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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.

La Manera Gastrobar in Valencia, Spain by Masquespacio

 
April 12th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Masquespacio 

Masquespacio presents its last hospitality design project for La Manera, a gastrobar in the ancient city of Valencia.

The project for La Manera consists in seeking to create a hospitality concept that could work by day and by night, adaptable to each moment and requirement, starting with a brunch and coffee during the morning, converting itself in a restaurant during the evening and ending up as a cocktail bar. The business concept concentrated on serving first class food and beverage made of natural ingredients and served by renown cocktail and coffee baristas, allows to create a design project that seeks to find the essence of natural materials. For that the existing building brick walls have been recovered, while a rusty finish has been added to the metallic elements on walls, lamps and the bar. For furniture some metallic elements with the same rusty finish have been mixed with concrete, adding a touch of warmth through brown soft leather and cushions made of different fabrics. Also be recognized in the space is the use of a lattice wall that aims to add a touch of Mediterranean feeling to the space, while the plants seek to connect even more to the natural concept from La Manera.

Image Courtesy © Luis Beltran

  • Architects: Masquespacio
  • Project: La Manera Gastrobar
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Photography: Luis Beltran
  • Software used: 3dS Max
  • Client: La Manera

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Canana L.A. Brew in Cartagena, Spain by Martin Lejarraga Arquitectos

 
April 12th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Martin Lejarraga Arquitectos 

CANANA L.A is a young couple who have launched a company dedicated to the production, bottling and sale of different kinds of beer.

CANANA is located in La Aljorra, L.A., a small village in the south-east of Spain, which can be reached by roads with echoes of Los Angeles, surrounded by a landscape which resembles its palms with the hills of Santa Monica in the distance.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Martin Lejarraga Arquitectos
  • Project: Canana L.A. Brew
  • Location: Antonio Pascual, 26, 30390 La Aljorra, Cartagena, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • Date: 2016

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Panda House in Copenhagen, Denmark by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

 
April 12th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group 

Panda House responds to the species’ main threats to extinction – habitat loss and fragmentation – by providing a safe and contiguous environment that’s also conducive for reproduction. We proposed a circular shape for the design – befitting the site perfectly between existing buildings and enabling the literal yin-yang symbol to create separate enclosures for male and female pandas. The architectural parts of the earth are then lifted from either side of the “yin” and “yang” to form space for stables belowground, simultaneously creating an incline to naturally face the pandas toward the audience.

Image Courtesy © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

  • Architects: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Project: Panda House
  • Location: Roskildevej 32, 2000 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: Copenhagen ZOO
  • Collaborators: SCHØNHERR, MOE
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle
  • Project Leaders: Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Kamilla Heskje
  • Team: Maja Czesnik, Pawel Bussold, Jinseok Jang, Gökce Günbulut, Christian Lopez, Luca Senise, Høgni Laksáfoss, Sofia Sofianou, Carlos Soria, Victor Bejenaru, Claus Rytter Bruun de Neergaard, Gabrielé Ubareviciute, Eskild Schack Pedersen, Richard Howis, Tore Banke, Tobias Hjortdal, Joos Jerne, Hanne Halvorsen, Tommy Bjørnstrup, Joanna Plizga
  • Size in m22450
  • Date: 26/03/2017
  • Status: In Progress

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Franklin Mountain House in Texas by hazelbaker rush

 
April 12th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: hazelbaker rush

The Franklin Mountains extend into the north end of El Paso like a peninsula of rocky wilderness into the urban landscape of the city, rising 2500 feet above the Rio Grande river valley.  The home site is set in the foothills of the Franklins 800 feet above the city perched just above a small canyon with unobstructed views of downtown El Paso and Juarez to the south.

Image Courtesy © Casey Dunn

  • Architects: hazelbaker rush
  • Project: Franklin Mountain House
  • Location: El Paso, Texas, USA
  • Photography:  Casey Dunn,  hazelbaker rush
  • Area: 5200 sf
  • Completed: 2015

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Torre Bicentenario in Mexico City by OMA

 
April 12th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OMA 

Compared with the world’s other economically ascendant regions such as Asia and the Middle East, Latin America has a skyscraper deficit. Poised to harness the economic and symbolic potential of the Bicentennial, Mexico City will celebrate a historic moment with the emergence of a new skyscraper, the Torre Bicentenario. In an architectural age defined by the pursuit of expression at all costs, the Torre Bicentenario is building whose unique form is responsive rather than frivolous; a building whose form facilitates rather than complicates its use: the stacking of two pyramidal forms produces a building simultaneously familiar and unexpected, historic yet visionary.

Image Courtesy © OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: Torre Bicentenario
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Photography: Frans Parthesius
  • Model: Vincent de Rijk
  • Client: Grupo DANHOS
  • Partner in charge: Rem Koolhaas
  • Team: Shohei Shigematsu, Christin Svensson, Gabriela Bojalil, Noah Shepherd, Natalia Busch, Leonie Wenz, Jan Kroman, Leo Ferretto, Max Wittkopp, Jason Long, Margaret Arbanas, Jonah Gamblin, Amparo Casani, Jin Hong Jeon, Jane Mulvey, Michela Tonus, Matthew Seidel, Nobuki Ogasahara, Justin Huxol, David Jaubert, Mark Balzar, Charles Berman, James Davies, Jesse Seegers
  • Site: Northeast corner of Chapultepec Park, adjacent to the interchange of two major highways
  • Associate Architect: Laboratory of Architecture – Max Betancourt, Fernando Romero, Dolores Robles-Martinez
  • Engineers: Arup – David Scott, Chris Carroll, Ricardo Pittella, Michael Willford, Bruce McKinlay, Julian Sutherland, Alistair Guthrie, Huseyin Darama, Yuvaraj Saravanan, Betsy Price, Keith Frankllin, Matt Clarke, Renee Mackay-Lyons
  • Final concept design floor areas: BOMA gross area: 173,158.5m2; BOMA leasable area: 151,755.7m2; Mexico City leasable area: 150,528.1; BOMA usable area: 130,547.2 m2

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The Closest Church in Gyeonggi-do, Korea by Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects

 
April 11th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: IDMM Architects

Buildings of the Gimpo new town, where everything looks as new, clean and as fresh as fishes caught in a milk bottle. Well-structured roads and districts look like a checkerboard that has never been used. Through local communities, this place is where ordinary lives and sentiments have just started to settle down and will attempt to engage with different urban cultures and establish its own identity. The closest church is sitting on a corner site of Unyang-dong, Gimpo. Words like corner, edge and vertex connote the existence of more than one live or surface. The church has a facade divided by two conflicting with each other at the vertex of the site. One is a solid and fragmented concrete, proposed by considering the relationship with apartment residents, and the other is a transparent glass that open views to the vast park and also to the church’s worship services. The chapel structured like the bleachers is designed to increase the capacity of the space built on a compact site. Small rooms are positioned behind of the inclined surface of the bleachers and on the top section of it so that the church can make the best use of its space. Especially the outside stairs connecting the ground and the rooftop works as an important element defining the exterior of church, and the vivid movement of its users makes the church’s architectural statement more dynamic. The rooftop space which can host outdoor worship services is open for church communities as well as for locals. The closest church is a place of worship, a cultural venue and public architecture for the local apartment community which was being choked by commercialism. A rooftop cross can’t be found here, but here the cross is leaning on the wall and speaking with a humble voice. Big resonance stirs among listeners rather than among speakers who deliver a moving story, and the sublimity dwell in intimacy not in hierarchy. The cross descended onto the earth will cast a shadow like a shaded tree and will share a story of life with people on the street.

Image Courtesy © Kyungsub Shin

  • Architects: Heesoo Kwak and IDMM Architects
  • Project: The Closest Church
  • Location: 1300-13, Unyang-dong, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Photography: Kyungsub Shin
  • Structure: RC
  • Site area: 929.3m²
  • Building area: 464.43m²
  • Gross floor area: 2,328.67m²
  • Height: 29.9m
  • Completion: Mar. 2015

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Santo CLT Office in Shiga Prefecture, Japan by Junichi Kato & Associates

 
April 11th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Junichi Kato & Associates

It is an office building that uses CLT(Cross Laminated Timber) as a structural and finishing material. Based on the three concepts of showing the cross-section of CLT, giving a finish with CLT and using CLT in curves, I have explored ways to utilize CLT’s unique nature.

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

  • Architects: Junichi Kato & Associates
  • Project: Santo CLT Office
  • Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Kei Sugino
  • Area: 138.8sqm
  • Project Year: 2017

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Antonio Castro Leal Library in Distrito Federal, Mexico by bgp arquitectura

 
April 11th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: bgp arquitectura

The library located in two bays at the north side of the north-west patio at La Ciudadela. It was created to place the Antonio Castro Leal’s personal library, it was projected a transparent area in which the bookcases are attached on the walls to full height, these vertical elements in dark wood make the contrast with horizontal planes (floors) in light wood and translucent glass, so too the furniture in white. Despite the open space, one can distinguish four different areas: the reception, the teamwork area, personal reading area and the research area.

Image Courtesy © bgp arquitectura

Siège VEOLIA in Aubervilliers, France by DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

 
April 11th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes 

The dynamics and future urban density of the district, as well as the orientation of the site, the vastness of the sky and the proximity to the water are the prerequisites for the implementation of the project. The aim is to create a modern working environment that gives this special place a strong identity, in particular by linking architecture and landscape. The project participates in the development of this new district and dialogues with the important surrounding buildings, the shopping center and the Heaquarter of Icade which are also structured around the channel Darse.

Image Courtesy © Hertha Hurnaus

  • Architects: DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Project: Siège VEOLIA
  • Location: 30 rue Madeleine Vionnet 93300 Aubervilliers, France
  • Photography: Hertha Hurnaus
  • Client: SCI 68 Victor Hugo
  • Project team leader: Dietmar Feichtinger, Matthieu Miclot
  • Team: Alessandro Capello, Paolo Carignano, Karolina Kania, Erika Naccari, Cristina Giordani,  Giulia Borghi, Begona Camarero, Déborah Blaise, Louise Deguine, Irene Roca Moracia, Gerhard Pfeiler, Fatima Abel Couceiro, Laura Enshaie
  • Team competition: Mathieu Miclot, Claire Bodenez, Déborah Blaise, Laura Ulloa, Barbara Feichtinger-Felber, Camille Crépin, Guillaume Buton, Elisabet Lara, Gerardo Rosenzweig, Franciso Castellanos, Ricardo Lovelace, Fatima Abel Couceiro

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Roskilde Festival Folk High School in Denmark by MVRDV and COBE

 
April 11th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MVRDV 

The Danish folk high school is based on the Danish author and teacher N.F.S.Grundtvig (1872) idea of the folk high school – a school that in many ways differs from normal high schools, for example, the school has no curriculum and no exams, and both students and teachers are living at the school during a course. Further are the folk high schools often focused on creative and humanistic topics and the common life at the school. Roskilde Festival Folk High School is the first newly-established and built folk high school of its kind in Denmark in 45 years, based on the ideals of the Roskilde festival. The ideals and values are very much influenced by the volunteer engagement, the humanistic focus and creative power, that every year forms and characterise the event and the community of Roskilde festival.

The school is a first if its kind in Denmark and maintains its original industrial concrete factory shell , Image Courtesy © Christopher Malheiros Paris

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