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Hotel Proverbs Taipei in Taiwan by RAY CHEN +PARTNERS ARCHITECTS

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: RAY CHEN +PARTNERS ARCHITECTS

The site of Hotel Proverbs is located at the heart of Taipei City central where the MRT, night market, department stores, public park and densely occupied apartments create a vibrant and busy area 24-7. To take full advantage of – and to mediate – this lively and yet extremely intricate urban condition, the building splits diagonally into two parts: the upper 42 hotel rooms and the lower hotel amenities. The lower part is pushed back from the park side to make space for the trees indigenous to the site. The upper part, on the other hand, is shifted forward to lean into the park while maintaining an accommodating distance from the apartments closely situated behind the hotel.

Image Courtesy © Shawn Liu Studio

  • Architects: RAY CHEN +PARTNERS ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Hotel Proverbs Taipei
  • Location: No.56, Sec.1, Da’an Rd., Da’an District, Taipei 106, Taiwan
  • Photography: Shawn Liu Studio; Takahiro Nedachi
  • Client: Gloria Hotel Group
  • Structural System: Reinforced concrete beam-column system
  • Exterior Finish: Off-form concrete + expanded metal screen
  • Interior Design: Ray Chen International
  • Building Floors: B3-11F
  • Site Area: 834 sqm.
  • Project Area: 2500 sqm
  • Completion: 01/2016

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MON factory / house in Kyoko- City, Japan by EASTERN design office

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: EASTERN design office

The holes are lined up on a cross shape. The hole is made on the architecture like the perforated line. This architecture is “House with Crest”.

A light that penetrates into the architecture always moves and never stays. It is a symbolical spectacle. A light that goes through the hole is projected in a circle shape, moves unlimitedly, and never stays. Occasionally, it disappears, and it appears.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: EASTERN design office + HOJO STRUCTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • Project: MON factory / house
  • Location: Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoko- City, Kyoto-Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura
  • Client name:  Morita MON factory
  • Project Team:  names of the in-house contributors, Anna Nakamura and Taiyo Jinno  EASTERN design office
  • Structural Engineer: HOJO STRUCTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • Site area: 236.90m2
  • Total floor area: 259.78m2
  • Completion: 2007

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Razorfish in Berlin, Germany by Batek Architekten

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source:  Batek Architekten

In the historic former cold storage building “Eierspeicher” on the north bank of the River Spree, Osthafen, Berlin, Bruzkus Batek architects have undertaken the redesign and comprehensive material and spatial conception of Razorfish’s 2500 sq m office space. The office occupies two levels, linked by pre-existing staircases. The elements of the new design enclose the building’s structure without disturbing it, working harmoniously with the existing elements, mainly using OSB.

Image Courtesy © Jens Bösenberg

  • Architects: Batek Architekten 
  • Project: Razorfish
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Photography: Jens Bösenberg
  • Client: Team Ester Bruzkus, Patrick Batek, Anke Müller
  • Surface: ca. 1300 qm
  • Completion: September 2016

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Komatsu Seima Fabric Laboratory fa-bo in Nomi City, Ishikawa by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

This is a renovation of an office building in rigid-frame RC structure to strengthen its quake resistance using carbon fiber, and transform the interior into a museum called Fab Labo, a space to display the technology of Komatsu Seiren, the client company. Drawing from a technique of braiding ropes in this region, it became possible to add further flexibility to the carbon fiber. The fiber rod is said to be seven times stronger than iron, and this is the very first time that this material was used as a means of reinforcement against earthquakes. The potential of this light and soft fiber is explored inside the building as well. There is a lighting duct in fiber and on the rooftop, an experimental greening is being conducted using porous ceramic panels (called Greenbiz), which was generated from the process of producing fiber.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: Komatsu Seima Fabric Laboratory fa-bo
  • Location: 167 Hamacho Nomi, Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • In charge: Kengo Shikama / Masayoshi Adachi / Masashi Haniya * / Tetsuo Yamasudo * / Kimio Suzuki / Masaki Sato / Shun Horiki / Hiroaki Masuko / Mizuho Ozawa / Mitako Izumi (Former employee)
  • Construction: Shimizu Corporation Hokuriku Branch
  • Structure: Ejiri Architectural Structural Design Office
  • Lighting: Izumi Izumi Lighting Design Office
  • Site area:  121, 485.30 m²
  • Design period: August 2013 – November 2014
  • Construction period: February 2015 – November 2015

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The Cement Factory in Sant Just Desvern, Spain by Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 

I found enormous silos, a tall smokestack, four kilometres of underground tunnels, and machine rooms in good shape. This was twenty five years ago and it was my first encounter with the Cement Factory.

I already imagined future spaces and noticed that the different aesthetic and plastic tendencies that had developed since World War 1 were present in this factory.

-Surrealism:

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 
  • Project: The Cement Factory
  • Location: Sant Just Desvern, Spain
  • Total floor area: m2 5.000 and gardens
  • House area: m2 500
  • Completed: 1975

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NJ Villa in Bangkok, Thailand by TOUCH Architect Co.,Ltd.

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: TOUCH Architect Co.,Ltd.

NJ Villa is a private residence owned by a couple, Nun and Jea. The name of this house derived from objectives that this villa should serve their lifestyles, and also represent their characters.

Land area of the house is 100 square wah (400 sq.m.) which is located in Bangkok, capital city of Thailand. The site is surrounded by other single detached house which has only the front side facing south, public street. Architectural design challenges to follow the context harmoniously.

Image Courtesy © Mr. Chalermwat Wongchompoo

  • Architects: TOUCH Architect Co.,Ltd.
  • Project: NJ Villa
  • Location: Nawamin 40, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Photography: Mr. Chalermwat Wongchompoo
  • Owner: Mr. Veerawit Benjaboonyazit / Ms. Nuntha Naudomsup
  • Principal Architect: Mr. Setthakarn Yangderm / Ms. Parpis Leelaniramol
  • Contractor: OKCON Co., Ltd.
  • Site Area: 100 sq.wa (400 sq.m.)
  • Floor Area: 435 sq.m.
  • Completion: 2017

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The Cosmic Gathering Place by jantzen studio

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: jantzen studio

The Comic Gathering Place was designed to provide a special public place, in and around which people could get together in a positive way for various social functions. This could range from religious ceremonies, to political affairs, or entertainment events.

Symbolically, the top of the Cosmic Gathering Place structure is shaped to refer to a large dish antenna that is able to gather information in the form of wisdom from the cosmos, in order to positively influence all who occupy the space. In addition, the concentric circles that form the entire structure inside and out symbolically refer to the information and energy being gathered and disseminated out into the community and to the rest of the planet.

Image Courtesy © jantzen studio

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Project X in Almere, The Netherlands by René van Zuuk Architekten bv

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: René van Zuuk Architekten bv

Behind the somewhat mysterious name ‘Project X’, hides the design of René van Zuuk and his family’s own residence. The villa with a small office space is located next to the architect’s former residence Psyche, in Almere’s The Fantasy district, an area for experimental housing. His old house now serves as the architects office since 2004, it occurred that the two plots could be consolidated into one garden. The garden area is optimized by leaving only the width of a parking space between Project X and its neighbouring house.

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: René van Zuuk Architekten bv
  • Project: Project X
  • Location: De Fantasie 8, Almere, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Christian Richters and René van Zuuk
  • Client: René van Zuuk & Marjo Körner
  • Design: René van Zuuk
  • Structural Engineer: Van de Laar, Eindhoven  / NL

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Eiermuseum in Winden am See, Austria by gaupenraub+/-

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: gaupenraub+/- 

The new building is developed more like an annex than as a singular object – its appearance is more linked to its place of location than to its function.

The existing vegetation at the site are only trees without any bushes so there is a horizontal level of about two meters free-view on the whole open-air-museum which we didn´t want to disturb with our work.

Finaly the clients received a showcase-extension on these groundfloor forming a new open public yard together with the existing buildings.

Image Courtesy © Patricia Weisskirchner

  • Architects: gaupenraub+/- (Alexander Hagner, Ulrike Schartner)
  • Project: Eiermuseum
  • Location: Gritsch Mühle 1, 7092 Winden am See, Austria
  • Photography: Patricia Weisskirchner, Abend Alexander, Anja Löffler, Birgit Dejaco, Aneta Klaus
  • Software used: Autocad und Rhino-3d
  • Client: Waltraud Bertoni, Wander Bertoni
  • Assistance: Anja Löffler
  • Structural Consultant: werkraum wien (DI Peter Bauer)
  • Site Area: 13.600 m²
  • Floor Area: 180 m²

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Youth Center in Ghent, Belgium by De Smet Vermeulen architecten

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: De Smet Vermeulen architecten 

This office with shed and youth centre is a stopping place in nature. It has two important neighbours: a regional nature centre and a sports hall, which it is up against so as to be able to benefit from the paving and the underground pipes. The answer to the respectively indifferent and educational setting of sports hall and nature centre is domesticity: a house was missing on the premises.

Image Courtesy © Dennis De Smet

  • Architects: De Smet Vermeulen architecten
  • Project: Youth Center
  • Location: De Stek, Bourgoyen, Ghent, Belgium
  • Photography: Dennis De Smet
  • Software used: Vectorworks  
  • Client: Natuurpunt Gent VZW and JNM VZW
  • Project Architects: Eline Tavernier, Nikolaj De Meulder, Eva Čápová
  • Advisers: Bast Architects & Engineers
  • Reference budget: 450.500 €
  • Total surface: 300,50 m2

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