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Europan 13 Community, a sustainable building in Barcelona, Spain by Archilea architecture

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: Archilea architecture 

The strategy: The project stems from the desire to decline the concept of sustainability, specific in this competition, in three distinct areas: environmental sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability. The stated goal is to create a system in which the three fields can interact and integrate in order to reach equilibrium without one of the three areas of the system, which normally happens, can take precedence over others. To create this system, one of the aspects taken into consideration was the ability to move away from the traditional housing system in which the threshold of building represents a limit insideoutside trying to include in the own building a whole series of activities that can aggregate functions and increase the opportunities to meet and socialize the inhabitants. The basic idea is that the internal layout of the building is transformed into a “public square” open to the outside integrating, as mentioned, functions traditionally handled from outside and defining the building, in fact, as an hybrid: this combination of features provides the possibility to the residents of the building to meet, socialize and discuss transforming the whole neighborhood in a community, overcoming the possible socio-economic and cultural-linguistic differences.

Image Courtesy © Archilea architecture

Image Courtesy © Archilea architecture

  • Architects: Archilea architecture
  • Project: Europan 13 Community, a sustainable building
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Future Sølund in Copenhagen, Denmark by C.F. Møller Architects and Tredje Natur

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: C.F. Møller Architects and Tredje Natur

C.F. Møller Architects and Tredje Natur win competition to design an innovative generation community in Copenhagen – one of the largest and most visionary residential and nursing home projects in Danish history.

Image Courtesy © C.F. Møller Architects and Tredje Natur

Image Courtesy © C.F. Møller Architects and Tredje Natur

  • Architects: C.F. Møller Architects and Tredje Natur
  • Project: Future Sølund
  • Location: Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: Samvirkende Boligselskaber/ KAB
  • Engineers: Bascon, Transsolar
  • Collaborators: Smith Innovation
  • Size: 37,895 m2
  • Year: 2016
  • Awards: 1st Prize in architectural competition

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Haitang Villa in Beijing, China by Arch Studio

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: Arch Studio

The project is a three-story townhouse located in a residential area in the eastern suburbs of Beijing. The first floor and the basement are a connected space which is used to receive visitors. The second floor is for daily living, it has separate entrances and exits.

Image Courtesy © Magic Penny

Image Courtesy © Magic Penny

  • Architects: Arch Studio
  • Project: Haitang Villa
  • Location: Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Photography: Magic Penny
  • Designers: Han Wen-Qiang, Li Yun-Tao
  • Design Scale: Residence, Interior Design
  • Author: Han Wen-Qiang
  • Area: 510 ㎡
  • Design Time: 2015.03—2015.05
  • Construction Time: 2015.05—2015.11

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HOTEL DIAGONAL BARCELONA in Spain by Capella Garcia Arquitectura S.L.

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: Capella Garcia Arquitectura S.L.

The building constitutes a longitudinal prism, forming a screen, with vertical corbels on the façade which stand out like white keys on a black background. The ground floor emulates a great aquarium, with independent sections for the various uses, beneath an undulating ceiling of circumferences.

Image Courtesy © Rafael Vargas

Image Courtesy © Rafael Vargas

  • Architects: Capella Garcia Arquitectura S.L., Juli Capella, Miquel Garcia
  • Project: HOTEL DIAGONAL BARCELONA
  • Location: Avenida Diagonal, 205. Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Rafael Vargas
  • Project responsible: Pamela Könsgen
  • Interior design responsible: Lorelay Gazo, Pamela Könsgen
  • Project management: Pamela Könsgen, Lorelay Gazo, Joan Bozzo
  • Client: Grupo Urvasco, S.A.-Hoteles Silken, S.A.
  • Structural calculations: Obiol, Moya y Asociados, S.L.
  • Installation engineering: Celma Enginyeria Consulting 1300, S.L.
  • Site management: Tècnics-G3, S.L.
  • Quantity surveyor: Tècnics-G3, S.L. (more…)

“HERB RITTS In equilibrio” in Milan, Italy by Migliore + Servetto Architects

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: Migliore + Servetto Architects

Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia in Milan has already offered to its visitors monographic exhibitions dedicated to the great interpreters of international photography such as Sebastião Salgado, Walter Bonatti, Edward Burtynsky.  Then,  the challenging project Italia Inside Out revealed the image of Italy through over 500 shots of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. This was the largest exhibition ever dedicated to Italian photography and was organized in two different moments over the months of Expo that. Now Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia carries on its program.

Image Courtesy © Stefano Pavesi / Contrasto

Image Courtesy © Stefano Pavesi / Contrasto

  • Architects: Migliore + Servetto Architects 
  • Project: HERB RITTS In equilibrio
  • Location: Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia Milano, Piazza Mercanti 1, Italy
  • Photography: Stefano Pavesi / Contrasto
  • Sketch: Ico Migliore

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The family villa in Prague, Czech Republic by Ing. arch. Jan Lapcik (FUSIONarchitects) and Ing. arch. Jarmila Kopecna

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: Ing. arch. Jan Lapcik (FUSIONarchitects) and Ing. arch. Jarmila Kopecna

The original family villa is a work by architect Prager from the 1970s. It was not only a unique building, but also one at a unique place that thanks to its orientation offered an exclusive view to Prague and provided necessary privacy at the same time. A strict and exact cube with its austere elegance looked inconspicuous from the street. The villa was originally designed for the architect’s family. Yet the villa kept changing together with the family. The originally open ground floor was encased in masonry walls. Steel columns supporting the single-storied mass of the flat were included in the bricked outer walls. This is how the two-storied block was built accommodating two separate flats – one on each floor. The garden was the outer connecting living space for the life of two generations.

Image Courtesy © Libor Sváček

Image Courtesy © Libor Sváček

  • Architects: Ing. arch. Jan Lapcik (FUSIONarchitects) and Ing. arch. Jarmila Kopecna
  • Project: The family villa
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Libor Sváček

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Casa Meztitla in Tepoztlán, México by EDAA

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: EDAA

“Casa Meztitla is an intervention of a natural scenario. It showcases the luxurious value of leisure, the tropical weather, the intense sunlight, the smells of nature, the over 500 year-old landscaped terraces and the ever-present rock mountain: El Tepozteco. It is context in itself. The house, built out of rough stone, crawls low under the trees, aligned with the vegetated-covered stone slopes. It is the creation of pure space within the natural space (Paz, O., 1987). It has an introverted living yet is continually open to its surroundings. Only two elements reveal its existence to the outside world: the colorful bougainvillea flowers showing randomly through the trees’ dense foliage, which mark the plot’s perimeter; and the massive and monolithic white box that emerges through the treetops.”

Image Courtesy © Yoshihiro Koitani, KUU Studio

Image Courtesy © Yoshihiro Koitani, KUU Studio

  • Architects: EDAA
  • Project: Casa Meztitla
  • Location: Tepoztlán, México
  • Photography: Yoshihiro Koitani, KUU Studio
  • Architect (partner) in charge: Luis Arturo García
  • Design team: Juan Hernández, Jahir Villanueva, Antonio Rivas, Ana Fernanda Rodríguez, Diego Ruiz Velazco
  • Construction team: Hans Álvarez, Yolibel Allende
  • Constructed Area: 4,300 sqf (400 m2)
  • Status: Constructed
  • Completion date: 2014

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Abbaye Belgian Restaurant in Chengdu, China by MRDA Architects

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: MRDA Architects

The rapid urbanization process in China totally splits the historical and contemporary buildings. The abundant history and  traditional culture  that cities bear is gradually overwhelmed by fanatical development. Historical  buildings represent a city’s past  that has been given the meaning of urban culture. However, most of the historical buildings have been given up in the impetuous development.

Image Courtesy © MRDA Architects

Image Courtesy © MRDA Architects

  • Architects: MRDA Architects
  • Project: Abbaye Belgian Restaurant
  • Location: No.1337, Sino-­‐ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu,China
  • Design team: Ma Jun, He Zhi, Lu Yun, Zhang Ying, Zhao Zhiyang
  • Project time: 2015

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School Extension Elementary School in Vienna, Austria by kirsch ZT GmbH

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: kirsch ZT GmbH

The “Open Air” School of the city of Vienna, often referred to as the \”Baslerschule\”, completed in 1951 and designed by Roland Rainer, is located on the southern outskirts of Vienna (23rd district) in the middle of a heterogeneous environment. This elongated, L-shaped, single-storey, landmarked building with a gabled roof received an extension in the 1970s in the form of four free-standing annexed classrooms constructed in wood adjoining the eastern end of school grounds.

Image Courtesy © Hertha Hurnaus

Image Courtesy © Hertha Hurnaus

  • Architects: kirsch ZT GmbH
  • Project: School Extension Elementary School
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Photography: Hertha Hurnaus

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Il Pirata in Belfast, United Kingdom by Oscar & Oscar

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: Oscar & Oscar

Based loosely on the informality of the Venetian Bacaro and a sense of place that was more Meat Packing District, New York than Holywood, County Down, il Pirata’s concept of small rustic Italian dishes to share set to challenge the preconceptions of the Northern Irish diner on their associations with Italian restaurants, and dining in Northern Ireland in general.

Image Courtesy © Adele Smyth Kennedy

Image Courtesy © Adele Smyth Kennedy

  • Architects: Oscar & Oscar
  • Project: Il Pirata
  • Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Photography: Adele Smyth Kennedy
  • Main Contractor: Strong Construction

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