Paradise House is a residence designed by the collaboration of architects Agustin Lozada and Gonzalo Perrote. With the premise of breaking the limits within the house, it was decided to limit the changes of uses within the same spaces. The hard chores such as kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms, function as large tablets of services that simultaneously fulfill the function of limiting the spaces inside. In this way, the flexibility that is perceived in the space is an exquisite dynamic in which various functions and uses are combined in a large container space without any interruption to the other.
The Brick Lantern House is a residence designed by the architectural firm Studio Biomorph. The resultant building envelope was a carefully crafted parametric brick facade that responded to the prevailing climate for better building performance. The house’s layout is mainly dictated by vastu and the client’s requirements. The project highlight is the parametrically crafted façade that acts as a porous skin for the first-floor family living and semi-outdoor space. The brick skin is carefully designed with the play of Brick projections and perforations envelopes the upper floor’s north and west sides.
Studio Biomorph is an architectural firm based in Bengaluru established by Sandeep Raj and Karthica Kalyanasundaram. Studio Biomorph stands by the intent of crafting spaces that are well morphed with the environment and client’s aspirations. Essentially, we deliver sustainable architectural solutions on the lines of “Designing with Climate, Time & place.” Ever since its conception, Studio Biomorph has strived to make a significant impact through simple Architectural Adaptations and methodologies.
Fuel Station + McDonald’s is a recreational project designed by the architectural firm Khmaladze Architects. Given the central location and, therefore, the importance of the site, it was decided to give back as much area as possible for recreation to the city by limiting the footprint of the building and vehicular circulation. This resulted in one volume with all programs compressed within. Spaces are composed so that two major programs – vehicle services and dining- are isolated from one another, both physically and visually so that all operations of fuel station are hidden from the view of the restaurant’s customers.
Maria Rosa House is a residence designed by the architectural firm VAGA. The project was conceived from the desire to build an urban refuge, in which the residence, although located in a dense and busy urban context, was able to provide an atmosphere of peace and tranquility to the owner and her guests, enhancing the living spaces and the relationship with the backyard at the back of the lot. The search for keeping the original nature of the construction and the integrality of the set in which the house is inserted guided a proposal conceived from simple interventions to expand the existing construction through specific actions for the readjustment of uses to meet the customer’s needs from a functional point of view.
VAGA is a multidisciplinary architectural firm based in Sao Paulo. VAGA operates in territories of practice and research, exploring the boundaries between architecture, urbanism, and design. Conceived by the Brazilian architects Fernando O’Leary, Pedro Domingues, and Pedro Faria, the studio is an open space that works as a gathering point for people and ideas.
Obra Luyaba is a residence designed by the architectural firm Barrionuevo Villanueva Arquitectos. The project defines the need to generate shelter and works on the construction logic that rethinks the economy, resources, human needs, and contained space. The work support inhabitation and contemplation, and the compositional synthesis had to be total. The structure supports the loads, defines the space, uses and material expression, in collaboration with the wooden sieves, condition and intend the sunlight and the visuals.
Megurohoncho House is the renovation of a dwelling located in Meguro, a central district of Tokyo by architecture firm ROOVICE. The design process of Megurohoncho House started from the client’s requests to solve the following problems: to modernize the structure with the newest seismic retrofitting methods, incorporate a private bathroom and increase the amount of natural light on the first floor.
ROOVICE is an architectural firm focusing on restoration and renovation based in Yokohama, established by Noboyuki Fukui. Their approach is one of the “new nostalgia,” trying to mix the traditional with the contemporary way of building in Japan. The philosophy that carries the team is taking the valuable parts of an old building and mixing them with the current standard of living.
Glassalon Neuhaus is a pavilion designed by the architectural firm Baukooperative. The old stock and the building site are surrounded by two parks embedded in green space. The goal: Don’t turn your back on any park or erect a barrier. One more reason to opt out of massive traditional construction. The firm wanted to create homogeneity with the environment. They took a different approach and constructed the new building at a 90-degree angle to the old building. This enabled them to create an intimate atmosphere in the park and strengthen the authenticity of the old building.
Anna Garden is a residence designed by the architectural firm KiKi ARCHi. KiKi ARCHi decided to first re-establish the relationship between the house and the landform, which includes multiple dimensions such as the relationship between ‘terrain and building,’ ‘architectural appearance, and the surrounding environment, ‘function and the living experience.’ Thus, the 8m height difference of the site was fully utilized. The garden at the lower level was linked with the house at the higher level through the graceful landscape design, which creates a rich visual hierarchy and sets the tone of ‘freedom & nature’ for the whole project.
KiKi ARCHi is an architectural firm with its offices in Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai established by Yoshihiko Seki and Saika Akiyoshi. ‘KiKi,’ it’s pronunciation and interpretation in Japanese, is a sense of appreciating things, which means mastery, attainments, and unique opinions of things in various fields. The lyric and logic of KiKi ARCHi’s creation combine external perceptual experience with its knowledge system, internalizes it into a harmonious but different humanistic idea, and then extends to the virtual and real dimensions of space such as spirit, form, structure, and texture.
Trisoux Bar, designed by the architectural firm Martino Hutz Architecture, occupies two levels of a residential building from 1890. Crowd simulation was used to analyze optimal floor area usage and generate varied atmospheres within the space. A parametrically derived double curved surface is generated from this data that defines the character of each space and intuitively guides the visitor towards particular experiences.
Airavat is a residence designed by the architectural firms Lyth Design and reD Architects on the outskirts of bustling Mumbai, in the quiet of the Sahyadri hills. The capturing and framing of the picturesque landscapes were the primary inspiration behind Design. The disruptive architecture creates spaces of varying scales, from monumental to cozy. At the same time, it integrates into the home and the nature surrounding it. The arrival is planned at the highest level under a large canopy that appears like a wing framing the first glimpse of this home in the Clouds.
lyth Design is a boutique design atelier based in Mumbai founded by Apoorva Shrooff in 2022. Her expertise has enabled her to steer the “lyth-chapter” forward and create out-of-the-box solutions within the verticals of Architecture, Interior, Product, and Graphic Design. The unique name of the practice takes inspiration from the word “lyth,” translating to a joint that binds and supports the movement. Striving better to connect the world through spatial storytelling and clear articulation, this analogy is indeed fitting to its focus.
reD Architects is a multidisciplinary architectural firm based in Mumbai founded by Rajiv Parekh and Ekta Puri. The purpose was to set up a design practice with a process-oriented design approach. The firm strives to achieve the client’s goals through the process of research. The team ensures that the design solution generates an environment that surpasses trends and fads by offering a more enriching spatial experience.
Olivos is a residence designed by the architectural firm TATŪ Arquitectura. We decided to add some adjustments to the client’s premises that would enhance spatial sequences capable of stimulating the uses. By manipulating the flexibility of interior expansion-segmentation without difficulties, we moved away from the result of a too geometrical functional schematism. The first incorporated the exterior – interior transition through the contained space by projecting the volumes of the second level, generating two eaves of reception and an extension of the interior space.
One Green Mile is an urban space designed by the architectural firm MVRDV collaborating with the urban design firm studioPOD in Mumbai. StudioPOD initially solved the traffic and street profiles and helped to define the program and identify the target groups. Expanding upon this, MVRDV designed sinuous blue stripes to create a cohesive visual identity across all elements of the space, creating a concept for One Green Mile that offers a delightful and holistic urban spatial experience. A hilly paved landscape transforms the 2-dimensional visual features into a 3D spatial experience, accommodating various programs and providing a dynamic physical attraction.
studioPOD is an urban design studio based in Mumbai co-founded by urban designers Mansi Sahu, Mahesh Waghdhare and Sarfaraz Momin. The firm’s highly collaborative approach allows them to work seamlessly with private- and public- sector clients such as local municipal corporations, development authorities, and other government agencies. The projects are of varying scales, including strategic and regional plans, transportation and campus plans, landscape urbanism, placemaking, and streetscapes.
Archidiaries is excited to share the “Project of the Week” – Locaāhands by Isso 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.
The Hunkered House is a residence designed by the architectural firm LIJO.RENY.architects in Kerala, India. What looks like a single-storey building from the outside is a strategically designed house with multiple levels that hunkers down gently into the slope to protect it from all kinds of pollution generated by the heavy traffic on the road. A large landscaped courtyard inside the house and four smaller peripheral pockets are primary ventilation sources. The Hunkered House reflects the unassuming lifestyle of the homeowners, be it the form of the building, the choice of materials, interior décor, and accessories.
FTMO Office is an office interior designed by the architectural firm YUAR. From a design point of view, the architectural brief aimed at a more serious and representative place, which would reflect the company’s professional approach and technical prowess. Height-adjustable desks with four monitor arms were necessary to optimize the work process and ensure comfort for each employee. The new office combined quietness, efficiency, and fun, emphasizing strengthening the community atmosphere.
YUAR Architects is a corporate architectural firm based in Prague founded by architect Lukáš Janáč. He and his team are today one of the most successful developers of office interiors in the Czech Republic. YUAR architects specialize in the realization of office interiors and corporate architecture.
Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat is an adaptive reuse hospitality project designed by the architectural firm Neri & Hu in Yangzhou, China. The design brief called for the adaptive reuse of several old buildings by giving them new functions while adding new buildings to accommodate the hotel’s capacity needs. Neri&Hu’s strategy to unify these scattered elements was to overlay a grid of walls and paths onto the site to tie the entire project together, resulting in multiple courtyard enclosures. The inspiration for the design originates from the courtyard house typology of Chinese vernacular architecture.
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