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Zalmplaat School Rotterdam in Netherlands by diederendirrix

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Article source: diederendirrix 

In the design of the new Zalmplaat School, the expressive and soft building volume is equipped with two floors with rounded corners, creating an all-round soft shape. Colourful letters and strips in combination with wavy movements of the frontage make a characteristic and expressive building; a school with a familiar yet personal and distinctive expression, recognisable for the children, teachers and neighbourhood.

Image Courtesy © diederendirrix

  • Architects: diederendirrix
  • Project: Zalmplaat School Rotterdam
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

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POLYTOPO / Apartment renovation strategy in Athens, Greece by Z-level

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Article source: Z-level

POLYTOPO is a low-cost intervention proposal to the interior of “polykatoikia” apartments in Greece, based on a new construction system aiming at upgrading devalued properties.

Image Courtesy © Charalampos Louizidis

  • Architects: Z-level
  • Project: POLYTOPO / Apartment renovation strategy
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Photography: Charalampos Louizidis
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 60 sq.m.
  • Completion Year: 2016

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Giacomo Zanella Primary School in Villafranca (VR), Italy by GDA officina di architettura

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: GDA officina di architettura 

The project area is located in the outskirts of Villafranca and Verona, between the urban core and the agricultural land.

The more distinctive presence is  the “strada della Rizza” around which is structured the small village Rizza,  that’s  a quite busy output axis of Verona.

The new building is designed as a reconstruction and expansion of a previously existing one  lying parallel to the “strada della Rizza”  and looks like an inhabited wall that protects the school from the nearby road. For this reason, it present a 3,5m high basement in concrete without any window that look like an infrastructure’s construction.

Image Courtesy © Nicolo Galeazzi

  • Architects: GDA officina di architettura
  • Project: Giacomo Zanella Primary School
  • Location: Villafranca (VR), Italy
  • Photography: Nicolo Galeazzi
  • Architectural Design, Coordination, Construction Supervision: arch. Giulia de Appolonia
  • Infrastructure – Safety: Tesis srl/ Planex srl
  • Structural design: H&B srl/ ing.F. Palmieri
  • Costs: 2.200.000 €
  • Dimension: 2100 mq ( 1200m2 renovation  – 900m2 expansion)
  • Schedule: Project 2014-2015 – Construction 2014-2016

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Expansion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Canada by OMA

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: OMA

The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion—the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec’s fourth building is interconnected yet disparate—is a subtly ambitious, even stealthy, addition to the city. Rather than creating an iconic imposition, it forms new links between the park and the city, and brings coherence to the MNBAQ.

Image Courtesy © OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: Expansion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
  • Location: Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Québec City, Canada
  • Status: Competition 2010. Completion: June 2016

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Keukenhof in Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: Mecanoo architecten 

Keukenhof finally has a proper main entrance. Mecanoo designed an elegant gatehouse to welcome the large flows of, mainly international, visitors to the world famous gardens. A striking timber roof leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The stepped roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles provides shelter, whilst creating an ever-changing play of light and shadow.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

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The Itapuã House in Salvador Bahia, Brazil by ESTUDIOFAROL – Arquitetura, design e urbanismo

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: ESTUDIOFAROL – Arquitetura, design e urbanismo

Located on a small cross street to Dorival Caymmi Avenue in Itapuã, the house that bears the same name as the fascinating neighborhood of Salvador was born by the necessity of the owner to live and work in the same place. The house holder, Dj and company owner that provides physical structure for small and medium events, wanted above all a practical residence, durable and easy to maintain.

Image Courtesy © Exídio Correia

  • Architects: ESTUDIOFAROL – Arquitetura, design e urbanismo
  • Project: The Itapuã House
  • Location: Salvador Bahia, Brazil
  • Photography: Exídio Correia
  • Partners: Carolina Gabrieli e Fagner Novaes
  • Collaborator Architect: Carolina Carvallo
  • Consulting: Eng. Eduardo Costa
  • Struct Engineer: A5 engineering
  • Builder: Gurgel and Castro engineering
  • Construction area: 200,00 m²
  • Building area: 90,00 m²

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Swatch Group Office in Saket, New Delhi by Ultraconfidentiel Design

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: Ultraconfidentiel Design

Amaury Watine along with his design team, have recently completed the renovation of a 2 leveled office in the depths of Saket, New Delhi.

Designed for a prestigious company as Swatch Group (7000 Sq.ft) , the existing was re planned with the view of housing 50-70 persons with an emphasis on spacious look and feel and of course efficiency.

Image Courtesy © Ultraconfidentiel Design

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Richmond Olympic Oval in Virginia by CannonDesign

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: CannonDesign 

Visionary Legacy Olympic Venue Catalyzes Urban Redevelopment  City of Richmond, Richmond Olympic Oval .

The signature venue for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, the  Richmond Olympic Oval is the first Olympic speed-skating facility ever  designed for long-term use. The building spurred the creation of a new  urban waterfront neighborhood in Richmond, BC and continues to nourish  and support it.

Image Courtesy © CannonDesign

  • Architects: CannonDesign 
  • Project: Richmond Olympic Oval
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia

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Huafa & City Hub Wuhan Sales Center in Hubei Province, China by Shenzhen Rongor Design & Consultant Co., Ltd

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: Shenzhen Rongor Design & Consultant Co., Ltd 

With Guqin, Yu Boya met Zhong Ziqi, the only one who can understand his music;

With poems, Li Bai, a great poet in the Tang Dynasty, met Du Fu, another renowned poet;

So when the project developed by Huafa & City Hub lands in Wuhan’s CBD, in which way should it meet Wuhan?

Image Courtesy © JING Xu-Feng

Refurbishment of a country house in Barcelona, Spain by ARQUITECTURA-G

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: ARQUITECTURA-G 

The land where we intervene is a flat and elongated plot of 7.000m2 in the outskirts of Santa Margarida de Montbui. The plot initially had a building for agricultural use in a state of ruin that we were asked to transform into a single-family housing. The building regulations, according to which the pre-existing construction was considered as a farmhouse despite of being just a hut with fibrocement rooftop, didn´t allow any modification in terms of volumetrics and façade openings.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

  • Architects: ARQUITECTURA-G
  • Project: Refurbishment of a country house
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Refurbished area: 200m²
  • Year of completion: 2016

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