Posted: 26 Jul 2013 09:25 PM PDT
Long and far goes the golden time of the Oporto's industrial era during the so called 1st Modernity and with it the deurbanization of some parts of the city. It's legacy has invariably been the malfunction or inadaptation of the big industrial buildings and so they are left to its own tragic fate… This shrinking "rusty" areas are real urban and architectural lab's waiting for a new life. This fact sets on track a real opportunity to experiment and to explore new topologies and forms of living that only this kind of space can render.
Right at the heart of Oporto's Oriental Neibourghood (Bairro Oriental), the most economicaly and socialy depressed part of the city, the project gives a new hope for a couple of coal warehouses. The objective of Loft Miraflor (LMF) is to rehabilitate and refunction the- centenary warehouses for dwelling purposes.
The project takes in account some specific particularities of this, long, narrow and double heighted building where everything can happen. Without changing its morpho-tipology, the idea is to "simply" hang-up 6 wooden boxes in between the roof trusses in order to maximize the area for social interaction on the ground floor.
On the ground floor, the 31m long warehouse is colonized by the social areas like living-room, kitchen, dinning-room and, at the end, a patio. These functional areas naturally share the open plan of the loft in a way that they continuously succeed each other with no phisical barriers.
On the wooden mezzanines, up on the air and hovering over the social areas, are located the private areas allowing the zenital light to come down to the social areas due to the voids in between them. This also enables the vertical comunication with the first floor which is asured by three elicoidal stairs that conects the rooms to the first floor. Each room has its own private wc and window on the roof.
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Architecture: Alexandre Loureiro
+ All images and drawings courtesy Alexandre Loureiro
Posted: 26 Jul 2013 08:59 PM PDT
A stark white ship that sails in the middle of the bustling sea of colors.
The ship floating on the ocean suddenly appears in a shopping center. It evokes a feeling not of a resort area, but of an exotic corner of a town in some southern country. A feeling of a ship that comes across this area by chance.
It makes you imagine the wave splashes that occur when the bow heads-on through the sea. It is a pencil building of 9.7 meter width and 21.6 meter depth. Big holds are designed for the balconies at the southwest corner. These holes become bigger as the floors go upwards from the bottom. You can have the same image when you look up the bow from under it.
It is simple, neat and clean.
You look up the smooth and pure white exterior wall. This reminds you of a cool life style in some southern country, or of being on a trip, and spending days at a tropical land in a quest of change of air.
It is an apartment house for rent built at Ibaraki-city in Osaka, a town with a population of 270,000. This town is not only a residential one, but it is now calling for the development of industrial areas for research and development facilities of universities and industrial firms. Therefore, the population is also increasing as an industrial town. This architecture is built at the shopping district, the center of this town, which is located in front of the JR station.
It is a building of 10 stories of RC structure consisting of:?a tenant spaces at the first floor, one room apartment houses for singles at 2-4 floors, and 2LDK and 3LDk for families at 5-10 floors.
The surrounding buildings are 4-5 stories height. So it is not proper to have a big slit (opening section) for this building. The open space of each floor gets wider as the floor level becomes higher, and you can get a wider sky view. This idea is reflected in the design of this building.
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Designer: EASTERN design office
+ All images and drawings courtesy EASTERN design office \ Koichi Torimura
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