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Refurbishment of the Ex “Unione Militare” building in Rome, Italy by Studio Fuksas

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Article source: Studio Fuksas

A new architecture redefines the urban landscape of Rome historic centre according to contemporary taste. It’s the steel and glass «Lantern» of the “Ex Unione Militare” building, situated between Via del Corso and Via Tomacelli, that crosses the four floors of the building from the ground-floor up to the panoramic terrace with a view of the dome of the Basilica of Saint Ambrose and Carlo al Corso.

Image Courtesy © ORCH

Image Courtesy © ORCH

  • Architects: Studio Fuksas (Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas)
  • Project: Refurbishment of the Ex “Unione Militare” building
  • Location: Rome, at the corner between Via del Corso and Via Tomacelli, Italy
  • Photography: Gianni Basso and ORCH
  • General Contractor: CEV SpA – Costruzioni Edilizie Vendramin
  • Engineering: Tecnobrevetti srl, Esa engineering
  • “Lantern” Structure: Sthalbau Pichler
  • Lighting: Speirs & Major Associates
  • Area: 6.116 sq.m, 4 floors
  • Period: 2008 – 2013


High-end office refurbishment in London’s West End by ‘Patalab Architecture

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Article source: ‘Patalab Architecture

In the heart of London’s West End we have substantially upgraded this six storey building, providing cutting edge flexible office accommodation and a striking new entrance sequence. Drawing inspiration from the unique exterior of the Rodney Gordon 1980’s rocket-like building, ‘Patalab’s design picks up the futurist-like qualities and transforms the common parts into an enticing spatial arrangement, using mirrors, lighting and reflective finishes. A bespoke built-in seating area on the ground floor responses to the prestigious location and forms a welcoming feature in the entrance lobby.

In the heart of London's West End ‘Patalab Architecture has substantially upgraded this six storey building, providing cutting edge flexible office accommodation and a striking new entrance sequence, Image Courtesy © Jan Piotrowicz

In the heart of London’s West End ‘Patalab Architecture has substantially upgraded this six storey building, providing cutting edge flexible office accommodation and a striking new entrance sequence, Image Courtesy © Jan Piotrowicz

  • Architects: ‘Patalab Architecture
  • Project: High-end office refurbishment
  • Location: 66 St James’s Street, St James’s, London SW1A 1NE, England
  • Photography: Jan Piotrowicz
  • Client: Capital & City Properties
  • Main Contractor: London Fit Out
  • Project Date: 2014 -2015


Voutes of Major in Marseille, France by PietriArchitectes

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Article source: Pietri Architectes 

At the heart of the Euroméditerranée urban renewal project in Marseille, the Voûtes de la Major project faces two magnificent museums – the MUCEM and the CEREM – completed in 2013 and a high point of this extensive transformation.

Image Courtesy © PietriArchitectes

Image Courtesy © PietriArchitectes

  • Architects: PietriArchitectes 
  • Project: Voutes of Major in Marseille
  • Location: Boulevard du Littoral 13002, Marseilles, France
  • Owner: Euroméditerranée/City of Marseilles
  • Contracting authority’s representative: LC2I
  • Structural design office: ARCADIS
  • Fluids research office: Garcia Ingénierie
  • Consortium of general contractors: DUMEZ Méditerranée /GIRARD (more…)

The Roc in Tourcoing, France by D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Article source: D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

The « Roc »

“The grotto formed a huge hall. Over its granite floor gently flowed the faithful stream. At such a distance from its source, its water was only the same temperature as the air, and we could drink it without difficulty.

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

  • Architects: D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés
  • Project: The Roc
  • Location: Tourcoing, France
  • CLIENT: City of Tourcoing
  • LUMBER CONTROL : On HOUNDT + Bajart & associés architects, architect – KHEOPS engineering , fluid power and BET – Beha Legrand, BET collective kitchens and hygiene
  • AREA: 939m2
  • TIMETABLE : 2013-2015
  • COST OF WORK: 2.6M € HT


Montreal City Hall in Quebec, Canada by Affleck de la Riva architects

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Article source: v2com

A national historic site, Montreal City Hall was one of the first monumental single-purpose city halls in Canada. Built between 1872 and 1878 after plans prepared by Hutchison & Perrault, the building was severely damaged by fire in 1922, leaving only its outer walls and destroying many of the city’s historic records. Commissioned to oversee reconstruction, the architect Louis Parent designed an entirely new building with a self-supporting steel structure erected inside the shell of the ruins. Inspired by the city hall of the French city of Tours, Parent re-modelled the mansard roof with a copper finish instead of the original slate tiles and completely restored the original limestone facades. With its dense and abundant use of ornamentation, Montreal City Hall is one of Canada’s finest examples of the Second Empire style.

Image Courtesy © Alain Laforest

Image Courtesy © Alain Laforest

  • Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
  • Project: Montreal City Hall
  • Location: 275 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Alain Laforest
  • Design architect: Richard de la Riva
  • Project team: Marie-Élaine Gibeault, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Julie Marchand and Suzanne Gagnon
  • Project manager: Richard de la Riva
  • Client: City of Montreal
  • Awards: 2013 OAQ Award of Excellence in Architecture, Restoration 2012 North American Copper in Architecture Award, Restoration 2011 AMCQ Award of Excellence
  • Area of project: 70 000 ft2 / 6 500 m2 (facades and roof)
  • Project end date: 2011
  • Budget: 13 300 000 $CA


Kopke Condo in Porto, Portugal

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014


Article source: Adriano Pimenta Architects

Its pre-existence allows dazzling a House classified by the Oporto City Hall, a garden and a vegetable garden. The house was converted into two apartments keeping its original features; the principal garden remained, in the vegetable garden two houses were built. The common garage relates all the elements to each other.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

  • Architects: Adriano Pimenta Architects & Octavio Queirós Architects
  • Project: Kopke Condo
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: Arménio Teixeira
  • Project coordinator: Paulo Morgado
  • Project Assistants: Ana Ferreira, Carolina Salcedo and Maria Vasconcelos
  • Client: Odlaca, Management and Real Estate Investments
  • General Contractor: Cobelba SA


UMO RESTAURANT in Carrer de Tarragona, Barcelona by Estudi Josep Cortina

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Article source: Estudi Josep Cortina

In 2010, after many years dedicated to the formation and execution of great works in a renowned interior design office in Barcelona, Josep Cortina breathes life into his own interpretation of the creative process under the name of Estudi Josep Cortina, a multidisciplinary studio based on interior and industrial design.

Image Courtesy © Mauricio Fuertes

Image Courtesy © Mauricio Fuertes

  • Architects: Estudi Josep Cortina
  • Location: Carrer de Tarragona, Barcelona
  • Photography: Mauricio Fuertes
  • Designing time: 3 months
  • Finishing time: January 2014


BRICKS, BLOCKS & OTHER ABANDONED ELEMENTS & PATCHES in Mocha, Ecuador by Al bordE architects

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Article source: Al bordE architects

To come back. Inhabiting the farm where he grew up. This action determines the intervention. The client inherited a stable and chose this spot to be his last home.

There is no decoration when we talk about designing for animals. Cows do not have aesthetic whims.

Image Courtesy © Francisco Suarez, Karina Barragán

Image Courtesy © Francisco Suarez, Karina Barragán

  • Architects: Al bordE architects
  • Location: Mocha, Ecuador
  • Photography: Francisco Suarez, Karina Barragán and  Al bordE architects
  • Project Manager: Mateo Naranjo
  • Construction: Miguel Ramos
  • Structural Engineering: Patricio Cevallos, Ing
  • Design: 2012
  • Construction: 2012
  • Area: 113 m2


Restoration and Adaptation of a 16th century Chapel in Guadalajara, Spain by Adam Bresnick · architects

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Article source: Adam Bresnick · architects

The chapel rehabilitation is for a new typology –a multi-purpose space for events—ranging from a formal wedding to the mellow ambiance of a yoga retreat. The reconstruction involved resolving the complex pathologies suffered by the original structure since being abandoned in 1969.

Image Courtesy © Adam Bresnick · architects

  • Architects: Adam Bresnick · architects
  • Project: Restoration and Adaptation of a 16th century Chapel
  • Location: Guadalajara, Spain
  • Team architects: Miguel Peña Martínez-Conde & Antonio Romeo Donlo
  • Structure: Juan F. de la Torre Calvo, Ana Fernández-Cuartero
  • Archaeologist: Olga Vallespín Gómez
  • Construction coordinator: Joaquín Fernández González
  • Industrial Engineer: José de Andrés Abad
  • Steel structure: Mariano del Olmo
  • Electricity: Tabernero de Andrés
  • Industrial engineering: José de Andres Abad

Restoration and redesign of the Grand-Palais des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France by by LAN Architecture

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Article source: LAN Architecture


To our contemporary eyes, the Grand Palais is both an idea and a symbol of modernity. It is a hybrid building in terms of its architecture, its usage and its history. Neither a museum nor a simple monument, its architecture has an identity all its own, centered around the notion of a “culture machine,” a spatial means for hosting a vast diversity of events and audiences that exponentially exalts the site’s “universal” and “republican” vocation. The restoration and restructuring of the entire monument affords us the chance to reinforce this aspiration.

Image Courtesy © LAN Architecture

  • Architects: LAN Architecture
  • Project: Restoration and redesign of the Grand-Palais des Champs-Élysées
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Competitive dialogue: 2013-2014
  • Client: Réunion des Monuments Nationaux – Grand-Palais
  • Budget: € 130 M. excl. VAT
  • Surface: 70 623 m²
  • Team: LAN (mandatory architect), Franck Boutté Consultants (sustainable design), Terrell (structure, façades, fluids), Michel Forgue (Quantitysurveyor), Systematica (flux), Lamoureux (acoustic), Casso (Fire protection and accessibilityengineers), CICAD (SCMC), BASE (landscaper), Mathieu Lehanneur (design).
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