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Archive for March, 2012

La Cite des Affaires Office building in Saint-Etienne / by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

LA CITE DES AFFAIRES IN SAINT-ETIENNE / by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

© Vincent Fillon

« La Cite des Affaires » office building in Saint-Etienne : High performance façade

The façade’s design is the answer to the architectural, programmatic, geographic and economic context, with the purpose to lead to high thermal performances. The façade’s principle is based on the complimentarity of a glass skin and a mineral skin. Each skin performs from energetic and thermal viewpoints.

High thermal performance thanks to:
Big double-glazing surfaces including a 16mm argon spacer, well known for its high thermal insulation capacity : TL 60%, FS 31%, Ug = 1,1 W/m².°C., the alternation between the glass units and the opaque units allows the following global Ucw = 1,5 W/m². °C. The opaque units constitute 30% of 10.000 m² total surface of the façade, ‘sandwich’ panels made up of an aluminum alloy, a thermal insulating material, and a steel lacquered sheet (from the exterior to the interior), a structure made up of prefab frames, steel profiles with ‘thermal bridge’ breaking based, allow a perfect air permeability, window frames are set on the mineral façade (concrete load-bearing façade from 20 to 40 cm width), by a random way, with high thermal properties
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HOUSE 804 in Barcelona, Spain / by H ARQUITECTES

HOUSE 804 in Barcelona, Spain / by H ARQUITECTES

© Pedro Antonio Pérez

Located in a pleasant residential neighbourhood, the house is a compact building (almost a cube) surrounded by a 3 meters wide perimeter necessary courtyard, which is the minimum mandatory gap based on current regulations. The pre-existing yard, the swimming-pool and the shed set at the back of the plot are preserved bythe express wish of the owners.

The perimeter courtyard, which completely surrounds the house, it is like an outside lounge connected in different ways and intensities with the main interior pieces of the ground floor, giving different qualities and uses to each façade: on the south, a sunny garden is connected with the kitchen; on the west, with the main entrance; on the east, an uncovered parking place with direct access to the kitchen and finally, on the north, a large terrace links the house with the upper garden level and the pre-existing swimming pool.
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TSR Building / by Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associets

TSR Building / by Jun'ichi Ito Architect & Associets

Interview for TSR Building

1. As an introduction, it would be important for us to know something about the following steps:

– Project history
– Contract
– Logistics and organization of the building yard
– Chronology
– Current stage of development
– Credits

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Bar “La Bohème” (entre amis) / by AVA-Architects

BAR LA BOHÈME ENTRE AMIS / BY AVA – ATELIER VELOSO ARCHITECTS (AVA-ARCHITECTS)

© Jose Campos

The Bar “La Bohème” (entre amis) is located in the “Galeria de Paris” street, amidst the downtown area of Porto. The redesign sought to implement and structuralize the space, creating its own identity. The solution was formalized through the texture and the colour of the wood, which defines the space and provides depth to the structure’s design. This structure, which was placed along the corridors and namely at the walls and ceiling, allows to subvert the whole appearance of the space, appealing to its visitors sense of discovery.
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Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture / by CCA

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal, announces the launch of the book and website related to its current major exhibition, Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, on view in the CCA’s main galleries for an extended run until 15 April, 2012.

Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture / by CCA

© CCA / Lars Müller Publishers

Produced by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Lars Müller Publishers, the book, in French and English editions, bears the same title as the exhibition and is available from March 2012. Edited by exhibition curators Giovanna Borasi (Curator of Contemporary Architecture, CCA), and Mirko Zardini (Chief Curator and Director, CCA), the book extends the research produced for the exhibition and includes essays by leading academics Margaret Campbell, Nan Ellin, David Gissen, Carla C. Keirns, Linda Pollak, Hilary Sample, Sarah Schrank, and Deane Simpson.
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Coverage of Archaeological Ruins of the Abbey of St. Maurice / by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Coverage of Archaeological Ruins of the Abbey of St. Maurice / by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

© Thomas Jantscher

The abbey of Saint Maurice was built almost 1500 years ago. It is situated against a cliff in a section of the road between Geneva and the Simplon Pass. This particular site was likely to be chosen for its defensive position given by the cliff. However the planned fortification proved a failure due to rock fragments falling from the cliff onto the building.
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FLOE Public Seating / by Sofia Designers

Inspired by the drifting ice blocs on the oceans before shaping the ice floe, FLOE is a block who bring together and incite the encounter while taking part in an ensemble. The organic shape of the bench permit to create a dialogue and a tension between the installed pieces while playing with their disposition in space.

FLOE Public Seating / by Sofia Designers

© Corinne Cuendet

The FLOE bench has been developed in the context of an order for the renovation of the Professional School of Chablais in Aigle under the direction of Christophe Rime, architect and project manager.

Manufactured in concrete, its dimensions and its weight make it an ideal piece of street furniture.
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Edogawa Garage Club Renovation / by Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associets

Edogawa Garage Club Renovation / by Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associets

Concept #1
It is a repair plan of the old warehouse in Tokyo.

A theme is the following.
1. Environment : avoid CO2 discharge called demolition and new building, and reuse the existing building.
2. Place nature : produce the design used as the core of the scene formation based on regionality.
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