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Iron Lace Project in Quebec, Canada by Gestion René Desjardins

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Article source: Gestion René Desjardins

“It’s a beautiful, calm street, lined with trees and 1960s bungalows. On the other hand, the house that these clients had bought was in such disrepair that it was beyond saving. The municipality had therefore granted us a demolition permit, on the strict condition that the new building follow the original plan. That was a real problem, since we needed to triple the livable space to meet the family’s needs. The husband, a tall, strapping extrovert, wanted a space that would reflect his size and personality. His wife, ever so pragmatic, insisted on easy upkeep and ample storage space.”

Image Courtesy © André Doyon 

  • Architects: Gestion René Desjardins
  • Project: Iron Lace Project
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: André Doyon
  • Setting (typology): Home in a chic suburb of Montreal That HAS preserved icts architectural heritage
  • Year of completion: 2012
  • Client: A couple That enjoys parts and contemporary art, the parent of three young adults

Pago de Carraovejas Winery in Peñafiel, Spain by Estudio Amas4arquitectura

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Article source: Estudio Amas4arquitectura

This project is part of a series of works where we tried to look into a massiveness which liberated space and turned what isn’t done into the main focus. The whole building is articulated by this blank space in the shape of patios, subtractions or voids. Daylight is distributed through indirect and singular openings. Structure is resolved through big superficial components in the form of enclosure.

Image Courtesy © José María Díez Laplaza 

  • Architects: Estudio Amas4arquitectura
  • Project: Pago de Carraovejas Winery
  • Location: Peñafiel, Spain
  • Photography: José María Díez Laplaza
  • Design team: Javier López de Uribe, Fernando Zaparaín, Fermín Antuña, Eduardo García
  • Collaborator: Pablo Guillén Llanos
  • Consultants: B&P servicios de ingeniería (structural), Agroindus (installations), Jesús Ferreira (landscape), ARCO Contemporáneo (furniture)
  • Client: PAGO DE CARRAOVEJAS
  • General contractor: Construcciones del Duratón
  • Date: Project  2003, Final 2011.
  • Built surface: 10.112,09 sqm.
  • Urban surface: 9.909,90 sqm.
  • Cost: 10.212.559,14 €  (no installations. no equipment)

Dual House in Ahmedabad, India by Vipul Patel Architects (VPA)

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Article source: Vipul Patel Architects (VPA)

Two individual houses were to be designed for 2 brothers and their families was the brief of this project. The plot (1000 smt) is situated in the R3 zone of the outskirts of Ahmedabad (a city in the western part of India). A very clear instruction from the client was that they did not want to divide the plot and use it as a huge common space for both the families.

Image Courtesy Vipul Patel Architects (VPA) 

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: Antropologerne.com
  • Budget: 15 mio. kr.
  • Year: 2009 – 2012
  • Software used: Bentley Microstation
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