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House in Pogodno 3

Archello - 1 hour 25 min ago

Posted by Loft Kolasiński

Loft Kolasiński: Interior design, design and construction of part of the furniture, restoration of part of the furniture and vintage lighting. The project included revitalization of a house from the

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Health Center in Murcia

Archello - 2 hours 11 min ago

Posted by Giménez Ganga

In contemporary architecture, the concepts of saving energy, sustainability and the greenhouse effect are of the utmost importance, meaning that they must be taken into account when embarking on any project,

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Spotlight: Mies van der Rohe

Archdaily - 4 hours 36 min ago
Barcelona Pavilion. Image © Gili Merin

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (27 March 1886 – 17 August 1969) is one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, known for his role in the development of the most enduring architectural style of the era: modernism. Born in Aachen, Germany, Mies' career began in the influential studio of Peter Behrens, where Mies worked alongside other two other titans of modernism, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. For almost a century, Mies' minimalist style has proved very popular; his famous aphorism "less is more" is still widely used, even by those who are unaware of its origins.

Mies van der Rohe with smoke, 1957; photographed for Life magazine. Image Courtesy of Frank Scherschel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Mies began to develop this style through the 1920s, combining the functionalist industrial concerns of his modernist contemporaries and an aesthetic drive toward minimal intersecting planes—rejecting the traditional systems of enclosed of rooms and relying heavily on glass to dissolve the boundary between the building's interior and exterior. The decade was bookended by his proposal for the Friedrichstraße skyscraper, an unrealized all-glass tower designed in 1921 which cemented his fame within the architectural avant-garde, and by his 1929 German Pavilion at the Barcelona Exposition (more commonly known as the Barcelona Pavilion) which remains one of his most well-known and popular works.

Chicago Federal Center. Image © Samuel Ludwig

In 1930, Mies took over from Hannes Meyer as director of the Bauhaus—the school founded by and most commonly associated with its founder Walter Gropius—serving as its leader until it was forced to close in 1933 under pressure from the Nazi government. In 1932, the work of Mies formed a cornerstone of the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition on "The International Style" curated by Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock, an exhibition that not only reinforced Mies' role as a leader of the modernist movement, but also brought the movement itself to a wider, more international audience.

The Farnsworth House. Image © Greg Robbins

After the closure of the Bauhaus and the continued rise of the Nazis in Germany, Mies found work in his home country increasingly difficult. He eventually decided to emigrate to the United States in 1937, where he settled in Chicago and became the head of the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his 20 years at IIT, Mies developed what became known as "the second Chicago school of architecture," a style of simplified, rectilinear high-rise buildings exemplified by projects such as 860-880 Lakeshore Drive and the Seagram Building. Alongside this new skyscraper typology, he also continued to develop his low-slung, pavilion typology that he first tested in projects like the Barcelona Pavilion—with his entirely transparent Farnsworth House, completed in 1951, probably the most enduring example in the United States. At times, Mies was also able to combine both of these typologies into one composition, as he did in the three-building complex of the Chicago Federal Center.

Check out all of Mies van der Rohe's classic designs featured on ArchDaily via the thumbnails below, and more coverage of Mies through the links below those.

A Virtual Look Into Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House

A Virtual Look Into Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion

Step Into Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion in this Virtual Walkthrough

Infographic: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe: "Architecture as Language"

From Mad Men to Mies: Why Modernism Holds Sway

Mies, the Modernist Man of Letters

Sex and Real Estate, Reconsidered: What Was the True Story Behind Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House?

Material Masters: Glass is More with Mies van der Rohe

The Story of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House to Become Hollywood Film

Last Is More: The Miesian Lesson

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette Park Detroit

International Motorcycling Federation / LOCALARCHITECTURE

Archdaily - 5 hours 36 min ago
© Matthieu Gafsou
  • Construction Management: Thinka Architecture studio, Onex
  • Civil Engineering: INGENI, Ingénierie Structurale, Carouge
  • Heating/Ventilation/Plumbing/Electricity Engineers: Amstein Walthert, Geneva
  • Acoustical Engineering: Architecture & Acoustique SA, Geneva
  • Lighting: Etienne Gillabert, Paris
  • Façade Design: BCS SA, Neuchâtel
  • Surveyor: Surveyor Olivier Peitrequin, Nyon
© Matthieu Gafsou

From the architect. Elegant and iconic, the new headquarters of the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) had to wait ten years before taking shape on a site in the outskirts of Geneva where road and railway meet.  

It was in 2006 that LOCALARCHITECTURE and Bureau d’Architecture Danilo Mondada won the competition (conducted by the MEP – Mandat d’Études Parallèles – parallel development selection process) for the extension of the International Motorcycling Federation’s main headquarters in Mies in the canton of Vaud. Following a change of administration at the FIM the project was abandoned. A new selection procedure with invited architects was launched in 2013, with a modified functional programme. At this point the mandate was awarded to LOCALARCHITECTURE.

© Joel Tettamanti

A pavilion in a park

Set between the railway and the cantonal road connecting Geneva to the canton of Vaud, on a sloping terrain with trees, the new international headquarters of the motorcycling world has the air of a pavilion in a park. The building occupies the lower part of the naturally landscaped plot, an imposing circular presence when seen from the adjacent roundabout.

Site Plan

Acceleration, speed and kinetics

Set on a base which raises it above ground level and protected by a wide flat roof supported by fine columns, the building stands out as the focal point in a diverse architectural context. 

© Matthieu Gafsou

Its circular forms evoke the movement and speed of the motorcycling world, suggested by the dynamic arrangement of the offset oval slabs connected by a forest of pillars. The vertical rhythm of the pillars and the depth of the façade produce a kinetic effect when viewed by passing drivers on the cantonal road or passengers on the railway.

Plan

The building is accessed by a path adjacent to the site. The main entrance connects directly to the access road while a secondary entrance on the north side of the building connects to the staff car park.

© Matthieu Gafsou

Light and transparency

The new FIM building replaces the former headquarters, which was demolished. It comprises two storeys over the existing basement level and is accessed by two entrances, perpendicular to the façade, on the ground floor. They define the regular grid of the floorplan, leading users to a central hall which provides access to the various functions. The ground floor houses the major communal spaces: the auditorium and the training room on the east side, the cafeteria and exhibition space to the south. The spaces are designed to be flexible and modular. 

© Joel Tettamanti

At the heart of the building, with natural lighting from the skylight domes, is a monumental staircase that connects the two levels. Its spiral form extends the upward movement of the entrance hall, leading towards the administration and management facilities on the upper storey. Cast in concrete as a single unit, its triangular underside suggests a vertebrate structure – like a spinal column bearing the transparent framework of the building as a whole.

Plan

User comfort

The building’s technical facilities were developed to ensure maximum flexibility for its users. In the peripheral office areas, the thermally active slab system provides heating and cooling from the ceiling, while the ventilation system and electricity network are fitted below the raised floor. The hall and circulation areas are free of all technical installations except for the floor at ground level, which is heated. Building acoustics are managed via circular baffles arranged on the office ceilings. Seasonal overheating from solar energy is managed at ground level by a system of external blinds and on the upper storey by the oversized roof slab, its contour designed to match the sun’s pathway across the sky.

© Joel Tettamanti

sp_penthouse

Archello - 7 hours 35 min ago

Posted by studio mk27

The architectural interiors project for the penthouse sp_penthouse sought to attend to the demands of the program with the minimal division of space possible, shaping spatial continuity and amplitude for

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LE RHEU / PETITDIDIERPRIOUX Architects

Archdaily - 7 hours 36 min ago
© Sergio Grazia
  • Engineers: BETEREM
  • Client: Archipel Habitat
© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

Through the strong relationship built up with the surrounding landscape, the future layout of the ZAC de la Trémelière (urban development zone) extends the continuity of the French style of garden-cities built in Le Rheu during the 1960s by the architect Gaston Bardet. Located near the town centre, macro block no. 1 offers intermediate housing on the street side and multi-family buildings giving onto the park. The latter are grouped together around a shared car park that creates an upper level promenade. The project is run in a particularly dynamic manner given that the four architectural agencies and the three clients present on the site have continuously consulted with one another by holding regular design workshops.

© Sergio Grazia Courtesy of PETITDIDIERPRIOUX Architects © Sergio Grazia Courtesy of PETITDIDIERPRIOUX Architects © Sergio Grazia Section © Sergio Grazia

MTR Ocean Park and Wong Chuk Hang Stations

Archello - 8 hours 30 min ago

Posted by Aedas

Aedas-designed MTR Ocean Park and Wong Chuk Hang Stations in Hong Kong are recently opened, along with the commencement of train service provided by the new MTR South Island Line. Ocean Park Station Ocean

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Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab

Archdaily - 8 hours 36 min ago
© CreatAR
  • Architects: Wutopia Lab
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architect In Charge: Wutopia Lab
  • Chief Architect: Yu Ting
  • Project Architect: Ge Jun
  • Design: Dai Xinyang
  • Area: 2000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: CreatAR
  • Ldi: Shanghai DuJuan Engineering Design and Consultants Limited
  • Interior Design: ShangRuiYuan Building Design Consultants Limited
  • Landscape Design: Atelier VISION
  • Construction Drawings: Zhou Yi Lian, Chen Guohua, Yang Xueting, Ma Xinyu
  • Interior: Fan Riqiao, Zhang Zhe
  • Landscape: Guo Wen, Ni Zhicha, Baoyu
  • Interior & Landscape Design Consultant: Yu Ting
  • Client: Shi Huijuan
© CreatAR

From the architect. Eight tenths Garden is an art museum dedicated to arts and crafts, which can also be used as a venue for the conference in the idle hours. It has a coffee shop, a library, offices, bed and breakfasts, as well as a restaurant, study rooms and chess rooms. It is a micro cultural complex in all. 

© CreatAR Site Plan © CreatAR

Eight tenths garden was originally a sales center. The sales center was one of the two-story buildings on the street’s triangular corner, with a four-story circular hall embedded on the top of it. The entrance is located on the garth of the triangle. The other two sides of the building were the neighborhood committee and shops along the street.

© CreatAR

We hope the building could reveal the spirit of Shanghai. The spirit of Shanghai is life based, which is a richness not only pleasant but also restrained. Thus, the space of this 2000 square meters’ building should be abundant in variation but also has a connection with each other. We do not want the obsessive minimalism, nor do we want an exaggerated scene which lacks of connections. We used antithesis to unfold the space. The garden in the outside represents complexity, inside building, in the other hand, shows simplicity. But these simplicities are somewhat different. The art museum should be contracted and powerful, but the study room and the restaurant next to it should be warm and soft. The joint offices on the third floor would be close to rough, and the bed and breakfast on the fourth floor goes back to a restraint of elegance. People could easily read a spirituality from it. On the top of the roof, we pay tribute to the ancient literati garden by placing a vegetation garden.

Fourth Floor Plan

The bed and breakfasts on the fourth floor is hidden surprise of the whole Eight tenths Garden.  Each BNB has a courtyard in the air. There settles a “four water belongs to the hall” patio in the public area. The courtyards are contemporary Chinese courtyards, originated and refined from the painting of Chou Ying, which is a practice of the vertical city, trying to build a real villa in the air.

© CreatAR

Our design is adhering to the neighborhood committee and the street shops. Inside the courtyard, we have two back walls in addition to the garden hall, which hangs plenty of air conditioning and a variety of pipes. We used a curtain as a fencing wall to insulate this cluttered environment from the Eight tenths Garden.

© CreatAR

For the fencing wall, we tried corrugated board, glazed tile, perforated aluminum (pattern is the pixel style of the “thousands of miles mountains and rivers”), aluminum grille with vertical green. We refused to use the vine green wall, cause the style of the wall is not important but must be black and must not be completely sealed. Only this kind of fencing wall could give a contrast from the surroundings to the Eight tenths Garden, making it a rebirth place raised from the old place. The galvanized frame is also part of the old thing, while the black grille is new. The pattern is not important, but the final size of the pattern should be study case it determines the aesthetic details. Only black can split the fencing walls and old things and become the background of the central gorgeous round curtain modestly.

© CreatAR

We use perforated aluminum plates in the folding fan style to create a veil on the facade. This veil is not the climate border, it has a glass curtain wall, a yard as well as a balcony behind. We created a blur between the facade and the climate border.

© CreatAR

We hope to build a garden which pays tribute to the Shanghai street park in its 70s, as well as to the local garden history. Let the garden and the building fuse together into one. The entirety of building and garden is architecture.

© CreatAR

We designed the bamboo entrance in the front yard, makes the Eight tenths Garden independent. But the Eight tenths garden is not a private garden, it is freely open to the surrounding residents, which makes the garden approved by the surrounding residents. They cherish the garden, feeling satisfied to walk quietly in the garden a few steps to meet. We are rebuilding the space in a complex neighborhood, this is the only time which won the neighborhood a letter of praise of the project. This is why we put the front yard design into the urban micro-space revival plan. The street was once a simple aisle, the original landscape was worn-out, but our front yard changed the corner, making it lively again. The sociological meaning of architecture is revealed.

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The client was a Shanghai famous enamel factory’s last manager. Enamel was once the most important daily necessities dominated China, but now almost unstable. Over the years he has collected a mass of enamels, the quality and quantity of these enamels can become the eye of this micro cultural complex. With the construction of the Eight tenths garden. The client son comes back from Milan, founded a fashionable enamel brand and settled in the Eight tenths garden. This is a rebirth of old technology and family traditions

© CreatAR © CreatAR

Because the garden covers an area of ​​less than about four hundred square meters, just eighty percent of the whole area. The Chinese name “Bafen” derived from this, which could also remind people to live a life medium well but not too full. That’s why the garden called  'Eight tenths Garden'.

© CreatAR

Lofthouse I

Archello - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 22:55

Posted by Marc Koehler Architects

In this corner house, all floors are interconnected in a continuous flow. The house takes maximum advantage of the exceptional views of its rugged, industrial environment. Loft House 1 is the first implementation

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Cantilever House / Design Unit Sdn Bhd

Archdaily - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:00
© Lin Ho Photography
  • Architects: Design Unit Sdn Bhd
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Architect In Charge: John G N Bulcock
  • Area: 7000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Lin Ho Photography
© Lin Ho Photography

From the architect. The steeply sloping site for this 7000sf house, orientated approximately east-west, falls by 11.5m from the road to the rear with rainforest views to the east of this 7000sf house. The house is designed to ‘float’ over the site – touching it lightly, and allowing the natural slope to remain, heightening our awareness to & informing us about the natural site contours.

© Lin Ho Photography

Consisting 2 independent structures – a 2 storey living & bedroom block constructed of exposed structural steel supported on a ‘forest’ of irregular spaced columns that enhance the feeling of ‘floating’. This steel structure is cantilevered over a lower independent structure housing an art gallery & cinema and is constructed of off-form concrete and includes a green roof garden and swimming pool. 

© Lin Ho Photography Sections © Lin Ho Photography

The house is supported by a number of seemingly random steel columns irregularly spaced with the intention to enhance this feeling of ‘floating’ – of not being anchored to the ground – only the steel entrance ramps connect the steel box to the ground.

© Lin Ho Photography

The house is entered by a ramp - heightening our awareness to the valley, the floating block and also the separation from the ordinary. A courtyard is created by the 2 independent structures that are orientated on different axis creating a tension between them and strengthening the identity of each as separate functions.

© Lin Ho Photography

The house façade is designed to be flexible in terms of view/ventilation/shade: an internal skin of double glazed full height sliding glass screens, then full height adjustable glass louvers over half the opening width followed by external sunscreens of perforated stainless steel that cover/shade the entire opening when closed & bi-folds to the open position electronically to allow views while still shading the opening. The ‘industrial’ expression of the house completely changes from an enclosed metal ‘box’ to an open and transparent light element depending on the position of the SS sunshades. The industrial expression is further enhanced internally with all services expressed. 

© Lin Ho Photography

Designed as a 'passive' house to save energy by encouraging minimal or no air-con use & flooding the interior with diffused natural light, that allows natural breezes & diffused natural light to penetrate all spaces.

© Lin Ho Photography

As well cooling the micro climate, the grass covered roofs at LG1 & roof top levels create gardens for relaxation and entertaining in contrast to the ‘wilder’ natural steeply sloping landscape surrounding the house - encouraging outdoor living in this tropical climate, its open concept maximises contact with nature and rainforest views.

© Lin Ho Photography

Each project is a development of thought & experience & although the language of this project is in some sense differs from our other buildings, in essence it is still about creating meaning stimulating space, natural light & ventilation, maximizing contact with nature, expressing materials & structure, minimal disturbance to the site/using the site for the benefit of the project.

© Lin Ho Photography

Trafag Sensors & Controls AG

Archello - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 20:00

Posted by E2A Piet Eckert und Wim Eckert Architekten

The core competence of this Swiss company is manufacturing systems for the mechanical, electrical, and electronic controlling and monitoring of pressure, temperature, and gas density. In order to ensure

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Gibraltar University

Archello - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 17:00

Posted by Ayaltointegral S.L.

Since the first time we visited the barracks located at Europa point we take account of the great possibilities of this project, or his location (N-S orientation and impressive sea views) as well as for

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Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District

Archdaily - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 17:00
Courtesy of GroupGSA

With their design approach treating the site as a work of art, GroupGSA’s proposal for a new hotel in Shanghai’s Fengxian District has been awarded 2nd prize in a recent competition. Located in the predominantly undeveloped Nangiao New City and part of the Yangtze River delta in south Shanghai, the Wanda Jinhai Lake Hotel aims to garner new interest in the region through the creation of a new social, cultural, and economic landmark. 

At the center of the Jinhai Lake, the new hotel integrates into the site and provides scenic vistas of the surrounding waterscape. “Inspiration stemmed from the concept of Chinese Calligraphy, the stroke of a brush with its ink dripping in the water,” say the architects. “Our site is merely a piece of art and we plan to leave our mark via our architecture which is painted on the site following the lines and the movement of the surrounding context.”

Courtesy of GroupGSA

For efficient circulation, the fish-shaped building accommodates a ballroom and lobby with individual entrances, allowing for smooth guest movement in areas of high traffic. These also have independent parking entrances within close proximity, providing easy access to the basement.

Courtesy of GroupGSA

Views of various scales are captured at different points throughout the hotel, capitalizing on the attractive landscape that surrounds the site with panoramas and more individual experiences. “The building provides a sensitive exploration of the site and an exotic interaction with the surrounding nature,” added GroupGSA.

Courtesy of GroupGSA

Additional green roofs also serve as vantage points from a number of levels, further exhibiting the architecture’s ambition as an extension of the landscape.

Courtesy of GroupGSA

News via GroupGSA.

Ports1961 Shanghai

Archello - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 16:00

Posted by UUfie

Located at a major high-end commercial district at the intersection of Changde Road and Nanjing West Road in Shanghai, a new façade is created for the fashion house Ports 1961’s flagship store. The

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360 Villa

Archello - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 15:00

Posted by 123DV

The family consists of a couple and their beautiful Alaskan malamute dogs. This time, our slogan 'Living in a tailored suit' got a special dynamic: the tailoring of our design to the requirements

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Morris Adjmi to Transform High Line-Adjacent Warehouse Into Office Building in New York

Archdaily - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 15:00
© Morris Adjmi Architects

Elijah Equities, LLC has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of The Warehouse in New York City, a property currently occupied by car parking and art galleries, which will be transformed into 100,000 square feet of rentable office and retail space designed by Morris Adjmi.

Situated next to the High Line, the building currently at the site is a four-story, 65,000-square-foot former apparel-manufacturing warehouse. The redevelopment will add a three-story, steel-framed, cantilevered addition, resulting in a seven-story building with over 18,000 square feet of rooftop and outdoor amenity space.

© Morris Adjmi Architects

Elijah Equities Principal James Haddad has personal ties to the existing building, as his grandfather founded the clothing firm that occupied the original space. “We have owned this property for decades, and it was once the hub of our apparel company,” explained Haddad. “Permissible zoning allowed us the freedom to do many things on the site, including demolish it completely and convert it to residential condominiums for sale, which is a route many others in the neighborhood have chosen. However, that would mean ultimately destroying and divesting the building, and our own personal histories are too intertwined with these bricks; we just couldn’t let that happen. Instead, we collectively opted to stay true to The Warehouse’s heritage and commercial roots, keeping the bones of the property and adding a modern expansion that complements the original brick-and-mortar base.”

© Morris Adjmi Architects

Additionally, the rear of the building will be reconfigured, allowing for the elimination of columns, and the addition of larger windows, open floor plans, and ample outdoor space. Part of the restructured base of the building will also include a new dual-core system to house the stairwells, elevators, and bathrooms, opening up even more space.

© Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects

"My intent was to capture the spirit of the original warehouse and develop a creative tension between the powerful brick-and-mortar base and the elegant new steel-and-glass addition,” noted Morris Adjmi. “I wanted to connect these two beautiful structures without simply fusing them together. The new steel-and-glass element bridges between the structural elevator and stairway cores creating the sense that it floats above the original building. The upshot of this design is the abundant outdoor spaces that draw parallels directly from the adjacent High Line Park."

© Morris Adjmi Architects © Morris Adjmi Architects

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2017, with occupancy slated for the first quarter of 2019.

The design has also been presented via a virtual reality tour created by VR Global. To see the tour, click here, or learn more about the project here.

News via Elijah Equities, LLC.

Office Design Center

Archello - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:34

Posted by MA2

The crystalline towers are a study on office space design for related disciplines. Towers that are fragmented yet connected through bridging and public commercial space is the interest in this conceptualization

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Call for Entries: The Best Architecture Portfolios

Archdaily - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:05

Given the hearty success of our architecture resume/CV post, we understand that there's a demand for inspirational information that will help you land the job, grant or school admission you've always wanted. But portfolios, though a basic requirement in many creative fields, can be very tricky to master. How do you select the work you want to feature? How will you present it visually? Most importantly—how will you make it memorable enough that it won't be cast aside after a three-second glance? In an age where more and more portfolios and CVs will be viewed exclusively on a screen, how have you, our readers, developed portfolios that you are proud of? We would be honored to share the most innovative, inspirational, well-designed portfolios, so submit your designs!

If you think your portfolio has what it takes to be featured in a top-10 list, then send it over. (But please read the rules and guidelines!)

Rules & Guidelines:

  • Only send your portfolio if you are comfortable with it being shared online. 
  • SUPER IMPORTANT: Submit a maximum of 3 portfolio spreads (six pages). The document should not contain more than six pages. 
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  • You may submit either in either .pdf, .jpg or web format (a link to an online portfolio)
  • Design must be original and suitable for publication on ArchDaily. By submitting your work to ArchDaily you are affirming that you are the sole author of the design.
  • All entries must be received by April 16th, 12:00pm EST.
  • You may submit ONLY one entry.
  • We will publish a selection of our favorite submissions.
  • Any entry that does not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

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Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament

Archello - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:00

Posted by Pablo Millan

WE WILL VISIT THE SUN THAT BORN FROM THE HIGH. In quibusvisitavit nos, oriens ex alto. About the chapel for the Blessed Sacrament of Martín de la Jara (Seville) To think of a space destined to house

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JP+C House / Zargos Arquitetos

Archdaily - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:00
© Gabriel Castro
  • Architects: Zargos Arquitetos
  • Location: Av. Eng. Carlos Goulart, Belo Horizonte - MG, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Zargos Rodrigues
  • Team: Caroline Wajdowicz, Débora Camargos, Frederico Rodrigues, Rodrigo Pereira, Thiago Álvares, Viviane Roza
  • Area: 500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Gabriel Castro
  • Construction: Laso Engenharia
© Gabriel Castro

From the architect. Located at the foot of the Serra do Curral, the residence has a privileged view, since it is inserted in an urban context without major visual obstructions.

Its surroundings, being already anthropomorphized, called for an extensive study of the implementation and use of the building. The solution found for the facade was to adopt a diagonal that did not obstruct the vision of the other existing houses nearby. The effect obtained was highlighted by the balance of the third floor, plus the slope of the roof.

© Gabriel Castro

Still in analysis to the nearbysites, the building looked for a core concentration that was harmonized with the neighboring houses. The plant conformation resulted in the intimate area to the right of the site and social area to the left, thus coinciding with the uses of both neighbors.

Model

The columns that support the third floor come as perhaps themost inquiring element of this project. In vibrant color and eccentric shape, they spring up as a featured icon in the overall composition. It plays with itself in a constant state of motion, frozen at some point in the staticity of the concrete. It questions the coldness and solidity of the austere colors of the whole, provokes the pallor of the white, and brings the eyes to what might have been conventional.

© Gabriel Castro

Developed in three floors, the project seeks better adaptation to the site. Using its natural slope, the building occupies the spaces according to the topography. At the access level are located the garage and social hall. The office and private leisure areas, consisting of a gym, TV room and balcony are located on the second floor.

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The intimate and social leisure areas are on the third floor. A large living room area is connected to the rest of the residence by a grassy courtyard. Referring to ancient Greece, this large central courtyard is flanked by the dorms and connects at both ends the space intended for the family and friends gatherings and the rest of the residence. This configuration makes up an intimate and cozy living space while being evident in the open air. In general, the whole functional part of the house was developed on a single floor.

© Gabriel Castro

The large openings of the residence aim at the optimization of the lighting and ventilation in the building and also enhancing the sights. In analogy to these spans, the project has eliminated the physical barriers in the social area by producing an open and fluid environment.

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The JP+C Residence is against formal clichés and protocols. The everyday routine mixes with the sporadic in the same environment designed for both purposes. The geometrical formality of the straight line, the audacity of the acute angles, the antithesis between full and empty, the composition of the facade reflects the simplistic interior and, at the same time, the complexity of the work.

© Gabriel Castro

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