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Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Winemaker Charles Smith approached our firm to design a new tasting room and office space that would match his rock and roll style. His approach to wine is captured by his trademark phrase: “It’s just booze – drink it!” The design team, led by Tom Kundig, was inspired by Charles’s in-your-face attitude to create a raw space that highlights the original aesthetics of the building while inserting highly flexible pieces, including a large unit dubbed the Armadillo. The resulting space can transform from an office, tasting room and retail store into a dining and entertainment venue.

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  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters
  • Location: Walla Walla, Washington
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Les Eerkes, AIA, project manager; Chris Gerrick, LEED AP, project architect 
  • Contractor: Schuchart Corporation 
  • Consultants: Spearhead (fabricator); Turner Exhibits (gizmo engineer); KL&A Structural Engineers (structural engineer)
  • Completed: 2011
  • Size: 5,000 SF
  • Software used: Revit and Photoshop

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Charles Smith Wines is located in downtown Walla Walla in the former Johnson Auto Electric building, constructed in 1917. The shell of the building—with original brick walls, wood trusses and a concrete floor—received minor structural updates but was otherwise left raw. The team highlighted the automotive history of the building by replacing garage doors with two custom, hand-cranked pivot doors that completely open the space to the street and form an awning for outdoor seating.

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The concept of the drive-thru was important in the development of the design. Elements of the design, like the prefabricated Armadillo are “parked” within the space; other elements transform as needed, including floating “rafts” that serve as a seating area/stage, tasting tables that dock together to form a dining table, and a sliding panel that can function as a video screen. Vehicles—including delivery vans or taco trucks for catering—can literally drive through the space.

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The Armadillo is a 70 foot long shell, measuring 12 feet high by 20 feet wide. It contains a conference room and workspaces for 14 people, including a semi-enclosed office space for Charles Smith and an enclosed space for accounting. L-shaped steel panels slide along the side and top of the structure, alternately opening it up to views of the tasting room and natural light from above or shutting it down for security and privacy. The panels also serve as a backdrop for Charles Smith Wines’ strong graphics, and are lined with cork in the inside, serving as an impromptu pin-up area. The design team collaborated with fabricators from Spearhead to design the structure as well as the custom furniture within it. Pieces were fabricated offsite and quickly assembled within the building, cutting down on construction time.

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Awards Received
2013 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture
2012 AIA Seattle Honor Award
2012 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter INaward, People’s Choice
2012 Washington Main Street Program Awards, Outstanding Design or Rehabilitation Project Award

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Villa Řitka in Czech Republic by Studio pha

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Article source: Studio pha

The basic idea is a kind of enclosure of the building in and on itself, and the use of the sloping ground to divide the building into a two-storey main residential part on the upper part of the land and a lower building containing the garages and entrance hall further down the slope. The result is essentially a two-storey house with a flat roof, positioned atop the concrete “retaining wall” of the lower structure. The house’s plan is of “U”-shape, or equally it could be described as a rectangle with an interior atrium open on one side to the surrounding landscape. Inside the atrium is a small pool, which ensures for this space pleasant cooling, reinforced by the system of louvered blinds against the sun.

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  • Architects: Studio pha
  • Project: Villa Řitka
  • Location: Řitka, Czech Republic
  • Realization: 2011
  • Area: 490 m2
  • Author: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
  • Cooperation: Filip Tomášek , Gabriela Fišarová, Eva Bukovská, Tomáš Trojan
  • Statics: Hana Gattermayerová
  • Photo: Filip Šlapal
  • Software used: Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop

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Lordelo Pharmacy in Vila Real, Portugal by JOSÉ CARLOS CRUZ – ARQUITECTO

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Article source: JOSÉ CARLOS CRUZ – ARQUITECTO

The Pharmacy is located in Vila Real, in the centre north of Portugal and is part of a peripheral zone of the city where the environment does not have a consolidated and uniform image. In the absence of external references, it was chosen to create a building with an abstract and neutral character, reinforced by the absence of openings. With oval shape footprint, the two floors are fully aluminum coated corrugated and perforated. The only direct opening to the outside is the main entrance that gives access to the sales area. By changing the interior light and the symbol of pharmacy, the building gains dynamic, allowing the image variation from day to night. The store not only sells medicines but also has its own laboratory for compounding pharmacy.

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  • Architect: JOSÉ CARLOS CRUZ – ARQUITECTO
  • Project:Lordelo Pharmacy
  • Location: VILA REAL, PORTUGAL
  • Area: 522 m2
  • Design time: November 2010
  • Construction time: October 2012
  • Interior Design: JOSÉ CARLOS CRUZ – ARQUITECTO
  • Civil engineer: NORVIA
  • Mechanics Engineer:GET_Raul Bessa
  • Photography: FG+SG – Fotografia de arquitectura (www.fernandoguerra.com)
  • Software used: AutoCAD
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O Dos Vasconcelos – Hotel Habita in Nuevo Leon, Mexico by Landa Arquitectos

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Article source: Landa Arquitectos

O Dos Vasconcelos is a mixed-use complex organized around a central, open-air public space with a circular plan. The parking area, the apartments and commercial spaces, and the hotel volume are all visible from the entrance level. The relation between the underground and the aboveground spaces, and the concentration of different functions in carefully crafted pieces, lends the complex a mechanical character –appropriate for a predominantly industrial city– which reminiscent of the early work of James Stirling.

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  • Architects: Landa Arquitectos
  • Project: O Dos Vasconcelos – Hotel Habita
  • Location: San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Formal Name Of Building: O Dos Vasconcelos / Hotel Habita Monterrey
  • Architect Design: Arq. Agustin landa vertiz
  • Completion Date (Month And Year): October 2008
  • Project Team: Roberto Garcia, Rolando Martinez, Cecilia Dominguez, Edna Garza, Enrique Yañez, Claudia Carreno, Jorge Corcuera
  • Photographers: Javier Orozco, Rodrigo Ramos, Undine Pröhl
  • Square Meters: 40,000 m2 of Mixed-Use Complex. The part of the hotel corresponds 1,800m2
  • Client: Grupo Habita
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Prato Lofts in Tuscany, Italy by mdu architetti

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Article source: mdu architetti

The Prato Lofts, designed by the italian architecture studio mdu architetti, is an investigation on the deep and complex relationships between the public space of the city and the intimacy of the private space of living. The Prato Lofts interpret the theme, generating quite inner spaces for the everyday life related to themselves and to the mutations of the sky, that are concealed from the urban chaos by a silent concrete wall.

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  • Architects: mdu architetti (Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini)
  • Project: Prato Lofts
  • Location: Tuscany , Italy
  • Program: transformation of an old warehouse in 5 lofts
  • Client: CDM immobiliare
  • Collaborators: Nicola Becagli, Michele Fiesoli
  • Structural engineer: Venturi & Motta
  • Mechanical and electrical engineer: Venturi & Motta
  • Site construction supervision: Marcello Marchesini
  • Building cost: € 750.000
  • Dimentions : Roofed area: 360 sqm
                                     Gross area: 703 sqm
                                     Volume: 2.113 cubic meters
  • Materials: pigmented concrete
  • Schedule: Design: 2004 – 2005
                             Ground breaking: 2006
                             Completion: 2008
  • Photographer: Pietro Savorelli, mdu architetti
  • General contractor: Bassi Danilo & c. – Prato
  • Software used: Autocad LT for the project and construction documents

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Qube in Amsterdam, Netherlands by NL Architects

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Article source: NL Architects

Qube is a commission for an office building in Amsterdam. Qube is part of a development called IJpunt by G&S Vastgoed. IJpunt will consist of four blocks designed by Claus en Kaan, Dedato, MVSA and NL A.

The site is truly unique: the most western corner of the Minervahaven, overlooking the Mercuriushaven and the river IJ. Well connected to both the city center as the rest of the world, both by car, public transport and bike.

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  • Architects: NL Architects
  • Project: Qube
  • Location: IJpunt, Minervahaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Nl Architects: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter Van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Team: Arne Van Wees With: Giulia Pastore, Gen Yamamoto, Gert Jan Machiels
  • Qube: Office Building, Ijpunt,Minervahaven, Amsterdam 2012 – 201?
  • Client: G&S Vastgoed
  • Size: Gross Floor Area 6560m², Net Floor Area 5940m², Plot 2430m²
  • Structural Engineers: Van Der Vorm
  • Installations: Wichers & Dreef
  • Software used: Autocad, Rhino 3D, 3dS Max, Adobe Illustrator

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Residential Housing 26 units in Obhur, Saudi Arabia by Dom Arquitectura

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Article source: Dom Arquitectura

The aim is to project 26 houses in the Obhur area. The client wanted to use the same isolated unit type, but generate differences in the street facade to avoid the traditional house complex with all the same.

Recalling the Islamic markets, we remind the Arabic spices image, located in the same container but with different color shades. Natural tones that would fit perfectly into our idea.

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  • Architects: Dom Arquitectura
  • Project: Residential Housing 26 units
  • Location: Obhur, Saudi Arabia
  • Software used: Autocad and 3dStudio Max

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Landscapes of Cohabitation in Antiparos, Greece by doxiadis+

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Article source: doxiadis+

How does one build on the stark beauty of a Cycladic landscape without destroying it? This project seeks an answer to that very question. Placing such a rich development programme on this highly sensitive site necessitates a careful examination of the natural and historic elements which characterise the landscape: the amphitheatrical circle of hills, the seasonal streams, the juniper trees and frigana vegetation, the pezoules (agricultural terraces) and the xerolithies (dry stone walls).

Image Courtesy © Clive Nichols 

  • Architects: doxiadis+
  • Project: Landscapes of Cohabitation
  • Location: Antiparos, Greece
  • Area: 12 Ha
  • Scope: Site Planning, Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Architects: doxiadis+ (Thomas Doxiadis, Terpsy Kremaly)
  • Client: OLIAROS S.A.
  • Photography: Clive Nichols, Cathy Cunliffe, Thomas Doxiadis
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Spuntino Restaurant in Mexico City, Mexico by R-ZERO Studio

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Article source: R-ZERO Studio

Spuntino (snack in Italian) was born in one of the most exclusive living and shopping centers of historical downtown Mexico City, a place to eat and drink quality wine, whose design aim lies in the creation of a contemporary yet pleasant ambience, almost homely, without abusing the over-sophistication that prevails in similar sites nowadays. Still, the starting point was a cold, colorless, not well lit locale, whose excessive height came about an uncomfortable sensation for the guests.

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  • Architects: R-ZERO Studio
  • Project: Spuntino Restaurant
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Software used: Autocad 2010

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Piezeoelectric Playground in Belgrade, Serbia by Margot Krasojevic

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Article source: Margot Krasojevic

Piezoelectric Playground. The Interactive Lumia Canopy in Pioneers park Belgrade Margot Krasojevic The Piezoelectric playground is a temporary structure designed for the Pioneers park in Belgrade, Serbia. It will be used as a bandstand and playground.

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  • Architects: Margot Krasojevic
  • Project: Piezeoelectric Playground
  • Location: Belgrade, Serbia
  • Software used: Maya for light simulations and 3ds Max for formal exercise, and Autocad for detailing

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