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Architects: Alejandro Soffia + Gabriel Rudolphy Location: Santo Domingo, Valparaíso Region, Chile Structural engineer: José Manuel Morales Client: Vicente Hidd Materials: SIP panels, wood Project area: 139 sqm Cost: U$ 990 per sqm Construction date: 2011 Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla Built with SIP panels (Structural Insulated Panels), this house is conceived as an attempt to rationalize this construction material and achieve a maximum optimization of its structural and dimensional qualities. The totality of the house was configured with two kinds of components: wall panels (122 cm x 244 cm x 11.4 cm) and split-levelpanels (122 cm x 488 cm x 21 cm). In just 10 days, 71 wall panels and 40 split-level panels were built. The loss of material was negligible.
The Koby Cottage was designed by the Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects as a weekend retreat for families visiting their teens at the non-profit Starr Commonwealth in Albion, Michigan. It’s an 1100-square-foot prefab that consists of two modules that intersect with a central dining area. The cottage is broken into two volumes to create more light and it’s cantilevered off of the sloping lot for privacy from below. The structure has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and living room with a dining room in between.
Architects: David Jameson Architect Inc. – Ron Southwick Location: Bethesda , Maryland, USA Area: 450 sqm Site Area: 0.52 acres Completion: November, 2011 Photographs: Paul Warchol Breaking the prescriptive mold of horizontally layered homes, NaCl House aspires to render unclear the spatial organization of the project and explore an architecture of ambiguous scale. The resultant massing reveals an imperfect, rough-hewn form recalling the natural isometric formation of mineral rock salt. The exterior composition is read as a single object that reflects a dynamic fluid interior.
first image SAHRDC' by anagram architects, new dehli, india all images courtesy of anagram architects new dehli-based firm anagram architects have designed the office building for the 'south asian human right documentation centre', or SAHRDC, a non-governmental rights organization in new dehli, india. the group desired an interior with efficient space planning and overall cost-effective construction to run their day-to-day activities, which includes an internship program. positioned upon a busy street corner with pedestrian hustle and bustle, the small 50 square meter plot required a way to block the intrusive acoustical and visual problems along with direct solar gain also occurs along the 10 meter side of the plot.
first image 'FKI house' by urban architecture office, tokyo, japan exterior view of from west all images courtesy of urban architecture office situated on a narrow site in tokyo, japan, the 'FKI house' by japanese firm urban architecture office finds itself amongst a residential district of ordinary wooden structures. the concrete volume contrasts and emerges from the mundane suburban backdrop, featuring a wood grain texture to respond to its surrounding context. the external form maintains the gable roof typical of the area, instead finishing the smooth surface with clean corners and edges. square oriel windows project from the facades, introducing natural daylight into the kitchen, living and dining areas on the upper level.
Architects: Richard Kirk Architect Location: Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Completed: 2008 Structural Engineer: Bornhorst & Ward Hydraulic Engineer: Cooper & Associates Photographs: Scott Burrows Richard Kirk Architect was one of several architects invited in 2005 to participate in the Elysium development which is an ambitious 189 lot boutique housing sub-division on a site to the west of the centre of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Elysium initially adopted architecture as the key driver for the amenity and quality of the environment for the entire development. Lot 176 is the first of the series and is in effect a prototype using the same materials, construction, and spatial ideas as a shared palette. The residence on Lot 176 is located on a ridge along the west of the Elysium development with views to the rear into extant landscape and a golf course beyond.
Architects: Heinrich Böll BDA DWB Location: Bochum , Germany Client: NRW.Urban – Dortmund Project year: 2010 Structural Engineer: Lederhose, Wittler & Partner, Dortmund Mechanical Engineer: PSF, Witten Photographs: Thomas Mayer This building was originally built as a steam blower house which was part of a huge steel works in the very centre of the city of Bochum. It is one of the few remaining structures of the industrial era. The building is situated adjacent to the “Jahrhunderthalle”, a huge industrial hall hosting theater and music performances. The steam blower house serves this big hall as a studio stage and provides storage room for stage equipment. The architecture is designed to preserve as much as possible of the original atmosphere.
Architects: Exit Architects – Ibán Carpintero, Mario Sanjuán, Ángel Sevillano, José Mª Tabuyo Location: Solius, Spain Client: Sogepsa. Principado De Asturias Built Area: 2,737 sqm Budget: 2,233,087 Euros Completion: 2007 Technical architects: Manuel Martínez Manso / Florentino Sión Mechanical consultant: Roberto Montero De La Losa Structural consultant: Jofemar S.L. José Luis Gutiérrez Photopgraphs: Miguel de Guzmán , Exit Architects In a privileged place, at the end of a green meadow on the top of a hill and with the Avilés estuary on the horizon, two small metallic objects stand still upon a concrete basement and stare at the spectacle before their eyes. Dressed in a tailored suit which covers their head and torso, they protect themselves from the unpleasant rain and see the time going by.
first image 'house in megurohoncho' by torafu architects, tokyo, japan image © daici ano tokyo-based torafu architects have recently completed the 'house in megurohoncho', a single family dwelling converted from an existing structure in tokyo, japan. the lower two storeys were previously used as a warehouse and office building with a residence within the basement, which has now been inverted placing the residence on top and a shop with immediate access to the street. eliminating the existing partitions to create an open layout, a freestanding cube formed with wood was then centralized in the space, integrating voids for bookshelves, storage, closets and stair treads. the large furniture piece separates the functions of the first floor into a library and circulation corridor.
Fuse Atelier recently completed a very cool concrete home for a husband and wife duo. Both being furniture designers they wanted to create a gallery - like home to showcase their minimalistic furniture. Fuse’s solution was a 900 square foot concrete structure with inclined walls, angular surfaces, and s tairs protruding from the walls with no railings.
Located in a wooded and mountainous terrain of Guatemala, Casa Corallo stands tall with its forest surroundings. The home, which is designed by PAZ Arquitectura , was built to introduce the language of the architecture into the forest, and the language of the forest into the architecture. Exposed concrete slabs were used in a layering effect as the house rises three floors; while glass, rustic wood, and textured stone make up everything in between.
first image 'house in takadanobaba' by florian busch architects, tokyo, japan image © hiroyasu sakaguchi – AtoZ all images courtesy of florian busch architects tokyo-based firm florian busch architects has recently completed 'house in takadanobaba', a narrow dwelling positioned upon a remnant plot in tokyo, japan. emerging as a by-product of constant practice of subdivisioning larger sites, the 4.7 meter wide by 22 meter long strip of land is left between two existing building masses. stretching the entire length of the home, a concrete structural element rises and folds at 90 degree angles to form the wall, floor and roof planes, alternating the direction of views from each level. when observed from the street, the exterior elevation is defined by the cross section, exposing its rigid and light composition
first image archipelago cinema photo by piyatat hemmatat 'archipelago cinema' by ole scheeren is a floating cinema which premiered at the inaugural edition of the ' film on the rocks yao noi ' festival in thailand. --- following text provided by ole scheeren archipelago cinema, an auditorium raft designed to float on the sea, premiered at the rocks yao noi festival, curated by apichat- pong weerasethakul and tilda swinton. the festival, which took place from 9th- 12th march 2012, is set to become an annual meeting place for art and film.
Architect: Kris Yao | Artech Architects Location: Yilan County , Taiwan Clients: Yilan County Government Design Team: Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Fei-Chun Ying, Chih-Hao Chiang, Shun-Hui Chen, Tien-Kai Yang, Chii-Chang Jong, Christina Tseng, Lei Wang, Nina Yu, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo Site Area: 39,426 sqm Total Floor Area: 12,472.74 sqm Completion: March 2010 Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng, Chi-Yi Chang Taking forms from the cuesta rock formation in and around the site, the museum spaces shift in and out of the “rock”. This museum is adjacent to the Wushih Port, a once prosperous harbor that is now a wetland. The museum is designed to reflect the unique history, the culture, and the landscape in Lanyang.
Architects: Christopher Polly Architect Location: Rozelle, Sydney, Australia Builder: Paul King Pty Ltd Structural Engineer: Simpson Design Associates Landscape Architect: Carmichael Studios Area: 161 sqm Completion: 2011 Photographs: Brett Boardman The project simply and directly extrapolates existing formal qualities in plan and section, with extension of key existing materials and finishes to retain some memory of its previous incarnation – while providing a significantly expanded series of connected interior volumes that harness access to sunlight, ventilation and views of tree canopies, sky and district beyond. The design strategy entails: 1.