Izu Kogen Shizuoka | Kengo Kuma and Associates

Izu Kogen Shizuoka, designed by Kengo Kuma architects, is developed to mediate between architecture and the extremely complex topography of Japan. One of these methods, kakezukuri, uses a supports to float the building out over a steep slope, as famously represented in Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. For this project, we produced a transparent kakezukuri using a hybrid wood-steel frame; supporting the roof with cypress planks spanning up to 11.4 meters.

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Shanti Sadan | Between Spaces

Shanti Sadan, designed by Between Spaces, is a place for worship and service for the nuns of the community in Mysore, Karnataka. The spatial planning of this facility, the materials used in construction and the simple form that defines this building are all a reflection of the austere life of the nuns. The approach to this project was to understand the semiotics associated with religious architecture and separate it from the pervasive image of what architectural forms and shapes define a specific religion.

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Pura | Result Announcement

“Pura” was briefed for a permanent solution to balance nature and mankind that needs to be re-established without keeping a man as the design center.

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Shades of Green; Poetry to Responsibility | Live Interview with Rafiq Azam

Md. Rafiq Azam is one of the internationally acclaimed architects from Bangladesh practicing for the last 30 years and has developed a remarkable style of his own. His architecture is a fusion of tradition, nature, and mysticism with significant harmony. Tiny elements of nature are adorned in his building with poetic beauty and HOUSE to him is not just an abode for humans but a nest for butterflies and birds too.

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Timbrel Vaulting – Working with the Earth and Nature’s Forces | Live Interview with Peter Rich | South Africa

Peter Rich’s seminal African Space Making research and its appropriate contribution to fulfilling contemporary African Architectures needs, has had him awarded the FAIA the IntFRIBA, the SAIA Gold Medallist, and a fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge UK. His quest is to bring the genius of Africa, past, present and future to bear on enabling Africans to be proud of who they are.

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The Ethical Aspect vs. the Business Case of Sustainable Architecture | Live Interview with Enrico Daffonchio | South Africa

In this interview Enrico Daffonchio describes two typical projects, by his firm Daffonchio Architects with sustainable architecture approach. While being sustainable and winning awards, these projects have given a great return to their investors and hopefully they seek to inspire these conversations to galvanize more developers to this movement – besides the obvious ethical and scientific reasons for the sustainable architecture, besides the immense return for society, there is the selfish return for the developer.

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Role of Transition Spaces in Buildings in Extreme Climates | Live Interview with Sachin Rastogi | India

Over the years ZedLab has experimented with transition spaces in different kinds of projects ranging from residential to institutional. In this Talk, Sachin Rastogi, founder director and design principal at ZedLab, reflects on this approach to introduce transition spaces at the periphery that creates a protected external environment for the users and the building itself.

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LAD HQ | MVRDV

LAD HQ, designed by MVRDV, is an 11-story terraced office building that combines high and low-tech sustainability strategies under a swooping technological roof to create a showcase for the agriculture technology company. Viewed from above, the building is rectangular in plan, yet it is given a striking curved shape by the series of terraces that step down to a courtyard and the main pedestrian entrance on the north side. The “agricultural oasis” concept even extends below ground thanks to several voids which allow light, fresh air, and greenery to make their presence felt.

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Odhani | Playball studio

Odhani, designed by Playball studio, revamps an existing boutique by increasing the qualitative display area to expand its site. Forms, shapes, textures, colours, etc., from this palette were assembled silently to ensure that the Client’s designs get highlighted and not the re-designed space. Materials like locally sourced stone and handmade terrazzo tiles were used to accentuate the overall design sensibility of respecting local materials and craft.

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Casa Rampa | Estudio PKa

Casa Rampa, designed by Estudio PKa, is implanted and coexists with the environment that communicates seamlessly with the interior. It has an introverted relationship towards the street and through different internal patios we constantly recirculate the air. The relationship with the outside is one of the most important questions. We study the way to link ourselves directly with the environment, generating foci and light collectors in both spatial, horizontal and zenith directions.

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Weekly Highlights 2021 #27

Archidiaries is excited to share the ‘Project of the Week’ – Shahrasb farm villa by Hajm.e.sabz. 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.

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Result Announcement | Playground-E

Playground- E briefed to develop a model playground that has the ability for children to play in the times of today. The winning entry “Metatopia” is a modular system with interchangeable ply elements. These elements are categorized into playing, farming, resting, and connecting contents.

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SF18 Apartment | FFWD Arquitectes

SF18 Apartment is an interior design project designed by FFWD Arquitectes in Barcelona, Spain. The project sets two main areas of activity, a lounge and outdoor dining, that provide comfort and extra solar control to the inner housing units.

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Botha’s Halte Primary School | Meyer & Associates

Botha’s Halte Primary School, designed by Meyer & Associates, has sustainability principles while respecting the area’s cultural heritage. A didactic design approach was followed, demonstrating these aspects throughout the complex as part of the teaching and educational processes. The school buildings demonstrate how contemporary technologies and inventive architectural design, can be employed to benefit rural South Africa.

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House in Sumiregaoka | Design Associates Nakamura

House in Sumiregaoka, designed by Design Associates Nakamura, is a residence where each roof is varied to create a continuity with the cityscape. Galvalume was used as the exterior material. By doing so, they can enjoy the various textures and rhythms of wood and steel plates.

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Courtyard House | FIGR Architecture Studio

The Courtyard House, designed by FIGR Architecture Studio, is a nod to the Italian Palazzo and Australian courtyard house tradition, celebrating the constant connection between outdoor and indoor spaces. A utilitarian material which sits comfortably within its context is also a reminder of this once working class suburb. The brick is also used inside, creating a series of colonnades which are broken by windows, allowing the light of the courtyard to spill into the corridor.

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Filson NYC Flagship | Heliotrope Architects

Filson NYC Flagship, designed by Heliotrope Architects, is a retail interior showcasing the product line in an immersive experience that brings the brand to life in the city’s heart. Inspired by the ethos, the Heliotrope design team, in collaboration with Filson, and an elite team of builders, craftspeople, and fabricators, focused on creating a retail space that shared the same level of quality and integrity as the product Filson sells.

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Result Announced | Residence Rush

The start and the finishing parts of the project however are indeed the most creative ones. “Residence Rush” design challenge looks at this specific part where we push to solve a design challenge in a limited timeframe. The competition focused on residence design only as a theme with fixed minimum deliverables in 5 days.

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EH – 458 | Parada Cantilo Estudio

EH – 458, designed by Parada Cantilo Estudio, is a residence with a need for expansion on a single-family home that gave origin to this idea in Argentina. The module responds directly to the optimization and good use of the chosen metal materials. The program intervenes in its interaction with the existing elements through a flexible and light articulation, which acts as an intermediary between the rest areas, harmonizing the relationship between the most introverted spaces.

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