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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.

New Helsinki Central Library in Finland by Henning Larsen Architects

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects

The new Helsinki Central Library is uniquely situated in the historic city centre, with direct views to the downtown area and Töölönlahti Bay. The design of the new building is inspired by this exceptional location, incorporating and intertwining the park and city in a sweeping gesture reminiscent of a yin yang symbol.

Image Courtesy © Henning Larsen Architects

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Project: New Helsinki Central Library
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Client: The City of Helsinki
  • Gross floor area: 10,000 m2
  • Year of design: 2012 – 2013
  • Type of assignment: Open International Competition


March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal


It is easy to build a new urban which is beautiful, comfortable, spacious, and airy. However, it is not easy to create the spirit-inspiring place, especially in Vietnam where new urban are currently blooming, rather like each other and duplicate a lot of French classical architecture.

Image Courtesy © Le Anh Duc

  • Project: VIET PAVILION
  • Location: Ninh Khanh, Ninh Binh, VietNam
  • Photography: Le Anh Duc
  • Architect in Charge: Ta Tien Vinh, Truong Tuan Chung
  • Design Team: Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong, Vu Nam Son, Bui Huy Toan, Nguyen Hoang Hai, Vu  Thi Quynh Giao, Le Thanh Ha, Do Tho Ha, Vu Xuan Hai, Pham Van Kien
  • General Contractor: Tan Truong Thanh, jsc 
  • Project manage: Nguyen Thuong Dinh
  • Area: 423 sqm
  • Project year: 2013
  • Clients: Mr. Hoang Anh Tu & Mrs. Dinh Phuong Tram

The Cube, 2013 Beijing Biennale by Oyler Wu Collaborative

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Oyler Wu Collaborative

Built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, the Cube was designed with the intention of challenging the perceptual reading of the volumetric object.  Beginning with this iconic and basic geometry, the overall scheme is designed to maintain the clear presence of the six-sided object in space.

Image Courtesy © Jason Wheeler

  • Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • Project: The Cube, 2013 Beijing Biennale
  • Photography: Jason Wheeler, Lam Kaiming Lin
  • Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Lung Chi Chang, Dustin Columbatto, Eric Lalone, Huy Le, Shawn Rassekh, Sanjay Sukie, Yaohua Wang
  • Structural Engineering: Nous Engineering, Matt Melnyk
  • Lighting Designer: Lux Populi

House of wood in Chamartin, Madrid, Spain by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

The decision to build a new house in a 1950’s neighbourhood of single family dwellings had to confront the by-laws which not only prohibited the demolition of a previously existing building lacking any architectural value, but also explicitly protected the original construction materials as well as its volume, covered by a hipped roof. Our proposal produces an in-depth transformation of the building on the basis of just two architectural operations: a new wood envelope around the existing volume of the old house, and a central spine that runs through the full height of the interior spaces.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

  • Architects: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano)
  • Project: House of wood
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Hisao Suzuki, Luis Asin
  • Program: Residential
  • Total floor area: 500 m²
  • Project team: Carlos Ballesteros, Mauro Herrero, Juan Carlos Redondo
  • Site supervision: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, Miguel Mesas Izquierdo
  • Structural engineer: N.B.35 S.L.
  • Mechanical engineer: Aguilera Ingenieros S.A.
  • Completion: 1.999

Country House in Goedereede, Netherlands by Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

Goeree Overflakkee is a peninsula in the South of the Netherlands. Here, small-scale agricultural use meets the dunes. The spacious building site is located on a shallow dyke on the transition between those very different types of landscape. Looking east one sees meadows and fields. Towards the other side there are windswept trees and dunes. One this site family R decided to built a house for themselves and their numerous children and guests to spend weekends and holidays.

Image Courtesy © Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

  • Architects: Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten
  • Project: Country House
  • Location: Goedereede, Netherlands
  • Photography:
  • Client: family R
  • Structural engineer: PietersBouwtechniek Utrecht, JaapDijks
  • Advisor installations: AdviesbureauvdWeele
  • Contractor: Christian Dörschug
  • Design: 2010/ 2011
  • Realisation: 2012

Encants Barcelona in Spain by b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

Els Encants is a centenarian marketplace set outdoors in an informal way. Its former location was close to the market’s new grounds both at Glories Square.

A flee-market dedicated to auctions and the sale of second hand objects, furniture, clothing and all sorts of curious and bric-à-brac. Its origin goes back to the 14th Century. It began its activity at Glories in 1929 occupying a public site of nearly 17.000 m2 in an improvised way, and developed under a temporary basis, becoming a much loved, unique space in the city. The new market is the first step of an important City project: the reform of Glories Square, Cerda’s central square at the junction of the three main avenues of his Plan.

Image Courtesy © b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos

  • Architects: b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos
  • Project: Encants Barcelona
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Gross floor area: 35.440 m²
  • Competition: October 2008
  • Project: 2008-2009
  • Execution: 2010-2013
  • Construction Cost: 50.000.000 €
  • b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos: Fermín Vázquez, Francesc de Fuentes, Cristina Algas, Sonia Cruz, Guillermo Weiskal, Pablo Garrido, Albert Freixes, Gemma Ojea, Javier Artieda, Angel Gaspar, Oriol Roig, Juan Pablo Porta, Leonardo Novelo, Jorge Mascaray, Francisco Marques, Helia Pires, Elies Porta, Tosca, Salinas, Myriam Gonzalez, Nastascha Gergoff, Egbert Oosterhoff, Leopoldo Bianchini
  • Client: Barcelona d’Infraestructures Municipals (BIMSA), Barcelona City Council
  • Structural Engineering: BOMA
  • Services Engineering: Grupo JG

Sea Fest Restaurant in Beijing, China by PRISM DESIGN

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PRISM DESIGN

The Project place is Beijing Galaxy_Soho in China.

Client request is provide seafood in Restaurant, such as the deep sea.

Project began with this request.

Image Courtesy © TAMAKO SADA

  • Project: Sea Fest Restaurant
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Photography: TAMAKO SADA
  • Total floor area: 300 square meters (Kitchen 100 square meters)
  • Design period: Sep.2013 – Jen.2013
  • Construction period: Jan.2014 – Sep.2013
  • Construction: Shanghai Joint Design & Construction Co,.Ltd

SANTO TOMAS PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE – FIRST STAGE in San Joaquín, Chile by enrique browne y arquitectos asociados

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: enrique browne y arquitectos asociados

The plot is located in a corner of the busy Vicuña Mackenna Avenue, on which an elevated metro runs. Located in front of the site is the largest Campus of one of the most important universities in the country. Its main access is on the diagonal to the site of the Santo Tomás Professional Institute. Another important issue is the oppressive presence of a metro station of 150 meters in length, located in front of the site with the height of 4 floors. The only visual relief occurs at the corner of the site, exactly on the mentioned diagonal. It was thus decided to access the Institute on that axis.

Image Courtesy © Enrique Browne

  • Architects: enrique browne y arquitectos asociados
  • Location: San Joaquín, Chile
  • Photography: Nicolás Saieh and Enrique Browne
  • Collaborating Architects: Felipe Combeau, Tadea de Ipiña, Olimpia Lira, Cristóbal Teixido,  Gonzalo De la Parra,  Josefina del Río, Carolina Rocco.
  • Function: Educational Infrastructure
  • Site Area: 9861,5 m²

Built Area:  

  • First Stage: 8106,8 m²
  • Second Stage: 10288,3 m2 (Under Construction
  • Total Floor Area: 18395,14 m2
  • Stories: 4
  • Structure: Armed Concrete, Steel

Completed Date:

  • First Stage: 2010 – 2013
  • Second Stage: 2013 – 2014 (Under Construction)
  • Client: CFT-IP Santo Tomás
  • Interior Design: Browne & Swett Arquitectos
  • Landscape Design: Browne & Swett Arquitectos
  • Building Company: EBCO
  • Structural Engineer: R.G. Ingenieros Asociados LTDA,  Jorge González and Juan Espinosa
  • Technical Inspection and Supervision: IBLOCK  Willy Herrera
  • Acoustics: Delta Acústica
  • Illumination Project: Paulina Sir First Stage/ Alejandra Ramos Second Stage


  • First Stage: 2010 – 2013
  • Second Stage: 2013 – 2014

SunnyHills in Minami-Aoyama, Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

This shop, specialized in selling pineapple cake (popular sweet in Taiwan), is in the shape of a bamboo basket. It is built on a joint system called “Jiigoku-Gumi,” traditional method used in Japanese wooden architecture (often observed in Shoji: vertical and cross pieces in the same width are entwined in each other to form a muntin grid).

Image Courtesy © Daici Ano

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: SunnyHills
  • Location: Minami-Aoyama, Japan
  • Photography: Daici Ano
  • Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering
  • Facilities: Kankyo Engineering
  • Construction: Satohide Corporation
  • Site Area: 175.69m2
  • Building Area: 102.36m2
  • Total Floor Area: 293.00m2
  • No. of Floors: BF1, 1F, 2F, RF
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete Partially Timber
  • Construction Period: 2012.November〜2013.December
  • Primary use: Store (retail)
  • Client: Sunny Hills Japan
  • Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Kenji Miyahara, Hiroaki Akiyama, Yuteki Dozono, Masahiro Minami
  • Hvac: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
  • Plumbing: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
  • Electric: Kokko Systems
  • Building Coverage: 58.26% (maximum allowed: 60%)
  • Floor area ratio: 166.77% (maximum allowed: 281.60%)

95 King Street East Arts Centre and Lofts in Hamilton, Canada by TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.

The City of Hamilton Housing Division engaged TCA to adaptively reuse this high visibility historic building and former strip club into an arts centre with a multipurpose gallery/event space, 8 artist studios, a meeting room and 12 loft apartments. Intended to contribute to the burgeoning downtown renewal well established nearby, this is intended as a catalyst for renewal of the Gore Park area, a triangular park that is at the heart of downtown Hamilton.

Image Courtesy © DoubleSpace Photography and Kevin Patrick Robbins Photography

  • Architects: TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.
  • Project: 95 King Street East Arts Centre and Lofts
  • Location: Hamilton, Canada
  • Photography: DoubleSpace Photography and Kevin Patrick Robbins Photography
  • Software used: ACAD
  • Structural: Maitland Spencer Engineering
  • Mechanical: CoPa Engineering
  • Electrical: Fortech Engineering
  • Construction: Porteous-Hardcastle Ltd
  • Building Area: 489m2
  • Total Floor Area: 1955.4m2
  • No. of Floors: 3 + Basement
  • Construction Period: 2012.October〜2013.October
  • Primary use: Gallery / Studios (Ground Floor), Residential (Upper Floors)
  • Client: CityHousing Hamilton
  • Design Team: Bill Curran, Stevan Gacesa, Kyle Slote
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