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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.

St Antony’s College in Oxford, England by Bennetts Associates Architects

July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bennetts Associates Architects

Two new buildings by Bennetts Associates have recently been completed for St Antony’s College in Oxford.
The five-storey Gateway Buildings are a significant addition to St Antony’s estate, defining a new presence for the College on one of the main routes serving the city centre. The project comprises a new main entrance, Porters’ Lodge, 54 en-suite study bedrooms, offices for
College staff and meeting/work space within glazed rooftop pavilions.

Image Courtesy © Huffton + Crow

  • Architects: Bennetts Associates Architects
  • Project: St Antony’s College
  • Location: Oxford, England
  • Photography: Huffton + Crow
  • Client: St Antony’s College
  • Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor: Northcroft
  • Contractor: Kingerlee

Alegra in Dubai, UAE by Mr. Important Design

July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mr. Important Design


Mister Important Design is an interior design firm that brings an ebullient perspective to interiors. Specializing in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, bars and lounges, Mister Important Design works closely with clients to achieve interiors that exceed expectations. Exuberant interors that are designed to be remembered and talked about.

Image Courtesy © Jeff Dow

  • Architects: Mr. Important Design
  • Project: Alegra
  • Location: Murooj Rotana Hotel, Dubai, UAE
  • Photography: Jeff Dow
  • Client, Owner: John Saliba
  • Size (sq m): 300 square meters
  • Design Team: Charles Doell, Miriam Marchevsky, and Alvaro Bonfiglio
  • Main Contractor: Owner Contractor
  • Completion Date: February 2012

OLYMPIC ENERGY CENTRES in London, UK by John McAslan + Partners

July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: John McAslan + Partners


“The new Energy Centres for the 2012 London Olympics champion power generation as an integral presence in two East London communities – two vital pieces of utilities infrastructure for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and ensuing Legacy. The practices response is distinct in both form and function – a strong 21st Century industrial aesthetic.”

Image Courtesy © Huffton + Crow

  • Architects: John McAslan + Partners
  • Location: London, UK
  • Photography: Huffton + Crow
  • Client: Olympic Development Authority, GDF (Suez), Cofely (East London) Ltd
  • Design Team: John McAslan + Partners, AKT Structural Engineers, PB Energy M+E Engineering, PB Planning Consultants
  • Main Contractor: PJ Carey
  • Cladding Contractor: Lakesmere Cladding Subcontractor
  •  Start on site: 01.01.2007
  • Completion: 31.12.2011
  • Gross internal floor area: in m2 (if you submit net internal area or gross external area, please say so)
  • Architect and Landscape Architect: PB Planning Consultants
  • Main Contractor: PJ Carey
  • Cladding Contractor: Lakesmere Cladding Subcontractor

International Awards Shortlist Announced BY INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors

July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 2-4 October 2013 – INSIDE reveals the shortlist of multi-disciplinary design practices from across the globe

Singapore, July 8, 2013 – As INSIDE 2013 draws nearer, the awards panel, including Nigel Coates, Linda Morey Smith and Nicholas Stringer, have diligently whittled-down entries to a diverse shortlist of 59 projects across this year’s 12 diverse categories: Bars and Restaurants, Creative Re-use, Culture, Display, Education, Health, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping Centres, Shops and Transport.

INSIDE’s awards are truly international; celebrating today’s inspired and most accomplished interiors from the last 12 months. Short-listed designers are competing from countries far and wide including Australia, Brazil, Japan and China to INSIDE’s host, Singapore, and other European destinations, including the UK.

A selection of the shortlisted entrants include Anglo-Japanese architects, Klein Dytham’s fun and inspiring Google Japan headquarters in Tokyo and Singapore-based architecture practice WOHA’s incredible Park Royal on Pickering - a striking high-rise hotel and office building in Singapore, with contours that form planted valleys, gullies and waterfalls.

London-based design firms include architects Zaha Hadid, David Kohn and VW+BS. UK-located projects include the vibrant citizenM London Bankside by Dutch design firm concrete and VW+BS’s west London residential project, Uxbridge Street.

Says Paul Finch, Programme Director of World Architectural Festival:
“Interior architecture and design are related but separate disciplines to mainstream architecture, and the INSIDE award and talks programme show why. From digital design to creating delight, the Festival will open up fresh ideas and demonstrate the influence of interiors on how we work, rest and play.”

The shortlisted entries will now pitch against each other in live presentations over a period of three days to a stellar line up of international judges, including: Odile Decq, ODBC; Nigel Coates, Nigel Coates Studio; Lyndon Neri, Neri & Hu; Eero Koivisto, Claesson Koivisto Rune; Pernilla Ohrstedt, Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio; Linda Morey Smith, MoreySmith; Nicholas Stringer, Shed Design; Shawn Sullivan, Rockwell Group and Rob Wagemans, concrete. It is one of the most significant opportunities for designers to promote their work globally in the 2013 calendar.
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Pharmacy Museum in Oporto, Portugal by SITE SPECIFIC ARQUITECTURA

July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal


The project of the Pharmacy Museum is the result of the close relationship between the architecture and the museography since the beginning. The Museum is at the basement of an existing building, contemporary and multifunctional.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Location: OPORTO, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Design, museography, communication: P06-atelier
  • Year: 2010

Courtyard social houses in Es Mercadal, Menorca, Spain by Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

July 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Patio houses and environment: mat building

As an extension of the urban tissue of Es Mercadal, characterized by a network of narrow streets and small courtyards, the project was conceived as a mat building, where houses open to an ordered series of patios and connected through two access galleries. The building volume is excavated with various operations to be filled with light and air.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

  • Architects: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés
  • Project: Courtyard social houses
  • Location: Es Mercadal, Menorca, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Collaborators: Yolanda Ortega Sanz, architect; Vicenç Jordi Manent, co-site supervisor; Joan Reynés, quantity surveyor
  • Contractor: Llabrés Feliu. Juan Alfonso Rivero, Yolanda Homar and Antonio Rodríguez, site supervisors
  • Consultants: Roca Ingenieros, Mechanical engineering; Bernal Nadal, structure
  • Client: IBAVI, Institut Balear de l’Habitatge
  • Cost: 2.814.178 Euros   Floor area: 4.460 m2
  • Intervention Chronology: 2006 – 2010
  • Prizes: Selected work Bauwelt Prize 2013 “First house”, Highly commended AVS Awards 2010 Social housing

Dame of Melba in Victoria, Australia by Seeley Architects

July 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Seeley Architects

The Dame of Melba is a weekend holiday residence for a retired couple, set into a hillside overlooking the rugged Anglesea coastline.  Exposed and in a harsh, salty environment, materials that weather well over time and require minimal maintenance were key selection criteria.

Image Courtesy © Shannon McGrath

  • Architects: Seeley Architects
  • Project: Dame of Melba
  • Location: Anglesea, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Shannon McGrath
  • INTERIOR DESIGNER: Seeley Architects
  • BUILDER: Bolder Constructions
  • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Loci Landscape Architecture
  • LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION: Brett Essing Landscapes

Caterpillar House (Casa Oruga) in Lo Barnechea, Santiago de Chile by SEBASTIAN IRARRAZAVAL ARQUITECTO

July 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sebastián Irarrázaval Delpiano

This prefabricated house for an art collector and his family was built in the outskirts of Santiago in a new suburban residential area. In order to reduce construction time and costs, second hand shipping containers were used as follow: Five 40 “standard containers, Six 20“ standard containers and one 40“ open top container for the swimming pool.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Pirrone

  • Project: Caterpillar House (Casa Oruga)
  • Location: Lo Barnechea, Santiago de Chile
  • Photography: Sergio Pirrone
  • Associated Architect: Erick Caro.
  • Client: Ricardo Bezanilla
  • Structural Engineer: Pedro Bartolomé
  • Construction: Sebastián Irarrázaval Arquitectos
  • Site Supervision: Ricardo Carril
  • Materials: 5 X 40 “standard shiping containers, 6 X 20 “standard shiping containers and 1 X 40 “ open top shiping container ,  steel plates , concrete retaining walls, and gypsum board , tymber wood
  • Site area: 900 mt2
  • Gross Built area: 350 m2
  • Year of completion: 2012

Nousfit Warehouse in Tokyo, Japan by Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates

July 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates

This building is a workshop-cum-warehouse of the neighboring company. The first floor is the workshop, and the second floor is the warehouse. In this limited space, the warehouse storage area was maximized.
Incorporating a concept that robustly expressed the client company into this building was an important theme.
The client is a company that supplies professional shampoos and cosmetics to beauty salons, and studies the science of hair and hair growth.

Image Courtesy © Katsuhisa Kida

  • Architects: Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates
  • Project: Nousfit Warehouse
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Katsuhisa Kida
  • Built area: 39.74㎡
  • Completion  2013  May
  • Design:Hideo Horikawa   Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates
  • Contractor: Takeshi Koumuten

family house in Mikulovice, Czech Republic by ZETTE atelier s.r.o.

July 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ZETTE atelier s.r.o.

The house is located in Mikulovice, a quiet village near Pardubice, in a flat region surrounding the river of Elbe. Despite having only 1000 inhabitants, this village is currently going through a housing boom. The house site is situated between a baroque church and a forest. Just like the neighbouring ones, this housing lot was also made by restoring a former waste disposal site.

Image Courtesy © zette atelier

  • Architects: ZETTE atelier s.r.o.
  • Project: family house
  • Location: Mikulovice, Czech Republic
  • Photography: Courtesy of
  • Area: 380 sqm
  • Year: 2011
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