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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.

ZSL London Zoo’s Snowdon Aviary in England by Foster + Partners

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been appointed to redevelop the iconic Snowdon Aviary at ZSL London Zoo. The Grade II* listed structure, designed by Cedric Price with Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon in 1962, was the first aviary in Britain that offered visitors a ‘walk-through’ experience, bringing them closer to the birds in their natural habitat. The structure will now be modernised and upgraded to provide a brand new walk-through home for the Zoo’s troop of colobus monkeys.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Sprawson

Image Courtesy © Daniel Sprawson

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: ZSL London Zoo’s Snowdon Aviary
  • Location: London, England
  • Photography: Daniel Sprawson

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Central School in Fontaines-sur-Saône, France by Atelier Didier Dalmas

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier Didier Dalmas

Built on a area of 7962 square meters with strong slope, the school complex of Fontaines-sur-Saône knew how to take advantage of the site by fitting into the slope, offering school playgrounds to the South and assuring comfortable connections with urban public space.

The entrance of the establishment is designed by the joint between the two esplanades (top and bottom), underlined by low walls of retraining structure accompanying a generous staircase of main access. An elevator and a banister assisted the entrance.

Image Courtesy © Jérôme Ricolleau

Image Courtesy © Jérôme Ricolleau

  • Architects: Atelier Didier Dalmas
  • Project: Central School
  • Location: Fontaines-sur-Saône, France
  • Photography: Jérôme Ricolleau
  • Lead Architects: Didier Dalmas
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 2700 square meters
  • Completion Year: 12/2015

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The Museum of 20th Century in Berlin, Germany by Architects of Invention

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architects of Invention

MAIN IDEA

The LANDSCAPE BUILDING concept was conceived as a subtle exchange; it is a terrain itself. The building uses every aspect of its construction for navigation and art exhibition. The roof slopes are pedestrian walkways and they form a sculpture park. (The gradients of sculpture park give many different observation angles for users to apprehend the sculptural work on display.) The views from these roof gradients onto the surrounding buildings and parkland also give the idea that this building is a piece of landscape itself.

Image Courtesy © Architects of Invention

Image Courtesy © Architects of Invention

  • Architects: Architects of Invention
  • Project: The Museum of 20th Century
  • Location: Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin, Germany
  • Team: Simon Gatehouse, Nikoloz Japaridze, Giorgi Nishnianidze, Anton Khmelnitskiy, Ivane Ksnelashvili, Natasha Randall, Davit Tsanava, Dominykas Daunys
  • Size: 27725 m²

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Arthouse in Kharkiv, Ukraine by Pominchuk Architects

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pominchuk Architects

Arthouse is our first built project in the typology of terraced houses. The compact spatial layout of the house, made of several blocks, was largely determined by the small area of the plot and the surrounding urban context. The inner structure of each unit resembles an open “bookcase”, where each living process occupies its own level, all of them being interconnected by means of an open staircase. Besides, each block has its own backyard, which can be accessed from the kitchen-dining room. This unconventional layout of the house originally served as a key to the interior of each of the units. Permeated by sunlight, the interrupted space of the house prevails over colour, texture and other ornamental features. However, while designing the interior in one of the blocks belonging to a cheerful energetic lady, we had to find a compromise between the sterility of the house and its emotional component that could be experienced as warm homeliness. Our close collaboration with the client resulted in a sort of Mediterranean dwelling that combines all the necessary features, striking a delicate balance between integrity and emotions.

Image Courtesy © Ivan Avdeenko

Image Courtesy © Ivan Avdeenko

  • Architects: Pominchuk Architects
  • Project: Arthouse
  • Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Photography: Ivan Avdeenko
  • Lead Architects: Alexander Pominchuk, Marina Pominchuk
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 285m2
  • Completion Year: 2015

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Sørenga Block 6 in Oslo, Norway by MAD arkitekter

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MAD arkitekter 

The site

The Sørenga quay was until recently a container port in the eastern harbor of Oslo, near the medieval town. The redevelopment of Sørenga is part of the city’s major plans of reconnecting the city to the waterfront. While the Barcode and Tjuvholmen projects are extensions of the existing city structure, Sørenga is at the tip of what will be an entirely new district in Oslo, also comprising the Bispevika area which is still in its planning phase. The eight blocks on the Sørenga quay were planned by four architecture firms, and Block 6 is the most recent of the two blocks designed by Mad arkitekter.

Image Courtesy © MAD arkitekter

Image Courtesy © MAD arkitekter

  • Architects: MAD arkitekter
  • Project: Sørenga Block 6
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Photography: Tomasz Majewski and Hans Grini
  • Lead architect: Karen Selmer
  • Client: Sørenga Utvikling
  • Collaborators: Landskapsfabrikken
  • Area: 12 000 m2
  • Completion year: 2015

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West Beat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Studioninedots

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studioninedots 

Studioninedots and Lingotto are proud to have won the tender for an iconic new building on Lelylaan, Amsterdam with our design that has a collective ‘Super Space’ as its heart. West Beat has a vast, transparent ground floor – a continuous public space. From a physical and programmatic sense, residents, businesses and passersby experience West Beat as a lively connector. In the tender phase, the project convinced the City of Amsterdam with its quality of design and concept, and approach to sustainability.

Image Courtesy © A2Studio

Image Courtesy © A2Studio

  • Architects: Studioninedots
  • Project: West Beat
  • Location: Lelylaan-Delflandlaan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Visualization: A2Studio
  • Client: Lingotto Ontwikkeling BV
  • Design team: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Project team: Joost Maatkamp, Wouter Hermanns, Karlijn de Jong, Joost Körver
  • Concept and landscape: SLeM
  • Sustainability: DPA | Cauberg-Huygen
  • Structural: Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Construction costs: IGG Boiton de Groot
  • Programming and operations: Horeca Development
  • EPC: -0.05
  • Plot: 3.250 m2
  • Design-completion: 2016-2020

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Oamsterdam in Netherlands by HofmanDujardin

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HofmanDujardin

Dutch architectural firm, HofmanDujardin, introduces a revolutionary, life-enhancing urban strategy for the city of Amsterdam. “We live in Amsterdam and we love Amsterdam. It is a fabulous city, and we want to make it more fabulous,” says Michiel Hofman. Oamsterdam offers an innovative plan to connect the northern district to the rest of the city. Mirroring the form of the exiting half-circle of the north, we will create a circular path through the city, thus restoring Amsterdam’s historic connection to the water and opening up the Ij waterfront. The inner ring will be a vital new connection uniting areas of the city, bringing space and air to the historic, crowded centre.

Image Courtesy © A2 Studio

Image Courtesy © A2 Studio

  • Architects: HofmanDujardin (Sustainable urban strategy for Amsterdam)
  • Project: Oamsterdam
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Visualizations: A2 Studio
  • Team: Barbara Dujardin, Michiel Hofman and Arjen Aarnoudse
  • Year: November 2016

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Gazeta.ru news agency office in Moscow, Russia by Nefa Architects (Nefaresearch)

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nefa Architects (Nefaresearch)

Gazeta.ru is one of the oldest news agencies in Russia. Owned by a large media holding Rambler&Co, the editorial office of Gazeta.ru was relocated to Danilovskaya Manufactura, a 19th century former manufacture building, to join other subdivisions of the media group.

Business goal. The challenge was to create a comfortable and multifunctional work space for a journalists’ team that included areas for different activities – zones for concentrated work along with various meeting and social spaces.

Image Courtesy © Ilya Ivanov

Image Courtesy © Ilya Ivanov

  • Architects: Nefa Architects (Nefaresearch)
  • Project: Gazeta.ru news agency office
  • Location: Danilovskaya Manufactura, Moscow, Russia
  • Photography: Ilya Ivanov
  • Client: news agency Gazeta.ru
  • Chief Architect: Dmitry Ovcharov
  • Authors Team: Dmitry Ovcharov, Elena Potemkina
  • Architects: Maria Nasonova, Margarita Kornienko 
  • Chief Engineer: Sergey Kurepin
  • Project Management: Daria Turkina, Maria Boyko
  • Visualization: Dmitry Tridenov, Rustam Yusupov
  • Lighting Designer: Varvara Shchetinina (THIRTEEN STUDIO)
  • General  Contractor: «Шафран»(Shafran)
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Year: 2016

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House Between Party Walls in Barcelona, Spain by Josep Ferrando Architecture

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Josep Ferrando Architecture 

The architect Josep Ferrando resolves the complex urban conditions of the context and the site in which the house is located – less than 5 meters wide and with a particular topography that constrains the parcel between two streets situated at different heights – starting the conception of the project from the shaping of the volume.

Image Courtesy © Adria Goula

Image Courtesy © Adria Goula

  • Architects: Josep Ferrando Architecture (Josep Ferrando Bramona)
  • Project: House Between Party Walls
  • Location: C/ de la Torre 8, Sant Cugat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Adria Goula
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Miriam y Eduard
  • Constructor: ROOM S.L.
  • Quantity Surveyor: Toledo-Villarreal
  • Structures: Josep Nel.lo
  • Collaborators: Marta Arias + Carol Castilla + Jordi Pérez + Félix Platero + Goun Park + TaeGweon Kim + Adrià Orriols + Clara Vidal + Borja Rodríguez
  • Budget: 300.000 €
  • Surface: 225 m2
  • Dates: 2011 – 2015

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Properly Breathing House in Hanoi, Vietnam by H&P Architects

 
November 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: H&P Architects

A “suffocating” situation

Just 15 kilometers far from the center of Hanoi, the suburban district Dong Anh has witnessed pervasive urbanization – one of the major causes for a trend towards a maximum use of volume and quantity of construction areas. Lesser importance has been attached to the quality of used space and surrounding scenery. This has resulted in a large number of “suffocating” buildings as often found in newly planned, stuffy urban areas characterized with land plot subdivision for building row houses in Vietnam.

Image Courtesy © Nguyen Tien Thanh

Image Courtesy © Nguyen Tien Thanh

  • Architects: H&P Architects
  • Project: Properly Breathing House
  • Location: Dong Anh Town, Dong Anh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Photography: Nguyen Tien Thanh
  • Architect in Charge: Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
  • Team:  Chu Kim Thinh, Nguyen Hai Hue, Ho Manh Cuong, Hoang Huu Nam, Nguyen Van Thinh
  • Completion date: 12/2015

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