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Pit House in Okayama Prefecture, Japan by UID Architects

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: UID Architects

The house positions itself in Okayama Prefecture near Seto Inland Sea. The site is located on a terraced mountain hill that was developed as a residential land. The family is consisted of a married couple and a child. We considered a new way of architecture on the site condition, where views are open towards the north and the ground level is one meter higher than the road level.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

  • Architects: UID Architects (Keisuke Maeda)
  • Project: Pit House
  • Location: Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Consultants: Konishi Structural Engineers – Yasutaka Konishi, Takeshi Kaneko, structural; Toshiya Ogino Environment Design Office – Toshiya Ogino
  • General contractor: Nakamura Construction Co.Ltd.
  • Structural system: steel structure
  • Used materials: Exterior: ceder plate,wood protection paont,
  • Interior: structual plywood,exposed concrete,wood protection paint,cherry flooring
  • Site area: 232.12
  • Built area: 115.32
  • Total floor area: 116.66
  • Date of completion: Octorber, 2011
  • Photography credits: Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.


Minimal Apartment Renovation in Lisbon, Portugal by Marco Arraiolos

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Marco Arraiolos

The intervention has as its object an apartment from the beginning of the twentieth century, of typology characteristic of yield buildings in Lisbon at this time, and kept to date in its original state. Oriented East / West, with great depth and enclosures arranged sequentially along corridor, most of these being illuminated from an interior courtyard.

Image Courtesy Joao Morgado - Architectural Photography

  • Architects: Marco Arraiolos
  • Project: Minimal Apartment Renovation in Lisbon
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: Joao Morgado – Architectural Photography


House in Tamatsu, Osaka by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

The house is designed for 4 members of a family with two kids. The house is placed at urban district and a small plot of only 43.21sqm in Osaka, Japan. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony.

Image Courtesy Yohei Sasakura

  • Architects: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio
  • Project: House in Tamatsu
  • Location: Tamatsu, Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Yohei Sasakura
  • Use: residence
  • Site: Osaka, Japan
  • Design Period: March. 2011 – February. 2012
  • Construction period: March. 2012 – July. 2012
  • Structural Engineer: Masakazu Taguchi / Taguchi Atelier Planning Structure
  • Structure System: Timber construction
  • Total Floor Area: 94.46 sqm.
  • Building Area: 32.75 sqm.
  • Plot Area: 43.21sqm.
  • Building Scale: 3 storeys


ZAJC Showroom and Production Hall in Poznań, Poland by IPNOTIC Architecture

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: IPNOTIC Architecture

ZAJC ( is one of the fastest growing brands in the kitchen design and production fields. The headquarter and the showroom were intended to became company’s representational place.  Architecture of the showroom refer to the ZAJC’ philosophy, which is high attention to aesthetics and detail.

Image Courtesy Norbert Banaszyk

  • Architects: IPNOTIC Architecture
  • Project: ZAJC Showroom and Production Hall
  • Location: Poznań, Poland
  • Photographers: Norbert Banaszyk, Fotoarchitektura


White makes me happy! in Mito, Japan by Kazukimoridesign

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Kazukimoridesign

Japanese designer KAZUKIMORIDESIGN has completed interior design for dress shop. This dress shop in Mito of Ibaraki, Japan.
In the presentation, we present the design from the first copy. “ White makes me happy! ”

I made a white cube that can be felt uniformly white in any position which dress. Lighting plan is set to daylight white floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture, I was selected material with a sense of texture, yet in all white.

Image Courtesy kazukimoridesign

  • Architects: Kazukimoridesign
  • Project: White makes me happy!
  • Location: Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • Designed by: Kazukimoridesign
  • Site: Mito, JPN
  • Principal Use: Dress shop
  • Room Area: 107.15m²
  • Completion: Aug. 2012


Ballyroan Parish Centre in Dublin, Ireland by Box Architecture

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Box Architecture

The client, South Dublin County Council, approached our office to refurbish and extend the existing library of Marian Road in Ballyroan, Rathfarnham in 2006. The brief expanded and, as part of the project, we were asked to look at refurbishing the existing community centre, which was in need of upgrading to modern space and environmental standards. It became quite evident early on that the extent of area required for the pastoral element was too large and a separate building was required.

Timber elements mark the transition between openness and enclosure : Image Courtesy Paul Tierney

  • Architects: Box Architecture
  • Project: Ballyroan Parish Centre
  • Location: Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland
  • Photography: Paul Tierney
  • Design Team: Gary Mongey, Ashlene Ross, Terry Murphy
  • Software used: Revit


Water Pavilion Siegen in Germany by Ian Shaw Architekten

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Article source: Ian Shaw Architekten

The pavilion’s dramatic planar form articulates an assured, yet subtle compression of space, framing views of the lake and the local topography. The building’s tectonic rigour is palpable, its seemingly gravity defying configuration enabling the floor plate and ceiling to cantilever some 6m beyond the lakeshore.

Image Courtesy Felix Krumbholz

  • Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten
  • Project: Water Pavilion Siegen
  • Location: Siegen, Germany
  • Photography: Felix Krumbholz


Haileybury Astana School in Astana, Kazakistan by Cinici Architects

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Article source: Cinici Architects

Haileybury, one of the Britain’s oldest and most prestigious independent boarding schools, has its Astana Campus situated on a 12 hectares site, with 20 000 m2 closed area. There were three challenges while developing the design idea of this campus: the vast and flat layout of the city, the complexity of the programme and the climatic conditions. The challenge of complexity aroused its counterpart, simplicity, as the main design strategy.

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

  • Architects: Cinici Architects 
  • Project: Haileybury Astana School
  • Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Photography: Cemal Emden
  • Project Date: 2009 – 2010
  • Construction Date:  2010 – 2011 (1st Phase)
  • Client: Capital Partners
  • Project Management: Mert Gokturk
  • Civil Engineer: Fonksiyon Muhendislik – Atilla Caydamlı
  • Mechanical: Okutan Mühendislik – Mehmet Okutan
  • Electrical: Aykar Mühendislik – Mehmet Karadurak
  • Landscape Architecture: DS Mimarlik – Deniz Aslan
  • Acoustic Consultant: Sey Muhendislik – Yıldız Sey
  • Total construction area: 20 500 m2( 1 phase)
  • Construction type: ReinforcedConcrete + Steel Construction


Sixty Colborne Presentation Centre in Toronto, Canada by Johnson Chou Inc.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Article source: Johnson Chou Inc.

Sixty Colborne is a 3,300 SF condominium presentation centre comprised of a sales area and a model suite created for Freed Developments and located in the St. Lawrence historical district of downtown Toronto.

Design Concept:

To create a building of paradoxes much like it’s site: a building of simple form juxtaposed against a context of a cacophony of form, detail and colour; to create a building passive by day and active at night; direct access from exterior yet complex interior movement and parti.

Image Courtesy Johnson Chou Inc.

  • Architects: Johnson Chou Inc.
  • Project: Sixty Colborne Presentation Centre
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Project Team: Silke Stadtmueller, Anne Ehlers, Shant Krichelian, Johnson Chou
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Started: November 2011
  • Completed: May 2012
  • Software used: AutoCad, Sketchup for renderings


The New Gerngross in Vienna, Austria by LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH

The design concept for the renovation of the interior of the department store followed one main principle: the central atrium should become the store’s new nucleus and the central orientation point of the building because this is where the horizontal and vertical visual axes and the main building access are united.

Image Courtesy Bruno-Klomfar


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