • End of work: 2009
  • Surface: 64 m2
  • Photography: Lourdes Grivé + EPDSE



Hanjie Wanda Square in Wuhan, China by UNStudio

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Article source: UNStudio

Hanjie Wanda Square is a new luxury shopping plaza located in the Wuhan Central Culture Centre, one of the most important areas of Wuhan City. The multifunctional organisation of the master plan – which includes cultural and tourist facilities as well as commercial, office and residential components – acts as an attractor to the area for visitors, inhabitants and commuters alike.
Following competitions with design entries from national and international architects, UNStudio’s overall design was selected by Wanda as the winning entry for the facade and interior of the Hanjie Wanda Square. Construction is currently underway and the Hanjie Wanda Square is expected to be completed in 2013. It will house international luxury brand stores, world-class boutiques, catering outlets and cinemas.

Shopping street

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Hanjie Wanda Square
  • Location: Wuhan, China
  • Client: Wuhan Wanda East Lake Real State Co., Ltd
  • Building surface: Facade 29.920 sqm
  • Interior: 22.630 sqm
  • Programme: Luxury shopping mall
  • Contribution UNStudio: Facade and interior design
  • Status: Under construction


Squam Lake Vacation House in Center Harbor, New Hampshire by The Galante Architecture Studio

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio

The program of this project is set on a lake front site with requirements for a light, transparent building in an inhospitable winter climate. Opening the house to the lake was of prime consideration to the client, as this was seen as the “front of house.” The entry sequence was understood as “back of house”. Inside becomes a surrogate outside. inherent in a lake front site is a notion that public and private do not follow traditional rules.

Cylinder detail

  • Architects: The Galante Architecture Studio
  • Project: Squam Lake Vacation House
  • Location: Center Harbor, New Hampshire
  • Size: 2,200 ft2
  • Cost: $600k
  • Materials: Wood ▫ Stone ▫ Copper ▫ Glass


Reverse of volume RG in Houston, Texas by Onishi Yasuaki

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Onishi Yasuaki

In his installation, reverse of volume RG, Yasuaki Onishi uses the simplest materials – plastic sheeting and black hot glue – to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float in space. The process that he calls “casting the invisible” involves draping the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. This process of “reversing” sculpture is Onishi’s meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind.

Image Courtesy Nash Baker

  • Architects: Onishi Yasuaki
  • Project: Reverse of volume RG
  • Location: Rice Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • Photography: Nash Baker


Musée de la Romanitée Narbonne in Southern France by Foster + Partners

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Foster + Partners

Following an international competition, Foster + Partners, working with museum designer Adrien Gardere, is designing a new museum for Roman artefacts in the city of Narbonne, southern France.

As a vital Roman port, Narbonne has an impressive legacy of buildings, ancient relics and archaeological sites. The centrepiece of the museum is a collection of more than 1,000 ancient stone relief funerary blocks excavated nearby. Their display forms a natural barrier at the heart of the simple, rectilinear building, separating the public galleries from the more private restoration spaces. Visitors will be able to glimpse the work of the archaeologists and researchers through its mosaic of stone and light, and the flexible display framework allows the reliefs to be easily reconfigured and used as an active tool for learning.

Image Courtesy Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Musée de la Romanitée Narbonne
  • Location: Narbonne, Southern France


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