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Terraços De Cascais in Cascaes, Portugal by Humberto Conde

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Article source: Humberto Conde

This project is characterized mainly by its peculiar volumetric development. It’s articulated in step horizontal boards, following this way the terrain morphology.Composed by four housing blocks, the whole set is articulated by two vertical access volumes, without windows, ripped only on the contact with the floor and on the rooftop for zenithal lighting.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG) 

  • Architects: Humberto Conde
  • Project: Terraços De Cascais
  • Location: Cascaes, Portugal
  • Type of the Project: Housing building.
  • Architect in Charge: Humberto Conde
  • Collaborators: Paulo Figueiredo , Helena Ramos , Leopoldo Calhau , Filipe Ramalho, Joana Catarré
  • Structures: Pedro Novais, Eng.
  • Lanscape Architecture: Nuno Viterbo
  • Promotor: Cereja & Associados, Soc. Construções Lda
  • Construction Management: Cereja & Associados, Soc. Construções Lda
  • Technical Direction: Pedro Soares, Eng. and Dário Cereja, Téc
  • Construction period: 2005-2009
  • Project Area: 3055,89 m²

Renovation of Rahova Commodities Exchange in Bucharest, Romania by Re-Act Now Studio

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Article source: Re-Act Now Studio

What could we do in the context of revitalizing architecture to keep a more vivid picture of an old building with (even partial) special features? It is a question to which we can respond in two ways. The valuable part – the special one – will be restored and the unworthy one we rebuild, complete, emphasize – in a first variant – absolutely in the same stylistic story as theold valuable one, or we dress it – in a second variant – in a completely new concept in major contrast with the existing situation.

Image Courtesy © Andrei Margulescu

  • Architects: Re-Act Now Studio
  • Project: Renovation Of Rahova Commodities Exchange
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Photography: Andrei Margulescu
  • Team: Mario Kuibus, Roxana Dumitriu, Irina Plesnila, Cristina Chivu, Elena Toader, Ioan Marcean, Adela Antoniu, Valentin Varlan
  • Concept of Theme: Mario Kuibus, Teodor Frolu
  • Structure Engineering: Mc Design Construct, Caza Impex
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Damiro Engineering, Ams Install
  • Historical Survey: Quattro Design
  • Execution: Octagon, Doris Art, Axima, Lara Exim, Slide
  • Area: 2600 sqm
  • Client: The Ark

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ajando Next Level CRM in Mannheim, Germany by Peter Stasek Architects + Loftwerk Karlsruhe

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Article source: Peter Stasek Architects + Loftwerk Karlsruhe

A very unusual loft is being created in the Mannheim harbor district. A very unusual loft has been created in the Mannheim harbor district. The complete ajando team will live and work there starting in January 2013. The internationally renowned architect Peter Stasek and the loftwerk architect office located in Karlsruhe are behind the corporate architecture concept of the loft. It was inspired by the quantum physics of Wheeler, the architecture of Josef M. Hoffmann and, of course, the information expertise of ajando.

Image Courtesy © Claus Morgenstern 

Sprach und Bewegungszentrum in Hamburg, Germany by eins:eins architekten

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Article source: eins:eins architekten

The „Centre for Speech and Movement” (SBZ), a project of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, had its official public opening on January 16 by Hamburg Senator of Education Ties Rabe. Numerous pupils participated actively in the event. The concept of the SBZ involves physical motion in the process of Language acquisition. By activating motoric centers of the brain, speech acquisition and language acquisition is facilitated.

Image Courtesy © Bernadette Grimmenstein

  • Architects: eins:eins architekten
  • Project: Sprach und Bewegungszentrum
  • Location: Rotenhäuser Damm 40, D-21107, Hamburg, Germany
  • Photography: Bernadette Grimmenstein
  • Competition: invited competition 2009, 1st Prize
  • Completion: January 2013
  • Client: GWG Gewerbe
  • Structural Engineers: imagine structure GmbH
  • Building Services: Ebert-Ingenieure GmbH

The Invitation in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

The urban history of Utrecht and its surroundings dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. Today the area west of the city of Utrecht is being transformed from a mainly rural area into a new quarter of the city. Along one of the old routes with its variety of architectural typologies and close to a branche of the Rhine River this building, a practise for obstetricians, was build.

Image Courtesy © Cornbread Works

  • Architects: Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Project: The Invitation
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Cornbread Works
  • Interior architect : Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten
  • Software used: AutoCad and SketchUp

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CFB Valcartier Corten Steel Sentry Box in Canada by STGM Architectes

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: STGM Architectes

The command, an almost indestructible and maintenance free sentry box, controlling the entrance to a military base north of Quebec city, Canada. The architects have developed a custom made corten steel pan cladding ensuring the sustainability of the project. A very long overhang protect the glazed part of the building from the east low winter sun. This tiny building have a strong personality and require compliance by its formal simplicity, the nature of the materials used and the strength of its anchoring to the ground.

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Guérin

  • Architects: STGM Architectes
  • Project: CFB Valcartier Corten Steel Sentry Box
  • Location: Cathcart Road, Valcartier, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Alexandre Guérin
  • Type: Transportation
  • Area: 40 m2
  • Client: Defense Construction Canada
  • Completion: januanry2013
  • Cost: 800 000 USD

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The Yardmaster’s Building in Melbourne, Australia by McBride Charles Ryan

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: McBride Charles Ryan

Within the gritty rail yard environment, squeezed between a space formed by the divergence of V-Line tracks at the end of platforms 5 and 6, the Yardmasters Building is a multi-use facility for the various workers and operations associated with the Southern Cross Rail Yard. A service building that in years passed may have been treated in a pragmatic and unremarkable way.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: McBride Charles Ryan
  • Project: The Yardmaster’s Building
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Project Team: Rob McBride, Debbie Ryan, Drew Williamson, Andrew Hayne, Fang Cheah, Michelle James, Scott Crowe, Johanna Brunner, Angela Woda, David Fraser
  • Size: 1350m2

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De Karel Doorman in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Article source: De Karel Doorman

De Karel Doorman consists of the renovation of a shopping building: Ter Meulen and an added residential building. Restoration and new-build The new residential building is up to 70 metres in height and includes 114 apartments. It is built on top of the Ter
Meulen building in Rotterdam. This is an unusual project as the new building literally rests on the columns and foundations of the existing structure. The only additions are a pair of concrete lift shafts which also provide stability. The construction technique is unconventional for a project in the Netherlands, as the main structure is in steel instead of heavy stone-like materials as concrete and limestone.

Image Courtesy © Ossip van Duivenbode 

  • Architects: Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten
  • Project: De Karel Doorman
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Ossip van Duivenbode, J. Versnel en J.F.H. Roovers
  • Clients: DW Nieuwbouw
  • Consultants: Marcel Vermeer, Jessica Scholtes
  • Start of construction and handover: June 2006 (start build), June 2010 (restart build), November 2012 (handover)
  • Number of homes: 114 apartments
  • Surface: 10.500 m2 retail, 4.000 m2 parking
  • Contractor: van Wijnen Dordrecht, Dordrecht
  • Constructor: Royal Haskoning DHV, Den Haag
  • Advisor: Peutz Associes, Zoetermeer
  • Installations Advisor: Wichers & Dreef, Badhoevedorp
  • Artist’s impressions: Face Reality, Rotterdam
  • Project number: 1557
  • Software used: Arkey

BiscayTIK in Getxo, Spain by G&C Arquitectos

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Article source: G&C Arquitectos

Bake Eder is situated on Zugazarte Avenue, Getxo. It is a parcel of 7.915m2 in which there were three buildings: Bake Eder house, in ruins, a little pavilion of ground floor next to the entrance (named “Caretaker’s house”) and an auxiliary building to the complex, all surrounded by important trees. The principal building, Bake Eder, in “Old English” style, built in 1901, is a work of the architect Mr. Luis Elizalde. It has undergone several reform actions throughout its history, being the most relevant of those made by the architects Mr. Manuel Mª Smith, en 1910, and Mr. Rafael Garamendi, in 1942.

Image Courtesy G&C Arquitectos 

16 Social Housing for Granollers Town Hall in Barcelona, Spain by ONL Arquitectura

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Article source:

The architectural strategy used has been to create a building whose exterior is defined by a language that seeks abstraction through colour, rhythm, and movement: a language that will contrast with the domestic private life of the residents inside. To combine these two concepts moveable panels have been mounted on the façades. By opening or closing them, residents can choose the level of light or privacy they want at any time throughout the year.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia 

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Project: 16 Social Housing for Granollers Town Hall
  • Location: Granollers, Barcelona, Spain 
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Team: Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
  • Competition Date: 2003
  • Project Date: 2005-2006
  • Construction Date: 2007
  • Surface: 2.350 m2
  • Budget: 1.805.660 €
  • Developer: Granollers Promocions S.A.
  • Constructors: Isoluxcorsan S.A.
  • Collaborators: Féliz López, arquitecte, Mireia Marés, arquitecta, Anna Feu, arquitecta, Topo Abe, arquitecte
  • Installations: PGIGRUP
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • Awards: Seleccionats a la V Biennal d’Arquitectura del Vallès
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