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California Dreaming in Tasmania, Australia by Bild Architecture (designed with Rhino 3D)

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Article source: Bild Architecture

California Dreamingis one of a continuing series of projects exploring adaptations of Australian suburban typologies to contemporary housing requirements. Located in an area of inner-urban Launceston originally developed with inter-war ‘California Bungalow’ type housing, the project adapts and co-ops this typology to contemporary living styles and expectations for a pair of duplex residential units.Unfashionable for many years this area of the city lay dormantafter its initial wave of development, preserving an enclave of inter-war speculative housing. However in recent years, with sudden gentrification, the area has seen a new wave of housing occupying the abundant infill opportunities. These new occupants, reflective of contemporary ways of living and ways of building sit in stark contrast with the area’s original houses.

Street Frontage

  • Architects: Bild Architecture
  • Project: California Dreaming
  • Location: 8a&b Leslie Place, South Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
  • Project Team: Ben Milbourne, Haslet Grounds, Alison Stout
  • Photography: Tanja Milbourne (TM Photo)
  • Area: 235m²
  • Completed: 2011
  • Software used: Rhino 3D

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Bird Watching Spot in Asuncion, Paraguay by Pedro Barrail + Marcelo Barrail + Lourdes Mendez (designed with SketchUp Pro)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Pedro Barrail

This project is a bird watching spot. Fundacion milenio and hsbc bank financed it. This place is very important, because asuncion has always been looking away from the river, and with these types of proyects they are finally looking towards the river. This area is a bay, and is very important for bird migration, because hundreds of bird species rest in this area in order to continue their journey, so not only do you see native birds, but also exotic ones. Asuncion has almost lost it’s integration to nature, however, projects like these are trying to strengthen that bond.

Image Courtesy Alejandro Barrail

  • Architects: Pedro barrail + Marcelo barrail + Lourdes mendez
  • Project: Bird watching spot
  • Location: Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Client: Fundacion milenio & hsbc bank paraguay
  • Built area: 57 m2
  • Completion: April 2011
  • Collaborators: Engineer martin barrail
  • Photographs: Alejandro barrail
  • Materials: wood and steel. Graphite color paint
  • Software used:  SketchUp Pro

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Social Center in Mesoiro in A Coruña, Spain by NAOS Architecture

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: NAOS ARCHITECTURE

The building was designed to be a social and services center in a neighbourhood with a high population growth rates in recent years. It includes a gathering place for neighbours and the cultural equipment: multi-use rooms, auditorium, reading room, play room, others spaces for children and adults and office works.

Images Courtesy Hector Santos-Díez

  • ARCHITECT: NAOS ARCHITECTURE (SANTIAGO GONZÁLEZ & MIGUEL PORRAS, ARCHITECTS)
  • PROJECT NAME: SOCIAL CENTER IN MESOIRO
  • LOCATION: A CORUÑA, SPAIN
  • COMPLETION DATE: 2011
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: HÉCTOR SANTOS-DIEZ
  • SITE AREA (FLOOR AREA): 2.099 m²
  • CONSTRUCTION AREA: 950.2 m²
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: SANTIAGO MUÑIZ
  • INSTALLATIONS ENGINEERING: DAVISA INGENIERÍA

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Information Portal in Rebild, Denmark by CEBRA Architects

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: CEBRA Architects

Rebild Hills and RoldForest in northern Jutland are some of Denmark’s most beautiful and unique nature reserves, and thus the area holds an extraordinary potential for offering spectacular experiences in this very distinctive rolling landscape. We wish to contribute to the creation of an ideal setting for the narrative about cultural history and nature experiences in these unique surroundings.

Exterior view

  • Architects: CEBRA Architects 
  • Project: Information Portal
  • Location:Rebild, Denmark
  • Name: Infoportal Rebildbakker & Roldskov
  • Commision: Public
  • Type:  Competition
  • Category: Culture
  • Client: Rebild Municipality & Realdania

Gaia Ropeway Cablecar in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal by Guedes + de Campos

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Guedes + de Campos

The challenge of the project is to intervene in the impressive scenario of the new Serra do Pilar – Cais de Gaia axis and, simultaneously, harmonising it with the technological complexity of a cable car. Basically it was also a question of creating a new – axial, functional and visual – urban axis characterised by the introduction of a very strong movement in the landscape. This typology was proposed for the city of Vila Nova de Gaia with a ludic and functional approach with the aim of energising the site and the tourist offer connecting the Port wine lodges and the riverfront (with its many restaurants and bars) to the metro and Serra do Pilar on the higher level.

Image Courtesy Alberto Plácido

  • ARCHITECTS: Guedes + de Campos
  • PROJECT: Gaia Ropeway Cablecar
  • LOCATION: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • CLIENT: TELEF – TRANSPORTES POR CABO E CONCESSÕES, S.A.
  • ARCHITECTURE: Francisco Vieira de Campos + Cristina Guedes
  • COORDINATOR: Francisco Vieira de Campos
  • PROJECT TEAM: Francisco Lencastre, Cristina Maximino, Adalgisa Lopes, Joana Miguel, Inês Ferreira, Pedro Costa, Ana Matias, Ana Leite Fernandes, António Ferreira, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Mariana Sendas, Tiago Souto Castro, Miguel Brochado, Pedro Azevedo
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Rowing and Sailing Pavilions in Bizkaia, Spain by abar + MdG + Julen Altuna

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: abar + MdG + Julen Altuna

The location of this suite of pavilions dedicated to the practice of rowing and sailing is one of the ends of the Marina, in front of the ramp that descends to the mouth of the estuary, between the curved breakwater that encloses the Marina and the docks ending at the Arriluze lighthouse. From the site, besides the Abra, one can see Monte Serantes, the Arboleda, the Pagasarri, Punta Lu­cero and the Ganekogorta; it is therefore a loca­tion with a great urban presence that, when the project was drawn up, was used as an improvised open-air car park.

Night View (Images Courtesy Rafael Aspiunza)

  • Architects: abar + MdG + Julen Altuna
  • Name of Project: Rowing and Sailing Pavilions
  • Location: Bizkaia, Spain
  • Project date: 2005
  • Termination date: 2007
  • Photographer: Rafael Aspiunza

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70°SUD in Billancourt, France by LAN Architecture

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: LAN Architecture

This project, for which the competition occurred in 2008, is the result of a complex transformation process in the city along with a precise economic context.

Located on the former site of the Renault factories in Boulogne-Billancourt, the concerned project is part of the Trapèze Ouest, one of the sector of the operation Ile Seguin-Rives de Seine, amongst the most important emerging centres in Ile-de-France.

Image Courtesy Julien Lanoo

  • Architects: LAN Architecture
  • Project: 70°SUD
  • Location: 3 Allée Robert Doisneau 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Program: 58 housing units
  • Client: NACARAT
  • Project Ownership Assistance: SAEM Val de Seine
  • Cost: € 7, 2 M Excl. VAT
  • Built up Area: 4639 m²
  • Completion: Nov. 2011
  • Team: LAN Architecture (lead architect), COTEC (all-trades engineers), LEAU (Environmental AMO)

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Shinjuku Gardens in Tokyo, Japan by Cheungvogl architects

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Cheungvogl architects

Site

Land is scarce in the inner city of Tokyo and restful green spaces few and far between. ‘Shinjuku Gardens’ – in the thriving hub of Tokyo’s inner city, is a conscious effort to make the most of the available open space; pushing boundaries in a quest to amalgamate much needed natural landscape into the infrastructure of the city. The project raises economical, social, environmental and cultural awareness on various aspects. The design strategies aim to maximize investment returns by providing more than double the amount of car parking spaces; optimize opportunities to inject greenscape to reduce CO2 exhaust emissions, and promote the arts and culture by offering spaces for art exhibitions in the city centre of Tokyo.

Rendering

  • Architect: Cheungvogl architects
  • Project Name: Shinjuku Gardens
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Use: Car Park
  • Site Area: 2,200 ㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 1,800 ㎡

Rendering

  • Gross Floor Area: 3,200㎡ parking above ground / 1,800 public accessible gardens on roof top
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio: 80% (0.8)
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 145%  (1.5)
  • Bldg. Scale: 2Stories above Ground + Roof Top Gardens
  • Structure: Concrete
  • Max. Height: 6 m
  • Landscape Area: 400㎡ Ground floor + 1,800 ㎡Roof Top Gardens
  • Parking Lot: 163 cars
  • Exterior Finish: Concrete, landscape

Rendering

Architecture

‘Shinjuku Gardens’ proposes to replace an existing open (80 number) car parking lot with a 2-storey car park; rendering the site with a sheltered ‘green-wall-gallery’ which will accommodate an additional 83 parking spaces. Appreciating the economical value of land, the car park adopts the most efficient parking layout grid. Replacing conventional car ramps with car lifts will maximize parking spaces; minimize traffic congestion, safety hazards and waiting time. This highly rational 54m x 33m parking structure occupies 22% less site coverage compare to the existing layout, leaving more quality public green spaces and allowing light and air to penetrate deeper into the already dense urban environment. External pedestrian ramps are inserted to provide public access to the rooftop garden and park-gallery above ground.

Rendering

Green

The simple, restrained and clear material palette subtlety blends in with the existing city fabric. The ‘soft-cladding’ of the structure is characterised by the wide balustrades to allow grass to coat the exterior of the frame, creating layers of ‘green living-walls’ as enclosures to the structure. Visually, the architecture enriches the community with layers of translucent green-curtains while shielding the views of parked cars. Functionally, the ‘soft-cladding’ utilizes the fields of grass to absorb CO2 exhaust emissions, acting as clean air filters between the buildings.

The rooftop garden is a new green oasis above the dedicated car park facility. This intimate social space above the infrastructure and man-made concrete structure is freely accessible and animated by the public at all times.

Rendering

Art

The two levels of car parks are envisaged as park-galleries, where artists are invited to exhibit their artworks. Using structural columns and structural slabs as blank canvases for artists to create art might be a new culture to bring the arts into the everyday lives. Exhibiting art within found spaces is undoubtedly an economically viable and functionally manageable alternative to make the arts more accessible to the public. The project blurs between architecture and art; turning a conventional car park project into a Street Art Museum – looking deeper into the everyday ordinary environment to seek surprising findings.

Rendering

East Elevation

Section

South Elevation

Plans

Hanok Garden in Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea by Y Design Office

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Y Design Office

Hanok Garden, a landscape project in South Korea byY Design Office, strips one of the older Korean traditional courtyard houses into its barebones with a small deck for resting. The old house is simply turned into a public garden. More is taken away than what gets added. The project asks and challenges the very basic questions about a person, a house, a city and a tree.

Finished (Image Courtesy Y Design Office)

  • Architects: Y Design Office
  • Project: Hanok Garden
  • Location: Gyeongsangbuk do Yeongcheon Gasang-li, South Korea
  • Building Type: Garden/Landscape/Reconstruction
  • Date: 2011
  • Size: 50sqm
  • Photo Credit: Y Design Office

 

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Pueblo House in Oelde, Germany by Matthias Schmalohr

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Matthias Schmalohr

The virtually ‚shocking‘ modern extension with its red fair-faced concrete and the flat roof opens the normality of living under a saddle-roof. The small estate house from the fifties, the basis of the extension, is not being copied or falsified by using the technical advances of the 21st century, but experiences an independent, modern continuation. Thus inside, at close range to each other, very different worlds of experiences emerge: the significance of great apertures, wide views, multistorey openness in contrast to the fragmentation and narrowness of the past. What makes the ensemble, including a new carport, so fascinating, is the contrast and the interplay of all these influences. Different dates of origin lead, consequently from an architectural point of view, to different results.

Pueblo House

  • Architects: Matthias Schmalohr
  • Project: House D in O – Pueblo House
  • Location: Oelde, Germany

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