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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 of Prayer in Litomyšl, Czech Republic by Fránek Architects and MMcité Design

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Fránek Architects and MMcité Design

Construqta – sophisticated beauty of concrete

We enjoy referencing basic construction elements in our designs. Moreover, when you want to design a concrete-made piece of urban furniture, especially if it has to be light, a trussed beam is the right inspiration to opt for. Its maximum strength with minimum materials used spells efficiency. The material used is Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) and it has little to do with traditional concrete. In addition, it is quite expense so achieving aforementioned efficiency was not easy for us. The design’s form is rather restrained engineering-wise and austere but to fine-tune its functional properties took month to accomplish – a lot longer than we originally anticipated. Finally, we can rejoice. The monumental, almost three metres high piece of high-grade concrete shows its grace from afar. When observed closely, its intriguing and sophisticated geometrical lines come into play.

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / Boysplaynice

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / Boysplaynice

  • Architects: Fránek Architects and MMcité Design
  • Project: House of Prayer
  • Location: Litomyšl, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / Boysplaynice
  • Completion: 2009 – 2010

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Loft Hřebenky in Prague, Czech republic by Formafatal

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Formafatal

This flat with industrial taste is located in a new building of so called “developers-project”. The architect deal with a complicated layout thanks atypically solved pieces of furniture. The total number of by her designed pieces ended on the figure 44. She added few iconic pieces of furniture, predominantly designed in 50’s.

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

  • Architects: Formafatal (Dagmar Štěpánová)
  • Project: Loft Hřebenky
  • Location: Prague, Czech republic
  • Photography: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
  • Area: 85 m2
  • Project: 2015
  • Realization: February 2016

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West Hills Residence in Portland, Oregon by FIELDWORK Design & Architecture

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FIELDWORK Design & Architecture

Located in the West Hills above downtown Portland, the project consisted of renovating an existing indoor swimming pool room and transforming an unfinished basement utility and storage area into a wine cellar and changing room. The primary inspiration was the environment in which the project is sited- immersed in the forest, with framed views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. The goals were threefold: to remodel the lower level of the house into an environment that was timeless and consistent with the original character of the mid-century modern residence, to create a seamless connection to the outdoors, and to create a peaceful and therapeutic atmosphere for the clients and their family and friends to enjoy.

Image Courtesy © Brian Walker Lee

Image Courtesy © Brian Walker Lee

  • Architects: FIELDWORK Design & Architecture
  • Project: West Hills Residence
  • Location: 2524 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202
  • Photography: Brian Walker Lee
  • Project Design Team: Cornell Anderson, Partner/Architect; Tim Fouch, Partner/Architect; Tonia Hein, Partner/Interior Designer; Dylan Woock, Intern; Joshua Mollenkamp, Intern; James Austin, Intern
  • Contractor Name: Modern Organic Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Michael Munzing, Munzing Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Craig LaVielle, LaVielle Geotechnical
  • Square Footage: 1,230 sf
  • Completion Date: Fall 2014

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Marquee in Gavà Mar, Spain by Pepe Gascón arquitectura

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pepe Gascón arquitectura

In a single-family house we have constructed a marquee for sun protection in the hottest months of the year, thus extending the living-room connected to the outdoor garden.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

  • Architects: Pepe Gascón arquitectura
  • Project: Marquee
  • Location: Gavà Mar, Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Collaborators: Jesús Gallego (int)
  • Cost: 23.758,00 €
  • Area: 25,00 m2
  • Project year: 2011
  • Completion date: 2011

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Erturk Textile Showroom in Istanbul, Turkey by Pimodek Architecture and Design Studio

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pimodek Architecture and Design Studio

The space is designed for Ertürk Textile Denim Showroom in İstanbul Merter with signature of Pimodek Architecture and Design Studio which was founded by Arch MSc H. Basri Hamulu; rather than fabric display wrapped around a system in high shelves, having a post industrial cultural atmosphere beyond product stacking and by acting with the idea of exhibition of the rolled up fabrics in natural poses.

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

  • Architects: Pimodek Architecture and Design Studio
  • Project: Erturk Textile Showroom
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Photography: Cemal Emden
  • Client: Ertürk Textile
  • Design Team: Hasan Basri Hamulu, Ömer Hamulu, Erdem Hamulu, Emel Sönmezay, Naz Nalbantoğlu
  • Total Construction Area: 650 m²

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The Reserve House in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa by Metropole Architects

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Metropole Architects

With the site facilitating a wide ocean frontage, the design was able to respond with a “Wingspread” type architecture that appears to float over the indigenous dune vegetation, taking full advantage of the panoramic beach and sea views.

Image Courtesy © Grant Pitcher

Image Courtesy © Grant Pitcher

  • Architects: Metropole Architects
  • Project: The Reserve House
  • Location: Zimbali Coastal Forest Estate, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
  • Photography: Grant Pitcher
  • Main Contractor: Greg Frizelle – Frizelle Contracting
  • Structural Engineers: Davies Lister-James Engineers
  • Timber Detailing: Timber Trends
  • Landscape Implementation: Tongaat Plants
  • Site Area: 1741sqm (18 740sqft)
  • Bulk of house: 650sqm (6997sqft)

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Opening of the 17th International Garden Festival in Grand-Métis, Canada

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Twenty-six gardens will be on view this summer at the 17th edition of the International Garden Festival. Five new creations by designers from Canada, the United States, France and Switzerland will join the temporary installations on view and a sixth will be exhibited at special events throughout the summer.

The International Garden Festival invites visitors to explore twenty-six interactive garden installations created by seventy-two landscape architects, architects, designers and visual artists from nine countries. For the 17th edition, five new creations by designers from Canada, the United States, France and Switzerland will join the temporary installations on view and a sixth will be exhibited at special events throughout the summer.

Five new gardens of the 2016 edition of the Festival were selected by the jury from 203 projects submitted from 31 countries for the annual competition. LE CAVEAU is a complex construction made of stone gabions that support a levitating green platform. CYCLOPS is gargantuan cone 8 metres in diameter suspended over the forest floor. The MAISON DE JACQUES provides a happy home to a forest of beans where children can play hide-and-seek in one of many secret gardens. In TiiLT, 24 tents populate a space like a school of fish or a flock of birds. CARBONE offers a charred tree trunk, capturing carbon during its entire life and contributing to the renaissance of the forest.

These new installations create new experiences and environments to add to those of past editions. Visitors can explore the environment and experience the joy of moving mature trees along a hidden rail in I LIKE TO MOVE IT or admire the movement created by the wind from within the black and white bands of LINE GARDEN. The pure white walls of COURTESY OF NATURE reveal the hidden artistic genius of nature while SE MOUILLER (LA BELLE ÉCHAPPÉE) invites visitors to don a pair of colourful rubber boots to muck it up for themselves among the floating aquatic plants. The whistling white ribbons in LE BON ARBRE AU BON ENDROIT link a forest of hydro poles to teach about planting the right tree in the right place and provide a welcome perch to a resident flock of turkey vultures who have adopted them for their morning outing.

A sixth new garden, DRESS UP!, will be on view as a participatory event throughout the summer where visitors become the garden by donning one of colourful capes. Special events include the annual fundraising dinner in aid of the Festival in the potager on August 5 and a series of events to launch Experimenting Landscapes Testing the Limits of the Garden, a new book by Emily Waugh on the Festival to be published by Birkhäuser in September.

About the New Gardens of the 17th Edition

LE CAVEAU by Christian Poules, architect and landscape architect, Basle, Switzerland.

The growing plane is shrouded in the intimacy of Le Caveau – a simple room of stone and earth. It is a room for reflection. It is a room for dreamers. Just as the plane levitates before us, we are held in the balance of the stone and life itself. The personification of our own imagination is suspended in time. The primitive plane symbolizes a beginning, while the seeds and the soil form the tilted horizon between earth and sky. The beauty of the garden is found in the simplicity and contradiction of material, light, time and space. It is a shelter for meditation and a canvas for nature. In Le caveau, vastness is held behind its ramparts.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Christian Poules is both an architect and landscape architect who constructs poetic places in the balance of the two disciplines. Practicing outside of fad or style, he is concerned only with the development of the common ground between human sensory experience and natural phenomena. Nature, alone, is his muse and in her realm his work manifests care and understanding of the ephemeral and temporal qualities of space.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

CYCLOPS by Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Cyclops is a singular object on the landscape as well as a singular frame of the landscape. It is made up of 100 8-meter long tapering timber planks held in the shape of an inverted cone around a central opening for the user to occupy. These planks are fastened to each other at the innermost diameter and held upright by a 150 mm steel ring beam at the outer diameter. At first approach, Cyclops is an object on the landscape, seen as a clear, platonic form. Through its transparency and porosity, however, it is an object that is also dynamic and changing, blending with the environment.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

By entering the central 1.5 m opening at the bottom of the cone, the user enters into a different relationship with the object and the landscape. By experiencing it from the inside-out, the object acts to frame the surrounding landscape and sky for the viewer in this same dynamic, temporal way by blending the man-made, platonic clarity of the frame with the organic and natural. The viewer plays the central role of the work in rediscovering the relationship between the object, the frame, and the natural landscape.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Formally trained as an architect at Yale University but with a deep commitment to creating art, Craig Chapple has pursued both architecture and the visual arts simultaneously throughout his career. Craig’s work is born from the synergy of these two disciplines, producing work that focuses on the overlap of line, pattern, texture, and process. He works in analog and digital practices in drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

LA MAISON DE JACQUES by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, architectural interns, Quebec City (Québec) Canada.

La Maison de Jacques (or Jack’s House from the children’s fable Jack and the Beanstalk) is different from the one we know. You might think you have just stepped out of a children’s story. The house is a green grove that is enveloped in bloom. You enter by walking on stepping stones that traverse a ground-cover made of clay beads. Once inside, you wander between the rows of beans of tightly winding their way up a light wooden structure. The walls divide the space into a series of small hidden gardens, singular in their proportions. These cocoons are ideal hiding places for a game of hide-and-seek. One remains a secret, inaccessible.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

La Maison de Jacques is magical. It will be built over several weeks, starting with the seedlings in May that will grow to be more than three metres in height in a short time. Their clumps of red flowers will be in bloom by the end of July and then the beans will form to bring a taste of goodness to everyone.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Graduates in the master’s program in architecture at the Université Laval in Quebec City, the designers are working together for the first time on this project to bring their personal interests to life. Romy Brosseau is interested in the relation between the natural and the artificial environment and the interaction between the two. With her various projects, she tries to remove the barriers between architecture and landscape and think of the limit as a space. Rosemarie Faille-Faubert is passionate about the discovery of landscape. She explores the different scales, the tactile, the visual, sounds and smells. With her projects she strives to redefine the relationship between humans and their environment through architecture. Émilie Gagné-Loranger seeks to reveal some new poetry from her research on interior spaces. Her projects explore the limits, feelings and aspects of intimate spaces.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer], Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada.

Finding roots in the formal geometries of the labyrinth and the many informal camping traditions in the Canadian landscape, TiiLT is a transformable and inhabitable place for visitors to act, or to idle, however they may be inclined.

Each structure may be flipped between two orientations, responding to the position of the sun, offering alternating views and shifting pathways through the site. The toggling movement conjures a school of fish, or a flock of birds, flitting in opposite directions yet connected as a whole. The straw-like lightness of the structures and the white skin recall a field of floral blooms, contrasting the surrounding green landscape and blue sky.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

TiiLT challenges the notion of the garden in creating an interactive environment that is part sculpture and part landscape – to evoke a sense of place and beauty from modest elements. TiiLT provides simple, intimate, shaded spaces in congregation, retrieving memories of long days in short seasons, time spent alone and among neighbours, embracing the feeling of shared disconnection, together.

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Image Courtesy © Martin Bond

Sean Radford and Chris Wiebe (SRCW) are designers active in the Winnipeg architecture community. SRCW regards the built form as an instigator of ideas, a generator for reinterpretation of the phenomena of everyday experience. SRCW is interested in challenging conventional engagement of form and space, with the goal of inducing pause, inspiring reaction, and inciting response. SRCW’s unconventional use of everyday objects as sculptural materials seeks to create accessibility through familiarity, drawing upon shared experience in the user to evoke delight and excitement. SRCW regards the art of the garden as the creation of an interactive sensory environment, to be fully inhabited in moments of discovery and revelation.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

CARBONE by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes (Maxime Coache, landscape architect, Victor Lacaille, landscape architect and Luc Dallanora, landscape architect), Nantes, France.

The garden is an artifice and leaves many traces. The Earth is a garden. Farming, industry, the internet all leave their mark. Since the dawn of time, nature is altered. The gardener is the one with the restorative power. A gesture of kindness. This installation evokes the cycle of production as a parallel to the carbon cycle. The garden landscaped or the landscape gardened. Regenerating the forest and sowing where we have harvested brings nature back to life. Transmit the love of landscape to those who will outlive us.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

A noble and familiar material, wood is our crib, our bed, our coffin. Cut a tree, remove it from the forest, in itself a vast garden, is the fruit of our labour. It is the result of the work of those who came before us, who planted a seed and provide us today with the wood that gives us rest. A sculpted tree trunk, partially cut into pieces helps to illustrate the primary material used to build furniture. A stump and its roots, a tree trunk cut into parts and modules made of timber, some lightly burned on the surface. A young tree grows where the tree might have grown tall had the tree not fallen.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Coache Lacaille Paysagistes was created in 2013 by Maxime Coache and Victor Lacaille. Luc Dallanora joined this duo in 2015. They are all graduates of the École nationale supérieure de la nature et du paysage de Blois in France. The primary interest of this trio of landscape architects is the landscape. If their knowledge requires creativity, they are also artists. Their role is somewhere between the gardener, the designer, the architect and the urban planner. Each new project is inspired by the context and by those for whom the project is intended to be used; it is also the pretext for new experiments.

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

Image Courtesy © Louise Tanguay

A special mention was made by the jury to DRESS UP! by Ran Hwang, artist, Sangmok Kim, architect, Sungwoo Kim, architect, Shin Hee Park, fashion designers from Seoul, South Korea / Beijing, China / New York, USA. The garden will be presented at special events throughout the summer.

About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 150 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.

Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Canada Summer Jobs, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Emploi-Québec. Hydro-Québec has been the lead sponsor of the Reford Gardens since 1999.

About the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis

A National Historic Site and Québec heritage site, the Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis are an obligatory stop for all those visiting eastern Québec. Cultural space and tourist destination for over 50 years, the Reford Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in the Gaspésie region, providing visitors with experiences for every sense. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers, they were created between 1926 and 1958 by avid gardener and plant collector, Elsie Reford.

The Gardens are open every day until October 2, 2016. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge. Season’s Passes are available.

Opposite House in Toronto, Canada by Atelier rzlbd

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier rzlbd

The Opposite House, is a commissioned private residence located on the Scarborough Bluffs, closer to the east edge of the Greater Toronto Area. The clients, a professional couple who both work from home and enjoy an active home entertainment lifestyle, were looking for a modern dwelling that would offer everything they might need and more, including enough space to transition into, if their family grows at a later time.

Image Courtesy © Borzu Talaie

Image Courtesy © Borzu Talaie

  • Architects: Atelier rzlbd (Reza Aliabadi)
  • Project: Opposite House
  • Location: Toronto, Scarborough, Cliffcrest area
  • Photography: Borzu Talaie
  • Project Coordinator & Interior design: Julia Francisco
  • Structure: Egbert Engineering
  • Mechanical: McCallum Consulting
  • Septic: Gunnell Engineering
  • Construction Management: Caledon Building & Design
  • Basics: One-storey steel & wood structure
  • Lot: 1.093 ha.
  • Living Area: 6000 sqft
  • Design: 2014 – 2015
  • Completion: Summer 2016

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23 Terrace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by DRTAN LM Architect

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DRTAN LM Architect

Situated in the upper middle class suburban of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail that was developed in the early 70’s, 23 Terrace is a new double-storey terrace house reconfigured in place of its single-storey predecessor. During day, the façade is a typical contemporary terrace house with large openings, glass balustrade and minimalist security door grille and gate. At dusk, the house transforms into a lantern, casting surrealistic shadows on the cement rendered porch.

The house alit like a lantern, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

The house alit like a lantern, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

  • Architects: DRTAN LM Architect
  • Project: 23 Terrace
  • Location: Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Photography: H. Lin Ho
  • Client: Ong Hean Kheng
  • Design Architect : Dr. Tan Loke Mun
  • Project Architect: Alvin Tham Yee Weng, Mohd. Faidin
  • Contractor: Eco Vision Sdn Bhd
  • C&S Engineers: Perunding L&W Sdn Bhd

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TETRIS House in San Candido, Italy by PLASMA Studio

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PLASMA Studio

Tetris House is derived from the transformation of very pragmatic parameters into a spatially engaging concept. Multiple programmatic demands (five self-contained units, parking spaces and other covered exterior areas) have initiated two volumes. L-shaped in plan and section, they are spatially interwoven to produce a range of dynamic interstitial spaces.

Image Courtesy © PLASMA Studio

Image Courtesy © PLASMA Studio

  • Architects: PLASMA Studio (Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell)
  • Project: TETRIS House
  • Location: San Candido, Italy
  • Software used: Rhino
  • Size: 680 sqm
  • Year: 2007

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