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  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 12:30 am on March 23, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Barcelona, Featured, H Architectes, , , ,   

    House 804 / H Architectes 


    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    Architects: H Arquitectes -David Lorente, JosepRicart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
    Location: Parets del Vallès, , Spain
    Collaborators: Blai Cabrero Bosch, Montse Fornés Guàrdia
    Quantity Surveyor: Iñaki González de Mendiguchía
    Completion: 2011
    Surface Constructed: 160 sqm
    Photographs: Pedro Antonio Pérez

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    Located in a pleasant residential neighbourhood, the house is a compact building (almost a cube) surrounded by a 3 meters wide perimeter necessary courtyard, which is the minimum mandatory gap based on current regulations. The pre-existing yard, the swimming-pool and the shed set at the back of the plot are preserved by the express wish of the owners.

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    The perimeter courtyard, which completely surrounds the house, it is like an outside lounge connected in different ways and intensities with the main interior pieces of the ground floor, giving different qualities and uses to each façade: on the south, a sunny garden is connected with the kitchen; on the west, with the main entrance; on the east, an uncovered parking place with direct access to the kitchen and finally, on the north, a large terrace links the house with the upper garden level and the pre-existing swimming pool.

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    The house is made of black concrete block, a material used to solve the load-bearing wall structure and the façades. All the surrounding courtyard elements (fences, pavements, benches, etc.) are also built with the same concrete block working as a unit. Vegetation will finally stamp in time to reach the pretended ambience and character.

    © Pedro Antonio Pérez

    The structure of the house is a load-bearing wall system with three concentric walls, one for each floor, working only under compression. As a consequence, the inner wall ends at the ground floor level, the intermediate at the first floor and the façade reaches the roof floor.

    detail

    Inside the house, in the main rooms, the concrete block walls are not covered.
    For the stairs pavement we used recycled hydraulic pieces coming from the old house of the plot. Under the stairs, where the block walls are wider (30cm), a central fire place faces both the living room and the kitchen.




















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  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 1:00 pm on March 22, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Dierendonck blancke Architecten, Featured, Ghent, , ,   

    House 12k / Dierendonck Blancke Architecten 


    © Filip Dujardin

    Architects: Dierendonck Blancke Architecten
    Location: , Belgium
    Design Team: Alexander Dierendonck, Isabelle Blancke, Marie Decoene
    Engineering: Arthur De Roover, Structure
    Surface: 108 sqm
    Budget: 145,000 euro
    Realisation: 2010
    Photographer: Filip Dujardin

    © Filip Dujardin

    Terraced House 12K
    The first steps taken by the architect and the client start with the search of a suitable building site. Under the architect’s advice, two neighboring houses were purchased, which exceeded the budget of the client. However, this allowed them to redefine the plot boundary and construct a new house on one of the two plots. During the construction of the house, the client could continue living in the adjoining house before selling it.

    © Filip Dujardin

    Program / Site
    The programme includes the construction of a small house, for a limited budget in the center of the city of Ghent. The site is a narrow and deep plot, where three floors can be realized.

    © Filip Dujardin

    Concept
    Given the limited width of the site, the design was developed within the section. By seeing the house as a sequence of three elements/parts with varying heights, different conditions could be realized. The first two parts consist of three floors which are connected by a central staircase. The stairs serve the different levels that vary in floor height. This creates different perspectives and a continuity of space. A skylight over the entire surface of the stairwell allows natural light to penetrate deep into the house.

    © Filip Dujardin

    Construction
    One enters the house trough an area with a low ceiling, that is primarily used as a vestibule/storage between the street and living space. The dining room and kitchen in the second part of the house have a substantial ceiling height, creating a visual relationship with the office space above the entrance hall. This space is a home office inbetween the street and the living space. In the extended area of the dining room and kitchen, is the living room. Using an identical skylight as in the stairwell, natural light extends into the center of the living room.

    © Filip Dujardin

    The split level staircase serves the bathroom above the office space, and two rooms above the dining area . By extending the height of the second part of the house within the allowed urban reglementations, it was possible to realize a mezzanine in the upper bedroom on the second floor, and thus achieving maximum use of the floor space. During the construction of the house, the client decided to add a garden shed to the program. This became the fourth and final element in the back of the building plot.

    first level plan

    Roof
    This terraced house is situated in a conservation area of the city and is served with a number of planning rules to answer to. In consultation with the urban design services, there was opted for a sloped roof parallel to the street. This principle was applied to all four elements of the house.

    second level plan

    Materialization
    The concept of the succession of the four parts are drawn in the use of materials and detailing. The bare structure is considered as finishing and expresses the concept. The house consists of two longitudinal walls of painted brick.The rooms are divided by transverse walls erected in concrete blocks. There is no distinction between materials for the exterior and interior shell. The exterior facades and interior walls are in the same concrete block, where the same block window principle is also used.











































     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 12:30 am on March 22, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: A Coruña, Featured, , Jose Ramon Garitaonaindia de Vera, , , Sports Architecture   

    Arteixo Sport Center / Jose Ramon Garitaonaindia de Vera 


    © Hector Santos-Díez

    Architect: José Ramón Garitaonaindía de Vera
    Location: Avenida de Arsenio Iglesias, Arteixo, ,
    Project Team: Montserrat Neira, Omar Curros.
    Clients: Concello de Arteixo (Arteixo City Council)
    Project Square Footage: 1,527 sqm
    Site Area: 3,150 sqm
    Completed: 2011
    Structural Engineers: Jorge Aragón Fitera.
    Contractor: Construcciones Riotorto S.L.
    Budget: 2,293,128 million Euro.
    Photographs: Hector Santos-Díez

    © Hector Santos-Díez

    In a parcel with a regular and flat shape, with a river within its boundaries, stands the Arteixo Sport Center. To the North borders the municipal pool, to the South is bounded with another parcel owned by the same Partial Plan. In West direction lies to the road known as “Travesia dos colexios”and this which provides Access to the sports center. Finally the river sets the limits to the East.

    © Hector Santos-Díez

    At first apparience the Arteixo’s image appears as things clearly defined and that deny some common places about one. Quick architectures still stand the test of time. The order of a unique building in the consolidated urban plot, the configuration of the site, limits on the scope and the characteristics of a project, which use conforms their own position in the plan, leads us to a regular formalization without major stridencies to facilitate its operation.

    © Hector Santos-Díez

    The sports centers have a urban dimensión relatively aggressive due to its scale. We propose a support área that wraps to the main track to set the correct scale in the environment. In addition, these facilities are usually dark, so for that, we opt for a box beams structure in the longitudinal direction to the track, so that North receives North light, ideal for gaming and South light nuanced through translucent polycarbonate in that box beams.

    © Hector Santos-Díez

    In another vein, following the path started long ago, the Arteixo Sport Center arises as a rainbow, forgive the metaphor to explain the final result: the rainbow that amazes us, that comes and dazzles us with his presence and that leaves no one indifferent.

    © Hector Santos-Díez

    Therefore the material used for the facade is the U-glass overhead on wooden panels painted colors. Architectures always designed for the user, the only possible way for formalization, public use more domestic and why not, illusions always intrinsic to the path laid out for some time, make the work ringworm of all colors.

    This is the most personal Project because it wants to present an illusion: it’s like a dream and my journey. The building stands on a concrete base that enhances the already lightweight facades; the color closing through the U-glass that surrounds it allows it to be visible during the day in a diffused way and nights throught some projectors indicating to the public when there are important events in the sports center, establishing beyond their own use directly relationship to the urban environment in which it sits.

    elevation 02

    We propose a courtyard in the longitudinal direction with the intention that the vegetation can enter in the building. Take special relevance the terraces that can be accessed from the outside. These increases the capacity of sports center because from them you can also see the play área while are a outside balcony from where one sees Arteixo.

    The structure of the service área is concrete, the floors of prefabricated slabs and fencing, also a concrete wall with plasterboard cladding and insulation. The structure was solved by parallel trusses on steel columns HEB-300. The metal structure reveals further the intrinsic charácter of the work in this case subject to a universe where color has filled all space.

    elevation 04

    As for the covers will be of three types. Practicable prefabrication concrete panels of 8 cm thick and not praticable, finished in stainless Steel dual finish autopotrected impermeable sheet. For pavements, including bleachers, used industrial recycled oak parquet of 2.4 cm thick. This choice of runway pavement and the grandstand provides a continuity not only of the material also visual for the viewer, and establishing a closer relationship with the game.

    Light floods for color loose in the environment and strain from the outside. There have been many that over time have found in the rainbow a source of inspiration for their work. Remember to Raymond Queneau in Exercices of Style, 1947 or Terencio Formenti in his Poems book carried by the wind.














































     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 8:05 am on March 21, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Featured, , , purpose of existence   

    Allah’s Plan for You and Me 


    Allāh had a plan for you before you were born, and He still has a plan for you. Allāh’s plan for you is necessary and glorious. His plan is vital to your success and important to the world.

    Allāh’s plan is not set in stone, as if we were robots pre-programmed in the factory. That would strip us of free will and deny our natures. Rather, I believe that Allāh has a flexible plan for each human being:  a plan that allows that person to benefit the world with his/her unique talents.

    Allāh’s plan for you is important to the world because Allāh created nothing in vain. Look at His creation. Everything has a purpose, from the sun that heats our world, to the bacteria that consume waste.

    You are the same. You have a purpose. You are necessary to the world. If your presence were not vital in some way, then you would not have been made.

    Discovering Allāh’s Plan

    Allāh’s plan for us is not always what we might wish it to be.

    How do we discover Allāh’s plan for us? Where do we find it? How do we realize it in our lives?

    It’s not as difficult as we might think. It wouldn’t make sense for Allāh to have a plan for us and then leave us stumbling in the dark. Allāh’s plan doesn’t have to be a mystery. If we trust Him, do what He asks, and follow our hearts, His plan will unfold in our lives like a brightly lit path.

    If you are trying to follow Allāh’s guidance, but you find yourself confronted by obstacles and hardship, don’t despair.  The hardship is probably a sign that you are on the right path. Consider our Prophets (may Allāh bless them all) who faced tremendous obstacles:

    The Prophet Ibrahim was disowned by his family and thrown by his people into a blazing fire; Allāh rescued him from that, and made him the father of two nations.

    Allāh inspired the mother of the baby Musa  and told her to place her infant into a chest and send it floating down the Nile. If the soldiers of Pharaoh ever learned about his birth:

    “We revealed to Moses’ mother, ‘Suckle him and then when you fear for him cast him into the sea. Do not fear or grieve; We will return him to you and make him one of the Messengers.’” (Surat al-Qasas: 7)

    That was a hard plan to follow, but she trusted her Lord, and carried out her mission.

    The young Yusuf was thrown by his brothers into a well; later he was sold into slavery, then imprisoned for years; but in the end he became an important minister, and was reunited with his father.

    Maryam , the mother of Isa , delivered her child alone under a palm tree, far from her people as she feared their reaction; but Allāh helped her through miracles, until she became the honored mother of a great Prophet.

    The Prophet Yunus  gave up on his mission to the people of Nineveh, ventured onto a ship and was then cast into the sea, where he was swallowed by a fish. At the point of despair, he called upon Allāh with all his heart and was rescued. He returned to his mission and achieved success.

    Aishah , the wife of the Prophet , was slandered by an ugly lie, but Allāh brought the truth to light, and Aishah became a leader and scholar in her own right.

    The companion Umm Salamah lost her beloved husband Abu Salamah in the battle of Uhud; she thought that no husband could ever be better than him, and yet she ended up marrying the Prophet himself .

    Things are not always what they seem. Be patient. Allāh has a plan for you.

    Following Allāh’s Plan

    This is the hard part. Allāh’s plan for us is true to who we are at our core, in our very essence. It will not correlate to an artificial persona we have adopted, or our desire to be seen and recognized. Allāh’s plan may not bring us fame, fortune, or physical pleasure. It might mean giving up material comfort. So Allāh’s plan for us may not be what we would wish it to be.

    Abu Hurayrah , the companion of the Messenger of Allāh , was asked about Taqwa (God-consciousness). He said, “It is a road full of thorns. One who walks it needs to have extreme patience.”

    In fact, Allāh’s plan may be so challenging that we may perceive it but decline to follow it. I have known all my life that I was a writer. I’ve been talking for years about writing certain books. And yet it took me until the age of 44 to begin writing about the things that really mattered to me, and I still have not published a book (look for it this year, inshā’Allāh!). Why did it take me so long to do what I was meant to do?

    I have a friend who says that Africa has been calling her all her life. She believes that her destiny is to go there and help the African people in some way. But she has not done it. Why?

    I have another friend who believes that da’wah is his mission in life. He spent ten years studying Japanese at the university level, and he dreams of living in Japan and doing da’wah there. But he has no concrete plan to do so. Why?

    I asked several brothers and sisters if they know what their mission in life might be. Some said yes. I asked them if they were carrying out their mission. Most said no, and gave these reasons:

    • I feel that others are more qualified than me.
    • It seems like a fantasy.
    • It feels like a dream.
    • I tried once and it didn’t go my way.
    • Right now I need to focus on financial security.
    • I’m not ready yet.

    Brothers and sisters, no one more qualified than you to fulfill the plan that Allāh has for you! Allāh’s plan is not a fantasy, nor a dream. It may not go your way the first time, or the second, or the third. It may not make you rich, but there is no true financial security in this life – that’s an illusion.  No one expects you to let your family go hungry. Work hard and provide for them, but don’t get caught in the trap of thinking that the accumulation of wealth will save you, because the only true security is with Allāh. And last of all, no one is ever ready to walk fee-sabeel-illah (in the path of Allāh). It is a road full of thorns. But it is also the road to fulfillment, happiness, barakah and success.

    Fulfilling Allāh’s plan for us requires that we silence the voice of our own desire, open ourselves to Allāh, and look within with total sincerity. It takes courage, patience and determination. It is the path to Jannah (Paradise), inshā’Allāh.

     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 8:05 am on March 21, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Featured, , Inspiration and Spirituality, , Spirituality   

    Allah’s Plan for You and Me 


    Allāh had a plan for you before you were born, and He still has a plan for you. Allāh’s plan for you is necessary and glorious. His plan is vital to your success and important to the world.

    Allāh’s plan is not set in stone, as if we were robots pre-programmed in the factory. That would strip us of free will and deny our natures. Rather, I believe that Allāh has a flexible plan for each human being:  a plan that allows that person to benefit the world with his/her unique talents.

    Allāh’s plan for you is important to the world because Allāh created nothing in vain. Look at His creation. Everything has a purpose, from the sun that heats our world, to the bacteria that consume waste.

    You are the same. You have a purpose. You are necessary to the world. If your presence were not vital in some way, then you would not have been made.

    Discovering Allāh’s Plan

    Allāh’s plan for us is not always what we might wish it to be.

    How do we discover Allāh’s plan for us? Where do we find it? How do we realize it in our lives?

    It’s not as difficult as we might think. It wouldn’t make sense for Allāh to have a plan for us and then leave us stumbling in the dark. Allāh’s plan doesn’t have to be a mystery. If we trust Him, do what He asks, and follow our hearts, His plan will unfold in our lives like a brightly lit path.

    If you are trying to follow Allāh’s guidance, but you find yourself confronted by obstacles and hardship, don’t despair.  The hardship is probably a sign that you are on the right path. Consider our Prophets (may Allāh bless them all) who faced tremendous obstacles:

    The Prophet Ibrahim was disowned by his family and thrown by his people into a blazing fire; Allāh rescued him from that, and made him the father of two nations.

    Allāh inspired the mother of the baby Musa  and told her to place her infant into a chest and send it floating down the Nile. If the soldiers of Pharaoh ever learned about his birth:

    “We revealed to Moses’ mother, ‘Suckle him and then when you fear for him cast him into the sea. Do not fear or grieve; We will return him to you and make him one of the Messengers.’” (Surat al-Qasas: 7)

    That was a hard plan to follow, but she trusted her Lord, and carried out her mission.

    The young Yusuf was thrown by his brothers into a well; later he was sold into slavery, then imprisoned for years; but in the end he became an important minister, and was reunited with his father.

    Maryam , the mother of Isa , delivered her child alone under a palm tree, far from her people as she feared their reaction; but Allāh helped her through miracles, until she became the honored mother of a great Prophet.

    The Prophet Yunus  gave up on his mission to the people of Nineveh, ventured onto a ship and was then cast into the sea, where he was swallowed by a fish. At the point of despair, he called upon Allāh with all his heart and was rescued. He returned to his mission and achieved success.

    Aishah , the wife of the Prophet , was slandered by an ugly lie, but Allāh brought the truth to light, and Aishah became a leader and scholar in her own right.

    The companion Umm Salamah lost her beloved husband Abu Salamah in the battle of Uhud; she thought that no husband could ever be better than him, and yet she ended up marrying the Prophet himself .

    Things are not always what they seem. Be patient. Allāh has a plan for you.

    Following Allāh’s Plan

    This is the hard part. Allāh’s plan for us is true to who we are at our core, in our very essence. It will not correlate to an artificial persona we have adopted, or our desire to be seen and recognized. Allāh’s plan may not bring us fame, fortune, or physical pleasure. It might mean giving up material comfort. So Allāh’s plan for us may not be what we would wish it to be.

    Abu Hurayrah , the companion of the Messenger of Allāh , was asked about Taqwa (God-consciousness). He said, “It is a road full of thorns. One who walks it needs to have extreme patience.”

    In fact, Allāh’s plan may be so challenging that we may perceive it but decline to follow it. I have known all my life that I was a writer. I’ve been talking for years about writing certain books. And yet it took me until the age of 44 to begin writing about the things that really mattered to me, and I still have not published a book (look for it this year, inshā’Allāh!). Why did it take me so long to do what I was meant to do?

    I have a friend who says that Africa has been calling her all her life. She believes that her destiny is to go there and help the African people in some way. But she has not done it. Why?

    I have another friend who believes that da’wah is his mission in life. He spent ten years studying Japanese at the university level, and he dreams of living in Japan and doing da’wah there. But he has no concrete plan to do so. Why?

    I asked several brothers and sisters if they know what their mission in life might be. Some said yes. I asked them if they were carrying out their mission. Most said no, and gave these reasons:

    • I feel that others are more qualified than me.
    • It seems like a fantasy.
    • It feels like a dream.
    • I tried once and it didn’t go my way.
    • Right now I need to focus on financial security.
    • I’m not ready yet.

    Brothers and sisters, no one more qualified than you to fulfill the plan that Allāh has for you! Allāh’s plan is not a fantasy, nor a dream. It may not go your way the first time, or the second, or the third. It may not make you rich, but there is no true financial security in this life – that’s an illusion.  No one expects you to let your family go hungry. Work hard and provide for them, but don’t get caught in the trap of thinking that the accumulation of wealth will save you, because the only true security is with Allāh. And last of all, no one is ever ready to walk fee-sabeel-illah (in the path of Allāh). It is a road full of thorns. But it is also the road to fulfillment, happiness, barakah and success.

    Fulfilling Allāh’s plan for us requires that we silence the voice of our own desire, open ourselves to Allāh, and look within with total sincerity. It takes courage, patience and determination. It is the path to Jannah (Paradise), inshā’Allāh.

     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 5:00 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Americano Hotel, Arnaud Montigny, Destination Design, Featured, , , TEN Arquitectos,   

    Destination Design: Americano Hotel 


    Destination Design travels (virtually) to New York City this week for a stay at Hotel Americano, located among the art galleries of Chelsea. Owned by Grupo Habita, which T Magazine called “Mexico’s boutique hotel pioneer in the Ian Schrager mold,” it’s the company’s first foray into the States.

    Mexican architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, who built the group’s first property in Mexico City, designed the 10-story glass building clad in metal mesh. There are 56 rooms, and in keeping with the neighborhood’s artsy vibe, the feel is upscale hipster grit, as you may have guessed by the barefoot bearded dude in the photo above. Arnaud Montigny of French firm MCH, known for designing Parisian boutique Colette, designed the interiors.

    Uptown Studio bathroom and sitting area

    A scrim of industrial steel mesh sheaths the hotel’s exterior.

    Uptown Queen room

    Uptown queen room

    The lobby

    Bar Americano

    The Americano dining room

    Rooftop bar

    The Americano patio dining

    The Americano cafe

    La Piscine, surrounded by cabanas and daybeds, on the roof

    Americano Grill

    Bento box breakfast

    Are you packed yet?

    What: Hotel Americano
    Where: 518 West 27th Street, New York City
    How much: $325-$750
    Highlights: Rooftop pool, dining, bar, and grill. An exterior elevator ferries restaurant patrons from the street straight up to the roof.
    Design draw: Guest rooms feature Kengo Kuma-style, almost-on-the-ground platform beds and black vinyl Zanotta bean bag chairs. Denim bathrobes by Loden Dager hang in the bathroom (the staff also wears Loden Dager designs) and there are iPads loaded with music and the hotel’s own city guide.
    Book it: info@hotel-americano.com

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  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 1:00 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Featured, , , Lima, Peru, , Vértice Arquitectos   

    Beach House I-5 / Vértice Arquitectos 


    Courtesy of

    Architects: Vértice Arquitectos
    Location: Las Lomas del Mar Beach, , Perú
    Size: 250 sqm
    Client: Private
    Photographs: Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

       

    Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

    This house was designed in the first row, plot 5 in Lomas del Mar beach in Cerro Azul, 120Km. south of Lima. The plot is a rocky and sandy hill in a half curved shape that reaches 48 meters high above the sea level and drops steeply 8 meters in its lowest part. It has a 180° view to the Pacific Ocean to the south, and a panoramic view of the beach to the east and to the north.

    Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

    The two main goals to develop the project were to fully exploit the best possible view to the ocean from the social area, as well as from the master bedroom, and to make the most of the plot of land. Two parallel volumes were designed, to accomplish the first objective, one of which leans on the other, which is 1.20 meters higher, to have the view of the sea. The volumes are joined by a main circulation axis which ends in a swimming pool overlooking the beach.

    Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

    To make the most of the plot big cantilevers were designed, since the useful area of the plot was reducing while the project was reaching the highest level. The first volume is found to the left of the entrance of the house, where most of the bedrooms have been located. The master room and the adjoining terrace are revolved 45° as to have the view of the sea. The second volume, to the right, locates the social and service areas in the first level. A family room and a guest room are located in the second level.

    Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

    A two-story living and dining room area ends in the swimming pool and in a terrace perpendicular to it. The family room, in the second level, is spatially opened to the living and dining room in the first level, and has also an open view to the ocean. The staircase to the second level is made in natural concrete and flies over the kitchen separating this area from the living and dining room.

    Courtesy of Vértice Arquitectos

    The materials used in the project have been: exposed concrete, white painting in the walls, stainless steel, tempered glass and granite stone. The latter has been used to cover the base on which the volumes rest, with the intention of separating these from the natural terrain. The pool is closed by a double face laminated glass in the external face that permits the same transparency to a view of the sea as the rest of the house.















     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 3:00 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, , Featured, , ,   

    House Bernheimbeuk / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu 


    © Filip Dujardin

    Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu
    Location: GB.,
    Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Lauren Dierickx, Gosia Olchowska
    Structural Engineering: UTIL Structuurstudiescvba, Brussel
    Area: 99 sqm
    Completion: 2011
    Photographs: Filip Dujardin

    © Filip Dujardin

    A small site. A small house.

    The small budget.

    An even smaller house.

    Square metres don’t matter.

    Mechanics of living versusunexpected sense of space.

    elevation 03

    A small site. And huge trees.

    Tree in house. Tree in room.

    Room outside.The drawing.

    © Filip Dujardin

    Or, rather, the tree.Or,rather, the column.

    That drawing.

    Is the sectionof the column on which andaround which the house rests.

    A column that has become atree.Among the other trees.

    © Filip Dujardin

    construction detail

    Structure. As starting point.

    As finishing point. What is inbetween is a quest for makingand imagining.

    So howa column might be.

    Mightbecome.

































     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 2:30 pm on February 20, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: blackfriars, Featured, , , ,   

    Blackfriars Tube Station Re-Opens 







    A few days ahead of the previously-advertised date (albeit months later than originally planned) Blackfriars Tube station re-opened to passengers this morning. Click through the gallery above for photos from our pre-rush hour visit.

    Fresh from a closure that lasted three years, Blackfriars has been completely rebuilt. The station now sports cream tiling throughout, replacing the Seventies-looking brown and orange pattern of its previous incarnation (see Homemade’s pictures for an idea of how it used to look). There are new lifts between the ticket hall and platform level, four escalators, and a greatly enlarged ticket hall, part of a new entrance to the station complex.

    With the new Bankside entrance to Blackfriars rail station opening last year, the three-year rebuilding project is slowly coming to a close. The new Thames-spanning platforms should be finished in the first half of 2012, bringing the project to a close.

     
  • Mahir Sayar Txaqo 2:30 am on February 15, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Featured, , , ,   

    Vanke Triple V / Ministry Of Design 


    © CI&A Photography

    Architects: Ministry Of Design
    Location: , China
    Design Team: Colin Seah, David Tan, Daniel Aw, Jeremiah Abueva, Lynn Li, Noel Banta
    Project Area: 750 sqm
    Built: 2011
    Photographs: CI&A Photography – Edward Hendricks

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    Designed as a permanent show gallery and tourist information center for China’s largest developer Vanke, MOD’s dramatic design for the TRIPLE V GALLERY has become an icon along the Dong Jiang Bay coastline.

    © CI&A Photography

    Despite its obvious sculptural qualities, the building’s DNA evolved rationally from a careful analysis of key contextual & programmatic perimeters – resulting in the TRIPLE V GALLERY’S triangulated floor plan as well as the 3 soaring edges that have come to define its form.

    © CI&A Photography

    The client’s program called for 3 main spaces: a tourist information center, a show gallery & a lounge for discussion.

    Requiring their own entrances, the tourist center and the show gallery are orientated to separate existing pedestrian pathways and can be operated independently.

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    An extension of the show gallery, the lounge area is where discussions are conducted. This space takes advantage of the panoramic views of the coastline and comprises a sculptural bar counter.

    Tectonically, the building responds to the coastal setting and is finished in weather sensitive corten steel panels on its exterior and timber strips on the interior walls and ceiling for a more natural feel.


















     
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