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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.

Xintiandi Installation in Shanghai, China by UNStudio

April 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: UNStudio

As part of the‘RIBA Shanghai Windows Project 2014’ UNStudio was invited by China Xintiandi to create a gateway installation for the XintiandiStyle Retail Mall in Shanghai.

Located along Madang Road and framing the entrance to the mall, the project conceptually explores the role of display in Shanghai: the symbiotic relationship of cultural reflections that occur between the city’s occupants and the urban landscape.

Image Courtesy © Seth Powers

  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Xintiandi Installation
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Seth Powers
  • Client: China Xintiandi
  • Programme: Temporary Installation
  • Status: Realised March 2014
  • UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Hannes Pfau with Garett Hwang, Gil Greis, and Maya Alam
  • Advisors: ARUP Shanghai – Structure
  • Consultants: ARUP Shanghai Structure, China Majesty Structure Design Co
  • Contractors: LANDZ Group 
  • Design Year: 2013-2014
  • Construction Year: 2014
  • Completion Date: March 25, 2014
  • Opening: March 26, 2014

Building Information

  • Site Dimensions: 30m long by 3m wide
  • Building Height: 2.7m high

Exterior Materials 

  • Substructure: Steel framing
  • Envelope: inside surface: mirror stainless steel; outside surface: painted aluminum alloy

Activity Centre in Hoogeveen, Netherlands by Diederendirrix Architects

April 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Diederendirrix Architects

The Activity Centre will be the heart of the Bentinckspark education and sport campus in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands. After a comprehensive selection procedure, diederendirrix was chosen as the winner.

The winning design is a compact and sustainable building that fits naturally into its context. The southern side of the building will be in open connection to the new athletics track. From the sports café there are direct views of both the track and the largest sports hall. On the northern side the possibility of expansion exists, by adding units for paramedics and other functions related to education, sports, exercise and health.

Image Courtesy © Diederendirrix Architects

House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark by Coop Himmelb(l)au

April 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

After four years of construction, the “House of Music” in Aalborg, Denmark was ceremoniously opened on March 29, 2014 by the Danish Queen Margrethe II.

This cultural centre was designed by the Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au as a combined school and concert hall: its open structure promotes the exchange between the audience and artists, and the students and teachers. “The idea behind the building can already be read from the outer shape. The school embraces the concert hall,” explained Wolf D. Prix, design principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Image Courtesy © Coop Himmelb(l)au

  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Project: House of Music
  • Location: Aalborg, Denmark
  • Photography: Rene Jeppesen, Martin Schubert, Aleksandra Pawloff, Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Client: North Jutland House of Music Foundation, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
  • Project Partner: Michael Volk
  • Project Architect: Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose
  • Design Architect: Luzie Giencke
  • Design architect interior: Eva Wolf
  • CAD coordinator: Ronny Böser
  • Project Team: Benjamin Schmidt, Philip Wilck, Ariane Marx, Markus Baumann, Ivana Jug, Anna Wasserthal, Talya Kozminsky, Blaine Lepp, Robin Heather, Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Stephanie Neufeld, Tyler Bornstein, Elisabeth Keane
  • 3D Visualization: Armin Hess/ Isochrom, Vienna Silkroad, Beijing, China Jens Mehlan, Jörg Hugo
  • Local Architects: Friis & Moltke, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Landscape Architect: Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, Helsingør, Denmark
  • Structural Engineering: Rambøll, Aalborg, Denmark B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Office Loft in Rome, Italy by Carola Vannini Architecture

April 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Carola Vannini Architecture

A Roman ancient market’s storage place has been transformed into a modern work space.

The project’s purpose is to create a strong contrast between the ancient existing structure and the new interior architecture.

The difference between the two functions (storage space during the past centuries and creative space today) has suggested two parallel design approaches: on one hand the intention of preserving the original building’s characteristics and, on the other hand, the need of inserting new and recognizable elements.

Image Courtesy © Carola Vannini Architecture

  • Architects: Carola Vannini Architecture
  • Project: Office Loft
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Client: private
  • Date: 2006
  • Surface: 90sm
  • Price: 110.000 euros

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building in Nanjing, China by ISO workshop

April 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ISO workshop

As part of old Jinglin College campus built in last20’s to30’s in Nanjing, Wujigeng Building is regarded as typical Minguo (Republic of China period 1912-1949) style, Big Chinese roof and masonry grey brick wall as main façade elements, for its representative architectural quality, the left old Jinglin College campus buildings were preserved as major historic and cultural sites under state protection.

Image Courtesy © Yao Li

  • Architects: ISO workshopAZL ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building
  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Photography: Yao Li
  • Architect in Charge: Qi Wei
  • Project Team: Qi Wei, Pu Wei, Fang Yunping
  • Project Adviser: Zhang Lei
  • Collaborator: AZL architects
  • Project Area: 2000 sqm
  • Project year: 2013

white office by dep studio

April 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: dep studio

The project consists of the construction of office space for a young company that operates in the field of renewable energy. The offices are located on the mezzanine level of an industrial warehouse, obtained through the realization of a loft with metal structure. The project seeks to facilitate collaboration between different professionals working in company without compromising privacy and the small moments of leisure.

Image Courtesy © dep studio

“Van Vitelli 2″ in Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation by Mudrogelenko design

April 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mudrogelenko design

The project was designed for young man. The main idea of this project is to use the most of the floor space, adapting it to stay active young men. Natural materials and mobile furniture, built-in lights for different lighting depending on the mood. Mobility premises carried out using a mechanical sliding partition designed by Astor Mobili. We used as a basis for graphical partitions in the hallway drawing human DNA.

Image Courtesy © Mudrogelenko design

  • Architects: Mudrogelenko design
  • Project: “Van Vitelli 2″
  • Location: Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Total area: 120 m2
  • DESIGN TEAM: Mudrogelenko Dmitriy, Mudrogelenko Zlata
  • Main materials: Stone, Glass, Wood.
  • Light: XAL, Artemide
  • Door: Astor Mobili
  • Furniture: Edra

Chattarpur Farm House in Mehrauli Delhi, India by Horizon Design Studio Pvt Ltd

April 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Horizon Design Studio Pvt Ltd

The Client (Builder by profession) wanted to develop his plot in affluent south Delhi neighbourhood as a Weekend \”Home / Farm House\”. The requirement of the client was two bedrooms with attached toilets, living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground level only. However he added a extra room with attached toilet for guest on first floor.

Image Courtesy © Horizon Design Studio Pvt Ltd

  • Architects: Horizon Design Studio Pvt Ltd
  • Project: Chattarpur Farm House
  • Location: Mehrauli Delhi, India
  • Site Area: 1150 Sq m
  • Constructed area: 2500 sq foots

Prahran Hotel in Windsor, Australia by Techne Architects

April 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Techne Architects

The Prahran Hotel is a substantial two storey corner pub with a striking streamlined art deco facade. The rear of the venue had a poorly proportioned, internalised single storey extension and the clients brief for the project called to demolish and replace it with a dramatic double height space with a central courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Peter Clarke Photography

  • Architects: Techne Architects
  • Project: Prahran Hotel
  • Location: 82 High Street, Windsor VIC 3181
  • Photography: Peter Clarke Photography
  • Project completion date: May 2013
  • Project type: Hospitality (Pub)
  • Project address: 82 High Street, Windsor VIC 3181
  • Owner’s/Client name: Sand Hill Road
  • Project Team: Justin Northrop (Project/Design Director), Steve McKeag (Project Architect), Alex Lake (Architect), Melita Kei (Draftsperson), Francois Claassens (Draftsperson), Bianca Baldi (Interior Designer)
  • Project Size: 550m²
  • Project Cost: Undisclosed
  • Builder: Visual Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Parkhill Freeman

CASA BE in Paredes, Portugal by Spaceworkers

April 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Spaceworkers

The idea of a vernacular architecture (forgotten) and how it seeks to form a clear speech between the landscape and programmatic needs is something that we always admire.

A very successful example of this discourse, are the structures to support agriculture (normally function barns / granary), which in a more or less random would punctuate the countryside, as blocks of ephemeral appearance that levitated on the ground.

Image Courtesy © FG+SG

  • Architects: Spaceworkers
  • Project: CASA BE
  • Location: Paredes, Portugal
  • Photography: FG+SG
  • Principal architects: Henrique Marques e Rui Dinis
  • Year: 2007 – 2013
  • Size: 800m2
  • Client: Private
  • Project Team: Rui Rodrigues, Sérgio Rocha, Daniel Neto, Vasco Giesta e José Carlos
  • Diretor Financeiro: Carla Duarte
  • Engineering: aspp ENGENHEIROS, Lda
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