In the heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, architecture office XML has designed a store saturated in white light. The store called ‘HIC’sells bottled water and ‘Reset’, a specially developed drink that mitigates the negative effects of too much alcohol consumption such as a hangover.
Located in a privileged area surrounded by forests but still close to Guatemala city, the Casa Chinkara presents itself as a dual residence exploring the contrast between the natural and the man made; between the primitive and the contemporary.
The main feature of this retail space lies in the integration of online shopping experience into a physical space.Interactive mirrors can recognize the clothes that are being tried and allow customers to order, view and post on social media websites the content of their purchase.
The Bibliothèque du Boisé aims to become a place fostering a feeling of belonging, promoting exploration and discovery. Located between Thimens Boulevard and the Marcel-Laurin Park, it covers a surface area of 5,000 m² and is integrated into the site by drawing on its major elements. This isn’t a project about architecture alone: it’s also about landscape. As such, the building connects the city with the surrounding landscape, and serves as a point of connection that allows users to explore its site—inside and outside, from Boulevard Thimens as well as from the park. Visitors will discover the building by approaching it from a variety of spaces both intimate and dramatic, spaces that, by offering a variety of access pathways, set the stage for the site as well as for its users.
In the heart of the Eastern Townships, perched on a mountainside and overlooking a nature reserve of breathtaking beauty lies BALNEA. Health and wellness, gourmet food, yoga, relaxation, sports, massages, rituals baths: BALNEA reinvents the art of living by creating a stunning experience for all the senses. Spa BALNEA’s new reception building, constructed on piles, is nestled unobtrusively in the forest, where it is the hub linking the facility’s existing buildings via outdoor walkways. The resulting new walking routes give clients a more private path through the site. Special attention was paid to preserving trees and the natural surroundings.
Article source: Diogo Passarinho and Duarte Caldas
Designed by two young Portuguese architects, Diogo Passarinho and Duarte Caldas first residential project, is a white space dedicated to young couple with two babies. Located in Lisbon´s city center, this two story space is conceived as a sleeping area and a workplace for the fashion blogger More is Better.
This project arises from the rehabilitation process created in order to revalue some of the sports facilities at Fernando Ruiz Hierro Complex that had been abandoned and, thus, to improve the entire complex. The project area includes an old outdoor swimming pool, a football ground, the existing padel courts and the surrounding area.
Collaborators: Guillermo Mateos Frutos. Arquitecto Técnico, Juan Francisco Mata Díaz. Estructuras, Antonio de la Herranz. Instalaciones Francisco Jesús Camacho Gómez. Arquitecto Claudia Muñoz Núñez. Arquitecto Alejandro Reina López. Arquitecto
The time and the use is the main demand of the project: the building has to absorb a great variety of functions. The first floor, level in which you can access through the public staircase, it is conceive to develop many activities, from a leisure space to a second housing or an office space.