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Cafeteria in Ushimado, Japan by Niji Architects

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source: Niji Architects

This cafeteria is a timber framed, single-story building located in Ushimado of Setouchi city, Okayama prefecture, Japan. It serves as a canteen for a local construction company as well as a cafeteria for the local community. The building structure and its finishes are  kept simple and the presence of the building is kept to a bare minimum. The building design focuses mainly on its primary function as a cafeteria for the local people and to familiarize itself to the community.

Image Courtesy © Masafumi Harada / Niji Photo

  • Architects: Niji Architects  (AI Design + OHNO JAPAN)
  • Project: Cafeteria
  • Location: Ushimado, Japan
  • Photography: Masafumi Harada / Niji Photo
  • Building area: 166.32m2
  • Total floor area: 144.00m2
  • Type of Construction: Timber structure
  • Number of stories: 1F
  • Building height: 3.37m
  • Principal use: Shop(Cafeteria)
  • Principal designer: Masafumi Harada / Niji Architects
  • Construction: UG Giken
  • Design period: August 2012 – December 2012
  • Construction period: January 2013 – April 2013


  • Structure: Exposed timber structure
  • Roof: Folded metal roof
  • External façade: Clear float glass t=10mm with glass film
  • Window: Wooden sash window and Aluminum sash window

Watergate Apartment in Washington by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

The Watergate complex in Washington, DC consists of five buildings sited on ten acres overlooking the Potomac River, and was built between 1963 and 1972. Designed by Italian Architect Luigi Moretti, the Watergate is considered one of Washington’s most desirable addresses.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect (Sarah Mailhot)
  • Project: Watergate Apartment
  • Location: Washington, USA
  • Photography: Maxwell MacKenzie
  • Owner: Withheld
  • Contractor: Added Dimensions
  • Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney

Mandeville Canyon Residence in Los Angeles, CA by Griffin Enright Architects

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source: Griffin Enright Architects

The site for this project is located on a cul-de-sac which creates a tapered lot manifesting in a fairly small curved front yard lot line, while the rear yard of the site opens to the canyon and city views. Two distinct conditions emerged from the design; from the rear yard the house is seen as part of a series of horizontal volumes which merge with the terrain of the landscape, while the front yard presence of the house is distinctly more urban, vertical, and formal. This dichotomy between the front and back zones of the property is emphasized by the articulation of two vertical walls that are folded into roof surfaces to create a backdrop anchoring the horizontal terrain.

Image Courtesy © Griffin Enright Architects

The Hollywood Bowl by Hodgetts + Fung

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source: Hodgetts + Fung

The rebirth of the Hollywood Bowl marked the end of a six-year process in which Hodgetts + Fung re-invented the acoustics, enhanced the functionality, and nearly doubled the size of that hundred-year old icon while echoing the memory and visual identity of the original.

Image Courtesy © Hodgetts + Fung

Flood House by F9 Productions

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source: F9 Productions

This project started as a response to the repeated flood challenges of where the two principles (Alex Gore and Lance Cayko) went to college.  The Fargo, North Dakota area floods almost every year and Alex has fought floods as a civilian and in the National Guard. During one of these outings Alex began to think about the ramifications of the dikes bursting and what would happen to all of the houses they were trying to save. These phenomena became increasingly threatening with the advent of hurricane Katrina, and the ongoing floods across the United States today.  As a result Alex and Lance dove into designing a house that could withstand these forces.

Image Courtesy © F9 Productions

  • Architects: F9 Productions (Alex Gore)
  • Project: Flood House
  • PROJECT: F9 – Flood House
  • DATE: 110602

Villa in Děčín, Czech Republic by Studio pha

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Article source: Studio pha

The initial task was mainly to find the right location for a home (villa) on a large area, with its orientation providing views of the countryside and city. The house is situated on the edge of a natural divide in the landscape so that each floor is consistent with the land. The stone base supports each exaggerated conglomeration of rooms, which are partly cantilevered over the terrace and divided into parts for children and parents.

Image Courtesy © Tomáš Dittrich

  • Architects: Studio pha
  • Project: Villa
  • Location: Děčín, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Tomáš Dittrich
  • Realization: 2013
  • Area: 750 m2
  • Author:  Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl, Filip Tomášek
  • Cooperation: Ivana Šustrová – completion and interior implementation
  • Statics: Hana Gattermayerová

Sohsul Hotel in Seoul, S.Korea by Archigroup ma

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Article source: Archigroup ma

It is a common sense that detailing takes its place at the later phase of process, and this is especially true for an architectural design. However, on the other hand, I think it is possible for detail to be the beginning of the process. The more so, if the process is for interior design. Although Mies van dero Rohe said “God is in the details” to emphasize <precision> and Rem Koolhaas stated “no money, no detail, just pure concept” to put <concept> of the plan before anything, the detail was what connected the beginning and the end of this project. The detail is not limited to properly joining and finishing the materials. It motivates the design, brings harmony to neighboring materials, and sometimes the detail itself grant certain characteristic to the whole space. Every material has its own unique characteristics and it can be revealed through the detail. Properly displayed detail distinguishes itself from the other materials, and that uniqueness became the main material for the design for this project.

Image Courtesy © Sun Namgoong

Image Courtesy © Sun Namgoong

  • Architects: Archigroup ma
  • Project: Sohsul Hotel
  • Location: 53, Banpo-daero 14-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, S.Korea
  • Photography: Sun Namgoong
  • Interior Design: Geunju Yoon, Junghwan Hwang
  • Hotel Features: 52 Rooms(12 Types), Lobby, Restaurant, Multipurpose Room
  • Gross floor area: 3,771.03§³
  • Buildings Scope: B2, 13F
  • Client & Construction: Youngwoo Seo (Bit Sal Co.)
  • Floor finishing: Wood flooring, Marble, Tiles(Italy)
  • Wall finishing: Wood, marble, Tiles(Italy), Made wallpaper, Eco-friendly paints
  • Ceiling finishing: Tiles(Italy), Made wallpaper, Eco-friendly paints


HALL Peterson Bergfeld in St. Helena, California by Signum Architecture

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Article source: Signum Architecture

Components: Barrel Storage, Event Venue

Built in 1885, time and the elements had taken a toll on this historic winery, which was shuttered by Prohibition and then reopened after repeal as a precursor to Napa Valley’s custom crush concept. The owners wanted to bring this treasure back to life as an extension of their new state-of-the art winery.

Image Courtesy © Adrian Gregoretti + Tubay Yabut

Image Courtesy © Adrian Gregoretti + Tubay Yabut

  • Architects: Signum Architecture
  • Project: HALL Peterson Bergfeld
  • Location: St. Helena, California, US
  • Photography: Adrian Gregoretti + Tubay Yabut
  • Design: Jarrod Denton while at Lail Design Group
  • Builder: Frank Borges Jr. Construction
  • Interior Design: Nicole Hollis


Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Christian de Portzamparc

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

 Article source: Christian de Portzamparc

The Cidade das Artes is situated between sea and mountain, in the center of fourteen kilometers of plain which nsaw recently developing the new major district of Rio de Janeiro: Barra da Tijuca. The landscape is monotonous, deprived of strong urban marks and public spaces. The site is structured by two highways that cross the district. In the centre of thiscross, designed by Lucio Costa, the Cidade das Artes will be in the very heart of the new city.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Kon

  • Architects: Christian de Portzamparc
  • Project: Cidade Das Artes
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Photography: Nelson Kon, Christian de Portzamparc
  • PROGRAM: Cultural equipment: Philharmonic Hall (1,800 seats ), transformable into an Opera Hall (1,300 seats ) Chamber Music Hall (500 seats ), electroacoustic room (180 seats ), headquarters of the Brazilian Symphonic, Orchestra, music school, 10 rehearsal rooms, media library, 3 movies theaters , resta urant, shops, administration offices, technical spaces and parking lots.
  • CLIENT: City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, Secretaria Municipal das Culturas
  • ACOUSTICS: Xu Acoustique – Xu Ya Ying – (France), Acùstica sônica (Brazil)
  • SCENOGRAPHY: Changement à Vue – Jacques Dubreuil (France), Ze Augusto Nepomucen (Brazil)
  • LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: CAP, Fernando Chancel
  • Surface: 46,000 sq.m.
  • Gross Tota l Area: 90,000 sq.m.

Tobaco Hotel in Lodz, Poland by EC-5

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Article source: EC-5

Tobaco Hotel is located in the centre of Łódź, among historic tenement houses and old factory buildings. The hotel is part of the historic factory building complex. Since 1895, Karol Kretschmer had operated a wool textile factory there. In 1932, the National Cigarette Factory opened on the former textile factory premises. Nowadays, the whole building complex has been modernised and adapted to housing and hotel purposes.

Image Courtesy © MichaÅ‚ Mazurowicz

  • Architects: EC-5
  • Project: Tobaco Hotel
  • Location: Lodz, Poland
  • Photography: MichaÅ‚ Mazurowicz
  • Architecture Project Team: Luiza JodÅ‚owska, Martyna Nowak, Hanna Pietras, Piotr Płóciennik, Dorota SzafraÅ„ska
  • Year: 2013
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