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The Glass Centre in Lommel, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS Architects and Engineers

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS Architects and Engineers

The Glass Centre, Flemish Centre for Modern Art, has been constructed along the length of the “De Vryheyt” passage, right in the heart of the town of Lommel. On “Dorp” square it completes the cultural ensemble formed by the Aerts house and the regional tourist centre. In the “De Vryheyt” passage, a new glass gallery links “Dorp” square with the “De Adelberg” cultural centre and its future theatre.

Image Courtesy © Marie-Françoise PLISSART

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS Architects and Engineers
  • Project: The Glass Centre
  • Location: Doorgang de Vryheyt, Lommel, Belgium
  • Photography: Marie-Françoise Plissart, Imre Tömöri.
  • Client: TOERISME LOMMEL vzw, STAD LOMMEL,
  • Architecture Conception and Direction: Philippe  Samyn
  • Partner in charge: L. Gestels
  • Associates: J.P. Buse, D. Debougnoux, S. Konincks, R. van Lammeren, M. Van Rossen
  • Structural engineering: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl with SETESCO sa (J. Schiffmann, Ph. Samyn)
  • MEP engineering: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl with FTI sa (J. Michiels, Ph. Samyn)
  • Main contractor: REYNDERS B&I
  • Workshop equipment: INTEGRATED GLASS SYSTEM
  • Monumental lighting: MAGIC MONKEY

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A Garden With Four Seasons in Turin, Italy by Carlo Ratti Associati

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Article source: Carlo Ratti Associati

International design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati, together with property developer Citylife, has unveiled the “Garden of the Four Seasons”, an enclosed garden in Milan where all four seasons coexist with each other concurrently throughout the year. Based on a concept by Dr. Barbara Römer, founder of the creative consultancy Studio Römer, the project leverages a new system for high-precision climate control, by which incoming solar energy is partially collected through photovoltaics and partially redistributed among the different seasonal areas, with zero net energy consumption. The project aims at reclaiming a closer relationship between urban dwellers and nature’s cycles. It was commissioned by Citylife, a new neighborhood under development in the north-west of Milan based on a master plan by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Liebeskind and Arata Isozaki.

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

  • Architects: Carlo Ratti Associati
  • Project: A Garden With Four Seasons
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Team: Andrea Cassi, Peter Magnus, Chiara Borghi, Gary di Silvio Based on a concept by Barbara Römer
  • Construction consultancy: Studio Ceruti

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The Oak Tree Observatory in California, by Jantzen Studio

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Article source: Jantzen Studio

The Oak Tree Observatory is a proposal for a large public art project, designed for installation in the hills of northern California, which are peppered with many large oak trees. The structure can be thought of as a kind of monument to the oak tree, celebrating its beauty, as well as its crucial contributions to maintaining a healthy planet for all of us.

Image Courtesy © Jantzen Studio

  • Architects: Jantzen Studio
  • Project: The Oak Tree Observatory
  • Location: California, USA

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Cut in Koganechou in Kanagawa, Japan by PERSIMMON HILLS architects

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Article source:  PERSIMMON HILLS architects 

This project involved redesigning the former illegal sex shop (common name is “Chonnoma”) to the artist in residence as part of “Koganecho Bazaar 2016”

“Koganecho Bazaar” is an art festival held every year since 2008, in Koganecho area of ​​Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. Therefore, Koganecho has art everywhere, the town itself is the exhibition space. We thought to cut into the long and narrow space of the existing building and to create oblique facade with depth from frontal road. CUT is continuous with the town, and it becomes an exhibition space where people going around are pulled in by having a different axis from the surrounding building.We converted from negative situation with activity hidden from town by spatial form of “Chonnoma” to positive situation with activity opened to town by CUT.

Image Courtesy © kenta hasegawa

  • Architects: PERSIMMON HILLS architects
  • Project: Cut in Koganechou
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photography: kenta hasegawa
  • Construction: Anzai Koumuten
  • Total floor area: 20 ㎡
  • Number of stories: 2 stories
  • Art: Rafael Lima Itoh

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Waterside Buddist Shrine in Tangshan, China by ARCHSTUDIO

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Article source: ARCHSTUDIO

Han Wen-Qiang, an associate professor in CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts), the founder of ARCHSTUDIO. He mainly researches on contemporary architectural and interior environment based on traditional cultural background, devotes to making space to be the communication medium between people and people, people and environment, and creating a livable life. He has been featured as 2015 One of the Best Ten International “Design Vanguard” by American renowned magazine “Architectural Record”. His works have won many awards, including “LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Awards” Refurbishment of the Year Award, Architizer “A+ Awards” Architecture + Renovation Category Jury Award, “Hospitality Design Award” Open Category Winner of American Hospitality Design magazine, “Best of Year Awards” of American “Interior Design” Magazine; “The 37th Annual Interior Awards” of American “Contract” magazine; “Taiwan Interior Design Award” Gold Award; “Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards” Gold Award; Design for Asia Award Merit Award and WA Design Experiment Award Shortlist Award, etc. His works have also been invited to exhibited at “Towards A Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Architecture in China” exhibition by Harvard University and 2015 Kwangju Art Biennial in Korea. His works have been widely published by home and abroad renowned publications, including Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Arquitectura Viva, Frame, d+a, Perspective, Taiwan Architecture magazine, Time + Architecture magazine, dezeen, designboom, archdaily, gooood and other famous design websites.

Image Courtesy © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi

  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Project: Waterside Buddist Shrine
  • Location: Tangshan, Hebei, China
  • Photography: Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi
  • Author: Han Wen-Qiang
  • Architectural Design: Han Wenqiang, Jiang Zhao, Li Xiaoming
  • Structural Design: Zhang Fuhua
  • Water-electricity Design: Zheng Baowei
  • Land Area: about 500 ㎡
  • Building Area: 169㎡
  • Design Time: 2015.04—2015.08
  • Construction Time: 2015.10—2017.01

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Redondeado in Madrid, Spain by Ojo de Pez, Arquitectura

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Article source: Ojo de Pez, Arquitectura

The body in motion activates the space, introduces a relative order of extent, weight and density, volume. With its trajectory linking different fragments. It shows how can be occupied. The architecture provides information to the body. As a stage, introduces specific codes, set the game board. It promotes certain attitudes, stimulates positions and movements among other less related. Interferences between both establish a more complete sphere, a micro cosmos.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán, Imagen Subliminal

  • Architects: Ojo de Pez, Arquitectura (Carolina Gonzalez Vives)
  • Project: Redondeado
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán, Imagen Subliminal
  • Contributors: Lara Resco, architect, Alberto López, rigger
  • Electricity and lighting: Domus Nova, Fish Eye Architecture
  • Material of Velleman and Font Air conditioning: Daikin chiller

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Center for the National Property Heritage in Mexico by Victor Marquez Arquitectos VMA

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Article source: Victor Marquez Arquitectos VMA

The old colonial neighborhood of Coyoacan comprises some of the more notable cultural institutions of Mexico and the new national Center for Patrimonial Heritage is added to the list. The center´s main concept spins around the need to turn a private complex into a public space; thus, the programmatic idea of breaking the parts in order to organize them in smaller low-rise buildings that could eventually display certain design personality and preserve the existent trees and vegetation, made sense. Therefore the center will be displayed in four different buildings: the museum and workshops, the preservation and office building, the auditorium, and the café / library structure. Once we secured the existent trees and plants, we proceeded to establish the project zoning and arrangement. Within the concept of dispersion, we decided to hinge and organize buildings around the open spaces. Therefore, we aimed that visitors would navigate through a number of interlocked gardens, plazas, paths, patios, etc. that will eventually unfold and reveal a number of architectural elements and gestures. From the overall aesthetic composition, some buildings have been thought as solid and massive creating a deliberate contrast to others that are conceived as translucent or transparent. Decisions made in this sense respond mostly to dealing with finding the right balance between energy savings, aesthetics and human activity.

Image Courtesy © Victor Marquez Arquitectos VMA

Vegetable Trellis in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cong Sinh Architects

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Article source: Cong Sinh Architects 

Today, the target for hunger reduction is on a global scale. In Asia Pacific, 12% of the population is in bad health because of a lack of food, and just in Vietnam from 2014 to 2016, this number is 11%, which means that 10.3 million people are underfed.

Global climate change has been influencing the agricultural productivity in many areas. Especially in Vietnam today, sea level rise, droughts and salt marsh usually occur in Southern provinces. The aforementioned problems have greatly affected the national food security, which requires us to have appropriate and practical solutions.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki

  • Architects: Cong Sinh Architects
  • Project: Vegetable Trellis
  • Location: District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Design team: Vo Quang Thi, Nguyen Thi Nha Van, Phung Kim Phuoc, Tran Ngoc Hung, Tran Tan Phat
  • Contractor: Thanh An Interior & Construction Co.,Ltd
  • Project Year: 2016

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The Lost Column in Sicilia, Italy by atelier qbe3

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Article source: atelier qbe3

The Maddalena peninsula is a rare architectural and landscape quality system, subject to constraints in 2004 with the establishment of Protected Marine Area. For these reasons, the design approach would be result in an entire territorial system absolute respect and preserving the image and environmental structure.

According to these thoughts we decided to design an “utopian” and “visionary” form. The project idea, in accordance with the guidelines of the call, is based on theoretical assumptions that follow a fantasy story of historical facts about “Magna Grecia” territory.

Image Courtesy © atelier qbe3

  • Architects: atelier qbe3
  • Project: The Lost Column
  • Location: Syracuse (SR), Sicilia, Italy
  • Team: Francesco Badoero, Stefano William Costa, Valentina Garis
  • Year: 2016

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360 Villa in The Netherlands by 123DV

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Article source: 123DV

The family consists of a couple and their beautiful Alaskan malamute dogs. This time, our slogan ‘Living in a tailored suit’ got a special dynamic: the tailoring of our design to the requirements of an ultimate personal experience of living also concerned the arctic dogs that are important in their lives. It is important for the couple to stay in contact with their dogs, both in and outside of the house. The dogs ask a lot of attention and therefore they need a lot of contact with their owners. Also the dogs need a shelter outside.

Image Courtesy © Hannah Anthonysz

  • Architects: 123DV
  • Project: 360 Villa
  • Location: The Netherlands
  • Photography: Hannah Anthonysz
  • Surface plot: 4000 m²

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