IVVA, a landscape architectural firm based in China, follows Oriental design wisdom and works to “create infinite worldly scenes out of limitations”. With”foreseeing the whole picture through details and incorporating literary mind into picturesque landscapes” as the design vision, the practice specialises in delivering whole-process landscape solutions covering engineering, manufacturing, procurement and construction.
J house, for a single teacher, designed by CTA | Creative Architects, has an interesting and comfortable living space, with trees, natural light, and an airy atmosphere, unlike a typical townhouse. The design incorporates two natural ventilation shafts, vertical and horizontal, which ensure all spaces in the townhouse are naturally ventilated.
Fera Residence, designed by Tanya Karim N.R Khan and associates, has large openings, looking into an internal courtyard, interpreted to be contemplative in its character, and the spaces are designed in harmony with the role of fulfilling the living experiences. The interior is in complete contrast to the solidity of the exterior envelope. Entering the house, the walls and edges dissolve, becoming an integral part of form-making.
Tanya Karim N. R. Khan & Associates has emerged as an Architectural firm spearheading contemporary thoughts in Bangladeshi Architecture. Theoretical pretext, search for situated modernity and drawing from cultural and historical references became the trademark of the office. The firm’s Analytical attitude and ability to develop new ideas have given it the reputation to become the Architects of choice for Radical Design.
Sedaine, an old apartment redesigned by Haddock Architecture, seeks to open up the apartment to the Parisian sky and roofs, introducing the skylight into an attic area. The design tries the entanglement of building elements, structural or not, old or new, where existing architectural elements are reused and confronted with contemporary interventions.
Casa Patios, a house designed by Ricardo Yslas Gamez Arquitectos, has two volumes joined by a bridge, which crosses two strategically designed courtyards, allowing temperature regulation inside through cross ventilation. The main patio is wider, it functions as the nucleus of the house, which houses the guava tree recovered and transplanted in a pot with a utility bank.
Ricardo Yslas Gamez Arquitectos, an architectural firm based in Mexico, is a multidisciplinary studio dedicated to architecture, construction, design and furniture manufacturing.
Dubarry Offices, designed by TAA (Taillandier Architectes Associés), is a complex of two distinct buildings articulated around a central forecourt and a generous landscaped inner-court garden. A curved building rising to six storeys above the ground floor is counterbalanced by a more slender volume rising to eight storeys above the ground floor, whereas each building comprises a rooftop terrace on the top floor.
Ashui Pavilion, designed by MIA Design Studio, reuses the original size of the fabric combined with borrowed scaffolding frames in the neighboring area. Natural gravity has been used for the creation of a soft curve with the highest point for the exhibition space and gradually decreased for the stage and audience. Ashui Pavilion brings the natural and cultural flow that takes visitors back to childhood with the image of Vietnamese children playing and bathing in the rivers of rural villages.
Bernard Visitor Center, designed by B² Architecture, enriches the experience of visiting the brewery, exhibition, shop, and beerhouse, which provides a cosy environment for relaxation, and a place to sit with friends. The interior is inspired by the industrial character of the brewery, with its typical mullion windows and shopfronts. The atmosphere of the place is built on black cement screed on the walls and refurbished wooden furniture, with copper features on the bar, lighting and structural elements that stand out in harmonious contrast.
Mirai House of Arches, designed by Sanjay Puri Architects, has a curvilinear punctuated envelope surrounding the house, creating an interstitial, semi-open space all along the perimeter, with deeper recesses on the garden-facing sides. The sculptural house is contextual to its surroundings, the climate, and the owner’s needs, resulting in an interesting play of volumes, open, enclosed, and semi-enclosed spaces at every level.
MPP Cellularium, an Institute of Natural Medicine, designed by Formafatal, has a curved wall in the floor plan and the space is vertically interwoven with inclined columns. The curve walls emphasise the simplicity and at the same time the imaginativeness of the surfaces and wallcovering during the design. Dark tones and smooth screed on surfaces together with daylight significantly underline the playfully modeled calm and healthy space.
Selected Academic Projects
CH73 Cantilevered House, designed by LBR&A, is a self-sustainable designed structure having adequate orientation, ventilation, and protection towards the environment. The designed house characterises a calm and diaphanous interior spatiality, surrounded by light, and natural air, with open and protected visuals, with a great quality of indoor life.
LBR&A, an architectural practice based in Mexico, creates spaces based on four main axes: sustainability, structural solutions, technology and artistic integration.
Notan Home, designed by Collage Architecture Studio, comprises an interactive living, achieved through combined effects of light and shadow elements, with an added level of sustainability by incorporating natural elements. The spatial structure of the Notan Home opens and closes with many small intersections while perfectly balancing its spatial hierarchy, with its segmented facade, geometric skylight, and intervening double-height spaces.
Větrník Kindergarten, designed by Architektura, has three coloured volumes, comprising the function of a kindergarten, a gym, and a garden. The mass is divided into several parts, whereas a cube houses facilities like offices, entrances, and everything necessary for practical functioning. Individual classrooms have a free-form world atmosphere, connected to the garden and play area.
Architektura, an architectural practice based in the Czech Republic, combines design solutions with contemporary modern technology and the simplest construction, producing things with passion and individualism. The Studio also looks for information, inspiration and motivation outside of architecture – in martial arts, drumming, visual arts, writing, or physical work; at sea, in the forest, and on the street.
Archidiaries is excited to share the Project of the Week – The Chuan Malt Whisky Distillery | Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. 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.
Venue Building, a renewed dune landscape added to the existing coast, designed by Architectural Studio ZJA, offers room for a casino, hotel, restaurant, multifunctional event space and an underground parking garage which ensures a car-free zone on street level. The design resides in its intimate integration with the dune landscape, the transformation of the town centre into one that is pedestrian friendly and the introduction of a landmark building.
Casa no Pomar do Cafezal, a house designed by Coletivo Levante, represents a constructive model that uses common materials in the slums, with adequate implementation and attention to lighting and ventilation, resulting in a space with great environmental quality. The house ensures better thermal inertia in a slum area, with the horizontal settlement having a latticework wall with concrete blocks.
Coletivo Levante, an architectural firm based in Brazil, believes that fluid communication between people is an essential factor to achieve integrated results, where the socio-cultural reality is so diverse and the demands for architectural and urbanistic solutions are increasingly complex. Studio also works on the appreciation of permeability in architecture, with equal emphasis on open and closed spaces.
Esprit House, designed by APOLLO Architects & Associates Co. Ltd., has a massive concrete and glass exterior, incorporating the concept of privacy and openness to the public sphere. The design is linking indoor and outdoor living spaces and encloses them with greenery resulting in a serene atmosphere with attractive views.
IGI Library, designed by Atakarchitekti, creates a new public place that connects to the existing vibrant center of Vratislavice, Czech Republic, defined by a public building. A new Piazzetta, in the form of an extension to the old building, is being created, inspired by the rhythm of small squares in the vicinity of the public buildings.
Atakarchitekti, an architectural practice based in the Czech Republic, was founded by architects Jana and Jirka. The firm focuses on designing, consulting and drawing everything from designer furniture to interiors, new buildings, and renovations to the scale of urban planning.
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