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Shadowboxx in Lopez Island, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Shadowboxx responds to a desire to facilitate an intimate understanding of its setting and explores the tradition of gathering around a fire. The site for this island retreat is a remote, windy point of land in the San Juan Islands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Tucked between a thicket of trees and a rising bank, the house angles toward the bluff with its fifty-foot drop to the sea and view of the Olympic Mountains beyond.

Image Courtesy © Michael Burns 

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: Shadowboxx
  • Location: Lopez Island, Washington , USA
  • Photography: Michael Burns, Tim Bies, Kevin Scott, Benjamin Benschneider
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Jon Gentry, LEED AP, project manager
  • Contractor: Krekow Jennings
  • Consultants: MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering); VIEKMAN (interior design); Turner Exhibits (gizmo engineering); Bird Electric (electric engineering); CIP Plumbing & Heating (mechanical engineering)

Banking Branch in Leiria, Portugal by 2L Atelier Arquitectos

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: 2L Atelier Arquitectos

With the purpose in re-qualifying an old building belonging to a derelict industrial area, this project proposes a new concept for a banking branch by presenting an innovative attendance desk design that leads to a new and fresh appearance, language and workplace blueprint, without losing the institution’s identity. This new image needs to be cohesive, simple in its form, identifiable from other institution’s branches, communicative and friendly.

Image Courtesy © Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography 

  • Architects: 2L Atelier Arquitectos
  • Project: Banking Branch in Leiria
  • Location: Leiria, Portugal
  • Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography
  • Architect: eduardo rodrigues
  • Collaborators :carlos lagoa
  • Engineering: id2p, engenharia lda.
  • Client: Caixa de Credito de Leiria
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

Zois House Studios in Ljubljana, Slovenian by Arhitektura d.o.o.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Arhitektura d.o.o.

Ljubljana, Slovenian capital, boasts a picturesque historic town core which is home to the grand Zois Palace, situated on the riverbanks of Ljubljanica. In the palace, Arhitektura d.o.o. designed a small modern hotel with eight studio apartments. Zois Palace was built at the end of the 18th century from several older buildings. It is famous for having been the home of Baron Žiga Zois (1747-1819) who marked Slovenian history as the patron of Slovenian cultural renaissance.

Image Courtesy © Marko Zoranovič 

  • Architects: Arhitektura d.o.o.
  • Project: Zois House Studios
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenian
  • Photography: Marko Zoranovič
  • Authors: Peter Gabrijelčič udia, Boštjan Gabrijelčič udia
  • Partners: Aleš Gabrijelčič
  • Investor: private
  • Construction year: 2012

City Green Court in Prague, Czech Republic by Richard Meier & Partners

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Richard Meier & Partners

City Green Court is the third of a cluster of buildings designed by Richard Meier & Partners and it completes the corner of the Radio Plaza superblock located in the Pankrac area of Prague. The building is conceived of as a geometric volume in dialogue with the near context while offering respected contrast to the surrounding buildings. Smaller in scale than its predecessor and sibling, City Tower, it is equally inspired by the language of Czech Cubism, with a façade that while addressing issues of conservation and sustainability incorporates forms reminiscent of this avant-garde movement. The quote below, in essence, sums up the philosophy and concepts behind City Green Court.

Image Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners 

  • Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
  • Project: City Green Court in Prague
  • Location: Pankrac, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Design Principals: Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
  • Project Architect: Guillermo Murcia
  • Collaborators: Robert Kim, Marianna Mello, Yoshiki Waterhouse,  Joseph Watson

Nanjing Studio 14 in Nanjing, China by HWCD

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: HWCD

International architecture practice, HWCD has developed a series of mixed-used towers located at Yangtze River Delta.  The team of The Nanjing Studio 14 submitted the project as part of a competition to establish an important hub in the center of Nanjing, capital of the Jiangsu province.

Image Courtesy HWCD 

  • Architects: HWCD
  • Project: Nanjing Studio 14
  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Client: Studio 14 Research Institute of Electronic Technology Group
  • Owner: China Electronics Technology Group Corporation 14 Research Institute
  • Design Firm: HWCD
  • Design Director: Sun Wei
  • Design Team: Huang Shui-ying, Qu Himalayan Chen Yun Kim, Feng Ruoqian, Matyas Simonyi, David Valent, Adon Buckley, Octavio Gonzales
  • Completed: May 2012

Hartenaugasse Office Building in Styria, Austria by Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

For an architect, the task of giving a manor house a new purpose and function is of course a fascinating, yet also complex, challenge. Villas such as Hartenaugasse 6 rank at the very top of the range of desirable residences. Yet the shape of living space today has changed altogether fundamentally in comparison with the ideas prevailing at the time the villas were designed. This accounts for the fact that many of these buildings are put to other uses today.

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH 

  • Architects: Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH
  • Project: Hartenaugasse Office Building
  • Location: Hartenaugasse, 8010 Graz, Styria, Austria
  • Client: Wegraz GmbH
  • Project team:
    Project manager: DI Martin Mittermayr
    Collaborators: DI Robert Strempfl, Ing. Johannes Eisenberger
  • Technical consultants:
    Structural: Vatter&Partner ZT GmbH, 8200 Gleisdorf
    Mechanical services: TB Hammer GmbH, 8054Graz
    Electrical: TB Klauss GmbH, 8054 Graz
    Construction physics: Dr. Pfeiler ZT GmbH, 8010 Graz
  • Contractors:
    Main contractor: Lederer-Grabner BauGmbH, 8055 Graz
    Facade / Metalwork: Ferroglas GmbH, 4063 Hörsching
    Facade: SFL GmbH, 8152 Stallhofen
    Metalwork: Metallbau Hirt, 8230 Grafendorf
  • Competition:
    Design & documentation: Spring 2003 – Spring 2010
    Start of construction: May 2010
    Completion: April 2011
  • Technical data:
    Net area: ~ 1.275 m² (NF 1.010 m², FF 50 m², VF 215 m²)
    Total floor area: ca. 1.800 m²
    Cubage: ca. 6.100 m³

Nørrebrohallen in Copenhagen, Denmark by AG5

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: AG5

AG5 won, in an invited competition, the commission to revitalize and extend Nørrebrohallen (previously tram sheds) i Copenhagen. In a close dialogue with the users of the sports facilities the centre expanded its programme to meet the needs of a broader range of guests. The main entrance is now aligned with the adjacent square, Superkilen, and became the centerpiece for the local district with new functions such as café, multifunctional zones and digital displays.

Image Courtesy Søren Nielsen

  • Architects: AG5
  • Project: Nørrebrohallen
  • Location: Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Status: Completed
  • Client: Copenhagen Council
  • Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Branding: Punktum Design
  • Consultant:
  • Budget: 15 mio. kr.
  • Year: 2009 – 2012
  • Software used: Bentley Microstation

G.C. House in Ovar, Portugal by Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

The arrival at the house is characterised by two exposed concrete walls which surround the building, both hiding and sheltering it. Access is established via a ramp covered by a canopy which extends from the house until the gate, set against an iron pillar. The house is essentially closed to the north and east, opening totally to the south and west in the direction of the sun, benefiting from a privileged relationship with the garden, patios and swimming pool.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar 

  • Architects: Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa
  • Project: G.C. House
  • Location: Ovar, Portugal
  • Photography: Manuel Aguiar
  • Architecture: José António Lopes da Costa, Tiago Meireles
  • Collaborators: Rita Gonçalves, Filipe Ribeiro
  • Technical: Structures – Luís Rocha (Engineer)
  • Specialties: Water and Sanitation – Ana Portugal (Engineer), Electrical Equipment and Telecommunications – José Oliveira (Engineer)
  • Project Date: 2001/2003
  • Construction Date: 2003/2005

Paolo’s Restaurant V.I.P. Room in Reston, Virginia by FORMA Design, Inc.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: FORMA Design, Inc.

When the client hired FORMA for the addition of a private V.I.P. dining room for Paolo’s Restaurant in Reston, the mandate was to the point – ”I want a sexy room”. The challenge was wrapping a catering kitchen, bar, access to the existing kitchen and seating a maximum number of guests around the new space and making it all work.

Image Courtesy © Goeffrey Hodgdon 

  • Architects: FORMA Design, Inc.
  • Project: Paolo’s Restaurant V.I.P. Room
  • Location: Reston, Virginia, USA
  • Photography: Goeffrey Hodgdon
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