Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
Location: Chemin Edouard-Tavan 9, 1206 Geneva, Switzerland
Project Management: Eric Frei, Kaveh Rezakhanlou
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pierre Boss

Collaborators: Audrey Lecomte, Hadrien Epiphani, Géraldine Durieux, Joao Fernandes
Partner: Implenia for site management

From the architect. In accordance with the master plan, the new building defines a central courtyard for the campus. Underground, leisure and sport facilities (multi-purpose hall, music room, playroom, projection room, sauna and squash courts) are built around three sunken patios. This space is directly connected to all the existing buildings making it a place of gathering, encouraging social exchange in the campus.

The typology of the new building is quite specific to student housing encouraging community spirit without sacrificing privacy.

The 75 studios and apartments housing 300 students are organised around a central atrium containing the vertical distribution and covered by a mobile glass roof. This space aims to be the catalyst of a richer social life by providing more transparency, more visual contact and places to meet others. Moreover it’s role as a regulator of the interior climate is beneficial and will reduce energy consumption.

The student room is the structural unit of the building. This cell also determines the visual identity of the facades.

Through the glazed interior facades the kitchen/living room and the corridors participate strongly in the communal life. The former is recognised by bow windows and both are furnished with colourful curtains. Each apartment has a balcony on the other side.

There is also a kindergarten for 60 kids on the ground floor with a separate entrance from the courtyard.

A modular structure together with prefabricated concrete elements (base floor slabs, facades, bathrooms) allows an affordable rational construction.

Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects © Pierre Boss
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Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects Site Plan
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Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 24 Oct 2014.

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Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates

Architects: Jun Yashiki & Associates
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Jun Yashiki
Area: 149.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

From the architect. The wooden three-story house has fireproof external walls by the reason of both the site contract and the building standard law. The whole indoor surface of fireproof external walls must be coverd with reinforced gypsum boards. Because of that, floors of both the second and third floor are connected to external walls by just bolts through the gypsum boards.

In other words, the floors are detached from external walls from the point of view of wooden framework.

The floors are made of general 120mm x 120mm sectioned lumbers arranged side by side.

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Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates © Hiroyuki Hirai
Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates © Hiroyuki Hirai
Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates © Hiroyuki Hirai
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Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates Detail

Detached Floor House / Jun Yashiki & Associates originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 23 Oct 2014.

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Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron win first Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize in Chicago

In a large evening benefit dinner at IIT College of Architecture’s S. R. Crown Hall in Chicago last night,

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Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space.

Investigate how the world around you has changed since you’ve been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we’ve had on the planet in your lifetime…

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Get Lectured: University of Toronto, 2014-15

Archinect’s Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014

Say hello to another edition of Archinect’s Get Lectured! As a refresher, we’ll be featuring a school’s lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you’re not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don’t want to miss.

Today’s poster comes from the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Designed by catalogtree and handfolded in The Netherlands, the Daniels’ poster uses the Miura-Ori fold, a technique created by Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura to simulate large solar panel arrays for space satellites.

Want to share your school’s lecture series? Send us your school’s lecture series poster and details to connect@archinect.com.

Below are upcoming lectures only. All evening lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 103 at 230 College Street, unless otherwise noted.

2014

Nov. 4
Peter Rose / Peter Rose + Partners, Boston

Nov. 25
Michael Wilford…

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Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International

Architects: BLVD International
Location: Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
Architect In Charge: Yun Du
Additional Manufacturer: Kesheng Liu, Wang Ning
Area: 192000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fang Jian

From the architect. Situated in Northeast part of Jinfeng District in Yinchuan city,the Aiyi River Waterfront Park is adjacent to the new area of the city.

It is every city’s dream to have a beautiful waterfront. You cannot find a more perfect setting than the Aiyi River to realize such a dream.

However, the distressing fact is that the existing waterfront is poorly-made and, not only divides the water from the city, but also fails to solve the environmental problems of the city. In addition, there is no diversified special or activity experience offered in the waterfront landscape. The current area exists as an eye-sore. It began as single-minded approach with no positioning strategy for the waterfront. It was not well-planned at all as it is treated simply as supportive facility which fails to contribute to the enhancement of the city’s influence.

Design concept:

As a solution, the proposed design concept focused on three objectives: integrating the city’s local features and character into design, putting an emphasis on ecology and a green approach by stressing low carbon consumption, and providing and caring for human needs. The concept aims to produce a wonderland-like experience by featuring breathtaking green mountains and clear rivers.

The area hosts the most influential urban axis in the Northwest part of China. Because of this exposure, a strong influence in the design is to present Yinchuan’s charm and taste. An added bonus to the site is its dramatic level differences which are fully utilized to create spectacular urban spaces around the central part of the city.

The distance between the city and the riverfront is considerable, challenging the designers to devise a way to close this gap. Designing pedestrian walkways in a serpentine, wave like pattern brings the city and the waterfront closer together at regular intervals. It also alludes to the fluid motion of the river and enhances the water experience as well as creating a more organic and natural experience by breaking the rigid landscape line. A vivid eco waterfront image is produced by creating a variety of spatial sequences overlooking the river.

Social significance

The planning of the waterfront park is intended to incorporate the development of Yinchuan and its traditional culture through abstract expression. Using organic patterns and creativity, this area is sculpted to deliver a delightful and memorable recreational experience.

This waterfront park will serve as a landscape landmark, offering visual enjoyment and eco recreation. It will also become the most influential urban axis in Northwestern part of China, a splendid image of strong visual impact for Yinchuan to show to the outside world.

Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International © Fang Jian
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Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 23 Oct 2014.

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Casa FOA 2014: Escritorio de chicos – Cecilia Cuniolo



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Winners of the "Writing Architecture" book giveaway

Written by Yale University lecturer and practitioner Carter Wiseman, Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment is a guidebook recently published by Trinity University Press that discusses the techniques of writing architecture that is accessible and appealing, especially to non-architectural folks.

In our giveaway, Archinectors shared some of their biggest hurdles when writing about architecture (sometimes with a little snarky humor). It was pretty tough picking only five. But without further ado, here are our lucky winners:

Jean Pierre Walker, NYArchKatie, MNPawlz, VAtint, COmohiashi, Brazil

Congrats! And best of luck with all your writing endeavors. Last but not least, thanks to everyone that participated.

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