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Club Mascara in Sofia, Bulgaria by studio MODE

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Article source: studio MODE 

This is a story of the missing chapter of Alice in Wonderland. A story about finding out how deep the rabbit hole goes… Everyone is the actor and the spectator. DJ is the director. MODE is the composer. MASCARA is the grand scene. Club MASCARA is an emblematic spot in the history of night life in Sofia. Situated in the Underground level of the National Opera and Ballet. We were inspired by the idea of the opera, as an art – the decors, the scene, the costumes. We created a scene for the night life. We were back to the basic perception of black and white, as in the book of Alice.

Image Courtesy © Tihomir Rachev, Minko Minev

  • Architects: studio MODE
  • Project: Club Mascara
  • Location: 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Photography: Tihomir Rachev, Minko Minev
  • Designer: Svetoslav Todorov

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Extension of a Post-War House in Zeist, The Netherlands by Lab-S + Kraal Architecten

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Article source: Lab-S

Contrast and balance in the same renovation project

A timber clad extension creates a new relationship between a brick semi-detached house and its green surrounding.

Kraal Architecten and Lab-S have joined forces for the renovation of a semi-detached house in Zeist, the Netherlands. The project consists of a large interior transformation with a total new layout and a new addition at the back of the original house.

Image Courtesy © Ed van Rijswijk

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East Village in Beirut, Lebanon by J.M.Bonfils & Associates

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Article source: J.M.Bonfils & Associates

The concept consisted in lifting key contextual elements – traditional building material and Lebanese gardens –and revives them with contemporary interpretations. So conventional wood and dark stone found an unexpected contrast in vivid red metal, and space-efficient vertical gardens replaced their horizontal predecessors. These elements complement the diversity of the surrounding context. While it looks like a simple geometric shape from afar, the structure consists of three parallel elongated blocks each with a unique identity that’s revealed on approach, while a cantilevered section that extends out towards the street emphasizes the building’s partly public function, a contemporary art gallery that occupies the ground floor to introduce a cultural and commercial element to the project.

Image Courtesy © Art Director Kinan Mansour

  • Architects: J.M.Bonfils & Associates
  • Project: East Village
  • Location: Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Photography: Art Director Kinan Mansour, Director Chadi Younes and Wael Khoury Photography
  • Lead Architects: Jean-Marc Bonfils
  • Collaborators:
    • Architects: Marwan Matta & Lea Ksayer
  • Consultants:
    • Structural Engineers: Rodolphe Mattar
    • M.E.P Engineers: Kamal Sioufi & Associates
    • Contractors: Kfoury Contracting & Engineering
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 8000 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2015

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Public condenser in Paris, France by MUOTO Architectes

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: MUOTO Architectes 

The project is a public facility, situated on the new campus of Paris-Saclay. The building hosts a mix of activities including indoor and outdoor sports facilities, a restaurant, cafeteria, and various public spaces: a pedestrian square, street terraces, park areas for deliveries, bikes and cars. The building is organised vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games. The different areas are linked by an open staircase that allows independant accesses. The building takes the form of an urban shelf, a vertical public space, accessible to all campus visitors, day or night.

Image Courtesy © MUOTO Architectes

  • Architects: MUOTO Architectes
  • Project: Public condenser
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Client: Etablissement Public Paris Saclay (EPPS)
  • Consultants: Y-Ingénierie, Bollinger & Grohmann, Alternative, Novorest
  • Budget: 6.500.000 €
  • Area: 4097 m² + terraces and public space
  • Year: 2011 – 2016

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HEADQUARTER MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC EUROPE in Ratingen, Germany by Kresings Architektur

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: Kresings Architektur

The architectural conception of the new construction of the head office of Mitsubishi Electric Europe is based on the target of connecting different departments both horizontally and vertically across a total of six floor levels.

Image Courtesy © HG Esch Photography

  • Architects: Kresings Architektur
  • Project: HEADQUARTER MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC EUROPE
  • Location: Mitsubishi-Electric-Platz 1, 40882 Ratingen, Germany
  • Photography: HG Esch Photography
  • Building contractor: RS&Partner Immobiliengesellschaft mbH
  • Building owner: Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.
  • Project staff: Stefan Fuchs (Projektleiter), Guido Becker, André Pannenbäcker, Jörn Brambrink, Ralf Tielke, Kilian Kresing, Rainer M. Kresing, Nicolas Oevermann, Heinrich Nelling
  • Landscape architecture: RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten
  • Planning of structural framework: IBS GmbH & Co. KG

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Mornington Beach Houses in Victoria, Australia by Habitech Systems

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: Habitech Systems 

This project on the Mornington foreshore creates two double storey houses on a lot facing Mills Beach and bordering the mouth of Tanti Creek with full utilisation of Habitech’s panel system.

Situated near Melbourne in the Victorian town of Mornington, the brief to design two beach houses was primarily driven by the opportunity to create living spaces with extensive northern views over Port Phillip Bay, and both the opportunities and limitations of its creek side location. One house has been designed for our clients to live in, with the second house being offered for sale upon completion.

Image Courtesy © Habitech Systems

  • Architects: Habitech Systems
  • Project: Mornington Beach Houses
  • Location: Victoria, Australia

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Refurbishment of an Apartment in the Italian Alps by Philipp Kammerer Architekt

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: Philipp Kammerer Architekt

In the project the attic apartment of an apartment house was expanded by an additional room. The apartment is conformed over 2 floors. On the upper floor there are the living-room and the kitchen, on the lower the bedrooms.

Due to the client’s whish that the  extension should meet several uses, this expansion was consciously left without precise function.

Image Courtesy © Philipp Kammerer Architekt

  • Architects: Philipp Kammerer Architekt
  • Project: Refurbishment of an Apartment in the Italian Alps
  • Location: Italian Alps, Italy

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House in Tsubaki, Japan by PANDA – Person and Architecture

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: PANDA – Person and Architecture

The site is located in a residential district, which is easily accessible from a principal road. It is a so-called “flagpole-shaped site”, meaning that the rectangular site is located at some distance from the public road and linked to it by a long and narrow path. The site is surrounded by two-story and three- story buildings on the four sides. The client requested an indoor garage so that he can enjoy looking at his beloved car from living room and also an inclined roof with solar panels.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: PANDA – Person and Architecture (Kozo Yamamoto, Shinji Ikeda)
  • Project: House in Tsubaki
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura
  • Contractor: AZ Construction
  • Total Floor Area:94.81 sqm
  • Building Area:94.81sqm
  • Year:2014

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The Wood Duck in Québec, Canada by L’Abri

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: L’Abri

The Wood Duck is L’Abri’s first built house design. A simple concept, rational plan and traditional methods of construction were put forward to simplify the construction of the project, self-build by a young carpenter with a modest budget. The architecture is humble : the little wood volume recedes in the landscape.

This little house was drawn for a young carpenter wishing to self-build his first home in Bolton, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Image Courtesy © L’Abri

  • Architects: L’Abri
  • Project: The Wood Duck
  • Location: Québec, Canada
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp

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White Gallery in Tehran, Iran by [SHIFT] Process Practice

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: [SHIFT] Process Practice 

The White Gallery is an architectural exercise in realigning the potentials and limitations of “in-fill” typology when it comes to creating a performative space for exhibition of art work.

The explicit and deliberate difference, in both figuration and configuration of the interior and exterior of the project, highlights the challenges to be faced in juxtaposition of the duo of typology and program.

Image Courtesy © Ali Daghigh

  • Architects: [SHIFT] Process Practice (Rambod Eilkhani and Nashid Nabian)
  • Project: White Gallery
  • Location: Mahmoudieh, Tehran, Iran
  • Photography: Ali Daghigh
  • Client: Farid Akhavi
  • Project Manager: Nazanin Javaheri
  • Presentation & Graphic Associates: Naghmeh Asadbeigi, Mahta Aminali, Mohammad Hasan Tavangar, Amir Fallahi
  • Physical Model Associate:  Shervin Daneshi, Momen Faghihi
  • Construction: [SHIFT] Process Practice
  • Construction Associate: Homayoun Homavandi
  • Steel Works Engineering: Hesamodin Raoufpanah
  • Structural Consultant: Pedram Mosahebi Mohammadi (Sarvin Structural Consultants)

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