Article source: Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects
The idea of the architect was to endow the building with a modern and esthetic appearance using traditional local materials. That’s why light plaster was selected together with ceramic roof tiles and plenty of wood – for terraces, for pergolas and for shields. Thanks to the flood forests – in this part of the country wood has always been available for building village houses. Willow tree is probably the most characteristic tree of the region, twigs and branches of willow trees were wickered to create usefull household objects, such as baskets, armchairs, etc. This tradition was continued in the interior decoration of the spa – the reception desk was made of wickered willow tree, as well as the lampshades of suspension lamps and of consoles, and wicked willow branches were used to shape chests of drawers – all that was hand made by local ladies, in accordance with the local patriot attitude of the owner.
The project starts from an image of a breakwater that represents the relationship between man and sea. The waterfront is the meeting point between the sea and the land. Hence, the man has stones, natural elements, which protect him from nature itself but are of diverse character.
The biggest impact on the cz-house project was a plot on which the newly designed investment would stand. The existing access road (here in the south), forced the home layout with some kind of outdoor patio in front of the building. Designating the boundaries of the patio wall also separates the house from a public road, as well as ensuring the privacy of its residents. This solution also allowed to fill the daily zone of the house by the sunlight from the south – the most sunny side. Private part of the house is located in the depths of the plot, which provides even greater comfort, lighting a bedroom interior from the east and views of the beautiful forest in the neighborhood increase the attractiveness of the interior.
The brand new showroom for Belgian lingerie firm “Van De Velde” opened its doors in March 2010 at the high pedestrian traffic intersection between Madison Avenue and 33rd Street, on the first floor of a historic building, in New York.
The typical “Manhattan” open space needed to be divided into four different areas. The entrance, a closed office for one person – that could also be used as a meeting room – two work islands and a showroom area.
Els Alamús, a small village of seven hundred inhabitants, is situated on a hill in the middle of the plain of Lleida, surrounded by a landscape where are predominant agricultural fields and fruit trees, a geometric landscape, planned and designed, result of the work of men’s hands and the engineering.
The museum liaunig projects out on two sides over steep-sided ground, high up in the landscape.A cut through the hill marks a precise intervention in nature.
Planted into the site the new museum emerges more like a work of landart. only a small part of the outstretched museum building is visible. Cut through the hill, the main body of the museum slices athrough a densely-wooded, steep-sided embankment, providing an unparalleled view over the river drau seventy metres below.
The building cantilevers an impressive thirty metres out, over a steep bank towards the approach road – clearly visible to approaching visitors.
‘project ferson’ is a single family residence within a rural area of tildonk in haacht, belgium by belgian practice collectiv4 architects. the inhabitant’s perception from the interior viewing outwards dictated a monolithic volume with an irregular footprint and angled roofline to provide different experiences and prospects from each room.
McMaster Children’s Hospital (“MCH”) is one of the top pediatric academic health science centres in Canada and serves the special and unique healthcare needs of children using a family-centred model of care. Each year, MCH has approximately 180,000 visits to subspecialty clinics, diagnostic areas, emergency department, inpatient units and operating rooms. McMaster Children’s Hospital recognizes that children’s health needs are unique and that the development of optimum health in childhood can prevent other conditions of poor health later in life. The existing Emergency at MCH was originally designed for both adults and children, was overcrowded (the number of patient visits has more than doubled in the past three years to 30,000 visits), and had few appropriate family facilities.
The new Citroën showroom is at number 42 Champs Elysées; Citroën have owned the site since André Citroën set up shop there in the 1920s. His original showroom was beautiful, the interior was extremely theatrical, and the glass rectangle façade beautifully proportioned, very minimalist and contemporary.
Life in the countryside, in the midst of nature, has always had a magical, inspiring quality. To create a peaceful home in natural surroundings as a balance to the hectic world of work in the city is a lifestyle ambition which many people find especially appealing. These thoughts were the starting-point for the discussion with a family of four, who had chosen an extensive wooded site on a slope for the realisation of their plan to build themselves a home of distinctive character. The objective was a house designed sensitively enough to harmonise with its natural surroundings, leaving intact the mature trees and the whole forest-like atmosphere of the setting. The building was to feel wide open to the changing natural seasons and the sunlight, drawing them close into the family’s everyday home life. It was to be an ecologically responsible building, capable of functioning sustainably with minimum demand on resources.