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House of the Acacia in Colombia by David Macias – Arquitectura & Urbanismo

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Article source: David Macias – Arquitectura & Urbanismo 

Facing the majesty of an old native tree, as a pre-existence on the land to be built, this was the perfect excuse to generate the design of the house. In the middle of the lot and with the natural traces of the passage of time, this natural element was the great actor in the middle of a difficult but important decision, to rescue it and recover its splendor. Decision that led to the architectural design to revolve around it, taking advantage of its virtue as a generator of shadow, helping the home to provide self-regulation and climatic comfort on warm days. The shade, an important aspect for a recreational house in warm weather, was generated by eaves in front, looking for the perfect orientation to minimize the direct impacts of the sun. However, the shadows generated by the same architectural design through its eaves were sufficient for the control of the private areas, reason why and thinking in the best implantation for the house it was decided to isolate the architectural volume towards one of the boundaries, Respecting in a natural way the land adjacent to the tree keeping its roots intact. This decision allowed to generate a center of activity where the main actor becomes the tree and the shadow that it projects, allowing to design a large perimeter terrace, outdoor spaces and recreation that take life under the old native tree.

Image Courtesy © Santiago Robayo

  • Architects: David Macias – Arquitectura & Urbanismo
  • Project: House of the Acacia
  • Location: Colombia
  • Photography: Santiago Robayo
  • Interior designer: Julian Macias
  • Energy and Sustainable Building Design: Bioteckta John Saavedra

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FCB Chicago in Illinois by TPG Architecture

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Article source: TPG Architecture

FCB Chicago, the largest agency within the Foote, Cone & Belding global network, recently relocated to the iconic John Hancock Center. The new office’s modern and comfortable design clearly expresses the spirit, culture and direction of this advertising/marketing powerhouse.

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

  • Architects: TPG Architecture
  • Project: FCB Chicago
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Photography: Eric Laignel

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The House in Forte dei Marmi in Lucca, Italy by FABBRICANOVE Architetti

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Article source: FABBRICANOVE Architetti

The House in Forte dei Marmi, a work of architectural office FABBRICANOVE, releases a landscape that in the past was place where explosive materials were produced, then military ones, then it was reclaimed as an agricultural land, then it was marked by the concrete of the highway.

Located between the coast and the Apuane Alps, the villa amazes with its distinct and clear features, through which the respect to the particular allocation can be recognized, where the touristic vocation contributed to the development of the place. In the chaos and in the planning approximation of big part of the contemporary Italian construction, the formula to highlight one virtuous example is simplicity.

Image Courtesy © Filippo Romano

  • Architects: FABBRICANOVE Architetti
  • Project: The House in Forte dei Marmi
  • Location: Lucca, Italy
  • Photography: Filippo Romano
  • Collaboratori: Renata Laudati, Daniele Capolicchio, Francesco Capriotti
  • Structural engineering: Studio Baroni, Enrico Baroni, Paolo Baroni (Firenze)
  • Dimensions: surface 550 square meter

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Tony Adam’s Barbershop in Prague, Czech Republic by OOOOX

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Article source: OOOOX 

Concept/colour scheme/materials – the aim is to create a manly interior, both with the colour scheme and the materials. Static modifications have already been implemented in the current space. Massive steel transoms were the right element for an ideal manly industrial. The position of these load-bearing elements defined the whole layout of the space. The steel elements have been supplemented with natural oak furniture, combed plaster and retro tiles.

Image Courtesy © BoysPlayNice / Martin Tůma, Jakub Skokan

  • Architects: OOOOX (Ing. Arch. Radka Valová, Ing. Arch. Martin Moravec)
  • Project: Tony Adam’s Barbershop
  • Location: Laubova 1, Prague 3, Czech Republic
  • Photography: BoysPlayNice / Martin Tůma, Jakub Skokan
  • Client: Tony Adam’s Barbershop
  • Area: 133 m2
  • Project: 2015
  • Realization: 2016

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Micr-O in Hangzhou, China by Superimpose

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Article source: Superimpose

Inside the rural Tai Yang Valley, West of Hangzhou, the Sun Commune is a local initiative raising awareness of sustainable farming and promoting healthy living and outdoor activities for the increasing urbanization of China.

Within the sun commune, Superimpose Architecture Studio designed MICR-O to be a learning platform for city dwellers.

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

  • Architects: Superimpose (Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt, Mika Woll)
  • Project: Micr-O
  • Location: Tai Yang Valley, Sun Commune, Lin’an, Hangzhou, China
  • Photography: Marc Goodwin
  • Software used: Rhino, Grasshopper and Bentley Microstation
  • Client: Sun Commune
  • Site Area: 2800 sqm
  • GFA: 243 sqm

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Casa de Magalhães Nursery School in Ponte de Lima , Portugal by Carvalho Araújo

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Article source: Carvalho Araújo

The ‘Casa de Magalhães Nursery School’ is located near the ‘Casa de Magalhães Home for the Elderly’, sharing some functionalities like public access, parking and a few services. The nursery school building arises from a volume displacement that is subtracted from the home for the elderly base building, allowing the creation of a courtyard and, at the same time, the new building for the children. Although both buildings take different languages, they share the same DNA, the same “skin”, which results in some common principles like privacy, security, intimacy and comfort. The initial volumetry of the set brings us to the cyclic process of life itself, as a metaphor of the aging process; from small to big, from simple to complex.

Image Courtesy © NUDO

  • Architects: Carvalho Araújo
  • Project: Casa de Magalhães Nursery School
  • Location: Lugar dos Carvalhos, S. Julião de Freixo, Ponte de Lima, Portugal
  • Photography: NUDO

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Villa Schoorl in The Netherlands by Paul de Ruiter Architects

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Article source: Paul de Ruiter Architects

Paul de Ruiter Architects designed Villa Schoorl, situated in the characteristic polders near the North Holland dunes. The fluent transition to the green polder landscape was the most essential starting point of the design. The subtly located villa is built with as many possible natural materials and sustainable techniques.

Image Courtesy © Paul de Ruiter Architects

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A motif to connect old and new in Shanghai, China by Aedas

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Article source: Aedas

Located on the north bank of Suzhou Creek and within the business area across Sichuan North Road and Zhapu Road in Shanghai, Aedas-design Shanghai Landmark Center enjoys a prime location with excellent views towards the Northern Bund and Huangpu River. The site is surrounded by low-rise residential blocks and a number of historic buildings such as the Shanghai Post and Telecommunication Bureau, Shanghai General Hospital, New Asia Hotel, Ruikang Mansion and Outer Baidu Bridge, forming a unique urban fabric. The new complex creates a synergy for the commercial hub and the neighbourhood and connects the old and new of Shanghai city.

Image Courtesy © Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Project: A motif to connect old and new
  • Location: Shanghai, China

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Community Centre Máj in České Budějovice, Czech Republic by SLLA Architects

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Article source: SLLA Architects 

The community centre Máj is located in the biggest 1980s mass-housing settlement in České Budějovice, an ethnically and socially mixed neighbourhood. In the Czech Republic, one third of the population lives in prefab panel settlements built during the socialism era; after 1989 (the fall of the Soviet bloc), there has been a lack of activities solving problems in these areas. The Máj settlement has an increased concentration of the Roma population, who were evicted into the settlement during the 80s and 90s; the district has been the site of tension and several riots.

Image Courtesy © SLLA Architects

  • Architects: SLLA Architects 
  • Project: Community Centre Máj
  • Location: České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Client: City of České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Total budget: 2.115.000 €
  • Total floor area: 1.939 m2
  • Total floor area exterior: 1.060 m2
  • Volume: 13.786 m3
  • Project based on: Open project competition, 2010

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The Flow / CECU – Euroregional Center of Urban Cultures in Lille, France by atelier d’architecture King Kong

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Article source: atelier d’architecture King Kong 

In its cultural development policy framework and renovation of the Moulins neighbourhood, the City of Lille started in 2009 the building of a new cultural equipement that could enable the development of Moulins’s existing Maison Folie, that lacked specific spaces to carry out all of its projects, and to create a Euroregional Center of Urban Cultures (The Flow – House of Hip-Hop), a structure made necessary by the importance of activities linked to that practice that had until then no place to unfold. The importance of this project justified its integration in a site close to the town center. The will to unite these two equipments in a same place presented numerous advantages for both structures, including the possibility to ensure de facto synergy, their objectives being common. The Maison Folie, that had already conquered its own public in five years of existence, was forced to refuse or postpone numerous projects (dance, theatre, plastic and visual arts) due to lack of space.

Image Courtesy © Julie Soistier

  • Architects: atelier d’architecture King Kong (Frédéric Neau)
  • Project: The Flow / CECU – Euroregional Center of Urban Cultures
  • Location: Lille, France
  • Photography: Julie Soistier
  • Software used: Vectorworks and SketchUp
  • Client: City of Lille
  • Project manager: Nicolas Broussous
  • Scenography: Ducks Scéno
  • Technical engineering company: Projex Ingénirie
  • HEQ: Diagobat

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