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Broadview Loft in Toronto, Canada by Studio AC

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Article source: Studio AC 

Located in a downtown loft in Toronto, Canada we were asked to design a studio loft space for a young professional that wanted something equally fun, functional and unique. We produced a scheme that revolves around an element we call the ‘bed box’ which features a generous arch entryway and elevation change – a move that produces a signifier for the sleeping quarters and a moment of warmth in opposition to the white and concrete finishes of the rest of the loft. This warmth is achieved through a floor and wall wrapper of finish plywood that holds your feet and eye as you walk in. Initial studies saw this element take on a variety of forms, orientations and materials but the simple arch configuration was a reaction to the clients background, travels and personality. This fed nicely into the form of the curtain track which is the same arch shape in plan as the other is in elevation. This subtle cuing ties the two elements together, one hard and stationary, the other light and dynamic.

Image Courtesy © Andrew Snow Photography

  • Architects: Studio AC
  • Project: Broadview Loft
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Andrew Snow Photography
  • Software used: Revit
  • Project Budget: $45000 CAD
  • Project Size: 550 Square Feet
  • Date Completed: January 2017

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Hibou House in Etobicoke, Canada by Barbora Vokac-Taylor Architects

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Article source: Vokac-Taylor Architects 

Designed for a young family that values connection – both with one another and with their friends and neighbours. This renovation thoughtfully updates an existing traditional 1950’s style home for a more modern lifestyle – one that feels relaxed and comfortable yet easily adapted for entertaining. The layout improves the flow between the spaces in a way that makes the most sense for how the family lives.

Image Courtesy © Scott Norsworthy

  • Architects: Barbora Vokac-Taylor Architects 
  • Project: Hibou House
  • Location: Edenbridge/Humber Valley, Etobicoke,Canada
  • Photography: Scott Norsworthy
  • Lead Architects: Barbora Vokac Taylor, Leon Lai
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 2165 sq.ft
  • Completion Year: 2017

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Le Poulet Restaurant & Bar in Shenzhen, China by dongqi Architects

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Article source: dongqi Architects

Le Poulet designed by dongqi Architects is a restaurant and bar located in Shenzhen, China, and the total area is around 100 square meters. In this project, the main concept is to add a steel mezzanine to maximize the usable space in the building. During the process of design, in order to minimize the effect of the mezzanine on the original ground floor, the architect chooses to suspend the whole steel structure. As a main element of the design, the steel mezzanine is designed by the architect after discussing with the structral engineer and a good amount of elaborate caculation. A curved steel bar which is calculated accurately goes through the fins of the balustrade. Visually it creates an elegent curve and leads the movement of the space. Structrally, part of the fins of the balustrade are transformed into a load bearing component, while functionally, the others could still play the role of balustrade. The entire steel structure looks like a musical instrument and the shape gives a sense of spacial rhythm.

Image Courtesy © dongqi Architects

  • Architects: dongqi Architects
  • Project: Le Poulet Restaurant & Bar
  • Location: Shenzhen, China

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Apartment in Born, Barcelona by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Article source: Colombo and Serboli Architecture

This apartment is located in the oldest part of Barcelona, in an ancient building that dates back to the 13th century, in the neighborhood known as Born.

The brief was to completely transform the old property into a new vibrant flat, home of a young Italian woman, a fashion professional.

The highly compartmented layout originally included three bedrooms, two occupying the street side and a third one in the entrance space and was placing living and kitchen in the dark interior of the plot.

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ruiz

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CASA ECS in Scicli, Italy by giuseppe gurrieri

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Article source: giuseppe gurrieri

Casa ECS, with its special laboratory for artists, rises in Sicily on an area of a high environmentally-friendly allure within the city of Scicli. Thanks to the natural configuration of the territory it is possible to appreciate the gentle slope of the land towards the Mediterranean sea: a series of terraces, retained by dry stone walls, with olive and carob trees growing up on them, fades beyond the horizon.

Image Courtesy © Filippo Poli

  • Architects: giuseppe gurrieri
  • Project: CASA ECS
  • Location: Scicli, Italy
  • Photography: Filippo Poli
  • Client: Erica Anna Cavalli
  • Project Coordinator: Arch.Giulia Filetti
  • Collaborators: Arch.Alessandro Bontà, Arch.Fabrizio Camillieri, Arch.Valentina Occhipinti
  • Structures: Ing. Alessandro Infantino, Ing. Giancarlo Dimartino

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Dajiaoting “Big Family” Community Center in China by MAT Office architecture and design

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Article source: MAT Office architecture and design

“Big Family” Community Center is located in Dajiaoting Community, Chaoyang District, Beijing. It was a vacant underground space before the upgrade. The government hopes to create a public space for the residents’ communication through the transformation.

The site area is about 300 square meters, and the underground original concrete wall could hardly be removed, so the original residential-like space has to be maintained. There are also various usage demands from the elderly, children, owners committee, community organization and other people. Different from the previous design experience, this project brief starts from the meetings organized by the neighborhood committee, the owners of the residents, the resident representatives and architect.

Image Courtesy © Kangshuo Tang

  • Architects: MAT Office architecture and design
  • Project: Dajiaoting “Big Family” Community Center
  • Location: Dajiaoting Community, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Photography: Kangshuo Tang
  • Client: Jingsong Street Office, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Design Team: Kangshuo Tang, Miao Zhang, Siyao Huang, Xuan Cao, Ting Gong, Kaidong Jiang
  • Built Area: 300 m2
  • Competion: 2016.07

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Notski, Heinola Upper Secondary School in Finland by LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Article source: LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS 

Notski is the winning competition entry for a 4660m2 upper-secondary school in Heinola by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. Aside from its core focus of learning the school also is to become a social hub for the community – housing civic activities, youth culture and community sports. Flexible learning and activity spaces pivot outwards from a core social space that links all the programmes together. The classrooms themselves, designed with pedagogic experts, are optimised to cater for the different learning situations that the students would find themselves in throughout their school career.

Image Courtesy © LAHDELMA & MAHLAMÄKI ARCHITECTS

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Alacarte Halong Bay Condotel Development in Vietnam by Aedas

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Article source: Aedas

Dotted with limestone pinnacles, the World Heritage seascape of Halong Bay is Vietnam’s biggest attraction. Aedas-designed Alacarte Halong Bay Condotel Development occupies a prime seafront plot with large sweeps of unobstructed views towards the heritage site.

Image Courtesy © Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Project: Alacarte Halong Bay Condotel Development
  • Location: Halong, Vietnam
  • Client: Taseco Land
  • Director: Steven Thor
  • Gross Floor Area: 80,000 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2020

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Villa Poorkan in Chalous Road, Iran by ZAV Architects

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Article source: ZAV Architects

The Poorkan villa used to be an abounded building. Our clients (Mojdeh Ghodousi and Ali Kamran) decided to build a villa on their inherited land. Instead we encouraged the proposition of renovating the existing building on the on.

We intended to recycle the space, in order to bring it back to the cycle of useful, contemporary spaces.

Image Courtesy © Soroush Majidi

  • Architects: ZAV Architects
  • Project: Villa Poorkan
  • Location: Kalna – Chalous Road, Iran
  • Photography: Parham Taghiof (photo agency), Soroush Majidi
  • Software used: Autodesk, Autocad, Photoshop, SketchUp
  • Lead Architects: Mohamadreza Ghodousi
  • Site Area: 917sqm
  • Completion Year: 2015

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Forestry in the Forest in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic by CHYBIK+KRISTOF

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Article source: CHYBIK+KRISTOF 

The natural and the artificial mingle to become one in the new administrative centre of the Czech Forestry Commission

A project designed by a team under the direction of the Brno based studio Chybik+Kristof has recently won the international competition for the new administrative centre of the Czech Forestry Commission in Hradec Králové. The winning proposal is a two-storey building on the edge of an existing forest, that uses wood extensively as construction material – as requested within the competition. The concept is based on incorporating the forest landscape into a five-finger building to create new relations between the inside office and the outside forest landscape. A nature trail surrounding the building allows to explore the different forest ecotypes, designed by Tomas Babka and breathe.earth.collective.

Image Courtesy © CHYBIK+KRISTOF

  • Architects: CHYBIK+KRISTOF
  • Project: Forestry in the Forest
  • Location: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
  • Software used: SketchUp, Adobe

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