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House in kamoshima, Japan by Naoko Horibe

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Article source: Naoko Horibe

With its simple arced shape echoing the shape of the property and its charred cedar exterior similar to that found throughout the neighborhood, this residence blends seamlessly into its surroundings of peaceful rice fields, temples, and shrines. The kitchen sits in the very center of the home with a clear view of the living room, tatami space, and, across the courtyard, all of the other rooms.

Image Courtesy © Kaori Ichikawa

  • Architects: Naoko Horibe
  • Project: House
  • Location: kamoshima,  Japan
  • Photography: Kaori Ichikawa
  • Design to completion:  April 2011-September 2012
  • Primary usage: Residence
  • Structure: wooden construction, single story above ground
  • Family structure: Couple with two children
  • Site area: 625.12 m2
  • Building area: 104.51 m2
  • Total floor space: 92.91 m2

Castellana in Madrid, Spain by IAD

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Article source: IAD


Located in the hub of the capital Madrid, the building Castellana 36-38, one of the ship’s heritage buildings Mutua Madrileña main Spanish insurer, is currently undergoing a change in depth of its interior spaces and its facade. True to his research and environmental context, IAD proposes a revitalization of the architectural aesthetics of the building, the purpose of the Mutua Madrileña: make it reappear in the exclusive and iconic profile of the Castellana.

Image Courtesy © Mutua Madrileña

  • Architects: IAD
  • Project: Castellana 36-38
  • Location: Madrid, spain
  • Photography: Mutua Madrileña
  • Contributors IAD: Development (R. Sá)
  • Consultants: Engineering: IDOM S. L.
  • Picture: Imagine 3D solution,  MUTUAL Promoter MADRILEÑA,  General Construction and Decoration Works YUGO
  • Area: 12,000 m2

Schwabisch Media in Ravensburg, Germany by Wiel Arets Architects

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects

This new building is an office for Schwäbisch Media (Swabian Media), a publishing company active in many facets of traditional and new media. Six protruding glass-walled cubes define and compose the project, with their proportions and dimensions based on the surrounding traditional German fachwerk villas in the city of Ravensburg. These six working areas have been stacked on top of a transparent ground floor, through which access is afforded to each, creating a new urban typology in the center of this medieval city. As the company’s activities were previously scattered throughout the Upper Swabia region, this building brings all 350 employees under one roof.

Image Courtesy © Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Project: Schwabisch Media
  • Location: Ravensburg, Germany
  • Type Of Project: Office Building, Headquarters
  • Client: Schwäbischer Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Tender date: 2008
  • Start on site date: 2009
  • Completion date: 2013
  • Gross internal floor area: 13500 m2
  • Form of contract and/or procurement: General planning contract
  • Total cost: € 24.000.000
  • Any specific environmental targets eg. Passivhaus, BREEAM, C4SH: DGNB certification, Silver rated


Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Article source: IAD 


The project focuses the attention of the African and International communities. This interest is represented by the lines connecting each African capital in Brazzaville. These generators form on the plot a beam of guidelines as a first filter that allows organizing the circulation areas of the program.

Image Courtesy © IAD

  • Architects: IAD
  • Project: PAN AFRICAN GAMES 2015 Master Plan Project
  • Developer: UNICON Development
  • STADIUM: 68.406 seats | 2 Training fields
  • AQUATIC CENTER: 2 swimming pools INT/EXT  | 1000 seats
  • SPORTS HALL: 10.000 seats | 4.000m2
  • ATHLETE’S VILLAGE: 2.000 rooms | 84.000 m2
  • HOTEL: 120 rooms

Thames Hub proposal to Airports Commission by Foster + Partners

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

The Thames Hub Airport is a bold and deliverable vision, not just to maintain the UK’s global aviation hub status, but to significantly enhance that status. The airport will be a sustainable economic resource, which will reinforce London’s position as the world’s global city, transform the Thames Gateway and help to secure prosperity for people and businesses across the UK by enabling them to connect and trade with a rapidly changing world. Open in the next decade and privately funded in a way that ensures it is globally competitive, the airport will provide jobs and improve people’s quality of life, enhance the natural environment and help to reduce Britain’s carbon footprint. This is a vision that must be embraced for the sake of future generations.

Image Courtesy © dbox_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Strategic Context

This vision for the Thames Hub Airport has been developed within the context of the long-term challenges that the UK needs to address. The population is growing rapidly and is expected to reach 70 million by 2026, with the number of households projected to rise 27% by 2033.2,3 Much of that growth will be in the South East, with London expected to accommodate over one million extra people, predominantly to the east of the capital – an area in desperate need of regeneration. To achieve the level of economic growth needed to provide enough jobs, the UK must rebalance its economy, both geographically, in redressing the North-South divide, and by sector, in augmenting its lead in services with growth in high value manufacturing.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

4 To support this rebalancing, there is a need to develop 21st century, high quality and sustainable transport and energy networks across the UK, as part of a wider strategy to decarbonise the economy. As other countries rapidly develop competing hub airports, served increasingly by long range aircraft, they pose a real threat to the UK’s global aviation hub status and as a nation we have to properly address the country’s long-term aviation requirements.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

The Government’s Aviation Policy Framework recognizes the need for a significant increase in airport capacity, as long as the resultant level of carbon emissions remains within domestic and international climate change targets. 5 Delivering such an increase in capacity would provide the international connectivity, particularly to fast-growing emerging economies, for passengers and goods that the UK needs over the long term to compete in the global race to facilitate trade, encourage inward investment and secure more jobs.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Existing Situation

Heathrow Airport is the UK’s only hub airport and for over half a century it has led the development of global aviation outside North America. It has given the UK a competitive advantage that it needs to maintain.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

The case for more hub capacity has been looked at since the late 1960s, but its provision has been thwarted by the lack of a political consensus. Heathrow is now full and cannot be expanded on the scale required, due to its location, the predominant South Westerly winds and the scale of surrounding urban development, as any expansion would continue to inflict unacceptable levels of aircraft noise on Londoners.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

The lack of spare capacity at the airport limits opportunities to connect with emerging economies, as well as having a significant negative impact on the passenger experience. Major delays are routinely built into aircraft arrival and departure schedules, with consequent increases in noise, carbon emissions and pollutants. When incidents occur at the airport, the lack of resilience has serious knock-on impacts for passengers and freight. 6 The lack of capacity also means that Heathrow has the world’s highest airline charges, has less air traffic movements (ATMs) and serves fewer destinations than Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt. 7 All are severe restrictions on Britain’s ability to compete.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

UK regional passengers, who already suffer from poor public transport access to Heathrow, have seen reductions in domestic air services to and from Heathrow. As a result, they are increasingly flying to competitor European and Middle Eastern hubs rather than using Heathrow, resulting in longer end-to-end journey times and higher carbon emissions.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners


Museum of the Bavarian history in Regensburg, Germany by Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio & Dietmar Koering

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio

The initialignitionfor the design of the Museum of the Bavarian history is a seamless integration into the UNESCO World Heritage site, the old town of Regensburg. Derived from the existing roofscape the building references to history and the existence. In order to create a haptic integration, the facade is classic and modern at the same time, made out of bright, whitewashed bricks. The existing lane structure is assimilated and continued to the river Danube.

Image Courtesy © Simon Takasaki & Dietmar Köring

  • Architects: Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio & Dietmar Koering
  • Project: Museum of the Bavarian history
  • Location: Regensburg, Germany
  • Photography: Simon Takasaki & Dietmar Köring
  • Status: Competition
  • Area: 10.000 m²
  • Designer: Simon Takasaki & Dietmar Köring
  • Country of designer: Germany
  • Client: Ministry of Building Regensburg

Dyv-Net Dynamic vertical networks in Tai Po, Hong Kong by JAPA architects

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: JAPA architects 

Since 2000, China’s cities have expanded at an average rate of 10% annually. Although China’s agricultural output is the largest in the world, only about 15% of its total land area can be cultivated. China’s arable land, which represents 10% of the total arable land in the world, supports over 20% of the world’s population. Of this approximately 1.4 million square kilometers of arable land, only about 1.2% (116,580 square kilometers) permanently supports crops and 525,800 square kilometers are irrigated. The land is divided into approximately 200 million households, with an average land allocation of just 0.65 hectares (1.6 acres)

Image Courtesy © JAPA architects

  • Architects: JAPA architects
  • Project: Dyv-Net Dynamic vertical networks
  • Location: Tai Po, Hong
  • Awards: Citation in the FuturArc Prize 2013
  • Author: JAPA, Javier Ponce Architects, Barcelona-Guatemala
  • The Site: Tai Po District, Hong Kong & other potential cities
  • Strategic rethink of the Asian City: China’s limited space for farming
  • Software used: Rhino, 3ds max and Photoshop

Gottshalden in zurich, Switzerland by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Rossetti + Wyss Architekten 

The house in Gottshalden is located on a plateau over the Lake Zurich. It is set in green surroundings with a high quality of life, dominated by agriculturaluse. The volume exhibits a unified design, with a reduced, sharp-angled timber facade. The furniture-like wooden skin defines both walls and rooftops, covering the exterior in a single material, unbroken. The various geometries lend the structure plasticity, while the windows flush with the exterior, are emphasized with lighter-colored reveals.

Image Courtesy © Jürg Zimmermann

  • Architects: Rossetti + Wyss Architekten
  • Project: Gottshalden
  • Location: zurich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Jürg Zimmermann
  • Year of completion: 2012
  • Netto surface area: 320 m2
  • Site area: 2’300 m2
  • Project leader: Claudio Sticca
  • Supporting structure: Dr. Lüchinger+MeyerBauingenieure AG, Zürich Switzerland
  • Electro planning: ZürcherElektroplanungen AG, St. Gallen Switzerland
  • Heating and ventilation planning: Geiger AG, WädenswilSwitzerland
  • Building physics: BWS Bauphysik AG, Winterthur Switzerland
  • Execution: October 2010, May 2012
  • Software used: Topcad

Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal in Emmen, Switzerland by MVRDV

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: MVRDV

(Emmen, Date) The city of Emmen has announced that investment corporation Senn BPM AG together with MVRDV are the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block with 95 homes of16 different types. The urban hybrid development combines characteristics of city dwelling – central location, privacy, underground parking – with the characteristics of suburban life: gardens, multilevel living and a neighbourhood community. Construction is envisioned to start in2015.

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal
  • Location: Emmen, Switzerland

11-11 CLUB in Beyoğlu, İstanbul by Uras X Dilekci Architects

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Uras X Dilekci Architects


URASXDİLEKCİ is focused on high creativity,research, future building systems and continuous practice. We have vast experience inresidential, office, retail, urban, mixed use and entertainment projects.

Image Courtesy © Emre Başak

  • Architects: Uras X Dilekci Architects
  • Project: 11-11 CLUB
  • Location: Beyoğlu, İstanbul
  • Photography: Emre Başak
  • Lead Architect: Uras X Dilekci Architects
  • Client: Tangun Gencel, Mithatcan Özer, Orçun Göçgün
  • Project Area: 300 m2
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