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Luminous in Tokyo, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Jun Sakaguchi as a practice director of PTW Architects won a design competition for this small commercial block in Tokyo in 2006. Crowned with a penthouse rising above the 31m height limit but within the set-back line, it glows like finely cut jewellery. Most surrounding buildings are 31m high, so the penthouse enjoys open views from the timber deck terrace to the Tokyo Station area and further up to the Shinjuku district.

Image Courtesy © Tomohiro Sakashita 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Luminous
  • Location: Kodenma-cho, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tomohiro Sakashita
  • Type: Commercial
  • Software used: ArchiCad for rendering and AutoCAD for documentation

FFAT House in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal by Arquitectos Anónimos

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Arquitectos Anónimos

The seaside around the town centre of VN Gaia (the city where we made this project) is undergoing a violent residential occupation with the ensuing conversion of its nature state. The fragments regardless architecture have piled up in disorderly ‘suburbia’, hidden under a shapeless agglomeration of private houses.

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade 

  • Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos
  • Project: FFAT House
  • Location: Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal
  • Photography: Abel Andrade
  • Date: 2005-2007 
  • Building Type: Single housing – direct commission 
  • Built Area: 270m2 
  • Client: Fernando Afonso + Fátima Cardoso 
  • Engineering Consultant: Manuel Branco Leite, Paulo Lima 
  • Facade: “Wisa Trans” Plywood 
  • Pavements: “SikaFloor” bituminous paint 
  • Windows: “Hydro Systems” aluminium sliding windows 
  • Glass: “Saint-Gobain” double grey glass 
  • Ceramics: “Bisazza”

St Leon 10 in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: SAOTA

This home was designed for a family with 2 young sons who wanted a house which simultaneously created spaces for casual intimate family occasions or large get-togethers. The site allows for unprecedented views towards the 12 Apostle Mountains, Clifton Beaches and Robben Island. The building is cut into the slope with approximately 50% of its rear face below the natural ground level. The upper level floats over the essentially glazed South West facing first floor and this exaggerates the height of the building relative to the adjacent ground level.

Image Courtesy SAOTA

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Project: St Leon 10
  • Location: Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team: Stefan Antoni & Philip Olmesdahl, Mark Rielly  
  • Interior Decor: ANTONI ASSOCIATES 
  • Completion Date: 2006

Mineral Lodge in Savoie, France by Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

Mountain ranges often appear to be sublime. Under a mantle of snow their enormity would seemto defy the possibility of architecture. Time does not pass. Eternity stands opposed to the fragility of human accomplishments. And yet contemporary architecture has a place in an ancient hamlet. A fact amply demonstrated by the recently constructed Mineral Lodge at an altitude of 1200 metresin Savoie.

Image Courtesy © N.Borel 

  • Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard
  • Project: Mineral Lodge
  • Location: Savoie, France
  • Photography: N.Borel
  • Client: Private 
  • Floor area: 371 m2
  • Project Team: Christian Girard, architect, Christophe Hebert, architect, T.Sugi, M.Shun, assistants architects, L. Capdevielle, C.Cobel, assistants.
  • Site Supervision: Alpes Réalisations Constructions 
  • Structural Engineer: Stebat 
  • Completion: September 2012 
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

Kokura Tower in Kyushu, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

The site is located at a prominent location facing beautiful river and Kokura Castle and Jun Sakaguchi designed a sculptural tower which shape derives from a flower famous in this region. Petal-like shape maximizes views for each apartment and provides natural ventilation. Bottom levels of the tower spreads out to the ground with its organic form.

Image Courtesy © IAO 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Kokura Tower
  • Location: Kyushu, Japan
  • Photography: IAO
  • Completed: 2008
  • Type: Residential
  • Software used: ArchiCad to make 3D model but the documentation was done in AutoCAD
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