Vandad Ecologic Tower was commissioned by an affluent developer from the city of Mashad, in Iran; who has recently become interested in incorporating passive green energy strategies to his development portfolio. Originating from a small town himself, the client stipulated that Vandad Ecologic Towers must implement elements of small-town lifestyle in the design.
The house is located on the top floor of a high rise building in downtown Taipei. Due to the shift of the family member and the passing of ten years since its completion, the house is in need of a renovation. The main layout remains the same, but two single bedrooms are converted into another master bedroom with a walk-in closet and an adjoining bathroom. Additionally, the upper roof floor is designed for a roof garden and a lounge space.
The program includes four houses and a water tank. The water tank will be a square of whitewashed plaster where a pool is found and a line draws the shower. The placement of the several houses will be decided by each owner. The first house is a square. The living room is disposed around a courtyard that provides indirect lighting. Secondary compartments inhabit the interior of thick walls that form the central living room. These areas, compressed by a lifted ground and a lowered ceiling, become spaces which group to limit and define the “exterior volume,” emphasizing it as the main space of the house.
Saint Jerome 17 is a workspace, an office that brings together concepts and materials displaced within a local situated in the historic center of Granada. Marked by the presence of a strong structure made of brick walls 60 cm. wide and wooden floors from the late nineteenth century, this place is a palimpsest of successive interventions to wich we adhere us with recycled elements: a series of shuttering wood pieces is used for the creation of a channeling-cabinet infrastructure for network cabling and storage of books or models; six wooden doors, some metal shutters and pieces of glass saved from its demolition with several metal profiles from the refurbishment of a house in Granada are assembled for the formation of new holes. Even the plasterboard fragments left without starting by the previous tenant are connected and transformed into a new infrastructure for electricity and lighting. A 4×1 meters high door taken from our old studio is finally transferred as a cornerstone. Saint Jerome 17 is a project born of opportunity, made of what we find in the place, with the movement of materials from previous works or even with the discovery of unexpected historic contiguities. It is possible to make visible this dynamic, as well as reveal their different strata, mapping and modeling each brick, her wounds, dignifying its heritage presence as part of a continuous history of overlapping elements that we incorporate both minimizing energy invested as our presence.
Colaborators: Álvaro Castellano Pulido (arquitect), Fernando Álvarez de Cienfuegos (Graphic Designer), Marta dell´Ovo (Student), Helena Doss (Student), Alessandro Remelli (Student), María Encarnación Sánchez Mingorance (Student)
Constructor: Jorge Calvo (Lauxa Carpinteros), Leonardo Cena (Metalistería), Grupo Innovahogar del Sur, S.L. (Vidrio), Miguel Segura S.L. (albañilería y trasdosado)
The exceptional and particularly innovative conditions of living given by the « Hauts plateaux » project, phases 1&2, makes it « primum inter pares » and give a clear and new proposal for the housing issue. This project means to create new conditions of living, in which one can find on one hand the desire to live in collective and comfortable housing and on the second hand the necessity of intimacy. It gives the qualities and the liberties of an individual house in collective structure, inside an urban agglomeration. This project carries the idea of the evolution of life of the people, it aims to offer pleasure of living. In this sense, it is sustainable.
Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Sited in a rolling meadow in Galway, Ireland, with uninterrupted views in four directions, the Biosciences Research Building (BRB) is the first phase of a new North Campus Science Precinct at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The BRB provides high technology science research space dedicated to cancer research, regenerative medicine, chemical biology and BSL3 animal research, and is one of the most energy efficient research buildings in the world dedicated to such an intense scientific agenda. It was also constructed for an extremely low cost per SF ($413), as compared to similar facilities, which typically cost $600-800/SF. In fact, 89% of the building is used for research space.
The Domaine of O, departmental domain of art and culture, is an exceptional place that combines history and modernity, nature and culture. Before anything else it is a place shaped by History that maintains its finery to the South of the site, its beautiful flowerbeds and its original plant species, a testimony of history, that of the famous “folies héraultaises”. At no point was it about contemplating a glorious past, keeping it and simply fixing it. On the contrary we envisionned a place turned towards the future, and what better way to testify our confidence in the future than building a cultural facility of this kind?
Project management: Architect Bonon Philippe, Philippe Cervantes and Gilles Gal associates managing partners Tiffanie Renard, project manager project leader Arteba Master of Performing OEuvre – OPC Construction and schedule supervision and coordination
This project is a village house of the small village surrounding environment mountains. So, there are so many Japanese cedar , pine and white cedar in this village. The form of the building is very simple.
Woodland is near the River Yar and lies within the Causeway Conservation Area. The site was purchased by a retired couple who have made the island their home. Although anxious to preserve the character of the Causeway they wanted to replace an existing timber cottage with a more open dwelling and a new garden. Crucially, they also wanted to be unobserved by passers by.