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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.

The Radius Pavilion by michael jantzen

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: michael jantzen

The Radius Pavilion is an experimental design for a special place in which to experience the beauty of structural complexity, through the creation of a structure made from a few basic components that are repeated over and over again, and assembled in unpredictable ways. The painted wood structure consists of a series of arch shaped components all of which have two different widths, and all have the same radius. Some are made from a half of the circle, some one-quarter, and some one eighth. All are clad with a series of slats that bind the three arch support frames together into a structurally sound building component. These components can be assembled together end to end in many different ways in order to create many different size and shaped pavilions. Stairs that lead up into the interior of the spaces are added so that visitors can climb into and experience directly, the dynamics of the three-dimensional complexity.

Image Courtesy © jantzen studio

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A Former Grain Silo in Chicago, Illinois by JGMA

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: JGMA 

JGMA focuses on generating energy from food waste by reviving silos and invigorating a community. Food is at the center of our daily lives: fueling human bodies, supporting a natural energy cycle, and is one of the most significant reflections of human culture. Despite this, food is continually wasted, in the City of Chicago as at rate of 55 million pounds per month according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Anaerobic Digesters can capture this food waste and generate usable energy in the form of methane gas, which could be the cleaner substitution of energy production within the city. Chicago’s Damen Grain Silo site in Pilsen, a site that once boasted massive grain production in the city has remained unoccupied along the south branch of Chicago’s river. Using the once stratifying infrastructural elements such as a vehicular bridge, the river, and aged vacant grain elevators, a new architecture emerges to suture disparate communities and ultimately connect neighbors to exciting new jobs, educational facilities, and recreational amenities. This area will mark the future of a new model for community-centric infrastructure, focused around bio-digesters, boasting a new international public market, restaurants, public parkland, wholesale food distribution, educational facilities, and a museum dedicated to a century of energy in Chicago.

Image Courtesy © JGMA

  • Architects: JGMA
  • Project: A Former Grain Silo
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Ruyton Girls School – Margaret McRae Centre in Melbourne, Australia by Woods Bagot

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Woods Bagot

With a focus on collaboration and individuality, the building provides students with technology-rich, interactive spaces. These include a mix of formal and informal learning spaces – a dedicated base for year 7 and 8 girls, science, drama and event facilities. The spaces are based on the concepts of transparency, mobility, adaptability and student-centeredness. The rooms have mobile furniture, allowing for maximum flexibility and an emphasis on collaboration. Internal glazing creates transparency between classrooms and the break-out space, doubling as an informal space for small group activities. The form and materiality is inspired by the medieval buildings of the Ruyton XI towns of which the school is named. The building is clad in stone pavers, which have been adapted for use as a rain-screen cladding system. This maintains the solidity of the surrounding brick buildings, while providing contrast in terms of scale, colour, vertical orientation, and sculptural form.

Image Courtesy © Woods Bagot

  • Architects: Woods Bagot
  • Project: Ruyton Girls School – Margaret McRae Centre
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Building levels: 4
  • Project size: 3000 m2
  • Completion date: 2015

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VMware Campus in Palo Alto, California by Form4 Architecture

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Form4 Architecture

Design

The asymmetrical balance between nature and architecture is the supporting idea for Form4 Architecture’s design of VMware Campus, set in Palo Alto, CA, housing the cloud infrastructure and business mobility company’s headquarters. Encompassing 11 buildings and three parking structures for a total of more than 1.8 million square feet, the campus was designed to reject the confines of traditional office buildings, and capitalize on the serene setting in which it was built as a reflection of the company’s values. The architecture and design scheme take on its forms by revisiting the basic principles of urban design with a 21st-century twist. The project’s architecture of presence is discreet, but not timid. It sets a mechanism that allows for the flexibility of future growth, yet is fully realized in its architectural aspiration.

Image Courtesy © John Sutton

  • Architects: Form4 Architecture
  • Project: VMware Campus
  • Location: Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Photography: John Sutton
  • Design Principal: John Marx, AIA
  • Principal-in-Charge: Robert Giannini
  • Principal/Project Manager: James Tefend, AIA
  • Developer: Hines
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders
  • Landscape Architect: PWP Landscape Architecture; Studio 5

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Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre by DP Architects

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DP Architects

The Singapore Chinese Culture Centre (SCCC) is a new civic and community institution, spearheaded by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clans Association (SFCCA), for the promotion of traditional and contemporary Chinese arts and culture locally. The SCCC will house an array of civic and cultural facilities such as interactive exhibition spaces, visual art gallery, a multi-purpose hall, recital room, reading room, practice and rehearsal room and a 530-seat auditorium. Other functions within the centre include office spaces for SCCC, Business China, clans, agencies, 270 number of carpark lots, and some F&B components. Set in the bustling CBD along Shenton Way, with the Marina Bay skyline as a backdrop, SCCC will be located on a site adjacent to Singapore Conference Hall (SCH), a landmark gazetted as a national monument in 2010 and home to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Seen as a cultural hub for the Chinese community, both buildings will form a unique synergy through their programmes. Contextually sensitive, the SCCC’s design complements the architecturally striking SCH, with its coherence and clarity of programme, planning and articulation.

Evening view of SCCC Modern and contemporary with its coherence and clarity of programme, planning and articulation., Image Courtesy © DP Architects

  • Architects: DP Architects
  • Project: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
  • Location: Singapore
  • Project Team Members:

    • Project Director: Lesley Lim, (Paul Appasamy, Pinson LimAngela,  NgWang Ying, Varit Charoenveingvechkit, Terence Tang, Dwi Hadi Susanto, Justin Cruz, Joey Chua, Tham Ai Ling, Claudia Seah)
  • Area: 15,100sqm
  • Year of Completion: 2016

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Public Square and Passenger Facilities Renovation of Guangzhou East Railway Station in Shenzhen, China by Architectural design and Research Institute of SCUT

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architectural design and Research Institute of SCUT

Back Ground Story

Located at the north end of the central axis, Guangzhou East Railway Station is one of the biggest railway terminals in China. The old station building, constructed in the Mid 90’s, was suffered from poor organizations of circulations, light and ventilation. Before renovation, numerous people and vehicles flows had to squeeze under a dark concrete panel to enter the station. Above the panel however, there was an abandoned platform, giant in scale, empty with people, without the quality of a public space it supposed to have.

Image Courtesy © Liky Lam

  • Architects: Architectural design and Research Institute of SCUT
  • Project: Public Square and Passenger Facilities Renovation of Guangzhou East Railway Station
  • Location: 510610/No. 1 East Tianhe District Road, Guangzhou, China
  • Photography: Liky Lam
  • Client: Guangzhou Railway (Group) Co., Ltd, Guangzhou Urban Construction Investment Group Co., Ltd.
  • Principle architects: Fang Deng, Sheng Xia, Yimin Sun
  • Structural Engineer: Xiaodan Fang, Wenjun Lei
  • MEP Consultant: Fei Gao, Plumbing: Cailing Guan, Shuangqun Ma
  • Lighting consultant: Shenzhen NVC Co. Ltd.
  • Quantity surveyor: Huazhong Zhou

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Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment in Taiwan by Aedas

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Aedas

Designed by Andy Wen, Global Board Director of Aedas, the redevelopment of Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus broke ground today (8 June 2017). Located on the beautiful Yangmingshan in northern Taipei and adjacent to the famous Taipei Hwa Kang Arts School, the new campus for the international school will be a contemporary, vibrant campus that roots in traditional Taiwanese cultural and meets modern day demands for teaching and learning. The project was recently named the 5-star Best Public Service Architecture in Taiwan at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2017 and will represent Asia Pacific to compete against other regional winners for the ultimate World’s Best at the year-end International Property Awards 2017.

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment Project, Image Courtesy © Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Project: Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Client: Taipei European School Foundation
  • Director: Andy Wen
  • Gross Floor Area: 19,361 sq m
  • Completion Year: 2021

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Hästholmssundet in Stockholm, Sweden by Kjellander Sjöberg

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kjellander Sjöberg

Gräddviken together with Hästholmssundet form the sixth phase in the urban development project Kvarnholmen in the Nacka municipality. The area has a great potential to become an attractive urban environment. The strongest qualities of the place are its waterfront location by Svindersviken, the dramatic topography towards the south, and the Stockholm inlet, which offers great vistas and good light conditions. The main objective of the plan is to develop a vibrant and varied district, where the existing qualities of the site are embraced and new pathways, destination points, and programs are established, benefitting urban life.

Image Courtesy © Kjellander Sjöberg

  • Architects: Kjellander Sjöberg
  • Project: Hästholmssundet
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Client: KUAB Kvarholmen utveckling AB
  • Collaborator: Urbio
  • Partner in charge: Ola Kjellander
  • Team: Stefan Sjöberg, Fredrik Pettersson, Sylvia Neiglick, Charlotte Fredriksson, Bart Claasen, Pontus Nilsson
  • Size: 120 000 sq m, 900-1200 housing units
  • Year: 2014

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Changchun Northeast Asian Cultural & Art Complex in Jilin Province, China by The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology 

Back Ground Information

Northeast Asian Culture and Art Museum Complex, with the land used for its construction in Changchun Airport Economic Development Zone, close to Longjia International Airport, is Jilin Province’s important window towards the world. The base is located on the south bank of Longze Lake, facing the Conference and Exhibition Center, the Conference Center and the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on the north bank. The completion of this project has a catalytic role in the formation of Northeast Asian political, economic, financial, commercial and trade and cultural “CBD” around Longze Lake. The design of the project is based on the image requirement that Northeast Asian Culture and Art Museum Complex should be constructed from an international prospective, the regional characteristics of Changchun Airport and the functional properties of the cultural cluster, with the “Snowfield Flagship and Culture Carrier” design concept put forward, the museum complex positioned as an international modern culture pilot cluster featuring multinational fusion.

Image Courtesy © The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology

  • Architects: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Project: Changchun Northeast Asian Cultural & Art Complex
  • Location: South Longze Lake, Airport Economic Development Zone, Changchun, Jilin Province, China
  • Principle architect: Mei Hongyuan
  • Scale: Approximate 290,000m²
  • Total land area: 378500m²
  • Total construction area: 295270m²
  • Volume rate: 0.68
  • Greening rate: 35.2%
  • Design period: 2017.01-2017.02

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Plastic surgery practice in Rhodes, Greece by dARCHstudio

 
June 30th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: dARCHstudio 

Since September 2015, the plastic surgery practice is located on the first floor of a class listed building, dating back to 1912, in the centre of Rhodes. Aiming to preserve and emphasize the new from within the old, the interior space was renovated with subtlety to be transformed into a contemporary, functional medical practice with all the necessary equipment but without losing its charm Italian-architecture characteristics. The practice is bisected by a wide airy corridor that houses the reception and lounge area, and ends in a sunny balcony at one end. From it branch the entrance, two offices, an operating room, a kitchen and a bathroom. The white color of the walls radiates a sense of cleanliness and sterility while simultaneously it stands in contrast to the colorful variety and the geometric patterns of the old floor tiles. A smooth and uniform cement mortar layer fills the voids of the floor, where the tiles are missing. All the furniture and the lighting, except for the office desks and chairs, is custom-made by the studio. The design of the furniture is inspired by the human anatomy, as well as by the important (for both architecture and plastic surgery) meaning of “section-incision”.

Image Courtesy © Evangelos Hatzikelis

  • Architects: dARCHstudio
  • Project: Plastic surgery practice
  • Location: 44 Ionos Dragoumi str, Rhodes, Greece
  • Photography: Evangelos Hatzikelis
  • Client: Vassilios Papageorgiou
  • Design: Elina Drossou
  • Project Magement: Elina Drossou
  • Program: 100 sqm, medical practice
  • Date Of Completion: September 2015
  • Status: Completed

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