Co-Working Center design Ukrainian architect Igor Sirotov Architect is space that involves a shared working environment. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization.
In the south of the Netherlands just outside of the village Berghem, Mulders vandenBerk Architects has realized the ‘Paddenstoelenhuis’ commissioned by Champignonkwekerij van de Vorle. The ‘Paddenstoelenhuis’ is an information centre where you can learn all about mushrooms. From here guided tours are organized to the mushroom plantation. The building is nicely located in the countryside and can be rented as location for meetings and culinary workshops. The building is designed around a multifunctional hall. Entrance, office, kitchen and meeting room are attached to the central hall.
The rectangular shape of the building fits well within the rhythm of agricultural buildings in the vicinity and takes away the sight toward the technical part of the mushroom plantation next to it.
When CubeMe’s team first watch the new images of google office based in Tel Aviv and designed Camenzind Evolution, we were just overwhelmed. Google has always been really original and innovating for the creation of their offices. They have a gift to create an environment where creativity, relaxation and the desire to go to work are put together. With such an office, I would quite tempted to stay even to sleep at night, which I think should be the case of some of them. Each room whatsoever, conference room, cafeteria, relaxation … has a unique atmosphere and decoration.
The new Google office now occupies 8 floors in the prestigious Electra Tower in Central Tel Aviv, with breath taking views across the whole city and the sea. It is a new milestone for Google in the development of innovative work environments: nearly 50% of all areas have been allocated to create communication landscapes, giving countless opportunities to employees to collaborate and communicate with other Googler’s in a diverse environment that will serve all different requirements and needs.
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‘Two Coves,’ a single-family house Residence, a realization from Bercy Chen Architect Studio is situated on a hilltop near Emma Long Metropolitan park in West Austin. The main house is defined by the large circular plinth that contains an infinity-edge reflecting pond . The central courtyard is formed by the pool and pond which, together offers a panoramic view of the town and the hills beyond.
The circular reflecting pond is a central and defining feature of the house and serves multiple purposes. The pond’s waterfall creates a constant white noise, canceling nearby traffic noise. Spiritually, the large body of water brings a sense of calm and psychological coolness while visually connecting the house with the surrounding landscape. The pond also captures the constantly changing ambient light and reflects it onto the interior ceiling, animating the entire house.
‘Deutscher and Forrest Residence reformed by Mos Architects was a vacant lot on the east of an existing building purchased by the client. The building engages with this landscape by presenting the open plan living and kitchen to the east and by proving a balcony off the master bedroom which further benefits from North east aspect.
The open plan living concept is consolidated by the use of a new stair situated at the main entrance which gently ascend into a double height void terminating at an open plan study arrangement. This space become the canvas for ever changing light variations due to the high level corner window stair well skylight.
The strategic position of openings promoting air flow, hight ceiling,radial sawn timber, window shading devices, highly insulated building envelope, evaporative cooling, hydronic heating, solar heat pump generator for hot water and rain water tank to ensure this building is an energy efficient solution which fully engages with it’s natural context and minimizes it’s impact on the environment.
Ma Yansong from MAD architects has designed a hot spring resort project as a hotel’s extension for the chinese-based Sheraton hotel chain, in Huzhou, China.
The hotel will be 100 meters tall and 116 wide and will cover a surface area of 75 acres and provides 321 villas and rooms. The brilliant design gives every room a view of the lake, natural light, and ventilation no matter where it is located. LED light system on the exterior skin of the construct brings the metal structure to life at night, displaying colorfully animated textures and patterns reflected on the water’s surface.
PRODUCTORA was charged to redesign the 1940s-era house to create a stylish place for a champagne bar & tea room. The design focused on the creation of one single tile that could generate a variety of patterns and changes in direction throughout the whole floor plan. This piece is repeated over the whole floor and onto the lower parts of the walls, creating a strong dividing horizon between a quiet above and a below charged with information. Animals’ Skulls and stuffed birds are attached to the wall giving a bucolic atmosphere contrasting with the modern lines of the flooring.
The Hill House which is under conditions at the moment and in the Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles, California has been designed by Johnston Marklee Architects. Problems have been generated due to the construction on the hillside which makes the implementation of the project more difficult.
The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced 5 finalists for the 2013 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award. This year, 355 works were nominated for this Award. The winner fot the Award will be announced in May, 2013 and the Award Ceremony will be held in June, 6 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain. Read More…
Gallery House project by Platform 5 Architects will be a four-bedroom family home set in a large woodland clearing on the outskirts of St Albans.
Influenced by local vernacular agricultural buildings, the house is designed as a loose arrangement of rectangular forms to create a series of layers, courtyards and walkways forming living spaces surrounded by art and nature.
A series of brick columns will support an external galleried walkway around the perimeter of the house, at focal points there are “covered external rooms” that provide shelter whilst maintaining a strong connection with the woodland setting. Above, a timber-clad first floor will be arranged as an informal composition of overlapping roofs and terraces offering long views over the landscape.
The Rose House was designed by architects Conrad Buff, Dennis Straub, and Don Hensman in 1963 for Helen Rose, a well-known Hollywood costume designer. In 1999, owner and interior designer Carole Katleman approached the firm to restore the home to its original design, while undertaking sensitive upgrades to the house to accommodate a contemporary lifestyle. In keeping with the house’s modern character, emphasis was placed on well-crafted details and honest simplicity in design. From the main entry, the view unfolds through transparent glass walls, across the pool terrace, towards the Santa Monica Mountains.
Pharrell Williams interviews renowned architect Alex Gorlin – best known for bringing warmth to modern design, and artist Daniel Arsham, who blurs the line between art & architecture, challenging convention by placing shapes in unexpected places. Gorlin and Arsham share their influences including Marcel Duchamp and Frank Lloyd Wright. Gorlin shares his experiences working with two of the greatest architects of the century, Im Pei & Richard Meier. Arsham discusses the multi-dimensional nature of the different mediums in which he works. Watch the video!
The house built by Hilberink Bosch architecten is situated on the highest point of the plot in Algarve, Portugal. It consists of three different volumes each with a kinked roof and a specific function: living area, swimming pool and guest house. The different volumes and roof surfaces are slightly shifted in relation to each other, thus following the scope of het plot.
Waltham Forest College located in the North-East of London has been reformed by Platformn 5 Architects. £3 million refurbishment of Waltham Forest College, breathing new life into an existing 1930s building to create new formal and informal education and meeting areas.
As the mezzanine and seminar pod are shifted off axis by 17 degrees, to respond to the new performance stage opening, the architects adopted a system of beams spanning between the existing structure. An innovative offset bolted hanging support structure was devised to allow the new skewed columns to be hung from the existing beams.
The Floating House MOS Architects based on an island on Lake Huron is the intersection of a colloquial house typology with the fluctuating conditions of this unique place. The location on the Great Lakes has imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, as well as its relationship to site.
Archinteriors from Bucharest just sent us the photographs of their latest project, the ‘Origami Restaurant.’ The starting point for the project, was the Japanese art of paper folding:’the origami’. Folded surfaces, play of light and shadow gives the interior a soothing air and color that comes to support feelings of calmness and purity. The restaurant bar, highlighted by a strip light is located on the lateral side of the space. The light coming the back of the bar gives rise to the wall. A very nice project, both enchanting and zen.
Local Rock House in Waiheke Island by Pattersons architects has been created for an expatriated family. Its site on a steep East facing coastal escarpment just above pohutukawa fringed white sand beach and is accessed by a beachfront lane below. Its composition seeks to create a ‘sense of place in New Zealand’.
A rock mass forms a bridge to exploit both the sea frontage and limited Westerly light. Under this, the living area nestles into the escapement contrasting an intimate living terrace to the North-East with a grotto -like western courtyard. Bedroom areas a grouped above as finely scaled louvered lookouts at the canopy level of the pohutukawas.
The building uses material to become intimately scaled to ’belong’ in its setting. this strategy is empathetic in that it intends to facilitate the homes occupants to feel the same way.