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Archive for October, 2011

Project Rotoplas / by usoarquitectura

Project Rotoplas / by usoarquitectura

© usoarquitectura

Grupo Rotoplas is a Mexican company with 25 years of experience producing water containers and plumbing equipment. Always following their motto: more and better water for the people; this group is the leader in the Mexican market with important international recognition. New corporate offices were necessary for Grupo Rotoplas continuous growth and operational needs.
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Paga Todo, Mexico City / by usoarquitectura

Paga Todo, Mexico City / by usoarquitectura
© Héctor Armando Herrera

Space is the main factor that determines the interior design and operation of a company. The new corporate offices for Paga Todo presented a particular challenge because it was necessary to adapt to the clients demands and a 2,000 sq m area in a shopping center.

A big wood box, inserted respecting the surrounding design, greets everyday collaborators and visitors. Inside the box were located the reception, support area and interview halls, on top of it –with a panoramic view of the finance area- the personalized area to serve the dealers.
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Terme Olimia Kranjska Gora Spa, Slovenia / by Enota

Terme Olimia Kranjska Gora Spa, Slovenia / by Enota

Kranjska Gora is a well-known ski resort town, almost qualifying as luxury, at least in the context of Slovenia. It lies on a plain by the source of the Sava Dolinka river and is encircled, particularly in the south, by a picturesque mountain landscape. The town has ample visitor accommodation but lacks indoor activities that are not weather-dependent. A wellness spa is a welcome secondary tourist feature to complement the basic attractions of the high seasons, i.e. skiing in the winter and mountaineering in the summer. In fact, in the spring and autumn off-seasons, the spa can serve even as one of the main programmes, extending the tourist season over the entire year. As shown by various other tourist towns in the Alps, this is a proven recipe and one that is certainly justified and even essential if Kranjska Gora is to undergo a transformation from a winter-sports centre into a contemporary tourist town with visitors in all seasons.
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Darling Island Sydney / by Tony Owen Partners

Giant Fractal Jelly Fish feature in the new public areas designed by Tony Owen for one of Sydney’s premier addresses.

Darling Island / by Tony Owen Partners

Tony Owen Partners have just completed the transformation of the Darling Island public areas. Darling Island Apartments, originally completed in 2004, is one of the most prestigious developments in Sydney in recent years. Located on a virtual island at the western side of Darling Harbour, it has spectacular Sydney city views and absolute water frontage. The large apartments are luxuriously and environmentally designed.
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BASIC OFFICE in Paris, France / by BETILLON / DORVAL-BORY Architectes

BASIC OFFICE in Paris, France / by BETILLON / DORVAL-BORY Architectes
© Simon Déprez

Description from BETILLON / DORVAL-BORY Architectes:
When we found these old premises to set our architecture practice in a quiet street near the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, we were seduced by the composition of the existing property in three parts : a shop on the street, a warehouse on court, and a large vaulted cellar.

The project of the office area, on the street, had to be the most rational possible due to its small size. Beyond the logical workplaces needs, we primarily sought to use light and sound as a basic data of the program. The shape of the existing structure (deep, mono-oriented and with a large window) meant to rethink this compartmentalized space into a large volume in which light enters up to the back. The space is then divided into longitudinal functional strips, work desks and storage being pushed along the walls, releasing central dilatation, an informal space for circulation and more.
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Maharam de México Showroom / by usoarquitectura


© Maharam de México

A showroom is a big challenge both for the client and the designer. The first wants all his products and services as the most important issue of the interior design language. The second has to find the way to translate his clients solicitudes into a harmonic ambiance where a third person —the client´s client— most feel even better.
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Astral Media / by id+s Design Solutions

Astral Media / by id+s Design Solutions
© Claude Simon Langlois

For the second year running, Montreal design firm id+s Design Solutions has won the Shaw Contract Group’s “Design is…“ international award for Innovative new space, this year, for the executive offices of Astral Media, located on the 27th floor of the Maison Astral building at 1800 McGill College in Montreal, Quebec.
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Community Science Centre at Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) / by FGMDA

Community Science Centre at CEN / by FGMDA
© Claude Tremblay

Fournier, Gersovitz, Moss, Drolet et associés architectes (FGMDA) designed the new Community Science Centre at Université Laval’s Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik. The centre, devoted to scientific research and exchange of traditional knowledge, is not the first large-scale green project in Nunavik for FGMDA, which has worked for more than 30 years in the Far North in collaboration with local populations.
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