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Old Posted Nov 28, 2008, 7:12 PM
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House in Kohoku, Yokohama, Japan
Yokohama house floods in natural light against the odds
This site is located in a quiet residential region, reclaimed on a hill of Yokohama. With neighbouring houses lined very close together, this flag-shaped site meets a road at a verge of no more than 3 metres in width. Since the site is tilted to the north, and the neighbouring two-storey house to the south is built on higher ground, at first it seemed almost impossible to let in light from the south, although the client, a married couple who has lived in this place for a long time, wanted a small house with lots of sunlight consisting of one storey just as their child became independent from them.

The roof, which looks as if barnacled, lets in light through the glass on the top of the tube-shaped windows that are set avoiding shades and the gaze of the neighbours. On the inside of the house clearly appear the shapes of these “tubes,” and the arris of a kind of folded plate roof softly separate the whole residential space. The house being single storey, the architects were able to form the roof with freedom. And taking advantage of the freedom, we aimed to make the exterior and the interior appear as two sides of the same object.
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top towers / sao paulo / brazil
This project required the design of two very economic office towers, but with great visual impact as a response to its context, a point of great visibility within the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

It also required an extreme maximization of private floor areas in relation to the total built area, as well as the best possible relation between common and private floor areas, configuring a typical and strict real state equation.

Technically, the buildings enjoy great constructive simplicity, with a precise and economic structural modulation. The terraces that strongly characterize the towers are nothing beyond a simple game of displacements, and structurally they work as extensions of the great rectangular slab that supports each floor. The windows are also displaced in function of each unit’s terraces.

Conceptually this design references, albeit in a contemporary and renovated way, the playful modulated façades of so many of São Paulo’s buildings from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s that still stand in the city’s downtown.

Its impacting language of light and shadows is also related to today’s world contemporary production, one in which Architecture is again an expressive protagonist of the city’s built environment.

The general result of seeming complexity is actually born out of rigorously simple design, structural and modular principles.






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Old Posted Nov 29, 2008, 9:41 PM
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BEST TALL BUILDINGS
CTBUH CHICAGO_20NOV2008

best in asia / australasia + best overall
SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER_SHANGHAI
KPF
One of the tallest buildings in the world, it speaks to where tall building design is now ... the building’s structure is nothing short of genius.


best in the americas
THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING_NEW YORK CITY
RENZO PIANO / FXFOWLE
This building takes the box to a new level. The articulation of the facade is beautiful. This is the 21st century Seagram Building.


best in europe
51 LIME STREET_LONDON
FOSTER + PARTNERS
A project that integrates well with the urban context both historic and modern. I appreciate its sensitivity to the environment through the buildings serrated exterior that simultaneously shades from the sun and let’s views out.


best in mid east / africa
BAHRAIN WORLD TRADE CENTER_MANAMA
ATKINS
The Bahrain World Trade Center project is iconic, environmental, and a bit quirky ... it gives a very strong visual nod toward sustainability.

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Saitou House, Tokyo, Japan
Apollo's charming new city residence
The client, a couple in their thirties, the husband being an engineer for a major communication company, love football and fishing, the wife is a gastronome editor for a cooking website company, she also loves cooking. The couple is usually work driven; they both seek to relax their body and soul by lounging around watching the day pass by.

“If possible we would like a lifestyle like a cat and lie down” said the owners; they seem to have a good understanding of a luxurious lifestyle. The one storey project had started on a rarely large site situated within Tokyo. The husband had requested a wood fired stove, the wife a kitchen that would be superior to a commercial kitchen. This was how the planning of a 'high-sensed' modern residence commenced, the project finally being realised early in 2008.
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Villa Pinia, Jurmala, Latvia
ARK-house complete stylish Latvian villa
When designing abroad the lack of knowledge of the foreign culture must partly be replaced by empathising with and throwing oneself into the genius loci. Jurmala in Latvia has a fabled past as the laid-back summer resort of the upper classes during the Soviet era. The beach atmosphere of the spa town conjured up images of the Functionalism of the Baltic States during the 1920s and 1930s, and the optimism associated with it.

Villa Pinia was designed for a four-person family. It is situated on a pine-forested plot near the sea with great natural beauty. The design task was based on a workshop-format competition, in which nine architects or offices from different parts of Europe were invited to participate. ARK-House's sketch design was chosen as the basis for the final implementation.

The main idea behind the design of Villa Pinia is a dialogue between a levitating white rectangle and the dark trunks of the pine trees. On the south side the straight line of the building becomes a free broken line. The timber weatherboarding of the latter facade has been given a reddish brown tone.

The colours and materials strive for an imagery derived from boats and ships, a gesture to the preferences of the client and his background as a sea captain. The scale on the yard side is intimate and the interiors continue out as sheltered terraces. All three floors in the interior are also linked by long vistas. A tree has been placed in the internal garden visually linking together all the floors.
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House Twisted, Osaka, Japan
Micro / macro manipulation from Alphaville
To avoid an existing house and to create a courtyard, the linear volume was bent twice. As a result the central volume having the north-south direction, regardless of dense surroundings, interior was abundantly provided with the natural light from the cracks that are created between roofs of different height and direction of slant.

Three openings, the fixed furniture and the kitchen booth are engraved into the twisted walls as an interface between different areas at the height of 2,000mm and are coloured in white. As a result of the overlapping of these macro and micro manipulations, the twisted volume with white folds here and there are filled with graduation of light, which give you the feeling as if you were somewhere in the urban city, beyond the arbitrariness of an architect.
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Vales Residence, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Miguel Angel González Vales keeps design young at heart
Vales Residence, an architectural and technological innovation in its field, is located in the city of Merida Yucatan, Mexico. The idea for it's design is rooted in the need of a young couple for expressing their interest in art, architecture, and interior design. Projected by its owner, this twin house encompasses various kinds of materials such as metal, concrete, crystal, and water in an association that enriches the essence of simplicity that characterises the project.

The use of volume and shapes opens the space into the lot and allows landscaping and natural light to create the refined, modern ambience that reflects the architect's feelings and ideas. The industrial-like metal work on the ceiling makes double-height spaces more elegant while keeping the perception of warmth a home must provide.
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Amor I wouldn't call that Latvian house very progressive. It's just pretty
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...you might be right, about the inside, anyway...
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oh my... i love japan!
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Bakio Sports Centre / ACXT
Architects: ACXT
Location: Bakio, Spain

Client: Bakio City Council
Constructed Area: 5,200 sqm
Budget: 3,9 M EURO (US $4,93 M)
Project year: 2006
Photographer: Cesar San Millán
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Dutch Ambassador's Residence, Beijing, China
New home for the Dutch ambassador to China
The large site allowed for a single-storey building with direct access to each function without jeopardising the privacy of the living quarters. The building has two wings: one contains the meeting rooms and service area, the other houses the private quarters. Each wing has its own orientation towards the garden.

The official part of the building features a large entrance offering direct views through the building into the garden, without revealing the rest of the house. The expression of the house is dominated by an elongated wall that stretches beyond the building itself.

This wall, made of Mongolian granite, shields the interior, that in turn opens up towards the garden.The horizontal orientation enhances the sense of space and contrasts with the verticality of the trees.
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another from Japan

Rooftecture S / Shuhei Endo
Architects: Shuhei Endo
Location: Shioya Tarumi-ku Kobe, Hyogo-Pref., Japan

Consultants: Masashi Ooji, Design-Structure Laboratory
Project year: 2005
Principal use: House
Site Area: 130 sqm
Constructed Area: 65.7 sqm
Photographs: Shuhei Endo

A small residence for a couple, clinging onto a steep inclination that faces Setonaikai(Inland Sea) and bordered by a Y-intersection at the base of a hill, in a relatively old residential zone developed in tiered platforms. Site has an elongated triangular form, 20m long east-west and 1.5m to 4.0m deep. A retaining wall of wedge shaped stones standing in the back, facing north. Height is difference between the ground and the northern approach range from 5m to 8m.
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Wanted to show another Copenhagen building...

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Ørestad College, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday 02 Dec 2008


'Classroom free' college to compete for €60,000




3XN's rotating design shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe Award

Danish architects 3XN Arkitekter's Ørestad College design has been shortlisted for the coveted Mies van der Rohe Award 2009. The 12,000 sq ft design integrates revolutionary classroom-free design with wireless internet and laptops for all students to create a “Virtual Gymnasium”. Rotating ‘shutters’ forming the four levels of the college create a flexible space to be adjusted to different group sizes and needs.

The rotation of the storey decks projects a part of each deck into the high central hall. This part is the so called X-zone; a spatial expression of the colleges’ ambition to promote interdisciplinary expertise between study zones with physical and visual links.

The Copenhagen project completed in December 2007 and went on to win the “Best building in Scandinavia 2007” Award.

The Mies van der Rohe Award is the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, given to the projects which exhibit exemplary architectural merit. Previous winners have included the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y Leon in Spain, the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and Basket Bar in the Netherlands. A prize of €60,000 will be awarded upon the winners announcement with a special mention prize of €20,000 to a runner-up. A full list of shortlisted projects will be released mid-December.

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Yes, much better Amor I especilly like the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
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Granada Science Park - Ferrater + Jimenez Brasa
Architect: Carlos Ferrater & Jimenez Brasa Arquitectos
Location: Granada, Spain

Collaborators: Luis Gonzalo Arias Recalde, David Molina Carneros, Cristian Eugen Boz
Project Year: 2004
Construction Year: 2005-2008
Promotor: Consortium Parque de las Ciencias
Structural Engineering: Juan Calvo / Pondio
Main Contractor: Dragados S.A.
Acoustics: Higini Arau
Technical Architects: Francisco Javier Gonzalez Escolano, José Moreno Gómez
Building contributor: David Molina Carneros
Constructed Area: 48,377 sqm
Budget: US $50.45 M
Photographs: Aleix Bagué
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I have to say, the interiors of the Granada Science Park look quite excellent. Not sure about the exterior, however.
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This project required the design of two very economic office towers, but with great visual impact as a response to its context, a point of great visibility within the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

This one was such a great find, Adrian. Very São Paulo. It also shows how you can do a lot with very little. Reminds me of Aqua in that way. And I love that view from the ground...
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^I'm not quite as enamored with that one. The shape (including the balcony patterning) is the poorest part of the design, IMO. The materials and color scheme are really what look nice to me. So to me, in that sense, pretty much the opposite of Aqua regarding your comparison.

This design would be a great example for that little discussion a few of us Chicago guys were involved in debating the cost/quality equation of building development: "Very economic" was stated above regarding the design program for these towers, but clearly the aesthetic value belies that requirement.
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