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

MoyaMoya by Fumihiko Sano

This is the residence in the commuter town in the suburb of Tokyo.

We constructed the studio where our client could study and dye kimonos, her chief hobby, as the center of the house; also, we tried to provide the place to communicate and interact, accepting foreign students after her kids leave the home.
The shape of the building plot is a huge square (9100*9100), and it slopes and spreads north and south. Because of the slating ground, a private space was settled in the northern part commanding a fine view. An open ceiling studio is connected to a kitchen, so that allows the client to have a big party as she desires. Considering when she ages in the future, her bedroom, a study room, and other infrastructures are placed on the first floor. Other single rooms, a living room, and a Japanese style room are on the second floor; moreover, you can enjoy a fine prospect with Mt. Fuji from the living room.

When we look at this project from a different perspective, the most significant characteristic of this construction is the stainless steel fence which surrounds the building. By creating the space which makes the border between the inside and the outside of the building vague, the inside thereof is difficult to see from the outside. In terms of security, significant effects can be also expected.

A moire pattern is generated since the stainless steel is doubled, and it makes people feel as if they are in the inside even if they are in the outside.
Being swayed by the wind, the stainless steel fence shines and causes a great variety of the moirepatterns. The angle and strength of the light are certainly changed by time – morning, afternoon, evening, and night. The change of the light creates not only gripping moire patterns, but also gives different and diverse impressions to the house. This is the place where people can closely enjoy the transitions of time, seasons, and climates through the house.

Completion date: May 2014
studio PHENOMENON by Fumihiko Sano
Location: Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan

source: fumihikosano.jp

Llibreria del Born by Jorge Pérez Val

We’ve just finished the interior design for a bookshop for Bestiari SCCL, group of catalonian bookshops, in the new Born Cultural Centre, placed in a magnificient cast-iron structure market of the late nineteenth century (1874-1876) in Born neighbourhood, a trendy area of Barcelona.

The cultural centre is builded around archeological remains founded during the refurbishment of the old marketplace. It consists of two exhibitions rooms, one multifunction room, one bar and one bookshop, besides the archeological remains.

We had the assignment to design the furniture, distribution and enlightenment for the bookshop. This was supposed to be a low-cost project because of the short-term franchise for the book-sellers company.

Old pictures of the former market with its commercial activity have inspired us to design this shop, pictures of workers carrying boxes, pictures of piles of boxes… This commercial activity remains in the bookshop nowadays.

We have used wooden boxes as furniture in a scenographic way. Boxes store and show books and objects instead of fruit and fish. We’ve tried to keep the market concept, the concept of bringing things in boxes and transferring it to someone else, we didn’t want to make a reproduction of an old market shop, …we just wanted to keep its spirit.

We like a minimalistic way of designing, just wood for furniture, and just one kind of box generates the different pieces of furniture that functional requests demand.

Furniture was manufactured by an industrial packaging company, achieving low-cost production fares. We have used standard solutions of packaging boxes to design furniture details. Most furniture is mobile and its position can be changed depending on functional requests.

Roseta y Ohiana, graphic design studio, has incorporated the graphic elements to the project.

Architect: Jorge Pérez Vale
Project: LLibreria del Born. Interior design. Bookshop at Born Cultural Centre
Opening: September 2013
Place: Born CC. El Born, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Photographer: Adrià Goula

source: jorgeperezvale.com

Residencia Tambore by Conseil Brasil

Considering his enormous admiration for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – a major 20th century German architect who helped define modern architecture – the architect Anna Novaes, of the Conseil Brasil office, created the project of a residence of 230m ² with concepts of architecture created by famous professional .

The references used were taken mainly from the German pavilion design for World Expo 1929 in Barcelona, popularly known as the Barcelona Pavilion , which complete 85 years in 2014 .

Van der Rohe innovated structures and valorized open spaces. Extended environment when using glass as partitions, also on facades . For the first half of the last century these features were great innovations , and gave him recognition. Their concepts of the construction and urban planning were expanded and used later in projects worldwide, including the elaborated by Conseil Brasil.

In the residence, located in Alphaville, Sao Paulo, the architect opted to integrate all social environments – dining room , breakfast room , TV room , gourmet and livings – and at the same time, separate them only by partitions glass in the model of sliding doors. This results in the incidence of natural light in every room . The kitchen , in turn , is separated from other spaces by a panel developed by Anna Novaes.

This mix of materials , especially with the glass composition is strong feature in the designs of Van der Rohe . Other highlights are the straight lines and structural objectivity , clearly perceived in the residence.

The German architect was also the creator of the famous phrase ” less is more ”. This means that sometimes the simplicity of a project and a well designed architecture is sufficient to cause her evidence , because the real beauty is inherent in the essential elements.

In the design of Anna Novaes , the concept for the decoration was no different . The architect chose to invest in structural motifs and fixed decoration, as differentiated coatings , plus the choice of a palette of muted and neutral colors used elegant way, without extravagance , in all environments , even in intimate .

“Mies van der Rohe is one of my great idols . Thus , their conceptions end up being absorbed in my projects . In particular , almost all structural items can be associated with it . Even the rear facade , which is entirely of glass” – says Anna Novaes.

Tambore, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Project: Anna Novaes / Conseil Brasil Arquitetura
Photos: Marcelo Scandaroli

source: conseilbrasil.com.br

4067 West 33rd Avenue by PTL Design Inc

4067 West 33rd Avenue is quietly nestled “West of Dunbar” on Vancouver’s desirable West Side. This is a quiet neighbourhood pocket of the Dunbar Vancouver community that entitles the home owners to Southlands Elementary & Lord Byng Secondary School catchments. These are some of the most desirable schools on the West Side as well as Vancouver as a whole. This West Coast Contemporary House is a short 15 minute drive to the heart of Downtown Vancouver & 25 minute drive to YVR Vancouver International Airport. This prime location is surrounded with a variety of parks, quiet tree lined streets & the university endowment lands filled with walking & biking trails amongst this large forested reserve.

This 3072 SqFt open concept home is perfect for entertaining & has all the essentials for raising a family at the same time. Meticulously designed by PTL DESIGN INC & built by AC PROJECTS, this is a 5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom modern dream home spread over three levels. 4067 W 33rd Ave offers Radiant in-floor heating on all levels, HRV System (Heat Recovery Ventilation) throughout the home, Air Conditioning in the 3 upstairs bedrooms all to make for the most comfortable living experience. The double sliding door system opens the living room up to the over sized entertaining patio with sunken outdoor lounge for the summer months. This home offers over heigh ceilings (9.5 Ft) on all levels & the luxuries of Walnut Floors through the main & 2nd level with a hidden master walk-in closet for the largest wardrobes. The luxuries of this ivory white kitchen are Meile stainless steel integrated appliances, Corian white stone counter tops & white custom cabinet units with soft touch drawer systems & integrated storage units throughout. This open concept Kitchen / Eating area / Living Room & entertaining patio make for a flowing day to day use in the summers when indoor out door living is at its best in Vancouver.

4067 West 33rd Avenue offers a very contemporary curb appeal that holds a very unique spot on the block. With extremely straight sight lines, and the use of what looks to be two large rectangles side by side this home comes alive with all aspects of its exposed architecture in the spot light. Through the use of dark blue & beige stucco outlining the two exterior sections of this house & dark blue aluminum framed windows throughout this home offers somewhat of an industrial appeal. Softened by its extensive use in both the front & back of cedar siding & cedar doors this industrial look is taken down a notch. The Japanese influenced front yard is one entire rock garden perfectly integrating the trees and exposed concrete retaining wall, stepping stones & front stair way of the home. The back yard is of a softer nature with an abundance of cedar decking & large grassed area offering only small stone detailing throughout. The large two car garage also in a navy stucco is softened by the cedar siding feature facing the house.

All in all this house was built custom by the owner / architect and it shows with the luxury detailing & use of space that you only find when building with ones own lifestyle in mind.

Architect/Studio: Scott Lin / PTL Design Inc
Project Name: 4067 West 33rd Avenue

SOURCE: JAYMCINNES.COM

‘Between earth and sky’ – a campus landmark by penda

The proposed design for an entrance sculpture to the Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark.

There is a chinese saying parents tell their children when they leave home for university ” ???? “, which means roughly translated : “ride on the wings of an eagle to your success”. The wing-shaped design for the sculpture is a formal translation of this saying. The sculpture serves as an entrance gate and is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky.

Furthermore the landmark should symbolize a freedom of thinking on one hand and certain guidelines on the other hand, which stand for a system and order in science – a contranst of endless possibilities and technical limitations.

With those opposites, the sculpture describes what a modern Technical University should stand for – a symbiosis of nature and technology.

source: home-of-penda.com

Victorian Workers Cottage by Danny Broe Architect

The house was a victorian semi-detached single level cottage. The front rooms were beautiful as is usually the case but the back was a series of small and oddly arranged and propertied rooms that had no relationship to the garden. The little bathroom was at the back blocking the living room from the garden.

The owner and the architect after much deliberation made the decision to demolish the back of the house put to the 2 front rooms. This allowed us to completely rearrange the new rear extension the way it should be. Now the new bathroom is in the middle of the house and it has a separate bath and laundry inside. There is a large open plan kitchen dining living area that is a comfortable unified space.
The builders were significant contributors to the project. The building manager ran a tight ship and the tradesmen were all cheerful and helpful. A good builder is a godsend. The only thing that went wrong was the inexplicable painting of the beautiful new face brick. The situation was salvaged by the client architect and builder communicating and pulling together. Andrew the builder rectified the issue with minimal fuss. The result is a liveable, beautiful and comfortable home for the owner.

The kitchen is divided into different colours to reduce its bulk and a surprise pink study inside it has its own little window. The front rooms were renovated to their former glory with replica plaster reinstated. A tasmanian Oak floor with a beautiful matt water based finish was selected by jess and its light and airy. this unifies the old and new parts. Colour was used playfully. Jess came up with a diverse colour scheme that somehow works really well. The wallpaper in the hall is warm and luxurious.

The garden now includes a carspace but to soften its impact and to create texture we used the recycled bricks from the original house as paving.

As usual we prioritised sustainability strategies without resorting to kith tech gadgets. The high quality thermal batts in the walls and roof double as sound insulation and the house is much quieter than before. All new rooms have north facing windows, timber floors and windows have low embodied energy. The water tank recycles rainwater.

architect: Danny Broe Architect
name of Project: Alterations and additions to victorian period workers cottage
location: Sydney, Australia

source: dannybroearchitect.com