Old Building Renovation Project in Singapore with a Modern Twist: 59BTP-House

architecture modern home59BTP-House in Bukit Timah, Singapore is a contemporary renovation project delivered by ONG&ONG, an architecture company with offices currently opened in 12 Asian cities. Initially built by the owner’s father, the dwelling lack plenty of features needed to accommodate the modern living needs of the current users: “The client wanted to have two master bedrooms along with four bedrooms – this required additional floor area as the original house area could not comfortably fit in the extra rooms”, explained the project developers. The challenge was met by adding an extra volume to the existing building to accommodate the new en-suite bedrooms.
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Several changes were made in order to ensure a contemporary look and feel, yet quite a few elements were preserved from the old house as well: “A stonewall in the original house was replaced with a concrete wall to give it a more modern finish whilst still staying true to the spirit of the earlier design. Wherever possible, the original material was retained, such as the plaster that forms the upper levels.” Opened towards the lush surrounding landscape through large expanses of glass, the new bedrooms are welcoming and soothing. [Photography by Derek Swalwell]
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Casa COSMIC | UID Architects

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Keisuke Maeda de la firma de arquitectura UID ha diseñado COSMIC, una casa en Japón.

La morada propone ponerse en un ámbito medioambiental interactivo que rodea a los seres humanos y otros seres vivos. Allí se despliegan diversas actividades para que los seres vivos se dediquen a sí mismos para sobrevivir. Una mayor expansión de dicho dominio seguramente nos llevará a ver la totalidad del medio ambiente en su vivienda ya que se extiende en el bosque y el mar y por último de la tierra en el espacio exterior.

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Las formas siempre cambiantes de los seres vivos, como los seres humanos y las plantas, las topografías de tierras o condiciones climáticas todos nos recuerdan que nada en nuestra vida permanece igual para siempre. Mi interés radica en el dominio rico espacial en la que se puede percibir en el transcurso de la vida diaria tales cambios de la naturaleza que son los propios latidos del corazón de la tierra.

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En este proyecto el foco en la relación de frontera deriva de la interacción mutua con el entorno natural que rodea a este sitio sentado en una colina en el sitio. En lugar de recoger una multitud de espacios dentro de la topografía o el clima, haciendo uso de elementos de pared / techo, más bien implica un dominio generado por las pantallas como las nubes que protegen la luz del sol y de la luna. En otras palabras esta totalidad infinitamente expansiva sin límites que se basa en los principios de la arquitectura mientras se genera un cierto dominio dentro de las condiciones topológicas y climáticas.

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Mientras jirones de nubes se superponen en capas, la exposición y la profundidad de la luz penetra a través de los picos de montaña en el valle definiendo el vacío atmosférico como un dominio para un lugar de vida. Estas pantallas que se derivan de este a oeste no sólo trabajan como aleros ese escudo de luz directa del sol durante el verano, pero también sirven como constituyentes junto con tonos claros sutiles, mecen en el viento, condiciones atmosféricas, sonidos y aromas de la naturaleza y el sentido físico de la distancia que ponen de relieve la diversidad de dominios espaciales a través de las estaciones.

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El estado de la mancha generada por pantallas convierte en el lugar de vida que parafrasea la topografía a través de diversas acciones, en lugar de ser un espacio especializado en funciones particulares.

La arquitectura es como un pueblo, ya que se libera de las fronteras definidas por la relación natural, y es también como una cresta de la montaña con sus capas de picos de montañas. Con un esquema siempre en continua transformación, que continuará a desdibujándose en el paisaje.

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Urban House in Tua do Lindo Vale / Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira

Architects: Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira
Location: Rua Lindo Vale, 4200 Porto, Portugal
Area: 249.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: José Campos

Engineering: António Oliveira, Américo Monteiro
Construction: Ergohab
Site Area: 225m2

From the architect. The House is located in the Rua do Lindo Vale, in the city of Porto. It is a row-house, 3 stories high, built on a plot of 5 m width and 40 m length. This building has four fundamental characteristics. The first is that the architects are also the clients of this project. The design of the Architect’s House is, undoubtedly, a unique challenge within the design of the House, as an architectural programme, due to the coincidence between the ‘architect’ and the ‘client’, and due to the possibility of the spatial realization of the architect’s own residential experience.

The second characteristic is the sound sense of urbanity of this House. This is not a house built in the periphery of the city, in a plot of medium- or large-size, but a House erected in the central area of the city, an area with an intense urban life, in a long and narrow plot that raises a number of spatial constraints. Based on the regulations of the plan in force, for a building to be erected on this plot it should maintain the alignment of adjacent buildings, a maximum height inferior to the width of the street, and a high permeability in the back of the plot. The definition of this volume (by the regulations of the plan) led to an interior organization of the dwelling that is, somehow, similar to the inner structure of the typical houses of Porto – two lit rooms near the two façades of the house and a third non lit room in the core of the house. The staircase is located in this core. In each floor, the third room corresponds to: the library (which is opened to the office) and the bathroom in the ground floor; the kitchen (which is opened to the dining and living rooms) on the first floor; and a patio in the second floor.

The third characteristic is the simplicity of design and materials. The integration of this House within the existing buildings is based, in a first moment, on a careful volumetric articulation and, second, on the simplicity of design of the front and rear façades – the structure, the door and windows, and the gate – reinforced by the use of one single color. Inside the house this simplicity continues: in an interior organization layout that is very similar in all floors; in the search for ‘true’ in construction; and in a spatial continuity between the three floors, which is enhanced by the design of the stair and of the vertical movement. This simplicity is also underlined by the use of a restricted range of materials in all rooms, including both the kitchen and the bathrooms: walls and ceilings are painted white, pavements are of beige vinyl floor, and wooden doors are painted white.

Finally, the House is very flexible. The repeated use of a set of very simple elements introduced a great versatility in the day-to-day living of the House: i) each window, on the front and rear façades, has two sets of shutters – one set positioned between 0 and 0.90m high, and another set positioned between 0.90 m and 2.65 m high; ii) all rooms, except the bathrooms, have sliding doors that can be fully collected by the interior walls allowing, as such, a smoothness movement between different rooms.

The House in the Rua do Lindo Vale is clearly an urban house belonging to ‘that’ particular place. It is the spatial expression of the residential experience of their architects; erected on a great simplicity of design and materials, achieving its high quality through a rigorous sense of construction and a high spatial versatility.

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Dominator Track System | American Track Truck

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Con el Dominator Track System puedes transformar fácilmente tu vehículo amado en una moto de nieve! Desarrollado por American Track Truck, el kit de pista está especialmente diseñado para casi todos los vehículos  comunes de pasajeros, convirtiéndolo en un todoterreno, un camión de vía que puede llegar a lugares de fácil acceso que los neumáticos no pueden ir, tales como nieve, hielo, barro, pantanos y otros terrenos ásperos. Dominator están disponibles en dos tamaños y permiten una fácil instalación de una sola persona, sin otras modificaciones necesarias para el vehículo. Las pistas pueden entonces ser eliminadas tan fácilmente, restaurando el vehículo a su estado original.

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Una pasarela suspendida entre edificios | Zalewski Architecture Group

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Zalewski Architecture Group  ha diseñado un concepto para un balcón walk-on que está suspendido sobre el centro del patio de un edificio en Gliwice, Polonia.

Hay ideas que surgen de la necesidad de un momento particular. Tal necesidad – un día más caliente del verano pasado en la oficina y un pensamiento “si tan sólo pudiera salir a caminar” – se convirtió en la inspiración para un proyecto de un camino suspendido en el aire, un balcón transitable. También es una de las ideas para cambiar un triste patio, que pasamos por alto todos los días fuera de las ventanas de la oficina en el 3 ° piso, para dar el patio un poco de magia.

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Un camino normal es tortuoso, vientos, no conduce directamente a la meta, sorpresas, relaja, da el contacto con la naturaleza. Por lo tanto nuestro camino también debe fluir libremente en el espacio – que le da un momento de relajación, descanso, lo que le permite cambiar la perspectiva. Esto influyó en su forma – que serpentea libremente y se entrelaza con ella misma – “. De oficina en oficina” que permite dar un paseo relajante, Anhelo de un poco de verdor nos hizo que tratáramos la ruta como una olla grande. Nos llenamos de hierba que puede crecer como quiere – después de todo, es sólo un camino.

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Un patio oscuro – un pozo, que fue el núcleo del problema – se convirtió, de hecho, una fuente de inspiración para las soluciones. Método de montaje se impuso. Soporta – las paredes de las casas – acababa de ser alcanzado por todos los lados. Sombreado los vecinos se redujo en llegar a la idea de un camino – que además de el hecho de que está llegando, también es muy estrecho. Por tanto, es 80 cm de ancho la franja de vegetación suspendida en el aire. Desde el fondo parece aún más estrecho debido al paladar de metal pulido. La hoja, gracias a la flexión de los arcos, refleja el entorno y difumina los bordes del camino.

Por lo general, “la forma sigue a la función”, pero a veces “la forma sigue a la diversión” – y nuestro balcón sigue este camino.

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“Winter Stations” Bring Warmth to Toronto’s Frozen Beaches

Five finalists have emerged from the 196 submissions of Toronto’s first international Winter Stations design competition. Drawing proposals from 36 countries around the world, the competition challenged entrants to transform the lifeguard stations on Toronto’s east beaches into public art pieces for the winter. The finalists’ designs were constructed in mid-February and will be displayed until March 20, 2015.

Take a look at the completed installations, after the break. 

Toronto’s Winter Stations competition is the brainchild of RAW Design, Ferris + Associates, and Curio, and encourages artists, designers, architects, and landscape architects to reactivate a popular summer destination during the winter months through public art installations with the theme of “warmth.”

The 2015 Winter Stations finalists are:

Sling Swing / WWB Studio (London/Liverpool, UK)

To provide warmth, Sling Swing relies on the body heat of its visitors by transforming the typology of deck chairs into a series of swings, encouraging visitors to group together. Bright canvases catch the eye of passersby because of their color and movement as the wind activates them.

Driftwood Throne / DM_Studio (London, UK)

Using the form of the lifeguard stand as its canvas, Driftwood Throne employs an additive process with reused timber to make it a sculptural shelter. Beneath its faceted walls, visitors are invited to sit and escape the harsh winter weather.

Wing Back / Tim Olson (New Hampshire, USA)

Drawing inspiration from a wingback chair, the installation acts as a gathering space and seating area. The extended lines of the lifeguard stand create shelter from the prevailing northern winds, and the semi-circular form captures the warmth from the central fire ring.

HotBox / Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft (Toronto, Canada)

Homage to the traditional ice house, HotBox relies on the senses to evoke warmth by creating a strong contrast inside the structure from the conditions outside. The dark exterior opens up to an insulated, soft interior space with an oculus that floods it with warm, natural light.

In addition to the finalists’ installations, another lifeguard stand was transformed by a team from Ryerson University’s Engineering and Architectural Science department. Their design is as follows:

Snow Cone / Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon (Toronto, Ontario)

Pairing the shielding qualities of a pinecone’s structure with the air-trapping technology of an ingloo, Snowcone presents an insulated environment and playful form for visitors to enjoy.

For more information and to view the full submissions, visit winterstations.com



















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Reinier de Graaf on Cultural Amnesia and the “Fall” of the Berlin Wall

“Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall’s demise, it is as though a large part of the twentieth century never happened,” writes OMA principle Reinier de Graaf in his article for Metropolis Magazine “The Other Truth”. “An entire period has been erased from public consciousness, almost like a blank frame in a film.” Through the course of the article, de Graaf outlines how the West has rewritten the history of the cold war, erasing the “other truth” that existed for nearly half a century in East Berlin, the USSR, and other soviet-aligned states – a truth that we forget to our peril. It may not be immediately architectural, but the essay provides an interesting look into the political thoughts of de Graaf who, as the principle of one of architecture’s most prominent research organizations in AMO, has an important influence on the profession’s understanding of the wider world. Read the article in full here.

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Bergen University College / Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

Architects: Cubo Arkitekter, HLM Arkitektur
Location: University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Area: 51750.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter + HLM Arkitektur

Landscape: Asplan Viak AS
Engineer: Sweco Norge AS
Client: Statsbygg, Norway and Bergen University College

From the architect. Bergen University College brings together the engineer, teacher and health educations in one new building complex. The college is built on a former railway depot site, where new buildings blend in, regards being taken to the layout of the rails, with the original structures.

The school is designed as a serpentine shape winding its way through the old structures, thus creating intimate courtyards and nice outdoor spaces for the Kronstad quarter.

The project is named Linking (Kobling). Referring to the building linking the area of Kronstad to the center of Bergen ,- infra structurally with the recently established tram. – The project links the new and the old built environment and it links the inhabiting institutions, which were separated before.

The University College of Bergen will be visible in the cityscape with a new front square, where existing railway buildings converted into student facilities and cantina emerges in constellation with the new building complex. New meets old. The administration wing of the college rises as a campanile towards the square and the main entrance from Inndalsveien.

The old railway deposit buildings contains social functions uniting the ca. 5000 students in the new “campus town”. –Student house, cantina, library and gymnasium is thus placed in the 4 restored brick buildings.

The auditoriums – with open views and access to light giving courtyards- surrounds the common student functions. Classrooms with different sizes, open study zones and meeting spaces for common use are located on the two lower levels in the new house.

The three different branches of education, are gathered with their own identity on the levels 2-4, -on top of the base of classrooms on the lower levels. This way there is a rich opportunity to link the different educations in synergy and mutual inspiration, and still leaving the possibility for reflection within your own area of study.

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