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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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Casa Invisibile by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects  

Casa Invisibile is a flexible housing unit, which consists of a prefabricated wood structure designed for turnkey implementation at any designated site. Maximum flexibility and spatial quality are the key elements in its concept of development. The open layout is structured by a chimney and a wet cell creating three spatial units that provide for individual use and design. The structure and ambience of the rooms are characterised by the use of domestic woods. The mounting framework and fitments of the housing unit are exclusively assembled from prefabricated elements at the factory. The overall dimensions are 14.50 x 3.50 meters, which provides for easy transportation by lorry. Design and texture of the interior design and façade can be determined by the client from various options listed in a design catalogue. This provides for tailor-made design options for the housing units as well as for flexible pricing options. Through modular element construction and the intensive use of wood, the housing units can be completely disassembled thus minimizing their environmental footprint. By combining innovation and mobility at a reasonable price, Casa Invisibile is a product that offers a ground breaking alternative in an increasingly critical housing situation.

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

  • Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
  • Project: Casa Invisibile
  • Location: Various
  • Photography: Christian Brandstaetter
  • Project manager: Gerhard Goelles
  • Gross floor area: 50 m²
  • Net floor area: 45 m²
  • Construction volume: 160 m³
  • Start of planning: 02/2013
  • Start of construction: 05/2013
  • Completion: 07/2013

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The Re-wrapped House in Jalan Binchang, Singapore by A D Lab Pte Ltd

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: A D Lab Pte Ltd 

This quiet low-rise cul-de-sac of semi detached houses at Jalan Binchang is similar to many in Singapore.  Constructed mostly in the 1970’s, the pairs of two storey brick houses are now at the stage in their building lifespan where renovation is eminent.  The designers saw the development of the quaint neighborhood and its natural evolution as a main source of inspiration in the design of no. 67 Jalan Binchang.  They brainstormed on how to enlarge and rejuvenate the existing semi detached house while maintaining a harmony with the existing built environment, the history of tropical residential buildings and with the natural environment.  The designers looked at the existing building as one would study a living organism that needed to adapt to a new environment.  Instead of demolishing its embedded history and reinventing it as something completely new, they decided to use its structure, its internal logic of organization and meaning as a starting point to the design, and to build upon this pre-existing pattern and structure to evolve it into a new form and space.  The architects find it important to study how space can evolve with time and with the changing conditions of the inhabitants so that the lifespan of construction can be increased.  Also as a way of reducing waste, savings cost on the project, and minimizing disruption to the neighbor’s house, the designers decided to retain the entire 2-storey semi detached house on the site.  Between this structure and a newly added 2 storey plus attic extension, a gap between the old and new structures was kept to bring light and wind through the house as well as to allow for the settlement of the new structure independently from the old.  The internal building’s logic of the front facing public room, rear facing services and private second storey of the existing house was maintained and carried over to the side extension.

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks, CI & A Photography

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks, CI & A Photography

  • Architects: A D Lab Pte Ltd
  • Project: The Re-wrapped House
  • Location: 67 Jalan Binchang, Singapore
  • Photography: Edward Hendricks, CI & A Photography
  • Project Team Members: Warren Liu, Wu Yanling, Anna May Manrique, Najeeb Rahmat
  • Builder/ Construction Company: Newell Builders Pte Ltd
  • Building Surveyor: LEE BOON HAW Registered Surveyor
  • Quantity Surveyor: CCL CHARTERED SURVEYORS PTE LTD
  • Civil and Structural Engineering Firm: EPM CONSULTANTS
  • Site Area (sq-ft or sq-metres): 496.80 sq metres
  • Total Floor Area (sq-ft or sq-metres): 529.55 sq metres
  • Time to complete (Number of months): 9 – 12 months

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One Hundred in St. Louis, Missouri by Studio Gang

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: Studio Gang 

Studio Gang announces their design for One Hundred, a new tower at 100 North Kingshighway Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri, for Mac Properties. The design, which will be unveiled in a public meeting in St. Louis on Monday, December 12, proposes an architecturally significant apartment tower at the northeast corner of Kingshighway Boulevard and West Pine Boulevard in the Central West End neighborhood.

“The Central West End is an extraordinary, architecturally rich neighborhood that has evolved over many decades,” said Eli Ungar, Founder of Mac Properties. “In planning a development for this exceptional site, we selected Studio Gang for their commitment to thoughtful, sustainable development and to a design that both honors the history of a community and contributes to its continued evolution.”

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang

  • Architects: Studio Gang
  • Project: One Hundred
  • Location: 100 North Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Client: Mac Properties
  • Engineering Team: Structural Engineering, MKA; MEP/FP Engineering, dbHMS
  • Sustainability: Targeting LEED Certification
  • Residential tower: 305 apartments / 36 stories / 385 ft in height
  • Size: 540,369 sf, 315,440 sf residential, 5-story podium including 882 sf retail, 6,756 sf amenity space, with 23,810 sf below-ground parking (355 parking spaces), and 8,817 sf green roof
  • Status: Commissioned 2015, set to begin construction in 2017, anticipated completion 2019

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Graça Apartment in Lisbon, Portugal by fala atelier

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: fala atelier 

The apartment lies in an unremarkable building in Lisbon. Its obsolete fragmented typology presented a series of small rooms, some devoid of natural light, and an impractical exterior bathroom. The intervention aimed to erase these faults and to clarify the use of the available surface: a gently curved wall was extended from façade to façade, defining the limit between a vast common space and the different private rooms.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

  • Architects: fala atelier
  • Project: Graça Apartment
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)
  • Project team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Clara Pailler, Mariana Silva, Lera Samovich
  • Year: October 2015 – May 2016

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Old People’s Home in Durango, Spain by Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

This competition involved a double intervention. On the one hand, it involved the construction of a new building next to the historical building which would hold all of the welfare services for the permanent care of the elderly.  On the other hand, it involved the rehabilitation of the former hospital, to hold different social services and associations. Both buildings were to be related, complementing each other in some way.

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

  • Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura (Roberto Ercilla, Miguel Angel Campo)
  • Project: Old People’ S Home
  • Location: Barandiarán Street, Durango (Bikaia), Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Developer: Bideak Bizkaiko Bideak
  • Technical Architects: Javier Valdivielso, Gorka Sagasti
  • Collaborators: Cesar Besada. Architect, Pablo Dormal. Architect
  • Estructural work: Eduardo Martín
  • Landscape: Local 4
  • Construction Company: Olabarri S.L.
  • Works Budget: 4.730.000 €
  • Surface: 6.000 m²
  • Year: 2000/2005

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“House in Yatomigaoka” in Aichi, Japan by TSC Architects

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: TSC Architects

This house offers the family a life to live closer to green. Living room is that the sash is completely full open, and has a space to feel the green integrated north garden and south garden. On 2nd floor balcony, planters are placed randomly, which makes a series of green together with green in front and back of the building. These plants help to cool down the temperature , block sunshine and offer privacy for residents. Planted zone with a vertical ties forms a favorable environment for the residential and region.

Image Courtesy © Masato Kawano(Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

Image Courtesy © Masato Kawano(Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

  • Architects: TSC Architects (Yoshiaki Tanaka)
  • Project: House in Yatomigaoka
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • Photography: Masato Kawano(Nacasa & Partners Inc.)
  • Site area: 400.63 sqm
  • Built area: 118.52 sqm
  • Total floor area: 279.47 sqm
  • Design time: 2013
  • Completion: 2015

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M3・KG in Tokyo, Japan by MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

“dialogue” between the old and the new “substance” 
This is a house to be built in Tokyo, for a movie producer couple.
This architecture is consisted by combining L-shaped blocks of reinforced concrete and sequential frames of box-shaped engineer-wood. We put bedrooms, film archive and galley in solid concrete part for security, and living room in engineer-wood part for openness. 
As material that consist an open space that is 6m in height, 5.5m in width, 14m in depth, we choose thin engineer-wood (38mmx287mm).
Main theme for this architecture is to bring out a sense of mass and material, which were denied by modern architecture which pursued “white, flat wall” as a style.
We intentionally left the wood grain of mold on the surface of concrete, and choose textured stones and irons.
It goes without saying that a house is a relaxing place. A house like a white-cube, surrounded by flat, white walls everywhere, gives a person very abstract image.
But that image could only be sensed when we use intellective part of our brain. 
The problem is that we’re not all-intellective-creature. For the people like this client, who do enough intellectual labor on a daily basis, white-cube would only bring sense of fatigue.
The role of architecture, especially the ones for living, is to soothe the sensory side of people, not to stimulate the intellectual side. That’s my take.
Sure, intellectual living would have got some meaning as a fashion at the time when modern architecture was born.
However, now that it became a part of everyday life, its identity has been lost.
We have to examine whether our approach is rational or not every time we build architecture.

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

  • Architects: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
  • Project: M3・KG
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Ryota Atarashi, Satoshi Asakawa
  • Design Team: Masahiro Harada + MAO (principals-in-charge) Naoto Ishii, Shohei Kuma, Yusuke Kakinoki
  • Consultants:
    • Structural engineering: Jun Sato structural engineers
  • MEP:
    • Buildings General Contractor: Eiger co.,ltd.
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete. partly wood frame
  • Site area:177.27m2
  • Building area: 106.33m2
  • Total floor area: 259.72m2
  • Number of stories: 2 story + 1 basement
  • Project year: 2006

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Brutalistic icon in Eindhoven, The Netherlands by Powerhouse Company

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Article source: Powerhouse Company

The Bunker in Eindhoven will be redeveloped and extended with a high-rise residential tower

The Bunker, the former student centre of Eindhoven University of Technology, will receive a full renovation and will be extended with a high-rise residential tower.

Late 2015, the development combination RED Company & Being Development, along with architectural firm Powerhouse Company, won the competition for the redevelopment of The Bunker. The winning plan has been further developed in the past year in close collaboration with the Technical University and the municipality of Eindhoven.

Image Courtesy © Powerhouse Company

Image Courtesy © Powerhouse Company

  • Architects: Powerhouse Company
  • Project: Brutalistic icon
  • Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Developers: RED Company & Being Development

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The Hidden House in London, England by AR Design Studio

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Article source: AR Design Studio 

AR Design Studio is delighted to announce the recent planning approval for its latest project, The Hidden House.

Situated in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Hidden House is a four bedroom home that has been fastidiously engineered to sit seamlessly within its stunning surroundings. Set on a disused riding school that was once a scar upon the countryside, the house has been designed to complete the landscape. The house’s geometry was informed by the North Downs’ geological arrangements. By embracing the erosion patterns of the area, the form was sculpted to become a continuation of the hill in which it sits. Taking further measures to blend the house in to the landscape, the project form uses ‘Dazzle Camouflage’, a tactic employed by ships during the First World War to deceive the eye and create illusions that help break up the solid mass.

Image Courtesy © AR Design Studio

Image Courtesy © AR Design Studio

  • Architects: AR Design Studio
  • Project: The Hidden House
  • Location: London, England
  • Visuals: AR Design Studio
  • Sketches: Mike Ibbotson- Ibbotson Studios
  • Size: GIA 500m2

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