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Mas d’Enric Penitentiary in Tarragona, Spain by A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura

The prison is an uncomfortable institution and its architecture is often subjugated to technocratic criteria. This servility forces the prison out of the sociocultural realm where it belongs, thus erasing it from public discourse. The invisibility of the penitentiary as an institution demonstrates an unresolved contradiction underlying contemporary society. We intend to explore this contradiction through architecture.

Aerial view : Image courtesy A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura 

  • Architects: A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura
  • Project: Mas d’Enric Penitentiary
  • Location: Paratge Mas d’Enric, 43764 El Catllar, Catalonia, Spain
  • Developer: Generalitat de Catalunya, Justice Department
  • Concessionaire: Superficiària CP Mas d’Enric
  • Construction Company: COMSA-EMTE
  • Surface Area: 74.130 sqm (built) + 130.163 sqm (landscape and infrastructure)
  • Budget: 113.830.553 €
  • Construction: Desembre 2009-Abril 2012
  • Lead Architects: Roger Paez i Blanch (A i B estudi d’arquitectes SLP), Joan Maria Pascual i Cañellas (Estudi PSP Arquitectura SCP)

Social Center in Valencia, Spain by Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

The Social Center and Magistrate’s Court of Rafelbunyol is a facility located in the South area of the village, in a new growth settlement. The public plot appears in the urban design as an interstitial space (almost a leftover) among the roundabout connecting with the consolidated area and the existing buildings.  As a result, the geometry is very irregular with a curved boundary that hinders the disposition of clean volumes. Additionally, the plot dimensions are quite reduced so the occupation is necessarily very high to achieve the programmatic requirements.

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

  • Architects: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto
  • Project: Social Center
  • Location: Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • Architects Contributors: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
  • Builder: ELIT, EDIFICACION TERCIARIA E INDUSTRIAL S.A.
  • Developer: AYUNTAMIENTO DE RAFELBUNYOL
  • Area: 930.75 sqm 
  • Year: 2010

Le Temps Machine in Joue-Les-tours, France by Moussafir Architects

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Moussafir Architects

A Southwest suburb of the city of Tours, Joué-le-Tours was upgraded to the status of a town in the 1950s. It was at this point that, together with the town hall and social housing, Joué-le-Tours got its MJC (the Youth and Culture Centre). An initiative of the country’s first Minister of Cultural Affairs, Gaullist and intellectual André Malraux, the MJCs were an important institution in France.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly 

  • Architects: Moussafir Architects
  • Project: Le Temps Machine / The Time Machine
  • Location: Joue-Les-tours, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly, Hervé Abbadie, Jérôme Ricolleau, imagedemarc, Benoit Faure, Fred Beaubeau
  • Team: Jacques Moussafir with Nicolas Hugoo, Alexis Duquennoy, Narumi Kang, Sofie Reynaert, Jérôme Hervé and Virginie Prié
  • Client: Tour(s) PLUS
  • Competition: 2005
  • Built: 2011
  • Budget: 5,300,000 € ex tax
  • NSA: 1,753 sqm
  • Contractors: DV Construction (general contractor), AMG Féchoz (stage machinery), Bideau (stage electrics), VTI (wooden stage flooring), Edmond Petit (stage fabrics)
  • Materials:  colourwashed raw concrete; solvent- & plastics-free FPO roofing membrane by Sika Sarnafil; glazed stainless steel; Fibracoustic panels of wood fibre and rockwool; door/window frames in aluminium (exterior), steel and wood (interior)
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Extension and Renovation Works at the Social Center Mirasol in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain by ONL Arquitectura

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: ONL Arquitectura

The existing Social Center expands with a third new volume located at the south area of the building complex. This new wing redefines two patios of distinct character: the first courtyard is an enclosure and has a cloister character, and the second one is more opened and dynamic.

Image Courtesy © Marcela Grassi 

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Project: Extension and Renovation Works at the Social Center Mirasol
  • Location: Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
  • Photography: Marcela Grassi
  • Team: Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Félix López
  • Project Data: 2005
  • Construction Data: 2007-2008
  • Surface: 1.250 m2
  • Budget: 1.577.896 €
  • Developer: Ajuntament de sant Cugat del Vallès
  • Constructors: Construcciones J.A. Barbany, S.L.
  • Collaborators: Llorenç Vallribera, Arquitecte
  • Installations: Font i Armengol enginyers
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • RECONEIXEMENTS: Seleccionat a la V Biennal d’Arquitectura del Vallès.

VALLECAS 47 in Madrid, Spain by Estudio UNTERCIO

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: Estudio UNTERCIO

We tried to imagine, all of us together, a dwelling in which we would like to live. Bright and open to meet with friends some of us said, intimate and in semidarkness, the laziest ones replied. A dwelling with a multiple personality. One that would be able to react to the changing seasons. One that would open itself to two different environments; on one side, a street belonging to a new urban development, but close to the urban life of Vallecas Village, and on the other side, a bounded and safe courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute 

  • Architects: Estudio UNTERCIO
  • Project: VALLECAS 47 ( social housing)
  • Location: Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Client: EMVS (Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Madrid)
  • Program: 46 apartments, 20 m2retail and commercial espace, 47 underground parking places
  • Site Area: 1400m2
  • Architect: Miguel Herráiz Gómez, Mauro Iván Bravo Hernández, Marina del Mármol Peces, Daniel Bergman Vázquez, Michael Becker
  • Building Engineer: Alfonso Sáenz García
  • Contractor: Structure FERCABER, Building envelope DRAGADOS
  • Another Technicians Involved:
    Building facilities: SP arquitectura e ingeniería.
    Structures engineering: Mecanismo diseño y cálculo de estructuras S.L.
    Telecommunication engineering: Ramón Francia Castillo, Ingeniero de Telecomunicaciones.

Domus Vitae in Ferrara, Italy by Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Article source: Tomas Ghisellini Architects

A large green area, included between scenes and architectural settings, regenerates the fascination of the wonderful Delizie (marvelous country houses with huge gardens) of the Este Family, reinterpreting one of the urban issues perhaps more intimately rooted into the mental image that people keep of their city.

The outdoor patio of the sacred tree : Image Courtesy Tomas Ghisellini Architects

  • Architects: Tomas Ghisellini Architects
  • Project: Domus Vitae
  • Location: Ferrara, Italy
  • Client: Municipality of Ferrara
  • Program: New city morgue and social facilities complex
  • Two-Phases Competition: May – November 2012 / FIRST PRIZE
  • Project: 2013-2014
  • Building Construction: 2015-2016
  • Interior Design: Tomas Ghisellini Architects
  • Structures: Beatrice Bergamini
  • Plants and Fire Safety: Nicola Gallini
  • Sustainability and LEED Evaluation: Violeta Archer
  • Collaborators: Michele Marchi, Alice Marzola
  • Site area: 9.730 sqm
  • Building area (new + recovery): 1.560 sqm
  • Gross floor area (new + recovery): 1.290 sqm
  • Gross floor underground level: 1.590 sqm
  • Sustainability goal: LEED Platinum Certified
  • Total cost: 3.700.000,00 €

Social workplace Combiwerk in Delft by i29 Interior Architects and VMX Architects

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Article source: i29 Interior Architects

Combiwerk Delft is a Social Workplace (SW) company and offers custom work to people who, due to a physical, psychological or mental limitation, are not able to find a regular job. Besides these limitations, the possibilities and talents are especially looked at. A lot has changed and the emphasis lately has been shifted more to re-integration into the regular work force. The job centre (career square) has become much more important with respect to workplaces. Training is offered and tests are done in the kitchen of the company restaurant, the cleaning service and the office. Assembling, sorting and packing are done at the workplaces. Green and environmental services are also an important branch of the social workplace. The ambitious attitude of the company is striking. There is a strong, positive culture. The new construction was intended to clearly reflect this. Despite the limited resources and a clear wish for a sober approach, the building and decoration had to radiate quality. It had to convey attention and involvement, in order to stimulate a sense of pride in its users. An environment that supports that valuable work is being done here, with special people.

Building by VMX architects - Image Courtesy VMX architects

  • Architects: i29 Interior Architects and VMX Architects
  • Project: Social workplace Combiwerk
  • Location: Delft
  • Client: Combiwerk Delft
  • Size: 8500 m2
  • Photos interior: i29 l interior architects
  • Photos exterior: Ronald Tilleman
  • Interior design: i29 l interior architects
  • Exterior design: VMX architects

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Bodega in New York City by Art Meadow

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Article source: Matthew Hoffman

Historically, bodegas have served as social gathering centers for neighborhoods, going far beyond super markets and grocery stores by offering informal services like jobs connections and advice on finding apartments. Unfortunately, New York City’s bodegas have been closing by the hundreds over the past few years, not being able to compete with big chain stores like CVS and Duane Reade. Business Insider published a startling statistic that “in 2010 on a 33-block stretch of Broadway alone there were 137 store closures.”

Image Courtesy Art Meadow

  • Architects: Art Meadow
  • Project: Bodega
  • Location: New York City

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Recreational Center in Yaroslavl, Russia by DK architects

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Article source: DK architects

The building is located on a boulevard in the historical center of Yaroslavl. Because of the absence of close architectural surrounding the building has been conceived as an integrated part of a pedestrian passage that could be transformed into an urban landscape.The whole building has been designed as an element of recreational urban area. It does not interrupt the movement alongside the boulevard but develops its scenario creating new directions: throughout itself, up and down and across it connecting existing pedestrian ways.

Image Courtesy DK architects

  • Architects:DK architects
  • Project: Recreational Center
  • Location: Yaroslavl, Russia

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Social Services Center in Madrid, Spain by dosmasunoarquitectos

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Article source: dosmasunoarquitectos

The programme of the new local Social Services Center in Móstoles is strongly conditioned by two facts: on the one hand, it hosts many identical spaces –single, unipersonal offices- and it is placed within a new, aseptic urban fabric –currently being developed- which features no constraints but the street network and the plot orientation. On the other hand, the building’s relationship with its close and distant surroundings is based upon environmental respect, achieved –in this case- by means of traditional procedures, instead of throughout advanced technological systems.

Rendering

  • Architects: dosmasunoarquitectos – Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro y Lina Toro
  • Name of Project: Social Services Center
  • Location: Móstoles, Madrid, Spain
  • Collaborators: Begoña de Abajo, Sálvora Feliz, Marko Ličen, Marie Persson and Carlos Ramos
  • Developer: Arpegio – Comunidad de Madrid
  • Surveyors: Dirtec.at – Javier González, Javier Mach.
  • Structure and services: Valladares Ingeniería
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Total floor surface: 2350.44 m2
  • Total built surface: 2739.78 m2

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