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Indigo Waterfall in Tokushima, Japan by spatial practice

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source:  spatial practice

Award-winning architectural office, spatial practice, completed a site-specific light installation in Tokushima, Japan; titled Indigo Waterfall. The permanent fiber optic lighting installation is debuted at the Tokushima LED Art Festival 2016 flanking both sides of Kasuga Bridge creating the perception of indigo ink spilling into Shinmachi River.

Inspired by both the past and present industries of Tokushima City, the designer merges and highlights the importance of both industries in its development of the city.  Tokushima City was built by the indigo dye industry; big indigo storehouses occupied both waterfronts surrounding Kasuga Bridge where white walls and blue stones were reflected onto the river. Tracing back to its history, the Indigo Waterfall gives new remembrance to the surrounding indigo storehouses by utilizing Tokushima City’s new thriving LED industry and its surrounding natural beauty. By connecting light, nature, local culture and people; the installation creates a new image for Tokushima City.

Indigo Waterfall bridges the past, future, and evolution of industrial development.

Bird view, Image Courtesy © spatial practice

Bird view, Image Courtesy © spatial practice

  • Architects: spatial practice
  • Project: Indigo Waterfall
  • Location: Kasuga Bridge; Tokushima, Japan
  • Software used: Autocad, Photoshop, InDesign
  • Client: Tokushima City Government
  • Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Jason Loo, Ryo Otsuka, Taylor Williams
  • Light Consultant: Light Moment
  • Local Consultant: Kanou Consultant
  • Main Contractor: Tokugawa Denko
  • Sub-Contractor: Products Kei; Style-Tec


Kindergarten in Koblenz, Germany by Herrmanns-Architekten

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: Herrmanns-Architekten 

Explanations about the construction of a kindergarten in Lahnstein

The curved building for a new kindergarten is to be erected as a wooden structure with a formwork of vertical wood panels. The intention of the architects is that the new  building is self-consciously integrated into the urban environment.

Especially when building for children, other aspects than usual have to be incorporated into the design process. Who says that a building must inevitably always be designed with the rigid cartesian axes (height / width / depth) as a crate. This is the dynamic structure of the organic building with its curved ground plan for breaking open the rigid geometric shapes.

Image Courtesy © Herrmanns-Architekten

Image Courtesy © Herrmanns-Architekten

  • Architects: Herrmanns-Architekten
  • Project: Kindergarten
  • Location: Koblenz, Germany
  • Software used: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, ArchiCAD, ORCA AVA


PLVS VLTRA in Wageningen, Netherlands by Wiegerinck architectuur en stedenbouw

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Article source: Wiegerinck architectuur en stedenbouw

Invitation to innovate

In the design for the new incubator and multi-tenant building on the university campus in Wageningen, start-ups and knowledge-intensive technological businesses in the agro and food sectors will have a place for research and open innovation.

‘Plus Ultra’ means ‘there will always be unchartered territory to be discovered and explored’ (see footnote) and symbolizes the commitment to continuous innovation.

Image Courtesy © Kim Zwarts

Image Courtesy © Kim Zwarts

  • Architects: Wiegerinck architectuur en stedenbouw
  • Project: PLVS VLTRA
  • Location: Wageningen university and research center, Netherlands
  • Photography: Kim Zwarts
  • Software used: SketchUp, Revit, Autocad, Photoshop, InDesign
  • Lead Architects: Bert Muijres, Roy Pype, Tim Loeters
  • Client: Kadans Science Partner
  • Contractor: Hendriks Bouwbedrijf
  • Constructions advisor: Archimedes
  • Advisor installations: Van Looy Group
  • Landscape architecture: Poelmans Reesink
  • Constructions: Goudstikker de Vries
  • Technical Installations: Schrijvers Electrotechniek
  • BEEAM advisor: C2N
  • Physics: Peutz
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 7600
  • Completion Year: 2016


Archaoelogy Switzerland at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich by ATELIER BRÜCKNER

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Article source: Atelier Brückner GmbH

Archaeology Switzerland – National Museum Zurich

The National Museum Zurich provides a new permanent exhibition, designed by ATELIER BRÜCKNER: “Archaeology Switzerland”. It is located in the new building by the architects Christ & Gantenbein, which sculpturally complements the old museum building and makes a continuous and uninterrupted visitor viewing route possible. 500 square metres of exhibition floor space in the shape of lightning lie between the existing cultural-history presentations of the Swiss National Museum. New means of gaining access to the past are thus created – and not only for Swiss people.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Stauch

Image Courtesy © Daniel Stauch

  • Architects of the exhibition / Exhitibion designers: ATELIER BRÜCKNER GmbH
  • Project: Archaeoloy Switzerland at Swiss National Museum
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Text: by Claudia Luxbacher. English translation by Sean McLaughlin
  • Photography: Daniel Stauch
  • Software used: Vectorworks 2013, Adobe Suite CS5 / Photoshop / Indesign / Illustrator /After Effects & Keynote 2009


Apartment 37 in Shanghai, China by Atelier Mearc

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Article source: Atelier Mearc

Early architecture was built maybe merely to accommodate people. As time changes, city breath permeates into architecture and stamps them with urbanization. Just like the old residential buildings in shanghai.

Image Courtesy © Lu Haha

Image Courtesy © Lu Haha

  • Architects: Atelier Mearc
  • Project: Apartment 37
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Lu Haha
  • Software used:  AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe InDesign
  • Architect in charge: Zhou Wei
  • Design team: Xu Xiwen, Du Mili
  • Area: 37 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Complete Time: 2016



Tuesday, June 28th, 2016


Bake Darling is a new franchise concept in Mexico focused on selling all kinds of pastry-related products, the variety of articles they handle , their forms and uses forced us to create a design concept in which they could be arranged in a more efficient and orderly manner, being that the display space was very scarce. Hidden forms, wooden elements and light draw attention to onlookers and customers alike attracting many kinds people into the store, almost no one leaves without buying a guilty pleasure or two.



  • Project: BAKE DARLING
  • Software used: Autocad, Rhino 3D, Ilustrator and In Desing
  • Year: 2015


Destination Spa + Resort in the Middle East by Oppenheim Architecture

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Article source: v2com

Oppenheim Architecture, the award-winning architecture, interior design and planning firm, is honored to have received the Jury Winner award for Destination Spa and Resort at the Architizer A+ Award gala in May 2016. With entries from over 100 countries, the Architizer A+ Award jury selects one Jury Winner in each award category.

An Illusion within the Limits of Reality, Image Courtesy © Renderings: Luxigon

An Illusion within the Limits of Reality, Image Courtesy © Renderings: Luxigon

  • Architects: Oppenheim Architecture
  • Project: Destination Spa + Resort
  • Location: the Middle East
  • Renderings: Luxigon
  • Software used: Maya, Archicad, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Project Manager: Rey Lester
  • Designers: Gilbert Attic, Jose Ortez, Olivier Montfort, J.J. Bruyning, Santiago Eliaschev, Charles Michael Arnspiger, Victoria Pineros, Gerald Wood, Kevin McMorris, Kevin Heidorn
  • Size: 650 Acres


Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Article source: Goettsch Partners, Inc.

Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) and Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary architecture and design studio Lead 8 have recently won the design competition for a new 264,000-square-meter multi-building mixed-use complex in Shanghai. The project is being developed by Financial Street Holding Co. Ltd., a leading commercial real estate developer based in Beijing, and will be located on two parcels just north of the Shanghai Railway Station.

Image Courtesy © Goettsch Partners, Inc.

Image Courtesy © Goettsch Partners, Inc.

  • Architects: Goettsch Partners, Inc.LEAD 8
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign


Lake Jasper House in Chertsey, Canada by Architecturama

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Article source: Architecturama

Whether visiting alone, with a large group of guests or as a family, the owners were looking for a relaxed, welcoming environment, conceptually similar to a cottage yet more refined, particularly in the relationships among spaces and between people. The goal was to have a present, living and enthusiastic architecture that engages the senses.

The design process, grounded in the setting, symbiosis with the site and a reduced environmental footprint, led to a reflection process on the functional elements and their optimization.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

Image Courtesy © James Brittain

  • Architects: Architecturama
  • Project: Lake Jasper House 
  • Location: Chertsey, Canada
  • Photography: James Brittain
  • Software used: SketchUp, Autocad, Mock-up, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
  • Project team : Sylvain Bilodeau, architecte, Nicolas Mathieu-Tremblay, architecte
  • Structure: Genivar (now WSP)
  • General Contractor : Les entreprises Sylvain Lachance
  • Exterior cladding : Éco-Cèdre Inc.
  • Area : 80 m² (140 m² floor area)
  • Conception : 2011-2013
  • Construction : 2012-2014


MILLS, THE TOY MANAGEMENT HOUSE in Melbourne, Australia by Austin Maynard Architects

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Article source: Austin Maynard Architects

In a nutshell

She’s a senior executive and now a new mum. For her and her newborn baby she wanted a light-filled home that could hide the mess. We gave her a floor that was a giant toy-box.

The what

Mills is an extension to a one level weatherboard terrace in Melbourne. The original facade and front 2 rooms of the terrace remain. One of those rooms has been altered to incorporate a study and a bathroom. A large lightwell separates the original structure from the new extension. The extension has two bedrooms and a bathroom above an open kitchen, living, dining space.

Mills is a complex home, full of ideas, however there are 2 core elements.

  1. The floor is a giant toy box.
  2. The rear facade filters and softens the strong sunlight that had previously dominated the backyard.
Image Courtesy © Peter Bennetts Studio

Image Courtesy © Peter Bennetts Studio

  • Architects: Austin Maynard Architects
  • Location: Melbourne,  Australia
  • Photography: Peter Bennetts Studio
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Sketchup, Photoshop, Indesign
  • Builder:  Grand Plan Properties
  • Engineer:  Hive Engineering
  • Site  Area: 202m2
  • Floor area: 154m2
  • Completion date: September 2015


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