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ORIGAMI ark in Himeji, Japan by Matsuya Art Works

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: Matsuya Art Works

This showroom is built to sustain the tanners in the leather manufacturing business, which is local traditional industry in Himeji City, a suburban city in Japan. The showroom highlights the enormous range of leather materials that makes the clients strength and meets his wish to communicate and show the diversity of his products. This specificity leads us to focus on the interior design that allows us to better display the project rather than the exterior shape of the building. The request was to display over 3000 leather items in a very narrow exhibition space limited to 300 m². In order to respond to this range, a second and third floor must be built, however separating the display into several floors might not leave the wanted impression of the huge diversity of leather products offered by the house. Therefore, the Idea was to build an enormous three-dimensional fixture in a single exhibition room. A huge frame was built in shape of a jungle gym using 100x100mm² square steel pipes, creating a three dimensional display fixture. The Grand dimensions of this fixture creates in the visitors mind an impressive understanding of the overwhelming range of products with a single glance. Moreover, leaving more space to move freely provides an experience similar to exploring a jungle gym inside making the discovery of the leather materials’ variety more exciting.

Image Courtesy © Matsuya Art Works

Image Courtesy © Matsuya Art Works

  • Architects: Matsuya Art Works
  • Project: ORIGAMI ark
  • Location: Himeji, Japan
  • Software used: Vectorworks (A&A)

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Central Park Interlomas in Huixquilucan, México by Migdal Arquitectos

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source:  Migdal Arquitectos 

Central Park Interlomas is a residential complex located in one of the highest points of Interlomas an area located to the west of Mexico City, placed on a natural plateau that serves as a great podium that avoids adjacencies, providing the apartments beautiful, unaltered and extensive views of the city.

Image Courtesy © Ian Lizaranzu

Image Courtesy © Ian Lizaranzu

  • Architects: Migdal Arquitectos
  • Project: Central Park Interlomas
  • Location: Huixquilucan,  Estado de México
  • Photography: Ian Lizaranzu, Luis Gordoa y Rafael Gamo
  • Project and Architectonic Direction: Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta / Migdal Arquitectos
  • Structural Project: CTC Ingenieros Civiles
  • Number of apartment units: 720
  • Construction Area: 162, 261. 97 M²
  • Construction: 2013 – 2015
  • Ground Surface: 45,746.24m²
  • Project: 2010

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Aura in Erbil, Iraq by SOMA architects

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: SOMA architects

Aura, the new city center for Erbil, creates an iconic skyline in vein with that of major metropolitan areas. The design uses the diagram of an equalizer to achieve an iconic skyline, and ultimate flexibility of program and area distribution. The buildings form two wings which embrace the parkland in between, allowing for not only for a dynamic landscape within the park, but also maximizing the natural light and ventilation into the park and underground retail center. The landscape within this park is designed using a series of interchangeable modules which act as pools, tree planters, pavilions, and grass panels. These intensive operations resulted in a matrix that not only directed the physical implementation of each wing, guided the carve-out of their massing, but also laid out their interior partitioning and their exterior landscaping. The consequence of this unique system of modular variation across all levels and all scales results in perfect alignments between interior and exterior spaces. In summary, this unifying system, or matrix, successfully unites landscaping, architectural and interior design in one operation.

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

  • Architects: SOMA architects
  • Project: Aura
  • Location: Erbil, Iraq
  • Principal: Michel Abboud
  • Partner: Leo Sguera
  • Lead Designers: Steven Townsend, Fady Stefan
  • Key Staff: Wissam Salameh, Kamil Czarnecki, Adel Dagher, Therese Makhlouf, Aline Raad, Carla Saad, Yong Ju Lee, Nader El Khoury, Marwan Saliba, Sam Nassar, Fadi Castronovo, Mira Naji
  • Gross Floor Area: 200,000 Square Meters
  • Setting: Urban
  • Status: In Construction

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Quartier Grillweg in Graz, Austria by Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH 

Zechner & Zechner win the competition for the “Quartier Grillweg in Graz”

At Graz’s Western access road, where remains of the former “Euroshopping” currently stand, a “green courtyard“ with about 400 flats and appropriate infrastructure is to be erected. Out of 82 admitted projects the architectural firm Zechner & Zechner won the two-stage competition.

Image Courtesy © Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy © Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

  • Architects: Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH 
  • Project: Quartier Grillweg in Graz
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Landscape architecture: 3:0 Landschaftsarchitektur, Vienna
  • Client: Immovate, Graz
  • Site: 38.000 m2
  • Gross floor area  (above ground): ca. 41.000 m2
  • Apartments: ca. 400 units
  • Competition: 2015
  • Construction phase: planned starting in 2016

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Social Housing Estate Venning in Kortrijk, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

The social housing company Goedkope Woning at Kortrij k initiated a comprehensive upgrade of its outdated assets in 2008. It intentionally put the emphasis on healthier homes, rational and more efficient use of space, lower energy consumption and low maintenance costs. At the same time, it also aims fundamentally to reorient the liveability of the neighbourhoods, to integrate into the existing social setting to the greatest possible extent.

Image Courtesy © Gerald Van Rafelghem

Image Courtesy © Gerald Van Rafelghem

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: Social Housing Estate Venning
  • Location: Spinnerijkaai, Tapijtweverstraat, Tekenaarslaan, Damastweverstraat in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Photography: Gerald Van Rafelghem
  • Team: Urban planner: Arch. Herman Jult [project director], Arch. Dieter Haemers [design architect], Ir. arch. Nancy Latruwe [project architect], Urban planner-arch. Bart Dewilde [urban planning] – Landscapes, architect Marjolein Eggermont [landscape architecture], Int.arch. Bart Decloedt [interior architect], Antoon Vancommernolle [structural conception], Frederik Carrein [structural work]
  • Client: Goedkope Woning cvba
  • Masterplanning: evr-Architecten
  • Description:
    • Phase 1a (bloc ABC): 70 apartements + 45 semi-subterranean parkings
    • Phase 1b (bloc D): 12 pile dwellings of which 6 are for disabled people + 17 adjacent parkings
    • Phase 2: 64 land-based new homes with garden [replacement construction], of which 24 pile dwellings
    • Phase 3: 50 houses to renovate
    • Phase 4: Public roads, sewerage and environmental work (more…)

The new Museo Novecento in Florence, Italy by Avatar Architettura

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: Avatar Architettura

The new Museum of the Twentieth Century (Museo Novecento), dedicated to Italian art of the twentieth century, is housed in the old Hospital of San Paolo in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. Avatar Architettura was responsible for the museographic and exhibition design of the Museo Novecento. The project defines the museum setting as a suspended space. Visitors come upon it through lively devices for spatial meditation which, placed at the start of the exhibition path, on the first floor of the cloister, introduce them to contemporary experiences and artistic research. While the entrance is characterized by a clearly recognizable architectural solution, Avatar Architettura created the rest of the path as a sort of “suspended space.” More neutral, but physically present and material, the setup of the rooms starts with the metallic floor and continues in the panels that emerge from the walls in some of the rooms.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

  • Architects: Avatar Architettura
  • Project: The new Museo Novecento
  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Photography: Pietro Savorelli

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“House in Tsudanuma” in Narashino, JAPAN by Shigeru Fuse

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: Shigeru Fuse

The house is for a married couple in their forties, located in the city of Narashino. It is situated on the edge of a residential neighborhood and a commercial district that stretches form the station, with large-scale stores nearby. The house faces an eight meter wide street classified as an urban roadway, with busy traffic due to its proximity to the train station. The client wished for a concrete house, where all spaces are stringed together in sequence, while also maintaining the privacy and freedom of a spacious living space.

Image Courtesy © Shigeru Fuse

Image Courtesy © Shigeru Fuse

  • Architects: Shigeru Fuse
  • Project: House in Tsudanuma
  • Location: Narashino, JAPAN
  • Structural Engineers: YsutakaKonishi
  • Design Team: fuse-atelier + Musashino Art University (fuse-studio)
  • Site area: 133.27m2
  • Building area: 63.83 m2
  • Gross internal floor area: 153.41 m2
  • Floor: 3-Storey
  • Completion of work: 2014

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GRÜN SPORTS COMPLEX in Buenos Aires, Argentina by A3 LUPPI UGALDE WINTER

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Article source: A3 LUPPI UGALDE WINTER

CONCEPTS

The Grün sports complex is organized in an area of 14 hectares.

From access it offers a journey through the existing trees, walking along the recycling of existing building changing rooms, reaches volumes of new buildings in the complex; bar and meeting room.

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral

  • Architects: A3 LUPPI UGALDE WINTER , Javier Augusto, Andrea Silvina
  • Project: GRÜN SPORTS COMPLEX
  • Location: Padre Canevari y Miguel Sanchez, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Photography: Alejandro Peral
  • Developer: ELEPE – Diego Levi / Hernan Pelavski arquitectura
  • Colaborators: Zylberman, Gonzalo, Aguiler, Agostina
  • Area: 14.000 m2
  • Project: 2013
  • Construction: 2014

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Pfarré lighting design studio in Munich, Germany

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Article source: Pfarré lighting design studio

Project

The former store for antique luminaires im Munich‘s Alt-Schwabing district provided an ideal L-shaped ground plan for the workplaces and other areas of the new studio. All main technical features, such as print/copy, large-format printer, coffee, server, etc. are hidden behind a new space divider, which also houses the product library, and consumable supplies. With this divider, a generous space between divider and the shop windows has been created for meetings and presentations. Thanks to the digitalization of the working process and archives, the size of the studio remained the same as before. However, 5 desks have been reduced in size. A 8 m long shelve unit provides space to work and store, below a pinboard with the same length. At the former studio site out of town PLD is still equipped with a lavish archive and further space for testing, mock-ups, and models.

Image Courtesy © Frank Koschembar

Image Courtesy © Frank Koschembar

  • Architects: Pfarré lighting design studio
  • Project: Pfarré lighting design studio
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Photography: Frank Koschembar
  • Software used: Vectorworks and Photoshop
  • Lighting watts per sqm: 4,3
  • Size: 67 qm / sqm
  • Date of completion: May 2015

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Las Nieves Technical Vocational School in Santiago, Chile by WRL Arquitectos

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Article source: WRL Arquitectos

From the architect. The project corresponds to the reconstruction of a heritage building.

It is part of the educational infrastructure from Protectora de la Infancia in the town of Puente Alto, Santiago, that welcomes vulnerable minors in extreme poverty.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

  • Architects: WRL Arquitectos
  • Project: Las Nieves Technical Vocational School
  • Location: Avenida Concha Y Toro 2188, Puente Alto, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Photography: Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Project Architects: Francisco León Ross, Alicia Ross Amunategui, Tomás Weisser Mengdehl
  • Client: Sociedad Protectora de la Infancia
  • Engineer: Antonio Medina Guajardo
  • Project Area: 5800.0 m2

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