Mar 28, 2012
This collective housing’s scale is intermediate position between detached housing and building. This project site is situated on the west side of small station, a big 700-year-old camphor tree passing through the platform and the canopy. The west side being mixed multiplicity of environmental-elements (bicycle-parking space, shrine, shops under the elevated, small street stand, etc) is more congested and lively than the east side being developed small station plaza and roundabout in order. This project site having 5 borders is enclosed in too many elements, but the front road on the west side of this site facing 1st floor office and the elevated platform viewing to north, the sun to south are particularly important things. So, the D-Aparment was designed to connect these 3 elements smoothly. (Continue reading…)
Mar 26, 2012
Designed for an irregular hillside lot in Los Angeles, the form of this 3,600 square foot single family residence results from two economically driven demands — to maximize the allowable volume permitted by the zoning code, and to minimize the amount of foundations and subsequent footprint of the house. The resulting structure adopts a site specific form by registering the zoning envelope and optimizing the building volume’s performance on an inclined plane. Window quantities are minimized for privacy while window sizes are maximized for views and ventilation. The overall cladding strategy seeks to minimize distinction between roof and wall planes while maximizing the differentiation between interior and exterior. Link here.
Mar 23, 2012
Twister Restaurant is newly opened in Kiev, Ukraine. The designer duo, Sergey Makhno and Vasily Butenko created its exciting interior which looks like a nest with its warm colors and walls covered with thatched sticks. The team work on residential and commercial interiors and architecture mainly in Ukraine. (via Designeast.eu)
Mar 14, 2012
Kawabe No Sumika (Riverbank House) in Kikugawa, Japan by Atsushi and Mayumi Kawamoto (mA-style). Link here.
Mar 12, 2012
‘The Museum of Middle East Modern Art, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will be a celebration of the importance of Dubai Creek as a new cultural hub within Dubai as a global city. Based on the form of a dhow, the museum holds a variety of spaces to exhibit Arts and Culture such as exhibitions, art galleries, leasable workshop spaces, auditorium, and amphitheatre for live performances and international festivals. In addition, MOMEMA offers a boutique hotel with 60 keys and a boutique retail promenade on the active Culture Village waterfront, as well as a high end signature restaurant on the top level, with 360 degree views of Dubai Creek.’ Click here for the link.
Mar 9, 2012
The metaphor of a tree house was invoked from the onset of design conceptualization to create an environment for learning via a journey of discovery and play. The use of skylights, trellises and colored glass transforms incoming daylight into a myriad of shades and colours, creating an intriguing dappled light quality within the library that simulates light filtered through the foliage of trees. ‘Pods’ cantilevered off the main building façade exude a distinctive charisma on the exterior and create suspended alcoves at an intimate scale from the building interior. The library is raised above the anonymity of its mixed used neighborhood and sets out to stir the curiosity of the community. Continue..
Mar 7, 2012
The Spliced Towers project designed by AQSO Arquitectos will be the landmark for Guangyuan, China. This imposing milestone will serve as a residential complex. The surrounding, a hilly scene is perfect for the architects desire of integrating lots of green zones, minimizing the building footprint. The block of apartments are combined with the towers realizing an urban image, the blocks are oriented on North-South axe and the towers are oriented on the mountains.
Feb 23, 2012
‘The “Vershina” Trade and Entertainment Centre is the first five-star international shopping center in Surgut and offers space for retail, extreme sports areas, dance studios, restaurants, bars and an underground night-club. On a total gross floor area of 35,000 sqm spread over eight stories, the building provides around the clock activities for all visitors, young and old.’ Designed by Erick Vanegeraat; Photos by Alexey Naroditskiy Link here.
Feb 22, 2012
Japanese artist Hidemi Nishida has completed a temporary winter structure located in the forest in Sapporo, Japan. Elevated in the air, the shelter is a direct response of the drastic weather conditions. Appeared seemingly suddenly out of nowhere, the Fragile Shelter gathers people in this small and compact space, made out of wood and translucent plastic sheets. Click here for the link.
Feb 15, 2012
This is the Tampa Covenant Church located in Tampa, Florida by Alfonso Architects. The 25,000 ft2 volume contains a sanctuary, offices and classrooms for a congregation of 450. Although modernist in appearance the proportions of the church’s interior and exterior were designed from a marriage of the Fibonacci series and numbers of biblical importance. (via Architechnophilia)