- Veramonte \ Sobrado + Ugalde ARCHITECTS
- Redtory Factory Silo \ Pelizzi Architettura
- The Cabin \ h2o architectes
- Volaris \ SPACE
- American Tower \ SPACE
- MOON door handle \ DEVO and Joongho Choi
- Lithium Corporate Headquarters \ Huntsman Architectural Group
- PLAYER Entertainment Exchange store \ MNML arquitectura + design
Posted: 07 Sep 2013 08:33 AM PDT
Sobrado + Ugalde ARCHITECTS shared with us their recent completed project Veramonte.
+ All images courtesy Sobrado + Ugalde ARCHITECTS
Posted: 07 Sep 2013 02:12 AM PDT
The existing circular silo structure emerging form a pond triggers the idea of a water garden inhabited by aquatic plants. Circular as lotus leaves, four volumes are stacked up within the silo; circular isles and green areas define the external spaces.
As in a natural pond where reeds emerge form the shallow water, the emerging volumes are shaded with an uneven screen of bamboo trunks. The iconic existing silo structure is respected and left stand alone, its main inner space acting as a common public square.
The new volumes and the two existing brick buildings accommodate the spaces for an ideas factory, an unconventional place where people can work and create, share their ideas and meditate.
Inspired by nature and led by design, the new si.lotus garden factory poetically inhabits the place.
+ About pelizziarchitettura
pelizziarchitettura is established in Parma in 2008. Through an experimental and theoretical approach, its activity ranges from urban masterplanning to small scale architecture, moving from concept design to construction. pelizziarchitettura has been awarded and shortlisted in different national and international architectural competitions, among others the project of a Library Extension in Campobasso, a Science and Technology Park in Parma, a Housing Scheme for the Mediterranean Countries in Leverano (Lecce), a Mountain Resort in Corniglio (Parma), the Porta Nuova Urban Planning in Marsala (Trapani), the Trachite Urban Furniture design.
gianluca pelizzi degree with honours in architecture at the polytechnic university of milan, master degree in architectural design at the bartlett school, university college of london. registered both in italy and united kingdom (arb). professional experience. after many years of collaboration with international offices in the united kingdom and italy such as massimiliano fuksas, tp bennett, stipa architettura, in 2008 opens in parma pelizziarchitettura
+ All images and drawings courtesy Pelizzi Architettura
Posted: 07 Sep 2013 01:43 AM PDT
h2o architectes was invited to rethink a ski resort apartment in Menuires, France. Located at the far end of a building built in 1965, it has triple orientation that was not valued by the previous layout which was too segmented. The request was to realize the impossible : increase the living space without touching the structure, create 2 bathrooms instead of the one existing, preserve the number of beds, 8 beds in 55m2, all while maintaining separate circultaions for each.
To maximise the rather tight and constricted space, we chose to inverse the way of seeing it. Rather than trying to fit the furniture into the apartment, we decided to fit the apartment into the furniture ! However absurd this may seem, it immediately alleviated all the constraints linked to laying out tight spaces.
A large wooden curve runs through the entire space. It links all functions, creates a large living space and opens up the panoramic views on the mountains. This furniture-wall incorporates all the necessities of daily use interlocked into one another. Seating next to storage, stacked sleeping, a reading corner is attached to an interior window, the kitched is back to back with a bathroom. It is the furniture element that defines the space. It is no longer cumbersome, rather it frees up a generous space around it and maximises it's primary functionalities.
The secondary system allows to privatise sleeping areas with curtains that roll into the existing central wall. The central space is all white, leading into the matching wrapping terrace. The interior atmosphere is inspired by the mountain and cabin feel, reintepreted in a contemporary manner. The fun interlocking system is detailed into the minute such as sleeping spaces that one must climb into it to discover a reading lamp, a small tablette, storage and a comfortable and peaceful sleeping nook.
The entire installation is treated with a single and unique material, wood. Light-coloured birch plywood for the interior spaces and American walnut plywood for the curved wall.
To accentuate the unity of the lived-in furniture-wall, every aspect of it is detailed from within. From the exterior, nothing denotes the destiny of this fun cabin in the mountains !
Design Architects : h2o architectes
+ All images and drawings courtesy h2o architectes
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 10:20 PM PDT
Volaris chose the international architecture and design firm SPACE to design and plan its new corporate offices located in the Samara building in Santa Fe.
The project represented a very complicated challenge in accordance with Volaris's philosophy. The project had to be a high-performance but low cost office.
A space that, through the architecture and design, would manifest the brand's values and redefine the Volaris work experience and that had to be an extension of the Volaris flying experience.
The project unfolds on two floors with a total de 6,000 m2. A common denominator of the design was the creation of informal meeting areas, spaces designed especially to hold meetings in a casual and more dynamic way.
These spaces were designed with waste components from the aeronautical industry, airplane wheels, seats, parts of the carcasses of some planes, etc.
The idea was to make an extremely dynamic space that would promote communication and innovation.
Volaris's employees do not have assigned spaces. Everyone can work in the area of the office that works best for them. This is achieved through a wireless network that manages to permanently connect everyone.
The ceilings were decorated with one of the largest-scale plane collections in Latin America, and this gave this unique space a special touch.
Without a doubt, Volaris is an example that big budgets are not necessary to achieve creative solutions that improve an organization's performance.
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+ All images courtesy Paul Czitrom
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 09:11 PM PDT
Inspired by the geometry of telecommunication antennas, we created the volumes of the spaces: unplumb walls that play with the depths in the circulation areas and bring to mind the guy cables used in the towers.
The project was developed into two levels over a former commercial building. It comprises 3,500 sqm of offices and 900 sqm of terrace. We incorporated to the design some existing elements like apparent concrete ceilings, polished concrete flooring and arabescato marble, in order to create a sense of history and belonging to the former space. Low-height furniture that promotes collaboration, branding that represents the DNA of the company, and corporate colors complement the space.
The inclination of the walls, the intersecting of the drop ceiling volumes and the ceiling lighters, and the carpet patterns all together create an atmosphere with an interesting geometric play that evokes an industrial space. The private spaces and meeting rooms are located along the blind walls of the facades in order to let the maximum natural light into the workspace, as well as to expand the views towards the outside.
A large glass facade allows the terrace to dialogue directly with the interior. A play of volumes was created by setting mesh wooden boxes that are interconnected through diagonal walkways, which give the space fluidity and movement. Two shade sails were placed to control temperature and sunlight exposure.
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+ All images courtesy Paul Czitrom
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 08:56 PM PDT
Designer Joongho Choi worked with a door handle manufacturer DEVO to design ‘push & pull’ type door handle which ables opening the door with one touch.
This product defines a new type of door handle mechanism, called ‘Push & Pull’, and this provides innovation on user experience and more convenience.
Existing door handles needs two steps to operate the door, that are rotation and push/pull. However, ‘Push & Pull’ type handle omits the first step and can be operated by single action, pushing or pulling the handle.
As the function simplified, Joongho Choi concentrated to design befitting form of a handle to be differentiated from oval or bar shapes. A flat-round shape handle has been applied to give enough space for pushing and easy to grab and pull.
To provide better processability and durability, aluminum alloy technology has been applied. Anodizing finish gives better metallic surface and more color variations.
+ All images and drawings courtesy DEVO and Joongho Choi
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 08:36 PM PDT
Lithium's new headquarters reflects the company's evolution from a startup into an industry leader in the Social CRM space. In relocating from a patchwork of office spaces in Emeryville to two floors in an historic San Francisco building, a number of goals were set for the project:
The new space embodies Lithium's business goals and cultural makeup through a strong brand identity. To translate Lithium's prominent visuals into a highly impactful and livable three dimensional palette of shapes, colors, and graphics, a collaborative approach between the company's branding group and Huntsman's multi-disciplinary design team proved to be successful. The resulting concept allows Lithium to take personal stock in the story telling of its new home; wall graphics depicting the company's purpose and mission and "family pictures" of Lithium's staff complement the main story line. Image walls highlighting photos (not logos – but portraits) of Lithium's extended family – their clients – and their success stories in the social media arena.
Being on the forefront of the social media sector, Lithium understood the need to support its workforce's deeply embedded use of technology in a variety of ways. Presentation tools for sales pitches in the corporate briefing center are augmented by real time performance metrics streaming across monitors in the engineering neighborhoods throughout the space. The new facility also supports total flexibility through a variety of work environments ranging from private to highly collaborative, from low to hightech, and from casual to formal all within the constraints of a modest budget. Staff can easily reconfigure furniture, and spaces convert from "heads down" to "social" with simple devices like draperies, furniture screens, or sliding panels.
The entire office is multifunctional and encourages collaboration. Most walls are writeable surfaces, some adding a pop of color to contrast the building's exposed concrete and brick envelope. Glazed conference rooms and touchdown areas allows daylight and views for all occupants and visually connects individual work groups. In a nod to the building's historic past, the elevator lobbies are complete with crown moldings and chandeliers, echoed by a tin ceiling in the "living room" – a space used for informal client meetings – or family gatherings.
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+ All images courtesy Huntsman Archi tectural Group
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 06:14 PM PDT
Portuguese studio MNML arquitectura + design has recently completed the interior project for a new PLAYER Entertainment Exchange store located in Porto Gran Plaza Shopping Center in Oporto city, comes with the responsibility to create a store that reflects the overall intention of the brand expansion.
This project became a reference for future physical PLAYER stores,through their architecture, furniture and graphic design.
The architectural language used meets the strong competitive image the brand with contemporary formal trends, looking seriously to teen buyers.
All the furniture was designed and built exclusively for the PLAYER stores. Their lines show us the intention of unify the dynamics of the entire brand.
+ All images courtesy MNML arquitectura + design
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