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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.

Quinta da Laje in Felgueiras, Portugal by Pitagorasgroup

 
March 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: pitagorasgroup 

This is a project to restore and enlarge a single-family dwelling that was initiated in 2004 with the actual building works carrying on until 2012. The property stands on a large tract of land in a rural environment characterised by a wide variety of vegetation. The existing constructions included two volumes: an annex on the west which was practically in ruins and was used for agricultural purposes; and a house on the west attached to neighbouring buildings.

Image Courtesy © Pitagorasgroup

  • Architects: Pitagorasgroup (Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Vilhena Roque)
  • Project: Quinta da Laje
  • Location: Felgueiras, Portugal
  • Partner In Charge: Manuel Vilhena Roque
  • Collaborators: Marlene Sousa, Hélio Pinto
  • Area: 550m2
  • Design Year: 2004/2006
  • Completion Date: 2012

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Clock House Gardens in Welwyn, England by Stockwool

 
March 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Stockwool 

Clock House Gardens has transformed a derelict hotel site into an intimate community of 50 new homes on a key gateway site into Welwyn. The design responds to the 0.8ha site’s unique combination of urban and rural surroundings, with the A1(M) motorway to one side and dense woodland to the other.

Image Courtesy © Stockwool

  • Architects: Stockwool
  • Project: Clock House Gardens
  • Location: Welwyn, England, UK
  • Photography: Morley von Sternberg

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Czech Forestry Commission campus in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic by Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers

 
March 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers

A project designed by a team under the direction of the Brno based young architecture studio CHYBIK+KRISTOF has recently won the international competition for the new administrative centre of the Czech Forestry Commission in Hradec Králové. The winning proposal is a two-storey building on the edge of an existing forest, that uses wood extensively as construction material – as requested within the competition. The concept is based on  incorporating the forest landscape into a five-finger building to create new relations between the inside office and the outside forest landscape. A nature trail surrounding the building allows to explore the different forest ecotypes, designed by Tomas Babka and breathe.earth.collective.   

Image Courtesy © Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in Botswana by &Beyond

 
March 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: &Beyond

Completely rebuilt to combine spectacular design with exceptional wildlife adventures, &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge re-opened its doors on 1 September 2014. Luxury experiential travel company &Beyond called on leading creative teams from around the globe to achieve the dramatic transformation of the. Inspired by the unique body shape and nesting habits of African animals and birds, the lodge features a distinctive and innovative design.

Image Courtesy © andBeyond.com

  • Architects: &Beyond
  • Project: Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
  • Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Photography: andBeyond.com

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Sinergia Cowork Palermo in Montevideo, Uruguay by Emilio Magnone + Marcos Guiponi

 
March 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Marcos Guiponi

Sinergia Cowork originally started as a real estate development project, with 32 offices and 4 rental meeting rooms. Just another operation inside a recycled space that in its history worked housed a carpentry, mechanical workshop, movie studio and warehouse.
 The offices function as a cowork: A recent concept in contemporary office spaces, where the user inserts himself into a heterogeneous collaborative environment that enhances his work and social skills.

 The project seeks to maintain the aesthetics of the pre-existing building by using completely removable lightweight structures, made through metal beams and Structural Insulated Panels walls, and by using a neutral color palette (white and light gray), where the only color is given by the coworkers, vegetation and furniture.

 The main entrance of the building is through a garage door, that is highlighted by the logo of the company. The ground floor consists of a central yard that articulates offices with cowork spaces and meeting rooms. Smaller offices are distributed in the upper floor, together with a 3d printing workshop, flexible cowork spaces, living rooms, and a photography studio.
 The existing basement, built at the beginning of the 20th century, with vaults and walls in brick and stone, becomes the space of relaxation, housing the playroom, dining room, kitchen and a giant screen.
 On the roof, and going through the original wooden truss, you can access an event room with an outdoor deck that is used on weekends as a place of interaction and relaxation of the coworkers outside their working hours.

Image Courtesy © Marcos Guiponi

  • Architects: Emilio Magnone + Marcos Guiponi
  • Project: Sinergia Cowork Palermo
  • Location: Palermo, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Photography: Marcos Guiponi
  • Collaborators: Mateo Vidal, Valentina Viqueira
  • Structure: Magnone-Pollio Ingenieros Civiles
  • Project Area: (sqm) 1400
  • Year: 2013-2014

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The [B] Zone | 1882 Concept Store in Arzignano, Italy by [A+M]2 Architects

 
March 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: [A+M]2 Architects 

The former Pellizzari’s pumps factory was still as it was during the production, before it was left abandoned. The site – the [B] zone – showed the ravages of time and the sequence of layers that have been added time after time.

The project, then, comes from the industrial nature and the peculiar materials of the site – concrete and steel – and aims to preserve all the distinctive features of the building. One more layer only has been added: the exterior platform in black concrete.

Image Courtesy © Davide Pretto

  • Architects: [A+M]2 Architects
  • Project: The [B] Zone | 1882 Concept Store
  • Location: Via Alberti, 13 – 36071 Arzignano [VI] – Italy
  • Photography: Davide Pretto
  • Lead Architects: PhD Arch. Marcello Galiotto, Arch. Alessandra Rampazzo
  • Collaborators: Arch. Mario Azzarello, Arch. Nicolò Conte, Andrea Roverato
  • Graphic: EY STUDIO
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 1.200 m2
  • Completion Year: 2016

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CASA KIKE in Cahuita, Costa Rica by Gianni Botsford Architects

 
March 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article sourceGianni Botsford Architects

This was a dream commission,” says UK-based architect Gianni Botsford. “Design a retreat for a writer on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Make it contemporary, with clean lines and a modern aesthetic, and yet be sensitive to local tradition and material use.”

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: Gianni Botsford Architects (Gianni Botsford, Sam Craig, Anahi Copponex, Ran Ankori, Maya Carni, Toby Burgess, Richard Green)
  • Project: CASA KIKE
  • Location: Cahuita, Costa
  • Photography: Christian Richters
  • Structural Engineering: Tall Engineers, London ( Toby Maclean)
  • Construction: Lechenne Construction, Hone Creek, Costa Rica
  • Cost: 78,000 Euros
  • Plot size: 4778 m2
  • Completion & handover: April 2007

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H_3 House in Athens, Greece by 314 Architecture Studio

 
March 16th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 314 Architecture Studio 

Located on a plot of 7000m2 the total area of the house is 1000m2.

The house was designed to give a sense of contact with the the water element inspired by the owners love for yachts. The contact of the house and the artificial ponds that surround it, create a cooling sensation.

Image Courtesy © 314 Architecture Studio

  • Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
  • Project: H_3 House
  • Location: Eastern suburb, Athens, Greece
  • Software used: SketchUp, V-Ray, physical model, Autocad,
  • Year of completion: 2013

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Opusztaszer Visitor Center in Hungary by Ivanka Factory & Design Services

 
March 16th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ivanka Factory & Design Services

OPUSTERRA PANEL was created with a very specific design intent – to create a PANEL that resembles being pulled out from the ground in one, swift move, evoking earthiness, natural aesthetics, and ancient materiality.

This development aimed to create a unique, qualitative architecture with a new and multifunctional visitor center. The architectural work was lead by István MURKA, who reflects to the local traditions in this work. This bipolar building is closely tied to the materials using and the traditional construction solutions of this area. The process involved developing a unique manufacturing process, where the high-tech material of IVANKA is applied by hand into a specialized cast, and the result is a PANEL that is never the same as any other. The PANELS are more than 3 meters long. The resulting surface of the large format is naturally raw, aggregate-revealing, shows ample aggregates, and is reminiscent of the layers of the soil as it emerges from the deep.

Image Courtesy © Tibor Zsitva

  • Architects: Ivanka Factory & Design Services (István MURKA)
  • Project: Opusztaszer Visitor Center
  • Location: Opusztaszer, Hungary
  • Photography: Tibor Zsitva
  • Specified IVANKA product: highly customized facade PANELS
  • Related services: design and engineering services, project management, research and development, technological innovation, customized factory production, packaging, delivery, installation
  • Highlighted features: custom colour development, surface development of aggregate revealing extra raw, layered concrete texture, 3+ meters long large format panels, engineered to Halfen fixing system
  • Concrete in numbers: 3500 sqm surface area
  • Year: 2015

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555 Howard in San Francisco, California by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

 
March 16th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Renzo Piano Building Workshop 

OVERVIEW

San Francisco‐based Pacific Eagle and local entitlement partner SKS Partners are proposing a 36-story mixed-use residential and hotel property at 555 Howard, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), in collaboration with Mark Cavagnero Associates. The LEED Platinum-targeted project will include 69 residential units, a 255-room luxury hotel, meeting and ballroom facilities, a spa and fitness center, ground floor restaurant, a skybar/café on the top floor that will be open to the public and a rooftop public open space with panoramic views of the city and bay.

Second And Howard, Image Courtesy © Steelblue

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