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Gaia Building in Ecuador by Leppanen + Anker

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Leppanen + Anker

It is a 14 story, 15,000 m2 mixed use building: commercial on the lower floor, offices for the next four floors and residential units on the next nine floors.

The building is located at an important intersection within the city where urban elements converge, such as a new metro stop, an important government building, a commercial shopping center and the most emblematic park of the city. Being the first new construction in this zone and highly visible, the building attempts to combine the many existing and new diverse elements through movements that bring new shadow lines reflections and points of view.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo

  • Architects: Leppanen + Anker
  • Project: Gaia Building
  • Location: Ecuador
  • Photography: Sebastián Crespo
  • Interior Architecture: Uribe & Schwarzkopf
  • Promoter / Owner and Construction: Uribe & Schwarzkopf
  • Team L+A architects: Aaron Leppanen (Principal), Gabriela Anker (Principal), Sofía Chávez , Caroline Dieden, Alberto Játiva
  • Area: 15,000 m2 (5 subfloors. 14 floors plus terrace)
  • Date: 2016

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New headquarters of Crédit Mutuel de Loire-Atlantique in Nantes, France by AIA Associés, associated with AIA Architectes and Intens-Cité

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: METROPOLIS communication

The basic concept: A light and transparent bank

The question leading to the basic concept underlying this project was: how to offer the highest quality and most efficient ergonomic work spaces possible?  The answer to this question resolved all the other issues facing the operation with regard to its insertion in the urban fabric, its environmental quality and the representation of the activity of banking in a period of financial crisis. Thus, the offices are distributed over three floors forming a thickness of 38 m, organized around two patios. The top floors are comprised of standard offices, and the C-suites, while the ground floor and the lower floors house public and shared functions: exhibition gallery, meeting and reception rooms, café, and restaurant serving the entire site, distributed around a broad atrium. This configuration ensures that all the offices benefit from equivalent spatial qualities and quality lighting. In addition, it fosters optimal communication between occupants and users and easy navigation of the site thanks to looping circulations.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: AIA Associés, associated with  AIA Architectes and Intens-Cité
  • Project: New headquarters of Crédit Mutuel de Loire-Atlantique
  • Location: 10 rue de Rieux 44000 Nantes
  • Photography: Luc Boegly & Guillaume Satre
  • Client: Crédit Mutuel de LACO  /  CIC Ouest
  • Interior architects: AIA Architectes and Mouvement carré (Stéphane Renaud)
  • General engineering and project economy: AIA Ingénierie
  • Facades engineering consultant: Arcora
  • Environment engineering: AIA Studio Environnement
  • Scheduling, overseeing and coordination: AIA Management
  • Surface:
    • New headquarters of Crédit Mutuel de LACO: 14,000 m² (+ 12,000 m² of underground parking)
    • The CIC Restructuring: 16,300 m²
  • Construction costs:
    • € 50m excl. VAT for the LACO (value April 2013)
    • € 27m excl. VAT for the CIC
  • Calendar: Delivered in June 2016

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Oceanwide Center in San Francisco by Foster + Partners

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Foster + Partners

The groundbreaking ceremony for Oceanwide Center was held on Thursday, 8 December, marking the start of construction on one of the most pivotal urban projects in San Francisco’s recent history. Situated in the rapidly changing Transbay Area of San Francisco, close to Market Street and the financial district, this transit-oriented development is at the core of downtown San Francisco.

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners / Heller Manus Architects

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners / Heller Manus Architects

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Oceanwide Center
  • Location: San Francisco, United States of America
  • Photography: Foster + Partners Heller Manus Architects
  • Client: Oceanwide Center
  • Collaborating Architect: Norman Foster, Stefan Behling, David Summerfield, Michael Wurzel, Morgan Fleming, Armstrong Yakubu, Bassem Fawwaz, Michael Powers, Tillmann Lenz Piers Heath, Nathan Millar, Jens Kaarsholm, Kadri Kaldam, Jean-Francois Lemay, Simone Martin, Liam Alsop, Ignacio Amunategui, Christos Antonopoulos, Elina Christou, Andrew Dabomprez, Eva Diu, Eleonora Rosselli, Tandorn Prakobpol, Steven Ascensao, Belen Lopez Barrera, Stefano Corsi, Umberto Guareschi, Dovydas Kunsmonas, Lulu Yang, Parul Singh Jio Fish, Jose Garcia Gallardo, Karim Anwar, Quiddale O Sullivan, Radu Ionut Boeriu, Samson Simberg, Sigita Burbulyte, Miguel Munoz, Oliver Mould
  • Land Use Attorney: Reuben Junius & Rose
  • Structural Engineer: Magnusson klemencic Associates
  • Mechanical Engineers:
    • Foster + Partners
    • Taylor Engineering
    • Engineering Enterprise
  • Civil Engineer: BKF
  • Landscape Consultant: Gustafson Guthrie Nichols
  • Façade Consultant: Heintges & Associates
  • Acoustic consultant: Wilson Ihrig

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Ubisoft Quebec in Canada by LumiGroup

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Article source: v2com

Ubisoft’s 400 video game creators located in Quebec City have been settling in to their new workspaces since last May. An ambitious relocation project, the design of this new studio was done in an integrated way under the direction of the firm Coarchitecture, mandated by Ubisoft Quebec for this architectural challenge. The lighting of these new spaces, designed to encourage creative projects, was at the heart of the conception and LumiGroup’s expertise was called upon to achieve all the of the project’s objectives, including the importance of creating an efficient, dynamic, and inspiring living environment, representative of Ubisoft’s DNA.

Absolux Lighting: Kube, Image Courtesy © Jonathan Robert

Absolux Lighting: Kube, Image Courtesy © Jonathan Robert

  • Manufacturer: LumiGroup
  • Project: Ubisoft Quebec
  • Architects: Coarchitecture
  • Location: 585 Boulevard Charest E #200, Quebec city, QC, Canada
  • Photography: Jonathan Robert
  • Client: Ubisoft
  • Engineer: LGT inc.
  • Lighting: LumiGroup
  • Lighting Manufacturers: Absolux Lighting, Barbican, Castor Design, Lightheaded, Delray, Flos, FontanaArte, Luceplan, MP Lighting, Nora Lighting, Osram Sylvania, Solavanti, Visioneering
  • Budget: 4 million (total budget)
  • Completion: May 2016

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Chilca Toll Booth in Lima, Perú by Metrópolis Oficina de Arquitectura

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Article source: Metrópolis Oficina de Arquitectura 

The concessionary company of the Panamericana Sur Highway entrusted us a complex for the collection of toll. The strong image proposed serves as reference in the highway and is easily perceived when cars come closer to this point. Besides the booths, the complex integrates offices, commercial areas and support services for this building.

Image Courtesy © Metrópolis Oficina de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Metrópolis Oficina de Arquitectura

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New residential studios at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France by Simon Morville and Atelier JS.L

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Article source: Atelier JS.L

Architect Simon Morville and Atelier JS.L are collaborating to address the programme to renovate part of the residential studios of the Ministry of Culture and Communication at the Cité Internationale des Arts, the largest artist residency in France, located on the Quais de Seine in Le Marais in Paris. The layout of these new studios combines everyday life and artistic activity to stimulate the residents thanks to decompartmentalising the functions.

Image Courtesy © Colombe Clier

Image Courtesy © Colombe Clier

  • Architects: Simon Morville and Atelier JS.L
  • Project: New residential studios at the Cité Internationale des Arts
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Colombe Clier

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Estudio Nan arquitectos by Nan arquitectos

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Article source: Nan arquitectos

The project for our office reflects our image and values. We are different from other studios and we demonstrate it with this space, which determines how clients perceive our practice.

It is a design that really represent us and makes our office a comfortable, nice and cozy space. These aspects are key as we spend many hours a day there and it influences our well-being.

Image Courtesy © Nan arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Nan arquitectos

 

 

  • Architects: Nan arquitectos (Alberto Reiriz, Vicente Pillado, Wenceslao López)
  • Project: Estudio Nan arquitectos

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New European HQ Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by MVSA Architects

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Article source: MVSA Architects 

In designing a new European HQ for PVH Europe: Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger, we were inspired by the waterfront location. The former port turned creative hub shares the IJ with two contemporary landmark buildings: the EYE film museum and Muziekgebouw aan t ’IJ. We realized that our own building could complete a stunning architectural triangle.

exterior view, Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman

exterior view, Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman

  • Architects: MVSA Architects (Wouter Thijssen)
  • Project: New European HQ Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger
  • Location: Danzigerkade 165, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Albert Bakker, Ronald Tilleman and Barwerd van der Plas
  • Client: PVH Europe (Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger)
  • Interior design: Dan O’Kelly Studio, PVH, Creative Services, MVSA Architects, Amsterdam
  • Developer: Heren 2, Amsterdam
  • Contractor: HerenBouw, Amsterdam
  • Constructive engineer: Van Rossum bv
  • Installations: Huisman & van Muijen
  • Real estate consultant: Appelhoven, Amsterdam
  • Programme: 12.000m² showrooms and offices
  • Completion: 2016

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MTRL Kyoto in Japan by Fumihiko Sano/studio PHENOMENON

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Article source: Fumihiko Sano/studio PHENOMENON

Walking down a street off Kawahara-Gojo in Kyoto, you will find an old Japanese-style house. The house is over a hundred years old, built in the Meiji era. Giyōfū architecture was the method the master-carpenter applied, copying Western architecture but using Japanese traditional wooden techniques. After being used as print shop and furniture store over the decades, the house was renovated to a co-working space called “MATERIAL KYOTO”.

Image Courtesy © Tadanobu Omote

Image Courtesy © Tadanobu Omote

  • Architects: Fumihiko Sano/studio PHENOMENON
  • Project: MTRL Kyoto
  • Location: 554 Honshiogama-cho,Shimogyo-ku,Kyoto-city,Kyoto,600-8411,Japan
  • Photography: Tadanobu Omote
  • Construction: Kansai Reform Institute
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site area: 201.91 m²
  • Building area: 162.79 m²
total floor area : 386.05 m²(1F+2F+3F)
  • Completion: 5/2016

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99C in Cape Town, South Africa by Inhouse Brand Architects

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Article source: Inhouse Brand Architects

When Inhouse Brand Architects was approached to create the new Cape Town offices of top local advertising agency 99c, its interior design team used the opportunity to produce an extraordinary – yet more efficient – work environment that sounds the death knell of the conventional office.

Inhouse approached the design process with several key goals, the first, being to enhance the already spectacular site. The 3000 square meter premises occupy the top three levels of the Atlantic Centre, a new office development on Cape Town’s eastern foreshore. There is a magnificent double-volume interior partly broken by a mezzanine level, and one floor below. Fantastic views wrap around the building, taking in the harbour and Devil’s Peak. Being as yet unoccupied, it was an empty shell to start with… Inhouse’s second goal was to create a fully functioning environment to suit the client’s daily business needs; and the third, was to reflect the creative nature of the agency and its employees.

Image Courtesy © Inhouse Brand Architects

Image Courtesy © Inhouse Brand Architects

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