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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.

Residential complex Nová Terasa in Košice, Slovakia by Vallo Sadovsky Architects

 
July 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Vallo Sadovsky Architects

The architecture of the new district is based on simple and clear shapes and colours, yet it still respects the uniqueness of each house. The uniqueness is shown, above all, in the first floor that becomes the differentiator of the houses, and in the last, retracted floor, corresponding to various types of apartments and providing for forming of generous terraces and views.

Image Courtesy © TomášManina

Image Courtesy © TomášManina

  • Architects: Vallo Sadovsky Architects
  • Project: Residential complex Nová Terasa
  • Location: Košice Slovakia
  • Photography: TomášManina
  • Authors: ValloSadovsky Architects, MatúšVallo, Oliver Sadovský, BranislavHusárik, Peter Janeček,DušanChupáč, MatejaVonkomerová
Image Courtesy © TomášManina

Image Courtesy © TomášManina

  • Project: 2010
  • Completed: 2013
  • Site area: 16 115sqm
  • Built area: 4 216sqm
  • Grossbuilt area: 20 105 sqm
  • Budget: 16 026 500€

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World Architecture Festival Awards 2014 shortlist announced

 
July 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2.com

  • Major names feature in world’s biggest architectural awards programme 
  • Organisers see substantial increase in Asian entries

Singapore, 2014-07-09 – A Buddhist temple in Singapore, an invisible eco-tourism resort in Turkey, a maritime museum in Copenhagen and the new masterplan for Gatwick Airport are among the projects that have today been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards 2014 – the world’s biggest architectural awards programme.

National Australia Bank, 700 Bourke St, Melbourne - Woods Bagot

National Australia Bank, 700 Bourke St, Melbourne – Woods Bagot

Taking place at this year’s seventh annual World Architecture Festival, the WAF awards 2014 have attracted entries from more than 50 countries. The festival organisers, i2i Events Group, received entries from across the globe, from countries such as Costa Rica and Kuwait, to Japan and Jordan.

Akiha Ward Cultural Center - Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

Akiha Ward Cultural Center – Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

The organisers have seen a huge increase in entries from Asian countries, with projects in China, Malaysia and Vietnam up on last year by 87%, 71% and 140% respectively. The geographic spread of entries on the shortlist is further complemented by the variety of projects, from an opera house in Italy, to a variety of health facilities in Australia and a chapel in Brazil.

Stamp House - Charles Wright Architects

Stamp House – Charles Wright Architects

Buildings designed by established global practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA, Foster & Partners, BIG, Woods Bagot, KPF, Farrells, Perkins & Will and Aedas, feature in the shortlisted entries. Practices will compete across 27 individual award categories, spanning completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects, presenting their shortlisted designs live to international judging panels and delegates at this year’s festival.

For the first time, this year’s festival will have a separate small projects category as the judges wished to highlight design skill which had a disproportionate relationship to the physical size of a project.

Yalikavak Marina Complex - Emre Arolat Architects

Yalikavak Marina Complex – Emre Arolat Architects

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director said: “From small structures to industrial complexes, the breadth of projects shortlisted this year reveals the diversity and strength of global architectural design. It also demonstrates the creativity and tenacity of the international architectural community in creating these truly remarkable schemes. We’d like to congratulate the architects responsible as they prepare to present the merits of their schemes live at the festival in October.”

Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple - Czarl Architects

Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple – Czarl Architects

The 2014 festival is being held in Singapore for the third time, taking place between 1 – 3 October. The winners of each future project and completed building category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building or Future Project of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2014.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Zaha Hadid Architects

Dongdaemun Design Plaza – Zaha Hadid Architects

This year’s ‘super jury’ comprises a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Lord Richard Rogers. Rogers will be joined on the super-jury by Rocco Yim (Hong Kong), Julie Eizenberg (USA), Enric Ruiz Geli (Spain) and Peter Rich (South Africa).

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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building – Aedas

Two additional prizes will be awarded at this year’s festival for the first time to reward the creative use of colour and materials: The Exterior Colour Prize, sponsored by AkzoNobel; and the Wood Excellence Prize, sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC).

Spotlight Youth Space - Astudio

Spotlight Youth Space – Astudio

The theme for WAF’s main conference sessions in 2014 will be ‘Architects and the City’. Speakers will examine the contribution architects can make, and the way they affect and are affected by, politics, infrastructure, planning, communities and technology. Presentations and panel discussions will feature prominent architects including keynote speeches from Lord Richard Rogers (UK); Moshe Safdie (Canada) and Rocco Yim (Hong Kong); and representatives from policy-makers and urban organisations.

World Architecture Festival is collocated with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors www.insidefestival.com. INSIDE celebrates the world’s finest interiors of the last year and also has at its heart a live international awards programme.

Narigua House - P+O Architecture - Narigua

Narigua House – P+O Architecture – Narigua

About WAF

World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the largest annual festival and live awards programme for the global architecture community.

It will take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore between 1st – 3rd October 2014.

WAF has three central pillars of activity:

  • A wide-ranging conference programme, featuring keynote lectures, dozens of expert-led talks and seminars from thought-leading architects and designers from across the globe.
  • The world’s largest annual awards programme in which practices from around the world compete across 28 award categories for global recognition. Architects of every shortlisted project are invited to attend the festival to give a live presentation to a panel of judges, asserting their case for why their project should win. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2014. This year’s super jury members are Richard Rogers (chair), Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.
  • Three festival halls where all award entries are displayed in a unique awards gallery and where sponsors and suppliers can interact with delegates, make new contacts and showcase their services and products.
  • Garangula Gallery - Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects

    Garangula Gallery – Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects

As well as this the festival plays host to an international, live student charrette; parties and receptions in some of Singapore’s most exciting locations; exclusive tours to Singapore’s most recent architectural sites of interest and a celebratory gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Centre - Patterson Associates Ltd

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Centre – Patterson Associates Ltd

WAF has welcomed over 12,500 attendees to date, including over 2,000 in 2012. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, itself a previous WAF Award winner, is WAF’s home for the third year running, having been held in Barcelona for four years previously, providing the perfect backdrop to this truly global architectural extravaganza.

WAF is proud to work with Founder Partner, Grohe and Headline Partner, AzkoNobel.

Salvaged Ring - a21studio

Salvaged Ring – a21studio

WAF awards Programme

The WAF awards are the global industry benchmark for excellence. Entries are welcome in 27 categories, spanning completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects.

Bravo Group Pazhou Mixed-use Project - Aedas

Bravo Group Pazhou Mixed-use Project – Aedas

Individual Categories:

Completed Buildings:

  • Civic and community
  • Display
  • Civic and community
  • Culture
  • Display
  • Health
  • Higher education/research
  • Hotel/leisure
  • House
  • Housing
  • New and Old
  • Office
  • Production/energy/recycling
  • Schools
  • Shopping
  • Sport
  • Transport
  • Villa
Abadan Residential Apartment - Farshad Mehdizadeh Architects

Abadan Residential Apartment – Farshad Mehdizadeh Architects

Landscape Projects:

  • Completed designs

Future Projects:

  • Commercial mixed-use
  • Competition entries
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Experimental
  • Health
  • House
  • Infrastructure
  • Leisure-led development
  • Masterplanning
  • Office
  • Residential
Danish Maritime Museum - BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

Danish Maritime Museum – BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

About WAF’s organisers – i2i Events Group

i2i Events Group delivers world-class exhibitions and large scale events in key sectors including home and gift, fashion, retail, healthcare, energy, environment, education, technology and media. Its portfolio of world-wide events includes World Retail Congress, RWM, Spring Fair, Naidex, BVE, Bett and Pure London. It prides itself on opening up possibilities for its customers and each year brings more than 250,000 decision makers together to network, source, test, buy and sell brilliant products,  services, ideas and solutions. The company is headed up by Mark Shashoua who joined EMAP as Group MD of EMAP Connect in November 2011 and became CEO of i2i Events Group in March 2012.  i2i Events Group is powered by Top Right Group, formerly known as Emap International Ltd.

Koe in de Kost by Foreco

 
July 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Foreco

In a quiet meadow lined with hedgerows and surrounded by cows, eighteen ecological recreational residences have been integrated on the farm of the Alferink Family. The accommodations, named Koe in de Kost, are based on a roof of grass recessed in the landscape which gives it a logical binding the surrounding farms, although they have a modern design. With an arched hood the maximum height of the construction is three meters above the grassland. ‘Grondulows’ are built of sustainable and natural materials with wood as a basis. Guests in these houses cannot only see the wood, but also smell and feel it on the inside.

Image Courtesy © Foreco

Image Courtesy © Foreco

  • Architects: Foreco
  • Project: Koe in de Kost

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Imperial War Museum in London, UK by Foster + Partners

 
July 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Foster + Partners

As part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, impressive new galleries centred on a new atrium have been unveiled today at the Imperial War Museum. These new public spaces represent the first phase of a long-term redevelopment project, which will improve access and circulation through the Museum, open the interiors to daylight and views, and create new connections with the surrounding park.

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Imperial War Museum
  • Location: London, UK
  • Photography: Foster + Partners, Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

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Narona Archaeological Museum in Metković, Croatia by radionica arhitekture / Goran Rako

 
July 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: radionica arhitekture / Goran Rako

The ancient forum of the Roman city of Narona was buried for more than a thousand years. Barbarians came down the valley, destroying temples and decapitating statues. Then the river that descends from the high mountains piled up the sand and buried the ruins. On the site of the civic centre of the once sizeable ancient city, village houses were built, fields were sown and olive groves planted.

Image Courtesy © Boris Kragic

Image Courtesy © Boris Kragic

  • Architects: radionica arhitekture / Goran Rako
  • Project: Narona Archaeological Museum
  • Location: Vid, Metković, Croatia
  • Photography: Boris Cvjetanovic, Miljenko Bernfest, Boris Kragic, Goran Rako
  • Project Team: Mario Beusan, Blanka Gutschy, Goran Rako, Nenad Ravnic
  • Structural Engineering: Branko Galic
Image Courtesy © Boris Cvjetanovic

Image Courtesy © Boris Cvjetanovic

  • Project Area: 1,200 sqm
  • Project Year: 2001.-2004
  • Construction Year: 2004.-2008
  • Awards: Vladimir Nazor Award(annual award given by the Croatian Ministry of Culture to Croatian artists for highest achievements in various artistic fields)
  • text: Krunoslav Ivanišin

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Germans Soler Butchery in Celrà, Spain by PAU SARQUELLA FÀBREGAS

 
July 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PAU SARQUELLA FÀBREGAS

In 2011 the sons of Herminia took over the running of the family butcher’s shop. Located on the road 66 in Celrà, it has remained hidden from passing travellers, with only the local habitants shopping there. After years of hard work, the brothers decided to renovate their facilities to continue offering to their customers traditional meat and sausages.

Image Courtesy © Joan Guillamat, Pau Sarquella

Image Courtesy © Joan Guillamat, Pau Sarquella

  • Architects: PAU SARQUELLA FÀBREGAS
  • Project: Germans Soler Butchery
  • Location: Celrà, Spain
  • Photography: Joan Guillamat, Pau Sarquella
  • Client: Germans Soler
  • Collaborator: Carmen Torres González
  • Consultants: i Gestió Enteq Directorate (surveyors), Bureau d’Enginyeria Enteq (contract), Serveis Arquitectonics (structure)
  • Contractor: ENTEQ Direcció i Gestió

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Phoenix Valley in Wujin, China by studio505

 
July 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: studio505

Phoenix Valley, Wujin has invigorated and defined a new cultural heart for the blossoming new city in China’s Jiangsu Province

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: studio505
  • Project: Phoenix Valley
  • Location: Wujin, China
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Completion Date: 2013
Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Client: Wujin District People’s Government
  • Cost: 450M RMB
  • Local Design Institute: Nanjing University Design Institute
  • Constructor: Shanghai Construction Group
  • Interior Contractor: Gold Mantis

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Camouflage House – Wooden single-family house by AGi architect

 
July 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AGi architect

Camouflage House

Today more than ever, with the strict planning regulations and the economic crisis, it is essential to think about the effectiveness of the design, new means of production, standardization of architectural elements and their implications for society.

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

  • Architects: AGi architect
  • Project: Camouflage House – Wooden single-family house

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Guangdong Museum in Hangzhou, China by Rocco Design Architects Ltd.

 
July 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  Rocco Design Architects Ltd.

Guangdong Museum is one of the four cultural landmarks for Zhujiang New Town of Guangzhou. Conceived as an Objet d’Art in a monumental scale, it is an allegory to the impeccably and intricately sculpted antique Chinese artifacts of a lacquer box, which collects and reflects treasures of the times. The museum is designed to house objects of treasure, and is also a treasured object of fascination. It is an identifiable cultural icon, giving visitors a memorable experience on the traditional wisdoms as well as the appreciation of the cultural identity of the city.

Image Courtesy ©   Rocco Design Architects Ltd

Image Courtesy © Rocco Design Architects Ltd

  • Architects: Rocco Design Architects Ltd.
  • Project: Guangdong Museum
  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Designed Year: 2004
  • Completion Year: 2010
  • Site Area: 41,027 sq. m
  • Total G.F.A: 66,980 sq. m
  • Project Team: Rocco Yim, William Tam, CM Chan, Derrick Tsang, Lucia Cheung, Grace Lin, Ivan Chui, Christina Chan, Chris Wong, Amber Wang, Ricky Wang
  • Client: Guangdong Museum

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Landsdowne House in Quebec, Canada by Affleck de la Riva architects

 
July 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Affleck de la Riva architects

Located in Westmount, a privileged inner-city suburb of Montreal, Lansdowne Avenue is remarkable for both its heritage architecture and its particular topography.  The street negotiates a series of steep inclines and plateaus at the base of Westmount Mountain.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

  • Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
  • Project: Landsdowne House
  • Location:  Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Drew Hadley, Marc Cramer
  • Client: Richard Dufour
  • Project manager: Richard de la Riva
  • Design architect: Richard de la Riva and Gavin Affleck
  • Project team: Marie-Élaine Gibeault, Yannick Beauregard, Alexandre Cassiani and Serge Gascon
  • Interior designer: Richard Bélanger
  • Structural engineer: D.L. Turner Consultants
  • Budget: 750 000 $CA
  • Area of project: 3 800 ft2 / 350 m2
  • Project end date: 2010

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