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Rosie House in Tokyo, Japan by ARTechnic architects

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Article source: ARTechnic architects

“Overcome the disadvantage of the land condition, turn it into the beauty of the architecture”

When the client found this land, we were asked to give an advice.  It was a strip of pentagonal land facing west with only a pair of parallel boundary lines. Because of this land condition, it was valued lower, almost 30% larger than regular priced lands for the same cost.  Even though, the land was such an odd shape, we were sure that we could create a house with more freedom from the extra space by giving a careful attention to improve the land’s disadvantages such as an angle, orientation, height limitation and confined facade.  Therefore we suggested the client to go for it.

Image Courtesy ARTechnic architects

  • Architects: ARTechnic architects
  • Project: Rosie House
  • Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Use: Private residence
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete
  • Site area: 232m2
  • Total floor area: 151 m2
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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House Mosi in Johannesburg, South Africa by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

House Mosi was commissioned to Nico van der Meulen Architects with an explicit plan: the final product had to match the owner specifications. All in all, the architects had to create a single-storey home with an urban feel to substitute the 1950’s feel of the old house and convert it into a timeless modern space with a unique flow.

Image Courtesy Nico van der Meulen Architects

  • Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects
  • Project: House Mosi
  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Building area: 731m2
  • Main material: Masonry
  • Category: Residential
  • Software used: Revit

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JPGN House in Brasília, Brazil by MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

The owner of this house, at the South Lake residential district in Brasilia, had grown up on that same street. The window of his bedroom was opened to the view of the Paranoá Lake towards northwest, with the monumental zone of Brasília right at the opposite bank.  He had witnessed the evolution of that landscape, and intended to keep living together with it. The house was almost fully elevated on piloti, on the edge of the height allowed by urban regulations, opening the view above the neighbors’ roofs.

Image Courtesy Joana França

  • Architects: MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira
  • Project: JPGN House
  • Location: Brasília – DF – Brazil
  • Work: JPGN House
  • Place: Brasília – DF – Brazil
  • Design year: 2007
  • Building conclusion: 2012
  • Lot area: 800 sq.mt
  • Built area: 355 sq. mt
  • Architectural Design: Danilo Matoso Macedo [MGS]
  • Collaboration: Angela Nemer, Simone Fonseca and Viviane Berlim
  • Structure: Marcello Usai
  • Electric and Hydraulic Design: Vanderlei Barbosa de Freitas – Projet
  • Contractor: Cláudio B. Medeiros. Collaboration: Genicio Menezes F. da Silva
  • Photographs: Joana França
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2006-2012

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Ballyroan Parish Centre in Dublin, Ireland by Box Architecture

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Box Architecture

The client, South Dublin County Council, approached our office to refurbish and extend the existing library of Marian Road in Ballyroan, Rathfarnham in 2006. The brief expanded and, as part of the project, we were asked to look at refurbishing the existing community centre, which was in need of upgrading to modern space and environmental standards. It became quite evident early on that the extent of area required for the pastoral element was too large and a separate building was required.

Timber elements mark the transition between openness and enclosure : Image Courtesy Paul Tierney

  • Architects: Box Architecture
  • Project: Ballyroan Parish Centre
  • Location: Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland
  • Photography: Paul Tierney
  • Design Team: Gary Mongey, Ashlene Ross, Terry Murphy
  • Software used: Revit

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Sixty Colborne Presentation Centre in Toronto, Canada by Johnson Chou Inc.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Article source: Johnson Chou Inc.

Sixty Colborne is a 3,300 SF condominium presentation centre comprised of a sales area and a model suite created for Freed Developments and located in the St. Lawrence historical district of downtown Toronto.

Design Concept:

To create a building of paradoxes much like it’s site: a building of simple form juxtaposed against a context of a cacophony of form, detail and colour; to create a building passive by day and active at night; direct access from exterior yet complex interior movement and parti.

Image Courtesy Johnson Chou Inc.

  • Architects: Johnson Chou Inc.
  • Project: Sixty Colborne Presentation Centre
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Project Team: Silke Stadtmueller, Anne Ehlers, Shant Krichelian, Johnson Chou
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Started: November 2011
  • Completed: May 2012
  • Software used: AutoCad, Sketchup for renderings

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My Panda in Tokyo, Japan by Torafu Architects

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Article source: Torafu Architects

Located at the basement level of Shibuya’s PARCO Part 1 Building, we have designed the interior and exterior of the store for new fashion label ‘my panda’. From ‘Smiles’, the company which created brands such as ‘PASS THE BATON’ and ‘giraffe’, this label is based on a ‘two-tone’ theme. We wanted to design a store which could become iconic to the fashion label such that it may be easily recognized.

Image Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Project: My Panda
  • Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota (Architecture); Akinori Ito (Fashion)
  • Principle use: SHOP
  • Production: Ishimaru
  • Facility design: ENDO (Lighting)
  • Curtain design: Yoko Ando
  • Plants: Jungle Collection
  • Building site: Parco Part 1 B1F, Shibuya, Tokyo
  • Total floor area: 44.3㎡
  • Design period: 2012.06-09
  • Construction period: 2012.09-10
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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The Cabin French Alps in Menuires, France by H2o Architectes

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Article source: H2o Architectes

Our design team was invited to rethink a ski resort apartment in Menuires, France. Located at the far end of a building built in 1965, it has triple orientation that was not valued by the previous layout which was too segmented. The request was to realize the impossible : increase the living space without touching the structure, create 2 bathrooms instead of the one existing, preserve the number of beds, 8 beds in 55m2, all while maintaining separate circultaions for each.

Image Courtesy Julien Attard

  • Architects: H2o Architectes
  • Project: The Cabin French Alps
  • Location: Aravis 520, Les Ménuires (73440), France
  • Photography: Julien Attard
  • Program: Interior design of a ski resort apartment in Menuires, France
  • Client: Private
  • Area: 55m²
  • Date: Delivered Summer 2012
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhino

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Hard Werken in Kessel-lo, Belgium by i.s.m.architecten

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Article source: i.s.m.architecten

In our opinion architecture is not neutral, it takes a clear position. She moves, surprises and is beautiful. In the creation of good architecture, the role of the client is not to be underestimated. They have to choose the right architect for the realization of their dream. A client that has utter confidence in their architect, as was the case, allows us to push the project further than the direct materialization of the design brief. A critical dialogue between client and architect is an ideal breeding ground for a beautiful project.

Image Courtesy Frederik Vercruysse

  • Architects: i.s.m.architecten
  • Project: Hard Werken
  • Location: Kessel-lo, Belgium
  • Photographer: Frederik Vercruysse
  • Design Team: i.s.m.architecten in collaboration with Christian de Haas and Tom Huycke
  • Client: Hard Werken bvba
  • Structure-Engineering: UTIL Struktuurstudies
  • Surface: 320 m2
  • Project: December 2010
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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House Lam in Bedfordview, Germiston by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

When the client approached Nico van der Meulen Architects, the brief presented was intended to alter and add to an existing 1950’s house and update its design. The first floor had to be designed from scratch to accommodate the bedrooms and the ground floor had to be converted to an exclusively open plan living space.

Image Courtesy Nico van der Meulen Architects

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Schlump ONE in Hamburg, Germany by J. MAYER H. Architects

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

The project “Schlump ONE” is located directly at the underground station Schlump in Eimsbüttel district in Hamburg. The original administration building from the 1950s and 90s was gutted, renovated and expanded, and has now been converted into an office building with four possible rental units per floor. The existing data processing center in the courtyard has been transformed into a private university and expanded to include a new building. The building’s facade has been completely renovated and redesigned to form a single unit that freely interprets the original building’s 1950s linear design. The organic formal language of the facade is continued in the design of interiors. The project is embedded in a sophisticated, open space planning design with oversized tree sculptures.

Image Courtesy Jan Bitter, Ludger Paffrath

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project: Schlump ONE
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Christoph Emenlauer, Mehrdad Mashaie, Ana Alonso de la Varga
  • Project Architect: Hans Schneider
  • Project: 2010 – 2012
  • Completion: Summer 2012
  • Client: Cogiton, Projekt Eimsbuettel GmbH, Hamburg
  • Architect on Site: Architekturbuero Franke, Hamburg
  • Structural Engineers: WTM Engineers
  • Building Services: Energiehaus Ingenieure, Sineplan, Hamburg
  • Landscape Architects: Breimann Bruun Simons, Hamburg
  • Photographers: Jan Bitter  (post@janbitter.de),   Ludger Paffrath (info@ludger-paffrath.de)
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, Maya

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