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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.

Quicken Loans Qzine by ROSSETTI

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ROSSETTI

Nothing about these offices looks like your father’s bank. That was the intent when Quicken Loans purchased the Chase Tower, also known as the Qube, located in Detroit’s urban core. The historic 1960s building houses the firm’s young and growing workforce.

Image Courtesy © ROSSETTI

  • Architects: ROSSETTI  (Ian Shapiro)
  • Project: Quicken Loans Qzine

Agora Szeged in Szeged, Hungary by BAHCS architects

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BAHCS architects

The architectural programme of the Agora project – a center for the promotion of local innovation – is manifested in a building unifying four different functions, three of which are linked to science and research: Computer-science history exhibition, Informatorium (demonstration space of the latest information technology) and a demonstration laboratory presenting experiments in biophysics. Our client decided to add the youth center of the city to the programme as well in order to introduce the younger generation as the main target group to the world of science and technology.

Image Courtesy © Zsolt Frikker

  • Architect: BAHCS architects
  • Project: Agora Szeged
  • Location: Szeged, Hungary
  • Architects: András Báger, Csaba Helmle
  • Fellow Architects: Gabriella Antal, Nóra Báger, Balázs Turai, Tamás Tóth
  • Photography: Zsolt Frikker
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
  • Client: Municipality of Szeged, Hungary
  • Total net floor area: 7240  m2
  • Construction cost (landscape included): net 2 billion HUF
  • Graphic design: Balázs Vékes
  • Interior design: György Frank, Péter Fábián
  • Landscape architecture: Gábor Szabó, Nóra Zámbó
  • Electrical planning: Ferenc Németi, Bogár Péterné, István Csányi, János Somogyi
  • Mechanical design: Zoárd Mangel, Zsolt Kovács, Attila Kerék
  • Public utilities, road planning: Erzsébet Bombolya
  • Structural design: Roland Ambrus, Tamás Méri
  • Building structures: Péter Handa
  • Contractor: KÉSZ Építő Zrt., László Szalados CEO, Péter Kondorosi project director, Gábor Urbán site manager
  • Competition First Prize: February 2009
  • Licensing plan: May 2009
  • Construction plan: April 2010
  • Opening: December 2012

“Terma” (Thermal) by Ramon Esteve

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ramon Esteve

The space “Terma” (Thermal) is inspired by natural thermal springs created by volcanic activity. A serene and hedonistic atmosphere is evoked by pure and architectural forms.

The space is created by using large, prismatic volumes. Two large walls which divide and give focus to the space use a wood mosaic and backlit stone which illuminates the area with soft lighting. The edges of the space are divided into vertical panels of stone with different depths and light emerges from between the panels.

Image Courtesy © Ramon Esteve

Casa OVal in Jalisco, México by Elías Rizo Arquitectos

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Elías Rizo Arquitectos

The commission for casa Oval came from a young family with clearly defined needs and aspirations. This project presented a challenge that has become increasingly prevalent among Mexican architects: to build a house in a cloistered residential community that often imposes arbitrary, traditionalist aesthetic restrictions on all construction. Privacy and space efficiency were the two driving concerns for the project. The house envelope needed to afford sufficient visual privacy from the street outside, while also providing enough porosity to allow generous amounts of natural light into the house.

Image Courtesy © Marcos García

  • Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa OVal
  • Location: Jalisco, México
  • Photography: Marcos García
  • Collaborators: Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Daniela Valdez, Andrea Zúñiga, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Constructor: Calca Constructora, César Alcaraz Flores, Pamela Cabrera Castro
  • Iluminación: Construlita
  • Project year: 2013
  • Project area: 341 m2


March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: atelier tom vanhee

The meeting centre offers accommodation to various community activities. The complex of buildings consists of successive constructions, ranging from a 19th century school building and an old town hall to an industrial construction from the 1990s. The dilapidated storage building makes place for enlargement of the meeting hall.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: atelier tom vanhee
  • Location: Westvleterendorp 13, 8640 Westvleteren
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • CLIENT: Municipality Vleteren, province West-Vlaanderen
  • CONCEPT TEAM: atelier tom vanhee met ontwerpgroep
  • BRUTO  SURFACE: 690 m²
  • CONCEPT: 2009 – 2010
  • EXECUTION: 2011 – 2012

Bramham Gardens in Kensington, London by Keir Townsend

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Keir Townsend

Interior Design Studio, Keir Townsend provides a full scope of services from concept design and branding through to design implementation.

Though relatively new as an interior design partnership, Irina Townsend and Alastair Keir have already amassed a prestigious portfolio of residential and commercial work including the highly-acclaimed Novikov Restaurant and Bar in London’s Mayfair.

Image Courtesy © Keir Townsend

  • Architects: Keir Townsend
  • Project: Bramham Gardens
  • Location: Kensington, London

MiCasa in Hertfordshire, UK by Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects

In October 2010, Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects was commissioned by Peter and Melanie Domb to design a house of modern design, with minimal impact on the environment and able to accommodate their burgeoning art collection.

The architects had worked with Peter Domb for many years in his capacity as a commercial developer. They met to look around the site at the bottom of the garden of the Dombs’ existing house, discussing their aspirations for the scheme and possible options.

Image Courtesy © Lyndon Douglas

  • Architects: Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects
  • Project: MiCasa
  • Location: Hertfordshire, UK
  • Photography: Lyndon Douglas
  • Client: Peter and Melanie Domb
  • Project commission: October 2010
  • Project completion: November 2012

Invisible Hotel/ Transparent City in Athens, Greece by blp architects

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: blp architects

Invisibility is essentially a question of transparency.

In 1963 Colin Rowe in his article Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal set the framework: \”At the beginning of any inquiry into transparency, a basic distinction must perhaps be established. Transparency may be an inherent quality of substance- as in a wire mesh or glass curtain wall, or it may be an inherent quality of organization\”. As an organization quality \”transparency means a simultaneous perception of different spatial locations\”.

Image Courtesy © blp architects

  • Architects: blp architects (Iro Bertaki Christina Loukopoulou Costis Paniyiris)
  • Project: Invisible Hotel/ Transparent City
  • Location:  Athens, Greece
  • Invited competition entry: January 2005
  • Exhibition: DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens: April 2005

Dokkaffee II in Rotterdam, NL by Studio Dave Keune

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Dave Keune

With an establishment of Boymans van Beuningen museum and Rotterdam school of architecture around the corner Dokkaffee fills in the need for high standard food and drinks on this remote location, one that honors its past of hard labor and meets up to the 21st century standard.

Image Courtesy © Studio Dave Keune

  • Architects: Studio Dave Keune
  • Project: Dokkaffee II
  • Location: Rotterdam, NL
  • Software used: Rinoceros.
  • Project start date: September 2013
  • Project completion: November 2013
  • Site area: 300 square meters
  • Interior concept Design: EB ontwerp & studio Dave Keune
  • Client: Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Beech House in Toronto, Ontario by Altius Architecture, Inc.

March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Altius Architecture, Inc.

Efficient, clean design and simple, modern spaces went hand in hand with wheelchair accessibility for this modest, 2200 square foot house. This project was designed to be an accessible house that maintained the warm feel of a family home.

Image Courtesy © Altius Architecture, Inc.

  • Architects: Altius Architecture, Inc. (Cathy Garrido)
  • Project: Beech House
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Software used: ArchiCAD (currently version 16)
  • Project Management: Alex Wasiuk & Morris Ortolan (Altius Architecture, Inc.)
  • Project: Beech House – Design + Construction Management
  • Size: 2200 sqft
  • Completion: Fall 2011
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