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El abrazo in Madrid, Spain by estudio UNTERCIO

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Article source: estudio UNTERCIO

“El abrazo” bets on making compatible housing units quality and urban fabric. In order to improve the relation with the city, decision was made in reducing building scale, searching for a friendlier appearance. For achieving this, instead of the linear block (9 storey + recessed penthouse) proposed by planning, a lower and broken up building was designed. The benefits of this gesture with regard to the linear block is that this way the house faces more orientations achieving both better urban scale and, from the inner perspective, better air circulation and natural lighting.

Image Courtesy estudio UNTERCIO 

  • Architects: estudio UNTERCIO
  • Project: El abrazo
  • Location: Ecobarrio, Puente de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
  • Client: EMVS (Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Madrid)
  • Program: 104 apartments (social Dwellings., 104 underground parking places., 60 sqm  of communal space on ground floor. Shared space for the neighbours.
  • Site Area: 2010 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 13.414,68 sqm
  • Landscape Area: 1646 sqm
  • Architects: Miguel Herráiz Gómez, Mauro Iván Bravo Hernández, Marina del Mármol Peces, Daniel Bergman Vázquez
  • Building Engineer: Alfonso Sáenz García

Google Tel Aviv in Israel by Camenzind Evolution

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: Camenzind Evolution

At the end of December 2012, Google Israel has opened its spectacular new 8’000 m2 offices in Tel Aviv for their ever growing teams of engineers, sales and marketing. Designed by Swiss Design Team Camenzind Evolution, in collaboration with Israeli Design Teams Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal, the new Google office now occupies 8 floors in the prestigious Electra Tower in Central Tel Aviv, with breath taking views across the whole city and the sea.

Image Courtesy © Itay Sikolski 

  • Architects: Camenzind Evolution
  • Project: Google Tel Aviv
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Photography: Itay Sikolski
  • Floor Area: 8’000 m2
  • Completion: End of December 2012
  • Number of Workstations: 490

Paddenstoelenhuis in Berghem, The Netherlands by Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

The ‘Paddenstoelenhuis’ is an information centre where you can learn all about mushrooms. From here guided tours are organized to the mushroom plantation. The building is nicely located in the countryside and can be rented as location for meetings and culinary workshops. The building is designed around a multifunctional hall. Entrance, office, kitchen and meeting room are attached to the central hall.

Image Courtesy © Stijn Poelstra

  • Architects: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
  • Project: Paddenstoelenhuis
  • Location: Achterschaijkstraat 16, 5351 NB, Berghem, the Netherlands
  • Photography: Roel Backaert, Stijn Poelstra
  • Client: Champignonkwekerij van de Vorle
  • Area: 150 m2
  • Cost: €250.000,-
  • Completion: November 2012
  • Program: Mushroom Information Centre
  • Special feature: Concrete brick with marble granulate, cut in half under an angle.
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Cotacachi House in Imbabura, Ecuador by Arquitectura X

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: Arquitectura X

A couple from the Caribbean seek retreat amid the northern Andes in a small town, two hours north of Quito, an orchard site in a valley 2470 meters above sea level, between the Imbabura and Cotacachi mountains, to the east and west respectively. The couple needs a design proposal in 4 days before going home, or they will sell the site: we have to design a house without knowing the site and after meeting the couple for two hours.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo 

  • Architects: Arquitectura X
  • Project: Cotacachi House
  • Location: Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador
  • Photography: Sebastián Crespo
  • Construction photographs: Adrian Moreno
  • Project dates: 2009 – 2010
  • Construction dates: 2010 – 2012
  • Built area: 378 m2
  • Site area: 6640 m2
  • Structural engineer: Pedro Caicedo
  • Electrical engineer: Pedro Freile
  • Services engineer: Raúl Cueva

VALLECAS 47 in Madrid, Spain by Estudio UNTERCIO

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: Estudio UNTERCIO

We tried to imagine, all of us together, a dwelling in which we would like to live. Bright and open to meet with friends some of us said, intimate and in semidarkness, the laziest ones replied. A dwelling with a multiple personality. One that would be able to react to the changing seasons. One that would open itself to two different environments; on one side, a street belonging to a new urban development, but close to the urban life of Vallecas Village, and on the other side, a bounded and safe courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute 

  • Architects: Estudio UNTERCIO
  • Project: VALLECAS 47 ( social housing)
  • Location: Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Client: EMVS (Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Madrid)
  • Program: 46 apartments, 20 m2retail and commercial espace, 47 underground parking places
  • Site Area: 1400m2
  • Architect: Miguel Herráiz Gómez, Mauro Iván Bravo Hernández, Marina del Mármol Peces, Daniel Bergman Vázquez, Michael Becker
  • Building Engineer: Alfonso Sáenz García
  • Contractor: Structure FERCABER, Building envelope DRAGADOS
  • Another Technicians Involved:
    Building facilities: SP arquitectura e ingeniería.
    Structures engineering: Mecanismo diseño y cálculo de estructuras S.L.
    Telecommunication engineering: Ramón Francia Castillo, Ingeniero de Telecomunicaciones.

Downtown in El Zocalo, Mexico by Cherem Arquitectos

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: Cherem Arquitectos

Located near ‘ El Zocalo’, right in the heart of the old city where the Aztecs first settled and afterwards the Spaniards built churches and palaces using the existing stones that were part of the Aztec pyramids. “Downtown” is settled on a magnificent palace, witness of the XVII century architecture. Known as the “Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle”, the red volcanic rock walls, the multiple doors, window quarry frames and the handmade cement tiles, along with the glorious patios and a spectacular stone-forge staircase provide the building the unique flavor of the Mexican vice regal style.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro 

  • Architects: Cherem Arquitectos
  • Project: Downtown
  • Location: El Zocalo, Mexico
  • Photography: Jaime Navarro

JL House in Braga, Portugal by Arquitetura.501

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: Arquitetura.501

Located in a small village near Vila Nova de Famalicão city, the “J.L House.” organizes itself from two functional volumes – the social and the private ones. The design in L shape overcomes from its functional program , the framework with the surrounding landscape and most of all the excellent solar orientation.

Image Courtesy Arquitetura.501 

  • Architects: Arquitetura.501
  • Project: JL House
  • Location: Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, Portugal
  • Area of land: 1014 sqm
  • Construction area: 323 sqm
  • Year of construction: 2012
  • Architecture Team: Hernâni Sá, Cristina Oliveira
  • Engeneering: Traço de Concepção, Lda
  • Constructor: Albersil, Lda
  • Photography: Arquitetura.501

Microsoft Milan in Italy by Flores Prats Arquitectos

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Article source: Flores Prats Arquitectos

In 2007 Microsoft Italia chose to establish its headquarters in a rural landscape characterized by the seasonally shifting pattern of agricultural production. The proposal focused on the condition of agricultural fringe, an opportunity to create a transition; to create a meeting point between two technologies, working the fields and working with computers. These two realms of technology develop in parallel, with neither prevailing over the other.

Image Courtesy Flores Prats Arquitectos 

  • Architects: Flores Prats Arquitectos
  • Project: Microsoft Milan
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: Enzo Barraco, Filippo Romano, Filippo Abrami
  • Situation: Peschiera Borromeo, Milan, Italia.
  • Project: August 2007- August 2008.
  • Construction: December 2008 – August 2011.
  • Promoter: Microsoft Italia + Vitali Spa.
  • Architecture and Landscape: Flores & Prats, Barcelona.
  • Engineer: Studio MPartner Srl, Milan;
  • Botanic Adviser: Luigino Pirola, Bérgamo
  • LEED Certification: Greenwich Srl
  • Interiors: ReValue, Milan.
  • Area: 150.000 m2 of plot.
  • Budget: 150.000.000 euros.
  • Program: Campus for Microsoft Italia. Offices and services 45.260m2; Auditorium for 400 people, 2.560m2; Kindergarten for 90 kids, 3.000m2; Underground Parking for 1000 cars, 26.500m2; Landscape 55.000m2.
  • Awards: First International Prize Dédalo-Minosse inVicenza, June 2011. LEED GOLD Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Software used: A combination of hand drawing with Computer Assisted Design

House of Would in Madrid, Spain by Elii

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Article source: Elii

This house is located in a 1,316 m2 sloping plot of land in the district of Pedrezuela,45 km north of Madrid. There is little to no vegetation in the section closest to the street, which nevertheless provides a good viewpoint on the surrounding lush natural landscape.

The building is made up of seven wooden-structure modules symmetrically identical surrounding a central court. Each module is dedicated to a different domestic situation, according to its functional needs. The modular structure, as well as the scale of the rooms allows the alteration of this functional logic, serving as a support for possible future layouts.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán 

  • Architects: Elii
  • Project: House of Would
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán (obra)
  • Team: Enrico Forestieri
  • Client: Isabel Rodríguez Hurtado
  • Surveyor: Samuel Escudero
  • Structures: Mecanismo S.L.
  • Mechanical: Nieves Plaza
  • Const. Company:  Dionisio Torralba Construcciones; Altermateria (Madera  estructural)
  • Model: elii – Enrico Forestieri, Blanca Macarrón, Sara Castellote, Iris Artemisa Espinosa, Lucía Usera
  • Size: 210,90m2
  • Construction Start Date: May 2011
  • Completion date: July 2012

Vilamarina Building in Barcelona, Spain by Batlle i Roig Arquitectes

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Article source: Batlle i Roig Arquitectes

The town of Viladecans is situated in the county of Baix Llobregat, in Barcelona province. Originally standing on the Barcelona road, now the C-245, running parallel to the coastline and communicating the towns on the left of the Llobregat delta with those along its edge, it followed a linear development until the 1950s, with the aim of connecting the town centre with those of nearby towns along the C-245.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia 

  • Architects: Batlle i Roig Arquitectes
  • Project: Vilamarina Building
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Architects: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig, Ricardo Sanahuja, Juan Manuel Sanahuja, architects
  • Collaborators: Cristina Maragall, Laura Quintana, Antonia Fernández, architects, Antonio Cortines, Oriol Vañó, Antonio Calvo, architects, Patricia Pino, architecture student, Oriol Marín, Jordi Gatell, technical architects, STATIC, Gerardo Rodríguez, engineer, structure, PGI Grup SL, installations, IDOM ingeniería y sistemas SA, Project Manager, L35 arquitectos, interior design of the shopping centre
  • Design date: 2003
  • Construction date: 2009
  • Client: SACRESA – METROVACESA
  • Contractor: Dwellings: OSHA-GUINOVART- FORCIMSA, Shopping centre: CONAVINSA
  • Area: 197,000 m2
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