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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.

DongZhuang-Building Museum in China by Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute Co.,Ltd.

 
August 22nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute Co.,Ltd. 

Western or Eastern? 

DongZhuang-Building Museum of Western Regions, is located in Tuoli Township of Nanshan Grasslands, 30 km away from Urumqi City, and is built on the site of a previous grain shop that existed more than sixty years ago. Since the ancient times, architectural design which is inspired by natural landscape has always been exciting. The Museum, facing the city in the south and backed by the mountain in the north, has no disturbance on surrounding vegetation. From afar, it looks like an off-white stone rolled down from the mountain, standing quietly and naturally in the open and vast Gobi desert of Inner Eurasia. Part of the Museum was designed as a guest house containing a private art gallery and the other is open to the public where passengers could have some rest. Cement, sand, necessary rebar and least glass are all components of the building for ecology protection and resource conservation. The thick walls and small windows shield against the scorching sun in summer and chillness in winter. The principles and methods of traditional technologies for cavity walls, ramming earth, sun-dried mud bricks and laying stones are adopted to construct a simple, reliable and durable building. The texture of materials is highlighted on the building’s surface to obtain a “natural” completeness of a non-specific space. The design respecting the data framework and ecological cycle reflects the diversity, liberty and obscureness of local life and endows the building with liberty, freeness and vitality. DongZhuang is a “transparent” presence, with no clear internal floors, possibilities of uncertain and multiple applications, and UDLR interconnection. It takes advantage of natural presences in a smart way to protect against wind and snow and realize ventilation and day lighting. The perfect concave-convex matching with the outer space and the existing space chiseled and space “created” as required for the workers’ needs makes a building under the concept of “harmony” and “container”.

a corner of DongZhuang, Image Courtesy © Yao Li

  • Architects: Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute Co.,Ltd.
  • Project: DongZhuang-Building Museum
  • Location: Western Ecological Environment Research Center, 23 Baijiangou Village, Tuoli Township, Urumqi County, Xinjiang, China
  • Photography: Yao Li
  • Design Team: Liu Xu, Zhang Haiyang, Liu Erdong, Zhang Zhong, Zhang Qing, Zhang Jian
  • Technical and economic target: land used for building 1,990 m2; building area 800 m2; total construction area 7,700 m2; underground area 1,750 m2; floor area 5,950 m2; building density 40%; floor area ratio 3.87
  • Scale of construction: 7,700 m2, with one story underground and 3 stories above ground
  • Completed in: July 2016

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Shenzhen Mind the Sea Sales Gallery in China by Blvd International

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Blvd International

Different from traditional real estate sales gallery, this project emphasizes more on conceptual feature, aiming to present the environmental, modern and creative branding spirit to visitors. With white as the background color, the whole space conveys a pure aesthetics of minimalism. White is open to all possibilities and it embraces future to the largest extent. Touched up by the abstract artistic ambience, the space is overwhelmed with a deep and delicate aesthetic perception.

Image Courtesy © Ouyang Yun

  • Architects: Blvd International
  • Project: Shenzhen Mind the Sea Sales Gallery
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Photography: Ouyang Yun
  • Design Scope: interior design and façade renovation
  • Construction Company: Wanxia Real Estate Co., Ltd.
  • Designers: Liu Honglei, Liang Xiaomei, Wang Ting, Xia Menghan
  • Design area: 269 m2
  • Design time: December, 2015
  • Completion time: November, 2016

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Tangchao Wharf in Shenzhen, China by Weini Design

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Weini Design

Teochew people are called Oriental Jews for their traits of shrewd, tenacity, and concentration, while the Teochew cuisine is popular at home and abroad for its exquisiteness, daintiness, and neutralization. Taking Teochew culture as design theme, Tangchao Wharf restaurant injects modern elements into the centuries-old tradition of this ethnic group in East Guangdong by blending modern elements into Chinese style design.

Image Courtesy © Ouyang Yun

  • Architects: Weini Design
  • Project: Tangchao Wharf
  • Location: πmallShopping Center, Zhongzhou, Shenzhen, China
  • Photography: Ouyang Yun
  • Chief designer: Ray Cai
  • Project area: 450 ㎡
  • Completion time: 2016,11

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An Air of Mystery –This is ENIGMA in Barcelona, Spain by Neolith® by TheSize

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

The story of ENIGMA started with renowned Catalan chef Albert Adrià’s vision to create an ‘out of this world and enigmatic’ restaurant project that was to reflect his cuisine as well as his career. His vision took shape when 2017 Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes drew their design idea in watercolours and decided to bring it to life with the help of Neolith® by TheSize, manufacturer and designer of Sintered Stone. Through an incredibly creative and close collaboration, as well as Neolith’s expertise and technical know-how, the enchanting, out of this world interior of ENIGMA was created.

Image Courtesy © Neolith® by TheSize

  • Architects: Neolith® by TheSize
  • Project: An Air of Mystery –This is ENIGMA
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

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One Suite Hotel in Srebreno, Croatia by 3LHD

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 3LHD

The One Suite Hotel is situated in Srebreno, half way between Dubrovnik and the Čilipi airport. It is a meeting place for the local residents and a new focal point of Župa Dubrovačka, representing an added value in a lively business and commercial zone of the town, available to everybody, not just hotel guests.

Image Courtesy © Marko Ercegović

  • Architects: 3LHD
  • Project: One Suite Hotel
  • Location: Srebreno, Croatia
  • Photography: Marko Ercegović
  • Project Team: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Koraljka Brebrić Kleončić, Nives Krsnik Rister, Duje Katić, Vibor Granić, Davor Plavšić, Viktorija Jagodić, Iva Peručić.
  • Project Team Collaborators: Sanja Jasika, Ana Šafar, Marko Piljek (Centura), Ivan Piljek (Centura)
  • Clients’ Project Manager: Željko Jelić, Željan Konsuo (Abakon)
  • Clients’ Representative: Lukša Jakobušić (Brenum)

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House in Rua Faria Guimarães in Porto, Portugal by falaatelier

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: falaatelier

The old house was found in a sequence of equally discrete buildings from different periods of the 20th century. Built originally for a single family, and abandoned for decades, the brief proposed transforming the ruin into a housing unit with five apartments, responding to the accelerated gentrification process in the area.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Loureiro

  • Architects: falaatelier
  • Project: House in Rua Faria Guimarães
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: Ricardo Loureiro
  • Client: Stunning Chapter Ltd
  • Project Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Mariana Silva, Diogo Paixão, Paulo Sousa
  • Contractor: Engilaco

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Upcycling Gemert in The Netherlands by Denkkamer architectuur & onderzoek

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Denkkamer architectuur & onderzoek

The initiators developed a process in which spent mushroom compost from mushroom cultivation is upgraded and turned into a valuable soil improver. They do this by biologically drying spent mushroom compost in so-called tunnels. By adding a small amount of concentrated manure, a popular soil improver rich in nitrogen, phosphate and potassium is created. The spent mushroom compost is not only upgraded to a popular soil improver but it is also made lighter in specific weight. As a result, fewer freight transports are needed to deliver the product. A large amount of heat is released naturally during the biological drying process. This heat is used to provide the neighbouring existing mushroom nurseries with heat and consequently natural gas-fuelled boilers are no longer required. The surplus heat is distributed to nearby crop growers.

Image Courtesy © Denkkamer architectuur & onderzoek

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House on the Island Murter in Croatia by Dva arhitekta

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dva arhitekta

The house is located in a typical Mediterranean-Dalmatian situation – on one side, a multi-storey house made for the market, on the other pseudotraditional luxury villa with pool. Long and narrow lot determines the shape of the home, and the client’s love for exotic plants offers an inspiration to solve the contact zones with neighbors and create a private world outlined by two frames. The upper loggia defines the living area with a kitchen and dining area overlooking the pool. The lower intimate space is oriented towards a longitudinal garden, a space of peace and privacy. Elementary form affirms the environment and transforms it into the extension of the home, drawing away from a non-inspiring environment outside the lot. Such an approach is also manifested in the choice of materials – the floors and walls are in similar textures so as to become a single whole.

Image Courtesy © Damir Fabijanic

  • Architects: Dva arhitekta
  • Project: House on the Island Murter
  • Location: The Island Murter, Croatia
  • Photography: Damir Fabijanic
  • Authors: Tomislav Curkovic / Zoran Zidaric
  • Collaborators: Tomislav Burgund, Maja Markus
  • Area size: 1215 m2
  • Total floor area: 351 m2
  • Project year: 2014
  • Completion year: 2016

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Enso Sushi & Grill in Stuttgart, Germany by Dittel Architekten GmbH

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dittel Architekten GmbH

DIA – Dittel Architekten conceptualised and designed the fine food restaurant Enso Sushi & Grill in a prime location in the Dorotheen Quartier shopping mall in Stuttgart. The restaurant’s modern design is as sophisticated and creative as Asian-European fusion cuisine. The reinterpretation of traditional Asian architectural elements using high-quality materials and natural colours lend a unique appeal to the 250 m2 restaurant. The restaurant concept truly lives up to its name, Enso, which means “harmony and perfection”.

Image Courtesy © Dittel Architekten GmbH

  • Architects: Dittel Architekten GmbH
  • Project: Enso Sushi & Grill
  • Location: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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Loft L in Paris, France by Jbmn Architectes

 
August 20th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jbmn Architectes 

The renovation of this apartment seeks to exploit the high height available in this former artist studio located on the top floor of a Parisian building built at the beginning of the 20th century. Two mezzanines are arranged and face each other around a large central void. Stairs made of metal and solid wood, arranged symmetrically, give access to the rooms thus created. Large balustrades in fishing nets delimit the living area of the staircase. With the opening/closing of large internal shutters, the rooms can open on the central void or on the contrary isolate themselves, allowing a flexibility of uses.

Image Courtesy © Hermann Wendler

  • Architects: jbmn architectes
  • Project: Loft L
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Hermann Wendler
  • Program: Refurbishment of a loft
  • Status: Direct Order
  • Team: Julien Boitard
  • Area: 80 m²
  • Year: 2014

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