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Vi-Sang House in Gyeonggi-do, Korea by Moon-Hoon

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Moon-Hoon

These are the questions that Korean architect Hoon Moon typically throws out: ‘Why so serious? Why not laugh more?’ Moon-Hoon’s works are home to a wide array of faces. Panorama House appears to be an accordion, and Rock It Suda looks like spermatozoa. He shows a mysterious spacecraft (ongdalsam) and a Gothic castle (Sangsang Museum). Some may burst out laughing at the Darth Vader image overlying Play House.

Image Courtesy © Nam-goongsun

  • Architects: Moon-Hoon
  • Project: Vi-Sang House
  • Location: No.5, 321-32, Seongseok-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Photography: Nam-goongsun
  • Zoning district: Preservation Area
  • Site area: 293m2
  • Building area: 58.38m2
  • Gross floor area: 107.75m2
  • Building to land ratio: 19.92%
  • Floor area ratio: 36.77%
  • Building Scope: 2F
  • Structure: RC, Wood Frame
  • Exterior finish: Stucoflex
  • Interior finish: Wallpaper on the gypsum board, Wood flooring, THK24 transparent pair glass
  • Construction: Housing Plus
  • Design period: Jul-aug. 2011
  • Construction period: Sep.-Nov. 2011
  • Client: Lee Gyuyeob
  • Materials: Moonbalsso


HOUSE House in Richmond, Australia by Andrew Maynard Architects

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Andrew Maynard Architects

These neighboring terrace homes are owned by two generations of one family. Both houses were in need of repair and update. HOUSE House is a single building that extends both homes. They are separate homes within one architecture. The new structure runs north/south while the original houses run east/west. The fence between each terrace slides away to create one large backyard.

Image Courtesy © Peter Bennetts

  • Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
  • Project: HOUSE House
  • Location: Richmond, VIC, Australia
  • Photography: Peter Bennetts
  • Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Michael Ong
  • Building surveyorAnthony Middling & Associates
  • EngineerCoulthard Shim P/L
  • BuilderSargant Constructions
  • External Cladding: Red cedar (timber) cladding
  • Internal Cladding: Victorian ash & spotted gum veneer
  • Windows: Frames by Skyrange Engineering
  • Louvres: Motorised & fixed aluminium louvre shading by Shadefactor
  • Flooring: Spotted gum veneer by Big Rivers Timbers
  • Spiral Stairs: Supplied by Enzie
  • Balustrading & landings: Nets supplied by Oxley Nets
  • Roof: Lysaght Kliplock roofing with black Colorbond finish
  • Tiles: Supplied by Urban Edge Ceramics
  • Software used: SketchUp for design, Vectorworks for documentation

New WakuWaku Restaurant in Hamburg, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Ippolito Fleitz Group

WakuWaku has relaunched itself as a fast food restaurant and organic food store in one. The brand values ‘organic’ and ‘sustainable’ remain the clear focus of all communication.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Nadjib

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Project: New WakuWaku Restaurant
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Photography: Benjamin Nadjib


GP House in Hidalgo, Mexico by Bitar Arquitectos

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Bitar Arquitectos

GP House has all the basic requirements of a residential home, foyer, living room, dining area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, studio, laundry, three-car garage, maid’s quarter, spread over two floors and connected by vertical staircase to break up the home’s dominant horizontal construction. This juxtaposition is even more striking with the use of a local stone as a finish on the cube stairs against its concrete structure.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Walther 

  • Architects: Bitar Arquitectos
  • Project: GP House
  • Location: Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Photography: Leonardo Walther
  • Architecture and Interiors Project: Héctor Bitar De La Peña
  • Surface Construction: 516.18  m2
  • Date: 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD

The Tunnel: a barreling bamboo wave in Puri, Odisha by Vinay Pateel

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Vinay Pateel

Made completely from bamboo and cloth, The Tunnel composed of a number of squares that came together to form a spiraling structure depicting a barrel wave. It represented how the surfing scene in India is emerging by bringing together surfers from various parts of the world.

Image Courtesy © Pradeep Javedar

  • Architects: Vinay Pateel
  • Project: The Tunnel
  • Location: Puri, Odisha,India
  • Photography: Pradeep Javedar
  • Constructed area: 300 sq.ft.
  • Client: India Surf Festival 2013
  • Software used: Cinema 4D


Brasiliana Library in USP, Brazil by Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

Eduardo de Almeida e Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb sign the design of Brasiliana Library. The building, with more than 20.000 m², will house a rare books collection of 17 thousand titles about Brasil donated by the books collector to the university. At the end of 1999, José Mindlin transferred to his grandson, Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb, and to his friend Eduardo de Almeida, a mission: develop and move forward the idea and design of the library to house the rare collection of books – the biggest and most important private collection of Brasil with around 17 thousand titles and 60 thousand volumes – which he has donated to the university of São Paulo (USP). When Mindlin died, in february 2010, with 95 years old, the construction works advanced over the funding and political difficulties, and the conclusion was only a matter of time.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Kon 

Airbaltic Passenger Terminal in Riga, Latvia by MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

This work opens our participation with ahead – architects, based in London, a studio which we now have a partnership. Our scheme sets the terminal building in the middle of the two piers, demonstrating a strong connection with both of them. The continuous language of form, materials and expression shape both interior and exterior of the terminal. Further-more, the proposed design is intended to be read as one object; one entity where both piers play an inner complicity.

Image Courtesy MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

  • Architects: MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos
  • Project: Airbaltic Passenger Terminal
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Year: 2010


Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, Lansdowne Park in Canada by Cannon Design

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Cannon Design

Lansdowne Park is an historic sports, exhibition and entertainment facility in Ottawa’s urban center. An integral part of the city’s history, it features the aging 24,000-seat Frank Clair Stadium and other entertainment venues. The City of Ottawa embarked upon a major redevelopment, renovating the stadium and the heritage buildings on the site and adding 300,000 sf of new retail space. The renovated stadium can expand to 45,000 seats, enabling it to host national and international events. The stadium’s porous, accessible design encourages the intersection of people and built form.

Image Courtesy Cannon Design 

  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Project: Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, Lansdowne Park
  • Location: Ottawa, Canada

108 VPO Dwellings in Borinbizkara, Spain by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Article source: Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto

The project is the winning entry of a Victoria-Gasteiz town hall competition. The volume proposed by the competition is modified in order to obtain a better orientation of the project in a more prismatic, rectangular form. A north-south orientation allows for the buildings to be more separated, increasing the amount of sunlight that reaches the interior facades. The buildings are designed as differentiated, black and white volumes joined by small boxes that contain the vertical cores. These are also shaped as black prisms.

Image Courtesy © César San Millán 

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto
  • Project: 108 VPO Borinbizkara
  • Location: Borinbizkara, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Technical Architects: Juan Manuel Galera Carrillo, Vicente Luis Mozo, Mikel Valderrama Ibáñez
  • Client And Construction: NASIPA S.L.
  • Area: 21,345 sqm

The Architecture of the Dragonfly Wing in London, UK by Maria Mingallon

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Article source: Maria Mingallon

An optimal natural construction, built by a complex patterning process, developed through evolution as a response to force flows and material organization.

Being the dragonfly wing a highly dynamic structure, vibration studies were necessary to obtain realistic deformation patterns and thus, understand its structural behaviour. Ten vibration modes were extracted from the modal analysis performed in GSA. Our eyes have difficulties distinguishing the third, fourth and fifth vibration modes (which occur almost simultaneously), due to the high frequencies exhibited. In our case, slow motion pictures featuring the real flight of the dragonfly, allowed us to identify up to the third mode of vibration by comparison with that calculated in the analysis.

Image courtesy Maria Mingallon & Sakthivel Ramaswamy 

  • Architects: Maria Mingallon & Sakthivel Ramaswamy
  • Project: The Architecture of the Dragonfly Wing
  • Location: London, UK
  • Year: February 2010
  • Software used: GSA by Oasys
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