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2 Houses with 6 Homes in Pozuelo, Spain by nodo17 Architects

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: nodo17 Architects

Construction of two semidetached houses. But, how many homes have two houses? Maybe not just 2. We like its in definition. Are they are 6 houses, 4 or 2…?

We propose an ambiguous project in relation to size and number of homes. The houses are divided in compact volumes, with different sizes and heights.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Cruz Arjona

  • Architects: nodo17 Architects
  • Project: 2 Houses with 6 Homes
  • Location: c/ Fuente de la Salud 1, Pozuelo de Alarcón 28223. Madrid/ Spain
  • Photography: Pablo Cruz Arjona
  • Clients: Promociones Virginza
  • Architect: nodo17_architects/ Manuel Pérez Romero
  • Collaborator Architects: Alegría Zorrilla Miras, Birga Wingenfeld, Michael Moradiellos
  • Infography: Jaime López
  • Quantity Surveyor: Ignacio Delgado Conde
  • Structural Engineer: JOFEMAR (José Luis Gutierrez)
  • Services Surveyor: EURING Ingenieros
  • Project date: November 2006
  • Ending date:  May 2012
  • Project Area: 820 m2

Concrete House in Mar Azul, Argentina by BESONIAS ALMEIDA arquitectos.

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: BESONIAS ALMEIDA arquitectos.

We propose choices which guarantee the survival of the natural environment.

Mar Azul is a place well-known for us from time ago, so when we built our first work in 2004, we knew that we have to intervene a land that, despite of its worthy landscape, had never count with a legal support that protect this patrimony of those which built with a unique aim: get the most out of the earth. This land neither count with a code that, understanding the logic of this privileged space, regulate resolving the difference between this inappropriate constructions and the possibility of building without losing the properties of the site. In addition to this situation, the habit of building “picturesque houses in a place of fantasy” is taming slowly the forest, which is nowadays owner of a strong wild presence.

Image Courtesy Daniela Mac Adden

  • Architects: BESONIAS ALMEIDA arquitectos.
  • Project: Concrete House
  • Location: Mar Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architects: María Victoria Besonías, Guillermo de Almeida
  • Land area: 595, 5 m²
  • Built area: 90 m²
  • Construction year: 2006/2007
  • Photographers: Daniela Mac Adden, Gustavo Sosa Pinilla-summa
  • Software used: Autocad and 3Dstudio


NSPI – Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters in Canada by WZMH Architects

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: WZMH Architects

The project is located on a 5-acre site at the southern end of the Halifax downtown waterfront with access from Lower Water Street. The site steps down approximately 7.5m from Lower Water Street to the harbour, east of the site. To the south there has been significant redevelopment of some of existing harbour buildings including the NASCAT, and Pier 21. To the north and west vacant lots exist that will be subject to future development.

Image Courtesy © Greg Richardson

  • Architects: WZMH Architects
  • Project: NSPI – Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters
  • Location: Canada
  • Photography: RPM Productions, Tom Arban, Greg Richardson
  • Building area: 193 000 ft²
  • Construction cost: $49 Million
  • Date completed: Anticipated completion – April 2011
  • Client name: NSPI – Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters
  • Architect team members: Jay Bigelow, Carl Blanchaer, John White, Harrison Chan, Arnaldo Zaragoza, Jee-Young Kang, Han Tang, Grace El-Khoury, Max Veneracion, Ronald Baga, Ken Price, Janet Nowakowski
  • Structural Engineer: BMR Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: M & R Engineering Limited
  • Electrical Engineer: M & R Engineering Limited
  • Landscape Architect: Gordon Ratcliffe Landscape Architects
  • Interiors: Figure3
  • Contractor: Aecon Atlantic Group
  • Other Specialist Consultants: LEED Specialist – Enermodal Engineering

Office in Forest in Mie prefecture in Japan by SUGAWARADAISUKE

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


This the head office project at Matsuzaka, Mie prefecture in Japan. The project‘s target is not on the value of the object view in respect to sculptural appearance of the building , but rather on the value of the environmental view with body experience.

Image Courtesy Takeshi Nakasa / Nacása & Partners Inc.

  • Project: Office in Forest / Aquaplannet headquarters building
  • Location: Matsuzaka City, Mie Pref., Japan
  • Concept Design: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Schematic Design: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Design Development: SUGAWARADAISUKE + KITAMURAGUMI Corporation
  • Construction: KITAMURAGUMI Corporation
  • Principal use: office
  • Structure: Steel flame
  • Site area: 1193.30 sqm
  • Building area: 356.44sqm
  • Floor area: 348.01 sqm
  • Height: 3,900 mm
  • Number of stories: +1
  • Design Period: Aug. 2010 – May 2011
  • Construction Period: June 2011 – Dec. 2011
  • Photographer: Takeshi Nakasa / Nacása & Partners Inc.


Centcelles Social Housing in Tarragona, Spain by Aguilera | Guerrero Architects

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: Aguilera | Guerrero Architects

The residential Centcelles, is built on a plot flanked by a network of houses and the N240 road that runs through the neighborhood of Sant Salvador. Three actions are carried out in three distinct phases, temporary and project. The two first actions make up the perimeter of the irregular quadrilateral of the plot and are very different from the formal point of view ‐ volume.

Image Courtesy © PEPO SEGURA

  • Architects: Aguilera | Guerrero Architects
  • Project: Centcelles Social Housing
  • Location: Tarragona, Spain
  • Photography: PEPO SEGURA
  • Use: Residential
  • Site area: 1.507,00 m2
  • Structure: Concrete
  • Completion Year : 2010
  • Project team: ANTON ARMENGOL TUA
  • Contractor: GULINVES S.L.

Temporary Housing of Rikuzentakata, Japan by SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: SUGAWARADAISUKE  + Architect Lounge

Village-like contemporary housing unit complex merges into the surrounding natural landscape. As a result of collaborative works by local carpenters and architects, this housing complex shows how humanitarian aid could possibly work.

Image Courtesy SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge

  • Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge
  • Project: Temporary Housing of Rikuzentakata
  • Location: Otomo-cho Usozawa, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Pref., Japan
  • Housing Unit: Sumita Housing Industry Corporation
  • Housing Unit Architect: Kazuhito Nakano
  • Infrastructure And Master Plan: SUGAWARADAISUKE + ARCHITECT LOUNGE
  • Architect: Daisuke Sugawara (SUGAWARADAISUKE), Masayuki Harada (ARCHITECT LOUNGE)
  • Construction: Sumita Housing Industry Corporation
  • Structure: Wooden frame and bearing wall
  • Area: 29.81 sqm
  • Height: 3,765 mm
  • Construction unit: 60 units
  • Site area: 18571.76 sqm
  • Construction area: 1788.60 sqm
  • Design: March 2011 – May 2011
  • Construction: May 2011 – July 2011
  • Photographer: Takumi Ota


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


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