Archiol announced winners of architecture writing competition “Sustainability in architecture”
Archidiaries is excited to share the ‘Project of the Week’ – House in Estrela by Aires Mateus. Along with this, the weekly highlight contains a few of the best projects, published throughout the week. These selected projects represent the best content curated and shared by the team at ArchiDiaries.
Bridge view, designed by Kendle Design Collaborative, is a family home with mountain and valley views similar to a hillside location. Part foyer, part gallery, the split-level entry hall acts as a social and spatial connector between formal and informal living spaces while reducing the perceived separation between levels. Millwork at the kitchen, as throughout the home, is an extension of the architecture and conceived as sculptural form as well as functional storage. The scale is modulated between cozy and dramatic via the inclusion of floating ceiling clouds and light coves that define the spaces below.
Marcomonde Shibuya, designed by UUfie, represents the first permanent retail space for the Japanese fashion brand, Marcomonde. The apparel line is a fusion of culture and fashion. The space—composed of stairs, millwork, and floor—has been conceived as a free-standing, abstract, geometric sculpture. The overall design gives the appearance of a staircase, but this is an illusion, as the staircase leads nowhere. In relationship to the main building, the store creates an intriguing physical disorientation by suggesting a stairway leading to a secret place.
Uufie is a multidisciplinary design practice with the philosophy to find a specific natural characteristic and strength within each project to bond people with the natural world. They believe that physical structures have the power to inspire wonderment and discovery but also a sense of connection to a natural world that sometimes feels as if it has slipped our grasp. At heart, the work aims to make architecture a sensory and visceral experience.
Aakar Design Private Ltd with the partnership of Mitsubishi announced the frst three winners of the competition workshop “CLT Induction-in India”.
Architecture Faculty in Tournai, designed by Aires Mateus, is positioned to bond the structures and define new external spaces. The project occupies the interior of a historical city block where buildings from different identities and periods coexist. There are two industrial buildings and a convent that has been used as a hospital. Inside, public functions are sheltered, operating not only as passage spaces and meeting places but also as a part of a new identity.
DOM House, designed by CRUX arquitectos, is half of a house equitably split when inherited in the village of Los Pedrones. Vernacular architecture in rural settings is profoundly ad hoc. In DOM house, the intervention follows the same direct spirit but from a subtractive rather than an additive approach. The volume of the house is reduced with the intervention, and it is also emptied on the inside. The more informal exterior extensions were replaced by a light structure that set off against the masonry wall’s heaviness.
St George Orthodox Church, designed by Wallmakers, resurrects the original church using stabilized earth blocks to form Nubian arches, alter, and the aisles of the church are supported by flying buttresses built without shuttering. The church’s architecture builds on the imagery of historical monuments, but the transparent use of the material in its potential forms gives this building its fascinating edifice. By re-interpreting a historic construction technique and responding to the footprint of the structure on the site, the attempt is to create a building made with the earth that inspires awe and a sense Of wonderment with its rich spatial quality.
Designed with sustainability as a focus, the project’s green outdoor spaces mix together with a wide variety of activities – including a theatre, a library, a museum, a conference centre, and retail – to make the site a hub for meeting, learning, leisure, culture, and relaxation.
Result announced for the competition History of Architecture is a 2021 Presentation and Writing Competition, organized by Archiol.
Life on the Tree, designed by LAAR, is envisaged as a young girl’s manifesto whose childhood was spent climbing trees in an old masonry house. The project is conceived as a “solar”, a traditional country mayan house, which considers the open space, the patio, as the living universe of its occupants. The heart of this space is a “ramón” tree, whose only presence transforms the perspective since it gives its intimacy away, making their pinnacles approachable, creating a symbiotic relationship with the human being since they’re both protagonists that shelter the space.
Selected Academic Projects
Kauhale Kai, designed by De Reus Architects, is a private residence that balances traditional forms while translating the spirit of Polynesian cultures through a modern sense of restraint. The clients share an affinity for Hawai’i and Polynesia, modern art and design, and the beauty of natural materials and craftsmanship. Exterior materials include copper shingles, steel doors and windows, integral-color cement plaster, cedar eaves, coral-clad columns, and travertine pavers. Pools and water features are integrated throughout the plan, merging the natural and built environments.
De Reus Architects is an architecture practice designing resorts and residences that are enduring and connected to place and culture. They combine considered architecture with distinct interior design. By blending these with a site’s specific landscape, we create something intelligent, beautiful, and worth more than the sum of its parts. The culture of our two studios values collaboration, responsiveness, humility, and delivery of services bespoke in its commitment to excellence—from design to management.
Rethinking the Future Announced winners of the “Rethinking The Future Awards 2021 for excellence in Architecture & Design”.
Winners of “Design Educates Awards has been announced by host “Laka Foundation”
Kitaab Khana, designed by Compartment S4, is an office interior attempting to find the role of the architectural elements and principles to create a more straightforward yet meaningful space. The project is a beginning of an iterative process to understand how the role of pragmatic architectural principles for directionality, axis and orientation could guide the design requirements in an ‘Interior Design’ project. The exposed brick fins creates a sense of repetition and the concrete flat beams break the volume to a more humane scale.
Victor Harbor Senior High School, designed by Hames Sharley, comprehensively employs principles of personalised learning into the design of its senior school campus. The formality of the traditional classroom is replaced with a more open, socially interactive, wireless technology environment comprising of flexible spaces, student commons, learning streets, courtyards, and piazzas. The driver of this approach is a flexible, open learning philosophy where a more collaborative environment encourages cross-communication.
Hebs, designed by Maden Group, is a restaurant that pays attention to comfort, the special look, and the feeling of being “at home.” Glass blocks have been used in cases where in the past they needed light and not views. An environment with glass blocks results in happiness and positivity; this place will always look like spring. Among the other wonderful qualities is the greenery, which in itself creates a connection between the interior and exterior space and illuminates the entire design, making it comfortable and natural.
‘Ek akela is Sheher mein’ is the sixth article of the series ‘Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai’. This series of blog articles is centered around everyday life in traditional Indian homes. Using clues from Bollywood songs, regional poetry, TV advertisements and folk culture, the articles aim to highlight the various associations that people have with their homes, their neighbourhood and the city. What kinds of spaces and elements constituted traditional Indian homes before the living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen? What were these spaces called? What purposes did they serve? What meanings and values were associated with them? How was the home perceived in relation to the neighbourhood and the city? The tone of the articles is reflective and borrows from the authors’ personal experiences.
This is an illustrated slide lecture that will point out that mainstream architecture, which stressed code compliance, safety, and value for money, became green, with a stress on efficiency and substitution of fossil resources with renewable ones.
Lauret, designed by Connatural + Terrarea, is a mixed use building stages for a harmonic interweave of domestic and social life. Laureles offers a vibrant social scene revolving around culture, education, and gastronomy. The building’s facade is a mixture of glass windows and exposed brick wall, arranged strategically to bring natural light and ventilation into each space, and following a seemingly random pattern to elicit the diversity of its interior spaces.
Cabin House, designed by RGB Architecture Studio, is a building for the local community that intends to rehabilitate a vulnerable group who could neither be moved out of the area nor wait for official help to arrive. A primary concern for us was to plug the design solution into the vernacular spatial language – such that there is little alienation due to the methods deployed. The resultant space is familiar and yet proved endearing due to the light quality achieved along with the play of materials. This aesthetic yet efficient outcome helps create a healthy, uplifting, albeit frugal living space.
RGB Architecture Studio is an amalgam of two youthful and dynamic Architectural Design firms, namely ‘The Design Tree,’ Kollam, founded in 2000, and ‘Mangrove Architecture Alliance,’ Cochin, formed in 2006. The firm has a rich combined experience of successfully completing many architectural projects of varying scales and types. The designs embody an overall character and refinement of detail unique to Site characteristics, the Nature of the function, and the Client profile.
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