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Dar HI eco-retreat in Tunisia by matali crasset

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Matali crasset created an ecological house in the Tunisian desert. After the experience of the HI hotel in Nice, now Dar HI in Nefta which is the fruit of the collaboration between matali crasset, Patrick Elouarghi and Philippe Chapelet with a new concept of eco-retreat. Matali literally rose a citadel, from the sand, dedicated to well being. Protected by surroundings walls you find a composition of elevated houses that constitute the Dar HI as a small village. The overall architectural goal was to give a strong proposition while in harmony with the natural site and the local life. Dar HI’s main colours are ochre and sand with a comprehensive choice of body and spirit care within areas that are private or communal, a pool, a restaurant and a Spa.

Dar HI Hotel - Photograph by Jérôme Spriet

  • Client: Dar HI
  • Location: Dar HI eco-retreat in Tunisia
  • Project manager: matali crasset, matali crasset productions assisted by Marco Salgado and Francis Fichot
  • Execution architect: Mohamed Nasr
  • Shell building works & concrete masonry: ELB, Mr Louhichi
  • Follow up & surveying: Karconsult, Tunis
  • Electricity: EBF, Mr Ben Jemaa
  • Air conditioning: SBMF, Mr Ben Messaoud, Tunis
  • Carpentry: Mokded company, Nefta
  • Engineering consulting: Best Engineering, Tunis
  • Control office: Excell Control, Tunis
  • Upholsterer: Mr Hsine Azouga
  • Ironwork: Mr Samir Cherif
  • Tightness engineering: SNEC, Tunis
  • Ceramic: Mr Mourad Hsiki, Nabeul
  • Fabric: I.D All Créations, Mme Barka Douida, Djerba
  • Constructed area and terrace: 2347 m2
  • Conception: 2005
  • Delivery: june 2010


VARAŽDIN RESIDENCE in Varaždin, Croatia by Dva Arhitekta

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Varaždin, a  historic city in northern part of Croatia, is known for its well-preserved Baroque architecture. The narrow streets, squares and parks, facades with its  ornaments contribute to the identity of the city. The house is within walking distance of downtown. One-story house with the longer side of the façade along the street, is the most popular building type in this district since the 18th Century . Such houses met the needs of the residents and were in relation to city size.

Varaždin residence

  • Architect: Dva Arhitekta
  • Architects: Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
  • Architectural office: DVA ARHITEKTA d.o.o.
  • Location: Varaždin, Croatia,
  • Site area: 1344 m²
  • Built up area: 450  m²
  • Net area: 360 m²
  • Project: 2003.
  • Completed: 2007.
  • Costs: undisclosed
  • Collaborator: Barbara Vuković
  • Photograph: Robert Leš (more…)

Mar do Oriente in Lisboa, Portugal by Aires Mateus

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Over a platform, eight volumes are built, in which the significance of each volume is reinforced by repetition, not equal, but identical. The buildings have the same distance between themselves, repeating their external image, their height and width. The variation happens in their length and thus footprint on the platform. As abstract objects the volumes are on the border of the platform, releasing a vast area in the center. In the core of the intervention, the platform slab is cut to illuminate the internal plaza, one level below, from where all the accesses to offices are located. The square promotes the connection of all four surrounding streets. The façades expose a constant module, defined not by a materiality (concrete or stone) but by an immateriality: light alignments that cross from the gallery wall to the ceiling.

Aerial View

  • Architect: Aires Mateus
  • Name of the project: Office and Commerce Building in Lisboa – Parque das Nações
  • Location: Lisboa, Portugal
  • Date of construction: July 2008
  • Author: Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Project Leader: Valentino Capelo Sousa, Bruno Moura Anes
  • Collaborators: Patrícia Marques, Maria Rebelo Pinto, Tiago Mestre, Afonso Almeida Fernandes
  • Client: “Mar do Oriente” Cooperative
  • Structural Engineer: José Nascimento
  • Water Engineer: José Nascimento
  • Air treatment: João Soares
  • Electrical Engineer: Saraiva de Figueiredo
  • Comunications: Saraiva de Figueiredo
  • Thermal behaviour: José Nascimento
  • Acoustics: José Nascimento
  • Landscape design: Margarida Quelhas
  • Constructor: Empreiteiros Casais
  • Surface Area: 7200 m2
  • Built Area: 16700 m2
  • Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


Mattia Preti Hotel in Valletta, Malta by Chris Briffa Architects

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Marsamxetto Harbour will site a new, sea-front hotel, integrating a contemporary building with a 16th century period house; believed to have been occupied by Valletta’s renowned artist Mattia Preti.

Model of Mattia Preti Hotel

  • ARCHITECT: Chris Briffa Architects
  • PROGRAM: 40 Room Boutique Hotel
  • CLIENT: Valletta Local Council
  • LOCATION: Marsamxett Road, Valletta
  • DESIGN: Chris Briffa, Sandro Valentino, Eleonora Zinghini
  • STATUS: Awaiting Development Permission


Valletta Toilets in Valletta, Malta by Chris Briffa Architects

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Valletta Toilets

ARCHITECT: Chris Briffa Architects

PROGRAM: Public Convenience / Art Space Refurbishment

CLIENT: Valletta Local Council

LOCATION: Various, Valletta

DESIGN: Chris Briffa, Sandro Valentino, Marcia Calleja Haber, Justin Schembri, Matthew Casha

STATUS: Awaiting Development Permission (more…)

HyperLocal Community for Global Applications in Brooklyn, New York, USA / Worldwide by HTDSTUDIO

Friday, March 4th, 2011

This community prototype calls for a targeted approach to true sustainability and a cost effective model as key residential, commercial, cultural and institutional components reside on the same one block site. It is a de-facto return to the true, urban planning model (at least from a practical standpoint) that came to prominence in the 19th and 20th Centuries. This model proved most sensible where most goods and services were locally provided to the neighborhood. The advantage is that residents would have essential elements of their neighborhood within walking distance of less than one city block; in this case the study is in the Gowanus – Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Post-Industrial land can be developed as an ‘all-in-one’ community where residents with growing families have educational, commercial and cultural outlets at their disposal; additionally, a working farm is there to not only provide fresh, local produce to the area residents, but also to sell on the open market to supplement operating costs for the entire development; this also helps to decrease the need for fossil fuels.

South Entry with Roofarm - Courtesy of HTDSTUDIO

  • Architect: HTDSTUDIO
  • Name of the project: Hyperlocal Community for Global Applications
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA / Worldwide
  • Client: Mayor’s Office for Long Term Planning + Sustainability / EPA
  • Total Floor Area: 600,000 sq ft / 55,740 m2
  • Budget: Withheld
  • Year: 2007


Libeskind Villa by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The Libeskind Villa is a dynamic 5,000-square-foot signature series home that can be constructed anywhere in the world. Like a crystal growing from rock, the Villa creates a new dialogue between contemporary living and a completely new experience of space. Built from premium wood and zinc, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and sustainability. In addition to the design standards, it meets compliance with some of the toughest energysaving standards worldwide.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior during day - 1 -(c) Frank Marburger

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Building Area: 5,500 sq. ft.
  • Completed: 2009
  • Client: proportion GmbH
  • Consulting Architect: Achim Dannenberg
  • Structural Engineer: Martin Augenstein, Werner Zuber
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Hans-Dieter Hammer, Roland Jockel
  • Contractor: Rheinzink GmbH & Co.
  • Building URL:


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