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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.

Conversion of three pumpstations along The Skjern river in Denmark by Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter 

As a result of the restoration of the Skjern River basin in 2002, a vast and rich natural area has arisen, becoming an attractive visitor destination. A framework for the new life of the area has been provided with the rebuilding and extension of three pump stations, in the form of exhibition spaces, indoor and outdoor viewpoints to look out over the landscape, rooms for the organisation of events, and better accessibility.

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Norlander

Image Courtesy © Rasmus Norlander

  • Architects: Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter
  • Project: Conversion of three pumpstations along The Skjern river
  • Location: Skjern, Denmark
  • Photography: Rasmus Norlander
  • Client: Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune
  • Collaborators: Søren Johansen, Sebastian Skovsted, Laura Boelskifte, Phoebe Cowen
  • In collaboration with: Bertelsen & Scheving Arkitekter ApS
  • Engineer: Ingeniørgruppen Vestjylland ApS
  • Contractor: Hansen & Larsen A/S
  • Project funded by: Realdania – Stedet Tæller, and LAG-Ringkøbing-Skjern
  • North Pump Station: Langkærvej 11, 6900 Skjern
  • South-East Pump Station: Bøelvej (no house number), 6880 Tarm
  • East Pump Station: Vardevej (no house number), 6900 Skjern
  • Gross floor area: 570 m2
  • Year of construction: 2015

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Sluishuis Housing Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Located between the dense city and the vast landscapes on the edge of Amsterdam, the new Sluishuis is shaped by its complex surroundings at once close to large infrastructure and to small-scale urban settlements. The classical courtyard building is revitalized by two transformations; it fully embraces the idea of living on the water and appears different from every vantage point. Toward the water the block is lifted up, forming a large opening that brings water from the IJ Lake into the courtyard and brings daylight and views to the complex’s inner apartments. Toward the neighboring urban district the block steps down like a cascade of landscaped terraces, creating a natural transition from cityscape to smaller-scale, natural surroundings. “Having spent my formative years as an architect in Holland at the end of the 20th century, it feels like a homecoming to now get to contribute to the architecture of the city that I have loved and admired for so long. Our Sluishuis is conceived as a city block of downtown Amsterdam floating in the IJ Lake, complete with all aspects of city life. Towards the city, the courtyard building kneels down to invite visitors to climb its roof and enjoy the panoramic view of the new neighborhoods on the IJ. Toward the water, the building rises from the river, opening a gigantic gate for ships to enter and dock in the port/yard. A building inside the port, with a port inside the building.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG. A promenade with public programs winds around the building and continues into the water, forming an archipelago of islands with houseboats, a sailing school, and floating gardens. A public passage climbs the cascading terraces of the building, serving as a small rooftop street that eventually loops onto the very top of the building to create a viewing platform over the IJ Lake. The passage will not only create a destination for visitors and neighbors, but will connect the residential units to each other and create a unique three-dimensional community between the residents of the building.   “The world famous urban environment of Amsterdam was created by the fusion of water and city. The new Sluishuis is born of the same DNA, merging water and perimeter block and expanding the possibilities for urban lifeforms around the IJ.” Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner, BIG. The silhouette of Sluishuis will change as one moves around the building. At one vantage point it appears as the bow of a ship that reflects the water below; at another a vertical green community that invites visitors to engage directly with it; and finally as a true urban block with street access and city liveliness that is to be enjoyed by residents, neighbors, and the rest of Amsterdam.

Image Courtesy © BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

Image Courtesy © BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

  • Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Project: Sluishuis Housing Development
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Client: VORM / BESIX
  • Collaborators: BARCODE Architects, BOSCH SLABBERS, ABT, VAN ROSSUM, BURO BOUWFYSICA, KLIMAATGARANT, BIG Ideas
  • Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
  • Design Lead: Dimitrie Grigorescu
  • Project Manager: Birgitte Villadsen
  • Team: Justyna Mydlak, Nina Vuga, Santtu Johannes Hyvärinen, Jonas Aarsø Larsen, Kirsty Badenoch, Vinish Sethi, Yannick Macken, Ulla Hornsyld, Brage Mæhle Hult, Sebastian Liszka, Sabine Kokina, Jakob Lange, Tore Banke, Kristoffer Negendahl, Manon Otto, Carolien Schippers
  • Project type: Competition
  • Size in m2: 46.000
  • Date: 28/11/2016
  • Status: In Progress

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BSU Hamburg in Germany by Sauerbruch Hutton architects

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NBK Keramik GmbH

The second largest city in Germany is often referred to as the “gateway to the world”. The Free and Hanseatic City has the largest and most important commercial port in the country and acts as a transport hub for ships from all over the world. Important sea routes to the North and East open out from Hamburg, and major import and export companies, forwarding and shipping companies are based here.

The city on the river Elbe with its green areas and bodies of water, its architecturally impressive cityscape and its Hanseatic flair is also one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. A lively art and cultural scene, shopping and entertainment districts and not least the lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere explain its appeal. And Hamburg is growing – for years its population has been on the rise, and the forecasts suggest a further increase, which needs to be reflected in the city’s building and transport infrastructure.

Image Courtesy © Sauerbruch Hutton architects

Image Courtesy © Sauerbruch Hutton architects

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Pabellón de Cuatro Usos in Los Vilos, Chile by FELIPE ASSADI ARQUITECTOS

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FELIPE ASSADI ARQUITECTOS

The commission was for a pavilion bordering a tennis court that could handle four programs in the following order: sauna, gymnasium, baths, and lodgings for a caretaker. The two central programs were to be related to the ten- nis court, but not the lateral ones. At the same time, the three sports-related programs were to be interconnected, whereas the lodgings were to be isolated from the rest.

Image Courtesy © FERNANDO ALDA

Image Courtesy © FERNANDO ALDA

  • Architects: FELIPE ASSADI ARQUITECTOS
  • Project: Pabellón de Cuatro Usos
  • Location: Los Vilos, Chile
  • Photography: FERNANDO ALDA

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House with Villa Silhouette in Lyttleton, New Zealand by Irving Smith Architects

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Irving Smith Architects

House with Villa Silhouette

A house after the Christchurch quakes. One creative home comes down, another goes up, the new silhouetting the old, reminding, resettling, providing lineage.

Where the former villa sat square and inward, the new layers out across the southern view, shaping to the silhouette for light, and framing a greater appreciation of the everyday.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

  • Architects: Irving Smith Architects
  • Project: House with Villa Silhouette
  • Location: Lyttleton, New Zealand
  • Photography: Patrick Reynolds
  • Lead Architects:  Jeremy Smith
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 182m2
  • Completion Year: 2015

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Tara Theatre in London, England by Aedas Arts Team

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Aedas

Recently reopened, Tara Theatre in London, UK, is the new state-of-the-art home for the acclaimed Tara Arts, the oldest multicultural theatre company in the UK. Designed by Aedas Arts Team, it has won the ‘Project Design of the Year’ award at this year’s London Construction Awards. The new incarnation of Tara Theatre fuses the global and the local, creating an inspirational space for the country’s first cross-cultural theatre to create art from the dialogue between East and West.

Image Courtesy © Philip Vile

Image Courtesy © Philip Vile

  • Architects: Aedas Arts Team
  • Project: Tara Theatre
  • Location: London, England
  • Photography: Philip Vile and Hélène Binet

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery in London, UK by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

It is a wonderful coincidence that we started work designing the Science Museum’s Mathematics Gallery in the bicentennial year of the birth of Ada Lovelace, a pioneering woman in the history of computers and of ‘poetic science’. Her inspirational influence on our approach to the design of the project, from inception to completion, cannot be overstated. Just as her Notes unravelled the abstract world of the analytical engine and its logic to generations beyond, we hope the design of the Mathematics Gallery complements the curatorial ambitions to inspire and engage further generations with the instinctive and physical aspects of mathematics. Collections like those housed within the Science Museum in London are instrumental in allowing the human mind to explore the many dimensions of innovation. The new group of objects on display in the Gallery is meticulously curated to narrate seemingly everyday moments in innovation driven by mathematics.

Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

Image Courtesy © Luke Hayes

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
  • Location: London, UK
  • Photography: Luke Hayes
  • Project Team:
    • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
    • ZHA Director: Charles Walker
    • ZHA Project senior associate: Bidisha Sinha
    • ZHA Project associate: Shajay Bhooshan
    • ZHA Project team: Vishu Bhooshan, Henry Louth, David Reeves, Nhan Vo, Mattia Santi, Sai Prateik Bhasgi, Karthikeyan Arunachalam, Tommaso Casucci, Marko Margeta , Filippo Nassetti, Mostafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra, Ming Cheong, Carlos Parraga-Botero, Ilya Pereyaslavtsev, Ramon Weber
  • Consultants:
    • Structure: Arup
    • MEP: Arup
    • Lighting: Arup Lighting
    • Project Manager: Lendlease
    • CDM: Gardiner & Theobald
    • Cost consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Construction Team:
    • Main contractor: Paragon
  • Floor area: 913m²
  • Design competition win announced: 10 September 2014
  • Gallery opens to the public: 8 December 2016

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Amsterdam Children’s Playschool in Netherlands by Tiago do Vale Architects

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Tiago do Vale Architects

Amsterdam is, today, a major european city consolidated on an important architectural tradition. A strong sense of identity and belonging is very characteristic of both the city and the country -defined by its permanent fight between the sea and the territory conquered to it- and that reflects on a generalized concern over the quality of public spaces and their collective enjoyment.

Hence, the Amsterdam Children’s Playschool starting point was the idea of having a children daycare center as a device to qualify an abandoned public space.

Designed over an abandoned dock, this proposal combines classrooms with exterior patios, with different uses and diverse degrees of privacy (some more public functioning as plazas, others semi-private with flexible uses, others totally private for the exclusive use of the daycare center).

Image Courtesy © Tiago do Vale Architects

Image Courtesy © Tiago do Vale Architects

  • Architects: Tiago do Vale Architects (Tiago do Vale)
  • Project: Amsterdam Children’s Playschool
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Project Team: Tiago do Vale, Kamila Legat
  • Competition: Amsterdam Children’s Playschool Competition
  • Organization: Archmedium
  • Construction Area: 1350 m2
  • Project Year: 2016

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Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York by Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP

The Won Dharma Center, USA, is a 28,000 square foot recreational and spiritual retreat in Claverack, New York for the Won Buddhists, a Korean organization that emphasizes balance in one’s daily life and relationship to nature. The center is located within a 500-acre property on a gently sloping hill with views west to the Hudson River valley and the Catskill Mountains. The buildings for the Center, including permanent and guest residences, an administration building and a meditation hall, are sited as far as possible from the highway and are oriented toward the west and south to maximize views and light. The symbol of this organization is an open circle, suggesting both a void without absence and infinite return. The buildings are organized around these dual concepts of void and spiral.

Image Courtesy © Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP

Image Courtesy © Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP

  • Architects: Hanrahan Meyers Architects LLP
  • Project: Won Dharma Center
  • Location: Claverack, New York, USA
  • Software used: Autocad, Adobe Photoshop
  • Client: Won Buddhism of America, Inc.
  • Size: 48,000 s.f.
  • Date: 2012

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Addirriyah Contemporary Art Center in Saudi Arabia by Schiattarella Associati

 
January 5th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Schiattarella Associati

The Rome-based architectural office Schiattarella Associati was awarded twice: “Concept Winner” at this year’s ICONIC AWARDS and Honorable Mention at the AAP 2016 for the Addiriyah Contemporary Art Center project in Saudi Arabia.

The ICONIC AWARDS, a design competition under the aegis of the German Design Council, are held annually to recognize outstanding architectural projects and design products. Amongst media partners in 2016 competition, Atrium, Dezeen, World-architets.com.

Image Courtesy © Schiattarella Associati

Image Courtesy © Schiattarella Associati

  • Architects: Schiattarella Associati
  • Project: Addirriyah Contemporary Art Center
  • Location: Addirriyah, Saudi Arabia
  • Software used: Autodesk Revit, Autocad and Rhino
  • Client: Arriyadh Development Authority
  • Year: 2015-2016

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