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Kensington Palace in Victoria, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

A renovation and extension to the rear of a Victorian cottage in Kensington, Victoria Australia.

■ The owner, a single professional loved her charming 2 bedroom cottage but found the spaces dark, tired and basically in need of repair.

■ A neighbouring 2 storey extension compromised her privacy to the rear living spaces and the backyard, effectively reducing the usability of the property.

■ A small 1970’s sun-room extension was removed and replaced with a black steel and glass small extension. Large picture frame windows supply light and outlook to the existing structure.

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Kensington Palace
  • Location: Kensington, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Client: Mature single professional
  • Builder: Melpro Developments
  • Landscaper: Dan Piper gardens
  • Structural engineer: Jonicha Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Building surveyor: Reddo
  • Size (m2): House 109 m2 (Existing house was larger at 120m2), Site = 280m2, Deck 27m2
  • Design time: 8 months
  • Construction time: 6 months
  • Completion: November 2015

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Chaimiduo Farm Restaurant and Bazaar in Yunnan, China by Zhaoyang Architects

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: Zhaoyang Architects

This is a renovation project. The property was originally an abandoned office facility located at the center of Dali old town, including a traditional Bai style timber building, a bungalow made of brick and concrete and a 200 sqm courtyard. The property has been rented by a local lifestyle brand “Chaimiduo” and renovated into a farm restaurant, a farmer’s supermarket, a gallery for local handicraft and space for “Chaimiduo Bazaar” that opens once a week.

The idea of the renovation is mainly about redefining the courtyard’s four different sides using ad-hoc strategies.

View from the courtyard, Image Courtesy © Pengfei Wang

View from the courtyard, Image Courtesy © Pengfei Wang

  • Architects: Zhaoyang Architects
  • Project: Chaimiduo Farm Restaurant and Bazaar
  • Location: Dali, Yunnan, China
  • Photography: Pengfei Wang
  • Design Team: Yang Zhao, Peigen Shang
  • Interior Designer for the restaurant: XuCai
  • Client: Chaimiduo Team
  • Property Area: 647m2
  • Building Area: 631m2
  • Cost: 1,400,000rmb
  • Design Phase: May, 2015 – September, 2015
  • Construction Phase: June, 2015 – March, 2016

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AVAST Software HQ in Prague, Czech Republic by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK 

Even though the grand opening of the new interiors for the most valuable Czech IT company, the most trusted antivirus manufacturer in the world, took place at the end of 2015, all the works on the interiors for Avast Software company have been finished by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK in the mid of a year 2016.

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

 

  • Architects: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK (Roman Vrtiška, Vladimír Žák)
  • Project: AVAST Software HQ
  • Location: Building Enterprise Office Center, Pankrác, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Kristina Hrabetova
  • Client: Avast Software
  • Investment cost: € 9.2 million
  • Area: 15,000 square meters
  • Year of completion: 2015

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Caminha Apartment in Portugal by Tiago do Vale Architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Tiago do Vale Architects

A Graphical Refurbishment by the Sea

Built in the 80’s, this apartment was in dire need of refurbishment. Both its infrastructures and organization were dated, so the intention was to make the most of its potentialities while bringing its living experience to contemporary standards.

With just over 400 ft2 (40 m2) of surface, this small apartment by the sea was unwelcoming due to a choice of darker materials, 30 years of intense use and a not particularly qualified compartmentation (though in tune with its time).

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Architects: Tiago do Vale Architects
  • Project: Caminha Apartment
  • Location: Caminha, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Architecture Team: Tiago do Vale, María Cainzos Osinde, Hugo Quintela, Louane Papin
  • Construction: Casas do Lima ®, Limiavez L.da
  • Construction Area: 430 ft2 (40 m2)
  • Construction Year: 2016
  • Project Year: 2016

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Martello Tower Home in New South Wales, Australia by Luigi Rosselli Architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Luigi Rosselli Architects 

Situated on the highest point of a ridge overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour is a solid, 3 storey brick house built during the between the late 1950s and early 1960s, which has been complemented by contemporary additions bearing all the signature hallmarks of Luigi Rosselli Architecture: the sandstone base, the whitewashed walls, and the aerofoil vertical louvres placed next to “log-cabin” exterior wall cladding.

Image Courtesy © Justin Alexander and Edward Birch

Image Courtesy © Justin Alexander and Edward Birch

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House expansion in Zugló, Hungary by batlab architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: batlab architects

We first met our customers (Anikó and Bálint) in the summer of 2013 who wanted to expand their home due to their growing family. Our task was to build a whole new storey  and a ground floor terrace after removing the hip roof. The family has outlined their requirements for the rooms, however we were given a free hand in the design and appearance.

There was enough time for planning, the customers spent a lot of time mulling over their new home, and we have also redesigned the house multiple times. While one week we thought that something is a good solution, the other week we thought the opposite.

Image Courtesy © Juhász Norbert

Image Courtesy © Juhász Norbert

  • Architects: batlab architects (Batizi-Pócsi Gergő, Batizi-Pócsi Péter)
  • Project: House expansion in Zugló
  • Location: Zugló, Budapest, Hungary
  • Photography: Juhász Norbert
  • Software used: Archicad
  • Consultant architects: Sebők Ildikő, Selényi György /KetteS műterem/
  • Supporting structures: Facskó Gergely

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Hankook Technodome in South Korea by Foster + Partners

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Foster + Partners

The new research and development centre for Hankook Tire was unveiled in Daejeon on Tuesday, 18 October. The new facility forms an integral part of Hankook Tire’s new vision for a corporate culture and brand, and the 96,328-square-metre R+D centre aims to attract the industry’s top talent, providing an inspirational place to work, with light filled offices, advanced laboratories and dynamic social spaces to nurture a culture of openness and innovation.

Located in the heart of Asia’s ‘Silicon Valley’, the building is an expression of Hankook Tire’s commitment to technology, quality and rigorous research. It lays emphasis on communication within the workplace, with central meeting pods for spontaneous team meetings. The centrepiece of the state-of-the-art facility are the tyre testing and research laboratories, on display to invited visitors and staff.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Hankook Technodome
  • Location: South Korea
  • Photography: Nigel Young

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House of fluctuations in Tokyo, Japan by satoru hirota architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: satoru hirota architects

This is the single-family house located in Tokyo.

Restrictions on space of land and height is severe , and housing is dense.

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

  • Architects: satoru hirota architects (Satoru Hirota + Yasuko Hirota)
  • Project: House of fluctuations
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Structure Architect: Nieda Atelier / Taizen Nieda + Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Contractor: Watanabe Giken Co., Ltd. / Kenji Kodama
  • Site area: 171.68m2
  • Building area: 68.67m2
  • Total floor area: 137.32m2
  • Complete year: 2015

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Portable Tiny House by Salt & Water

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Salt & Water

Salt & Water design studio proudly presents its latest eco-friendly project, a portable tiny house ready to fit into any landscape.

The house is mostly made of natural materials, such as wood. Its design is based on the idea of combining the outer space with the interior, a concept that provides a strong connection between users and the surroundings. This kind of layout provides users with much-needed privacy, relaxation in a natural environment, as well as complete safety.

Image Courtesy © Salt & Water

Image Courtesy © Salt & Water

  • Architects: Salt & Water (Branka Malenica)
  • Project: Portable Tiny House

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Primary School Doren A in Austria by Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten ZT GmbH

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten ZT GmbH

Doren’s primary school is located on a steep slope in the centre of the village, alongside the church, rectory and town hall. The building also houses a sports hall and preschool. The five storey concrete building explores themes of rotation and the overlaying of multiple layers in horizontal and vertical. A spatial game is created by the shifting orientations as one moves from layer to layer and floor to floor. The external layer of the walls acts structurally, complemented by floor-to-ceiling beams spanning within the building’s depth. One large opening in each beam allows horizontal circulation from layer to layer. The concrete primary structure is legible and tangible from both inside and outside the school building. All non-structural elements are finished in untreated, native Silver Fir. The timber has been worked differently depending on its purpose: the walls planed smooth, the floors finely sawn. The palette for the new school has been distilled to two materials, one structural and one non-structural: concrete and timber. The new public square in front of the school serves both as a playground during breaks and the centre of social and civic life in the village.

Image Courtesy © HP Schiess

Image Courtesy © HP Schiess

  • Architects: Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten ZT GmbH
  • Project: Primary School Doren A
  • Location: Doren, Austria
  • Photography: HP Schiess, Adolf Bereuter
  • Software used: Abis
  • Team: Andreas Cukrowicz, Anton Nachbaur-Sturm, Georg Bechter, Markus Cukrowicz
  • Client: Gemeinde Doren
  • Competition: 2001 1st Prize
  • Completion: 2003

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