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ekies All senses resort redesign in Greece, Balkans by CTRLZAK Studio

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Article source: CTRLZAK Studio 

TRLZAK studio was asked by ekies All senses resort to give a deeper meaning to the hotel’s identity. Inspired by Chalkidiki’s special ecosystem, where rounded stone volumes and pine trees are in direct contact with the sea, CTRLZAK studio developed creative solutions that underline nature’s presence and invite visitors to reflect on their relationship with it. The typical Mediterranean Pine tree (Pinus Pinea), which is found in the region, was the archetype of the project. Starting from the lower parts of the Pine tree, the roots are translated into various paths leading visitors gradually towards the sea shore and eventually branching inside the sea itself. Going higher up the tree-trunk, one finds the tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius), an umbrella-shaped fungal species, that inspired us for the new shade coverings of the lounge area. The pine needles themselves become protagonists of the resort functioning as dividers and coverings taking the shape of articulate patterns that evolve in the restaurants, bar and in particular the Treehouse itself. Inside the tree’s branches though, there are also parasitic organisms such as the Pine Processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) whose larvae form silk-like nests and constitute the inspiration for the ‘cocoon’ that wraps around the gourmet restaurant of the Treehouse. A seemingly negative connotation that creates yet a scenic setting hopefully making people reflect on their role within such a context while providing a unique gourmet experience, admiring the sea from within the tree’s embrace. The studio’s intention with the above metaphor and other related elements within the project is to underline, in a symbolic way, the transition of the visitor’s role from parasitic to symbiotic creating a harmonic relationship between humans and nature.

Image Courtesy © CTRLZAK Studio

  • Architects: CTRLZAK Studio
  • Project: ekies All senses resort redesign
  • Location: Greece, Balkans
  • Software used: Rhino, Autocad, Illustrator, Photoshop

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BC House in Leuven, Belgium by Vander Velpen Architects

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Article source: Vander Velpen Architects 

Dieter Vander Velpen Architects remodelled a 70’s house near the Belgian town of Leuven, to create a new kitchen and bathroom for the owners, with clean lines but a warm material palette including bronze, Walnut veneer, Travertine and Calacatta marble.

Image Courtesy © Thomas De Bruyne

  • Architects: Vander Velpen Architects
  • Project: BC House
  • Location: Leuven, Belgium
  • Photography: Thomas De Bruyne
  • Software used: Autocad, Vectorworks, SketchUp
  • Project Team: Dieter Vander Velpen, Hilke Baart, Hans Verelst
  • Completion: 2017

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White Monkey Pizza Lab & Bar in Leipzig, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Article source: Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH

Pizza! Always a delicious slice of memory. Of Italy. Of sun, espresso, the Vespa. Of the unique Italian instinct for lifestyle and dolce vita. Marché International tunes into this attitude towards life with its new restaurant concept, reinventing the pizza with White Monkey. To underscore this unconventional approach, the internationally aligned restaurant brand clearly positions itself as a pizza lab and bar: ingredients are combined in unusual ways; the pizzas are long instead of round, they are cut with scissors and shared amongst friends; the pizzeria becomes a cocktail bar, an urban meeting place that is open all day. In the constantly expanding yet fiercely competitive market of system gastronomy, it is crucial to do more than just present a coherent restaurant concept. With a Corporate Design that comprises not only interior design, but also the complete brand communication from logo to restaurant décor to website and social media presence, we have created a consistent and remarkable brand image for the White Monkey brand – with interdisciplinary thinking in place of salami tactics.

Image Courtesy © Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH
  • Project: White Monkey Pizza Lab & Bar
  • Location: Leipzig, Germany
  • Software used: Vectorworks, sketch up, 3dS Max

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325 WESTLAKE in Seattle, Washington by Graham Baba Architects

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Article source: Graham Baba Architects

Part arts initiative and part residential development, 325 Westlake merges old and new structures to create a building that preserves the character of the existing building and the site, while ensuring its continued usefulness. Rents from the residential development fund MadArt, an arts initiative focused on connecting emerging artists with the community in unexpected ways. MadArt, which runs the studio space occupying the storefront, makes it possible to engage with art and artists every day, making artists and residents richer through their programmatic partnership.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

  • Architects: Graham Baba Architects
  • Project: 325 WESTLAKE
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Software used: AutoCad, SketchUp, Adobe
  • Photography: Benjamin Benschneider, Tim Bies, James Harnois
  • Design Team: Brett Baba, Jim Graham, Leann Crist, Lauren Strang
  • Project Team: Graham Baba Architects (architecture), MA Wright Structural Engineers (structural engineering), PanGeo Geotechnical Engineers (geotechnical engineering), Lighting Designs, Inc. (lighting), JRS Engineering (building envelope), Sparling (acoustical), Brian Paquette Interiors (loft apartment styling), Electrical (design build), Inform Interiors (penthouse styling), Schuchart (contractor)

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Drawing School And Staff Entrance Building Of The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Article source: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

It is the second new building we incorporate in the garden. This small building incorporates all logistical entries of the complex: museum staff, loading area, facilities and even access to the neighbour building, the Teekenschool.

Image Courtesy © Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

  • Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos (ADP-architecten, Copijn Landschaps architecten)
  • Project: Drawing School And Staff Entrance Building Of The Rijksmuseum
  • Location: Hobbemastraat, 1. 1071 Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Software used: Revit, Autocad
  • Client:  Programmadirectie Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum
  • Collaborators: García de la Cámara, Marije Ter Steege, Alicia López, José Luis Mayén, Clara Hernández, Ana Vila, Victoria Bernícola, Jan Kolle, V. Breña, S. Gutiérrez, Marta Pelegrín, Iko Mennenga, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, Luis Gutierrez, Carlos Arévalo, Juan Carlos Mulero, Miguel Velasco
  • Digital imaging: INDG
  • Structural engineering: OVE Arup

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House of Alain Hubert in Rhode-St-Genèse, Belgium by Philippe Samyn and Partners

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Article source: Philippe Samyn and Partners

The Avenue Bel Horizon, typical of a number of residential districts located in the surroundings of Brussels, is bordered by houses, some isolated, some in small groups, arranged in narrow and deep plots. The one that interests us is no exception to the rule: 20 m wide along the road (to the North) and 73 m deep, with a building area limited to 11 m in width and 15 m in depth, 6 m away from the road.

Image Courtesy © Quentin OLBRECHTS

  • Architects: Philippe Samyn and Partners
  • Project: House of Alain Hubert
  • Location: Belgium, Avenue Bel Horizon, Commune of Rhode-Saint-Genèse
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Photography: M-F. Plissart, Quentin OLBRECHTS
  • Client: Alain Hubert
  • Design Partner: Philippe Samyn
  • Administrative Partners: Ghislain André and Jacques Ceyssens
  • Associates: Karim AMMOR, Ambroise CREVECOEUR
  • Building Services: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers
  • Costs: 450 000 €
  • Gross Floor Area: 300 sqm
  • Completion: July 2014

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Clemson University Core Campus Dining Facility in South Carolina by Sasaki

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Article source: Sasaki

The Clemson University Core Campus Dining Facility is a 81,000 square foot, 1,200 seat modern food service facility that offers freshly prepared daily meals via a variety of open cooking venues and houses five different late night retail venues and a small P.O.D. convenience store. As part of Clemson’s redevelopment of its “Core Campus,” construction of this dining facility proceeded in tandem with new student housing construction, designed by VMDO Architects. These projects as a whole address the growing demand for contemporary housing and dining options in support of the university’s goals of retaining more sophomore students on campus, and maintaining its position in the top 20 national public universities.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Hillyer

  • Architects: Sasaki (Stevens & Wilkinson)
  • Project: Clemson University Core Campus Dining Facility
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina, USA
  • Photography: Jonathan Hillyer
  • Software used: Revit, SketchUp, Photoshop
  • Client name: Clemson University
  • Size: 81,000 sf
  • Completion date: September 2016

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Riverside Villa in Kyoto, Japan by Atelier Boronski

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Article source: Atelier Boronski

On a typically small site wedged between the road and the river this house in Kyoto is a kind of European canal-house in Japan. It is close to the city center but in a quiet street near cafes and restaurants, bakeries and a chocolatier. The museum district (with temples and shrines) is a short walk, and there are many cherry trees lining nearby streets.

Image Courtesy © atelier-boronski

  • Architects: Atelier Boronski
  • Project: Riverside Villa
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Software used: SketchUp, Autocad
  • Engineer: Jun Yanagimuro Structural Engineering
  • Main Contractor: Takahashi Komuten
  • Landscaping: Teiyu (Tomoatsu Sano)
  • Main Materials: Steel frame, concrete floors, lightweight hollow-core cement panel siding, galvanized steel-work.  Fire-proof timber siding, double glazing.  Double-layer plaster-board, paint finish.
  • Total Built Area: 230m2 (incl. Roof Garden)
  • Construction period: Eight months

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Taylor Residence in Matthews, Carolina by situ studio

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Article source: situ studio

The house is on a flat site, well off the street, overlooking a woodland pond. The drive meanders through the trees and approaches from the northern forest side. The house screens any view of the pond. A tall entry and stair volume bisects the plan and is a lens to the pond upon entry. The entire ground level, which includes the master suite, opens north to the forest and south to the pond. Openings on the south wall are shaded by an overhang. A composition of surfaces and site walls define formal exterior spaces adjacent to the house.

Image Courtesy © Keith Isaacs

  • Architects: situ studio
  • Project: Taylor Residence
  • Location: Matthews, Carolina, USA
  • Photography: Keith Isaacs
  • Software used: SketchUp

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Upcycling Gemert in The Netherlands by Denkkamer architectuur & onderzoek

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Article source: Denkkamer architectuur & onderzoek

The initiators developed a process in which spent mushroom compost from mushroom cultivation is upgraded and turned into a valuable soil improver. They do this by biologically drying spent mushroom compost in so-called tunnels. By adding a small amount of concentrated manure, a popular soil improver rich in nitrogen, phosphate and potassium is created. The spent mushroom compost is not only upgraded to a popular soil improver but it is also made lighter in specific weight. As a result, fewer freight transports are needed to deliver the product. A large amount of heat is released naturally during the biological drying process. This heat is used to provide the neighbouring existing mushroom nurseries with heat and consequently natural gas-fuelled boilers are no longer required. The surplus heat is distributed to nearby crop growers.

Image Courtesy © Denkkamer architectuur & onderzoek

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