By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This construction, designed and carried out by the architect Pedro Geraldes in 2018, is part of a concept of an industrial installation for global energy company EDP. It is meant to act as a base for the observation and control of a dam in case of emergency.
It is located in Ermida, central region of Portugal, in an area bound by a beautiful watercourse and surrounded by a large forest. This contemporary industrial building aims to reinterpret traditional buildings, honoring the name of the location and respecting the materiality of the architectural history of the company.
The construction needed to remain in a high location, protected from floods and allowing a perfect view from the inside to the dam. This made interventions in the landscape necessary, which resulted in a high-level platform and vehicle access leading to the entrance of the building.
The design of an industrial building in a forest area, with some traditional buildings with sloping roofs, made it possible to envision how a contemporary industrial building could fit into this landscape.
The entrance is totally opaque in aluminum, with the exception of two glass doors, while the rear facade is entirely glass, except for the area where ventilation was required.
By Magaly • Jul 3, 2018
The architects Dao Thanh Hai and Nguyen Hanh Nguyen, working for architectural firm Nhat Viet JSC, together with the interior designers Thien Ngan and Dieu An, have recently designed this space of 160 square meters. It is located in Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Specifically, it is next to Bui Vien pedestrian street, a busy place and known as a tourist and cultural area of Saigon.
Although it is an old building, it is not so old as to need to be conserved; as such, it has not gone under renovation. This also implies, of course, that it is not in a ruined state and does not need to be demolished or reconstructed. Although the land is located in the best location of the District, the value of the real estate is almost nil. The people here do not sell, do not rent, and do not do any kind of business.
The design team has devised a concept of “reuse” higher than usual, which aims to create inspiration for both the user and the community. They will make the office space more pleasant than the common office on the street and the staff and clients will experience the ancient history of the French architectural scene.
Within the office, the solutions for planting trees in the vertical and horizontal lines also connect the trees from the roof to the office and connect to the yard of the apartment building.
By Magaly • Apr 19, 2018
This project was carried out by NONG STUDIO architectural studio and led by Chasing Wang, Neal Zhu, Luca Lannote (Italy) and Kunyang Wang in 2017. It has an area of 180 square meters and is located in Suzhou South Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, China.
If we follow the history of Shanghai, an important point for its inhabitants is the Suzhou River. Industrial buildings along the river have witnessed the prosperity and decline of concessions, as well as the emergence of national industries. This space used to be the private granary of Yuesheng Du before ultimately becoming the warehouse of the Commercial Bank of China.
Its façade and its interior space have been restored in such a way that it respected its history, integrating itself with the modern elements. This allowed it to demonstrate its intimate connection with the past.
In terms of functional design, the space was organized according to the level of privacy or efficiency, which is common in the design of traditional offices. And it was organized according to the possibility of interaction.
When design can tell the life and experience of a person, it is already a search for the emotional essence.
By Magaly • Apr 9, 2018
The renovation of this hotel, the Hotel Alexandra, of the Hilton hotel line, has been carried out by the firm Borrell Jover, Office of Architecture, in the year 2017.
It is located in Barcelona, Spain, a few minutes from the Passeig de la Gràcia, the fashion, culture and the commercial heart of Barcelona, as well as steps from the Rambla de Catalunya, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and other main attractions. This boutique design hotel is a place where fascinating history, modernist details, and the avant-garde meet.
The building dates back to the nineteenth century, and has been completely renovated and still reflects the charm, elegance, and spirit of the Barcelona environment. The walls are covered in local photos, designer furniture from the 50s and 60s, original tiled floors, framed ceilings, and natural oak throughout the hotel.
Its rooms have all the comforts of a home, such as air conditioning, free WiFi, a 37-inch high-definition TV, satellite channels and a large work space. You can choose a junior suite or a suite with options such as a terrace, relaxation area, separate bathtub or outdoor bathtub, it’s up to you!
Alexandra Barcelona also offers excellent culinary experiences that include a Catalan gastronomic buffet breakfast with quality local products.
By Magaly • Mar 20, 2018
These luminous modern offices were originally work areas where there was no natural light, and which were populated by very dark rooms. As such, one of the main motivations for the project was to transform it into open rooms where light fills each of its spaces.
The architectural studio SABRAB lead the project, and was responsible, in 2017, for carrying out the radical change suffered by this office area, located in Lisbon, Portugal. In an area of 108 square meters, the architectural firm intended to create several areas that could meet the needs of the company: two offices, a meeting room, and an open space with a common work area and a technical and printing room.
Being a company based on creativity and the development of new ideas, on the exchange of knowledge between its employees, and on the search for new solutions, the firm created a play area that could provide a relaxed atmosphere. In this room are a pool table and a ping pong table, which also allows the possibility of becoming a larger worktable.
In order to break the square and regular shape of the office plan, uneven geometric shapes were created that now define the meeting room and the two work rooms.
By Magaly • Mar 15, 2018
These wonderful offices offer their employees warm environments in which to work and give free rein to the imagination. They have been designed by the General Design firm in the hands of its main architect, Shin Ohori, in the city of JINGUMAE in Tokyo.
The space, owned by every day is the day, a creative agency that was founded in 2017, has wide open spaces in which the green of the plants, as well as the wood that has been used in its furniture and in some elements of its construction, is a common detail in each of its spaces.
It has 200 square meters and its distribution allows the personnel of the company to congregate and participate in various tasks, while allowing natural communication. The design team eliminated the finishes of the ceiling and floor present in the space, in order to expose the raw concrete structure of the 50-year-old building.
No walls or fixed partitions are found throughout the interior, which is filled with soft natural light. All the objects in the office, including abundant vegetation, antique sofas and a large oak table, are intended to improve creative communication.
By Magaly • Feb 28, 2018
This project is a 46 square meter home studio designed for a couple of architects who not only share their passion for architecture, but also both enjoy music and painting together. It is located in Kerala, India, and was designed by the architects Shinoop & Revathy of Attic Lab.
The interior needed to be flexible and serve as a multifunctional space in which to practice music and enjoy debate and discussion. It also needed to be compact and modern in its material and construction. The entire space is divided into two levels, ground floor and attic, which act as work and leisure space, respectively.
The characteristic regional expression of Kerala architecture is the result of geographical, climatic, and historical factors. The most distinctive visual form of Kerala architecture is the long, steep sloping roof built to protect the walls of the house.
Structurally, the roof frame was supported on the pillars in the walls erected in a raised base of the floor for protection against moisture and insects in the tropical climate.
The selection of materials and construction techniques was influenced by structural load, cost, installation time, and maintenance over time and sustainability.
Setter Architects, a Tel Aviv based architectural firm, have designed these offices for Palo Alto Networks, a company involved in developing cyber defense solutions, in 2016. The site is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the 24th floor of a multi-storey office tower complex, and covers a total ground area of 3,000 square feet.
It is surrounded by an eclectic mixture of buildings in the downtown of the Israeli capital, with historical structures, such as painting workshops, artists’ studios, and restaurants, mingling alongside more modern buildings housing high tech companies.
The interior is a decorative expression of this culturally eclectic environment, as it mixes textures and patterns that are more traditional and places them beside more modern materials, creating a style that is unique and refreshing. In order to do this, Setter Architects repurposed much of what was already on site. For example, steel window profiles and garage doors became open space partitions, in order to sub-divide the internal space that felt more natural and facilitated circulation without sacrificing privacy. Other examples of the same concept include exposed brick blocks which were used as an interior wall in a conference room, and paint buckets from painting workshops that were used as distinct and curious wall decorations.
By Magaly • Feb 12, 2018
This Corporate Office for Team Thai was designed by Tony Joseph, George Seemon, Anupama, Priya Pillai, and Ankita of STAPATI in 2015. The offices are located in Kozhikode, Kerala, in India, and cover a total ground area of nearly 30,000 square feet. The functional areas of the building rise high above the ground, leaving the ground floor free as a multifunctional space. This allows the landscape to move inwards and outwards, making the internal environment cozy and full of energy.
The front facade of the building is designed with an interesting trellis pattern to defend against the harsh sun, while at the same time allowing great ventilation in the internal spaces.
Among the materials and elements used in this construction, we will find polished concrete floors, concrete partitions, and an exposed concrete roof, which contrasts with the elegance of the glass and the surrounding vegetation. This entire ensemble creates a working environment in the middle of nature.
The triple-height spaces are pivotal to the air-flow within the space.
The offices are more protected from direct sunlight by a screen wall on the front and side. The terrace becomes a garden and lounge that adds another layer against the warm tropical climate and helps keep the interiors cool.
By Magaly • Feb 7, 2018
These functional and elegant offices were designed by Yarden Turman and Yossi Romano of the architectural firm Turman Romano, two young creatives specializing in structural, spatial, and interior design. Their firm is located in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Before its remodeling, the space looked narrow and shapeless, all in all a space completely inadequate for any kind of occupation. Even so, they took on the challenge of transforming it, even though in order to do so they had to tear down walls in order to create an open space.
It covers an area of 10,764 square feet of construction, and its remodeling was carried out in the year 2017. Three open space work areas, seven private offices, and three meeting rooms form the huge central recreational area as well as an apartment with open kitchen, dining area, and cooling area. It has a video game room for those moments of relaxation and fun. Large desks, plants, photos, as well as an extensive amount of books for inspiration and enjoyment, have been added to create cozy and peaceful spaces.
The black color is prominent throughout the office, creating an elegant atmosphere full of personality. Dark wood floors, metal nets, glass walls, and long tables are just some of the striking details of this fabulous design.
Impressive Structure Designed to House Students of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan
By Magaly • Jan 30, 2018
The Alfred Taubman Wing is a 36,000 square foot expansion built for the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. It was designed by the American architectural firm Preston Scott Cohen, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The project was completed in 2017 and is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
The architectural firm was presented with a very clear challenge, that of balancing the creation of a vast expansion that would extend from the existing architecture as well as act like a center of circulation for all students and faculty.
The exterior structure is done in an earthy gray color and a modern style, with a roof characterized by jagged lines. The lower level has a length of clear glass walls, so that light flows in and the lines between indoor and outdoor are blurred.
The interior is spacious and luminous, with a ceiling pierced by lines of skylights that allow natural light to flow in, so that the interior is easily illuminated in such a way that energy is saved and the structure’s carbon footprint is reduced. The 36,000 square foot structure includes a multi-purpose common area, a studio, a classroom, faculty offices, student lounges, and labs.
By Magaly • Jan 24, 2018
The city of Merida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican State of Yucatan, is the location of this simple and modern construction, which covers an area of 270 square meters. It was designed by the architect Roberto Ramírez Pizarro of the architectural firm R79 in the year 2016.
“When nature prevails over construction,” was the premise for the design, and the marked line that led the firm to make this office complex in the north of the city. It covers an area 10 meters wide by 29 meters deep, just one block from one of the main and busiest avenues in the city.
The plan consisted of superimposing the two bodies that make up the construction in such a way that they “trapped” the trees, and at the same time created a small alley towards the outside.
The design is dominated by light shades of white and beige, with some accents in black and wood as well.
A first volume in black glass, which gives an air of elegance to the construction, receives us on the left side, its polished surface reflecting the preexisting vegetation as well as the new area that has been planted. The transparencies invite us to the interior and unite the interior with the exterior in a natural way and without interruptions. The complex houses two companies, one for Design and Advertising and another for Architecture.
By Magaly • Jan 22, 2018
ALA Architects, a Helsinki based architectural firm, has completed this project in 2017. Dipoli, as the building is called, was originally constructed in 1966 by Raili and Reima Pietilä to be the Student Union at the Helsinki University of Technology. Today, it has been fully renovated and has become the main building of Aalto University, which opened its doors for the Fall Semester of 2017. Located in Espoo, Finland, the structure covers a total ground area of 12,400 square meters.
After the renovation, the building will function as a meeting place for the university administration, the academic community, and the students, and will be the base for two hundred of the university’s administrative employees. It will also continue to function as the main location for lecture events and other university festivities, as well as a display platform for the university’s research and design projects. Additionally, the building also hosts restaurants, cafeterias, and a bar which caters to both students and staff members.
The interior is open and spacious, with large clear glass windows that allow an abundance of natural light to seep into the interior. It also allows for a clear view of the surrounding buildings and greenery, creating a dialogue between the interior and the nearby architectural elements.
By Magaly • Dec 28, 2017
HR&A is a project completed by the LA based architectural firm CHA:COL in 2016. The structure serves as the offices of a leading consulting firm specializing in economic, real estate, and urban planning, and which has offices in New York, Dallas, Washington D.C., and, with the completion of CHA:COL’s project, in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. The offices cover a total ground area of 2,500 square feet.
The offices are located on the 29th floor of a high rise complex known as The Bloc, and so boasts stunning views north and westward of the city of Los Angeles. The floor plan for the offices is designed in such a way that the work stations are not completely separate from one another, creating a work environment that fosters flow of communication and emphasizes team work. Also available for all employees are conferences areas, both large and small, a sort of “phone booth” which provides acoustic privacy, and a lounge and break area. Such a combination of environments allows workers to fully use all office installations as they see fit.
The exposed ceiling fixtures serves to give the entire office space an industrial feel which, paired up with the contemporary furnishings, gives the interior a unique look.
By Magaly • Dec 22, 2017
P&D+I KLABIN Center is a project completed by the Brazilian architectural firm Paulo Brazil E. Sant’Anna Arquitetos Associados in 2017. The research, development, and innovation center covers a total ground area of over 3,000 square meters, and is located near the entrance of Villa Harmonia in Monte Alegre, Brazil.
It was important for the clients that the project manage to integrate the architectural ensemble to the surrounding landscape, which is characterized by an open, green expanse bordered by a lush and verdant wood. In order to do this, the architectural firm made themselves think of the project as a whole as a humanized landmark. The end result is a structure that is perfect for the intellectual immersion of the researchers, and which exists in perfect harmony with the surrounding historical buildings.
The structure is contemporary in its design, with glass walls that allow natural light to flow into the interior spaces. Inside, the structure is wide open and spacious, providing any number of spaces in which to conduct a variety of activities. The main block holds three floors with laboratories, lounges, dresser rooms, meeting rooms, and research centers. The annex faces north and holds an auditorium which can sit up to 80 people, as well as exposition areas, rest rooms, and an area for events and exhibitions.
By Magaly • Dec 20, 2017
These modern offices belonging to the group BUONGIORNO.IT! _NTT DOCOMO GROUP, Mobile technologies, were renovated by the architectural firm of Cristiana Vannini, a Florentine by birth and Milanese by adoption, and her team of professionals which includes the architects Alessandra Spaltini and Enrico Muccio, and whose firm focuses on private houses, workplaces, hospitality, and various other architectural fields, from refurbishment of rural architecture to interiors in the city of Milan, Italy.
Located in the city center, the early 1900s historical building that hosts the company has been completely renovated to give a new and dynamic twist to the interiors, creating and defining Buongiorno’s corporate image.
The project includes common spaces and working areas. On the ground floor are located the reception, a modern and elegant space that will give a first impression to their prospective and future clients, and a multifunctional area.
It also has a cafeteria area that can be converted into a meeting room, depending on the needs of the team.
On the higher levels are located large open spaces, meeting rooms, and private offices, alternated with common spaces like coffee-points and telephone booth areas.
Nobody can doubt the wonderful change that this old construction has undergone.
By Magaly • Dec 14, 2017
What do you do when you can’t decide whether you want to build in an urban or suburban area? You do what Takeru Shoji Architects did and take up residence somewhere like Chuo Ward, an area where the city center gradually gives way to the suburbs.
Located in the Niigata Prefecture, Japan, this home – so-called Wow!Sta. – was completed in 2015, and covers a total area of 258 meters squared. The building has the advantage of being only a couple of blocks away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, while also enjoying the quiet solitude of the street upon which it sits. Its wooden shutter-like walls add to this by mixing a sense of privacy with an inviting sense of exposure. The structure has three different levels, each with a distinct purpose.
The first serves as a restaurant, done in a modern style and mixing wood with concrete. Touches of green in the form of plants dot the space, allowing nature to join the fun.
The second level is an office space, wide and luminous, with wooden floors and minimalist lighting, which emphasizes its functional style.
The third level holds a multipurpose rental space which includes a kitchen and a bathroom, and which enjoys the added benefit of an outdoor area.