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Qualico Family Centre in Winnipeg, Canada by Number Ten Architectural Group

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: Number Ten Architectural Group

The towering elm trees and gentle meadows of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park have for generations formed an inspiring backdrop to the city’s collective memory. The Qualico Family Centre connects to the temporality of this landscape, evolving, growing and decaying in harmony with the natural rhythms of its surroundings.

Image Courtesy Brent Bellamy

  • Architects: Number Ten Architectural Group
  • Project: Qualico Family Centre
  • Location: Winnipeg, Canada
  • Photography: Brent Bellamy
  • Engineering Consultants: Crosier Kilgour & Partners, MCW/AGE Engineers
  • Landscape Architecture: Scatliff+Miller+Murray
  • Year: 2011
  • Area: 1000 sq.m.
  • Software used: Autocad and 3ds Max

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Umwelt Arena in Spreitenbach, Switzerland by Rene Schmid Architekten

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: Rene Schmid Architekten

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Aesthetics and ecology converge in the architecture of the Umwelt Arena. A striking architectural feature of the Umwelt Arena is the crystalline roof structure with the photovoltaic system integrated into the building. This is intentional design. The large hall (arena) forms the centrepiece and conveys an open and inviting atmosphere. Solar heat is used to cool the Umwelt Arena in summer and heat it in winter. This is done by means of a distribution network (TABS) in the concrete floors and an earth tube system beneath the base plate of the bottom parking level. Cold water circulates through the network of pipes in summer, hot water in winter.

Image Courtesy © Michael Egloff

  • Architects: Rene Schmid Architekten
  • Project: Umwelt Arena
  • Location: Spreitenbach, Switzerland
  • Photography: Michael Egloff, Bruno Helbling, A Pix Alex Buschor Photography
  • Design Team: René Schmid, Gøran Keuchel
  • Initiator: Walter Schmid, swiss energy pioneer
  • Client: Umwelt Arena AG Spreitenbach
  • Build Area: ca. 11’000 m2 usable area
  • Construction Materials:
    Roof – wood construction
    Floors/walls – concrete no cladding of any energy and building technology
  • Building Costs: ca. 44 mio. CHF
  • Completion: August 2012

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Casa Tierra in Mexico City by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

The master plan for Cumbres de Santa Fe was developed under the premise that landscape architecture is the one the of the modern urban professions of design and represents a synthesis of art, science and philosophy aiming to take care of the scenery of the earth in a truly holistic, creative and sustainable way.

Cumbres de Santa Fe is a development located in an 80 hectares lot in the west of Mexico City. It is surrounded by three streams (Helechos, Atzoyapan and Grand Entrance stream) that were taken into consideration when conceiving the project with the commitment to have a total respect for these protected ecological areas and to incorporate them into the landscape design. The privileged location of this development, with all this green areas around it, is the intrinsic value that makes it stand out as a true example to the community.

Image Courtesy Pedro Hiriart

  • Architects: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa Tierra
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Photography: Pedro Hiriart
  • Design Team: Arq. Juan Pablo Serrano O., Arq. Rafael Monjaraz F., Arq. Mayra Díaz Martínez, Arq. Edgar Velasco
  • Constructora: CONVEA
  • Structural Design: Ing. Humberto Girón
  • Materials: Tierra compactada, madera, metal, piedra, cristal, celdas  solares, equipos ahorradores de energía.
  • Land: 676.64 m2
  • Built: 900 m2
  • Lighting: Luis Lozoya, Brimare, Starco/Magg
  • Interiors: Juan Pablo Serrano O., Stuarr, Roma
  • Bathroom Furniture: Campobella
  • Agustin Y Julian Berardo: Energy and water solution
  • Marble and Granite: ARCA

Palazzo Orlandi in Tuscany, Italy by b-arch architecture

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: b-arch

When we think of Italy many images are called back to our minds; generally speaking it’s about idyllic places, deeply viewed in a historical perspective, city palaces or country farmsteads that are vanishing under the spreading standardization of the “pre-packaged” house imposed by the building market.

Image Courtesy b-arch

  • Architects: b-arch
  • Project: Palazzo Orlandi
  • Location: Tuscany, Italy

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Tamaranzaka House in Kokubunji, Tokyo by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Due to Tokyo’s high land prices, plot sizes become reduced as a matter of necessity. What’s more, buildings often become even smaller in order to satisfy strict building regulations. As a result, architects working on residential projects in the Japanese capital are universally concerned with how to maximize the physical area of these buildings within a limited space, as well as how to produce a feeling of openness and breadth. Many clients are also concerned with how to provide adequate storage within a small space, and how to create a comfortable environment.

Image Courtesy Masayoshi Ishii

  • Architects: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
  • Project: Tamaranzaka House
  • Location: Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Masayoshi Ishii
  • Date of Completion: 2009
  • Principal Use: Residence&Atelier
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site Area: 82.79m2
  • Total Floor Area: 65.30m2 (32.19m2/1F, 33.10m2/2F)
  • Structural Engineer: Kenji Nawa/Nawakenj-m
  • Material Information:
    • Exterior Finish: Wet wall
    • Roof: Galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing
    • Floor: White oak flooring
    • Wall: Acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

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Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Amiens, France by Chartier Corbasson Architectes

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: Chartier Corbasson Architectes

The Bouctot-Vagniez Town Hall in Amiens is a remarkable building, an architectural testament to the glories of nineteen-twenties Art Nouveau. Our project is concerned with designing an extension to this unique building, which is home to the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Image Courtesy Chartier Corbasson Architectes

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Minimal Apartment Renovation in Lisbon, Portugal by Marco Arraiolos

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Marco Arraiolos

The intervention has as its object an apartment from the beginning of the twentieth century, of typology characteristic of yield buildings in Lisbon at this time, and kept to date in its original state. Oriented East / West, with great depth and enclosures arranged sequentially along corridor, most of these being illuminated from an interior courtyard.

Image Courtesy Joao Morgado - Architectural Photography

  • Architects: Marco Arraiolos
  • Project: Minimal Apartment Renovation in Lisbon
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: Joao Morgado – Architectural Photography

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House in Tamatsu, Osaka by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

The house is designed for 4 members of a family with two kids. The house is placed at urban district and a small plot of only 43.21sqm in Osaka, Japan. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony.

Image Courtesy Yohei Sasakura

  • Architects: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio
  • Project: House in Tamatsu
  • Location: Tamatsu, Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Yohei Sasakura
  • Use: residence
  • Site: Osaka, Japan
  • Design Period: March. 2011 – February. 2012
  • Construction period: March. 2012 – July. 2012
  • Structural Engineer: Masakazu Taguchi / Taguchi Atelier Planning Structure
  • Structure System: Timber construction
  • Total Floor Area: 94.46 sqm.
  • Building Area: 32.75 sqm.
  • Plot Area: 43.21sqm.
  • Building Scale: 3 storeys

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House in Kitaoji, Japan by Torafu Architects

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Torafu Architects

Located in a quiet housing estate in Kyoto, this house was designed with a hard concrete outer shell in order to protect the client need for privacy from the outside, as well as for accessibility in a wheelchair- bound lifestyle. Firstly, to protect the privacy of the family, we built walls along the site boundary to elevate the main living space, which is maximised on the 2nd floor. We designed a large central space with individual rooms, wet areas and circulation and other utility spaces surrounding it, to ensure a distance is kept well from the outside.

Image Courtesy Daici Ano

  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Project: House in Kitaoji
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Photographs: Daici Ano
  • Principle Use: HOUSE
  • Facility Design: DAIKO(Lightings)
  • Structural Design: Takashi Manda Structural Design
  • Production: Kyoto kensetsu
  • Building Site: Kyoto
  • Site Area: 139.39m2
  • Total Floor Area: 133.93m2
  • Number of Stories: 2F
  • Structure: RC
  • Design Period: 2010.07-2011.10
  • Construction Period: 2011.11-2012.08

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Casa LH in Jalisco, Mexico by Divece Arquitectos

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Article source: Divece Arquitectos 

The architectonic concept for this residential project is to propose a composition that is achieved by the proper manipulation of “contrasts in balance”; an architecture that is generated as a response to the particularities of the site, the adequate solution for the programmatic family needs, but most important, inspired by the deep motivation for the search of the supreme well being of its inhabitants.

Image Courtesy Mito Covarrubias

  • Architects: Divece Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa LH
  • Location: Zapopan, Jalisco. México
  • Photography:  Mito Covarrubias
  • Architect: Paolino Di Vece
  • Co-workers: Edgar Benítez Rivera, Noemí Valdivia.
  • Year: 2010
  • Constructed Area: 661m2

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