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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.

Dragon Court Village in Aichi, Japan by Eureka

 
May 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Eureka 

Within our fieldwork in Asian cities and villages, conducted against a backdrop of increased threats from severe weather and global warming, we sometimes encounter with adaptable housing cultures that border against natural disasters; ecological and customary architectural behaviors that have likened to elements of the natural environment; and methods to help maintain and continue such things. Today, with the rapid urbanization of Southeast Asia, especially from China to the Indochina, the act of observing native and traditional architectures and villages is synonymous with observing their very own destruction and acceptance. The life of barely scraping by, sometimes becoming subject to unlawfully dense surroundings, is very much reliant on the ability to tolerate ambiguity, semitransparent and gradational special qualities, and the architecture`s redundant and updating nature. In this scheme, such qualities were pulled into a tangible plan.

Image Courtesy © Ookura Hideki

  • Architects: Eureka
  • Project: Dragon Court Village
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • Photography: Ookura Hideki
  • Lead Architects: Inagaki Junya, Sano Satoshi, Nagai Takuo, Hori Eisuke
  • Project architects: Kazutoshi Sugimoto(ex-staff), Yuki Nagasawa(ex-staff), Hiroyuki Tsukada(ex-staff), Kazunori Yamaguchi(ex-staff)
  • Client: Yutaka real estate
  • Consultants: The University of Siga Prefecture-Nagai Takuo

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London HQ for Cathay Pacific in England by align

 
May 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: align  

Interior architects and designers align have created a subtle and elegant suite of offices for airline giant Cathay Pacific in their new airy and spacious premises, just east of Hammersmith Bridge. The 4th floor, 9,295 sq ft space faces the Thames directly, with views over to the famous Harrods Furniture Depository building opposite. The new workspace serves as Cathay Pacific’s UK headquarters and the company has additional, smaller operational offices in the UK at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester Airports.

Private offices on opposite side of corridor for General Manager and other key staff, Image Courtesy © align

  • Architects: align
  • Project: London HQ for Cathay Pacific
  • Location: London, England

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Américas 1500 in Guadalajara, Mexico by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

 
May 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

This mixed-use project for offices and a hotel is located in the heart of the city of Guadalajara. Its formal, emphatic, and unified volumetrics express its iconic nature.

The formal concept arises from the mixed-use character it will acquire, consisting of four stacked geometric volumes. Two of these are slightly offset, and exactly aligned on the rear face. These gestures of displacement are designed to interrupt the robustness of the building and express an elegant sense of movement. The lowest volume houses the hotel, and the three volumes above it are allocated to office use by three different corporations, each occupying one volume in its entirety.

Image Courtesy © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photo by Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • Project: Américas 1500
  • Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo
  • President: Javier Sordo Madaleno
  • Architecture Leader: Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Project Leader: Boris Pena
  • Project Manager: Andrés Harfuch
  • Production Manager: Cándido Hernández
  • Design Team: Juan Marin de la Plaza, Miguel Baranda, Abraham Gracía, Luis A. Cabello

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House among the olive grove in Kidron, Israel by Henkin Irit & Shavit Zohar

 
May 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Henkin Irit & Shavit Zohar

Kidron village consists of large agricultural estates, is situated on a plain turf in which the size of the plots dictates large distances between the various residential houses.

Olive vineyards are the main component on the land on which the Aloni family house was designed and built. The idea was to design a “connector” between the front and the back vineyards. In order to do so, the house was placed in morphological correspondence to the olive trees, with the olive rows parallel and perpendicular to the front of the house together.

Image Courtesy © Asaf pinchuk

  • Architects: Henkin Irit & Shavit Zohar
  • Project: House among the olive grove
  • Location: Kidron, Israel
  • Photography: Asaf pinchuk
  • Video Editor: Shir Ma’ayan
  • Graphic Designer: Danielle Vertman
  • Visual Designer: Studio 2181 by Dror Niv
  • Lighting: Yair Doram

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Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Nakaaoki branch in Saitama, Japan by emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

 
May 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

Sugamo Shinkin Bank is a credit union that strives to provide first-rate hospitality to its customers in accordance with its motto: “we take pleasure in serving happy customers”. Nakaaoki branch is the forth branch where Emmanuelle has been commissioned to handle the architectural and interior design. The common request for all branches is to create a bank where people wish to stay longer and naturally feel to come back again. Nakaaoki branch is located on the corner of major intersection, where there is a frequent movement of cars, busses, bicycles, and people. Taking this unique location as a characteristic, the façade is designed to be rhythmical that changes expression as people see from different angles.

Image Courtesy © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

  • Architects: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design (emmanuelle moureaux)    
  • Project: Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Nakaaoki branch
  • Location: 1-1-1 Kamiaoki Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama 333-0844, Japan
  • Photography: Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
  • Client: Sugamo Shinkin Bank
  • General Contractor: Shiraishi Construction Corporation
  • Colored aluminum cubes: Kikukawa Kogyo Co., Ltd.
  • Structure: Steel Structure
  • Site Area: 560.86 m2
  • Floor Area: 588.07 m2 (1F/264.976 m2   2F/296.808 m2   RF/26.286 m2
  • Open: June 02, 2014

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Five-Dragons Temple Environmental Refurbishment in Shanxi Province, China by URBANUS

 
May 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: URBANUS

Situated in Ruicheng County of Shanxi Province, the Five Dragon Temple (Guang Ren Wang Temple) was built in 831 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty. Ranked chronologically, it is the second oldest among the remaining four architectures of the Tang Dynasty, as well as being the oldest surviving Taoist temple. The Five Dragons Temple experienced several times of renovation during its lifetime, but its structure from the Tang Dynasty remained largely unchanged. However, contrasting to the Five Dragons Temple’s exalted historic position was its previous surrounding environment. The Five Dragons Temple is seldom known and has few visitors. Located on a high slope, the temple as a cultural relic was segregated away from the villagers. Due to arid weather in recent years, the past splendor of the Dragon Spring lying at the bottom of the slope was gone now. Additionally, the advancement in agricultural irrigation technology caused the vanishing of the rain praying culture at dragon temples, thus resulting in the decline of the temple as the neighborhood center. In the end, the Dragon Spring, which was the spiritual core of the villagers, gradually deteriorated into a rubbish dump of the village.

Image Courtesy © Yang Chaoying, Jerry Yin

  • Architects: URBANUS
  • Project: Five-Dragons Temple Environmental Refurbishment
  • Location: Ruicheng City, Shanxi Province, China
  • Photography: Yang Chaoying, Jerry Yin
  • Client: The Tourism Cultural Relics Bureau of Ruicheng City
  • Principle Architect: Wang Hui
  • Team: Zou Dehua, Du Aihong, Wen Ting, Anne Van Stijn, Li Xiaofen, Li Yongcai
  • Exceutive Team: “Long·Plan”Group|Ding Changfeng, Hou Zhenghua, Cao Jiangwei, Li Xiaomei, Dong Lina, Lv Jiancang, Zhang Xiaokang, Wang Hui, Han Jiaying

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Hubertus in Valdaora, Italy by noa* – network of architecture

 
May 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: noa* – network of architecture

The Hotel Hubertus is located in Valdaora, at the foot of the famous ski and hiking area Kronplatz in the Puster Valley at an altitude of about 1350 m. The family establishment was generously enhanced and enlarged with 16 new suites, a new kitchen with restaurants and “Stuben”, an entrance area with lobby, reception and wine cellar and a fitness and a relaxation room with panoramic terraces. The new 25 m long pool, functioning as a connector between old and new, underlines the essence of this comprehensive renovation and renewal project.

Image Courtesy © noa* – network of architecture

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Superbude 2 in Hamburg, Germany by DREIMETA GmbH & Co. KG

 
May 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DREIMETA GmbH & Co. KG 

With its dual concept between a hostel and a hotel the Superbude I in Hamburg attracts a broad-range target group. Its location in the centre of the hip district „Schanze“ enables a surprisingly unconventional design.

Our task:

Our task was to further develop and design the successful concept „Superbude“. This included designing the „Buden“, a colloquial word used for the rooms in this hotel, as well as the public areas such as the lobby, bar and shop etc. The hotel / hostel is in a listed building, once a Deutsche Post switching centre at the turn of the century. For this reason the staircases were restored true to the original.

Image Courtesy © Steve Herud

  • Architects: DREIMETA GmbH & Co. KG
  • Project: Superbude 2
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Photography: Steve Herud
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Involved: Judy Hänel, Andrea Kraft, Britta Kleweken
  • No of rooms: 88 + Suite
  • Designed: 2010-12
  • Opening: February 2012

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San Carlos Midcentury Modern Remodel in California by Klopf Architecture

 
May 24th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Klopf Architecture

The previous owner of this 1960s modern home covered over the walls of glass with plywood and installed a massive awning at the rear of the house, blocking out most light and connection with the outdoors. The original interior had a maze-like layout starting with a small entry area and moving into too many hallways. In short, the house felt dark and closed-in. Nevertheless the new owners saw the potential in the home, purchased it, and hired Klopf Architecture to help them realize the potential. Today it is an open, light and bright, indoor-outdoor, clean and simple, modernist home for two professionals and their young son.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: San Carlos Midcentury Modern Remodel
  • Location: California, USA
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
  • Klopf Architecture team: John Klopf, Chuang-Ming Liu and Ethan Taylor
  • Landscape Design: Growsgreen
  • Structural Engineer: Sezen and Moon
  • Contractor: Starburst Construction
  • Landscape Contractor: Inside Out SF
  • Year completed: 2016

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Copan Apartment in São Paulo, Brazil by SuperLimão Studio

 
May 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SuperLimão Studio 

Located on the 11th floor of the Copan Building, the apartment signed by SuperLimão Studio had as premise to integrate the spaces. The challenge was to create spans in the project, since the existing structure did not allow to transform the apartment into a loft.

Image Courtesy © Maíra Acayaba

  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Project: Copan Apartment
  • Location: Edifício Copan, Av. Ipiranga, 200 – Centro, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Photography: Maíra Acayaba
  • Project Team: Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello e Sérgio Cabral
  • Management of Execution: Maria de Lourdes Poloni
  • Arq. colaboradora: Juliana Sae
  • Total Area: 137m2
  • Year: 2013

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