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Apparecchiare la citta in Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta by studio ghigos

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: studio ghigos

we want to show you the collection Lago Maggiore Casalinghi, a project that involves small and medium business of the historical household products district of Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Verbania e Cusio Ossola.
From the experiment of “Apparecchiare la città” presented at Salone del Mobile of Milan was born the first collection for “Lago Maggiore Casalinghi” brand not realized by a unique company, but by a wide network of production firms.

Image Courtesy ghigos

  • Architects: studio ghigos
  • Project: Apparecchiare la citta @ Frankfurt
  • Location: Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Verbania e Cusio Ossola
  • Type: direct appointment
  • Place: Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Client: Fedora Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Verbania
  • History: 15-19 February 2013
  • Credits Project: ghigos (Davide Crippa and Barbara Di Prete, Francesco Tosi) (more…)

ÖWG/ÖWGes HEADQUARTERS in Moserhofgasse, Styria by Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

For every business, the new build of a company headquarter is a forward striving action, and thus, also the new ÖWG/ÖWGes office building, became an architectonic contribution to the urban room of Graz. In essence, it’s about expressing presence and future-orientated ambition both externally and among the employed staff, the building should communicate that new approaches are being made.

Image Courtesy Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH

  • Architects: Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH
  • Location: Moserhofgasse, 8010 Graz, Styria
  • Client: ÖWG/ÖWGes GmbH
  • Project team: Project manager: DI René Traby
    Collaborators: DI Martin Mittermayr, Renate Mussbacher
  • Technical consultants: Structural: DI Boyer, 8010 Graz
    Mechanical services: TB Ing. Starchel, 8430 Leibnitz
    Electrical: TB Ing. Stengg, 8720 Knittelfeld
    Construction physics: Rosenfelder&Höfler Consulting, 8010 Graz
  • Contractors: Main contractor: Lieb-Bau Weiz, 8160 Weiz
    Steel construction: Gänsweider GmbH, 8561 Söding
    Facade / Metalwork: Ferroglas GmbH, 4063 Hörsching
    Carpenter: Unterwaditzer GmbH, 9771 Berg

DMB House in Montagna, Italy by act_romegialli

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: act_romegialli

The project is located on the ground  of the alluvial cone of the Davaglione stream in Montagna, Valtellina, Italy.

To the east of the plot there are the public street and the wall of the stream bank, to the south there is a private house built departing from the right distances from the border, so the quality view is completely obstructed on this side.

Image Courtesy @ filippo simonetti ,act Romegialli

  • Architects:  act_romegialli
  • Project: DMB House
  • Location: Montagna, Valtellina, Italy
  • Art: French Fasulo – sandro fistolera – piero Zambuto
  • Structures: study moncecchi associated
  • Plants: study aquaengineering
  • Photos: © filippo simonetti,  © act Romegialli
  • Chief architects: Gianmatteo Romegialli, Angela Maria Romegialli, Erika Gaggia
  • Software used: Vectorworks

House Tat in Bassonia, Johannesburg by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

When arriving at House Tat, the visitor can immediately understand the magnificence of this project, for the five storey house was redesigned and ingeniously transformed into a contemporary home.

Image Courtesy Nico van der Meulen Architects


Nau Royal Hotel in São Sebastião, Brazil by GCP Arquitetos

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: GCP Arquitetos

The Nau Royal building design was based upon very cleary assumptions: functional programing, simple and clear lines tipology, but with a strong formal expression, connection with its spetacular surroundings and sustainability. The party consideres the existing natural landscape and views as a key element to the project, therefore, adopting modern brazilian architecture principles, such as the use of large openings protected by “brise-soleil balconies”, framing from one side of the building, the mountains covered by rain forest and from the opposite side, the Cambury beach and the Atlantic ocean.

Image Courtesy Nelson Kon and Faustulo Machado

  • Architects: GCP Arquitetos
  • Project: Nau Royal Hotel
  • Location: São Sebastião, Brazil
  • Project: 2009
  • Construction: 2011
  • Type: Boutique Hotel by the Cambury beach
  • Sector: Hospitality
  • Construction Value: US$ 9,3 Million
  • Site Area: 1.500 sqm
  • Construction Area: 950 sqm
  • Landscape: Marcelo Belloto Paisagismo
  • Lighting:  Acenda Projeto de Iluminação
  • MEP: Projetar Projetos de Sistemas
  • Photographer:  Nelson Kon and Faustulo Machado (more…)


Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: HILBERINKBOSCH architects

In the Algarve, the south of Portugal, the transition from the coast to the hilly midlands is characterized by an ascending landscape. Historical agricultural structures, such as vineyards and orchards form an idyllic setting. We designed a holiday home for a Dutch principal on one of these typical plots with an old citrus- and olive orchard. The main focus point of the design are the life outdoors, the sun, the fantastic view over the ocean and the gathering around family and friends.

Image Courtesy René de Wit, Breda

  • Architects: HILBERINKBOSCH architects
  • Location: Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal
  • Area square metres indoor: 560 m2 
  • Start project: 2008 
  • Completion: 2011 
  • Photographer: René de Wit, Breda, The Netherlands (more…)

House in Odemira , Portugal by Vitor Vilhena Architects

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Article source: Vitor Vilhena Architects

The site is ncluded in Estate of Arrifóias, Odemira, Alentejo, where nature and topography have very specific features. The client seeks a solution that favors housing asset values and landscaped site.

Image Courtesy Joao Morgado

  • Architects: Vitor Vilhena Architects
  • Project: House in Odemira
  • Location:Herdade das Arrifóias, Odemira, Alentejo, Portugal
  • Area: 175 m²
  • Photography: Joao Morgado (more…)

Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the ESA to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as building matter.

The outpost is designed as a modular system which can be extended in the future – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

The practice has designed a lunar base to house four people, which can offer protection from meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations. The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer to create a protective shell.

Lunar outpost near the moon’s south pole – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

To ensure strength while keeping the amount of binding “ink” to a minimum, the shell is made up of a hollow closed cellular structure similar to foam. The geometry of the structure was designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with consortium partners – it is groundbreaking in demonstrating the potential of 3D printing to create structures that are close to natural biological systems.

Autonomous robots are used to 3D print a cellular structure that protects the inhabitants from gamma radiation, meteorite impacts and extreme temperature fluctuations. – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

Simulated lunar soil has been used to create a 1.5 tonne mockup and 3D printing tests have been undertaken at a smaller scale in a vacuum chamber to echo lunar conditions. The planned site for the base is at the moon’s southern pole, where there is near perpetual sunlight on the horizon.

(c) ESA

The consortium includes Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, working with Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Monolite UK supplied the D-Shape™ printer and developed a European source for lunar regolith stimulant, which has been used for printing all samples and demonstrators.

(c) ESA

Xavier De Kestelier, Partner, Foster + Partners Specialist Modelling Group:
“As a practice, we are used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic. It has been a fascinating and unique design process, which has been driven by the possibilities inherent in the material. We look forward to working with ESA and our consortium partners on future research projects.”

(c) ESA

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