Yunjian Gallery by DCDSAA Architecture Office and Yodogawa Architects is an adaptive reuse project of a creative restaurant as a part of an urban renewal. The design responds strategically to the operator’s explicit demands and the natural attributes of the site. In interpreting the endogenous dynamics of the spirit of the place, the designers do not stick to the old ways and use the original materials, but edit, integrate, preserve and intervene in the scale and space, materials and atmosphere.
Sauna Kolo by Avanto Architects and Hiroko Mori is a modern interpretation of a traditional log sauna. It represents both the timeless qualities and the contemporary concept of wellbeing. The space is created simply by laying massive 150×150 mm timber logs on top of each other and joining them with wooden pegs so that the temporary structure is easy to dismantle and re-erect.
‘Small House in San Ber’ by Equipo de Arquitectura reduces architecture to its most basic components in a clear and effective manner. The served and servant spaces are separated into two sectors of the project. The aim to create a synthesis of a reflective process on resource management and result maximisation is reflected in the project’s scale, component ratios, and material selection.
Archidiaries is excited to share the Project of the Week – Đạo Mẫu Museum | ARB Architects. 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.
Nisarga Art Hub, designed by Wallmakers, is a residential architecture project featuring traditional Kerala roofs, crowding the horizon around it. Despite being excellent temperature regulators and insulators, traditional roofs are becoming less common in contemporary architecture because of how unpleasant and uncomfortable they make spaces for the dark. Thus the concept of piercing the roof to make room for light-streaming skylights emerged.
Butterfly House designed by Alexis Dornier is an architectural experiment that features a four-bedroom off-the-ground structure on stilts. A circle encircling a cross serves as the house’s plan figure. The cross is the primary component of the building, while the circle is the secondary element. Programs like the atelier, sound studio, pool, and back of the house are contained in this circle.
Alexis Dornier’s architecture formulates a design aesthetic that mediates between elements of tropical modernism and industrial architecture. This design aesthetic is realised through an iterative design process and careful selection of locally available natural materials, spatially composed to respond to the site and natural setting in which they are placed. The Studio’s projects are designed within the tropical, forested hills of Ubud, Bali’s cultural epicenter.
Planning the design of a bathroom is an integral aspect of architectural endeavors. Bathrooms serve not only as utilitarian spaces but also as sanctuaries for relaxation and self-care. In order to fashion a bathroom that seamlessly merges aesthetics with functionality, architects must take a range of pivotal considerations into account. The article elaborates on essential insights that every architect should bear in mind when tasked with crafting a bathroom design.
‘Topographic Voids’ is an architecture thesis by Juan Ramirez from Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño – Universidad de los Andes, that explores verticalization in order to incorporate topographical and environmental scenes into an architectural body. The project is based on a modular structure that expands in tandem with the city’s vertical development process through a wooden structural system distinguished by three construction stages.
Happy Valley Residence by Swatt Miers Architects re-uses the footprint of a pre-existing home as the basis of the design to preserve the beautiful mature landscaping that surrounds the home on all sides. The result is a home that had a timeless quality the day it was completed, perfectly knitted to its beautiful site. The layout features a big covered lanai on the south side and an entry courtyard on the north side, forming a simple “H” shape.
Casa CMMY, designed by Estudio Galera, is a modern and warm house featuring a gable roof with fluid, warm, and spatially flexible interiors. From the outside, CMMY stands as a rigid single volume with recesses and folds. On the inside, the typology is completely decomposed to generate spaces that articulate through the air, and it is precisely this air that is in charge of linking the living spaces.
HMZ House by Lucio Muniain et al is a project that showcases ways to approach space in terms of lighting, pathways, silence, sobriety, dramatism, and many other romantic ways. The designers focus on all the spaces that nobody asks for and all the curiosities that make them interesting. More than rooms and bathrooms, a library, a dining room, a kitchen, laundry, a room—all the spaces are connected by a designed path.
Selected Academic Projects
Lucio Muniain et al is an architecture and urban planning office based in Mexico, founded in 1997 by Lucio Muniain. Their work is distinguished by their interest in exploring aesthetics deeply without sacrificing functionality, thus creating timeless buildings with a particular sculptural seal. They have worked on projects of varied scale and type, from large-scale hospitals, residences, boutiques, and hotels to a taqueria of 7.5 sqm.
‘Sonali Asha – Bangabandhu Jute and Textile Museum’ is an architecture thesis by Esrat Jahan Onty from Department of Architecture – BRAC University, that seeks to preserve as well as connect today’s people with the history of jute culture of Bangladesh in a contemporary and innovative way. The purpose of this project is to create a space where jute, the Golden fibre from bygone eras, can be preserved, serve as a symbol of national tradition, and encourage the new generation to cherish the culture. The proposal also intends to provide weavers with a stable platform where they can showcase their skills and make a living
Casa Olguín by Cotaparedes Arquitectos is a residence that alters the sense of space with a staggered floor plan system to maximize land coverage. In a traditional subdivision of Jalisco, where pitched roofs, tiles, and pastel colors are a mandatory requirement, the designers were limited in maintaining the purity of the forms that they initially wanted to maintain. The house balances itself between traditional elements and clean, enigmatic forms as one walks through it.
Chon Buri designed by Funs Design is a project that takes inspiration from nature and integrates the inherent natural forms into architectural design. The designers use materials that appear similar, making only minimal design enhancements, reducing the artificial decorative feel. This approach is adopted to allow the building to have a more natural and harmonious atmosphere.
Funs Design is an interior design practice founded in 2014 in Chengdu, Sichuan, specializing in fashion dining and art hotels. Since its inception, the firm has undertaken and completed numerous outstanding interior decoration and VI (Visual Identity) design projects. The designers at Funs Design do not aspire to change the world with their designs but hope that every work they present is exceptionally beautiful.
Lumber 4 by Oslotre AS is an architecture project for a commercial and office building spanning six floors. The structure is composed of a mass timber construction with columns and beams made of glued laminated timber. The floors are constructed using a composite structure of CLT and concrete, creating a slim and efficient floor system that spans long distances while also addressing fire and acoustic requirements.
Jury House by HoangGk Architecture features an appearance of abstract combinations, the house redefines the concepts of “tube” house typology and attempts to evoke spiritual connections with occupants through architectural language. By the repetition of the distinctive silhouettes and the division of forms the sense of familiarity is kept and the nostalgic emotions are continued between old and new for the Jury house and her owner.
HoangGk Architecture is an architectural practice based in Vietnam founded by architects Pham Thai and Cong Hoang.
K-Studio’s Dexamenes Seaside Hotel is an architectural adaptive reuse project that complements the existing building’s brutality with elegant interventions and transforms their austere functionality into a place of calm, comfort and relaxation. A complimentary palette of concrete, steel, timber and engineered glass ensures that new construction elements tread lightly, leaving the existing buildings relatively untouched and retaining their strong presence.
Studio Lotus’ Villa in the Woods is an architectural project aimed at creating a self-sufficient community in the hills, fostering harmony with nature. With its pitched roof and large balconies, the elevated structure is meant to resemble a treehouse and provide its occupants with privacy and easy access to the lush landscapes. This project uses a variety of techniques to reduce its environmental impact since sustainability and energy efficiency are critical design factors in the environmentally sensitive setting.
House of Concrete Experiments by Samira Rathod Design Atelier is a project that, in fact, is an experiment in all its aspects: its planning, construction, structural design, material usage, play of light and shadow, and its services. The details incorporated in the architecture and interiors of this house create continual intrigue, making the otherwise overwhelming space very intimate and livable.
‘Retrospecting Genocide – Awakening the Existence of Zinzira Bazar’ is an architecture thesis by Fazle Rubby Fahim from Department of Architecture, BRAC University, that aims to re-discover the site of the Zinzira massacre in Bangladesh and create a memorial journey that encourages harmony between the past and the present. Prioritising the urban context, the project seeks to revive the existing Zinzira Bazar on the site, in which neighbourhood involvement is strongly encouraged.
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