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A House Renovation in Tokyo, Japan by Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Article source: Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata

This project is the renovation of one room in the apartment that is older than thirty years old at Kasai, Tokyo. We aim to plan that can wrap around a feeling of life miscellaneous. The multi layered furniture is comprised of two elements: the shelf of diagonal grid in the back and the shelf of different widths in the front. Such as books and DVD are displayed on shelf of the diagonal grid in the back.

Image Courtesy Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata

  • Architects: Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata / htmn
  • Project: A House Renovation
  • Location: Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Client: private
  • Completion: 2012.11
  • Contractor: Tanaka Works
  • Total floor area: 75.60 m2

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Central and Regional Library in Berlin, Germany by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Article source: Kubota & Bachmann Architects

The New Library is a proposal for the Berlin Central Library. Strategically sited within the city adjacent to the new Tempelhoff Park this landmark is established to the West access. This new library should be viewed as a point of departure and is directly associated to the city’s commitment to future urban development within this area of the city.

Image Courtesy © jigen

  • Architects: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
  • Project: Berlin Central and Regional Library
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Competition Officiel Site: http://www.wettbewerbe-aktuell.de/de/ausschreibungen/online/30/teilnehmerbereich.html
  • Client: Berlin City
  • Type of Competition: Open International Competition
  • Program: Library, Foyer services, Events room Facilities, Multipurpose hall, Restaurant and Kitchen Facilities, Storage Facilities and Offices
  • Study Area : 15.57 ha
  • Construction Area : 21 500m²
  • Building Area: 7 250m²
  • Usable Floor Area : 64 493 m²
  • Gross Floor Area: 66 878m²
  • Building Volume: 497 160 m3
  • Building Hight: 59m
  • Total Construction Budget: 270 million euro
  • Result (5th April 2013): Conpetition Entry
  • Competition entry submission: 1st stage : 21th Fevrary 2013
  • Architect Team: Toshihiro KUBOTA, Francisco MARTINEZ, Yves BACHMANN, Gerd KAISER
  • Landscape archtect: Atelier Roberta
  • Perspectives : Jigen

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Interior office in Moscow, Russia by PlanAR Architecture Studio

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Article source: PlanAR Architecture Studio

The premises were originally designed to house a Soviet-time supercomputer. Rooms were separated from the corridor by the unused air supply shafts. The raised floor (strong enough to bear the supercomputer) was 1.5m above the concrete slab and 1.5 below the entrance level. We decided to take away the shafts along with the raised floor of the corridor. Instead, two new levels were made.

Image Courtesy PlanAR Architecture Studio

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Pavilion of Dream Terraces in Milano, Italia by H&P Architects

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Article source: H&P Architects

Vietnam is one of the wet rice civilization’s cradles – the civilization that based on the cultivation on the terraces field to take shape. The wet rice civilization played the role of forming the community’s settlement and settled agriculture and immaterial culture achievement, which is the neighborhood culture.

Image Courtesy H&P Architects

  • Architects: H&P Architects
  • Project: Pavilion of Dream Terraces
  • Location: Milano, Italia
  • Architect In Charge: Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
  • Team: Nguyen Thi Hoang, Nguyen Hai Hue, Chu Kim Thinh
  • Area : 20m X 44,33m
  • Total Floor Area: 450 sqm
  • Building Height: 12m
  • Completion date: Mar. 2013
  • Status: Competition

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CityLife Skyscraper in Milan, Italy by Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

Milan is the city that best represents the international face of Italy, comparable to London, Frankfurt, Paris. Unlike many historical Italian cities, Milan is more related to its development in the nineteenth and twentieth century, to be more precise after the industrial revolution. In this sense, design in Milan is compared with the more contemporary face of Italy, made up of factories, subways, concrete and steel and not so much of particular historical preseces. Witness is the fact that the Futurist movement has developed mainly in Milan, a movement created to respond to the issues of the contemporary city. It was not a particularly important relationship with the large existing masterpieces, but rather a reflection on the themes of the contemporary city.

Image courtesy Andrea Maffei + Arata Isozaki

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects & Arata Isozaki & Associates
  • Project: CityLife Skyscraper
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Competition: 2003
  • Architecture: Andrea Maffei Architects (Milan), Arata Isozaki & Associates  (Tokyo)
  • Design: 2004-2010
  • Construction: 2011-2014
  • Program: office tower
  • Gross floor surface: 92.907 square meters
  • Total height: 202 meters
  • Materials: reinforced concrete, steel, glass
  • Client: CityLife s.r.l., Milan
  • Coordination: Pietro Bertozzi, Takeshi Miura
  • Collaborators: Adolfo Berardozzi, Chiara Zandri, Alessandra De Stefani, Vincenzo Carapellese, Francesca Chezzi, Roberto Berbati, Hidenari Arai, Carlotta Maranesi, Higaki Seisuke, Atsuko Suzuki

Dolcimanie – Coffee Shop & Pastry in Pontedera, Italy by Studiounodesign

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Studiounodesign

A new and even more effective framework is created in the recent restyling of the Dolcimanie Bar & Pastry Shop. Here the classic decor is pushed towards a contemporary infuence, putting the artistic value first and a natural beauty by means of precise variations of tonality.

Image Courtesy © Simone H. Rocchi 

Tartu Health Care College in Estonia, Tartu by Kavakava Architects

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Kavakava Architects

The building defining a friendly co-existence between small scale private housing and large healthcare institutions in the park. The new collage building is located in between two dormitories to maintain the buffer zone between private houses and large buildings.

Image Courtesy © Martin Siplane

  • Architects: Kavakava Architects
  • Project: Tartu Health Care College
  • Location: Estonia, Tartu, Nooruse 5
  • Photography: Martin Siplane, Jaan Sokk
  • Team: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil KAVAKAVA, Johannes Feld, Andro Mänd, Sten Mark Mändmaa, Ragnar Põllukivi
  • Interior design: Tarmo Piirmets PINK
  • Site: 8433m2
  • Building (neto): 6480m2
  • Client: Tartu Health Care College

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Résidence Nguyen in Montreal, Canada by Atelier Moderno

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Atelier Moderno

Under the guidance of director and president Jean-Guy Chabauty (APDIQ, ADIQ), Atelier Moderno is a full-service design firm, delivering a finished product that incarnates a synthesis of architecture, interior design, and industrial design. The mandate of this project was simple and honest – to create a residence for a young couple who were ready to grow their family. The response led to the development of a reticent and spacious environment, refined at every scale of planning, architecture, and detail. A topography of volumes and materials affirms itself throughout, changing its presence and effect as one circulates within the home.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Groleau 

  • Architects: Atelier Moderno
  • Project: Résidence Nguyen
  • Location: Nouveau Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC
  • Photography: Stéphane Groleau
  • Project end date: February 2013

College CEBES in Oporto, Portugal by Oval Arch Studios

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Oval Arch Studios

The project proposes a building that is based on the integration in the surrounding environment characterized by single-family luxury homes, volumes somewhat fragmented, with balconies and rooftops. Thus, in this context, we maintain very distinctive identity on Avenue Marechal Gomes da Costa (the surrounding haracterized by this avenue, with an urban character of low density allows easy access to major highways and ensures stability of the building pattern of the area), and created a proposal for a volume that integrates elements of popular architecture and contemporary design with presenting a building with residential architecture characteristics.Therefore, the volume proposed is defined by the rhythms of the architectonic gramar, by the glazed openings and based upon the design of a family house.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Architects: Oval Arch Studios
  • Project: College CEBES
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Team: OVAL – arch. Avelino Oliveira, arch. Gil Brito, arch. Elina Briede, arch.Catarina Ferreira.
  • Finished: 2012
  • Construction: Triplano

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Medina Towers in Tangier, Morocco by Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Article source: Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners 

THE INITIAL IDEA is based on 4 basic elements in the Moroccan landscape and typical of Moroccan culture.

Moucharabie= Hotel

The first tower, the hotel, takes as a reference point something unique in the Arabic world, the moucharabie. This device, which allows one to observe without being seen, is generally made from small pieces of turned wood assembled according to an often-complex geometrical plan, forming a closely woven grille. The Moucharabies of the Nasrides palaces are covered with decorations and stained glass, which lets soft light filter through, giving only minimal lighting to the rooms and protection from the sun. This system is completely replicated; the building rises in height through an entirely perforated concrete structure.

Image courtesy Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners 

  • Architects: Labscape Architecture + Lahon & Partners
  • Project: Medina Towers
  • Location: Tangier, Morocco
  • Year: 2007
  • Client: CFE Group + Alaoui & Associés
  • Category: MIXED-USE
  • Surface Area: 117 000 m²
  • Materials: Concrete, Wood, Glass, Steel, Mosaic, Stainless Steel, Corten Steel, Terrazzo
  • Program: Hotel (4+ stars), 300 Rooms, Convention center, Spa, Swimming Pools, Bars, Restaurants, Club, Casino, Parking, General Services, 200 Luxury Apartments from 2 to 5 bedrooms, Offices, Green Roofs, Commercial Center, Restaurants, Retails shop, Green areas
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