The Lisbon Walker Flagship Store in Lisbon

The Lisbon Walker – Flagship Concept Store, a totally new premium concept brand, centrally located in the downtown of Lisbon, is where the very best of Portugal comes together, mainly in the art of men shoes and wine, besides belts, accessories and concept items, entirely designed and produced in Portugal. The goal was to create a space where products could be shown in a clear, objective and true way. Exhibiting shoes and wine bottles side by side in the simplest way possible, by making them float on the walls, was the architectural concept.

Architecture: Filipe Melo e Oliveira
Client: The Lisbon Walker
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Year: 2014
Net area: 59m2
Photography: João Morgado – Architecture Photography

NEST House by Gerardo Ars Arquitectura

Designed for a retired couple and their growing family who longed for a refuge that would offer respire from the city, with ample spaces for recreation and gardening. The inspiration for this house emerged between the combinations of two cultures; Chiapas, the state where the couple were born, and Veracruz a city they love and have built a life for themselves and their children.

The house is located on a hill, in a gated community “Playas del conchal” with an exceptional view of the Gulf of Mexico in the town of Alvarado, Veracruz. Mexico.
The plot is very regular with an interesting drop of 1.2 m from side to side and front to back, which led us to design a gradual change in the levels seeking a delicate flow between the spaces on the first floor. The idea was that the gardens surround the house, so the living room, dining room, and guest bedroom offers a view of them.

While entering the house is impossible not to see a dividing wall (coral wall) between the living room and the dining room, inspired by a coral that grows from floor to the ceiling, which references one of the dividing walls of the first houses that couple lived when they were young, located in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas

Security and privacy without sacrificing the privileged view were the most important requirements made by the owners, so we developed on the second floor an irregular layout that ensured a good view from multiple direction so that the master bedroom can see the sunrise and the sea while the other two bedrooms have views to the landscape.

The sun and the wind were important factors to consider during the design process because Veracruz is a very windy city. The facade of the second floor is wrapped with a screen of perforated concrete that flows with the form of the house that acts as a filter, ensuring the occupants privacy and safety also helps to reduce the wind and the heat gain.

The design of the Screen pays tribute to an abstract interpretation of traditional textiles made by the indigenous community of Chiapas, with repetitive geometric shapes. The pattern designed to look like random provides those inside an unnoticeable look of what’s going on outside at the same time allowing daylight to wash the interior of the balcony and the bedrooms creating a luminous atmosphere and an interface between interior and exterior.

The owners are hammocks lovers, so we designed a rooftop terrace with a special covered area for hammocks, the holes of the roof are not just for aesthetics but also were made by the shape of “pumpos” a typical fruit of Chiapas, so when the family enjoy the hammocks could remember a bit of its culture.

This is a house that manages to embrace and reinterpret the culture, as well as addressing modernity and the requirements of contemporary living with meticulous design resolutions.

NAME: NEST House
LOCATION: Alvarado, Veracruz, Mexico.
DATE: Design: 2012. Completed: 2013
ARCHITECTS: Gerardo Ars Arquitectura.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gerardo Robles.
AREA: Land: 290 m2. Constructed area: 285 m2
STRUCTURAL: Ing. Carlos Caballero
MATERIALS: Concrete and aluminum.
COMPOSITION: Gerardo Robles

Ronald McDonald Haus, St. Augustin by GRAFT

The McDonald’s Children’s Aid runs 20 Ronald McDonald houses throughout Germany, like the recently opened house in Sankt Augustin, which provide a place of shelter for families while their children are being treated at nearby children’s hospitals. The futuristic building was designed by the GRAFT group of architects. The seemingly curved structural shell with its convincingly pleasant lightness nestles into its surroundings and has found its balance. The heart of the house is the open plan kitchen on the ground floor with a long table which invites guests to eat and talk together.

This is also where a »ramp« starts, off which further areas for communal use are to be found. The hallway with its three sweeping axes called for a precise coordination of lighting to the dynamic succession of rooms. For the basic lighting recessed and surface-mounted versions of Occhio’s Più spotlight series were chosen, the maximum mobility of which follows the different ceiling inclinations optimally and balances these excellently. To give the center of the family house a calming, familiar and private atmosphere LED lights in warm light colors and with best color rendering properties (a CRI of 95) were purposefully coordinated with the different zones. All rooms were equipped with Occhio luminaires and spotlights.

Year of realisation: 2014
Client: McDonald’s Kinderhilfe Stiftung, Munich
Architecture: GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten, Berlin
Realisation/building construction: Ed. Züblin AG
Lighting design: GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten, Berlin + Occhio projects / Helen Neumann
Architect consulting: Occhio projects / Markus Olesch
Lighting: Più piano, Più alto, Più alto 3d, io, Divo
Photography: Robert Sprang, Munich

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

The Porter School of Environmental Studies by Geotectura + Chen Architects + Axelrod Grobman Architects

This building was built according to principles of green design and achieved a LEED Platinum, the first building in Israel. The project is a living lab of ecological and social values for the community and the environment. It tells the story of the complex sustainability term and simplifies it to the public by strolling along the eco-wall, the ground floor and the roof that present current research of energy, water, soil, vegetation, materials and so on that they can see, touch and learn.

Bamboo was used extensively in this building as a green resource as it is a grass with wood characteristics. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth (up to 1 meter per day in tropical regions!).

Bamboo was used in this project as parquet on the bridges, as the inner skin of the “capsule”, as the walls inside and out at the looby, as the decking on the roof and as shutters on the cube hanging from the building.

Implementation: Kne’kash

The bamboo we use is manufactured to comply with Green Building Standards in order to reduce the overall impact of construction and building on human health and the natural environment. New technologies are constantly being developed in order to create greener materials from rapidly renewing sources to be applied in green building projects.

Vyta Santa Margherita by COLLIDANIELARCHITETTO

Vyta Santa Margherita offers the oldest and most traditional products, bread and wine, in one of the most representative places for our society, Central Milan Station, the symbol of Milan’s hectic urban life. ”Through simple products offered by Nature, such as water, wheat and fire, thanks to man’s expert hand, patience and creativity, forms and savours, aromas and flavours have been created for millennia, giving birth to bread and wine, ancient and modern nourishment for humanity.”

This food philosophy was the starting point that inspired the architectural concept. A contemporary look has been reformulated for the most “minimal” products on our tables. It originates from a restraint design and an innovative, cool elegance, the result being a sophisticated minimalism and a formal reduction to the essential.

The project features contrasting materials and colours: oak and corian as representatives of tradition and innovation, an integration of nature and artifice. The juxtaposition of soft oak and black declined in its various material aspects creates an exclusive, theatrical environment, where the warmth of the natural texture is enhanced by the contrast with glossy black surfaces. These come up as corian for the counter and black polymer for all the vertical panels that fold the space like in a treasure chest.

The counter with its soft curved line, is a fluid shape emphasised by a roof made of curved slats, one of the most significant components of the setting, due to the shape and size of its natural oakwood planks that evoke the interweaving of traditional bread baskets.

The wall of the back counter, usually just a functional space, becomes a new form of entertainment through a video wall that reproduces a perpetual movie in slow motion that celebrates the ingredients of the products Vyta-Santa Margherita such as water, wine, olive oil, wheat, flour, mozzarella, tomatoes and fire.

The light system contributes to soft and intimate atmospheres: it diffusely radiates on the counter and enhances the wooden roof by indirect fitting of recessed metal halide light sources Minimal by IGuzzini, it is an eye-catcher on the black wall where the bottles of wine and their history are celebrate like sculptures by the backlit decoration realized milling thickness of slabs, it gets highly technological to celebrate bread and its derivatives through a cluster of LEDs.

The monumental atrium station has been brought down to a human architectural scale, through the creation of technological and custom made umbrellas, made of black metal they are equipped with infrared light with low energy consumption for heating, LED lighting, sound system and an electrical outlet to recharge smartphones and tablets, so that the space has a less monumental and more intimate look and at the same time the ensemble evokes the ancient rite of eating together, a less common practice nowadays, but increasingly necessary in the third millennium’s life.

LOCATION: Central Milan railway station – Milan – Italy
SURFACE AREA: 180 square metres
DESIGN PERIOD: september – november 2013
USE: bakery
FINISHING MATERIALS: Floor: pearl sicilian marble slabs (inside), original decoration in mosaic
and marble (outside); wall: glossy black polymer; ceiling: black painted
plasterboard and curved oakwood slats.
ARCHITECT: COLLIDANIELARCHITETTO – Rome
DESIGN TEAM : Daniela Colli architect
CLIENT: Retail food s.r.l.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Matteo Piazza – Milan

Villa Lambda by Mercurio Design Lab

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

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

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

JA House by Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa

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

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

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

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

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

Casa dos Caseiros by Mário Ferreira + Sara Antunes

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

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

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

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

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

Photos © Jose Campos

Loft Three Marias in Lisbon by AVA Architects











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

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

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

Photos © Jose Campos Architectural Photographer

G. House by XYZ Designers






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

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

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

Villa Bellevue by Bureau A








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

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

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

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

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