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Starter Dwellings by Diederendirrix Architects

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Diederendirrix Architects

On three sites in the neighbourhood around Loekemanstraat, six apartment blocks were replaced by starter dwellings. The challenge was to introduce features into the neighbourhood which would reinforce public safety and, at the same time, produce optimal housing in a small area. The 48 dwellings are placed in blocks of 8 units, positioned back to back, so that what are currently the rear elevations become the front elevations.

Image Courtesy © Diederendirrix Architects

Hotel Well in Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia by MVA

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: MVA

The addition to an existing congress/wellness hotel is located in the thermal complex “Terme Tuhelj”, Croatia, next to the protected historical park and baroque Curia “Mihanović”. The starting point of the project was the idea of connecting all the existing and new facilities and integrating them into a new and meaningful ensemble.

Image Courtesy © Ivan Dorotić

  • Architects: MVA
  • Project: Hotel Well
  • Location: Terme Tuhelj, Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia
  • Photography: Ivan Dorotić
  • Architects: MVA / Marin Mikelić, Tomislav Vreš
  • Project year: 2010. – 2011.
  • Construction: 2011. – 2012.
  • Project Area: 12.250 m²
  • Client: Terme Tuhelj d.o.o.
  • Collaborators: Dubravka Perica, Ivana Krneta, Ivana Drviš, Silvija Pranjić, Sara Pavlov, Stjepan Birač (Architecture), Amalija Denich (Landscape Architecture), Tatjana Petric (Signage, Design), Iva Baković (Interior Consulting), Mateo Biluš (Building Physics), Mario Todorić, Toding (Structural Engineering), Srećko Zubak, Shema ZS (Electrical Engineering), Miroslav Janićijević, Bramini (HVAC), Nenad Šutevski, Vodotehnika (Plumbing Engineering), Željko Mužević, Flamit (Fire Protection)

Housing building with 7 units in Rue Des Maraîchers, Luxembourg by METAFORM Architecture

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: METAFORM Architecture

A discreet and reduced architecture with hidden openings based on a compact and pure volume. One of the main intentions of the project consists in the insertion of a residential building with 7 living units in its direct surroundings, marked by detached and solitary buildings in an suburban context. The use of a single light coloured material (fibre-cement panels) for the façade gives the building a monolithic aspect and preserves the quiet appearance. The composition of the different volumes merged to the continuous grid of the façade blurs the clear differentiation of the stacked floors, indeed often characteristic for an multi-storey housing project.

Image Courtesy Steve Troes fotodesign

  • Architects: METAFORM Architecture
  • Project: Housing building with 7 units
  • Location:Rue Des Maraîchers, Luxembourg
  • Client: ASARS Construction
  • Construction Cost: 1.950.000€ excl.VAT
  • Total Surface: 1.200sqm
  • Total Volume: 4.200m³
  • Construction Period: Feb.2011 – Jul.2012
  • Photographer: Steve Troes fotodesign


Et Centre Culturel à Nantes in France by Tetrarc Architects

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Tetrarc Architects

Program_ Design an equipment dedicated to con-temporary and emerging music, assembling together 2 performing show halls (1200, 400 places), 16 re-cording and training studios, spaces for digital exper-imentation, offices, and welcoming public spaces.

Image Courtesy Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: Tetrarc Architects
  • Project: Et Centre Culturel à Nantes
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Traductor: Matthieu Blanche
  • Competition: 2005
  • Study: 2005-08
  • Completion: September 2011
  • Photographer: Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Building surface: 7222 m2 SHON


Royal Opera House in Essex, England by Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

Nicholas Hare Architects LLP were appointed by the Royal Opera House in 2007 to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex to RIBA stage D, and have been retained by the Royal Opera House to monitor the construction of the building during the design and build procurement process. The new building accommodates a large paint-shop for vertical and horizontal scene-painting as well as carpentry and metal workshops.

Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Hufton & Crow

  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects LLP
  • Project: Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop
  • Location: Essex, England
  • Photography: Hufton + Crow 
  • CLIENT: Royal Opera House 
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Services Engineer: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Planning Supervisor: Butler & Young (Building Control)
  • Main Contractor: McLaren Construction
  • Start on Site Date: October 2009
  • Date of Completion: November 2010
  • Gross Internal Floor Area (m2): 4,300m2
  • Total Cost: £6m
  • Annual CO2 Emissions: 39.8 kgCO2/m2/annum
  • Form of Contract and/or Procurement: Design & Build
  • Software used: NHA used Vectorworks and SketchUp for the 2D and 3D architectural software. The structural engineer and MEP engineers had their own software.

Ipervasi in Nicosia, Cyprus by Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Article source: Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

We live in times of crisis.
The globalised world, especially as it was formed after 9/11, is beset today, more than ever, by economic, political, religious, ethnic and social crises, but also by a deep existential identity crisis.

The 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, once the fourth largest investment bank in the United States, was a clear sign that “something is rotten in the State of Denmark”1and set fire to the lurking financial crisis worldwide. A crisis spreading in
a chain reaction – possibly the most complex one since the Second World War and quite different from the 1929 stock market crash – the consequences of which are still felt today, especially within the European territory.

Image Courtesy Constantinos Kalisperas & Nicos Kouroussis

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