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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.

School in Hellerup, Denmark by Arkitema Architects

 
September 3rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arkitema Architects

As soon as you step into Hellerup School, you notice its very special atmosphere. Just inside the entrance lie lots of shoes – because both students and teachers change into indoor shoes when they arrive. This means that students can romp about on the floor for both play and learning.

The floor areas are not merely flat surfaces, but a modelled landscape with staircases, plateaux, balconies and bridges, where the children can sit, jump about, stand, move around.

Image Courtesy © Arkitema Architects

Ring of Celestial Bliss in Hsinchu, Taiwan by J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)

 
September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan) 

The Lantern Festival is the last of the series of spring festivals that celebrate the Chinese New Year (Feb. 9 ~24, 2013). During this time, people come together to offer good wishes and pray for more blessings in the coming year.

In this spirit, the main lantern for this year’s Taiwan Lantern Festival, is aptly themed the “Ring of Celestial Bliss”. Its concept, based on the Chinese saying of “Blessings as high as the sky”, is vividly conveyed in all aspects of the design.

Image Courtesy © JJPan

  • Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)
  • Project: Ring of Celestial Bliss
  • Location: Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • Photography: Delta, JJPan
  • Design team: Joshua Jih Pan, Chungwei Su, Steven B.J. Chen, Ian Y.C. Tseng
  • Client: Delta Electronics Inc.
  • Materials: Steel Structure, Bamboo, Fabric
  • Dimensions: 30m diameter
  • Height: 10 m
  • Completion: 2013
  • Software used: Rhino, SketchUp

River Hull Footbridge by McDowell+Benedett

 
September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: McDowell+Benedett

Structure
The structure consists of a steel spine cantilevering around from a 3-dimensional braced ring structure approximately 16m in diameter. The spine is a hybrid structure with the ‘root’ section conceived as a diagrid/shell structure and the tip as a shell structure. Steel plates clad the surface of the walkways whilst horizontal bracing provides additional longitudinal stiffness.

Image Courtesy © Timothy Soar

  • Architects: McDowell+Benedett
  • Project: River Hull Footbridge
  • Photography: Timothy Soar
  • Main Contractor: Qualter Hall
  • Structural Consultants: Alan Baxter Associates
  • M&E Engineer: Qualter Hall
  • Lighting Consultant: Sutton Vane Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Grontmij
  • Public Art/Sound: Nayan Kulkarni, NK Projects (UK) Ltd
  • Civil Design: HBPW LLP
  • Civils – Bridge: A Torn Construction
  • Civils – Landscaping: Jackson Civil Engineering

Glass House in Winchester, England by AR Design Studio

 
September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AR Design Studio

It is not every day that a body is found buried on your building site, but on a summer’s morning in 2012 this is exactly what happened while builders were laying foundations for RIBA award-winning architects AR Design Studio’s latest project. By 6pm they had found another 2.

After the initial astonishment, the Police and later a team of Archaeologists were brought in who thankfully identified the remains as being of Roman origin. After a period of intense excavation, it was confirmed as a site of Archaeological importance when further evidence of Roman burials and defensive fortifications were uncovered, including the discovery of a rare Roman burial urn. Once the site was cleared of artefacts and the bodies taken to the local museum for research, work on the building could continue.

Image Courtesy © Martin Gardner

  • Architects: AR Design Studio
  • Project: Glass House
  • Location: Winchester, England
  • Photography: Martin Gardner
  • Architectural Team: Andy Ramus, Mike Ford, Stephen Osborn, AR Design Studio, Winchester, UK www.ardesignstudio.co.uk
  • Completion: October 2012
  • Awards: City of Winchester Trust Design Awards 2013, shortlisted, AJ Retrofit Awards 2013, shortlisted

Elm Court in North London, Greater London by AR Design Studio

 
September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AR Design Studio

AR Design Studio transforms dark north London house with light, open modern extension AR Design Studio, an award-winning RIBA certified contemporary architectural practice based in Winchester, Hampshire, recently completed a highly innovative single-storey modern extension to a 3-bedroom house in North London. The finished property, Elm Court, retains its humble street appearance, yet is completely transformed from its previous gloomy atmosphere, with the new modern extension creating a light, airy and open living environment.

Image Courtesy © Martin Gardner

  • Architects: AR Design Studio
  • Project: Elm Court
  • Location: North London, Greater London
  • Photography: Martin Gardner
  • Completion: November 2012

Skype HQ in California by Design Blitz

 
September 1st, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Design Blitz

Skype’s primary goal was to create a world-class o”ce that would di!erentiate them from their Bay Area competitors in the recruitment of talent. Their new space not only had to be a design statement that reflected their modern but fun personality, but it also had to meet very specific acoustic requirements to support the company’s extensive use of AV. Skype hired Design Blitz architects to design their new North American headquarters on an aggressive budget and schedule. Despite being one of several new o”ces that year for Skype, the completed project ultimately became the standard for the international communications company and also achieved LEED Silver certification.

Image Courtesy © Ho!manChrisman & Matthew Millman

  • Architects: Design Blitz
  • Project: Skype HQ
  • Location: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A
  • Photography: Ho!manChrisman & Matthew Millman
  • Size: 54,000 SF
  • Completion: 2010
  • Software used: Revit and Sketchup

JGC HOUSE by MDBA

 
September 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MDBA

THE FORM AND THE POSITION OF THE HOUSE IS A REPONSE TO THE SHAPE AND ASPECT OF THE PLOT, CLOSED ON THE STREET SIDE AND OPENTO THE CITY LANDSCAPE. EACH LEVEL HAS ITS OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EXTERNAL SPACE. VERTICAL COMMUNICATION IS A BACKBONE THAT CONNECTS SPACES ON EITHER SIDE, IT IS CLOSED AT THE ENTRANCE AND IT OPENS ITSELF TO THE LANDSCAPEIN THE UPPER FLOOR. WINDOWS ON THE STREET DEFINE THE LANDSCAPEINSIDE WALL MASSIVITY AND TOWARDS INTERIOR GARDEN, THE HOUSE OPENS ITSELF LOOKING TO THE CITY, MASSIVITY DISAPPEARS AND PREVAILS THE VOLUME THAT LOOKS FOR THE LANDSCAPE.

Image Courtesy © ADRIÀ GOULA

  • Architects: MDBA
  • Project: JGC HOUSE
  • Photography: ADRIÀ GOULA

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 €
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