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Downtown LA Hotel in Los Angeles, California by XTEN Architecture

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Article source: XTEN Architecture

This new 65,000sf hotel is conceived as a monolithic concrete structure, carved by a system of slots and slices that bring light, air and views deep into the building.

The site is an infill parcel in downtown Los Angeles which measures just 50×150 feet. The hotel is freestanding, surrounded on all sides by alleys and streets. This allows for slots to be cut into the façade, which contrast with and dematerialize the otherwise monolithic quality of the building.

Image Courtesy XTEN Architecture

  • Architects: XTEN Architecture
  • Project: Downtown LA Hotel
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Principals: Monika Haefelfinger, SIA & Austin Kelly, AIA
  • Project Team: Scott Utterstrom, Qichen Cao, Matthew Rosenberg, Dayuan Fu, Katie Green, Michael Hasey, Xian Chi
  • Project Area: 65,000sf
  • Renderings: Courtesy of XTEN Architecture
  • Software used: Rhino and Autocad

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Sensational Garden in Frosinone, Italy by Nabito Architects & Partners

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Article source: Nabito Architects & Partners

The neighbourhood of Corso Lazio, in the city Of Frosinone, Italy, finally could enjoy its first public space , expected to be ready 35 years ago.

Sensational Garden represents the starting point of a big master-plan to renew and integrate the public spaces and the services to the housing neighbourhood. This lack of public spaces generate an absolute degrade of the entire area, and the neighbourhood has become an unsustainable dormitory. For this reason the project for the sensational garden amplify the idea of a relational space filling the social void with an explosive, playfull, sensorial and interactive intimate room, like a personal living room in a public realm. The garden is constantly in tension between artificial and natural elements.

Nabito Sensational Garden

  • Architects: Nabito Architects & Partners
  • Project: Sensational Garden
  • Location: Frosinone, Italy
  • Assigned Typology: Public
  • Client: Frosinone’s Municipality
  • Assigned Task: Project design, site supervision, and security at design and execution
  • Project phase: BUILT
  • Collaboratores: L. Altana – D. Fois –
  • Partners: Arch. Luca Faticanti , Ing. Damiano Bauco, Agr. Gianluca Sanità
  • Budget: € 500.000,00
  • Contractors: EDILCM
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, 3ds Max, Adobe photoshop

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Loft in Lisbon, Portugal by Henrique Barros-Gomes

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Article source: Henrique Barros-Gomes

A former Lisbon dock’s warehouse is to be converted in several lofts. The apartments will have different and personalized characteristics . Interior partitions in exposed concrete will separate the diverse units.

In this loft a series of elements are added to the relatively neutral existing shell, punctuating and ordering space: A stair / bookcase, a fireplace and a wood coated central volume, which contains all services, facilities and several retractable elements, enabling to control the degree of partitioning of space, depending on the needs at each moment. Circulation takes place all the way around the said central volume.

Loft in Lisbon

  • Architects: Henrique Barros-Gomes
  • Project: Loft in Lisbon
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Software used: Autocad, 3DSMax and Photoshop

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Becherer House in Albemarle County, Virginia by Robert Gurney Architect

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Article source: Robert Gurney Architect

Rolling pastures, bordered with dark, stained fences interspersed in woodlands define the Albemarle County, Virginia countryside where this project is located. The new house is sited at the edge of woodland on the crest of a hill, providing vantage view points of the pastures and distant treetops.

Image Courtesy Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural

  • Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
  • Project: Becherer House
  • Location: Albemarle County, Virginia
  • Project  Architect: Claire L. Andreas
  • Owner :  Withheld
  • Contractor:  Shelter Associates, Ltd.
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID
  • Photographer: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
  • Completed: November 2011
  • Software used: Project began with pencil on paper and was then put into AutoCad. 3D modeling in Sketchup was used as a tool for presentation at times.

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Twin Tree Pavilion in Suzhou, China by Atelier Archmixing

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Archmixing

Twin Trees Pavilion by Atelier Archmixing  Shanghai based Atelier Archmixing has recently changed a former pigpen into a cozy pavilion in a small traditional town located in Yangtze Delta area. It is a supplement for two traditional style residences, providing an extra place for meeting and recreation, just nearby a hill planted with orange trees.  Two big trees, a 20-year-old neem and a 15-year-old orange dominate the site and lend inspiration to the design as well as the name.

Image Courtesy TANG Yu

  • Architects: Atelier Archmixing
  • Project: Twin Tree Pavilion
  • Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Program: meeting and recreation
  • Gross Floor Area: 56 sqm
  • Design/Completion: 2012
  • Client: ZHANG Hong
  • Design Team: ZHUANG Shen, TIAN Danni
  • Main Contractor: WANG Zikui
  • Photographer: TANG Yu
  • Software used: Sketchup and AutoCAD

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Summer House in Arboga, Sweden by General Architecture

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: General Architecture

An existing timber structure was moved to the site and placed on in-situ concrete walls. A wooden frame structure heightens the structure to allow two full floors. The 2nd floor is divided by two load bearing walls that span between the perimeter walls to allow the open ground floor. The house is inscribed in a geometric grid that informs the position of walls and openings.

Summer House

  • Architects: General Architecture
  • Project: Summer House
  • Location: Nannberga, Arboga, Sweden
  • Function: Private house
  • Completion: 2012
  • Floor area/size: 60 m2
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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GA House in Verdizela, Portugal by SAMF Arquitectos

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Article source: SAMF Arquitectos

This house and studio for a painter, is situated on the edge of a low-density housing development, bordering a large extension of pinewood.

The project chooses to invite this landscape into the house, opening generous views to the south, and the spaces created within, whilst sheltering itself from the surrounding urban situation, in a reinterpretation of local vernacular typologies.

Image Courtesy Thorsten Humpel

  • Architects: Sara Antunes Mário Ferreira Arquitectos
  • Project: GA House
  • Location: Verdizela, Portugal
  • Project Date: 1999-2003
  • Total Area: 252m2
  • Construction: 2005
  • Photography: © Thorsten Humpel
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Benetton Headquarters in Tehran, Iran by Htdstudio Designoffice

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Htdstudio Designoffice

A Landmark building near Tarjish Square.
Isolation of floor units anticipate future seismic activity.  Staggered juxtaposition maximizes views, and creates various ‘green shelves’ for rain capture, irrigation, and shading during summer months.  These green shelves accommodate lush, climbing vines and vegetation for sound absorption and passive temperature control.  Cast glass discs are embedded at the ground floor and parking slabs for natural light and weight reduction.

Benetton Headquarters

  • Architects: Htdstudio Designoffice
  • Project: Benetton Headquarters
  • Location: Tehran, Iran
  • Client: Gruppo Benetton, SpA
  • Total Floor Area: 128,359ft2 / 11,925m2
  • Budget: Withheld
  • Project Type: Corporate Office / Retail + Apartments
  • Software used: Sketchup 6 Pro / AutoCad2006 / Photoshop CS5 / Illustrator CS5 / Acrobat 9

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Mini Rooftop in New York by HWKN

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: HWKN

A space for urban tastemakers without logos or branding. HWKN scouted the location, created the design and oversaw construction of the temporary event location for MINI’s ”Creative Use Of Space” campaign. The sheer surprise of encountering a hill on a roof in NYC is heightened by design elements derived from MINI cars that utilize object-in-field design, like deploying brake lights into a field of sheet metal instead of at a seam.

Mini Rooftop

  • Architects: HWKN
  • Project: Mini Rooftop
  • Location: New York
  • Software used: Rhino, VRay, AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite

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Music Park in Sevilla, Spain by Costa Fierros Arquitectos

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: Costa Fierros Arquitectos

The Park is located in an existing degraded area, lacking of facilities, and known historically as a land dividing the nearby quarters (Águilas and Los Prunos neighbourhoods) and isolating their inhabitants.

Before the construction of Underground Line 1 was undertaken, this area was used as the official premises for Seville’s (tour) horse carriage owners as well as later housing the constructions for the initial attempt to build the city’s underground in the 70’s. As the Line 1 was to pass through these neighbourhoods, the opportunity to revaluate the land surrounding the underground station there arouse, and the Underground project was the starting point for considering the area renovation and providing the station with a quality landscape.

Image Courtesy Pablo F. Díaz-Fierros

  • Architects: Costa Fierros Arquitectos
  • Project: Music Park in Sevilla
  • Location: Sevilla, Spain
  • Preliminary Design: August 2007
  • Base Design: October 2007
  • Working Project: February 2008
  • Construction Dates: November 2008 – November 2011
  • Project Architects: Sara Tavares Costa And Pablo F. Díaz-Fierros
  • Collaborators: David Breva, Paula Ferreira, Pedro Rito Nobre, David Ampe, Elena González, Rosario Alcantarilla, Sergio González, Cristina Rubiño, Alejandro Rodríguez
  • Software used: AutoCad, Photoshop and Microsoft Office

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