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Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1. TOUR ET TAXIS: TOWARDS A MIXED-USE ECO-NEIGHBORHOOD

Whereas most developing countries can write their future starting from a blank slate, European cities face the challenge of transforming their built heritage to secure their energy, social and economic transition towards post-carbon, circular and interdependent urban living.

It means being determined to act as forward thinkers, and to bring our new project “Tour & Taxis” into the 21st century in terms of uses, technological progress, social innovation, and sustainable building principles. Today’s architecture is capable of implementing “energy solidarity” between a piece of architectural heritage — industrial in this case — and a contemporary project. The latter provides the necessary energy to the former by integrating renewable energies, thus limiting carbon emissions as recommended by the COP 21.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

  • Architects: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
  • Project: Tour & Taxis
  • Location: Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
  • Client: Extensa, T&T Project S.A.
  • Program: 85 000 M² Housing (Zone B) + 50 000 M² Office + Retail + Leisure (Gare Maritime)
  • Surface Area: 135 000 M²
  • Status : W.I.P.

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Healdsburg I in California by Feldman Architecture

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Feldman Architecture

Comprised of perpendicular bars atop a hill overlooking the village of Healdsburg, this home offers both ample social space ideal for entertaining and the privacy of a rural retreat.

The taller section runs along the ridge of the hill and houses the home’s great room under lofty ceilings and a simple shed overhanging roof, filled with light and views let in through tall glass walls.  Four oversized glass panels open dramatically on each side, transforming the space into an outdoor pavilion whose flush concrete floors extend into a poolside patio to the north and into a terrace featuring a fire pit to the south to offer comfortable outdoor areas for both hot and cool weather.   With these doors drawn up, the site offers one sweeping, continuous view from the pool, through the great room, and down into the distant village below.

Image Courtesy © Joe Fletcher

  • Architects: Feldman Architecture (Chris Kurrle)
  • Project: Healdsburg I
  • Location: Healdsburg, California, USA
  • Photography: Joe Fletcher
  • Software used: SketchUp and Revit

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Oulu Travel Centre in Finland by Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Architects m3

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki

The design area is located by the railway, at the junction of City of Oulu’s urban fabric, where the low and small-scale district of Puu-Raksila meets with the more high-rising city centre. The design joins together these two different scales and construction methods, which, at the same time, creates an areal entity with a distinctive and attractive identity.

Image Courtesy © Brick Visual

  • Architects: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Architects m3
  • Project: Oulu Travel Centre
  • Location: Oulu, Finland
  • Rendering: Brick Visual
  • Team: Ilmari Lahdelma,Rainer Mahlamäki, Janne Pihlajaniemi, Kari Nykänen, Jukka Savolainen, Petri Saarelainen, Teemu Seppälä, Laura Iivarinen, Heidi Siitonen, Taavi Henttonen, Joona Hulmi, Julius Seniunas, Cristian Stoian, Hanna Kosunen, Ville Rautiainen.
  • Landscape architecture:  Maisema-arkkitehtitoimisto Näkymä Oy
  • Traffic Planner: Plaana Oy
  • Cost Consultant and Real Estate: Rakennusinsinööritoimisto Rimako Oy
  • Gross floor areas:
    • Residential blocks: 65 000 m2
    • Office buildings: 10 000 m2
    • Travel Services Centre: 32 800 m2
  • Results: January 2017

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Studio Sitges in Spain by Olson Kundig

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Olson Kundig

Studio Sitges is a live/work space for a photographer and his family. Located three blocks from the

Mediterranean Sea, the building captures the casual energy of this cosmopolitan beach town thirty minutes from Barcelona.

The house is zoned vertically, with two large below-grade photography studios anchoring the building, a main floor for entertaining both large and small groups, and private areas above. A glass elevator moves between floors and culminates in an intimate rooftop atelier. Kundig describes the whole house as a studio—a space in which things can happen.

Image Courtesy © Nikolas Koenig

  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Project: Studio Sitges
  • Location: Sitges, Spain
  • Photography: Nikolas Koenig and Petter Hegre
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA
  • Design Principal: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Manager: Megan Zimmerman, Architectural Staff
  • Contractor: Carbonell Freixas S.L.
  • Consultants:
    • Structural engineering: MCE Structural Consultants
    • Steel/metal fabrication and installation: Metalisteria Mecrimar S.L.
    • Electrical and plumbing: Joan Figueras S.A.
    • Pool: Reindesa
    • Garage doors and gates: Portes Joan Rius
    • Radiant flooring and air conditioning: Tecnotrol
    • Audio system: Digital Luxe
    • Painting: 9 Colors
    • Wood floors: Ebony & Co.
    • Marble: Arch. Gianclaudio Papasogli Tacca
  • Year: 2010

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Nerima House in Tokyo, Japan by Elding Oscarson

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Elding Oscarson 

On a plot in Tokyo, a small garden has been thriving next to an old house for a long time. As the tiny existing building was replaced, our client really wanted to preserve the garden and allow it to sprawl all around the house. The small plot should also fit a parking, the maximum footprint of the house, and the necessary gap to the site perimeter. The client is a couple that will first use this house as a weekend house before eventually moving to Tokyo. They also have grown-up children living in Tokyo and abroad that will inhabit the house from time to time. Therefore, the program was fairly unspecified, and rather than making a house with many small rooms, we opted for a concept which gives a few large spaces in this small house.

Image Courtesy © Kenichi Suzuki

  • Architects: Elding Oscarson [Jonas Elding (Partner in Charge), Johan Oscarson (Partner in Charge), Yuko Maki (Project Architect)]
  • Project: Nerima House
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Kenichi Suzuki
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Local Architect: Koichiro Tokimori, Osamu Kato
  • Structural Engineer: Jun Sato Structural Engineering, Yuko Mihara (Project Engineer)
  • Mechanical Engineer: System Design Labo
  • Builder: Kudo Komuten
  • Gardener: Tokuzo
  • Curtain: Akane Moriyama
  • Construction Cost: 38.000.000 yen
  • Site area: 109 m2
  • Building area (gross): 46 m2
  • Total floor area (gross): 99 m2
  • Completion: 2015

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The Apex House in Ratlam, India by Design Buro Architects

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Design Buro Architects

From making huts of two fold paper in childhood to buildings in the public realm, architecture has been always been all around us in one form or another. The Apex is an approach to residential architecture from basics to the modern. The triangular form with the conventional notion of a home in the country has been converted into an elegant structure that houses the living spaces within.

Image Courtesy © Aman Sonel

  • Architects: Design Buro Architects
  • Project: The Apex House
  • Location: ‎Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Photography: Aman Sonel
  • Lead Architects: Navendu Shrivastava
  • Structural Consultants: Design Buro Architects
  • Site Area: 3172 sqm
  • Gross Built Area: 746 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2014

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RESIDENTIAL SAN MATEO in Lorca, Spain by ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA NAOS / MCEA | ARQUITECTOS

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA NAOS / MCEA | ARQUITECTOS

The old Residential San Mateo was one of the most emblematic buildings of the city of Lorca for its special conception with an open central space to Juan Carlos I Avenue. In July 2011, the construction was completely demolished due to the earthquake of 11 May. In October 2011, the Residential Owners’ Association issued a call of design proposals to select the most suitable project for the reconstruction of their houses. In the terms of the competition, the projects design was made conditional on compliance with the ownership structure of the original construction, so that each owner could recover the position that had previously occupied within the building as a whole.

Image Courtesy © ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA NAOS / MCEA | ARQUITECTOS

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TDH in Grimbergen, Belgium by i.s.m.architecten

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: i.s.m.architecten

“This freestanding family house to the north of Brussels, is situated on a plot which due to its irregular shape remained unsold for a long period of time.

The base shape of this house is an offset of this particular form.

Image Courtesy © Luis Díaz Díaz

  • Architects: i.s.m.architecten (icw Bataille & ibens,Vander Elst,Wantiez)
  • Project: TDH
  • Location: Grimbergen, Belgium
  • Photography: Luis Díaz Díaz
  • Interior architecture: i.s.m.architecten
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf De Hauwere
  • Structural engineering: util
  • Completion: 2014

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“House in Trees” in Echo Park, Los Angeles by Anonymous Architects

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Anonymous Architects

The site is characterized by its remote feeling and mature trees; this despite being surrounded by dense urban development. It is an unusual paradox to have such a natural setting that occurs in the middle of Los Angeles – a city known for its endless sprawl and crawling traffic.

Image Courtesy © Steve King & Michael Wells

  • Architects: Anonymous Architects (Simon Storey)
  • Project: House in Trees
  • Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Photography: Steve King & Michael Wells
  • Clients: Alex Klein & Joanie Ellen
  • Building sq.ft: 2,000 (approx. sq.m 200)
  • Date of completion: 2015

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Conjunto Volcanes I in Jalisco, Mexico by Santoscreativos + Vtaller

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Santoscreativos + Vtaller

Conjunto Volcanes is a social living complex located in Guadalajara City, Mexico. Designed for a Real State Development Group that works mostly in middle an low income class regions, Conjunto Volcanes emphasizes on creating economic, accessible living units, that could have aesthetics qualities related to the context and could generate cuality living conditions that can mean a sense of appropiation of the living space.

NORTH FACADE, Image Courtesy © Miguel Valverde

  • Architects: Santoscreativos + Vtaller
  • Project: Conjunto Volcanes I
  • Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Photography: Miguel Valverde
  • General Contractor: Dieguez Taller -2 Arquitectos
  • Project Team: Victor Valverde, Miguel Valverde
  • Lot Area: 916 M2
  • Built Area: 1,645 m2
  • Project Year: 2014

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