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KKCG in Prague, The Czech Republic by VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK / RAW ATELIER

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Article source: VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK / RAW ATELIER

Newly renovated office building in Prague was designed by Prague based studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK, together with a Brno based RAW ATELIER. The client is an international business company, focused on an environmental sustainability. This project purely reflects natural approach and materials. The goal was to create Dominant item of the building interiors is a 21m height vertical garden, where the plants are grown. The moisture system is computer controled. Another eyecatcher, once you enter the main lobby is a white polygonal „interior facade“ made out of laquered aluminium profiles. It gives to the lobby dynamic, yet calm feeling.

Image Courtesy © VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK / RAW ATELIER

  • Architects: VRTIŠKA ŽÁK / RAW ATELIER
  • Project: KKCG
  • Location: Prague, The Czech Republic
  • Engineering: AED
  • Area: 8500m2
  • Project: 04-10/2011
  • Build: 11/2011-07/2012
  • Costs: 8.000.000,- EUR

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Mad Building in Oslo, Norway by MAD arkitekter

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Article source: MAD arkitekter 

Challenge

The challenge was extreme: What to do with an urban space which is 10 x 90 metres in area, with minimal sunlight and a requirement of 200 bicycle parking places? This strip of city floor should give pedestrians (and cyclists!) a pleasant experience and, at the same time, provide a suitable entrance to the commercial areas on ground floor level

Image Courtesy © MAD arkitekter

  • Architects: MAD arkitekter
  • Project: Mad Building
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Landscape architects: Grindaker AS
  • Lighting consultants: ÅF Lighting
  • Produced by: Richard Tangen, Tangen Maskin

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PIER THIRTY Group’s Western Japan HQ Building in Okayama Prefecture by YOSHIHIRO KATO ATELIER Co., Ltd.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Article source: YOSHIHIRO KATO ATELIER Co., Ltd. 

The PIER THIRTY Group’s Western Japan HQ building, built in Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture, is a main office building of a company which runs eating/drinking establishments all over Japan. The venue of this building comprises the office space for administrative work and the kitchen for development of new menus as well as for practice by chefs from its each branch as test kitchen.

Image Courtesy © Nacasa & Partners inc.

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Monte Grappa 3 in Milan, Italy by GBPA Architects

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Article source: GBPA Architects

After winning an invited competition, GBPA Architects was commisioned to design  an office building in Monte Grappa street, situated in the heart of Milan fashion district  nearby the Central Train Station and other main landmarks.  The brief was to totally re-design and refurbish the old Tecnimont Headquarters,  an iconic building from the 70s with a very distinctive facade in anodised aluminium and  glass, materials chosen to evoque and enlight the Company’s power and technical skills.

Image Courtesy © GBPA Architects

  • Architects: GBPA Architects
  • Project: Monte Grappa 3
  • Location: Milan, Italy

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Tetote Note in Aichi Prefecture, Japan by Yoshihiro Kato Atelier Co., Ltd.

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Article source: Yoshihiro Kato Atelier Co., Ltd. 

The square and pure white building located on a 100 square meter site is called TETOTE NOTE. TETOTE means handshake in Japanese, and it signifies the collaboration among the designers, the clients, and those involved in creating. The first to fifth floors are used as an in-house studio, and the simple arrangement of oblong circular windows in the flat outer surface is impressive. These windows have two ways of opening—vertically and horizontally. Attached just at the surface of the outer wall, these windows give the impression of flatness viewed from the outside, while the thickness of the walls further emphasizes the oblong shape, capturing more random and active shadow and light. In this way the structure has the impression of duality, with a rougher interior, and it represents a stronger relationship through space and minimal detail, without incorporating a great deal of design information. Glass is used for the roofs of the stairway shafts connecting the floors, shedding light on the walls of each floor, and this light changes over time. The steps of the steel staircases are punched through with oblong holes to allow more light to reach all the way to the bottom floor.

Image Courtesy © Nacasa & Partners inc.

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Charlotte NC’s Newest Office Tower in North Carolina by John Portman & Associates

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Article source: v2com

John Portman & Associates (JPA) is pleased to announce the grand opening of 615 South College in Uptown Charlotte. A celebration was held on Thursday, May 18 where Charlotte business leaders and commercial real estate professionals joined representatives of John Portman & Associates to commemorate the occasion.

Debut of 615 South College Charlotte, Image Courtesy © John Portman & Associates

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Unicity in Seoul, Korea by D-Werker Architects

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Article source: D-Werker Architects

Unicity – Carver Korea Lab.: to obtain “Idetity” in urbanscape.

Unicity is the headquarters and research center of Carver Korea, a cosmetic business in South Korea. Carver Korea wants to make a splendid building design to show recent growth of the company.

Image Courtesy © Inwoo Yeo

  • Architects: D-Werker Architects (Jieun Lee, Hwon Yoon)
  • Project: Unicity
  • Location: 459-1, Daeheung-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Photography: Inwoo Yeo
  • Client: Sang Rok Lee
  • Construction: Gaudikorea Co.
  • Structure: Ferroconcrete
  • Finishing Materials: Pine Board Exposed Concrete, Exposed Concrete
  • Levels: 1 Basement, 5 Fllors
  • Total Area: 1,961.91 sqm
  • Year: 2017

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Oficentro Asebanacio in San José, Costa Rica by ICESA Arquitectos

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Article source: ICESA Arquitectos

The fast-growing Employee Solidarity Association of the National Bank of Costa Rica was in need of a new headquarter. They envisioned not only to build their house, but to create a common roof to shelter institutions with shared values and synergies.

The building is located in Llorente de Tibás, a mixed and varied urban fabric that changes dramatically both in landscape and program on every side of the irregular plot. The east facade faces a National Highway, the northern one faces a commercial street and the south side of the plot borders a sprawled residential community. The building accordingly responds differently to every side, situation that is intensified by the bioclimatic parameters that requested the maximum light from the north and south and thermal reductions from the strong east and west lights. This is contrary to the plot geometry that has the shortest side to the north and a reason why the concrete louvers were proposed as a project feature.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo

  • Architects: ICESA Arquitectos
  • Project: Oficentro Asebanacio
  • Location: Tibás, San José, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo
  • Client: Asebanacio
  • Lead Architects: Sebastián Alfaro Fuscaldo, Cristian Cambronero Herra
  • Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda
  • Mechanical Engineer: Carlos Cordero
  • Electrical Engineer: Marco Vasquez

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Lot YA in Paris, France by Studioninedots

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Article source: Studioninedots 

Boursorama Banque has moved into its new Parisian head office in Boulogne-Billancourt designed by Studioninedots. In collaboration with Ateliers 115, Studioninedots created a robust and clear building distinguished by its subtle recesses and terraces but foremost by the striking facade that interplays rhythms of bronze-coloured blades.

Image Courtesy © Peter Cuypers

  • Architects: Studioninedots
  • Project: Lot YA
  • Location: Rue Traversière 44, Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France
  • Photography: Peter Cuypers
  • Client: Kaufman & Broad
  • Design team: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Project team: Wouter Hermanns, Daniel Aw, Freddy Koelemeijer, Eliano Dias Felicio, Pedro Piernas
  • Engineering and project manager: Jean-Marc Saurer

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Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg, Russia by ORANGE architects bv and KCAP

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Article source: ORANGE architects bv

KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects win the first prize in the urban and architectural competition for the most western tip of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg. With its important role in the historical outreach of St. Petersburg towards the West, Vasiliesvky Island will become the most prominent manifestation of the city of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland. With the urban plan, the 15 ha site will become a new part of the city with a diverse mix of urban functions facilitating and interconnecting the surrounding areas. It will become a new face of St. Petersburg as entrance of the city from the water.

Image Courtesy © ORANGE architects bv and KCAP

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