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Okazaki House in Aichi Prefecture, Japan by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Article source: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

The generation gap has become a problem in Japan in recent years. There are an increasing number of two-family homes, as well as houses built on the lots of parents’ houses. This house is one of the latter. Although the residents are parents and child, solicitude should be expressed with this not-so-large site. This house is a one-story building with a shed roof, which lowers the roof height on the side of the parents’ house, resulting in wide views maintained with open sky from the parents’ house.

Image Courtesy © Forward Stroke inc.

  • Architects: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
  • Project: Okazaki House
  • Location: Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Forward Stroke inc.
  • Date of Completion: 2012
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site Area: 213.74m2
  • Total Floor Area: 98.17 m2 /1F

KA2015 – Pavilion for the City in Karlsruhe, Germany by J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Article source: J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe in 2015, a temporary event pavilion will be erected in the city’s Schlosspark. During the festival summer, various concerts, theater performances, readings, film screenings, and exhibitions will be held in the open structure.

Image Courtesy © J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten
  • Project: KA2015 – Pavilion for the City
  • Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Project Architect: Sebastian Finckh
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Georg Fassl, Maxim Margorskyi.
  • Construction period: March – April 2015
  • Exhibition Time: June – September 2015
  • Deconstruction: October 2015
  • Client: Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe GmbH
  • Realisierung: Rubner Holzbau GmbH, Augsburg
  • Gebäudetechnik: Ingenieurbüro Jicha, Neidenstein
  • Lichtplanung: Lichttransfer Katrin Soencksen, Berlin
  • Veranstaltungstechnik: MegaForce, Weingarten/Karlsruhe
  • Ausstattung: EinsPlus Karlsruhe, Ettlingen

The Solar Vineyard Winery by Michael Jantzen

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Michael Jantzen

The Solar Vineyard Winery was designed to explore the potentials of a large winery that also functions as a solar electric generation power plant. The solar electricity is produced through a large bank of curved photovoltaic solar cells that are elevated above the roof of the winery.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

  • Architects: Michael Jantzen
  • Project: The Solar Vineyard Winery
  • Status: Unbuilt

Window House in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects 

A weekend house facing to the Sagami Bay with view to Mt. Fuji and Enoshima. The site is just 3 x 8m with 60% of footprint, and the building has become 3-stories almost automatically because the ground floor had to be a piloti by consideration of the storm surge.

Image Courtesy © Yasutaka Yoshimura

  • Architects: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
  • Project: Window House
  • Location: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Yasutaka Yoshimura
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete + wooden
  • Completion year: 2013
  • Site Area: 26.11m2
  • Building Area: 15.42m2
  • Total Floor Area: 32.85m2
  • Structural engineers: Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • General constructors: Tosho Build Plan

Grenadier House in Toronto, Canada by Altius Architecture

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Altius Architecture 

With the backyard now a usable green space, this house accommodates a double carport and garage below the main living quarters of the house at the front of the lot, eliminating the need for a lengthy driveway. The garage creates a split-level concept, with four stories at the back of the house and three at the front.

Image Courtesy © Altius Architecture

  • Architects: Altius Architecture (Graham Smith & Logan Amos)
  • Project: Grenadier House
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Size: 2500 sqft
  • Completion: 2013


Saturday, March 1st, 2014


When an architect delivers a building it is always an extremely emotional moment, marked by the end of a long process of mediation, from absolute potentiality of early sketches to fine tuning in situ of final details. An actor, for a time, in the endless development of territories, the architect exits the scene. He hands over the controls to those he has been working for. This is the moment when architecture transitions from the intellectual, conceptual state to the fundamentally physical and real.

Image Courtesy © Michael Nagl

MaPharmacie (MyDrugstore) by José Levy (Paris)

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: duendePR

At 44, rue Faubourg du Temple in République José Levy unveils a second opus of the MaPharmacie concept initiated by Michael Zazoun (pharmacist by day, advice columnist without reserve by night with Enora Malagre on Virgin Radio). After Bastille in 2010, the duo is totally rewriting the rules for pharmacies, are interpretation where nothing is broken but everything is changed.

Image Courtesy © Matthieu Salvaing

  • Architects: José Levy
  • Project: MaPharmacie
  • Location: Paris
  • Photography: Matthieu Salvaing

Goodwood Residence in Bukit Timah Road, Singapore by WOHA

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: WOHA

Set amidst an enclave of black and white houses just off the prime Orchard/Scotts Road area, and against a verdant 20-hectare backdrop of greenery, the 210-unit Goodwood Residence is conceived on a macro scale as a breathing space – a rarity in high density urbanised Singapore – and an extension of the Goodwood Hill tree conservation area that it shares a boundary of 150m with. Articulated as two 12-storey L-shaped blocks, the 2.5-hectare development dialogues with the hill that it embraces and merges with in a language of openness and continuity made expressive by varying degrees of scale and privacy.

Lush greenery along site perimeter dissolves the building boundary and affords a green introduction to the development., Image Courtesy © Patrick Bingham-Hall

  • Architects: WOHA
  • Project: Goodwood Residence
  • Location: Bukit Timah Road, Singapore
  • Photography: Patrick Bingham-Hall
  • Design Inception: Jun 2006
  • Start of Piling: Mar 2008
  • Start of Construction: 25 Jan 2010
  • Completed (TOP): 28 Jun 2013
  • Cost Piling Contract: $11,319,000
  • Cost 1st Main Contract: $191,930,000
  • Cost 2nd Main Contract: $55,000,000
  • Plot Area: 24,844.7 sqm
  • Gross Floor Area: 43,696.51sqm – include Bonus Balcony GFA (3,530.20sqm)
  • Constructed Floor: include Incentive GFA (414.79sqm)
  • Area Total Strata: 69,350.01sqm
  • Area: 51,058.00sqm

Krampon house in Hyogo, Japan by Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

This is a residential area where the magnificent nature still remains. The site is situated on a sloped land among natural forest. Two large trees with beautifully shaped branches (one is a camphor tree and the other a cherry tree) stand on top of the site. These trees are integrated into the residential design.

Image Courtesy © Yutaka Kinumaki

  • Architects: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates
  • Project: Krampon house
  • Location: Hyogo, Japan
  • Photography: Yutaka Kinumaki
  • Date of Completion: March,2012
  • Principal Use: House
  • Structure: timber flame
  • Site Area: 360.35m2
  • Building Area: 104.53m2
  • Total Floor Area: 136.65m2 (84.05m2/1F, 52.60m2/2F)
  • Structural Engineer: S3 Associates Inc.
  • Construction: Amerikaya Co.,Ltd.

UPTOWN RESIDENCES in Athens, Greece by blp architects

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: blp architects

The complex occupies a whole city block (8.350m2) and consists of seven functionally autonomous but formally continuous buildings. It is situated in Maroussi, an Athenian suburb rapidly transforming into a business and residential metropolitan hub. The three storey volume unfolds over a slightly sloping site totaling an area of 6.500m2, and comprises of 70 apartments, communal spaces and underground parking lots.

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

  • Architects: blp architects
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Photography: Charalambos Louizidis
  • Design, completion: 2006 – 2012
  • Area: 6.500 m2
  • Design team: Iro Bertaki , Christina Loukopoulou  Costis Paniyiris.
  • Collaborating architects: Angeliki Sioli , Vilma Agrafioti.
  • Consultants: Athanasiadis & Partners (structural engineers), Elxis SA (mechanical engineers) , Greenways / Skordilis-Chanikian Ltd (planting design)
  • Client: J&P Development SA

First prize, invited architectural competition 2006 

  • Nominated for the European Union Prize for Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2013
  • Distinction, Best built works 2010-2012, ”Domes” international review 2013 Awards
  • Distinction, Best built works 2008-2013, Hellenic Institute of Architecture Award 2013
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