CUPONE by Latitude Studio

Coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and the likes became indubitable extensions of our own place. In this particular occasion, LATITUDE has been commissioned to explore the possibilities of combining the functions of a standard coffee shop settlement with the idea of public visual art.

The space is organized with two floors. The first floor has been opened up by erasing all its façade and, therefore, becoming an extension of the public space. Inside of it, the visitor can find two areas: the come-and-go area (fast) and the relaxing area (slow). The first one is characterized by the use of high tables and chairs next to the service area which is a longitudinal-lighting box wrapped by white glass. The slow area is designed with low tables, and an embedded bench into steel furniture all along the wall. These two areas are divided by a longitudinal-steel furniture which incorporates an orchestrate disposition of mirrors and projectors that will create a visual illusion.

The second floor is featured by its circular shape. This form has been used for the purpose of creating a centric space where lighting plays an identity role.
As a result, the coffee shop transcends the basic function of serving coffee and beverage into a public living room, while provoking visitors to have different emotions with the design of those atmospheres.

YEAR: 2013
TYPE: Commission
CLIENT: Cupone Co., Limited
PROGRAM: 550m2 of coffee shop
CHEIF DESIGNER: Manuel Zornoza
TEAM: Bo Liu, Cherry Fan, Frank Zhan
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: SOK Consulting Service Limited

Nnested Box House by Rajesh Shivaram

The special sensation is clean and abstract almost surreal, subtle play of levels gives the structure a sense of ease. The finishes and overall appearances of the house tend to be extremely sober and sustained but the principles of its composition, are based on consideration that are closely associated with minimal art, the relationship between elements, the scale, materials and use of light.The house is composed of three columns which rest upon M.S. pillars of 4” diameter and culminate in an overhanging bridge.The result is a dynamic house with multiple levels which resemble, externally a set of nested boxes suspended above the landscape.The use of M.S. poles gives a very floating feeling to the entire residence which is aligned in an axial form covered with glass to create a feeling to combine the external and internal space.The same can be seen in the interior as well as the partition between foyer and living.

The building becomes an integral point of its surroundings, with which it also establishes a dialogue, through its stone toned façade.Regular local stone (CHAPDI) is dressed to dominate the subtleness of the white painted walls which clearly identifies the nested box effect.Usage of stone can be seen in its vibrant form both externally and internally were all spaces overlook into each other.Externally stone cantilevered steps form the main approved to the other segment of the residence.Internally all services space are finished in stone façade to generate a sense of curiosity.

The external main steeps is created beautifully with a unique combination of stone, wood finished tiles and fabrication again resting on M.S. pipes to continue the concept.The overhanging bridge from the master bedroom is another special feature of the project which is suspended by angle M.S. rope finished with flamed stone.The large living room extends itself into an internal court, which culminates in a small water body and overlooks a simple puja space.The court is finished with veneer ribs and bronze mirror cladding to give it a wider view.The sobriety of the interior space, where white, wood and stone predominate further emphasis the unique exterior.The main internal stairs is again finished with a unique combination of metal and wood.

Project name: NESTED BOX HOUSE
Project Completion: 2010
Architect: Mr.Rajesh Shivaram

Apartment in Kyiv by Ivan Yurima Architects

The interior solution of the apartment which is situated in Pechersk district of Kyiv. The clients are modern family with progressive attitude to life.

Zoning focuses on rational use of space and natural lighting of the rooms. Planning solution of the apartment is based on the principle of flowing spaces and the absence of corridors. Thus there are six rooms and three bathrooms which don’t influence on the open space. Each room is individualized but it is a part of a general concept.

The project concept is based on the principles of functionalism and minimalism. The simplicity of interior decision emphasizes the dynamics and openness of the idea. Wood and cold white colour prevail in trim work. Light and colour flow from one room to another. Special attention is paid to detailing and quality of materials. Eco-friendly materials and energy-saving technologies are used in the project.

The apartment is equipped with the automatic system of safety and comfortable living. The artificial lighting is created from the point of view on rooms’ setting and family needs. The management of lighting is automated, the manual adjustment and switching are performed with the help of sensor switches and mobile devices.

The name of the company: Ivan Yurima Architects
The team: Ivan Yurima, Julia Selimova, Mikhail Vasin
The name of the project: Apartment in Kyiv
Total area: 200 m2
The year and the place of fulfilling the project: 2013, Kyiv
A photographer: Andrey Posonsky

Run Colors sneaker shop by mode:lina architekci

Encouraged by their succesful Warsaw-based store and internet store – owners of Run Colors decided to show their offer of limited series of Nike, Adidas, New Balance shoes to citizens of Poznań.

Designers created a concept for their new store in Stary Browar shopping centre as a space with strong connection to recognizable Run Colors name and logo – „running colors” theme.

Shoelace – a feature distinctive for the brand – inspired mode:lina designers to create a dynamic and multicolour installation made of colorful ropes that remind of shoelaces. Their prismatic shape refers to a fast movement of a runner – colorful lines bounce from one wall to another also merging
into floor space. Dark grey walls make a great background for a wide range of shoes in different colours as well as coloful rope installation.

Store interior is furnished with dark grey painted antiques – it is an echo of Warsaw-based shop. Massive old furniture with tiny colorful touches makes a good counterpoint for light rope installation.

PROJECT: Run Colors sneaker shop
DESIGN : mode:lina architekci architectural studio (Paweł Garus & Jerzy Woźniak)
PROJECT TEAM: Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, Kinga Kin, Agnieszka Owsiany
COMPLETION: October 2013 / Październik 2013
LOCATION: Poznań, Stary Browar (
AREA: 110 m2
PHOTOS: Marcin Ratajczak (

Brewinc Shed Houses by JDWA

As part of the redevelopment of the former Brewinc College into a housing & culture cluster the old practice rooms of this former trade school are transformed into 24 starter homes, with ample outdoor space and integrated parking facilities. With this redevelopment in the centre of Doetinchem a unique combination of “Facilities for the city” and “relaxed living in the centre” is realised.

Masterplan former Brewinc College – The old Brewinc College is the oldest monument of postwar Doetinchem . The typical fifties school consists of some classrooms and some practice rooms with characteristic shed roofs. Through a combination of intensive reuse and demolition/construction this site can become a vibrant place for culture and urban living in Doetinchem city centre. Commissioned by the City of Doetinchem , Johan De Wachter Architects formulated the masterplan for the redevelopment of the entire Brewinc Location. Along with the future users, we drafted the program of requirements and the outline for the “culture cluster” in the former school. The reuse of the former practice rooms and the development of “shed-houses” was an essential part of the urban plan for the Brewinc location. Each shed transformed into a new starter home.

Sturdy loft apartments – Designed by Johan De Wachter Architects bv and realized by the combination Koopmans – Wam & Vanduren the practice rooms of the former technical school were perfectly suited for the realization of unique starter homes with spacious private outdoor space. Despite the compact size of these homes (approx. 80 m²) the light, air and the characteristic atmosphere under the shed roofs are unique living qualities. The spaciousness of the sheds remains optimal. The characteristic structure of the sheds with the white façade frames, the large glass doors and shed roofs continue to set the mood. The sheds are part of the new Brewinc residential court that is part of the route of the Simonsplein to Hamburgerbroek. The court completes this urban network of streets and squares.

The building structure of the Shed houses is not only iconic in the city, but also ensures a special living experience with an industrial touch. The relaxed and open relationship with the outside of the house emphasizes the sturdy and somewhat informal atmosphere in the court. A parking garage for 72 cars is provided at ground level inside the building. The houses fold around the garage so preserving the unique living atmosphere at the court.

Office: JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architects
City: Rotterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Project name: Brewinc Shed Houses
Location: IJsselkade C. Missetstraat, Doetinchem, Nederland
Design team: Johan De Wachter, Marieke van Hensbergen, Kim van Den Hoven, Patricia Mata
Type project: Repurposing of practice rooms of former trade school into 24 starter houses with roof terraces and integrated parking facilities.
Client: Koopmans – WAM&VanDuren
Contractor: WAM&VanDuren
Finished: June 2013
All Images: © JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architecten

Muk by Ma hoRe

The primal need of the client was to combine both his dwelling house and his physical therapist´s practice in one building thereby ensuring privacy for the living space and enabling the therapy rooms to be open and visible to the public.

Thus, the project is separated into two communicating volumes – the lower situated part facing the street is used for working purposes while the upper recessed part offers space for a 2-floor living area. Both volumes are combined by a common surface serving at the same time as a roof for the practice rooms and a terrace/garden for private use. The extension of this surface spans and roofs the whole west face of the building and becomes a carport in the northern part of the complex. This concept ensures independent working and living in one integrative building thereby creating a large garden which allows maximum outlook to the surrounding mountains and minimal insight from the public.

The dwelling floors appear as open areas – light-flooded with views inside and outside. Architectural elements like the stairway are experienced as furniture in the living room, thus, space becomes atmosphere.

Reinforced concrete was selected to enable an efficient construction, particularly with regard to overhanging parts of the building, and panels with duromer high-pressure laminates allowing rear ventilation were chosen to cover the face of the dwelling part of the complex. Bright glass surfaces in the ground floor of the living area permit natural light to cross the living room supporting muk’s special atmosphere.

Architects: ma hoRe
Location: Saalfelden, Salzburg, Austria
Team: Arch. DI Andreas Hoerl, Arch. DI Robert Reichkendler
Project Area: 250 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: ma hoRe
Client: Fam. Vlaeyen
Project: September 2012 – May 2013

Balnarring Beach House by Simon Couchman

The brief called for a family holiday house where family could be together but not on top of one another.

While sympathetic to its surroundings, the design of the house seeks to make use of the entire site. The single level U-shaped building steps up towards the rear of the block following the gentle slope of the land. An integrated landscape solution helps to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces.

The front wing provides a sleeping zone away from the main living areas. A family room here can be opened to the central courtyard and also to a fully-secured front yard defined by a curved, vertical batten fence which arcs back to the house, connecting to a curved wall leading visitors to the front door. A glazed corridor links entry and family wing to the rear living areas with a free-standing spine wall concealing a smaller private courtyard addressed only by the master bedroom and study.

The main living area flows directly onto the central space via fully retractable bi-fold doors. Terraced decking offers casual seating, and links to a covered BBQ area incorporating outdoor eating with pass-through window to the kitchen. Black painted cement sheet panel and raw hardwood timber cladding used externally merge inside the house in places contrasting against the clean white interior plaster shell. Full height glazing and slot windows frame the landscape and further allow the outdoor spaces to flow through the house.

South African House for Art by Mellet & Human Architects

Mellet & Human Architects, based in Pretoria, received awards of Excellence and Merit from the South African Institute of Architects, as well as a 5star International Property Award for the design of this new house. The project is situated in Groenkloof, an established suburb of Pretoria sought after to live in for its central location, mild climate, big properties, richness in trees and views of the capital city. Today the area is characterized by younger couples moving and renovating the older properties.

The owners of this property, one which grew up in the area and is a landscape architect, wanted to move from their existing big house into a newly designed, smaller house on a subdivided portion of the property. This subdivision is situated below the existing house and borders the street to the north, and the Groenkloof Nature Reserve to the west. The brief called for a compact, easy living house which had to accommodate an extensive art collection accumulated over the years, consisting mainly of pictures and sculptures by South African artists. Accommodation had to provide open plan living areas, two en-suite bedrooms, a study and sufficient storage space.

It was a challenging brief: the small site was steep and narrow, existing trees and views from the house at the back had to be retained. In favor of the stand were the beautiful views over the capital city, the ideal north orientation and the bordering reserve which is like an extension of the property. The resulting house is like a high level penthouse absorbing the unobstructed views. The property was terraced in order to provide living areas on one level with basement parking and utilities below. This makes the house barely visible from the street. The house is unpretentious and unobtrusive in its setting against the hill, blending with the existing vegetation. It becomes part of the hill and responds sensitively to its environment.

A visitor’s ramp from the parking area makes a turn and reveals as surprise the expansive view through the glass front door. Moving through the house one is constantly aware of this view, since all rooms feature a glass skin to the north. Sliding doors open onto wooden decks, linking the house with the indigenous garden. The garden becomes an extension of the house.

The linear floor plan running east west provides all living areas and bedrooms north of a gallery. This gallery doubles as circulation space linking the public and private spaces, and is also exhibition space for the collection of paintings.

The building has a low profile with strong horizontal lines merging with the land and trees, and allows the building at the back to retain its uninterrupted views. The design incorporates clerestory windows that ensure the interior being extensively flooded with natural light, resulting in pleasant living spaces. Warmth and an intimate atmosphere are created by the choice of materials for the interior and exterior. Natural stone, wood and textured finishes create a down-to-earth ambiance. The building essentially becomes part of the hill, and responds well in its logic layout and detailing to the climate, slope and views. The house relies on solar energy and gas for cooking making it environmentally sustainable.

The integration of the building to its environment is further enhanced by the well-planned garden designed by the landscape architect owner. The art collection is extended into the garden where powerful sculptures create focal points anchoring the view. The awards bestowed by the South African Institute of Architects recognizes, promotes and creates public awareness of excellence in architecture, and is run every two years.

An excerpt of the citation by the judges of the awards on the design included the following: “This house conceptually infuses an art and sculpture gallery into a residential dwelling. By taking advantage of the spectacular views surrounding the site, whilst humbly confining itself to an untamed slope of the property, the house becomes a showpiece of unlimited visually captivating site lines. It is often the case that homes of art collectors are austere with disproportionate interior volumes; a notion turned onto its head by this residential building as it evokes a down-to-earth ambiance within well-proportioned indoor spaces”


YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION: Completed end 2011

FLOOR AREA: 380sqm


Controlar Headquarters in Alfena by Adoff.Zurcatnas

Controlar Headquarters in Alfena by Adoff Zurcatnas

What? – Concept / inspiration
In the current context of globalization, based on a process of technical revolution, the development of companies in the field of technological innovation, such as Controlar, has been marked by a physical dematerialisation and smaller requirements in terms of space and scale compared to traditional industry. In this regard, and based on the pre-existence of a large building which serves as a “skin” to maintain, the concept of action is based on dividing the interior space in “boxes” spaced to the existing construction and arranged according to the program and spans in the original facades. This proposal aims to build within the built and add without touching in order to integrate without merging two distinct approaches to architecture, the existing and the new proposal.

Why? – Choices / motivation
The choice of partition of the space and the space between “boxes” and to the “skin” allows the profusion of natural light from the roof and facade into the interior of the nave of the building, allowing illumination of traffic, leisure and working areas. This objective of sustainability has also generated concern about the issue of cooling, which is restrained to the interior of the rooms, restricting the consumption needs to each of the spaces. In this concept of organization through independent “boxes” it is built up an “outdoor space” within the interior of the building, in a logic of gradual dissipation of accessibility, in which the entire infrastructure network is developed so that access for maintenance and change is facilitated.

How? – Materials / products
In order to stand out the “boxes” from the “skin” the whole building was standardized through the use of grey colour, contrasting with the white used in new construction in which the application of materials from the industrial imaginary, such as polycarbonate and metal, assumes a finishing language with the reinterpretation of their natural characteristics in order to achieve a bright space and of easy maintenance due to their reflective and plane surfaces. This concept of sharing space through the use of “boxes” allows its implementation through the reproduction of economic light structures with the development of typified construction details targeting rationalization of construction.

Architecture: Adoff.Zurcatnas Arquitetos Associados
Project name: Controlar Headquarters
Location: Alfena, Valongo
Area: 900m2
Year: 2013

F64 Store – concept Café by Form architecture studio

Description: The concept behind the cafe is a darkroom / developing studio/ photo. We aimed to create a space that would attract photography lovers through details and atmosphere, transporting them to periods from the beginning of photography, its hidden side, agents/chemicals used for developing, crowded working areas, cold and technical spaces. The bar and some of the tables have inbuilt details that serve as references to the process of developing photographs. We’ve altered a series of studio-photo lights turning them into lighting objects and inserting them into the concept cafe. All the furniture, except the chairs, is custom made, concept and design of Form Architecture Studio. The high-tech details of the project, that part that pins the bar into our present times, are a couple of touch-screen tables located in the sitting areas.

Developing an idea – text from the press conference held the night of the opening of F64 Café:


Team: Arch Silviu Gavrila, Arch Ionut Fratila stud, stud Arch Roxana Istrate, Arch Adrian Galu, Arch Oana Gherghisan.

Theme: The making of a concept cafe space of about 100 sqm located inside of the F64 Store (Unirii, Nr. 45, Sector 3, Block E3, section II, Bucharest).

./birdie – cry baby! by ./studio3

This spring first-year students of the ./studio3 (Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck – Prof.Volker Giencke) realized ./birdie. This accessible architectural installation is a vibrant interface in the middle of the surrounding ancient city ensemble of Innsbruck (Austria).

Within only two months, 36 first-year students completed this 1:1 architecture project – from idea to conception, from a sketch to a built environment, from prototype to structure.

By developing the project ./birdie the students managed to transform an unused green space in the heart of the city into a visible and tangible new site. As a physical infrastructure, a stage and a conceptual space ./birdie evokes discussion about this specific urban site and public space in general.

75 truss joints and 270 steel tubes form the 16m long roof; 3 tons of steel were bolted to an irregular space frame; underneath a textile skin was stretched giving ./birdie its horizon.
The floor responds to the soft curve of the roof membrane with a slightly curved landscape, which was built using a simple planked wood stud construction. All elements were prefabricated by the students and assembled on site.

During the summer the students run the pavilion, initiate events and generate a new venue for everyone. When ./birdie illuminates and starts to sing, it acts as a magnet.

Local residents meet tourists, high culture meets subculture -./birdie is a vibrant interface, nestled in the middle of the ancient city ensemble of Innsbruck, with the Imperial Palace and the National Theatre. If a passerby enters ./birdie they become the protagonist, ./birdie becomes the stage, the urban environment becomes the auditorium. While resting under the large translucent roof, one can see birdie breathing in the wind. And as the sunlight shines through, the shadows illuminate the complex construction behind it.

Only its11 ground anchors prevent ./birdie from taking off.

“Space is only noise that you can see.” Nicolas Jaar

studio: ./studio3 (Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck – Prof.Volker Giencke)
project name: ./birdie – cry baby!
In spring 2013, the ./studio3 (Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck – Prof.Volker Giencke) realized, in collaboration with columbosnext and the Heart of Noise Festival, the accessible architectural installation “./birdie – Cry baby!”.

Office building by ISAP

ISAP is an Architectural Design firm based in Noida , India into delightful built spaces. We conceptualized and built an eco friendly office for ourselves keeping in mind that the energy consumption should be low and a natural ambience should
pervade the building.

Local materials like Orange coarse sand, Hollow brick walls were use for insulation and finishing of the building. No paints have been used in the exterior finishing of the building. The colors are natural character of the local coarse sand. Net result was a drastic reduction in consumable energy by 40%.

Even in the harsh hot climate of Delhi the building retains minimum solar thermal energy during the day time for radiation in the night keeping the building cool.

Studio Name – ISAP
Type -Office
Character – Eco sustainable with Climatic conditions & Environment.
Location – NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Year Complete – 2013
Plot Area – 350 Sq. Mtr.
Built up Area – 12000 sqft
Material Used -Local Coarse Sand (Badarpur) Plaster in Exteriors, Natural Stone

Sammy Ofer Heart Building by Sharon Architects

The new Sami Ofer building is a revolutionary breakthrough in the architectural design of medical institutions, as it places the patient, his visitors and the medical staff and their needs at the center of the activity. The new 55,000 sqm, 69 meter-high building has 17 floors, four underground parking floors to serve as a 650-bed emergency hospital, topped by another 13 medical floors.

The Samy Ofer Building was designed as a simple white monolithic cube built next to the historic Ichilov hospital building, designed in the 1960s by Arieh Sharon.
State-of-the-art technologies are applied within the white architectural simplicity which historically has been the hallmark of hospitals, aiming to create a structure that is both transparent, eco-friendly and suited to the local climate. White, which in the past symbolized the “white city” architectural style of Tel-Aviv and was also associated with medical hygiene – “everything exposed and open” – will also be dominant in the interior design of the new tower. Strong colors – red, yellow – will be integrated to express measured liveliness in a field of white. The new tower strikes a delicate balance between the worlds of architecture and medicine, testing the ability of white, soft, sensitive and upbeat architecture to assuage the sense of anxiety and distress when entering a hospital, without the annoying need to try to masquerade as another type of building (hotel, bank, homey-feeling, etc.).

The idea was to revive the old Ichilov Hospital building by designing a public atrium connecting the new Cardiology Tower with the historic building.

Red ramps- bridges are suspended like arteries in the atrium space and lead the public of visitors to waiting galleries facing each other in the two buildings, in figurative tension. The historic Ichilov Hospital will be renovated in its original spirit of modernism.

The new Heart building is the only medical building in Israel designed without fences and with a side that interfaces and runs parallel to a main city street – Weizman Street. A two-level urban gallery, typical of Tel-Aviv, was designed parallel to a new wide public square bordering Weizman Street.

This urban gallery has a coffee shop, commercial areas, small theater for the benefit of the hospital patients and visitors, and serves as a meeting place between the patients and their visitors as well as the influx of people from the street.

Positioned in the glass front of the building, like ventricles of the heart, are red windows that serve as “theater boxes”, providing the patients with vital contact with the outside. “Healing gardens” surround the building and are integrated in the interior spaces.

Architects: Sharon Architects – Arad Sharon, Sharon Gur-Ze’ev & RZA-Ranni Ziss Architects.
Sharon office team: Architect Erez Tal, Architect Ranit Kosht-Kriger, Architect Daphna Braverman-Gantman, Architect Aviel Tochterman
Ziss office team: Architect Nirit Philosoph, Architect Aviad Fanio, Architect Osnat Golan, Architect Alex Harpaz, Architect Yifat Adraee
Name of Project: Sami Ofer Heart Building.
Client: Sourasky Tel-Aviv (Ichilov) Medical Center.

Private Residence by Akalpit architects

We at ‘Akalpit architects’ believe in giving ‘Extra bit’ compared to the demand of the users. This ‘ extra bit’ is the space derived without affecting the requirements. We make sure it is not some simple space but a space with its own identity and which adds character to the structure.

The site is situated at a prime location in Kolhapur city. Though the client wished to have two separate residences for his sons, he wanted them to be connected.

This was quite a task as the site is a narrow linear rectangle with side margins of only of seven and half feet, which was barely sufficient for light & ventilation.

This made us derive to a traditional solution. We introduced a triple height Central Courtyard between the two units. This courtyard is definitely the key element of this design. It acts as the entrance lobby for both units which connects at all 3 levels. The courtyard gives a sense of visual relation between them. It invites ample natural light in the house throughout the day & helps the hot air to escape from the top.

The other features are the Double height family lounge at the first floor, which overlooks into the courtyard and acts like a lobby to the master bedroom.Extra wide & full height windows allow the users to enjoy the view of the recreational playground which exists in front of the site.

There is a Home Theater & a Gymnasium on Level 3, which can be accessed through both the units. A semi-covered terrace with features like pergolas and a Lily pond gives a sense of relaxation. At the end of a stressful day, this is the space where one would want to be.

Type – Private Residence For Mr. Ashok Narasinghani
Character – Eco sustainable with Climatic conditions & Environment.
Location – Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India.
Year Complete – 2013
Plot Area – 5000 sqft.
Built up Area – 7000 sqft
Material Used – Natural Stone, Vitrified Tiles, Veneer, Solid Wood, Shera Paneling.

Apartment refurbishment by estudio sinaldaba

A top floor in a late nineteenth S, located one of the central streets of A Coruña, in conditions very unfavorable maintenance, on a shoestring budget but with total freedom and trust from the client to choose the solutions have us believe appropriate.
The house has the classic spatial configuration Gothic plot: story elongated, narrow, narrow, multi confined spaces;? We all wanted?: Quite the opposite.

We propose completely empty early on the floor, keeping only the main stairwell. We got so a single space open, broad, bounded along a strip that houses furniture-kitchen-toilet-cabinet-study, ie a longitudinal continuous running along the floor and containing all needs, freeing the volume and providing a spatial and visual continuity to housing.

The solutions adopted for the realization of the idea happen to be fully reversible. basically reinforcing beams that need with metallic elements, fir wood is used for the longitudinal strip and repair the core of stairs and is painted white, providing a necessary luminosity, both the stone walls and floors and ceilings, as it is also the cheapest option.

The result is a neutral volume, white, bright, airy, acting as a container for a small wooden box for communications and other longitudinal collecting the necessary elements to inhabit.

LOCATION: A Coruña, Spain
PROJECT: estudio sinaldaba (Susana Vazquez Perez & Ignacio Reigada Cordido)
IMAGES: abraham viqueira
AREA: 55 m2

Reflective Monolith by Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Located at the edge of the town of Schöningen and its open-cast lignite mine, lies the site of a remarkable, world-famous Stone-Age find: the Schöningen Spears – the oldest ever hunting weapons used by man. It is now also home to Paläon, a new and emblematic research and experience centre, visible from far around. The building conveys the location’s importance as an archaeological site by rising above the natural topography like layered earth.

Its futuristic shape stems from the horizontal landscape; and indeed, the building’s volume, ground plan and section are defined by references to the landscape and lines of sight. The slightly offset contours create subtly different internal and external spaces. Designed with precision and clad with reflective ALUCOBOND®, the volume mirrors the landscape.

The large, deeply incised window openings are reminiscent of shadows on the building and underscore the expressive dynamism of the architecture. These same windows frame views of the nearby woods and wild horses and, further afield, the mine and the site of the find. The extended axes of the building stretch out like linear tracks into the landscape, linking up, synapse-like, with the system of paths in the surrounding parklands.

Project: Paläon – New research and experience centre Schöningen, Germany
Architect: Holzer Kobler Architekturen Berlin, Zürich
pbr AG and Topotek1-landscape architecture
Fabricator: HMF, Hübener + Möws, Jerchel, Germany
Year of Construction: 2013
Product: ALUCOBOND® naturAL Reflect
Photos: Jan Bitter

The new Metz Cathedral by Shigeru Ban

Matisse, Picasso, Miró, Pollock and Brancusi have already moved into their new home and can be admired there. Shigeru Ban says that in designing the idiosyncratic new construction, he was inspired by the “architecture” of traditional Chinese hats woven from rice straw – albeit on a considerably distorted floor plan. Situated in the angular volume of Centre Pompidou in Metz, the offices with their large, smooth windows appear to have been pushed into the hat. The flatness of the pure white ALUCOBOND® elements emphasises these white cuboid forms. The new 10,000- square metre centre for the arts in north eastern France does not exhibit any collection of its own but displays works stored at the Paris centre, which, with more than 65,000 works, owns the largest collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe. For the City of Metz, the new art centre means so much that it can also be described as the “new Metz cathedral”.

Project: Centre Pompidou, Metz, France
Architects: Shigeru Ban, Jean de Gastines, Paris, France
Fabricator: TIM Composites, Cholet, France
Construction: Riveted / Screwed
Year of Construction: 2010
Product: ALUCOBOND® Pure White 10
Photos: HUFTON + CROW/VIEW & Roland Halbe I Artur Images

Etnographic Center by AMVC Arquitectos Associados

SITE: A house of wealthy farmers located in the historic core of the village Várzea de Calde, extreme north of Viseu’s district. The house fits into a very interesting group, which comprises a medieval winepress, an oven, wine cellar and a surrounding outdoor space.

PROGRAM | INTERVENTION CONCEPT: The proposal to convert the space into an Ethnographic museum is based on the need to preserve and revitalize a century-old village, fighting urban decharacterization, depopulation and the consequent disappearance of its cultural identity.

Taking into account the factors of local identity, specifically the ethnographic characteristics, is a visible tendency the ruralization of the economic life of the village, which was made over the centuries and preserved in a modus Vivendi that has remained almost unchanged until today, result of a certain distance from urban centers. These aspects are consolidated by customs and collective memory, intending now to gather these elements in a space where they can be seen.

The design intent goes in the way of restructuring these spaces, maintaining, where possible, the memories they bring.
The proposed concept involves patrimonial and cultural revalorization, focusing on the Ethnographic Museum (developed in the main house) an estate composed by agricultural tools, as well as traditional crafts. The idea is based on the re-creation of living and working environments of the population, organizing the space in a contextualized way, always with a precise theme. It is intended to recover the partially ruined medieval mill, which maintains its granite walls in a considerable state of preservation.

In the space that was once the cellar, completely ruined, it is proposed a new construction, more contemporary, consentaneous with the pre-existence. For the adjacent green space, it will serve as support of the different buildings, acting as a unifying bond of the proposal.

Address: Várzea de Calde, Viseu, Portugal
Project: 2004-2005
Construction: 2006-2007
Area: 756 m²