- B.streets Presentation Gallery \ Cecconi Simone
- 2nd prize for Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area \ Maxthreads Architectural Design and Planning
- Day Nursery in Paris \ ECDM
- Hypermarché Hafencity Hamburg \ PARAT
- Villa Alsakys \ YCL city design & architecture lab
- Stack Armchair \ Konstantin Achkov
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 01:06 AM PDT
Cecconi Simone's award-winning presentation gallery for B.streets – a mid-rise residence by Lindvest Properties Limited now under construction in Downtown Toronto – embodies the grass-roots, bohemian spirit of the city's much-loved Annex district. Oversized, photographic images capture slices of life in the neighbourhood, with its vibrant mix of students, academics, artists and young professionals. A fusion of nostalgic and contemporary design, featuring vignettes of vintage-inspired furnishings, combine to create an organic, fluid interior in cohesion with the down-to-earth, local environment.
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Interior Design: Cecconi Simone Inc. | www.cecconisimone.com
+ All images courtesy Cecconi Simone
Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:56 PM PDT
Maxthreads Architectural Design and Planning recently won second prize in International Urban Design Competition – Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area, Taiwan.
The vision responds to the extending aim of positioning Taiwan in general, and Tainan city in particular, as a major historical based tourism destination, contributing Taiwan's economic diversification from its current infrastructure lead planning system.
Tainan main station master plan is imagined as a cultural based community and nature intervention, with sustainable residential development and the potential for natural habitat areas. It aims to be a cultural and vibrant edutainment intervention as well as a secluded haven of peace and tranquillity. Tainan main station is conceived as a new gateway of Taiwan's history.
The proposal aims to reconcile community and biodiversity. It will act as an eco-transitional urban device, transferring and linking the diversity of the surrounding urban districts and programmes. The concept behind the master plan proposal derives from the area's original function as transportation node. The proposal will maintain the areas historical identity, whilst providing a boundary free and a self-sufficient urban planning, incorporating a number of sustainability systems.
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Proposal For: International Urban Design Competition – Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area, Taiwan
+ About Maxthreads
Maxthreads is a conceptualist architectural design office with a reputation in approaching design within ingenuity and individuality. Inspired by the local culture and environment, Maxthreads exploratory architectural design approach transforms spaces into successful and sustainable artscapes.
We devoted to the creation of innovative and challenging idea, Design Principal Max Yang leads a team of talented designers from across the world. The name, Maxthreads. A whimsical reference to how the conceptual and physical relationship comes interconnected in reflection to the architectural design. Also represents the collaborative and cohesive approach the designers take to deliver projects. Art and landscape are inextricably intertwined and as a consequence spaces evolve that are emotionally rich with their own personal narratives.
+ All images and drawings courtesy Maxthreads Architectural Design and Planning
Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:08 PM PDT
Paris-based architectural firm Emmanuel COMBAREL Dominique MARREC Architects (ECDM) has completed the Day Nursery in Paris, France.
The project takes place into a heterogeneous district made of buildings of any sizes, of any styles, any periods. It's an environment slightly old-fashioned, hybrid and disintegrated, typical of the heterogeneous architecture which characterizes the Parisian peri-urban zones. Modernity came to complete this disorder : Adjacent to the site, an out of size construction, built in derogation of the property limits (adding a supplementary urban intention parameter), forbids any common denominator, any possibility of creating a homogeneous composition. The day-nursery is thus an attempt, for a tiny building of public utility, to exist in an unfavorable relationship in the shade of a twelve story construction which takes light, overhangs and crushes everything.
The program of the day-nursery introduces a small size, a small scale. If the volume comes from the requirements of the project concerning surfaces and scale, the writing of the building results from its specificity. The day-nursery is a horizontal. Protective and introverted, it occupies the ground, interacts with the outside spaces. Developed on two levels, it is organized to get the maximum of light and sunshine, and to by-pass the shade of the giant nearby building.
The project mixes the outside and internal spaces, organizes around a walk the 2 levels in a buckle of small paths and terraces, altering green and mineral areas. From the requirements of the program, it results a monolithic and protective facade. The building is in prefabricated concrete, long-lasting and resistant to the torments of the urban life. The surrounding wall is drilled by translucent and colored windows. These windows have various heights, for a place thought as much for the children than for the adults, the parents or the staff.
The housing part is treated as entity. The matter is to propose an autonomous writing to an additional element, both complementary and exterior to the program of the nursery itself, to propose to the future inhabitant a living environment desynchronized from his workplace. This volume lays on the nursery, slightly out of the building line, in order to give a specific urban writing to this residential space.
The project is a setting of a living place, with its specificities, its needs and also its poetic dimension, the goal is to propose for this tiny program a frame of living that generates as much an emotion with the future occupants (children, parents, staff) than the local residents.
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Program: Day Nursery for 66 children and 1 service apartment
Founded after being the recipient of the Albums de la Jeune Architecture award in 1993 and the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs – scholarship in 1996, Emmanuel Combarel and Dominique Marrec Architects (ECDM) is leading for 18 years a work focused working on defining a living environment through an architectural project. The architecture that materializes the firm's approach is underpinned by the evolutions and mutations of our society. The dynamics of the project emerges from a confrontation with the context, and a hierarchization of the problematics induced by the program and the site. Environmental quality, landscape, uses, ways of life, and technical choices are all structuring elements of the office's projects. The architecture that materializes the firm's approach is underpinned by the evolutions and mutations of our society. It tends to be a simple, sober architecture following a rigorous logic, with no preconceptions, nostalgia or stylistic preoccupations.
+ All images and drawings courtesy ECDM
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 05:10 AM PDT
German studio PARAT designed the Hypermarché Hafencity in Hamburg.
Hypermarché is the attempt to attract young locals (like us) to Hafencity Hamburg. Because Hafencity is a special place in Hamburg. It is an impersonal developing area. On weekdays there are just businessmen, at the weekend the promenades are full of tourists.
- a temporary concept store, a bar and a stage for cultural events in Hafencity Hamburg
Concept interior design:
Main area: multilayered stage setting
Product area: landscape of cardboards
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Design and execution interior:
Idea/ concept Hypermarché:
Corporate identity and web design:
Photos: Andreas Meichsner
+ All images courtesy PARAT
Posted: 29 Jun 2012 08:56 PM PDT
YCL city design & architecture lab designed the Villa Alsakys.
Villa Alsakys – a summer house near Trakai, Lithuania. It sits above the ditch on the top – overlooking the lake.
A challenging site where the villa is located with a great elegance and comfort. “V” shaped concrete roof structure is placed on three concrete rings. The result is a three massive concrete structures with two horizontal lines which helped to avoid any additional structural support and expressed the architectural concept of the villa.
A living zone is facing South with a view of the lake, while service areas are located at the North of the building. A monogomous living zone is exposed to a dweller and all utilities are hidden within the concrete rings. Main house volume and entry volume are connected with continuous roofline and little bridge over the valley with an excellent panoramic view before the entrance of the house. The structure is bound with young pine trees, which will increase the diversity and quality of a changing natural living environment over the years.
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Architects: YCL city design & architecture lab – Tautvydas Vileikis, Aidas Barzda, Agne Selemonaite, Tomas Umbrasas, Rokas Kontvainis
Posted: 29 Jun 2012 07:06 PM PDT
Stack Armchair is the latest furniture work by Konstantin Achkov. Stack armchair is a part of Stack series. Every element of the chair is a puzzle, assembled without glue, nails, screws, bolts, or something else. Just puzzle joints. The parts is made of 18mm beech plywood, cut with CNC router.
+ Check out more works by Konstantin Achkov here.
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