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Passive House Bruck in Changxing, China by Peter Ruge Architekten

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Article source: Peter Ruge Architekten 

Peter Ruge Architekten sets new standards of sustainability through the design of a Passive House in Southern China: Passive House Bruck is the first housing of it’s kind to be realized in the countries damp, warm, southern climate with an app. 95% energy saving and certified by the German Passivhaus Institut. The building has been completed in August 2014 and inaugurated officially.

Image Courtesy © Peter Ruge Architekten

Image Courtesy © Peter Ruge Architekten

  • Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten 
  • Project: Passive House Bruck
  • Location: Changxing, Zheijang Province, P.R. China
  • Client: Landsea Europe R&D GmbH
  • Team: Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Jan Müllender, Alejandra Pérez Siller, Duan Fu
  • Structural Engineering: Shanghai Landsea Building Technology Co. Ltd, Shanghai
  • Mechanical & Electrical: Shanghai Landsea Architecture Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai
  • Size: GFA Building: 2.200 sqm


New Life to Old Industrial Silo in Copenhagen, Denmark by COBE Architects

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Article source: COBE Architects

The transformation of Nordhavnen in the Copenhagen Harbor is well under way. Some of the harbor’s old industrial buildings will be preserved in the new neighborhood – among them are the old silos. The tallest one is now being transformed into housing and public functions. Union Holding represented by Klaus Kastbjerg owns the silo and is responsible for the transformation. The project is called “TheSilo” and is designed by Danish firm COBE who is also the architects behind the urban development plans for Nordhavnen.

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Hjortshøj

  • Architects: COBE Architects
  • Project: New Life to Old Industrial Silo
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj
  • Engineers: Wessberg og Alectia
  • Program: Transformation of existing grain silo into housing and public functions
  • Size: 8.500 m2 (91,493 sqf)
  • Status: Ongoing, completed end of 2016
  • Client: Union Holding by Klaus Kastbjerg


Daycare Nursery and collective housing in Paris, France by Margot-Duclot

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Article source: Daycare Nursery and collective housing

The founding act of the project begins with the landscape.  It is rare in Paris to be able to take advantage of panoramic views without vis-à-vis.  Yet here the site overlooks two distant landscapes:  the city and the suburbs.

Image Courtesy © Margot-Duclot

Image Courtesy © Margot-Duclot

  • Architects: Margot-Duclot
  • Project: Daycare Nursery and collective housing
  • Location: Paris, France
  •  Contractor: BOUYGUES Habitat Social
  • Surface : logements 7000 m², commerce 100m² crèche 900 m²
  • Client: Régie Immobilière de la Ville de Paris
  • Budget: 12.900.000 €HT
  • Phase: Winning design (2009), Completed (2014)
  • Engineering: BETHAC / AEI / C&E ing. / ERA



Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Located in the Docks du Havre (76) area, this private ownership, 65-unit congregate housing project renews the venue’s gradually disappearing authenticity. It highlights a few snatches of the old, e.g. this small corner-building that the new building encloses, while expressing its contemporaneous signature with concrete and metallic casing. Following on an initial housing project on the same site, this latest project continues the idea of varying housing types: town houses, stacked dwellings and congregate housing, all of which comes together on three visual levels with unified metallic casing that magnifies Le Havre’s maritime light.

Image Courtesy © sergio-grazia

Image Courtesy © sergio-grazia



Monday, September 8th, 2014


Urban yet bucolic, this project rounds out the urban renewal of the Courghain district in Dunkirk’s suburbs. The venue is divided between the very city-oriented square of the same name and a watergang (a small Dutch-like canal). All the more so because the city’s urban planner called for facades on each of the surrounding streets and blocks on the square while the project only contains 57 social housing units.




Town Houses along the Ronco River in Forlì, Italy by AUS Pasini Ranieri

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Article source: AUS Pasini Ranieri

The Town Houses along the Ronco River are part of a larger mixed-use development establishing an urban spine. The site is a vacant area in the outskirts of the town on the bank of the Ronco River, elongated from the Via Emilia and a secondary road providing motorized access. A series of irregular sheds stand in disarray along the sides.

Image Courtesy ©  Roberto Pasini, Jean-Paul Maltoni Fotobahn

Image Courtesy © Roberto Pasini, Jean-Paul Maltoni Fotobahn

  • Architects: AUS Pasini Ranieri
  • Project: Town Houses along the Ronco River
  • Location: Forlì, Italy
  • Photography: Roberto Pasini, Jean-Paul Maltoni Fotobahn
  • Client: private
  • Implementation: 2007-11
  • Final design, construction documents and supervision: Roberto Pasini, Andrea Ranieri / master-plan and preliminary design: Roberto Pasini (head), Davide Canali, Andrea Ranieri / graphics: AUS Pasini Ranieri, Pamela Casali, Martina D’Alessandro
  • Land area: 1,100 sqm
  • Floor area: 1,200 sqm


Sanba and stad in Antwerp, Belgium by HUB

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Article source: HUB

The ‘Sanba and Stad’ project comprises a dyad at an exclusive location in the bend of the river Scheldt in Antwerp. It includes the renovation of an historic warehouse and the new construction of a lavish and elegant residential building.

Sanba is model type of warehouse which runs throughout the block and has 2 identical facades on the Rijnkaai and in Braziliëstraat. The deep floors with robust, concrete structure are reflected around the central courtyard with the authentic stars and passageway which give access to the building.

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

  • Architects: HUB
  • Project: Sanba and stad
  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Photography: Ilse Liekens
  • Status: buildings are completed
  • Program: 3.800 m² mixed program, 1.250 m² parking
  • Site: Rijnkaai 22-24, B-2000 Antwerp
  • Budget: € 4.200.000


Hargood Close in Essex, UK by Proctor and Matthews Architects

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Article source: Proctor and Matthews  Architects 

Winner – RIBA National Award 2014, Winner – ‘Richard Fielden Award’ Housing Design Awards, Winner – Best Housing Project, Brick Awards 2013, Winner Galvanizing Awards, ‘Architecture in Detail’

Hargood Close is a supported housing scheme in Colchester, (for vulnerable people in need of emergency temporary accommodation) providing a mix of apartments including studios, one and two bedroom dwellings, as well as family houses. The brief called for a mix of dwelling types that would provide more flexible options to help staff respond to the differing living requirements of changing tenants. In addition the brief specified improved space for both onsite and visiting staff, communal space, meeting rooms and a secure children’s play area.

Image Courtesy © Proctor and Matthews  Architects

Image Courtesy © Proctor and Matthews Architects

  • Architects: Proctor and Matthews  Architects
  • Project: Hargood Close
  • Location: Essex, UK
  • Client: Family Mosaic
  • Contract value: £3.4 Million
  • Project status: Completed April 2014


Viravent, 112 flats in Cenon, France by Martin Duplantier Architectes

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Article source: Martin Duplantier Architectes

The burning issue in Metropolitan Bordeaux is a project of 50,000 housing units. Envisioned and designed to be a real estate opportunity, the overly dense development has created quite a controversy. The Viravent project proposes another paradigm. Built before the beginning of the 50,000 yet still comparable, given the shared design model (sited in the heart of town, but in a diffuse section without access to the ZAC), the Viravent project integrates into an existing urban fabric more than imposing upon it.

Image Courtesy © Yohan Zerdoun

Image Courtesy © Yohan Zerdoun

  • Architects: Martin Duplantier Architectes
  • Project: Viravent, 112 flats
  • Location: Cenon, France
  • Photography: Yohan Zerdoun
  • Client: Immobilière Sud Atlantique
  • Project architect: Jean-Baptiste Monthiers
  • Engineers: P.Roncon BE Thermique, Guenolé BE VRD
  • Landscape architect: Anouk Debarre Paysagiste
  • Partnerships: Sogeda (structural), RollingStores (blinds), DavidDavitec (plaster), CapVert (green spaces)
  • Areas: secondary space : 7 280 sqm, habitable
  • Space: 6 776 sqm
  • Budget: 8,5 M€HT
  • Date of delivery: 2013


32 houses in Poitiers, France by Sarl Lanoire & Courrian

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Article source: Sarl Lanoire & Courrian

Urban project

We wished to create a cluster of houses that is both a privacy area and a smoothed porous space, either from the outside or from the inside of the block.

A service road irrigates the hearth of the cluster. It is marked out on both sides by vegetated areas.

The project is a hybrid space, between a square and a garden.

Image Courtesy © S.Chalmeau

Image Courtesy ©  S.Chalmeau

  • Architects: Sarl Lanoire & Courrian
  • Project: 32 houses in Poitiers
  • Location: France
  • Photography: S.Chalmeau
  • Project ownership: LOGIPARC OPH – Poitiers
  • Schedule: Architecture competition 2007, delivery 2012
  •  Building cost: 3.44 MEuro exVAT
  • Procedure: Project management market with restricted competition.


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