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Habanera / Proyecto Singular

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 18:00
© Jose Parreño
  • Architects: Proyecto Singular
  • Location: Calle de Génova, 28, 28004 Madrid, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Jorge Lozano Tablada
  • Area: 1050.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Jose Parreño
  • Lighting: MC Lighting
  • Landscape: Fernando Martos
  • Construction: Recoord
  • Structural Calculation: Rehabitar
© Jose Parreño

Text description provided by the architects. Located in the heart of the city of Madrid, the Proyecto Singular studio designs HABANERA, a restaurant in a space of about 1000m2 that was born with the idea of offering a different disconnection space; With a colonial inspiration in which to take a rest in the Plaza de Colón.

© Jose Parreño

The restaurant is distributed on two floors around a large patio generated inside.

2nd floor axonometric 1st floor axonometric

On the ground floor there are three different public spaces: a bar area, in green tones and handcrafted materials, in contact with the street; a second restaurant area, homely with sofas and fireplace, and a bar through which the kitchens can be seen.

© Jose Parreño

In the courtyard, with its 50m2 and 8m high, the old facades of Havana are reinterpreted by a perforated metal mesh that allows it to be seen from every corner. A large staircase with three sections articulates the connection between both floor plans, leaving in the center a set of vegetation and lighting based on hanging lamps of cloth. In the center a piano for live music that floods with positive vibrations the users of this space.

© Jose Parreño

The luminosity of the upper floor is given thanks to the two fully glazed facades, which allow to enjoy a privileged view of the Plaza de Colón with the central bar,

© Jose Parreño

The selected materials look for warmth, with natural woods in floors and ceilings, patterned fabrics, abundant vegetation, soft colors, reflections and a delicate lighting.

© Jose Parreño

All this generates a tropical atmosphere and promotes the optimism of the Cuban capital from which this place was inspired.

Oregon Becomes the First State to Legalize Mass Timber High Rises

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:00
Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture

Oregon has become the first state in the U.S. to allow timber buildings to rise higher than six stories without special consideration. The recent addendum to the state's building code is the result of Oregon’s statewide alternate method (SAM), a program that allows for alternate building techniques to be used after an advisory council has approved the “technical and scientific facts of the proposed alternate method.” The decision stands as a precedent for future construction across the United States.

Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture

In April this year, an Ad Hoc Committee of the International Code Council presented their findings on timber high rise construction to the Oregon Codes Division. The committee was created in 2015 to explore the benefits and challenges of using timber in tall buildings. All 14 of the committee’s suggestions were adopted, including standards and best practices for the load-bearing potential of CLT and heavy timber, fireproofing, seismic rating, and more.

Framework. Image Courtesy of LEVER Architecture

Three new building classifications were introduced: Type IV A, timber buildings permitted up to 18 stories and 270 feet tall, Type IV B, timber buildings with a maximum height of 12 stories and 180 feet, and Type IV C, which is permitted to rise nine stories and 85 feet tall at maximum. The tallest, type A, must enclose all exposed surfaces and include a three-hour fire-resistance rating for the structural elements. The shortest of the timber typologies is allowed to use exposed structural timber as an interior finish.

As interest in timber construction rises, Oregon's decision to allow tall timber buildings has the potential to impact building codes and standards across the country, especially those states where special considerations on timber high rises do not exist.

Oak Park Housing / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 16:00
© John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay

Text description provided by the architects. Oak Park Housing is a compact urban infill development on a long-vacant lot in Sacramento’s Oak Park district, a demographically diverse neighborhood that, for decades, had suffered from economic stagnation and urban disinvestment. In recent years, young professionals, artists, and students have started to rediscover Oak Park as an affordable community close to downtown Sacramento, with new art galleries, independent coffee shops, and small businesses in tow filling abandoned storefronts throughout the area.

© John J. Macaulay

Oak Park Housing is one of the neighborhood’s first new residential developments since the infamous 1969 Oak Park Riots, which left lasting scars on the city’s social and physical landscape; accordingly, the project is more than just a contemporary addition to the existing housing stock: it is a harbinger of urban revitalization, its architecture cheerfully embracing the creative and buoyant energy that has propelled the ongoing renaissance of this vibrant and culturally diverse community.

Rendered Plan Isonometric

The project is a dense cluster of six small homes. Carefully proportioned to echo the massing and scale of the area’s existing building stock, the houses are simple, two-story volumes, their appearance crisp but deliberately playful in a nod to the progressive and creative spirit permeating Oak Park. Three of the six buildings are grouped along 2nd Avenue, where they repair the fragmented street edge and mend the ragged fabric of the block. The other three homes are accessed from the public alley, continuing Sacramento’s unique typology of residential alleys that serve as active neighborhood pathways.

© John J. Macaulay

Designed around an ambitiously limited construction budget, each building has a living area of 1,503 square feet and consists of two interlocking components, a light-grey ground-level base and a darker, slightly cantilevered volume above.  Kitchen, living and dining are consolidated as one open space on the main level, with stairs leading up to the three bedrooms on the second floor.

© John J. Macaulay

The simple exterior palette includes cementitious stucco and fiberboard cladding, complemented by the prudently sized and carefully placed floor-to-ceiling apertures.  On the upper level, the south façade transforms into an articulated field of lacquered vertical metal louvers that act as both sun screen and compositional device.  The metered spacing of the louvers sets up a deeply textured, dynamic cadence, their prismatic colors complementing the homes’ otherwise neutral, muted tones and cheerfully reverberating the vivid, kaleidoscopic hues of the buildings and murals nearby.

© John J. Macaulay

Would You Spend $145,000 on Zaha Hadid Architects' Lapella Chair?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:00
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

For those with $145,000 hidden down the side of their sofa, Zaha Hadid Architects has designed and released Lapella Chair, continuing their “investigations in structure and fabrication-aware tectonics by reinterpreting the iconic 1963 lounge chair by Hans J. Wegner."

Created from Italian marble, Lapella retains the proportions, scale, and recline of the original chair while introducing “contemporary stone tooling and carbon fiber composites.” 

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

While the original Wegner chair was envisaged in steam-bent plywood, ZHA revisited the design to create a hybrid which marries the compressive properties of stone with the tensile properties of carbon. Lapella is forged from precision computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing, using a blend of Palissandro Classico Marble, a polished, slightly pearlescent Italian marble with a cream color and delicate hazel stripes, and 8-12 millimeter carbon fiber rolls, thus achieving maximum thinness, lightness, and strength.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

A “tectonic” approach sees the chair embodying a geometry which expresses its light-weight material fusion and structural performance, seeking to cast furniture design from an architectural perspective. The team imagines furniture as “a precursor and human-scale test bed to the full-scale deployment of novel material and manufacturing technology at architectural scale.”

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The design employs contemporary, state-of-the-art algorithmic extensions to historic design techniques usually found in stone masonry of yesteryear. These stereotomic design techniques recuperate from history, the utilization of curvature to elegantly transfer weight and forces to ground along with organizing the layout of material in relation to such force-flows.
-Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

For the design of Lapella, ZHA worked in collaboration with London-based engineers AKT-II, the University of Westminster, and New York Institute of Technology. Sponsors included Generelli SA and New Fundamentals Research Group.

News via: Zaha Hadid Architects

Asintelix Office / EZEQUIELFARCA

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:00
© Jaime Navarro
  • Architects: Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Cristina Grappin
  • Other Participants: Ezequiel Farca, Cristina Grappin, Manuel Medina
  • Area: 6447.58 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

Text description provided by the architects. A home built in the 1970s was renovated to create a dynamic, multi-purpose work environment for Asintelix, an automation and security company located in Mexico City. This new office space sought to reflect the company’s culture and values, incentivizing collaboration and offering employees a diverse environment where their personal and collective needs would be met.

Section A © Jaime Navarro

A central patio was conditioned to become an ideal spot for rest and contemplation, while a rooftop terrace acts as a meeting point for work and recreational activities between employees.

Ground Floor © Jaime Navarro

The restrained materials palette lends protagonism to the greenery located in the exterior areas, while also creating a cool yet stimulating work environment, allowing for optimal focus and motivation.

© Jaime Navarro

Throughout the building, a concrete lattice was designed and installed to filter sunlight as it glides into the indoor spaces, establishing a seamless transition between exterior and interior areas during the daytime. After nightfall, the lattice is illuminated with artificial light, creating a new effect that adds character and energy to the space.

Diagram © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Your Favorite Fictional Universes in Pen and Paper

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:00
Courtesy of Angie's List

In a world of 3D, HD, 4K, and CGI, architectural representation in the film, television, and gaming industries are becoming ever-more realistic, ever-more dazzling, and ever-more expensive. But strip away the special effects, and the beautifully-crafted architectural forms of fictional worlds such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Marvel are no less impressive.

To demonstrate this, Angie’s List has produced a set of elemental, greyscale, pen-and-paper illustrations of some of the entertainment industry’s most iconic fictional worlds, celebrating style, form, materiality, and shadow. From the sleek futurism of Star Wars and Marvel to the vernacular fortresses of Game of Thrones and Skyrim, the “Fictional Architecture” series captures the finer details of our favorite fictional universes.

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Sleeve House / actual / office

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:00
© Michael Moran/OTTO Archive
  • Structural Engineer: Taconic Engineering
  • General Contractor : Lorne Dawes
  • Concrete Contractor : Neilsen Concrete
  • Hvac Contractor : Dells Plumbing and Heating
  • Solar Consultant : Lotus Energy
© Michael Moran/OTTO Archive

Text description provided by the architects. Oriented in relation to the rolling hills of its site and views of surrounding mountain ranges, the house is conceived as two elongated volumes – a smaller inner volume sleeved into a larger outer – sitting on a cast-in-place concrete base. Sleeving the two volumes creates two distinct types of interior space: first, between the inner and outer volumes, and second within the inner volume.

Site Plan

More public spaces of the house are in between the inner and outer volumes; they are the spaces remaining in the outer volume after the inner has been inserted into it. They include a dramatic entry gallery, a narrow vertical slot for the stairs, and a high ceilinged living space with a sloping wall of glass. These spaces are on a grand scale and they are finished with exposed concrete and charred wood, which run continuously in from the exterior. The interior of the inner volume contains private spaces of the house – bedrooms, bathroom and a study. These spaces are on an intimate scale with more typical domestic finishes. The experience of moving between these two types of spaces is like moving between two different worlds.

© Michael Moran/OTTO Archive

In the design of the house, aesthetics and sustainability are complementary forces. The inner and outer volumes are both wrapped around their tops, bottoms, and longs sides with charred wood. The charring is a traditional Japanese process called shou sugi ban, which leaves wood highly resistant to weather and rot. The wood itself is acetylated soft wood, which combined with the charring, creates a low-maintenance 50-year exterior cladding product that does not require harvesting old growth forest.

© Michael Moran/OTTO Archive

Main glazing areas are in short ends of the sleeved volume, which are oriented north-south to admit desirable solar gain and day-lighting. Smaller secondary windows are oriented east–west and screened by louvers to emphasize the purity of the sleeved volumes, reference the volumetric simplicity of historical barns and silos in the region, and mitigate less desirable solar gain.

Exploded Sleeve Diagram

The sleeved volumes sit on an exposed cast-in-place concrete base that forms the walls, steps and floors of the lower level. The floors and steps contain radiant heat elements, and together with the walls, they create a large thermal mass that significantly increases heating and cooling efficiency. Other energy efficient features including solar power with battery backup, a heat recovery ventilator, triple-pane glazing, water/sewer self-sufficiency, very low air infiltration and native plant landscaping keep the home’s CO2 usage at approximately 1 metric ton per year.

© Michael Moran/OTTO Archive

Drawing Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Apple Pencil

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:30
Courtesy of Morpholio Trace

Want to get the most of your Apple Pencil in Trace? Today, Rome Prize winner Javier Galindo, is going to show you a few features that will make your Trace drawings sing.

“Forget anything you thought you knew about previous styluses. Draw with the Apple Pencil as you would with any pencil and the rest will come naturally.” -Javier Galindo

1. Pressure

Want a line to be bolder or darker? Simply press down and watch the lightness of the line change. Make your line look heavy or faint. Perfect for expressing depth in your drawing.

Courtesy of Morpholio Trace

2. Tilt

Want to fill or shade? Simply “Tilt” your Apple Pencil to allow your watercolor brush, graphite pencil, charcoal or chisel marker to be spread wide or bleed deep. It will feel just like a real pencil on its side.
HINT: Lighten opacity slider in pen toolbar for soft shading.

Courtesy of Morpholio Trace

3. Azimuth

Want to see something really cool? Use the chisel marker and notice the direction of the line adjust with the marker as you rotate it. Can you get more real than this?

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4. Consistency

Need a mechanical line where the pen maintains perfect width and color? Simply select the technical pen and you will have the exact line you need no matter how the pencil moves. To change thickness simply change pen sizes.

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We hope that Javier’s drawings below and these tips will inspire you to take your work to the next level. Want to see more of Javier’s work? Click here.

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Residence Maribou / Alain Carle Architecte

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:00
© Raphael Thibodeau
  • Project Manager: Isaniel Levesque
  • Landscape Design: Ronald Leduc & Fils and Equipe Logan
  • Contractor: Les Constructions Symetrik
© Raphael Thibodeau © Raphael Thibodeau

Text description provided by the architects. Originally built in the 1960s, the house featured the traits of that period’s Scandinavian architecture. Little known internationally at that time, this architectural trend hit its stride due to architects such as Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), for whom respect for the place, the importance of functionality and materiality would be the keys to design. This “organic” architecture, which has disappeared due to a series of interventions on the residence, will be brought to the forefront in this major transformation.

© Raphael Thibodeau Ground floor plan © Raphael Thibodeau

Although this house had several insulation and structural problems, its great singularity motivated the owners to invest in its renovation for their retirement project, instead of in a total demolition. The objective thus was to conserve its original character, while modernizing several of its aspects to improve the program’s functionality.

© Raphael Thibodeau

Apart from the restoration of the envelope and several interior elements, the main challenge was to review access to the residence in order to reduce the number of steps to climb from the parking. The main entrance, previously located on the first floor, was therefore relocated to the ground floor, forcing a complete reorganization of traffic and the program. An arch was erected to signal this intervention and emphasize this new route.

© Raphael Thibodeau

Previously topped with a flat roof, the project featured an added roof that was rethought to correspond better to its originally Scandinavian essence. Given the local by-laws requiring a pitched roof, the idea was to negotiate the roof profile to return to a more coherent volumetric architecture.

© Raphael Thibodeau

The projecting side walls delimiting the house were also a key component of the initial construction. Unfortunately, these walls had been relegated to the background by the roof that covered them. In this same logic of respecting the original character, these walls were widened and highlighted by the contrast of different materialities.

© Raphael Thibodeau

For the interior, the strong elements represented by the big stone wall and the singular railing were conserved in their entirety and restored to context in a more contemporary composition.

© Raphael Thibodeau

The new volumetry, freeing more space in the master bedroom, will allow the addition of new fenestration opening on the landscape. On the main floor, new openings will also be made to finally give a view of the rocky landscape from the kitchen. The residence, which previously had a “back room” exclusively orientated to the distant view, will then offer a multitude of framings of different landscape scales.

© Raphael Thibodeau

KILD Wins Competition for Kaunas Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Lithuania

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:00
Courtesy of Davit Tsanava

KILD has been announced as the first place winner for a design competition in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city. The competition sought for innovative and eco-friendly proposals for a pedestrian and cycle bridge that would connect the downtown area to Science Island.

Courtesy of Davit Tsanava

The firm’s proposal considered an environmentally-friendly approach when designing the bridges to connect the two riverbanks. The first bridge, called the Nemunas Bridge, was designed to blend in with the city’s silhouette and offer 360-degree views of the skyline. The southern end of the bridge connects to a new plaza and features a panoramic view of the historic area of the city. The northern end provides extended seating towards the Science Museum and faces a newly developed area. 

Courtesy of Davit Tsanava

The second bridge is located on the axis of the intersection of the Fire Station. The bridge has a minimal footprint and expands towards the city center creating a wide entrance with bus stops and an underground passageway.

  • Architects: KILD
  • Design Team: Dominykas Daunys, Petras Išora, Ivane Ksnelashvili
  • Project Year: 2018

News via: KILD Eco Bridge Design Winner Creates An Undulating Mountainside Infrastructure in Seoul

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Named Chair of the Pritzker Jury

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:00
Justice Breyer. Image Courtesy of Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer has been named chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury by the Hyatt Foundation. As a member of the award jury since 2011, Breyer takes over from the current chair Glenn Murcutt, Hon. FAIA. Tom Pritzker, chairman and president of the prize's sponsor, noted how Breyer's devotion to "civic-minded architecture underscores the mission of the Prize and his unparalleled ability to guide a group deliberation is essential in creating a unified voice." The international prize is regarded as architecture’s highest honor, and this year marks the 41st year of the award.

Justice Breyer was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1980 and become Chief Judge in 1990. While he was a federal appeals judge in Boston he played a key role in shepherding the design and construction of the John Joseph Moakley United State Courthouse, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. In 1994 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton. The most recent Pritzker Prize was awarded to Balkrishna Doshi in Toronto, Canada, and the 2019 Laureate will be announced next spring.

Moakley United State Courthouse. Image Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

The jury for the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize is currently comprised of Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice in Washington, D.C.; Wang Shu, architect and 2012 Pritzker Laureate in Hangzhou, China; André Aranha Corrêa do Lago, architectural critic, curator, and Brazilian ambassador to Japan in Tokyo; Kazuyo Sejima, architect and 2010 Pritzker Laureate in Tokyo; Richard Rogers, Hon. FAIA, architect and 2007 Pritzker Laureate in London; Benedetta Tagliabue, architect and educator in Barcelona, Spain; Ratan N. Tata, chairman of Tata Trusts in Mumbai, and Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and dean of the IE School of Architecture & Design in Madrid.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy. Its purpose is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

Hospitals and Health Centers: 50 Floor Plan Examples

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:00
Cortesía de Fabian Dejtiar

A floor plan is an interesting way to represent and approach the functional program of hospitals and health centers, where the complexity of the system implies the need for specific studies of the distribution and spatial organization for proper health care.

From our published projects, we have found numerous solutions and possibilities for health centers and hospitals depending on the site's specific needs.

Below, we have selected 50 on-site floor plan examples that can help you better understand how architects design hospitals and health care centers.

Maggie's Cancer Centre Manchester / Foster + Partners

Cortesía de Foster + Partners


Hospital Complex Broussais / a+ samueldelmas

via a+ samueldelmas

Livsrum - Cancer Counseling Center / EFFEKT


Villa el Libertador Príncipe de Asturias Municipal Hospital / Santiago Viale + Ian Dutari + Alejandro Paz

via Santiago Viale + Ian Dutari + Alejandro Paz

Municipal Healthcare Centres San Blas + Usera + Villaverde / Estudio Entresitio

via Estudio Entresitio

San Jerónimo Hospital Refurbishment / SV60 Arquitectos

via SV60 Arquitectos

Villeneuve-Saint-Georges Hospital / Atelier d’architecture Michel Rémon

via Atelier d’architecture Michel Rémon

Psychopedagogical Medical Center / Comas-Pont arquitectos

via Comas-Pont arquitectos

D’olot i Comarcal Hospital / Ramon Sanabria + Francesc Sandalinas

via Ramon Sanabria + Francesc Sandalinas

Sant Joan de Reus University Hospital / Pich-Aguilera Architects + Corea & Moran Arquitectura

via Pich-Aguilera Architects + Corea & Moran Arquitectura

Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework

via Rural Urban Framework

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau / Silvia Barbera Correia + Jose luis Canosa + Francisco Rius + Esteban Bonell + Josep Maria Gil

via Silvia Barbera Correia + Jose luis Canosa + Francisco Rius + Esteban Bonell + Josep Maria Gil

Dronning Ingrids Hospital / C. F. Møller Architects

via C. F. Møller Architects

Cerdanya Hospital / Brullet Pineda Arquitectes

via Brullet Pineda Arquitectes

El Carmen Hospital Maipu / BBATS Consulting & Projects + Murtinho+Raby Arquitectos

via BBATS Consulting&Projects SLP + Murtinho+Raby Arquitectos

Hospital Tierra De Barros / EACSN + Junquera Arquitectos

via EACSN + Junquera Arquitectos

Nuevo Hospital Universitario La Fe de Valencia / Ramon Esteve, Alfonso Casares

via Ramon Esteve, Alfonso Casares

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

via Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Hospital Campus de la Salud / PLANHO + AIDHOS arquitectos S.A.

via PLANHO + AIDHOS arquitectos S.A.

Hospital of Sant Joan Despi Doctor Moises Broggi / Pinearq + Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes

via Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes + PINEARQ

Nemours Children’s Hospital / Stanley Beaman & Sears

via Stanley Beaman & Sears

Vall d’Hebron Hospital / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

via Estudi PSP Arquitectura

Hospital of Mollet / Corea Moran Arquitectura

via Corea Moran Arquitectura

Hospital General de la Línea de la Concepción / Planho Consultores

via Planho Consultores

Subacute Hospital of Mollet / Mario Corea Arquitectura

via Mario Corea Arquitectura

Hisham A. Alsager Cardiological Hospital / AGi Architects

via AGi Architects

New Lady Cilento Children's Hospital / Lyons + Conrad Gargett

via Lyons + Conrad Gargett

The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center / SOM


Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá / El Equipo de Mazzanti

via El Equipo de Mazzanti

Hospital General de Níger / CADI

via CADI

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital / Sheppard Robson + John Cooper Architecture + GAPP + Ruben

via Sheppard Robson + John Cooper Architecture + GAPP + Ruben

NGS Macmillan Unit / The Manser Practice

via The Manser Practice

Rocio's Hospital / Manoel Coelho Arquitetura e Design

via Manoel Coelho Arquitetura e Design

Healthcare Center in Valenzá / IDOM

via IDOM

Urban Hospice / NORD Architects

via NORD Architects

Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative

via 5G Studio Collaborative

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center / SmithGroup

via SmithGroupJJR

Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

via Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

Nozay Health Center / a+ samueldelmas

via a+ samueldelmas

Health Municipal Clinic / studiolada architects

via studiolada architects

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare / Stantec Architecture + KPMB Architects + HDR Architecture + Diamond Schmitt Architects

via Stantec Architecture + KPMB Architects + HDR Architecture + Diamond Schmitt Architects

Asahicho Clinic / hkl studio

via hkl studio

Health Clinic Ruukki / alt Architects + Karsikas

via alt Architects + Karsikas

Medical Centre Cortes / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto

via Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto

Healthcare Center in Tordera / Carles Muro + Charmaine Lay

via Carles Muro + Charmaine Lay

Primary Care Center / Josep Camps & Olga Felip

via Josep Camps & Olga Felip

Urban Day Care Center for Alzheimer Patients / Cid + Santos

via Cid + Santos

Health Center in Oleiros / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

via abalo alonso arquitectos

A Parda Health Centre / Vier Arquitectos

via Vier Arquitectos

Centro de Salud de Quintanar del Rey / MBVB ARQUITECTOS


The Loquat Tree House / Machado Igreja Arquitectos

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:00
© João Morgado
  • Collaborator: Luís Marquez
© João Morgado

Text description provided by the architects. The apartment was visibly disfigured and degraded. The parlors looked over the road; the kitchen and the bedroom stood above an enclosed balcony, which led to an abandoned courtyard where the loquat endured. The project contemplates the conversion of the parlors into bedrooms making way for the living room. 

Floor Plan

At the heart of the apartment, the wooden corridor emerged between the stone-coated damp zones. The sliding panel, standing between it and the common areas, has two openings, which allows illumination of the corridor and brings the loquat into context. 

© João Morgado Section © João Morgado

The abandoned courtyard, in turn, gains a leading role as an indispensable complement to the living area and the kitchen. Then arises a bench, turned westward, and a tank with running water; lengthy marble elements which strive to invigorate the outside and emblazon the kitchen and the living room, as well as the loquat. 

© João Morgado © João Morgado

The project consists in restoring the nobility of original aspects and, at once, integrating storage spaces and new coatings which are capable to respond to the current demands. The intervention strives to set a moment of continuity and rejuvenation in the history of the apartment.

© João Morgado

Opificio Golinelli / diverserighestudio

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 04:00
© Giovanni Bortolani
  • Architects: diverserighestudio
  • Location: Via Paolo Nanni Costa, 14, 40133 Bologna BO, Italy
  • Lead Architects: Simone Gheduzzi, Nicola Rimondi, Gabriele Sorichetti
  • Area: 4500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Giovanni Bortolani
  • Structural Consultant: Lanfranco Laghi
  • Mechanical Consulting: Studio Zambonini
  • Costs Control Consulting: Studio BG
  • Environmental And Acoustics Consulting: Studio Airis
  • Client: Fondazione Golinelli
© Giovanni Bortolani

Text description provided by the architects. Fondazione Golinelli is a private foundation that fosters the responsible cultural growth of citizens in all fields of knowledge. One of the most important aims is to provide young people the orientation and tools required for an innovative and competitive way in an increasingly globalized, complex, multicultural and unpredictable world.

© Giovanni Bortolani

The aim of the project is to educate people about the scientific aspects of art and the artistic intuition of science, bringing out their affinities in a perspective of implementation of creative thinking.

© Giovanni Bortolani Axonometric © Giovanni Bortolani

The Opificio is seen in terms of a citadel metaphor in which all the activities take on the form of ideal containers, icons of symbolic places in our urban environment, like the City Hall, the School, the Worksite that represents the ongoing work required by a City for its life.Then there is public space, ready to host multiple activities and functions, to sustain social life by means of shared services.

© Giovanni Bortolani Sections © Giovanni Bortolani

The result is an architecture with an intimate dimension, connected with the study and work that happen inside the ideal containers, and a relational system positioned at the connections of the activities. This character of openness had led to the design of a space with a “local exterior”, renovating an existing industrial building that is contextualized, and a “global interior”, interconnected with the world through open work modes.

© Giovanni Bortolani

Stelida Terra / gfra architecture

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 03:00
© Panagiotis Voumvakis
  • Architects: gfra architecture
  • Location: Naxos, Greece
  • Lead Architects: gfra architects
  • Project Team: Tasos Gousis, Joost Frijda, Eddie Roberts, Fotini Anagnostou
  • Structural Design: Geocad - Nikolaos Mylonas
  • Mechanical Design: Manolis Kontopoulos
  • Construction: Aliberti projects
  • Area: 520.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Panagiotis Voumvakis
© Panagiotis Voumvakis

Text description provided by the architects. Naxos is one of the most popular destinations of the greek islands. Increasing tourism has created a need for small and middle sized residencies of mixed use: hospitality uses plus a base for long term holidays. A concept like that led to this project. One of the most active real estate development groups on the island approached us with the idea of creating a group of residencies that would be special, yet approachable. The project took place on an out of city plan plot with an east orientation, high inclination and unlimited view to the main town of Naxos.

© Panagiotis Voumvakis Plan © Panagiotis Voumvakis

Its east orientation was our main challenge, since the powerful northeastern winds that dominate the area coupled with the early absence of sunlight from living spaces in the afternoon were concerns that had to be dealt with efficiently. Our solution was that of subterranean buildings, ordered on the slope one above the other in such a way that all have unlimited view, and every residency is as invisible as possible to the rest of the houses. Moreover, the houses, built under the ground with their facade many meters behind the excavation limit, create an outdoors living area that is protected from the strong winds.

© Panagiotis Voumvakis General plan © Panagiotis Voumvakis

The residencies are designed in a linear way. Side by side behind their single facades are a living area, kitchen and two bedrooms. Auxiliary spaces have been placed in the back of the buildings, in contact with secondary skylights. The living room and kitchen are a single entity overlooking the view, and a large opening on their outdoors continuation towards the excavated side offers those spaces necessary front to back ventilation and sunlight throughout the day.

© Panagiotis Voumvakis

We chose interior materials with the goal of maintaining a calm ambience with light-colored elements and minimal decoration. Facades were coated in stone and all hard outdoors surfaces were made with cement in natural colors. The remaining landscape was planted in such a way as to respect and regenerate the previous landscape as much as possible.

© Panagiotis Voumvakis

Gahinga Batwa Village / Studio FH Architects

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 02:00
© Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes
  • Structural Engineer: Aquila Gallery
  • Contractor: In-house construction team of Volcanoes Safaris with community support
© Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes

Text description provided by the architects. This settlement for eighteen families has been built for and with a Gahinga-based group of Batwa, a marginalized people living in great poverty and destitution ever since their eviction from the forest. 10 acres of land, donated by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust for this purpose, has now become the new home of over 100 people. All materials utilized for the construction were donated by Volcanoes Safaris and guests of their nearby Mount Gahinga Lodge. Studio FH Architects provided the designs and supervision services for free as part of its pro-bono programme.

© Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes Sections and Plans © Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes

The village has eighteen small houses, each measuring 20m2. The floor plans vary slightly but have all been based on a model house that was built by the future users themselves using branches and grass. All homes have a covered veranda for cooking, a small common room, and tiny bedrooms. The houses are built on rubble stone foundations using stones collected on site. Walls are constructed of eucalyptus poles with a bamboo grid and finished with earth plaster. Roofs are made of metal sheets with a papyrus layer above.

© Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes

The village layout was not drawn; instead, the placement of individual houses was done ‘on the go’ by the builders themselves. They were encouraged to respond to trees, rocks and other features; to avoid verandas facing the strong winds coming from the volcanoes; not to align the houses in strict rows, and to keep them tightly spaced as wind protection and to maximize the space available for farming. This has led to an interesting, random pattern that will, over time and with the help of trees, create comfortable public spaces and niches.

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To one side of the village, built into the slopes of a ravine, are two small buildings accommodating latrines? Lack of proper sanitation has been a great issue on the former site of this group and was seen as key to achieving a dignified and healthy environment. At the bottom of the site, near the main access, is the new community center. This dome-shaped structure, measuring about 100 sqm, is a multi-purpose space that can be used for assemblies, dance performances, adult education and many other uses.

© Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes Building Instructions 11 © Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes

Its design inspiration was the traditional forest dwelling of the Batwa which is a light-weight dome made of bent branches covered by grass. The building is made of eucalyptus poles painted with recycled engine oil; galvanized metal sheets; papyrus roof cover; translucent sheets for doors and windows; and grass mats for the ceiling. The building has a total height of 6m and features two garage-like doors that can be swung open to increase the size and flexibility of the space. Given its complex structure, the construction team was issued with basic drawings plus an ‘IKEA-style’ assembly manual.

© Will Boase Photography | Craig Howes

Boys Hostel Block / Zero Energy Design Lab

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 01:00
© Andre J. Fanthome
  • Architects: Zero Energy Design Lab
  • Location: Gurugram, Haryana, India
  • Lead Architects: Sachin Rastogi, Payal Seth Rastogi
  • Design Team: Rohan Mishra, Naveen Pahal, Arya Kaushik, Tanya Makker
  • Area: 60000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Andre J. Fanthome
  • Contractor: LS Associates, New Delhi
  • Structure: Design Solution, New Delhi
  • Client: St. Andrews Group
© Andre J. Fanthome

Text description provided by the architects. The boys’ hostel was proposed as a linear built mass in the existing master plan of the campus, which posed challenges to create socially active and environmentally sustainable spaces.

© Andre J. Fanthome

It houses 360 students with recreational courts and mess facilities. The dorms are provided with triple height terrace which takes away from the feeling of a conventional dorm. It gives them an opportunity to come out and savour the outdoors. Terraces & activities are layered at multiple levels to boost intercommunication amongst the students. The contorting central atrium allows natural light to penetrate deeper in the building and also acts as a solar chimney that takes away the stale and hot air within the building through stack effect. The building is also cost effective, built at a rate of Rs. 1400/sq.ft without compromising on construction quality.


The key factor in the design process was to enhance student interaction, within the indoor spaces that percolates outward and interacts with the landscape around it. The linear block was twisted to create, a shaded entrance (summer court) and an open terrace (winter court) on south and north facades respectively, to encourage activities at all times diurnally and seasonally. The ramp acts as a transition space between the harsh outdoor and cooler indoors thus protecting students from getting thermal shock. It also consists of a cafeteria which acts as a student magnet that encourages and promotes social activity. The shaded ramp coupled with the cafeteria and a stationary shop creates a comfortable space which is enough to sustain long conversations amongst the students. The terrace upstairs enables one to enjoy the weather during summer evening and winter afternoons. The terrace overlooks the playing field and establishes a visual dialogue with the overall context of the campus greens and other buildings.

© Andre J. Fanthome

Design Strategy
Climate sensitivity has been an important parameter in our process, which followed, analysis of solar radiation and air movement to develop a second skin on the façade that allows for thermal insulation and light permeability at all time. A brick jali, circumscribing the building adds a unique character and texture to its façade. The rotation angles of each brick were stimulated using software (Ecotect, Grasshopper) to minimize solar radiations and direct heat gain on the façade. The brick skin also accommodates balconies(4’ wide) which acts as a buffer zone between indoor and outdoor spaces designed to remain at mean temperatures between the inside and outside throughout the year. The jali also created a unique character of light and shadow that renders a separate and a truly different imagery for each of the rooms used by the students. All local materials used for this project and were procured within the radius of 500 km from the site.


Construction Methodology
21 feet high, 1” thick steel bars were fixed on the R.C.C beams using Hilti chemicals. Bricks were specially manufactured with single holes so that they can be stacked one on top of each other by inserting a single piece steel bar through the single whole. Based on the grasshopper script the brick were individually rotated on a specific angle to reduce solar radiation, provide adequate daylight and ventilation to the living units behind the skin. No cement mortar was used to construct the jail spanning 21 feet in height and 250 feet in length.

© Andre J. Fanthome

Facade Design Strategy
Using Rhino, Grasshopper and Ladybug a parametric script was written to analyse level of direct and diffused radiation on the primary façade. The radiation value of each grid cell on the primary façade then became the input for the rotation angles of the brick in front of it. By doing this, direct and diffused radiations were reduced by 70% on the principle façade. Hence, reducing heat gain on the principle habitable spaces behind the jali wall. Day lighting levels in the living units were also constantly checked to ensure that the jali does not reduce it beyond 250 lux.

© Andre J. Fanthome

DS House / Planned Living Architects

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 00:00
© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Text description provided by the architects. In the ocean beach environs of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, this house presents itself as a robust, tactile and refined combination of raw concrete and timbers. With privacy and understated presence, it embraces the coastal streetscape before opening up through seamless connections to the secluded sun filled backyard.

© Derek Swalwell

The home is initially designed for a young couple, with short-term plans for a family, but with a requirement for a home which will not exclude itself from a possible future life as a holiday home. The spatial planning is designed for flexibility through its zoned spaces. This allows the main users to live in the key parts of the house the majority of the time but providing for impending family growth or use as a multi-generational holiday house through the separation of the second wing.

© Derek Swalwell Floor plan © Derek Swalwell

It provides its inhabitants a sanctuary through its relaxed atmosphere and privacy and gains warmth through extensive use of timbers, complementing the strength and raw tactile character of the in-situ concrete walls. It encourages the inhabitants to connect with the outdoor spaces through cleverly planned orientation, and extensive glass to the north-facing backyard.

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

The house and its layered built forms sit harmoniously within the sleepy streets of this ocean beach environment whilst also providing for flexible privacy and security. The bold concrete forms create a blank backdrop for the reinstatement of the indigenous landscape after bushfire overlays of the planning scheme triggered a requirement for the majority of the vegetation to be removed. The orientation and site layout was dictated by a desire to embrace passive solar principles from the outset. Strong connections from indoors to out is enhanced via continuous material links and well considered glazing elements.

© Derek Swalwell

Bamboo Long House Restaurant / BambuBuild

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 23:00
© Quang Tran
  • Architects: BambuBuild
  • Location: Đồng Hới, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
  • Lead Architects: Tran Ba Tiep
  • Area: 615.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Quang Tran
© Quang Tran

Text description provided by the architects. Situated next to a river in the middle of Vietnam, Bamboo Long House Restaurant features a large boat-shaped roof, which is covered with forking fern truck, a local popular material for roofing. The building is completely open architecture, connecting to nature harmoniously. The main structure is built in a very simple way and takes advantage of the characteristics of bamboo.

Cross Section © Quang Tran Ground Floor Plan

Mainframe structure is made of bamboo and connected together by bamboo bolts and polyester rope lashing. All modular frame structure was prefabricated in the ground before erection to achieve accuracy and make high-speed construction, easy to construct. Bamboo frames have about 7- meter span, the cantilever roof is about 3 meters, creates semi-outdoor space between inside and outside.

© Quang Tran

Bamboo frame is arranged along the length of the building, the distance between 2 frames is 2 meters. The repeat performance of bamboo structure creates the rhythm of the interior space. Bamboo Long House Restaurant fully reflects the design principles of bamboo structure, bamboo should be protected from moisture, fungi, insect, worm:

+ Bamboo should be under the roof, out of the ground, water contact.
+ Open space, good ventilation in order to keep bamboo dry.
+ Wide overhanging roof.
+ Structure should be visible, it is easy to detect signs of damage, fungi or insect attack.

Protecting Bamboo Diagram

The You Art Centre / Atelier Global

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 22:00
Exterior View. Image © Ice Tan
  • Architects: Atelier Global
  • Location: Linyuan Road, Dingcheng District, Changde, Hunan, China
  • Design Team: Frankie Lui, Larry Tsoi, Vienna So, Jing Cai, Poon Siu Fung, Jeffrey He , Andy Chen.Yongxia He.Chao Cai.Jess Yang, Demi Song ,Yvon Guo.
  • Area: 3800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Ice Tan
Exterior View. Image © Ice Tan

Text description provided by the architects. The You Art Center is located in Changde, the origin city of famous Chinese fable Land of Peach Blossoms. The building footprint is around 1600sm. The project vision is to use urban art as medium and catalyst for city upgrade and redevelopment, promote aesthetic education for better public spaces, urban art and life style. Hence, It helps rebrand the old city identity for greater exposure and understanding through this new art portal.

site. Image © Ice Tan site

We envision an art space with more publicness, flexibility and public engagement. Unlike many other enclosed white boxes in traditional art exhibition center, the future of the art center is not just a stage for the art pieces but more about promoting interaction between public and artists. Hence we design a vertical public atrium as an informal public space for exhibition, events, and circulation. It reflect the traditional social characters of the lanes and streetscape in a vertical manner to interface art with the public.

exterior view. Image © Ice Tan

The architectural design concept of Changde YOUAN Art Centre takes “The Light of Changde” as the main theme, using architectural space as the medium, we aspire to create a stage/platform for the cultivation of art and spiritual lifestyle.

Analytical diagrams

Contemporary art is unique in its diverse way of expressions and formats, to tailor for this uniqueness, our building end up in a series of stacking boxes of various size, height and proportions.

Ascend Art Gallery. Image © Ice Tan

Ascend art gallery – a vertical museum without wall and boundary
It is an informal public space for interaction, cultural and social exchange.

Ascend art gallery. Image © Ice Tan

Peace of mind library
A library and reading lounge where salon and forum can take place.

Peace of mind library. Image © Ice Tan

Studio Theatre – a stage without retractable seating for diverse possibility.

Studio Theatre. Image © Ice Tan

Meditation Sky Garden – Vertical garden city and window to witness the city transformation.

Meditation Sky Garden. Image © Ice Tan

The You Art Center also reflects the aspiration of an Utopia where people lead an ideal existence in harmony with nature. It becomes a place or venue open for public engagement and participation.

Peace of mind library. Image © Ice Tan

Building new city with injection of collective memory
City redevelopment and upgrade will inevitable erase the old town characters. In order to keep the old city memory and inject some historical elements to the city center. Artist are creating urban art pieces base on the reclaimed materials from the demolition of the old town such as bricks, drifted wood, street plates, etc. As architects, we also inspired by the traditional roofing shingles craftsmanship to create a new identity for The You Art Center.

Ascend art gallery. Image © Ice Tan

The building massing honesty reflects the stacking space and functions within. Inspired by the shimmering quality of the Yuan River and indigenous roof tile craftsmanship, we use faceting aluminum cladding modules to create an animating envelope effect from various viewing angles and daylight conditions.

Peace of mind library. Image © Ice Tan

Catering for various art programs requirement, we create a series of functional boxes organized around the vertical public atrium. The venue becomes a museum without wall and boundary for Visitors to experience the space under the brightly lit skylight atrium.

Facade Detail. Image © Ice Tan