- Standard Invest – Mitsulift HQ \ Raed Abillama Architects
- Frappisimo Mexican coffee shop \ Workshop
- H Architecture won the Sejong Multi-unit housing block competition
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 06:37 AM PDT
RAA main concern is the living quality of the users and the efficiency of the construction by minimizing direct sunlight and heat intake. To optimize this effect the ceiling height was raised, and high, deep recessed slit windows were created so that the openings are in the shade on the east and west. This proportion of high windows gives more natural, homogenized light into the deep end of the office.
Ecological solutions are not always technologically driven. Sun is extremely efficient in Lebanon: it is an available energy. The architect must cater to the local climate and adapt to local lifestyle and culture. Other passive approach is the usage of thermal mass to absorb heat during the day and release it at night. Efficient technological systems such as solar heating for hot water, VRV air-conditioning machines, LED and fluorescent lighting, energy recovery, and variable speed elevators are also used in Mitsulift Headquarters building.
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Project: Standard Invest – Mitsulift HQ
+ All images and drawings courtesy Raed Abillama Architects
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 06:18 AM PDT
Frappisimo is a new Mexican coffee shop that currently has three branches in the state of Campeche, this being the most recent one. It is located in Galerías Mall in the city of San Francisco de Campeche in southeastern Mexico.
This new coffee shop is located in one of the most important points of the mall, as it is the only double-height space and where the two main wings of the mall converge. This makes the room a very important focal point, located almost in the center axis of Galerías.
The architectural design of the top view is primarily ruled by the shape of the space this in an effort to take advantage of it. The counter area is located at the side where the most important and predominant visuals of the place are displayed because of it the front of the store can be seen from different angles of the mall.
In order to exploit this visuals, two walls were created that have the dual function of “containing” the ceiling and its structure and holding two company logos, one on each side of the shop in addition of one located at the front, resulting in a much better promotion of the brand.
The formal design is based on creating a simple space adopting the company's color palette, this to respect the integrity and identity of the existing branches. The ceiling is inspired by the idea of abstracting Frappisimo's colored fringes, (which can be observed on the mural located on the stand's back wall and that are recurrent in the other stores) and creating the colored “boxes”, having a volumetric game in the space, balancing the sobriety and simplicity of it with a dynamism based on shapes and colors.
These boxes that give the impression of being suspended in the air are supported by a metal frame located within them. The frame has been anchored to the side walls, which are covered with carved stone from the region.
The main goal of this project was to transform Frappisimo's image into architecture resulting in a dynamic and functional space that promotes itself and takes advantage of everything the space it's located in has to offer.
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DESIGN: Workshop ( Arq. Francisco Bernés Aranda / Arq. Fabián Gutiérrez Cetina) www.workshop.com.mx
+ All images courtesy Workshop
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 06:04 AM PDT
The design by H Architecture for the multi-unit housing of Block 2-2 M2 in Sejong Korea has been chosen as the winning scheme in the nation-wide open design competition organized by LH Corporation. Reflecting on 50 years history of Korean housing, H’s design proposed an innovation paradigm of housing with open organization of master plan, multicenter community model, and new types of building and units. H Architecture developed a non-hierarchical, multi-dimensional and multi type housing scheme, which not only provides various indoor and outdoor areas with enormous spatial values, but also promotes the spontaneous happenings in dweller’s community from personal encounters to public events. This type of community spaces in housing has been overlooked from the existing housing concept, and it projects a new perspective for the next century of community in Korean architecture and society. The project was designed in collaboration with Haeahn Architecture.
+ All images and drawings courtesy H Architecture
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