Posted by the editors on Thursday, 30 May 2013
Architecture: EP7 Restaurant by Stephane Malka: “..french architect and former graffiti artist stephane malka has designed a guinguette typology for paris that synthesizes the mythical dimensions of nature with the ceaseless growth of the urban environment. his EP7 restaurant uses an accretion of raw wood, primed for the organic growth of plant life, to created a lively skin for an urban recreation space. the architect began his career as artistic agent of the urban landscape, using the massive planes of the city to understand the communicative power of the built form. the architecture, in this case, references land art and ties in the intertwined masses of metropolitan paris with the teeming life of the forest. free walls and vegetation arise from the delicately sectioned modules of square timber while expanses of glazing challenge the pixelated envelope..” Interesting facade..
image: courtesy of stephane malka; article: Designboom
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 16 November 2012
Architecture: DUO skyscrapers by Buro Ole Scheeren: “..Buro Ole Scheeren has unveiled a pair of skyscrapers with concave walls for Singapore’s historic Kampong Glam district..Buro Ole Scheeren has designed the twin DUO towers to have heights of 186 and 170 metres, with the former to contain over 600 apartments, while the latter will accommodate offices and a hotel..The building will sit between the city’s commercial district and the Kampong Glam area, which was once home to the Malaysian aristocracy and today contains a mix of Malay and Muslim communities..A hexagonal pattern of windows will cover the facades of the towers and floors will step back and forth using a system of cantilevers..Both towers will feature concave walls, which will frame the outlines of public spaces and gardens at ground level..Shops will line the base of these elevations, while pedestrian routes will link up with the metro station nearby..The architect’s proposals also include a rooftop restaurant and a public observation deck..Construction is scheduled to start in 2013, with completion penciled in for 2017..”
See our post on another project by Buro Ole Scheeren, formerly of OMA, with Rem Koolhaas: Architecture: Landmark Tower by Buro Ole Scheeren.
image: Courtesy of Buro Ole Scheeren; article: Dezeen
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Posted by the editors on Sunday, 15 July 2012
Architecture: Cafe Aura by Takato Tamagami: “..Karuizawa is known as the summer resort in Japan that John Lennon and Yoko Ono loved and frequently visited..Cafe Aura stands on the top of a steep hill in Karuizawa, in a site with approximately 10000m2 in area at 1200m above sea level. From there you have beautiful views of Karuizawa Town below, and on sunny days you can enjoy fantastic panoramas of Japanese Southern Alps and Yatsugatake Mountains in the far distance..Our client asked us three things. Firstly they asked us to incorporate the beautiful surrounding scenery in our design, so that they can fully enjoy the dramatic views. Their second request was a garden where they can host outdoor events, and also wanted guests to enjoy viewing such events while enjoying cozy time at the cafe. Thirdly they wanted some private place to retreat and refresh..First we placed a long platform and set direction of view towards Karuizawa Town. Then the floor level was adjusted to fit into natural undulation of the mountain, because we think that one feels more secure and relaxed when the body stays closer to the ground. In order to provide the best views from cafe, we set up a scaffold on site and searched for the best viewpoints. As a result we came up with a shape of a bar bent at an obtuse angle and a garden in center. Views are directed towards the garden..We used maximum-sized double-glazing for windows at the cafe. There you can enjoy outdoor events in the garden such as candle light nights, concerts and so on, with backdrop of fantastic panorama of distant mountains. From dusk to night the sky changes its colors minute by minute and eventually fades into darkness, and you can see numerous stars shining above. In order to avoid reflection of light fixture on glazing at night, we used pin spot lighting and painted some parts of the wall black..The long cantilevered cafe terrace, extending away from the ground, gives a sense of floating in the sky. From counter seating mountains look so near that you feel as if they are moving towards you. Our intention is to provide different viewing experiences inside and outside of the cafe..” Truly lovely views, extensive glazing, natural light; cantilevered terrace, wonderfully simple interiors..
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image: © Masaya Yoshimura; article: “Cafe Aura / Takato Tamagami” 13 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/252139>
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