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Badshahpur IT Park Proposal / 10 Design

Composed of ten buildings, the proposal by 10 Design for the Badshahpur IT Park is set across a sinuous series of adjacent plots of varied ownership. The challenge was to create a common identity across the site, a hierarchy of amenity spaces, and a strategy for future expansion (or contraction) of the campus. The ambition was to create a vibrant and inclusive work environment that meets the expectations of today’s IT graduate candidate / employee, and the employers that seek to attract the same talent. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Haus der Zukunft ('House of the Future') Competition Entry / Dietmar Köring, Simon Takasaki, EyeTry

Designed by Dietmar Köring, Simon Takasaki and EyeTry, the proposal for the Haus der Zukunft (‘House of the Future’) responds to Berlin’s strict urban context: the concept of the “urban block” is touched upon and developed further. The building is partially lifted off the ground, and takes up the general building height of common Berlin housing. The fluid ground floor concept takes users into the open and dynamic spaces of the building’s interior. The urban block features three-dimensional cuts on the side facing the park, which creates a contemporary, clear structure, blurring the boundaries between exterior and interior. More images and designers’ description after the break.

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Land+Civilization Compositions and Impressively Simple

Designed by Land+Civilization Compositions and Impressively Simple, their proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library, titled ‘Open Source’, is consciously not a singular gesture, but more as a series of interpretable spaces. Previously libraries were seen as places to gain access to books, but this library provides places for the dissemination and sharing of knowledge. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hue Plus / Schemata Architects

  • Architects: Schemata Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
  • Design: So Hashizume(sign)
  • Interior: Tanseisha Co.,Ltd
  • Kitchen: Jun Hamada/ADOPT Kitchen works
  • Electricity: Denyusha Co.,Ltd
  • Equipment: Takasago Thermal Engineering Co.,Ltd
  • Area: 1704.3 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota, Courtesy of Schemata Architects

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota

Bistro Japonais Kinoya / Jean De Lessard

  • Interior Designers: Jean De Lessard
  • Location: Saint-Denis Street
  • Architect in Charge: Jean De Lessard
  • Client: Kinoya
  • Area: 1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: M David Giral

© M David Giral © M David Giral © M David Giral © M David Giral

Busan Opera House Competition Proposal / IaN+

The design for the Busan Opera House by IaN+ aims to define a plurality of relationships between different cultures, and, at the same time, to reflect on the value of the Opera House within the contemporary city. The result is a symbolic place representing the city of Busan, not through an icon, but through the image of the city itself which reflects and resolves, becoming thus a meeting point of urbanity and nature. The Opera House embodies the very idea of a public place: a place for cultural and social meeting and sharing. To observe this building means to observe the city, the nature surrounding it, the image of a nation and a culture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cambodian Sustainable Housing Competition

In partnership with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity & the Cambodian Society of Architects (CSA), Building Trust International is looking for designs for the Cambodian Sustainable Housing competition. Proposals should be able to  provide a sustainable future for housing in the South-east Asian country. Any proposal will have to stick to a very low budget and deal with the yearly flooding of Tonle Sap, which the majority of Cambodia’s 16 million inhabitants live in close proximity to. The final date for registration, which has been extended, is December 22nd at midnight (11:59 pm.GMT). Proposals are then due to be submitted on January 15th. For more information, please visit here.

Inside The Keret House - the World's Skinniest House - by Jakub Szczesny

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha
© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

Earlier this week, we announced the completion of the world’s narrowest house in Warsaw, Poland. The Keret House was first conceived as a seemingly impossible vision of the Polish architect Jakub Szczesny of Centrala, who first presented the idea as an artistic concept during the WolaArt festival in 2009. Now, three years later, the vision has become a reality and is drawing a significant amount of international attention to the city of Warsaw. Built between two existing structures from two historical epochs, the narrow infill is more of an art installation that reacts to the past and present of Warsaw. Although the semi-transparent, windowless structure’s widest point measures only 122 centimeters, it’s naturally lit interior doesn’t seem nearly as claustrophobic as one would think. The Keret House will serve indefinitely as a temporary home for traveling writers, starting with Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Images and the architects’ description after the break…

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Public Toilet Unit / Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci

The Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci team was asked to prepare several conceptual designs of a prefabricated public convenience unit and to develop a feasibility study for the project. In the future, the project deliverables were supposed to serve as the basis for developing a technical design of a reproducible Gdańsk-specific public convenience. The aim was to create a prefabricated construction that requires minimum earthworks. The public toilet was to be semiautomatic, for use all year round and easy to operate. In architectural terms, they were required to do something seemingly impossible – to create an exceptional building that would suit not only the historical surroundings but also modern city districts. The building should thus suit everywhere. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Landmark for the Faliron Pier Competition Entry / Simos Vamvakidis Studio

Simos Vamvakidis Studio shared with is their proposal for the New Landmark for the Faliron Pier in Athens which won the 4th prize. This gesture of “hiding” program under the landscape, combined with other elements of the surrounding man-made and natural context, like the existing landmark / shell structures in the surrounding area, or the small wave breakers that will be formed close to the site, led them to the idea of creating a “hill”, or an island in the sea. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Multi-Purpose Sports Hall Competition Entry / MACA Estudio + Virai Arquitectos

MACA Estudio + Virai Arquitectos shared with us their proposal for the multi-purpose sports hall in Budapest XVI District, which was selected as a finalist in international competition. Their design aims to be a transition between the urban landscape and the rural agricultural landscape nearby. It looks for an innovative but integrated image into the environment, with materials and colors that resemble the park and the trees of the area, like a still life that copies the tone and appearance of the surrounding vegetation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'C Spot' World Architecture Festival Proposal / Segmento Urbano Arquitectos

Given the opportunity to be engaged in a project with high social concerns, the C Spot comes as a reflex of a sustainable mission where the developer contributes to reduce levels of illiteracy by awarding the communities. This would be done through building roads, viaducts, and bridges with a Spot, which is more than a school, but actually a space that foments social elevations through education. Designed by Segmento Urbano Arquitectos, the proposal was shortlisted as part of the World Architecture Festival competition. More images and architects’ description after the break.