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Livraria Da Vila in São Paulo, Brazil by Isay Weinfeld

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Article source: Isay Weinfeld

The Livraria da Vila is the result of the refurbishment of a two-story house, built on a very narrow plot in São Paulo.

From start, it was clear an open plan was needed, as to better arrange products and circulation. For that reason, significant structural alterations were performed to the existing building, such as the incorporation of metal parts that would make it possible to displace the pillars to the outer sections of the building, and reinforce its foundations.

Livraria Da Vila

  • Architects: Isay Weinfeld
  • Project: Livraria Da Vila
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Collaborator: Domingos Pascali
  • Project Manager: Monica Cappa
  • Team: Marcelo Alvarenga / Juliana Garcia / Leandro Garcia
  • Date Of Commission: Sept 2006
  • Date Of Completion: Apr 2007
  • Built Area: 790 m²

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Nettleton 198 in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Article source: SAOTA

The clients, a British couple living in Cape Town, requested a six-bedroom, seven-level home that makes the most of the site, the views and the mountain. The lower levels of the existing structure were totally remodelled while the upper level was demolished to allow for two new levels.

“Inspiration was drawn from the mountain and dark colours were used on the facade, allowing the building to visually recede into the mountain instead of being an obtrusive construction,” says Greg Truen, Project Partner. The site enjoys spectacular views, both of the sea and Lions Head and these views and the impact of the sun were key informants contributing to the overall design.

Garden (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Project: Nettleton 198
  • Location: Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team: Greg Truen, Stefan Antoni & Jacques Prinsloo
  • Interior Design: Client
  • Main Furniture Supplier: OKHA Interiors
  • Completion Date: 2011
  • Photographs: Adam Letch

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PENSON for Google at CSG Covent Garden London

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Article source: Cherrill Scheer & Associates

One of Europe’s leading interior design and architecture studios PENSON has delivered Google’s new super HQ at Central Saint Giles, Covent Garden, London. The 160,000sq.ft HQ covers an amazing variation of floors including the Main Reception, a Lala Library, Gymnasium, Cafés & Restaurants, a Town Hall and many other trinkets all with long reaching panoramic views of London’s skyscape. It’s simply awesome.

Google’s New Super HQ

  • Project: PENSON for Google at CSG Covent Garden London
  • Location: London
  • Client: Google
  • Interior Designer: PENSON
  • Contractor: Parkeray
  • Project Managers: CBRE
  • Bespoke Joinery: ADS Joinery

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AIANC Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh, North Carolina by Frank Harmon Architect PA

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Article source: Frank Harmon Architect PA

After seven years of planning and fundraising in the midst of a national recession, construction of the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA NC) thoroughly sustainable Center for Architecture & Design was completed this summer in Raleigh.

Located on an oddly shaped, previously unused lot in downtown Raleigh near the State Capitol and Government Complex, the new Center is the first AIA headquarters facility to be built from the ground up expressly for this purpose, and AIANC hopes it will serve as a flagship for modern, sustainable urban design in North Carolina’s capital city.

AIANC Center for Architecture and Design

  • Architects: Frank Harmon Architect PA
  • Project: AIANC Center for Architecture and Design
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Client: North Carolina Chapter, American Institute of Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Greg Bleam, FASLA, Charlottesville, VA
  • Contractor: Clancy + Theys Construction Co, Raleigh, NC

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Central Solar PS20 Power Plan in Seville, Spain by Energoprojekt Gliwice

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Article source: Bentley Systems, Incorporated

A 20-megawatt power plant near Seville, Spain, set the record as the largest commercial solar power tower in the world when it was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain in September 2009. Owned by Abengoa Solar, a leader in solar technology, the PS20 concentrating solar power (CSP) plant is twice the size of its predecessor (PS10), and just one of four solar plants operating on the Solucar Platform in Sanlucar la Mayor, Sevilla. Another three solar plants are under construction.

Image Courtesy Energoprojekt Gliwice

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