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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.

Villa in Kirishima, Japan by Atelier KAN

 
May 23rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier KAN

It is a villa built in the mountains of Kirishima famous as a summer resort with rich natural hot springs. A spectacular view over Kinko Bay and Sakurajima spreads beyond the south slope. In order to make use of the superb view, we adopted a structure in which the approach level floats as it is against the slope in order to make the viewpoint higher than the grounding property. Also, in order to preserve the natural topography, I widened the jumping part and reduced the ground contacting surface. Horizontal line floating in the vertical line of trees is the essential point of design, finish the roof of the horizontal plane and the floor board white, and the vertical elements such as pillars are made to release concrete with texture. It is an image that the floor board and the wall board protruded from the wall of the concrete piercing the slope.

Image Courtesy © Atelier KAN

  • Architects: Atelier KAN
  • Project: Villa in Kirishima
  • Location: Kirishima, Japan

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Cliff house / Flying container house in Johannesburg, South-Africa by Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

 
May 23rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd 

The main idea was to create a lightweight, off the grid, and affordable house. The design philosophy relates to critical regionalism within architectural theory. The South-Africa residential design market is still stuck with conventional building methods that aren’t suitable for our environment (colonial building methods). We had to analyse our current solutions, available technology and where the future is heading before we could start designing this house.

Image Courtesy © Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

  • Architects: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd 
  • Project: Cliff house / Flying container house 
  • Location: Nortcliff, Johannesburg, South-Africa
  • Client: Mary Driscoll
  • Lead architect: Dirk Coetser
  • Engineer: Ancast
  • Budget: 1 400 000 ZAR / 100 000 USD
  • Internal area: 130sqm
  • External area: 80sqm
  • Completion Year: Early 2017

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Life Sciences Incubator, Utrecht Science Park in The Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten

 
May 23rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mecanoo architecten

With its wide variety of distinct buildings, the Utrecht Science Park is a microcosm of modern architecture. To fit into its surroundings, Mecanoo has designed the new Life Sciences Incubator (LSI) with horizontal layers, while the detailed glazed facade adds a unique touch.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

  • Architects: Mecanoo architecten
  • Project: Life Sciences Incubator, Utrecht Science Park
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Client: University of Utrecht
  • Project management and cost consultant: Giesbers Ontwikkelen en Bouwen, Wijchen
  • Structural engineer: Croes, Nijmegen
  • Mechanical and electrical engineer: DKC, Nijmegen
  • Consultant acoustics, building physics and fire safety: LBP|Sight, Nieuwegein
  • Main contractor: Giesbers Ontwikkelen en Bouwen, Wijchen
  • Programme: 6.200m2 of offices, laboratories and an atrium with meeting spaces, BREEAM Outstanding
  • Design: 2013
  • Realisation: 2014-2015

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Office space in Poznan, Poland by Metaforma

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Metaforma 

Office spaces are often associated with unfriendliness and anonymity.  Architects from the Metaforma Group have faced the challenge of designing a space that will not only foster concentration while working, but will also allow you to fully rest during breaks. Acoustics and individually adjusted solutions in surface zoning have become the guiding ideas of the concept.

Image Courtesy © Krzysztof Strażyński

  • Architects: Metaforma
  • Project: Office space in Poznan
  • Location: Poznan, Poland
  • Photography: Krzysztof Strażyński
  • Software used: ArchiCAD and SketchUp
  • Lead Architects: Anna Topolska, Dominik Kolenda
  • Other architects: Paulina Wieczorek, Magdalena Sawicka
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 4000 m2
  • Completion Year: 2016

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STV House in Biobío, Chile by Cristian Berrios Architects

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cristian Berrios Architects

From the architect. “Reinforced concrete does not grow like wood, is not rolled like steel sections, is not jointed like masonry. It is more comparable with cast iron, another material cast in moulds, in which through long experience shapes have been developed which lead easily and gently from one constructive element to the next without any shock or sudden break. It is the overall view which, integrating the parts into the whole, conditions these lovely shapes.” (Robert Maillart, 1938)

Image Courtesy © Cristian Berrios Architects

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Hello Lisbon Castelo in Portugal by Andre Espinho Arquitectura

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Andre Espinho Arquitectura

This kind of intervention stands for a new approach and vision on the built heritage of big cities which, most of time, are left to abandonment and abrasion of time for different reasons, either these are historical, social or economic.

In this example we can highlight the Investor´s will and initiative, along with the knowledge of technicians, Architects, Engineers and builders to restore life and dignity to a building that was in a great state of degradation and which purpose has been mischaracterized over time. In a contemporary perspective and in it´s own context, we tried to enhance the experience of inhabiting the intrinsic features of the new and the old, in order to keep the most of the building´s character and expression also in the articulation of its interior space.

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Bordino

  • Architects: Andre Espinho Arquitectura
  • Project: Hello Lisbon Castelo
  • Location: Lisboa, Portugal
  • Photography: Giorgio Bordino and Gouveia
  • Client: LAKSHMI SOC IMOBILIÁRIA LDª
  • Structure: Eng João Gouveia
  • Mechanical, Electrical Engineering: Eng Carlos Machado
  • Acoustic, Energy Analysis and Fire Safety: Global Arte

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Mozia Museum in Sicily, Italy by Arnaboldi & Partners

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arnaboldi & Partners

Since the end of the 18th century, when the Greek colonization of Sicily forced the Phoenicians to retreat to Motya, Soluntum, and Palermo, the ancient Phoenician city of Motya lies on the San Pantaleo Island, in the lagoon of Marsala in Sicily.

In 397 B.C., Dionysus of Syracuse knocked Motya down after a long siege and the survivors found a shelter on the mainland, establishing the Punic city of Lilibeo. This settlement, today known as the city of Marsala, quickly gained in importance and overshadowed the ancient city of Motya, which the Carthaginians will conquer back soon after. The archeological excavations in Motya brought back an astonishing male sculpture, considered an original Greek artwork of the 5th century B.C., and the urban design of the settlement, of the city walls, and of numerous buildings. Above all, the most significant archeological discovery is the unveiling of a unique Phoenix-Punic warship, sunk at a battle during the First Punic War between the Romans and the Carthaginians in 241 B.C.

Image Courtesy © Arnaboldi & Partners

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Špejle Restaurant in Prague, Czech Republic by COLL COLL

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: COLL COLL

Merging the Czech “chlebíček” and the traditional Basque pintxos, new and proud food-spot was created on the emerging Prague’s food scene. The restaurant offers a quick lunch for the busy day, as well as fine dining experience paired with assorted cocktails for the later eve.

Image Courtesy © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

  • Architects: COLL COLL
  • Project: Špejle Restaurant in Prague
  • Location: Špejle, Prague, Czech
  • Photography: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
  • Collaboraters:
  • Area: 280m2
  • Project year: 2015-2016
  • Completion Year: 10 / 2016

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Philips Lighting Headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands by LAVA

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LAVA

Golden light shines through a canopy of leaves to create a unique gathering space in the atrium of the new Philips Lighting headquarters in Eindhoven.

Intelligent lights in the parametric designed ‘tree’ generate different scenarios, boosting communication, interchange and wellbeing for staff and visitors.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Andrew

  • Architects: LAVA
  • Project: Philips Lighting Headquarters
  • Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Photography: Jonathan Andrew
  • Design Team: Marvin Bratke, Mircea Mogan, Barbora Srpkova, Miroslav Strigac, Diana Schlebe, Rashmi Katkar, Roxelane Güllmeister, Paolo Alborghetti, Ruis Dervishi, Aida Ramirez, Julian Wengzinek, Benjamin Hitscherich, Simone Tchonova, Erik Didar, Jeroen van Lith, David Stieler
  • PARTNERS:
    • Design development: INBO, JHK
    • Lighting consultant: Beersnielsen, LiAS
    • Construction: Heijmans

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Rural Church / Community hall in Mijinji Distric, Malawi by Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

 
May 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

The community of Chimphamba have been gathering for years in a church building that was near to collapse. The community has also outgrown the dilapidated building.

As part of Youth of Malawi’s involvement in the village in Chimphamba they discussed the possibility of erecting a new space for community gatherings. These types of public buildings are extremely important in rural communities, as they must facilitate regular community gatherings to discus important matters such as food security, community challenges etc. Along with the chiefs of the village, Youth of Malawi asked A4AC to design and manage the build of a new church / community hall.

Image Courtesy © Architecture for a change (pty)ltd

  • Architects: Architecture for a change (pty)ltd
  • Project: Rural Church / Community hall
  • Location: Chimphamba village, Mijinji Distric, Malawi
  • Lead architect: Dirk Coetser
  • Client: Youth of Malawi
  • Consultants: Engineer: Ashley Fransman
  • Budget: 35 000 USD
  • Built Area (m2 or sqft), Internal area: 145sqm
  • Completion Year: Early 2017

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