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Park Shops Adaptive Reuse in Raleigh, North Carolina by Clark Nexsen

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Clark Nexsen

A three-story, 51,000-square-foot classroom and research building at North Carolina State University, with lecture halls, laboratories, advising offices, a television production studio, video editing suites, and an internet café. The L-shaped structure defines a new campus plaza. This project received a 2011 National AIA CAE Facility Design Merit Award.

Plaza view of exterior (Images Courtesy JWest Productions)

  • Architect: Clark Nexsen (formerly Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee)
  • Project: Park Shops Adaptive Reuse
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Client: North Carolina State University
  • Project Team: Donna Francis, Don Kranbuehl, Clymer Cease, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey
  • Size: 51,000 SF
  • Completion: 2009
  • Photographs: JWest Productions
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Revit


Alchemy Collections in Seattle, Washington by Heliotrope Architects

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Heliotrope Architects

Alchemy Collections is a retail design project for a high-end home furnishing and décor store located in downtown Seattle. The Owners describe their brand as representing “a fusion between East and West, and a blend between the classical and contemporary.” They were looking for architecture that would represent this vision in their new flagship store.

Overall (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

  • Architects: Heliotrope Architects
  • Project: Alchemy Collections
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Contractor: Schuchart Corporation
  • Size: 4,128 sf (including mezzanine)
  • Photography: Ben Benschnieder
  • Software used: AutoCAD


533House in Nagano Prefecture, Japan by SUWA Architects + Engineers

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: SUWA Architects + Engineers

Located in the middle of Nagano prefecture, “533House” settled in a cold region. The average temperature is around 27°C in summer and 7°C in winter; sometimes drops to -10°C in minimum.  The most characteristic point of “533House” is its inclined fixed windows along the southern facade. In winter, they allow sunlight to shine on the larger part of the floor.

Terrace connected to the kitchen (Image Courtesy Daisuke Sanada)

  • Architects: SUWA Architects + Engineers
  • Project: 533House
  • Location: Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Site area: 463.12 m2
  • Building area: 94.40 m2
  • Total floor area: 92.16 m2
  • Structure: wood frame
  • Structural engineer: nawakenjim
  • Construction: maruwa kensetsu


Urban Hut in Tokyo, Japan by Takehiko nez architects

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Takehiko nez architects

The young clients, sister and brother, lost parents at their teens, lived in the downtown Tokyo. Modest, rough and tough house to have a strong hold on the changes of the times like weeds is suitable for them.  The house without finish on façade stands in disordered scenery of typical downtown. It was required maximum floor in the compact box on 30 square meters’ site and basic performance as a private house.

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architect: Takehiko nez architects
  • Name of Project: Urban Hut
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Status: completed July 2011
  • Structure: ASA
  • Contractor: Shinei
  • Image: Takumi Ota
  • Site area: 30.37㎡
  • Total floor area: 44.26㎡


Kutaisi Airport in Georgia by UNStudio

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: UNStudio

Ben van Berkel / UNStudio’s design for the new Kutaisi Airport officially presented yesterday by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili

UNStudio’s design for the new Transfer Terminal and Air Traffic Control Tower for Kutaisi Airport was officially presented yesterday by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who personally demolished one of the walls of the old airport yesterday announced, “”We will build an international airport here, which will take aircraft from Munich, Rome, Baku and other cities as of next year.”


Kutaisi Airport Departure

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Kutaisi Airport
  • Location: Kutaisi, Georgia
  • Client Terminal: United Airports of Georgia LLC
  • Client Air Traffic Control Tower and Offices: SAKAERONAVIGATSIA Ltd.
  • Building surface: Terminal 4.000m2, Control Tower and Offices 1.750m2
  • Height Air Traffic Control Tower: 55m.
  • Building site: 11.000 m2
  • Programme: International Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Offices for Navigation
  • Status: Concept Design 2011, Construction 2012


Chaparral Electric Warehouse II in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Mullen Heller Architecture

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Mullen Heller Architecture

Located in Albuquerque’s historic Sawmill District, known for its eclectic mix of industrial, manufacturing and residential uses, the new warehouse for Chaparral Electric is situated on the property between their existing offices and a residence use. The owner’s goal was to accommodate their storage needs and provide a large mezzanine-level conference room while pushing the limit on “what a warehouse” traditionally looks like.

Chaparral Electric Warehouse II


Europan 11 in Toulouse, France by RNDM Architecture

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: RNDM Architecture

The project is set up as a new urban landscape that draws on elements of identity that constitute the urban tissue of old Toulouse.  From a regular frame which allows us to organize the new district in a rational and rigorous way, while answering the diverse needs of density, scale, hierarchical organization of flows, contribution of light, we incorporate a fragmentation inspired by the plan of the old town which allows us to generate diverse urban events, perspectives, places…

Terrasse View

  • Architects: RNDM Architecture
  • Project: Europan 11
  • Location: Toulouse, France
  • Competition: EUROPAN 11, prize-winner
  • Team: RNDM Architecture (Estelle Bourreau, Aurélie Fabre, Jb Coltier)


Zimmermann House in Küsnacht, Switzerland by SAM Architekten und Partner AG

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: SAM Architekten und Partner AG

Cast into the slope

Building a house is a kind of apprentice piece for every architect. Yet the deeper you become involved in this type of commission, the more you realise that it is not as simple as it might seem. Every building is a challenge, no matter how many times you may have done something similar before. With this building there was much that was different: the plot already had a house on it, but the development density was less than that which is now permitted. The clients were clear about what they wanted in terms of space, and also were open to suggestions that could influence their lifestyle.


Exterior View

  • Architect: SAM Architekten und Partner AG
  • Name of Project: Zimmermann House
  • Location: Küsnacht, Switzerland
  • Client: Zimmermann family
  • Type of commission: Direct commission
  • Overall planning: SAM Architekten und Partner AG
  • Project architects: Dorette Birker, Isabelle Heide, Sacha Menz, Rahime Osmani, Valton Rexha, Matthias Rötzel, Davide Servalli


Fidalga 727 in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Triptyque

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Triptyque

The urban landscape of São Paulo is heavily influenced by two main characters that coexist independently and simultaneously. On one hand the vertical constructions, most of them faithful to the modernist/rationalist models, evolve randomly with the inconstant guidelines of the urban planning. On the other hand the historical and/or informal occupation on two or three floors of the residual spaces between these constructions.

Image Courtesy Fran Parente


  • ARCHITECTS : TRIPTYQUE – Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • PROJECT : Fidalga 727
  • LOCATION: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • PROJECT CHIEF : Bruno Simões
  • CLIENT : IdeaZarvos
  • PROGRAM : Appartment Building
  • CONTEXT : Brazil / São Paulo
  • DESIGN : 2007 – 2008
  • CONCLUSION: 2009
  • SURFACE : 2000m²
  • BUDGET: 1.500.000 EUROS
  • CONTRACTOR: Private
  • CONDITION: Comande Directe
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Quinta da Baronesa in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Studio Arthur Casas

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Studio Arthur Casas

My intention was to have the house unnoticed from street perspective, therefore the rugged topography of the land was important. It’s common in São Paulo to have a house in the City and an extra house, most of the time, in a residential condominium with golf camp, 1 or 2 hours from the City of São Paulo, obviously for a certain social class. These are mostly residences for the weekend and this residence is an example of it.

Night View (Images Courtesy 2012 ©


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