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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Home – White line in Almaty, Kazakhstan by nravil architects

 
May 28th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: nravil architects

We like to make the house as simple as possible and at the same time interesting. The building is located in a landscape of unique beauty. The main goal was to develop the project without harming the natural landscape. The exterior of the house is conceived, that would look different from different sides and due to this you can enjoy the view of a non-repetitive exterior. Appearance and interior support the same color, emphasizing the severity and unity of the house. Panoramic energy-saving windows from both sides of the house evoke a feeling of complete openness and privacy with nature. The glass has a reflective property from the outside to reflect trees and clouds, so the house merges as much as possible with the surrounding environment. You can go on the balcony in the morning to drink coffee, enjoy a panoramic view of the horizon and fresh air.

Image Courtesy © nravil architects

  • Architects: nravil architects
  • Project: Home – White line
  • Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan

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King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center Residential Community in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by HOK

 
May 28th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HOK

Saudi Arabia is diversifying its energy production from oil and gas to alternative sources such as solar and wind. The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), a non-profit institution located outside Riyadh, is responding to this shift by studying the economics, technologies and policies associated with various types of energy.

KAPSARC Library and Apartments, Image Courtesy © Alan Karchmer

  • Architects: HOK
  • Project: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center Residential Community
  • Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Photography: Alan Karchmer
  • Site: 500 acres / 200 hectares
  • Buildings: 2.05 million sq. ft. / 190,240 sq. m.

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The Roost / Shangri-La Lodge in Central Range, Chile by SAA arquitectura + territorio

 
May 28th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SAA arquitectura + territorio

The roost is a family-run cabin lodge located in the Andean foothills near San Fernando, in Chile’s central mountain range.

The presence of rivers and large canopies of peumo, quillay and oak forest constitute a natural environment with large ecological and landscape value, making this spot an important place for spotting birds such as the Burrowing parrot.

Image Courtesy © SERGIO ARANEDA

  • Architects: SAA arquitectura + territorio
  • Project: The Roost / Shangri-La Lodge
  • Location: Puente Negro, San Fernando, Central Range, Chile
  • Photography: SERGIO ARANEDA
  • Materials: Steel, Dimensioned pine and prefabricated panels
  • Area: 100 m2
  • Project Year: 2016

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Grooming Retreat in Santanyi, Spain by Mariana De Delas and Gartnerfuglen

 
May 28th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Gartnerfuglen 

As the young professional urbanite decided to move back to her hometown to take up the family agricultural legacy, she asked for a space for grooming, contemplation and delicacy. (Located on a remote agricultural estate in southern Mallorca, this structure was the realisation of her dream.) The project focuses on the ritual of self-cleansing, both mental and corporal. Learning from the importance and formality of horse grooming before and after riding it, the project intends to gain back the time devoted to one self that modern times has taken away. The ceremonial procedure begins with the ritual of the equestrian arrival. The horse is stationed and groomed next to the water tank and manger. Next, a peregrination across the raised wooden walkway leads to the ascension through a hatch into the solemn refuge. The elevated sanctuary does not prioritize to shelter from the environment but rather aims to refuge the urbanite from the social order to remind and applause the conditions of her indigenous surroundings. This fragile fortress, keeps you isolated, but also allows a toned down impression of the surroundings. In contrast to the urban daily life of the client, the presence inside the elevated shrine provides no impulses except the internal. Sited at the center of a barley field surrounded by autochthonous bushes and wild olive trees, the structure grants a panoramic view meeting the Mediterranean sea and senses at the horizon the lush island of Cabrera. The minimal space (3×3 meters footprint), functions as a grooming retreat for one person. The structure, made by local timber frames, elevates the cocoon to have exclusive views whilst giving a sense of translucent privacy to the user. Layers of white netting frames are interlaced throughout the interior to grant different opacities for each specific use. The subtle introvertness of the structure encourages the user to take a break from the multitasking contemporary madness, and centre on individual mental and bodily hygiene. With importance on grooming’s meditative (not cosmetic) qualities, the space inspires the user to devote time to the reconnection of the mind to the shell.

Image Courtesy © Mariana De Delas and Gartnerfuglen

  • Architects: Mariana De Delas and Gartnerfuglen
  • Project: Grooming Retreat
  • Location: Santanyi, Spain
  • Chief carpenters: Sindre Sahlqvist Blakar, Eirik Stormo
  • Collaborators: Marie Monsen, Julie Hauge, Suchi Vora, Martin Plante, Nataliya Kuznetsova
  • Project year: 2014
  • Status: Completed

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Roteta House in Donostia, Spain by peña ganchegui y asociados

 
May 28th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: peña ganchegui y asociados

The particular attributes offered by the plot shape the house: Its level 3 meters above the street, the astonishing layered rock wall at the bottom of the plot, the beautiful existing palm, and the presence of two car-parks located South and West of the plot. All of them have been, along with the orientation (N-S, following the elongated form of the plot) and the program of needs (a house for a two-children family), determining factors in the Roteta House formalization.

Image Courtesy © Edorta Subijana

  • Architects: peña ganchegui y asociados
  • Project: Roteta House
  • Location: Donostia, Spain
  • Photography: Edorta Subijana
  • Authors: Rocío Peña, Mario Sangalli
  • Collaborators: Jonathan Chanca, Josemari López, Edorta Subijana
  • Quantity Surveyor: Josemari Roteta
  • Structural engineering: Inak Ingeniaritza
  • Facilities engineering: GE & asociados
  • Project: 2011
  • Completed: 2016

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Psychopedagogical Medical Center in Osona, Spain by Comas-Pont Arquitectes SLP

 
May 26th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Comas-Pont Arquitectes SLP

All the rehabilitation services for people with mental illness are grouped in this building composed by the repetition of a 6m wide spatial module.  An economic and energy-sustainable constructions system, the domestic scale and the warmth of the interior spaces added to the closed relationship between building and nature makes it a HEALTHY BUILDING.

Image Courtesy © Comas-Pont Arquitectes SLP

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Entourage 3 in Bucharest, Romania by Re-Act Now

 
May 26th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Re-Act Now

\”Entourage\” means firstly socializing but also what we want to become and leave behind us into a big marriage with the future.

We must take socializing on different layers as a positive game, first with ourselves. It is a game that helps us not being subordinated to some dogmas, it is a game that should make us expect to learn continuously… Also that we are in a continuous workout in this construction site of our souls .

Image Courtesy © Re-Act Now

  • Architects: Re-Act Now
  • Project: Entourage 3
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania

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S House 3 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

 
May 26th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Vo Trong Nghia Architects 

The serial project, called “S HOUSE”, has begun to propose a prototype house for low-income classes in the Mekong Delta area. After building two successful case-study houses, a steel structure model in 2012 and a precast concrete structure model in April 2014, a new prototype, S HOUSE 3, was constructed in Ho Chi Minh City.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki

  • Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
  • Project: S House 3
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Principal architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
  • Architect: So Adachi
  • Contractor: Wind and Water House JSC
  • GFA: 31.6m2
  • Status: Built in 11.2014

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Bao’an Public Culture and Art Center in Shenzhen, China by Mecanoo architecten

 
May 26th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mecanoo architecten

Surrounded by residential towers and infrastructure, the site for the Bao’an Public Culture and Art Center presents several challenges. Mecanoo reinterpreted these challenges as opportunities, capitalising on the proximity of the new cultural facility to the adjacent Bao’an Central Metro Station and the Binhai School.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

  • Architects: Mecanoo architecten
  • Project: Bao’an Public Culture and Art Center
  • Location: Xinhu Road and Chuangye Road, Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China
  • Client: Urban Planning, Land & Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, Bao’an Administration
  • Programme: Culture and Art Center (49,830m² above ground, 34,290m² underground), including 21,015m² Museum, 16,070 m² Art Gallery, 17,450m² Gallery, 3,170m² sports field, and 23,490m² service area with auditorium, restaurant, art bookstore, meeting room and underground parking
  • Size: 84,120m2
  • Project Design: 2016

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Butterfly House in California by David Hertz FAIA Studio of Environmental Architecture

 
May 26th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: David Hertz FAIA Studio of Environmental Architecture

The Butterfly House is a project in Venice Beach California that resides on a 40′ x 90′ end lot. The name of the house is derived from the butterfly roof which is formed to collect rainwater for irrigation and creates a dramatic elevation especially when the wooded ceiling is illuminated. The main concept of the house, was based upon maximization of the long south facing elevation to create a dark solar absorbent surface and to provide exposed solar thermal heating with evacuated tubes used as an architectural accent. The glass tubes provide hot water for both domestic uses and hydronic radiant as well heat for the the narrow lap pool along the edge of the property. On the outer edge of the property is a 90 foot long 8 foot tall double-sided living vegetative wall with durable drought tolerant succulents on the southern face at the street, as an offering to the community, while the inside surface facing the house is a living wall of edible landscape so that the occupant needs only to go a few steps to pick his wall to make a salad, pick herbs or vegetables. The entrance to the house is from the side yard, between a courtyard that separates the garage from the main house and connects the buildings at the second floor through a glass bridge. A warm palette of sustainable materials are used throughout the house to create an environment that is at once private yet opens from the interior to the exterior. The house takes advantage of natural ventilation and prevailing breezes through a high solar chimney and stair tower that leads to the roof deck as well as thermostatically controlled operable windows that cool the interior. The house also has solar photovoltaic panels which along with advanced lighting controls the state-of-the-art information systems throughout the house creates a zero net energy building.

Image Courtesy © David Hertz FAIA Studio of Environmental Architecture

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