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New’R, ZAC EuroNantes Gare in Nantes, France by Hamonic+Masson & Associés architects

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Article source: Hamonic+Masson & Associés architects

This emblematic project in the EuroNantes quarter introduces a gradation in the way people live in the air. The lower floors come in varying kinds of outside spaces with plant bins built into the railings. The higher floors, above any obstructed views, have terraces that become big panoramic screens with winter gardens protected from winds and bad weather. The script is honed and simple. The building reflects an image of great sobriety. Encased in light-coloured metal sidings, the façades catch the light in a constantly changing play of reflected light. Work on the skyline introduces variations in forms and varying ownership of the roofs. This enables different scales of views to people looking at the building from a distance and a diversity of places for the building’s users. The design plays on the idea of movement, backgrounds and multiplicity. Architecture in cinema scope.

Image Courtesy © Hamonic+Masson & Associés architects

Image Courtesy © Hamonic+Masson & Associés architects

  • Architects: Hamonic+Masson & Associés architects
  • Project: New’R, ZAC EuroNantes Gare
  • Location: Nantes, ZAC EuroNantesGare, block 1C
  • Calendar: Under construction, completion in 2017
  • Client: Kaufman&Broad
  • Inspection body: SOCOTEC
  • Contractor: Nantes MétropoleAménagement
  • Environment: RT 2012
  • Graphics: Luxigon
  • Urban planners: Atelier Ruelle
  • Surface: 10 352 m²

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OFF GRID RETREAT in Appalachian Ohio by Midland Architecture

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Article source: Midland Architecture

Description:

This 900 square foot off grid retreat, situated on the family’s cattle farm in Appalachian Ohio, blends old and new technologies to create a self-sustaining home. South facing glazing in the living room provides views across a seven acre lake, and is also integral to the passive solar design which generates heat when coupled with the concrete finish floors. Additional sustainable features include a fresh water cistern supplied by a natural spring that runs along the building site; electricity generated by a solar cell array; and spray foam insulated walls and ceilings. The exterior is clad with a Corten metal standing seam roof and burnt cedar siding with Douglas fir columns. The interior layout features two bedrooms and a single bath, along with a great room and kitchen.

Image Courtesy © Midland Architecture

Image Courtesy © Midland Architecture

  • Architects: Midland Architecture
  • Project: OFF GRID RETREAT
  • Location: Appalachian Ohio, USA
  • Designer: Greg Dutton
  • Completed: July 2014

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WING Loft in Chai Wan, Hong Kong by Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Article source: Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Hong Kong’s neighbourhood Chai Wan is the next up-and-coming cultural hub on the island. As industrial activities are slowly disappearing from the area, the rough post-industrial urban fabric leaves behind a unique range of spaces and places that form the backdrop for an innovative creative scene. WING is the latest addition to what Chai Wan has on offer. Located on the top of a large waterfront industrial complex, this spacious loft / performance space is a versatile and flexible venue for contemporary dance, exhibitions, performances and events,which simultaneously allows for an instant conversion into office spaces and/or residence. By packing this multifaceted programme in a relatively small area in a derelict industrial warehouse, the project voices a strong critique to Hong Kong’s extreme housing situation, lack of cultural facilities, and its and negligence of its industrial heritage.

Entrance Corridor, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Entrance Corridor, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

  • Architects: Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd
  • Project: WING Loft
  • Location: Unit 2, 21F, Chai Wan Industrial City Phase II, 70 Wing Tai Rd, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
  • Photography: Dennis Lo Designs, Ramon Van Der Heijden
  • DESIGN TEAM: KristofCrolla& Julien Klisz (LEAD)
  • CONCEPT DESIGN: LEAD i.c.w. Dhooge & Meganck Ingenieur-Architecten BVBA
  • SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR FINS: E T Engineering Ltd.
Loft entrance, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Loft entrance, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

A battery of industrial elevators bring visitor up in a nondescript industrial building to the loft’s 21stfloorentrance corridor. Here, an elegantly curving brass sign wraps and folds around white exhibition walls to draw visitors to the front door. Upon entry of the loft one arrives at the crossing of the venue’s two main wings. Both wings house a performance stage, open up onto a large corner terrace, and are connected with one another via the brass kitchen element.

Left wing – performance stage, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Left wing – performance stage, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The left wing of the venue houses a large dark-wooden stage area that is flanked by a broad window offering stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline. A swooping brushed brass volume forms the stage’s backdrop and houses both a library and a window to the bar/kitchen area. A large open space in front of the stage forms the visitor’s meeting area, which opens up directly onto the terrace and can function as a dining area as well. Inside the brass volume sanitary units, a kitchen, and storage spaces are embedded. A horizontal roller shutter allows the brass volume to be sealed off completely, or to operate as a bar open to the performance spaces.

Dining area, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Dining area, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The right wing of the loft houses a second stage and the venue’s operational spaces. Sliding walls and partitions allow for flexible subdivision in various configurations with different atmospheres. The stage is placed in the darkest corner of the space, is slightly lifted from the spectator’s area in front, and has built-in lighting and adjacent storage. It directly connects to a backstage area which has mosaic-tiled changing rooms and make-up facilities for performers. Sliding doors allow the stage to be separated from the spectator’s area in front, which can be transformed into a meeting room or lounge area.

Outdoor terrace, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Outdoor terrace, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

On the street-side of the right wing three brightly lit staff offices are located, all of which have deep views into Chai Wan. These offices can be interconnected with or separated from one another via pin-board / blackboard sliding doors, and are separately accessible via the archive corridor. The archive corridor is the central access way to all the functions of the right wing. It is built from a back-lit wooden lattice structure behind which storage spaces and sanitary units are concealed.

Outdoor terrace with unfolded table, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Outdoor terrace with unfolded table, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

All spaces in the right wing of the loft can be separated and sealed off from the rest of the loft via an ArtWall. This ArtWall forms the key feature of the project and consists of a ten meter long, foldable wooden screen that has milled into it an abstract artwork symbolizing the dynamic motion of the performances the loft is to house. The wall operates as a lantern-like space divider that mediates between the bright outward oriented space in front and the intimate rooms behind. It is fabricated using a computer controlled router that milled a carefully composed drawing into layers of differently coloured wood and acrylic, revealing the image through different levels of colour and transparency. The wall panels can be folded together in pairs to give access to the performance space, archive, and offices behind.

Bar / kitchen, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Bar / kitchen, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Both left and right wings of the venue open up and meet onto an outside terrace. Clad in light-coloured natural stone, and surrounded by colourful green, this space bathes in light and offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. A large rotating wooden table, benches with built-in storage, and a built-in barbecue give programmatic flexibility to the space, while a big triangular white awning offers shade from the sub-tropical sun.

Meeting area, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Meeting area, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Finally, from the entrance corridor a separate fire staircase gives access to a semi-private rooftop area. This place houses a third performance stage. Entirely clad in hardwood, and surrounded by greenery, the rooftop area opens up entirely to the Island’s magnificent scenery.

The ArtWall forms a flexible, translucent screen that hides a built-in sliding door, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall forms a flexible, translucent screen that hides a built-in sliding door, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Hidden where one would least expect it, high in a corner of an old industrial building, WING offers Hong Kong a rare place for creative expression. Typical of this bustling city where space is scarce, hyper-flexibility and spatial efficiency are pushed to the maximum to allow the project’s ambitious programme. Careful selection of materials, geometries, craft and techniques gives the space its unique, warm and charismatic identity. With frequent events scheduled throughout the year WING aims to facilitate and stimulate Hong Kong’s creativity.

The ArtWall folds into separate panels, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall folds into separate panels, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall opens up to connect to a meeting space behind, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall opens up to connect to a meeting space behind, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall opens up to connect to a performance space behind,Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall opens up to connect to a performance space behind,Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall opens up to connect to performance and backstage area, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

The ArtWall opens up to connect to performance and backstage area, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Light radiates through the ArtWall at night, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Light radiates through the ArtWall at night, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Backstage changing room, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Backstage changing room, Image Courtesy © Dennis Lo Designs

Terrace at night with view of glowing ArtWall and brass kitchen element, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Terrace at night with view of glowing ArtWall and brass kitchen element, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Plan, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Plan, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Section Aa, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Section Aa, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Section Bb, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Section Bb, Image Courtesy © Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd

Contemporary Bungalow in Haelen, Netherlands by Lab32 architecten

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Article source: Lab32 architecten

This villa in the Dutch village of Haelen was built for a couple with a child. It resides on the grounds of an out-dated ninety sixties bungalow. The villa anticipates the family’s love for outdoor living. The box shaped part of the villa seems to float above the sloping landscape. On both sides, it is fitted with windows that offer a panoramic view. The windows optimise the relationship between the in- and outdoor environment. They make both worlds transparent. The low-lying terrace is situated at the rear side of the villa and holds a swimming pool and koi pond. The terrace runs into the covered terrace. Both terraces strengthen the relationship between the in- and outdoor living space. The interior was designed in harmony with the villa. It perfectly fits the minimalist aesthetics the clients aspire. The austere and pure design was combined with warm materials. We designed everything and left nothing to chance. Because of this, we can truly say that the villa is like a tailor-made suit that offers optimal comfortable living.

Image Courtesy © Lab32 architecten

Image Courtesy © Lab32 architecten

  • Architects: Lab32 architecten
  • Project: Contemporary Bungalow
  • Location: Haelen, Netherlands
  • Software used: Autocad,  Autodesk

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Residence Pfarrmessner in Sterzing, Italy by Pedevilla Architects

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Article source: Pedevilla Architects

The design of the recently completed residence Pfarrmessner presents itself to the observer in a uniform and almost solid manner. The building is situated at the southern outskirts of the city of Sterzing/Vipiteno, at approximately 950 meter above sea level. It is also the southernmost city of South Tyrol, an autonomic province of Italy. The residence, which is generally orientated east and westwards, is separated into four storeys, whilst each one of the four apartments develops differently through and on these floors. These very individual arrangements of floor layouts, as well as the patchy positioning of openings and loggias find their common ground in the coherent exterior. Projected as a building of solid construction, it features a concrete bearing structure with an insulated plaster facade. Its monolithic and robust appearance is referring to some regional predominant porphyry stone, which is typically characterised by its reddish-brown colouration. The prefiguration of this very stone was implemented to the facade by the use a high pigmented moulding plaster, marked above all by its organic fine-grain amount.

Image Courtesy © Gustav Willeit

Image Courtesy © Gustav Willeit

  • Architects: Pedevilla Architects
  • Project: Residence Pfarrmessner
  • Location: Sterzing, Italy
  • Photography: Gustav Willeit

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SFS Residence in Varna, Bulgaria by STARH Stanislavov architects

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Article source: STARH Stanislavov architects

Concept

SFS Residence (Sea Forest Stone) is situated in “Chaika” residential area, 50m from The Black Sea in a plot with considerable west to east downhill in virgin landscape, with valuable tree species and natural rock formations. The biggest challenge was to design contemporary, organic building which fits easily in the context of the environment. To look light, airy and unobtrusive, to work with all the elements of the landscape without dominating itself.

Image Courtesy © STARH Stanislavov architects

Image Courtesy © STARH Stanislavov architects

  • Architects: STARH Stanislavov architects
  • Project: SFS Residence
  • Location: Varna, Bulgaria
  • Build up area:  3 600 sq.m
  • Design Year: 2015

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BLANCO OOSTDUINKERKE RESIDENCE in the dunes, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

The design of these two multi-storey properties respects the scale of the adjacent residential centre.
Both buildings are able to optimally integrate in the landscape as a result of their underground garage and the planting of dune grasses.

Image Courtesy © Bart Heijnens

Image Courtesy © Bart Heijnens

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: BLANCO OOSTDUINKERKE RESIDENCE
  • Location: the dunes, Belgium
  • Interior architecture: Frederic Kielemoes
  • Project management: Hectaar nv
  • Structural conception: BM Engineering
  • Structural work: Jean-Marc Deprez
  • Safety coordination + EPB reporting: ac coördinatie gcv

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THE MINTON in Singapore by DP Architects

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Article source: DP Architects

In today’s highly competitive home property market, what is valued is a design that differentiates the individual’s living experience, in line with market trends.

The Minton, completed in 2014, comprises ten 15-storey and eight 17-storey apartment blocks, with a total of 1,145 units including 24 units of penthouses. Despite its size, the development is an example of a unique high-rise living concept, built on a creative interpretation of the landscape and the provision of differentiated amenities. All blocks are oriented in the north-south direction in three linear rows, ample spaces maintained between the blocks. The design takes full advantage of the site topography in the use of open spaces and landscaping to create distinctively different experiences, facilitated by bridges and sky terraces connecting the blocks. Two of the three sky terraces accommodate spa facilities for residents, while the third serves as a landscaped deck connected to a bridge that links the different levels in this development.

Image Courtesy © Marc Tey

Image Courtesy © Marc Tey

  • Architects: DP Architects
    Project: THE MINTON
  • Location: Singapore
  • Photography: Marc Tey
  • Project Team Members: Tong Bin Sin, Mike Lim, Wang Tse Lip, Toh Li Chuin, Divino Carrillo, Firman Saleh, Jacob Sandoval, Joseph Chua, Mochamad Herman Irfany, Pek Hui Xian, Roslinah Ahmad, Ross Vinco, Rowell Mendoza, See Phei Kee, Tan Teng Siew
  • Area: 123,900sqm
  • Year of Completion: 2014

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Shad Row by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Article source: Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

The property, situated just beyond the ocean dunes, was purchased with a partial foundation and permits in place for a traditional, shingle style residence. The owner presented us with the challenge of designing a modern residence, which thoroughly integrated the indoor and outdoor spaces, for their family of four on exactly the permitted building footprint.

Image Courtesy © Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

Image Courtesy © Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

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Cross-Laminated-Timber Cottage in Ladysmith, Quebec by Kariouk Associates

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Article source: Kariouk Associates

The site for this project is a remote, private lake beside which for more than seventy years existed a family’s cottage.  When the land passed from mother to son, the decision was made to reinvigorate the home; ultimately, because the home had already reached such an advanced state of decay, it was decided to have it removed and to build a new cottage. For sentimental reasons, the new home was to be the exact dimensions of the former and it was to sit in the exact same location.  Aside from those requirements though, a far more open spatial arrangement was desired.  The cottage was only intended for three-season use (the Manhattan couple for whom this was being built intended to spend winters in warmer climates).  The house design was simplified because significant insulation was not required, however, construction intentions were complicated by the fact that the remote location meant that the cost of labor “commuting” from the city would be extremely costly.

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Image Courtesy © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

  • Architects: Kariouk Associates
  • Project: Cross-Laminated-Timber Cottage
  • Location: Ladysmith, Quebec
  • Photography: Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde
  • Software used:Auto CAD and Photoshop
  • DESIGNER: Paul duBellet Kariouk (Principal), Chris Davis (Senior Design Associate), David King, Sarah McMurtry, Adam Paquette (Design Associates)
  • CLT CONSULTANT: Timmerman Timberworks
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Moses Structural Engineers

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