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Crystal Houses, a flagship store in Amsterdam, Netherlands by MVRDV

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Article source: MVRDV

Yesterday the glass doors of Crystal Houses opened, a visionary exploration into reimagining the possible uses of glass in construction. The entirely transparent façade of a high-end flagship store on Amsterdam’s upmarket shopping street, PC Hooftstraat, uses glass bricks, glass windows frames and glass architraves in a way to evoke the vernacular of the area with the goal to maintain the character of the site. The 620 m2 of retail and 220 m2 of housing, were designed for investor Warenar. The design unites the ambition of Amsterdam to have large distinctive flagship stores without compromising the historical ensemble. The project, conceptualised by MVRDV, was developed and constructed as part of a multi-team collaboration including Gietermans & Van Dijk Architects, Delft University of Technology, Brouwer & Kok engineers, ABT consulting engineers, Poesia (brand of Vetreria Resanese) glass manufacturers from Italy and contractor Wessels Zeist.

Image Courtesy © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

Image Courtesy © Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Crystal Houses, a flagship store
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Photography: Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee
  • Role of MVRDV: Lead Architect
  • Date of completion: April 2016

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Mini-Apartment in Berlin, Germany by JAN RÖSLER ARCHITEKTEN

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Article source: JAN RÖSLER ARCHITEKTEN

Living in small spaces.

The Mini Apartment is situated in Berlin-Kreuzberg, at the first floor of a Wilhelminian housing complex from the end of the 19th century. The original space of the old apartment was divided in order to fit two smaller dwellings.

Image Courtesy © Simon Menges & Sasha Weidner

Image Courtesy © Simon Menges & Sasha Weidner

  • Architects: JAN RÖSLER ARCHITEKTEN
  • Project: Mini-Apartment
  • Location: Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany 
  • Photography: Simon Menges & Sasha Weidner
  • Client: Private
  • General contractor: Jan Rösler Bau
  • Year: 2014

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HOUSE EXTENSION in Brittany, France by FELD ARCHITECTURE

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: FELD ARCHITECTURE

Extension of a seaside villa from the early 1900s.

The new structure offers unique qualities of volume, light and openness which were absent from the existing house.

The main volume is designed as a single object, all clad in zinc shingles which were handcrafted to order. Construction detailing and execution was carried out with infinite care.

Image Courtesy © FELD Architecture

Image Courtesy © FELD Architecture

  • Architects: FELD ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: HOUSE EXTENSION
  • Location: Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, Brittany, France
  • Floor area (extension): 120 sqm
  • Floor area (existing house): 130 sqm
  • Duration of studies: 6 months
  • Construction: 18 months
  • Completion: 2015

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Duplex in Madrid, Spain by Marta Badiola Ramos

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: Marta Badiola Ramos

The project is a full refurbishment of a duplex in Madrid’s city center that will host a family expecting its third child and whose needs will change drastically along the next years. For that reason, the house is designed as an unfinished space, which will be modified and adapted to respond to the life changes of its inhabitants.

Image Courtesy © Marta Badiola and Jorge Pizarro

Image Courtesy © Marta Badiola and Jorge Pizarro

  • Architects: Marta Badiola Ramos , Jorge Pizarro
  • Project: Duplex in Madrid
  • Location: Chamartín, Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Marta Badiola and Jorge Pizarro
  • Collaborators: Alba Carrasco
  • Area: 225 sqm
  • Construction: Félix de las Heras
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Software used: Autocad, 3ds Max, Photoshop, Illustrator

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House Stein in Druxberge, Germany by Jan Rösler Architekten

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: Jan Rösler Architekten 

“Haus Stein” is the result of the conversion of an unused barn from the 1930’s into a holiday home. The particular character of the barn in its rural setting was preserved through minimal interventions on its outer shell. In the absence of its users, the building’s new function remains concealed. It is only when the wooden shutters and doors are open that the striking contrast between a clean and rigorous inner organisation and the raw facades reveals the new purpose of the building.

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Image Courtesy © Simon Menges

  • Architects: Jan Rösler Architekten 
  • Project: House Stein
  • Location: Druxberge, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
  • Photography: Simon Menges
  • Client: Private
  • General contractor: Jan Rösler Bau
  • Year: 2010 & 2013

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La Source in Le Bouscat, France by atelier d’architecture King Kong

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: atelier d’architecture King Kong

The new building and its function are immediately intelligible as one approaches from Rue Emile Zola, thanks to clear signage positioned on the east façade, while the main entrance is situated on Rue Formigé, thereby creating a direct connection with the bus stop opposite. The building’s accessibility via public transport and its inherent eco-mobility is therefore clearly brought to the fore and visually underscored.

Image Courtesy © Arthur Péquin

Image Courtesy © Arthur Péquin

  • Architects: atelier d’architecture King Kong
  • Project: La Source
  • Location: Le Bouscat, France
  • Photography: Arthur Péquin
  • Client: Bordeaux Métropole Aménagement, on behalf of Le Bouscat city hall
  • Cost of building works: 8 M€ ttc
  • Area:

    • Surface area: 3720 M2
    • Building: 2560 M2
    • Surroundings: 1160 M2
  • Construction started: July 2013
  • Completed: December 2015

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Lantern Ridge House in Kerhonkson, New York by Studio MM Architect

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: Studio MM Architect

Perched at the top of a wooded knoll in the Hudson Valley, the Lantern Ridge House accentuates mountain views while camouflaging itself in the densely forested environment. At night, the typically obscured house becomes a beacon for passing cars and a guiding light for our homeward-bound clients. The home is focused on a single gathering space through which the 2,200 SF structure becomes at once intimate and expansive, private and public. Oriented to face both sunrise and sunset, this hinge point is created by the convergence of two private wings that contain separated accommodations for our clients and their guests. A continuous wood ceiling shelters an exterior deck and the glass façade, which focuses expansive views, connects the clients with the immediate natural environment, and provides a consistently sunlit space.

Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

  • Architects: Studio MM Architect
  • Project: Lantern Ridge House
  • Location: Kerhonkson, New York, USA 
  • Photography: Brad Feinknopf
  • Software used: AutoCAD
  • Completed Fall: 2015

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AB apartment in Milan, Italy by DUEDIQUATTRO

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: DUEDIQUATTRO

The apartment, located inside a charming early 20th-century building, was completely redesigned in order to better respond to the occupants’ needs, without altering its « retro appeal ». The project therefore mixes a vintage decor with contemporary furniture and 20th century design pieces. The kitchen furniture and the cupboards were custom-designed. The beautiful original windows and wooden floor were kept and restored; in the bathrooms and in the kitchen, instead, the floor and wall tiles, which had been previusly replaced, were changed. In the living room, the elaborated coffered ceiling was restored and repainted; the walls were painted dark green, a strong color which enhances the original decoration and the character of this room.

Image Courtesy © Danilo Capasso

Image Courtesy © Danilo Capasso

  • Architects: DUEDIQUATTRO
  • Project: AB apartment in Milan
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: Danilo Capasso
  • Software used: Autocad, illustrator and Photoshop
  • Design and work supervision: Duediquattro (Laura Falcone + Bruna Vendemmia) – www.2d4.eu
  • Contractor: Benedetto Gianni Costruzioni s.r.l.
  • Date: 2015/2016

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Aarhus School in Denmark by EGA_ErikGiudiceArchitecture

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: EGA_ErikGiudiceArchitecture 

CONCEPT

For the new Aarhus School we propose a pedagogical toolbox inspired by the industrial history of the site, an ever- changing urban catalyst offering flexibility and opens towards the city and the future.

The project is placed close to the Katapult theatre and the Godsbanens cultural centre to create a vivid cultural platform.

Image Courtesy © Erik Giudice Architecture

Image Courtesy © Erik Giudice Architecture

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HOUSE EXTENSION in Courbevoie, France by FELD Architecture

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Article source: FELD Architecture 

Originally built in the 1930s, the existing house was first expanded in the 1950s.

The addition of a new modern construction prolongs it to the east and provides wider openings on the landscape.

Image Courtesy © FELD Architecture

Image Courtesy © FELD Architecture

  • Architects: FELD Architecture
  • Project: HOUSE EXTENSION
  • Location: Courbevoie, France
  • Floor area: 180 sqm
  • Duration of studies: 6 months
  • Construction: 18 months
  • Completion: 2015

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