Jadgal Elementary School, designed by Daaz Office, makes an effort to change the villagers’ intellectual and social layers, empower rural women, and create public participation through an educational institution & communities’ development center. The circular form of the schoolyard, surrounded by playful punctured walls, is arranged with the focal concept of education, meaning “learning together” in a democratic style.
DAAZ Office, a practice based in Iran, was founded by Arash Aliabadi in 2018 with activities in the field of architecture and urban design. The Office works and researches different projects from furniture design to Architecture, Landscape and urban design.
Pergola is a residential extension, designed by Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates, which floats softly in response to the mountain range, passing under the tall trees and embracing the shrubs, and blending in with the trees. The under-roof space is divided by walls and lined up with different spaces. These spaces are the approach to the building, a place to store farm equipment, a bench on the edge of a shaded area, a workspace, and a space for drying out in the sun.
Love at First Sight is an old Tel Aviv house, redesigned by Studio Dulu, which creates a connection and continuity between old and new elements. The design concept is to minimize visual clutter and create a homogenous flow between the ground and top level through an appropriate design approach.
Studio-dulu, a practice based in Israel, specialises in collaborations with architectural offices that are looking for an interior design department of interior experts – who research and breathe details. Studio works in a very creative way as a team, which is rewarding and brings excellence into practice.
Future Artspace H, designed by AD Architecture, is a place with undefined possibilities, to allow for more effective use of space and support the commercial operations of the venue. The design creates interaction between interior and outside, architecture and environment, architecture and people, and produces a truly people-oriented art space. A simple building, featuring common steel structures and large white wall surfaces, ensures the perfect execution of minimalist aesthetics.
House on the Hills, designed by INI Design Studio, is a beaming white mass that spans strikingly against the lush green backdrop of the hills, with a strong structural presence and a modernist architectural language. The white exterior of the horizontally disposed structure, punctuated by the black stone flooring along the balconies, sets off the natural hues of the plateau and valley in stark contrast.
INI Design Studio, a practice based in Ahmedabad is a multi-disciplinary, independently owned, collaborative design practice. Studio works on planning, architecture, engineering and design-built services for many sectors that cut across the sustainable built environment.
Tainan Market, designed by MVRDV, comprises a simple open structure with an undulating green roof that forms a series of rolling hills. The open-air market serves as an important hub for Tainan’s food supply chain, and also acts as a destination for meeting, socialising, and taking in views of the surrounding landscape from the building’s accessible roof. The design reinvents the typology of the wholesale market – a building type that is usually housed in simple metal sheds – and turns it into a mixture of a market and a public green space.
House in Pedrezuela, designed by Slow Studio, is a simple rectangular plan scheme, whereas the spaces follow one another from more public to private, having a courtyard that improves natural lighting and ventilation. The south façade is protected by a pergola that helps to increase privacy and acts as a natural sunlight regulator.
Compact House in Krnov, designed by Atelier 38, is an ascetic house fulfilling the desired building program with a price as low as possible. The interior of the house is characterised by the dialogue between wood and monochromatic surfaces. Public spaces, walled with brick blocks, are located on the first floor with a view of the garden.
Remedy of Parts, Moments and Wholes – an academic project by Chang Shi Pei from School of Architecture, Building and Design, Taylor’s University, Malaysia, intends to dissect the under-appreciated and neglected community activity of planting, and extend it to create opportunities and moments to grow into a healthy community. The program not only offers spaces for herb plantations, but also extends its cycle from planting to processing and consumption, all under one roof; coupled with spaces for the community to gather and have discussions.
Selected Academic Projects
Single House, designed by Story Architecture, serves only one person with the criteria of being alone. The Design layout accommodates many relaxing spaces, where one can sit and drink coffee, or organize meals with loved ones. The cubic organization creates stability, easy movement, and easy to observe, manage and access spaces to help homeowners feel secure when living alone.
Tropical House 1, designed by ARO studio, creates a layer of blue color reminiscent of the traditional memories of the Vietnamese people. The orange layer of glazing reduces the intensity of the sun’s light on the building. The garden layer between the blue layer and the living spaces is an intermediate space that partially regulates the microclimate and enhances the landscape, creating a sense of rest for the human mind.
LUO studio conceives an exhibition space, formed of recycled material of corrugated cardboard sheets, designed in tectonic expressions. Highly recyclable corrugated cardboard is assembled with mortise and tenon structures to form walls and stands for the exhibition, to avoid construction waste during the temporary exhibition program.
LUO studio, a practice based in China, pays attention to sustainable construction and advocates using minimum materials to create more “universal” space. The firm also focuses on building a connection with Oriental traditional timber constructions by utilizing local techniques. Studio also promotes the construction of ecological farms and communities based on the “Permaculture” concept, adopting sustainable construction.
Archidiaries is excited to share the Project of the Week – Meditation office | ARO studio. 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.
BAOBAB Luxury Safari Resort in Africa, designed by MASK architects, produces its own water autonomously by using ‘Air to Water technology’, for the local community, whereas energy is powered by a transparent solar device covered on curtain glass. Luxury eco safari lodges are able to bring more people to have an interest in wildlife and to experience living in areas secluded and remote with wildlife.
Diamond Exchange, designed by Architectural studio ZJA & Heyligers architects, provides a contemporary revitalization of a special monumental building, such that history, public space and the dynamics of the international creative industry and art come together. The addition of the High Light, a glass and steel dome & a faceted diamond-like form, is reminiscent of the monument’s history as the centre of the diamond trade.
Heyligers Architects, an architectural practice based in Amsterdam, was founded in 1988 by Willem Heyligers. The office for architecture, interior architecture and project management has all the disciplines in-house to design and supervise projects of almost any size and complexity.
Architectural studio ZJA, an architectural practice based in Amsterdam, designs with the objective to improve the quality of the environment both from an ecological and a human perspective. The firm believes that the better the design, the more it enriches society, and the more sophisticated and careful it intertwines new functions with the environment.
Oasis, designed by TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten, is a residential complex having a high-rise building (Tower) with an adjoining three-story apartment building and three urban villas (Garden Houses). The three-, four- and five-storey “garden houses” are designed with light-coloured façades in a discreet finish, divided by cornice bands of natural stone; all three volumes have generous balconies and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.
PONHU Luxury Lifestyle Store, designed by Unfoldesign, turns a traditional brick-and-mortar retail store into a ‘transit station’ that reaches far beyond the idea of purely selling goods to help retailers. Store design also accommodates the usage of modern technology and social media to redefine customer value by exploring the relationship between people and objects, and communication mediums between time, space, and emotions.
Unfoldesign, an architectural practice based in China, focuses on a multi-disciplinary practice, through high collaboration with people from different fields. Unfoldesign also insists on participating in public welfare projects and post-earthquake reconstruction works using traditional civil technology.
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