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SETEC International office Building extension to a Jean Prouvé office Existing Building in Vitrolles, France by Series et Series

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Article source: Series et Series

The headquarter of the International SETEC, located in Vitrolles in the south of France, formerly EPAREB (Etablissement Public d’Aménagement des Rives de l’Etang de Berre) was built in several phases. Firstly, in the 70s, Jean Prouvé implemented “Petroff system” developing a three-dimensional structural steel sheet and plexiglass panels on the front. This device would allow to cover a large area without increasing the bearing points, which in turn was covered by aluminium stiffeners attached to the work front.

Image Courtesy Series et Series

  • Architects: Series et Series
  • Project: SETEC International office Building extension to a Jean Prouvé office Existing Building
  • Location: 5 chemin des gorges de Cabriès 13127 Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône) / France
  • Client: SCI Inter Bureaux
  • Project Management: SÉRIÈS ET SÉRIÈS architects
  • Type: 10 Bureaux + Archives
  • Area: 160m2
  • Date: Delivery February 2012
  • Budget: 330 000€ HT.
  • Photos Credits: © Series et Series


Hannibal Road Gardens in Stepney, London by Peter Barber Architects

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Article source: Peter Barber Architects

Hannibal Road Gardens is social housing project set around a community garden in Stepney. The proposal replaces a problematic strip of garages and creates a fourth side to a square within an existing housing estate with 3 slab blocks forming the other sides.

Image Courtesy Peter Barber Architects

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Competition Entry in Japan by Andrea Maffei Architects

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: Andrea Maffei Architects

The competition for the New Tokyo National Stadium which began in July and ended in September 2012 asked for a proposal for the 2020 Olympic Games. We made a design whose intention was to allow people to feel very close to the activity within, to the athletes and football players, to the exciting atmosphere in which the spectator is involved directly in the games. At the same time we also wanted to design a space which was flexible, that could accommodate the wide range of sports intended for this kind of building, by focusing specifically on circulation that would make movement easy and fluid. In front of the large stadium area there is a main public space that creates a new Festival Sport Plaza, whose roof protects people from rain and provides shadow in the hot summer months. The space was intended to be used for exterior and extraneous events like concerts, oobon parties, political campaigns, small sporting activities, fairs, and many others.

Image Courtesy via Venti Settembre

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Project: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Competition Entry
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program: Olympic Stadium – 2020 Olympic Games
  • Client: Japan Sports Council
  • Competition Dates: July – September 2012
  • Architecture Project: Andrea Maffei
  • Design Team: Takeshi Miura, Alessandra De Stefani, Takatoshi Oki, Roberto Balduzzi, Paolo Evolvi, Stefano Bergagna, Pietro Bertozzi, Chiara Zandri / Andrea Maffei Architects
  • Associate Architect: Hiroshi Yoshino, Mitsuyoshi Miyazaki / Yoshino Hiroshi Architect Office structures prof. Massimo Majowiecki / Studio Tecnico Majowiecki
  • Mechanical Systems: Kankyo-Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Total Area: 301.215 sqm
  • Capacity: 90.000 seats
  • Cost Estimation: US$ 1,300,000
  • Image: via Venti Settembre


LA Maison DU Boise in Montréal, Canada by Gestion Rene Desjardins

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: Gestion Rene Desjardins 

Once they had chosen a wooded site, the mandate was to create a house that would specifically address the children’s well-being. From there, the mother was interested in colour and the father wanted a design that would last “indefinitely”. As for the style, they agreed it would be modern but “not minimalist”.

Image Courtesy Gestion Rene Desjardins


Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa, Canada by PLANT Architect Inc. in collaboration with Douglas Coupland

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: PLANT Architect Inc.

The Canadian Firefighters Memorial officially opened on September 9, in Ottawa. Located at the site of the capital’s devastating fire of 1900, this urban-planning memorial ensemble was collaboratively designed by PLANT Architect Inc. and Canadian visual artist and novelist Douglas Coupland. The team won the national competition hosted by the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) and the National Capital Commission (NCC) in 2010.

Image Courtesy © PLANT Architect Inc.

  • Architects: PLANT Architect Inc. in collaboration with Douglas Coupland
  • Project:Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  • Location: Ottawa, Canada
  • Client: Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) in collaboration with National Capital Commission (NCC)
  • Photographer: Steven Evans | Linda Matta | © PLANT Architect Inc.
  • Project manager: Mary Tremain, Partner, PLANT Architect Inc., GB Associates
  • Design team: PLANT Architect Inc. — Mary Tremain, Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer (Partners; Architects) | Vanessa Eickhoff (Associate; Landscape Architect; OALA) | Suzanne Ernst | Jeremy McGregor
  • Collaborators: Douglas Coupland (Artist)
  • Engineers:
    • Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd. (Structural Engineering)
    • Novatech Engineering Consultants Ltd. (Civil Engineering)
    • Goodkey Weedmark and Associates Ltd. (Electrical Engineering)
    • A.W. Hooker Associates Ltd. (Quantity Surveyor)
  • Contractor: Prestige Design & Construction Ltd.
  • Lighting design: Suzanne Powadiuk Design Inc.
  • Surface: 3,000 m2
  • Project end date: September 2012
  • Software used: For the main design, used VectorWorks, Sketch-Up, and Photoshop softwares. The overall wall design was done in VectorWorks. Detailed type design was done in Indesign and Adobe Illustrator.


Design Of Blue Communications’ Office Space in Montreal, Canada

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: Anne Sophie Goneau

The task was to create a new office space for BLUE Communications, an interactive agency based in Montreal. Founded in 1998, the company specializes in web development, branding, content creation, ecommerce, social media, mobile apps and databases. Their 2750 sq.ft. corporate space is located in Montreal, on the 8th floor of the Carrefour d’Innovation INGO, previously serving as the brewing tower of the famous Dow Brewery.

Image Courtesy Stéphane Groleau

  • Architects: Jean Guy Chabauty and Anne Sophie Goneau
  • Project: Design Of Blue Communications’ Office Space
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Software used: plans using Autocad but the design was first made by hand sketching and drawings.


Inspiration Hotel in Albufera de Valencia, Spain by paul dieterlen architecture+estudio ruiz boluda

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: paul dieterlen architecture+estudio ruiz boluda

NATURE. Source of inspiration 

Since the beginning of times, nature has been a continuous source of inspiration, from the simplest of forms to the most complex ones, it has been a reference for all the artistic disciplines that have tried to imitate it, abstract it or simply tried to freely interpret it.

Interior Ring : Image Courtesy José Asensio

  • Architects: paul dieterlen architecture+estudio ruiz boluda
  • Project: Inspiration Hotel
  • Location: Albufera de Valencia, Spain
  • Photography: José Asensio
  • Authors: Jorge Ruiz Boluda, Architect, Agustín Durá Herrero, Architect, Paul Dieterlen, Architect
  • Colaborator: José Asensio, photograph

Design The Installation Of The Lounge and the space dressing of La Cinémathèque québécoise for RIDM in Montreal, Canada by La firme, Baillat Bardell & Fils and XYZ technologie culturelle

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: XYZ Technologie Culturelle

LA FIRME, in collaboration with Baillat Cardell & Fils and XYZ Technologie Culturelle, was handed the mandate to design the installation of the lounge and the space dressing of La Cinémathèque québécoise, which will host from November 7 to 18, 2012 the Montreal International Documentary Festival.

Image Courtesy Emily Gan


Boffi Studio Montreal in Canada by Boffi

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: Boffi

Boffi, a world leader in high-end kitchens and bathrooms, as well as its most recent addition, storage systems, in 2010, announces the Montreal opening of Boffi Studio Montreal, its first mono-brand showroom in Canada.“It is the only space of this type devoted exclusively to showcasing the products of the internationally distributed company,” notes Giancarlo Bonaldi, co-owner of Boffi Studio Montreal.. “Boffi is renowned for its aesthetic research, quality manufacturing, and technical innovation, resulting in a unique design philosophy and trademark products.

Image Courtesy Boffi

  • Architects: Boffi
  • Project: Boffi Studio Montreal
  • Location: Montreal, Canada


Mandai Courtyard House in Mandai, Singapore by Atelier M+A

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: Atelier M+A

Setting amidst the nature reserve that bounds the Upper Seletar reservoir, the bungalow at Mandai area is bestowed with the serenity and repose rarely found in the island of buzzling Singapore.

In the island where every inch of land is dear, the owner’s brief for a single-storey bungalow house is unusual, and reflects a nonchalant attitude towards the mainstream practice of maximising the allowable buildable area granted by the authority.

Image Courtesy Robert Such

  • Architects: Atelier M+A
  • Project: Mandai Courtyard House
  • Location: Mandai, Singapore
  • Photography: Robert Such
  • Project Team: Masaki Harimoto, Ng Ai Hwa
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Site Area: 572 sqm
  • Built Area: 268 sqm


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