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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.

Myrto House by Vakis Associates

 
April 9th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Vakis Associates

This is an exercise to make this two storey building appear as a single storey by placing the first floor on top of a ground floor stone plinth on the street side, hiding all ground floor activities. At the same time extensive shaded glazing on the garden and pool side is creating a horizontal void directly connecting and unifying the indoors with the outdoors. The combination of the heavy stone base and the continuous glazing makes the curved concrete structure on the first floor appear to be floating. The elevated site has unobstructed views to the Pentedaktylos mountains during the day and the lights of Nicosia town at night. The open space between the guest bedroom and living room creates a sheltered outdoor sitting area with an open fire. The plan is linear and all rooms share the same stunning views.

Image Courtesy © Vakis Associates

Image Courtesy © Vakis Associates

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OVO in Fideris, Switzerland by Camilo Rebelo

 
April 9th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Camilo Rebelo

EGG project was an order from a client full of restlessness – OJ.
OJ acquired a sculpture, called ‘Seed’, of the contemporary Portuguese artist Rui Chafes. The piece built in iron finds its purpose in the universality of OJ’s mind that seeks values such as origin, purity and universal mystery.

In a second stage, OJ threw us the challenge to design and build a space to receive and expose the ‘Seed’, promoting a deep reflection between Art and Architecture. The designed space is in the basement of his home in Fideris, located in the Swiss Alps.

Image Courtesy © Patricio Guedes

Image Courtesy © Patricio Guedes

Wooden High rise Housing in Stockholm, Sweden by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

 
April 9th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

A new mixed use development with 240 apartments in Loudden, Stockholm. All built in massive wood technique for the specialized wood construction developer Folkhem.

Stockholm is growing fast and the Loudden area, the former international transport harbour, on the northeastern island of Djurgården, is planned to be converted into a new urban area. In line with the overall direction for this new development to achieve real long term environmentally sustainable solutions, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter have developed a proposal for apartment blocks of solid wood.

Image Courtesy © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Image Courtesy © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

  • Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
  • Project: Wooden High rise Housing
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • BTA total: 24,700 sq m
  • Number of apartments: 180-240 pcs
  • Responsible architects: Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård
  • Team: Jonas Tjäder, Johannes Brattgård, Ryan McGaffney
  • Client: Folkhem
  • Year: 2014

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USP LIBRARY in São Paulo, Brasil by AND-RÉ design & architecture

 
April 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AND-RÉ design & architecture 

A library defined by a continuous vertical visual and physical flow, achieved by the connection of floors with usable stairs. A library without boundaries, allowing flexibility and future space adaptability.

Image Courtesy © AND-RÉ design & architecture

Image Courtesy © AND-RÉ design & architecture

  • Architects: AND-RÉ design & architecture, SPACEGROUP, Maria Rodrigues de Azevedo
  • Project: USP LIBRARY
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • TEAM: Bruno André, Francisco Salgado Ré, Catarina Fernandes, Fernando Ferreira, Filipe Paixão, Maria Clara Rodrigues de Azevedo, Mariana Alves, Maria Teresa Ferreira, Silvia Acar
  • PROMOTER: Library Committee of the University of Law at USP
  • SCOPE: Library Competition Proposal
  • DATE: 2013

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E&M House in Misiones, Argentina by Módulo 3 arquitectura

 
April 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Módulo 3 arquitectura

E&M house is located in a private neighborhood in Posadas city, Misiones, Argentina.

The surface of the house measures 150m2 covered, with living room with kitchen downstairs and 2 bedroom, 1 suite, 1 wc and laundry with tender upstairs.

Also had expansive deck surfaces, barbecue grill and gallery ascending to 220m2 all together

It’s made of masonry and concrete together with large windows. The cover is of galvanized sheet.

Image Courtesy © Módulo 3 arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Módulo 3 arquitectura

  • Architects: Módulo 3 arquitectura
  • Project: E&M House
  • Location: Posadas, Misiones, Argentina
  •  Software used: Lumion, Artlantis.
  • Area: 220 m2
  • Year of project: 2014
  • Year of Construction: 2015 (execution)

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S. G. House in Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal by Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

 
April 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa

The house consists of two structures, perpendicular to each other, and a third one serving the swimming pool.

Due to its volume this house seems to have two floors, but it is, in fact, distributed almost exclusively in one. The structure of the living rooms, with a double height ceiling, which also houses the study and the gallery located on the first floor, grants it another volume dimension.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

  • Architects: Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa
  • Project: S. G. House
  • Location: Macieira / Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal
  • Architect Team: José António Lopes da Costa and Tiago Meireles
  • Photography: Manuel Aguiar
  • Engineering: 
    • Structures: Eng. Ricardo Costa
    • Water Network and Drainage: Eng. Ricardo Costa
    • Electrical: Eng. Vítor Almeida
  • Building Date: 2006-2009
  • Project Date: 2004

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Saint-Denis Pleyel Emblematic Train Station in Paris, France by Kengo Kuma & Associates

 
April 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma & Associates won the first prize for the competition “Saint-Denis Pleyel Emblematic Train Station” in Saint-Denis, France.

The train station will be the first stone of a future global urban project in the site of Saint-Denis Pleyel. It will enable the site and the city to increase its metropolitan scale significantly. The project is designed as a unique opportunity to open up the district by connecting the two sides of the city over a huge railway network of the Parisian North station. The station becomes an extension of the public spaces on many levels. Multiple levels continue in spiral, so the station functions as a complex that brings in streets in vertical layer. Steel frames that evoke rail tracks are used in the curtain wall and many other parts of the structure, to emphasize the passage of time and history. This approach will make people be aware that the station is theirs and give them pleasant passing-by every day, connected with the network of the city.

Image Courtesy © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Image Courtesy © Kengo Kuma & Associates

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: Saint-Denis Pleyel Emblematic Train Station
  • Location: Saint-Denis – Paris, France
  • Developer: Société du Grand Paris
  • Total floor area: 45 000 m2
  • Height: 5 stories above ground and 4 below
  • Quantity Surveyor: LTA
  • Landscape design: AC&T Paysage
  • Lightning design: 8’18’’
  • Acoustician: PEUTZ &Associés
  • Sustainibility: AIA Studio Environnement
  • Façade engineer: RFR

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Toho Apartment Renovation in Fukuoka-city, Japan by Yusaku Matsuoka architects and associates

 
April 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Yusaku Matsuoka architects and associates

This is a full renovation project for a room in a 1978-built apartment. From the window, a beautiful view of one of the Fukuoka sights, Ohori Park, can be seen. Water surfaces in the park reflect sunshine and change their expression throughout the day. The first design policy was a utilization of this scenic view.

Image Courtesy © Yousuke Harigane/TechniStaff

Image Courtesy © Yousuke Harigane/TechniStaff

  • Architects: Yusaku Matsuoka architects and associates
  • Project: Toho Apartment Renovation
  • Location: Fukuoka-city, Japan
  • Photography: Yousuke Harigane/TechniStaff
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Total Floor Area: 110m2
  • Date of Completion: November 2014

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CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE IN THE OLD CONVENT OF MADRE DE DIOS, Spain by Sol89

 
April 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sol89

The intervention interprets the building where is inserted, an old convent, as a context in constant transformation over time.

The project arises from a reflection around the creation process in contemporary art, its unpredictable condition and the current dissolution of limits between the space of production and exhibition. We can recognize that much of contemporary art expression understands the architectural space as a matter of work (we remember Shibboleth by Doris Salcedo breaking the floor of the Tate Modern in London in 2007, High Plane V by Katterin Sigurdardottir occupying the false ceiling of the PS1 in New York or Esto no es un graffiti where artists demolished some facings of walls in the same place of our project). We think the contemporary exhibition space shouldn’t be projected like a static room in time but like a never ending space in ellipsis, waiting for each exhibition come for completing it.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Architects: Sol89: María González y Juanjo López de la Cruz 
  • Project: Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios
  • Location: Old convent of Madre de Dios, Seville, Spain
  • Photography:Fernando Alda
  • Client: Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla
  • Collaborator: George Smudge  and Andrés Pino
  • Installationsengineers: Alejandro Cabanas
  • Built up area: 830 m²
  • Completion date: Firstphase- January 2014
  • Award: Project Nominated to the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

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The Interlace in Alexandra Road, Singapore by OMA/Ole Scheeren

 
April 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OMA/Ole Scheeren

The Interlace in Singapore, a large-scale residential development by CapitaLand Singapore, has been chosen by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Chicago as the winner of the inaugural worldwide Urban Habitat Award 2014 in recognition of its groundbreaking contributions to the urban realm and social sustainability.

Ole Scheeren’s design generates an extensive network of private and shared spaces in a radical reinterpretation of contemporary life in a community. Instead of following the default typology of housing in dense urban environments – clusters of isolated towers – the design turns vertical isolation into horizontal connectivity and reinstates the notion of community as a central issue in today’s society.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: OMA/Ole Scheeren
  • Project: The Interlace
  • Location: Alexandra Road / Depot Road, Singapore
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Gross Floor Area: 170,000 m2 (1,829,864 square feet)
  • Client: CapitaLand Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Developer: Joint development by CapitaLand Singapore and Hotel Properties Limited
  • Architect of Record: RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd.

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