Villa Lambda by Mercurio Design Lab

Villa Lambda’s concept springs out of an exploration in the domain of pure geometry applied to architectural forms. The client requested a villa which broke with typical Singaporean suburban formulas, whether modern or classical pastiche. The brief also required optimisation of a tight site and parking for nine cars. Two inverted triangles, slightly offset from one another and slightly offset – a design solution that immediately offered a powerful interpretation of an idea and potential for a great development ahead. With further refinement, the triangle geometries was smoothened up.

One end got heavily chamfered, becoming a skewed quadrangle and allowing a large cantilevered roof eave to protect the large windows of the bedroom, which initially should have access to a balcony but was later scaled down to a ledge. The other triangle was stretched at its opposite end and slightly smoothened to form a rounder bullnose morphing from the house walls into a long car porch. Lambda should have resembled a sport car but as its conceptualisation took shape, it started to project the idea of a space vehicle. Therefore, when the car porch was designed with two canopies at each side to extend the protection of the parked cars, their resemblance to winged stabilisers was one right touch to the design finalisation.

Now the building begins to reflect its name, lambda, the Greek letter used to signify the notion of a wavelength, a triangulated formal composition of apparent opposites held in dynamic tension. This is emphasised by the habitable attic solution, providing an extra storey. The aluminium-clad roof with the extruded flaps at the rear of the third storey terrace was intentionally designed to extend the space-ship metaphor, while the doghouse containing the lift over-run was made to look like the air-intake of an engine room. In turn, these gestures support an over-riding strategy of generous eaves and canopies to provide privacy and sun protection. The result is a house which is simultaneously bold but mysterious.

JA House by Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa

Located on the north-center of Portugal, the house was meant to combine the rural and the urban lifestyle. The lot is surrounded by different types of constructions, consequence of the informal settlements, characteristics of most Portuguese cities neighbourhoods.
The existent stone ruins, vestige of a traditional house and the lot’s configuration, were the main aspects for the new project. The program requirements, a family house, have led to an almost total land occupation.

The first principle was to separate the new and the old construction, even if they are connected inside. A stone volume represents the existent building; a concrete volume the new one. The second principle was to introduce light in the middle of the house. Two different empty spaces were generated: the entrance, and the heart of the house – the courtyard.

The courtyard and the stairs are the center of the house and its living. These are the key elements for the spatial relationships between the different parts of the house, the interior and the exterior. The program was divided in two levels: the living room, the kitchen and the garage were positioned on the ground floor; the bedrooms and the library at the first floor. The suite was placed in a privileged point – the memory of the old house.

The scale and the site identity were always present on the construction details and material choices: stone, concrete, steel and oak wood. Inside the white and the wood comfort. Outside a granitic and a new concrete mass were sculpted on the same way.

Architectes in charge: Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa
Web site:
Year: 2014
Location: Guarda, Portugal
Area: 260 sqm
Photographs: João Morgado

Casa dos Caseiros by Mário Ferreira + Sara Antunes

This small house is at the entrance of Quinta da Boavista, Mesão Frio in the Douro Valley, set in a dramatic landscape transformed by man over the centuries to produce wine. It houses the caretaker and is the first phase of an intervention that will expand and refurbish the existing buildings for agriculture and tourism.

The house replaces an existing agricultural construction. It is the reinterpretation of a vernacular typology composed of simple volumes set at a right angle to the stone wall of the terraces that shape the landscape. Upon arrival at the estate, the house sits at the entrance, slightly detached but perfectly integrated into the group of constructions that possess a strong homogeneous character. This character is given by the simple white volumes covered with ceramic roof tiles, retaining walls in local stone, wooden trellis and remaining carpentry painted a deep blue.
Still, as much as this building relates directly to this vernacular tradition, in line with the client’s wish and the desire to maintain the fragile balance and consistency of this cultural landscape, it also relates to the modern tradition, providing an openness of interpretation, with a subtle reworking of details which tend to give a more abstract and ambiguous character to the whole.

The spatial organization is simple and compact. The entrance is set back inside a porch, framing the view over the river Douro. Inside, we sought to make the spaces coincide with the outside form, with the simplest possible division and no transitional or circulation spaces. One volume houses the main living space and kitchen, all under the vault of the roof, and the other volume, slightly smaller in scale houses two bedrooms. The bathroom occupies the space left over from the entrance porch and its secret storage space overhead.

Part of the charm of this type of building, as is the case with gatehouses, lies in deliberately adopting a small scale. An effort was made in keeping the edges of the roofs as low as possible, which, in contrast with the height at the centre of the rooms, accentuates their spaciousness despite their small physical size.

Architects: Sara Antunes Mário Ferreira Arquitectos
Location: Mesão Frio, Portugal
Area of the Property: 63 037m2
Area of Construction: 70.4m2
Construction: 2013-2014
Colaboration: Marta Lourenço

Photos © Jose Campos

Loft Three Marias in Lisbon by AVA Architects

The existing context
Conversion and adaptation of interior spaces.
Apartment located at first Floor of a five-storey building, built in 1893.
Floor joist hangers Wood (10×14) with walls of stone masonry.
Height with 3.5m ceilings with plaster stucco with figurative decorations.
Wooden window frames need to intervene on the side of the road and complete replacement of the interior side of the block.
Original wood floor that is in good condition with the exception of areas where circulation is impaired.

Kitchen installed in reduced difficulties in placing numerous appliances area.
Toilet with direct link to the outside located next to the kitchen compartment and dimensions that a narrow and barely functional space.
Besides being the bathroom of support rooms that are opposite the same side.
The apartment has three hits from the common staircase.
Too many doors that become an obstacle to circumvent.

We tried to implement a silent solution. Allowing lap times of each intervention compared to the original and that now advocates. A dialogue from a juxtaposition of languages, materials and construction systems. Searched up a functional dialectic, which could give body to existing spaces and their adaptation to new proposals spatial and programmatic functions. Apart from the introduction of new infrastructure for water and sewage, as well as electrical installations, the existing spaces like kitchen, toilet service and the interiors were reconfigured storage.

Photos © Jose Campos Architectural Photographer

G. House by XYZ Designers

This detached house with a self-contained flat is being built on a plot of approximately 2,000 square metres in a prime residential area of Weinheim (Bergstrasse) for a family of five. The design is for a building that is split into individual volumes and that has two storeys facing Weinbergstrasse in the northeast and three storeys facing the garden in the southwest due to the extreme slope of the plot.

The playful arrangement of the various volumes, characterised by sections that protrude or are set back, makes the 800 square metre house appear smaller and helps to integrate it into the smaller structures in the existing surroundings. On the southwest side the lower storey protrudes far into the garden. Its roof area forms a terrace in front of the living and dining area with a depth of approximately
four metres. The terrace is given a generous extension in the southwest because of the way the building is set back, allowing a pleasantly proportioned outdoor area to be created with a tree in its centre.

The division of the building’s volume is mirrored by its architectural design. The ground floor, which is faced entirely in glass and aluminium, contrasts with the upper level, which is clad in light-coloured natural stone. The façade that faces the street is mostly closed in order to fulfil the client’s wish for protection against uninvited onlookers. On the side facing the garden,
however, the design is open and allows indoor and outdoor areas to merge together.

Villa Bellevue by Bureau A

Individual villas have played a particular role in the history of domesticity. They are inevitably the set for the rich and dramatic play of family life whether in fiction or reality. In that sense all villas belong to a very same lineage : a stage for the domestic drama: love, passion, adultery, brotherhood ; the ups and down of family and love stories. Regardless of whether the scenario comes with a happy ending or not, similarities appear in all domestic environments.

Bellevue Avenue, a three and a half kilometre long street in Los Angeles which hits on one end the eternal Sunset Boulevard, another street closely tied to the history of Hollywood as well as the title of a famous Billy Wilder movie. The villa inside which the action takes place, in a certain Hollywood tradition, works as a claustrophobic set displaying the strained and decadent life of Norma Desmond. The entire world of Norma shrivels up in the nostalgia which can be found in every millimetre of the interior space of the villa. The entire décor
reveals a past grandeur and the sadness of her actual life.

On the other side of the world, in Geneva, a young family settles down in another villa in another Bellevue. The home life setting is designed for an opposite scenario, for a life that expands, opens to the exterior and avoids claustrophobia. Spaces are now constantly connected with each other and the whole house fights against the darkness of “Norma’s life”, who was trapped in a static feeling of fake comfort. Here everything is white or clear, and could predestined the family to another scenario with a happy ending – or actually no ending at all, leaving the family free to write their own home life. However, a tiny sign speaks out about the fragility of every designed interior as well as the vulnerability of every family.

The light bulbs of the library remind us of something, recalling a glimpse of a backstage make-up mirror. They say, like Jake Lamotta does in another seminal movie, that at the end “it’s all entertainment”.

Fairy Tales 2015: Architecture Competition


(NEW YORK, NY October 14, 2014) – After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with over 300 entries from 50 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the second edition of the competition is now open for registration.

“When we launched the inaugural Fairy Tales competition, we could not have anticipated the overwhelming response it drew. The participants hailed from the most diverse backgrounds and from so many corners of the world we’d have a hard time visiting them all in one lifetime,” say Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani, Founders of Blank Space. “Each participant crafted their wildest architectural ideas, unleashing the power of architecture on universal themes at the core of humanity. The results were profound, and have been viewed, shared, tweeted and exhibited to millions of design fans around the world.”

The Fairy Tales competition invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.

The entries to the 2015 Fairy Tales competition will be reviewed by some of the most influential authorities in architecture, design, art, storytelling, and even business and entrepreneurship. The jury includes Anish Kapoor (Sculptor), Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at the MoMA), Karim Rashid (Designer), Yves Behar (CEO of Fuseproject), John Hoke (VP Global Design at Nike), Jaime Derringer (Founder, Design Milk), Stanley Tigerman, FAIA (Tigerman McCurry Architects), Juergen Mayer (J Mayer H Architects), Shohei Shigematsu (Partner, OMA), Hunter Tura (CEO, Bruce Mau Design), Andy Hunter (Co Founder, Electric Literature), Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani (Co Founders, Blank Space).

In addition, Blank Space has partnered with the best architecture and design publications out there: Design Milk, Dwell, Archinect, Bustler and Archdaily. They will confer the winning entries to millions of design fans around the world, giving these unique architectural fairy tales the recognition they deserve.

“We created the Fairy Tales competition to reinstate architecture’s value and place in today’s world, to uncover truths about how architecture shapes society and how society shapes architecture,” says Francesca Giuliani.

“Architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built. The world can’t wait to be told stories like this. We hope many people will accept the challenge and write and design their own,” continues Matthew Hoffman.

Regular Registration ($50) will be open until December 12, and Late Registration ($75) until the Submission Deadline on January 16, 2015.

To register for Fairy Tales 2015 and for more detailed information, please visit:

Find Twitter content about the Fairy Tales Competition by tracking the hashtag #FairyTales2015


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Blank Space is an online platform for architecture, founded in 2013 by Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. Matthew is an architect who believes architecture can be more interesting, more fun and more social. Francesca is a journalist who believes that communication is omnipresent, and that good communication helps great ideas change the world. Through competitions, publications, and projects, we uncover the true power of architecture by creating new opportunities for design to engage the public.

We like to think of Blank Space as an office for thought provocation, challenging architecture to rethink its role in society by speaking about things everybody can relate to, in a language understandable to all.

REGULAR REGISTRATION: Until December 12, 2014 ($50 USD)
LATE REGISTRATION: Until Submission Deadline ($70 USD)


1ST PRIZE: $1500 USD
2ND PRIZE: $1000 USD
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The jury will select up to 10 honorable mentions. Honorable mentions will be featured in our next publication, Fairy Tales, Volume II.

K.Villa by XYZ designers

The building is located in a residential area of Düsseldorf, in the
‘White Estate’ in Golzheim. This estate was constructed by the
National Socialists in 1935/36 in a period of one and a half years
as a model estate that formed part of the propaganda exhibition
Schaffendes Volk, meaning ‘Productive People’. The estate,
which comprised 95 whitewashed brick houses, formed the
south-easterly limit of the former exhibition grounds and is directly
adjacent to the Rhein River. The Nazis used the estate as a
prime example of the ideal artists’ and workers’ estate according
to National Socialist principles. All the houses were constructed
in accordance with so-called model buildings and their rural village
character was in line with the guidelines of the Gauheimstättenamt
or ‘local homestead department’. As the required
rooms could not be incorporated in the existing building it was
decided to replace the house with a new structure. Despite strict
stipulations for land use it was possible to double the useful area
through corresponding organisation of the layout within the given
building plot. This was achieved with a very simple structure without
any dormer windows or other structures on the roof that could
have been regarded as distracting. Thanks to its formal restraint
the new building integrates well into the surrounding structures
without negating it contemporary character as an example of
21st Century architecture.

Intern Architect by Hollis + Miller Architects

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Classical style apartment by Roland Stańczyk

The project was finalized in 2013. The apartment is located on the second storey of one of the modern buildings belonging to „Mokotów Park” in green part of central Warsaw, close to Vistula River.
The apartment is approximately 160 square meters big.

It is divided into two areas. The first is an open space composed of a hall, living room, dinning room and a kitchen. The long corridor ends with a toilet and, on the opposite side, private office with library. The hall and the kitchen floors are done from black and white marble. The second part of the apartment, intimate one, has its own private hall and is composed of two bedrooms, cinema room and bathroom. Small laundry is hidden in corrridor cabinets. The room floors are done with oak with classical layout.

All furniture with white lacquered wood were designed by me especially for this interior. The apartment loosely corresponds with art deco.

Name: Classical style apartment at „Mokotów Park” housing estate, Warsaw.
Designed by: architect Roland Stańczyk
Foto: Tomasz Markowski

Rowing High Performance Centre by Alvaro Andradre

The Rowing High Performance Centre in Pocinho is located in one of the most beautiful and idyllic valleys in the world – the Douro valley – one of the places of choice for champions of this sport.
The project is structured into three key components: Social Zone, Housing and Training. The entire project fuses with the reinterpretation of two secular elements of landscape construction in Douro Valley: the walled terraced, a recurrent form of “inhabiting” this place, and the great white volumes of large production units, deployed along the terrain, are formally complex and diverse volumetrically.

Architecture: Alvaro Andradre
Coordination: MPT
Client: Vila Nova de Foz Côa Municipality
Contractor: Manuel Vieira e Irmãos Lda
Area: 8000 sqm
Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Guanahani Hotel by Luis Guillermo Pons

The spirit of the Guanahani design can be defined as a spontaneous gesture of courtesy: A hug and removal of a hat off a head. Guanahani means Welcome in the Arawak language; it was the first word spoken by the natives as Spanish people arrived to America. A hat is an iconic piece that is associated to the outdoors; it offers protection to the head as the roofs provide shelter to a house. A Panama hat represents elegant, sophistication, lightness, flexibility, exquisite craftsmanship and beauty. A Panama hat is a perfect integration of form and function.

Hotel design ideas:

1. Cohesive union
The Sun has become the core of the tropical design over history. The way we have to reflect this concept in our daily clothing is by using a hat that provides us with the necessary sun protection. In our case the Panama hat inspires the quality of the experience we will like to pursue and reflects the values of the design. The design of the hotel translates colonial style by searching lightness and comfort, preserving the sense of memory and traditional craftsmanship.

2. Comfort and lightness
Lightness and comfort define the journey of the smart, sophisticated and adventures traveler. The aesthetic of a panama weave applied to cabinets that sit on a fine classical base creates a light perception in the design. The weave represents laying on the beach while relaxing under the shade of palm trees.

3. Memories
The hotel design is a history of layers; each room seems to have been lived by several owners in different time’s periods. The grandparent once an admiral, now a day’s a fisherman lived with his son – a boat racer – and his grandson – a surfer – sharing the same roof over years. Each room has a story to tell and it is unified by history, gesture s of welcoming and comfort.

4. Branding
Every piece of furniture has been design to create a collection that reflects the spirit of the Guanahani. Night stand, headboard, credenza, bar, lamps, chairs; bench, table, paint colors, pillows, art installation, accessories and objects will show the identity and vision of the brand.

5. Functionality
The furniture has been design as a system of assembly in which the two main components can be change and adapt according to the rooms needs. The base – a classic slick metal platform – holds a series of cabinets and drawers – made out of wood and Panama hat weave – to provide the hotel with a line of furniture that will treasure the journey.In the style of Neo colonial furniture the pieces recreate the image of traveling vintage trunks over a old and slick wood base. The bases are made out of metal to be perceived as light as possible and the cabinets of wood and cover with Panama hat weave.

Constant motion by Alex Bykov

Usually they say that the successful interior is a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances … Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea…

A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. The couple was preparing for a wedding and decided to spend their honeymoon in an atmosphere of the renewed apartment. After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born. Furthermore the concept became the main vector of planning design and stylistic solutions of the interior.

The concept of movement appears through the spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom are located surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flows smoothly into each other.

The windows face to the South-East side ,which is why the living room and the bedroom are filled with an early morning’s golden shine. The interior has a cozy warm coloring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture. During the process of dismantling it was discovered that the doorways had previously been blocked . Alex decided to shift the doorways by using the original bricks with an authentic early 20th centry mark. The brick was bought from junkman and carefully laid into the living room wall.

The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library.

The library has a podium, which was designed to provide more space for storage. It was decided to make two types of shelves for the library; thus this flexible solution gives an opportunity to change the geometric pattern of shelves in the future. Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials.

Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable. Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamp, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’.

Wrought-iron products also bespoke immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the hood and a window.

Title: Constant motion
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Design: 2012
Construction: 2012 – 2013
Area: 64 m2
Architect: Alex Bykov
Photographer: Alex Bykov

Pracownia Wnetrz by mode:lina

“VOX showroom (Jasnogórska 2A st.) undergone a complete metamorphosis and from August 10th is the only one of a kind Interior Workshop in Krakow. The new store is filled with unique Polish and European brands, rarely or not at all available in other interior design stores. In this shop you can buy furniture, renowned German kitchens, doors, flooring, textiles, lighting, glass and ceramics, decorative items, windows, garage doors, paint and even … special room fragrances!”

“Concept of the store was designed by people who like unusual kind of projects – mode:lina
architectural studio. This shop was created to help people meet with architects so they can talk about their ideas. Here, everyone can use free consultations with designers who will help realize these ideas. There is a standard flat waiting for guests and a Recreation Zone, with coffee, snacks and trade press. The Interior Workshop will also organize creative workshops for children and adults. Conference room will be available as well. For children, the biggest attraction is certainly cinema called Young Users.”

The client had one aim – to create surprising space using low-cost funds. Therefore, architects proposed replacement of normal partitions with unusual installation. These high walls are made of scaffolding covered with banner mesh and filled with OSB cubes. Wooden boxes are used to present articles by the principle of “open space” that is permeating, readily available products. External walls of the building were treated with strong, graphic gesture. Sheet painted black with huge lettering stands out from other, surrounding stores.

PROJECT: Pracownia Wnętrz (Interior Workshop)
DESIGN : mode:lina architekci architectural studio (Paweł Garus & Jerzy Woźniak)
PROJECT TEAM: Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, Kinga Kin, Agnieszka Owsiany
COMPLETION: August / Sierpień 2013
LOCATION: Kraków, Poland
AREA: 1200 m2
PHOTOS: Marcin Ratajczak (

Supernova by Liong Lie architects

A brand new dimension in congress and events
Supernova is a conference area within the Jaarbeurs Utrecht (the largest fair and conference centre of The Netherlands). The 3500 m2 area includes a foyer and four meeting rooms: one for 454 persons, two meeting rooms for 80 persons each and one meeting room for 460 persons, which can be divided into two smaller rooms. This area will also be the connection between other buildings such as the existing conference center Mediaplaza and a future cinema.

Turn your congress into a cosmic adventure
Supernova adds a brand new dimension to seminars or events – giving it an almost extraterrestrial atmosphere. With this versatile location Jaarbeurs Utrecht and Liong Lie Architects have created a knowledge junction where connection and delivering the right energy is key. Supernova is the meeting point of Holland where knowledge is shared and multiplied.

Spacy design, new insights
Four congress halls with striking and unique designs lead the way to new insights and the discovery of new worlds. The visitors will literally step into a new dimension. They will be welcomed in the TransitZone, a modern and atmospheric place and they will realize that it all starts here. The guests will make a journey. The meeting rooms are designed as space capsules. Each of the three capsules feels like entering a different world. Therefore every capsule is designed as a different object in shape and material. What unites them is that they suggest action, tension, flow.

Together on a voyage of discovery
The congress halls Mission, Quest, Expedition and Progress are perfectly combinable. The design of the halls is sophisticated and the halls are flexible in use and arrangement. Furthermore, all halls are outfitted with the most modern high tech equipment. The right combination of all these elements enables the guests to look forward and to absorb other insights. They will meet other people and will focus on the future.

Unique offer
With Supernova and the location Media Plaza Jaarbeurs Utrecht and Liong Lie Architects create a unique combination for congress and events. Where at Media Plaza everything is about innovation and change, Supernova is all about meeting minds and sharing and multiplying knowledge. This location will make a deep impression on its visitors.

The meeting rooms are designed as capsules. Each of the capsules feel like entering a different world. Therefore every capsule is designed as a different object in shape and material. What unites them is that they all suggest action, tension, flow.

Mission can be split into two separate rooms. The design and the special incidence of light will comfort the visitors to stimulate entering new contacts and the sharing of knowledge. If the Mission is used as one big space, then more than 430 guests can be received. On the outside the white corian façade represents the clean and austere effect to be found in science fiction spaces. The 4 meter high façade is designed as a continuous plane. Light strips behind the panels enhance this effect and are spread over the whole façade. Inside, custom designed vertical lights and transparent enlightened panels with a print of the universe are used for the ceiling. In combination with a mirroring strip at the top part of the wall this creates the effect of infinity. The rest of the walls and the floor are united with continued light strips organized as a grid. Black perforated panels on the wall allow the air flow. The rest of the wall and the floor finishing is a black carpet.

Like in theaters the experience of the spaces are not only achieved by shapes, materials and colors: also acoustics, light effects and mirroring effects are part of the experience.

Quest – Expedition
Both the Quest and Expedition room are real space capsules. Here knowledge is literally launched. This place is designed as an engine room. The outside is cladded with mirroring stainless steel sheets. Inside is a world of silver colored metal and black rubber. The floor finish is black rubber, also found in factories. The walls are cladded with aluminum sheets. A 3 meter wide silver coloured fan which can rotate the ceiling is installed to enhance the effect of being in a machine room. The rooms have a capacity of 100 guests and different arrangements are possible.

The ceiling of Progress looks a bit like a spaceship. Distinctive and unusual. The lines of this special form are directed to the front of the room: the central point where knowledge is shared and panorama views become new insights. The outside is designed as a black box. It is cladded with carbon fiber strips and green led light strips. The different movement of light patterns suggest a stand by effect of the capsule. Inside the walls are cladded with grey fabric and gray perforated aluminum panels (for air flow). A lower echo than usually found in conference rooms of similar size creates a more intimate experience in a wide open space. The ceiling is designed as a 350 m2 UFO seen from below. It is cladded with silver colored aluminum metal panels. Progress has a room capacity of over 470 persons.

The TransitZone provides a warm welcome into another dimension. The TransitZone is like the waiting area of airports before taking off. From here you can enter the different halls. You will feel free from everyday life and realize that the journey has begun. The TransitZone is designed as a dark room isolated from the outside world. 2300 m2 Black and darkness is used to forget were you came from. Black rubber is used for the floor. A black curtain wall is used for the walls. In the ceiling all the installations such as ducts, fans sprinklers are visible and painted black.
Custom designed 4,5 meter circular light rings introduce a different scale. A bar 5×5 m2 is designed in black hardboard panels. Circular holes reveal the second layer of enlightened color sheets.
The seat elements are custom designed by designer Edward van Vliet.

Project data

Client: Jaarbeurs Utrecht BV
Location: Utrecht (Jaarbeurs complex), The Netherlands
Main function: Conference area
Total area: 3500 m²
TransitZone: 2000 m², 1100 persons
Total amount of rooms: 4 conference rooms: 1 for 454 persons, 2 for 80 persons each and 1 for 460 persons
Architect: Liong Lie Architects
Design team: Liong Lie, Roeland de Jong, Rajiv Sewtahal, Jasper Polak, Michael Schuurman, Dagmara Chechelska
Photography: Christiaan de Bruijne
Time span: 7 Months – design including realization
Brand development: Leaders against routine
Co-designer TransitZone furniture: Studio Edward van Vliet
Contractor: Vios Bouwgroep BV
Contractor Interiors: Dokter Interieurbouw, Finitouch Interieurbouw BV
Electrical engineering: Imtech building services BV, Controllux BV
Mechanical engineering: Kropman Installatietechniek BV
Fire protection consultant: EFPC NV
Audio Visual: Heuvelman Sound & Vision
Elevator: Mohringer Liften BV
Escalator: ThyssenKrupp Liften BV
Construction: Aronsohn Constructies Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV

House F by Kenji Ido

The house is designed for a couple, and is a wooden three stories house that is built at urban narrow site. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony. The client requested a garden in the south side of the site, and decided to make a building three stories to secure required rooms.

It aimed at a quiet, soft space with the wood and the paint finished wall. The space with a brightness and openness was secured, and the space was contrasted with spaces with density The beam of the void where the wind pressure had been received and the counter of kitchen were produced in the same material, elements were united, and “Meaning” of the beam and the counter was obscured. I made “the blank” where the light and the color tone change by progress of time were felt.

Project Name: House F
Use: residence
Site: Osaka, Japan
Architect : Kenji Ido / Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio
Design period : November. 2008 – August. 2009
Construction period : October. 2009 – February. 2010
Structural engineer : Masakazu Taguchi / Taguchi Atelier Planning Structure
Structure system: timber construction
Total floor area is 116.73 sqm.
building area is 53.25 sqm.
Plot area is 102.58 sqm.
Building scale: 3 storeys
Photography is by Takumi Ota.

Tienda Plasma by Plasma

TIENDA PLASMA is a multidisciplinary store that aims to promote and distribute the creative work of local designers and artists and is part of the growing concept of “Lifestyle Stores”.

Tienda Plasma wants to contribute to the growth of a cultural foundation that enriches the concept of “Buy Local” selecting local, original and independent design pieces and art at fair prices.

Our store is a showcase and platform for emerging designers and artists in which they can show and sell their work and ideas.
We are committed to a fair price: art and design bring us closer!

In our new shop at OVIEDO Mall in Medellin, we gathered the best illustration Works (posters, postcards, t-shirts, picture objects), decorative objects, furniture and design pieces (lamps, tables, kitchen accessories, home
accessories, plants and gardens, etc.), plus music, books, notepads, notebooks and many products ideal to own, share or give away .
Credits and contact:
TIENDA PLASMA (CC Oviedo, #2356)
Design : Plasma Diseño S.A.S.
Client: Tienda Plasma S.A.S.
Design Team: Carlos García+ Alexandra Sánchez + Carlos Daniel Montoya +
Clara Cuartas.
Production: NODO ( + Gustavo Cadavid + VIDA ÚTIL (
Medellín, Colombia

140 Charles Street NYC by ORASTUDIO

The Memphis, named and inspired by the Milan design style of the 80’s, at 140 Charles Street is an example of a typical Post Modern building in Manhattan. When we first had a consultation with the Client, they wanted to do a minimal renovation.

The foot print of the building is a trapezoidal shape that made the plan interesting but created a lot of irregular shaped rooms. The Client’s apartment had the ideal combination of location, space and great views with a terrace in each corner.

When we illustrated the concept and the potential of the space unfolded, their interest was piqued. We envisioned the space that was previously chopped out into small rooms, into a seemingly larger living space with a fluid movement, maximizing their views.

The boldest move was shifting the Kitchen wall alignment with the exterior of the building instead of the previous interior wall, which created an interesting cone shaped Gallery that accentuates the perspective and depth of the space, transforming the Gallery into a supplementary living space.

Another key move was to tear down the wall that concealed the Powder Room that partially obscured the beautiful view of the Living Room, making the space bigger and gaining two additional views.

This apartment is the combination of three units in one so now our Client has three fireplaces which give the space a feeling of a romantic, warm, and cozy environment. We accentuated this feeling with special design features, elegant contemporary design, precious materials, large monolithic marble, and carefully intertwined stainless steel details making them the crowning jewel of each room.

Ultimately tearing down the walls of the corridor leading to the Master bedroom and substituted with large glass sliding doors and a freestanding walk in closet provided the pursued unity to the space.
As a consequence of this complete facelift, the Client realized that the hallway needed a new design. That was achieved with a printed graphic glass wall along the elevator door and dark wood panel console on the opposite wall, with a dramatic effect, that prepared visitors for what will be revealed inside.

The challenges presented contributed to transform this residence into a unique design and the Client acquired a renewed sense of harmony and a better flow. This is what happens when the Client has that ideal combination of Location, Space, Dream Views and a fearless Designer with a Unique Vision… Magic.

Project Architect/Designer: Giusi Mastro