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Archive for October, 2011

Jaso Restaurant / by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos


© Pedro Hiriart

Mexico City is very well known for its restaurant culture. The Polanco area -where most of the five and more stars hotels and fashion shops are located- have seen the blossoming of very interesting epicurean proposals. In this same area Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos were asked to develop the interior design for a new restaurant. The Chefs and owners of Jaso come from New York and they wanted to imprint their expertise and savoire flare not only through the food, but also in the interior design and atmosphere of this global restaurant.
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ROCKmagneten in Roskilde / by MVRDV and COBE

The MVRDV and COBE scheme for the transformation of a former concrete factory into a multifunctional creative hub was chosen winner of an international design competition. The masterplan proposes an informal transformation of the 45.000m2 site into a dense neighborhood, incl. 8.000m2 existing factory halls, organized around a plaza for events. Three new volumes will be added on top of the halls: The 11.000m2 ROCKmagneten consists of The Danish Rock Museum, The Roskilde Festival Folkschool incl. student housing, and the headquarters of the famous Roskilde Rock Festival. They share program in a public creative communal house. The museum with a total of 3.000m2 will be completed as the first phase in 2014.

The site is located between Roskilde city centre and the Festival grounds of the annual rock festival. The brief demanded preservation halls of the former concrete factory Unicon and the informal character of the site which is currently used by artists, skaters and musicians. How to organise liberty, creativity and informality? The main idea is to create contrast by preserving the existing fabric as much as possible and positioning the new volumes above the existing halls. The masterplan defines areas for future buildings and temporary pavilions around a large event plaza connecting the halls and the ROCKmagneten with the main street. As a result Unicon becomes Musicon.
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Pabellón Cultural de la República, Mexico / by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

Pabellón Cultural de la República, Mexico / by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

This amazing group of buildings was designed by Juan Pablo Serrano Orozco and Rafael Monjaraz Fuentes in collaboration with Serrano Arquitectos. The construction begun in 2009 and is located in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, México, with an area of 55’700 square meters just in front of the bay.
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Housing Erzherzog-Karl-Straße – 121 Apartments / by AllesWirdGut and feld72

Housing Erzherzog-Karl-Straße - 121 Apartments / by AllesWirdGut and feld72

The idea behind the Herzberg development is to create a built structure which combines a variety of residential offerings into one neighborhood that facilitates different ways of living. This objective was pursued on both an urban-planning and on an architectural level.
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Beyond Fringe in Houston / by Art Arquitectos

Art Arquitectos designed this project for a Paul Mitchell salon, at Houston Texas. The low walls of this beauty salon bring out the depth of the space it’s housed in. The stone slab, which has been painted dark gray, is laid bare before the premises to provide a backdrop against which the round white soffits hanging over specific areas stand out. The haircut stations are semi-open and arranged in a circle around the focal point of the salon, which is where products on sale are displayed to the clientele. The hair wash area is also semi-open, albeit with a little more intimacy, and one area, akin to a spa, is completely sealed off.
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Book Release – Metropol Parasol

Book Release - Metropol Parasol

With Metropol Parasol, J. MAYER H. Architects have created a new landmark for the city of Seville. The design by the architectural office received first prize in the competition for the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación at the center of the medieval district of the capital of Andalusia. Metropol Parasol has the potential to turn the Plaza into a new, contemporary urban center in a quarter that was long neglected. The building complex, with its large, parasol-like structures, contains a museum featuring archeological finds in the basement; an indoor market on the ground floor; an elevated square for events, bars, restaurants; and a panoramic walkway on the roof of the parasol. The multifunctional Metropol Parasol signals an initial step in the dynamic development of cultural and commercial facilities at the heart of Seville.
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Ponce House in La Palma, Tabasco. Mexico / by Coutiño & Ponce Architects

Ponce House in La Palma, Tabasco. Mexico / by Coutiño & Ponce Architects

Ponce House is located in a plot of approximately 7.41 acres and it is part of a group of buildings that make up “Quinta Mamá Ali,” which will include four houses, pool area with “palapa”, a small chapel, a playground and a ballroom.It is located on the outskirts of the city of Villahermosa in the state of Tabasco, in the southeast of Mexico. Without a doubt, a premise for this project was to take into consideration, as much as possible, the natural environment where the house is located.
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The Hampton, Hong Kong / by Steve Leung

Interior Design Maven Steve Leung Brings in Haute Couture Concept to Luxury Living
Creating unique designed apartments for The Hampton

Press Release (HONG KONG – 27 September, 2011)

Steve Leung, renowned international architect and interior designer, breaks new ground with his latest innovation in property development taking his cue from the fashion concept, haute couture. The first residences to be designed under this new expression of luxury, is The Hampton, located in the leafy residential setting of Happy Valley, Hong Kong. This exceptional portfolio of apartments boasts distinct designs for each of the eleven individual units – much like the haute couture concept from which Steve takes his inspiration from.
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