Bee Breeders Announce Winners of Stone Barn Meditation Camp Competition

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Courtesy of Bee Breeders Courtesy of Bee Breeders Bee Breeders have selected winners of the Stone Barn Meditation Camp competition, seeking to create a place of refuge for individuals amidst the pristine natural beauty of one of Latvia’s most remote regions. In announcing the competition results, the jury applauded the respect and regard shown to the environment by submitted schemes, commenting that the most successful projects stood out for their simplicity, elegance, and balance with nature. The competition winners, including noted ‘Green’ and ‘Student’ schemes, are set out below.

First Prize

Yulia Fedorenko, Aleksandr Fil, Anna Beketova, Bogdan Bondarenko / Bondarenko Group
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The winning scheme was chosen due to its well-resolved shape, structure, and covering of both new and existing buildings. The scheme drew a strong contextual connection with the rural, natural landscape, with a thatched main building and side buildings dispersed along the

Second Prize - Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Third Prize - Barn Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
BB Student Award - Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
BB Green Award - Exterior. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
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Bee Breeders Announce Winners of Stone Barn Meditation Camp Competition

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Courtesy of Bee Breeders Courtesy of Bee Breeders Bee Breeders have selected winners of the Stone Barn Meditation Camp competition, seeking to create a place of refuge for individuals amidst the pristine natural beauty of one of Latvia’s most remote regions. In announcing the competition results, the jury applauded the respect and regard shown to the environment by submitted schemes, commenting that the most successful projects stood out for their simplicity, elegance, and balance with nature. The competition winners, including noted ‘Green’ and ‘Student’ schemes, are set out below.

First Prize

Yulia Fedorenko, Aleksandr Fil, Anna Beketova, Bogdan Bondarenko / Bondarenko Group
First Prize - Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize - Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

The winning scheme was chosen due to its well-resolved shape, structure, and covering of both new and existing buildings. The scheme drew a strong contextual connection with the rural, natural landscape, with a thatched main building and side buildings dispersed along the

Second Prize - Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Third Prize - Barn Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
BB Student Award - Visualization. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
BB Green Award - Exterior. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
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VMS House / Marcos Miguelez

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  • Technical Architect Director: Enrique Serrano Daroca
  • Collaborating Technical Architect: Alejandro Mikros
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From the architect. Placed on a triangular plot on the outskirts of a small town, the house is surrounded by lands of mixed uses. A small orchard of fruit trees borders it on the one side, a small dirt road on another and a street in front of the main facade.

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The building is presented as a heavy body built in stone, adapted to the geometry of the plot. A small volume rests above it creating a mezzanine inside. The building reinterprets the essence of traditional masonry great thick stone walls, which solidly protects the domestic space.

© Antonio Vazquez © Antonio Vazquez

The interior distribution allows the dweller to live in along the natural daylight cycle:

Ground floor plan
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Hotel Amarin / STUDIO UP

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  • Architects: STUDIO UP
  • Location: Val de Lesso 5, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
  • Lead Architects: Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejić
  • Landscape Design: Ksenija Jurčić Diminić
  • Area: 27046.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Robert Leš
  • Project Team: Izvor Simonović-Majcan, Iva Martinis, Jelena Martić, Tin Pelivan, Domagoj Bolanča, Nikola Brlek, Krešimir Renić, Stanislava Odrljin, Marina Zajec, Ana Pall, Formwork plans: Blok A3 j.d.o.o. Marko Kranjčević, Matija Lastovčić, Predrag Šarčević,
  • Specialist Design – Kitchen Technology: DEKODE d.o.o.; Zoran Divjak
  • Main Contractor: Kamgrad d.o.o.
  • Signage And Environmental Graphics: Damir Gamulin
  • Signage Text: Nenad Vukušić Sebo
  • Site Specific Intervention: Numen/For Use
  • Structure: Radionica statike d.o.o.; Josip Galić, Branko Galić
  • Traffic Planning: IPB CAR d.o.o. / RADIUS PROJEKT d.o.o.; Hrvoje Kostelac
  • Landscape Infrastructure: GPZ d.o.o; Duško Mičetić
  • Plumbing, Drainage And Hvac Installation: Termotehnika Paun d.o.o.
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Stormvillan / Mer Architects

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  • Architects: Mer Architects
  • Location: Hanko, Finland
  • Lead Architect: Julia Hertell
  • Construction Design: Anders Westerlund
  • Area: 210.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Marc Goodwin
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From the architect. In the late 19th century, while Finland was still a Grand Duchy under Russia, Hanko was a popular spa resort for the Russian nobility. The endless meandering beaches are lined by leaning pine forests and grand wooden seaside villas.

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Stormvillan is situated right at the heart of the historic villa district. The main floor opens out to three directions: The living room to a long view out to sea, the lounge west for sunsets across the dining terrace and the master bedroom takes in the junipers and wind blown pinetrees of the cliff it stands on. This form also maintains unobstructed views to the sea from the old

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Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects

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  • Architects: Archi-Union Architects
  • Location: Nanjing Rd, Chunan Xian, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Architects In Charge: Tongji Architectural Design Group
  • Area: 3600.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Su Shengliang, Lin Bian
  • Design Principle Architect: Phillip F. Yuan
  • Design Team: Alex Han, Yan Chao, Kong Xiangping
  • Structure: He Tianlin, Jiang Wenhui, Lin Yong
  • Electrical: Peng Yingyun, Tao Shengyong,Guo Lili
© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian

From the architect. In 2013, Professor Zhang took initiative persuading several Shanghai architects to take part in the “Hualian Group Qiandao Lake Development at Jinxianwan East Resort Planning and Architecture Design Project.” At that time the lottery results often turned up planning and architecture design opportunities. What floated up for us was a cable car station design and construction project, giving the project to us at that time produced quite a disturbance among the staid Shanghai architecture community.

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The Sydney Opera House Comes to Life (Literally) With Vivid Sydney Light Show

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Vivid LIVE, part of the annual festival of lights and music known as Vivid Sydney, is taking place this weekend. As in previous years, the event was launched with a mesmerizing video projection mapped onto the sails of Sydney's iconic Opera House. Titled "Audio Creatures," this year's projection was created by Ash Bolland sees the Opera House writhe and squirm to a soundtrack by Amon Tobin; at times the shells of the building crack open to reveal new life inside, at other moments, infestations crawl their way across from the building's edges. Read on to see more photographs from the show and the full video of the event.

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To see more "Lighting the Sails" projections at the Sydney Opera House from previous years, click here.
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10th Annual North American Copper in Architecture Awards Showcase 15 Innovative Copper Designs

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Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards With a combination of resilience, sustainability, and pleasing aesthetics, the use of copper in architectural design is often indicative of a building’s craft and attention to detail, as demonstrated by fifteen projects selected as recipients for the 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA). The 10th edition of the annual awards celebrates a variety of projects throughout North America for their “outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys.” Projects were selected across three categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration, and Ornamental Applications.  Here are this year’s fifteen NACIA winners:

New Construction:

166 Dovercourt House – Toronto, Ontario / Ja Architecture Studio
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Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus – Phoenix, Arizona / CO Architects

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210 Pacific Street – Brooklyn, New York / NAVA

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S+J House / Luciano Kruk

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  • Architects: Luciano Kruk
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Area: 189.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Daniela Mac Adden
  • Other Participants: Belén Ferrand, Andrés Conde Blanco, Darío Cecilian
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From the architect. S+J House is located in the seaside neighborhood Costa Esmeralda, a private development 13 km north of the city of Pinamar and four hours away from Buenos Aires city.

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Despite being almost plain, the plot of land slopes softly towards its back. As the Studio proposed to preserve the lot’s dense pine grove, only the trees on the construction site were removed in order to build the house.

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The client, a group of two families, requested a house that could lodge both at the same time and that could be rented out.

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The commission consisted of a

Axonometric
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Federico Babina’s PORTRART Illustrations Tells a Story Within a Portrait

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Federico Babina, the illustrator behind the series of popular architectural interpretations including ARCHITALE and ARCHIPLAY, has just released his latest project: PORTRART, 35 illustrations that tell 35 short stories describing and relating to the individual personalities of 35 artists. "The shapes, the sculpted and painted geometries of the artists are transformed to draw their faces," explains Babina. Each composition portrays a realistic fantasy in a series of geometric shapes around a central matrix, the portrait.  Babina continues, "The project attempts to visualize the likeness, personality, and capture the essential features of the protagonist through simple lines, geometries, color, and ink. The idea is to achieve an almost abstract representation without losing the essence of figurative representation."  See all the portraits after the break.

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Pacherhof Pavilion / bergmeisterwolf architekten

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  • Collaborator: Valerio Nelli
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From the architect. The concept: a sheltered and yet open roof, a continuation of existing structure and terraced dry stone walls; room to dine, come together, and taste wine. A analysis of the site and space – simultaneously inclusive and exclusive.

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Continuing the exterior area into the inside and vice versa. Opening sliding glas elements on the façade disappear in the walls and alter one’s perception of th pavilion and its space. The exterior is expanded, with the roof acting as  sheltering element – extending the courtyard. Terrace and pavilion become th focal points between the houses. The stone wall acts as support for the

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