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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.

Dental Clinic in Oporto, Portugal by Paulo Merlini

 
March 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Paulo Merlini

The uncommon form, narrowness, vertical amplitude of the space and the two big glass façades placed on the main and back façade defined mainly the organization of the spaces. The reception and waiting room it’s characterized by a big white box that floats in the air playing with the vertical amplitude of the space. The interior of the box mimetizes the idea of being under a roof, giving the user a familiar sensation of comfort, and helping I’m to calm down before the treatment.  From the “roof” a series of lamps float in the air, filling the space with light.

Image Courtesy © Joao Morgado 

  • Architects: Paulo Merlini
  • Project: Dental Clinic in Oporto
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Photography: Joao Morgado – Architectural Photography
  • Software used: AutoCAD

De Bron Church Renovation in Amersfoort, The Netherlands by Bureau MT

 
March 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bureau MT

A protestant church community in a 1960’s neighbourhood of Amersfoort decided, because of decreasing numbers of parishioners, to fuse with another church community. To make a new start the church government decided to sell one of the church buildings and give the other church building a radical transformation.

Image Courtesy © Dirk Verwoerd 

  • Architects: Bureau MT
  • Project: De Bron Church Renovation
  • Location: Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • Principal: Protestant Church Community Amersfoort
  • Co-designers: Gerlof van der Veen (ir. G. van der Veen, architect), Irene van den Brink (Bureau Knipoog)
  • Contractor: bouwonderneming Van Bekkum, Amersfoort
  • Construction engineer: Pieters bouwtechniek, Utrecht/Eindhoven
  • Engineer acoustics: De Wolff, adviesbureau geluidbeheersing en akoestiek, Utrecht
  • Mechanical engineer: WTB-buro, adviseurs installatietechniek
  • Photographs before: Marco Tavenier, Bureau MT
  • Photographs after: Dirk Verwoerd, Lighthouse productions.
  • Gross floor area: 1030 m2
  • Gross building volume: 4500 m3
  • Year of design: 2011-2012
  • Year of construction: 2012

Optique Ampere in Paris, France by Cyrille Druart

 
March 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cyrille Druart

In 2012, Thomas Dupré, succeeding from a long line of French opticians, decided to create his optical shop in Grenoble, France, and called on designer Cyrille Druart to come up with an original concept. “Our intent was to start with a clean slate, rethink the very idea of an optical shop that might seem too moulded and constantly more of the same. We had to figure out how to offer a new experience.

Image Courtesy Cyrille Druart 

  • Architects: Cyrille Druart
  • Project: Optique Ampere
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Software used: Designed using Autocad + Rhinoceros and rendered using Maxwell Render.

El abrazo in Madrid, Spain by estudio UNTERCIO

 
March 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: estudio UNTERCIO

“El abrazo” bets on making compatible housing units quality and urban fabric. In order to improve the relation with the city, decision was made in reducing building scale, searching for a friendlier appearance. For achieving this, instead of the linear block (9 storey + recessed penthouse) proposed by planning, a lower and broken up building was designed. The benefits of this gesture with regard to the linear block is that this way the house faces more orientations achieving both better urban scale and, from the inner perspective, better air circulation and natural lighting.

Image Courtesy estudio UNTERCIO 

  • Architects: estudio UNTERCIO
  • Project: El abrazo
  • Location: Ecobarrio, Puente de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
  • Client: EMVS (Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Madrid)
  • Program: 104 apartments (social Dwellings., 104 underground parking places., 60 sqm  of communal space on ground floor. Shared space for the neighbours.
  • Site Area: 2010 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 13.414,68 sqm
  • Landscape Area: 1646 sqm
  • Architects: Miguel Herráiz Gómez, Mauro Iván Bravo Hernández, Marina del Mármol Peces, Daniel Bergman Vázquez
  • Building Engineer: Alfonso Sáenz García

Google Tel Aviv in Israel by Camenzind Evolution

 
March 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Camenzind Evolution

At the end of December 2012, Google Israel has opened its spectacular new 8’000 m2 offices in Tel Aviv for their ever growing teams of engineers, sales and marketing. Designed by Swiss Design Team Camenzind Evolution, in collaboration with Israeli Design Teams Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal, the new Google office now occupies 8 floors in the prestigious Electra Tower in Central Tel Aviv, with breath taking views across the whole city and the sea.

Image Courtesy © Itay Sikolski 

  • Architects: Camenzind Evolution
  • Project: Google Tel Aviv
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Photography: Itay Sikolski
  • Floor Area: 8’000 m2
  • Completion: End of December 2012
  • Number of Workstations: 490

Paddenstoelenhuis in Berghem, The Netherlands by Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

 
March 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

The ‘Paddenstoelenhuis’ is an information centre where you can learn all about mushrooms. From here guided tours are organized to the mushroom plantation. The building is nicely located in the countryside and can be rented as location for meetings and culinary workshops. The building is designed around a multifunctional hall. Entrance, office, kitchen and meeting room are attached to the central hall.

Image Courtesy © Stijn Poelstra

  • Architects: Mulders vandenBerk Architecten
  • Project: Paddenstoelenhuis
  • Location: Achterschaijkstraat 16, 5351 NB, Berghem, the Netherlands
  • Photography: Roel Backaert, Stijn Poelstra
  • Client: Champignonkwekerij van de Vorle
  • Area: 150 m2
  • Cost: €250.000,-
  • Completion: November 2012
  • Program: Mushroom Information Centre
  • Special feature: Concrete brick with marble granulate, cut in half under an angle.
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Cotacachi House in Imbabura, Ecuador by Arquitectura X

 
March 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arquitectura X

A couple from the Caribbean seek retreat amid the northern Andes in a small town, two hours north of Quito, an orchard site in a valley 2470 meters above sea level, between the Imbabura and Cotacachi mountains, to the east and west respectively. The couple needs a design proposal in 4 days before going home, or they will sell the site: we have to design a house without knowing the site and after meeting the couple for two hours.

Image Courtesy © Sebastián Crespo 

  • Architects: Arquitectura X
  • Project: Cotacachi House
  • Location: Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador
  • Photography: Sebastián Crespo
  • Construction photographs: Adrian Moreno
  • Project dates: 2009 – 2010
  • Construction dates: 2010 – 2012
  • Built area: 378 m2
  • Site area: 6640 m2
  • Structural engineer: Pedro Caicedo
  • Electrical engineer: Pedro Freile
  • Services engineer: Raúl Cueva

Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Montclair, New Jersey by ikon.5 architects

 
March 1st, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: ikon.5 architects

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center needed to upgrade and expand its exhibition and support space for the museum that uses the life lessons of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees and baseball to teach and promote good sportsmanship, respect, integrity, social justice and the pursuit of excellence. The museum also wished to transform its unwelcoming and defensive appearance.

Image Courtesy © James D’Addio 

  • Architects: ikon.5 architects
  • Project: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
  • Location: Montclair, New Jersey, USA
  • Photography: James D’Addio
  • Completed: 2010
  • Software used: AutoCad 2008

VALLECAS 47 in Madrid, Spain by Estudio UNTERCIO

 
March 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Estudio UNTERCIO

We tried to imagine, all of us together, a dwelling in which we would like to live. Bright and open to meet with friends some of us said, intimate and in semidarkness, the laziest ones replied. A dwelling with a multiple personality. One that would be able to react to the changing seasons. One that would open itself to two different environments; on one side, a street belonging to a new urban development, but close to the urban life of Vallecas Village, and on the other side, a bounded and safe courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute 

  • Architects: Estudio UNTERCIO
  • Project: VALLECAS 47 ( social housing)
  • Location: Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Client: EMVS (Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Madrid)
  • Program: 46 apartments, 20 m2retail and commercial espace, 47 underground parking places
  • Site Area: 1400m2
  • Architect: Miguel Herráiz Gómez, Mauro Iván Bravo Hernández, Marina del Mármol Peces, Daniel Bergman Vázquez, Michael Becker
  • Building Engineer: Alfonso Sáenz García
  • Contractor: Structure FERCABER, Building envelope DRAGADOS
  • Another Technicians Involved:
    Building facilities: SP arquitectura e ingeniería.
    Structures engineering: Mecanismo diseño y cálculo de estructuras S.L.
    Telecommunication engineering: Ramón Francia Castillo, Ingeniero de Telecomunicaciones.

Downtown in El Zocalo, Mexico by Cherem Arquitectos

 
March 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cherem Arquitectos

Located near ‘ El Zocalo’, right in the heart of the old city where the Aztecs first settled and afterwards the Spaniards built churches and palaces using the existing stones that were part of the Aztec pyramids. “Downtown” is settled on a magnificent palace, witness of the XVII century architecture. Known as the “Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle”, the red volcanic rock walls, the multiple doors, window quarry frames and the handmade cement tiles, along with the glorious patios and a spectacular stone-forge staircase provide the building the unique flavor of the Mexican vice regal style.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Navarro 

  • Architects: Cherem Arquitectos
  • Project: Downtown
  • Location: El Zocalo, Mexico
  • Photography: Jaime Navarro
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