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Wohnregal Apartments and Ateliers / FAR frohn&rojas

November 15, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

The “Wohnregal” is a 6-story building housing life/work ateliers. It was built using pre-cast concrete elements common in industrial warehouse construction. Underlying the choice for this serial construction technique was the ambition to bridge two apparently contradictory challenges the housing market in Berlin is facing.

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Wohnregal Apartments and Ateliers / FAR frohn&rojas

November 15, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

The “Wohnregal” is a 6-story building housing life/work ateliers. It was built using pre-cast concrete elements common in industrial warehouse construction. Underlying the choice for this serial construction technique was the ambition to bridge two apparently contradictory challenges the housing market in Berlin is facing.

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Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Surgical Facility / Kliment Halsband Architects

November 14, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

Integrated into the local healthcare community and linked to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, this project is a prototype for an independent, self-sustaining ambulatory surgical facility in Kyabirwa, a rural village near the equator in Uganda. It is conceived as a replicable prototype facility for other resource poor areas, proof that surgery can be provided in inexpensive uncomplicated facilities for the five billion people in the world who lack any form of safe or affordable surgery.

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Old Spitalfields Market Holdings / Foster + Partners

November 14, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

The practice has designed, “The Kitchens”, a new food island at the heart of the market that celebrates London’s most exciting new culinary talent. Made with a prefabricated modular steel frame, the food units have a neutral material palette that is sympathetic to the surroundings – the glossy cracked tile interiors being reflective of the glazed Victorian bricks predominant in the Spitalfields area, and the base made from ash timber continuing the visual connection to the market stalls. The materials were carefully selected, the mesh screen, brass signage, concrete counter-tops, and light fittings all have an industrial character that echoes the old Victorian market structure. Customers have a complete view of the food being prepared in the individual fully-equipped food units adding to the theatre of their dining experience. Countertops incorporate stools during less busy times to further social interaction, breaking down the barrier between the customers and chefs to create a more intimate dining experience.

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West Bund Museum / David Chipperfield Architects

November 13, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

The West Bund Museum is a new art gallery on the Shanghai Corniche, an 8.5-kilometre frontage on the northern bank of the Huangpu River. The promenade connects the Xuhui district to the historic Bund and forms a key part of the West Bund Masterplan, which envisages a new cultural district over nine square kilometres of former industrial land. The museum occupies a triangular plot at the northernmost tip of a new public park, at the point where Longteng Avenue and the river converge. A raised public esplanade above the flood plain surrounds the building, offering views to the river. The edge of the esplanade on the east side is delineated by a continuous series of steps with landing stages leading to the riverbank. The site offered the opportunity to create a completely freestanding structure and its location allowed for improved access to both the river and the park.

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Villa Vught / Mecanoo

November 13, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

The Villa in the Dutch countryside near Vught gives a contemporary twist to the local farmstead typology. Traditionally, the Dutch ‘hoeve’ is an ensemble of farmhouses and living quarters loosely clustered around a courtyard. The central open space is protected, yet open to the surrounding landscape. This spatial arrangement guided the design of the Villa. The Villa’s functions are distributed within three distinct volumes, shaped to resemble the vernacular of a small village. The two lower volumes are shaped like typical gabled barns directly connected to the surrounding gardens. The higher volume captures the view of the wide landscape and forms a striking contrast with the lower buildings.

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30 St Mary Axe Tower / Foster + Partners

November 12, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

30 St Mary Axe is London’s first environmental skyscraper. Located in the heart of the City of London, its distinctive form is an instantly recognisable addition to the skyline and has already become a landmark in Europe’s leading financial centre. The tower embodies a highly progressive environmental strategy, with its aerodynamic shape maximising the amount of natural lighting and ventilation to significantly reduce the building’s energy consumption. Equally important is its improved working environment with better views for everyone. It is a bold intervention in the urban landscape and is set in a generous public plaza that encourages a lively mix of urban life with shops, cafés and a restaurant.

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The Permanent Weekend House / Comte/Meuwly

November 12, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

The Permanent Weekend House is an extension to a relic of the bourgeois style chalet, built in 1910, on a very long and narrow plot, in a beautiful garden outside of the city of Geneva. One of these idyllic prefabricated wooden structures, placed in a bubble of peacefulness away from the center’s frenzy. Yet, over the last century, the growing city and related industries have slowly merged with the suburban periphery where the weekend house was built. A major train track on the south planes regularly flying overdue to the proximity of the airport, the cantonal oil reserve at the end of the street, a bunch of industries, large sports fields, and of course, a huge shopping mall.

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Cascade House / Atelier Red+Black

November 12, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

This is a project for a young family of four. At its core, it explores two themes – “identity” and “what is enough?”. As recent immigrants, this project is strongly shaped by our client’s cultural background. Growing up they were surrounded by brick architecture, which has an extensive history in South Asia. It’s chameleon-like ability to be skin, brise-soleil, thermal mass, ornament and monumental – are the reasons it almost entirely covers the new addition. The project allowed us to explore a bigger conversation – how to change the typical suburban approach to a brief. With Australian homes being the second-biggest in the world, it’s time to re-think our approach to suburban homes. Too often we are asked “How much space can we get?”. We wanted to flip that on its head with “How much space do we really need But changing the question, we ended up with a built volume nearly 70% smaller than what local regulations would have allowed! This “think small” approach was one that was informed by the original home and driven by the clients.

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Kenitra Train Station / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture

November 11, 2019 Paula Pintos 0

The Kenitra station was imagined as a jewel case framing the renewed identity of traditional Moroccan architecture in an urban context, in particular, thanks to its facade, a reinterpretation of a moucharabieh expanded to the scale of the city. Associating the socio-economic and technological progress concretized by the arrival of the Al Boraq TGV, the station is a symbol of this city’s and of Morocco’s integration with the modern world.