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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.

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

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

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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Vidalakis Residence in California by Swatt | Miers Architects

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Swatt | Miers Architects

This distinctive residence was designed as a piece of inhabitable art for its owner, an avid collector of colorful and unique works. Featuring three stepped-back stories linked by a grand mahogany staircase and a double-height glass pavilion overlooking the semi-rural landscape on three sides, this gallery home is a piece of sculpture in its own right.

Image Courtesy © Swatt | Miers Architects

Image Courtesy © Swatt | Miers Architects

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Hotel Flottant in Paris, France by Seine Design

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Seine Design

VOLUME AND INTEGRATION

A piece of Paris on the Seine

The integration of OFF Paris Seine in its environment comes first by the very Parisian expression it proposes. The hotel merges with the city via its right and left banks and the twin hulls of the hotel itself, the river Seine that splits the city, its zinc roofs, and the multiplicity of its services. In many ways OFF Paris is like a floating fragment of the city itself.

Image Courtesy © Seine Design

Image Courtesy © Seine Design

  • Architects: Seine Design (Gérard RONZATTI)
  • Project: Hotel Flottant
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Developer: Christophe Gallineau (Citysurfing)
  • Main investor: Novaxia
  • Exploitation: Elegancia Hotel
  • Interior Design of 2 suites and lounge: Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman (Interware)
  • Lightning Design: Franck Franjou

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Annex House in Ontario, Canada by DUBBELDAM Inc. Architecture + Design

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DUBBELDAM Inc. Architecture + Design 

When the client, a young couple, purchased this property with its two structures – the main building and coach house – both had been used as rooming houses for many years. The client wished to convert the fragmented property back into a single family residence, suitable for their expanding family and optimized for entertaining, while taking advantage of the two buildings on the site. The distinct structures define an outdoor space that has been designed as a courtyard and outdoor extension of the kitchen and dining rooms. The courtyard evolves from season to season and from day to day; it is a quiet resting place, brunch patio, and reading sanctuary on the way to yoga in the coach house, coming alive with the kids’ after school activities or as guests arrive to a backyard barbeque.

Image Courtesy © Bob Gundu

Image Courtesy © Bob Gundu

  • Architects: DUBBELDAM Inc. Architecture + Design 
  • Project: Annex House
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Photography: Tom Arban and Bob Gundu
  • Project Team: Heather Dubbeldam, Oliver Dang, Jacob JeBailey, Bindya Lad
  • Size: Main House – 4,224 s.f, Coach House – 1,640 s.f.

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Konterra in Gurgaon, India by SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

As one meanders through the busy bustling roads of Udyog Vihar commercial hub in Phase 4, one really can’t miss the imposing terracotta cladded edifice with its imposing presence around the corner. The address neighborhood has found its landmark in the form of 505, Udyog Vihar called Konterra.

Located at a prominent location of Udyog Vihar at the gateway of Gurgaon near the bygone toll plaza off NH-8, Konterra is at a stone throw distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport – IGI Airport, with just a mere 10 minutes from the airport. That’s a perfect location for the travelling working professionals in Konterra to enjoy a sweet ride where their not-so-blessed compatriots are struggling to get to the airport from other locations. It can veritably be garlanded as the best location in Udyog Vihar, easily accessible from NH-8. Flanked by NH-8 and the Old Delhi Gurgaon Road, Konterra’s residents enjoy a twin commutable spine which otherwise is a terrific boon to already road strapped users in Gurugram.

Image Courtesy © SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

Image Courtesy © SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

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Stillhouse Residence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect

The modern, sustainable house on Stillhouse Bluff in Chapel Hill sits 220 feet above the approach road on 10 wooded acres that include one of the highest points in Orange County. The view in winter, even on an overcast day, is all the way to nearby downtown Durham. The house was designed to maximize the views from this lofty perch.

Image Courtesy © Duffy Healey

Image Courtesy © Duffy Healey

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Tea Houses in Silicon Valley, California by Swatt | Miers Architects

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Swatt | Miers Architects

The idea for the tea houses originated years ago, when the owner and his young daughter explored the remote hills surrounding their Silicon Valley home, discovering an idyllic setting below a ridge, under a grove of large California Live Oak trees. At first, the family thought the setting would be perfect for a tree house. Years later, after the 6000 square foot main house was extensively remodeled, the vision was realized as three individual tea houses, places where one could simply retreat into nature.

Image Courtesy © Swatt | Miers Architects

Image Courtesy © Swatt | Miers Architects

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M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity in Paris, France by Maison Edouard François

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Maison Edouard François

The relationship between building height and sustainability is a subject that currently occupies the minds of many city planners. This is because the city cannot expand infinitely into the landscape. In France, however, \”village\” urbanism seems to be adamantly resisting the vertical city, without truly considering its potential. One of the objectives of our project is to quell these hesitations.

Image Courtesy © Pierre_L\'Excellent

Image Courtesy © Pierre_L\’Excellent

  • Architects: Maison Edouard François
  • Project: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Pierre_L\’Excellent

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Sarepta Lutheran Church Social Institution for Disabled People in Budapest, Hungary by MODUM Architects Ltd.

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MODUM Architects Ltd.

Protestant harmony

In 2012, the Hungarian Lutheran Church invited a number of selected architecture firms to take part in the competition for the modernisation and extension of the Sarepta Evangelical Institution for the disabled, along with designing its new residential building. The professional jury has chosen the proposal of the winner of the Ybl Award, András Krizsán (DLA). After the permission of plans – as the result of a lucky turn of events – the Church was able to purchase an extra plot for the new building on Máriaremetei Road, not far from the original location of the Institution. This has created the possibility of building two buildings with the division of latter site.

Image Courtesy © MODUM Architects Ltd.

Image Courtesy © MODUM Architects Ltd.

  • Architects: MODUM Architects Ltd. (András Krizsán)
  • Project: Sarepta Lutheran Church Social Institution for Disabled People
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary

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Haus S in Berlin, Germany by Modersohn & Freiesleben Architekten BDA

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Modersohn & Freiesleben Architekten BDA

The task was to erect a pavillion as an extension to a single family-house in Berlin-Pankow. The client wished to have not only a larger livinging area but also sufficient space for his collection of asian sculptures.

Image Courtesy © Modersohn & Freiesleben Architekten BDA

Image Courtesy © Modersohn & Freiesleben Architekten BDA

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