Posted: 17 Mar 2013 04:18 AM PDT
h2o architectes shared with us their recent project of Hypernuit Offices.
The project takes place on the ground floor of a building of flats, behind a large window looking out onto the Clignancourt street. The office space to create has a single orientation; it is a well-lit, plainly treated volume with a simple geometry. The commission consisted in fitting-out an office space including five identical desks, a common meeting room and shared facilities.
Hypernuit is an agency employing different people as artistic directors, graphic designers and workers in public relations.
The refurbishment project had to reflect the dynamic and innovative spirit of the agency with a serene and contemporary space. It also had to include a maximum of shelving for storage, the creation of exhibition walls for the display of photography shows. The schedule for the building works was very tight.
h2o architectes created for these offices a sort of indoor landscape thanks to a play with blocks. These volumes of varied form and size constitute the living space for each person working there. Their adjunction and combination help compose the furniture, the desks, the separation and exhibition walls, the coffers etc.
The different parts were made in a workshop to save time on the building-site. The unitary treatment of the floor and of the furniture responds to the demand of a serene atmosphere. The space is enlivened by the white color of the thickness of the different blocks and of course by the books and objects brought by each user. Each desk benefits from both openness towards the shared space and a more private area which can be modeled by a play with void and volume.
+ Project facts
Design Architects: h2o architectes
+ All images & drawings courtesy h2o architectes | photo by Julien Attard
Posted: 17 Mar 2013 02:13 AM PDT
Six winners of the Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards demonstrated innovation, stylistic range and an aesthetic design that expressed building structures and surfaces across new construction and renovation projects.
For the competition, architects entered commercial, residential and other building projects that included community centers, medical facilities, university buildings, churches and private residences. Projects were judged by a three-member architect jury for their use of Western Red Cedar to reinforce consistent interior and exterior themes in boosting the overall design.
Winners of the third edition of the Architectural Design Awards were:
Tahoe City Transit Center, Tahoe City, Calif. – Located in Tahoe City, California, the construction of the Tahoe City Transit Center (TCTC) marks a vital step toward a more sustainable transit network within the region. The structure's long, low roof clad in Western Red Cedar hovers above the land and is carefully situated among the dramatic features of the site. TCTC responds to all seasons and integrates sustainability wherever possible. Its unique shape is tailored to featuring Western Red Cedar.
Architects: WRNS Studio.
SEMA4, Leucadia, Calif. – The four mixed-use, live-work buildings of SEMA4 are designed to feel and function like live-aboard boats. Western Red Cedar was the ideal material to provide the beauty, warmth and durability of these coastal buildings. The defining feature of the design, the gracefully curved hulls (1×6 WRC) and sails (hand laminated WRC curved members) are only possible because of the wood's versatility.
Architects: Brian Church Architecture.
Sandy High School, Portland, Ore. – Sandy High School achieved a contemporary yet regional synthesis using heavy timber cedar frames and unpainted cedar board siding coupled with pitched roofs and asymmetrical massing, which exceeded both the City and District expectations. The favorable weathering of the cedar proved to be a recognizable aesthetic element used to meet the City requirements and a benefit for the long-term maintenance issues.
Architects: Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group.
CUC Admin Campus Center, Claremont, Calif. – The project deploys a series of intertwined elements that transform the existing facility and redefines its public presence. These include a 74 foot-long screen, made of Western Red Cedar. To redefine the building's character, the continuous cedar surface wraps portions of its north, east and south elevations. When passing over windows, the spacing of the cedar panels is increased to allow light in.
Architects: LTL Architects.
Jungers Culinary Center, Bend, Ore. – Special consideration was given to wood species selection and detailing to accentuate the cottage atmosphere of this project. Exposed wood structure, ceiling and soffits embellish the warm cottage feel expressed throughout the exterior and interior. The materials retain a careful interplay of contrasts, the transparency of glass adjacent to the textural qualities of cedar shingles and horizontal cedar siding.
Architects: Yost Grube Hall Architecture.
Local Church of the Saints, Toronto, ON Canada – The 50 year-old vacant 37,000 sq. ft. industrial building that previously functioned as a furniture factory required a major renovation. The existing brick facade was dilapidated and underwent major deterioration due to extreme winter conditions. The best material choice for the recladding was Western Red Cedar chosen for its warm and welcoming characteristics.
Architects: C.Y. Lee Architect Inc.
The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (www.realcedar.org) sponsors the Architectural Design Awards "to recognize innovative design using one of the world's most unique building materials, Western Red Cedar."
Jurors were Alfred Zollinger, co-principal at Matter Practice, a New York firm that focuses on architecture and exhibition design; Ed Gaskin, lead architect at the award-winning firm Zaha Hadid Architects; and Richard Gardner, senior project manager at Freeman Fong, a civic and residential projects-based architectural firm.
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