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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.

Porto Novo Residences in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil by Girimun Architects

 
October 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

 Article source: Girimun Architects

Novo BairroResidencial do Porto consists of a residential development located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Based on principles of innovative sustainability, functional diversity, and design sophistication, the project will offer to a refreshing way to compose new neighborhoods. The mixed-use residential development consists of 4 sites occupied by 17 residential towers, connected in rhythm by horizontal podiums of street-level shops with office, community and institutional premises above, and basement parking.  It totals 396,283 m2 of construction above ground and 144,102 m2 of parking underground. The 3,790 apartments (1, 2, and 3 bedrooms units) all share high-quality amenities, reception and clubhouse spaces, gym, sport, and meeting facilities, outdoor gardens, sundecks and infinity pools overlooking the waters of Guanabara Bay.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

  • Architects: Girimun Architects, Mauro Resnitzky
  • Project: Porto Novo Residences
  • Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Size: 400,000 sqm
  • Client: Tishman Speyer
  • Design: Girimun Ltd 2013

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THE PINCH in Yunnan Province, China by Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

 
October 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

THE PINCH is a library and community center in Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China. The project is part of a government led reconstruction effort after an earthquake in Sept 2012. The majority of village houses were destroyed, leaving the residents living in tents for up to one year. After the earthquake the government has sponsored new concrete and brick houses and a large central plaza. During the first site visit, the houses remained incomplete and the plaza was a large empty site.

Image Courtesy © Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

Image Courtesy © Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

  • Architects: Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong
  • Project: THE PINCH
  • Location: Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China
  • Software used: Rhino
  • Construction: Kunming Dianmuju Shangmao Company
  • Funding: Supported by the Knowledge Exchange Impact Award, HKU
  • Project Team: Crystal Kwan (Project Manager), Ashley Hinchcliffe, Connie Cheng, Johnny Cullinan, Jacky Huang, Joyce Ip, Yvonne Xu Meng
  • Date: September 2012 – April 2014
  • Size: 80 sqm
  • Cost: 130,000 rmb
  • Unit Cost: 1600 rmb/sqm

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Mega Box in Hong Kong, China by Girimun Ltd

 
October 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Girimun Ltd

MegaBox is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination in East Kowloon, Hong Kong. This vertical mall is spread into 19 levels with a total area of 110,000 sqm. Our renovation design aims to bring a new fresh look onto the concept of a “big box” of di versified offer, and promote significant changes for a smoother operation and better customer satisfaction. Those are: creation of clear drop-off and pick -up zones, strong and comfortable sense of arrival, implementation of effective digital way-finding and directories signage, improvement of vertical circulation strategy, enhancement of lighting and general ambiance.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Ltd

Image Courtesy © Girimun Ltd

  • Architects: Girimun Ltd
  • Project: Mega Box
  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Type: Retail centre renovation
  • Size: 110,000 sqm
  • Client: Kerry Properties
  • Architect Team: Mauro Resnitzky

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MAO’er HUTONG in Beijing, China by odd (okamoto deguchi design)

 
October 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: odd (okamoto deguchi design)

After years of city development, the construction of Beijing Hutong became even more rational. By the time, people are looking for new lifestyle, and ignored the other lives that are living together. They also play an important role in forming the Hutong living culture.

Image Courtesy © jin boan

Image Courtesy © jin boan

  • Architects: odd (okamoto deguchi design)
  • Project: MAO’er HUTONG
  • Location: cha’er 23#, beijing
  • Photography: jin boan
  • Designers: odd ( keizo okamoto, tsutomu deguchi, li hongzhen, luo shuanghua, daisuke matsumoto, zhang yunfei)
  • Dates: september 26th – october 3rd, 2014
  • Special thanks: zhang xiao, ou yang  yan quan, liang ting
  • Manufacture: Shangdong Weifang huisen  Furniture

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Porto Olimpico in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Girimun Architects

 
October 21st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Girimun Architects

As part of a package of investments for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the regeneration of 85 hectares of land near the old docks will create more than 1 million sqm of apartments, hotels, office buildings and a convention centre. The project addresses two moments: the completion of support facilities for the 2016 Olympic Games (10,600-room accommodation for media and referees, a media-centre and 3 to 5-star hotels) and its transformation post-Games into a vibrant mixed-use extension of the city centre. A green loop circuit of public spaces embraces the whole master plan encouraging pedestrian and bicycle use by linking the various dissociated sites and connecting the whole area to the nearby waterfront of the revitalized docks.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

  • Architects: Girimun Architects
  • Project: Porto Olimpico
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Size: 1,000,000 m2
  • Client: Competition
  • Collaborating firm: BuroldHappold Engineering + DG Arquitetura e Planejamento, Mauro Resnitzky

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Paradox House in Paiania, Athens by Klab Architecture – Konstantinos Labrinopoulos

 
October 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Architecture – Klab Architecture – Konstantinos Labrinopoulos

A house of 250m2 for a young family in an almost rural area part of Athens Paiania, was designed in a plot of 500m2. As the first house that was going to be built in this new suburb, but not the last we had to consider future developments but start from an almost white paper. Nevertheless due to crisis new developments are not due to appear any time soon.

Image Courtesy © Panos Kokkinias

Image Courtesy © Panos Kokkinias

  • Architects: Klab Architecture – Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
  • Project: Paradox House
  • Location: Paiania, Athens
  • Photography: Panos Kokkinias
  • Design team: Enrique Ramírez, Veronika Vasileiou, Nikos Venianakis, Mark Chapman, Elena Skorda
  • Design period: 2009-2011
  • Construction period: 2011-2013

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Changfeng Park Residences in Shanghai, China by Girimun Architects

 
October 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Girimun Architects

This is a high-end residential development featuring 10 apartment towers and 59 townhouses. The apartment towers house 700 units ranging from 1-bedroom to 4-bedrooms. All 700 units are orientated towards the view of the nearby Changfeng Haiyang World. The townhouses are 3-stories tall and feature an internal private courtyard. The inspiration comes from the traditional courtyard houses of China. Each unit has its own subterranean parking and storage. Voids were cut out of the street level to allow natural light and ventilation on the basement level. The apartments and townhouses share a central green space as well as a club house.

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

Image Courtesy © Girimun Architects

  • Architects: Girimun Architects, Mauro Resnitzky
  • Project: Changfeng Park Residences
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Size: 160,000 m2
  • Client: Guocoland

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The Cut resturant in Shanghai, China by Kokaistudios

 
October 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios has completed the interior design for The Cut, a modern interpretation of a steak frites restaurant developed by the innovative food and beverage group VOL, located at the IAPM Mall in Shanghai.

Image Courtesy © Charlie Xia

Image Courtesy © Charlie Xia

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Project: The Cut resturant
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Charlie Xia
  • Chief Architect: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani
  • Interior Design Manager: Michelle Shao
  • Design Team: Caddie Qu
  • Client: VOL Group
  • Completed: May, 2014
  • Size: 670 sq.m

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CASA SOL in Loulé, Portugal by Atelier DATA

 
October 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier DATA 

The house is located in Vilamoura, municipality of Loulé, one of the most touristic places in Algarve and one of the top vacation destinations of the Portuguese.

Set in a neighbourhood of single-family houses, the project focused on an existing building dating from the 80s and on which it was proposed an intervention aimed at expansion and adaptation to a new program.

Image Courtesy © Mercês Tomaz Gomes

Image Courtesy © Mercês Tomaz Gomes

  • Architects: Atelier DATA
  • Project: CASA SOL
  • Location: Loulé, Portugal
  • Photography: Mercês Tomaz Gomes
  • ARCHITECTS IN CHARGE: Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão,
  • DESIGN TEAM: Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente, Marta Frazão, Emmanuel Novo
  • AREA: 314 sqm
  • YEAR: 2014
  • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Rui Sequeira
  • STRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE: Augusto Candeias – Miraba, Construção Civil e obras públicas, Lda.

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Announcing the winners of the LEAF Awards 2014

 
October 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

On behalf of LEAF International, the official LEAF Judging panel are delighted to announce the 2014 winners. All winning projects demonstrate buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural and design community.

LEAF International would like to thank all those who entered the Awards and all those who joined us in celebrating on Friday 10th October at the Swissotel, Düsseldorf/Neuss, Germany. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

We would like to say a special thank you to all of our judges and to Alan Crawford for presenting the Awards.

The judging panel consisted of:

Carlo Castelli (AECOM)
Alan Crawford (Crawford Partnership)
Firas Hnoosh (BDP)

Božana Komljenovic (Zaha Hadid)
Rysia Suchecka (NBBJ)
Lev Libeskind (Daniel Libeskind)

This year’s winning projects:

Mixed-Use Building of the Year

Tabanlioglu Architects Melkan Gursel & Murat Tabanlioglu, Esas Aeropark, Istanbul, Turkey

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Residential Building of the Year – Single Occupancy

studio mk27, P house, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Residential Building of the Year – Multiple Occupancy

Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Seto, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


International Interior Design Award

Sponsored by LAUFEN 

Wilmotte & Associés SA, Rijksmuseum,Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan


Commercial Building of the Year

studio mk27, cultura bookstore, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Hospitality Building of the Year

Boogertman + Partners Architects, Steyn City Club House, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Refurbishment of the Year

CoCo Architecture, Atelier RK, BIG Library, Gourdon, France

Image Courtesy © Edouard Decam

Image Courtesy © Edouard Decam

Image Courtesy © Edouard Decam

Image Courtesy © Edouard Decam


Public Building of the Year

O’Donnell + Tuomey / London School of Economics and Political Science, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, UK

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Best Sustainable Development of the Year

Sponsored by GIRA 

Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Best Future Building of the Year – Drawing Board

Sponsored by ABB 

MZ Architects, The Ring House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Best Future Building of the Year – Under Construction

Sponsored by ABB 

Aedas, Mongkok Residence, Hong Kong

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Special Commendation

INUCE AG, Dirk U. Moench, Luoyuan Church, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards


Urban Design of the Year

Maisam Architects & Engineers, A Gateway to Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

Image Courtesy © LEAF Awards

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The Overall Winner

Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects, One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

A special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped put this fantastic event and evening celebration together and to our esteemed judging panel.

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