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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.

Razorfish in Berlin, Germany by Batek Architekten

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  Batek Architekten

In the historic former cold storage building “Eierspeicher” on the north bank of the River Spree, Osthafen, Berlin, Bruzkus Batek architects have undertaken the redesign and comprehensive material and spatial conception of Razorfish’s 2500 sq m office space. The office occupies two levels, linked by pre-existing staircases. The elements of the new design enclose the building’s structure without disturbing it, working harmoniously with the existing elements, mainly using OSB.

Image Courtesy © Jens Bösenberg

  • Architects: Batek Architekten 
  • Project: Razorfish
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Photography: Jens Bösenberg
  • Client: Team Ester Bruzkus, Patrick Batek, Anke Müller
  • Surface: ca. 1300 qm
  • Completion: September 2016

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Komatsu Seima Fabric Laboratory fa-bo in Nomi City, Ishikawa by Kengo Kuma & Associates

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

This is a renovation of an office building in rigid-frame RC structure to strengthen its quake resistance using carbon fiber, and transform the interior into a museum called Fab Labo, a space to display the technology of Komatsu Seiren, the client company. Drawing from a technique of braiding ropes in this region, it became possible to add further flexibility to the carbon fiber. The fiber rod is said to be seven times stronger than iron, and this is the very first time that this material was used as a means of reinforcement against earthquakes. The potential of this light and soft fiber is explored inside the building as well. There is a lighting duct in fiber and on the rooftop, an experimental greening is being conducted using porous ceramic panels (called Greenbiz), which was generated from the process of producing fiber.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: Komatsu Seima Fabric Laboratory fa-bo
  • Location: 167 Hamacho Nomi, Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • In charge: Kengo Shikama / Masayoshi Adachi / Masashi Haniya * / Tetsuo Yamasudo * / Kimio Suzuki / Masaki Sato / Shun Horiki / Hiroaki Masuko / Mizuho Ozawa / Mitako Izumi (Former employee)
  • Construction: Shimizu Corporation Hokuriku Branch
  • Structure: Ejiri Architectural Structural Design Office
  • Lighting: Izumi Izumi Lighting Design Office
  • Site area:  121, 485.30 m²
  • Design period: August 2013 – November 2014
  • Construction period: February 2015 – November 2015

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The Cement Factory in Sant Just Desvern, Spain by Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 

I found enormous silos, a tall smokestack, four kilometres of underground tunnels, and machine rooms in good shape. This was twenty five years ago and it was my first encounter with the Cement Factory.

I already imagined future spaces and noticed that the different aesthetic and plastic tendencies that had developed since World War 1 were present in this factory.

-Surrealism:

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura 
  • Project: The Cement Factory
  • Location: Sant Just Desvern, Spain
  • Total floor area: m2 5.000 and gardens
  • House area: m2 500
  • Completed: 1975

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NJ Villa in Bangkok, Thailand by TOUCH Architect Co.,Ltd.

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TOUCH Architect Co.,Ltd.

NJ Villa is a private residence owned by a couple, Nun and Jea. The name of this house derived from objectives that this villa should serve their lifestyles, and also represent their characters.

Land area of the house is 100 square wah (400 sq.m.) which is located in Bangkok, capital city of Thailand. The site is surrounded by other single detached house which has only the front side facing south, public street. Architectural design challenges to follow the context harmoniously.

Image Courtesy © Mr. Chalermwat Wongchompoo

  • Architects: TOUCH Architect Co.,Ltd.
  • Project: NJ Villa
  • Location: Nawamin 40, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Photography: Mr. Chalermwat Wongchompoo
  • Owner: Mr. Veerawit Benjaboonyazit / Ms. Nuntha Naudomsup
  • Principal Architect: Mr. Setthakarn Yangderm / Ms. Parpis Leelaniramol
  • Contractor: OKCON Co., Ltd.
  • Site Area: 100 sq.wa (400 sq.m.)
  • Floor Area: 435 sq.m.
  • Completion: 2017

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The Cosmic Gathering Place by jantzen studio

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: jantzen studio

The Comic Gathering Place was designed to provide a special public place, in and around which people could get together in a positive way for various social functions. This could range from religious ceremonies, to political affairs, or entertainment events.

Symbolically, the top of the Cosmic Gathering Place structure is shaped to refer to a large dish antenna that is able to gather information in the form of wisdom from the cosmos, in order to positively influence all who occupy the space. In addition, the concentric circles that form the entire structure inside and out symbolically refer to the information and energy being gathered and disseminated out into the community and to the rest of the planet.

Image Courtesy © jantzen studio

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Project X in Almere, The Netherlands by René van Zuuk Architekten bv

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: René van Zuuk Architekten bv

Behind the somewhat mysterious name ‘Project X’, hides the design of René van Zuuk and his family’s own residence. The villa with a small office space is located next to the architect’s former residence Psyche, in Almere’s The Fantasy district, an area for experimental housing. His old house now serves as the architects office since 2004, it occurred that the two plots could be consolidated into one garden. The garden area is optimized by leaving only the width of a parking space between Project X and its neighbouring house.

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: René van Zuuk Architekten bv
  • Project: Project X
  • Location: De Fantasie 8, Almere, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Christian Richters and René van Zuuk
  • Client: René van Zuuk & Marjo Körner
  • Design: René van Zuuk
  • Structural Engineer: Van de Laar, Eindhoven  / NL

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Eiermuseum in Winden am See, Austria by gaupenraub+/-

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: gaupenraub+/- 

The new building is developed more like an annex than as a singular object – its appearance is more linked to its place of location than to its function.

The existing vegetation at the site are only trees without any bushes so there is a horizontal level of about two meters free-view on the whole open-air-museum which we didn´t want to disturb with our work.

Finaly the clients received a showcase-extension on these groundfloor forming a new open public yard together with the existing buildings.

Image Courtesy © Patricia Weisskirchner

  • Architects: gaupenraub+/- (Alexander Hagner, Ulrike Schartner)
  • Project: Eiermuseum
  • Location: Gritsch Mühle 1, 7092 Winden am See, Austria
  • Photography: Patricia Weisskirchner, Abend Alexander, Anja Löffler, Birgit Dejaco, Aneta Klaus
  • Software used: Autocad und Rhino-3d
  • Client: Waltraud Bertoni, Wander Bertoni
  • Assistance: Anja Löffler
  • Structural Consultant: werkraum wien (DI Peter Bauer)
  • Site Area: 13.600 m²
  • Floor Area: 180 m²

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Youth Center in Ghent, Belgium by De Smet Vermeulen architecten

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: De Smet Vermeulen architecten 

This office with shed and youth centre is a stopping place in nature. It has two important neighbours: a regional nature centre and a sports hall, which it is up against so as to be able to benefit from the paving and the underground pipes. The answer to the respectively indifferent and educational setting of sports hall and nature centre is domesticity: a house was missing on the premises.

Image Courtesy © Dennis De Smet

  • Architects: De Smet Vermeulen architecten
  • Project: Youth Center
  • Location: De Stek, Bourgoyen, Ghent, Belgium
  • Photography: Dennis De Smet
  • Software used: Vectorworks  
  • Client: Natuurpunt Gent VZW and JNM VZW
  • Project Architects: Eline Tavernier, Nikolaj De Meulder, Eva Čápová
  • Advisers: Bast Architects & Engineers
  • Reference budget: 450.500 €
  • Total surface: 300,50 m2

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Nautical Sport Services Building of Portonovo in Galicia, Spain by Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos

 
March 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos

The project builds on an existing building, with the need to extend the useful space and improve access from the promenade and the platform that surrounds it. Another premise of this project is to design a building that will become a landmark of the promenade of Portonovo, creating a singular and unique reference.

The platform on which the building sits is the end of the breakwater of Portonovo´s marina. It has an irregular shape in plan with a maximum length of 36.00m and a width of 16 m.

Image Courtesy © Mark Ritchie

  • Architects: Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos (Lucas Díaz Sierra, Gustavo Díaz García)
  • Project: Nautical Sport Services Building of Portonovo
  • Location: Portonovo, Sanxenxo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
  • Photography: Mark Ritchie
  • Client: Ente Público Portos de Galicia. Consellería do Mar, Xunta de Galicia
  • Area: 670 m²
  • Date: 2008-2010

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Adidas Concept Store ‘DAS 107 by kasina’ in Seoul, Korea by URBANTAINER Co.,LTD.

 
March 23rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  URBANTAINER Co.,LTD.

Located in Hongdae, DAS107 is an iconic store that—in collaboration with street culture specialist Kasina—represents adidas’ top-of-the-line products such as adidas Consortium limited items and other selected pieces. With its roots in Busan, Kasina began as selector and importer of street culture brands. For this collaboration project with adidas, the two brands’ objective is to select Korea’s most premium products and create a community space for sneaker nerds to experience the deep histories and designs.

Image Courtesy © Young Kim_Indiphos

  • Architects: URBANTAINER Co.,LTD.
  • Project: Adidas Concept Store ‘DAS 107 by kasina’
  • Location: 74, Wawoosan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Photography: Young Kim_Indiphos
  • Client: adidas Korea
  • Creative Director: Younjin Jeong, Jinyoung Yoon
  • Space Design Team:Hyunwoo Sa
  • Brand Design Team: Minjeong Choi
  • Area: 114.23m²

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