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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.

SONGBIRD LANE in Frederick County, Virginia by READER & SWARTZ ARCHITECTS

 
April 11th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: READER & SWARTZ ARCHITECTS

This house was originally a two story, nondescript, 1970’s “farmhouse” with no architectural merit, clad in baby blue vinyl siding. The house had mold problems, and, consequently, its inhabitants had respiratory issues. Despite its pedestrian character and inadequate size, the house did have one thing going for it—it sat on the right place on its site, within a ring of mature trees. Because of its siting, and because the owners were concerned about conserving natural resources, a decision was made not to tear down and relocate the house. Instead, the design parti was to keep the box of the original house as the central core, add two wings which help make outdoor spaces and optimize the sun path, and rethink the building massing.

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis

  • Architects: READER & SWARTZ ARCHITECTS
  • Project: SONGBIRD LANE
  • Location: Frederick County, Virginia
  • Photography: Hoachlander Davis
  • Builder: R.L. Hayes Enterprises, LLC;  and M.T. Puskar
  • Structural Engineer: Painter-Lewis, P.L.C.
  • Mechanical Engineer: Comfort Design, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Siteworks
  • Millwork: Dovetail Millwork

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LOFT UPON CORK in Virginia by Reader & Swartz Architects

 
April 11th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Reader & Swartz Architects

This project is the comprehensive renovation of, and small addition to, a vernacular Victorian house. The house was built in the late 1800’s, and is located in a downtown historic district. The house was originally four apartments, and is now converted into two. The first floor apartment is designed to be a caretaker’s residence.

Image Courtesy © Nathan Webb, AIA – Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.; Ron Blunt Photography, Hedgesville

Image Courtesy © Nathan Webb, AIA – Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.; Ron Blunt Photography, Hedgesville

  • Architects: Reader & Swartz Architects
  • Project: LOFT UPON CORK
  • Location: Virginia, US
  • Photography:Nathan Webb, AIA – Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.; Ron Blunt Photography, Hedgesville, West Virginia
  • Structural Engineer: Allen Associates, P.C., Winchester, Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineer: FHC Engineering, P.C., Winchester, Virginia

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Oos House in Alicante, Spain by Sanahuja&partners

 
April 11th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sanahuja&partners

Oos house It is a detached house highly influenced by the peculiarities of the plot where it is inserted. This plot has a deep and diagonally slope that requires to place the entrance in the lowest point of the road and set the house levels from the top to bottom, contrary to usual.

Image Courtesy © Sanahuja&partners

Image Courtesy © Sanahuja&partners

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Spring Studios in New York by AA Studio

 
April 11th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AA Studio

Spring Studios, a comprehensive creative agency catering to the fashion industry, with headquarters in London, UK. Spring is a group of companies, which work within the fashion, beauty and luxury brand markets and have a shared strategic vision for international growth. Spring was started in 1996 as a photographic studio complex: today, Spring is widely recognized as one of the leading photographic studios in the world and throughout its group of companies is involved in up to 60 fashion shoots a day internationally. Spring has also established a successful business, which provides advertising solutions to leading names including Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Vogue, etc.

Image Courtesy © Razummedia

Image Courtesy © Razummedia

  • Architects: AA Studio
  • Project: Spring Studios
  • Location: 50 Varick St, New York, US
  • Photography: Razummedia, DaVinci Stairs
  • Software Used: SketchUp, AutoCad and Rhino
  • Collaboration: MA Architects

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NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FRANCE by Dominique Perrault Architecture

 
April 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dominique Perrault Architecture

A place and not a building

The “grands projects” of the President of the Republic that have been completed up to date are all closely associated with a site, and a history -in a word, a place with a name. The National Library of France is built on a stretch of industrial waste land on the banks of the Seine in the East End of Paris. It represents the starting- point for a complete reconstruction of this entire sector of the 13th district. The institution encompasses within it an element of grandiosity and an element of generosity. If we refer to the urban history of the great monuments which have been the fundamental signs of the city’s thrust toward new territory, the greatest gift that it is possible to give to Paris consists, today, in offering space, and emptiness – in a word, a place that is open, free, and stirring. Accordingly, the enormous building, which is envisaged with architectural emphasis and contentions by way of back-up, is transformed into a project that involves the void. Proposing as it does to the History of France a focus on immateriality and non-ostentation, this is an absolute luxury in thet city. It is this context which engenders the concept of the project.

Image Courtesy © Georges Fe

Image Courtesy © Georges Fe

  • Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Project: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FRANCE
  • Location: Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris, France
  • Photography: Georges Fessy, Vincent Fillon
  • Program:
    • Public spaces (public reading rooms 1 556 places, research reading rooms 2 034 places for a total of 3 590 readers for 59 070 m²)
    •  Reception and public services area (23 000 m²)
    •  Conference rooms (3 000 m²)
    •  Stock rooms (71 000 m², ca. 400 km of shelves, 20 million volumes)
    •  Administration (36 000 m²) of which 16 000 m² is office space in the towers
    •  Technical space (35 000 m²)
    •  Underground car park for 700 cars (20 500 m²)
  • Site area: 65 300 m²
  • Built area: 365 178 m²
  • Built volume: 1 500 000 m³ Read the rest of NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FRANCE by Dominique Perrault Architecture

GOLDENEYE in Virginia by Reader & Swartz Architects

 
April 10th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Reader & Swartz Architects

On a steep mountainside in the Appalachian Mountains, a modern lair will be created. The approach road curves in and out, following the mountain’s topography. The road affords, and then takes away, views of the sleek, modern box through the trees and around the topography.

Image Courtesy © Reader & Swartz Architects

Image Courtesy © Reader & Swartz Architects

  • Architects: Reader & Swartz Architects
  • Project: GOLDENEYE
  • Location: Bayse, Virginia
  • Interior Design: Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Client, Jamie Palmera, Studio Palmera Washington, D.C.
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Concepts Inc. Winchester, Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineer: FHC Engineering, P.C., Winchester, Virginia

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MUSUBI in Tokyo, Japan by TORAFU ARCHITECTS

 
April 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TORAFU ARCHITECTS 

Yamada Sen-I Co., Ltd. is a furoshiki (wrapping cloth) manufacturer based in Kyoto and we performed the renovations for their directly-managed official shop; “Musubi.” Since the store is located in a quiet area of Harajuku, Tokyo, deliverable included a space to showcase the furoshiki designs on sale by increasing available store space and improving the visibility of the store’s interior.

Image Courtesy © Fuminari Yoshitsugu

Image Courtesy © Fuminari Yoshitsugu

  • Architects: TORAFU ARCHITECTS 
  • Project: MUSUBI
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Fuminari Yoshitsugu
  • Credit: Graphics: TAKAIYAMA
  • Total floor area: 87.91m2
  • Design period: 2014.06-2015.02
  • Construction period: 2015.02-2015.03

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Aesop Midtown in Tokyo, Japan by TORAFU ARCHITECTS

 
April 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TORAFU ARCHITECTS 

We performed the interior design for a store by Aesop, an Australian skin care brand, located in Tokyo Midtown. The site itself, posed some restrictions due to its size – a narrow 3.8m entrance width, 5.8m depth and 3.2m ceiling height.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: TORAFU ARCHITECTS 
  • Project: Aesop Midtown
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Total floor area: 24.07m2
  • Design period: 2014.12-2015.03
  • Construction period: 2015.02-03

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DAS SWARTZENREADER HAUS in Winchester, Virginia by Reader & Swartz Architects

 
April 10th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Reader & Swartz Architects

This house was originally built in 1968. It had a 4/12 gable roof, a boxy, conventional floor plan, and a second floor that cantilevered two feet past the first floor. The house sat on the top of a very steep hill, on a small corner lot, within an established neighborhood. Although the house had an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there was virtually no way to appreciate it through the minimal number of small windows. The lot dropped 30 feet within its 100-foot depth, helping give the house its great view and vantage point, but also making grading and access difficult. The 8′ ceilings were interrupted by bulkheads, lowering them to 6′-8′ in some rooms.

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography

  • Architects: Reader & Swartz Architects
  • Project: DAS SWARTZENREADER HAUS
  • Location: Winchester, Virginia,US
  • Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography, Washington, D.C.; Chuck Swartz, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Kevin Walker, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Rick Foster Photography Winchester, Virginia
  • Software used: Autocad and SketchUp
  • Structural Engineer: Painter- Lewis, P.L.C., Winchester, Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineer: Comfort Design, Inc., Winchester, Virginia

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Shichigahama Tohyama Nursery in Miyagi prefecture, JAPAN by Ippei Takahashi + TAKAHASHI IPPEI OFFICE

 
April 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ippei Takahashi + TAKAHASHI IPPEI OFFICE 

This is a reconstruction project for a public nursery affected by the 2011 earthquake in Japan. I hoped the new building to be in harmony with its surrounding environment and not to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in this town scape. Also, the town people wanted it to be a monument for reconstruction, evoking both unity and eternity.

Image Courtesy © TAKAHASHI IPPEI OFFICE

Image Courtesy © TAKAHASHI IPPEI OFFICE

  • Architects: Ippei Takahashi + TAKAHASHI IPPEI OFFICE
  • Project: Shichigahama Tohyama Nursery
  • Location: Shichigahama town, Miyagi prefecture, JAPAN
  • Photography: TAKAHASHI IPPEI OFFICE
  • Total Floor Area: 1069.45 sqm
  • Date of Completion: March 2013

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