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Happy Panda in Cumbaya, Ecuador by Hou de Sousa

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Article source: Hou de Sousa

Happy Panda is a new restaurant located within the Paseo San Francisco shopping center in Cumbaya, Ecuador.

The existing site was a long and narrow shoe box shaped volume. Our analysis of the client’s needs revealed that in order to best serve different customer types, a private dining space was required in addition to a larger and more public dining area. We split the dining space in two by placing the service areas in between. The private space was placed in the back, while the public dining area faces the entrance. This had the added benefit of improving the overall proportions and feel of the space, which otherwise would have been overly stretched and corridor-like. We also raised the kitchen onto a mezzanine level in order to free up more space for seating and a bar.

Image Courtesy © Hou de Sousa and Jay Van der Meer

  • Architects: Hou de Sousa
  • Project: Happy Panda
  • Location: C.C. Paseo San Francisco, Cumbaya, Ecuador
  • Photography: Hou de Sousa and Jay Van der Meer
  • Project Team: Nancy Hou, Josh de Sousa
  • Project Type: Restaurant
  • Contractor: Hou de Sousa
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Project Area: 200 sq. m

CARRÉ PRIVÉ OUEST in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France by IAD

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Article source: IAD

Located in the heart of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Carré Privé Ouest – the first luxury brand department store – is a new partner to the world of luxury goods. As fashion and luxury shops around the world have expanded, new ways of selling off emerged. Whatever their wealth, consumers are constantly in search of more immediate access to major brands, and the luxury brands themselves wish to reach out to these new customers without harming their own high-value image.

Image Courtesy © IAD

  • Architects: IAD
  • Location: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
  • Interior Designer: W & Cie
  • Developer: CODIC


  • 16,000 sq. m dedicated to brands
  • 80 boutiques
  • Boutique surface areas: from 50 to 400 sq. m
  • 4,000 free parking spaces


Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Article source: PATXI CORTAZAR  

Single-family home built essentially in the ground floor, leaving at the first floor only a little studio at the double height of the room and a guest room with bathroom.

The plot has a leaning slope towards the direction North South, so that the construction is located at the North of it, leaving as much space as possible in the South direction.

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Architectural Technologist: José Ramón Hurtado
  • Developer: Private owner
  • Date: 2011-2012
  • Surface: 450,00 M2
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