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Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California by SPF:architects

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: SPF:architects 

The program for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts [the Wallis] was to transform the Historic Post Office Site into a cultural center for the performing arts including, the 500 seat Goldsmith Theatre, the 120 seat Lovelace Studio Theatre, an education wing, administrative offices, café, gift shop, sculpture garden, education court and a state of the art performing arts support spaces.

Image Courtesy © SPF:architects

Image Courtesy © SPF:architects

  • Architects: SPF:architects
  • Project: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Location: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A
  • OWNER: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • PRESERVATION ARCHITECT & HISTORIC TAX CREDIT: Historic Resources Group
  • THEATER CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook
  • ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Structural Focus
  • MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING: ARC Engineering
  • CIVIL ENGINEER: Rothman Engineering, Inc.
  • AUDIO/VIDEO CONSULTANT: Electrosonic Design Consulting
  • LIGHTING: HLB Lighting
  • CONTRACTOR: Matt Construction Company

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Gamma in Miyazaki, Japan by TAKESHI ISHIODORI ARCHITECTURE

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: TAKESHI ISHIODORI ARCHITECTURE

It is a residence wooden [ 2 stories of ] built to the site along Oyodo river which flows through the Miyazaki central part. There were two requests of a client.
– The Oyodo river can see from a living room and a terrace.
– Cut the look from a surrounding residence and secure privacy.

Image Courtesy © TAKESHI ISHIODORI ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © TAKESHI ISHIODORI ARCHITECTURE

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A Stair by BEAR Progetti

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: BEAR Progetti

The project responds to the customer requests who wanted a modern stair but at the same time asked for a safe passage between the floors of the house, so the system of ceiling mounting became the railing of the stairs thus fulfilling this dual task.

Design phase: some study renderings, Image Courtesy © BEAR Progetti

Design phase: some study renderings, Image Courtesy © BEAR Progetti

  • Architects: BEAR Progetti
  • Project: A Stair
  • Software used: Generic CAD for the drawings and Google SketchUp + V-Ray for the renderings

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World Festival of Interiors announces winners DAY 1

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

World Festival of Interiors announces the first five of nine category winners at international awards competition in Singapore

A grand yet modest bookstore in Sao Paulo was awarded the best Retail interior of 2014 as the first of two sets of category winners were announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Winners have been revealed across five diverse categories, with a further four category winners to be announced tomorrow evening. 

The Cultura Bookstore in Sao Paulo by studio mk27 overcame established fashion houses such as a Just Cavalli concept store and the new escalator hall in Harrods by MAKE Architects to claim the premier design award. This 21st century interpretation of a bookstore incorporates socialising, reading, relaxing, events and purchasing into one space that replaces the traditional book shop model. 


A research facility based in Singapore won the Display category for an exhibition area that outlines ongoing research studies and features a prototyping lab. Located in the Dover Campus at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the IDC Space features a ceiling installation made up of 6000 custom-designed lights. The project was described as ‘futuristic’, ‘technologically brilliant’ and ‘intuitive’ by the judges. 

In the Residential category, Xintiandi Penthouse by Joyce Wang Studio claimed the prize for their three-storey apartment featuring a prominent cantilevered staircase that defines the centre of the home. Located in the heart of the Shanghai Xintiandi district, the design reflects the warehouses of the region with a ‘beautifully crafted industrial aesthetic’, said the judges. The layout of the home consists of a series of free-flowing spaces that seamlessly interconnect with each other while remaining unique. 

Joyce Wang Studio claimed a second award in the Bars and Restaurant category for Mott 32, a former facility that once held family heirlooms in Hong Kong. The designers combined an industrial New York aesthetic with classical Chinese décor, using forgotten memorabilia, colonial-style furnishings and Chinese propaganda to complete the design. The judges commended an ‘ingenious use of materials’ and an ‘excellent layout despite no access to natural light.’ Mott 32 overcame stiff competition such as the new Christopher’s Restaurant in London and the redevelopment of the famous Bar Riviera in São Paulo to claim the category award. 


Tama Hotel Phnom Penh Tower was named the best interior in the Hotels category for a project that the judges believed displayed a ‘youthful energy towards the future of hotel design.’ The hotel has been designed for oversees business guests and places workspace and relaxation zones at the heart of the design. Breakout work areas are placed throughout the hotel but are also decorated with homely comforts to help the transition of those on short-stay business trips. 

Tomorrow the category winners from the Office, Education and Health, Civic, Culture and Transport, and Creative Re-Use will be decided to complete the list of nine category winners. All the winners will then go head-to-head on the final day of the festival, re-presenting their projects live to the INSIDE super jury, in an attempt to claim the World Interior of the Year award, announced on Friday evening at an exclusive ceremony.

Press requests:

Caro Communications, 0207 713 9388, @carocomms
Rob Fiehn and Jordan Lewis will be based in Singapore throughout the festival
Rob@carocommunications.com
Jordan@carocommunications.com

Requests from press based in Europe please email Laurad@carocommunications.com

Information on the judges can be found on the below link:
https://www.insidefestival.com/judges#icon 

CATEGORY WINNERS:

Category: Bars & Restaurants
Architect/Designer: JOYCE WANG STUDIO
Project: Mott 32
Location: Hong Kong

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Originally a storage facility for family heirlooms forgotten by wealthy Chinese immigrants, Joyce Wang Studio combined this history into their contemporary design. Mott 32 creates a blend of industrial New York design and classical Chinese décor, complemented with an inspired collection of forgotten heirlooms, Colonial-style furnishings and antique Chinese propaganda. Accessibility to the site for diners was also a difficult issue to tackle for the practice due to a long snaking route but this meandering path now creates a more hidden and exclusive arrival experience.

Category: Display
Architect/Designer: Singapore University of Technology and Design
Project: IDC Space: research and display space for the International Design Centre
Location: Singapore

Image Courtesy © Singapore University of Technology and Design

Image Courtesy © Singapore University of Technology and Design

Image Courtesy © Singapore University of Technology and Design

Image Courtesy © Singapore University of Technology and Design

Situated at the heart of the Dover Campus of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, IDC Space is a showcase space for the International Design Centre. The 13m x 16m space hosts an office, a small prototyping lab as well as an exhibition gallery for showcasing some of the most exciting on-going IDC design research work. The space features a ceiling installation comprised of 6000 custom-designed lighting and display components; the light fixtures are based on a patent-pending SUTD/IDC design. Partitions, posters, and exhibition panels are suspended from the ceiling so the space can quickly be reconfigured for multiple uses.

Category: Hotels
Architect/Designer: FHAMS Ltd.
Project: Tama Hotel Phnom Penh Tower
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Image Courtesy © FHAMS Ltd.

Image Courtesy © FHAMS Ltd.

Image Courtesy © FHAMS Ltd.

Image Courtesy © FHAMS Ltd.

Located in the Phnom Penh Tower building, the Tama Hotel has been designed for oversees business visitors. Workspace and comfortable settings suited for both long and short stay guests’ help to create a homely environment. The restaurant has been designed to be a working lunch space for entertaining clients and desk space for laptops.

Category: Residential
Architect/Designer: JOYCE WANG STUDIO
Project: XINTIANDI PENTHOUSE
Location: Shanghai, China

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

Image Courtesy © JOYCE WANG STUDIO

A three-storey penthouse set in the heart of Shanghai’s Xintiandi district, this private residence boasts some of the best lake and skyline views in the city. A cantilever staircase winds around the double-height atrium and as one ascends the stairs the stunning view unfolds. The dinning area sits within a nest-like environment so the family can enjoy the intimacies of their home. Wood-grain etched concrete, Corten steel and walnut timber line the walls, floors and ceiling in reference to the warehouses of old Shanghai. Geometric graphic patterns are created on the flooring as one material joins another in order to zone various areas in the home.

Category: Retail
Architect/Designer: studio mk27
Project: Cultura Bookstore
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Image Courtesy ©  studio mk27

Image Courtesy © studio mk27

The Cultura bookstore has been designed to be a bookstore for the 21st century, a store where socialising, relaxing and purchasing are all combined. The top floor provides the main area of the store, a large area encased with bookshelves provides an open plan space with lounge chairs where customers can read and discuss. The space also features large tables and can be used for lectures and other events.

Alongside the category winners the following were awarded Highly Commended:

Category: Bars & Restaurants
Architect/Designer: SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS
Project: Auriga
Location: Mumbai, India

Image Courtesy © SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS

Transformed from a disused warehouse, Auriga is a nightclub and restaurant that creates the feeling of being within a sculpture rather than looking at one. The nightclub on the ground floor is made up of a series of angular aluminium fins that fold to create the roof, the walls, bar and staircase. On the second floor the restaurant is a more fluid design to contrast to the angular shapes downstairs, thin wooden strips flow freely from the ceiling and walls to the bar and kitchen counters. Auriga has been designed and delivered on a small budget and in a sustainable manner, the lower floor is made from the waste metal left over from the manufacturing of air conditioning units and the upper level is leftover wood from other projects.

Category: Hotels
Architect/Designer: a21studio
Project: The Tent
Location: Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

Image Courtesy © a21studio

Image Courtesy © a21studio

Image Courtesy © a21studio

Image Courtesy © a21studio

The Tent is a small spa perched in the folds of a rock face terrace, inside an operating hot spring and mineral resort looking over the main river of Nha Trang city, Vietnam.  One of the biggest constraints of the site is the intense heat from the West, which is constant throughout the year but the Tent’s steep roof with thick thatch helps not only to deflect the sunlight but also blends the project with the surrounding landscape. The roof props lend a distinctive look to the Tent, shields the interior against the elements and also makes up the main structure of the building. The main beams that span the Tent are connected using indigenous building techniques, mortise and tenon joints, together with local materials, dry-stacked stones and coconut leaves, with rocks quarried on site and reinforced steel and tiles. Inside the Tent, the space is divided into two levels, on the lower space there is an infinity mineral pool with traditional wooden furniture. On the upper floor, there is a private bedroom covered by a wood frame and coloured glass with a net installed in the void between the structure and rock, allowing guests to look down to the river below.

Category: Residential
Architect/Designer: Manor Studio Pte Ltd
Project: Chu Lin Road Apartment
Location: Singapore

Image Courtesy © Manor Studio Pte Ltd

Image Courtesy © Manor Studio Pte Ltd

Image Courtesy © Manor Studio Pte Ltd

Image Courtesy © Manor Studio Pte Ltd

Chu Lin Road Apartment is an intervention within an apartment built in the 1960s post war period, nestled in the quaint neighbourhood of Chu Lin Road. The original footprint of the apartment was both deep and long but suffered from a lack of natural light and ventilation. The impetus of the new design was to retain the spaciousness of the original layout whilst encouraging maximum cross ventilation and natural light. The false ceiling that ran across the space was removed and the original walls were demolished in favour of an open plan space, following the structural beams. These beams, which once used to cap off the full height brick walls, now support a floating solid pine cabinetry in the middle of the apartment. Designed with different heights and porosity, and extending in various directions, this central cabinet piece is conceived as a sculpture that not only forms the focal point of the apartment but also delineates the spaces while maintaining spatial continuity, ventilation and natural lighting throughout the apartment.

Category: Retail
Architect/Designer: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Project: Camper Showroom/Office
Location: Shanghai, China

Image Courtesy © Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Image Courtesy © Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Image Courtesy © Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Image Courtesy © Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Inspired by the surrounding urban environment, this Camper Showroom reassembles the Shanghai ‘nong-tang’ alleyways. An exterior lane extends into the showroom creating a sectional cut in the structure and a skylight heightens the experience by casting long linear shadows across the walls throughout the day. Neri&Hu designed the store as their interpretation of a two-storey house slotted in an old warehouse. The project sees grey brick combined with wood salvaged from demolished lane houses. The salvaged wood reveals a history from the paint, newspaper and wallpaper still attached to the planks.

Notes to Editors:

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Locales Roca/ Roca Stores in Provincia de Rio Negro, Argentina by BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

The order stipulates the construction of commercial properties which are located in the central area of General Roca, Rio Negro.
Three commercial offices are determined with different hierarchy, where two of them are the subsidiaries smaller offices, should be indeterminate without knowing the program or future uses.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Ciarlotti

Image Courtesy © Manuel Ciarlotti

  • Architects: BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau
  • Project: Locales Roca/ Roca Stores
  • Location: Tucumán 668 .Gral Roca, Provincia de Rio Negro, Argentina
  • Photography: Manuel Ciarlotti
  • Collaboration Especial: Agustin Moscato, Ramiro Schere
  • Dirección de Obra: Arq. Fernando Caceras.
  • Interiorismo: BBC Arquitectos + D.I. Rodrigo Ebel
  • Area: 600 m2.
  • Year: 2012.

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Ribera 1 House in Santa Fe Province, Argentina by Escribano + Bourquin

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: Escribano + Bourquin

From the architect. Located in one of the most recent private developments on the outskirts of the city of Santa Fe (Argentina), the house is designed entirely on one floor, it consists of 2 separate elements linked together by the access circulation.

Image Courtesy ©  Federico Cairoli

Image Courtesy © Federico Cairoli

  • Architects: Escribano + Bourquin
  • Project: Ribera 1 House
  • Location: Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Photography: Federico Cairoli

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Edge House in Krakow, Poland by Gira

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: Gira

Krakow is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Today, the second largest city in Poland is still referred to as the country’s unofficial capital. Just four kilometres from the centre as the crow flies, a former quarry has become home to a residence with a striking slate roof: the Edge House.

Image Courtesy © Mobius Architects

Image Courtesy © Mobius Architects

  • Architects: Gira
  • Project: Edge House
  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Photography: Mobius Architects

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Apartments Charlotte in Berlin, Germany by Michels Architekturbüro

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: Michels Architekturbüro

Apartments “Charlotte” – a great success for the developer as well as marketing. Within weeks, and long before the commencement of building works, all flats within this central Berlin apartment house nearby Checkpoint Charlie were sold. Carefully designed floor plans ensure a high quality of living and generous full height windows offer fascinating views of central Berlin.
Balconies are attached to the building like scales and create a meander like rhythm along the façade. To avoid impairing this well-balanced building front by rough and heavy balustrades, balconies are safeguarded by a delicate stainless steel mesh. The tapered form gives this freestanding corner building a charming and self-confident appearance.

Image Courtesy © Werner Huthmacher

Image Courtesy © Werner Huthmacher

  • Architects: Michels Architekturbüro
  • Project: Apartments Charlotte
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Photography: Werner Huthmacher
  • Construction Period: May 2012 to December 2013
  • Construction cost: 3.600.000 € gross
  • Lot: 347 sq.m
  • Total Area: 2.180 sq.m over nine stories
  • Units: Two commercial units and 28 apartments including three penthouses
  • Selling Price: 4.120 Euros/sq.m average (December 2011)
  • Property Developer: WI Concept, Berlin
  • Real Estate Marketing: Berlin Capital Investments

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Front Building of Chliriethalle in Oberglatt, Switzerland by Frei + Saarinen Architekten

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: Frei + Saarinen Architekten

In 2011, Zurich-based architects Frei + Saarinen won the competition to replace a “front building” that was damaged by a fire. The front-building is so called because it is attached to a triple gymnasium that is also used for events such as concerts, exhibitions, carnival, marriages (with up to 1000 guests), etc.

Image Courtesy © Hannes Henz

Image Courtesy © Hannes Henz

  • Architects: Frei + Saarinen Architekten
  • Project: Front Building of Chliriethalle
  • Location: Chlirietstrasse, 8154 Oberglatt, Switzerland
  • Photography: Hannes Henz, Zürich , Stefan Wuelser
  • Client: Community Oberglatt, Switzerland
  • Type of commission: Competition, 1st Prize (2011)
  • Architecture Team: Frei + Saarinen Architekten GmbH, Barbara Frei, Martin Saarinen, with Beat Lengen, Hans-Christian Rufer
  • Engineer: WGG Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG
  • Manufacturers/Suppliers: Eternit roof

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