The project creates spatial experience from the fracture implied by splayed property lines. The resulting volumetric fissure of the building mass organizes the horizontal circulation and creates the space of the stair cavern. The fracture also serves as a connector between the two entries of the long narrow dwelling, thus remediating the challenging circulation issues of building from street to street with a sectional shift of almost 40′. The unique spatial experience is punctuated by, and allows for, highly varied apprehension of form, light, and shadow
We thought that the project for the new Central Library of Alcalá de Henares University should not be strictly limited to a refurbishment task, in which a new program and furniture are to supersede the original ones. It should be understood as an insertion into an existing party-wall, acquiring its shape, absorbing light and fresh air, and opening towards the sky as the only possible way out. This implies the creation of a new space within an existing heritage building which features its own identity, and which is as well respectfully introduced into a formerly built context. The development of spatial strategies to occupy a given volume, as well as the generation of an inner façade to link and accommodate the new uses into the already existent building, are some of the keys through which the project evolved. Besides, it was equally important to develop an independent and flexible constructive process, neutral and nuanced at the same time, which ensured the adaptation of the new program without constraining it physically.
Summer house BUILD IN THE FOREST Propose alternatives to ensure the survival of natural environments
Mar Azul is a place we know for many years for that reason when in 2004 built the first work we knew we had to intervene in a country that despite its great scenic beauty never had a legal support that will secure the heritage of greed of which lotean with one goal: make as land rent. What does it have a code, understanding the logic of this privileged environment, regulated by solving the mismatch between that subdivision inappropriate and the possibilities of building without losing the environmental quality of the site. This situation described is added as aggravating the proliferation of a type “picturesque house in a place of fantasy,” which gradually “domesticating” the forest, still owner of a rugged powerful presence. Operate at that site, it meant then, assuming their imbalances as a challenge and see how far, architects can make a contribution alternative.
Recognizing and seizing the particular maritime-forest microclimate together with the low budget available and with the requirement of a minimum posterior maintenance were determinant in the decision of the esthetic-constructive system of the house. The need to capture the light that passes through the trees led us to conceive the house as a “semicovered” and resolve it with big windows that provide long hours of natural light and full integration with the scenery, while from the outside, the windows reflect the privileged landscape creating a house with less presence.
Article source: PLUSARQUITECTURA (Sergio Aguilar) & Luis Mira, architects
The Junior School building corresponds to the Phase 1 of the Blouberg International School in Cape Town. The site is located into a residential area towards the north side of the city centre, where the climate transits from the lush and rainy part of the city towards the drier Atlantic ocean’s west coast.
Yenikapı, ‘New Gate’, will become a railroad and maritime transfer centre in Istanbul that connects Europe with Asia, as well as the inner city with the surrounding megapolis and the rest of the country. Mecanoo architecten, in cooperation with local partner Cafer Bozkurt Architecture, designs the new gateway of 52,000 m², which will be a vital strategic intersection point handling 1.7 million people on a daily basis. Sitting on top of excavations that have changed the known history of Ancient Istanbul as an urban centre, Yenikapı will also host an Archaeo-Park with a museum and city archive of 36,000 m². The total area of the site is 27.7 ha and includes public space and several parks.
Located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, designed for the world’s most vibrant handmade online marketplace, we transformed a raw space into an Etsy world. A series of open workspace areas and acoustically controlled environments were generated providing access to natural light. Core common spaces are contained within two continuous curved walls permitting passage and reinforcing transparency. Handmade materials are introduced promoting the brand and contrasting the loft space.
A Dream Kitchen locked up in a $25 Million Clock Tower
MINIMAL USA has designed a sleek, sophisticated kitchen for the renovation of the Clock Tower, the most expensive apartment in Brooklyn.
The Clock Tower, erected in 1915 on the DUMBO waterfront, is on top of one of the largest poured concrete building in New York. What used to be a machine room for the clocks is now housing a 6,500-square-foot apartment boasting a breath-taking quadrangular view of NY. The kitchen, designed by Stefano Venier for a renovation by developer David Walentas, embodies all the style and charm of Italian ingenuity.