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Archive for February, 2012

New VVIP Terminal at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam / by VMX Architects

NEW VVIP (VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE) TERMINAL AT SCHIPHOL AIRPORT AMSTERDAM / BY VMX ARCHITECTS
© Jeroen Musch

Schiphol’s General Aviation (GA) Terminal is where the private and business flights of Heads of States, members of the Royal Family, CEO’s, pop stars and top football players are handled. As a reaction to the inconvenience of flying today with low-cost airways and long queues, VMX found it’s inspiration in the terminals from the era in which aviation was seen as a pleasure and had a luxurious appeal.

When flying on a private plane it should be possible to reach the plane as efficiently as possible, without long queues and excessive security control. VMX has tried to optimise this luxury by allowing the car to enter the middle of the building at the drop-off, with the shortest distance possible to the waiting plane under a large canopy, sheltering the passenger from rain, wind or the paparazzi.
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Ceragres Boutique Workspace Toronto

Ceragres Boutique Workspace Toronto

Recognized as a leader in the tile industry and encouraged by the enthusiasm its Boutique Workspaces in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa have generated, Ceragres widens its scope to now include the Toronto market. Exclusive tile products for both wall and floor applications, as well as stone countertops are now available in Toronto, to the general public and to the trade professionals specializing in Architectural and Interior Design.

With its unique Boutique Workspace concept, Ceragres innovates in the selection process of porcelains, stones, slate, quartz and mosaics. Designers and Architects are provided with an ‘’atelier’’ like workspace where collections from around the world are displayed on the wall very much like artwork in a gallery. This concept offers an easy and efficient way to appreciate the various shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Large counter surfaces are made available so that designers can work with their clients, layout and consult plans, work with full size samples, and explore all possible choices and combinations with the support of our qualified staff. [ Editor’s note: If you need aluminum frames to present and protect your artworks, treasured collectable posters, photos, prints, paintings, documents, records and albums, you can get it from Poster Frames Depot ]
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‘M’ Building in Rue Rebière, Paris / by Stéphane Maupin & Nicolas Hugon

‘M’ BUILDING in Rue Rebière, Paris / BY STÉPHANE MAUPIN ARCHITECTES + DESIGN & NICOLAS HUGON ARCHITECTES

© Cecile Septet

The project takes place in the north of Paris, in Pierre Rebiere Street, a 600 meters long and 25 meters wide straight line. It is surrounded by the Batignoles’ cemetery on one side and by the back entrance of the international high school Honoré de Balzac on the other. The transformation of this narrow abandoned street allows the establishment of whole string of new buildings.

The local rules for urbanism and the scope statements associated to this neighborhood minimizes plastic expressions. As a result it is not allowed to open any views on the cemetery. Thus directly implying a blind front for the future building and making it impossible to have normal front to front flats. The project impressively manages to get around those constraints: each of the flat benefits from both multiple sights and light sources at any time of day and year.
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Schuler Villa, Switzerland / by Andrea Pelati Architecte

SCHULER VILLA, Switzerland / BY ANDREA PELATI ARCHITECTE

© Thomas Jantscher

In the center of the village of Boudry, the project settles on a narrow plot, surrounded with collective housing, a church and an old mansion. In this motley context and its limited openings, the villa seeks to favor the inhabitants intimacy. Turning its back to the public space, it is widely opened on the park and benefits from the natural green environment. It stretches over three levels to be able to appreciate a few perspectives thanks to the height.
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Athletica Physio, Canada / by Martha Franco

Athletica Physio, by Martha Franco Architecture & Design, has been announced as a winner in the 2011 Grand Prix Du Design Awards.

Athletica Physio, Canada / by Martha Franco

© Nicolas Ruel Photographe

The private physiotherapist’s office is just 1100 square feet in size but Martha Franco Architecture & Design‘s role was a big one: to create a unique new brand for Athletica Physio, an all encompassing aesthetic that includes the design of all architectural interventions and interior design, plus furniture and all graphic elements from a logo and signage to business cards and stationary. [ Editor’s note: if you’re looking for vancouver painting contractors for your interior project in Canada, you may visit www.rivaspainting.ca ]

Martha Franco says: “The client has a fresh attitude to design. She is young and open minded and her intention was very clear: she wanted to create a unique brand and space; a new vision for physiotherapy changing the standard approach. Our work fulfilled that wish, bringing a truly coherent design ideal to all aspects of Athletica Physio.
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Dar HI Eco-Retreat in Tunisia / by Matali Crasset

“Dar HI is not a hotel nor a classical SPA but more a place where you can experience withdrawal and benefit from a spiritual thalassotherapy a few hours away from Paris and in the middle of the desert”. Patrick Elouarghi

Dar HI Eco-Retreat in Tunisia / by Matali Crasset

© Jérôme SPRIET

After the experience of the HI hotel in Nice, now Dar HI in Nefta which is the fruit of the collaboration between matali crasset, Patrick Elouarghi and Philippe Chapelet with a new concept of eco-retreat. Matali literally rose a citadel, from the sand, dedicated to well being. Protected by surroundings walls you find a composition of elevated houses that constitute the Dar HI as a small village. The overall architectural goal was to give a strong proposition while in harmony with the natural site and the local life.

Dar HI’s main colours are ochre and sand with a comprehensive choice of body and spirit care within areas that are private or communal, a pool, a restaurant and a Spa.
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Shima Kitchen in Teshima, Japan / by Ryo Abe

Shima Kitchen in Teshima, Japan / by Ryo Abe

© DAICI ANO

Shima Kitchen was a renovation project to create a venue for arts, and dinning from an old vacant house in a village on Teshima. Teshima is a rural island in the Seto Inland Sea of Western Japan, just next to the famous art tourism island of Naoshima.

Around this old house were vacant lands where several other buildings had been demolished a long time ago. An old warehouse, two persimmon trees,and many smaller fig trees remained. We changed the house into an open style kitchen, refitted the warehouse as an art gallery, and extended a sunshade awning around the trees to create an outdoor theatre. The theatre was based on a traditional NOH style theater, with its stage(butai), veranda (hashikake), and gallery (sajiki), but was designed toadapt to various kinds of event programs such as live music, modern performance art, folk dance, and community festivals.
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Shanxi Grand Theater in Taiyuan, China / by Arte Charpentier Architectes

Shanxi Grand Theater in Taiyuan, China / by Arte Charpentier Architectes

© Arte Charpentier Architectes

Taiyuan is situated in the province of Shanxi in the northeast of China. In the centre of a basin overhung by two mountains ranges – the Lüliang Mountains to the west and the Taihang Mountains to the east – the city is currently undergoing rapid development, as a result imposing reflections on its planning and scope. The project of the Shanxi opera house in Taiyuan is at the heart of these challenges. Situated in the new district of Changfeng, in the heart of a «green island», it participates in the creation of a new centrality for the city.
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