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A fragmented orchard in Kirchberg, Luxemburg by OKRA

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Description of the project:

OKRA won the competition to design a public space between office buildings in the Gruenewald area of the Luxemburg city borough of Kirchberg. OKRA thought of how to give the fragmented neighbourhood a consistent identity of its own. As the area lacked a clear programme, OKRA chose to come up with their personal programme for an ‘urban orchard’. By planting apple and pear trees, OKRA has attempted to create cohesion between the scattered spaces and buildings. Thus the theme of the ‘edible city’ gives this public space its coherence. The urban orchard consists of many little orchards, each with its own atmosphere – but everywhere passers-by are invited to pick the fruit.

Images Courtesy OKRA

  • Architect: OKRA
  • Name of Project: A fragmented orchard
  • Location: Kirchberg, Luxemburg
  • Client: Fonds d’urbanisation et d’aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg
  • Nature and dimensions of area: 2.8 Ha
  • Building costs public space: 150 Euro /m2
  • Dates: Design 2008, Implementation first phase starting in January 2009


Subunit 2 and 4 Faculty of Medicine in Coimbra, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The building for the Subunit 2 and 4 of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, establishes connections with the surrounding area and is integrated in the landscape, creating a functional and formal interaction with the urban life of the Campus.

Subunit 2 and 4 Faculty of Medicine

  • Design Team: CVDB Arquitectos and AT93
      Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay, Tiago Santos, Bruno Dray e Paulo Cirne com Hugo Nascimento, Inês Carrapiço, Joana Barrelas, João Falcão, Laura Palma, Sílvia Amaral, Joaão Barata e Ricardo Pinto.
  • Project: Subunit 2 and 4 Faculty of Medicine
  • Location: University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Project Data: International public competition – 1st prize, 2009
  • Client: University of Coimbra
  • Landscape architecture: F&C Arquitectura Paisagista
  • Structure, foundations and services: AFA Consult
  • Total Built area: 12,370 sq m (133 150 sq ft)
  • Construction cost: 7,040,298 Euros ($ 9,703,780 USD)
  • Software used: Designed with AutoCAD and rendered with 3D Studio Max


InBetween House in Karuizawa, Japan by Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Project update: November 4, 2011 — It wins ‘World Villa Of The Year’ at the 2011 World Architecture Festival

The client chose the sloped site surrounded by Japanese larch trees and located in a mountainous region, an hour away from Tokyo on a bullet train, as their ideal location for their home where they can retreat from their busy work in the city.  The house sits on an artificially leveled area of the site created thirty years ago and left unused.  Since the client wanted a house seamlessly blend into the natural surrounding, topography and local culture, we designed this house as a collection of small mountain cottages.

InBetween House

  • Architects: Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates
  • Project: InBetween House
  • Location: Karuizawa, Japan
  • Architect Team: Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates, Koji Tsutsui, Satoshi Ohkami, ANARCHItects(CG)


Modular Arts in Seattle, Washington by Heliotrope architects

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Modular Arts is a Seattle-based company that designs and produces technologically advanced gypsum based 3-dimensional wall panel materials used by designers worldwide.  Their growing business recently relocated to a light-industrial building with accommodations for both office and manufacturing functions.  Heliotrope was brought in to collaborate on the office interior tenant improvement, which required replacement of all existing finishes, systems and furnishings.

Interior View

  • Architect: Heliotrope architects
  • Name of Project: Modular Arts
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Tenant Area: 2,200sf
  • Completion date: 2010
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp


Entry for Prime Minister’s Official Residence of Korea in Sejong City, S.Korea by PRAUD + Sunghyun Architects

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The site has a strong advantage of having natural topography and scenary. It has been developed as stepped farmland and existing buildings are sitting on the site with in a relation to its topography. It is a very typical siting logic in Korea which puts topographical lines into more important criteria than absolute direction.

Main Entrance

  • Architect: PRAUD + Sunghyun Architects
  • Name of Project: Entry for Prime Minister’s Official Residence of Korea
  • Location: Sejong City, S.Korea
  • Landscape Architect: Lee Yoon-joo, Park Kyung-ui
  • Site Area: 20,000 m2
  • Project Area: 2,975 m2


Industrial Designer House in Tokyo, Japan by Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

A house for an industrial designer standing in a quiet residential area in metropolitan Tokyo. It was required that this house be not only private in nature but also in coexistence with the client’s feelings for his life’s work, the industrial design.

Atelier and Study


Coral City in Taguig, Philippines by GOMMA modeled using Rhino & Grasshopper

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

CORAL CITY, a self-sustaining and disaster-resistant eco-village in the Philippines, designed by GOMMAdesign (in partnership with ITA Project), was chosen among almost 300 entries from all over the world and awarded with the special ENERGY AWARD in DAtE – Design Against the Elements international competition.

Coral City

  • Architects: GOMMA Design
  • Project: Coral City
  • Location: Taguig – Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Type: competition
  • Size: 3 ha
  • Year: 2010
  • Status: Energy Award
  • Credits: GOMMAdesign + ITA Project
  • Design Team: Francesco Bagni, Vittorio Menna, Gabriele Settimelli, Francesco De Luca, Paolo Gori, Romolo Nati, Valentina Murgia, Matteo Parigiani COLLABORATORS: Chiara Giunta, Ilaria Merola
  • Software used: Rhino + Grasshopper and Autocad to model and Cinema4d to render


Xintiandi Factory in Hangzhou, Zeijang Province, China by Peter Ruge Architekten

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Renovation and reconstruction of an old factory into a high quality hotel and office building in Hangzhou
2010 – 2013

The site is the historical Hangzhou Machine factory, the building concept aims to create a harmony of the sites inherent industrial character with a modern interior aesthetic. The Xintiandi old factory will be renovated into a high quality building with a combination of functions including offices, retail, hotel and multi-purpose area.

South elevation with hotel entrance

  • Architect: Pysall Ruge Architekten (Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Hysook Ahn, Alexander Andrejew, Byoung Gil Jung, Lucas Gray, Tatjana Sinelnikova, Maria Katschalova)
  • Name of Project: Xintiandi Factory
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zheijang Province, P.R. China
  • Client: Hangzhou New Land Group Co., Ltd
  • Project partner: DBH Stadtplanungs GmbH, Hangzhou
  • Size: Plot – 8.100 sqm, GFA – 17.900 sqm
  • Duration: 2010-2011
  • Completion: Circa 2013


Four-cornered villa in Virrat, Finland by Avanto Architects Ltd

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

The site is situated on a horse shoe shaped island and faces north and east. The cross like shape of this simple villa reaches towards four very different views. The space is open and defined at the same time. The exterior is treated all black and to contrast the interior is very light.

Four cornered villa

  • Architects: Avanto Architects Ltd
  • Project: Four-cornered villa
  • Location: Virrat, Finland
  • Design and construction: 2008-2010
  • Gross floor area: 78 m2
  • Budget: 150 000 €
  • Client: The architect
  • Structural design: Konstru Oy / Jorma Eskola
  • Electrical design: Virtain Sähkötyö Oy / Väinö Sipilä
  • Photography: / Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield


Holiday Cabana in Maduru Oya, Sri Lanka by Damith Premathilake designed using SketchUp

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Holiday Cabana at Maduru Oya

The architect handled the renovation project at ‘Maduru Oya’ Army Camp where the training school for Special Forces of the Sri Lankan army is located. The camp is surrounded by jungle and faces the lake front of Maduru Oya.

Night View

  • Principal Architect : Damith Premathilake
  • Name of Project: Holiday Cabana
  • Location: Maduru Oya, Sri Lanka
  • The total Project area : 1050 Sq.ft
  • Project Period : Four months
  • Project completion date : January 2010
  • Client : Lieutenant Colonel Chandimal Peiris (SF Camp – Maduru Oya)
  • Photographers : Logan MacDaugall Pope, Damith Premathilake
  • Software used: Architectural Sketch-Up to do the 3D images and rendering


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