From the architect. An old drying loft on top of a 1920´s city block is transformed into two new apartments. It’s a refurbishment as well as an extension with four large new arcs both towards the street and the courtyard. The height of the arcs lets the light flow into the centre of the apartments from both sides where the kitchen connects the dining area and the living rom. Each of the apartments have a rooftop terrace on top of an arc. The project is all about exploiting the qualities that the rooftop situation represents. The minimalistic expression of the arcs are made to match the stripped down facades of the modestly built house without the ornaments and details typically found
From the architect. The enterprise’s development site is in Madalena’s centre and it aimed in constructing three flats, two of them included in a brand new building. In the intervening area there was already a building included in the urban tissue.
Taking in consideration that the part of the land being worked on was an empty space, secluded from the structure of the existing premises, the approach was rather simple and up-to-date, defining the organization of the volume to be intervened according to the volumes of the other surrounding buildings, in order to maintain the same urban framework.
Collaborators: José Carlos Wong, Guillermo Obispo, Manuel Cornejo
Mep: Fernando Mendoza
Security: Julio Laurente
From the architect. The project is located in an area of recent urban transformation in Lima, the neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Old mechanical workshops are turning into a new commercial area of bars, offices and housing. The elongated site houses a vertical void (botanical garden) with a semi-urban character. Its boundaries impose a regular line in a discontinuous environment trying to use geometry to shape the city.
The building addresses various programs (commercial, office and cafeteria) vertically, overlapping them in five levels. The commercial program is
Collaborateurs: Philipp Loeper, Alexandra Schmitz, Ulrich Grenz, Tobias Hövermann
From the architect. A good friend of mine bought an old house some years ago and asked us to develop a concept for its refurbishment. It became the first project of our Hamburg-based architectural studio, asdfg Architekten: the conversion of an old miller's house into a home for a family with three kids. Due to its history and location, we considered the project a big challenge, but we also saw significant potential for it to become a very unique single family house with a small garden in the center of one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Berlin.
Structural And Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical, Electrical, And Plumbing Engineer: Glumac
Surveyor: WH Pacific
Geotechnical Engineer: Hart Crowser
Located at the Hillsboro Airport, this contemporary aircraft hangar provides both administrative functions and maintenance facilities to house the owner’s private fleet of planes. The facility is capable of storing three, full-size business jets and is designed to showcase the planes, which are each graphically unique. Tall glass windows provide visibility into the main hangar, as well as glimpses of the aircraft from the road beyond. Dark-grey ribbed metal and smooth white composite panels articulate the main structure with a roof form that was inspired by a jet’s wing shape. The entire structure sits on an elevated stone
In place of the old bar/restaurant BOOS Beach Club, modern and contemporary architecture, tightly linked to its context, reflects the new image of this iconic venue in Luxembourg.
The new part, interwoven around the existing house, is inspired by the Japanese art of origami. It resembles a folded sheet of paper that answers to the program requirements, while creating a relation with the old and opening up to the natural surroundings. Our idea was to integrate harmoniously the new structure into the existing natural context, while at the same time paying respect to the existing architecture by placing a light wooden structure with glass openings towards the landscape. The dynamic design enables orienting
In the early 2000s, the Ru Paré School was emblematic of the social problems facing the Amsterdam borough of Slotervaart. The Ru Paré is now the neighborhood’s living room and accommodates an extraordinary social experiment.
A New kid on the Block
In response to austerity measures in the Dutch economy, a social entrepreneur developed a model for solidarity in challenging neighborhoods. Inhabitants are offered tax advice, computing or language classes in return for community service; at the building level receding funding is supplemented with profitable start-ups.
By the end of 2013 BETA and Elisabeth Boersma were asked to test this concept in a former school.
The project was developed for the working floor of Vizor Interactive company – one of the leading international developers of multiplayer games for browser, social networks and mobile platforms with its headquarters in Minsk. The interior was created in collaboration with the guys from Facultative.Works (St. Petersburg), who were responsible for space graphic design and separate interior details.
The interior concept is defined by industrial yet light, cheerful and neatly balanced stylistics keeping up with modern design and architecture trends. It is a place where you will find the openness of loft and minimalism, the nuance application of color and light, as well as graphic compositions inspired by avant-garde design.
Electric Engineering: Darío Vásconez y José Fonseca
Mechanical Engineering: Andrés y Esteban Proaño
Construction Resident: Jorge Espín
Ground Area: 1400 m2
The Quito Publishing House is located in La Floresta neighborhood: a bohemian, artsy and closely knit community in the heart of Northern Quito. Its idiosyncratic nature posed the greatest design challenge. We were asked to introduce an office building where few exist and in the midst of a community with a strong sense of civil awareness, adamant about preserving the spatial values of its neighborhood. The program we were assigned
Mechanical & Electrical: Amir Azmayesh, Behruz Noori
Project Team: M.H.Azimi, Amir Nasiri, Parisa Allahgholi
From the architect. This Exhibition is located at Tehranpars neighborhood, adjacent to RESALAT highway. It faces issues like urban chaos, variety of scales, and crowdedness like most of neighborhoods in Tehran.
It is a 20x25 m2 area, built by steal structure concrete ceiling and a 20 m wide opening. The building consists of a ground floor and a half first floors, beside two underground floors allocated for parking and infrastructural amenities.
The idea is defining a new urban representation redefining the relativity of seeing and being seen. The showcase located
Real Estate Brokers Behrer & Partners are a highly renowned broker firm with quality conscious client’s. Vida were asked to design two of their Office Boutiques in Stockholm.
For us - Real Estate Brokers has some of the least interesting shop windows. When you move through the city, we wanted Behrer & Partners to be an addition to the city rather than a subtraction. This has been our main focus throughout the projects and as a consequence, we replaced the old exterior glazing and doors with massive oak doors, oak framing and original neon tube signs in order to make them more beautiful, inviting and expressional.
Construction Management: International Project Administration Co., Ltd. (InterPAC)
Main Contractor: NL Development Public Co., Ltd.
Façade Contractor: SC Glazing Co., Ltd.
Construction Cost: 180 Million THB (USD 5,200,000)
For Bangkok, or any other modern-day cosmopolitan cities, living conditions and spatial form continue to evolve. Bangkokians are now yearning for new possibilities of outdoor living space that can effectively answer to
From the architect. From the outside, it looks like one of the typical housing blocks built for railway workers in Milan between 1920 and 1924. Inside, the building has undergone radical renovation which, in two years of construction, has transformed it from both a structural and distribution point of view. Only the building enclosure, with its relative openings, has been maintained, while everything else — foundations, roof, attics, internal insulation, systems, and internal distribution — has been created from scratch. The total volume has remained the same, while the floor area has been increased by 60 m2, thanks to the new placement of
Collaborators: Alexandra Marques, Patrícia Valentim
KuantoKusta wanted to install their headquarters in an old industrial warehouse that, although degraded, had very interesting conditions: high ceilings and natural light at both ends of the warehouse. However we observed a problem: the company needs pointed to an area about twice the existing one. The solution passed through the creation of a second high floor, taking advantage of the free interior volume.
The new floor is independent of the surrounding structure: the floor rests on pillars organized according to a rigid mesh that organizes the different spaces on the ground floor. It was used a metal structure for allowing speedier performance lighter structural
The space of ‘near my [B]’ placed in the center of Wuirye new town that changes every day with our passion for making a city easily and the aspiration for a better residential space began from a creative idea of the client.
It is intended to provide a small vitality for the whole city by furnishing the public-interest space called ‘cultural space’ beyond the constructor’s goal of parcel-out and lease.
It is largely divided into 3 parts. The space having the complex entry route connects the right café, educational space, left space of flower shop, living shop, book café in the
From the architect. Fulton Trotter Architects has recently completed three new buildings as part of Ambrose Treacy College’s ongoing masterplan. The masterplan is a response to the school’s continued transition, from St Joseph’s Nudgee Junior College – a junior school of years 4-7; to Ambrose Treacy College – a combined junior, middle and senior school of years 4-12.
United Petroleum’s new petrol (gas) station at Corio is the first in a series of innovative fuel and convenience retailing outlets that creates a bold new image for the company. The design by Peddle Thorp Architects is a dramatic exploration of sculptural form to create eye-catching imagery amidst highway, industrial architecture.
The design geometry is defined by two unfolding wings that form the canopy to the petrol bowsers with one canopy soaring up to create the sky-sign for the corporate logo. By contrast to other service station designs, the dominant visual form is the building itself, not the signage and graphics.