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Karuizawa Museum Coplex in Nagano-ken, Japan by Yasui Hideo Atelier

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Article source: Yasui Hideo Atelier

I was requested, after winning through the competition, to design a facility accompanied to the museum of Hiroshi SENJU, a world-famous Japanese painter/artist. Before I started the actual planning, I prioritized building my conceptual work first ( i.e. geometrical shape containing both traditional and modern forms ) in order to make my design coexist on the same site with the museum that had a curved form interpreting Karuizawa ’s nature in a elegant way.

Image Courtesy © Nacasa & Partners inc 

  • Architects: Yasui Hideo Atelier
  • Project: Karuizawa Museum Coplex
  • Location: Karuizawa, Nagano-ken, Japan
  • Photography: Nacasa & Partners inc
  • Program: Shop and Restaurant
  • Client: International Cultural College Foundation
  • Construction: Sasazawa Construction
  • Site Area: 8330.42sqm
  • Building Area: 331.60sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 423.51sqm
  • Structure: Steel Structure
  • Building Materials: Titanium, Glass
  • Design years: 2010,9 – 2011,2
  • Construction years: 2011,3 – 2011,9

Amsterdam 289 in Condesa, Mexico City by JSª

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Article source: JSª

In a privileged location in the Condesa neighborhood, on a rectangular property of 363 m2 (3,907 sq. ft.), ten individual housing units have been designed, in two different typologies but with distinct differences, each with different features and sizes. This creates an interesting variety within the same complex. It has two buildings, five levels each, divided by a central patio, and communicated through bridges around the perimeter that separate the social and the private areas.

Image courtesy Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: JSª
  • Project: Amsterdam 289
  • Location: Amsterdam 289, col. Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Client: Promotora JSª
  • Type of Projects: Urban Housing
  • Design Team: Javier Sánchez, Sofía Villarreal, Juan Reyes
  • Engineering: Hector Margain / Juan Pablo Rodríguez Orta
  • Renders: Gerardo Fonseca
  • Models: Edith Razo, Ana Yetzi Ruiz, Isabel Medina
  • Architectural Supervision: Sofía Villarreal
  • Activities Performed: Real estate development, architectural project, interior design, construction, work supervision, sales
  • Project Date: 2009… process
  • Number of units: 9 Apartments
  • Average Surface Area: 970 – 2690 sq. ft.
  • Total Surface Area: 15,460 sq. ft.
  • Photographer: Rafael Gamo
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Amsterdam Block in Qingdao, China by CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


Living between city and park: the best of both worlds.

Here on plot A6 there has been created the perfect combination of the liveliness of the city  with its nice small boutiques and terraces on the one hand, and the relaxation of the national park with its beautiful trees and immense green area for strolling, on the other hand. Therefore two urban blocks have been formed around green courtyards which are attached to the mountain park.


  • Project: Amsterdam Block
  • Location: Qingdao, China
  • Team: Wouter Bolsius, architect, Onno van Welzen, architect, Pearl Huang, architect, Angela van der Hoek, architect, Wang Yajie, architect
  • Client: China Vanke Qingdao
  • Program: 385 apartments ; 35.000 m2 + about 5,000 m2 retail

Eurostars Book Hotel in Munich, Germany by Rieder Smart Elements GmbH

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Rieder Smart Elements GmbH

The fibreC glassfibre reinforced concrete facade of the Eurostars Book Hotel in Munich is part of a marvellous design idea. The architecture of the building tells its very own story of books as cultural objects. Every floor reflects a literary genre, whereas rooms and corridors are dedicated to famous works. Rieder’s ingeniously formed facade elements represent the turning pages of books, whilst also providing protection from direct solar exposure. A specially developed process allows for manufacturing glassfibre reinforced concrete as round moulds, making individual facades, like the book pages of the Eurostars Book Hotel, possible.

Image courtesy Rieder Smart Elements GmbH 

Vi-Sang House in Gyeonggi-do, Korea by Moon-Hoon

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Moon-Hoon

These are the questions that Korean architect Hoon Moon typically throws out: ‘Why so serious? Why not laugh more?’ Moon-Hoon’s works are home to a wide array of faces. Panorama House appears to be an accordion, and Rock It Suda looks like spermatozoa. He shows a mysterious spacecraft (ongdalsam) and a Gothic castle (Sangsang Museum). Some may burst out laughing at the Darth Vader image overlying Play House.

Image Courtesy © Nam-goongsun

  • Architects: Moon-Hoon
  • Project: Vi-Sang House
  • Location: No.5, 321-32, Seongseok-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Photography: Nam-goongsun
  • Zoning district: Preservation Area
  • Site area: 293m2
  • Building area: 58.38m2
  • Gross floor area: 107.75m2
  • Building to land ratio: 19.92%
  • Floor area ratio: 36.77%
  • Building Scope: 2F
  • Structure: RC, Wood Frame
  • Exterior finish: Stucoflex
  • Interior finish: Wallpaper on the gypsum board, Wood flooring, THK24 transparent pair glass
  • Construction: Housing Plus
  • Design period: Jul-aug. 2011
  • Construction period: Sep.-Nov. 2011
  • Client: Lee Gyuyeob
  • Materials: Moonbalsso


HOUSE House in Richmond, Australia by Andrew Maynard Architects

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Andrew Maynard Architects

These neighboring terrace homes are owned by two generations of one family. Both houses were in need of repair and update. HOUSE House is a single building that extends both homes. They are separate homes within one architecture. The new structure runs north/south while the original houses run east/west. The fence between each terrace slides away to create one large backyard.

Image Courtesy © Peter Bennetts

  • Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
  • Project: HOUSE House
  • Location: Richmond, VIC, Australia
  • Photography: Peter Bennetts
  • Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Michael Ong
  • Building surveyorAnthony Middling & Associates
  • EngineerCoulthard Shim P/L
  • BuilderSargant Constructions
  • External Cladding: Red cedar (timber) cladding
  • Internal Cladding: Victorian ash & spotted gum veneer
  • Windows: Frames by Skyrange Engineering
  • Louvres: Motorised & fixed aluminium louvre shading by Shadefactor
  • Flooring: Spotted gum veneer by Big Rivers Timbers
  • Spiral Stairs: Supplied by Enzie
  • Balustrading & landings: Nets supplied by Oxley Nets
  • Roof: Lysaght Kliplock roofing with black Colorbond finish
  • Tiles: Supplied by Urban Edge Ceramics
  • Software used: SketchUp for design, Vectorworks for documentation

New WakuWaku Restaurant in Hamburg, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Ippolito Fleitz Group

WakuWaku has relaunched itself as a fast food restaurant and organic food store in one. The brand values ‘organic’ and ‘sustainable’ remain the clear focus of all communication.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Nadjib

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Project: New WakuWaku Restaurant
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Photography: Benjamin Nadjib


GP House in Hidalgo, Mexico by Bitar Arquitectos

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Bitar Arquitectos

GP House has all the basic requirements of a residential home, foyer, living room, dining area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, studio, laundry, three-car garage, maid’s quarter, spread over two floors and connected by vertical staircase to break up the home’s dominant horizontal construction. This juxtaposition is even more striking with the use of a local stone as a finish on the cube stairs against its concrete structure.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Walther 

  • Architects: Bitar Arquitectos
  • Project: GP House
  • Location: Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Photography: Leonardo Walther
  • Architecture and Interiors Project: Héctor Bitar De La Peña
  • Surface Construction: 516.18  m2
  • Date: 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD

The Tunnel: a barreling bamboo wave in Puri, Odisha by Vinay Pateel

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Vinay Pateel

Made completely from bamboo and cloth, The Tunnel composed of a number of squares that came together to form a spiraling structure depicting a barrel wave. It represented how the surfing scene in India is emerging by bringing together surfers from various parts of the world.

Image Courtesy © Pradeep Javedar

  • Architects: Vinay Pateel
  • Project: The Tunnel
  • Location: Puri, Odisha,India
  • Photography: Pradeep Javedar
  • Constructed area: 300 sq.ft.
  • Client: India Surf Festival 2013
  • Software used: Cinema 4D


Brasiliana Library in USP, Brazil by Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

Eduardo de Almeida e Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb sign the design of Brasiliana Library. The building, with more than 20.000 m², will house a rare books collection of 17 thousand titles about Brasil donated by the books collector to the university. At the end of 1999, José Mindlin transferred to his grandson, Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb, and to his friend Eduardo de Almeida, a mission: develop and move forward the idea and design of the library to house the rare collection of books – the biggest and most important private collection of Brasil with around 17 thousand titles and 60 thousand volumes – which he has donated to the university of São Paulo (USP). When Mindlin died, in february 2010, with 95 years old, the construction works advanced over the funding and political difficulties, and the conclusion was only a matter of time.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Kon 

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