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Wairau Valley House in Rapaura, New Zealand by Parsonson Architects

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Article source: Parsonson Architects

The property is located in the Wairau Valley, 10 minutes from Blenheim and close to the Wairau River as it snakes along the edge of the northern hills, a patterned rural landscape of farms, orchards and vineyards. The house has a strong connection to the land spatially and materially. There is a sense of encampment, where different interlinked pavilions offer different areas of occupation and Privacy or openness.  

Image Courtesy © Paul McCredie 

  • Architects: Parsonson Architects
  • Project: Wairau Valley House
  • Location: Rapaura, New Zealand
  • Photography: Paul McCredie

Ajax Beauty Salon in Osaka, Japan Yasunari Tsukada Design

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: Neoplus Sixten inc. 

We were commissioned to design the premises of a newly opened hair salon within a multi-tenant building located in Kyobashi, an old downtown area of Osaka. During our visit, we found the site to be a pleasant, well-lit space with many windows. The owner’s requirements were for “a styling space that brings sunlight into the interior while also hiding the exterior landscape from view.”

Photo courtesy of Yasunari Tsukada Design

  • Project: Ajax Beauty Salon
  • Location: Miyakojima-ku, Osaka, Japan 
  • Completion: 2010 February 
  • Built area: 74.80 square meters 
  • General Contractor: Tenshin Construction 
  • Wall: Steel Plate(laser cut), urethane resin paint 
  • Flooring: Mortar, White EP Paint, Epoxy resin paint 
  • Ceiling: Aluminum Plate(laser cut), urethane resin paint
  • Designer: Yasunari Tsukada

CDS Offices in Tokyo, Japan by BAKOKO Architects

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: BAKOKO Architects

Designing he Tokyo office of multinational recruitment specialists CDS was an opportunity to renew and maximize the value of their existing two-story premises. After appraising a full range of space use options, BAKOKO transformed the second floor into an efficient and modern workplace with a sleek and attractive facility for meetings and interviews below. The project was phased across the various floors of the building to mitigate disruption to the company’s day-to-day operations.

Image Courtesy BAKOKO Architects

  • Architects: BAKOKO Architects
  • Project: CDS Offices
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Software used: Sketchup and Draftsite

Life Pharmacy in Raab, Austria by [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH

The original (wooden) facade of tailoring striker was already in a very poor condition and a modern pharmacy is not appropriate, so decided tp3 architects to redesign the appearance. The new structure is a post and beam construction also brought to the stock. This allowed the existing steel columns unlocked and later facade insulation of the entire building to be prepared.

Image Courtesy [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH 

  • Architects: [tp3] architekten ZT GmbH
  • Project: Lebensapotheke / LifePharmacy
  • Location: Hauptstraße 62 Raab, 4760 Austria

Parkhill Competition Winning Proposal in Bratislava, Slovakia by Nice Architects

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: Nice Architects 

Imagine former site of old outdoor amphitheater virtually unsuitable for residential development. Terrain too steep for comfortable traffic, sloping northward preventing proper isolation  On the other hand it is offering spectacular views on Bratislava and proximity of one of the oldest park in Bratislava.

Image Courtesy Nice Architects 

  • Architects: Nice Architects
  • Project: Parkhill
  • Location: Budkova Cesta, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Project phase: Open urban design/architectural competition – Winner
  • Date: November 2012
  • Team: Tomáš Žáček, Soňa Pohlová, Igor Žáček + 2ka landscape architects

Luminous in Tokyo, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Jun Sakaguchi as a practice director of PTW Architects won a design competition for this small commercial block in Tokyo in 2006. Crowned with a penthouse rising above the 31m height limit but within the set-back line, it glows like finely cut jewellery. Most surrounding buildings are 31m high, so the penthouse enjoys open views from the timber deck terrace to the Tokyo Station area and further up to the Shinjuku district.

Image Courtesy © Tomohiro Sakashita 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Luminous
  • Location: Kodenma-cho, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tomohiro Sakashita
  • Type: Commercial
  • Software used: ArchiCad for rendering and AutoCAD for documentation

FFAT House in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal by Arquitectos Anónimos

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Arquitectos Anónimos

The seaside around the town centre of VN Gaia (the city where we made this project) is undergoing a violent residential occupation with the ensuing conversion of its nature state. The fragments regardless architecture have piled up in disorderly ‘suburbia’, hidden under a shapeless agglomeration of private houses.

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade 

  • Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos
  • Project: FFAT House
  • Location: Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal
  • Photography: Abel Andrade
  • Date: 2005-2007 
  • Building Type: Single housing – direct commission 
  • Built Area: 270m2 
  • Client: Fernando Afonso + Fátima Cardoso 
  • Engineering Consultant: Manuel Branco Leite, Paulo Lima 
  • Facade: “Wisa Trans” Plywood 
  • Pavements: “SikaFloor” bituminous paint 
  • Windows: “Hydro Systems” aluminium sliding windows 
  • Glass: “Saint-Gobain” double grey glass 
  • Ceramics: “Bisazza”

St Leon 10 in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: SAOTA

This home was designed for a family with 2 young sons who wanted a house which simultaneously created spaces for casual intimate family occasions or large get-togethers. The site allows for unprecedented views towards the 12 Apostle Mountains, Clifton Beaches and Robben Island. The building is cut into the slope with approximately 50% of its rear face below the natural ground level. The upper level floats over the essentially glazed South West facing first floor and this exaggerates the height of the building relative to the adjacent ground level.

Image Courtesy SAOTA

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Project: St Leon 10
  • Location: Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team: Stefan Antoni & Philip Olmesdahl, Mark Rielly  
  • Interior Decor: ANTONI ASSOCIATES 
  • Completion Date: 2006

Mineral Lodge in Savoie, France by Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

Mountain ranges often appear to be sublime. Under a mantle of snow their enormity would seemto defy the possibility of architecture. Time does not pass. Eternity stands opposed to the fragility of human accomplishments. And yet contemporary architecture has a place in an ancient hamlet. A fact amply demonstrated by the recently constructed Mineral Lodge at an altitude of 1200 metresin Savoie.

Image Courtesy © N.Borel 

  • Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard
  • Project: Mineral Lodge
  • Location: Savoie, France
  • Photography: N.Borel
  • Client: Private 
  • Floor area: 371 m2
  • Project Team: Christian Girard, architect, Christophe Hebert, architect, T.Sugi, M.Shun, assistants architects, L. Capdevielle, C.Cobel, assistants.
  • Site Supervision: Alpes Réalisations Constructions 
  • Structural Engineer: Stebat 
  • Completion: September 2012 
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

Kokura Tower in Kyushu, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

The site is located at a prominent location facing beautiful river and Kokura Castle and Jun Sakaguchi designed a sculptural tower which shape derives from a flower famous in this region. Petal-like shape maximizes views for each apartment and provides natural ventilation. Bottom levels of the tower spreads out to the ground with its organic form.

Image Courtesy © IAO 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Kokura Tower
  • Location: Kyushu, Japan
  • Photography: IAO
  • Completed: 2008
  • Type: Residential
  • Software used: ArchiCad to make 3D model but the documentation was done in AutoCAD
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