One Tree Hill by Samira Rathod Design Atelier is an architecture project imagined as a timeless monument serving as an identity for the village and its inhabitants. The design of the building is based on narratives of the social, nostalgia, materials, and of the natural surroundings for the users to celebrate and enjoy while inhabiting the building. For celebration, for gathering, and for ritual, the program of the building is almost left to the village to decide.
Archidiaries is excited to share the Project of the Week – Stripped Mobius | Matharoo Associates. 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 Hale Nukumoi architecture project by Walker Warner Architects is a conventional Hawaiian beach retreat that has an open and casual design. The site includes a main house, a guest house, a large yard with a pool and access to the beach. The home’s airy design with big sliding doors and walls, a unique two-story rainscreen, and layered plantings that blend in nature with privacy are perfect examples of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Kamenice Villas by New How Architects consists of two similar villas with square floor plans and diagonally pitched roofs that establish a universal principle in the unorganized development of the village. The central idea of the project was how to place two apartment buildings in an environment of mature greenery, which would not exceed the surrounding buildings and would be in harmony with their surroundings.
New How Architects is an architectural firm that always tries to create and collaborate with the client in the design process ideally from study to execution, no matter the scale of the project. The predominant part of their work is residential and commercial architecture, but in addition, the studio was given the opportunity to design several projects in a mountain environment.
Shenzhen Women & Children’s Centre by MVRDV is an architectural project that sets a vital example for adaptive reuse of buildings in the city. MVRDV designed a comprehensive transformation that would allow the building’s structure to be reused, rather than demolishing and rebuilding. The most visible element of this transformation is the new façade, a grid of multi-coloured exterior frames that increases the depth of the façade to a full metre.
The architecture project Rahma Mosque by AWMA blends traditional features with innovative expressions of mercy found in prayer, community, and spatial design. The mosque is a living testament to AWMA’s dedication to community-centric architecture. It uses local materials and employs loc-tech construction methods to create a space that speaks intimately to the community it serves.
AWMA is an experimental design collective that believes architecture is not merely about erecting structures but about nurturing communities. The designers have consistently placed communities at the heart of their projects, creating spaces that catalyse interaction, promote inclusivity, and address the evolving needs of the urban landscape in an engaging, meaningful, and playful way.
‘Disaster Resilient Houses’ is an architecture thesis by Parth Champaneri from Institute of Design, Environment and Architecture (IDEA), Indus University, that explores resilience in architecture to derive new construction without harming the environment’s natural resources. The goal of this project is to create community housing for displaced families from Majuli’s flood-prone regions that can withstand natural calamities.
The interior design project Casa Kala by Ren Ito Arq. focuses on the renovation for accommodation in an old, detached house in an unlivable condition. The original design was retained as much as possible, and the existing plastered ceiling and chandelier were renovated. The external appearance was kept as unchanged and the internal parts were refurbished to match the current safety and environmental performance.
Vera Wang Boutique is an interior design project by Salone Del Salon that deviates from the norm of all-white, plush, and curved furnishings. The white bridal attire at the entryway gives the visitors a sense of the space’s essence while a dazzling hint of rose pink emerges in the storefront’s deep, dark tone. Customers are drawn into the unknown by this space’s interior, which is visible through an arc-shaped screen, piqueing their curiosity.
The interior design project Akasaka High-rise Condominium by Roovice makes balanced, minor changes to raise the overall quality of the space. Since the entire building was relatively new, the only modifications required were to the layout and aesthetic of the materials. Despite the use of expensive materials with declared research into a luxury image, the relatively small scale of the intervention helped to keep project costs down.
Selected Academic Projects
The architectural project Doug Fir by Skylab is a log cabin-inspired bar, restaurant, and music venue that evokes an idealised view of Portland’s future potential as a major global tourism and cultural centre. The futuristic application of modern materials and careful programming of space against an existing modernist structure create a unique experience that has come to define Portland’s dynamic music, travel, and social scene.
Redwood Highway is an architectural project by Studio VARA that converts a commercial box building into a bright courtyard office space. Four primary goals guided the design of the building: to represent the client’s enigmatic brand; to embrace the industrial aesthetic; to strategically introduce natural daylighting; and to efficiently complete the project through a well-detailed, thoughtful use of materials.
Studio VARA is a multidisciplinary design firm that treats every project with sustainability as part of the basic standard of care, and strive for higher level of performance. They approach their practice as a design project and have developed a process-oriented delivery model that is highly structured yet allows design solutions to arise organically from the unique ecology of each project.
Oregon Episcopal School Athletic Center by Hacker Architects reflects the OES community’s desire for open spaces that encourage gathering. The design supports interaction at different levels and scales and embraces nature and the outdoors as a teaching tool. The renovation and expansion of the athletic center is home to the physical education and athletic departments and serves the entire OES community as the primary multi-purpose gathering space.
Laherrère Center by CoBe Architecture has a mixed materiality of wood, concrete, glass and is part of a global sustainable development approach combining bioclimatic design, bio-based materials, and energy performance. It is based on the general idea of creating two buildings, one to respond to the problem of housing for students and young workers, and another for companies mainly focusing on integration through employment.
Cobe Architecture is a multidisciplinary firm that believes designing a city is about freeing up space, optimising its use, recycling, and reusing. They aim to insert this vision into each project, from the first ideas and sketches. Designing and thinking spaces means to observe and understand the dynamics in order to erase the splits. It is about the vitality and sustainability of the links between territories and between users.
‘INTERLACE’ is an architecture thesis by Nishanth Krishna from Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, that seeks to reinterpret public interventions in the city in order to better respond to the current urban conditions. The aim of this project is to redesign Thakor Bhai Hall while taking into account its context and the issues that it now faces. By attempting to establish a dialogue between the institutions and the informal activities taking place nearby, the project serves as a catalyst for carrying the heritage of Khau Gali into the future.
5*5*5 Garden House by White Cube Atelier illustrates a simple architectural language with two cubes rotated and shifted in multiple directions. This simple and clear form was conceived due the to necessity of factors such as penetration of nature into the living space, close relationships and inside-outside interaction, and creating a sense of introversion and extroversion simultaneously.
The residence “Stripped Mobius” by Matharoo Associates creates an infinite loop of fluid planes in bare concrete and modulates a lofty yet intimate space. The design is developed to screen this avoidable context of neighbouring properties while simultaneously negotiating Vaastu, the strict ancient guidelines that govern the shape and placement of spaces, water bodies, and courts, down to the orientation of water closets and choice of colour.
Bob Dylan Center by the architecture firm Olson Kundig is a synoptic, dynamic, and highly programmed space with holistic exhibit experiences. Understanding Dylan’s life and career as a portrait of transformation, Alan Maskin envisioned the Center as the embodiment of continual change, from the building’s architectural approach to its exhibit design and rotating installations.
Residential building at Griebnitzsee designed by Tchoban Voss Architekten is volumetrically oriented to respond to the geometry of the site and also widens out in the direction of the shore. The shape of the building is stepped with sweeping curves, which structure the volume visually. The height of the building as well as the arrangement of the floors refer directly to the topography of the site, with its slope towards the water.
Zyme Studios’ architecture project Oscillation attempts to highlight the significance of the desert landscape in connection to the human form. The user is guided into an artificial canyon using forced perspective to create tension before the release of entry. The triangular shape of the house maximises the land’s natural characteristics while generating a sustainable site design element on each directional facade.
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