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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.

The parking garage that moonlights as a sledding slope in Piteå, Sweden by White Arkitekter + Henning Larsen Architects

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: White Arkitekter

The Swedish city of Piteå, located about 130 kms below the Arctic Circle, wanted a new parking garage but also got a sledding hill, an amphitheater and a large lantern. The project ‘Stadsberget’ (Swedish for ‘city mountain’) was designed by White Arkitekter in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects and has become a unique meeting place and tourist attraction in the city centre.

Image Courtesy © Åke E:son Lindman

Image Courtesy © Åke E:son Lindman

  • Architects: White Arkitekter (Anna-Carin Dahlberg, Anders Sveningsson, Fredrik Larsson, Gunnar Stomrud ) + Henning Larsen Architects (Per Ebbe Hansson, Martin Stenberg)
  • Project: The parking garage that moonlights as a sledding slope
  • Location: Piteå, Sweden
  • Photography: Åke E:son Lindman, Lennart Sjögren
  • Client: Piteå municipality
  • Lead architect(White Arkitekter): Lennart Sjögren
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Maria Ekenberg
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Frida Ejdemyr
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Per-Anders Andersson
  • Construction engineer(White Arkitekter): Lars Åsberg
  • Light designer(White Arkitekter): Andreas Milsta
  • Landscape architect(White Arkitekter): Karin Sjödin
  • Materials: Siberian larch, prefab concrete, steel, glass, grass/vegetation
  • Area: approx. 5,000 sqm
  • Project start/end: 2012-2015

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Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, Netherlands by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ector Hoogstad Architecten

Knowledge development is all about collaboration. That is why Dutch industry, government and educational establishments are joining forces in the so-called ‘triple helix’. This formula results in highly successful innovation environments that are vital to the Dutch economy. Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen is one such successful environment. With the opening of Center Court, designed by Ector Hoogstad Architects, another important step has been taken: the Campus now boasts a wide range of high-quality facilities in an inviting, accessible and representative complex.

Image Courtesy © Ector Hoogstad Architecten

Image Courtesy © Ector Hoogstad Architecten

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Arrifana House in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal by pedrohenrique|arquiteto

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: pedrohenrique|arquiteto

The house is located in Arrifana, a small village, which is just four kilometres from the centre of the city of Santa Maria da Feira, but still maintains the strong rural features with all its charm and beauty, that characterizes this type of housing style and were the Vouga railroad persists till today.

Image Courtesy © José Campos

Image Courtesy © José Campos

  • Architects: pedrohenrique|arquiteto (Pedro Henrique)
  • Project: Arrifana House
  • Location: Arrifana, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
  • Photography: José Campos
  • Structures: Célia Resende
  • Infrastructures: Célia Resende
  • Area: 340 m2
  • Year: 2014

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Gewerbehof Missindorf in Vienna, Austria by HOLODECK architects

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HOLODECK architects

The business park’s public spaces create a three-dimensional development of divergent exterior areas. The existing structures form the backdrop for the design of the new buildings, which preserve and continue the multifunctional character of the existing industrial buildings.

Image Courtesy © Wolfgang Thaler

Image Courtesy © Wolfgang Thaler

  • Architects: HOLODECK architects
  • Project: Gewerbehof missindorf
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Photography: Wolfgang Thaler
  • Software used: Autocad

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House with 30,000 Books in Tokyo, Japan by Takuro Yamamoto Architects

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Takuro Yamamoto Architects

House with 30,000 Books is a residence for two families, which has a large library between those two dwelling parts. As the name suggests, the number of books the library can store is about 30,000, which almost equals to the number of books that one small public library can store. The library space, sometimes works for bonding two families, sometimes works as a buffer space, is the common property for them and the most spacious place of this house.

Image Courtesy © Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Image Courtesy © Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects (Takuro Yamamoto)
  • Project: House with 30,000 Books
  • Location: Ohta-ward, Tokyo
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Client: a married couple + a child, grandfather
  • Structure Design:  Matoh Structural Design Office
  • Structure: Wood
  • Construction: Koushou Koumuten
  • Floor: Maple Flooring
  • Wall: plasterboard + AEP
  • Ceiling: plasterboard + AEP
  • Exterior Finish: galvanized steel sheet, mortar + ceramic paint
  • Site Area: 193.50m2
  • Building Area: 107.84m2
  • Total Floor Area: 207.43m2
  • Design Period: April 2014 – October 2015
  • Construction Period: November 2015 – August 2016
  • Completion: August 2016

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Vidalakis Residence in California by Swatt | Miers Architects

 
December 11th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Swatt | Miers Architects

This distinctive residence was designed as a piece of inhabitable art for its owner, an avid collector of colorful and unique works. Featuring three stepped-back stories linked by a grand mahogany staircase and a double-height glass pavilion overlooking the semi-rural landscape on three sides, this gallery home is a piece of sculpture in its own right.

Image Courtesy © Swatt | Miers Architects

Image Courtesy © Swatt | Miers Architects

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Hotel Flottant in Paris, France by Seine Design

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Seine Design

VOLUME AND INTEGRATION

A piece of Paris on the Seine

The integration of OFF Paris Seine in its environment comes first by the very Parisian expression it proposes. The hotel merges with the city via its right and left banks and the twin hulls of the hotel itself, the river Seine that splits the city, its zinc roofs, and the multiplicity of its services. In many ways OFF Paris is like a floating fragment of the city itself.

Image Courtesy © Seine Design

Image Courtesy © Seine Design

  • Architects: Seine Design (Gérard RONZATTI)
  • Project: Hotel Flottant
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Developer: Christophe Gallineau (Citysurfing)
  • Main investor: Novaxia
  • Exploitation: Elegancia Hotel
  • Interior Design of 2 suites and lounge: Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman (Interware)
  • Lightning Design: Franck Franjou

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Annex House in Ontario, Canada by DUBBELDAM Inc. Architecture + Design

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DUBBELDAM Inc. Architecture + Design 

When the client, a young couple, purchased this property with its two structures – the main building and coach house – both had been used as rooming houses for many years. The client wished to convert the fragmented property back into a single family residence, suitable for their expanding family and optimized for entertaining, while taking advantage of the two buildings on the site. The distinct structures define an outdoor space that has been designed as a courtyard and outdoor extension of the kitchen and dining rooms. The courtyard evolves from season to season and from day to day; it is a quiet resting place, brunch patio, and reading sanctuary on the way to yoga in the coach house, coming alive with the kids’ after school activities or as guests arrive to a backyard barbeque.

Image Courtesy © Bob Gundu

Image Courtesy © Bob Gundu

  • Architects: DUBBELDAM Inc. Architecture + Design 
  • Project: Annex House
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Photography: Tom Arban and Bob Gundu
  • Project Team: Heather Dubbeldam, Oliver Dang, Jacob JeBailey, Bindya Lad
  • Size: Main House – 4,224 s.f, Coach House – 1,640 s.f.

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Konterra in Gurgaon, India by SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

As one meanders through the busy bustling roads of Udyog Vihar commercial hub in Phase 4, one really can’t miss the imposing terracotta cladded edifice with its imposing presence around the corner. The address neighborhood has found its landmark in the form of 505, Udyog Vihar called Konterra.

Located at a prominent location of Udyog Vihar at the gateway of Gurgaon near the bygone toll plaza off NH-8, Konterra is at a stone throw distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport – IGI Airport, with just a mere 10 minutes from the airport. That’s a perfect location for the travelling working professionals in Konterra to enjoy a sweet ride where their not-so-blessed compatriots are struggling to get to the airport from other locations. It can veritably be garlanded as the best location in Udyog Vihar, easily accessible from NH-8. Flanked by NH-8 and the Old Delhi Gurgaon Road, Konterra’s residents enjoy a twin commutable spine which otherwise is a terrific boon to already road strapped users in Gurugram.

Image Courtesy © SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

Image Courtesy © SWBI Architects Pvt. Ltd

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Stillhouse Residence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect

 
December 9th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect

The modern, sustainable house on Stillhouse Bluff in Chapel Hill sits 220 feet above the approach road on 10 wooded acres that include one of the highest points in Orange County. The view in winter, even on an overcast day, is all the way to nearby downtown Durham. The house was designed to maximize the views from this lofty perch.

Image Courtesy © Duffy Healey

Image Courtesy © Duffy Healey

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