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Boustred House in Balmoral, Sydney, Australia by ian moore architects

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Article source: ian moore architects

This project is located in Mosman on a north facing slope looking across Sydney’s Middle Harbour to the Spit Bridge and Clontarf. The site falls away dramatically from a broad and densely landscaped verge on the street frontage, with a high sandstone cliff forming the southern boundary. The house is nestled into this cliff, shielding it from the street, where it appears as a single storey, focusing attention on the magnificent view to the north. Entry is from the side street across a small bridge to a front door that opens to a grand stair descending the full height of the house and dividing it into two clearly differentiated volumes. The southern volume contains the service spaces, bathrooms, laundry, dressing room and a small study, while the northern volume contains the living areas and bedrooms. The glass roofed stair between these volumes has an ambiguous reading, neither inside nor out. It is only when one passes through a series of Oak framed portals that you are officially inside. The lowest level contains children’s bedrooms and a games/TV room that opens to the swimming pool terrace. An undercroft below this level contains the pool equipment and plant room. The middle level contains the main living areas, garage and a large north facing outdoor room opening off the kitchen and dining room. The upper level is given over to the main bedroom suite, home office, study and main entry. The simplicity of the external cement rendered form is enriched with an overlay of light bronze anodised aluminum windows, sliding doors and external sun control louvres, while the interior is defined by the Oak joinery and Travertine floors. The northern elevation is composed of a series of stepped cantilevered roofs and balconies with full height ellipsoid aluminium louvres screening the western facade from the afternoon sun and the neighbouring property.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Mayne

  • Architect: Ian Moore Architects
  • Project: Boustred House
  • Location: Balmoral, Sydney, Australia
  • Principal Architect: Ian Moore
  • Project team: Danny Mathis, Melika Aljucic, Susanne Loeffler
  • Interior Design: Ian Moore
  • Photographer: Daniel Mayne
  • Structural engineer: Ruggero Benvenuti at Benvenuti SC
  • Building certifier: Paul Rolfe Consulting
  • Builder: Coddington Constructions
  • Landscaping: Material: Jim Osbourne
  • Software used: ArchiCad


House of Mr. R in Moscow, Russia by za bor Architects

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Article source: za bor Architects

The house has solid-cast reinforced concrete frame with piers and bridging and walls made of brick. One wall is sloped (hacking brickwork). There are two apartment floors and a basement storey deepened to 1,20 meters below ground level (the only thing deeper is a wine cellar). The services: water pumps, blowing wells, an emergency diesel-generator and a fuel storage tank are located in the basement storey. A sanitary piping, gas and electricity supply are also arranged in the basement.

Image Courtesy © Zinur Razutdinov and Peter Zaytsev

  • Architects: za bor Architects
  • Project: House of Mr. R
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Photography: Zinur Razutdinov and Peter Zaytsev 
  • Firm principle or leading designers: Peter Zaytsev and Arseniy Borisenko 
  • Built area: 300 square meters (560 sq m floor area
  • Walls outside: plaster and exterior house paint, paving tiles
  • Walls inside: gres, wooden panels (wenge, oak), paint
  • Flooring: gres, marble, river pebbles (decorative covering), glass, wooden floor (oak)
  • Ceiling: paint
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, 3Ds Max, Photoshop


Pabellón de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico by Archinature Workshop

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Article source: Archinature Workshop

The project has a very unique characteristic due its location. It is next to the Sports Palace, an arena frequently used for concerts, and the Velodromo Subway Station. Now the link between both spots is broken due a lack of pedestrian walkways, on the other hand there a high demand for parking space that is not satisfied by the parking offered by the Sport Palace.

Image courtesy Archinature Workshop

  • Architects: Archinature Workshop
  • Project: Pabellón de los Deportes
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Software used: Archicad, Artlantis, Photoshop

Vila Stoliv in Montenegro by Enforma Architecture Designed using ArchiCAD

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Article source: Enforma Architecture

In the landscape such as the Bay of Boka Kotorska, great challenge can be construction of building beyond a traditional “recipe”. It’s like when you grow up in a diverse ethnic surrounding where yours ” differences ” are not accepted and understood very well. In that situation, we should to celebrate “the differences” between people and like that today, with all social, economic and technological development, we must thinking about structure which will reflect the present, but without endangering “spirit” of the existing natural and built environment – “genius loci”.

Image courtesy Enforma Architecture 

  • Architects: Enforma Architecture
  • Project: Vila Stoliv
  • Location: Stoliv, Montenegro
  • Author: Marh Nikola Novaković
  • Associate: Marijela Pajić
  • Area: 424.5 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Construction : 2012
  • Software used: ArchiCAD 14

50Hertz Netzquartier in Berlin, Germany by LOVE Architecture

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: LOVE Architecture

Designed by LOVE architecture and urbanism, the main goal of their winning proposal for the 50Hertz Headquarters in Berlin was to develop an innovative, transparent, open headquarters for the company that above all flows from inside to outside. The focus became to create flexible,versatile, and unique working environments, which are traversed by spacious outdoor spaces in the form of terraces, balconies and atriums. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Image courtesy LOVE architecture and urbanism 

  • Architects: LOVE Architecture
  • Project: 50Hertz Netzquartier
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Client: 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
  • Total Area (without underground garage): approx. 16,000 m²
  • Office Space: 11,070 m²
  • Conference Area: 807 m²
  • Daycare Center: 153 m²
  • Software used: AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Sketchup

Cape Cod Modern House Addition in Wellfleet MA by Hammer Architects

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Article source: Hammer Architects

In 1948 the Architect Nathaniel Saltonstall, one of the founders of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, established The Colony Club of Wellfleet as a private club for art collectors. In 1952 he built several homes in the International Style for members on nearby Chequesett Neck. In 2008 the new owners of one of these, commissioned Hammer Architects to update and expand their house.

East Elevation before restoration, with view of Screen Porch: Image Courtesy © Mark Hammer

  • Architects: Hammer Architects
  • Project: Cape Cod Modern House Addition
  • Location:Wellfleet MA, (Cape Cod), USA
  • Photography: Mark Hammer, Peter Vanderwarker
  • Client: Family with two children
  • Square Footage Before: 2,514 Sq Ft
  • Square Footage After: 4,612 Sq Ft
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry in Kosovo by Maden Group

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Article source: Maden Group

The study starts from the first religious needs and the study of the earliest mosques architecture in Kosovo and in other countries to convey tradition through contemporary architecture. Our objective was to combine in the best mode architecture and religious rules.

Image Courtesy Maden GROUP

  • Architects: Maden Group
  • Project: Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry
  • Location: Pristina, Kosovo
  • Software used: Modeled in Archicad, rendered in Maxwell, and post-produced the renders in Photoshop and Lightroom. Diagrams and other graphics were made in CorelDraw and Illustrator.


North Edge in Manchester, UK by Desk Centre

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Article source: Desk Centre

With one office in a converted Victorian property in Leeds and another in a stunning new build in bustling Manchester, private equity firm North Edge are now embracing their phenomenal company growth with a stylish office design that reflects their success.

Image courtesy Desk Centre 

  • Architects: Desk Centre
  • Project: North Edge
  • Location: Manchester, UK
  • Type: Office Refit
  • Software used: Archicad, Autocad

Pushkinsky Cinema in Moscow, Russia by Za Bor Architects

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Article source: Za Bor Architects

The main idea of the offered solution is transformation of Pushkinsky cinema while preserving its original historical volume. Modern expressive elements «sprout» through the semicentennial structure, symbolically connecting the old and the new by means of the shape and materials.

Image courtesy Za Bor Architects 

  • ArchitectsZa Bor Architects
  • Project: Pushkinsky Cinema
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Date of project: 2010
  • Status: competition proposal
  • Architect: Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, 3Ds Max, Adobe Photoshop

4 Dwellings in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain by Patxi Cortazar

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Article source: Patxi Cortazar

The plot is located at the historic centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz, near to Santa María Cathedral, at the corner of this “Canton” and Txikita Street. The project is made by petition of the homeowners’ association. The original building, and unclassified 19th century building, is demolished because of its state of ruin. The ordinance of new construction defines in an exhaustive way the standards of the new shape, that requires the reduction of its occupation to leave available the continuity of its inside pipe. Thus, the new building is separated from the bowling alley located at the high part of the Cantón of Santa María.

Image Courtesy © César San Millán 

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar
  • Project: 4 Dwellings in Cantón of Santa María
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Date: 2009-2011
  • Architectural Technologist: José Ramón Hurtado Mendoza
  • Developer: Homeowners’ association
  • Building company: Nasipa S.L.
  • Surface: 368,70 m2
  • Software used: Autocad, Archicad and Sketchup.
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