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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.

POUPEE in Paris, FRANCE by HOLDUP Architecture

October 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HOLDUP Architecture


Image Courtesy © HOLDUP Architecture

  • Architects: HOLDUP Architecture
  • Project: POUPEE
  • Location: Paris, FRANCE
  • TYPOLOGY:  Studio flat
  • FLOOR AREA: 28sqm
  • STATUS: Built !
  • COMPLETION: May 2012
  • BUDGET: 35,000€
  • CONDITION: Private commission
  • SPONSORSHIP: Jung, Tollens, MLD

FUNES in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan by N MAEDA ATELIER

October 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: N MAEDA ATELIER

FUNES intentionally overturns the conventional Japanese housing program of “pluming to the rear”. Whoever decided that the living room and bedroom are served space and the bath and kitchen are servant space? FUNES eradicates the warped lifestyle program controlled by this dry functionality, and flattens out the lifestyle air, to create an enriched lifestyle atmosphere full of discoveries from the reverse.

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

  • Architects: N MAEDA ATELIER
  • Project: FUNES
  • Location: Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • Design: 1993~1994
  • Construction: 1994
  • Structual system: Reinforced concrete+Steel frame, 3stories
  • Maximum height: 10.400mm
  • Consultants: Gorou Hata , structural
  • Site area: 79.21 m2
  • Built area: 61.46 m2
  • Total floor area: 136.38 m2

Major materials

  • Exterior: exposed concrete
  • Interior: painted concrete

I-house in Sasebo, Japan by Architect Show Co.,Ltd

October 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architect Show Co.,Ltd

The building site is a long, narrow piece of land between a coastline road and a cliff. The key design concept, besides assuring a sufficient living space, was to harmonize with the surrounding natural environment.

The land sits two meters below the roadside, and the natural slope of the land was daringly used without trying to restructure it. The building has a beautifully aesthetic form that makes it appear to be floating in the air. The north side facing the road is flat and simple. When approaching the house in a car, the white form of the west side of the building gradually gets larger, and reflects the sunlight.

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

  • Architects: Architect Show Co.,Ltd
  • Project: I-house
  • Location: Sasebo, Japan
  • Photography: Toshihisa Ishii
  • Builder: ShiraishiconstructionCo.,Ltd.
  • District: Kyushu
  • Use: Residence
  • Site Area:  326.92
  • Bldg.Area: 129.18
  • Gross Floor Area: 242.98
  • Bldg.RCaotvioe rage: 39.51
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 66.88
  • Bldg.scale: 3 stories above ground
  • Structure: Mixed structure(reinforced concrete construction+Wooden)
  • Max.Height: 9.451 m
  • Parking Lot: Two cars
  • Exterior Finish: Undressed concrete,stucco
  • Complete year: December,2011
  • Client: Mr.Izawa

THE GARDEN in Hanoi, Vietnam by Bureau A

October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bureau A

The Garden is an attempt to participate to a new fresh life that’s emerging within the particular space of a factory from the Soviet era in Hanoi. The space, well located at the border of the old French neighbourhood, near the Opera House is an ancient penicillinfactory. Invested mainly by artists, fashion designers and creative people of all kinds, the spaces inside the factory provide a new cultural dynamic to young Hanoi.

Image Courtesy © Boris Zuliani

ACADEMIA Bridge in Venice, Italy by ///byn

October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ///byn

Canaletto understood Venice as a timeless place composed from exceptions. Inspired by the artisan tradition of glass, we searched the possibility of creating a transparent glass structure made solid though the geometry of every piece and the union between them. The structural design is based on two concentric skins that linked by circulation elements make a structural arch. The circulation paths modify the geometry of the bridge giving an asymmetrical position on top of the Grand Canal.

Image Courtesy © ///byn

  • Architects: ///byn
  • Project: ACADEMIA Bridge
  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Team: Vince
  • Rendering: ///byn & Vince for ///byn
  • AREA: 1,250M2
  • YEAR: 2006
  • STATUS: Theoretical Competition
  • PROGRAM: Pedestrian Bridge with City Museum and public cafe
  • CLIENT: Arquitectum Competition




  • 2D: AutoCAD
  • 3D: Rhinoceros (grasshopper plug-in)
  • RENDERING: Vray for Rhino & VRay for 3DMax
  • GRAPHICS: Adobe suite

EEUU 4263 BUILDING in Buenos Aires, Argentina by BAK arquitectos

October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BESONIAS ALMEIDA arquitectos.

Exhibited at the XIII Biennale of Architecture in Venice, August 2012


The Place

We had to build an apartment building in a land of 8.66m of width in Boedo, a zone of Buenos Aires that, without loosing the typical characteristics of neighborhood, has been changing its physiognomy because of the urban densification. The particularly of the land in where we have to intervene is that its back yard is adjacent with an urban square, with an important vegetation where is placed a football school and a small square. The views to this green lung match with the best orientation: the North.

Image Courtesy © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

  • Architects: BAK arquitectos
  • Project: EEUU 4263 BUILDING
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Photography: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Design and Project Development: Arch. María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk.
  • Structural analysis: Architect Luciano Kruk
  • Collaborators: Arch. Leandro Pomies – Andrea Wohlgenannt
  • Land area: 277.40 m2
  • Built Area: 1,419 m2
  • Housing units: 21
  • Construction year: 2009
  • Construction Company: Construction FK
  • Software used:  AutoCAD 2007

Cement Plant in Szentlőrinc, Hungary by MHM Architects

October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MHM Architects

STRABAG corporate group, as a large and important European construction company, operates in many fields of the global construction industry.With the opening of the eastern border the  focus on the central and central-eastern Europe countries has been strengthened.

Image Courtesy © Kurt Hörbst

  • Architects: MHM Architects
  • Project: Cement Plant
  • Location: Szentlőrinc, Hungary
  • Photography: Kurt Hörbst, Hertha Hurnaus
  • Planned from 2006 to 2009
  • Built from 2007 to 2011
  • General design concept & layout for office and laboratory buildings by MHM architects, Vienna Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler
  • Client: Nostra Cement Kft., STRABAG
  • Full service general contractor: STRABAG Hungary
  • Process technology planning: A TEC Production & Services GmbH

Haus Crussow in Eastern Uckermark by Annabau

October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Annabau

The aim was to build a spacious, private residence in the eastern Uckermark in rural Brandenburg from timber construction. Small farm buildings sparsely appear in the open landscape of primarily agricultural land. For this project, we took up the theme of the lone homestead in vast space.

Image Courtesy © Annabau

  • Architects: Annabau
  • Project: Haus Crussow
  • Location: Eastern Uckermark
  • Project: Private Residence and Annex in Timber Construction
  • Gross floor area GFA: 200sqm main building, 120sqm annex
  • Completion: 2012

Hataitai House in Wellington, New Zealand by John Mills Architects

October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: John Mills Architects 

This is a trueWellington home .Spectacular views, but facing the morning sun, with a slope to challenge any engineer. Situated on the eastern flank of Mt Victoria, near the city, with magnificent views over Evans Bay, Shelly Bay, and the Tararua mountain ranges to the north.

Image Courtesy © Paul McCredie

  • Architects: John Mills Architects
  • Project: Hataitai House
  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Photography: Paul McCredie
  • Engineer: Clendon, Burns and Park.
  • Area: 244 sm
  • Completed: 2011
  • Software used:  Vectorworks

TETRIS HOUSE in Toronto by Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd]

October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd]

We have all played the game “Tetris” at least once in our lives. We were mesmerized by the magic of geometry and rewarded by our efficiency. For rzlbd Tetris is not just a game of block arrangement and fast performance, but it is a quest of effective design. If a designer of space was as structured as Tetris blocks, there would be virtually zero wasted space within a building.

Image Courtesy © borXu Design

  • Architects: Reza Aliabadi [rzlbd]
  • Project: TETRIS HOUSE
  • Location: Toronto
  • Photography: borXu Design
  • Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ehsan Zareian
  • Structure: Ali Saeed
  • Construction Management: Doreen Development Inc.
  • Building Type: Single family house
  • Basics: Two & half story wood structure
  • Lot: 40’X110′
  • Living Area: 3000 sqft
  • Design: 2012
  • Completion: Summer 2013
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