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CZ Insurance Headquarters in Tilburg, Netherlands by Barcode Architects and Habiter Autrement

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Article source: Barcode Architects

BARCODE Architects completes the first redevelopment phase of CZ insurance headquarters. CZ approached BARCODE Architects with the question to drastically transform the interior of their headquarters in Tilburg so that new ways of working with more opportunities for communication and knowledge sharing could emerge.

Image Courtesy Barcode Architects

  • Architects: Barcode Architects and Habiter Autrement
  • Project: CZ Insurance Headquarters
  • Location: Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Stage: Realised
  • Client: CZ
  • Area: 2000m2

Village Center in Tyrol, Austria by Brenner + Kritzinger Architekten

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Article source: Brenner + Kritzinger Architekten

Kappl is a small village in the mountains of Tyrol in Austria. The main task of this project was to create an attractive village square between the existing church and a nearly 40 º inclined slope. The new buildings were thus situated as to form a U-shaped outside space with the church adding the southern closure.

Image Courtesy © Birgit Köll 

  • Architects: Brenner + Kritzinger Architekten
  • Project: Village Center
  • Location: Kappl, Tyrol, Austria
  • Photography: Birgit Köll
  • Property size: 4.200 m²
  • Total built volume: 26.000 m3
  • Client: community of Kappl
  • Completion: 2010
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

B-House in Tel Aviv, Israel by Architekturbuero Sven Roettger

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Article source: Architekturbuero Roettger

The historic context of the “WHITE CITY” of Tel Aviv with its unique assemblage of “Bauhaus-Architecture” inspired this residential design. The solid geometrical volume joins those of its prominent neighbors, inserting a contemporary interpretation of that style. The body of the building is a concrete structure, a rectangular volume cast in situ with rounded edges.

Image Courtesy Architekturbuero Sven Roettger 

  • Architects: Architekturbuero Sven Roettger
  • Project: B-House
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Measures: 9,5m x 12,5m x 11,25m (height)
  • Footprint: 98 m²
  • Gross floor area: 328 m²
  • Software used: 3d Studio Max Design 2012 – Autodesk

Wairau Valley House in Rapaura, New Zealand by Parsonson Architects

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Article source: Parsonson Architects

The property is located in the Wairau Valley, 10 minutes from Blenheim and close to the Wairau River as it snakes along the edge of the northern hills, a patterned rural landscape of farms, orchards and vineyards. The house has a strong connection to the land spatially and materially. There is a sense of encampment, where different interlinked pavilions offer different areas of occupation and Privacy or openness.  

Image Courtesy © Paul McCredie 

  • Architects: Parsonson Architects
  • Project: Wairau Valley House
  • Location: Rapaura, New Zealand
  • Photography: Paul McCredie

Levin Residence in Arizona by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Three simple volumes hover above the desert, responding to the challenges of a sloping site and to an ethic of building with minimal disruption to the natural environment. The available buildable area was bifurcated by a minor drainage-way, which inspired the architects to leave the cars behind and link the parking area to the main house by a bridge that allows rainwater and wildlife to flow beneath it.

Image Courtesy © bill timmerman 

  • Architects: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects 
  • Project: Levin Residence
  • Location: Marana, Arizona, USA
  • Photography: bill timmerman
  • Year Completed: Fall 2011 
  • Square Footage: 3520 sq ft 
  • Contractor: Process Design Build 
  • Structrural Engineer: Harris Engineering Services, LLC 
  • Mechanical / Electrical: Paul Formentini 
  • Cabinets: Stone River Studio 
  • Landscaping: The Garden Gate
  • Software used: PowerCADD, Sketchup

Ajax Beauty Salon in Osaka, Japan Yasunari Tsukada Design

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: Neoplus Sixten inc. 

We were commissioned to design the premises of a newly opened hair salon within a multi-tenant building located in Kyobashi, an old downtown area of Osaka. During our visit, we found the site to be a pleasant, well-lit space with many windows. The owner’s requirements were for “a styling space that brings sunlight into the interior while also hiding the exterior landscape from view.”

Photo courtesy of Yasunari Tsukada Design

  • Project: Ajax Beauty Salon
  • Location: Miyakojima-ku, Osaka, Japan 
  • Completion: 2010 February 
  • Built area: 74.80 square meters 
  • General Contractor: Tenshin Construction 
  • Wall: Steel Plate(laser cut), urethane resin paint 
  • Flooring: Mortar, White EP Paint, Epoxy resin paint 
  • Ceiling: Aluminum Plate(laser cut), urethane resin paint
  • Designer: Yasunari Tsukada

CDS Offices in Tokyo, Japan by BAKOKO Architects

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: BAKOKO Architects

Designing he Tokyo office of multinational recruitment specialists CDS was an opportunity to renew and maximize the value of their existing two-story premises. After appraising a full range of space use options, BAKOKO transformed the second floor into an efficient and modern workplace with a sleek and attractive facility for meetings and interviews below. The project was phased across the various floors of the building to mitigate disruption to the company’s day-to-day operations.

Image Courtesy BAKOKO Architects

  • Architects: BAKOKO Architects
  • Project: CDS Offices
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Software used: Sketchup and Draftsite

Life Pharmacy in Raab, Austria by [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH

The original (wooden) facade of tailoring striker was already in a very poor condition and a modern pharmacy is not appropriate, so decided tp3 architects to redesign the appearance. The new structure is a post and beam construction also brought to the stock. This allowed the existing steel columns unlocked and later facade insulation of the entire building to be prepared.

Image Courtesy [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH 

  • Architects: [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH
  • Project: Lebensapotheke / LifePharmacy
  • Location: Hauptstraße 62 Raab, 4760 Austria

Parkhill Competition Winning Proposal in Bratislava, Slovakia by Nice Architects

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: Nice Architects 

Imagine former site of old outdoor amphitheater virtually unsuitable for residential development. Terrain too steep for comfortable traffic, sloping northward preventing proper isolation  On the other hand it is offering spectacular views on Bratislava and proximity of one of the oldest park in Bratislava.

Image Courtesy Nice Architects 

  • Architects: Nice Architects
  • Project: Parkhill
  • Location: Budkova Cesta, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Project phase: Open urban design/architectural competition – Winner
  • Date: November 2012
  • Team: Tomáš Žáček, Soňa Pohlová, Igor Žáček + 2ka landscape architects

Luminous in Tokyo, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Jun Sakaguchi as a practice director of PTW Architects won a design competition for this small commercial block in Tokyo in 2006. Crowned with a penthouse rising above the 31m height limit but within the set-back line, it glows like finely cut jewellery. Most surrounding buildings are 31m high, so the penthouse enjoys open views from the timber deck terrace to the Tokyo Station area and further up to the Shinjuku district.

Image Courtesy © Tomohiro Sakashita 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Luminous
  • Location: Kodenma-cho, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tomohiro Sakashita
  • Type: Commercial
  • Software used: ArchiCad for rendering and AutoCAD for documentation
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