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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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SOS Children’s Village in Tadjourah, Djibouti by Urko Sanchez Architects

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Article source: Urko Sanchez Architects

A medina for children designed according to extreme weather conditions and community traditions.

CONTEXT

We were approached by SOS Kinderdorf for a compound of 15 houses for children, to run their family-strengthening programmes, as they are an international NGO committed to caring for children, orphaned or in need, and to provide them with a permanent home and family. The project was to take place in Tadjourah, on the coast of Djibouti, in the horn of Africa, not far from where the hottest temperature ever was recorded. This very hot and dry climate will be a determining aspect in our design solution.

Image Courtesy © Javier Callejas

  • Architects: Urko Sanchez Architects
  • Project: SOS Children’s Village
  • Location: Tadjourah, Djibouti
  • Photography: Javier Callejas
  • Client: SOS The Children, INTERNATIONAL
  • Collaborators: Estrella de Andrés, John Andrews
  • Year 2011 – 2014
  • Awards:

    • Architecture for Social Gain 2015 – Merit Certificate
    • Archmarathon 2016 Mixed Tenure Housing & Buildings category – Winner

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Healdsburg I in California by Feldman Architecture

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Feldman Architecture

Comprised of perpendicular bars atop a hill overlooking the village of Healdsburg, this home offers both ample social space ideal for entertaining and the privacy of a rural retreat.

The taller section runs along the ridge of the hill and houses the home’s great room under lofty ceilings and a simple shed overhanging roof, filled with light and views let in through tall glass walls.  Four oversized glass panels open dramatically on each side, transforming the space into an outdoor pavilion whose flush concrete floors extend into a poolside patio to the north and into a terrace featuring a fire pit to the south to offer comfortable outdoor areas for both hot and cool weather.   With these doors drawn up, the site offers one sweeping, continuous view from the pool, through the great room, and down into the distant village below.

Image Courtesy © Joe Fletcher

  • Architects: Feldman Architecture (Chris Kurrle)
  • Project: Healdsburg I
  • Location: Healdsburg, California, USA
  • Photography: Joe Fletcher
  • Software used: SketchUp and Revit

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DDS Søndermarken in Copenhagen, Denmark by Sophus Søbye Architects ApS.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Article source:  Sophus Søbye Architects ApS.

The Site

The new scout hut and village hall with the related outdoor play area is located behind the park, Søndermarken in copenhagen. The plot lies stretched out between the road and Søndermarken. It is at the narrowest point not more than 10 meters, but in return it is 80 meters long in east west direction. The plot has a level jumps in the same direction about three meters. The prospect of the large trees in Søndermarken is to make the plot quite unique.

Image Courtesy © Jens Larsen

Image Courtesy © Jens Larsen

  • Architects: Sophus Søbye Architects ApS.
  • Project: DDS Søndermarken
  • Location: Bag Søndermarken 20, 2000 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Photography: Jens Larsen, Rasmus Hjortshøj
  • Project Team: Sophus Søbye MAA, David Vega y Rojo MAA, Martin Freeman MAA, Maria del Mar Freire Morales
  • Structural Engineering: Rostgaard Engineering Consultants A/S
  • Client Representative: Marianne Båastrup-Larsen, DDS Søndermarken Group
  • Area: 420 m2 + 100 m2 covered area.
  • Project Year: 2015

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Village on the roof in Vienna, Austria by PPAG architects ztgmbh

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Article source: PPAG architects ztgmbh

Inner-city redensification as a highly worthwhile form of living: a joint building venture with whom the property owner’s son was acquainted used the attic space of a typical 19th century gründerzeit building as an excellently located development site. Hardly visible from the street, a unique world unfolds 16 metres above ground level, offering panoramic views over the city.

inclined structure on street side, Image Courtesy © Roland Krauss

inclined structure on street side, Image Courtesy © Roland Krauss

  • Architects: PPAG architects ztgmbh
  • Project: Village on the roof
  • Location: Radetzkystraße, Vienna, Austria
  • Photography: Roland Krauss
  • Client: Baugruppe Radetzkystraße, Vienna
  • Key characteristics:
    • Property: 679m2
    • Built area: 526m2
    • Living area: 396m2
    • Terraces: 213m2
    • Construction costs, net: 1 million euros
  • Course of project
    • Start of planning: 04 / 2008
    • Construction permit: 04 / 2009
    • Redesign: 03 / 2010
    • Start of construction: 08 / 2010
    • Completion: 12 / 2012

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Val-Jalbert Belvedere in Québec, Canada by Atelier Pierre Thibault

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Article source: Atelier Pierre Thibault

The revitalization of the historic village of Val-Jalbert aims to enhance the architectural integration between yesterday and today. Invaded by an impressive natural strength, the fall of the Ouiatchouan river reveals a striking story in the heart of the experiential trail of Val-Jalbert.

Image Courtesy © Atelier Pierre Thibault

Image Courtesy © Atelier Pierre Thibault

  • Architects: Atelier Pierre Thibault
  • Project: Val-Jalbert Belvedere
  • Location: Historical village of Val-Jalbert, Québec, Canada
  • Software used: AutoCad
  • Design Team: Pierre Thibault, Jérôme Lapierre, Mathieu Leclerc
  • Year: 2014

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Village Center in Tyrol, Austria by Brenner + Kritzinger Architekten

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Article source: Brenner + Kritzinger Architekten

Kappl is a small village in the mountains of Tyrol in Austria. The main task of this project was to create an attractive village square between the existing church and a nearly 40 º inclined slope. The new buildings were thus situated as to form a U-shaped outside space with the church adding the southern closure.

Image Courtesy © Birgit Köll 

  • Architects: Brenner + Kritzinger Architekten
  • Project: Village Center
  • Location: Kappl, Tyrol, Austria
  • Photography: Birgit Köll
  • Property size: 4.200 m²
  • Total built volume: 26.000 m3
  • Client: community of Kappl
  • Completion: 2010
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

Kilmeena Village in Moyna, Ireland by Cox Power Architects

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Article source: Cox Power Architects

The site is located in the centre of Kilmeena Parish- a large geographical area spreading over many townlands between Westport and Newport County Mayo. The site is in close proximity to the local church, primary school, football pitch, golf course and local aquaculture industries. The client for the project was Mayo County Council and the brief was for a new community centre together with 14 new houses and a child care facility.

Context (Image Courtesy Michael McLaughlin)

  • Architects: Cox Power Architects
  • Project: Kilmeena Village
  • Location: Moyna, Kilmeena, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Client: Mayo County Council
  • Project size: 1,180 square metres
  • Architect Team: John Cox, Sal Gallagher, Paul Janas, David Power, Finola Reilly, Martin Rybar
  • Photo Credits: Michael McLaughlin, McLaughlin Studios
  • Award Winner: 2011 RIAI Awards “Best Housing”
  • Published – 2009 RIAI/DOEHLG “The New Housing 2 “Building Better Communities”
  • Selected for Exhibit – 2007 RIAI/DOEHLG Housing Exhibition “Housing in Context”
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Vertical Villages for European Snowbirds in Calabre, Italy by OFF Architecture

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Article source: OFF Architecture

Every consideration on viaduct redevelopment must start with particular attention to the largest sense of its context1 as well as its components, both visible and invisible. It is of course essential to consider the site’ potential in order to integrate the project within its landscape; furthermore, to gain a deep understanding of every single component representing the milieu2, appears as a fundamental task for the development of such a project. We also have to be aware of the current international climate that goes far beyond the Calabre region, as it can influence, and maybe even develop the local scale of the Project.

Vertical Villages for European Snowbirds

  • Architects: OFF Architecture
  • Project: Vertical Villages for European Snowbirds
  • Location: Calabre, Italy
  • Team: OFF architecture associated with PR architect( Philippe RIZZOTTI) and Samuel NAGEOTTE.
  • OFF Architecture Team competition: Tanguy Vermet, Manal Rachdi, Ute Rinnebach, Marina Daviu, Clement Gerard.
  • Engineer: Anton SAWICKI, Director Structural Engineering, Buildings & Design, RAMBOLL UK

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