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Layering Courtyard in Beijing, China by ARCHSTUDIO

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Article source: ARCHSTUDIO

“Layering Yard” is hidden in a traditional commercial block near the Qianmen of Beijing, with an area of about 500 square meters. The original architecture was a quadrangle courtyard commercial building with the characteristics of houses in the Republican period. Compared with residential houses, the houses here are bigger and higher. There is a row of arched doors and windows on the south along the street, and two-story houses on the north. Before the renovation, the housing structure was completely rebuilt; with the courtyard there were no doors, windows or walls, but exposed rough wooden structure beams. It is said that it was a brothel in the Republican period, then transformed into a bakery after the foundation of China, and later was left unused after the reconstruction. In the future, the building will be a complex for public activities and living. Therefore, while improving the quality of construction and infrastructure, this renovation focused on creating experience in particular scenes based on the Hutong environment, aiming to attract urban population who have increasingly diversified consumption demands.

Facade facing the street, Image Courtesy © CreatAR Images (Luo Juncai)

  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Project: Layering Courtyard
  • Location: Qianmen, Beijing, China
  • Photography: CreatAR Images (Luo Juncai), Jin Weiqi
  • Designers: Han Wenqiang, Huang Tao
  • Architecture Area: about 530 m2
  • Completion Time: 2018.02

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Venue hotel in Nha Trang, Vietnam by Aline architect

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Article source: Aline architect

Located in the central square of Nha Trang City, the building stands out among regular square blocks. The façade area is quite narrow, so the architect have transformed the monotonous glasses into colorful “walles”. A part of elevation space is used as a place to plant trees, as a result, it creates “green” balconies, brings the comfort feelings to the users. The façade area is quite narrow but the land plot is such a corner plot so the whole room is designed to receive direct natural wind and sunlight. All rooms come with sea views.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Oki

  • Architects: Aline architect
  • Project: Venue hotel
  • Location: No. 24 Ton Dan Street, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architect in Charge: Le Minh Duc
  • Design Team: Vu Dinh Phuc, Dang Quynh Le
  • Structural Engineer: Tran Viet Oanh
  • Investor: Dong Gia Thinh Joint Stock Company
  • Building Contractor: Nhan Hoa JSC,
  • Land Area: 165m2
  • Usable Area: 3,150 m2
  • Floor Height: 19 floors
  • Number of Rooms: 64 rooms
  • Year: 2017

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M Social Singapore by Philippe Starck

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Article source: Philippe Starck 

A new and vibrant lifestyle design hotel by Philippe Starck will debut in Singapore. M Social Singapore has 293 rooms and thrives on an interplay of friendship, community and new experiences. It is built on the democratic premise of giving the best, while being affordable to the greatest number of people, particularly those with a millennial mindset.

Guided by these principles, Starck conceptualised the project as an avant-garde laboratory in the ever-evolving neighbourhood of Robertson Quay. “M Social is where all the elements of the world – including creativity, humour and love – come together in an explosion of energy to create the joy of today’s and tomorrow’s world. To me, it is a stage dedicated to creative people,” he said.

Throughout the project, the density and strength of raw concrete is balanced with the concept of immateriality by the use of multimedia projections and video screens.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Starck

  • Architects: Philippe Starck
  • Project: M Social Singapore
  • Location: Singapore

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Kinsterna Hotel in Monemvasia, Greece by Divercity Architects

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Article source: Divercity Architects 

Kinsterna Hotel is a five-star hotel in the Peloponnese, near the Byzantine fortress of Monemvasia. Surrounded by olive and citrus groves, the 17th century estate has a fascinating past, spanning Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian times. Revealing these layers of history was integral to the mansion’s restoration and conversion into a country hotel and spa. Recreating a self-sufficient and sustainable community was an essential part of our mission to revive this long-abandoned landmark.

Memory is embedded in the textured surfaces of the buildings, Image Courtesy © Cathy Cunliffe

  • Architects: Divercity Architects  (Phase 1 & 2), Ergastiri 73 – Apostolos Parpairis & Associates (Developed Design Phase 1)
  • Project: Kinsterna Hotel
  • Location: Monemvasia, Greece
  • Photography: Cathy Cunliffe, Vangelis Paterakis & Yiannis Alefantou
  • Client: Aighis
  • Collaborating Architects: Nostos (Technical Design Phase 1 & Phase 2)
  • Text: Rachel Howard
  • Structural Engineer: G. Dimitrakopoulos & Associates (Phase 1) & OTM (Phase 2)
  • Services Engineer: ENG (Phase 1), GKA engineers & Nostos S.A. (Phase 2)
  • Lighting Designer: Diathlasis (Phase 1) & D. Kamba (Phase 2)
  • Space Consultant: Sofia Vantaraki
  • Contractor: Nostos
  • Status: Complete, 2010 (Phase 1), 2015 (Phase 2)
  • Awards:
    • The European Hotel Design Awards, Shortlisted, 2010
    • Conde Nast Traveller, Hot List of the World’s Best New Hotels, 2011

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The Murray Hotel in Hong Kong, China by Foster + Partners

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Article source: Foster + Partners

The Murray is a luxury 336-room hotel located on the southern edge of Central with panoramic views of The Peak and the gardens to the south. This major transformation of the listed building aims to reinvent this unique urban quarter – stitching together the urban fabric by linking the large green spaces flanking the site to the east and west.

Exterior view of the Murray at night from the Cotton Tree drive, Image Courtesy © Nigel Young / Foster+Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: The Murray Hotel
  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Photography: Nigel Young, Michael Weber
  • Client: The Murray Limited
  • Team: Norman Foster, Luke Fox, Armstrong Yakubu, Colin Ward, Andy Lister, Stefano Cesario, Tim Dyer, Lawrence Wong, Won Suk Cho, Benjamin Stevenson, Carl Bonas, Amy Butler, Charlotte Gallen, Catt Godon, Manuela Guidarini, Tanja Heath, Abbie Labrum, Harry Twigg, Bong Yeung
  • Collaborating Architect: Wong and Ouyang Architects HK Ltd.
  • Structural Engineering: Wong and Ouyang Civil
  • Cost Consultant: Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Mechanical Engineers: Wong and Ouyang Building Services
  • Landscape Consultant: Urbis
  • Lighting Engineers: Tino Kwan Lighting

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Boutique hotel la Maison des Têtes in Colmar, France by f+f architectes

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Article source: f+f architectes

Located in Colmar, in the heart of the Alsace wine district, La Maison des Têtes (or House of Heads in english) is as historical and fully listed building completed in 1609, whose name stems from the 109 small head sculptures that ornate it’s renaissance style façade. This building, today a five star hotel with two restaurants, is one of the major sights in Colmar, and next to the Unterlinden Museum ( recently renovated by Herzog and De Meuron).

Image Courtesy © Camille Gharbi

  • Architects: f+f architectes – Aurélie Fechter & Johan Fritzell
  • Project: Boutique hotel la Maison des Têtes
  • Location: Colmar, France
  • Photography: Camille Gharbi, Gregory Massat
  • Area: 2740 sqm.
  • Project Year: 2016

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Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel in Wenchang Shi, China by Margot Krasojević Architects

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Article source: v2com

The hotel harnesses tidal energy to generate electricity. The idea was to redefine the hotel typology by embracing renewable energy to create a sustainable environment. This is the last of three tidal projects using the project brief to further underline the importance of inter-disciplinary dialogue between architecture, engineering, renewable energy and industrial design.

The hotel is located on Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan in the South China seas. Along the bay’s coastline there are sheltered areas but also sections which are a high-energy site exposed to winds and high waves, this is where the harmonic turbine hotel sits, partly anchored into the coastline’s rock with its elements free to gently move with the tide. Revolving water turbines are partially buried in the sand and respond to tidal waves creating a sustainable infrastructure as part of the hotel’s design.

Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojević Architects

  • Architects: Margot Krasojević Architects
  • Project: Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel
  • Location: Yalong Bay, Island of Hainan in the South China Seas, China
  • Software used: Catia, MATLAB, 3dS Max and Photoshop
  • Client Name: CHINA FILM HOUSE
  • Project End Date: February 2020

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One Blackfriars in London, England by WSP

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Article source: WSP

One Blackfriars, London is a mixed-use complex located near the southern bank of the Thames River that includes a 170-meter residential tower, low-rise hotel, and a three-story basement with a pool, spa, cinema, and other amenities. WSP worked with their client St. George to build and design the project, including the unique geometry of the residential tower. To develop the structural framing that would maximize apartment layouts, every floor and apartment had to be a different size and shape. Not only did WSP need a structural solution for the varied floor plans, but it also needed to design support columns that offered unobstructed views without intruding on the apartment spaces.

Image Courtesy © WSP

  • Architects: WSP
  • Project: One Blackfriars
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Software used: Microstation and RAM Concept
  • Client: St. George
  • Status: Set for Completion in 2018

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Hotel Maritim in Girona, Spain by Dom Arquitectura

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Article source: Dom Arquitectura 

To The Sea

The Hotel Maritim, located on Roses beach promenade wanted to renovate the entire ground floor. Updating the common spaces, while still maintaining their same existing uses. The hotel’s ground floor is divided into three areas: the hall and reception, the bar, and the terrace.

Image Courtesy © Dom Arquitectura

  • Architects: Dom Arquitectura (Pablo Serrano Elorduy)
  • Project: Hotel Maritim
  • Location: Girona, Spain
  • Interior Designer: Blanca Elorduy
  • Surface: 600 m2

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Pure House Boutique Hotel in Yunnan province, China by Chongqing Yueji Architectural Design Office

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Article source: Chongqing Yueji Architectural Design Office 

In recent years, Dali has become the best architectural practice site for designers to express themselves due to its generous temperament, its unique geographical environment provides designers with a brand new way of thinking. Born here is the happiness of locals, staying here is the desire of outsiders.

Image Courtesy © MConcept

  • Architects: Yueji Architectural Design Office
  • Project: Pure House Boutique Hotel
  • Location: Dali, Yunnan province, China
  • Photography: Arch-Exist, MConcept
  • Chief Architects: LI Jun, HE Biao
  • Design Team: XU Xiangdong, WANG Yuansheng, CHEN Wei, WANG Yuedong
  • Owners: HE Biao, LI Jun
  • Interior Designers: XIE Ke, ZHI Hongxin, Signyan Design
  • Construction: Pure House Boutique Hotel
  • Construction Director: DONG Yushu, DONG Wei
  • Area: 1550 ㎡
  • Floors of the Building: 3 floors on the ground , 2 floors under ground
  • Completion time: March, 2017

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