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Gaia Building in Ecuador by Leppanen + Anker

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Leppanen + Anker

It is a 14 story, 15,000 m2 mixed use building: commercial on the lower floor, offices for the next four floors and residential units on the next nine floors.

The building is located at an important intersection within the city where urban elements converge, such as a new metro stop, an important government building, a commercial shopping center and the most emblematic park of the city. Being the first new construction in this zone and highly visible, the building attempts to combine the many existing and new diverse elements through movements that bring new shadow lines reflections and points of view.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo

  • Architects: Leppanen + Anker
  • Project: Gaia Building
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Photography: Sebastián Crespo
  • Interior Architecture: Uribe & Schwarzkopf
  • Promoter / Owner and Construction: Uribe & Schwarzkopf
  • Team L+A architects: Aaron Leppanen (Principal), Gabriela Anker (Principal), Sofía Chávez , Caroline Dieden, Alberto Játiva
  • Area: 15,000 m2 (5 subfloors. 14 floors plus terrace)
  • Date: 2016

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The Falkirk Wheel & Visitor Centre in Scotland by RMJM

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: RMJM

The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first rotating boat lift designed to connect the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal 25 metres below and forms part of the Millennium Link Project – a £74 million investment to link the west and east coasts of Scotland with an inland waterway.

FALKIRK WHEEL, Image Courtesy © RMJM

FALKIRK WHEEL, Image Courtesy © RMJM

  • Architects: RMJM
  • Project: The Falkirk Wheel & Visitor Centre
  • Location: Scotland

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Mirabous café in Pontevedra, Spain by Nan arquitectos

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Nan arquitectos

When the visitor is arriving to the place, the overview of the estuary, with the different colour of sea, takes all his attention.

Despite the barrier of the road and the height difference between it and the sea level, the sense perception is to be surrounded by sea.

Image Courtesy © Nan arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Nan arquitectos

 

  • Architects: Nan arquitectos
  • Project: Mirabous café
  • Location: Pontevedra, Spain

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The New Gordon Gallery in South Tel Aviv, Israel by Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture unveils the new and third physical space for Gordon Galleryone of Israel’s leading art institutions, located in Tel Aviv. The 165-square meter contemporary art space was transformed from the ruins of a warehouse on the fringe of the city and extends the burgeoning south Tel Aviv art scene into the industrial neighborhood bordering Jaffa.

Image Courtesy © Elad Sarig

Image Courtesy © Elad Sarig

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New headquarters of Crédit Mutuel de Loire-Atlantique in Nantes, France by AIA Associés, associated with AIA Architectes and Intens-Cité

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: METROPOLIS communication

The basic concept: A light and transparent bank

The question leading to the basic concept underlying this project was: how to offer the highest quality and most efficient ergonomic work spaces possible?  The answer to this question resolved all the other issues facing the operation with regard to its insertion in the urban fabric, its environmental quality and the representation of the activity of banking in a period of financial crisis. Thus, the offices are distributed over three floors forming a thickness of 38 m, organized around two patios. The top floors are comprised of standard offices, and the C-suites, while the ground floor and the lower floors house public and shared functions: exhibition gallery, meeting and reception rooms, café, and restaurant serving the entire site, distributed around a broad atrium. This configuration ensures that all the offices benefit from equivalent spatial qualities and quality lighting. In addition, it fosters optimal communication between occupants and users and easy navigation of the site thanks to looping circulations.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: AIA Associés, associated with  AIA Architectes and Intens-Cité
  • Project: New headquarters of Crédit Mutuel de Loire-Atlantique
  • Location: 10 rue de Rieux 44000 Nantes
  • Photography: Luc Boegly & Guillaume Satre
  • Client: Crédit Mutuel de LACO  /  CIC Ouest
  • Interior architects: AIA Architectes and Mouvement carré (Stéphane Renaud)
  • General engineering and project economy: AIA Ingénierie
  • Facades engineering consultant: Arcora
  • Environment engineering: AIA Studio Environnement
  • Scheduling, overseeing and coordination: AIA Management
  • Surface:
    • New headquarters of Crédit Mutuel de LACO: 14,000 m² (+ 12,000 m² of underground parking)
    • The CIC Restructuring: 16,300 m²
  • Construction costs:
    • € 50m excl. VAT for the LACO (value April 2013)
    • € 27m excl. VAT for the CIC
  • Calendar: Delivered in June 2016

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Duplex Santa Engracia in Madrid, Spain by James & Mau

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Infiniski  

Putting together two small penthouses duplex gave us the opportunity to reorganize and treat the resulting space as a non-urban single family house.

This way it’s divided into a floor for night programme and another one for common day areas. These include an exterior prolongation in a terrace, treated as a garden to enhance the “single family house” sensation despite being in the city. Wood is used on floors, walls and ceilings as a natural material from rural houses.

Image Courtesy © Matías Pérez Illeras

Image Courtesy © Matías Pérez Illeras

  • Architects: James & Mau
  • Project: Duplex Santa Engracia
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Matías Pérez Illeras
  • Built meters: 150m2
  • Year: 2010

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Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab 2 in Switzerland by EPFL+ECAL Lab with ALICE

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: mint LIST

The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab 2 is a research program at the crossroads between architecture, design and technology. The program is led by the EPFL+ECAL Lab in close collaboration with the architectural lab ALICE, at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.

This new permanent and immersive installation is hosted within the new campus building designed by the architect Kengo Kuma, and situated just next to the Montreux Jazz Café. Rather than mimicking the past, the project leads the audience on a unique journey through 50 years of history and 5.000 hours of audiovisual recordings made at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Visitors truly feel that they are live on stage with Ella Fitzgerald, standing beside Miles Davis’ trumpet, or composing Smoke on the Water together with Deep Purple.

Image Courtesy © Michel Denancé

Image Courtesy © Michel Denancé

  • Architects: EPFL+ECAL Lab with ALICE
  • Project: Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab 2
  • Location: Montreux, Switzerland
  • Photography: ALICE EPFL, Joël Tettamanti and Michel Denancé
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhinoceros
  • Design research on emerging technologies: Nicolas Henchoz, Cédric Duchêne, Tommaso Colombo, Karian Foehr, Delphine Ribes, Guillaume Bonnier, David Roulin, Susanne Schneider, EPFL + ECAL LAB
  • Design research on the conception of space: Dieter Dietz, Rudi Nieveen, Manon Fantini, Javier Puchalt, Yannick Claessens, ALICE EPFL
  • Coordination Montreux Jazz Digital Project: Alain Dufaux, Igor Ristic, Olivier Bruchez, Gregory Marti, Sarah Artacho, Caryl Jones, Julien Raemy, Céline Racine, MetaMedia Center EPFL
  • 3D Sound: Dirk Schröder, Sönke Pelzer, Fabian Knauber
  • Sponsors: Audemars Piguet, HGST, Foundation Ernst Göhner, Foundation Lombard Odier, Loterie Romande, Private donors
  • Technological partners:
    • Claude Nobs Foundation (preservation & valorisation Montreux Jazz Festival Archives)
    • HGST (storage Montreux Jazz Festival Archives)
    • Illusonic (upmix stereo sound)
    • PSI Audio (speakers)
    • Stahl & Traumfabrik (construction)
    • 3D précision (3D printing aluminium)
    • Lang (LED technology)
    • Lumens8 (video installations)
    • Burmester Event (audiovisual programming)
    • Rückstuhl (acoustic carpet)
  • Year: 2016

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OVO Wroclaw in Poland by Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture, the award-winning architectural firm based in Israel and France founded by architects Asaf Gottesman and Ami Szmelcman, unveiled last month their latest project: OVO Wroclaw, a mixed-use, grandiose “blob-like” architectural structure combining residential, commercial, hospitality and retail spaces in the heart of Poland’s fourth largest city, Wroclaw.

Exterior View of OVO Wroclaw, Image Courtesy © Kamil Czaja

Exterior View of OVO Wroclaw, Image Courtesy © Kamil Czaja

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Garage House in Lisbon, Portugal by fala atelier

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: fala atelier

The project started with an unconventional request from an open minded couple: within a very tight budget, to convert a windowless 200m2 garage into a house. The proposed intervention intended the clearest reading possible of the existing structure, emphasising its strength. While the garage was careless and grey, the house is clean and white; its materiality is flat, its light is abstract. Two generous bathrooms were included behind a curved wall, where a broken corner was before; the walls and ceilings were painted in white and the floor covered in a continuous polished concrete surface; the existing skylights we’re rethought. No other change felt necessary. Carefully placed elements organize the living areas: a marble kitchen, curtains, potted plants. Along with the furniture, the free standing elements carry the flexible identity of the house, hinting its domesticity while punctuating the abstract volume with color.

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

  • Architects: fala atelier
  • Project: Garage House
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Project Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Mariana Silva, Camelia Petre, Clara Pailler
  • Consultants: Paulo Sousa
  • Year: September 2015 – April 2016
  • Status: Private Commission; Built

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Casa Invisibile by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects  

Casa Invisibile is a flexible housing unit, which consists of a prefabricated wood structure designed for turnkey implementation at any designated site. Maximum flexibility and spatial quality are the key elements in its concept of development. The open layout is structured by a chimney and a wet cell creating three spatial units that provide for individual use and design. The structure and ambience of the rooms are characterised by the use of domestic woods. The mounting framework and fitments of the housing unit are exclusively assembled from prefabricated elements at the factory. The overall dimensions are 14.50 x 3.50 meters, which provides for easy transportation by lorry. Design and texture of the interior design and façade can be determined by the client from various options listed in a design catalogue. This provides for tailor-made design options for the housing units as well as for flexible pricing options. Through modular element construction and the intensive use of wood, the housing units can be completely disassembled thus minimizing their environmental footprint. By combining innovation and mobility at a reasonable price, Casa Invisibile is a product that offers a ground breaking alternative in an increasingly critical housing situation.

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

  • Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
  • Project: Casa Invisibile
  • Location: Various
  • Photography: Christian Brandstaetter
  • Project manager: Gerhard Goelles
  • Gross floor area: 50 m²
  • Net floor area: 45 m²
  • Construction volume: 160 m³
  • Start of planning: 02/2013
  • Start of construction: 05/2013
  • Completion: 07/2013

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