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Nature & Découvertes at So Ouest in Levallois, France by Ova Design

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Ova Design

The agency Ova Design is responsible for the central area of the Nature & Découvertes shop in Levallois, to stimulate the senses of its visitors. This original natural living bubble allows visitors to experience a new era of simplicity and interactivity. Nature & Découvertes is marking the start of a new customized model so that each shop is unique. The brand called upon the services of Ova Design to create and design this space within the 190m² of its new sales outlet.

Image Courtesy Ova Design

  • Architects: Ova Design
  • Project: Nature & Découvertes at So Ouest
  • Location: Levallois, France
  • Software used: sketchup with vray render for the 3D part and autocad for the plan.


Serengeti House in Johannesburg, South Africa by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

This is a Johannesburg home, located on a suburban golf estate, in Africa. The home’s visual success is due to its perfectly balanced application of earthy textures against high-gloss finishes, and raw material against refined elements.

“The brief”, says Rudolph van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects, “was to create a stylish family home with ecologically sound design that maximized indoor-outdoor living to take full advantage of Johannesburg’s legendary eight-month summer”.

Image Courtesy Nico van der Meulen Architects


The Gaillard Hall in Dahlonega, Georgia by Lord, Aeck & Sargent

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Lord, Aeck & Sargent

Back in the early 1950s, when noted Atlanta architect Richard L. Aeck stood with his 4-year-old son Tony on a reviewing stand overlooking North Georgia College’s revered drill field at the center of campus, he could not have known that the military barracks he was designing for a site opposite the stand would some 60 years later be restored and rehabilitated by the descendant architecture firm to his own Aeck Associates.

Gaillard Hall at North Georgia College & State University is a good example of international style architecture and was saved from demolition due to its historic significance as the campus’ best example of mid-20th century architecture and its unique proximity and relationship to the historic drill field. © 2012 Jonathan Hillyer

  • Architects: Lord, Aeck & Sargent
  • Project: The Gaillard Hall
  • Location: Dahlonega, Georgia
  • Photography: Jonathan Hillyer
  • Owner: North Georgia College & State University Real Estate Foundation
  • Developer: Ambling University Development Group (Valdosta, Ga.)
  • Program Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle (Atlanta office)
  • General Contractor: Choate Construction (Atlanta)
  • Landscape Architect: Eberly & Associates (Atlanta)
  • MEP/FP Engineer: Andrews, Hammock & Powell, Inc. (Macon, Ga.)
  • Structural Engineer: KSi/Structural Engineers (Atlanta)
  • Low-voltage Engineers: J&A Engineering (Marietta, Ga.)
  • Civil Engineer: Haines Gipson & Associates (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Fournitures Sélect in Dorval, Canada By Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

Situated in an industrial sector near Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport and intersecting highways, this commercial building stands out for its efficient architecture, simple forms, and colourful envelope. Fournitures Sélect specializes in the sale, rental, and maintenance of equipment used in post-damage restoration; it also provides training on this equipment. The building includes a showroom, customer service counters, a classroom, offices, a repair workshop, and a warehouse.

Image Courtesy Steve Montpetit

  • Architects: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
  • Project: Fournitures Select
  • Location: 1965, 55e avenue, Dorval, Canada
  • Partner in charge: Alexandre Blouin
  • Design team: Isabelle Beauchamp (Project Architect), Jonathan Trottier
  • Mechanical Engineer: L.L.E.C. Inc.
  • Electrical Engineer: ScotMa-Tech Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: TEKNIKA-HBA
  • Contractor: A.O.S. Construction Inc.
  • Lighting Design: Novus
  • Area: 13 400 pi2
  • Cost: 1,8 M$
  • Completion date: 2010
  • Photographer: Steve Montpetit


Résidence Bromont in Canada By Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

Situated on a hill in the undulating countryside of Bromont, this secondary residence sits, between forest and clearing, at the end of a road burnished by time. The challenge consisted of evoking the vernacular architecture of the Eastern Townships while affirming the project’s contemporary nature and integrating the building into the landscape with minimal impact. The project blends with its surroundings through the simple forms of the rectangular plan and the metal gable roof.

Image Courtesy Steve Montpetit

  • Architects: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
  • Project: Résidence Bromont
  • Location: Bromont, Canada
  • Architects/designers: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
  • Partner in charge: Alexandre Blouin
  • Design team: Pascal Mailloux (Project Architect), Frédérique Beaudry
  • Engineer: Calculatec
  • Contractor: Les Constructions Denis Rioux
  • Lighting Design: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
  • Area: 2700 pi2
  • Completion date: 2012
  • Photographer: Steve Montpetit


LanQiao Clubhouse in Rizhao, China by HHD_FUN Architects

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: HHD_FUN Architects

LanQiao clubhouse is located on the south part of the 2km long Shanhaitian beach park in Rizhao, east China. The 1150 square meter building includes saunas, cafe, and an outdoor swimming pool. Each facility is uniquely functioned so together can provide a complete touristic experience to its visitors.

Image Courtesy Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang

  • Architects: HHD_FUN Architects
  • Project: LanQiao Clubhouse
  • Location: Rizhao, China
  • Photography: Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang
  • Interior: HHD_FUN
  • LDI: HHD & XinChao Design
  • Civil Engineer: H&J International
  • Façade Consultant: FUDA

Inhabitable Sculpture in Montreal, Canada By Jean-Maxime Labrecque

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Jean-Maxime Labrecque

The “inhabitable sculpture” project, which received two awards at the Grands prix du design 2011, is the result of four years of work executed by numerous fabrication and installation teams. Two premises were established by the client at the beginning of the project: “a space that people will find cold” and “living in an art gallery.” All designers hope, sooner or later, to obtain such a commission, which enables them to avoid subjecting their work to the obvious sacrosanct “warmth” obtained through wood.

Image Courtesy Frédéric Bouchard

  • Architects: Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • Project: Inhabitable Sculpture
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Photo Credit: Frédéric Bouchard


The Matchbox House in Ann Arbor, Michigan by Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism

The wooded site location became the beginning point for the concept of this project. The house was meant to read as if it were dropped into the woods and therefore different than the natural landscape but not dominant over it. The design was kept very minimal and simple: in elevation it is the classic 4 sided house with a 45 degree roof. To further illustrate this idea, the house was raised on a concrete plinth that is inset from the footprint of the house, thereby emphasizing the bottom two corners which help articulate the houses edges and the fact that it is this object that is placed within these woods.

Main front entry facades : Image Courtesy Steve Maylone

Secret House in Shuwaikh, Kuwait by AGi architects

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: AGi architects

The owners of this land located in Shuwaikh, to the northeast Kuwait City , are a young couple and their three children, who have a close relationship with European and American culture.

Aware of the potential of a site located in a prime location overlooking the “skyline” of the city and concerned about the limitations of his former residence, decided to build another house that would improve their life quality, placing it on the same site as the old.

Image Courtesy AGi architects

  • Architects: AGi architects
  • Project: Secret House
  • Location: Shuwaikh, Kuwait
  • Type: Housing | 2.600 m2
  • Date: 2007-2010
  • Client: Private
  • Cost: Confidential
  • DesignTeam: Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea
  • Architectural team: Bruno Gomes, Raquel Soeiro, Sharifa Alshalfan, Hanan Alkouh, Daniel Muñoz, José Ángel del Campo
  • Engineering: Babu Ibrahim, Walead Fawzy El Demdash
  • Draftings: Robert Varguese, Naseeba Shaji, Abdul Hafiz Mohammed
  • Interior Design: AGi architects – Supplier: Gunni & Trentino

Spiral Shaped Library in Amsterdam, The Netherlands By Studio Dave Keune

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Article source: Studio Dave Keune

In collaboration with EB Ontwerp, Studio Dave Keune Designed and realized a library for primary school Fiep Westendorp. It was our goal to create an environment that excites and tempts the children to read books again despite these digital days. The result is spiral shaped bookshelves that curl through the space. The spiral starts high and slopes down while making its turns.

Image Courtesy Raoul Kramer

  • Architects: Studio Dave Keune
  • Project: Spiral Shaped Library
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Project: Fiep Bieb
  • Client: OB Fiep Westendorp.
  • Interior concept Design: EB ontwerp & studio Dave Keune
  • Interior design and realization: EB ontwerp & studio Dave Keune
  • Project start date: April 2011
  • Project completion: June 2011
  • Site area: 50 square meters
  • Photographer: Raoul Kramer
  • Software used:  Created the library with Rhinoceros.Did not use Grasshopper to create the top – every part was rotated by hand and then made flat for the cnc mill.Because you can’t create a 3d surface with flat plywooden pieces we forced every top part a bit into the top flow.


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