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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.

National library of Lithuania in Vilnius by 2XJ Architects

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 2XJ Architects

The new interior design for the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania was created in the context of the renovation of the building which was originally constructed in 1963.  Many elements including interior spaces, plan structure, interior elements and finishing materials are protected by strict heritage regulations. Therefore the interior spaces essentially were left intact, many interior elements and materials were restored or recreated. Many new functions were introduced within the existing spaces on the six floors of the building. New functional zones include few hundred working spaces for visitors, spaces for co-working, coffee shops, conference room, gallery, recording studio, cinema room, arts incubator, daycare centre and more. A lot of attention was dedicated to the aesthetic solutions highlighting the relation between “the old“ and “the new“. The aim was to make a clear distinction rather than moderating between the two. A modern homogeneous structure of black furniture and other interior elements was created, which forms a new identity for the library. The modular furniture system is minimalist in style, pretentious forms were avoided. Some of the elements were as large as 6 meter in height corresponding to the large scale of interior spaces.

Image Courtesy © Leonas Garbačauskas

  • Architects: 2XJ Architects
  • Project: National library of Lithuania
  • Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Photography: Leonas Garbačauskas
  • Lead Architects: Jokūbas Jurgelis, Laimis Valančiūnas, Jurga Marcinauskaitė
  • Area: 6100m2
  • Completion Year: 2016

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Guaparo House in Carabobo, Venezuela by NMD NOMADAS

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NMD NOMADAS

In the tropics, the rooms of a house may be inner and outer spaces overlapping each other; nature and the house are everywhere.

It also seeks to express in the house a way of being characterized by understanding the inner and outer as domestic, even in the public and the open; where the exterior and interior are continuous as an expression without barriers of that expanded domesticity.

Image Courtesy © NMD NOMADAS

  • Architects: NMD NOMADAS
  • Project: Guaparo House
  • Location: Carabobo, Venezuela

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Rivers International School in Arnhem, The Netherlands by LIAG architecten en bouwadviseurs

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LIAG architecten en bouwadviseurs 

The new building for the Rivers International School Arnhem, designed by LIAG, is situated in Arnhem on the south side of the Rhine river, next to the Arnhem South railway station Schuytgraaf. The Arnhem region is situated within the Netherlands close to the German border in a rural area where housing and public facilities are readily accessible. The River’s population represents over 45 nationalities. The caring atmosphere helps all the students to feel at home.

Image Courtesy © Ben Vulkers

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Southcoast Health Dartmouth Urgent Care in Massachusetts by JACA Architects

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: JACA Architects

Dartmouth was the second urgent care for Southcoast. The Patient and Provider flows were streamlined for maximum efficiency. The check-in station was designed to be the focus of the room and was located a good distance away from the closest waiting chair. Glass was used to create acoustical and visual privacy.

Exterior of the Southcoast Health Dartmouth Urgent Care, Image Courtesy © JACA Architects

  • Architects: JACA Architects
  • Project: Southcoast Health Dartmouth Urgent Care
  • Location: 435 State Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA
  • Size: 4,300 square feet
  • Completion: February 2017

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Castaway Island Resort in Hai Phong, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Castaway Island Resort is located in a tiny beautiful island in Cat Ba Archipelago, a well-known tourist destination in Vietnam. It can accommodate up to 160 guests, mainly international tourists. The site is only accessible by boat, which takes about 2 hours from Hai Phong port. The resort is aimed to provide a memorable stay at the island which is surrounded by tropical nature.

Image Courtesy © Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Gateway One Shekou in Shenzhen, China by SPARK

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SPARK 

PROJECT SUMMARY

SPARK has completed the design of Gateway One a 71,600-square-metre mixed-use development and transportation hub for China Merchants. Located in Shenzhen South China the 110-metre-high, 27-storey office tower and five retail pavilions are connected by landscaped terraces that combine to create a unique naturally ventilated retail and business destination for the lively Skekou district of the city. The buildings sit over and adjacent to a new transportion hub that includes a bus terminal and the Seaworld subway station.

Image Courtesy © SKPhoto

  • Architects: SPARK
  • Project: Gateway One Shekou
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Photography: SKPhoto
  • Client: China Merchants
  • Project Director: Stephen Pimbley, Wenhui Lim
  • Project Associates: Carlo Joson, Peter Morris
  • Team: Cynthia Liau, Rafal Kapusta, Lintang Wuriantari, Darmaganda, Mark Mancenido, Olivia Wong, Fabian Ong, Paula Zheng, Arnold Galang, Natasha Hill
  • Façade Consultant: Arup
  • Local Design Institute: Guangdong Province Design Institute Shenzhen Branch
  • Total GFA (sqm): 71,600sqm (Office: 47,200sqm, Retail: 20,400sqm, Bus Terminal: 4000sqm)

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Rhône 8 in Genève, Switzerland by Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes SA

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes SA 

The site comprises an ensemble of five historical buildings owned by UBS which are bounded by rue de la Confédération, rue du Commerce, rue du Rhône, and the historic Passage des Lions in the prestigious neighbourhood of Les Rues-Basses in Geneva. In January 2009, UBS launched a competition for projects to transform these structures in order to bring them up to contemporary standards of use, functionality, safety, and energy efficiency.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

  • Architects: Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes SA
  • Project: Rhône 8
  • Location: 8, rue du Rhône, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Other participants (eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc):
    • Collaborators Lausanne: Jacques Richter, Ignacio Dahl Rocha, Christian Leibbrandt, Fabrizio Giacometti, Manuela Toscan, Jérémy Schaffner, Antoine Barc, Yann Collomb, Nathalie Saegesser, Lionel Peter, Christophe Gachnang, Bernard Freymond, Sacha Pannatier, Fabrice Roulin
    • Collaborators Design: Jacques Richter, Ignacio Dahl Rocha, Claudia Dell’Ariccia, Marie Bürgisser-Jaquier, Juliane Mayor, Marco Turin, Eléonore Junod
    • Client | Investor: UBS SA (Swiss Life SA)
    • Representative to the contracting authorityTekhne SA
    • Structural engineer: Ingphi SA
    • Graphic Design / Signag: RDR design SA
    • Safety engineer: Orqual SA

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Metal Hut-Lucky Bar in Beijing, China by Robot 3 Studio

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Robot 3 Studio 

Each ring road of Beijing is a rough division of social class. The invisible wall made up of power and wealth divides Beijing into pieces of fixed territories, some of which are inaccessible for majority of people in their whole life. Each territory has a stable hierarchical structure and complicated codes. Design is the way to overcome the obstacles and crack the code.

Image Courtesy © Deng Xi-Xun

  • Architects: Robot 3 Studio
  • Project: Metal Hut-Lucky Bar
  • Location: Kexing West Road, No. 43, Changping District, Beijing, China
  • Photography: Deng Xi-Xun
  • Designers: Pan Fei, Wang Zhi
  • Contractor: Beijing Jingchuanjiamei Decoration Co., Ltd
  • Area: 76 sqm
  • Design time: 2016.03-2016.04
  • Completion time: 2016.05

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Ar de Rio Bar Esplanade in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal by Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, lda

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, lda 

Architecture is not built without matter as it imposes a physuical limit.

The limits of this object reside in the precise definition of its structural ‘parti’ as much as in the desire of achieveing a limitless state.

The brief asked for a versatile space, protected from the seasonal changes of weather but open to the river breeze in warmer days.

The condition of its openings is such that the object becomes with ease a ‘covered’ esplanade.

Image Courtesy © Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, lda

False Bay Writer’s Cabin in Washington by Olson Kundig

 
May 2nd, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Olson Kundig

This five-hundred-square-foot cabin serves as a private writer’s retreat and guest cottage. The owners asked for a space that felt connected to its island setting—the mild climate, scenic views, and proximity to wildlife. At the same time, they needed a structure that could be easily secured when not in use.

Image Courtesy © Tim Bies

  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Project: False Bay Writer’s Cabin
  • Location: Washington, USA
  • Photography: Tim Bies
  • Software used: Autocad 2006, 2009, SketchuUp 3D.

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