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Casa Garcias in Cancún, México by Warm Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Warm Architects

Garcias’ House is located on a 273 square meter lot in a fast growing residential area of Cancun. The lot is adjacent in its northern and western sides with other residential lots, while it faces greenery to the east and the street to the south. The strategy for this project was to limit the habitable volume on the western side, in order to make the most of the view, the shadow and incorporate the public greenery with the interior of the house, thru the empty space between them.

Image Courtesy © Wacho Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Wacho Espinosa

  • Architects: Warm Architects
  • Project: Casa Garcias
  • Location: Cancún, México
  • Photography: Wacho Espinosa
  • Architect in charge: Carlos Armando del Castillo
  • Area: 215 m2
  • Date: 2014

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Mehrabad House in Isfahan Province, Iran by Sarsayeh Architectural Office

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Sarsayeh Architectural Office

For those people who have a long experience of living in single-unit houses with a courtyard, it is a great challenge to change their life style and live in apartment houses.

Losing many of desirable advantages of single unit houses such as independency, fellowship with nature, existence of hierarchy and, natural ventilation and … is a trouble for the people who want to live apartment units.

Image Courtesy © Farshid Nasrabadi

Image Courtesy © Farshid Nasrabadi

  • Architects: Sarsayeh Architectural Office
  • Project: Mehrabad House
  • Location: Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
  • Photography: Farshid Nasrabadi
  • Software used: Autocad and autodesk 3dS Max(V-Ray)
  • Client: Ali Mirhosseini
  • Architect in charge: Behnam Sefidi
  • Design assist : Hengameh Akbari
  • Contractor : Farhad Bahramipour
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 1350 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2016

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Una Pavillion in São Sebastião, Brazil by Apiacás Arquitetos

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Apiacás Arquitetos 

Located in a residential condominium at Barra do Una Beach (located in São Sebastião, near of São Paulo city), the project UNA Pavilion was signed by the brazilian architecture office Apiacás Arquitetos. For this project, Apiacás had the feasibility as a premise, considering the choice of materials and mainly focusing on the constructive details, capable of organizing the assembly system. Therefore, the structure is made up of standardized and modular elements: the foundation was executed in concrete, followed by pillars and beams in Cumaru wood, strategically placed in central axes in order to give greater freedom to the pivotal doors that make up the facade.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

  • Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos (Acácia Furuya, Anderson Freitas, Pedro Barros)
  • Project: Una Pavillion
  • Location: São Sebastião, Brazil
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti
  • Collaborators: Daniela Santana, Francisco Veloso, Leonar Vaz Pinto, Otávio Filho, Pedro Paredes
  • Area: 240 m²
  • Year: 2013
  • Status: completed

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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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Duplex Santa Engracia in Madrid, Spain by James & Mau

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Infiniski  

Putting together two small penthouses duplex gave us the opportunity to reorganize and treat the resulting space as a non-urban single family house.

This way it’s divided into a floor for night programme and another one for common day areas. These include an exterior prolongation in a terrace, treated as a garden to enhance the “single family house” sensation despite being in the city. Wood is used on floors, walls and ceilings as a natural material from rural houses.

Image Courtesy © Matías Pérez Illeras

Image Courtesy © Matías Pérez Illeras

  • Architects: James & Mau
  • Project: Duplex Santa Engracia
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Matías Pérez Illeras
  • Built meters: 150m2
  • Year: 2010

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OVO Wroclaw in Poland by Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture, the award-winning architectural firm based in Israel and France founded by architects Asaf Gottesman and Ami Szmelcman, unveiled last month their latest project: OVO Wroclaw, a mixed-use, grandiose “blob-like” architectural structure combining residential, commercial, hospitality and retail spaces in the heart of Poland’s fourth largest city, Wroclaw.

Exterior View of OVO Wroclaw, Image Courtesy © Kamil Czaja

Exterior View of OVO Wroclaw, Image Courtesy © Kamil Czaja

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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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Two courtyards in Los Angeles, California by MUÑOZ ARQUITECTOS ASOCIADOS S. C. P.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: MUÑOZ ARQUITECTOS ASOCIADOS S. C. P.

We received a commission from a married couple to design a house to be built on a small plot (with an 8-meter frontage and a depth of 30 meters) inserted within a dense and difficult context. The couple, whose children had already left home, asked us for a simple house, obstruction-free and with a strongly contemporary feel.

Image Courtesy © David Cervera

Image Courtesy © David Cervera

  • Architects: MUÑOZ ARQUITECTOS ASOCIADOS S. C. P. (Javier Muñoz Menéndez)
  • Project: Two courtyards
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Photography: David Cervera
  • Other Participants: Arch. Gareth Lowe Negrón, Arch. Iza Pérez Jaramillo, Arch. Javier Ceballos Cabañas.
  • Suppliers / Products: Ing. Jorge Pino Gamboa / Construction
  • Constructed area: 219.55 (m2)
  • Year: 2015

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Mountain View Double Gable Eichler Remodel in California by Klopf Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Klopf Architecture

Klopf Architecture, Outer Space Landscape Architects, Sezen & Moon Structural Engineer and Flegels Construction updated a classic Eichler open, indoor-outdoor home.

Everyone loved the classic, original bones of this house, but it was in need of a major facelift both inside and out. The owners also wanted to remove the barriers between the kitchen and great room, and increase the size of the master bathroom as well as make other layout changes. No addition to the house was contemplated.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Mountain View Double Gable Eichler Remodel
  • Location: California, USA
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
  • Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Klara Kevane, and Yegvenia Torres-Zavala
  • Landscape Architect: Outer Space Landscape Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Sezen & Moon
  • Contractor: Flegels Construction
  • Landscape Contractor: Roco’s Gardening & Arroyo Vista Landscaping, Inc.
  • Year completed: 2015

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Garage House in Lisbon, Portugal by fala atelier

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: fala atelier

The project started with an unconventional request from an open minded couple: within a very tight budget, to convert a windowless 200m2 garage into a house. The proposed intervention intended the clearest reading possible of the existing structure, emphasising its strength. While the garage was careless and grey, the house is clean and white; its materiality is flat, its light is abstract. Two generous bathrooms were included behind a curved wall, where a broken corner was before; the walls and ceilings were painted in white and the floor covered in a continuous polished concrete surface; the existing skylights we’re rethought. No other change felt necessary. Carefully placed elements organize the living areas: a marble kitchen, curtains, potted plants. Along with the furniture, the free standing elements carry the flexible identity of the house, hinting its domesticity while punctuating the abstract volume with color.

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

  • Architects: fala atelier
  • Project: Garage House
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Project Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Mariana Silva, Camelia Petre, Clara Pailler
  • Consultants: Paulo Sousa
  • Year: September 2015 – April 2016
  • Status: Private Commission; Built

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