Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects opts for “tranquility and kindness” with Fuji Pharmacy interior

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        Pale oak walls and muted furnishings aim to create a calming environment for patients inside this dispensing <a title="Pharmacies archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/pharmacies/">pharmacy</a> in <a title="Tokyo archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Tokyo/">Tokyo</a> by Japanese firm Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/25/fuji-pharmacy-hiroyuki-ogawa-architects-japa/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Cloud Street Residence by AWA

Ana Williamson Architect have completed the remodel of a house in Menlo Park, California.

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Cloud Street House began as a cramped 900 SF cottage on a 50’x100’ lot. Budget constraints required a single story solution, achieved by reusing the existing foundation while adding 500 SF of flexible indoor/outdoor space. The final design features abundant natural light, sustainable materials, and fully integrated indoor/outdoor rooms. The primary goals of the project require completely rethinking the existing ill-conceived spaces, improving the overall flow to enhance connections to the outdoors and bring in as much daylight as possible. With this degree of compactness, all living spaces need to “work hard”, with every element serving double duty. The new floor plan is organized along a vaulted central spine separating public and private zones. Large glazed bi-fold doors open the dining room to the patio, creating a courtyard. By maximizing the connection to the yards and creating accessible outdoor rooms, the entire site becomes integral to the everyday life of the homeowners and their young children. Although the finished house is a modest 1465 SF, it feels much larger because of its comfortable volume. The roofline is entirely reworked to vault the ceilings and allow for clerestory windows. The house is now maximally flooded with daylight for its orientation, passively warming the house in winter and contributing to natural ventilation in summer. Designers by training, the homeowners enjoyed the process of material exploration and experimentation. Ultimately, they chose materials both for their aesthetics and their inherent and sometimes innovative sustainable properties. The peaked brise soleil and front and rear decks are constructed with acetylated wood. This material minimizes water absorption, making it extremely durable and more dimensionally stable. The kitchen cabinets are faced with a high performance fiber composite veneer developed to be a timber free alternative. Both of these are relatively new products to the sustainable market. The front of the house, with its gracious porch and native landscaping, provides a neighborhood-friendly gesture towards the street. The house is more modern than its counterparts on the block and in careful keeping with the scale of the original context of the cottage. Its bold color scheme and sharp geometric lines often attract the interest of passersby and fosters impromptu interactions between the homeowners and their neighbors. The combination of significant and challenging constraints, along with insightful homeowners presents an opportunity for great results. The full engagement and trust of the homeowners throughout this project were key elements of its success.

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Concrete apartment by Airhouse Design Office features display space for “precious clothes”

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        Raw <a title="Concrete archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/concrete/">concrete</a> surfaces dominate inside this stark <a title="Apartments archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/apartments/">apartment</a> in Nagoya, <a title="Japan archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Japan/">Japan</a>, that Japanese studio Airhouse Design Office has renovated for a fashion lover (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/24/house-in-jiyugaoka-concrete-apartment-airhouse-design-office/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

GIPES Institute by NBJ Architects

NBJ Architectes have completed the interior renovation of GIPES, the Institut de Formation des Professionnels de la Santé in Avignon, France.

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The project is an interior renovation of an existing building and seeks to establish a coherent whole operation by adapting the program to the needs and uses of new users. The intervention is essentially a reorganization of interior spaces, limiting interventions on buildings and ensuring optimization of quality and comfort of use. The general principles of circulation of the old building are maintained and adapted to the standards required by the change of destination. To provide a spatial quality and attractiveness to the central atrium, the “hanging boxes” are deposited along the passageways in level 1 and level 2. They are spaces of conviviality and collaboration between students, teachers, and administration. The staggered views offers a real centrality to what was previously a simple empty. These entities are involved in both the formation of identity and its new usability. The Building takes place on the site “Agroparc Avignon”, near the University and student services, including the University Restaurant. The building is involved in the operation is an office building in level 3 previously occupied by services of the Regional Directorate of France Telecom. The rehabilitation project intends to give an overall consistency in building operation by adapting the program to the needs and uses of new users.
The work involves a reorganization of interior spaces, limiting interventions on buildings and ensuring optimization of quality and comfort of use. The exterior of the building has been preserved, only a fire escape is added on the “pinion” fronts to meet safety standards. In addition, the work was to compliance the building both in terms of standards with disabilities (physical, visual, auditory) and technical standards. The building is divided into three distinct parts, a linear part Northwest, South-eastern part of curved shape, and a south-western part of triangular shape. It has an area of 6830 square meters. The main entrance is located on the north-western part. A curtain wall curved back cover acts. The Southeast side welcomes an atrium in the center of the entire height of the building, and is lit by skylights in the roof. These areas feature classrooms. The southwestern part extends mainly ground floor, only certain technical areas are level 1. The general principles of circulation of the old building are preserved and adapted to the standards required by the change of destination. To provide a spatial quality and attractiveness to the central atrium, the “hanging boxes” are deposited along the passageways in level 1 and level 2. They are spaces of conviviality and collaboration between students, teachers, and administration. The staggered views of space offers a real centrality to what was previously a single empty. A new visible signage, efficient and attractive joins the establishment. Inside the building, there is a hierarchical development allowing the information to be transmitted to users, from home to various premises, services or entities. Each level is indicated by a different color from yellow to purple. A specific typeface is applied to all directions of the building. The existing building has in its composition a strong horizontal and dominant façade which is voiced by headbands windows, horizontal sun and breezes. These horizontal lines are directly integrated in the project through the front design of the fire escape added at the end of the north-western part. It was the only added element and changing facades. Which appeared first as a constraint was a major rewrite of the project asset. This is thanks to a game of transparency, this relatively flat facade was put into perspective by working on the colors of the adjacent rooms. And a set thickness and depth were made to transform the image of the building without changing the existing facades. These entities and specific devices involved in both the formation of identity, but also the usability of the newly found place.

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Generator London by The DesignAgency

The DesignAgency together with ORBIT and Acrylicize have recently completed the restyling of the design hostel, Generator London.

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Generator offers cool, stylish and affordable accommodations. Their overall creative direction and design language has been crafted by DesignAgency, led by partner and Generator’s Creative Director, Anwar Mekhayech. Each location has its own unique style that reflects the local spirit and culture of its host city, while also maintaining a common aesthetic, and an emphasis on bold and exciting social spaces.

The restyled Generator London updates the original flagship of the growing chain of urban design hostels with Generator’s signature energy and a distinctly modern flare. Located in a former police station in Russell Square, a quick walk from Covent Garden, Regent’s Park and the British Museum, the interiors were refurbished to express the dynamism of London’s bustling streets.

The new design concept created by Anwar Mekhayech and his team from Toronto-based DesignAgency, in partnership with local architects ORBIT and Shoreditch-based art collective Acrylicize, plays with bold graphics, rich patterns, and British cultural icons to covey the spirit of London’s streets, weaving strands of history, culture and styles within Generator London’s diverse social and intimate spaces.

The design layers spaces, experiences and styles, while also aiming to form a cohesive interior that will invite, entertain and encourage travellers to make connections, relax, party, hang out and feel as though they have a comfortable home away from home. Generator London is the essence of this new brand of hostels, with industrial, classic, modern, graphic, mod design styles and a subtle homage to the history of London and its local flavor.

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Design: The DesignAgency (Toronto, Canada)
Local Project Architect: ORBIT
Lighting Designer: FD Creative
Art Consultancy: Acrylicize

Photography by Nikolas Koenig

Product> Trade Secrets: Architects Share Their Product Picks

From Andre Kikoski to Leo Marmol to David Mullman, top architects spill the beans on their favorite products—glazing, surfaces, and finish materials. Lasvit Liquidkristal A molded-glass sheet suitable for interior and exterior applications, the relief pattern is continuous between panels. “In Sophie’s restaurant at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, we installed a wall of digitally-engineered Liquidkristal by […]

The Iporanga House by Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

Nitsche Arquitetos Associados designed this house in Iporanga, Brazil.

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Iporanga House is located in Iporanga, a condominium for summer houses on Sao Paulo’s coast, approximately 120km east from the capital. This condo is inside a very well preserved and protected area of the original Atlantic Rainforest. The exuberance of this native forest has taken the client to demand a house that occupied the minimum as possible of the ground (lot) surface. But at the same time he wanted it to be large and comfortable, and asked for 5 suites, one for the couple, one for each of his 3 sons and one for guests, which demanded not less the 400m2 to be built.

So we decided to split the program in 3 levels: a suspended volume, wood structured for the 5 suites, so they would be on the trees´ crown/top; a plan, the concrete slab elevated from the ground to support all of the program social activities, living, dining room the kitchen and the swimming pool; and underneath it, on ground level there is a small enclosed area for services. A small accommodation for a house keeper couple, a laundry and a deposit.

The wood frame volume is the “private” part of the house, therefore on the street side it is enclosed by opaque boards (made of wood and covered on both faces with a cement slab), glass panels along with a nylon curtain, and on the forest side, aluminum sliding doors opening the rooms to a common veranda.

This volume creates a shadow on the slab, and we used that shadow for the social area. This “middle” floor is almost an open space, protected on all sides by transparent temperate glass sliding panels, so the forest can be seen at all times. The intention was to minimize the difference between inner and outside space, making it work all as one integration area.

The structural concept of the house was inspired by small brook bridges typical from this litoraneal area. Rising from the foundation in humid soil, concrete columns support the Steel beans which support the wood frame. We tried to make the construction an assembling of parts more than an in loco process, concerning less waste at the building site, more agility and proper use of industrialized materials.

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Architect: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

Photography by Nelson Kon

The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank

Nestor Sandbank designed the Cubes House in Ramot Hashavim, Israel.

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‘The Cubes House is a new concept in modern architecture , the functions are built as independent cubes : children rooms , and connected to the main house (bigger cube) by a transparent corridor.

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Photography by Itay Sikolsky

SingTel Contact Centre by ONG&ONG

ONG&ONG have designed the interior of the SingTel Contact Centre in Singapore.

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The project brief was to upgrade SingTel’s existing contact centre. For this project, the idea was to create a balanced workplace where excellent customer service could be delivered whilst also ensuring the wellbeing of SingTel’s employees. Given the challenging nature of work at SingTel, it was only natural to include areas for relaxation and recreation within the workplace itself. With this in mind, huddle areas were included in the design to serve as places for effective collaboration as well as spaces where employees can unwind and reenergize.

A common walkway was created to serve as a ‘road’ that would link the different spaces within the contact centre. This road brings employees and visitors alike on a journey where they can experience the various themed huddle areas, which were inspired by the fact that SingTel is an indispensable part of everyone’s life, whether they are at home, in the office, working out at the gym, or spending time outdoors. The huddle areas serve as places of interaction and collaboration as well as venues where everyone can gather together to conduct special events.

The road is also a journey through time and showcases the evolutionary history of communication technology through the interior design of the coaching rooms. Each coaching room uniquely captures elements of communication from different eras – from the caveman days up till the modern Internet Age. Instead of rigid and imposing coaching rooms, the room interior provide a relaxed environment, and achieves this through the introduction of low height discussion tables and lounge seats, thus creating a less formal and more engaging atmosphere.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how various ideas relating to the concept of communication, which is SingTel’s main line of work, were seamlessly integrated into both the aesthetic and functional aspects of this office.

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The PlayRoom by WeNew Innovation

WeNew Innovation have designed the PlayRoom, a functional space where children play while receiving wellness therapies.

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To envision this project the designers have studied children behavior and translate the naturalness of the child into the space interaction: the toys are made in the own interactive architecture. The project concept was born from the trend of time valorization combined with wellcare, so while kids play, treatments – such as color therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy and reflexology – are happening in a natural and organic way. “I believe that children learn fast and, more and more, they learn in different ways. They discover things by playing and learn by discovering” says Michelle Souza, UX Designer and co-founder of WeNew Innovation. “Each interaction with the different parts of the space provides new discoveries and it offers alternative forms of wellbeing” says Vivian Grieco, Strategic Designer and co-founder.

The interactive experiences of the space are:

Piano Suvinil Colors
Interactive floor with the new color palette of Suvinil (leading paint company in Brazil). Each key of the piano, when stepped, sounds a note of piano that corresponds to a color, according to the color therapy study.

Interactive Wall Paint
With a simple simulating movement with the hand facing the wall, the child can paint and re-paint the wall in a virtual and interactive way.

Parents&Children Move
A pair of swings were built to be the audience “seats” of the kids show stage. Once the parents seats and swings it, the mechanical energy of swinging it is transformed into electrical energy, lighting the spotlights that illuminate the child on stage. The proposal behind this action is encouraging parents interaction (audience) and children (show).

Multi-Therapeutic Niche
Cushioned niches where kids can relax and feel the blends of essential oils, color therapy, and binaural hearing therapies that induce creativity, relax or energizing.

The Play Room was shown at Casa Cor, São Paulo (Brazil).

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Photography by Flavia Faustino

M44 Apartment by Widawscy Studio Architektury

Widawscy Studio Architektury have recently completed an apartment in an old tenement house in Warsaw, Poland.

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The apartment is located in Warsaw, old Mokotów, in a building of 1954. Classic functional interior from the 50 ‘s and high 280 cm space required functional arrangement that would provide comfort and pleasure of living. The previous owner of the apartment has prepared its interior in a very intriguing way and that was the reason why the current owner – Gregory bought them and want to continue the arrangment with the current style. With the help of the architecture studio “Widawscy studio architektury” was created an intriguing space inspired by designs of the 60′s and Scandinavian minimalism. The architects decided to leave old wooden floors painted white, which is a classic of Scandinavian style. The colour ideal expands the space and introduces a lot of light. The owner was very affectionate to the remarkable colors in the interior and want to preserve them in the bedroom, living room , and also tiles in the bathroom and toilet.Entering the apartment we are directly in the kitchen with a dining area. The architects decided to separate from it “a small interior” using sliding, openwork, white panels and creating zone with shoes lockers and a coat hanger. On the walls there are the concrete and mirror. By using a mirror on the ceiling beam interior gained spaciousness and lightness. Kitchen colours and dining area refers to the design of the 60′s. It is based on two main colors : orange and yellow with background of white contrasted with black. Strong accent of the interior is a floral design painted on the ceiling, inspired by Finnish design brand Marimekko. In reference to this pattern architects decided to yellow kitchen cabinets, finished with a black stone worktop . On the wall next to the table maintains its original, red brick. Directly from the kitchen we go into the living room and bedroom, which are also interconnected with double doors . Colours of living room are two opposites: stimulating orange and calming olive. With this statement created interesting, energetic background for interior design.Space room combines two functions: living area with a comfortable sofa and armchairs and office area like working studio. Lightweight desk with glass top discreetly blends into the space of the room. On the wall with kitchen door was built irregular bookcase in white colour. Architects also used existing wardrobe in the wall adopting it on shelf with documents and books. The whole building furniture binds wall in black, which is the perfect backdrop for the composition of books and CDs . Original colors of the bedroom in which combined color of dark chocolate and scarlet red gives it a unique character. In the central point of the interior against the dark wall is a bed. Its form resembles the design of the 60′s. Bedside tables on both sides of the bed architects replaced with the seats of the 60′s held by the owner. Perform the function of cabinets white cubes on the walls, giving the interior of lightness. Before bed, in front of the window with balcony there is a couch called “relaxation machine” designed by Le Corbusier. The bathroom and toilet were lined with black mosaic which improved interior proportions and gave them the spaciousness. In the bathroom architects have proposed instead of the traditional cabinet under the sink – unique wooden chest of drawers in colorful stripes . Thanks to her bathroom has gained style and character. In a niche on wall of the toilet architects proposed intriguing, suprising “installation” of the black hand emerging from the wall.

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New Cemex Headquarters / Atelier Povetron

Architects: Atelier Povetron
Location: Siemensova, Prague, Czech Republic
Architect In Charge: Martin Chlanda, Michal Rouha
Area: 681 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Povetron

Cooperation: Jana Fischerova, Jana Simankova, Pavel Zezula, Marek Sinagl

From the architect. The main task was to design the interior office space for the company CEMEX, which is engaged in manufacturing of concrete mixtures, cement and aggregates. The new offices will be located in the administrative center of City West in Prague Stodulky. Our goal was to fit 50 working places, arrange them into open-space office, 7 closed offices for team-leaders and a director, one large meeting room for 20 people and another 4 small meeting rooms with total capacity of 30 seats. In the office should also be a relaxation zone with a small gym and a kitchenette.

CONCEPT

Form concept

The main idea of the proposal is a divided open space with small offices and meeting rooms to create more intimate places in which the teams will work. We wanted to avoid the classical scheme, where there are defined separate offices and the rest of space is used as an open-space office. Team-leader’s offices are located around the area, creating nooks, divided small places and offer nicely relaxed working environment and enable direct contact between employees and their leaders. To achieve all that, and at the same time maintain the feeling of a large common area, which is enhanced by high ceilings, no solid parts reach up to the ceiling. The room is not divided, but there are installed separated cells that shape the large open-space.

Material concept

We wanted to make the expression of the interior corresponding to the company which will inhabit it. To make it apparent from the first sight not only what the company deals with, but also  their philosophy and attitude. In the interior we used materials, which are associated with the company. Interior and exterior of the separate office cells are equipped with a cement plaster (concrete imitation), the glass-walled meeting rooms are covered with rusty construction steel-grid and the reception is designed from wire baskets with the stones from the quarry where the company draws aggregates. The philosophy of the company, their approach to sustainable development and motivating pictures are visible in the graphics on the walls. Relaxation area – chill-out – is designed as a natural park with paths, lawn, garden furniture and sitting bags looking like large boulders. The open-space offices are equipped by used furniture from previous company headquarters. New boxes with plants, which are also placed in the room, are situated on the top of cupboards and its creating barriers between working places.

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The main working space is around the big atrium and is divided into three functional units. The entrance is followed by a connecting wing, where the reception is dominating and where toilets and other ancillary rooms are situated. In the northern section, where all the working spaces located, are small meeting rooms arranged in one block which divides this track longitudinally. In the southern part is the chill-out zone with the gym, the kitchenette and the large meeting room.

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Summer houses in Slavik by Mats Fahlander

Mats Fahlander designed two summer houses in Lysekil, Sweden.

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The two summer houses are located between two Fjords on the Swedish, northern westcoast. The site is surrounded by a nationalpark, the nature characterised by rounded rocks and leaning trees, bent of an always existing wind. Other houses in the area are mainly from the -50s and are rather in a summerhouse typology than the traditional sort for the area. The house on one of the highets points in thea area was designed for one of the sons in a large family, his part of the families own household and a place for guesting friends. The other, smaller house was built for his parents. Together wit the existing house tthey form a group facing west and the sea. The ground was left untouched so the houses floats above the rocks. Also above the rocks is it possible to walk around the houses on outdoor bridges and platforms, hanged from the facade. The contrast between the sometimes rough climate and the easy summerlife was the guide to the design of the buildings. A construction of timber is covered with nearly maintenance free materials. Painted parts are white according to the tradition of the coast. The rounded roofs got their form from the surrounding rocks. The geometry of the plans is simple; one front room closest to the ocean for cooking, eating and relation with people and a rear section for bedrooms and entrance hall. Large glasspanels can be slided to the side so that all rooms can be open towards the outer bridge. The closely positioned guesthouse at 1.17 has a bedroom and a sauna. The interiors of the house is completetly covered with untreatened fir. When a low evening sun from west lighten the panel is the inner of the houses from the ocean a glowing eye catcher in a grey landscape.

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