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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.

Mozia Museum in Sicily, Italy by Arnaboldi & Partners

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arnaboldi & Partners

Since the end of the 18th century, when the Greek colonization of Sicily forced the Phoenicians to retreat to Motya, Soluntum, and Palermo, the ancient Phoenician city of Motya lies on the San Pantaleo Island, in the lagoon of Marsala in Sicily.

In 397 B.C., Dionysus of Syracuse knocked Motya down after a long siege and the survivors found a shelter on the mainland, establishing the Punic city of Lilibeo. This settlement, today known as the city of Marsala, quickly gained in importance and overshadowed the ancient city of Motya, which the Carthaginians will conquer back soon after. The archeological excavations in Motya brought back an astonishing male sculpture, considered an original Greek artwork of the 5th century B.C., and the urban design of the settlement, of the city walls, and of numerous buildings. Above all, the most significant archeological discovery is the unveiling of a unique Phoenix-Punic warship, sunk at a battle during the First Punic War between the Romans and the Carthaginians in 241 B.C.

Image Courtesy © Arnaboldi & Partners

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Špejle Restaurant in Prague, Czech Republic by COLL COLL

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: COLL COLL

Merging the Czech “chlebíček” and the traditional Basque pintxos, new and proud food-spot was created on the emerging Prague’s food scene. The restaurant offers a quick lunch for the busy day, as well as fine dining experience paired with assorted cocktails for the later eve.

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

  • Architects: COLL COLL
  • Project: Špejle Restaurant in Prague
  • Location: Špejle, Prague, Czech
  • Photography: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
  • Collaboraters:
  • Area: 280m2
  • Project year: 2015-2016
  • Completion Year: 10 / 2016

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Philips Lighting Headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands by LAVA

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LAVA

Golden light shines through a canopy of leaves to create a unique gathering space in the atrium of the new Philips Lighting headquarters in Eindhoven.

Intelligent lights in the parametric designed ‘tree’ generate different scenarios, boosting communication, interchange and wellbeing for staff and visitors.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Andrew

  • Architects: LAVA
  • Project: Philips Lighting Headquarters
  • Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Photography: Jonathan Andrew
  • Design Team: Marvin Bratke, Mircea Mogan, Barbora Srpkova, Miroslav Strigac, Diana Schlebe, Rashmi Katkar, Roxelane Güllmeister, Paolo Alborghetti, Ruis Dervishi, Aida Ramirez, Julian Wengzinek, Benjamin Hitscherich, Simone Tchonova, Erik Didar, Jeroen van Lith, David Stieler
  • PARTNERS:
    • Design development: INBO, JHK
    • Lighting consultant: Beersnielsen, LiAS
    • Construction: Heijmans

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Rural Church / Community hall in Mijinji Distric, Malawi by Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

The community of Chimphamba have been gathering for years in a church building that was near to collapse. The community has also outgrown the dilapidated building.

As part of Youth of Malawi’s involvement in the village in Chimphamba they discussed the possibility of erecting a new space for community gatherings. These types of public buildings are extremely important in rural communities, as they must facilitate regular community gatherings to discus important matters such as food security, community challenges etc. Along with the chiefs of the village, Youth of Malawi asked A4AC to design and manage the build of a new church / community hall.

Image Courtesy © Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

  • Architects: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd
  • Project: Rural Church / Community hall
  • Location: Chimphamba village, Mijinji Distric, Malawi
  • Lead architect: Dirk Coetser
  • Client: Youth of Malawi
  • Consultants: Engineer: Ashley Fransman
  • Budget: 35 000 USD
  • Built Area (m2 or sqft), Internal area: 145sqm
  • Completion Year: Early 2017

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Apple Dubai Mall in UAE by Foster + Partners

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Foster + Partners 

Apple Dubai Mall is reinventing the traditional introverted idea of mall-based retail as a more outward looking experience that engages with the spectacle of urban life. Its design is a highly innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates, while also demonstrating Apple’s pioneering ambition to create inspirational civic spaces for all.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Apple Dubai Mall
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Photography: Nigel Young

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CASA LAPA in Lima, Perú by MARTIN DULANTO

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MARTIN DULANTO

The Project´s basic idea was to have minimum impact in the natural setting. Having this in mind we planed the house to be felt smaller tan what it really is. In proportion it is 15% smaller tan the average existing projects in the club prioritizing the relation between the architecture and its natural setting.

Image Courtesy © Juan Solano

  • Architects: MARTIN DULANTO
  • Project: CASA LAPA
  • Location: Pucusana. Lima –  Perú
  • Photography: Juan Solano
  • Project Managers: Miguel Gutierrez y Raúl Montesinos
  • Contributors: Emilio Jordan Fernandez, Dora Gonzales, Luz Vega, Luciana Escobar
  • Structures: Ing. Jorge Avendaño.
  • Land Area: 505m2
  • Covered Area: 313.6 m2
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Software used: AutoCad and Sketchup

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CID Center in Badajoz, Spain by NGNP arquitectos

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NGNP arquitectos

The plot is located in the urban edge of the small town of Calamonte, on a land platform that visually dominates the surrounding farmland. From this location, which gives it a special value in the city-field-landscape relationship, leave the main formal and conceptual decisions that inspire the project. Furthermore, the presence of the building far from the road access routes, also causes the building necessarily respond to them. Therefore, the roof emerges as the fundamental element of the design. Seen from afar, the building completes its compact presence thanks to it, dialoguing with the landscape of hills surrounding the place. Close-up view, the roof provides greater height spaces that require it, such as the assembly hall, likewise providing dynamism and special character to interior environment. The compactness of the volume required an abstract formalization. The building is implanted in the plot adapting to its longitudinal form. The generator concept of the plant is the opening of a crack-patio in its central axis, which runs through its entire length, becoming the main space of the project. In the north façade, this crack configures the public access between volumes, and after passing the vestibule, continues characterized as a more introspective space. The required program, consisting of administrative uses of support to entrepreneurs, is organized with the highest programmatic rationality and economy of circulation, guaranteeing the required flexibility. Uses are grouped into three clearly differentiated units: the business incubator, support offices and meeting rooms, arranged around the central lobby, center of gravity of the building that facilitates the quick orientation of the visitor. This zoning of the small building solves the problem of the compatibility of use in function of the different schedules that each zone has. Thus, an entrepreneur can have night access to his office without having to open the entire building, which makes it much safer to use.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

  • Architects: NGNP arquitectos
  • Project: CID Center
  • Location: Badajoz, Spain
  • Photography: Jesús Granada
  • Software used: CAD
  • Other Participants: Antonio Vallejo (arquitecto técnico, presupuesto y control de ejecución de obra), Estanislao Fernández (instalaciones), María Luisa Lorenzo (estructura)
  • Constructed area: (m2) 789 m2
  • Year: 2015

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Connectree in Tbilisi, Georgia by Stipfold

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Stipfold

The house splits the outdoor space in two and stretches between fences that face each other. Double entrance, one of which leads to a garage, cuts through the side fence and is separated by a wall keeping a parking spot out of sight.

Image Courtesy © Stipfold

  • Architects: Stipfold
  • Project: Connectree
  • Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Center for the National Property Heritage in Mexico by Victor Marquez Arquitectos VMA

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Victor Marquez Arquitectos VMA

The old colonial neighborhood of Coyoacan comprises some of the more notable cultural institutions of Mexico and the new national Center for Patrimonial Heritage is added to the list. The center´s main concept spins around the need to turn a private complex into a public space; thus, the programmatic idea of breaking the parts in order to organize them in smaller low-rise buildings that could eventually display certain design personality and preserve the existent trees and vegetation, made sense. Therefore the center will be displayed in four different buildings: the museum and workshops, the preservation and office building, the auditorium, and the café / library structure. Once we secured the existent trees and plants, we proceeded to establish the project zoning and arrangement. Within the concept of dispersion, we decided to hinge and organize buildings around the open spaces. Therefore, we aimed that visitors would navigate through a number of interlocked gardens, plazas, paths, patios, etc. that will eventually unfold and reveal a number of architectural elements and gestures. From the overall aesthetic composition, some buildings have been thought as solid and massive creating a deliberate contrast to others that are conceived as translucent or transparent. Decisions made in this sense respond mostly to dealing with finding the right balance between energy savings, aesthetics and human activity.

Image Courtesy © Victor Marquez Arquitectos VMA

Banorte Financial Group in Tlalpan, Mexico City by BROISSIN

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BROISSIN 

This privately owned corporate, building is stage III of the modernization of “Grupo Financiero Banorte’s” facilities, with a capacity for 1,446 cars in direct response to an aggressive automotive financing program of the group for the employees, at a rate of 8 cars per 10 employees, giving a total of 44,700 m2 contained within 3 basements and 4 floors in the superstructure. Due to the structure’s height, the glazed volume contains positions for 1,143 people on two floors of 6,000 m2 each, a surface that required a strong solution to obtain natural lighting near each user. We then decided to have four inner courtyards open to the interior of the offices, which in addition to mitigating the light problem well, also physically ordering and sectioning departments by optimizing each plant functionally.

VIEW FROM THE STREET TO SOUTHEAST FACADE, Image Courtesy © Alexandre d’ La Roche

  • Architects: BROISSIN
  • Project: Banorte Financial Group
  • Location: Tlalpan, Mexico City / Tlalpan, Ciudad de México
  • Photography: Alexandre d’ La Roche
  • Partner in Charge: M.Arch. Gerardo Broissin
  • Project leader: Arq. David Suarez
  • Design Team: M.Arch. Gerardo Broissin, Arq. David Suarez, Arq. Bruno Roche, Arq. Luis Barrera
  • Colaborators: Arq. Rosario Mestre, Arq. Alejadro Rocha, Arq. Augusto Mirada, Arq. Mario Uriarte, Arq. José Luis Durán, Arq. Laura Ortiz, Arq. Alfonso Vargas
  • Electrical Engineering: IESSA
  • HVAC: Triple i

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