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Europan 13 Community, a sustainable building in Barcelona, Spain by Archilea architecture

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source: Archilea architecture 

The strategy: The project stems from the desire to decline the concept of sustainability, specific in this competition, in three distinct areas: environmental sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability. The stated goal is to create a system in which the three fields can interact and integrate in order to reach equilibrium without one of the three areas of the system, which normally happens, can take precedence over others. To create this system, one of the aspects taken into consideration was the ability to move away from the traditional housing system in which the threshold of building represents a limit insideoutside trying to include in the own building a whole series of activities that can aggregate functions and increase the opportunities to meet and socialize the inhabitants. The basic idea is that the internal layout of the building is transformed into a “public square” open to the outside integrating, as mentioned, functions traditionally handled from outside and defining the building, in fact, as an hybrid: this combination of features provides the possibility to the residents of the building to meet, socialize and discuss transforming the whole neighborhood in a community, overcoming the possible socio-economic and cultural-linguistic differences.

Image Courtesy © Archilea architecture

Image Courtesy © Archilea architecture

  • Architects: Archilea architecture
  • Project: Europan 13 Community, a sustainable building
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Community-minded Share House + IT office ”COCREA” in Hitachi, Japan by bews

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Article source:  bews

Share-house”COCREA” began from a dream of “a place where all gather” of local activities circle HEMHEM of Ibaraki Christian University.

Street side approach to entrance and texture of domestic cedar, Image Courtesy © bews

Street side approach to entrance and texture of domestic cedar, Image Courtesy © bews

  • Architects: bews
  • Project: Community-minded Share House + IT office ”COCREA”
  • Location: Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Satoshi Asakawa 
  • Structural Engineer: Jun Sato (Adviser)
  • Facility Engineer: Comodo equipment planning
  • Contractor: sansyu kensetsu Kogyo
  • Area: 407.54 sqm
  • Project year: 2013~2015

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Pavilion Financial Corporation in Montréal, Canada by LumiGroup and Lemay

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Article source: v2com

Erected in the late 1980s by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), 1250 René-Lévesque West is a well-known commercial building in Montreal. The huge curved façade, undisputable testimony of the postmodernist architecture, faces east and offers a stunning view of the city’s urban landscape.

Reception area, Image Courtesy © Claude-Simon Langlois

Reception area, Image Courtesy © Claude-Simon Langlois

  • Project: Pavilion Financial Corporation
  • Location: Montréal, Canada
  • Photography: Claude-Simon Langlois
  • Designers: Lemay
  • Main designer and project manager: Chantal Ladrie
  • Designer and site manager: Annick Verreault
  • Lighting: LumiGroup
  • Lighting Manufacturers: Traxon Tech nologies, Flos Architectural, Modular Lighting, Dasal Lighting
  • Client: Pavilion Financial Corporation
  • Completion: 2015

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Treatwell office in Vilnius, Lithuania by Plazma Architecture Studio

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Article source: Plazma Architecture Studio

International beauty service platforms Vilnius office is situated in a refurbished XIX century Historic style building.

The interior dominated by open plan work space that is divided by light partitions. Natural materials are emphasized: concrete slabs between authentic wooden joists, furniture planes only treated with varnish.

Image Courtesy © Leonas Garbačauskas

Image Courtesy © Leonas Garbačauskas

  • Architects: Plazma Architecture Studio, Gytis Vaitkevičius
  • Project: Treatwell office
  • Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Photography: Leonas Garbačauskas
  • Area: 266 sq.m.
  • Project year: 2015
  • Software used: Autocad Architecture

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Nakagawa ShotenOmotesnado Shop & Office in Tokyo, Japan by Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Article source: Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

At first I was pleasantly surprised to discover this land filled with such lush greenery in Aoyama, in the middle of Tokyo. I wanted to provide the same kind of pleasant surprise to customers of this shop, both on the first and second floors.  The building stood there, simple and open towards the existing greenery, and seemed to harmonize with the vitality of the land. Respecting such surrounding environment, we tried to minimize the infill construction and composed the interior with furniture instead.

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

  • Architects: Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects 
  • Project: Nakagawa ShotenOmotesnado Shop & Office
  • Location: 5-43-7 Jingu-mae Shibuya, Aoyama, Tokyo, japan 
  • Photography: Kenta Hasegawa
  • Project Team: Masami Nakata, Kosuke Nakano / Schemata Architects
  • Construction: DECOR Co.,Ltd.
  • Collaboration: Seijun Nishihata/Sora Botanical Garden (plant)
  • Floors: 2
  • Floor area: 378.8 M2
  • Structure: RC
  • Completion: 01/2015

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Cobra Tower in Japan by VASILY KLYUKIN

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Article source: VASILY KLYUKIN 

In Japan telling someone that he is a snake means a compliment. In China snakes and dragons often mean the same. The symbol of wisdom andeternal life, this tower would embellish any Eastern city.

Image Courtesy © VASILY KLYUKIN

Image Courtesy © VASILY KLYUKIN

The link to the Amazon Kindle where the book was released: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CBW4HHG (more…)

12 New Fetter Lane completes in London, England by Doone Silver Architects

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Article source: Doone Silver Architects

This striking scheme, designed by the collaborative architectural team of Doone Silver Architects and Flanagan Lawrence, occupies a triangular site bounded by Fetter Lane and New Fetter Lane. Its innovative, rotating stepped form responds to the low-rise Chancery Lane Conservation Area to the west and the higher-rise commercial developments of New Street Square to the east.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

  • Architects: Doone Silver Architects, Flanagan Lawrence
  • Project: 12 New Fetter Lane completes
  • Location: London, England
  • Photography: James Brittain, Kevin Sainsbury
  • Client: Pontsarn Investments – c/o Great Portland Estates
  • Owner: TH Real Estate
  • Landscape Architect: Townshend Landscape Architects
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Main Contractor: Mace
  • Planning Consultant: DP9
  • Structural Engineer: WSP Group
  • M&E Consultant: Hilson Moran Partnership
  • Quantity Surveyor: Arcadis
  • Commissioning Consultant: Dome Group (more…)

High-end office refurbishment in London’s West End by ‘Patalab Architecture

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Article source: ‘Patalab Architecture

In the heart of London’s West End we have substantially upgraded this six storey building, providing cutting edge flexible office accommodation and a striking new entrance sequence. Drawing inspiration from the unique exterior of the Rodney Gordon 1980’s rocket-like building, ‘Patalab’s design picks up the futurist-like qualities and transforms the common parts into an enticing spatial arrangement, using mirrors, lighting and reflective finishes. A bespoke built-in seating area on the ground floor responses to the prestigious location and forms a welcoming feature in the entrance lobby.

In the heart of London's West End ‘Patalab Architecture has substantially upgraded this six storey building, providing cutting edge flexible office accommodation and a striking new entrance sequence, Image Courtesy © Jan Piotrowicz

In the heart of London’s West End ‘Patalab Architecture has substantially upgraded this six storey building, providing cutting edge flexible office accommodation and a striking new entrance sequence, Image Courtesy © Jan Piotrowicz

  • Architects: ‘Patalab Architecture
  • Project: High-end office refurbishment
  • Location: 66 St James’s Street, St James’s, London SW1A 1NE, England
  • Photography: Jan Piotrowicz
  • Client: Capital & City Properties
  • Main Contractor: London Fit Out
  • Project Date: 2014 -2015

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Out Of Office Munich in Germany by VON M GmbH

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Article source: VON M GmbH 

The buzzwords „open, direct, dynamic, straightforward“, standing for the common attributes for the project in the center of Munich, describe a flexible, playful, and creative space for workshops, meetings and events upon two floors.

Image Courtesy © VON M GmbH

Image Courtesy © VON M GmbH

  • Architects: VON M GmbH
  • Project: Out Of Office Munich
  • Location: Munich, Germany

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“Scherbaum Seebacher ” law office at Congress Graz, Austria by LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Article source: LOVE architecture and urbanism  ZT GmbH 

The “Scherbaum Seebacher” law office in Graz moved to the former premises of the Steiermärkische Sparkasse bank on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Congress Graz.

Image Courtesy © Jasmin Schuller

Image Courtesy © Jasmin Schuller

  • Architects: LOVE architecture and urbanism ZT GmbH 
  • Project: “Scherbaum Seebacher ” law office
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Photography: Jasmin Schuller
  • Design team working on the project: DI Sabine Sternbach, DI Andreas Perchinig, DI Piroska Frey, DI Carina Faustmann, DI Erika Brunnermaier, DI Peggy Marten-Haibl, DI Katharina Ofner, DI Stephanie Jordan, DI Michael Leiss
  • Company: Petschnigg ZT‐GmbH
  • Construction physics: DI Roland Müller
  • Construction site coordinator: Rabl ZT GmbH
  • Project director: Dr. Patrik Panholzer, LL.M.
  • Total effective area (m²): 3.000 m²
  • Design year: January 2012
  • Start of construction: March 2013
  • Handing over/completion: March 2014
  • Competition year: 2012

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