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CityLife Skyscraper in Milan, Italy by Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Milan is the city that best represents the international face of Italy, comparable to London, Frankfurt, Paris. Unlike many historical Italian cities, Milan is more related to its development in the nineteenth and twentieth century, to be more precise after the industrial revolution. In this sense, design in Milan is compared with the more contemporary face of Italy, made up of factories, subways, concrete and steel and not so much of particular historical preseces. Witness is the fact that the Futurist movement has developed mainly in Milan, a movement created to respond to the issues of the contemporary city. It was not a particularly important relationship with the large existing masterpieces, but rather a reflection on the themes of the contemporary city.

Image courtesy Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects & Arata Isozaki & Associates
  • Project: CityLife Skyscraper
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Competition: 2003
  • Architecture: Andrea Maffei Architects (Milan), Arata Isozaki & Associates  (Tokyo)
  • Design: 2004-2010
  • Construction: 2011-2014
  • Program: office tower
  • Gross floor surface: 92.907 square meters
  • Total height: 202 meters
  • Materials: reinforced concrete, steel, glass
  • Client: CityLife s.r.l., Milan
  • Coordination: Pietro Bertozzi, Takeshi Miura
  • Collaborators: Adolfo Berardozzi, Chiara Zandri, Alessandra De Stefani, Vincenzo Carapellese, Francesca Chezzi, Roberto Berbati, Hidenari Arai, Carlotta Maranesi, Higaki Seisuke, Atsuko Suzuki

Dolcimanie – Coffee Shop & Pastry in Pontedera, Italy by Studiounodesign

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Studiounodesign

A new and even more effective framework is created in the recent restyling of the Dolcimanie Bar & Pastry Shop. Here the classic decor is pushed towards a contemporary infuence, putting the artistic value first and a natural beauty by means of precise variations of tonality.

Image Courtesy © Simone H. Rocchi 

New Canaan Residence in Connecticut by Specht Harpman Architects

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Specht Harpman Architects

The New Canaan Residence is nestled into a lush hilltop site in this forested part of Connecticut. The house was designed to engage the landscape and immerse the occupants in the full range of environments that the site offers. What the completed house doesn’t show is its modest beginnings: this is a renovation of a 1950’s house which had a series of unsympathetic additions from the 60’s and 70’s, and whose owners originally wanted only a kitchen upgrade.

Image Courtesy © Elizabeth Felicella 

  • Architects: Specht Harpman Architects
  • Project: New Canaan Residence
  • Location: New Canaan, Connecticut, USA
  • Photography: Elizabeth Felicella
  • Project Size: 6000 sq. ft.
  • Completion Date: 2011
  • Interior Decoration: Carrier & Co.
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Tartu Health Care College in Estonia, Tartu by Kavakava Architects

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Kavakava Architects

The building defining a friendly co-existence between small scale private housing and large healthcare institutions in the park. The new collage building is located in between two dormitories to maintain the buffer zone between private houses and large buildings.

Image Courtesy © Martin Siplane

  • Architects: Kavakava Architects
  • Project: Tartu Health Care College
  • Location: Estonia, Tartu, Nooruse 5
  • Photography: Martin Siplane, Jaan Sokk
  • Team: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil KAVAKAVA, Johannes Feld, Andro Mänd, Sten Mark Mändmaa, Ragnar Põllukivi
  • Interior design: Tarmo Piirmets PINK
  • Site: 8433m2
  • Building (neto): 6480m2
  • Client: Tartu Health Care College

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Résidence Nguyen in Montreal, Canada by Atelier Moderno

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Atelier Moderno

Under the guidance of director and president Jean-Guy Chabauty (APDIQ, ADIQ), Atelier Moderno is a full-service design firm, delivering a finished product that incarnates a synthesis of architecture, interior design, and industrial design. The mandate of this project was simple and honest – to create a residence for a young couple who were ready to grow their family. The response led to the development of a reticent and spacious environment, refined at every scale of planning, architecture, and detail. A topography of volumes and materials affirms itself throughout, changing its presence and effect as one circulates within the home.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Groleau 

  • Architects: Atelier Moderno
  • Project: Résidence Nguyen
  • Location: Nouveau Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC
  • Photography: Stéphane Groleau
  • Project end date: February 2013

College CEBES in Oporto, Portugal by Oval Arch Studios

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Oval Arch Studios

The project proposes a building that is based on the integration in the surrounding environment characterized by single-family luxury homes, volumes somewhat fragmented, with balconies and rooftops. Thus, in this context, we maintain very distinctive identity on Avenue Marechal Gomes da Costa (the surrounding haracterized by this avenue, with an urban character of low density allows easy access to major highways and ensures stability of the building pattern of the area), and created a proposal for a volume that integrates elements of popular architecture and contemporary design with presenting a building with residential architecture characteristics.Therefore, the volume proposed is defined by the rhythms of the architectonic gramar, by the glazed openings and based upon the design of a family house.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Architects: Oval Arch Studios
  • Project: College CEBES
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Team: OVAL – arch. Avelino Oliveira, arch. Gil Brito, arch. Elina Briede, arch.Catarina Ferreira.
  • Finished: 2012
  • Construction: Triplano

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Medina Towers in Tangier, Morocco by Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners 

THE INITIAL IDEA is based on 4 basic elements in the Moroccan landscape and typical of Moroccan culture.

Moucharabie= Hotel

The first tower, the hotel, takes as a reference point something unique in the Arabic world, the moucharabie. This device, which allows one to observe without being seen, is generally made from small pieces of turned wood assembled according to an often-complex geometrical plan, forming a closely woven grille. The Moucharabies of the Nasrides palaces are covered with decorations and stained glass, which lets soft light filter through, giving only minimal lighting to the rooms and protection from the sun. This system is completely replicated; the building rises in height through an entirely perforated concrete structure.

Image courtesy Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners 

  • Architects: Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners
  • Project: Medina Towers
  • Location: Tangier, Morocco
  • Year: 2007
  • Client: CFE Group + Alaoui & Associés
  • Category: MIXED-USE
  • Surface Area: 117 000 m²
  • Materials: Concrete, Wood, Glass, Steel, Mosaic, Stainless Steel, Corten Steel, Terrazzo
  • Program: Hotel (4+ stars), 300 Rooms, Convention center, Spa, Swimming Pools, Bars, Restaurants, Club, Casino, Parking, General Services, 200 Luxury Apartments from 2 to 5 bedrooms, Offices, Green Roofs, Commercial Center, Restaurants, Retails shop, Green areas

Godinho’s House in Porto, Portugal by Ressano Garcia Arquitectos

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Ressano Garcia Arquitectos

The house is located in a long and narrow plot. There was an existing house which was six meters large and twenty long, the new building had to use the same footprint and expanded to three floors. The south elevation faces the street and at the back of the house, the garden. The living and dining rooms overlook the garden through a large window, so the house can be flooded with natural light all day long. Both social areas bring the garden inside, an intimate atmosphere surrounded by stone walls and boulders, previously located underground.

Image courtesy Ressano Garcia Arquitectos 

Fletcher Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Benthem Crouwel Architects

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Benthem Crouwel Architects

In development area of Amstel III, situated on Amsterdam’s southeast side, Meibergdreef lane is currently being re-developed into an urban axis. This re-development constituted the catalyst for the construction of a four-star hotel, just across a present food strip. The hotel is located as closely as possible to the flanking highway A2. On approach from the south, the volume recognisably marks the entrance to Amsterdam.

Image Courtesy © Jannes Linders 

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Project: Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photographer exterior: Jannes Linders
  • Photographer interior: Rene van Dongen
  • Client: M. Caransa b.v.
  • User: Fletcher Hotel Groep
  • Project team: Jan Benthem, Peter Kropp, Okke van den Broek, Pieter Rijpstra, Volker Krenz
  • Project management: M. Caransa b.v.
  • Structural engineering: Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Amsterdam
  • Building services engineering: Wichers & Dreef, Badhoevedorp
  • Interior design: Robert Kolenik, Amsterdam
  • Building physics: moBius consult, Driebergen
  • Construction façade: Octatube, Delft

House on the Edge of a Field in Akershus, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

This single-family residence is located in Asker outside Oslo. Secluded and facing a field, the house is situated on a slope with the entrance from the back side. One enters the house on the second floor where the children’s bedrooms and the garage are located. The double-volume living area on the ground floor is specially designed to accommodate the owner’s grand piano and a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The house is clad in larch, which will acquire a grey patina over time.

Image courtesy Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter 

  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Project: House on the Edge of a Field
  • Location: Hestehagen, Akershus, Norway
  • Photography: Roberto Di Trani, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Type: Residential
  • Program: New private house for a family of six
  • Client: Private
  • Size / value: 350 m2
  • Commission type: Direct commission (2007)
  • Status: Completed (2008)
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