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”.

Fairy Tales 2015: Architecture Competition

FAIRY TALES 2015: BLANK SPACE ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL ARCHITECTURE STORYTELLING COMPETITION

(NEW YORK, NY October 14, 2014) – After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with over 300 entries from 50 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the second edition of the competition is now open for registration.

“When we launched the inaugural Fairy Tales competition, we could not have anticipated the overwhelming response it drew. The participants hailed from the most diverse backgrounds and from so many corners of the world we’d have a hard time visiting them all in one lifetime,” say Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani, Founders of Blank Space. “Each participant crafted their wildest architectural ideas, unleashing the power of architecture on universal themes at the core of humanity. The results were profound, and have been viewed, shared, tweeted and exhibited to millions of design fans around the world.”

The Fairy Tales competition invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.

The entries to the 2015 Fairy Tales competition will be reviewed by some of the most influential authorities in architecture, design, art, storytelling, and even business and entrepreneurship. The jury includes Anish Kapoor (Sculptor), Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at the MoMA), Karim Rashid (Designer), Yves Behar (CEO of Fuseproject), John Hoke (VP Global Design at Nike), Jaime Derringer (Founder, Design Milk), Stanley Tigerman, FAIA (Tigerman McCurry Architects), Juergen Mayer (J Mayer H Architects), Shohei Shigematsu (Partner, OMA), Hunter Tura (CEO, Bruce Mau Design), Andy Hunter (Co Founder, Electric Literature), Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani (Co Founders, Blank Space).

In addition, Blank Space has partnered with the best architecture and design publications out there: Design Milk, Dwell, Archinect, Bustler and Archdaily. They will confer the winning entries to millions of design fans around the world, giving these unique architectural fairy tales the recognition they deserve.

“We created the Fairy Tales competition to reinstate architecture’s value and place in today’s world, to uncover truths about how architecture shapes society and how society shapes architecture,” says Francesca Giuliani.

“Architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built. The world can’t wait to be told stories like this. We hope many people will accept the challenge and write and design their own,” continues Matthew Hoffman.

Regular Registration ($50) will be open until December 12, and Late Registration ($75) until the Submission Deadline on January 16, 2015.

To register for Fairy Tales 2015 and for more detailed information, please visit: www.blankspaceproject.com

Find Twitter content about the Fairy Tales Competition by tracking the hashtag #FairyTales2015

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For additional info or high res images please contact Matthew Hoffman at matthew@blankspaceproject.com

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ABOUT BLANK SPACE
Blank Space is an online platform for architecture, founded in 2013 by Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani. Matthew is an architect who believes architecture can be more interesting, more fun and more social. Francesca is a journalist who believes that communication is omnipresent, and that good communication helps great ideas change the world. Through competitions, publications, and projects, we uncover the true power of architecture by creating new opportunities for design to engage the public.

We like to think of Blank Space as an office for thought provocation, challenging architecture to rethink its role in society by speaking about things everybody can relate to, in a language understandable to all.

SCHEDULE
REGULAR REGISTRATION: Until December 12, 2014 ($50 USD)
LATE REGISTRATION: Until Submission Deadline ($70 USD)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 16, 2015
RESULTS ANNOUNCED: March 2015

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AWARDS
1ST PRIZE: $1500 USD
2ND PRIZE: $1000 USD
3RD PRIZE: $500 USD
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The jury will select up to 10 honorable mentions. Honorable mentions will be featured in our next publication, Fairy Tales, Volume II.

K.Villa by XYZ designers




The building is located in a residential area of Düsseldorf, in the
‘White Estate’ in Golzheim. This estate was constructed by the
National Socialists in 1935/36 in a period of one and a half years
as a model estate that formed part of the propaganda exhibition
Schaffendes Volk, meaning ‘Productive People’. The estate,
which comprised 95 whitewashed brick houses, formed the
south-easterly limit of the former exhibition grounds and is directly
adjacent to the Rhein River. The Nazis used the estate as a
prime example of the ideal artists’ and workers’ estate according
to National Socialist principles. All the houses were constructed
in accordance with so-called model buildings and their rural village
character was in line with the guidelines of the Gauheimstättenamt
or ‘local homestead department’. As the required
rooms could not be incorporated in the existing building it was
decided to replace the house with a new structure. Despite strict
stipulations for land use it was possible to double the useful area
through corresponding organisation of the layout within the given
building plot. This was achieved with a very simple structure without
any dormer windows or other structures on the roof that could
have been regarded as distracting. Thanks to its formal restraint
the new building integrates well into the surrounding structures
without negating it contemporary character as an example of
21st Century architecture.

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

Intern Architect by Hollis + Miller Architects

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A range of 0-5 years of professional experience.
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An active member of industry associations (NCIDQ, AIA, LEED, etc.).
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Creative mind, positive attitude, accountable, thorough, results oriented, excellent communicator and relational skills.
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Sets an example of leadership and teaming through a spirit of cooperation.
Desire to generate new business and build client relationships.
Create thoughtful smart designs through innovative idea generation, coupled with a strategic business mindset.
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A Learner

You float across multiple Learning Studios to maximize your exposure to markets, maximize your development as a young professional, and to provide flexibility to office wide scheduling.

You work closely with a mentor to ensure your individual growth and cultural fit within the office.

You seize every opportunity to grow and expedite professional licensure.

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Assist client leader, studio leader and project team leader within the Learning Studio and project teams.

Tertiary contact between clients and Learning Studio to bring the schedule, budget, and scope of work to completion and to the client satisfaction.

Assists in the exploration of design concepts and ideas.

Assists in the execution of the design through construction documentation.

Assists in project communications and documentation and project administrative tasks.

Assists in coordination of the project design with consultants, business partners and internal project team.

Assists in internal construction administration needs and visits construction site under supervision.

Assists in jurisdictional authority submittals and compliance.

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Assist in a variety of efforts to fulfill existing or potential client requests.

We may alter any or all of the above from time to time to further our desire to make you, our self and our clients great!

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DM2 Housing by OODA

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: joaomorgado.com

Ajando Next Level CRM by Peter Stasek Architects

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

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

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

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

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

source: stasek.de

Haberdasher Sarilhos de Linha by Helder de Carvalho

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

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

source: josecamposphotography.com

Euston Street Residence by Knight Building Group

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

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

source: 3AComposites.com

The old man & the sea by Nir Portal Architects

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

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

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

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

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

Degradation to the sea through green forests surrounds Jerusalem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: nirportal.co.il

Ormond Rd Apartments by Patrick Jost

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

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

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

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

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

source: jostarchitects.com

Renovate tube house in Hanoi old quarter by Le Minh Hoang

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

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

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

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

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

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