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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.

Garage House in Lisbon, Portugal by fala atelier

 
January 14th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: fala atelier

The project started with an unconventional request from an open minded couple: within a very tight budget, to convert a windowless 200m2 garage into a house. The proposed intervention intended the clearest reading possible of the existing structure, emphasising its strength. While the garage was careless and grey, the house is clean and white; its materiality is flat, its light is abstract. Two generous bathrooms were included behind a curved wall, where a broken corner was before; the walls and ceilings were painted in white and the floor covered in a continuous polished concrete surface; the existing skylights we’re rethought. No other change felt necessary. Carefully placed elements organize the living areas: a marble kitchen, curtains, potted plants. Along with the furniture, the free standing elements carry the flexible identity of the house, hinting its domesticity while punctuating the abstract volume with color.

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

  • Architects: fala atelier
  • Project: Garage House
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Project Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Mariana Silva, Camelia Petre, Clara Pailler
  • Consultants: Paulo Sousa
  • Year: September 2015 – April 2016
  • Status: Private Commission; Built

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Casa Invisibile by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects  

Casa Invisibile is a flexible housing unit, which consists of a prefabricated wood structure designed for turnkey implementation at any designated site. Maximum flexibility and spatial quality are the key elements in its concept of development. The open layout is structured by a chimney and a wet cell creating three spatial units that provide for individual use and design. The structure and ambience of the rooms are characterised by the use of domestic woods. The mounting framework and fitments of the housing unit are exclusively assembled from prefabricated elements at the factory. The overall dimensions are 14.50 x 3.50 meters, which provides for easy transportation by lorry. Design and texture of the interior design and façade can be determined by the client from various options listed in a design catalogue. This provides for tailor-made design options for the housing units as well as for flexible pricing options. Through modular element construction and the intensive use of wood, the housing units can be completely disassembled thus minimizing their environmental footprint. By combining innovation and mobility at a reasonable price, Casa Invisibile is a product that offers a ground breaking alternative in an increasingly critical housing situation.

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

  • Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
  • Project: Casa Invisibile
  • Location: Various
  • Photography: Christian Brandstaetter
  • Project manager: Gerhard Goelles
  • Gross floor area: 50 m²
  • Net floor area: 45 m²
  • Construction volume: 160 m³
  • Start of planning: 02/2013
  • Start of construction: 05/2013
  • Completion: 07/2013

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The Re-wrapped House in Jalan Binchang, Singapore by A D Lab Pte Ltd

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: A D Lab Pte Ltd 

This quiet low-rise cul-de-sac of semi detached houses at Jalan Binchang is similar to many in Singapore.  Constructed mostly in the 1970’s, the pairs of two storey brick houses are now at the stage in their building lifespan where renovation is eminent.  The designers saw the development of the quaint neighborhood and its natural evolution as a main source of inspiration in the design of no. 67 Jalan Binchang.  They brainstormed on how to enlarge and rejuvenate the existing semi detached house while maintaining a harmony with the existing built environment, the history of tropical residential buildings and with the natural environment.  The designers looked at the existing building as one would study a living organism that needed to adapt to a new environment.  Instead of demolishing its embedded history and reinventing it as something completely new, they decided to use its structure, its internal logic of organization and meaning as a starting point to the design, and to build upon this pre-existing pattern and structure to evolve it into a new form and space.  The architects find it important to study how space can evolve with time and with the changing conditions of the inhabitants so that the lifespan of construction can be increased.  Also as a way of reducing waste, savings cost on the project, and minimizing disruption to the neighbor’s house, the designers decided to retain the entire 2-storey semi detached house on the site.  Between this structure and a newly added 2 storey plus attic extension, a gap between the old and new structures was kept to bring light and wind through the house as well as to allow for the settlement of the new structure independently from the old.  The internal building’s logic of the front facing public room, rear facing services and private second storey of the existing house was maintained and carried over to the side extension.

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks, CI & A Photography

Image Courtesy © Edward Hendricks, CI & A Photography

  • Architects: A D Lab Pte Ltd
  • Project: The Re-wrapped House
  • Location: 67 Jalan Binchang, Singapore
  • Photography: Edward Hendricks, CI & A Photography
  • Project Team Members: Warren Liu, Wu Yanling, Anna May Manrique, Najeeb Rahmat
  • Builder/ Construction Company: Newell Builders Pte Ltd
  • Building Surveyor: LEE BOON HAW Registered Surveyor
  • Quantity Surveyor: CCL CHARTERED SURVEYORS PTE LTD
  • Civil and Structural Engineering Firm: EPM CONSULTANTS
  • Site Area (sq-ft or sq-metres): 496.80 sq metres
  • Total Floor Area (sq-ft or sq-metres): 529.55 sq metres
  • Time to complete (Number of months): 9 – 12 months

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Kindergarten in Koblenz, Germany by Herrmanns-Architekten

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Herrmanns-Architekten 

Explanations about the construction of a kindergarten in Lahnstein

The curved building for a new kindergarten is to be erected as a wooden structure with a formwork of vertical wood panels. The intention of the architects is that the new  building is self-consciously integrated into the urban environment.

Especially when building for children, other aspects than usual have to be incorporated into the design process. Who says that a building must inevitably always be designed with the rigid cartesian axes (height / width / depth) as a crate. This is the dynamic structure of the organic building with its curved ground plan for breaking open the rigid geometric shapes.

Image Courtesy © Herrmanns-Architekten

Image Courtesy © Herrmanns-Architekten

  • Architects: Herrmanns-Architekten
  • Project: Kindergarten
  • Location: Koblenz, Germany
  • Software used: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, ArchiCAD, ORCA AVA

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Neue Direktion Köln in Germany by kadawittfeldarchitektur in corporation with Graf + Graf Architekten

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: kadawittfeldarchitektur

Between the city centre and the Rhine River

The former railway head office is on Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer immediately opposite the Rhine River and in immediate vicinity of Cologne’s main railway station, the cathedral and the city centre. There are visual links to the cathedral, the bridge Hohenzollernbrücke, the opposite riverbank as well as beyond the Rhine bend to the more distant office buildings and the Cologne Trade Fair Centre, Koelnmesse. Clearly visible from the other side of the river, Neue Direktion Köln is an important landmark within Cologne’s urban landscape.

Image Courtesy © Jens Kirchner

Image Courtesy © Jens Kirchner

  • Architects: kadawittfeldarchitektur in corporation with Graf + Graf Architekten
  • Project: Neue Direktion Köln
  • Location: Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Köln, Germany
  • Photography: Jens Kirchner, Ralph Richter
  • Client: HOCHTIEF Projektentwicklung GmbH, Niederlassung Rhein-Ruhr
  • Services: Completed service phases: Building design, acc. to HOAI, service phases 1-5, interior design, acc. to HOAI, service phases 1-8
  • Project team:

    • kadawittfeldarchitektur: Gerhard Breuss, Santiago Canete, Henning Drefke, Mathias  Garanin, Jochen Hansen, Morna Hildebrandt, Bodo Jülicher, Lars Junold, Jan Kemper, Maria Meglin, Sebastian Potz; Andreas Horsky, Sascha Thomas (visualisation); Andrea Blaschke (model building); Marc Bennemann (MA student), Kerstin Gnielinski (MA student), Nina-Rebecca Ismar (MA student), Hanns Luh (MA student), Jan Recker (MA student), Patrick Zamojski (MA student)
    • Graf + Graf Architekten: Claudia Diefenbach, Claudia Schaaf, Pascal Hilb
    • kadawittfeldconsult: Christiane Luiz, Golshan Majlessi, Daniel Trappen
    • Competition: Simona Czysch, Astrid Dierkes, Julika Metz, Johannes Müntinga; Benjamin Grab (MA student), Maksim König (MA student), Martin Van Laack (MA student), Sophie Schulten (MA student)

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One Hundred in St. Louis, Missouri by Studio Gang

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Studio Gang 

Studio Gang announces their design for One Hundred, a new tower at 100 North Kingshighway Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri, for Mac Properties. The design, which will be unveiled in a public meeting in St. Louis on Monday, December 12, proposes an architecturally significant apartment tower at the northeast corner of Kingshighway Boulevard and West Pine Boulevard in the Central West End neighborhood.

“The Central West End is an extraordinary, architecturally rich neighborhood that has evolved over many decades,” said Eli Ungar, Founder of Mac Properties. “In planning a development for this exceptional site, we selected Studio Gang for their commitment to thoughtful, sustainable development and to a design that both honors the history of a community and contributes to its continued evolution.”

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang

  • Architects: Studio Gang
  • Project: One Hundred
  • Location: 100 North Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Client: Mac Properties
  • Engineering Team: Structural Engineering, MKA; MEP/FP Engineering, dbHMS
  • Sustainability: Targeting LEED Certification
  • Residential tower: 305 apartments / 36 stories / 385 ft in height
  • Size: 540,369 sf, 315,440 sf residential, 5-story podium including 882 sf retail, 6,756 sf amenity space, with 23,810 sf below-ground parking (355 parking spaces), and 8,817 sf green roof
  • Status: Commissioned 2015, set to begin construction in 2017, anticipated completion 2019

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Graça Apartment in Lisbon, Portugal by fala atelier

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: fala atelier 

The apartment lies in an unremarkable building in Lisbon. Its obsolete fragmented typology presented a series of small rooms, some devoid of natural light, and an impractical exterior bathroom. The intervention aimed to erase these faults and to clarify the use of the available surface: a gently curved wall was extended from façade to façade, defining the limit between a vast common space and the different private rooms.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

  • Architects: fala atelier
  • Project: Graça Apartment
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)
  • Project team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Clara Pailler, Mariana Silva, Lera Samovich
  • Year: October 2015 – May 2016

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English for Fun Flagship in Madrid, Spain by Rica Studio

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rica Studio

English for Fun, founded in Spain in 2011, uses a revolutionary method for children of any age or physical condition to learn English using their five senses. English for Fun is a place for all children to learn. This pedagogical approach is based in the idea that every child is special and unique.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzman

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzman

  • Architects: Rica Studio, Lorena del Río e Iñaqui Carnicero
  • Project: English for Fun Flagship in Madrid
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Imagen Subliminal, Miguel de Guzman
  • Clients: English for fun
  • Contributors: Takuma Johnson, Monica Molinari, Paula Manzano
  • Contractor: Navas 3000. Javier Sastre
  • Budget: 180.000 euros

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Old People’s Home in Durango, Spain by Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

This competition involved a double intervention. On the one hand, it involved the construction of a new building next to the historical building which would hold all of the welfare services for the permanent care of the elderly.  On the other hand, it involved the rehabilitation of the former hospital, to hold different social services and associations. Both buildings were to be related, complementing each other in some way.

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

  • Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura (Roberto Ercilla, Miguel Angel Campo)
  • Project: Old People’ S Home
  • Location: Barandiarán Street, Durango (Bikaia), Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Developer: Bideak Bizkaiko Bideak
  • Technical Architects: Javier Valdivielso, Gorka Sagasti
  • Collaborators: Cesar Besada. Architect, Pablo Dormal. Architect
  • Estructural work: Eduardo Martín
  • Landscape: Local 4
  • Construction Company: Olabarri S.L.
  • Works Budget: 4.730.000 €
  • Surface: 6.000 m²
  • Year: 2000/2005

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Kanarie Club in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Studio Modijefsky

 
January 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Modijefsky

Set in De Hallen, a former tram depot in Amsterdam west, Kanarie Club pays tribute to the old trams with its renewed design. Digging deep into the history of the building, Studio Modijefsky has created a design with strong references to the past. As a tram depot there were several activities taking place in the space giving service to the run down trams, such as electricity, paint, wood and metal work. These skills and the tools and work spaces they require, inspires the material and colour palette of the new interior and are means to divide the new restaurant space into different zones.

Image Courtesy © Maarten Willemstein

  • Architects: Studio Modijefsky (Esther Stam, Natalia Nikolopoulou, Kristina Petrauskaite, Moene van Werven, Kleoniki Fotiadou, Zahra Rajaei)
  • Project: Kanarie Club
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Maarten Willemstein
  • Client: Chong Chu, Tsibo Lin, Zing-Kyn Cheung, Rakish Gangapersad
  • Size: 699 m²
  • Status: realised November 2016

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