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Schoolgarden “De Buitenkans” in Roosendaal, The Netherlands by RO&AD Architecten

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Article source: RO&AD Architecten 

A neighbourhood family had a redundant piece of land, and offered that to “Het Da Vinci College” , a school for animal care and gardening, with pupils who require additional support. They didn’t know where this would end, because there was a plot, lots of enthusiasm, involvement, from the school, neighbourhood and city council, but neither the skills, nor the money to realise the project. That’s where RO&AD architects stepped in. With help of the Province of Noord-Brabant, Visavis Landscape designers, who gave a small budget, they designed a plan which made it possible to be made by the teachers, the pupils, and the neighbourhood themselves. It is a 6 meters wide and 100 meters long timber structure, with relatively easy to make trusses, which are held together by nail plates. All rooms, like the classroom, animal room, greenhouses etc are placed in a row, without any room and money devouring things like halls or hallways. When Rini, a teacher at the school, saw this, he became so enthusiastic, that he offered to make the building himself. And that is what happened. He postponed his retirement for 2 years, and together with neighbours, students and lots of other people he started to work. Under the guidance of a contractor and the architects, he built the school, and the garden in 1 ½ year’s time. And it works! Neighbours are taking down their fences to get access to the school garden. They take care of the plants and the animals during the holidays, and the students finally have a place where they can be proud of to work on.

Image Courtesy © Katja Effting

  • Architects: RO&AD Architecten (Bergen op Zoom, Middelburg, The Netherlands)
  • Project: Schoolgarden “De Buitenkans”
  • Location: Roosendaal, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Katja Effting
  • Software used: Revit and Autocad
  • Design Team: Ad Kil, Ro Koster, Tamara Giesbers, Chris Bakens
  • Landscape design: Vis-a-Vis Woudrichem, The Netherlands
  • Structural Engineer: ABR Roosendaal, The Netherlands

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Keukenhof in Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Article source: Mecanoo architecten 

Keukenhof finally has a proper main entrance. Mecanoo designed an elegant gatehouse to welcome the large flows of, mainly international, visitors to the world famous gardens. A striking timber roof leans on two volumes, forming an impressive gateway to the park. The stepped roof structure of interwoven isosceles triangles provides shelter, whilst creating an ever-changing play of light and shadow.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

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WaterGarden in Istanbul, Turkey by Gorkem Volkan Design Studio

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Article source: pRchitect communications consultancy

The Watergarden Project located in Atasehir district of Istanbul, is a recreational center focusing only on gastronomy and entertainment. It is designed by the Dutch design firm, T Concept and the spatial organization as well as the interior design is undertaken by Gorkem Volkan Design Studio.

The main focal points are specialized for refreshments and recreational functions in the project, which has a balanced spatial organization in open, semi-open and closed spaces. There are various units in relation but different from each other, spreaded over a site of 165.000m2, and designed for various activities. The performance pool of covering an area of 5000m2 is aimed to be the project’s visual and functional center and different areas around the pool are designed to have different atmospheres related with the user profile. Additionally, the City Park, designed by DS Architecture, is an important part of the project that is surrounded by plants and trees and covers a 15.000m2 of land.

Image Courtesy © Gorkem Volkan Design Studio

  • Architects: Gorkem Volkan Design Studio
  • Project: WaterGarden
  • Location: Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Interior: 165.000m2
  • Project Date: 2015
  • Construction Date: 2015-2016

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The Cement Factory in Sant Just Desvern, Spain by Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 

I found enormous silos, a tall smokestack, four kilometres of underground tunnels, and machine rooms in good shape. This was twenty five years ago and it was my first encounter with the Cement Factory.

I already imagined future spaces and noticed that the different aesthetic and plastic tendencies that had developed since World War 1 were present in this factory.

-Surrealism:

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 
  • Project: The Cement Factory
  • Location: Sant Just Desvern, Spain
  • Total floor area: m2 5.000 and gardens
  • House area: m2 500
  • Completed: 1975

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Projet d’aménagement du Littoral de in Casablanca, Morocco by Lemay + Geodata Group

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Article source: v2com

Lemay has won the prestigious international competition to redesign the corniches of Morocco’s Casablanca coast, which include the new seaside promenade of the Hassan II Mosque and the Ain Diab corniche. This win reinforces Lemay’s international presence and once again showcases Quebec’s creativity and design abroad.

“This new achievement confirms our exceptional expertise in integrated design as well as the international demand for a design offering that directly impacts communities’ current and future well-being,” said Louis T. Lemay, president and excellence facilitator.

Gateway to the Hassan II Mosque seaside promenade , Image Courtesy © Lemay

  • Architects: Lemay + Geodata Group
  • Project: Projet d’aménagement du Littoral de
  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Client name: La Société CASABLANCA AMÉNAGEMENT SA
  • Engineers: GEODATA
  • Architecture and landscape architecture: Lemay
  • Project director: René Hubert
  • Project team: Alexandre Lapierre, Bodnar Charlotte, Bourdages Jean-Sébastien, Dewez Raphaël, Ferland Pierre-Olivier, Lacoste Sophie, Lafrance Hugo, Lapierre Alexandre, Lauzon Michel, Lavallée Audrey, Légaré Alexis, Mayano-Vinet Eloi, Migneault Réal, Molaison-Houde Pier-Alexandre, Parent Marie-Ève, Piché Karen, St-Pierre Lucie, Tamine Jean-Pierre, Wang Kevin
  • Cost of work: 200,000,000 Dirhams (equivalent to $26M CDN)
  • Project area: 5 linear km
  • Start date: April 2017
  • End date: July 2018

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Masserie Maresca in Ostuni (BR), Italy by Schiattarella Associati

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Article source: Schiattarella Associati 

Masseria Grottone, part of Masserie Maresca Farm-Hotel, built between 1812 and 1860 is an agricultural complex a few miles away from Ostuni. Dipped in 40 acres of centenary olive trees and Mediterranean scrub: a natural context of extraordinary richness.

Abandoned for several years, the restoration and extension project has been assigned to the firm Schiattarella Associati having a long history dating back to 1970s and a know-how linked to some of the most significant projects of  the last years such as the Seoul Metropolitan Museum, the Children Museum in Kyonggi, the Art Center in Addirriyah and many relevant projects in Italy as well such as the Spanish School of Archaeology, the Cube House in the Olympic Village and the Pediatric Ward of the Umberto I Hospital in Rome.

Image Courtesy © Antonio Fatano

  • Architects: Schiattarella Associati (Andrea Schiattarella, Carla Maresca)
  • Project: Masserie Maresca
  • Location: Ostuni (BR), Italy
  • Photography: Antonio Fatano
  • Client: MASSERIE MARESCA
  • Year: 2012-2016

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VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS and GARDEN COTTAGE in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium by De Smet Vermeulen architecten

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Article source: De Smet Vermeulen architecten

PASTORAL MEMORIES, revisited

The opposition between cities and countryside in Flanders has increasingly become a mental rather than a physical one. A long-standing anti-urban policy has led to a thorough contamination – i.e. urbanization – of the Flemish countryside. Multiple networks connect locations irrespective of their urban or rural status, enabling ever more frequent movements, eroding physical boundaries, merging it all into a semi-urban pattern we call the Nebular City. Inside this Nebular City, rurality has become less a fact than a choice, less a self-evident tradition than a mental construction. It is the architect’s task to design this mental construction.

Image Courtesy © De Smet Vermeulen architecten

  • Architects: De Smet Vermeulen architecten
  • Project: VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS
  • Location: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
  • Software used: Vectorworks (The garden cottage)
  • Villa Braeckman-Staels: Axel Cayman, Henk De Smet, Marleen Goethals, Tom Thys, Paul Vermeulen, 1996-2000
  • Garden cottage Braeckman-Staels: Henk De Smet, Nikolaj De Meulder, Paul Vermeulen, 2011-2013

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East Village in Beirut, Lebanon by J.M.Bonfils & Associates

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Article source: J.M.Bonfils & Associates

The concept consisted in lifting key contextual elements – traditional building material and Lebanese gardens –and revives them with contemporary interpretations. So conventional wood and dark stone found an unexpected contrast in vivid red metal, and space-efficient vertical gardens replaced their horizontal predecessors. These elements complement the diversity of the surrounding context. While it looks like a simple geometric shape from afar, the structure consists of three parallel elongated blocks each with a unique identity that’s revealed on approach, while a cantilevered section that extends out towards the street emphasizes the building’s partly public function, a contemporary art gallery that occupies the ground floor to introduce a cultural and commercial element to the project.

Image Courtesy © Art Director Kinan Mansour

  • Architects: J.M.Bonfils & Associates
  • Project: East Village
  • Location: Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Photography: Art Director Kinan Mansour, Director Chadi Younes and Wael Khoury Photography
  • Lead Architects: Jean-Marc Bonfils
  • Collaborators:
    • Architects: Marwan Matta & Lea Ksayer
  • Consultants:
    • Structural Engineers: Rodolphe Mattar
    • M.E.P Engineers: Kamal Sioufi & Associates
    • Contractors: Kfoury Contracting & Engineering
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 8000 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2015

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House Of The Seven Gardens in Cádiz, Spain by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Article source: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos 

It is Grazalema mountain range the one that creates a wall to high humidity winds coming from Atlantic Ocean.

Because of that, in this part of the south of Spain there is one of the highest rainfall index from Iberian peninsula. Climatology from Subbetica mountain range draws the proposal placed in a large plot where you can see the landscape from Sierra Nevada to African coast.

Image Courtesy © Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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The Unseen Green in Limassol, Cyprus by Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Article source: Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio 

The design is based on the creation of a small hybrid “Green Garden” that interconnects both the interior and exterior of the house. This new proposed green space, has the ability to host the social activities of the owners in a more causal manner, within the shelter provided by the overwhelming plantation. Plants are used as a “filtering” tool for the external surrounding ‘noise’ and sunlight, providing a great sense of privacy and tranquility.

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

Image Courtesy © Constantinos Kalisperas Architectural Studio

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