The new Clockwork Swiss Embassy proposal designed by Matteo Cainer Architects in Yaoundé honors its renewed presence in the Cameroon as well as respects uniqueness of the site. This architecture building represents the elegant ensemble that sums up the identity of Swiss people and their values. The proposal expresses the traditional Swiss know-how which good, because it represents what this embassy can do and achieve. If you are familiar with Swiss timepieces, than you can tell this building is a metaphor for the quality of Swiss timepieces, complex and symbolic. Not only does the mechanism and synchronised movement resolve the complexity and secure requirements of the Embassy itself, but it can also represent the underlying beauty of a pragmatic and essential artefact.
Pizza Hut’s new “Prime Time” concept interior design was unveiled at Touchwood shopping center. Designed by Checkland Kindleysides (CK), this new design brings colorful and cheerful atmosphere that you can feel almost in every corner of this restaurant. We really love the bright and pop-art theme, combined with textured acoustic panels adding warm feeling to already welcoming environment. This design company also worked on the “Go Freestyle” menu of Pizza Hut that encourages customers to create their own pizza and pasta.
Today, VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) released the design for its new Contemporary Art Institution designed by Steven Holl Architects. This new building features part exhibition and performance space also part lab and incubator on its 38,000-square-foot area. It features a series of flexible programming spaces perfect for activities related to arts, from theater, music, visual art, dance to film dedicated to public audiences or on-campus only. Inside, it can also be found outdoor plazas, 247-seat auditorium, a sculpture garden, administrative offices and of course classrooms. The university has scheduled to open this building in 2015, located on a site defined by Belvidere and Broad Streets, situated on one of Richmond’s busiest intersections. Since this building is dedicated for both the University and the city, the architect has designed dual entrance, one facing the campus and the other facing Richmond.
Skinspace by AND Architects Blurs The Boundary Between Interior and Exterior With Continous Flows Like Waves
Skinspace by AND Architects has been constructed for a Korean artist. This artist literally walked into the office and showed his own illustration of how the building should look like. The unfamiliar words that he uses to describe his works was “ecological theology”, he paints himself through the painting. Since he’s been working from home for the last ten years, the subjects of his paintings are usually ordinary things like spaces in his daily life, it can be the parks, streets or a small village that he often visits. If you have seen the painting, you can see how this artist explains through his paintings that there’s a blur boundary between human and nature.
Minami-Nagano Dental Clinic and Residence in Nagano, Japan Features Minimalist Design and Zigzag Structure
Minami-Nagano Dental Clinic and Residence is a complex of dental clinic as well as the residence of the dentists. Designed by young Japanese architect Hiroki Tanabe, this clinic is located at the suburbs of Nagano, Japan where you’ll find a beautiful farm village where its environment is surrounded by rice fields and peach orchards. The overall structure of this building stands on a concrete plate with 300 millimeters thick forms with zigzag structure. It makes up 3 shells and two open courtyards. Each shell has been designed with different functions: clinic, residence and a waiting lounge while the courtyards are consist of 2 transparent glass boxes which are used as pathways that connect two adjacent shells.
St. Johann Abbey is located in the urban district of Hamborn which is more than a thousand years old. The client wanted a renovation of the architecture to bring out the typical ideals of a canonical monastery, explicitly known as the “communio ad intra et ad extra”. ASTOC’s blueprint tags along the principles of the Premonstratensians. The new four-sided structure closes the split on the third side of a courtyard garden and the building takes up the principle of utilizing columns to line up the corridors. The structure is designed in par with the urban developmental and geometrical guidelines. The building is designed to satisfy all the requirements of the monastic community. The new extension building has sacral chamber, offices and a recreation room apart from the residential section. To maintain the link between inside and outside spaces the chapel has three entrances: from the monastery, cemetery and from the neighboring school. The building is brightly lit and the white exterior is matched with the oak doors and floors.
Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility is a 18,000 SF metal building located in Boulder County, Colorado. This facility consists of a 10-acre fire training center in which including the administration buildings, burn building, drill tower and other various training props. The building has been designed by Roth Sheppard Architects with red metal skin just like a fire that envelope a masonry shell, a symbolic of a protective learning and response environment.
This tremendous and extreme Busan Opera House design proposal comes from TOTEMENT Architects where the main concept was based on ideas of separation without division, merging of diverse, cube shape, and complicated internal structure of the building. By merging inverse concepts into a single form, it creates a beautiful Life Harmony where the strong form is reflected externally while the internal knows its limits.
This building project plays with hieroglyph of spatial shapes where each one is revetted by metal sheets. The bottom facets reflect the earth and water while the top ones reflect the sky and the sun, uniting itself into main elements of the world. This Busan Opera House design proposal presents itself as a game of life, a man, a theater.
RAFAA has shared their work of Solar City Tower design proposal for International Architecture Competition. This observation tower will become the symbol of Rio de Janeiro when they host the summer Olympics in 2016. Located in the Cotonduba Island, the bay of the city of Rio de Janeiro, near the airport, the project will comprise a vertical structure that will become the artistic sculpture to welcome all passengers arriving in Rio whether they arrive by air or sea. Its objective is to create a powerful image that enables Rio to triumph in its bid to host the summer Olympics in 2016.
Mountain and Opening house was built for a Japanese sneaker brand, Dragon Beard as a residential house and a design room. Situated in Takarazuka-city of Hyogo Prefecture, this site is located in exclusive residential district with breath taking view of the Osaka Plain. This project was pretty challenging since it had to be built on the slope of the hill with an elevation of 330 meters and the level difference of the site is 8 meters.
Eastern Design Office takes the advantage of the slope to create one of strong characteristics of this site. A building with an architecture design that meets the requirements of two persons.
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