3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna

International design firm 3XN has recently won a competition to design a residential building in downtown Vienna, Austria.  Being so close to the historic center of the city, the project required a unique but unobtrusive appearance. With this in mind, a subtle, curving façade composed of warm colors was developed for the exterior. As project architect Jan Ammundsen puts it, “We have created a building that in terms of its volume, materiality and color scheme elements fit into the historic surroundings but through an expressive design with its curved façade the building has its own identity and creates an urban space for city life.” The concave exterior frames an intimate public plaza that provides visual relief from the dense city blocks of . This plaza also acts as the entrance to the building.
The curvature of the building allows for the apartments within to be brightly lit, many of them being exposed to daylight from two sides. The first floor of the building is given over to public spaces such as a gym, a wine cellar, and community gardens.

Competition: Vienna Residential Complex
Award: First Prize
Architects: 3XN
Location: Vienna,
Architect In Charge: Jan Ammundsen
Area: 16000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of 3XN

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18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs

Rugs are like the foundation of a room, much like the foundation of a house. They set the tone of the space and can help determine not only the furniture you bring into the space, but the color palette as well. Rugs also drive the style you decide to with and let’s be real – it can totally make or break a space. Looking for ideas of how to turn it up a notch in your room? Here are 18 rooms that go for bold when it comes to the rug. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs From Asiatic Carpets, the Funk rug is hand-tufted in India and its thick pile is full of vibrant, pixelated colors making this all-white space look super fun and playful. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Loom Rug’s Old Yarn Wheat Rug is like a rainbow of modern stalks growing across the floor of this room with a neutral, built-in sofa.
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Photos by Liezel Strauss via Apartment Therapy

Housed within a warehouse in Hong Kong, this apartment’s dining room goes for bold with its striped rug full of pinks, reds, and browns that grounds a Matt Hilton dining table. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Dinosaur Designs brings their colorful palette and design savvy to the Lava rug, which is part of a collaboration with Designer Rugs. The organic forms filled with striking colors works perfectly in this white room that’s connected to a patio.
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Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

The eclectic, Melbourne living room of Simon Griffiths and Melissa Loughnan has a gallery wall full of art and low bookshelves styled with various knickknacks so, a colorful geometric rug fits right into the large space.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

Paired with a vintage-inspired, black leather sofa, a yellow Jieldé floor lamp, and a vintage black pendant, the multicolor rug from Loom Rugs brightens this Melbourne space with pinks, greens, yellows, blues, and whites.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Alexander Johnson Photography

Carpet tiles are a smart way to go, especially in a kid’s room since they’re not always the neatest. id 810 Design Group used different striped patterns and colors to create a patchwork-like rug that covers the entire room. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category The Swirl rug, designed by Paul Smith for The Rug Company, brings swirling stripes of color to any room with Smith’s signature style pattern that’s covered everything from clothing to handbags, to cars. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category From one of interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s showhouses, this living room, and its rug, mixes safe neutrals with punchy neon colors like fuchsia, orange, and green.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Montse Garriga via ELLE.es

In this guest bedroom, the Américo rug from Carpet Diem has a gutsy diamond pattern that’s mixed with vintage lamps and a gallery wall of older paintings. Nothing beats a brightly colored kilim, which merges a bit of history with a modern feel. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design used this colorful kilim in a moody bedroom that’s outfitted with mid-century pieces.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Lisa Wikstrand

Swedish blogger Joanna, of AprillAprill, uses a bold, graphic rug in her all-white dining room. The rug was passed down in her family so it has sentimental value along with adding a striking pattern to the mix.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Lisa Cohen for Inside Out

A colorful diamond patterned rug sets the tone in this home full of rustic and raw finishes that was designed by Heather Nette King. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Tom Dixon’s Beam rug, for The Rug Company, references a 1970s disco with its colorful triangular beams helping to spruce up an office space that has lots of wooden details.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

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This bold rug dons not only cool colors, but a really cool pattern – almost like pieces of rug that have been zipped together. Paired with a traditional dining set and a vintage chandelier, this all-white dining room would make family get togethers way more fun. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Australian design blog The Design Files holds a yearly Open House that opens up a house to act as a pop-up shop of various wares scoped by the blog’s founder, Lucy Feagins. This gorgeous rug by Loom Rugs was used in the 2012 Open House. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Designer Tina Frey creates modern housewares and jewelry out of resin and it’s no surprise that her home, as seen on Design*Sponge, is equally as stylish. In the mostly white entryway, she uses a candy colored, striped rug from IKEA to energize the space. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Another sublime rug from The Rug Company is Matthew Williamson’s Tribe rug which is paired with a more traditional sofa covered in hot pink fabric. The geometric print was inspired by an African tribal print which works with the classic and modern details in the room.






18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs

Rugs are like the foundation of a room, much like the foundation of a house. They set the tone of the space and can help determine not only the furniture you bring into the space, but the color palette as well. Rugs also drive the style you decide to with and let’s be real – it can totally make or break a space. Looking for ideas of how to turn it up a notch in your room? Here are 18 rooms that go for bold when it comes to the rug. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs From Asiatic Carpets, the Funk rug is hand-tufted in India and its thick pile is full of vibrant, pixelated colors making this all-white space look super fun and playful. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Loom Rug’s Old Yarn Wheat Rug is like a rainbow of modern stalks growing across the floor of this room with a neutral, built-in sofa.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photos by Liezel Strauss via Apartment Therapy

Housed within a warehouse in Hong Kong, this apartment’s dining room goes for bold with its striped rug full of pinks, reds, and browns that grounds a Matt Hilton dining table. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Dinosaur Designs brings their colorful palette and design savvy to the Lava rug, which is part of a collaboration with Designer Rugs. The organic forms filled with striking colors works perfectly in this white room that’s connected to a patio.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

The eclectic, Melbourne living room of Simon Griffiths and Melissa Loughnan has a gallery wall full of art and low bookshelves styled with various knickknacks so, a colorful geometric rug fits right into the large space.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

Paired with a vintage-inspired, black leather sofa, a yellow Jieldé floor lamp, and a vintage black pendant, the multicolor rug from Loom Rugs brightens this Melbourne space with pinks, greens, yellows, blues, and whites.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Alexander Johnson Photography

Carpet tiles are a smart way to go, especially in a kid’s room since they’re not always the neatest. id 810 Design Group used different striped patterns and colors to create a patchwork-like rug that covers the entire room. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category The Swirl rug, designed by Paul Smith for The Rug Company, brings swirling stripes of color to any room with Smith’s signature style pattern that’s covered everything from clothing to handbags, to cars. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category From one of interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s showhouses, this living room, and its rug, mixes safe neutrals with punchy neon colors like fuchsia, orange, and green.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Montse Garriga via ELLE.es

In this guest bedroom, the Américo rug from Carpet Diem has a gutsy diamond pattern that’s mixed with vintage lamps and a gallery wall of older paintings. Nothing beats a brightly colored kilim, which merges a bit of history with a modern feel. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design used this colorful kilim in a moody bedroom that’s outfitted with mid-century pieces.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Lisa Wikstrand

Swedish blogger Joanna, of AprillAprill, uses a bold, graphic rug in her all-white dining room. The rug was passed down in her family so it has sentimental value along with adding a striking pattern to the mix.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo by Lisa Cohen for Inside Out

A colorful diamond patterned rug sets the tone in this home full of rustic and raw finishes that was designed by Heather Nette King. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Tom Dixon’s Beam rug, for The Rug Company, references a 1970s disco with its colorful triangular beams helping to spruce up an office space that has lots of wooden details.
18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category

Photo from Inside Out via MIMI+MEG

This bold rug dons not only cool colors, but a really cool pattern – almost like pieces of rug that have been zipped together. Paired with a traditional dining set and a vintage chandelier, this all-white dining room would make family get togethers way more fun. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Australian design blog The Design Files holds a yearly Open House that opens up a house to act as a pop-up shop of various wares scoped by the blog’s founder, Lucy Feagins. This gorgeous rug by Loom Rugs was used in the 2012 Open House. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Designer Tina Frey creates modern housewares and jewelry out of resin and it’s no surprise that her home, as seen on Design*Sponge, is equally as stylish. In the mostly white entryway, she uses a candy colored, striped rug from IKEA to energize the space. 18 Rooms with Colorful Rugs in interior design home furnishings Category Another sublime rug from The Rug Company is Matthew Williamson’s Tribe rug which is paired with a more traditional sofa covered in hot pink fabric. The geometric print was inspired by an African tribal print which works with the classic and modern details in the room.






Rachel Whiting’s Interior Photographs

Rachel Whiting’s Interior Photographs This week, CMYLK matches Colourlovers palettes with the interior images of London-based photographer Rachel Whiting. A graduate of Brighton University’s Editorial Photography degree course, Whiting has been successful for years in the industry, shooting for House & Garden, Elle Decoration, Living Etc., and other publications. She also works on landscape photography in her free time.
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Local Architecture’s Confignon House features concrete walls and a zig-zagging roof

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A Dark, Two-Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation

A Dark, Two-Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation Washington, D.C. based Schlesinger Associates Architects designed the renovation of the Lassus Residence, which began as a dark and dated, two-level, 2,000 square-foot-space and was transformed into a bright and unique home. Focusing on filling the space with natural lighting, the interior emphasizes open space and volumes making it appear larger than it really is. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category The first floor features an elongated fireplace with a marble support peeking out from the right side. The marble is the same material used on the nearby staircase. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category The open main floor is mostly white with a dark marble column in the center that hides the necessary pipes, stacks, and ducts, while also bringing contrast to the surrounding white. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category The kitchen is now open but is defined by a lower ceiling height. The space is sleek and clean and feels completely European. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category The old staircase was hidden, but now, the open stairwell becomes a sculptural focal point on the main floor. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category Contrasting volumes of black and white marble create a breathtaking piece of artwork that is more than just a means of getting to the next floor. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category The second floor reveals itself around a central glass spine that divides the public office space from the private bedroom and bathroom without the need for doors. The spine parts contain closets that are lit from above. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category The master bath is well-lit with the help of skylights and reflective surfaces. The same marble is carried into the bathroom and sets the tone of the relaxing space. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category They also brought in the contrasting dark marble as an accent. A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category A Dark, Two Level Space Gets a Dramatic Renovation in interior design architecture Category Photos by Paul Warhol and Bruno Lassus.






Origami House by TSC Architects features a roof modelled on folded paper

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        Japanese studio TSC Architects modelled the roof of this <a title="Houses archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/houses/">house</a> in <a title="Japan archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/japan/">Japan</a>'s Mie Prefecture on the folded paper shapes of <a title="Origami archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/origami/">origami</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/05/01/origami-house-tsc-architects-japan-folded-roof/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Yamazaki Kentaro’s Unfinished House offers little privacy to residents

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        There are barely any partitions between the rooms of this family <a title="Houses archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/houses">house</a> in Chiba Prefecture, <a title="Japan archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/japan">Japan</a>, which was designed by architect Yamazaki Kentaro as an open container that "changes as you design and live in it" (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/05/01/house-in-kashiwa-by-yamazaki-kentaro/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Kouichi Kimura’s Tuneful House features contrasting materials and split levels

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        Shifting ceiling heights, sliding partitions and contrasting materials create a variety of spaces inside this <a title="More houses on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/houses/">house</a> in Shiga, <a title="Japan archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/japan/">Japan</a>, by <a title="FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/formkouichi-kimura-architects/">Kouichi Kimura of Japanese studio Form</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/30/tuneful-house-kouichi-kimura-shiga-japan/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland

A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland Beginning with the homeowner’s love of minimalism and working with a tight budget, Peters Flat was designed by Mili Młodzi Ludzie in Łazarz, Poznań, Poland. To keep the small space from appearing cluttered, massive built-ins were designed to conceal anything and everything within the apartment. To top off the all-white space, they created graphic black lines that stretch around the interior. A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category Elongated tubes of light were incorporated into the black lines as not to disrupt the clean white spaces. A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category Although there are only a couple of pieces of furniture in the apartment, they kept them black. Bringing in a bit of color, they went with a bright rug in the living room. A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category Handles were cut out of the cabinet panels, keeping the black lines going around the space. A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category Across from the sofa, the built-ins hide the TV, storage, and a desk. A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category The kitchen is also hidden behind the wall of white cabinets keeping a cohesive look on that long wall. A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category Near the front door there’s a ladder to take the homeowner to the loft which hides a bed. Now he doesn’t have to make the bed up everyday! A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category Below the loft is the bathroom where they continued the black and white theme, this time with a pixelated pattern of tiles that go up the walls. A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland in interior design architecture Category Photos by Lusia Kosik.






Bamboo Wall Panels That Create a 3D Effect

Bamboo Wall Panels That Create a 3D Effect Reveal is a new line of carved and textured bamboo wall panels from Smith & Fong Co. Known for their Plyboo® bamboo architectural plywood and flooring, Reveal’s name is rather fitting. Each panel’s face is carved with elaborate patterns to reveal the many layers that make up its core. Bamboo Wall Panels That Create a 3D Effect in interior design home furnishings Category The wall panels come in 8 different colors and patterns, and are Class C fire-resistant. Each sheet is 4′x8′ x 3/4″ thick and available in amber or natural, prefinished or unfinished textures. They’re also made in the USA, with some domestic and foreign components. Bamboo Wall Panels That Create a 3D Effect in interior design home furnishings Category Bamboo Wall Panels That Create a 3D Effect in interior design home furnishings Category Bamboo Wall Panels That Create a 3D Effect in interior design home furnishings Category






Carles Enrich inserts plywood box inside renovated Barcelona apartment

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MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.”

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.”

“Flowing down the facade, the lines emphasize the smoothness of the towers and its verticality. The internal ventilation and filtration system of the ridges draw a natural breeze indoors, which not only improves the interior space but also creates an energy efficient system.”

Yansong attempt’s to integrate nature thoughout the design; Interiors are “injected” with landscape elements, such as towering courtyards and multi-level garden terraces, while “mid-air courtyards” connect the site’s two residential buildings and provide residents the “freedom to wander” through an elevated “mountain forest.” Even the shape of the complex’s four office towers were designed to resemble eroded “river stones.”

“This project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district,” explains MAD. “By exploring the symbiotic relationship between modern urban architecture and natural environment, it revives the harmonious co-existence between urban life and nature. It creates a Shanshui city where people can share their individual emotions and a sense of belonging.”

Natural , intelligent building, and an innovative air purification system is expected to help MAD achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2016.

Architects: MAD Architects
Location: Beijing, China
Directors In Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Design Team: Zhao Wei, Kin Li, Liu Huiying, Lin Guomin, Bennet Hu Po-Kang, Julian Sattler, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Li Guangchong, Fu Changrui, Yang Jie, Zhu Jinglu, Younjin Park, Gustaaf Alfred Van Staveren
Client: Junhao Real Estate Beijing Jingfa Properties Co., Limited.
Construction Engineers: China Construction Design International Group Co., Ltd
Facade Design & Optimize Consultant: RFR and Meinhardt Facade Technologies
Landscape Design Consultant: Greentown Akin
Lighting Design Consultant: GD Lighting Design Co., Ltd
Building Height: 120 m
Site Area: 30,763 sqm
Area: 128177.0 sqm
Year: 2016
Photographs: MAD

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A House with an Origami-Like Roof

A House with an Origami-Like Roof In the Mie Prefecture of Japan situated in a old village surrounded by mountains is the ORIGAMI house, designed by TSC Architects. The raised lot has an old stone wall surrounding it that holds history to the site, so the architect decided to leave it there. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A young couple moved back to the area to start a new life and build a house for modern times. The design centers around a roof that appears folded like origami. The architect wanted the form of the house and the roof to feel like one body. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category The side with the sharp peak has a lot of windows so the couple can look out to the mountains. It also keeps the interior filled with sunlight. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category The roof looks as if it is attached to the ground, much like a tent would be. It kind of looks like a pitched tent in a way, also. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category The sloped roof creates the interior space necessary while also giving the family a sense of protection during storms and earthquakes. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category The design also allows for plenty of covered outdoor space while also controlling the amount of light and wind that enters the house. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category The center portion of the house, the area with the most space, was designed to be the living room and dining room. Smaller rooms, like the kitchen, bedroom, Japanese-style tatami room, and bathroom are fitted into the outer perimeter. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category The wood burning stove keeps the entire home warm in the winter. A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category A House with an Origami Like Roof in architecture Category






MVRDV chosen to transform Moscow’s Hammer and Sickle factory into housing

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> Dutch firm <a title="MVRDV archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/mvrdv/">MVRDV</a> has won a contest to overhaul a 58-hectare steel factory in <a title="Moscow archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/moscow/">Moscow</a>, described as "a stronghold during the Russian revolution", to create a major new city quarter offering homes, offices, schools and a hospital (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/28/mvrdv-win-serp-molot-factory-transformation-in-moscow/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu,
Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He

Design Team: Lim Wenhui, Jay Panelo, Ethan Hwang, Mark Mancenido

From the architect. Located adjacent to Nanjing South Railway Station the two storey building showcases the broad spectrum of and commercial space available for lease and purchase at Vanke’s Spark designed ambitious mixed use development.
Conceived as an abstracted reflection of railway track geometry the structure is shaped by functional and conceptual considerations that importantly take advantage of the buildings location next to the busy railway station.
Folded façade surfaces and lines of light compose a continuum of fluent and dynamic space that mirrors the dynamism of the adjacent crossing train tracks. A large LED display faces the key location vantage points located deliberately to be seen by passing vehicle and railway traffic.
The exterior façade formed from two skins of perforated aluminium has a subtle Moiré surface a markedly manufactured finish which is in contradiction to the natural finishes of the interior where the folded and perforated surfaces and organic finishes visibly converge.
The sales gallery is testament to Vanke’s constant strive to redefine the levels of quality and experience afforded to the visitor which is redolent of the characteristics of the new mixed use city quarter designed by Spark which is currently under construction. Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects © Shu He Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects Floor Plan Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects East Elevation Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects West Elevation Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects Section

Parkrand / MVRDV

Architects: MVRDV
Location: Geuzenveld, , The Netherlands
Partners In Charge: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
Area: 35000.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Rob’t Hart

Proyect Team: Sandor Naus, Marc Joubert, Anet Schurink, Jeroen Zuidgeest, Marin Kulas, Sven Thorissen, Joanna Gasparski, Jaap van Dijk, Gabriella Bojalil, Arjan Harbers
Facilitary Office: W.M.B., Nijmegen NL
Structure: Pieters Bouwtechniek
Delft Nl: Jan Versteegen
Services And Building Physics: Cauberg Huygen Rotterdam NL
Graphic Design Signage: Thonik, Amsterdam NL
Face Brick Stone Collaborator: Royal Tichelaar Makkum NL
Design/Furnishing Of The Outdoor “Interior” Space: Richard Hutten, Rotterdam NL
Budget: EUR 28.5 Million

From the architect. “Buurt 9” (Neighbourhood 9) forms part of the garden cities west of Amsterdam. It consists of 174 standard small units, located in three L-shaped buildings and positioned next to a small park. The new design relocates the housing into one compact but impressive volume thereby conserving more space for the park. The proportions of the outline for the block, 135 m long by 34 m high and 34 m deep, could be considered as mansion-like in relation to the even more spacious park. A new ‘country estate’ arises that adds character to the park.
The programme includes five towers that are sandwiched between a large, raised communal patio and a series of rooftop penthouses. This creates an open and airy block, and offers different views from all directions. The semi-public patios is raised so that its overlooks the park. The garden offers protection from rain and wind, secured access, and more intimate spaces and playgrounds. It will be used more frequently and by different people than the park. This area becomes a central space for the inhabitants, an outdoor ‘living room’. This idea is accentuated by the use of soft furniture, decorative walls, ceiling and floor finishes, plants, and ‘chandeliers’. The towers are positioned in such a way that they do not block views from the neighbourhood to the park. They also allow all of the apartments a view to the park and an orientation to the sun. This is achieved by perforating the roof plate in three places.
The perforations are repeated at the ground floor, forming two courtyards that offer light, view and access to the apartments on the first level.With these techniques, the Parkrand building adds both more ‘garden’ and more ‘city’ to the developing Western Garden Cities of Amsterdam. It continues in the optimistic architectural tradition that characterizes the history of these neighborhood Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV © Rob't Hart Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 5 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 1 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 2 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 3 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 4 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan -1 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 6 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 7 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 8 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 9 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 10 Parkrand / MVRDV Floor Plan 11 Parkrand / MVRDV Elevation 1 Parkrand / MVRDV Elevation 2 Parkrand / MVRDV Elevation 3 Parkrand / MVRDV Elevation 4 Parkrand / MVRDV Section 1 Parkrand / MVRDV Section 2

Casa Narigua by David Pedroza Castañeda thrusts out from the Mexican landscape

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        The mountain landscape of coastal <a title="Mexico archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Mexico/">Mexico</a> provides an idyllic setting for this red concrete <a title="More houses on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/houses/">house</a> by Mexican architect David Pedroza Castañeda (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/28/casa-narigua-house-mexico-david-pedroza-castaneda/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima

Tammo Prinz’s competition entry for a new tower in Lima, Peru, proposes the use of platonian bodies to generate dramatic interior and exterior spaces. The dodekaeder structure drives the form of the design whilst smaller cubic shapes are strategically placed within this to generate spaces for everyday living. The relationship between these two spatial qualities, of interior and exterior, reveals a series of unique spaces that can be used as an extension of the interior, or as a balcony-like outdoors area.
The multi-storey proposal addresses a need for greater public space in Lima through the design of a large sunken public plaza. Generous voids in the bottom levels of the building allow natural light to pour into the multi-purpose space that includes a stepped ampitheatre. The playful nature of the staggered, colourful steps down into the plaza provide some releif from the brutal concrete structure, inviting passers-by to interact with the space.
With dodekaeder easlily able to be sliced in half to form a flat side, architects Tammo Prinz hope to apply this modular, platonian design technique to a number of future residential projects. Keep an eye out because we may be seeing more of this kind of geometrically informed architecture in the very near future. Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Courtesy of Tammo Prinz Architects Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Courtesy of Tammo Prinz Architects Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Apartments Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Public Plaza Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Penthouse Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Public Plaza Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Public Plaza Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Public Plaza Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Courtesy of Tammo Prinz Architects Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Plaza Floor Plans Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Apartment Floor Plans Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Sections Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Diagrams Tammo Prinz Architects Propose Platonian Tower in Lima Diagrams