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Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center in Menlo Park by Hodgetts + Fung

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Hodgetts + Fung

A single, folded roof plane encloses this $32 million theater complex. Surrounded by the semi-rustic environment of Menlo Park, with a mission to bring both music and drama to the community, the project is the result of a two-stage national competition conducted by the Sequoia School District.

Image Courtesy © Hodgetts + Fung

  • Architects: Hodgetts + Fung
  • Project: Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
  • Location: Menlo Park, U.S.A

Arthur Roger@434 in New Orleans, Louisiana by studioWTA

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: studioWTA

This renovation of an existing space to an art gallery was primarily concerned with highlighting historic elements while providing a clean, crisp surface for installations and shows.

The main gallery features floating perimeter display walls: Existing masonry is exposed along the top, bottom and sides, adding perceived spatial depth and the impression that the gallery itself is an installation.  Heavy timber columns–once an elevator shaft–are a focal point at the entry;  a stretched Dacron sail between the columns is backlit for dramatic effect from the street.

Rough textured masonry walls, wood columns and granite façade columns and lintels contrast the smoothness of gypsum, poured resin flooring and the illuminated Dacron sail. The historic nature of the building is emphasized as the bones of the space; new materials give an impression that they are an installation themselves–a temporal spatial occupation of the original architecture, Image Courtesy © Jeffrey Johnston

  • Architects: studioWTA
  • Project: Arthur Roger@434
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Photography: Jeffrey Johnston
  • Completion date: November 2008
  • Design Team: Wayne Troyer, Tracie Ashe
  • Contractor: Hal Collums Construction
  • Client: Arthur Roger Gallery
  • Size: 1,800 sf
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Sketchup
  • Awards received: 2010 AIA Gulf States Region Award of Merit, 2009 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit, 2009 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit
  • Software used: VectorWorks.

A mixed-use vertical city in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by OMA

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: OMA

De Rotterdam is conceived as a vertical city: three interconnected mixed-use towers accommodating offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, shops, restaurants, and cafes. The project began in 1997. Construction started at the end of 2009, with completion in 2013.

Image Courtesy © Michel van de Kar

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: A mixed-use vertical city
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Michel van de Kar, Charlie Koolhaas, Ossip van Duivenbode, Philippe Ruault, OMA
  • Status: Commission 1997, groundbreaking December 2009, completion November 2013
  • Clients: De Rotterdam CV, The Hague (Joint venture MAB, The Hague, OVG, Rotterdam)
  • Site: Former harbor waterfront between KPN tower and Cruise Terminal at Kop van Zuid
  • Program: Total 162,000m2: offices 72,000m2; 240 apartments 34,5000m2; hotel (278 rooms), congress, restaurant 19,000m2; retail, F&B 1,000m2; leisure 4,500m2; parking (approx. 650 vehicles) 31,000m2
  • Partners in charge: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon
  • Associate in charge: Kees van Casteren Team 1997–2001 (50% SD): Christina Beaumont, Stefan Bendiks, Frans Blok, Robert Cheoff, Bert Karel Deuten, Sharon Goren, Juan Guardetti, Jens Holm, Alex de Jong, Adam Kurdahl, Carolien Ligtenberg, Anna Little, Nuno Rosado, Saskia Simon, Johan de Wachter, Barbara Wolff.
  • Team 2007–08 (50% SD – building permit): Chantal Aquilina, Eva Dietrich, Anita Ernödi, Markus Frank, Jonah Gamblin, Clarisa Garcia-Fresco, Alex de Jong, Michel van de Kar, Christoph Michael, Elida Mosquera, Mauro Parravicini, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Raphael Pulido, Louise Sullivan, Olaf Turck, Manuel Villanueva, with: Chun Chiu, Duncan Flemington, Evangelos Kotsioris, Sören Martinussen, Nobuki Ogasahara, Theo Petrides, Benoit Schelstraete, Ian Schopa, Kyo Stockhaus, Joao Viera Costa, Luca Vigliero, Jussi Vuori, Jean-Paul Willemse.
  • Team 2009–13 (construction phase, interiors): Michel van de Kar (associate), Marlies Boterman, Christoph Michael, with: Katrien van Dijk, Nathalie Gozdziak, Sai Shu, Saskia Simon, Tomas Dirrix, Erik de Haan, Jue Qiu, Pal Trodahl.
  • Interiors hotel (2013): Saskia Simon, Marina Cogliani, Clive Hennessey, Yasuhito Hirose, Arminas Sadzevicius.

Institute of Strabismus Treatment in Krakow, Poland by KUMstudio

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: KUMstudio

The interior design was created for the Institute of Strabismus Treatment deals with the diagnosis and treatment of strabismus, amblyopia and nystagmus in children and adults. It has been prepared under the personal guidance and objectives with a strong focus on the unique solutions that meet the requirements of the clinic of the highest quality and standard of services with reputation on the world.

Image Courtesy © KUMstudio

  • Architects: KUMstudio
  • Project: Institute of Strabismus Treatment
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Photography: KUMstudio
  • Program: medical center
  • Client: Institute of Strabismus Treatment dr n. med. Beata Kaczmarek
  • Total area: 200 m2
  • Completion: 2013
  • Status: complete

Madison Kitchen in Larchmont, New York by Celano Design Studio

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Celano Design Studio

Larchmont, NYItalianAmerican Chef Nick Di Bona has partnered with New Yorkbased Celano Design Studio to create his first restaurant, Madison Kitchen.

A native of Westchester, 28 year old Chef Di Bona has already proven himself a creative force in his own right, serving as Executive Chef at the renowned Pratt’s Inn and helping to bring its highest Zagat rating to date. Madison Kitchen will be Di Bona’s first solo restaurant venture, and will feature Di Bona’s personal twist on New American. “I wanted to offer an eclectic mix of good food. Westchester has a lot to offer, Asian markets, Italian grocers.” Inspired by Di Bona’s ItalianAmerican background, his respect for fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and his continuous search for new combinations of food and flavor, Madison Kitchen will bring delicious, inventive cuisine to Larchmont.

Image Courtesy © Celano Design Studio

ALUMINUM HOUSE in MADRID, Spain by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos 

A consolidated landscape surrounded by gardens with big trees within the metropolis of Madrid is the fortunate starting point of this house.

The piece, of metallic and horizontal nature, produces the effect of having just one storey. With its proportions and materiality it both contrasts and blends with the tall trees of its environment.

Image Courtesy © Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

  • Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Location: MADRID, Spain
  • Photography: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, Diego Opazo
  • PROJECT MANAGER: Orencio Peña (Serconex)
  • BUILDING ENGINEER: Zacarias Gonzalez (Serconex)
  • SITE AREA: 1770,00 m2
  • BUILT AREA: 958,03 m2
  • COST (P.E.M.): 3.400.000 euros
  • COLLABORATORS: Maria Masià | Architect, Adrián Mora | Architect,  Carlos Gallardo | Architect

Coach-house reconstruction of Rietavas manor in Lithuania by AKETURI ARCHITEKTAI

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013


One last building of demolished Rietavas manor – coach house – has been reconstructed to cultural community center to meet today’s needs. It hosts 2 multipurpose halls, local bussines development agency, tourist information center, holds in total 1800 sq.m.

Image Courtesy © Norbert Tukaj

  • Project: Coach-house reconstruction of Rietavas manor
  • Location: Rietavas, Lithuania
  • Photography: Norbert Tukaj
  • Collaborating offices: LietuvosPaminklai (AstaMeškauskienė)
  • Structural engineering: KlaipėdosProjektas (LeonasAužbikavičius)
  • HVAC engineering: KlaipėdosProjektas
  • Project management: KlaipėdosProjektas (JuozapasTilvikas)
  • Project year: 2009
  • Constructions: 2010-2013

Maison Birks boutiques in Montreal, Canada by Sid Lee Architecture

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Sid Lee Architecture

MaisonBirks, Canada’s leading jeweller founded in Montreal in 1879, , mandated Sid Lee Architecture to revisit its visual identity, redefine its boutique experience, which had until then remained traditional, and develop the first single-brand boutique, where only Maison Birks’ creations would be offered. Two new boutiques were built simultaneously in Quebec (Quartier DIX30) and in Ontario (Mapleview), and were officially opened for business in September 2013.

Image Courtesy © Sid Lee Architecture

Cinema Cente in Matadero de Legazpi, Madrid by CHURTICHAGA + QUADRA-SALCEDO arquitectos

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: CHURTICHAGA + QUADRA-SALCEDO arquitectos

Memory, memories, even bad memory always twist and fly when we work on architectural past, … yes, make a story, choose the tone, cadence, rhythm, accents, a story that naturally coexist with collective memory of the old slaughterhouse of Madrid, with another early report of new application dedicated to the movies while curled up with the forgetfulness of their own recurrent obsessions…

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: CHURTICHAGA + QUADRA-SALCEDO arquitectos
  • Project: Cinema Cente
  • Location: Matadero de Legazpi, Madrid
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra
  • Program: Refurbishment and conversion of an old slaughterhouse into a public cinema center housing a film archive, film and television studio, two cinemas, offices, canteen, and summer film patio
  •  Area: Built-up Area:2.688 m2
  • Year: Design: 2009 • Completion: 2011
  •  More details: Cost: 4.104.843 €
  •  Client: Madrid City Council

  • Principal Designer: Josemaria de Churtichaga
  • Project Design Team: Mauro Doncel Marchán, Natanael López Pérez
  • Building Design Team: Leticia López de Santiago

Didomestic in Madrid, Spain by Elii

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Elii

The scope of the project covers from the development of a customised functional proposal for a user that is turning a new leaf to the rehabilitation of the structure, the insulation, the facilities and the modernisation of the existing construction systems.

The selected approach removes all obstacles from the floor to provide the greatest possible flexibility. Two basic elements are used: firstly, the central core, comprising the staircase, some shelves and the larder. The core is at the centre of the main space under the mansard roof. It connects the access floor and the space under the roof and allows the natural lighting coming through the roof into the living room. Secondly, there are two side strips for the functional elements (kitchen, bathroom, storage space and domestic appliances).

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Elii
  • Project: Didomestic
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Team: María Sole Ferragamo, Miguel Galán, Pablo Martín de la Cruz
  • Client: Dido Fogué
  • Const. Company: Dionisio Torralba Construcciones
  • Model: elii – Inmaculada Mariscal, Leonor Acero


  • Size: 57,60 m2
  • Starting Date: Ene 2013
  • Ending Date: Julio 2013
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