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The New Gerngross in Vienna, Austria by LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH

The design concept for the renovation of the interior of the department store followed one main principle: the central atrium should become the store’s new nucleus and the central orientation point of the building because this is where the horizontal and vertical visual axes and the main building access are united.

Image Courtesy Bruno-Klomfar

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House in Kitaoji, Japan by Torafu Architects

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Torafu Architects

Located in a quiet housing estate in Kyoto, this house was designed with a hard concrete outer shell in order to protect the client need for privacy from the outside, as well as for accessibility in a wheelchair- bound lifestyle. Firstly, to protect the privacy of the family, we built walls along the site boundary to elevate the main living space, which is maximised on the 2nd floor. We designed a large central space with individual rooms, wet areas and circulation and other utility spaces surrounding it, to ensure a distance is kept well from the outside.

Image Courtesy Daici Ano

  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Project: House in Kitaoji
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Photographs: Daici Ano
  • Principle Use: HOUSE
  • Facility Design: DAIKO(Lightings)
  • Structural Design: Takashi Manda Structural Design
  • Production: Kyoto kensetsu
  • Building Site: Kyoto
  • Site Area: 139.39m2
  • Total Floor Area: 133.93m2
  • Number of Stories: 2F
  • Structure: RC
  • Design Period: 2010.07-2011.10
  • Construction Period: 2011.11-2012.08

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House MJ in Novo Mesto, Slovenia by Kombinat

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Kombinat

House MJ stands on the outskirts on a once undeveloped patch of meadow between residential houses and forest edge. The house stands detached from the road, on the slope higher up, overlooking the town of Novo Mesto. Due to the views and the configuration of the plot, the house opens towards northwest. With the slight split of levels it adapts to the terrain and at the same time separates the living from the sleeping area. The house is without corridors, the rooms can be entered from the shifted landing, which is part of the living area. The shape of the roof allows the morning sun from the southeast to light the entrance, bathroom and the living room. The construction is prefabricated timber frame with larch wood facade.

Image Courtesy Matjaž Tančič & Klemen Ilovar

  • Architects: Kombinat
  • Project: House MJ
  • Location: Novo Mesto, Slovenia
  • Architects: Tomaž Čeligoj, Ana Grk, Blaž Kandus, Alenka Korenjak, Tina Rugelj, Tjaša Mavrič
  • Photo: Matjaž Tančič & Klemen Ilovar
  • Plot Area: 1.495,00 m²
  • Floor Area: 247,11 m²
  • Project & Construction: 2009-2012

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Capilla del Lago in Michoacan, México by Divece Arquitectos

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Divece Arquitectos

The architectonic concept for this ecumenical chapel  is that  the countless  columns  that  disorderly support  the  rectangular roof  for the chapel, are conceived as an analogy of a group of    filaments that,  when lit with the proper energy,  can illuminate our earthly  lives  with a  glimpse of  heavenly light.

Capilla 02 : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

  • Architects: Divece Arquitectos
  • Project: Capilla del Lago
  • Location: Zamora, Michoacan, México
  • Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona
  • Architect: Paolino Di Vece
  • Co-workers: Divece arquitectos
  • Year: 2010
  • Cunstructed Area: 348.21m2

Capilla 04 : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

According to Pythagoras “this world is false and illusive, a turbid medium in which the rays of heavenly light are broken and obscured in mist and darkness”.[1]

On the other hand, Mother Teresa tells us that through constant prayer we can become an instrument of the divine light that illuminates the world.

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

The filaments of the light bulbs are useless if they are not energized.
You, me, are filaments.
The energy is God.
We have the possibility of letting this energy pass through ourselves and let it utilize us in order to produce light for the world
”. [2]


[1] Bertrand Russel, A History of Western Philosophy,  Simon&Schuster,  U.S.A. 2007 pp.32

[2] José Luis Gonzalez-Balado, Madre Teresa ORAR, pensamiento espiritual,  Planeta. España 2011 pp.25

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

This ecumenical chapel takes advantage of its central position within the residential development to remind its users that spiritual life has become a forgotten priority in our everyday activities; the chapel takes the central stage of the development  in order to emphasize the possibility of making the act of praying a useful habit that cannot only help each one of its inhabitants find their  own path in life, but also to help everyone of them become an energized filament which produces light for the world.

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

This chapel is configured as a lightweight structure, almost ephemeral, that makes itself accessible for everyone at anytime; the chapel dissolves its boundaries in order to impregnate itself of its immediate surroundings and becomes a semi transparent object difficult to idealize. This building performs as  a character that acts under the effects of  light, that changes with sunlight, that becomes enhanced by its users and celebrates its mission as a catalyst of the  everyday activities  proper of this residential development.

Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

Furthermore, spirituality is no longer a luxury for a few, that can only be achieved through a scheduled visit to a sacred site, but it could become a usual state of mind that transforms our everyday lives and becomes one positive influence for the world that surrounds its users.

Alzado frontal : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

immediate surroundings and becomes a semi transparent object difficult to idealize. This building performs as  a character that acts under the effects of  light, that changes with sunlight, that becomes enhanced by its users and celebrates its mission as a catalyst of the  everyday activities  proper of this residential development.

Alzado lateral : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

Furthermore, spirituality is no longer a luxury for a few, that can only be achieved through a scheduled visit to a sacred site, but it could become a usual state of mind that transforms our everyday lives and becomes one positive influence for the world that surrounds its users.

Planta baja : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

Seccion B : Image Courtesy Carlos Díaz Corona

 

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