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Corporative Montes Urales in Mexico by Pascal Arquitectos

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Article source: Pascal Arquitectos

This project is presented like challenge to the traditional corporate image, due to the combination of materials little used in buildings of this type. While the glass gives him the typically elegant image of a building of offices, the partition you intersect with him in the lateral facades, giving him a coloring and a different sensation.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Moreno Guzmán

  • Architects: Pascal Arquitectos
  • Project: Corporative Montes Urales
  • Location: Montes Urales No. 750, Mexico
  • Photography: Alberto Moreno Guzmán
  • Area: 150 m2 

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Ginza Place in Tokyo, Japan by Klein Dytham architecture (KDa)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Article source: Klein Dytham architecture (KDa) 

Ginza Place, a major commercial development in Tokyo’s famous Ginza shopping district, occupies arguably the most prominent recent development site in Japan. Ginza’s reputation for elegance and sophistication has made it a center of Japanese culture and commerce for more than a century. Ginza Place completes the neighborhood’s central intersection by introducing a bold and well calculated facade to the streetscape.

Image Courtesy © Klein Dytham architecture (KDa)

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Red Mirror Strips in Seoul, South Korea by MasilWIDE

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Article source: MasilWIDE

In Yeoksam-dong 618-2, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, there is a two story building covered with layers of horizontal mirror strips and vertical red transparency strips. Overlapping transparency and reflection, these layered strips of different materials create a strong visual illusion. Walking along the narrow stair passage between the layers, the visitors may feel dizzy not only because of the optical repetition but because of the trembling of the strips. The stair passage links the ground level to the roof deck changing the ordinary views of typical commercial blocks in Seoul to a phenomenal experience.

Image Courtesy © kyung Roh

  • Architects: MasilWIDE
  • Project: Red Mirror Strips
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: kyung Roh

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MUSEO AMPARO in Puebla, Mexico by TEN Arquitectos

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Article source: TEN Arquitectos 

In the historical center of Puebla, the Amparo Museum is housed in a complex of colonial buildings. The Amparo Foundation wanted to improve the visitor’s experience and increase the museum’s exhibition capacity without destroying the original historic construction. With a limited site, TEN Arquitectos modernized Amparo’s spaces and updated its circulation through the insertions of glass vestibules of varying scales.

Image Courtesy © TEN Arquitectos

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LORD & TAYLOR Ridge Hill in New York by Giorgio Borruso Design

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Article source: Giorgio Borruso Design

LEGACY AND INNOVATION

Lord & Taylor, founded in 1826, is the oldest specialty department store chain in the country. They built the first suburban department stores, which became models for a new retail typology. In 1953, Lord & Taylor presented an award for independent thinking to Albert Einstein for his “nonconformity” in scientific matters. The company has an especially interesting story to tell in terms of both its history and its connection to high-level architectural design in its department stores. The projects developed under the leadership of Dorothy Shaver with Raymond Loewy provide a rich catalogue of inspiration. The spatial and formal fluidity in these early works was something we looked to rediscover, in particular, for the store in Ridge Hill, both in terms of the building’s relationship to its context as well as the experience of the public.

As the first new L&T store since 2001, our goal was to realize a project that honors the legacy of an iconic and historic partnership in design, both in terms of its architectural and urban presence (evolving the “big box” store) and its technological and design creativity.

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Borruso Design

  • Architects: Giorgio Borruso Design
  • Project: LORD & TAYLOR Ridge Hill
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Software used: FormZ

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The Closest Church in Gyeonggi-do, Korea by Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Article source: IDMM Architects

Buildings of the Gimpo new town, where everything looks as new, clean and as fresh as fishes caught in a milk bottle. Well-structured roads and districts look like a checkerboard that has never been used. Through local communities, this place is where ordinary lives and sentiments have just started to settle down and will attempt to engage with different urban cultures and establish its own identity. The closest church is sitting on a corner site of Unyang-dong, Gimpo. Words like corner, edge and vertex connote the existence of more than one live or surface. The church has a facade divided by two conflicting with each other at the vertex of the site. One is a solid and fragmented concrete, proposed by considering the relationship with apartment residents, and the other is a transparent glass that open views to the vast park and also to the church’s worship services. The chapel structured like the bleachers is designed to increase the capacity of the space built on a compact site. Small rooms are positioned behind of the inclined surface of the bleachers and on the top section of it so that the church can make the best use of its space. Especially the outside stairs connecting the ground and the rooftop works as an important element defining the exterior of church, and the vivid movement of its users makes the church’s architectural statement more dynamic. The rooftop space which can host outdoor worship services is open for church communities as well as for locals. The closest church is a place of worship, a cultural venue and public architecture for the local apartment community which was being choked by commercialism. A rooftop cross can’t be found here, but here the cross is leaning on the wall and speaking with a humble voice. Big resonance stirs among listeners rather than among speakers who deliver a moving story, and the sublimity dwell in intimacy not in hierarchy. The cross descended onto the earth will cast a shadow like a shaded tree and will share a story of life with people on the street.

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

  • Architects: Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects
  • Project: The Closest Church
  • Location: 1300-13, Unyang-dong, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Photography: Kyungsub Shin
  • Structure: RC
  • Site area: 929.3m²
  • Building area: 464.43m²
  • Gross floor area: 2,328.67m²
  • Height: 29.9m
  • Completion: Mar. 2015

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Siège VEOLIA in Aubervilliers, France by DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Article source: DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes 

The dynamics and future urban density of the district, as well as the orientation of the site, the vastness of the sky and the proximity to the water are the prerequisites for the implementation of the project. The aim is to create a modern working environment that gives this special place a strong identity, in particular by linking architecture and landscape. The project participates in the development of this new district and dialogues with the important surrounding buildings, the shopping center and the Heaquarter of Icade which are also structured around the channel Darse.

Image Courtesy © Hertha Hurnaus

  • Architects: DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Project: Siège VEOLIA
  • Location: 30 rue Madeleine Vionnet 93300 Aubervilliers, France
  • Photography: Hertha Hurnaus
  • Client: SCI 68 Victor Hugo
  • Project team leader: Dietmar Feichtinger, Matthieu Miclot
  • Team: Alessandro Capello, Paolo Carignano, Karolina Kania, Erika Naccari, Cristina Giordani,  Giulia Borghi, Begona Camarero, Déborah Blaise, Louise Deguine, Irene Roca Moracia, Gerhard Pfeiler, Fatima Abel Couceiro, Laura Enshaie
  • Team competition: Mathieu Miclot, Claire Bodenez, Déborah Blaise, Laura Ulloa, Barbara Feichtinger-Felber, Camille Crépin, Guillaume Buton, Elisabet Lara, Gerardo Rosenzweig, Franciso Castellanos, Ricardo Lovelace, Fatima Abel Couceiro

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Atelier Bardill in Scharans, Switzerland by Valerio Olgiati

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Article source: Valerio Olgiati

The Bardill Studio building has replaced an old barn in the protected centre of the village of Scharans. Building permission was granted by the local authorities on the condition that the new building would have exactly the same volume as the old barn.

Image Courtesy © Valerio Olgiati

  • Architects: Valerio Olgiati
  • Project: Atelier Bardill
  • Location: Scharans, Switzerland
  • Volume: 665 m3
  • End of construction: August 2007 (more…)

ARTS Group Headquarters in Suzhou, China by Guida Moseley Brown Architects

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Article source: Guida Moseley Brown Architects

Guida Moseley Brown Architects (GMB) were selected by long time collaborator for China-based architectural projects, the Suzhou Industrial Park Design and Research Institute (now The ARTS Group), to provide design services for the interior architecture, furniture, and lighting design of all of the highly “public” spaces in their new mixed-use multiple-form headquarters in Suzhou.

Image Courtesy © ARTS Group

  • Interior Architects: Guida Moseley Brown Architects
  • Project: ARTS Group Headquarters
  • Location: Suzhou, China
  • Photography: ARTS Group
  • Building Architects: ARTS Group

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Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou in China by CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK)

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Article source: CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK)

Project Background 

As one of the seven ancient capitals in China, Hangzhou has a long history and profound background with picturesque scenery and numerous celebrities. It is known as “paradise on earth” for the fascinating characteristics.

The brand “Diaoyutai”, originated from the ancient Diaoyutai scenic spot outside of Beijing Fuchengmen, which had a history of more than 800 years, is the heritage of Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. Its sites have always been very focused on the accumulation of history and culture. As an esteemed world class hotel brand grounded in Chinese philosophy and aesthetics, Diaoyutai Hotel is designed to create the mansion experience with Chinese spirit and international style.

Image Courtesy © CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK)

  • Architects: CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK)
  • Project: Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou
  • Location: No.65, Wuxing Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, China
  • Designer: Joe Cheng
  • Project area: 34,820m2 for Phase I; 19,767 m2 for Phase II
  • Design time: 2014.12 – 2015.12
  • Construction time: 2015.5 – 2016.8
  • Opening time: 2016.11

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