‘Affordable Housing in Sanaa’s Rural Environment’ is an architecture thesis by Ghassan Alhammadi from the Faculty of Engineering – Architecture Department – Sana’a University, that seeks to provide solutions for the housing crisis and displacement in Yemen and design an affordable housing model for the rural environment. The proposal aims to create a sustainable and self-sufficient village on a hillside and protect the agricultural land from concrete urban sprawl. Additionally, the project addresses Yemen’s present issues like food insecurity, poverty, a weak economy, and environmental degradation.
Sunset Summit Residence by Cushing Terrell is a project that captures the true essence of desert architecture, while expressing high design and engineering. The project accomplishes the clients’ desire for a large circulating home, that also captures the stunning outdoor views in every direction from each space on the incredible, five-acre lot within the signature development.
Wander Hotel Renovation Design by Fon Studio is an architectural project that reflects the operational theme of diversion, emphasizing a family-friendly environment. The design team employed easily recognizable small house shapes, positioning them in various orientations throughout the building, disrupting the original structure’s uniform and symmetrical layout, resulting in a relaxed and unassuming character that is perceptible even from a distance.
Shui Zui Zhong Guo by CUN Design is an interior design project that draws inspiration from both Chinese culture and contemporary expressions. Shui Yuan reinterprets the Eastern courtyard’s spiritual essence in contemporary manufacturing spaces designed in the Bauhaus style, and in the office portion contemporary design methodologies are applied to more explicitly convey the Eastern aims and create an intriguing intertextual link.
Archidiaries is excited to share the Project of the Week – The Loop | Alexis Dornier. 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.
The interior design project ‘Swapnalay’, by Studio Infinity combines traditional colors, patterns, and textures to create a sense of history. Spatial planning and furniture design for this home are intended to create a calm and orderly space by taking cues from art, antiques, and subtle nuances from history. The space is a fusion of traditional and contemporary ideas which gives it an identity of its own.
Westmount Square Surgical Center by Espace 313 is an interior design project that reimagines the conventional, cold and sterile hospital environments.The design proposal prioritises the human factor throughout the creative process, presenting both functional and aesthetic options meant to improve staff and patient behaviour. With comfort and aesthetics coexisting with health and the hospital environment, the designers present a unique vision of the medical clinic of the future.
Espace 313 is an interior design firm that strives to create identity-driven spaces that tell a story, evoke emotions, and reflect their clients’ values through bold designs. Working with a human and collaborative approach, combined with meticulous attention to detail and an unrelenting quest for innovation, these designers create iconic immersive experiences throughout Canada.
Towards the Metamorphosis of a Landfill: Transforming Tripoli’s Polluting Backyard into a Life-Engineered Momentum | Architecture Thesis on Waste Management
‘Towards the Metamorphosis of a Landfill: Transforming Tripoli’s Polluting Backyard into a Life-Engineered Momentum’ is an architecture thesis by Mohamad Alamin Younis from The Jamal Abed Faculty of Architecture – AZM University, that explores the role of architecture in transforming people’s view on backyards and making them focal points for environmental awareness. The proposal’s goal is to offer design methodologies that add sustainable value to the built environment while taking into account environmental constraints facing the waste management sector and the infrastructure it requires.
The interior design project ido & Friends Café, by Aurora Design, draws inspiration from modernism ideals, similar to the Bauhaus movement. Multifunctional spaces and the Bauhaus aesthetic are incorporated into the design to promote collaboration between disciplines. While reflecting the purity of colour, the colour scheme in the project pays homage to the concepts of geometry and simplicity.
Secure Sanand Factory, designed by Studio Saar, is an architectural project that creates an uplifting work environment and promotes staff wellbeing while reducing energy. The buildings in the masterplan feature distinctive sawtooth façades that reference early industrial architecture, as well as a playful recreation hub with a functional appearance of the manufacturing and utility buildings.
Studio Saar is an architecture practice that works with the aim to create sustainable solutions for society, achieved through cross-cultural sharing of emerging ideas, methodologies, and technologies. The studio’s approach interprets vernacular traditions through a contemporary lens to deliver innovative, relevant, and beautiful design solutions across a range of typologies.
Selected Academic Projects
Shenzhen 31 by Wuhan 101 Design is an interior design project that blends the qualities of homes—characterized by coziness, serenity, and privacy—with the features of hotels—involving a sense of grandeur, luxury, and ceremony as well as the functionality for socializing—to create a new kind of living environment. Based on a deep understanding of the demands of urban elites, the designers produced a classic design that embodies serenity, coziness, enrichment, and privacy.
The architectural project Muraba Residences, designed by RCR Arquitectes, is a quality residential complex organized with a taut, vibrant aspect to its concept. With the aim for each unit and the complex to share the individual and the collective, narrow units are arranged in a z-shape plan. Each unit looks seaward, prow-like as a complex, and prow-like as a unit, leaving slits and air to join the various components.
RCR Arquitectes is a practice that is not just limited to architecture as a discipline but also integrates landscape, design, art, and thought. It is also a transversal laboratory for ideas and a cultural space. The strength of RCR’s architecture lies in its ability to transcend its roots with a universal language resulting from a profound search for the essential. This architecture, born of shared creativity, refers to relational values and processes in all senses.
Tour & Taxis Lake Side by MVRDV is a mixed use architectural project that comprises a collection of varying building profiles and heights that step up to a denser, more lively neighbourhood, while also maintaining views and a high proportion of green space. The site offers a wide range of workspaces and venues for conferences and events, plus a nine-hectare park that creates a car-free and communal neighbourhood forming a bridge to the city.
Wild Back by Pig Design is an interior design project that strives to establish an unspoiled natural haven within the urban landscape and seeks to make necessary adjustments to the overly refined and polished aspects of modern living. The wilderness represents an unaltered state, showcasing the true essence of nature. The project emphasizes the innate human desire to connect with nature and cohabitation.
Pig Design is an architectural design studio founded in 2015, based in Hangzhou. The studio conceives spatial structures in a way similar to literary creation, emphasizes the practical value of art in design applications, and opposes the free breeding of conventional aesthetics in space.
Building a new home gives you almost unlimited freedom to create a space you’ll love for decades. That comes with an additional challenge though – when the sky’s the limit , what should you include in your building? The article elaborates on some of the most popular new build features and how they can make a difference to your new home!
Salem Public Library Renovation by Hacker Architects focuses on a community-oriented vision and centers the experience of patrons and staff. The vision was to create a space that is welcoming, safe, and flexible while enriching a connection between people and their community. The final design is a large, fortress-like building, transforming an inward-facing brutalist-era building into a bright, voluminous space that invites the community in.
NR Pharmacy by Esquissos – Arquitectura e Consultoria is an architectural expansion with a contemporary and linear design and simple geometry. The original building demarcates itself from the expansion, bringing back the original construction to the urban imaginary of the place. The intervention also focuses on rebuilding the pre-existing façade and preserving the original architectural elements.
Mo Jasmine by LDH Architectural Design Firm creates a space that reflects the beauty and ambiance of jasmine with a meticulous design language. LDH Design places its focus on multiple aspects, including the spatial impression, the experiential journey within the space, and the overall comfort experienced during moments of relaxation. It creates an environment where one feels as if surrounded by the scent of flowers, leading to a sense of comfort, relaxation, and joy.
Aumann Japanese cuisine by Funun Lab is an interior design project that seamlessly integrates food and culture through the design of spatial structure, materials, and scenes to create a unique space. Instead of restoring the cultural icon directly, its design contains a contemporary silhouette formed by minimalistic lines. With just a few strokes, it evokes a serene and ethereal atmosphere.
Wilson Residence by Entre Quatre Murs is an interior design project for a home, focusing on softness, simplicity, brightness, and uniformity. The project consists of the complete renovation of a small townhouse with a simple, functional approach to space optimisation, the use of custom-made cabinetry in each room, and a soft, luminous materiality, which played a pivotal role in shaping the identity of the house.
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