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Barajas Social Building Block in Madrid, Spain by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Article source: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

The apartment building, located in Barajas in the group of blocks under the management of the new extension of Barajas, was generated mainly at first to catch the light, wind and outdoor life.

Based on the urban zoning for this block, the building is conceived as a game where the apartments act as blocks on top of five floor slabs creating interspersed terraces and open spaces.

Image Courtesy © ROLAND HALBE

  • Architects: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
  • Project: Barajas Social Building Block
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Roland Halbe
  • Client: Empresa Municipal de Vivienda y Suelo de Madrid S.A  EMVS
  • Basic Project Director: Elena Rocchi, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
  • Execution Project Director: Salvador Gilaber, Elena Rocchi, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
  • Construction Project Director: Salvador Gilaber, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
  • Colaborators: Alex Ruiz, Susana Oses, Cesar Trujillo, Marta Ruiz Nieto, Jordi, Gorbe Neira, Valentina Antinucci, Laura Weiss, Jack O’Kelly, Cristián Ferrera,Vaiva Simoliunaite, Jesús Baranda, Carls Ernesto, Lince, Carolina Carvalho, Ramón Gómez, Pedro Rodríguez, Gómez Limón, Marco Coletti.

360 Winnett in Canada, Toronto by Altius Architecture

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Article source: Altius Architecture 

This 3 Bedroom Single Family Residence brought new construction of an open concept to a challenging urban site. The 24′ centrally located double height home brings in natural light, casting dramatic shadows, marking the passage of time during the day whilst acting as a ‘lantern’ at night.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Savoie

  • Architects: Altius Architecture  (Cathy Garrido & Tao Cheng)
  • Project: 360 Winnett
  • Location: Canada, Toronto
  • Photography: Jonathan Savoie
  • Builder: All Canada Contractors – Toronto
  • Engineering: CUCCO engineering + design – Toronto
  • Mechanical: Tom Furr – BEC Consulting Services – Pickering
  • Size: 2370 sqft
  • Completion: Spring 2009

100 Walls Church in Cebu, Philippines by CAZA

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Article source: CAZA

What should a sacred space look like today? How should it work? Is there such a thing as a contemporary idea of the sacred?

In spite of a glut of typological clues we choose an anti-form. We did not want legibility. We sought to reinforce the experience of the search. Religions are defined by their mysteries and the stories of individuals who break through.

Image Courtesy © CAZA

  • Architects: CAZA
  • Project: 100 Walls Church
  • Location: Cebu, Philippines
  • Completed: January 2013
  • Area: 8,924 sq.m.

House in Frogs Hollow, Ontario, CANADA by Williamson Chong

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Article source: Williamson Chong

The House in Frogs Hollow, a 2000sf country retreat, is located on a long slope of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Georgian Bay. The property is a collection of eroded clay hills and protected watershed zones blanketed with a dense field of hawthorn and native grasses. It is not picturesque, but tough and impenetrable.

Image Courtesy © Bob Gundu

  • Architects: Williamson Chong (Betsy Williamson)
  • Project: House in Frogs Hollow
  • Location: Ontario, CANADA
  • Photography: Bob Gundu
  • Total Floor Area: 2000 sf
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Construction Management: Wilson Project Management Inc.
  • Millwork: Speke Klein Inc.

Okazaki House in Aichi Prefecture, Japan by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Article source: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

The generation gap has become a problem in Japan in recent years. There are an increasing number of two-family homes, as well as houses built on the lots of parents’ houses. This house is one of the latter. Although the residents are parents and child, solicitude should be expressed with this not-so-large site. This house is a one-story building with a shed roof, which lowers the roof height on the side of the parents’ house, resulting in wide views maintained with open sky from the parents’ house.

Image Courtesy © Forward Stroke inc.

  • Architects: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
  • Project: Okazaki House
  • Location: Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Forward Stroke inc.
  • Date of Completion: 2012
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site Area: 213.74m2
  • Total Floor Area: 98.17 m2 /1F

KA2015 – Pavilion for the City in Karlsruhe, Germany by J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Article source: J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe in 2015, a temporary event pavilion will be erected in the city’s Schlosspark. During the festival summer, various concerts, theater performances, readings, film screenings, and exhibitions will be held in the open structure.

Image Courtesy © J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten
  • Project: KA2015 – Pavilion for the City
  • Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Project Architect: Sebastian Finckh
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Georg Fassl, Maxim Margorskyi.
  • Construction period: March – April 2015
  • Exhibition Time: June – September 2015
  • Deconstruction: October 2015
  • Client: Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe GmbH
  • Realisierung: Rubner Holzbau GmbH, Augsburg
  • Gebäudetechnik: Ingenieurbüro Jicha, Neidenstein
  • Lichtplanung: Lichttransfer Katrin Soencksen, Berlin
  • Veranstaltungstechnik: MegaForce, Weingarten/Karlsruhe
  • Ausstattung: EinsPlus Karlsruhe, Ettlingen

The Solar Vineyard Winery by Michael Jantzen

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Michael Jantzen

The Solar Vineyard Winery was designed to explore the potentials of a large winery that also functions as a solar electric generation power plant. The solar electricity is produced through a large bank of curved photovoltaic solar cells that are elevated above the roof of the winery.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

  • Architects: Michael Jantzen
  • Project: The Solar Vineyard Winery
  • Status: Unbuilt

Window House in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects 

A weekend house facing to the Sagami Bay with view to Mt. Fuji and Enoshima. The site is just 3 x 8m with 60% of footprint, and the building has become 3-stories almost automatically because the ground floor had to be a piloti by consideration of the storm surge.

Image Courtesy © Yasutaka Yoshimura

  • Architects: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
  • Project: Window House
  • Location: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Yasutaka Yoshimura
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete + wooden
  • Completion year: 2013
  • Site Area: 26.11m2
  • Building Area: 15.42m2
  • Total Floor Area: 32.85m2
  • Structural engineers: Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • General constructors: Tosho Build Plan

Grenadier House in Toronto, Canada by Altius Architecture

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Altius Architecture 

With the backyard now a usable green space, this house accommodates a double carport and garage below the main living quarters of the house at the front of the lot, eliminating the need for a lengthy driveway. The garage creates a split-level concept, with four stories at the back of the house and three at the front.

Image Courtesy © Altius Architecture

  • Architects: Altius Architecture (Graham Smith & Logan Amos)
  • Project: Grenadier House
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Size: 2500 sqft
  • Completion: 2013


Saturday, March 1st, 2014


When an architect delivers a building it is always an extremely emotional moment, marked by the end of a long process of mediation, from absolute potentiality of early sketches to fine tuning in situ of final details. An actor, for a time, in the endless development of territories, the architect exits the scene. He hands over the controls to those he has been working for. This is the moment when architecture transitions from the intellectual, conceptual state to the fundamentally physical and real.

Image Courtesy © Michael Nagl

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