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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.

219 Social Housing in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain by Francisco Mangado

 
April 13th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Francisco Mangado

The proposal aims at rationalizing as much as possible the urban occupation as well as the resulting schemes. This project elevates the principle of efficiency to architectural category, a principle that is considered essential when it comes to dealing with subsidized and social housing projects, because it affects not only those decisions regarding layout or typology, but also the architectural projection and design.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: 219 Social Housing
  • Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Budget: 18.850.535 €
  • Competition: 2005 First prize competition.
  • Project: 2006
  • Construction: 2010
  • Client: Jaureguizar Promoción y Gestión Inmobiliaria S.L.
  • Design Team: José Gastaldo. Idoia Alonso. Carlos Urzainqui
  • Structural engineering: Forjanor
  • Installations engineering: CEISL Ingeniería. Ángel Martínez
  • Quantity surveyor: José Mª Bilbao Elguezabal
  • Contractor: Jaureguizar Promoción y Gestión Inmobiliaria S.L.

Modernisation of the Casino in Montreal, Canada by Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux & Provencher Roy Architectes

 
April 13th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux & Provencher Roy Architectes

The consortium of MENKÈS SHOONER DAGENAIS LETOURNEUX Architectes / PROVENCHER_ROY Architectes have signed an important retrofit project of the Casino de Montréal. This project, which spread over four years, responded to the challenge of simplifying the building’s indoor and outdoor circulations, improving the quality of the gambling, recreational and dining areas as well as providing a thematic unity to the different designs. “We are proud we succeeded in finding the former Expo 67 pavilion’s character, which now makes the Casino de Montréal a gambling establishment that is unique in the world and renowned for its original character”, says Claude Provencher, Founding Partner of Provencher_Roy Architectes.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Groleau, Marc Cramer

  • Architects: Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux & Provencher Roy Architectes
  • Project: Modernisation of the Casino
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Photography: Stéphane Groleau, Marc Cramer
  • CLIENT NAME: Casiloc
  • Architects In Charge: Yves Dagenais, Jean-Pierre Le Tourneux, Claude Provencher
  • INTERIOR DESIGN: Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux / Provencher_Roy Design intérieur (Moureaux Hauspy Design) / restaurants: in collaboration with Blazysgerard
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Casiloc
  • CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: Pomerleau
  • ELECTRICITY: Technika HBA / Bouthillette Parizeau
  • ENGINEERING: Technika HBA / Bouthillette Parizeau
  • BUILDING: Pasquin Saint-Jean et Associés / Roche
  • LIGHTING: Ombrage
  • KITCHEN AND BAR: Genivar
  • PROJECT SURFACE AREA : 45 000 m2
  • PROJECT FINALISATION DATE : 2013

MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM in Teulada, Spain by Francisco Mangado

 
April 13th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Francisco Mangado

Teulada-Moraira is an unusual urban center. Although it is divided into two separate physical units, Teulada and Moraira, these belong to a single administrative entity. Located in Alicante, in a valley that descends from the mountains to the sea, the city takes full advantage of the two realities, earth and sea, which define its environment and serve as visual references.

Image Courtesy © Roland Halbe

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM
  • Location: Teulada, Spain
  • Photography: Juan Rodríguez, Roland Halbe
  • Total area: 5,100 m2
  • Budget: 11,000,000 €
  • Competition date: 2004. 1st Prize Project Competition
  • Project date: 2004
  • Construction date: 2011
  • Clients: Teulada Town Hall and the Generalitat de Valencia (regional government)
  • Collaborators: Jose Gastaldo, Idoia Alonso, Birte Lattermann, Borja Fernández, Edurne Pradera. Jaime Sepulcre
  • Structural engineers: NB 35 SL (Jesús Jiménez Cañas / Alberto López) Ingenieros
  • Mechanical systems: Iturralde y Sagüés ingenieros
  • Acoustic engineers: Higini Arau Estudi Acustic
  • Lighting consultants: ALS Lighting arquitectos consultores de iluminación (Antón Amann)
  • Quantity surveyors: PA Aparejadores (Luis Pahissa / Fernando Pahissa)
  • General contractor: Constructora San José SA

Basketball stadium in Dongguan, China by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects

 
April 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects

In the southern Chinese city of Dongguan – a city of several million – a basketball stadium has been completed to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The building can be seen from afar and is a landmark that provides identity and orientation to the people in the new district of Liaobu. The stadium has space for nearly 15,000 visitors and can be used for sports and other events; it is the new main competition venue for one of the most successful Chinese basketball teams, the Dongguan Leopards. Basketball is increasingly popular with the Chinese, particularly so since Yao Ming, who is celebrated as a national hero, made his entry into the US basketball league – the NBA.

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

  • Architects: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects
  • Project: Basketball stadium
  • Location: Dongguan, China
  • Photography: Christian Gahl
  • Competition: 2006 – 1st prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Project Manager: Katina Roloff
  • Scheme design team: Yang Li, Linda Stannieder, Yin Chao Jie, Cao Ping, Marlene Törper, Zhou Bin
  • Detailed design team: Cao Ping, Yang Li, Yin Chao Jie, Jenny Thia, Andreas Maue, Pan Xin, Matthias Wiegelmann, Johannes Erdmann, Clemens Döhler, Sun Lulu, Artur Platt, Zhou Bin, Li Ling
  • Structural design: sbp – schlaich bergermann and partners, Stuttgart
  • Chinese partner practice: CABR
  • Client: Dongguan Civil Construction Administration Office
  • GFA: 60,600 m²
  • Seats: 14,730
  • Construction period: 2009–2014

National Photomuseum Marubi in Shkodër, Albania by casanova+hernandez architects

 
April 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: casanova+hernandez architects

In 2013, the Albanian Ministry of Culture envisioned a plan to improve the national cultural infrastructure, paying special attention to the renovation of existing historical buildings, reusing them with a new cultural program. One of the first projects included in this program is the Marubi National Photomuseum, which is specially important due to its pioneer character. The plan to create the museum has enjoyed an enormous national repercussion because of the historical importance of exhibiting the photographic legacy created during more than one century by three generations of photographers from the Marubi family. But also, because preserving and disseminating Marubi’s work in a historical city as Shkodër acquires a strong symbolic significance that will help to promote the Albanian national identity, specially among new generations.

Image Courtesy © casanova+hernandez architects

  • Architects: casanova+hernandez architects
  • Project: National Photomuseum Marubi
  • Location: Shkodër, Albania
  • Photography: casanova+hernandez architects
  • Client: Albanian Ministry of Culture
  • Status of project: Detail design phase

FROM MODERNITY TO TRADITION by Bureau A & Daniel Zamarbide (CH)

 
April 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bureau A & Daniel Zamarbide (CH) 

The tortoise: the tomb of Bigness Shields, barricades and public squares 

It is now more than 20 years since Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas published the definitive version of his theory of Bigness. This eulogy to Bigness has since become a classic work, allowing an understanding of both the end of the Modern era – from Mies van der Rohe to Le Corbusier – and the dawn of vast projects bearing the names of a few major figures, including Rem Koolhaas himself. “Beyond a critical mass,” Koolhaas explains, “each structure becomes a monument, or at least raises that expectation through its size alone.”

Image Courtesy © Sergey Ferley

  • Architects: Bureau A & Daniel Zamarbide (CH)
  • Project: FROM MODERNITY TO TRADITION
  • Photography: Sergey Ferley
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN: NORM, Zurich
  • TEXTS: Daniel de Roulet & Sergey Ferley (correspondence)
  • DRAWINGS: Manon Fantini, Leopold Banchini

BAGNOLET TOWN HALL by Jean-Pierre LOTT

 
April 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jean-Pierre LOTT

OBJECTIVES

The project’s 5 objectives, which encompass the new development, are to:

  • develop the town hall plaza;
  • create a connection with the existing historic building;
  • close off Rue Benoit Hure (whose only use was to provide access to the Mercuriales car park);
  • design a building whose scale would be compatible with the existing buildings and would help to reorganise the space;
  • open a pedestrian zone linking the cinema and the shops in order to develop community life.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: Jean-Pierre LOTT
  • Project: BAGNOLET TOWN HALL
  • Photography: Luc Boegly, Mairie de Bagnolet
  • Project manager: Anne-Flore DEROBERT
  • Contractor: Ville de Bagnolet
  • Executive contractor: Sequano Aménagement
  • Firms: engineering firm: BERIM
  • Stage design: MAS EA Consultants
  • Engineering firm breame in use: Oasiis
  • General firm: Urbaine de Travaux

PROTOTYPE FOR INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS IN LA CORtÑA, Spain by Francisco Mangado

 
April 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Francisco Mangado

To provide the small rural sites of the area with sports facilities, the Provincial Government ofLa Coruñalaunched a series of architecture competitions, by which swimming pools and gymnasiums have been built in consecutive phases starting from a series of prototypes that each City Council could choose. Thought out as a generic solution for an area with no distinct features, the prototype selected by the municipalities of Oleiros, Melide, Fene and Pobra do Caramiñal indirectly points at the rain as the common aspect of the Galician landscape. A convex roof shaped as a large gutter is thereby proposed as the identifying feature of the project which, on the other hand, is marked by its compactness and capacity to adjust to different urban characteristics.

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: PROTOTYPE FOR INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
  • Location: LA CORUÑA, Spain
  • Photography: Roland Halbe, César San Millán
  • Total area: 2.100 m2 (cada piscina).
  • Final cost: 1.081.821,00 € (each swimming pool)
  • Date of project: Oleiros y Fene 1998, Melide 1999, Pobra do Caramiñal 2002
  • Date of construction: Oleiros, 2001., Fene 2002., Melide 2002., Pobra do Caramiñal. En construcción.
  • Client: Excma. Diputación de La Coruña., Servicio de Arquitectura (Fernando Cebrián – Arquitecto).
  • Prizes: Prix IberFAD 2002: Finalist, Honorable Mention Prizes Construmat 2003.

Cuña house in Lorquí, Spain by AQSO arquitectos office

 
April 12th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AQSO arquitectos office

This house occupies a narrow plot located in a new residential area. The slender shape and the sloping roof stand out in the landscape as a wedge ascending against the slight slope of the land.

The residence is located in Lorquí, a small town in Southern Spain surrounded by a landscape shaped by eroded hills known as ‘Montes Blancos’. The ascending shape of the house outlines a triangular elevation standing over the terrain, capturing views towards the Segura River´s meadow.

Image Courtesy © AQSO arquitectos office

  • Architects: AQSO arquitectos office
  • Project: Cuña house
  • Location: Lorquí, Spain
  • Subtitle: Private residence in Lorquí
  • Ground Floor Area: 185 sqm

AD61 in Mexico City, Mexico by ZD+A

 
April 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ZD+A

AD61 is a unique and exclusive development in the area of New Polanco.  This area has been transformed from an industrial zone into one of the most desirable and solicited neighborhoods in Mexico City. Over the last decade it has grown exponentially, developing around Carso, one of the biggest development projects in the city.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro

  • Architects: ZD+A
  • Project: AD61
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photography: Jaime Navarro
  • ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Yuri Zagorin Alazraki, Erik Alfonso Carranza López, Felipe Buendía Hegewisch
  • DESIGN TEAM: Rafael Enríquez, Israel López, Eduardo López, Jorge López, Eugenia Pérez, Maribel Jiménez, Jesse Méndez, Fany Irineo.
  • Project: December 2006 – January 2012
  • Construction: August 2011 – January 2013
  • TYPOLOGY: Residential development, 128 apartments, 15 levels, 5 parking basement
  • STRUCTURE: DITEC, Rodolfo Valles Matox
  • FACILITIES: Arturo Guerra Enriquez, Fernando Reynoso Monroy, José Lucas Cazares González, Francisco PérezDávalos.
  • Land: 21,690 sq ft
  • Construction: 253,240 sq ft
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