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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.

Silence as a language – NSN Church in Leiria, Portugal by BICA Arquitectos

 
December 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BICA Arquitectos

The church is located in the center of a crowded village. The intervention is based on a building previously constructed, where the interior was unfinished. We started with the idea of “building the silence”. In a world full of noise, the church represents a break, a moment of rest, peace and meditation. The strong spiritual character is present but doesn’t intimidate, it gives a sense of protection. The selection of materials, the way of moulding both natural and artificial light and the absence of images had the purpose of achieving harmony, a primarily condition in order to assure silence.

Image Courtesy © FG+SG Fotografia

Image Courtesy © FG+SG Fotografia

  • Architects: BICA Arquitectos (Célia Faria, Inês Cortesão)
  • Project: Silence as a language – NSN Church
  • Location: Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Church, Chãs. Leiria, Portugal
  • Photography: FG+SG Fotografia 
  • Client: Comissão da Igreja de Chãs
  • Structural Engineer: Manuel Rodrigues Vieira, Mário Rui Gomes Santos
  • Acustic Engineer: João Barrento da Costa
  • Collaboration: Marco dos Santos, Liliana Pereira
  • Intervention Area: 537m2
  • Dates: 2009 – 2012

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Loft MdP in Catalonia, Spain by FFWD Arquitectes

 
December 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FFWD Arquitectes 

When dealing with the refurbishment of this old carpenter’s workshop placed at Barcelona’s Poble Sec neighbourhood, the main goal was to set up this space for inhabitation while the main constructive components were mantained. They gave charm and singularity to the space.

Image Courtesy © FFWD Arquitectes (David Benito Cortázar)

Image Courtesy © FFWD Arquitectes (David Benito Cortázar)

  • Architects: FFWD Arquitectes (Laia Guardiola Raventós & David Benito Cortázar)
  • Project: Loft MdP 
  • Location: Poble Sec, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Photography: FFWD Arquitectes (David Benito Cortázar)
  • Total Area: 122 sqm (interior), 27 sqm (terrace)
  • Project development: October 2014 to March 2015
  • Built:  June 2015 to April 2016

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UMASSIF/WITH Sanlitun Bakery in Beijing, China by B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

 
December 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio 

WITHWHEAT in Sanlitun locates beside the street in southern Taikoo Li. The design mission included the interior and façade. The façade is made of a full-height glass curtain wall. People can have a view of warm and natural interior design through this glass wall.

Image Courtesy © Ruijing Photo

Image Courtesy © Ruijing Photo

  • Architects: B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio (Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii, Yixin Yang, Longxun)
  • Project: UMASSIF/WITH Sanlitun Bakery
  • Location: Sanlitun, Beijing, China
  • Photography: Ruijing Photo
  • Client: UMASSIF/WITH
  • Building Area: 150 M2
  • Construction Period: 6.2016

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Headquarter SVA in Vienna, Austria by HOLODECK architects

 
December 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HOLODECK architects

The headquarter of the main association of the Austrian Social Insurance Fund is located in the third district, at Erdbergstrasse. The Wittgensteinhaus, the Rochusmarkt and the Grete Jostpark are important cultural buildings and urban areas arranged during site construction in 70s. In this high-quality context, we carefully place a spatial composition of the landscape park and building cubature. The vertical slice is proportionally supplemented by a horizontal slab and integrated the existing landscape park spatially and functionally. The inviting ground floor zone reaches the users and visitors over the extensive open space with shade-spreading trees or over the entrance along the Kundmanngasse. The naturally exposed hall provides a clear orientation and access to the areas.

Image Courtesy © isochrom

Image Courtesy © isochrom

  • Architects: HOLODECK architects (Tomasz Padlo)
  • Project: Headquarter SVA
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Photography: isochrom
  • Team: Marlies Breuss, Michael Ogertschnig, Johannes Müller, Jana Chlupova, Vidosava Petrovic, Marcel Schwab
  • Client: Austrian Social Insurance Fund, Vienna
  • Size: 19100 m2
  • Year: 2015

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In with the Old and with the New in London, England by Scenario Architecture

 
December 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Scenario Architecture

Scenario Architecture was approached by our clients, a professional couple, to rethink their flat design. They have owned it for over a decade and felt it is time for a radical change. We worked together to develop a very extensive brief noting down all their requirments and well as aspirations for their newly designed home.

Image Courtesy © Matt Clayton

Image Courtesy © Matt Clayton

  • Architects: Scenario Architecture
  • Project: In with the Old and with the New
  • Location: London, England
  • Photography: Matt Clayton

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BOR1 – School Complex in Bordeaux, France by JOLY&LOIRET

 
December 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: JOLY&LOIRET 

One school per floor, one playground per level: outside spaces accessed directly from their relative interior spaces; 3 ‘ground’-floors. A metaphor for the world, nature, ecosystems; the sky, the forest, the earth.

The creche occupies the ‘climatic’ layer: façades reflecting the sky, clouds and the ‘protective’ tree canopy.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: JOLY&LOIRET
  • Project: BOR1 – School Complex
  • Location: Ginko, Bordeaux, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly
  • Client: VILLE DE BORDEAUX
  • Design Team: ALTO MEP AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT, EVP STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, FORGUE QUANTITY SURVEYOR, URBATEC CIVIL ENGINEER, VIVIE ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT, BATISS SECURITY
  • Assignment: ARCHITECTS AND SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT SPECIALISTS
  • Environmental Performance: SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS PERFORMANCE
  • Value: 11 M€ HT
  • Area: 5200 M² SHON
  • Date: COMPETITION WON 2009 – COMPLETION DUE 2012

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Cinnamon Tower in Hamburg, Germany by BOLLES+WILSON GmbH & Co. KG

 
December 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BOLLES+WILSON GmbH & Co. KG

The Cinnamon tower was conceived as freestanding campanile – a pin on a piazza was the concept behind the premiated competition design by BOLLES+WILSON for the existing 19th century Harbour Masters Building.

A tower was not anticipated in the competition programme, but the jury agreed that a tower anchors the public functions around the only remaining historical building to survive between the megablocks of the ‘Overseas Quarter’ master plan. The historic building would thus be more autonomous.

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: BOLLES+WILSON GmbH & Co. KG (Prof. Julia Bolles-Wilson, Peter L. Wilson)
  • Project: Cinnamon Tower 
  • Location: Osakaallee 10 20457 Hamburg, Germany
  • Photography: Cordelia Ewerth, Christian Richters, Mitja Schneehage and Rainer Mader
  • Client: Groß & Partner
  • Structural Engineering: Ingenieurbüro Abel · Gebhart GmbH & Co. KG
  • Service Engineers: WINTER Beratende Ingenieure für Gebäudetechnik
  • Building Physics: ITA Ingenieurgesellschaft für Technische Akustik mbH •
  • Fire Protection: hhpberlin- Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH
  • GFA: 4.250 m2
  • Realisation: July 2013 – July 2015

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3 Houses 3 Sisters in Coimbra, Portugal by BICA Arquitectos

 
December 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BICA Arquitectos

In a small village near the city of Coimbra, 3 sisters inherit and share a land. They wanted to build a house that would join them for the second time in their lives, because the family houses they own are nowadays too large.

Located at the village’s entrance, this field is composed by two streets, a square and a small house. The implementation of the 3 houses elects as the main facade the south elevation, that adjoins the street and turns too the square at east.

Image Courtesy © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra

Image Courtesy © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra

  • Architects: BICA Arquitectos (Inês Cortesão, José Pedro Caetano)
  • Project: 3 Houses 3 Sisters
  • Location: São João do Campo – Coimbra, Portugal
  • Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra
  • Client: Conceição, Rosa e Glória Cortesão
  • Design Team: Luís Bonito, Marco dos Santos
  • Area: 430 m2
  • Completion: 2009

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Arts building for The American school in London, England by Walters & Cohen Architects

 
December 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Walters & Cohen Architects

In 2011, the practice won an invited competition to design a new arts building for the well-established independent school in St John’s Wood. Taking its cue from the mass and footprint of the listed, semi-detached villas on the site adjacent, the four-storey building is designed to resemble a single large property. The complexity of the project is heightened by its location on a prominent corner plot in the St John’s Wood conservation area, where proposed developments attract a lot of attention.

Image Courtesy © Dennis Gilbert

Image Courtesy © Dennis Gilbert

  • Architects: Walters & Cohen Architects
  • Project: Arts building for The American school
  • Location: London, England
  • Photography: Dennis Gilbert and Marcus Peel

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Kindergarten Valdaora di Sotto, South Tyrol in Italy by feld72

 
December 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: feld72 

Nestling within the village structure of Valdaora di Sotto in South Tyrol, the kindergarten building communicates the interplay between tradition, contemporary life and nature. The third kindergarten made by feld72 aligns itself within its tranquil background without being subordinate to it. Self-evident and uncontrived. Embedded sensuously in its location, the building responds to the dominant aura of the parish church with the cemetery chapel and the elementary school in the centre of Valdaora di Sotto. The timber building sits as though in an encasement within the massive surrounding wall, lending security.

Image Courtesy © Hertha Hurnaus

Image Courtesy © Hertha Hurnaus

  • Architects: feld72 
  • Project: Kindergarten Valdaora di Sotto, South Tyrol
  • Location: Valdaora, Italy
  • Photography: Hertha Hurnaus
  • Engineering consultancy: Ingenieurteam Bergmeister
  • Collaborators: Marino Fei, Carl Friedrich, David Kovařík, Therese Leick, Gerhard Mair, Edoardo Nobili
  • Model: Mattweiss
  • GFA: 950 m²
  • Completion: 2016

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