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Lauttasaarentie 1 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects

Lauttasaari epitomizes the 1930’s suburban dream. The dream is built of seaviews, grand parks and long vistas across green courtyards between the extensive rows of apartment buildings.

Across the road is the popular hexagonal Mutteri kiosk designed by Bertel Liljeqvist in 1927 to cater for the ferry passengers on their way to their villas (Lauttasaari translates as ferry island). The first bridge to Lauttasaari was built in 1935 and the first block of apartments in 1937, on Pohjoiskaari adjacent to our site. Most of Lauttasaari had been built by the 1960?s and in 1969 a new wider bridge was built. The site is currently known for the strong concrete presence of the Finnish Composers? Copyright Society Teosto building, built in 1972 and designed by Veikko Malmio.


  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of Project: Lauttasaarentie 1
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Type: Commission
  • Status: In progress
  • Program: 6200 m2 Housing
  • Client: Skanska
  • Team: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Heikki Riitahuhta, Mikko Kilpeläinen, Jyri Tartia, Petra Grisova


VillaLóla in Akureyri – Iceland by ARKÍS arkitektar

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: ARKÍS arkitektar


The design of villa Lóla was an especially enjoyable dialogue process between client and architect.

Various ideas of materials, concepts and techniques where discussed in the process. Inspirations range from Swiss mountains cabins, a sea ranch in Sonoma County in California, and Japanese solutions in spatial efficiency.  Furthermore, the framing of views was an important topic of discussion.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

  • Architects: ARKÍS arkitektar
  • Project: VillaLóla
  • Location: Akureyri – Iceland
  • Year of Completion: Jan 2010
  • Size: 128 m2
  • Type: Villa


The natural surroundings of the site and the fjord of Eyjarfjördur were key factors to address.


The client requested the possibility to divide the house into three spaces, or apartments that could be enlarged or reduced as needed.

Villa Lola is 128m² of gross floor area.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

Another request from the client was to use low maintenance materials and to develop an inclusive approach with regards to the site and building.

Based on these requests the design process started.



The experience of being on site played a major role in the design. The house faces Akureyri across Eyjarfjodur bay with unrestricted mountain views, to the north and south.

Villa Lola is strongly rooted in its surroundings, playing of the dignity of the landscape and the uniqueness of his appearance. The form of the building is composed of three peaks that point towards the sky, forming a valley between the roof slopes. The roof form is indicative of the landscape; mountains, valleys and a fjord surround VillaLola.

The approach to the house is from above, which gives the building unique unrestricted views of Akureyri, the largest town of northern Iceland.


Weight of Nature

It was decided to seize the natural gradations of the site where natural light and beautiful color combinations are formed at different times of the year, grass, straws, weeds and birch woods surround the house and elevate the exceptionally strong appearance of the larch surfaces. The natural landscape of the site was left undisturbed.


Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar


VillaLola is built with a frame of sustainable goal settings.

Villa Lola is clad on the exterior with Larch-wood. The larch is weathered to its nature gray-ish color, forming a natural weather protection. All loadbearing members are of wood except for one concrete wall, used for stabilizing the structure, and a concrete foundation.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

Flooring is of robust wooden boards and concrete terrazzo. Inner walls are gypsum surfaced stud frame walls painted with environmentally friendly paint. All windows are of wood, clad with aluminum on the exterior.

During the construction process the plot was carefully protected and the working space around the building was minimized.

During construction, all waste was carefully sorted and appropriate materials sent to recycling.

The building is specially designed as a low maintenance structure.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

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Site Plan

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Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church in British Columbia, Canada by Patkau Architects

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: Patkau Architects

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church is a Roman Catholic Church that seats 700 people in its main space and 100 people in its chapel. The main space and chapel can be joined together to form a single larger space for special events. The site is in Port Coquitlam, a suburban city thirty kilometers east of Vancouver. The new church shares its site with an existing church (which will be converted to a parish hall) and a school.

OLA Centre Nave

  • Architect: Patkau Architects
  • Name of Project: Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Vivienda Fuerteventura in Triquivijate, Spain by dcrarq_Architecture&Design

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source:  dcrarq_Architecture&Design

Situated in Fuerteventura, the second larger Island of the Canary ISlands, the house is located in Triquivijate, a small location in the middle of a desertic landscape.

The house was projected for a family of four people with young children in a very windy area, so one of the main requirements from the clients was that the children could have the chance to spend a lot of time playing outside but protected from the winds.

Image Courtesy dcrarq


  • Architect: dcrarq (Marina Diez-Cascon + Fernando Rial)
  • Project: Family house
  • Location: Triquivijate, Fuerteventura. Canary Islands. Spain
  • Project Team: Marina Diez-Cascon, Fernando Rial, Luca Carbonaro
  • Client: Mavi S.L
  • Project area: 2500 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: dcrarq (more…)

Centennial Place in Alberta, Canada by WZMH Architects

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: WZMH Architects

Centennial Place: WZMH’s new ideal in tower design for Calgary

The Canadian architect creates a dynamic city landmark that majors in sustainability, connectivity, and a playful informality. Centennial Place is a new landmark for the city of Calgary, Alberta. Located at the northwest of the downtown city core, the development’s two striking towers offer a new architectural – standard on multiple levels. Centennial Place represents the very best in sustainable office design. It achieves a level of connectivity with the city not previously seen in Calgary, linking to both the existing commercial infrastructure and, eventually, – to the adjacent planned residential neighbourhoods. Centennial Place’s highly articulated design creates a beacon, an architectural focal point, amidst a city noted for its tall buildings and dense urban environment.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Tom Arban)

  • Architect: WZMH Architects
  • Official Name of Project: Centennial Place
  • Location: 520 – 3rd Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Client: Oxford Properties Group
  • Design Team: David Rich (Design Principal), Jay Bigelow (Executive Principal), Tom Schloessin (Project Architect), Roland Brunner (Design Architect) and Bill Brown (Job Captain)
  • Image Credit: Tom Arban


Casa Syntes in Pinto, Spain by dosmasunoarquitectos

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: dosmasunoarquitectos

A garden house. A house between courtyards.

The project had to face two preliminary constraints: a surrounding area burdened by the aesthetic and cultural tradition of the Spanish row-house concept and, on the other hand, the plot’s exposure to solar radiation during the hottest months of the year.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Miguel de Guzmán)

  • Architect: dosmasunoarquitectos
  • Name of Project: Casa Syntes in Pinto, Madrid
  • Location: Pinto, Madrid, Spain
  • Client: Carolina Díaz, Oscar Serna
  • Collaborators: Begoña de Abajo, Qianyi Lin, Paula Raimundez and Carlos Ramos
  • Surveyors: arquitectos técnicos – Javier González and Javier Mach


Art Gallery Of Ontario, The Weston Family Learning Centre in Canada by Hariri Pontarini Architects

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: Hariri Pontarini Architects

The transformation of the west wing of the Art Gallery of Ontario into The Weston Family Learning Centre punctuates the museum’s ambitious multi-phased renovation. The new Learning Centre offers a major collaborative hub for community creativity and learning, while increasing the AGO’S ability to provide stellar art education for children, families, and adults of all ages. It houses a community gallery, a hands-on centre for young children and their parents, three seminar rooms, an education commons, a youth centre for young adults, and an artist-in-residence studio.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Name of Project: Art Gallery Of Ontario, The Weston Family Learning Centre
  • Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Size: 35,000 SF
  • Client: Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Materials: Cast-in-Place Concrete, Algonquin Limestone, White Oak, Glass, Bronze


KAT-Ohno in Tokyo, Japan by cheungvogl

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: cheungvogl

The development site is surrounded by four office buildings, which will be given a consistent appearance by refurbishment of new cladding systems and upgrading to meet modern standards. The master plan includes an extension of a new forum to provide flexible spaces for training seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings etc. which cheungvogl’s design proposal is chosen as the winner for the invited competition.


  • Architect: cheungvogl
  • Project Name: KAT-Ohno
  • Location: Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Use: Conference, Seminar, Forum, Exhibition, Public Space
  • Site Area: 3740㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 1835 ㎡


The Lounge in Quebec, Canada by Jean de Lessard, Designer Créatif

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: Jean De Lessard, Designer Créatif

The Art of Line and Colour

With its new project situated in Complexe Ste-Julie, The Lounge, designer Jean de Lessard’s firm energizes and clarifies the dim, chaotic space of a bar that has been in existence for more than 20 years. Very economically, the designer successfully weds exuberance and intimacy, clean lines and friendliness.

Images Courtesy David Giral

  • Name of design firm: Jean de Lessard, Designer Créatif
  • Official name of the project: The Lounge
  • Location: Ste-Julie, Quebec, Canada
  • Project category: Interior design
  • Client name: Patrick Claveau
  • Photographer: David Giral


POTEMKIN – Post Industrial Meditation Park in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan by Casagrande & Rintala

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: Casagrande & Rintala

Potemkin stands as a post industrial temple, the Acropolis to re-think of the connection between the modern man and nature. I see Potemkin as a cultivated junk yard situated between the ancient rice fields and the river with a straight axis to the Shinto temple.

POTEMKIN – Post Industrial Meditation Park

  • Architect: Casagrande & Rintala
  • Name of Project: POTEMKIN – Post Industrial Meditation Park
  • Location: Kuramata village by the Kamagawa River, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan
  • Organizer: Echigo-Tsumari Contemporaty Art Triennial 2003, curator Sakura Iso
  • Dimensions: 130 m long, 5 – 15 m wide, 5 m high.
  • Materials: Kawasaki steel (one inch thick), recycled concrete, recycled asphalt, recycled glass, recycled pottery, river bed stones, white gravel, oak.
  • Team: Marco Casagrande, Sami Rintala, Edmundo Colon, Chris Constantin, Philippe Gelard, Leslie Cofresi, Marty Ross, Janne Saario, Jan-Arild Sannes, George Lovett, Dean Carman, Joakim Skajaa, Sonny Madonaldo


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