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University of Washington Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building in Washington by ZGF Architects

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Article source: ZGF Architects

The University of Washington desired a facility to accommodate growth in molecular engineering; respond to the evolving interdisciplinary nature of teaching and research;and fit within an area of campus that is home to recently revitalized facilities, as well as traditional campus architecture.

Image Courtesy ZGF Architects

  • Architects:ZGF Architects
  • Project: University of Washington Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building
  • Location: Washington
  • Software used:
  • Revit – Modeling, MEP coordination, and documentation
  • AutoCAD – Documentation
  • Sketchup – Modeling, Design Review
  • 3D Studio MAX – Renderings
  • eQuest – Energy modeling

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Balzac Caffé – Main-Taunus Center in Main-Taunus-Zentrum Sulzbach, Germany by Klingmann Architects and Brand Consultants

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Article source:Klingmann Architects and Brand Consultants

Framed Store Entrance : Image Courtesy Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

  • Architects: Klingmann Architects and Brand Consultants
  • Project: Balzac Caffé – Main-Taunus Center
  • Location: Main-Taunus-Zentrum Sulzbach, Germany
  • Site Area: 166 m2
  • Project Scope: Branding, Graphic Design, Signage, Interior Design, Lighting
  • Project Type: Retail: Coffee Shop Chain
  • Client: Balzac Coffee Company
  • Design Team: Anna Klingmann, Jean Keil, Richard Abi Saab, Sarina Heres, Bless Yee
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Adobe Suite

KABC was hired by Balzac Coffee (Balzac Caffé) renamed to redesign the chain after the company merged with World Coffee in 2011. Services included formulating a brand strategy and subsequently a brand experience comprised of graphic services, signage, architectural design, and interior design. The brand strategy is based on the original brand values of the founder of Balzac coffee as well as current coffee shop trends observed in New York City. The second part of KABC’s services was to translate the developed brand into a series of distinct and memorable experiences for guests.

Outside Seating Area : Image Courtesy Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

This Balzac Coffee Shop was the first shop realized for the brand. It is located in Main-Taunus Center, a brand new shopping development outside Frankfurt, Germany.

Company Logo Material : Image Courtesy Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

The Balzac Coffee brand and subsequent interior design have been developed from the types of products the stores will sell. Coffee will always be sold, while extra offerings like Panini, frozen yogurt, and specialty shakes will change based on what is popular at that particular time. Similarly, classical furniture which evokes a timeless quality will be built into the store, while whimsical accent pieces juxtapose the minimalist sensibility.

Bar is More than Service Counter, Engages Visitor : Image Courtesy Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

The shop near Frankfurt features the signature Balzac Caffé wooden frame on the outside. Upon entering, shop patrons are greeted with a 9 meter long, wooden counter that defines the narrow linear space.

Display Case of Local Homemade Food Items : Image Courtesy Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

It is shaped and intended to be more like a bar counter as opposed to the typical service counter, and will act as a social zone for people to enjoy coffee and additional items each Balzac store will offer.

Wall Opens and Reconfigures Shop : Image Courtesy Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

This minimal environment is made cozy through playful and artisanal accent elements that will be changed more often, including the menu boards, graphical styles, and seating upholstery.

Company Logo Frosted Glass : Image Courtesy Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

Kibuts House in Lehavot Haviva, Israel by Sharon Neuman Architects

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Article source: Sharon Neuman Architects

The cube, brick house was planned for a family of 2 – father & son. A large open space on the ground floor contains the entrance, kitchen, dining and living rooms. Double height space above the dining table allow the stairs to go around it. A separate area contains the study and bathroom.

Image Courtesy Amit Gosher

  • Architects: Sharon Neuman Architects
  • Project: Kibuts House
  • Location: Lehavot Haviva, Israel
  • Photography: Amit Gosher
  • Plot: 430 m2
  • Built Area: 190 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Software used: Revit

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House in Asamayama, Japan by Kidosaki Architects Studio

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Article source: Kidosaki Architects Studio

The owner spent quite a few years for found this site, therefore my main concern was to link the beautiful vast sea of trees spread out to Mt. Asama (Asamayama in Japanese) with internal space.

First of all, we can enjoy a sea of trees from the approach deck to the entrance. When open the large door to the living room, Mt. Asama and the foot of it spread in picture window frame formed by the deep and low-height eaves.

Image Courtesy Junji Kojima

  • Architects: Kidosaki Architects Studio
  • Project: House in Asamayama
  • Location: Nagano, Japan
  • Photography: 45g Photography- Junji Kojima
  • Architects: Kidosaki Architects Studio- Hirotaka Kidosaki,
  • Principal-in-charge; Coco Ashihara
  • Structural Engineer: Takashi Manda Structure Design- Takashi Manda, Mitsuru Kobayashi
  • General contractor: Niitsugumi
  • Structural System: Reinforced concrete, steel-frame partly
  • Site area: 1301.31m2,
  • Built area: 225.51m2,
  • Total floor area: 145.27m2
  • Construction: August 2010 to August 2011
  • Software used: Vectorworks and Adobe Illustrator

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SODAE House in Amsterdam, Netherlands by VMX Architects

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Article source: VMX Architects

The SODAE-House is the house of the architect. The site is a private island at an intersection of waterways, south of Amsterdam. It is one of the precious pieces of unspoiled polder landscape, left open just outside the city. If the current trend of rapid urbanisation continues, it will soon be one of the last pieces of characteristic Dutch landscape in this part of the Netherlands. It is the choice of this particular spot, that is to say the perception of the landscape, which has dictated the character of the design.

Image Courtesy VMX Architects

  • Architects: VMX Architects
  • Project: SODAE House
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Software used: AutoCAD – LT 2004 and Sketchup

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H3 Experience Centre in Kunming, China by Nota Design Group

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Article source: Nota Design Group

Background:

Isabel Flooring is an established flooring specialist in China. H3 is their foray into other wood products such as timber doors and built-in furnitures. This design exercise will attempt to portray H3 as “The Wood Specialist” and set a store identity for the brand’s countrywide expansion.

Image Courtesy Nota Design Group

  • Architects: Nota Design Group
  • Project: H3 Experience Centre
  • Design director: Keat Ong
  • Design team:  jianjie He, mengxiang Huang
  • Client: H3/ Isable
  • Location: Kunming, China
  • Software used: Autocad, 3Dmax, Vray

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Part of the Solution in Bronx, New York by Spacesmith, LLP

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Article source: Spacesmith, LLP

Spacesmith is proud to announce the completion of Part of the Solution’s (POTS) new home. Since 1982. POTS has been serving people in need by providing food, clothing, counseling and other supportive services in a low income neighborhood in the Bronx. What began as a soup kitchen grew into a holistic, full service community facility, addressing every aspect of life’s needs to those who need a helping hand.

Pots Exterior

  • Architects: Spacesmith, LLP
  • Project: Part of the Solution
  • Location: Bronx, New York
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Hotel Paasitorni in Finland by K2S Architects

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Article source: K2S Architects

The granite Paasitorni fortress was originally built for the use of Helsinki labor movement. Now the block functions as a successful conference center. Paasitorni Hotel comprises of two existing buildings and a new wing hidden behind early 20-century and 1950s facades.

Image Courtesy Marko Huttunen

  • Architects: K2S Architects Ltd.
  • Project: Hotel Paasitorni
  • Location: Paasitorni, Finland
  • Architects: Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen
  • Client: HWA Helsinki Workers Association
  • User: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Scandic Hotels, Graniittiravintolat Restaurants
  • Built area: 11400 m² (gross)
  • Design phase: 09/2008 – 01/2010
  • Construction phase: 02/2010 – 06/2012
  • Photos: Marko Huttunen
  • Software used: Autocad architecture 2012; Rhino 4; Maxwell Render 1.7; Blender 2.49

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Oxnard Marina Residence in California by Bondanelli Design Group

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Article source: Bondanelli Design Group

This two story, 8000 s.f. residence is located at the intersection of two channels within the Oxnard Marina. Being a vacation home, and given the maritime location,  the house has a strong Asian theme, and conceptually is inspired by a south East Asian village, with most of the rooms having a separate roof structure, as a cluster of pavilions.
The curvilinear separation between kitchen and public spaces is taken from the shape of the client’s boat docked just outside.

Image Courtesy © Bondanelli Design Group

  • Architects: Bondanelli Design Group
  • Project: Oxnard Marina Residence
  • Location: Oxnard Marina, California, USA
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup

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Abbots Way in Hampshire, UK by AR Design Studio Ltd

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Article source: AR Design Studio Ltd

Abbots Way, the latest creation by AR Design Studio, is a stunning five bedroom house. Bordered by mature trees and a small lake, this spectacular house creates feelings of ultimate relaxation and privacy, whilst its contemporary design juxtaposes superbly with its beautifully rural location, on the south coast of England.

Image Courtesy Martin Gardner

  • Architects: AR Design Studio Ltd
  • Project: Abbots Way
  • Location: Hampshire, UK
  • Architect: Andy Ramus
  • Completion: August 2012
  • Photographer: Martin Gardner
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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