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Niine 6a apartment building in Tallinn, Estonia by KUU architects

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Article source: KUU architects

The building is fitted into the urban tissue of a mostly residential historic area. The plot is big enough to leave a gap between the other buildings. With a 300 m2 footprint, the house is also a bit smaller than the adjacent buildings. This gave us the chance to preserve most of the trees and create a large back-yard with a playground,parking, and a communal terrace shared by the residents. In the front, the building creates a recess in the building line for the main entrance.  The first floor level is not much higher than the pavement, which provides a voyeuristic perspective into the apartments and, we believe, contributes to the street by fading the border between private and public space.

Image Courtesy © Tõnu Tunnel

Image Courtesy © Tõnu Tunnel

  • Architects: KUU architects
  • Project: Niine 6a apartment building
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Photography: Tõnu Tunnel
  • Software used: Graphisoft ArchiCAD
  • Team: Juhan Rohtla, Koit Ojaliiv, Joel Kopli

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CAEaCLAVELES in Asturias, Spain by Longo + Roldán Arquitectos

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Article source: Longo + Roldán Arquitectos

The peculiar topography of the site, its orientation and mountain views of Cuera are the starting points in the design of an artist´s residence/studio + countryside bed&breakfast in the Asturian population La Pereda, in the village of Llanes, Spain. The project takes advantage of a loophole in the law -which requires regional build-pitched roofs of curved ceramic tile- to propose a building that looks forward the integration into the natural beauty of the area more than in the built environment that surrounds it. To reach a level that will optimize the views of the mountains and the forest surrounding the plot, the action takes place in the northern part of the site. The existing hill there is removed to play with a single green roof that shelters the different uses, thereby diluting the boundaries between the natural and the built in a game between the tectonic and estereotomic that refers to the land-art interventions. A curved stone wall leads from the main road and back into the building and gains altitude to become the load bearing wall that supports the concrete deck, while separates the residence/studio area, for the artist private use, from the small b&b open to the public. This central wall, massive and forceful to ensure the privacy of both functions, contrast to the facades oriented to the north and south in the housing area and to the east in the b&b, much lighter and visually permeable, to enhance the views. The cover in continuity with the ground not only integrates the building into the environment and minimizes the height above the ground naturally, but also alows to maximize energy savings.

Image Courtesy © Marcos Morilla

Image Courtesy © Marcos Morilla

  • Architects: Longo + Roldán Arquitectos
  • Project: CAEaCLAVELES
  • Location: La Pereda, Llanes, Asturias, Spain
  • Photography: Marcos Morilla
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Emma Fernández Granada
  • Site Area: 7.827 m2
  • Building Area: 484,40 m2
  • Design Period: 2005/2006
  • Construction Period: 2007/2011

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Little Red Ants creative studio in Singapore by PRODUCE WORKSHOP

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Article source: PRODUCE WORKSHOP 

Little Red Ants is a creative studio known for churning out compelling videos for a multitude of clients. The nature of their work means they work round the clock, and their new office at CT Hub 2 at Lavender Street needs to be a sanctuary for eat, sleep and play, in addition to work.

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography

  • Architects: PRODUCE WORKSHOP
  • Project: Little Red Ants creative studio 
  • Location: CT Hub 2, 114 Lavender Street, #11-80, Singapore 338729 
  • Photography: Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography
  • Project lead:produce workshop [not registered as an architecture firm in singapore]
  • Lead designer: pan yicheng
  • Other project team members: loh jian hao, jay; don yap; stanley tan; fu yingzi; chua hong zhi; chantal tan; teo xiao wei
  • Total floor area (sqm):  170sqm
  • Project completion:november 2015
  • Project Construction Duration: 10 Weeks
  • Software used: Rhino

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Riyadh House in Saudi Arabia by arqflores

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Article source: arqflores 

This house is located in the city of Riyadh, in the heart of Saudi Arabia.

The design of this villa is a contemporary blend of Mexican and Arabic cultures, where knowledge of local traditions, materials, textures, mexican colors, as well as the knowledge of some methods of the building area were important for their development and termination.

Image Courtesy © arqflores

Image Courtesy © arqflores

  • Architects: arqflores (arqflores is: Juan Carlos Flores)
  • Project: Riyadh House
  • Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Discipline: Architecture
  • Program: Private Houses
  • Interior design: Jorge Rubio
  • Contractor: Professionals House, Jeddah, KSA
  • Gross External Area: 1382m2
  • Construction year: 2014
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp

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Carshalton Boys Sports College in London, England by Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Article source: Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects designed a classroom suite for Carshalton Boys Sports College in South London. The building is clad in perforated and solid Cor-ten panels and utilised off-site manufacture to meet programme, budget, and sustainability requirements.

Image Courtesy © Tim Crocker

Image Courtesy © Tim Crocker

  • Architects: Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
  • Project: Carshalton Boys Sports College
  • Location: London Borough of Sutton, England
  • Photography: Tim Crocker
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup, 3D Studio Max
  • Client: Carshalton Boys Sports College
  • M&E/ Sustainabilty Engineer: XCO2
  • Planning Consultant: ADN Planning
  • Cost Consultant: Burnley Wilson Fish
  • Main Contractor: Charter Construction PLC
  • Arboricultural consultant: Clive Fowler Associates
  • Area: 775sqm
  • Year: 2013

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Loft renovation in Oslo, Norway by Austigard Arkitektur AS

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Article source: Austigard Arkitektur AS 

The architect was approached by the client with the request of converting the existing loft from uninsulated storage to living spaces. Due to the low ceiling height at about 2.1 at the maximum, the client suggested the roof be completely rebuilt in a position about one meter higher. This original plan would have doubled the building budget and most probably have been rejected by building authorities due to height restrictions. Instead the architect suggested keeping the roof in the same position, and instead work with the space so that it would be usable and feel spacious, even with the limited ceiling height.

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

  • Architects: Austigard Arkitektur AS
  • Project: Loft renovation
  • Location: Oslo, Norway 
  • Team: Tor O. Austigard, Hildegunn Slotnæs
  • Suppliers:

    • Veneer sheets: Oslo Finerfabrikk
  • Area: 60 sqm net area
  • Year: 2015
  • Software used: Archicad

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House on a cliff in Oslo, Norway by Austigard Arkitektur AS

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Article source: Austigard Arkitektur AS

The client asked the architect for a one-room extension, which is what the zoning laws would permit. Since The house had only a small garden in front, facing morning sun, so the architect proposed to put the extension largely below ground, and allow for a big rooftop terrace facing evening sun and sunset. This would also allow for a more secluded location of the extended room, which was a wish by the client.

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

  • Architects: Austigard Arkitektur AS
  • Project: House on a cliff
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Team: Tor O. Austigard, Hildegunn Slotnæs
  • Suppliers:

    • Brick: Wienerberger Terca Galactic
  • Area: 50 sqm net area
  • Year: 2015
  • Software used: Archicad

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Embedded köfererhof in Novacella, Italy by Bergmeisterwolf architekten

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Article source: Bergmeisterwolf architekten

Architecture is a project of development; it’s about inquiring, exploring new ground, about experimentation. It’s working with the landscape, trying to find integration with the material, with proportions. It’s about understanding pictures, their impacts and coloring. For us this process starts from the context and is culturally determined.

Image Courtesy © Lukas Schaller

Image Courtesy © Lukas Schaller

  • Architects: Bergmeisterwolf architekten
  • Project: Embedded köfererhof 
  • Location: Novacella, Italy
  • Photography: Lukas Schaller
  • Software used: Rhino3d and Autocad

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Nursery in Buhl, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Article source: Dominique Coulon & associés

The building marks the entrance to a small village nestling in a valley in Alsace. A 14th-century castle dominates the site from the nearby hillside. The day nursery echoes the orthonormal geometry of the fortified castle. A perimeter wall with openings like on a castle wall protects the children’s playgrounds. This spatial arrangement offers views of the rounded outlines of the Vosges mountains. The principle of the strictly rectangular plan is an arrangement of successive crowns containing the elements of the project. These layers give depth to the project overall. The heart of the building is formed by a central space which emerges at double the height and plays with natural light like a kaleidoscope. This almost cubic volume condenses a host of faces ranging in colour from pink to red. The matte and shiny colours resonate, shaping the space to make it richer and more subtle.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés, , David Romero-Uzeda, Olivier Nicollas
  • Project: Nursery in Buhl
  • Location: Buhl, France
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons, David Romero-Uzeda
  • Client: CC Région de Guebwiller
  • Architectes assistants: Javier Gigosos Ruipérez, Diego Bastos-Romero, Gautier Duthoit
  • Construction site supervision: David Romero-Uzeda
  • Structural Engineer: Batiserf
  • Cost Estimator: E3 économie
  • Acoustics: Euro sound project
  • Landscaping: Philippe Obliger
  • Construction companies: Earthworks, sewerage networks and road works (S.T.P. MADER), concrete stucture (MADER), water proofing roofing (SMAC), exterior joinery (MENUISERIE VOLLMER ET FILS), metalworks(MULLER-ROST), exterior isolation (SOMREN), scaffolding (LOC’ECHAF), interior wood work and furniture (HUNSINGER), plastering (SOMEGYPS), concrete screed (MADER), tiled floors (MULTISOLS), glued floors (HERTZOG), painting (SOMREN), green areas (PARCS ET JARDINS B.WITTERSHEIM), electricity (VINCENTZ), heating and ventilation (MAISON XAVIER FRUH), plombing and drainage (LABEAUNE), kitchen (M.E.A.)
  • Surface: 763m2
  • Schedule:
    • Competition: march 2013
    • Construction documents: from may 2013 to november 2013
    • Construction works: from february 2014 to june 2015
    • Completion: june 2015
  • Budget: 1 700 000 €
  • Software used: Vectorworks, cinema 4d, vrai, adobe cc suite

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First Avenue Garden in Toronto, Canada by PLANT Architect Inc.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Article source: PLANT Architect Inc.

This garden fronts a repurposed nineteenth-century industrial property that now houses three apartments. Unlike its neighbouring rowhouses, this building sits very close to the public sidewalk, had no rear yard, and, following an interior renovation, has giant windows facing the street.

Image Courtesy © Peter Legris Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Legris Photography

  • Architects: PLANT Architect Inc.
  • Project: First Avenue Garden
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Peter Legris Photography
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Contractor: Zone 6
  • Team: Mary Tremain, Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer, Elise Shelley, Jeremy McGregor

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