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House A in Mokrin, Kikinda, Serbia by Studio “AUTORI”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: Studio “AUTORI”


House A offers a balanced response to the challenges of being contemporary while maintaining sensitivity for continuity of tradition and local values.


House A is a part of the cultural and tourist complex “Terra Pannonica” in thevillage ofMokrin, in northernSerbia. The estate is planned to consist of five houses of different functional and architectural characteristics, of which two have been completed until now.

Image Courtesy © Mina Piščević

  • Architects: Studio “AUTORI”
  • Project: House A
  • Location: Mokrin, Kikinda, Serbia
  • Photography: Mina Piščević
  • Collaborators: Ljiljana Rodić – Bodrožić
  • Structural: Mega Plus,Belgrade,Serbia
  • Project year: 2011
  • Completed: 2012
  • Project area: 560m2
  • Site area: 3500m2
  • Text: Miodrag Ninić


Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: N MAEDA ATELIER

Imagine a site you might picture, when letting your mind wonder back in time: damp soil forms a soft ground, catching your footsteps, ancient, weather-beaten stairs, that have been used in earlier times as an earthen path, a lovely old retaining wall and carefully cherished plants.


  • Architects: N MAEDA ATELIER
  • Project: CELLULOID JAM
  • Principal Architects: NORISADA MAEDA
  • Structural Engineering: RYOZO UMEZAWA

Smedenpoort in Bruges, Belgium by Ney&Partners

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: Ney&Partners 


Design and complete analysis of the architecture and the stability.


The Smedenpoort, a historical gateway to the city of Bruges from the 13th-14th century, is in its current state to narrow to organize a fluid traffic of cars, pedestrians and cyclists. The city of Bruges decided in concertation with the Commission of Monuments and Landscapes to add new footbridges on the both sides of the existing building.

Image Courtesy © A. Trellu – Ney&Partners

  • Architects: Ney&Partners
  • Project: Smedenpoort
  • Location: Bruges, Belgium
  • Photography: A. Trellu – Ney&Partners
  • Engineering design: 2009-2010
  • Construction: 2011-2012
  • Client: City of Bruges
  • Site: B-Bruges
  • Dimensions: 60 m
  • State: Completed

LUXURY TOWER in TAIPEI, Taiwan by ON-A: “ in collaboration with SUMTECT”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: ON-A

In Taipei City, in an area in urban transformation and making facade to Tamsui’s river, we propose a 39-storey tower.

Its facade, a big structural mesh allows a large glass surface, so that all the rooms are connected with outside. On the perimeter of each floor projecting a green strip that helps user to distance the built boundary, thus providing a greater sense of security.

Image Courtesy © ON-A

  • Architects: ON-A: “ in collaboration with SUMTECT”
  • Project: LUXURY TOWER
  • Location:  TAIPEI, Taiwan
  • Software used: Autocad, Rhinoceros, 3D StudioMax and Photoshop

Nursing and Residential Home by AMVC Arquitectos Associados

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: AMVC Arquitectos Associados

The building takes advantage of the North / South soil inclination and thus has a privileged sun exposure. In this sense, the construction is dematerialized in two arms that are articulated in the area of access and permits the best exposure according the distribution of the program.

Image Courtesy © AMVC Arquitectos Associados

House WIVA in Herent, Belgium by OYO – Open Y Office

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: OYO – Open Y Office 


This OYO story takes you to Herent, where the extension of a private residence captures its surroundings. The inhabitants wanted an extension that was flexible enough to be transformed in time to a separate unite with its own bed- and bathroom. OYO emphasized the contrast between the new shape and the old volume, which used to be an post office.

Image Courtesy © Tom Janssens

  • Architects: OYO – Open Y Office  
  • Project: House WIVA
  • Location: Herent, Belgium
  • Photography: Tom Janssens
  • Type: Single family house extension
  • Area: House extension 110 m2
  • Year: 2010

Esteban Housing in Nantes, France by Leibar-Seigneurin

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: Leibar-Seigneurin

The starting point for the architectural approach of this project was a piece of “virgin” land, the form and profile of which gave little indication of the mutations to come.

We therefore considered the site as a starting point, a “base” on which different types of architecture could be developed.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Miara

  • Architects: Leibar-Seigneurin
  • Project: Esteban Housing
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Photography: Patrick Miara
  • Type: Housing : 103 units : 96 flats and 7 houses.
  • Contractor: GHT.
  • Completion: 2013.
  • Cost (tax free): 8 400 000 €
  • Net Floor Area: 7 900 m2
  • Software used: Autocad

SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY in London by Zaha Hadid Architects

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery consists of two distinct parts, namely the conversion of a classical 19th century brick structure – The Magazine – and a 21st century tensile structure. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is thus – after MAXXI in Rome – the second art space where Zaha Hadid Architects have created a synthesis of old and new. The Magazine was designed as a Gunpowder Store in 1805. It comprises two raw brick barrel vaulted spaces (where the gunpowder was stored) and a lower square-shaped surrounding structure with a frontal colonnade. The building continued to be in military use until 1963. Since then Royal Parks used the building for storage. The Magazine thus remained underutilised until now. Over time, much amendment and alteration has occurred inside the historic building and its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location: London
  • Photography: Luke Hayes
  • Overall site area: 3,414 m2
  • Gross internal area: Total: 1566m2
  • Architectural Design: Zaha Hadid, with Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Architectural Project Director: Charles Walker, Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Architectural Project Lead, Phase 1: Thomas Vietzke, with Jens Borstelmann, Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Architectural Project Lead, Phase 2: Fabian Hecker, Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Structural Engineering: Ed Clark, with Jolyon Smith and Chris Neighbour, ARUP
  • Project Directors: Julia Peyton-Jones, with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries
  • Project Leader: Julie Burnell, with Amy Brown, Serpentine Galleries
  • Project Managers: Ian Eggers, Gareth Stapleton, Bob White, Peter George, Wayne Glaze, Pat Walsh, Jim Ledger, Rise
  • Architectural Project Team: Ceyhun Baskin, Torsten Broeder, David Campos, Suryansh Chandra, Inanc Eray, Matthew Hardcastle, Dillon Lin, Elke Presser, Marina Duran Sancho, Timothy Schreiber, Jianghai Shen, Marcela Spadaro, Anat Stern, Laymon Thaung, Claudia Wulf, Zaha Hadid Architects

Renovation of Former Dominican Monastery to Ptuj Performance Center in Slovenia by ENOTA

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Article source: ENOTA

The Dominican monastery in Ptuj boasts more than 800 years of history, which is, in various degrees of apparentness, expressed in its building structure. The Dominicans came to Ptuj in the early 13th century, when they were given a plot within the city walls, at the very edge of the west corner. Alongside the existing Romanesque buildings, they began the construction of the monastery and the church, whose transformation of its Romanesque configuration to the current Baroque form had several interim Gothic phases. The rest of the monastery complex shares a similar fate also; however, much more of the Mediaeval, Gothic structure is preserved there.

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

  • Architects: ENOTA
  • Project: Renovation of Former Dominican Monastery to Ptuj Performance Center
  • Location: Slovenia
  • Photography: Miran Kambič
  • Type: invited competition first prize
  • Year: 2010
  • Status: completed 2013
  • Size: 3.527 m2
  • Budget: 4.400.000 EUR
  • Client: Ptuj Municipality 
  • Project team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Polona Ruparčič, Andrej Oblak, Maruša Zupančič, Alja Černe, Tjaž Bauer, Petra Ostanek, Nuša Završnik Šilec, Nebojša Vertovšek
  • Structural engineering: Elea iC
  • Mechanical services: Nom biro
  • Electrical planning: Elsing

Virgin Megastore in California by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


This project strives to provide a rigorous design for a building type that is sometimes overlooked by serious architectural investigation. It is the first purpose-built structure for the international music retailer, Virgin Records, who needed a strong identifiable architectural image to provide them with a clearly recognizable landmark within the existing urban context. The challenge was to provide them with the dramatic impact they needed whilst overcoming the limitations of a site with a very narrow frontage.


  • Project: Virgin Megastore
  • Location: California, U.SA
  • Photography: Mark Dziewulski
  • Program: A new building consisting of 22,000 sq.ft of retail space on two floors.
  • Objective: To provide a landmark building with a sense of destination and an identity that would exist at the larger scale of the city as whole.
  • Context: Adjacent to an existing retail center. A difficult site with very little frontage: narrow and deep. Dense commercial development along a high traffic arterial road.


  • Design Award from the chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
  • PacificCoastBuilders Design Award


  • Dynamic and sculptural form creates a community landmark.
  • Evokes an appropriate sense of drama and public theater.
  • Language expresses structural solution.
  • Overcomes narrow site and projects identity.
  • Signage part of total composition.
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