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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.

Backstay Hostel Ghent in Belgium by a154

 
December 24th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: a154 

THE ASSIGNMENT
The construction of student housing and redevelopment of a protected interbellum period building in order to create a hostel.

THE LOCATION
The construction site is located in the heart of Ghent’s student neighborhood. The area is demarcated by rear facades and the gardens belonging to surrounding buildings. The only access to this inner area is along the street called ‘Sint Pietersnieuwstraat’. This entrance is characterized, in particular, by the office building ‘Het Licht’ (the light), erected in 1930, drawn by architects Fernand and Maxime Brunfaut. An 18th century building stands next to this light-giving city beacon and it too needs to be preserved and restored.

Image Courtesy © CO2

Image Courtesy © CO2

  • Architects: a154
  • Project: Backstay Hostel Ghent
  • Location: Belgium
  • Photography: CO2-images
  • Interior: Conceptfabriek and Nele Van Damme
  • Stability: Studiebureau Haegebaert / Dexco
  • Visualization: Animotions
  • Building A: 1.450 m2
  • Buildings B and C: 6.990 m2
  • Completion date: July 2014 / September 2014

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Trojan Egg in Swiss, Switzerland by Camilo Rebelo

 
December 24th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  Camilo Rebelo 

OVO[i] project was a challenge of a deeply restless client, which proposed the construction of a space to install one sculpture from Rui Chafes – Semente[ii]. This room is in the basement of his home in Fideris, located in the Swiss Alps.

This ‘Trojan Egg’ is the first stage of the project OVO. The purpose of this wooden Egg is to create a void, to unveil a new dimension and through it potentiate mystery. Mystery is a condition that is very close to disappear from our civilization. This value is for us one of the main reasons of life, and therefore the Egg is the dimension we choose to express it.

Image Courtesy © Camilo Rebelo

Image Courtesy © Camilo Rebelo

  • Architects: Camilo Rebelo 
  • Project: Trojan Egg
  • Location: Swiss, Switzerland

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POLYPHEMUS’ EYE – 3,2,1 Festival in Alhóndiga Bilbao, Spain by Plastique Fantastique

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Plastique Fantastique

El OJO DE POLIFEMO (Polyphemus’ Eye) transforms the Alhóndiga’s main Hall into the Cylops’s cave, and visitors into lost travellers. The Eye looks directly at the entrance, and its presence leaves no passer-by indifferent. The only way to stay alive is to offer wine to the Giant, amplifying astuteness and mixing stories so as not to be devoured by his deeds. It is an installation, one architecture within another, a memorable scene which invites you to look, to penetrate the Eye and to discover its interior and its surroundings. A perceptive journey which swings from the Homeric epic to surrealist experience and the verses of Cortázar within the context of the 3, 2, 1 Gathering and Alhóndiga Bilbao.

Image Courtesy © Eva Zubero Zuluaga

Image Courtesy © Eva Zubero Zuluaga

  • Architects: Plastique Fantastique
  • Project: POLYPHEMUS’ EYE – 3,2,1 Festival
  • Location: Alhóndiga Bilbao, Spain
  • Photography: Eva Zubero Zuluaga
  • Team: Rakel Esparza Sanz, Mateo Feijóo, Fernando Pérez Gómez

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Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, Finland by S.LAB architecture

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: S.LAB architecture

Connection with the city

‘Art museum as a contemporary cathedral (of culture)’ – reflected in cityscape. Scale of new museum relates to the great churches of Helsinki.

Image Courtesy © s.lab + projektor

Image Courtesy © s.lab + projektor

  • Architects: S.LAB architectu 
  • Project: Guggenheim Museumre
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: s.lab + projektor
  • Software used: archicad
  • collaborators: Tomasz Sachanowicz and Bielenis architektura / Szymon Bielenis, Joanna Borek
  • year: 2014

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KHMERESQUE in Batambang, Cambodia by Archium + Kim in-cheurl

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Archium + Kim in-cheurl

Building a temple of Won Buddhism that is based on Mahayana Buddhism on Cambodia ,the Hinayana Buddhist country, makes me consider the relationship between religion and architecture as a whole. In addition to this, the meeting between symbol of the religious buildings and local traditions was something to be considered. The changes of architecture style have been with the process of combining religious style with traditions from Hindu to Buddhism. Won Buddhism is relatively young, having a mere 100 years of history, and does not have a striking architectural symbol or style. Rather than focusing on this drawback, Won Buddhism has linked itself to Khmer culture. In previous works with Won Buddhism, it is clear that religious architectural style cannot simply be set and shaped just with a proclamation; on the contrary, developing for a religion to develop a real architectural style takes a considerable amount of time. Therefore, it must be started with respect to histories and philosophies.

Image Courtesy © Archium + Kim in-cheurl

Image Courtesy © Archium + Kim in-cheurl

  • Architects: Archium + Kim in-cheurl
  • Project: KHMERESQUE
  • Location: Batambang, Cambodia
  • Software used: AutoCAD
  • Site area: 3,415.72㎡
  • Building area: 430.1㎡
  • Building scope: 1F

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Commercial building in Ingolstadt, Germany by Monovolume architecture + design

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Monovolume architecture + design

New head office of the project company Eriagstraße is located in the industrial area south of Ingolstadt at a strategically important crossing point, opposite the football stadium.

Image Courtesy © Monovolume architecture + design

Image Courtesy © Monovolume architecture + design

  • Architects: Monovolume architecture + design
  • Project: Commercial building
  • Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Client: Projektgesellschaft Eriagstraße
  • Staff: Luca di Censo, Sergio Aguado Hernàndez
  • Stuctural engineering: Ingenierbüro für Baustatik GmbH
  • Realisation: 2013

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CALGARY NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY in Alberta, Canada by REX

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: REX Architect

As part of its architect selection process for the New Central Library (NCL), CMLC requested the finalist firms create a conceptual model revealing their design approach. The model was to be amalleable strategy, not a fixed proposal, that exhibited each proponent’s vision for the library of the future. Essential mandates were to make the building as adaptable as possible and to integrate it into the neighborhood as an urban catalyst. The ideas incorporated into REX’s malleable strategy stem from our analysis of the NCL’s organizational DNA.

Image Courtesy © Luxigon

Image Courtesy © Luxigon

  • Architects: REX
  • Project: CALGARY NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY
  • Location: Alberta, Canada
  • Photography: Luxigon
  • CLIENT: Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC)
  • PROGRAM: New central library for the city of Calgary, including (A-Z) administration space, auditoria, book collections, Children’s Library, concourse, Learning Commons, offices, operations, and Teens’ Center; plus a strategy for a mixed-use site partner and outdoor recreational space
  • AREA: 26,600 m² (286,000 sf)
  • PROJECT COST: $250 million CAD
  • STATUS: Limited competition 2013, one of the four finalists
  • KEY PERSONNEL: Adam Chizmar, Stacy Christensen, Alysen Hiller, Tomas Janka, Roberto Otero, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Ishtiaq Rafiuddin, Aude Soffer, Elina Spruza, Matthew Uselman, Matthew Zych
  • CONSULTANTS: Magnusson Klemencic, Scatliff + Miller + Murray

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Pisek city forest administration in Czech Republic by Huť architektury Martin Rajniš s.r.o.

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Huť architektury Martin Rajniš s.r.o.

The administration of the forest of the town of Pisek held a competition for a new operational building on a beautiful site at the edge of the forest; sloping to the south, it has a splendid view. Our foresters’ lodge is a box sliced in half by the hallway and its charm lies in the way that all of the outer layers of the building are wrapped around it: the linear winter gardens and the slanting shade-awnings. The interface between architecture and nature is a few steps wide, from an interior space surrounded by several layers you fi nd your way to the exterior. The structure also has several layers: the classic form of the box is supplemented with the wooden framing structure that supports the awnings. Down below, at the village, is an oasting-house (a building where ears of grain are left to dry to release the seeds) and we had the idea of making for this little house a kind of sister, a geometrically faithful copy in the form of a lumber stack, and that it could be the forest’s information centre.

Image Courtesy © RC = Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © RC = Radka Ciglerova

  • Architects: Huť architektury Martin Rajniš s.r.o.
  • Project: Pisek city forest administration
  • Location: Czech Republic
  • Photography: RC = Radka Ciglerova
  • Team: e-MRAK – Martin Rajniš, Martin Kloda, David Kubík
  • Project: 2006 
  • Built: 2010
  • Area: 598m2 / 2040m3

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New Halifax Central Library in Canada by schmidt/hammer/ lassen architects/

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: schmidt/hammer/ lassen architects/

As the new Halifax Central Library opens to the public on 13 December 2014, the citizens of Halifax, Canada,have been given a civic landmark which has already received international recognition. The contract to design the 15,000 m2library was won in an international competition in 2010 by the Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects and local firm Fowler Bauld & Mitchell. Sited on a prominent location in the heart of Halifax, the library stands as a cultural hub accessible to everyone and as a result of what can be achieved through co-creation.

Image Courtesy © Adam Mørk

Image Courtesy © Adam Mør

  • Architects: schmidt/hammer/ lassen architects/
  • Project: New Halifax Central Library
  • Location: Canada
  • Photography: Adam Mørk
  • Architect team: Fowler Bauld& Mitchell (prime consultant architect)
  • Engineers: Structural:SNC Lavalin Inc., Ove Arup (Concept Design), Mechanical:CBCL Limited, Ove Arup (Concept Design), Electrical: CBCL Limited, Ove Arup (Concept Design)
  • Landscape architect: GordonRatcliffe Landscape Architect
  • Project Manager: Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Client: Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Public Libraries
  • Status: Construction period 2011-2014
  • Competition: 2010, 1st prize in international competition
  • Construction budget: € 33 million excl. VAT
  • Area: 15,000 m2

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Casa Infinita in Babahoyo, Ecuador by Natura Futura Arquitectura

 
December 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Natura Futura Arquitectura

¨When i was a girl, i enjoyed a lot in the home of family ranch, the feeling of freedom that it generated looking out of the window; when I came to live in the city, the feeling was lost … today I feel it again … ¨ Magaly Villalba, owner.

Image Courtesy © José Gómez

Image Courtesy © José Gómez

  • Architects: Natura Futura Arquitectura
  • Project: Casa Infinita
  • Location: Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Ecuador
  • Photography: José Gómez
  • Architects in charge: José Fernando Gómez M.
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Year: 2014

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