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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.

A Bee Road in Lausanne, Switzerland by Janez Nguyen Architects

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

The project consists in the construction of 90 rental housing units and 2.000 m² of activities on the ground floor. The seven stories building is located on a site overlooking Lausanne with a strong slope that offers a view towards Lake Geneva (Lac Leman).

main view, Image Courtesy © Janez Nguyen Architectes

main view, Image Courtesy © Janez Nguyen Architectes

  • Architects: Janez Nguyen Architects
  • Project: A Bee Road
  • Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Client: ECA
  • Surface: 10,800 m²
  • Schedule: competition 2016

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HEM House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Sanuki Daisuke architects (sda)

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sanuki Daisuke architects (sda)

Living in the “HEM”

This is the individual house project at a small alley in the center of Ho Chi Minh City.

When having a look at Vietnamese towns, we can realize that the buildings’ blocks separated by main streets, and numerous narrow alleys inside of the blocks like blood capillary. The width of these alleys is quite narrow around 2m – 4m, occasionally less than 1m. When walking around these alleys, we can see very vivacious Vietnamese life., these narrow alleys are called “HEM” and these are quite attractive urban spaces in Vietnam.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki

  • Architects: Sanuki Daisuke architects (Sanuki Daisuke, Huynh Anh Tuan)
  • Project: HEM House
  • Location: Dist1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Construction Company: Công ty TNHH Cơ khí và xây dựng &thương mại Tám sáu
  • Structure Engineer: Công ty TNHH Cơ khí và xây dựng &thương mại Tám sáu
  • Building Height: 13.6m, 4 Stories
  • Design Period : Jan 2014 –
  • Construction Period: Aug 2014 – Mar 2015

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MCNY House in Franca SP, Brazil by mf+arquitetos

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: mf+arquitetos 

The party proposed an inviting space, integrated into a surrounding environment that goes beyond only fulfill the functions of a home, welcomes those who like to experiment, mix and discover the new, satisfying all family desires.

Image Courtesy © Renato Moura

Image Courtesy © Renato Moura

  • Architects: mf+arquitetos
  • Project: MCNY House
  • Location:  Franca SP, Brazil
  • Photography: Renato Moura
  • Landscaping: Vivian Viana
  • Construction: Roman Villa Engineering
  • Built area: 516m2
  • Year completed: 2016

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Sackett Union in Brooklyn, New York by Rogers Partners

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Rogers Partners

As one of the first new residential buildings in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood, Sackett Union was designed to complement the fabric of the historic neighborhood. The new design provides a modern take on the housing developments of 19th century New York City and its boroughs, which organically mixed apartments with retail and townhouses.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka

  • Architects: Rogers Partners
  • Project: Sackett Union
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Photography: Albert Vecerka

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Cosmopol in Coacalco, Mexico by Migdal Arquitectos

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: archdifusión

Cosmopol is a shopping mall located in the municipality of Coacalco, State of Mexico, to the north of Mexico City on José López Portillo avenue. This street connects the Mexico-Pachuca highway in Ecatepec and the Mexico-Querétaro highway in Tlalnepantla. The municipality is a strategic zone with a growing economy that is key to being considered an important center of local commerce.

Image Courtesy © Migdal Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Migdal Arquitectos

  • Architects: Migdal Arquitectos (Jaime Varon, Alex Metta, Abraham Metta)
  • Project: Cosmopol
  • Location: Coacalco, Mexico
  • Services: Executive project and Site management
  • Total surface area: 65,000 m²
  • Year: 2015
  • Status: Built

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AAP American Architecture Prize in New York, United States

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

The AAP recognizes the most outstanding architecture worldwide across three disciplines: architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture.

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower

As the tallest building in China Shanghai Tower, designed by Gensler, has had an immediate and profound impact on the country’s perceptions of how a skyscraper can contribute to a city, a country, and a culture. Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for its modern emergence on the global stage, but also points the way forward for technical innovation accomplished within the parameters of a Chinese cultural identity. Powerful in form yet delicate in appearance, Shanghai Tower would be a graceful addition to any skyline, but its function, identify, and symbolism are firmly rooted in the needs of its specific site.

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Architectural Design Of The Year: Dan Winey – Shanghai Tower, Image Courtesy © Connie Zhou

Interior Design Of The Year: McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

The Infinity Centre, the new campus for Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School senior students, is derived from the initial idea that the library is central to the school. The building reflects the ethos of the school in delivering spaces for heightened educational outcomes with an image that strongly reflects its identity. At a practical level, the Infinity Centre provides all the structured areas required of such a facility: arts, sciences, mathematics, languages, a library, a formal lecture theatre, administration and staff facilities. Beyond this, the building is developed as an abstraction of the infinity symbol; an emblem that appears on the school’s logo. The symbol represents the school’s approach to continued learning, as well as the interconnectedness of activities within its organisation. Importantly, the key quality of the symbol is its connectivity; a recognisable topology that allows its meaning to withstand formal deformation. At the centre of the infinity plan, where all the wings cross over, is the library: it is itself an infinite resource, a place to which one continually arrives and returns. Concepts of fluidity and connectivity are evident in the building’s exterior form. Clad in gloss-black-and-silver-banded brickwork, the Infinity Centre rises like a medieval walled city. Sweeping ‘gateways’ maintain the continuity of this form and provide access into the school’s sheltered inner courtyards; one for formal and the other for informal gathering. The consistency of this external architectural treatment is in direct contrast to the richly expressive variety of internal spaces. Internal materials and colours provide the discipline-precincts with identity and diversity within the continuous form of the building. The coexistence of these contrasts is emblematic of the school’s pedagogical approach. With the Infinity Centre, PEGS has a tangible manifestation of their unique identity in which structure and individuality work in concert and optimism is the product.

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

McBride Charles Ryan – The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Landscape Architecture of The Year: Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project

Much has been achieved over the past two decades to transform the Sydney Park site from its former post-industrial history and waste disposal, into 44 hectares of parkland and a vital asset for the growing communities of Sydney’s southern suburbs. This project forms City of Sydney’s largest environmental project to date, built in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan. It is an integral component of Sustainable Sydney 2030; targeting 10% of water demand to be met through local water capture and re-use in the park. The City seized a once in a lifetime opportunity to use what was essentially an infrastructure project to breathe new life into the park – as a vibrant recreation and environmental asset for Sydney. The City engaged a design team led by landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership who orchestrated an intense and multi-disciplinary collaboration intersecting design, art, science and ecology – in a ‘roundtable’ of creatives shared between water experts Alluvium, artists Turpin + Crawford Studio, ecologists Dragonfly Environmental, engineers Partridge and the City’s own Landscape Architects. The result is an interwoven series of community infrastructures and ‘made’ systems – water re-use, recreation, biodiversity and habitat all integrated within the physical fabric of Sydney Park. The bio-retention wetlands not only capture and clean the equivalent measure of 340 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth per annum, but will successfully improve local water quality, habitat and reduce potable water consumption in the area. Sydney Park now offers an enhanced recreational experience to the Sydney community, going beyond the picturesque; creating instead a revitalised, multi- faceted waterscape that celebrates the connection between people and place.

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Simon Wood

In addition to the Architects of the Year, many other projects were awarded titles of Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention across 41 categories. Projects were evaluated based on characteristics of form, function and innovation. A selection of winners include:

Platinum: Hospitality Interior Design – Antonio Di Oronzo with Times Square Diner

Gold: Green Architecture – Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP with Allianz Tower

Silver: Institutional Architecture – Mecanoo architecten/Sasaki Associates with Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building

Bronze: Garden Landscape Architecture – Mary Barensfeld with Hilgard Garden

Browse the full list of winners here.

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Ethan Rohloff

Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge – Sydney Park Water Re-use Project, Image Courtesy © Ethan Rohloff

The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed experts including Troy C. Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum; Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture at Yale University; Ben Van Berkel, Principal of UNStudio and Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Alan Ricks and Michael Murphy, Founders of Mass Design Group; and many more. View the full list of jurors here.

The three Architects of the Year will receive an AAP Trophy on October 25 at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

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The AAP American Architecture Prize honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide.http://www.architectureprize.com

Lavaflow 5 in Big Island, Hawaii by CRAIG STEELY ARCHITECTURE

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: CRAIG STEELY ARCHITECTURE

Located on thirty acres of remote pasture, Lavaflow 5 frames the sea and sky with structure and line. The slender steel frame supports walls of varying opacity; from nothing, to glass, to screen, to solid – creating a laminate of materials tempering the expansive view overlooking the Hamakua coastline on the eastern slope of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: CRAIG STEELY ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: Lavaflow 5
  • Location: Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Size: 2800 Sq. Ft.
  • Awards: 2014 Award of Merit by Hawaiian chapter of the AIA

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Kensington Palace in Victoria, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

A renovation and extension to the rear of a Victorian cottage in Kensington, Victoria Australia.

■ The owner, a single professional loved her charming 2 bedroom cottage but found the spaces dark, tired and basically in need of repair.

■ A neighbouring 2 storey extension compromised her privacy to the rear living spaces and the backyard, effectively reducing the usability of the property.

■ A small 1970’s sun-room extension was removed and replaced with a black steel and glass small extension. Large picture frame windows supply light and outlook to the existing structure.

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Kensington Palace
  • Location: Kensington, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Client: Mature single professional
  • Builder: Melpro Developments
  • Landscaper: Dan Piper gardens
  • Structural engineer: Jonicha Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Building surveyor: Reddo
  • Size (m2): House 109 m2 (Existing house was larger at 120m2), Site = 280m2, Deck 27m2
  • Design time: 8 months
  • Construction time: 6 months
  • Completion: November 2015

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Chaimiduo Farm Restaurant and Bazaar in Yunnan, China by Zhaoyang Architects

 
November 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zhaoyang Architects

This is a renovation project. The property was originally an abandoned office facility located at the center of Dali old town, including a traditional Bai style timber building, a bungalow made of brick and concrete and a 200 sqm courtyard. The property has been rented by a local lifestyle brand “Chaimiduo” and renovated into a farm restaurant, a farmer’s supermarket, a gallery for local handicraft and space for “Chaimiduo Bazaar” that opens once a week.

The idea of the renovation is mainly about redefining the courtyard’s four different sides using ad-hoc strategies.

View from the courtyard, Image Courtesy © Pengfei Wang

View from the courtyard, Image Courtesy © Pengfei Wang

  • Architects: Zhaoyang Architects
  • Project: Chaimiduo Farm Restaurant and Bazaar
  • Location: Dali, Yunnan, China
  • Photography: Pengfei Wang
  • Design Team: Yang Zhao, Peigen Shang
  • Interior Designer for the restaurant: XuCai
  • Client: Chaimiduo Team
  • Property Area: 647m2
  • Building Area: 631m2
  • Cost: 1,400,000rmb
  • Design Phase: May, 2015 – September, 2015
  • Construction Phase: June, 2015 – March, 2016

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AVAST Software HQ in Prague, Czech Republic by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK

 
November 8th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK 

Even though the grand opening of the new interiors for the most valuable Czech IT company, the most trusted antivirus manufacturer in the world, took place at the end of 2015, all the works on the interiors for Avast Software company have been finished by studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK in the mid of a year 2016.

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

Image Courtesy © Kristina Hrabetova

  • Architects: studio VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK (Roman Vrtiška, Vladimír Žák)
  • Project: AVAST Software HQ
  • Location: Building Enterprise Office Center, Pankrác, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Kristina Hrabetova
  • Client: Avast Software
  • Investment cost: € 9.2 million
  • Area: 15,000 square meters
  • Year of completion: 2015

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