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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.

Red Hill Rise in Prague, Czech Republic by Maxwan + MS architekti

September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Maxwan + MS architekti

Red Hill Rise, a mixed use building on top of a metro station, consists of offices and retail located along one of the major spine road connecting airport and historical city centre of Prague. Backdrop of the project is a dramatically steep slope (max. 14m height difference), the site being located in a tranquil residential area while required program is purely commercial and requires expressive architecture. Furthermore, there is a lack of sufficient public space in the neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © Maxwan

  • ArchitectsMaxwan + MS architekti
  • Project: Red Hill Rise
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Client: KKCG Real Estate a.s.
  • Site area: 1.2 ha
  • Total GFA: 41,000 m2
  • Service, Retail: 12,250 m2 gfa
  • Offices: 28,750 m2 gfa
  • Parking: 700 spaces
  • Estimated building cost: €55M
  • Partner in charge: Hiroki Matsuura
  • Team leader: Jason Hilgefort, Rene Sangers
  • Team:  Artur Borejszo, Veronika Komova, Valentina Chiappa Nunez, Aleksandar Hrib, Nobuki Ogasahara, Ignas Uogintas, Janneke Earl
  • Collaborator: MS architekti s.r.o. (Michal Sourek, Pavel Hrebecky, Tomas Filgas, Martin Studnicka, Thomas Zagdoun, Idan Zveibil), ABT bv (Engineering Structures & Installations), Ebben Nurseries (Horticulture), ACTM Netherlands bv (Commercial consultancy for shopping centres & high traffic locations), Peter Brogt Traffic Advice (Traffic & Parking),, Search Engineering bv (Sustainability), Energysim s.r.o. (Energy, Sustainability and Engineering), Scheldebouw bv (Façade engineering), Buro Happold (Sustainability & Engineering), HEVO bv (Office market &”Het Nieuwe Werken”), Jaroslav Pasek (Geology & Foundations), &H Real Estate bv (Real estate, Retail development)
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Illustrator, Photoshop

Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France by Coop Himmelb(l)au

September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

 Crystal Cloud of Knowledge 

The future society will be a society of knowledge. However this knowledge can hardly be split into clearly defined fields.

Innovations develop within interspaces, within indistinctness, within the overlapping and hybridising. Questions regarding the future will be decided within transitional fields situated between technology, biology and ethics that are the central themes of the Musée des Confluences.

Image Courtesy © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo

  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Project: Musée des Confluences
  • Location: Lyon, France
  • Photography: Markus Pillhofer, Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo
  • Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
  • Project Partner: Markus Prossnigg
  • Project Architects: Mona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
  • Project Coordination: Thomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
  • Project Team Vienna: Christopher Beccone, Guy Bébié, Lorenz Bürgi, Wolfgang Fiel, Kai Hellat, Robert Haranza, Alex Jackson, Georg Kolmayr, Daniel Kerbler, Lucas Kulnig, Andreas Mieling, Marianna Milioni, Andrea Schöning, Mario Schwary, Markus Schwarz, Oliver Tessmann, Dionicio Valdez, Philipp Vogt, Markus Wings, Tom Wiscombe, Christoph Ziegler, Jutta Schädler
  • Project Team Lyon: Francois Texier, Philippe Folliasson, Etienne Champenois, Alexandru Gheorghe, Niels Hiller, Emanuele Iacono, Pierre-Yves Six
  • Client: Département du Rhône, Lyon, France, Represented by SERL, Lyon, France
  • Planning: Patriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
  • Execution: MESA Workshop, Lyon, France
  • Project Managerment: Chabanne & Partenaires, Lyon, France
  • Construction Survey Lyon: Jean Pierre Debray
  • Costs: Mazet & Associés, Paris, France, CUBIC, Lyon, France

Îlot Saint-Jean in Bordeaux, France by Leibar-Seigneurin

September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Leibar-Seigneurin

In scale with the neighbourhood, our proposal fits in with a general policy of creating closed blocks with buildings running continuously alongside the roads and featuring huge private central areas. The guidelines and recommendations thus fixed are clearly consistent with the idea of creating streets and lead to the conception of buildings which fit in with this project. This kind of urban development makes it possible to phase out the building work and the demolition work, both characteristic of this sort of project, in a coherent fashion.

Image Courtesy © Martin y Zentol et Patrick Miara

  • Architects: Leibar-Seigneurin
  • Project: Îlot Saint-Jean
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Photography: Martin y Zentol et Patrick Miara
  • Type : Residential collective housing. First phase : 34 units, Second phase: 92 units.
  • Contractor: Domofrance.
  • Completion: First phase : 2007, second phase: 2012.
  • Cost (tax free): 12 700 000 €

Echoviren in California by Smith | Allen

September 1st, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Smith | Allen

Smith|Allen participated in the Project 387 Residency, located in Mendocino Country from August 4-18, 2013. In the heart of a 150-acre redwood forest, Smith|Allen has created a site responsive, 3D printed architectural installation (the largest of it’s kind): Echoviren. The project merges architecture, art and technology to explore the dialectic between man, machine and nature. The Project 387 open house and reception was Saturday, August 17.

Image Courtesy © Smith | Allen

  • Architects: Smith | Allen
  • Project: Echoviren
  • Location: Gualala, California, U.S.A
  • Involved companies: Type A Machines
  • Commissioned by: Project 387
  • Software used: Adobe Illustrator, Rhino 5, grasshopper, weaverbird, and paneling tools for design, and KISSlicer+Pronterface with our Type A Machines Series 1 Printers for the 3D printing fabrication

CASA CL in Saladillo, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina by BAM! arquitectura

September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BAM! arquitectura

The project arises from the premise of the client to expand and modernize an existing country house, thus allowing him to invite over all of his family and friends.

The starting point was to reinterpret architecture in rural areas, generating a proposal of simple lines and intricate details.

Image Courtesy © PerdoUrruti

  • Architects: BAM! arquitectura
  • Project: CASA CL
  • Location: Saladillo, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Photography: PerdoUrruti
  • Project team: Gonzalo Bardach ,MatíasMosquera
  • Area: 160m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Software used: Rhino and AutoCad

Claro-Grossetete House in Colina, Santiago by Juan Carlos Sabbagh Arquitectos

September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Juan Carlos Sabbagh Arquitectos

The project consists of a single family house located in Chicureo, a very hot zone in summer, which is why the starting point of the project was to take over the climate issue.

Because of this, the house was designed in only one level and is based in courtyards to protect it with the shadows of the trees and being close to the soil moisture.

View from north, Image Courtesy © Francisca Polanco

  • Architects: Juan Carlos Sabbagh Arquitectos
  • Project: Claro-Grossetete House
  • Location: Hacienda Chicureo, Colina, Santiago
  • Photography: Francisca Polanco
  • Structural Engineer: INGEVSA (Eduardo Valenzuela)
  • Builder: Constructora Alcoy
  • Heating Engineer: Nat Clima
  • Electrical Engineer: Concha & Gana
  • Lighting Design: Oriana Ponzini
  • Domotics: Home Control S.A.
  • Landscape Design: Piera Sartori
  • Soil mechanics: GEOFUN

Sunny Side House in Serangoon, Singapore by Wallflower Architecture + Design

September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Wallflower Architecture + Design 

The site would not appeal to most local homebuyer as it immediately ticks several negative boxes for what are deemed liabilities in a residential semi-detached plot. It is long and narrow, with both the long side and front facing the western afternoon sun. The plot lies a metre below a public road that bounds the front and the ‘sunny’ side. In the local context, there would be environmental, layout and cultural issues to overcome.

Image Courtesy © Marc Tey

  • Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design
  • Project: Sunny Side House
  • Location: Serangoon, Singapore
  • Photography: Marc Tey
  • Design Team: Robin Tan, Cecil Chee, Sean Zheng, Shirley Tan & Eileen Kok
  • Project Completion: Early 2013
  • Site Area: 367 m2
  • GFA: 436 m2

Lagere School Sint-Gillis in Belgium by LENS°ASS ARCHITECTEN

September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal



The streetscape shows a school building that takes up two building lots. This is reflected in the dual building design of the facade. The elongated windows accentuate the vertical rhythm of the street. The building integrates easily into the formal vocabulary of its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Philippe van Gelooven

  • Project: Lagere School Sint-Gillis
  • Location: Belgium
  • Photography: Philippe van Gelooven
  • Surface: 1.035,80 m² bruto
  • Budget: 2.272.924,35€

Melkbos in Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

August 31st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

This family home, created by SAOTA -Stefan AntoniOlmesdahl Truen Architects is located approximately 30km from Cape Town along the idyllic but also extremely harsh West Coast.

The form and siting of the house is strongly orientated around views. On entering the house, the focus turns completely to the sea facing side of the home, which opens up and embraces the landscape of the West Coast.

Image Courtesy © SAOTA

  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Project: Melkbos
  • Location: Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: SAOTA
  • Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl & Francois Geldenhuys
  • Interior Design: Client
  • Completion Date: 2001

Rabbit Hole in Gaasbeek, Belgium by LENS°ASS ARCHITECTEN

August 31st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal


The old farm house  comprises five buildings and is located on a unique site in close proximity to the Gaasbeek Castle. What strategy needs to be developed to revive a dilapidated building without reconstructing it in a nostalgic manner? The decisive question is how such a homestead  can be adapted to modern housing requirements without destroying its agricultural character.


  • Project: Rabbit Hole
  • Location: Gaasbeek, Belgium
  • Photography: Philippe van Gelooven, Bieke Claessens, Andri Haflidason
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