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Armadillo in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan by Yuji Tanabe Architects

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Yuji Tanabe Architects

Armadillo is located in Kamakura, Japan. With the sea to one side and the other 3 surrounded by mountains, this town’s topography provides ideal protection from enemy. This feature led Kamakura to become the political centre of Japan in the 12th century. This site is located in a valley with a very narrow approach road ,so the carpenter was required to fabricate off-site at their workshop. The clients- a couple,her father,two dogs and a cat – bought the site with its old house four years ago. The existing house was built in the 1930s and enlarged 35years ago(this existing house do not satisfy the present earthquake-resistant standards).

Image Courtesy Yuji Tanabe Architects

  • Architects: Yuji Tanabe Architects
  • Project: Armadillo
  • Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Software used: DraftSight


A modern seamless bathroom with true WOW factor by Royston Wilson Design & Minosa

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Royston Wilson Design & Minosa

Amazing is the only real way to describe it, there are a lot of creative design features integrated to create one striking modern bathroom.
Help! …… The bathroom was cramped dark and was long passed its ‘use by’ date. Natural lighting is virtually nonexistent. A small inadequate window was the only light source. The space needs its inadequacies to be disguised and the layout carefully reconsidered.

Image courtesy Royston Wilson Design & Minosa

  • Architects: Royston Wilson Design & Minosa
  • Project: A modern seamless bathroom with true WOW factor
  • Design Studio: Royston Wilson Design (VIC)  
  • Minosa Role:
    Custom Design and build ScoopED washbasin / Vanity
    Supply all Gessi Ovale tapware, Bisazza Glass Mosaic, Black floor and wall tiles.

The London Library in St James Square, London by Haworth Tompkins Ltd

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Haworth Tompkins Ltd

The London Library, founded by Thomas Carlyle in 1841, is the world’s largest independent lending library, with over 1,000,000 books and 8,000 members. Since its inception the Library has evolved into a complex amalgam of spaces that originate from a building sited on the north west corner of St James Square. The building has a discrete formal façade that provides a foil for a more aggregative interior. Over the years additional buildings have been annexed to house the ever-growing needs of the Library and its users, including a book stack built in 1922, and an extension to the north built in 1934; the Anstruther Wing housing rare books, was built at the rear of the 1920s book stack in 1995.

Image Courtesy Haworth Tompkins Ltd

  • Architects: Haworth Tompkins Ltd
  • Project: The London Library
  • Location: St James Square, London
  • Construction Cost: £18m  (Phased), Phase 1: £3.1M, Phase 2: £6.9M
  • Tender Date: Autumn 2004
  • Contract Duration: Phase 1-12 Months,  Phase 2- 23 Months
  • Completion: Phase 1- September 2007, Phase 2-July 2010
  • Gross Internal Area: 1987 m2
  • Client: The London Library
  • Contractor: Mace
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Services Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald
  • Planning Supervisor: Mace
  • Lighting Design: ARUP
  • Access Consultant: Babel
  • Approved Inspector: Butler & Young
  • Construction Manager: Mace
  • Artist Collaboration: With Martin Creed


Haus F in Denkendorf, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Ippolito Fleitz Group

The municipality of Denkendorf lies in an idyllic position on the south-facing slopes of the Filder plateau. Ippolito Fleitz Group was commissioned to design a detached house for design-loving clients above the almost 900-year-old historic town centre with its famous monastery. It posed an interesting challenge for the studio to measure up to the clients’ aesthetic vision and desire for sustainable architecture, while at the same time complying with local building regulations.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling 

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Project: Haus F
  • Location: Denkendorf, Germany
  • Photography: Bruno Helbling
  • Area: 300 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Design Team: Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Minka Ludwig, Jing Zhao, Hadi A. Tandawardaja

Umubano Primary School in Kigali, Rwanda by MASS Design Group

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: MASS Design Group


In 2007, UK charity A Partner In Education (APIE), as part of its mission to boost education in Africa, committed to building a new school campus in the Kigali neighborhood of Kabeza to replace dilapidated existing facilities. MASS was brought on board to select the new site, design the new educational facility, as well as assist in building the organizational structure to support the educational programs for the Kabeza neighborhood. The school opened in July of 2011 with H.E. President Paul Kagame  inaugurating the project.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: MASS Design Group
  • Project: Umubano Primary School
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Design Team: Michael Murphy, Alan Ricks, Sierra Bainbridge, Ebberly Strathairn, Branden Collins, Andrew Brose, Marika Shioiri-Clark, Ryan Leidner, Eric Mutabazi
  • Consultants: Ujenge Construction and Engineering, K. Dohrety
  • Landscape Design: Sierra Bainbridge
  • Client: A Partner In Education (APIE)
  • Built Area: 900 square meters
  • Design Phase: March 2009 – January 2010
  • Construction Phase: January 2010 – July 2011


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