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Prague National Gallery Entrance Hall in Hradcanske Square, Prague, Czech Republic by Mateo Arquitectura

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Mateo Arquitectura

In the grounds of Prague Castle, among various palaces currently reused to house the National Gallery, the brief was to design a small building that provides an entrance to the museum complex. Two parallel surfaces organize what used to be an empty space without weighing it down: one forms the floor, the other the roof.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

  • Architects: Mateo Arquitectura
  • Project: Prague National Gallery Entrance Hall
  • Location: Hradcanske Square, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Adrià Goula
  • Author: Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Client: National Gallery of Czech Republic
  • Site: Salm Palace, Hradcanske Square, Prague
  • Project: 2004
  • Construction: 2009 – 2012
  • Surface: 1.500 m2
  • Structural Engineering: Agustí Obiol – BOMA
  • Landscaping: Manuel Colominas
  • Installations Engineering: Grupo JG
  • Fire Protection: Francesc Labastida


Secondary school “9th October” in Carlet (Valencia), Spain by García Floquet Arquitectos

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: García Floquet Arquitectos

The expansion of secondary and professional school “9 d’Octubre de Carlet” (Valencia) is proposed as an opportunity to restructure an existing system and to rethink about relationship between the new building/s and the landscape, a privileged agricultural environment. The project is mainly based in economy of means and in effective use of space freed by the initial constructions.

Image courtesy García Floquet Arquitectos 

  • Architects: García Floquet Arquitectos
  • Project: Secondary school “9th October” in Carlet
  • Location: Carlet, Valencia, Spain
  • Design year: 2008
  • Construction years: 2010 – 2011
  • Area: 2.109,50 m2
  • Surveyor: Eduardo Ferrer Domenech
  • Contractor: ARCION construcciones S.A..
  • Client: CIEGSA (Construcciones e Infraestructuras Educativas de la Generalidad Valenciana)
  • Building services: Valnu s.l.

A Gateway to Petra in Wadi Musa, Jordan by Maisam Architects And Engineers

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Maisam Architects And Engineers

The city of Petra, one of the seven wonders of the word, is the foremost historical and archeological city in the region, carved out of the red-rose rocks, as the capital of the Nabataeans. ‘Wadi Musa’ town situated at the entrance of the old city has unfortunately gone through periods of terrible urbanism and witnessed uncontrolled development sprawl for years. Within this context the brief was to design a gate that streamlines the movement of visitors in and out of Petra.The challenge was in designing at a location that is chaotic in its setting; due to the lack of planning, The haphazardly placed kiosks and the scattered buildings which consist of a hotel, a visitor’s center and a proposed museum, components that are rich however, not connected visually nor physically on site, All positioned Next to a neglected Wadi (valley) that lost its character.

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One Home For All the Homeless by Andjela Karabasevic

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Andjela Karabasevic

This project envisions one mega structure  that will house all the homeless people on our planet. It spreads continuously through  the cities, fields and waters, only facilitating bare living necessities, and significantly increasing life quality in general, and therefore the overall rate of productivity.

Image courtesy Andjela Karabasevic 

  • Architects: Andjela Karabasevic
  • Project: One Home For All the Homeless
  • Year: 2013
  • Status: Competition
  • Award: D3 Housing Tomorrow 2013 – SPECIAL MENTION – dystopian vision

Citta Italia in China & Italy by MDU architetti

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: MDU architetti

China, Italy … A history of  continuous  connections between the two nations that started in the XIII century  from the voyage of Marco Polo with his masterpiece: “il Milione”.
A narration of the encounter of two millenary cultures.
The project for the Italian Trade Center “I Principi d’Italia”  looks for the architectural expression of this historical encounter. From a conceptual point of view the project is a narration, the narration of a voyage between China and Italy and so, of the encounter of the eastern and  the western culture.

Image courtesy mdu architetti

  • Architects: MDU architetti
  • Project: CITTA’ ITALIA
  • Location: China & Italy
  • Program: trade center, office tower, residential tower
  • Client: Xu Quiu Lin_Giulin Group Branch
  • Team: Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini
  • Collaborators: Michele Fiesoli, David Bigiarini, Nico Fedi, Eugenio Salvetti, Dante Vinciguerra
  • Sustainable architecture: Sabrina Borgianni
  • Local partner: Design Institute Zhe Jiang Jing Jian
  • Dimentions: gross area: 47.000 sqm, volume: 345.000 cubic metres
  • Materials: bronze glass facade, steel frame
  • Schedule:
    design: 2008 – 2009
    ground breaking: 2010
    completion: in progress
  • Building cost: confidential
  • Software used: AutoCAD LT

Villa R 05 in Eze, France by 2&1

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: 2&1

Construction of 2 twins villas on the hills of Eze ( near Monaco ), FRANCE.
There are 4 levels of each villa :

  • Lvl1 : Private garage ( common for both villas )
  • Lvl2 : Bedrooms ( and private bathroom )
  • Lvl3 : Open space with living room / dining room / kitchen and the \”wc block\” ( partition wall in wood )
  • Lvl4 : Roof top with summer kitchen

The interior design is minimalist in order to enhance the structural elements.

Image courtesy 2&1

  • Architects: 2&1
  • Project: Villa R 05
  • Location: Eze, France
  • Schedule: Work in progress – 2013
  • Area: 1900m² – 660m² habitable
  • Software used: For plans, Autocad, and for 3d, it’s 3ds Max with Vray

Tetris, Social Housing And Artist Studios in Paris, France by Moussafir Architectes

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Moussafir Architectes

The project is part of a larger urban program aimed at regenerating underprivileged neighborhoods in Northern Paris. The action plan developed in close cooperation between the city, the local associations and the landlord included new and refurbished low-rent housing, as well as studios for artists and musicians.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: Moussafir Architectes
  • Project: Tetris, Social Housing And Artist Studios
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly
  • Design team: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy (architect project manager)
  • Engineering:  SIBAT
  • Contractors: SRC
  • Client: SIEMP (Société Immobilière à Economie Mixte de la Ville de Paris)
  • Tenure (rent, purchase): low cost and very low cost apartment rental
  • Site area: 449 m2 (132 m2 + 106 m2 + 211 m2)
  • Building footprint: 293 m2 (79 m2 + 64 m2 + 150 m2)
  • Total Gross Floor area: 794 m2 (218 m2 + 189 m2 + 387 m2)
  • Usage: housing 86% (9 apartments), artist studios 14% (3 artist studios)
  • Total number of dwellings:
    1-bedroom apartments: 2
    2-bedroom apartments: 5
    3-bedroom apartments: 2
  • Cost: 1.460.000 € excluding VAT (as of 2008)
  • Design phase: August 2004 – July 2006
  • Demolition: January – March 2008
  • Construction: November 2008 – June 2010
  • Materials: concrete masonry, plaster, lime stucco, wood
  • Software used: Autocad for the 2D drawings and Autocad or Sketchup for the 3D


Human Bridge in Lea Valley, UK by Edgley Design

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Edgley Design

The veins and arteries of London’s infrastructure networks are exposed across the industrial wastelands of the Lea Valley in East London, dividing and fragmenting the landscape, creating splinters of dislocated, inaccessible gap space.

Image Courtesy Edgley Design

  • Architects: Edgley Design
  • Project: Human Bridge
  • Location: Lea Valley, UK


Bungalow / P / in Szczecin, Poland by Studio SODA

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Studio SODA

One-storey residential building designed for a narrow lot. Usable floor area 175 m2.

Image courtesy Studio SODA 

  • Architects: Studio SODA
  • Project: Bungalow / P /
  • Location: Szczecin, Poland

Luca Beghini Restaurant in Sommacampagna, Italy by Filippo Bricolo

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Filippo Bricolo

The project involved the renovation of an existing restaurant in Sommacampagna, a town located on the moraine hills between Lake Garda and Verona. The restaurant, opened in 2013, is characterized by a few simple elements: the use of poor materials such as wood and iron, the division into different spatial units with architectural volumes with a strong identity, the use of black color, the careful study of light.

Image courtesy Filippo Bricolo 

  • Architects: Filippo Bricolo
  • Project: Luca Beghini Restaurant
  • Location: Sommacampagna, Italy
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