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Showroom Essebi in Agliana, Tuscany, Italy by MDU architetti

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Article source: MDU architetti

A sea almost completely built, with a few remaining spots agricultural, crossed by the lines of the roadways of high slip along the east-west: this is the view of the plain of Florence, Prato and Pistoia from the hills that surround it. You can identify the three town centers to the higher settlement density that characterizes them than building more dispersed around them, but now the city has replaced the campaign in the perception of internal hierarchies of the territory. From this vantage point on the hills is only imaginable, at night, the darkness that up to fifty years ago enveloped with the few weak lights at its old centers: the transition from day to night was a gradual dissolution of the light in the silence.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

  • Architects: MDU architetti
  • Project: Showroom Essebi
  • Location: Agliana, Tuscany, Italy
  • Photography: Pietro Savorelli
  • Structural engineer: ing. Jacopo Ceramelli, ing. Alberto Antonelli, ing. Daniele Storai
  • Client: ESSE.BI divani e poltrone s.r.l.
  • Schedule: project: may 2004
  • Building: july-november 2004


  • Site: 930 mq
  • Gross area: 330 mq
  • Volume : 1600 mc

CASA Y in Torino, Italy by F:L architetti

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: F:L architetti

Set on the hills just outside the city of Turin, CASA Y is a family house designed for a professional couple with 3 children. Clients’ needs were very large spaces devoted to family life and a low-impact energy and house.

Tucked into the hillside, this discreet volume consists in the juxtaposition of two simple parallelepipeds, one in fair-faced concrete and the other in glass covered with cor-ten steel. Concrete and cor-ten are a stylistic choice and a functional one, the answer to the client’s need of ease of maintenance and long-term durability.

Image Courtesy © Daniele Domenicali

  • Architects: F:L architetti
  • Project: CASA Y
  • Location: Torino, Italy
  • Photography: Daniele Domenicali, Fabrizio Caudana

The Botín Centre in Spain by Renzo Piano Building Workshop Architects & Octatube

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Renzo Piano Building Workshop Architects & Octatube

The Botín Centre

Octatube has been awarded the contract for the technical design, engineering, production and installation of all glass facades, roof lights, floors and exterior stairways of the Botín Centre project. The building is designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) in association with Luis Vidal + Architects and shall become a new cultural and international highlight and icon in the port of Santander on the northern coast of Spain. Cantilevering above the sea and situated next to a large park, the Botín Centre will provide space for art, culture and educational activities organized by the Botín Foundation.

Image Courtesy © Renzo Piano Building Workshop Architects & Octatube

Voila House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Fabian Tan Architect

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Fabian Tan Architect

The brief was to transform a typical pitched roofed bungalow house into a modern contemporary home. The configuration of the bedrooms upstairs were retained, extended only to make the rooms larger. The major redesign focused on the ground floor with the disassembling of walls into open plan spaces.

Image Courtesy © Eiffel Chong

  • Architects: Fabian Tan Architect
  • Project: Voila House
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Photography: Eiffel Chong
  • Area: 475 sqm
  • Year: 2013


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


The plot of House L is sited in the wooded environs of Oosterhout.

The existing landscape, the orientation to the rural surroundings and the planning conditions were the deciding factors in the siting of the dwelling at the rear of the plot.

The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full. At the same time, the large roof projections are designed to prevent too much light entering.

Image Courtesy © Marcel Briaire

  • Project: HOUSE L
  • Location: Oosterhout, Netherlands
  • Photography: Marcel Briaire, Rene de Wit
  • Client: private
  • Project architect(s): Pascal Grosfeld
  • Team members: Jeroen Michielsen and Joana Martinslima
  • Construction consultants (name, location): R2 constructie adviesbureau bv, Breda
  • Installation consultants (name, location): Schouten Installatie Advies bv, Breda
  • Acoustic consultants (name, location): n/a
  • Building contractor (name, location): Van Kessel Bouw bv, Geldermalsen
  • Gross floor area:  620m2
  • Programme: house with annexe
  • Initial design (month, year): February 2011
  • Final design (month, year): April 2011
  • Construction started (month, year): October 2011
  • Completion (month, year): June 2012


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


The Savyon residential area was built to guarantee a pleasant isolated life outside the city limits. It is a luxury “gated community” consisting of villas surrounded by parks and gardens and is no more than 18 minutes from Tel Aviv and the Ben Gurion airport. So, although appreciated for its natural surroundings, it has easy access to the country’s various infrastructures and road links.


W Hotel in London Leicester Square, United Kingdom by Concrete Architectural Associates

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates


There is more to London than the obvious tourist attractions. Ultimately you’ll get the chance to see the city from within.  We’d like to show you the real London and what true Londoners are about. A public and private tour guides you through the day and night life of a quintessential Englishman and woman. We follow the transition of a classic businessman in the morning to a dancing star on the bar at night, and imagining everything in between.


  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: W Hotel
  • Location: London Leicester Square, United Kingdom
  • Photography: EWOUT HUIBERS
  • Project team: Rob Wagemans, Jeroen Vester, Ulrike Lehner, Erik van Dillen, Melanie Knüwer, Jari van Lieshout, Sonja Wirl, Nina Schweitzer
  • Architect building: Jestico + Whiles
  • Developer: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Contractor: McAleer & Rushe Group, Specialist joinery guest rooms  Polcom Group, Specialist joinery public spaces MJM Group, SJ Group (spa, gym), Eclipse Furniture (loose furniture)
  • Lighting Consultant: Maurice Brill Lighting Design
  • Total area: 8100 m2
  • Duration construction: 13 months
  • Opening: February the 14th, 2011

House in Kew, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

The extension is an example of responsible rationalisation of a typical suburban house which offers a stimulating environment and demonstrates environmentally sustainable design.

The project is located on a 740m2 site in Kew. The existing house whilst generously sized lacked a clear thought-out plan. The land fell 5.5m over its length and further aided to dysfunctional arrangement of spaces. The brief required a rearrangement of spaces to better cater for the young family, relating each space to the outside world.

Image Courtesy © Rhiannon Slatter

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Kew house
  • Location: Kew, Australia
  • Photography: Rhiannon Slatter
  • Completed: early 2011
  • Land size: 738m2
  • Total build size:  230m2, (grd 170m2, 1st floor 60m2)
  • Builder: Melpro building

HOUSE OF ROMAN CULTURE in Nîmes, France by Alexander YONCHEV Architecture

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Alexander YONCHEV Architecture

The project is situated in Nîmes (France), next to the ancient roman arena.

The House of Roman Culture consists of a multifunctional building, that offers various temporary and permanent exhibitions, conferences, events, workshops, libraries and many other, all of them related to roman culture and history.

Image Courtesy © Alexander YONCHEV Architecture

  • Architects: Alexander YONCHEV Architecture
  • Location: Nîmes, France
  • Program: Museum
  • Year: 2012

Vi Cool in Hong Kong by Concrete Architectural Associates

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates

A new restaurant of Catalan chef Sergi Arola recently opened its doors in China, at the Harbour City shopping centre in Hong Kong. The renowned chef created the Vi Cool brand in addition to his Michelin star restaurants and his more contemporary restaurant Vi Roses as an expansion to his luxury venues. The new concept was developed as a restaurant where guests including Arola himself and his family and friends can enjoy the authentic Spanish cuisine in a more informal ambiance. Dining Concepts commissioned concrete to design the restaurant.

Image Courtesy © michael perini

  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: Vi Cool
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Photography: michael perini
  • Project team: rob wagemans, ayca dogan, susanne schanz,  femke zumbrink,   erik van dillen.
  • General contractor: alliance engineers  ltd.
  • Fixed furniture: alliance engineers  ltd.
  • Loose furniture: thicas furniture
  • Lighting: wellfound ltd.
  • Metal constructions: alliance engineers  ltd.
  • Total area: 190 m2
  • Date: 19 october 2012


  • Floor: end grain wood,  black granite
  • Walls: hand-made tiles
  • Cabinets: raw steel
  • Tables: end grain wood, white marble
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