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Santa Barbara Bowl in California by HANDEL ARCHITECTS LLP

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013


Originally built in 1935 by the Federally funded Works Progress Administration (WPA) program, this 4,500-seat outdoor amphitheater is located in a dramatic ravine overlooking Santa Barbara. It provides a full range of music shows, including classical, pop, country-western, blues, jazz and rock and roll. In the 1980’s, changing performance requirements, the impact of amplified sound and traffic, and increased residential density surrounding the amphitheater led the County Parks Department to undertake a master plan to address these challenges. Through an interactive community workshop process, Handel Architects was selected to lead a design team to create a detailed master plan to address each of the major issues. This master plan has served as a blueprint for all subsequent maintenance and operational endeavors, fundraising plans for capital improvements, and also served to minimize ad-hoc changes that had occurred in the past.


Private house + apartments for rent in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo by Atelier Tekuto

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: Atelier Tekuto

This architecture consists of a second house with garage and two studio-type apartment units for rent. Our client asked me to design architecture similar to “Reflection of Mineral” that we completed in 2006. Therefore basic concepts of ‘Mineral’ are taken into consideration. And in order to further evolve from our previous design we focus on the following three issues: (1) Form should be carefully considered in order to protect white walls from dirt from rainwater. (2) Design and detailing of large skylight (3) Selection of materials to minimize cost.

Image Courtesy © SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro

  • Architects: Yasuhiro Yamashita + Azusa Ishii / Atelier Tekuto
  • Project: Private house + apartments for rent
  • Location: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
  • Photography: SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro
  • Date of completion: September 2013
  • Program: Private house + apartments for rent
  • Site area: 85.92㎡
  • Building area: 42.61㎡
  • Total floor area : 90.82㎡
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete
  • Structural engineer: Jun Sato +Yoshihiro Fukushima/Sato Structural Engineers
  • Construction: Yoshiya Uchida+Masaru Shibasaki/Uchida Sangyo 

Cartier Headquarters in Paris, France by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

New head office of Cartier firm in Paris Saint-Honoré district. The offices are articulated around a courtyard.The main street, Rue du Faubourg, provides three entry points into the interior courtyard. The façades are made of clear and serigraphed glass; the paving is Pietra Serena. The programme includes offices, shops, a showroom, a restaurant and a bar, a multi-purpose hall, a gymnasium and parking space below grade for 450 vehicles.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura


House LS in Wemmel, Belgium by dmvA Architecten

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: dmvA Architecten

The municipality of Wemmel , situated on the outskirts of Brussels, is well known for its green areas with their monumental villas of the upper class.  After a search of several years, the principal saw a house situated in one of those quarters.  It was not his dream house but because of its marvellous location and the south orientated garden, he decided to buy it.

Image Courtesy © Frederik Vercruysse

  • Architects: dmvA Architecten
  • Project: House LS
  • Location:  Wemmel, Belgium
  • Photography: Frederik Vercruysse
  • Principal: Mr. and mrs. Spittaels – Labeeuw
  • Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Katrien Geerinckx, Gregory Chapelle
  • General contractor: BATI bvba
  • Structural engineer: ASB
  • Built area: extension 50 m2
  • Completion: 2011

Hajdo house in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania by s.c. BLIPSZ s.r.l

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: s.c. BLIPSZ s.r.l

The land dominates the context defining factors: the orientation of the houses, favorable for every day life is obviously towards South, yet the slope which offers the view of the town in the valley and the faraway mountains descends to the North. The project assumes this contradiction and organizes the living space around the South-West facing terrace up the slope; the terrace is partially shaded from East and West and its position is vaguely reminiscent of the traditional household, organized around the yard.

Image Courtesy © Bence MAKKAI

  • Architects: s.c. BLIPSZ s.r.l
  • Project: Hajdo house
  • Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania
  • Photography: Ákos KÚN, Bence MAKKAI, István BENEDEK, Arnold MACALIK
  • Architecture, general planning: BLIPSZ +  Atelier F.K.M., Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvár / Klausenburg, Transylvania, RO
  • Authors: István BENEDEK, Arnold MACALIK,
  • Team: István PÁSZTOR
  • Structure: s.c. Lamina s.r.l. (Jácint VIRÁG), Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvár / Klausenburg, Transylvania, RO
  • Installations: s.c. Profinstal s.r.l. (Vlad ANASTASIU), Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, RO
  • Execution: s.c. Octogon Invest s.r.l.
  • Design, execution: 2008-2011
  • Built area: 175 sqm
  • Gross built area: 245 sqm
  • Funding: private
  • Budget: aprox. 150000EUR
  • Software used: AutoCAD LT, SketchUP with Vray plug-in, Photoshop


Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: AND-RÉ

A social place, a space for culture and knowledge.

A project that depicts the essential foundations of the current office philosophy and our vision of architectural and methodological approach facing the contemporary reality.

A project developed based on concepts that favour a social architecture, embodied in a seductive and plastic language, one that responds effectively to the functional requirements.

Image Courtesy © AND-RÉ

  • Architects: AND-RÉ
  • Location: Portugal
  • Type: Competition Proposal for the Setúbal Public Library
  • Date: 2013
  • Area: 2.398 m2
  • Promoter: Setúbal Municipality
  • Architecture Team: Bruno André, Francisco Salgado Ré, Catarina Fernandes, Fernando Ferreira, Filipe Paixão
  • Engenieering & sustainability: AFA consult

BARBACOA HOUSE in Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain by Pepe Gascón Arquitectura

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: Pepe Gascón Arquitectura

Scene 1
[A very well-matched elderly couple is discussing what trees to plant and where in the garden of their second residence, a small, detached, single-storey house with a barbecue as big as the living-dining room. It is winter and the house only has the roof framing in place.]

She: A cypress. That’s the tree that every Catalan farmhouse has at the entrance. Right here’s where we’re going to plant it. Then we’ll see it as soon as we come up from the street and it will welcome us.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

  • Architects: Pepe Gascón Arquitectura
  • Location: Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Client: Anna Ros Blasco
  • Contractor: Excavaciones Egara, S.L. (Terrassa, Barcelona), Spain
  • Project year: 2012
  • Completion date: Marzo de 2013
  • Project area: 91, 00 m2
  • Cost: 76.000, 00 €
  • Other collaborators: Estudio de arquitectura e ingeniería DCE 2002, SL (structural engineering)

MUNICIPAL LIBRARY AND READING PARK in Murcia, Spain by Martin Lejarraga Architect

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: Martin Lejarraga Architect

Design concept

The project comes out of the creation of a new topography that indexes and qualifies this zone of expansion in Torre Pacheco, on a plot of public equipments; a urban, cultural and enjoyment alternative for the citizens.

The folded plans of the area characterize the performance, in which both equipments that occupy the plot, Library and Park, adapt their relative position, creating new spaces protected from reception, communication and stay.

Night View (Access from E), Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Martin Lejarraga Architect
  • Location: Murcia, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • GENERAL BUDGET: 2.460.000 €
  • CLIENT:  Ayuntamiento de Torre Pacheco
  • START OF PLANNING project:  april 2005 – july 2005
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