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VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS and GARDEN COTTAGE in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium by De Smet Vermeulen architecten

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Article source: De Smet Vermeulen architecten

PASTORAL MEMORIES, revisited

The opposition between cities and countryside in Flanders has increasingly become a mental rather than a physical one. A long-standing anti-urban policy has led to a thorough contamination – i.e. urbanization – of the Flemish countryside. Multiple networks connect locations irrespective of their urban or rural status, enabling ever more frequent movements, eroding physical boundaries, merging it all into a semi-urban pattern we call the Nebular City. Inside this Nebular City, rurality has become less a fact than a choice, less a self-evident tradition than a mental construction. It is the architect’s task to design this mental construction.

Image Courtesy © De Smet Vermeulen architecten

  • Architects: De Smet Vermeulen architecten
  • Project: VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS
  • Location: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
  • Software used: Vectorworks (The garden cottage)
  • Villa Braeckman-Staels: Axel Cayman, Henk De Smet, Marleen Goethals, Tom Thys, Paul Vermeulen, 1996-2000
  • Garden cottage Braeckman-Staels: Henk De Smet, Nikolaj De Meulder, Paul Vermeulen, 2011-2013

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A Cutting Edge Pharmacy in Himeji, Japan by KTX archiLAB

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Article source: KTX archiLAB

In Japan, two major types of pharmacies can be found. The first is the drug store, or what can be described as retail pharmacies. This type offers services related to basic medicines as well as parapharmaceutical products. The second type is the dispensing pharmacies, usually related to a nearby clinic or hospital. In this type of pharmacies, the products are prepared in the backyard after the customer presents prescription issued by his doctor. Once prepared, the pharmacist has to explain to the customer about the prescription.

Image Courtesy © Stirling Elmendorf

  • Architects: KTX archiLAB
  • Project: A Cutting Edge Pharmacy
  • Location: Himeji, Japan
  • Photography: Stirling Elmendorf
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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PATCH22 in Amsterdam, Netherlands by FRANTZEN et al

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Article source: v2com

Patch22, designed by FRANTZEN et al, was awarded the WAN 2016 residential award on January 10th 2017 and was also given a Green Award a day earlier. In December the project was runner-up to the Amsterdam Zuiderkerk award for the best housing project of 2016 while in November Patch22 was runner-up for the ARC2016 innovation awards.

South west view, Image Courtesy © Luuk Kramer

  • Architects: FRANTZEN et al
  • Project: PATCH22
  • Location: Johan van Hasseltkade 202-306, 1032 LP Amsterdam
  • Photography: Luuk Kramer
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Client: Lemniskade Projects, Amsterdam (Tom Frantzen and Claus Oussoren)
  • Project team: Tom Frantzen, Karel van Eijken, Laura Reinders
  • MEP consultant: H20 installation consultancy & building management
  • Building management: H20 installation consultancy & building management
  • Structural engineer: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Amsterdam
  • Contractor: Hillen and Roosen, Amsterdam
  • Area: 5400 m2
  • Budget (building costs): €6.400.000
  • Design: 2009-2014
  • Completed: 2016

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#48 Zero Energy in Geel, Belgium by Skilpod + UAU Collectiv

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Article source: UAU Collectiv

The growing demand for and interest in new forms of living together inspired a Belgian entrepreneurial duo to develop the product Skilpod. A Skilpod is a mobile and modular housing construction that attaches great importance to its energetic properties but that is also always searching for progressive and diverse designs. By means of modular architecture Skilpod searches for a combination of flexibility and energy efficiency. The module is completely built and finished in the Skilpod-studio and subsequently transported and placed on the site. As a result the Skilpod is also moveable to a new location at a later time. The housing constructions are built out of a timber frame structure of CLT, Cross Laminated Timber, and fully isolated with a layer of rock wool insulation. In a Skilpod all techniques can be integrated that are used in a traditional house or office. Application of solar panels, heat pumps, ventilation systems, home automation systems etc. is possible, tailored to the user requirements.

Image Courtesy © Skilpod + UAU Collectiv

  • Architects: Skilpod + UAU Collectiv
  • Project: #48 Zero Energy
  • Location: Geel, Belgium
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Google SketchUp

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Gordon’s Bay House in New South Wales, Australia by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Article source: Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

This 6 bedroom home on the foreshore in Gordon’s Bay, Coogee was built for a young family.

It incorporates a north facing courtyard to bring light and air into the centre of the steep, east facing site.

The entry offers a vista from Gordon Avenue through the three storey stair void, across the 15m lap pool, and to the bay beyond.

Image Courtesy © Robert Walsh

  • Architects: Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
  • Project: Gordon’s Bay House
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales , Australia
  • Photography: Felix Forrest (interiors) and Robert Walsh (exteriors)
  • Software used: Vectorworks and SketchUp

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Coniwa in Tokyo, Japan by YUUA Architects and Associates

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Article source: YUUA Architects and Associates

“coniwa” is a cooperative housing residence, located in the suburbs of western Tokyo.

It consists of eleven dwellings arranged around a lush courtyard, which is covered by a wooden boardwalk. In this project the clients were initially provided with a constructive and architectural framework, in which the plan was designed according to the individuals’ requests.

Image Courtesy © SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro

  • Architects: YUUA Architects and Associates (Madoka Aihara & Tomokazu Shimizu)
  • Project: Coniwa
  • Location: Koganei-shi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Producer: Archinet
  • Structural Engineer: Hirotsugu Tsuboi Structural Engineers, RGB Structure
  • Facility Engineer: Kitamura Machinery Engineering
  • Plants Designer: SOLSO
  • Constructor: Ishizue Column Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area:  718.86m2
  • Building Area: 373.63m2
  • Size: 886.52m2
  • Year: 2014-2015

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Churchyard offices and Staff Housing in Gufunes, Iceland by Arkibúllan architects

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Article source: Arkibúllan architects

The building for the Churchyard Offices and Staff Housing in Gufunes Cemetary is  the first building of several in Reykjavik’s main cemetry complex. The phases yet to  come include a church, chapel and a crematorium.

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

  • Architects: Arkibúllan architects (Holmfridur Osmann Jonsdottir and Hrefna Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir)
  • Project: Churchyard offices and Staff Housing
  • Location: Gufunes, Iceland
  • Photography: Audur Thorhallsdottir
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • BERGHALL artists: Anna Hallin and Olga Bergmann

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Zettel Club in Alessandria, Italy by GLF_ARCTCT – Architecture & Design Studio

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Article source: GLF_ARCTCT – Architecture & Design Studio

Within a body of the building in which stood a kindergarten and other small productive activities there is Zettel Club, former club / restaurant now converted into a discotheque and a space adaptable to host a variety of events.

The industrial archeology of the place has inspired the work of restructuring and restyling pursued with one goal, to create a contemporary elegance space while preserving the industrial look of the site.

Image Courtesy © Riccardo Delfanti

Image Courtesy © Riccardo Delfanti

  • Architects: GLF_ARCTCT – Architecture & Design Studio
  • Project: Zettel Club
  • Location: Alessandria, Italy
  • Photography: Riccardo Delfanti
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Owner: Gian Luca Frigerio Architect
  • Area: 350 sqm
  • Construction: May/September 2016

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Noto-Lucchesi Stadium in Marseille, France by Atelier Naom

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Article source: Atelier Naom

Investement in Public projets meets more and more difficulties :

the proportion between the needs in relation to communities’ necessarily means raises questions about “how” and «how much», the “quality” and the “quantity”.

Nevertheless, can we now be satisfied with a proposal that would only be “functional” and “quantitative” without considering that responsibility we have in the City, and which influences for many years the daily life of thousands of people?

On the scale of time and space of an area, the calculation is exponential and the stakes are major issues .

Image Courtesy © Naom-Photo Merlan

Image Courtesy © Naom-Photo Merlan

  • Architects: Atelier Naom (D. Fluchaire Architect)
  • Project: Noto-Lucchesi Stadium
  • Location: Avenue de l’escadrille Normandie-Niemen Marseille 13e, France
  • Photography: Naom-Photo Merlan
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Contracting authority: STB Northeast, 20 Bd Françoise Duparc 13 004 Marseille
  • Manager: M. Florent Dian
  • Employees: J. Cogne (Architect) Artec 64 (economist) / Langlois (structure and roadworks studies) / PLB (fluids studies)
  • Floor’s area: 520 m2
  • Land: 18 355 m2
  • Budget: 3 265 000 € HT
  • Studies: 2013 – 2014
  • Construction: 2015 – 2016
  • Construction time: 12 months + 2 months of preparation
  • Delivery: May 2016

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House with 30,000 Books in Tokyo, Japan by Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Takuro Yamamoto Architects

House with 30,000 Books is a residence for two families, which has a large library between those two dwelling parts. As the name suggests, the number of books the library can store is about 30,000, which almost equals to the number of books that one small public library can store. The library space, sometimes works for bonding two families, sometimes works as a buffer space, is the common property for them and the most spacious place of this house.

Image Courtesy © Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Image Courtesy © Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects (Takuro Yamamoto)
  • Project: House with 30,000 Books
  • Location: Ohta-ward, Tokyo
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Client: a married couple + a child, grandfather
  • Structure Design:  Matoh Structural Design Office
  • Structure: Wood
  • Construction: Koushou Koumuten
  • Floor: Maple Flooring
  • Wall: plasterboard + AEP
  • Ceiling: plasterboard + AEP
  • Exterior Finish: galvanized steel sheet, mortar + ceramic paint
  • Site Area: 193.50m2
  • Building Area: 107.84m2
  • Total Floor Area: 207.43m2
  • Design Period: April 2014 – October 2015
  • Construction Period: November 2015 – August 2016
  • Completion: August 2016

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