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Nordic Built Challenge in Höfdabakki 9, Iceland by Jvantspijker

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: Jvantspijker

The Nordic Built Challenge proposal consists of three distinct parts: site, building exterior and building interior. The proposal improves the quality and legibility of the site by emphasizing the connecting backbone of the site as a pedestrian friendly boulevard. The overall site green is enhanced, new canopies and zebra crossings improve the experience of the site for pedestrians in the harsh Icelandic weather.

Image courtesy Jvantspijker 

  • Architects: Jvantspijker
  • Project: Nordic Built Challenge
  • Location: Höfdabakki 9, Iceland
  • Team: Jaakko van ’t Spijker, Paul van den Bergh
  • Type: International design competition
  • Client: Nordic Innovation organization, Reitir Real-estate
  • Program/Size: 7000m2
  • Status: Settled
  • Software used: Sketchup, Adobe CS and AutoCAD

House N in Noordwijk, Netherlands by Maxwan Architects + Urbanists

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: Maxwan Architects + Urbanists

Built in 1938, this Noordwijk seaside villa was originally the holiday home of a concrete factory owner. Battered and blustered by the salty sea weather over the decades, the house was in need of renovation. Besides roof replacement and basement repairs, the bedrooms, bathrooms and windows were outdated and some spaces had grown too small for the clients’ requirements. Maxwan’s additions bring new distinctive features to the house, while respecting its original character.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin 

  • Architects: Maxwan Architects + Urbanists
  • Project: House N
  • Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Client: Private
  • Scale: S
  • Team leader: Rene Sangers
  • Partner in charge: Hiroki Matsuura
  • Team: Anna Borzyszkowska, Larraine Henning, Jason Hilgefort, Claudia Strahl
  • Collaborators: F. Wiggers – Varsseveld (structural engineer)
  • Software used: Autocad, 3dmax, Photoshop, Illustrator

School 2027 in Luanda, Angola by ARCMAIS Architecture

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: ARCMAIS Architecture

Given the Customer’s request, we designed a Preliminary Study for adequacy, rehabilitation and construction of “School 2027” (Public-Private Partnership) for the District of Maianga in Angola’s capital Luanda. The school will be located on a flat terrain, with an area of about 5 square meters, given the proposed Program of Architectural Renovation of space. Following this proposal, we adopt as a basic premise the initial use of the central space not yet occupied for subsequent demolition of existing blocks, formerly, without interfering with the normal course of lessons.

Image courtesy ARCMAIS Architecture 

  • Architects: ARCMAIS Architecture
  • Project: School 2027 in Luanda
  • Location: Luanda, Angola
  • Software used: Autocad, sketchUp for 3D and Renderin and Photoshop to render some images

Residencial Building – Reserva da Mata in Bertioga, Brazil by JAA arquitetos

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: JAA arquitetos

To develop a residential building in a space resulting from the unification of three lots in Module 8 in Riviera de Sao Lourenco, Bertioga, SP, Brazil. With 189 apartments and 6,631m² of leisure space, the project was developed to privilege the view of the native forest of Serra do Mar, as well as the leisure areas located on the ground floor, mezzanine and penthouse.

Image Courtesy © Maira Acayaba 

  • Architects: JAA arquitetos
  • Project: Residencial Building – Reserva da Mata
  • Location: Riviera de São Lourenço, Bertioga, SP
  • Photography: Maira Acayaba
  • Partnership: H2C Arquitetura
  • Construction concluded: December 2010
  • Total area: 34,300 m²
  • Construction by: PGC/Solbrasil e Zenithal
  • Collaborator: Maraisa Ramos

The Upper Room in Washington, DC by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Located in the upper room of an ambiguous row house along a typical street within the anonymous grid of a Washington DC neighborhood, the aspiration is a micro-expression of modern space and life as spectacle. The program takes a 650 square foot floor space and designs a master bedroom suite including bed area, closet, reading nook, and bathroom. To do this, all interior walls were removed to free this turn-of-the-century home’s compartmentalized space.

Bedroom looking towards the bathroom : Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography 

Sekeping Kong Heng in Ipoh, Malaysia by Seksan Design

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Seksan Design

Sekeping Kong Heng, in the charming old town of Ipoh, is the latest addition to the Sekeping family of retreats. It is located in a 3 storey neo-classical building which also houses a famous coffee shop of the same name on the ground floor that serves great coffee and the best local dishes in town. All effort has been made to preserve as much of the character of the existing building as possible in contrast to the surrounding new architectural interventions. In addition, an extension has been added at the back, tucked away to reveal an inner courtyard with a dramatic stairway to take guests up to their rooms.

Image Courtesy © Rupajiwa Studio

  • Architects: Seksan Design
  • Project: Sekeping Kong Heng
  • Location: Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Photography: Rupajiwa Studio


House S in Wiggensbach, Germany by becker architekten

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: becker architekten

Energy Efficiency

A geothermal heat pump feeds a radiant heating system, producing large heat exchange surfaces in all rooms A central oven block provides heat to the upper level


Natural and traditional woods from the region were thoughtfully used for external walls, staircase and timbering as well as for internal walls, roof construction, insulation, windows, flooring and furnishings. The building utilized local craftspeople and builders only, minimizing transportation distances and resources.

Image courtesy becker architekten 

  • Architects: becker architekten
  • Project: House S
  • Location: Wiggensbach, Germany
  • Year of Completion: 2007

Pharmacophore in New York by Harrison Atelier

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Harrison Atelier

For Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo, a design-dance installation at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York in December 2011, Harrison Atelier (HAt) designed a pharmaceutical-cultural landscape which included a network of polyurethane inflatables lodged within a glazed and steel seating structure recalling both pharmaceutical company facade and medical waiting room. The audience sat within this framework, apposed to the back-lit glass and resting against the inflatables.

Image Courtesy Harrison Atelier: Performance photos

  • Architects: Harrison Atelier
  • Project: Pharmacophore
  • Location: New York
  • Commissioned by: Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York City
  • Date: Nov. 22−Dec. 8, 2011
  • Design: Seth and Ariane Harrison, Harrison Atelier (HAt)
  • Choreography: Silas Riener
  • Lighting: Aaron Copp and Nick Houfek
  • Music Composition and Performance: Loren Dempster
  • Performers: Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott and Melissa Toogood
  • Software used: Rhino, Maya and Maxwell for renders and fabrication drawings


Interpretation Center for Agriculture and Livestock in Navarra, Spain by Aldayjover

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Aldayjover

The agricultural foundation Fundagro is an institution for the promotion of organic farming and the recuperation of biodiversity in local garden vegetable seeds. The foundation is located in Aranzadi Park, which is a recovered meander of the Arga River, on the high course of the Ebro River basin as it passes through Pamplona. This meander was strongly affected by human activity during the twentieth century, during which sports, religious and social facilities, building lots with private dwellings, and land movements to contain the river, had transformed its morphology and landscape away from a natural meander.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Aldayjover
  • Project: Interpretation Center for Agriculture and Livestock
  • Location: Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Bernadó, Pedro Pegenaute
  • Client: Ayuntamiento De Pamplona
  • Year: 2012

Sport Park Simbirskiy in Ulyanovsk, Russian Federation by SzturHärter Architekten

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: SzturHärter Architekten 

This Project involves the master plan layout of the sport park Simbirskiy as well as the design of the core buildings.  The master plan indicates a recommended basic set up of the facility and anticipates its future development.

Image Courtesy SzturHärterArchitekten


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