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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.

Nikki Beach Resort in Damour, Lebanon by SOMA architects

 
July 7th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SOMA architects

Responding to strong and specific data, our proposal for this project purposefully takes into consideration the cultural heritage in which it is set. Situated at terminus of the Damour River, the site is a gently sloping terrain with stupendous views of the Mediterranean and the river. Our proposal utilizes a radical system that is found in several natural formations: a branching configuration. It seemed like the natural solution to gently break down the site’s slope into a series of volumes perfectly oriented to the key sea and river views without obstruction from other buildings. Each “branch” allows direct street access, both pedestrian and vehicular, and soon individual volumes start to emerge following a rigorous strategy of sitting, form and placement in relation to external context, program requirements, and maximized privacy.

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Walachian Beauty in valašské meziříčí, Czech Republic by Dipl. Ing. Arch. Zdenek Trefil

 
July 7th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dipl. Ing. Arch. Zdenek Trefil

The villa is situated on the northern edge of a southward sloping plot with an area of approx. 6,500 square meters. In the lower part of the plot there is a full-grown forest. The plot is part of a natural, long and gradually sloping land form – a gorge, sloping in the east-west axis in the direction of a nearby dam.

 Image Courtesy © Dipl. Ing. Arch. Zdenek Trefil


Image Courtesy © Dipl. Ing. Arch. Zdenek Trefil

  • Architects: Dipl. Ing. Arch. Zdenek Trefil
  • Project: Walachian Beauty
  • Location: Valašské Meziříčí, The Beskydy Mountains
  • Software used: Archicad
  • Investor: private person
  • Artwork: Jan Zemánek
  • Cooperation: Ing. Petr Ramík, Ing. arch. Zoe Malovcová, Patrik Obr, Tomáš Chytka
  • Floor area including enclosed balcony:
    • 1st floor: 177.99 m2
    • 2nd floor: 215.65 m2
    • Total: 393.64 m2
    • Built up area: 310.93 m2

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100PP Office Building in Singapore by Ministry of Design

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ministry of Design

CLIENT’S BRIEF
MOD was commissioned by CEL Development to strategise, brand and design a creative epicenter for the emerging black collar creative class, in the more gritty side of Singapore. In recent years, design firms have been migrating out of the CBD areas in waves, gravitating towards more affordable light industrial or warehouse districts, with larger floor plates and higher ceilings.

Image Courtesy © Ministry of Design

Image Courtesy © Ministry of Design

  • Architects: Ministry of Design
  • Project: 100PP Office Building 
  • Location: 100 Pasir Panjang RoadSingapore
  • Software used: Auto cad, 3D max, V ray, photoshop
  • Client: CEL Development Pte Ltd, Ivan Lim, General Manager
  • Architectural & Interior Design: Ministry of Design: Colin Seah, David Tan, Jeremiah Abueva, Zsombor Baktay, Don Castaneda, Charissa Ho, Norberto Olegario, Ruth Chong, Arnel Anoneuvo
  • Submissions Architect: AC Consortium Pte Ltd
  • C&S: Engineers Partnership LLP
  • Facilities: 5-meter high industrial office spaces (5m ceiling height), Basement car parking,
    Roof level terrace

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Nikken Space Design Osaka Office in Japan

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD

More than just creative
This is an in-house office plan of our design office. Approximately 30 staff members working in our office, which is located in the central part of Japan’s second largest city of Osaka, are engaged in the interior designing of a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors, such as government agencies and company offices as well as hotels, hospitals, and educational institutions. Our new office needs to be a place ensuring more creativeness and higher productivity than others do, and we had to understand the nature of the staff members when we launched the office. Our staff members consist of professionals, including designers, computer graphic (CG) renders, and computer-aided design (CAD) operators. Each of the staff members belonging to the office is respected as an independent talented creator. Therefore, unlike typical enterprises, the office is of very flat organizational structure. Usually, each team of four to five members assigned promotes a separate project, and the team members are strongly aware of their organic ties. Therefore, we noticed at an early designing stage of the office that a fixed desk layout was not suitable to our style. As described above, the office produces value that it can provide to society from the character and talent of each individual designer. From this perspective, there was an opinion that the idea of making a highly uniformed workspace did not fit the staff members. Accordingly, how to achieve a creative place, where the character of each individual was respected and the organic connections of the individuals could be managed at a high degree of freedom, became the biggest theme of this project.

Image Courtesy © Daisuke SHIMA [Nacása & Partners]

Image Courtesy © Daisuke SHIMA [Nacása & Partners]

  • Architects: NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD
  • Project: Nikken Space Design Osaka Office
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Daisuke SHIMA [Nacása & Partners]
  • Chief designer: Tetsutaro NISHIDA
  • Senior designer: Koichi TANIGAKI
  • Designer: Mao NAKANOIN

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ORBI-Tower in Vienna, Austria by Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

After emerging as competition winners in 2013, Vienna based architects Zechner & Zechner were commissioned with the design of the 115m-tall ORBI Tower high-rise project. Now construction has started for the new tower. On the journey from Vienna’s airport to the city centre there is no avoiding the urban-development project TownTown, where the new tower is located. Due to its prime position, the new high rise will be a welcoming sight to a large proportion of people arriving in Vienna by plane.

Image Courtesy © Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

Image Courtesy © Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

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House in Blair Atholl, South Africa by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nico Van Der Meulen Architects

The double volume entrance hall completely surrounded by glass, draws you in as it’s bordered by two double garages on either side. The symmetry of the timber wrapped garages highlights the transparency of the house as views of the garden captivate you even before you have entered. Enveloped in natural wood, the garage doors disappear into a timber wall paying tribute to Werner’s ability to transform the everyday ordinary into an extra ordinary design feature.

Image Courtesy © David Ross and Barend Roberts

Image Courtesy © David Ross and Barend Roberts

  • Architects: Nico Van Der Meulen Architects
  • Project: House in Blair Atholl
  • Location: Blair Atholl, Johannesburg, South Africa 
  • Photography: David Ross and Barend Roberts, Jeanne-Claire Bischoff and Nico van der Meulen
  • Designed: Werner van der Meulen
  • Residence size: 750 m²

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Elite Equestrian Center in Navarra, Spain by Francisco Mangado

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Francisco Mangado

The plot is in the middle of one of the most humid valleys of northern Navarre. A valley of gentle but sturdy hills, where the green pasture and oak trees configure a landscape of strong character, whose color changes with the seasons. A valley dotted with a system of small and relatively closely-woven urban cores, configured in an apparently random way. The buildings are formed of large unitary and isolated volumes that seem to touch, but that in truth compete with one another to show their bold architectural character. A boldness that draws on the climate conditions, but also on the production system – stockbreeding –, which in past times forced to accommodate in one same house people and animals. A boldness that is particularly evident in the roof, whose role is to bring together all the different contents. Boldness, in the end, of ‘Navarre’s buildings’. This is the context for an elite equestrian center specialized in dressage and with boarding stalls for horses: one of the strongest and most sophisticated forces created by nature.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: Elite Equestrian Center
  • Location: Zenotz – Ultzama Valley, Navarra, Spain
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Collaborators: David Martínez Grande, Janka Rust, César Martín Gómez.
  • Client: Private.
  • Awards: X Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning. Finalist,  FAD Awards 2009. Architecture and Interior Design category. Finalist, COAVN (Basque-Navarrese) Awards 2010, Industrial Construction category, Consolation prize, 7th Fassa Bortolo International Award for Sustainable Architecture, given by the School of Architecture of Ferrara, Italy. Finalist.
  • Total area: 5.200 m2
  • Year of construction: 2007-2008.
  • Total cost: 3.329.000 €
  • Year of project: 2006.

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Tu primary school in Klepp, Norway by Alliance arkitekter

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Alliance arkitekter

The Tu Primary School is located in the characteristic and windy landscape of Jæren in south‐west Norway, dominated by softly rolling hills with agricultural fields and a generous open sky.

Image Courtesy © Terje Skåre

Image Courtesy © Terje Skåre

  • Architects: Alliance arkitekter
  • Project: Tu primary school
  • Location: Klepp, Rogaland, Norway
  • Photography: Terje Skåre
  • Client: Klepp kommune
  • Engineers: Bygg‐Kon AS, Multiconsult AS, Sinus AS, BrannCon AS
  • Construction: Jærentreprenør AS, Simex AS, Sønnico AS
  • Area: 5000 m2
  • Project year: 2014
  • Project cost: 156 mill. NOK

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Innovation Campus for Microsoft Italia in Milan by FLORES & PRATS ARCHITECTS

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FLORES & PRATS ARCHITECTS

In 2007, Microsoft Italia chose to establish its headquarters in a rural landscape characterized by the seasonally shifting patterns of agricultural production. This would be setting for a new way of working.

Arrival to the Microsoft Italia Campus, Image Courtesy © Enzo Barraco

Arrival to the Microsoft Italia Campus, Image Courtesy © Enzo Barraco

Little Willy in Brussels, Belgium by LOW architecten

 
July 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LOW architecten

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Little Willy is the name of a multifunctional complex combining a bed and breakfast, a penthouse, a shop and a restaurant.  Special about this project is the dialogue between the old and new, located on a small corner plot.  However Little Willy is more than just a striking corner building: it is part of the urban renewal that is going on for some years in the Brussels Dansaert district.

Image Courtesy © Tim Van de Velde

Image Courtesy © Tim Van de Velde

  • Architects: LOW architecten
  • Project: Little Willy
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Stijn Bollaert, Tim Van de Velde
  • Team: Stijn Cockx, Tom Hindryckx, Joris De Greef, Koen Schoukens
  • Engineer structure: Studiebureau Jan Van Aelst
  • Surface: 620m²
  • Year of construction: 2008-2013

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