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Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Café in Tokyo, Japan by Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Article source: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects 

It was such a great honor for me to design the renovation of my favorite building that I used to see every day. About nine years ago, we had co-established a shared office HAPPA across the street from the building and relocated our former office there; we employed to observe the neighborhood through the glass and this building was my most favorite among others on the street.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects
  • Project: Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Café
  • Location: 3-23-16 Nakameguro Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Project team: Ryosuke Yamamoto, Yui Matsushita
  • Collaboration: SOUP DESIGN(sign), hoshizaki(kitchen), WHITELIGHT.Ltd(sound plan), 1lux(lighting plan), GRANSCAPE Inc.(plant plan)
  • Construction: TANK
  • Structure: Steel
  • Floor area: 3F_70.70m², 2F_150.23m², 1F_126.75m², B1F_49.64m², Total_397.32m²
  • Completon: 10/2016

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Yami Café in Porto Alegre, Brazil by Kali Arquitetura

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Article source: Kali Arquitetura

An old house in Porto Alegre has given space to a charming coffee shop inspired in japanese and scandinavian architecture. The structure technical requirements has limited the design since it could not be modified.

Image Courtesy © Kali Arquitetura

Image Courtesy © Kali Arquitetura

  • Architects: Kali Arquitetura
  • Project: Yami Café
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil

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Cafe SAPOON SAPOON in Seoul, South Korea by Betwin Space Design

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Article source: Betwin Space Design

“Two years for gathering energy of the earth with the sounds of water, wind and human footstep, and six years for looking after ginseng. Six-year-old Red Ginseng nourished by the devotion of KGC(Korea Ginseng Corporation) for eight years. ”Opened on the first floor of KT&G (Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation) Tower last August, Café Sapoon Sapoon expresses the advertising copy of Cheong-Kwan-Jang implicatively. Sapoon Sapoon is a compound word of Saponin, main ingredient of red ginseng, and Spoon, a tool to deliver taste and nutriment of food. As Sapoon also means ‘a figure of light and careful step’ and ‘light and refreshing state of body and mind’ in pure Korean word, people can feel refreshing scenery with light beverage. Sapoon Sapoon is a casual space created by KGC in order to be free from the perception, ‘Red ginseng is nothing but health functional food’, while keeping credibility of company and its quality-first spirit. Betwin Space Design grafted traditional ideology of Cheong-Kwan-Jang on this café modernly.

Image Courtesy © Yong-joon Choi

Image Courtesy © Yong-joon Choi

  • Architects: Betwin Space Design
  • Project: Cafe SAPOON SAPOON
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: Yong-joon Choi
  • Software used: Adobe photoshop & illustrator, Google sketch up, 3D max, Auto cad
  • Design Director: Jung-gon Kim, Hwan-woo Oh
  • Design Team: Sun Kim, Hye-jin Yang, Su-in Lee, Dae-hyun Lee
  • Client: KGC
  • Area café: 220.9 sqm + terrace 82.3 sqm
  • Completion: Aug, 2016

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CAFE ZERO in Punjab, India by Studio Ardete

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Article source: Studio Ardete

Designed for the staff of a pharmaceutical factory in a remote location of Punjab, Café Zero came into existence as a purely need- based space. With very limited access to eateries and cafes, the workers required a space where they could have their meals in a comfortable atmosphere.

An old factory warehouse was chosen for the purpose of setting up the café; the only challenge was the budget.

Situated in an old warehouse, the café uses salvaged materials and furniture to minimize costs, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Situated in an old warehouse, the café uses salvaged materials and furniture to minimize costs, Image Courtesy © Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

  • Architects: Studio Ardete
  • Project: CAFE ZERO
  • Location: Ropar, Punjab, India
  • Photography: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj
  • Designer: Badrinath Kaleru
  • Area: 1340 Sqft

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Crew Offices and Café in Québec, Canada by Henri Cleinge ARCHITECTE

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Article source: Henri Cleinge ARCHITECTE 

Located in the old Royal Bank space on St-Jacques street in Old Montreal, the Crew offices is a project defined by a 12,000 office area for a tech start-up which would also include a café for freelance workers as well as for the public.  The project presented two distinct design challenges: The first design challenge originated from the client’s requirements- how to elaborate an architectural relationship and construct boundaries between the various program functions.  The second challenge became a deeper questioning on how to approach design in the context of a heritage building.

Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

  • Architects: Henri Cleinge ARCHITECTE
  • Project: Crew Offices and Café
  • Location: 360 rue St-Jacques, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Photography: Adrien Williams
  • Client: Crew Collective
  • Team: Henri Cleinge, Paulette Taillefer
  • Cost: 75$ per square foot
  • Square footage: 12,000 square feet
  • Date of Completion: 1 May, 2016

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Louverwall in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea by AND(Architecture of Novel Differentiation)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Article source: AND(Architecture of Novel Differentiation)

Site + Desire

Louverwall is for a couple with five cats. The husband is a music enthusiast who manages the cafe where he enjoys music, coffee, and beautiful space. He wants the café space to be vertical, transparent, and dynamic. They need a small residence on the 2nd and 3rd floors consisted of a bedroom, a living room and a small kitchen. The site is located in the newly developed mixed-use building district in Paju. The plot is surrounded by other buildings on its three sides; it is only open toward due west. Thus, the main challenge of the project is to come up with the west façade that is energy efficient and transparent.

Image Courtesy © AND(Architecture of Novel Differentiation)

Image Courtesy © AND(Architecture of Novel Differentiation)

  • Architects: AND(Architecture of Novel Differentiation)
  • Project: Louverwall
  • Location: Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Software used: Rhinoceros 3D, Louver design was done by Parametric Louver Design System( grasshopper algorithm)

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Het Kielzog Cultural and Municipal Complex in Hoogezand, The Netherlands by De Zwarte Hond

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Article source: De Zwarte Hond 

The Municipality of Hoogezand-Sappemeer has been given a single, prominent, public building in which a theatre, an arts centre, a library and the town hall are accommodated. In the dynamic heart of this Dutch municipality citizens are served a wide palette of services, information, education, culture and recreation. Existing elements, such as the theatre auditorium, dating back to the 1980s, are re-used in the new development. The adjacent town hall, at the moment still in an outdated state, will ultimately undergo a complete transformation. In the meantime the existing premises and the new build function as a single entity. The connecting, central street forms a temporary solution to the gaps in the present infrastructure. Both in terms of use, as well as technological exploitation and urban design, the new central building has great advantages for Hoogezand-Sappemeer.

Realised Phase 1 with existing town hall premises to the left, Image Courtesy © Michel Kievits

Realised Phase 1 with existing town hall premises to the left, Image Courtesy © Michel Kievits

  • Architects: De Zwarte Hond
  • Project: Het Kielzog Cultural and Municipal Complex 
  • Location: Hoogezand, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Michel Kievits
  • Client: Municipality of Hoogezand-Sappemeer
  • Area: Total 9250 m2 – Phase 1: 5.100 m2 & Phase 2: 4.150 m2
  • Year: Phase 1 : 2013 – 2016 / Phase 2: To be determined

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Renovation of the Bank of Slovenia in Ljubljana by SADAR + VUGA

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Article source: SADAR + VUGA

The renovation of the Bank of Slovenia’s central lobby was designed at a student workshop at Ljubljana’s Faculty of Architecture. The project was executed by SADAR+VUGA in close collaboration with the initial student design team.

Bank of Slovenia’s headquarters are located on Slovenska Boulevard. The portal of the 1920s building is adorned by two mighty Atlants. Behind this impressive entrance is the central lobby of the Bank of Slovenia.

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

  • Architects: SADAR + VUGA
  • Project: Renovation of the Bank of Slovenia
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Photography: Miran Kambič
  • Client: Bank of Slovenia
  • Architects Team: Seminar Jurij Sadar (Primož Černelč, Maja Omerzel, Tjaša Plavec, Urška Rupnik, Jan
    Trunkelj, Marko Kavčič; mentors: prof. Jurij Sadar, assist. Ana Kreč) and SADAR+VUGA (Jurij Sadar,
    Boštjan Vuga, Tina Hočevar, Gregor Turnšek, Tjaša Plavec)
  • Total floor area: 531 m2

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Mug Hakdong in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Article source: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Complex surrounding context + Mountain in the distance

The given site is located in front of the bus stop on the main street of the Mondol beach, in Geojae island. There is a stunning horizon of Mondol beach along the Geojae seashore, 100 meters ahead of the site. However, this stunning view can only be captured from the higher level above the ground, from the limited view frame created by the gaps in between the existing buildings. The site is basically surrounded by the randomly constructed accommodations. Yet, the picturesque view of Moja Mountain over those buildings is considered as our targeting landscape.

Image Courtesy © Youngchae Park

Image Courtesy © Youngchae Park

  • Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
  • Project: Mug Hakdong
  • Location: 309-2, 309-13, Hakdong-ri, Dongbu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Photography: Youngchae Park
  • Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Huh, Insil Son, Yoonseop Chang
  • Project Area: 397,75 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013

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Norwegian Mountaineering Center in Møre og Romsdal, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering. The design of the building is based on its function as a mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.

Image Courtesy © Søren Harder Jensen

Image Courtesy © Søren Harder Jensen

  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Project: Norwegian Mountaineering Center
  • Location: Åndalsnes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
  • Photography: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Søren Harder Jensen, Fotograf André
  • Software used: AutoCad
  • Client: Stiftelsen Tindesenteret
  • Size / value: 900 m2
  • Commission type: Invited competition (2009), 1st prize
  • Status: Completed 2016

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