IZB Residence Campus at Home hotel by Stark Architekten

The concept of the IZB Residence is unparalleled: Since October 2014 the Campus Tower has housed scientists and business travelers from around the world. It forms the communicative focus of the Martinsried Campus and its special architecture makes it an unmistakable landmark. The solitary 27 meter-high building stands out above the monotony of the functional buildings on the campus, if only because of its height. An elegant seven-story building, whose glass front is embraced by white aluminum strips, rises from a triangular floor plan.

Inside the central theme is flowing space too: the diverse areas of usable space flow into each other on all stories. The lighting concept by Occhio pursues this principle of connection: architecture, interior design and lighting blend thanks to the comprehensive design.

Project: Campus Hotel
Year of realisation: 2014
Client: Fördergesellschaft IZB, Martinsried
Architecture + interior design: Stark Architekten, Munich
Lighting design: Occhio projects / Helen Neumann
Architect consulting: Occhio projects / Andreas Oberrenner
Area (GFA): ca. 2.970 m²

Pe no Monte – Rural Tourism / [i]da arquitectos [video]

Pe no Monte – Rural Tourism from Joao Morgado on Vimeo.

Located on the Alentejo Coast, the Monte Novo da Cruz is a rural property strongly characterized by a gently undulating land with slopes sometimes relevant. The presence of a curtain of high trees along the south-eastern perimeter of the site and a dense vegetation near a south-western stream stand out in the landscape.
In the centre of the property, in a high position, there is an old rural constructionin an advanced state of degradation.

The proposal for the Monte Novo da Cruz seeks to establish a contrast dialogue between the existing and the new building which sometimes merge with each other, creating a smooth transition between the past and the present. This relationship is materialized through two types of intervention, placed at different levels on the ground:
In the upper level, the intervention consists on recovering and expanding the existing building for owners’ house. The planimetric composition is made up by a succession of spaces,which ends with a double height common lounge with a central fireplace.On the north-west side are located the main entrance and supporting spaces intercalated with small garden courtyards for natural lighting and ventilation.On the south-east side, to the contrary, are located the main spaces overlooking the garden and pool.

In the lower level, the intervention results in a new independent building that adapts to the topography of the site and uses the slope of the ground to differentiate the owners’ house of the guestareas. This long volume, half-buried and perpendicular to the line of trees, preserves the scale of the house and reinforces the verticality of vegetation. Its unique façade is characterized both by a wide opening framing vistas of the landscape as well asby a stand-alone pergola reducing the amount of direct sunlight coming inside the rooms and providing privacy for guests.At the level of arrival the building is almost imperceptible to the eye,only a long terrace with seating areas for contemplation of the surrounding nature is visible.

The connection between the two volumes is developed through a central courtyard, the heart of the whole complex.It is from it that is organized the distribution and access to the different parts.

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.

“Low cost” house renovation by Quadratura arquitectos

The main premise when starting the project of this house was “Getting to do the work adapting to the tight budget of the available”. The challenge was to get a home with a stylish and functional design with a “low cost” budget.

Given that this was a complete reform of the house, which had to replace all the facilities and the existing furniture and kitchen, the task to be accomplished was not at all simple. We understood that it was absolutely necessary to spend a little more time analyzing the project and the real needs of the property in order to fine tune the budget without sacrificing a sleek, modern design.

The first task was to think how to improve the inside look of the house to get a more comfortable and brighter interior than it currently had, and bearing in mind that the public area of elongated proportions, had a unique window into one of their ends.

We decided to use white on the vertical surfaces, including painting the old brick terrace, letting light entering from the window at the back of the house bouncing off the walls above. To provide a greater sense of breadth and to have a large common area, we joined the kitchen to the living room, enlarging the area of occupation thereof by the invasion of the bar from the kitchen to the living room.

The large cabinet has been designed to promote the idea of this very unique place, generating a spatial continuity throughout its development, linking the entrance hall, kitchen, living room and dining space. To reduce production costs this furniture was made with MDF boards covered with white melamine, lowering largely the extra costs borne by it in wood panels lacquered in white. Thanks to this continuous plane at the side of the housing formed by the cabinet eliminates the residual spaces that existed in that area of the house and leave hidden and integrated facilities and different uses of necessary and useful storage in a house.

In the kitchen, we decided to replace the typical tiled finish of the walls for a painting effect “Board”, which besides getting a strong contrast with the other white walls, allows for playful creativity when painting as if they were the blackboards of the classrooms. This decision has not only lower costs of material execution of the works, but also allowed us to further integrate this room to the large common area, by the sharp contrast between black and white colors of their walls.

The parquet flooring plywood made with synthetic, allowed to maintain economic control of the work and also brought a touch of warmth to the rest of the house. This flooring has a special surface treatment to use it on the kitchen, offering all the guarantees necessary durability and strengthening the unification of the public housing area.

Name: “Low cost” house renovation
Type: Interior design
Location: Avd. América, Madrid, Madrid – Spain
Year: 2.012

Principal Architects: Tomás Fernández García, Luis Sánchez Blasco
Cliente: Private
Architecture: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Design: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Associates: Silvia Gómez Parra
Construction: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Interiorism: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Area: 60 sq. m
Photography: Lugermad

source: quadraturaarquitectos.com

Amangiri Luxury Resort Hotel in Canyon Point, Utah

Amangiri, also known as Four Corners, is a holiday resort located in southwestern part of USA, on the borders of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona (therefore Four Corners). Rick Joy, Wendell Burnette & Marwan Al-Sayed designed a hotel that boasts a dramatic landscape scenery with deep canyons and towering plateaus. This area was a home of the Navajo and Hopi tribes for many centuries, but nowadays this sparsely populated and barren land, became a symbol of southwestern America. The architectonic complex blends with the landscape due to the use of materials in natural hues and textures and a careful design.

These structures provide an intimate environment in scale of the vast natural landscape. The complex is accessible by a winding road, which descends into the valley and leads visitors towards the central building. The main pavillion stretches around a swimming pool, and integrates a natural stone escarpment. The pavillion shelters common areas, a gallery, a library, a dining area and a cellar. Two residential wings pointing towards the desert contain alltogether 34 suites. From any point in the whole resort, guests can enjoy views of an unspoilt valley surrounded by grand mountains.

photos: homedsgn.com

Endemico Resguardo Silvestre by Gracia Studio

The Endémico Resguardo Silvestre hotel complex comes from the works of the Gracia Studio atelier. It is composed by an aggregation of twenty individual rooms scattered along the slopes of Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico. Guests can enjoy panoramatic views of picturesque Mexican wineyards and the beautiful landscape around from each of the ecolofts. These 20 m2 sized units float above the rocky ground atop steel stilts, minimizing the hampering impact on the natural environment.

The ecolofts are clad in cortene steel, a material that ages into natural hues, blending into the land of the savannah. Each unit is strategically oriented in order to offer an unspoilt view of the valley and guests can also enjoy the privacy of their pleasantly furnished rooms. Each cabin boasts its own terrace with a fireplace that enriches the experience of comfort and relaxation in harmony with the nature. The whole comlpex stretches for almost 100 hectares and contains a nearby winery and a swimming pool.

photos: designboom.com

Mountain Hill Cabin by Fantastic Norway

Norwegian architects Fantastic Norway created a project of a mountain hill cabin, which will be situated on a secluded place in the mountain slopes. The cabin will be reachable only in winter and only by skis or snowboards. The architects have had experience with similar projects, but the current one seems to be most dynamic. Some of the regulations were set by local authorities such as the height of the building and the angle of the roofing in order to retain the traditional triangular outlook of the mountain cabins.

Authors’ interpretation of these regulations led to an attractive shape of the structure which creates functional snow slopes for its inhabitants. Interior is divided into two levels. The larger space on the ground floor revolves around the central part with bathroom, toilet and kitchen. Aside from the living quarters and dining area, the central points of activity on the ground floor are two smaller bedrooms and a third bedroom on the upper level. The cabin is due to be completed in the summer of 2012.

photos: archiscene.net

TuboHotel – hotel in Mexico by T3arc








When the founders of the unique eco-cafe Cafe Five felt the need to offer their customers a novel form of affordable accommodation, they decided to create a hotel. Their main source of inspiration was the Desparkhotel in Linz, artwork of Andreas Strauss from 2006. The architects of T3arc atelier decided to create a similar piece on the outskirts of the mexican state Tepoztlán, on a lot with stunning panoramatic vistas with a view of the Sierra del Tepozteco mountains.

Verdant forestation and unique natural conditions of the location seemed ideal for the purpose. The goal for the project was fast execution and low costs, in order to create housing spaces for local tourists. In contrast to the Desparkhotel, the room units were stacked onto each other into 3-piece modules, in order to utilize the ground space effectively. The construction was completed in three months.

photo:sweetydesign.com

Tree Hotel

Two entrepreneurs Kent Lindvall and Britta Jonsson – Lindvall have decided to fulfill their dream and build a tree house – the concept that allows a man to live in harmony with the wild. In cooperation with well-known architects and designers they turned the idea into reality. A series of unique hotel rooms harmonized with the wild and eco-friendly qualities have been created. The hotel is located in Harads, in one of the most beautiful parts of Sweden – the pearl of Swedish forests. The hotel is composed by a number of separated rooms, each room has a different shape and functions.

“Mirrocube” room, for exemple, by architects Bolla Thama and Martin Videgård is a double room constructed from light aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk. Its dimensions are 4x4x4m and the entire construction is covered by mirror glass that reflects surroundings and creates a camouflaged hide. Another type of room is the “Cabin” by architecture company Cyrene & Cyrene. The designers have dealt with a high ground and a steep slope providing a beautiful view at the valley of the river Luleå. The Cabin is hung on trees and its form conforms to the surroundings. The tree hotel offers a number of interesting rooms as the “Nest”, “Blue Cone” or even the “UFO” room. Very unique is the sauna suspended in the height among the trees.

photos: blessthisstuff.com

Modern Indian Palace

Adhra Pradesh has recently announced the finalization of a unique project with a long name LEED Gold Certified Hotel Park Hotel in Hydrabad, India. It is a unique complex, also called the Modern Indian palace. This new hotel has been designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merill studio (SOM). They combined ultra modern elements with traditional popular Indian architecture. Impressive facade is made from perforated metal that serves as window protection as well. Architects took into account local conditions: daylight, orientation, solar gains and climate.

The aim was to maximize the amount of the natural sunlight and protect the building from reheating. The inner atrium is taken in by a hotel swimming pool. Around the pool guests can visit a number of restaurants, bars, stores in total privacy. All rooms are viewing the lakes and surrounding country. SOM have cooperated with Stevens Institute of Technology`s Product Architecture Lap in Honoken, New Jersey to find the best way to minimize the energy consumption which was cut down by 20%. Also the sewerage plant was constructed in cooperation with scientists. The hotel is first in India to be awarded Leed Gold certificate and marked as the best new project of the year 2010 in India.

photos: transparence2011.blogspot.com

Hotel Forsthaus by Naumann Architectur

Hotel Forsthaus has been created by architecture studio Naumann Architectur and is located in the city of Ramsen, Germany. The building is interesting because of many elements, one of them is that guest rooms are “furnished” by a tree trunk. The hotel is a rebuilt weekend house in the middle of a forest transformed by architects to an exquisite hotel with eight guest rooms. Each room has a part of the story of this hotel written on its door.

The building was connected with the forest for decades as the keeper house. While rebuilding it to a hotel, the forest have not been damaged. The rooms are very fancy and each of them is different. The beauty of these interiors is in carefully chosen details, to mention a wooden sled hanging from the ceiling or silhouettes of deers on walls.

photos: architecture.tongaworld.com

Massive Ark Building

Climate changes and rising ocean level are a scientific fact that is irrefutable and happening. A Russian architecture studio Remistudio designed a massive hotel complex able to endure even extreme flooding. The Ark, a concept of an arch-shape got its name from its structure allowing floating and existence independently of the land on the water surface.

The Ark is a self-sufficient bio-climatic system with a closed cycle allowing an independent life. The building was designed for the “Architecture for Disaster Relief” campaign of the International Union of Architects. These buildings are designed to adapt to various climates or even seismically active areas. This particular building boasts a unique design with an optimal relation between volume and surface and thus saving material and ensuring energy efficiency.Its prefabricated structure allows a quick construction which is also an important aspect.

photos: inhabitat.com

Rolling hotel

Norwegian architectural studio Jagnefält Milton Architecture came up with a unique idea how to liven up the small town of Åndalsnes. The town serves as a gateway to the region’s magnificent fjords and is surrounded by splendid nature. The architects designed a hotel that rolls on the train tracks that connect the town to the outside. The hotel does not resemble a traditional train at all but looks more like a number of large boxes loaded with oversized freight. Fortunately the impression is not correct and inside of the boxes of various heights and widths are fully furnished minimalist rooms big enough to sleep in. This way the tourists can get to see the country and not lose a minute searching for accommodation. The proposal goes further into details to include a rolling public bath and concert hall that could travel along the rails. When winter sets in, the units collect near the town center and in summer they travel along the various existing train tracks. The design has an interesting retro feeling and reminds us of the times hundred years ago in USA when private cars traveled on the rails. Nevertheless this idea is practical in all ways and this hotel does not negatively affect the nature and is environment friendly.

photos: inhabitat.com

“Heliotrope Raising”

A well-done reconstruction has been recently done in Paris by French architecture studio Bang Architectes. The reconstruction was not a simple change of colors or wall-coverings. The building was radically reconstructed, another floor was added and room space extended. The original house with only 60 square meters was tiny, built on an arrow parcel neighbouring a house with 20 meters high walls. Owners of the house have wanted to stay in the house because of its good location but needed more living space and a different atmosphere. So they decided to contact Bang Architectes that created a unique masterpiece. The concept of the project could be described as a „search for light“, the light that would change the dark atmosphere. The new house is incomparable with the original one. Architects chose a light wooden construction that is dynamic that influences tha overall atmosphere of the street. Open facades are made from wood and glazed walls that maximize the amount of the natural sunlight. The wooden lamellas provide a desired shading. The interior space is organised around a central area with a staircase. The location of the living-room on the first floor divides the interior. The top floor has a terrace heading south with a nice view at the coloured roofs of neighbouring houses.

photos: dezeen.com

Hotel Yas

Asymptote architectural group founded in 1989 by Hani Rashid and Lise Anne couture is already well-known. Their projects are always innovative and one step forward. Recently, they have finished the Hotel Yas that houses up to 500 rooms at a surface of 85 000 square meters. This luxurious hotel is one of the most significant buildings of an ambitious 36 billion harbor Yas located near-by the F1 circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The initial concept of the project was to give geometrical and aesthetical expression to speed and movement, as well as islam art and craft traditions. The main element of a 217 meters high facade is a steel construction that has not only an architectural importanca but engineering as well. This construction visually interconnects two individual hotel towers. The entire project reacts with its surroundings and modifies it visually.

photos: archtodate.blogspot.com