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Westgarten 02 in Frankfurt, Germany by STEFAN FORSTER ARCHITEKTEN

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Article source: STEFAN FORSTER ARCHITEKTEN

Westgarten 02, a residential block of high-end rental apartments, was built on the last remaining gap in development in Frankfurt´s Westhafen district. In terms of its language of forms, the design was guided by its immediate neighbour, “Westgarten 01”, a mixed residential and retail block. Light-coloured clinker cladding emphasises the ground floor zone, optically dividing private from public space. Continuous cornices and projecting render detail on the parapets emphasise the horizontal articulation of the façade. Contrasting with its adjacent building, Westgarten 02 features light-grey render and a symmetrical façade design with a receding central zone. A sculptural note is added by the two-storey penthouse floor with large roof terraces. The internal arrangement of the apartments – three apartments per floor, accessed via stairwells at either end of the building – is legible in the design of the façade. Each apartment has a loggia overlooking the street and a balcony facing the inner courtyard. In total 39 apartments were created here.

Image Courtesy © Lisa Farkas

Image Courtesy © Lisa Farkas

  • Architects: STEFAN FORSTER ARCHITEKTEN
  • Project: Westgarten 02
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Photography: Lisa Farkas
  • Client: Max Baum Immobilien GmbH, Generali Deutschland Holding AG
  • Project team: Ute Streit, Marco Leiser, Florian Kraft
  • Apartments: 39
  • Work phases: 1-5 + artistic supervision
  • Floor area: 4,410 m2
  • Completion: 06/2013

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Politeama Cultural Center in Canelones, Uruguay by LORIETO PINTOS SANTELLAN ARQS

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Article source: LORIETO PINTOS SANTELLAN ARQS

As a result of the need to build a new front of house (cafeteria, administration, restrooms, staff areas, etc.) and to change the circulation layout to provide for universal accessibility, the spatial perception of constricted public areas was doubled. The new building associates with the existing one in a complex manner. First, it acknowledges the primary role of the theater building, and takes from it its design guidelines: material and color, its own height and the height of its formal components, how its façade aligns, and the leading role of solid over hollow. However, this relationship is strained by opposites: the weight of the older building contrasts with a light construction that disregards massiveness while choosing planes that join together following the logic of an origami. While the former’s genetic memory features stone, the latter’s one features paper. The plot of land for the new building had been surrounded by a wall that replicated the material and the esthetics of the theater. What ensued shows a contemporary sensitivity that – as expressed by Solá-Morales – waves from resemblance to analogy.

Image Courtesy © LORIETO PINTOS SANTELLAN ARQS

Image Courtesy © LORIETO PINTOS SANTELLAN ARQS

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Presidential Suite – Honeymoon Private Island in Phuket, Thailand by Architects 49 (Phuket) Limited

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Article source: Architects 49 (Phuket) Limited

The Tavatimsa Heaven “Beyond the Jatumharachiga heaven settled is the highest land of heaven known as “The Tavatimsa Heaven”. This heavenly land covers a large area of 20,480,000 square kilometer, and surrounding it stands a long continuous glass wall that stretches into the sky. The place consists of thousand doors, each leading to a prestigious castle situated on the top. As the door slide apart an elegant flow of melody resonates throughout the place. A distance away, located is a pool of crystal clear water overflowing onto the ornamental stones bounding the pool. Garden benches provide a comfortable area for angels to enjoy their time and fulfil their pleasures. The most prominent and eye-catching castle of the Tavatimsa heaven is known as Paichayon Maha Prasat Comprising of a series of 7 glass wall reaching into atmosphere, and along with the series of enclosing glass walls nothing is comparable to the beauty of this place.”

Image Courtesy © Chaovarith Poonphol

Image Courtesy © Chaovarith Poonphol

  • Architects: Architects 49 (Phuket) Limited
  • Project: Presidential Suite – Honeymoon Private Island
  • Location: Phuket, Thailand
  • Photography: Chaovarith Poonphol
  • Structural Engineer: Branch Associates Limited
  • System Engineer: Geo design & engineering consultant
  • Contractor: CareCon Construction
  • Year: 2014

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LOFT REHABILITATION AT “EL CABAÑAL” VALENCIA in Spain by AMBAU taller d’arquitectes

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Article source: AMBAU taller d’arquitectes

This peculiar and personal “loft” is located near Malvarrosa Beach, in the distinctive neighborhood of “El Cabañal” at Valencia City. The Origin house responded to the top floor of a very common type of town house between party walls. It’s accessed from the Street through a narrow staircase. The depth of plot required the existence of intermediate rooms that were illuminated and ventilated by a small courtyard; on the other hand, the kitchen and the “toilet” occupied the rear façade as attached parts, and connected through an ancient terrace that had been closed; Finally, throughout the house roof was a ceiling of plaster that hid the actual volume of the steep cover Gable.

Image Courtesy © Germán Cabo

Image Courtesy © Germán Cabo

  • Architects: AMBAU taller d’arquitectes
  • Project: LOFT REHABILITATION AT “EL CABAÑAL” VALENCIA
  • Location: District of Cabañal (Valencia ), Spain
  • Photography: Germán Cabo
  • Surface area: 57 + 16 m2
  • Built: 2015

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Polycarbonate Cabin in Guanaqueros, Chile by Alejandro Soffia / Architect

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Article source: Alejandro Soffia / Architect

In 1953 Le Corbusier wrote a letter to the Chilean Architects, and was sent through Emilio Duhart, a very important Chilean Architect that was drawing for him the buildings that he was doing in that moment in India. In this letter he emphasize the need on taking care of people while developing a design process. He said that “in that moment academic ideas where left behind, and the smallest measurements, the shorter distances or the smallest built spaces, become precious as a glass of water in the desert”.

Image Courtesy © Juan Durán Sierralta

Image Courtesy © Juan Durán Sierralta

  • Architects: Alejandro Soffia / Architect
  • Project: Polycarbonate Cabin
  • Location: Guanaqueros, Chile
  • Photography: Juan Durán Sierralta
  • Client: Ana María Guzmán
  • Budget: U$365 / sqm
  • Area: 30 m2
  • Completion Date: 2016

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VillAnn in Halland, Sweden by Wingårdhs

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Article source: Wingårdhs

I’ve been wanting to design this house for a long time. The obvious design, with a series of rooms arranged along a line. My client wanted to be sure that it was possible to construct a good house on the site before he went ahead and bought it. This meant that time was critical one autumn day in 2003.

Image Courtesy © James Silverman

Image Courtesy © James Silverman

  • Architects: Wingårdhs
  • Project: VillAnn
  • Location: Särö in the municipality of Kungsbacka, Halland, Sweden
  • Photography: James Silverman and Gert Wingardh
  • Construction: Elu Konsult AB, Göteborg, Paul Palmqvist
  • Electrical: Kaba konsult AB, Göteborg, Håkan Palö
  • Building contractor/Concrete: HA Bygg, Ljungskile, Bengt Andersson
  • Landscape: NOD, Natur Orienterad Design
  • Gross floor area: 346 square metres
  • Year of construction: 2004 – 2005

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HIPARK HOTEL in Paris, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Article source: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

This 125-room 4-star apartment hotel on Boulevard Indochine is part of a larger development of offices, a student residence, etc. called Visalto. The hotel forms the \”prow\” of this ensemble, facing the Philharmonie de Paris. Its tapering form is the result of the very narrow site, which runs alongside the périphérique ringroad. The facades create a kinetic gradation of colours, from green – the colour of the leaves of the boulevard’s trees, to the white of the Parisian sky.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Project: HIPARK HOTEL
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly
  • Client: Bnp Paribas Immobilier
  • Cost Of Construction: 9,5 M€ Ht
  • Total Floor Area: 5.500 Sqm
  • Dates:
    • Competition: 2009
    • Studies: 2011 – 2013
    • Launching of The Work: 2014
    • Delivery of The Complex: 2016

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Cultural Centre in Bakar, Croatia by RANDIĆ I SURADNICI d.o.o.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Article source: RANDIĆ I SURADNICI d.o.o.

Cultural Centre in Bakar, a historical town on the north Adriatic coast, was originally built as Community Centre during the 1970’s. Community Centre’s had a significant role in the society, designated for diffusion of culture in smaller communities.

Various characteristics of socialist political and cultural environment have contributed to their outspread.

Image Courtesy © Jure Živković

Image Courtesy © Jure Živković

  • Architects: RANDIĆ I SURADNICI d.o.o.
  • Project: Cultural Centre
  • Location: Bakar, Croatia
  • Photography: Jure Živković
  • Randić and Associates: Saša Randić, Vesna Milutin, Daša Manojlović, Olivija Horvatić, Tina Filjak Juračić, Iva Šulina, Sanja Ipšić-Randić, Iva Vucković
  • Structure: Ivan Arbanas
  • HVAC: Andrija Čuljak, Damir Šiljeg
  • Project: 2012 – 2016

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Institute of Image-Guided Invasive Hybrid in Strasbourg, France by S&AA Architects

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Article source: S&AA Architects

The new Institute of Image-Guided Invasive Hybrid Surgery is an ambitious project,  turned to the future while dialoguing with the existant Civil hospital complex where it is located.

Integration into the historical site of the Civil Hospital

In a location with such various architectural styles, the elegant and sobre architecture of the Institut with its shape, its implantation and its roof, borrows  from this historical architecture to create a contemporary form.

Image Courtesy © S&AA Architects

Image Courtesy © S&AA Architects

  •  Architects: S&AA Architects
  • Project: Institute of Image-Guided Invasive Hybrid
  • Location: Strasbourg, France
  • Software used: Archicad v17
  • Client: IRCAD
  • Team: 
    • Conception:
      • S&AA, Architects
      • SNC LAVALIN, technical engineering consultants
      • SOLARES BAUEN, energy consultants
    • Realisation:
      • KS construction, general contracting company
      • SOPREMA, waterproofing
      • SOVEC, electricity
      • LOHNER, heating
  • Cost: 23 000 000 € HT
  • Gross external area: 13767 sqm
  • Construction year: 2014-2016

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Moonlit Villa in Male, Maldives by Deirdre Renniers Interior Design

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Article source: Deirdre Renniers Interior Design

The interior design of a contemporary apartment located in the business district in Male. The brief was to design a contemporary European-style apartment, moving away from the tropical resort design typically found in the region. The apartment is a quiet oasis in one of the few high-rise buildings in the capital.

Image Courtesy © Deirdre Renniers Interior Design

Image Courtesy © Deirdre Renniers Interior Design

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