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Restoration of the house“El Bosquet” in La Garrotxa, Spain by Arcadi Pla i Masmiquel & Núria Pla i Illa

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Article source: Arcadi Pla i Masmiquel & Núria Pla i Illa

The project consisted of the restoration of the house “El Bosquet”, which is inside the neighbourhood of “Can Gustí”, located in “La Vall de Riu”. The objective was to set the house up as a short-stage refugee. Thus, the restoration entailed the reinforcement of the stony walls, the change in the house layout turning it into a main space which encompassed the dining room and the living room, and the relocation of the services (kitchen and bathroom).

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  • Architects: Arcadi Pla i Masmiquel & Núria Pla i Illa
  • Project: Restoration of the house“El Bosquet”
  • Location: Montagut, La Garrotxa, Spain
  • Software used: AUTOCAD 2012

The night area was in the lower level, in an enclosed space. Moreover, the facade composition was developed offering new windows as view frames which valued the astonishing landscape of the valley. At the same time, another layer was gained in the walls and the roof with a great deal of isolation and wood plaques, so that they improved the thermal conditions of the interior. On the whole, we were seeking a seclusion atmosphere in order to observe and enjoy this privileged spot.

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Centro Interpretação do Românico in Paredes, Portugal by spaceworkers

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Article source: spaceworkers

Preserving the identity of the location and characteristics of the building concerned was for us the slogan for the intervention.

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  • Architects: spaceworkers
  • Project: Centro Interpretação do Românico
  • Location: Paredes, Portugal
  • Code: 12CIRP
  • Year: 2012
  • Size: 100m2
  • Address: Paredes
  • Client: Rota do Românico
  • Author: spaceworkers®
  • Principal architects: henrique marques, rui dinis
  • Architects: rui rodrigues, sérgio rocha, rui miguel
  • Finance director: carla duarte – cfo
  • Engineer: simetria vertical, Lda
  • Photography: FG+SG
  • Software used: Vectorworks
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Gretel House by Simon Gill Architects

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Article source: Simon Gill Architects

Gretel (a wire-haired miniature dachshund) found her existing conservatory cold and poorly related to her garden.  This scheme therefore replaces the conservatory with a new extension that fully opens out to her grounds. Her requirement for the possibility of being fed tit-bits of grilled sausages led to the design including a barbeque, which becomes an extension of the side wall to the kitchen/ living area.

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There is an adjacent seat where her owners can sit and pamper her in the sun. The main opening to the extension containing the sliding doors has an outside “raincoat” of brick with a smooth inner lining expressing  the cavity wall and creating a sense of interior comfort.  Bespoke cast stone forms a masonry course over the lintel which resolves the weight of the wall above and emphasizes the openings of the weep holes.  The floor is resin with underfloor heating, providing a comfortable lounging surface that pleasantly warms her tummy.

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Politiecommissariaat Brugge in Belgium by Beel & Achtergael Architecten

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Article source: Beel & Achtergael Architecten

The relocation of the police station to the edge of the city will give a strong impulse to the future development of the harbour site. The judicious positioning and dimensioning of its compact, floating office volume ensures that it fits in with the structure and scale of the former harbour area.

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  • Architects: Beel & Achtergael Architecten
  • Project: Politiecommissariaat Brugge
  • Location: Brugge, Belgium
  • Team: Lieven Achtergael, Isabelle Dierickx, Pietter Lansens, Tom Mockett, Jeffrey Berghman, Rein Bultynck, Sofie Philips, Kris Broidioi, Steve Salembier, Vincent De Keyser, Ida Lievens
  • Structural, MEP and acoustical engineering: Technum
  • Contractors: Wyckaert, Wycor
  • Client: City council of Brugge
  • Procedure: competition
  • Date: 2010-2013
  • Surface: 11.500m²
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp  (more…)

Shenyang International Automobile City in China by SBA International

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Article source: SBA International

The German architectural office SBA in Stuttgart wins the first prize for the new City Cluster of the future. The new multipolar city with the “International Automobile City”, which incorporates the existing BMW plant (Tiexi factory) into the landscape, is organized in several theme areas.

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  • Architects: SBA International
  • Project: Shenyang International Automobile City
  • Location: Shenyang, China
  • Design team: Cathrin Fischer, Markus Meissner, Reinhard Braun, Hans Hellmann, Tan Dongyue, Mareen Brinkmann,Qi Yijun, Zhou Jie, Zuo Fei, Wang Hui
  • Energy concept: Clean City Concept
  • Client: Economic Development Zone Sub-office of Shenyang Bureau of Planning and Land Resource
  • Planning target: New Town with a network of center structures
  • Total area: 91 km2
  • Water area: 9 km2
  • GFA: 92 Mio. m2
  • Software used: AutoCad, InDesign, Photoshop, 3ds max, SketchUp

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Tamaki Drive in Auckland, New Zealand by Ian Moore Architects

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Article source: Ian Moore Architects

This mixed use development is located on a beachfront site in Auckland’s eastern suburbs, looking north up the Hauraki Gulf to the mouth of the Waitemata Harbour, the North Shore and Rangitoto Island. The building occupies a corner site over two parcels of land, 387 Tamaki Drive and 6 Maheke Street. The lower level of 387 Tamaki contains a bank, restaurant and the main building entry, around a publicly accessible courtyard, at the centre of which is a rotating sculpture known as ‘The Seedling’.

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  • Architects: Ian Moore Architects
  • Project: Tamaki Drive
  • Location: 387 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Photographer: Daniel Mayne
  • Project team: Simon Martin, Susanne Loeffler, Patrik Braun
  • Client: Magellan investments
  • Project team: Simon Martin, Susanne Loeffler, Patrik Braun
  • Interior Design: Ian Moore Architects
  • Project manager: Martin & Green
  • Builder: Federal Group
  • Structural engineer: Structure Design
  • Mechanical engineer: Gerhard Furter Consulting Engineering
  • Hydraulic engineer: Hydraulic Services Consultants
  • Electrical engineer: Kern Consultants
  • Typographer: Eamon Davern
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Tonkin and Taylor
  • Fire engineer: Holmes Fire
  • Lift Consultant: Vertrans
  • Land Surveyor: Eagleson Kennaway Surveys
  • Precast Concrete: Nauhria Precast
  • Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete: Unicast Cladding Systems Limited
  • Software used: ArchiCad

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Tirana Flux Exchange in Tirana, Albania by Barker Freeman Design Office Architects pllc

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Article source: Barker Freeman Design Office Architects pllc

Tirana Flux Exchange [FL-EX] is a proposal for a multimodal transportation hub and new urban landscape model for the Albanian capital positioned to greatly expand the scope and connectivity of the city’s infrastructural networks. FL-EX connects the existing HSH Railway and intercity bus lines with a new airport transit, bike, and pedestrian paths linking the historic urban center to international transportation systems.

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Piezoscape in Staten Island, New York by Barker Freeman Design Office Architects pllc

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Article source: Barker Freeman Design Office Architects pllc

This proposal for the Fresh Kills landscape in Staten Island, New York engages visitors and the environment into generating energy using piezoelectricity, which is the conversion of mechanical movement into electricity. Energy from wind, sound vibration, and human movement can collectively be harvested from the movement of natural piezoelectric materials embedded in walkable surfaces and bendable wind-capturing stalks and streamers.

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Magnum Gallery in PARIS, France by Birds Portchmouth Russum

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Article source: Birds Portchmouth Russum

Working in collaboration with architect Chris Stead of Paris, BPR designed a gallery, cafe and office for the Magnum Photography agency.

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Three architectural moves are key in turning this former hotel ballroom into an integrated set of spaces. A portion of the ground floor concrete slab is cut away, a bridge spanned across it, and a cafe ‘trailer’ inserted into the front facade. The front of the trailer pushes through to the street, defining the entrance and helping to project the identity of the gallery.

  • Architects: Birds Portchmouth Russum
  • Project: Magnum Gallery
  • Location: 13 RUE DE L’ABBAYE 75006 PARIS
  • Software used: Catia and Vectorworks

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Entrecampos Masterplan in Lisbon, Portugal by PROMONTORIO

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Article source: PROMONTORIO

Built next to the campus of the University of Lisbon, the Entrecampos Square is the largest urban regeneration scheme under development in Lisbon since the Expo’98. Like so many other cities in Europe, Lisbon has been loosing inhabitants to the outer rings of the metropolitan area. In addition to macro-scale factors, like the declining birth rate and the persistence of rent-controlled contracts, the cost of housing in city centres has become prohibitive for young people.

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  • Architects: PROMONTORIO
  • Project: Entrecampos Masterplan
  • Location: Avenida das Forcas Armadas, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Client EPUL: (Empresa Publica de Urbanizacao de Lisboa)
    Landscape Architecture João Nunes (PROAP)
  • Programme: Mixed-use development with housing (67,000 sq.m), retail (12,000 sq.m), offices (24,000 sq.m), art centre (9,000 sq.m) and parking (3,500)
  • Gross Built: Area 112,000 sq.m (plus 130,000 sq.m below grade)
  • Project Status: 2004 (master planning) – 2004 (approved by the municipal)
  • Software used: ArchiCAAD, Acrobat Pro, Adobe Illustrate

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