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W Hotel ‘Bank’-building in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Office Winhov

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Article source: Office Winhov

The restoration and transformation for the former Kas Bank building will rejuvenate this national monument converting it into a five-star W hotel. The building, originally designed by F.W.M. Poggenbeek in 1908 was expended in phases until 1932. The building follows the classical typology of bank buildings with vaults on the ground floor and basement, a monumental bank hall on the first floor and offices above. The building is one of the first concrete constructions in the Netherlands and is finished with a sandstone facade.

View from the Spuistraat, Image Courtesy © Stefan Müller

  • Architects: Office Winhov
  • Project: W Hotel ‘Bank’-building
  • Location: Spuistraat 172, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Photography: Stefan Müller
  • Client: Europe Hotels|Private Collection
  • Restauration : Hoek architectuur & restauratie
  • Interior design: Baranowitz + Kronenberg
  • Sustainability: BREEAM Gold
  • Gross floor area : 8.200 m2
  • Project: 2013-2015/16

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Project coverage and functional re-use of the skating rink in Andria, Italy by Arch. Esther Tattoli

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Article source: Arch. Esther Tattoli

Andria, Apulian city in expansion, will be equipped in 2017 with a new multi-purpose sportive center, used to practice five different sports: 5 a-side football, handball, volleyball, basketball and figure skating.

The redevelopment project of the old ice rink, facility in a state of decay, was launched in 2013 and has seen an investment by the municipal administration of approximately 650000 euros.

The project of the new ice rink has been entrusted to Esther Tattoli architect, helped by the engineer Michele Masciavè, while the works were awarded to the Euro Costruzioni of Naples.

Image Courtesy © Arch. Esther Tattoli

  • Architects: Arch. Esther Tattoli
  • Project: Project coverage and functional re-use of the skating rink
  • Location: Andria, Italy

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ACBA, Agglomération Côte Basque Adour in Bayonne, France by GARDERA-D Architecture

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Article source: GARDERA-D Architecture

The existing headquarters of the Agglomeration community has been established in Bayonne since 1990, in a building located in the heart of a wooded acre in its southern part, accessible from the avenue Foch located below.

The project had several objectives:
. To come up with a boardroom that could welcome all councilors and the public
. To offer additional workspaces for the different services.
. To fortify the Agglomeration community dynamism through the figure of a contemporary extension.

Image Courtesy © GARDERA-D Architecture

  • Architects: GARDERA-D Architecture
  • Project: ACBA, Agglomération Côte Basque Adour
  • Location: Bayonne, France
  • Project owner: Agglomération Côte Basque Adour Situation Bayonne (64)
  • Programme: Restructuring and extension of the Cote Basque Adour Hotel’s Agglomeration : Board room 120 seats, commission rooms, offices, cafeteria…
  • Certification: RT2012
  • Delivered: September 2013

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HOUSE FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER in Bretagne, France by studio razavi architecture

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Article source: studio razavi architecture

The defining concept for this house, commissioned by a photographer as both his summer house and studio, was based on developed facade studies which define a simple and smooth building skin varied in height and punctured by openings.

Two volumes define the main living & work spaces, both converge to the North corner freeing up as much space as possible on this small lot and turning all window openings to face South and West. The main space is compressed at the entry and releases up towards the landscape, the fan shaped plan gradually provides more floor area, volume and light. The second volume is exclusively dedicated to the owner’s studio. All rooms and bathrooms are reduced to a bare minimum and provide maximum surface area to living and work spaces.

Image Courtesy © olivier-martin gambier

  • Architects: studio razavi architecture
  • Project: HOUSE FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Location: Bretagne, France
  • Photography: olivier-martin gambier
  • Floor area: 130m²
  • Year: 2013

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Monticello’s Villas in Corsica, France by BONA-LEMERCIER S.C.P.A

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Article source: BONA-LEMERCIER S.C.P.A 

The project is located in Balagne (Corsica ), now a very popular tourist destination.   Buildings nearby compete in both size and amenities, aiming for the top of the market and in a neo-Provençal style that has become the standard for the region.

Occupying a large vacant field plot, a rarity in this area, set between sea and mountains, the two villas occupy only the steep and impracticable edge of the land, in contrast to the modern habit of building on the flattest and most even areas.

Image Courtesy © BONA-LEMERCIER S.C.P.A

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Hikari Yakitori Bar in Valencia, Spain by Masquespacio

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Article source: Masquespacio 

Masquespacio presents its last design for Hikari Yakitori Bar, the second project from the founders of Nozomi Sushi Bar, located in the same district of Ruzafa in Valencia two steps ahead from their actual restaurant.

After the big success of Nozomi sushi bar with a waiting list of 2 months, founders José Miguel and Nuria, together with their disciple Clara, decided to continue to study their passion for Japanese food. This time they wanted to introduce a totally new concept through Hikari, Yakitori Bar, traduced literally in a skewers bar that as well as his big brother Nozomi carries on the name of a high velocity Japanese train. Differently to the previous project the interior designed by creative consultancy Masquespacio, has been inspired by the different quarters and alleys of Kabukicho, Omoide Yokocho y Hajimeya in Tokyo, where most of the of the yakitori bars are established.

Image Courtesy © Luis Beltran

  • Architects: Masquespacio
  • Project: Hikari Yakitori Bar
  • Location: Calle dels Tomasos 18, 46006 Valencia, Spain
  • Photography: Luis Beltran
  • Software used: 3D Max.
  • Client: Hikari
  • Art Director/Designer: Ana Hernández
  • Architect: Paula Pina
  • Architect junior: Jessica Alejos
  • Technical investigation: José Espejo
  • Graphic Design: Ana García
  • Construction: Helix

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La Parisienne Headquarters in Paris, France by Studio Razavi Architecture

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Article source: Studio Razavi Architecture

This full floor work space was designed for the oldest insurance company in France. A very specific brief had been put together by the client which required to design a “peaceful, see-through & fresh” space that would not only respond to contemporary work practices but also allow new, and at times unexpected, team interactions.

Image Courtesy © Olivier-Martin Gambier

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Ave Plaza in Kharkiv, Ukraine by DROZDOV & PARTNERS Ltd.

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Article source: DROZDOV & PARTNERS Ltd. 

Located in the very heart of kharkov’s busy downtown, ave plaza inevitably became a new commercial hub of the city, attracting visitors with a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as with its striking appearance. the new building fills a gap in the historic tissue along the red line of the street, providing smooth transition between two existing scales. although the building has a relatively small footprint, it proves to be highly efficient due to well thought-out circulation, which provides access to numerous facilities on each of the four commercial floors. in order to achieve maximum efficiency of the retail centre, the volume of the building is pierced by an ellipsoid atrium with a peninsular tower in the middle. the tower is occupied by a variety of restaurants, encouraging visitors to climb higher to the upper floors. the tower inside the atrium creates a lively atmosphere, without spoiling the sightlines and the entire visual perception of the interior space. occupying one fourth of the total area, the atrium represents an allusion to a city quarter. it is topped by a roof garden on the level of the fourth floor.

Image Courtesy © Andrey Avdeenko

  • Architects: DROZDOV & PARTNERS Ltd. (Irina Goydenko, Oleg Drozdov, Vyacheslav Zhemir, Aleksandr Zhydkov, Dmitry Zhuykov, Denis Moseyko, Aleksey Yakymenko)
  • Project: Ave Plaza
  • Location: Sumskaya Str., Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Photography: Andrey Avdeenko
  • Client: avek & co
  • Size: 23400 m2
  • Status: Realized (2011)

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Marly House in France by Karawitz

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Article source: Karawitz 

To live happily, live openly

On a tree-lined street in Marly-le-Roi a small community very close to Paris where high fences traditionally isolate each house and its garden, there is a house which reaches out to its neighbors creating a feeling of urbanity previously lacking on these parts. Because urban policy does not allow one house to open up to another to achieve the openness effect, this house is moved forward its parcel to open widely onto the street. A perforated galvanized-steel fence allows the passers-by to look in at the garden, which actually runs under the house that seems to levitate on its plot.  It is also an invitation to enter: the access is made from this underground level beneath the actual house, where the firewood is stored and the car parked. The layout of the ground floor is characterized by the fluidity of its three spaces, which are organized around the central fireplace, which alone endures the entire heating of this passive house. The kitchen and an intimate living room are located on either side of the carved staircase of a single piece of prefabricated steel, while two steps higher a living room crossing opens onto a vast terrace with a cantilever onto the street. This house blurs the boundaries between private and public to the benefit of user-friendly rooms that also open onto the outside.

Image Courtesy © Schnepp Renou

  • Architects: Karawitz
  • Project: Marly House
  • Location: Marly-le-Roi, France
  • Photography: Schnepp Renou
  • BET: Engineering Woodworking (Structural), Solares Bauen (Thermie)
  • Mission: Complete project management
  • Heating requirements: 20 kWh / m2a
  • Area: 145 m² shab
  • Delivery: September 2015

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Elathur House in Kerala, India by Playgroup Studio

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Article source: Playgroup Studio

The primary challenge was to retain an existing house on the site and build a complete new structure over it while retaining the basic functionality of the original structure. The new building was designed on a completely distinct set of circular columns which were placed strategically to avoid the existing walls and foundations. The new structure, aligned at an angle, floats over the lower structure. Roof of the existing structure was demolished and the space between the new and old structure was sealed with continuous frameless glass panes, maintaining the individuality of the two structures. The old structure was stripped off its plaster and the original large laterite stones revealed.

Image Courtesy © Esha Daftari

  • Architects: Playgroup Studio
  • Project: Elathur House
  • Location: Calicut, Kerala, India
  • Lead Architects: Harsh Patel
  • Photography: Esha Daftari
  • Other participants (eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc): Basil Thomas (Structural Engineer), Rajeev (Project Manager), Karan Gajjar, Aman Amin, Albert Rajkumar, Abhirami Murali, Dennis Peter
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 4,000 sqft
  • Completion Year: 2016

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