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Companhia das Culturas in S. Bartolomeu, Portugal by Ressano Garcia Arquitectos

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Article source: Ressano Garcia Arquitectos

Companhia das Culturas is an old rural farm that has been completely redesigned to accommodate cultural events. The project aims to value local cultural expressions and make use of contemporary technologies to achieve a high standard of sustainability.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

  • Architects: Ressano Garcia Arquitectos
  • Project: Companhia das Culturas
  • Location: S. Bartolomeu, Portugal
  • Photography: Manuel Aguiar
  • Software used: FormZ, illustrator and progeCAD


Barn Studio in Orient, New York by studio a/b architects

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Article source: studio a/b architects

In a historic waterfront village on the North Folk of Long Island, this six-stall barn/garage sits on a property line facing an alley. A shed stands behind the barn. The rustic appearance of the two buildings, standing side-by-side, is part of the character of the village. Adopting the appearance as they sit together, the design inserts two box-spaces, a “Semi-enclosed patio” and a “Boxed Light”.

AFTER THE RENOVATION : Image Courtesy © Peter Mauss 

  • Architects: studio a/b architects
  • Project: Barn Studio
  • Location: Orient, New York, USA
  • Photography: Peter Mauss
  • Project architect: Hideaki Ariizumi
  • Partner: Glynis Berry
  • Program: Preservation and renovation of residential accessory buildings: barn and shed. Climatizing the structures for use of a studio, storage and workshop. The creation of a family retreat.

Fitzroy North House in Victoria, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

Nic Owen Architects are a small emerging architectural practice located in the heart of Carlton, Victoria, Australia. We are committed to creating architecture that is a joy to inhabit through the treatment of space, form, materials and light. The practice specialises in residential architecture, which responds to each individual site and environment, creating unique and elegant forms that contribute to the wider community and make a difference to our visual landscape. We aim to create environmentally responsible architecture that is stimulating to experience whilst standing the test of time.

Image Courtesy © Rhiannon Slatter

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Fitzroy North House
  • Location: Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Rhiannon Slatter
  • Land size: 150m2
  • Total build size: 147m2 (ground & 1st)
  • Builder: Kleev homes


Interior Renovation of Restaurant – Porto II in Portugal by Miguel Nery Arquitectura

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: Miguel Nery Arquitectura

The project brief involved a restaurant, that was once considered a point of reference in the city, occupying a plot measuring 5×60 meters, a minimal budget and the customer’s wish for it to be able to function with ease throughout its long daily opening period (8 a.m. to midnight). The proposed solution attempts to take advantage of the full potential of the existing space (both interior and exterior), thereby reducing the work to a minimum.

Image courtesy Miguel Nery Arquitectura 

  • Architects: Miguel Nery Arquitectura
  • Project: Interior renovation of Restaurant – Porto II
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Collaboration: COR-Architects

B+L HQ in Warsaw, Poland by 137kilo Architekci

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: 137kilo Architekci

The project is the Poland headquarters of a large pharmaceutical corporation. The client wanted the office space to highlight the company’s scientific heritage while providing a high quality working environment for its employees. Research labs and contact lenses – the client’s main product – served as our inspiration. White exposed ceilings combined with glass surfaces combine to create a light and transparent space. This seemingly sterile aesthetic is balanced by green walls along the space’s main visual axes and functional solutions which encourage teamwork and relaxation.

Image Courtesy © Jacek Kołodziejski

  • Architects: 137kilo Architekci
  • Project: B+L HQ
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Client: Bausch and Lomb
  • Photography: Jacek Kołodziejski 
  • Wall graphics: Tymek Jezierski
  • Scope: Concept, technical design, supervision
  • Date: December 2012
  • Team: 137kilo + Beza Projekt, Anna Łoskiewicz, Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik, Jan Sukiennik, Bartłomiej Popiela, Krzysztof Benke, Alicja Getka, Robert Kłoś, Tomek Korzewski

LaM – Lille Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

The project concerns the refurbishment and the extension of the Lille Modern Art Museum in a magnificent park at Villeneuve d’Ascq. The existing building, designed by Roland Simounet in 1983, is already on the Historic monuments list. The project aims at building up the museum as a continuous and fluid entity, this by adding new galleries dedicated to a collection of Art Brut works, from a travelling movement that extrapolates existing spaces. A complete refurbishment of the existing building was next required, some parts were very worn.

Image Courtesy © Max Lerouge – LMCU 

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture + Yves Tougard
  • Project: LaM – Lille Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art
  • Location: Allée du Musée, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
  • Photography: Max Lerouge – LMCU, Philippe Ruault & Vincent Fillon
  • Client: Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine
  • Firms Involved at Architect’S Side:
    Museography : Renaud Pierard,
    Structures : Khephren
    Fluids : Alto,
    Economist : LTA (studies phase) , Guesquière-Dierickx (works phase)
    Multimedia : Roger Labeyrie
    Fire security : Casso
  • Other Firms:
    Refurbishing works of the existing building’s façade and roofing: Etienne Sintive,
    Landscaper : AWP
    Roofing / Finishings:: Tommasini
  • Figures:
    Surface : 11.600 sqm, including the extension : 3.200 sqm –  exhibition surface: 4.000 sqm
    Global cost : around 30 millions euros inclusive of tax
    Dates : 2002 : design contest, 2003-2005 : studies, 2006-2009 : works, 09/2010 : museum opening


An Orifice Taking a Breath of Fresh Air in by Simone de Gale Architects

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: Simone de Gale Architects

This project utilized the fragmentation of a community to rebuild ties through a social cohesion of colour, light and space. An event took place for one day with colourful fabric draped from the windows of the residential maisonettes above ground floor down to the ground floor units, dynamically and aesthetically changing the space with community engagement. The installation illustrated the effect architecture can have in place.

Image courtesy Simone de Gale Architects 

  • Architects: Simone de Gale Architects
  • Project: An Orifice Taking a Breath of Fresh Air
  • Software used: Developed using AutoCAD Architecture software and Adobe Photoshop for the visuals

Unravelling Geometry in London by Simone de Gale Architects

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: Simone de Gale Architects

This project demonstrated the transition of space over a period of 30 years within the area of London Fields to Liverpool Street from a disused rough and un-inhabitable area into a well defined architectural establishment.

Fine plaster formed a conceptual arch representing the adhoc and then planned architectural proposals; an unwound timber section represented time. Entwining the two brought the concept together.

Image courtesy Simone de Gale Architects 

  • Architects: Simone de Gale Architects
  • Project: Unravelling Geometry
  • Location: London, UK
  • Software used: Developed using AutoCAD Architecture software and Adobe Photoshop for the visuals


Villa Al in Almere, The Netherlands by WHIM Architecture

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: WHIM Architecture

Villa Al is a green villa in a green environment. This proposal emphasises the existing qualities and character of the location.
A meandering river through a green environment is translated into a meandering route through a green pavilion.

In a natural context also the electricity and heating are found in natural resources. A heat pump installation allows for heating from the soil. Electricity is captured by solar panels and from the water motion in the river.

Image courtesy WHIM architecture 

  • Architects: WHIM Architecture
  • Project: Villa Al
  • Location: Almere, The Netherlands
  • Program: 1 Villa
  • M2: 174m2 floor area, excl. terraces

BUTE Sport Center in Budapest, Hungary by Hetedik Műterem Ltd.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Article source: Hetedik Műterem Ltd.

With the partial remake of the „ÉL” Budapest University of Technology and Economics’ laboratory building, a new, functionally complex Sports Center was created.

The „ÉL” building was built in the immediate vicinity of the „Z” tower building by the Danube riverbank (also designed by Elemér Nagy) in the mid 70’s. This remake was realized on an approx. 2800 m2’s (ground+2 floors) of area, built up of three crane bays with spans of 15 meters, and the surrounding reinforced concrete frame structure. The sporting facilities were created on the 2/3 of the office and laboratory tracts of the extant building’s first and second floor. This impoundment was entirely renovated according to the new function, whilst the remaining area continues to operate with its laboratory and educational functions.

Image Courtesy © Tamás Szentirmai 

  • Architects: Hetedik Műterem Ltd. and KÖZTI cPIc.
  • Project: BUTE Sport Center
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Photography: Tamás Szentirmai
  • Architect In Charge: Levente Szabó
  • Design Team: Orsolya Almer, Jessica Dvorzsák, Bence Kertész, Anna Kormányos, Orsolya Simon, Tibor Tánczos
  • Year: 2012
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