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S APARTMENT in NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE by Dwek Architectes

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Article source: Dwek Architectes 

Interior design is one of the disciplines that Olivier Dwek undertakes with a passion. His taste for the interaction of materials and unexpected, exclusive textures leads him to conduct all kinds of experiments with seasoned artisans. Working together, they engage in treatments of materials that generate sometimes unexpected results. For this Parisian apartment, the materials are combined and confronted following a rhythm that is metered down to the last detail. Nothing allows itself to be fully understood from the outset. Olivier Dwek likes to cover his tracks. Brushed aluminium, which boldly dominates the composition of the reception room, offers moiré reflections that could be mistaken with the grey velvet. The sense of a somewhat futuristic sophistication which he elicits is nuanced by touches of American walnut and natural foalskin introduced in the selected items of furniture. The stone flooring, shaped by the years it has spent in a riverbed, in turn creates an unfathomable impression, a vibrancy that appeals and questions. In this highly architectural, urban environment, it was important to incorporate light and nature. According to Olivier Dwek, one of the major revolutions in contemporary architecture involves the thickness of window frames. Having now become imperceptible, they enable the exterior to reach right to the heart of this city home.

  • Architects: Dwek Architectes
  • Project: S APARTMENT
  • Location: NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE

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Habitatge M11 in Catalonia, Spain by FFWD Arquitectes

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Article source: FFWD Arquitectes  

In this flat situated in Barcelona’s Eixample, our starting point was an unfortunate period renovation from the 1980s.

At first glance, it seemed like the ’80s had erased all the original and distinctive elements of the space, which dates to 1875. But after some light “cleaning”, we uncovered some of the original elements, and realized they could be the soul for the new space. These elements were traditional Catalan hydraulic cement tiles, and exposed structural elements of the building, including exposed brick walls and the wooden beamed ceilings.

Image Courtesy © FFWD Arquitectes (David Benito Cortázar)

  • Architects: FFWD Arquitectes (Laia Guardiola Raventós & David Benito Cortázar)
  • Project: Habitatge M11
  • Location: Eixample, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Photography: FFWD Arquitectes (David Benito Cortázar)
  • Total Area: 70 sqm
  • Project development: March to June’15; Interior
  • Built: 1st fase: June to July’15. 2nd fase: October’15 to January’16
  • Completion time: Interior works: January’16

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Light-House in Hsinchu, Taiwan by Shen Ting Tseng Architects

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Article source: Shen Ting Tseng Architects

Light-House is located in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. This multi-storied residential building block is designed in consideration of common Taiwanese terrace style houses. This project seeks to rethink the fundamentals of this particular housing model and intends to reinvigorate its underlining idea as “Lian-dong” (describing a continuous housing block) and “Tou-tian” (terrace houses describing buildings with roof spaces open to the sky) in the design approach.

Image Courtesy © LucasKDoolan

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Care Housing Boxmeer in The Netherlands by Zecc Architecten BV

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Article source: Zecc Architecten BV

Zecc designed an apartment building with 46 apartments commissioned by housing association Mooiland Vastgoed. The project concerns social housing for people with a need for limited residential care. The building is part of an ensemble of connected buildings and is designed to accent its height in the area. The building has a basement of curved masonry with a broad main entrance area. From the ground up the sculptural masonry transforms itself into an angular freeform with emphasized vertical elements.

Image Courtesy © Stijn Poelstra

  • Architects: Zecc Architecten BV
  • Project: Care Housing Boxmeer
  • Location: Boxmeer, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Stijn Poelstra
  • Client: Mooiland Vastgoed
  • Contractor: van der Heijden, Schaijk
  • Period: 2014 – 2016

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500 unit residential development in Birmingham, England by Architects of Invention

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Article source: Architects of Invention 

London-based practice Architects of Invention (AI) has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham’s Digbeth area.

The practice was approached by Chinese private equity fund PGC- Capital whose The Jewel Court, 77 one-two bed luxury apartments, is already on site in Birmingham.

Image Courtesy © Architects of Invention

  • Architects: Architects of Invention
  • Project: 500 unit residential development
  • Location: 175 High Street Bordesley, Digbeth, Birmingham, England, UK
  • Client: PGC Capital (China)
  • Team: Dominykas Daunys, Carlos Hurtado de Mendoza, Nikoloz Japaridze, Anton Khmelnitskiy, Vano Ksnelashvili, Davit Tsanava
  • Structure: Combined CLT & Concrete
  • Consultants: Engenuiti (Structure), DSA engineers, HED (Landscape), GAP (Interiors), Alpha Omega, FUTIQUE Developers
  • Budget: £70 mil
  • Size: 38 500 m²

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The Séqué in Bayonne, France by Gardera Patrice

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Article source: Gardera Patrice

A small courtyard, a back entrance on the kitchen side, a hut, a dead tree, garden boots, smells, be in touch with nature, birdsong, animals, a vegetable garden, a shed for tools, a pergola, ivy along the walls, piles of wood, a tree under which to shelter, a forest, an under-growth, a river, an attic, a chicken coop, a bench, a pond, a well, a fountain, a path…

Living outside, space, air, light. How to live the countryside? How do you live in a forest? What are the ambiances? What are the specific characteristics of a habitat in the countryside?

Image Courtesy © Mathieu Choiselat

  • Architects: Gardera Patrice
  • Project: The Séqué
  • Location: Bayonne, France
  • Photography: Mathieu Choiselat, Stephane Chalmeau
  • Project owner: Habitat SudAtlantic
  • Associate Architect: David Pradel
  • Project manager: Délphine Prunet
  • Technical studies structures: Batiserf
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 5000 m²
  • Completion Year: December 2014

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3 Stories in Budapest, Hungary by GASPARBONTA

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Article source: GASPARBONTA  

‘I highly doubt, that this apartment can be turned into a decent home’ – said a close relative of the owner, seconds after we first saw this place. I hardly agreed. I loved it. Luckily, the owner – a great innovator, a friend and a fellow dino enthusiast – and I were on the same page about the outcome. This was one of the most complicated structures, I have ever seen, covered by numerous layers of human history and unwanted building materials. We had to take the long road and uncover this beauty and turn it to a contemporary home.

Image Courtesy © Bálint Jaksa

  • Architects: GASPARBONTA
  • Project: 3 Stories
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Photography: Bálint Jaksa
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Area: 128 sqm
  • Year of Completion:  2015

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Résidence de l’Aqueduc in Gentilly, France by Daquin & Ferrière Architecture

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Article source: v2com

The Residence de l’Aqueduc is located in the ZAC Lenine in Gentilly (France) at the articulation of the central mall Lenine and the future Promenade des Aqueducs. The building, located at this strategic angle, affirms its slender and extroverted facade facing this exceptional landscape crossing.

Southwest view from the Promenade de l’Aqueduc, Image Courtesy © Hervé Abbadie

  • Architects: Daquin & Ferrière Architecture
  • Project: Résidence de l’Aqueduc
  • Location: Gentilly, France
  • Photography: Hervé Abbadie
  • Area: 44132 sft / 4100 m2 SHAB

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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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Wow! Sta. in Chuo-ku Niigata, Japan by Takeru Shoji Architects Co., Ltd.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Article source: Takeru Shoji Architects Co., Ltd. 

Wow! Sta. is situated in Horinouchi, in the Central Ward of Niigata City – an area where the city center gradually begins to give way to the suburbs. The scenery lining the nearby main road is dominated by large commercial and retail buildings and their accompanying signage.

The businesses, houses and multilevel apartments that sprawl out from Niigata Station constitute this typical inner-city area.

Located just one street back from the main road with its dazzling lights and the din of the traffic, we find an area that is surprisingly calm, unlit by even street lights.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Satake

  • Architects: Takeru Shoji Architects Co., Ltd.
  • Project: Wow! Sta.
  • Location: Chuo-ku Niigata, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Satake
  • Project architect in charge: Yuki Hirano
  • Architect: Takeru Shoji
  • Structural engineering: Tetsuya Tanaka, Tetsuya Tanaka Structural Engineers
  • Lighting design: Yutaka Inaba, FORLIGHTS
  • Structure: Steel
  • Gross floor area: 258.3 sqm
  • Date of completion: Dec.2015

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