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Caldor Hotel / Söhne & Partner

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Seedörfl is a small collection of houses, the surrounding landscape is flat. To the northeast the federal highway B16 cuts through the fields. The two-storey folded volume of the building with its projecting snout, bedrooms on the first floor and striking perforated bands along the façade looks like a built logo. The large asphalted approach, turning and parking area and the self check-in facility in the open foyer give the building something of the flair of a motel. Rooms – from a size of only ten square meters – are reduced on a minimum which doesn’t feel small. The materials are reduced to a minimum too. The bathroom is screened by glass panes with a sliding door. As a result the red three-dimensional bathroom strip becomes an integral part of the room. Link here.

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Art Warehouse in Boeotia

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A31 Architecture have designed a workshop for an artist in Boeotia, Greece. This Art Warehouse building was designed by A31 Architecture for painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis. A part of the landscape was incorporated in the open-space sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations. The new structure is a shell comprised of fair-faced reinforced concrete, completed in three separate phases. The dome, a timeless and interregional architectural coronation element spanning from antiquity to Modernism, interacts with the intimate space of the artist’s house, the “cell”. The new structure is located in the North-South axis, while the orthogonal plan view is divided into 3 zones: Firstly, the cantilever with the balcony in the South, where the entrance is situated, secondly, the artist’s workspace and finally the attic in the North which serves as a storage space. A straight staircase connects the two levels, while the cantilevered concrete steps can serve as exhibition stands for the artist’s work. – A31 Architecture Link here.

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Bru 1.25 by SoHo Architects

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The house Bru 1.25 in Bavaria is designed by German firm SoHo Architektur. The roof and external walls have been clad in fibre-cement corrugated panels, eliminating the need for rain-pipes or gutters. The timber structure has a double-height ceiling in the living space, visually connecting it to the upper floor. All photographs are by Zooey Braun. (via Dezeen)

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Fish House by Guz Architects

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‘ This modern tropical bungalow encapsulates the essence of living in the hot and humid climate of Singapore by creating open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer residents views to the ocean. The main design concept is to create a house which has close relationship with nature and this is achieved by having a swimming-pool linking the house with the landscape and ultimately visual connections with the sea. The idea of connection is reinforced by having the basement level media-room with a u-shaped acrylic window which allows diffuse natural light in and also views out into the pool. The curved roofs, which symbolizing the sea waves, also emphasize the idea of the nearby sea. These are almost totally covered with thin bendable photovoltaic panels supplying enough energy to the house, while the remaining area is used as a green roof giving residents some outdoor leisure spaces. Fish House is a modest and yet luxurious residential design which gives residents opportunities to live in harmony and comfortably with nature. ‘ (via Contemporist) Guz Architects website – Photography by Patrick Bingham Hall

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The Fab Lab House by IAAC

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‘ The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) designed the Fab Lab house as their entry into the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe. The goal of all the houses in the competition is to disseminate among the general public the benefits of using renewable energies, especially solar energy, at home. ‘ Link here.

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Karis / Suppose Design Office

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This is a boutique project for “karis” in a shopping center in Hiroshima. The space is for shopping but also for holding events. The concept of the store is space that is changing its view or atmosphere depending on where you are standing, such as caves or limestone caves. At some points the place offers a view to the end of the store, and also it has an area surrounded by the inner partitions. The experience walking through the artificial yet random space would be close to something like walking in nature. The purpose of the design is to offer a new shopping experience that people could see products through strolling in nature. Link here.

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Barbie Shanghai Store

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New York-based Slade Architecture has designed the first ever Barbie Flagship for Mattel. The 35,000 square foot store holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Barbie dolls and licensed Barbie products, as well as a range of services and activities for Barbie fans and their families. Link here.

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VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron

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VitraHaus is the new home for Vitra’s Home Collection, which includes furnishing design classics as well as re-editions and products by contemporary designers. Responsible for this striking building are Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who -among others- designed Tate Modern in London. Τhe five-storey building is located inside the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany and its neighbors are the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry and the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando.At first glance, it looks like a pile of houses, almost chaotic, but this three-dimensional creation is stricty loyal to the norms of the archetypal house, since its primary purpose is to present furnishings and objects for the home. Internally, spiral staircases connect the intersecting white-painted interiors. (via Ozon)

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Manresa City Hall

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Manresa City Hall in Spain – Architects: ADD+ Arquitectura – Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran – Photographs by: Duccio Malagamba

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R432 Torre Reforma

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R432, in Mexico City. Skyscraper designed by Mexican studio Rojkind Arquitectos. Lovely! Click here for the link.

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