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Funeral Home in Pinoso, Spain by Cor & Asociados

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Cor & Asociados

“The fear of death is about considering ourselves wise without being it, since it is pretending to know about what we don’t know. Death could be the greatest blessing of human beings, no one knows, and yet everyone fears as if we knew with absolute certainty that it’s the worst of evils” (Socrates, 470 BC, 399 BC)

Historically we find different definitions of death that demonstrate how this concept has moved from positions closer to darkness, pain and fear, to positions related to the concept of sadness, change and light.

Image Courtesy David Frutos

  • Architects: Cor & Asociados
  • Project: Funeral Home
  • Location: Pinoso, Alicante, Spain.  38º 21’ 55.59” N 1º 02’ 55.29” W
  • Client: Town Council of Pinoso, Alicante
  • Status: Built
  • Principal Use: Public Building, Funeral home
  • Area: 495 m2
  • Budget: 595.580 €
  • Photo of construction process: David Frutos
  • Photography: David Frutos


Rouen Convention Center in France by Stéphane Bigoni & Antoine Mortemard

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Stéphane Bigoni & Antoine Mortemard

Located in the ancient commercial harbor, the project focuses on the extension of an old storage hangar between the railroad tracks and the Seine River, allowing it to house an auditorium and exhibit spaces. In the middle of the building, a large mashrabiya captures and diffracts light. At night, the lattice becomes a lantern, emerging from the floor beneath the hangar’s frame. The auditorium sits partially beneath the old hangar, a concrete structure independent of the existing building frame. The surprise lies at the end of the room, however, when the back wall of the stage opens, and the harbor is invited to join the conversation – to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the rotation of the vertical blinds.


  • Architects: Stéphane Bigoni & Antoine Mortemard
  • Name of Project: Rouen Convention Center
  • Location: Rouen, France
  • Project team: William Baud, Tim Berger, Pierre Georges, Mathieu Massault, Takami Nakamoto
  • Ingeneers: SIMA Ingenierie, Louis CHOULET, ORFEA
  • Client: La CREA
  • Total built area: 1 800 sqm
  • Completion: november 2010


Marine and World Heritage Centre “Wachau” in Krems, Austria by Najjar & Najjar Architekten

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Najjar & Najjar Architekten

The design includes a new shipping pier and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. A large roof spans the area like a wing and connects the elements. The amply roof, desiderated point of arrival, forms likewise a remarkable gate to the landscape of the “Wachau”. Alongside the City it leads the every day life’s fugitives to the place of experience, of emotions. A new place of articulation assumes a shape, creates strong connections between river and city, between landscape and urbanism. The large gate forms the frame for different encounter possibilities, whether cultural, culinary or interpersonal. Zone of communication, gastronomy, commerce and ticket counter conflate into a whole.

Marine and World Heritage Centre “Wachau”


Showroom Albert Reichmuth in Zurich, Switzerland by OOS

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: OOS

OOS designs the new sales room of the Albert Reichmuth wine store.

Always considered to be an insider’s secret among wine lovers in the past, the Albert Reichmuth wine store is now opening its first showroom accessible to the public at Feldstrasse 62 in Zurich. “LA GALERIE DU VIN” is both a sales as well as a wine tasting and seminar venue and aims to appeal to regular customers and passers-by alike. The spatial layout and staging by OOS reflect the store’s values and traditions and let the wine bottles speak for themselves.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Müller)

  • Architect: OOS
  • Name of Project: Showroom Albert Reichmuth
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Picture credits: Christine Müller


Excess Heights by Reality Cues

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Reality Cues

The neighborhood of Excess Heights has implemented a new waste management initiative. Under the city council’s new recommendations, the collection of recyclable refuse will continue, but non-recyclable trash will no longer be collected or processed on the municipal level. The inhabitants of each private residence will be expected to compost all organic material and handle all of its own non-recyclable waste on-site.

View from the middle


Renovation Extension, conversion of the former restaurant Metzger Hall in Dielsdorf, Switzerland by L3P Architects

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: L3P Architects

Renovation / extension, conversion of the former restaurant Metzger Hall, Dielsdorf apartment house with 3 newly constructed apartments, 5 renovated apartments, 1 commercial area Construction time beginning 2009 – April 2010, first use May 2010.

The project is located in the village of Dielsdorf in the Zurich Lowlands. The building project in the central district of the village and is located directly on Wehntalerstrasse, the main street, which leads to Zurich. Formerly a restaurant, a butcher’s shop and abattoir were found in the building at Mühlestrasse 1. Today, it is known as the Metzger (Butcher’s) Hall restaurant. The restaurant with kitchen and the employees’ rooms were found in the main house. The abattoir was located in the older extension to the west and the butcher’s shop was to the south. The outer space was used for park places.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Sabrina Dohle)

  • Architecture: L3P Architects
  • Name of Project: Renovation  Extension, conversion of the former restaurant Metzger Hall
  • Location: Mühlestrasse, Dielsdorf, Switzerland
  • Building constructor: private
  • Project Leader: Martin Reusser dipl. Arch. FH Reg A; Frank Schäfer dipl. Arch. ETH
  • Photography: Sabrina Dohle


Bamboo School for Burmese Refugees in Thailand by 2bw Studio

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: 2bw Studio

Building Trust International recently held an international design competition to design a modular and demountable school for Burmese refugees in Thailand. The building of a new school in Thailand, for Burmese refugees, highlights the need we as humans have to learn and to teach, no matter what the circumstances we may find ourselves in.

Bamboo School for Burmese Refugees

  • Architects: 2bw Studio
  • Project: Bamboo School for Burmese Refugees
  • Location: Thailand


HCA Hub in Hereford, UK by Hewitt Studios LLP

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: Hewitt Studios LLP

Hewitt Studios have just completed the HCA Hub building which forms a new front-end facility for the Hereford College of Arts.  The proposal delivers much-needed cafe, exhibition and admin space in a striking new volume. With a strong sustainability agenda, the structure is formed of glu-laminated and mass-timber and the space is naturally ventilated and day-lit. A reflective pool is used to both animate the space and mediate sunlight.

Exterior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)

  • Architect: Hewitt Studios LLP
  • Project Title: HCA Hub
  • Location: Hereford, UK
  • Client: Hereford College of Arts
  • Cost: £1.2m
  • All photos: Paul Younger
  • Software used: Microstation and Vectorworks to design/present the project


Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, Czech Republic by CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Article source: CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects

The project is based on the idea of maximal respect to the character of the park’s locality in  the city centre for which it is designed. It is a complex of separate pavilions based on the floor  plan of the existing build-up area of provisional assembled buildings, so-called likusáks. The  concept of the project presupposes an interaction between education, culture and the public.  Its realisation will significantly contribute to revitalise the neglected eastern part of the park  on Kraví hora. The exclusively located area offers only a commercial use of the provisional  built-up area, and even though it is situated in the wider city centre, it has not undergone a  process of revitalisation yet. The joyless nature of the area with decrepit temporary objects  contrasts dramatically with the surrounds of Kraví hora, being architectonically and socially  highly attractive.

Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology

  • Architects: CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects
  • Project:Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology
  • Location: Brno, Czech republic
  • Team: CHYBIK+KRISTOF ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS, Ivan Ruller and Ondrej Stehlik
  • Use: University and creative incubator
  • Site Area: 48 000 m2
  • Project year: 2011
  • Type: Commision


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