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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.

Sky Villa in Taipei, Taiwan by CJ Studio

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CJ Studio

The house is located on the top floor of a high rise building in downtown Taipei. Due to the shift of the family member and the passing of ten years since its completion, the house is in need of a renovation. The main layout remains the same, but two single bedrooms are converted into another master bedroom with a walk-in closet and an adjoining bathroom. Additionally, the upper roof floor is designed for a roof garden and a lounge space.

Image Courtesy © Kuo-Min Lee

Image Courtesy © Kuo-Min Lee

  • Architects: CJ Studio
  • Project: Sky Villa
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Photography: Kuo-Min Lee
  • Size: The first floor:298M2, the second floor, interior 66M2, exterior262M2
  • Design period: January – August2014
  • Construction period: January-September 2015

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House in Litoral Alentejano by aires mateus

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: aires mateus 

The program includes four houses and a water tank. The water tank will be a square of whitewashed plaster where a pool is found and a line draws the shower.  The placement of the several houses will be decided by each owner.  The first house is a square. The living room is disposed around a courtyard that provides indirect lighting. Secondary compartments inhabit the interior of thick walls that form the central living room.  These areas, compressed by a lifted ground and a lowered ceiling, become spaces which group to limit and define the “exterior volume,” emphasizing it as the main space of the house.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

Image Courtesy © Daniel Malhão

  • Architects: aires mateus
  • Project: House
  • Location: Litoral Alentejano
  • Photography: Daniel Malhão
  • Colaborators: Maria Rebelo Pinto, Patrícia Marques
  • Date of construction: 2000

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Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School Campus in Washington, DC by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Mundo Verde is a bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school located in the District of Columbia.  The school’s curriculum is based in expeditionary learning, where students learn through the active exploration of the world around them.  Awarded a shuttered 1920s-era school building and site by the District in 2013, Mundo Verde had a direct question for the design team: “How can this redevelopment and addition project teach our students to be global stewards?”

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)

  • Architects: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
  • Project: Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School Campus
  • Location: Washington, DC, USA
  • Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)
  • Area: 47,229   ft² / 4,388 m²
  • Project: 2013 – 2015

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SAN JERÓNIMO 17 in Granada, Spain by CUAC ARQUITECURA

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CUAC ARQUITECURA

Saint Jerome 17 is a workspace, an office that brings together concepts and materials displaced within a local situated in the historic center of Granada. Marked by the presence of a strong structure made of brick walls 60 cm. wide and wooden floors from the late nineteenth century, this place is a palimpsest of successive interventions to wich we adhere us with recycled elements: a series of shuttering wood pieces is used for the creation of a channeling-cabinet infrastructure for network cabling and storage of books or models; six wooden doors, some metal shutters and pieces of glass saved from its demolition with several metal profiles from the refurbishment of a house in Granada are assembled for the formation of new holes. Even the plasterboard fragments left without starting by the previous tenant are connected and transformed into a new infrastructure for electricity and lighting. A 4×1 meters high door taken from our old studio is finally transferred as a cornerstone. Saint Jerome 17 is a project born of opportunity, made of what we find in the place, with the movement of materials from previous works or even with the discovery of unexpected historic contiguities. It is possible to make visible this dynamic, as well as reveal their different strata, mapping and modeling each brick, her wounds, dignifying its heritage presence as part of a continuous history of overlapping elements that we incorporate both minimizing energy invested as our presence.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Architects: CUAC ARQUITECURA
  • Project: SAN JERÓNIMO 17
  • Location: Calle San Jerónimo, 17. Granada, Spain
  • Photography: Fernando Alda
  • Colaborators: Álvaro Castellano Pulido (arquitect), Fernando Álvarez de Cienfuegos (Graphic Designer), Marta dell´Ovo (Student), Helena Doss (Student), Alessandro Remelli (Student), María Encarnación Sánchez Mingorance (Student)
  • Constructor: Jorge Calvo (Lauxa Carpinteros), Leonardo Cena (Metalistería), Grupo Innovahogar del Sur, S.L. (Vidrio), Miguel Segura S.L. (albañilería y trasdosado)
  • Cost: 21.000 Euros
  • Surface: 146 m2
  • End Date: December 2015

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“Les Hauts Plateaux” innovative housing project in Gironde, France by Christophe Hutin Architecture

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Christophe Hutin Architecture

The exceptional and particularly innovative conditions of living given by the « Hauts plateaux » project, phases 1&2, makes it « primum inter pares » and give a clear and new proposal for the housing issue. This project means to create new conditions of living, in which one can find on one hand the desire to live in collective and comfortable housing and on the second hand the necessity of intimacy. It gives the qualities and the liberties of an individual house in collective structure, inside an urban agglomeration. This project carries the idea of the evolution of life of the people, it aims to offer pleasure of living. In this sense, it is sustainable.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

Image Courtesy © Philippe Ruault

  • Architects: Christophe Hutin Architecture
  • Project: “Les Hauts Plateaux” innovative housing project
  • Location: Bègles, Gironde, France
  • Photography: Philippe Ruault
  • Client: Domofrance SA HLM
  • Technical consultant: Bollinger – Grohmann ; ARTEC
  • Cost: “Hauts plateaux 1″ : 2 420 000 € (tax exclusive) + “Hauts Plateaux 2 : 1 450 000 € (tax exclusive)
  • Size: “Hauts plateaux 1″ : 1 700 M2 + “Hauts Plateaux 2 : 1 600M2

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12 foot wide house in Brooklyn, New York by Barker Freeman Design Office architects pllc

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Barker Freeman Design Office architects pllc

This 12 foot wide rowhouse for a family of four organizes life on four narrow but light-filled levels.  A new open switchback stair located at the center of the footprint sets up a dialogue between the spaces in the front, which preserve elements of the original detail of the late 19th century house and the rear, which includes an addition   with a full wall of storefront-system glass.

Image Courtesy © Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Image Courtesy © Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

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Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) in Pittsburgh by The Design Alliance Architects

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is a 24,350-square-foot education, research and administration facility at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a public garden attraction in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Designed and built to generate all of its own energy while treating and reusing all water captured on-site — the result of an integrated design process guided by the principles of the International Living Future Institute — the facility is the first in the world to meet all four of the world’s highest green construction standards: The Living Building Challenge™, awarded in March 2015; WELL Building Platinum, awarded in October 2014; Four-Stars Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification for landscapes, awarded in November 2013; and LEED® Platinum, awarded in August 2013.

Image Courtesy © The Design Alliance Architects

Image Courtesy © The Design Alliance Architects

  • Architects: The Design Alliance Architects 
  • Project: Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL)
  • Location: One Schenley Park Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213 United States
  • Project Owner: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Project Type: Education – General Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf Public Assembly – Recreation
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 24,350 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: December, 2012

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J. Craig Venter Institute in California by ZGF Architects LLP

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The client’s commitment to environmental stewardship initiated the challenge for the design team to create a net-zero energy (NZE) laboratory for its new West Coast research institute, which resulted in a 44,607 SF building comprised of a single-story laboratory wing and a threestory office / administrative wing framing a central courtyard, all sitting above a below-grade parking structure for 112 cars. The new facility was designed to achieve LEED-Platinum certification and a net-zero energy footprint, making it the first such biological laboratory in the country. The courtyard serves as the heart of the Institute, drawing researchers across and into the collaborative outdoor space. The project uses a modest palette of materials: highperformance glazing, Spanish cedar wood, and high-strength concrete. Each material was considered for its contribution to the enhancement of the building’s performance, resulting in a building that is both functional and artful in its simplicity.

Image Courtesy © Nick Merrick

Image Courtesy © Nick Merrick

  • Architects: ZGF Architects LLP
  • Project: J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Location: 4120 Capricorn Lane La Jolla California 92037, United States 
  • Photography: Nick Merrick
  • Project Owner: J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Suburban
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 44,607 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: November, 2013

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The Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion in Texas by Lake|Flato Architects

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Lake|Flato Architects

The Josey Pavilion is a multi-functional education and meeting center that supports the mission of the Dixon Water Foundation to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management. Traditionally livestock has caused more harm than good by overgrazing and not allowing our native prairies to play their important role in habitat and watershed protection, and carbon sequestration. The Josey Pavilion facilitates a deeper understanding of how grazing livestock as well as the built environment can work to do more good than harm.

Image Courtesy © Casey Dunn

Image Courtesy © Casey Dunn

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project: The Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion
  • Location: 4528 County Road 398 Decatur Texas 76234, United States
  • Photography: Casey Dunn, Dror Baldinger
  • Project Owner: The Dixon Water Foundation
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Rural
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 5,400 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: January, 2014
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $1,800,000.00

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Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in Berkeley, California by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

 
May 4th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

“Design innovation starts with asking the right questions and ends with changing the world.” – Jacobs Institute Mission Statement.

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

  • Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
  • Project: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
  • Location: 253 Ridge Road Berkeley, California, United States
  • Photography: Tim Griffith
  • Project Owner: University of California, Berkeley
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Education – College/University (campus-level)
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 24,035 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: September, 2015

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