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Gaia Ropeway Cablecar in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal by Guedes + de Campos

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Guedes + de Campos

The challenge of the project is to intervene in the impressive scenario of the new Serra do Pilar – Cais de Gaia axis and, simultaneously, harmonising it with the technological complexity of a cable car. Basically it was also a question of creating a new – axial, functional and visual – urban axis characterised by the introduction of a very strong movement in the landscape. This typology was proposed for the city of Vila Nova de Gaia with a ludic and functional approach with the aim of energising the site and the tourist offer connecting the Port wine lodges and the riverfront (with its many restaurants and bars) to the metro and Serra do Pilar on the higher level.

Image Courtesy Alberto Plácido

  • ARCHITECTS: Guedes + de Campos
  • PROJECT: Gaia Ropeway Cablecar
  • LOCATION: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • CLIENT: TELEF – TRANSPORTES POR CABO E CONCESSÕES, S.A.
  • ARCHITECTURE: Francisco Vieira de Campos + Cristina Guedes
  • COORDINATOR: Francisco Vieira de Campos
  • PROJECT TEAM: Francisco Lencastre, Cristina Maximino, Adalgisa Lopes, Joana Miguel, Inês Ferreira, Pedro Costa, Ana Matias, Ana Leite Fernandes, António Ferreira, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Mariana Sendas, Tiago Souto Castro, Miguel Brochado, Pedro Azevedo
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Joshua Hall in Cleveland, Ohio by Maker

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Article source: Maker

Located in the Joshua Hall Building, a former stag hotel in Cleveland’s Gateway Neighborhood, the design for a Live/ Work unit eschews conventional loft typologies in order to maximize square footage and natural light. Portions of the original floor plates are removed while new plates are inserted around a central void, extending beyond the existing roof plane.

Interior View

  • Architect: Maker
  • Name of Project: Joshua Hall
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Software used: AutoCad for documentation, and then worked with physical models to explain the design to the contractors.

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Oresen House in Sapporo, Japan by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier (designed using Vectorworks)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier

Design Philosophy

Rather than imposing our own designs unilaterally, we think of clients as equal partners in the process of discussing requests and problems, which are then resolved through design and planning. While the end product of this process is a physical structure, we think of our fundamental role as designing human-to-human and human-to-environment relationships.

Our goal is to create architecture whose meaning and purpose is derived through ongoing communication with clients.

West elevation - Photo by Koji Sakai

  • Architect:Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
  • Name of Project: Oresen House
  • Location: Sapporo, Japan
  • Photos: Koji Sakai
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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Espai Ridaura in Girona, Spain by Capella Garcia Arquitectura (designed using ArchiCAD)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: Capella Garcia Arquitectura

This is a multipurpose facility in Santa Cristina d’Aro, Girona, in the district of Baix Empordà. Santa Cristina d’Aro is situated close to the coast, in the upper reach of the Vall d’Aro, and the river Ridaura flows through it close to the town centre. The municipality is growing as a result of the large amount of tourist activity during the summer months, which means that it already possesses considerable leisure and cultural facilities. Nonetheless, the facilities in Santa Cristina were very basic and quite a few years old, as well as being at some distance from the town centre. So much so that the concerts of the Santa Cristina International Chamber Music Festival took place in the parish church.

Image Courtesy Rafael Vargas

  • Architects: Capella Garcia Arquitectura
  • Project: Espai Ridaura
  • Location: Santa Cristina d’Aro, Girona, Spain
  • Project Architects: Juli Capella, Miquel Garcia
  • Collaborators: Lisardo Adán, Joan Bozzo, Pau Monguió
  • Project responsible: Lisardo Adán
  • Project management: Juli Capella
  • Structural calculations: Javier Monte
  • Installation engineering: Celec
  • Site management: Santa Cristina d’Aro City Council
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Sport Complex and Swimming Center in La Florida, Spain by NAOS Architecture

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Article source: NAOS Architecture

The location of the Sport Complex and Swimming Center in La Florida, Vigo, was a challenge because it was in a empty space of a built block, with a very high slope. So, the superior level stayed and the building was constructed below this level and it develops the functional program semi-buried. Therefore, on top of the building, was projected a public square and the slope of the terrain.

Images Courtesy of Héctor Santos-Díez

  • ARCHITECT: NAOS ARCHITECTURE (SANTIAGO GONZÁLEZ & MIGUEL PORRAS, ARCHITECTS)
  • PROJECT NAME: SPORT COMPLEX AND SWIMMING CENTER IN LA FLORIDA, VIGO
  • LOCATION: VIGO, SPAIN
  • COMPLETION DATE: 2010
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: HÉCTOR SANTOS-DIEZ, MÀIS QUE AUGA
  • SITE AREA (FLOOR AREA): 4.689 m²
  • CONSTRUCTION AREA: 4.742 m²
  • ESTRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: E3 ARQUITECTOS
  • INSTALLATIONS ENGINEERING: DAVISA INGENIERÍA
  • Software used: AUTOCAD and 3DMAX

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Oficina Vidre Negre in Piemonte, Italy by Damilano Studio Architects

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Article source: Damilano Studio Architects

Oficina Vidre Negre was born as a contemporary sculpture, a symbol of a dynamic and continuous development with the need for strong identification, even in terms of image.

In a context of peripheral node of the motorway, the building is set within a park, planted with native species, in which a sort of town square accompanied to the entrance.

The dynamism of the client is shown in architecture, volume changing, a prism completely covered in black glass faceted and integrated photovoltaic panels.

The structure is split reflected in the wide expanse of water over the stage function, is the reserve of water for fire-fighting system and irrigation of the park.

Night View (Images Courtesy Andrea Martiradonna)

  • Architect: Damilano Studio Architects
  • Name of Project: Oficina Vidre Negre
  • Location: Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy
  • Client: PORTA ROSSA S.P.A.
  • Project type: Office Building
  • Photographer: Andrea Martiradonna
  • Software used: Autocad and 3ds Max

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New Church of Våler in Hovedveien, Norway by CEBRA architecture

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Article source: CEBRA architecture

Danish architects CEBRA’s proposal for a new church in Våler, Norway creates a symbolic landmark in the shape of a tilting cross using light and wood as key design elements for the interior.

The village of Våler, in the south eastern part of Norway, is in need of a new church in order to replace the village’s old wooden church, which burned down to the ground in 2009. The church is of great importance for the local community – both as a social gathering point and as characterizing landscape element. Therefore, the design of the new church has to combine a particular sensitivity and attention to the site’s culture-historical context with a modern architectural expression so as to succeed in creating flexible and contemporary church facilities.

Exterior View in day

  • Architect: CEBRA architecture
  • Name of Project: New Church of  Våler
  • Location: Hovedveien, Våler, Norway
  • Commission: Private
  • Type: Open plan and design competition
  • Client: Våler Parish Council
  • Year: 2011
  • Purpose: Curch
  • Surface area: 11.840 sq. ft.
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, VRay for Rhinoceros, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

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Hotel Balneum in Tiszafüred, Hungary by Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects (designed using ArchiCAD, Artlantis, and AutoCAD)

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Article source: Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects

The idea of the architect was to endow the building with a modern and esthetic  appearance using traditional local materials. That’s why light plaster was selected together with ceramic roof tiles and plenty of wood –  for terraces, for pergolas and for shields. Thanks to the  flood forests  – in this part of the country wood has always been available for building village houses. Willow tree is probably the most characteristic tree of the region,  twigs and branches of willow trees were wickered to create usefull household objects, such as baskets, armchairs, etc. This tradition was continued in the interior decoration of the spa – the reception desk was made of wickered willow tree, as well as the lampshades of suspension lamps and of consoles, and wicked willow branches were used to shape chests of drawers – all that was hand made by local ladies, in accordance with the local patriot attitude of the owner.

Hotel Balneum

  • Architects: Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects
  • Project: Hotel Balneum
  • Location: Tiszafüred, Hungary
  • Project Architect: Arpad ferdinand, Csaba Ferdinand
  • Software used: AutoCad, ArchiCad and Artlantis

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Flor del Campo in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia by Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Article source: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa

This project is characterized by four “Rings”, each of which is defined by two levels with different thicknesses, rounding different playgrounds. The perimeter is as important as the interior space formed by the rings, projecting physical areas that can express the function that will be developed. It was inspired by the shapes of tropical plants and trees in the area, taking us to a recreational atmosphere of games, educational exchanges, etc.

Flor del Campo

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa
  • Project: Flor del Campo
  • Location: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
  • Software used: AutoCad. Presentations were done using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop etc.

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Louis Vuitton New York Offices and Showroom in New York by ikon.5 architects

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Article source: ikon.5 architects

The offices of Louis Vuitton is an interior renovation of the eighth and ninth floor of the flagship store at 1 East 57th Street New York, New York. The design incorporates a neutral and minimal palette inspired by the colors, textures and patterns of the Vuitton design tradition. The bright white surfaces of the walls and ceiling and interior glass partitions assist in harvesting light from the perimeter offices and delivering it to the center workstations. Luxurious wood floors are used in the showroom to convey a warm rich experience that is both modern and timeless.

Interior View

  • Architect: ikon.5 architects
  • Name of Project: Louis Vuitton New York Offices and Showroom
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Completion: 2009
  • Area: 15,000 SF Renovation
  • Uses: Marketing offices , Conference rooms, Public relations, Showroom and Product storage
  • Software used: AutoCad 2008

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