Forum Club by Nir Portal Architects

After 25 years of running business and becoming the most legendary club in the desert periphery of Israel, the ‘forum’ had to relocate to new space and to invent itself from the beginning.
Spread over his 2000 sq. /m, the new forum, have become the reason Youngers are driving 1.5 hours from center of Israel to participate in its parties.

Design guidelines instructed us to create a layout and changing atmosphere so the club could host parties, events, and concerts. As per design concerns, it actually meant that we cannot design the club in totally dark space with only lighting fixtures that will create the atmosphere, but to treat it as an high end design cause some of the events will be very lighted.

In order to create hierarchy spaces we have created tribunes rising from ground floor to 1st floor. Thus tribunes serve both party and concert show.it separates crowds and enables unhidden views during thus events, and preform perfectly in case of siting concert.
All railing of tribunes and gallery has led lighting that project thru the glass, creating strong image of layout. A custom made halogen table lamps creates contrast warm lighting.
In club area we planted 16 alcohol bars, all lighted in same way as railing. Above each bar hanged an alcohol display made of steel net and metal frame.

Major club walls covered with osb printed panels. Graphics on panels were designed to bring atmosphere of industrial yet warm atmosphere, thus wall were washed with narrow beam spot light, to create dramatic boundaries to club.
600 led tube are hanged from ceiling, each tube has its own IP address, so all ceiling can act as huge screen controlled by light jokey.

5 meter high moving acoustic screen can divide the space into 4 separate small clubs; each can have its own dj and music.
Except of the main hall, the club has a lot of hidden and more intimate areas, for different kind of hang out. Little love nests, hidden from eyes, is spread all around so lovers can find a quiet corner just to their selves.

name: Forum Club, beer sheva- Israel by Nir Portal Architects
Architects: Nir Portal and Shahar Weiss
Photographer: Guy Franko

‘One’-sushi restaurant by Nir Portal Architects

‘One sushi’, is situated in the heart of very popular hi tech offices area, ramat hachayal, Tel Aviv.
Inspired by clean traditional Japanese design, ‘one’ preserves that tradition.
Elements of design were chosen carefully, layout were drawn minimalistic, colors pallets become monochromatic with a light lemon grass touch.

To follow the breeze of japan culture, origami tradition, we created a dramatic lighting interpretation, preformed as ‘barisol’ stretched lighted ceiling and a suspended custom made light fixture. Materials of lighting simulate the traditional rice paper.

Layout was designed to enable flexible groups and couples sitting, as per office area demands.
Large counter for take away transforms to sharing table by night.

Walls are covered with 3mm thin black porcelain large tiles, divided horizontally with led light panels. Along with the ceiling and origami lighting, thus elements are projected to street and become the atmosphere billboard.
The kitchen and wc entrance view were separated by partition panel, made of metal frame and 2 layers of glass with Japanese natural fabric in between.

Unlighted parts of ceiling were painted in black to achieve infinity feeling.
Wood flooring gives a balanced warmth atmosphere to space.

Architects: Nir Portal Architects & Liat Essig
Photographer: Yoav Gorin
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

source: nirportal.co.il

DM2 Housing by OODA

One of the most demanding tasks in Porto nowadays is the intervention on the major amount of old and historical buildings of Porto´s downtown. This project is a renovation of a 20th century building to convert to a 17 housing unit for students and young people in general.

The DM2 Building , located in downtown Porto (priority intervention zone ), in the area of protection of the National Museum Soares dos Reis, is dating the nineteenth century and their original composition the property was intended for a single dwelling taking ornamental and construction of the whole intrinsic characteristics of the buildings at the time, both in functional layout as an ornamental and aesthetic .

However, a later change occurred in ¬ late twentieth century, the building has undergone a profound change taking place inside caused by the modication of use required .

The property became divided by several independent floors with features framed in services and trade and lower floors have been completely redesigned and trace assets were hidden in part and / or removed from the particular frames original, wood structure of the floors (now concrete) and traditional skylight at top of stairs . Indeed, the draft D.Manuel intended to rebuild the property , returning the initial function of integral housing, recovering traces of hidden identity, reinterpreting traditional elements and giving the building a new sense of contemporary housing program with a set of typologies ace current market needs .
So Manuel II building as a whole distributes 17 apartments T0 and T1 types, ranging in size between 28sqm and 105sqm, spread over 5 floors and are accompanied by a landscaped patio intended for parking.

The rehabilitation now completed, restores the original residential function, underlines the unique formal and constructive characteristics and adapt to a contemporary urban reality of the city of Oporto .

Name: DM2 Housing
Type: Commission
Size: 1,100 sqm
Client: CONFIDENTIAL
Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisca Santos, LourenÇo Menezes Rodrigues
Location: RUA D.MANUEL II, Porto, Portugal
Status: Built
Date: 2010-2014
Photography: Joao Morgado

source: joaomorgado.com

Ajando Next Level CRM by Peter Stasek Architects

A very unusual loft has been created in the Mannheim harbor district. The complete ajando team will live and work there starting in January 2013. The internationally renowned architect Peter Stasek and the loftwerk architect office located in Karlsruhe are behind the corporate architecture concept of the loft. It was inspired by the quantum physics of Wheeler, the architecture of Josef M. Hoffmann and, of course, the information expertise of ajando.

Material is not the building material of our world, but rather information. This is not the position maintained by some Internet-addicted, social media nerd, who cannot imagine anything beyond World of Warcraft, Foursquare and Twitter. No, John A. Wheeler, one of the most well known quantum physicists of our time, made this claim. He and his colleagues already discovered decades ago that material is an illusion. In reality, our world is composed of information. With this knowledge in the back of their heads, our team of architects at loftwerk as well as the architect Peter Stasek went to work developing a concept for the ajando loft in the Mannheimer harbor park You might consider such a project impossible. How can you design something so thoroughly material such as a loft in an old industrial building if there is no material at all? But you couldn’t be more wrong! These creative minds recognized the connection: Information is not only the essence of our world, but also the essence of ajando.

And that’s as true as true can be! Real information is only obtained when we combine, visualize and present the right data in the right way. Information that inspires and motivates people. This is a very fundamental core skill at ajando. “The dynamics of this information flow can be seen as the driving element of the complete company,” Peter Stasek explains. Consequently, the architecture office made the data and information flows of ajando visible in our corporate architecture concept. This starts with the layout of the rooms, for example. “The concept for the paths and the room are one and the same” is the motto, which was formulated by the famous Viennese architect Josef M. Hoffmann. “Just like with information, the visitor is to be guided in the most direct way to the place where the reason for his visit is maintained, consulted, processed and forwarded,” according to Mr. Stasek. As a result, the loft from ajando becomes a live cross-media platform in real life with perfect usability. An ajando room is created for social and informative convergence, for dialog and the sharing of ideas.

Even the design of lighting is part of the corporate architecture concept. “The illumination of the corridors, the lobby as well as the open-plan office were designed under the motto “Light as a wave, light as a particle,” our architect Mr. Stasek explains. Single-color, wave-shaped LED strips will illuminate the outer walls draped with textile starting in mid- October. Sound installations will also give them another aesthetic dimension. The brick masonry opposite shines in colored light as a contrast. White snowflakes fall softly and continuously in the half-open stairway shell – a projection of light. “The gliding of these light particles mirrors the information flow at ajando and consequently displays the complete strategy of the company as a binding and never resting element,” Mr. Stasek comments.

Project by (Firm name): ajando Next Level CRM
Client: Ajando GmbH
Location of site: Hafenpark Mannheim, Industriestrasse 35, 68165 Mannheim, Germany
Program: The loft office ajando has a total area of about 750 sqm and comprises of entrance area, lounge area, open space office on the main floor, open space office on the gallery, conference room, 3 director and management offices, sanitary rooms and kitchenette.
Principal designer: Architect Peter Stasek
Design Team: Luana Kroner-Stasek, Dimitrios Ciatipis
Collaborating Architects: Loftwerk Karlsruhe
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Claus Morgenstern
Lighting Design: Licht-Team Speyer
Interior Design Supplier: Raum-Konzepte Sabine, Kümmel OHG

source: stasek.de

Haberdasher Sarilhos de Linha by Helder de Carvalho

A haberdashery to rebuild and remodel. The concept begins on how to expose a panoply of small articles,
between sewing thread, wool, fabric and others buttons.
How to display such items?
On a shelf?
What is a shelf?
3 points withhold a plan, and this way the base is formed.
Why not in cloth?
A great variety of shapes and colours want to take it´s place. Between the warm green of nana´s living room,
a plan is assumed transforming into the whitest white!

architect: Helder de Carvalho e Vasco Melo
location: Penafiel, Portugal
projekt: Haberdasher Sarilhos de Linha – Galeria Gabinete by Helder de Carvalho e Vasco Melo
photos: © Jose Campos

source: josecamposphotography.com

Euston Street Residence by Knight Building Group

Boldly standing tall in Malvern, the striking façade demonstrates fearless architectural design featuring a variety of materials including the impressive use of ALUCOBOND® cladding. This home encases, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, open plan living, first floor retreat and three outdoor entertainment areas including alfresco dining and BBQ. Secure underground parking facilities come complete with a storage room. The house is built using quality materials, including an impressive custom-made recycled timber front door, bamboo floorboards and timber staircase with glass rails. The combination of materials in one home is striking and gives the home an edgy yet warm feel. The large windows make the house appear stately as they reach from floor to ceiling. The large streamlined kitchen comprises a stone bench top and custom designed cabinets. The huge master bedroom with walk in wardrobe provides ample functional space and the LED lighting throughout the house enhances the visual aesthetics.

Project: Euston Street Residence, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Architect: Knight Building Group, Australia
Fabricator/Installer: Iskandar Construction Pty Ltd. Australia
Year of Construction: 2013
Product: ALUCOBOND® Smoke Silver Metallic
Photos: © Knight Building Group

source: 3AComposites.com

The old man & the sea by Nir Portal Architects

The Restaurant “The old man & the sea” located in a hangar on the platform of the ancient port of Jaffa, and is spread over an area of 900 square meters. Basis of planning we dealt with was the strict conservation guidelines.

The old man and the sea is an authentic Jaffa food Institute of decades decided to move to a new location-Hangar used by the fishermen of Jaffa and their boats for decades until it was abandoned due to aging and the dangers of it.

As in Poetic justice, the location of a fish restaurant preserves the memory of the owner’s ancestors that their fishing boats were housed in this space in the past.

That and from the search for Jewish-Arab Coexistence plant conceptual design of the place.

The restaurant is intertwined with elements of local Arab architecture but with a twist of a modern concept by using updated finishing materials, for example six arches made of wood instead of stone, as usual. The restaurant floor was paved with authentic concrete tiles as used in Jaffa old houses but instead of décor concrete carpets we created pixel floor with uniform color shades tiles that presents metaphorically the way from Jaffa to Jerusalem.

Degradation to the sea through green forests surrounds Jerusalem.

Sea elements designed in a new vision as fishnet a lamp hanging in the air showing off their loot, only loot is not a fish but a ball of light shining. Another light fixture shaped like a jellyfish floating in the water.

Stringent conservation restrictions not confirmed any contact with the shell structure includes columns and ceilings, so we added a whole floor, free standing, allowing preservation cieling elapse between different spaces Unlimited

The main entrance wall symbolizes the sea and its inhabitants. Waterfall at 4 meter holding 42 fishing boats toes as a ghost boats that emphasize the power of the sea.

The bar is made of wooden planks image of fishing boats hulls, holding rust metal top bar Surface.

The front of the restaurant facing the waterfront, and back is facing the alleys of Old Jaffa, which Allowing the existence of a separate event, far from the hustle of the restaurant. In this context, on the gallery, we have designed private space overlooking the harbor and diners on the ground floor.

Toilets are also located on the gallery, covered with special handmade ceramics simulates turquoise sea scallops.

Restaurant tables, just like bar counter, are simulating side of fishing boat that went thought endless recovers.

Rear bar wall covered zinc with rivets as nailing the side of a ship.

source: nirportal.co.il

Ormond Rd Apartments by Patrick Jost

The Ormond Rd Apartments, a small residential development located in the popular Melbourne bayside suburb of Elwood, sits within the established shopping & café precinct of Ormond Rd near Port Phillip Bay. It is made up of two commercial tenancies opening to the street, and ten one and two bedroom units that extend over and down a traditional, urban Melbourne bluestone lane.

The front of the building responds to the horizontal layered history of the strip from street level shops, to the changes and additions that have been tacked on above and beyond. The use of a small simple palate of materials creates a presence in the street while also sitting comfortably within the vernacular of the thoroughfare. These curving claddings draw the resident or visitor down from the front façade towards the side entrance within the lane, with its prominent, illuminated red street number. The site has been maximized to the volume of its boundaries but a sense of depth is generated with the materials returning within the façade, emphasizing the layers of the building that visually penetrate the block.

Each of the units has had careful attention paid to its efficiency and function of use which, coupled with the arrangement of the essentials elements of a standard apartment, creates a set of unique spaces Residents and visitors are treated to a prominent and distinctive mural by artist Brett Coelho, which sits adjacent to the borough entry, that not only compliments the building but sits comfortably with the red stop sign and existing street art of the lane.

Ormond Rd Apartments is a simple, clean and visual building that respects its community, surroundings and local history without compromising its design.

april: 2014
location: Ormond Rd, Elwood, Victoria, Australia
architects: Patrick Jost
interior fixtures & finishes: Nina Caple (Mini Living)
builder: Liberty Builders
photographs: Shannon McGrath, Andrew Wuttke

source: jostarchitects.com

Renovate tube house in Hanoi old quarter by Le Minh Hoang

This coffee shop is a newly converted shop and located in the old quarter of Hanoi, where different layers of history has been co-existing for centuries in an unique environment. The chaos and madness of the old quarter is part of Hanoi’s charm and is one of the reason millions of tourist flocked to the city every year. In the past, the original building itself was renovated and fixed several times by different owners, without any professional consultancy and a coherent architectural language. Thus, it is quite difficult to figure out the exact inner structure of the building, because it consists of two separated layers, with load-bearing wall combines concrete frame in a not really reasonable method by the previous owners.

Our designing brief in this case is to maximize the space within the building and exploit thoroughly the commercial advantage of elevation in a special street like this. Especially, there is also an ancient water-well in the bottom of the plan, which needs to be preserved for “feng shui” reason.

The main functions of a coffee take away and fastfood shop are carefully researched to fit in this narrow area. On the 1st floor, beside the kitchen area, the counter is downsized in order to enlarge the lounge area. The original stair is converted into a L-steel structure, facing the main gate. Below this, the “feng shui” water-well is connected to a stone bow, supporting the idea of movable flowing water, not stagnate under the ground. This hand washing station is not only for usage but also act as an art installation, making the shop more welcoming.

On the 2nd floor, all the old internal walls were removed to maximize space, instead additional steel frames has been put on to support the whole structure. Furthermore, a wide screen glass facade was brought in for the elevation; providing an unique view onto the bustling street below.

Considering the style of this shop, we personally quite prefer to mix things up, offering a little bit of industrial vintage with a Scandinavian undertone. A series of random cement tiles was installed in the wall through the gate to the bar upstairs, providing reference to the French colonial heritage that the city is known for. From our point of view, this design could be quite adaptable to the cultural surrounding. Not only does it take notes of the layers of history within the building itself, but it also reflects the contemporary environment of this street, which is becoming more and more international with leading brands from around the world.

Project information
Architect in charge: Le Minh Hoang
Assistant: Nguyen Anh Tuan
Completion date: January 2014
Land area: 50sqm
Project area: 110sqm
Client: Private
Location: Hangbong street, Hoankiem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
Photograph: Il.Capitano

Block rehabilitation in Historic Centre of Lagos by Vitor Vilhena

The building is located in the historical center of Lagos, Rua do Jardim, Rua General Alberto da Silveira, Rua Dr.
Júlio Dantas and Travessa da Coroa.

It adjoins the four streets, with fronts built in all the above mentioned streets, forming a quarter.
The existing buildings, were very degraded, without possibility of adaptation.
The complete demolition of existing buildings was authorized by Governmental Departments and the building was
totally reconstructed.

This Multi-Family Housing Building consists of 2 houses with 2 bedrooms and 11 houses with 3 bedrooms, for a
total of 13 houses, spread over 3 floors, still contemplating a basement parking, gym, indoor and outdoor pool.
A single core accesses makes the distribution in outer gallery, promoting the area for residential use.
The facade and interior layout promote the relation of the rooms (living area) with the streets.

Circulations, private and service areas (bedrooms and kitchens) are oriented towards the interior of the building.
Entrance to the building is made via a courtyard promoting a private outdoor use.
The landscape views led to the creation of a leisure platform on the roof with pool and chairs for contemplation of
the Lagos Bay and the urban structure inserted in the historical city-walls.
The basement has an interior- pool, showers, Turkish bath, sauna and gym.
The presented solution was developed as 3 separate volumes, corresponding to different dimensions of
implementation, in order to follow the topography of the streets and control building height.

This volumetric utmost importance in the structuring of different identities, having chosen to take this sectioning
and reinforce it with wedges and distinct window metrics. There are also variations in the window’s protections,
which contributes to the individualization.
The building enjoys a privileged position taking advantage of composing almost an entire quarter, assuming great
importance in the urban landscape.

date of project: 2011
date of completion: 2012
status: built
location: Lagos’ historical centre, Algarve – Portugal
building area: 2605.00 m2
plot area: 879.50 m2
client: Santos da Terra, Real Estate Investments
cost: 390.000 €
program: Rehabilitation of a Quarter in the historic center of Lagos – 13 Houses
architects: Vitor Vilhena, Michael Vieira, Liliana Sequeira, Mario Espinha
photography: João Morgado

source: joaomorgado.com

Adam’s Apples by mode:lina architekci

Jabłka Adama (Adam’s Apples) is a new store with Apple computers in Poznań. Its young owners wanted to build fresh, interesting appearance for his business, that’s why they picked designers of mode:lina architecture studio to create the interior design. Branding for Jabłka Adama was created from scratch by MINIMA.

Architects were inspired by wisely invented name of the store – combination of apples from Apple company and a name of the owner – Adam. Main theme of this interior became apple fruits and everything that goes with them.

Typical exposing table was exchanged for a stall on wheels, built with wooden frames. Similar to the stall, a customer service point was designed – it’s a simple, big wooden box. Wooden boxes, usually used for selling fruits, this time, they went on to store’s walls as an exposition of accessories.

As paper bags are usually used as a package for apples, architects came up with an idea to reuse them and apply on store walls. Duplicated and superimposed, they create an outstanding yet raw and eco detail.

Along huge windows, designers placed long, comfortable bench with pillows that makes interior more cosy and provides more comfy time while shopping.

project: Jabłka Adama (eng. Adam’s Apples) – Apple computer store
design: mode:lina architekci architecture studio (Paweł Garus & Jerzy Woźniak)
project team: Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, Kinga Kin
completion: April 2013 / Kwiecień 2013
location: Poznań
area: 60 m2
photos: Marcin Ratajczak
branding: MINIMA

source: modelina-architekci.com

MAPFRE Complex by TSM Architects

The project is a Commercial Complex where all the MAPFRE services may be found. MAPFRE is a Spanish transnational insurance company with presence all over South America. With a total built up area of 7,872.84 m2, it is composed of a Commercial Office two story building, a Medical Center with two levels, a Chapel and a six stories Columbarium building, and finally a Wake Area, plus two basements. The entrance to the complex is through a large square with slope.

The chapel has been placed on the left side of the entrance, with seating for 100 people. It has been design so it could hold most types of Christian services. It is more like a neutral temple. The external and internal cladding is a flagstone which is extracted from quarries in the Peruvian state of Arequipa. Inside, the altar has been decorated with a back of wooden veneer and with a top natural skylight. The altar table is an inclined marble table. The lighting fixture includes LED strings inside the windows to always give the effect of daylight permeating through them.

After the chapel services, you enter the reception area for the Columbarium, starting on the second floor and they spread over 6 floors. The building has been mainly covered by ellipsoid sun louvers to keep a more private atmosphere inside without compromising the entrance of natural light.

Towards the right side, also facing the street, the Medical Center has been located. Its glass façade has been design as a multiple combination of different types of glass that goes from light and transparent to dark and almost opaque. The reception, offices and services, such as pharmacy, X-ray, laboratory, etc. are on the first floor. The second floor consists of medical offices and administrative areas.

Between this two volumes are two pedestrian paths, one that continues along the ground, right next to the chapel and columbarium, to reach the entrance to the Wake rooms. And the other, an open cement stair that leads to the internal main plaza, with each step lighted by LED hidden strings.

To enter all five independent Wake rooms you must go through a common area, which has the same flagstone cladding. Between this area and the basement there is a vertical connection with a specially sized elevator for the entrance of the funeral procession with the coffin. In the basement there is also the mortuary room through which the coffin and body passes before being taken to each wake room.

The main Square or Plaza is located on the second floor, on top of the wakes, it is accessed through the open stair.From the Plaza you can access the commercial office building, consisting of 2 floors. The building has the same glass façade finished of the Medical Center. It is a continuous façade that makes them look like one bent building. The firstlivel is the customer reception area as well as customer care offices and the more private offices are on located on the second floor.

TSM Asociados SRL: Arch. Alvaro Grimaldo, Arch. Roberto Borda
MAPFRE Complex – 2013
Ave. Industrial 3614 – Independencia
Lima 28, Peru

source: tsm.com.pe

Da-zhi Apartment by Noiz Architects

Located in Da-Zhi area of Taipei, the 300-sqm apartment designed by Noiz Architects takes on a modern approach to conventional industrial style. Designed for a private client in Taiwan, the residential project realizes the owner’s preference for a simplistic interior setting.

The team adopted an open plan for the residence exception the kid’s room which tranquility and calmness is key. Visible fittings are kept to a minimal while storage space and the rest of the items (e.g .wardrobe and TV set) are to be found in concealed compartments to create airiness in the livingspace. The compartments can be freely opened when desired to suit various purposes and occasions.

Theinterior is set in a neutral colour palette with clean lines throughout. The infusion of minimalraw materials was an intentional choice to create not only additional visual interest but also a sense of modernity to the interior. The staircases from bent steel, handrails from metal pipes and walls from compressed wooden boards are strategically utilized to accentuate yet not to overtake the overall simplicity of the space, giving an additional dimension of sleekness to the interior.

The loft is connected to an extensive outdoor terrace which is intended for parties and gatherings; whereas the theatre roomabove fitted with acoustic boards is reserved for the couple to sit back and relax from the daily hustle.

title: Apartment in Da-zhi
year of completion: 2012
location: Taipei, Taiwan
building type: residential

source: noizarchitects.com

Mortuary House in Vila Caiz by Raul Sousa Cardoso & Graca Vaz

Integrated in a hybrid residential context which crosses urban and rural references, the mortuary house emerges as a filter between them and a universe of contemplation of the distant mountains.

Bounded by a municipal road, a farmland and the Church of Vila Caiz, the constructed volume results from the confluence between the axes of delimiters ground, framing the landscape and solar orientation.

The materiality of the building integrates and filters the context in which it operates through grilles cover crops in concrete (filter of light and views) granite floors, walls and paneling in conjunction with the whiteness of the walls.

The interior space results mainly from three major interconnection between spaces defined by an atrium and two rooms that can be joined or fragmented depending on the circumstances.

The view of the distant mountains combined with the water from a tank that strategically reflects in the slope of the roof and walls of the mortuary are factors that catalyze an environment of neutrality, silence and introspection.

Raul Sousa Cardoso & Graca Vaz
Location: Vila Caiz, Amarante
Area: 110 m2
Photos: Jose Campos
May 2014

source: josecamposphotography.com

Rui-An Apartment by Noiz Architecture

Noiz Architects re-defines the relations between space and intimacy in the interior renovation project in Rui-An district of Taipei. The client has specifically requested for an intimate yet open space with vivid materiality in the residence –qualities that do not typically manifest in contemporary city apartments. Hence the objective of the project is to bring these seemingly contradictory qualities into a holistic and harmonized design.With the client’s need in mind, the team has come up with the solution of redistributing the space by creating intertwined “capsules” in the apartment textured with contrasting materials.

The main living area is designed with two large coves on the ceiling, which loosely define a functional “room” under each. Each cove is disproportionally deep and smooth in order to create a vertical continuity and lightness to the space that works against the inherent spatial limitation of the low ceiling height.

The main wall of the living space is adorned with custom-casted concrete that reveals the negative form of vintage furniture pieces. The raw materiality of the concrete panels, as well as vivid texture of the positive/negative furniture along the wall gives a touch of delicacy and sense of antiquity to the newly renovated apartment.

The team also custom-made the maze-like copper lighting since there were no other chandeliers available in the market that could complement the ambiance of the interior with the right balance between antiquity and contemporaneity.

The adjoining living space holds another small “capsule” of a study with a sliding door wall. This room is specially designed as an intimate space for work and meditation where the client can choose to open up the space to the living area or stay isolated while keeping natural lights coming through. The patterns on the doors are also digitally generated to create theillusion that the small capsule inflates from inside.

In the kid’s room “capsule”, the wall-cabinet is specifically designed with randomly placed boxes which can be taken out and used as independent storage, offering a playful atmosphere and functional flexibility to the space.

title: Apartment in Rui-An
year of completion: 2012
location: Taipei, Taiwan
building type: residential
architect: noiz

source: noizarchitects.com

Tagus Linear Park by Topiaris Landscape Architecture

The Tagus Linear Park combines two different typologies of spaces: A single multifunctional area named ‘PRAIA DOS PESCADORES’ (FISHERMEN’S BEACH), set by the riverside within a former sand deposit, and 6 km of PEDESTRIAN TRAILS associated with dirt roads, waterlines banks (streams and drainage ditches), which converge to Praia dos Pescadores, coming from urban and natural areas. The connection between the ‘beach’ and natural areas is made through a 700m long raised wooden path by which a Bird Observatory built from old pallets can be reached.

Tagus Linear Park near Lisbon – Topiaris Landscape Architecture
Project name: Tagus Linear Park
Location: Póvoa de Santa Iria, Portugal
Area: 15 ha
Client: Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira
Completion date: July 2013
Landscape Architecture: Topiaris, landscape architecture
Authors: Luis Ribeiro, Teresa Barao, Catarina Viana
Design Team: Ana Lemos, Elsa Calhau, Joao Oliveira, Rita Salgado, Sara Coelho
Architecture: Atelier Difusor de Arquitectura
Author: Olavo Dias
Design Team: Pedro Santos, Sérgio Marques, António Marciano
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION WINNER – Concept Phase – 2012

source: joaomorgado.com

1% showroom by Noiz Architects

This is a renovation/interior design project for a 37m2 showroom for a women’ fashion brand “1%” by Shuhei Ogawa, located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

We choose cool colors for the interior to create a clear contrast with the bright color palette of women’s clothing. The pipe chandelier, hung from the center, illuminates the space effectively, while adding a bright accent color in the neutral setting.

The main wall, partition walls and a stage are all composed of concrete block.The joint mortar is spread thinly to create a blurred grid pattern on the surface, creating a gentle and feminine texture on the rough and masculine concrete block surface.

Other elements are painted pale blue, which is the signature color of 1%.
The floor is coated with epoxy resin, creating a reflection as if the space is filled with water.

In order to define a spatial division between the showroom and the neighboring brand shop, we divided the bottom of the beam along the centerline and painted the half part on the showroom side pale purple. Also blue glass partition wall is inserted at the centerline, creating a delicate spatial division defined by beautiful colors.

Project title: 1%
Category: interior design/renovation
Building type: Shop (women’s apparel)
Floor area: 37m2
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Status: built
Photographer: Daichi ANO

source: noizarchitects.com

Libertad 196 by Gerardo Ars Arquitectura

Two houses built on a topographically hilly plot with a slope of 4 meters at the highest point; the project is located in the town of Boca del Rio, at the Port of Veracruz.
The houses of minimal spaces were designed as a modern and functional alternative intended for young families. With 120m2 and 130m2 each, the idea was to take advantage of the extra spaces, such as above the doors and down the aisles, as storage spaces and services, also the stairs were placed above the parking lot to maximize space.
The houses were designed to make the most of the sloping topography of the land, the activities of the houses were developed on platforms at different heights, this genre that each house had a double semi height, staying in the ground floor the living room at one level and the kitchen and dining room to another level by giving it a dynamism space.
Upstairs are the bedrooms connected by a corridor with small windows and planters, this serves as a sunscreen, giving better thermal sensation inside the bedrooms as well as privacy.
The climatic conditions of the area played a role in the arrangement of the houses, being perpendicular to the street for the minimum direct radiation from the sun, therefore parking and stairs are placed on the side of the street, as a filter for heat.
By client’s requirement, the view to the outside is to green areas and a vertical garden and not to the street, providing privacy and security for residents.
At first glance seem identical houses, but to go into them, roam around and you will notice that each competes for identity, one of the major differences between them is the roof garden that was made in the house of the background, to give you a bonus and use the fifth facade (roof), which commonly is ignored and on this occasion was used as a space for recreation taking advantage the climate of the area.

name: Libertad 196
location: Boca del Rio, Veracruz, México.
date: project: 2011. Construction: 2012
architects: Gerardo Ars Arquitectura.
team: Design: Gerardo Ars.
photography: Gerardo Ars.
area: Plot: 250 m2. Constructed area: 250 m2
structural: Ing. Carlos Caballero
materials: Concrete and aluminium.

source: gerardoars.com