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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.

Aura in Erbil, Iraq by SOMA architects

 
July 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SOMA architects

Aura, the new city center for Erbil, creates an iconic skyline in vein with that of major metropolitan areas. The design uses the diagram of an equalizer to achieve an iconic skyline, and ultimate flexibility of program and area distribution. The buildings form two wings which embrace the parkland in between, allowing for not only for a dynamic landscape within the park, but also maximizing the natural light and ventilation into the park and underground retail center. The landscape within this park is designed using a series of interchangeable modules which act as pools, tree planters, pavilions, and grass panels. These intensive operations resulted in a matrix that not only directed the physical implementation of each wing, guided the carve-out of their massing, but also laid out their interior partitioning and their exterior landscaping. The consequence of this unique system of modular variation across all levels and all scales results in perfect alignments between interior and exterior spaces. In summary, this unifying system, or matrix, successfully unites landscaping, architectural and interior design in one operation.

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

  • Architects: SOMA architects
  • Project: Aura
  • Location: Erbil, Iraq
  • Principal: Michel Abboud
  • Partner: Leo Sguera
  • Lead Designers: Steven Townsend, Fady Stefan
  • Key Staff: Wissam Salameh, Kamil Czarnecki, Adel Dagher, Therese Makhlouf, Aline Raad, Carla Saad, Yong Ju Lee, Nader El Khoury, Marwan Saliba, Sam Nassar, Fadi Castronovo, Mira Naji
  • Gross Floor Area: 200,000 Square Meters
  • Setting: Urban
  • Status: In Construction

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Quartier Grillweg in Graz, Austria by Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

 
July 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH 

Zechner & Zechner win the competition for the “Quartier Grillweg in Graz”

At Graz’s Western access road, where remains of the former “Euroshopping” currently stand, a “green courtyard“ with about 400 flats and appropriate infrastructure is to be erected. Out of 82 admitted projects the architectural firm Zechner & Zechner won the two-stage competition.

Image Courtesy © Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

Image Courtesy © Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH

  • Architects: Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH 
  • Project: Quartier Grillweg in Graz
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Landscape architecture: 3:0 Landschaftsarchitektur, Vienna
  • Client: Immovate, Graz
  • Site: 38.000 m2
  • Gross floor area  (above ground): ca. 41.000 m2
  • Apartments: ca. 400 units
  • Competition: 2015
  • Construction phase: planned starting in 2016

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Social Housing Estate Venning in Kortrijk, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

 
July 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

The social housing company Goedkope Woning at Kortrij k initiated a comprehensive upgrade of its outdated assets in 2008. It intentionally put the emphasis on healthier homes, rational and more efficient use of space, lower energy consumption and low maintenance costs. At the same time, it also aims fundamentally to reorient the liveability of the neighbourhoods, to integrate into the existing social setting to the greatest possible extent.

Image Courtesy © Gerald Van Rafelghem

Image Courtesy © Gerald Van Rafelghem

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: Social Housing Estate Venning
  • Location: Spinnerijkaai, Tapijtweverstraat, Tekenaarslaan, Damastweverstraat in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Photography: Gerald Van Rafelghem
  • Team: Urban planner: Arch. Herman Jult [project director], Arch. Dieter Haemers [design architect], Ir. arch. Nancy Latruwe [project architect], Urban planner-arch. Bart Dewilde [urban planning] – Landscapes, architect Marjolein Eggermont [landscape architecture], Int.arch. Bart Decloedt [interior architect], Antoon Vancommernolle [structural conception], Frederik Carrein [structural work]
  • Client: Goedkope Woning cvba
  • Masterplanning: evr-Architecten
  • Description:

The new Museo Novecento in Florence, Italy by Avatar Architettura

 
July 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Avatar Architettura

The new Museum of the Twentieth Century (Museo Novecento), dedicated to Italian art of the twentieth century, is housed in the old Hospital of San Paolo in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. Avatar Architettura was responsible for the museographic and exhibition design of the Museo Novecento. The project defines the museum setting as a suspended space. Visitors come upon it through lively devices for spatial meditation which, placed at the start of the exhibition path, on the first floor of the cloister, introduce them to contemporary experiences and artistic research. While the entrance is characterized by a clearly recognizable architectural solution, Avatar Architettura created the rest of the path as a sort of “suspended space.” More neutral, but physically present and material, the setup of the rooms starts with the metallic floor and continues in the panels that emerge from the walls in some of the rooms.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

  • Architects: Avatar Architettura
  • Project: The new Museo Novecento
  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Photography: Pietro Savorelli

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“House in Tsudanuma” in Narashino, JAPAN by Shigeru Fuse

 
July 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Shigeru Fuse

The house is for a married couple in their forties, located in the city of Narashino. It is situated on the edge of a residential neighborhood and a commercial district that stretches form the station, with large-scale stores nearby. The house faces an eight meter wide street classified as an urban roadway, with busy traffic due to its proximity to the train station. The client wished for a concrete house, where all spaces are stringed together in sequence, while also maintaining the privacy and freedom of a spacious living space.

Image Courtesy © Shigeru Fuse

Image Courtesy © Shigeru Fuse

  • Architects: Shigeru Fuse
  • Project: House in Tsudanuma
  • Location: Narashino, JAPAN
  • Structural Engineers: YsutakaKonishi
  • Design Team: fuse-atelier + Musashino Art University (fuse-studio)
  • Site area: 133.27m2
  • Building area: 63.83 m2
  • Gross internal floor area: 153.41 m2
  • Floor: 3-Storey
  • Completion of work: 2014

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GRÜN SPORTS COMPLEX in Buenos Aires, Argentina by A3 LUPPI UGALDE WINTER

 
June 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: A3 LUPPI UGALDE WINTER

CONCEPTS

The Grün sports complex is organized in an area of 14 hectares.

From access it offers a journey through the existing trees, walking along the recycling of existing building changing rooms, reaches volumes of new buildings in the complex; bar and meeting room.

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral

  • Architects: A3 LUPPI UGALDE WINTER , Javier Augusto, Andrea Silvina
  • Project: GRÜN SPORTS COMPLEX
  • Location: Padre Canevari y Miguel Sanchez, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Photography: Alejandro Peral
  • Developer: ELEPE – Diego Levi / Hernan Pelavski arquitectura
  • Colaborators: Zylberman, Gonzalo, Aguiler, Agostina
  • Area: 14.000 m2
  • Project: 2013
  • Construction: 2014

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Pfarré lighting design studio in Munich, Germany

 
June 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pfarré lighting design studio

Project

The former store for antique luminaires im Munich‘s Alt-Schwabing district provided an ideal L-shaped ground plan for the workplaces and other areas of the new studio. All main technical features, such as print/copy, large-format printer, coffee, server, etc. are hidden behind a new space divider, which also houses the product library, and consumable supplies. With this divider, a generous space between divider and the shop windows has been created for meetings and presentations. Thanks to the digitalization of the working process and archives, the size of the studio remained the same as before. However, 5 desks have been reduced in size. A 8 m long shelve unit provides space to work and store, below a pinboard with the same length. At the former studio site out of town PLD is still equipped with a lavish archive and further space for testing, mock-ups, and models.

Image Courtesy © Frank Koschembar

Image Courtesy © Frank Koschembar

  • Architects: Pfarré lighting design studio
  • Project: Pfarré lighting design studio
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Photography: Frank Koschembar
  • Software used: Vectorworks and Photoshop
  • Lighting watts per sqm: 4,3
  • Size: 67 qm / sqm
  • Date of completion: May 2015

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Las Nieves Technical Vocational School in Santiago, Chile by WRL Arquitectos

 
June 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: WRL Arquitectos

From the architect. The project corresponds to the reconstruction of a heritage building.

It is part of the educational infrastructure from Protectora de la Infancia in the town of Puente Alto, Santiago, that welcomes vulnerable minors in extreme poverty.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

  • Architects: WRL Arquitectos
  • Project: Las Nieves Technical Vocational School
  • Location: Avenida Concha Y Toro 2188, Puente Alto, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Photography: Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Project Architects: Francisco León Ross, Alicia Ross Amunategui, Tomás Weisser Mengdehl
  • Client: Sociedad Protectora de la Infancia
  • Engineer: Antonio Medina Guajardo
  • Project Area: 5800.0 m2

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The Roc in Tourcoing, France by D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

 
June 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

The « Roc »

“The grotto formed a huge hall. Over its granite floor gently flowed the faithful stream. At such a distance from its source, its water was only the same temperature as the air, and we could drink it without difficulty.

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

Image Courtesy © D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés

  • Architects: D’HOUNDT+BAJART architects&associés
  • Project: The Roc
  • Location: Tourcoing, France
  • CLIENT: City of Tourcoing
  • LUMBER CONTROL : On HOUNDT + Bajart & associés architects, architect – KHEOPS engineering , fluid power and BET – Beha Legrand, BET collective kitchens and hygiene
  • AREA: 939m2
  • TIMETABLE : 2013-2015
  • COST OF WORK: 2.6M € HT

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P048 House in Western Australia by Dane Richardson

 
June 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dane Richardson

This private home has been designed to take maximum advantage of the ocean views while providing privacy from an exposed corner site.

Image Courtesy © Mark Cooper

Image Courtesy © Mark Cooper

  • Architects: Dane Richardson
  • Project: P048 House
  • Location: Western Australia 
  • Photography: Mark Cooper
  • Software used: Archicad
  • Structural Engineer: Cotan Pty Ltd
  • Site Area: 789sqm
  • Enclosed Area: 450sqm
  • Construction completed: October 2013

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