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Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: MIRAG

The house is located in L’Ametlla del Vallès in a sloping plot.

To the east, there is a street and a group of neighbouring private houses; to the west, views to the pinewood. In this environment, the intent of the building is to turn its back to the vehicular traffic and to open itself to the surroundings.

The building has two façades. The white one opens itself to the interior part of the plot, with views to the pinewood, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca


  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Project: PRIVATE HOUSE
  • Location: C/ Bertí, 17 in L’Ametlla del Vallès (Spain)
  • PhotographyJordi Surroca
  • Typology: Private house
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: September 2013
  • Building Engineering: GPCat Toni Floriach, building engineers
  • Structures engineering: Javier Monte, engineer
  • Facilities engineering: ORDEIC Oriol Ruiz Dotras, engineer
  • Developer: Private developer
  • Construction company: There was no construction company. The building was made by freelance manufacturers




Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: MIRAG

In 2010 a new ‘esplai’ was opened in Cristòfol Grober Street in Girona. It is a leisure centre for the elderly, composed of a common space and some auxiliary rooms: CiberCaixa, with IT equipment, 3 workshop rooms, and Cibercafè, with 8 computers.

Image of the common room of the ‘esplai’, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Location: GIRONA, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca
  • Typology: Leisure center for elderly
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: 2010
  • Developer:  ‘La Caixa’ foundation
  • Budget: 1.235.000 €

Rescue Center Simmering in Vienna, Austria by Söhne & Partner architects

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: Söhne & Partner architects

The Rescue Center is set on Kaiser-Eberdorferstraße and responsible for the whole 11th district in Vienna. It officially opened in May 2013.

The complex combines two different functional areas – the garage and the staff rooms. Even though they are different spheres, they are connected by the roof which embraces the whole building.

Image Courtesy © Markus Kaiser


Aurora Picture Show in Houston by METALAB Architecture + Fabrication

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: METALAB Architecture + Fabrication 

This project for the Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video, serves as an indoor/outdoor screening space serving the surrounding community. Positioned within the Menil campus behind a gray bungalow, the Aurora Picture Show has the option of showing both indoor and outdoor screenings.

Image Courtesy © METALAB Architecture + Fabrication

Simplon A in Budapest, Hungary by T2.a ARCHITECTS

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: T2.a ARCHITECTS  

Located in the south western part of the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Simplon_A was built as the residential part of a mixed-use development and has quickly become a colourful new piece of the neighbouring urban landscape.

Image Courtesy © Zsolt Batár

  • Architects: T2.a ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Simplon A
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Photography: Zsolt Batár
  • Architects: Gábor Turányi, Bence Turányi
  • Client: ING Real Estate Development Ltd.
  • Project architects: Péter Márk, Dénes Regőczi
  • Project team: Éva Pinczés, Levente Skultéti, László Nyitray

Floating Bungalow in Topanga by Bestor Architecture

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: Bestor Architecture

This house in Topanga Canyon rests on an incredible site with a view and rolling hills and meadows all around. With the site’s grade change we could separate the guest house and garage building from the main house by simply shifting the footprint downhill a bit, with the house more nestled in the hill. We created a promenade from the garage down a formal staircase and into the main view before taking a right towards the front door entry pavilion.

Living room, kitchen, stairway to 2nd floor, Image Courtesy © Bestor Architecture

REFLECTIONS in Taiwan, China By AllesWirdGut

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: AllesWirdGut


…is an architectural interpretation of the Taiwanese Mountains reflecting in the sea, a building of 65.000m2 library and exhibition spaces in the Center of Taichung.

The building consists of 3 interconnecting spaces, interpreting known landscape motives.

LIBRARY – Mountains



Image Courtesy © Miss3, AllesWirdGut

  • Architects: AllesWirdGut
  • Project: REFLECTIONS
  • Location: Taiwan, China
  • Photography: Miss3
  • Typology: TAICHUNG CITY CULTURAL CENTER, Public Library and Fine Arts Museum, Bibliothek und Museum
  • Customer: Taichung City / TW
  • International Competition: 06.2013
  • Net floor area NFA:  — m²
  • Gross floor area GFA: 65.000 m²


Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: MIRAG

The challenge on the enlargement of this therapeutic centre -‘Riera Major’, located in a privileged site in the outskirts of Viladrau, Girona- was, on the one hand, to offer an improved relation between the patient and the surrounding nature through a reinterpretation of traditional constructions of the area. And on the other hand, to study the real needs of the centre in order to offer them a moderate, affordable solution.

Elevation of the pavilion. The relation between construction and nature is present, Photograph by Jordi Surroca.

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Location: VILADRAU, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca
  • Typology: Cultural center
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: 2011
  • Structures engineering: Javier Monte engineer
  • Facilities engineering: Oriol Ruiz Dotras engineer
  • Developer: ‘Salud y Comunidad’ foundation
  • Building Engineering: GPCat Toni Floriach y Beth Bacardit
  • Budget: 140.000 €
  • Built surface: 106 sqm

Small Core House in Ochiaigawa, Japan by UNIT-O

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: UNIT-O

This house is a minimum house for young couples built along the riverside of Ochiaigawa of Higashikurume, Tokyo prefecture, in Japan. It is built in the environment that is full of the green that was adjacent in Ochiaigawa, and it’s white and simple volume like a “TOFU” individualizes surrounding environment.

Image Courtesy © Yasuhiro Nakayama, UNIT-O

  • Architects: UNIT-O
  • Project: Small Core House
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Yasuhiro Nakayama , UNIT-O
  • Architect In Charge: Ryutaro Saito , Masahiro Yoneda
  • Area: 66.94 sqm
  • Month/Year: 09/2013

Neut House in Suginami, Tokyo by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates

The ophthalmologist couple purchased this narrow, but deep, parcel of land in a quiet neighborhood to build a house where they could enjoy their hobby of listening to the music. On the basement level, the courtyard and double-pane glazing provide sound-buffer for this RC-structure studio which is insulated on the exterior. Natural light enters the studio through the courtyard and makes the space exceptionally inhabitable as a basement.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Project: Neut House
  • Location: Suginami ward Tokyo
  • Photography: Masao Nishikawa
  • Date of Completion: December 2012
  • Principal Use: Private Housing
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 122.26 m2
  • Building Area: 61.12m2
  • Total Floor Area: 153.938m2 (36.94m2/BF, 55.87 m2/1F, 61.12m2/2F)
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