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Architect Day: Atelier du Pont

Atelier du Pont is one of the new and great architecture offices from France. With an incredible project, interesting volumes, forms and materials, the office is part of PLAN01, a junction of 4 french offices which counts with a really good project team. atelierdupont.fr Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier and Stéphane Pertusier work together since 1997, when they created the Atelier du Pont in Paris. They started with small re vitalization projects, but soon they left their mark in competitions, winning some important projects to their initial career. From that moment on they could show the quality from their work with big residential projects, perfectly inserted in the beautiful french landscapes. Creche Paris, France Creche Paris, France Creche Paris, France In 2005, the Atelier du Pont moved to a storage with 600 m² and the moving was really beyond changing addresses. The PLAN01 was created with BP Architectures, Koz and Phileas and another offices, putting together 10 architects, a collective of high quality professionals working on big projects. Even with the partnership Atelier du Pont keep doing their separate works and they also have some nice stuff that are still on paper, giving us a look of the projects that are still to come. Housing Arcueil, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Boulogne Billancourt, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Extension Hotel Particulier, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Residência Social, Clichy, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Showroom Nike VIP, Paris, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr House Montreuil sous Bois, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Gennevilliers, France Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Centre Technique Municipal, Savigny-le-Temple, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Quartier Lucien Rose - Habitações, Rennes, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Quartier Lucien Rose - Biblioteca Municipal, Rennes, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Paris 11, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Ville Bondy, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Other projects Universite Paris 7, France Hospitalidade e Serviço de Odontologia, Créteil, France CFI Paris Extension, France Macro Lot, Evry, France Housing Athis Mons, France Social Housing, Paris, France

Beautiful Houses: Sotogrande in Spain

Following our the success of Fabiano's article 'One of the Most Beautiful Houses I've Ever Seen' and also some requests from our readers, we are proud to announce a new post series here at Abduzeedo, a series about Beautiful Houses. The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the amazing Sotogrande House. Sotogrande house is the latest project by A-cero architecture studio, the project is a single-family house situated in a tourist town of the Mediterranean coast. It has been built as a house for holidays. A-cero has chosen the white colour as the main element in the house’s decoration in order to provide clarity and luminosity to the interior areas. The house’s structure is a cubic volume. It has an area of almost 400 m2 and it is distributed in two floors. The furniture, also designed by A-cero, includes lacquered modern pieces. White and beige woods have a main role in the furniture. In some places there are some details of dark wood which break the predominant white colour. Well, in my opinion, all the white, the elements, lines, shapes, material... everything matched perfectly and the result was a very beautiful house! To see more about the project go to A-cero's website. See you next time. :)

Nestlé Social Block by Guillermo Hevia Architects

This project got my attention mainly by the form that the architects from GH+A treated the shapes and materials, with strong and straight lines and a contrast among glass, steel and concrete. A modern composition which the hand of an architect makes all the difference to get an outstanding result. The Nestlé Social Block is located in Graneros, Chile. Designed by the Chilean office GH+A / Guillermo Hevia, the building was planned over a variety of climates strategies and racional usage of energy sources. The way that the plans were composed, allowing the air to circulate between the walls, the natural control of lightening and the clean and elegant lines, are only some elements that make the project an example of century 21's architecture. Photographs: Cristián Barahona, Guillermo Hevia H. & Guillermo Hevia García The corten steel is a meterial which oxidates in a short term period, in order to create its own protection, neutralizing its deterioration... The rythm of the designed standart-sheets breaks the monotony of the plane suspended surface and has been systematically illuminated to strengthen the night image of the building. We put a special attention to the water consumption of the restrooms and in general. Using high tecnology devices and designs, with automatic anti-vandal taps, guaranteeing a controlled water consumption, sending a strong signal of protecting both, natural resources and economics. Thanks archdaily.com/ for the tip!

Architect Day: Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena, seen as one of the great names of young architects, has produced great works in his own office, but with ELEMENTAL he stands to make great projects of public interest and social impact, an important issue for many cities. alejandroaravena.com . elementalchile.cl . Alejandro Aravena was born in 1967 and graduated in architecture from the Universidad Catolica de Chile in 1992. Since 1994, Aravena began executing his own works, including buildings for Universidad Catolica, Faculty of Mathematics, Faculty of Medicine, Torre Siamesa and the School of Architecture. He was a professor at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia where he got his graduate degree in History and Theory, and visiting professor at Harvard. Since 2006 Aravena is the CEO of ELEMENTAL S.A.. ELEMENTAL Quinta Monroy, Iquique, Chile. Photographer Tadeuz Jalocha ELEMENTAL Quinta Monroy, Iquique, Chile. Photographer Cristobal Palma ELEMENTAL Quinta Monroy, Iquique, Chile. Photographer Cristobal Palma ELEMENTAL is based on the strength of innovation and design of projects of public interest and social impact. Their designs are transformed into an opportunity to bring the benefits of the city for all. “It’s a social and political problem, but we can use design to address these issues.” Alejandro Aravena “I really appreciate having been trained in an environment of scarcity. Somehow it’s a very efficient filter against what’s not strictly necessary. There’s not enough money, not enough time, to answer with tools that are not exactly the ones you need for that question.” Alejandro Aravena Alejandro Aravena has received numerous awards such as the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale XI, XII and XV Award Biennial of Santiago, was a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2000 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2008 in Paris. He was also named one of 20 Essential Young Architects by Icon Magazine. ELEMENTAL Prototype House, Milan Triennale Garden, Italy designboom.com Montaje Prototipo Trienal de Milan from elementalchile on Vimeo. ELEMENTAL 95 viviendas + sede social, Antofagasta, Chile elementalchile.cl elementalchile.cl St. Edward’s University New Residence and Dining Hall, Austin, USA Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Pirehueico House, Pirehueico Lake, Chile Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Sculptor House, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com Huelquen Montessori School, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com Architecture School, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com The Siamese Towers, Santiago, Chile Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Medical School, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com Mathematics Faculty, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com

Beautiful Houses: Casa Kimball in the Domincan Republic

Following the success of Fabiano's article 'One of the Most Beautiful Houses I've Ever Seen' and also some requests from our readers, we are proud to announce a new post series here at Abduzeedo, a series about Beautiful Houses. The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, to start our series, we present you the amazing Casa Kimball. Casa Kimball is a house located in the Dominican Republic. A place designed by Rangr Studio, an internationally published architectural design firm with experience in a variety of project types, scales and countries. The house is for sure really beautiful and wonderfully designed. The lines of the construction, the mix of elements, the huge spaces and the big windows/doors gave even a greater look to an already perfect located place, with amazing views. With its glass doors, the house's interiors kind of mix with the exteriors, giving the house a nice and natural lightning system and also allowing the breeze in with no barriers when needed. The pool with its infinite edge line that seem to merge into the ocean is also very unique and inspiring. Well, I could write much more about this place but I believe that the images will speak for themselves, so sit back and enjoy! And to read further details about this project go to http://www.rangr.com/Casa_Kimball. See you next time. :) And as for all these beautiful photographies, they are all made by Paul Warchol.

Architecture History: 50 Years of Brasilia

Yesterday, April 21st 2010, Brasilia - Brasil's capital - celebrated 50 years. A revolutionary project of a city built in only 4 years. Counting with talented hands from Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, the city became a landmark for brazilian architecture. "...a person who visits Brasília can like or dislike the buildings, mas can't say that already seen something alike before. And architecture is that - invention." The History In 1956, Juscelino Kubitschek - the president back then - started a plan to build a new city for Brazil's government. With the goal to plan and execute the construction were Oscar Niemeyer, the mind who would give forms and curves to official buildings, and Lucio Costa, the man with the 'airplane shape' urbanist plan. And incredibly, in only 4 years, the city was inaugurated. Many buildings were only skeletons, but the candangos (name of the first inhabitants of the new city), were celebrating the new political city in Brazil. "Not even my friends, who helped me a lot, understood my ideas. People used to see the project and say: "Very beautiful!" But they didn't understand a thing." Brasilia Today We can certainly say that Brasilia changed the ways for brazilian architecture. Niemeyer showed in a couple os lines the harmony and beauty that those buildings would have. And it is interesting that during all these years, the buildings remain great and admired all over the world. The modern use of concrete and glass and the sensual shapes of buildings inspired in women curves are marks of Brasilia's architecture. Selo comemorativo 50 anos de Braília At the Cathedral, for instance, I avoided the usual solutions of old dark cathedrals, recalling sins. Official Website: brasilia50anos.com.br.

Architect Day: A-cero

A-cero is certainly one of the greatest offices of architecture and urbanism today, marking their territory in Spain and, with time, in other countries too. With a strong presence in residential architecture, they have a great sensitivity to drawing shapes, spaces, and details. a-cero.com Joaquín Torres and Rafael Llamazares are now the two architects who lead a large team of qualified professionals and stand out more with every project undertaken. Created in 1996, A-cero has a breathtaking portfolio of residences and housing. Each design has special features in the form or construction details, and the style is unique, regardless of type and material. La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 With representatives in Madrid, La Coruña, Dubai, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and Russia, A-cero has several works in development with all the same qualities. The experience for the user or visitor of their works begins with the presentation of the project, animations and perfect explanation of the proposal until the final finish, construction details and fine finishes. We look forward to future projects from this great office that will certainly continue to fascinate us more. Gondomar, Pontevedra, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Rías Altas, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Sanxenxo, Pontevedra, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Santander, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Coruña, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Coruña II, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca 4, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca 1, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 House in Somosaguas, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 House in La Finca 42, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Gibo, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Architecture Studio in Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Coruña University, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Santiago de Compostela, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 San Isidoro, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca I (21 Houses), Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca II (30 Houses), Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 88 Terraced Houses, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 House in Santo Domingo, República Dominicana © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Office Interior Design, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Modularing House, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 19 Housing, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Sotogrande Housing, Cádiz, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010

A Brazilian Architecture Office - M² Arquitetura

I have been writing some articles showing you really nice offices around the world. And for my surprise there is one of this great offices in a brazilian city really close to me. I'm talking about an office called M² Arquitetura. As soon as I looked at it I was impressed and decided to show it to you... and I'm sure you will love it. M² Arquietura is located in Joinville, SC, Brazil. They are an architecture company that develops projects in many fields: residential, comercial, industrial, corporative, decoration and interiors. The current M² Arquitetura headquarter is a revitalization of an old storage place in the center of the city. The place has several industrial elements, such as apparent wooden structures, and systems of lightening and ventilation in sheds. A really beautiful place. And as I said to them, it makes me want to go back being an architect to work in a place like this! The main idea that inspired the project was preserving the original elements of the building and make the space bigger, transparent and as much integrated as possible. So to accomplish that they made an office with no walls and the doors are made of glass. All the departments of the company and the steps of the process are open so every team member and even the clients can see it. In the reception there is a store window. This space is turned to the side walk and is a multi-use area used for exhibitions of artists and stores, besides also showing some of their own designs. The window is a space of transition between the public and the private.

The Stylish Harley Davidson Headquarters

A building with strong lines, elegant and with some aerodynamic lines. This is the Harley Daivdson Hearquarters in Australia, a culture that goes beyond the 2 wheels and that was expressed in this project located at Lane Cove, a place close to Sydney. The architects Tony Owen Partners had the pleasure to be the brain behind this piece of art. Inside the building there is a mezanine where we can see everything we got to use: showroom, cafe, library and even a gym. A project that began in 2007 and that it was finished only by the end of 2009. It contains office space, showrooms as well as training facilities, classrooms, warehousing, gymnasium and breakout space. The design was inspired by the mechanical specifications of the motor bike engine. Thanks for the tip The Architectural Review!

Architect Day: Bernard Tschumi

Seen at first as a theorist, Bernard Tschumi had presented since his first work an innovative architecture that after years of practice is apparent in his most recent projects as a unique sensibility. tschumi.com. Bernard Tschumi nasceu no dia 25 de janeiro de 1944 na cidade de Lausanne, na Suiça. Estudou em Paris e na ETH em Zurique, onde se formou em 1969. Lecionou em diversas escolas como Portsmouth Polytechnic no Reino Unido, Architectural Association em Londres, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies em New York, Princeton University e a Columbia University. Bernard Tschumi was born January 25, 1944 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He studied in Paris and at ETH in Zurich, where he graduated in 1969. He taught at various schools like Portsmouth Polytechnic in the UK, Architectural Association in London, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, Princeton University, and Columbia University, to name a few. Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Photography: Peter Mauss/Esto, Christian Richters Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Photography: Peter Mauss/Esto, Christian Richters Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Photography: Peter Mauss/Esto, Christian Richters First seen as a theorist, Bernard Tschumi has drawn attention because of his innovative architectural practice in 1983 when he won a prestigious competition: the Parc de la Villette in Paris. Since then, projects with a great impact were created such as the new museum of Athens and Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, among others. The versatility of his works go to infrastructure projects and urban master plans. Any relationship between a building and its users is one of violence, for any use means the intrusion of a human body into a given space, the intrusion of one order into another.” School of Architecture, Marne-la-Vallée , Paris, France School of Architecture, Marne-la-Vallée , Paris, France Peter Mauss/Esto Peter Mauss/Esto Peter Mauss/Esto School of Architecture, FIU, Miami, USA Peter Mauss/Esto Peter Mauss/Esto Peter Mauss/Esto Rouen Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex, France Peter Mauss/Esto, Robert Cesar Peter Mauss/Esto, Robert Cesar Peter Mauss/Esto, Robert Cesar Peter Mauss/Esto, Robert Cesar Parc de la Villette, Paris, France J.M. Monthiers, Peter Mauss/Esto, Sophie Chivet J.M. Monthiers, Peter Mauss/Esto, Sophie Chivet M2 Metro Station, Lausanne, Switzerland Peter Mauss/Esto, Yves AndrÈ Peter Mauss/Esto, Yves AndrÈ Peter Mauss/Esto, Yves AndrÈ Limoges Concert Hall, France Peter Mauss/Esto, Christian Richters Peter Mauss/Esto, Christian Richters Peter Mauss/Esto, Christian Richters Lerner Hall Student Center, New York, USA Peter Mauss/Esto, Lydia Gould Peter Mauss/Esto, Lydia Gould Interface Flon Railway and Metro Station, Lausanne, Switzerland Peter Mauss/Esto Peter Mauss/Esto Good architecture must be conceived, erected, and burned in vain. The greatest architecture of all is the fireworks: it perfectly shows the gratuitous consumption of pleasure. Fireworks at Parc de la Villette, Paris, France ECAL School of Art, Lausanne-Renens, Switzerland Peter Mauss/Esto, Maurice Shobinger Peter Mauss/Esto, Maurice Shobinger Peter Mauss/Esto, Maurice Shobinger Bridge, La Roche-sur-Yon, France BTA, Christian Richters BTA, Christian Richters BTA, Christian Richters Blue Residental Tower, New York, USA Peter Mauss/Esto Peter Mauss/Esto Peter Mauss/Esto Athletics Center, University of Cincinnati, USA Peter Mauss/Esto, Andrew Higley Peter Mauss/Esto, Andrew Higley Peter Mauss/Esto, Andrew Higley Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece Christian Richters, Peter Mauss/Esto Christian Richters, Peter Mauss/Esto Christian Richters, Peter Mauss/Esto Christian Richters, Peter Mauss/Esto Christian Richters, Peter Mauss/Esto

Wonderful Office from Sidney Quintela Architects

Some people like to say that can't work at the beach, that they loose focus around great beaches. Here in Brazil there is an office located in Salvador, Bahia that is a great example about how the beach can actually be a great inspiration for your everyday work routine. Besides the really nice architecture, the views are simply astonishing. Sidney Quintela is an architecture office that works with several kinds of projects, from houses to stores, to restaurants and big buildings. The workday for an architect can be pretty heavy, but I'm sure that a place like this inspire great ideias and quality of initiatives - which probably leads the architects to complete their drawings faster. They have big spaces, the white color takes most of the spaces and everything is bright and clear, besides the huge windows with really nice beach views. The architecture of Sidney Quintela starts by the observation of new metropolitan society habits, where the need of a reinvention of spaces appears - at the same time that they don't want to loose the influence of the local culture, nature and its surroundings. Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Photo by Xico Diniz Thanks for the tip Office Snapshots!

A Quick Look Inside Miami Ad School

Some days ago Fabio visited this school, on the San Francisco headquarters, and after that he told me that he was amazed by the place. That the visual was astonishing, cozy and very inspiring. In the moment he talked to me about this place I decided to check it out to write a post about it. So we asked them for some pictures, and here it is, a quick look inside the Miami Ad School. It’s calling for fame generators, trendsetters and game changers. People we like to think of as “Pop Culture Engineers”. Which is why we are known as the School of Pop Culture Engineering. We are not just a school of advertising: it's design school, creative writing school, art school, portfolio school, photography school, technical school, copywriting school, film school, business school and think tank, all rolled into one. Miami Ad School has locations in several places, in cities like Berlin, London, New York and São Paulo. I didn't see the other offices but this headquarter in San Francisco is really amazing. The students there breath inspiration everywhere. The building has a simple architecture but has plenty of style. They explore rustic mobils with modern materials, and sometimes rustic materials with modern mobils. Places large and propitious to the study and creation. It is worth checking the photos out and sure to stop by there for whoever is the neighborhood of San Francisco. Thanks Ryan Siu for the photos and the invite to visit the school. Thanks for the photos sent by students from the Miami Ad School!

Architect Day: Gigon / Guyer

Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer, for more than 20 years, make a solid and elegant architecture. They gained notoriety by qualifying the urban landscapes of Switzerland, a country where good architecture can be seen easily. Gigon / Guyer are certainly a great source of inspiration for architects and enthusiasts. Photos from gigon-guyer.ch. Mike Guyer born in Ohio, United States in 1958, and Annette Gigon, born in Herisau, Switzerland in 1959, studied together at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Both received their diplomas in 1984. After graduating they worked in large architectural offices, which certainly brought a lot of experience and concepts to their own work. Gigon worked for Marbach & Rüegg Architects offices in Zurich, and Herzog & de Meuron Architects in Basel, while Guyer worked at OMA Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and was assistant professor Hans Kollhoff at ETH Zurich. Detached House, Küsnacht, Switzerland Detached House, Canton Grisons, Switzerland Both Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer worked as freelance professionals and in 1989, signed a partnership and joined their knowledge to form the office Gigon / Guyer Architekten located in Zurich. With little time and significant works, the partnership was seen as a reference for the young Swiss architects. Today, Gigon and Guyer have won several international competitions for both residential and public buildings, becoming a great source of inspiration for architects worldwide. Sports Centre Davos, Switzerland Workshop Building, Davos, Switzerland Architecturephoto.net Architecturephoto.net Auditorium, University of Zurich, Switzerland Residence du Pré-Babel, Geneva, Switzerland Housing Complex Brunnenhof, Zurich, Switzerland Residential and Retail Building, Almere, The Netherlands Housing Project Park Grünenberg, Wädenswil, Switzerland Three Single Family Row Houses, Rüschlikon, Switzerland Housing Complex and renovation Pflegi-Areal Zurich, Switzerland Housing Project, Zurich, Switzerland Housing Complex Broëlberg I, Kilchberg, Switzerland Road Transport Hall, Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland Entrance Building, Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland Donation Albers-Honegger EAC, Mouans Sartoux, France Archaeological Museum and Parc Kalkriese, Osnabrück, Germany Museum Liner Appenzell, Switzerland Photographer: Pieter Rolies Vinikus Restaurant, Davos, Switzerland Kirchner Museum Davos, Switzerland

Buama House - a Modern Renovation Project

Buama House is a renovation project from GAD, an Istanbul and New York based company, which performs architectural practice, research and concept design since 1994. The Buama renovation was a project for a young couple living in Beykoz, a suburb of Istanbul. The idea was to insert a new structure in the existing one without loosing the main elements of it. The result is pretty awesome, a mix of styles, textures and materials that make a really modern house. I was browsing around last week when I found this house and really liked some elements of it. The big spaces, heights, the mix of materials... the tiles in the walls, the cement floor, the wooden tables, many things and the way they got mixed got my attention and I hope it gets yours too. Check out GAD's website for more about this and other cool projects. Enjoy. =) "The smooth and endless lines reference infinite space, as there is no clear distinction between the floors & walls, or between the walls & ceiling. Light scatters on the organic surface in a way that seems almost limitlessness." "The furniture is selectively chosen to unite many different styles. The young couple has a collection of beautiful antique pieces, and desired to combine the new furniture with this collection. These pieces attract attention in contrast to the smooth surface of the white walls and ceilings."

Architect Day: Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza is one of the great exponents of world architecture. To visit one of his works is certainly a great experience--feeling a little into the mind of a master of architecture that enhances the design on a large scale until the minimal detail. alvarosizavieira.com. Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira was born in 1933 in Matosinhos near the city of Porto in Portugal. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Porto in 1955 after 6 years of study, later teaching there between 1966 and 1969. He always had an admiration for the works of Adolf Loos, Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto, but early on was able to establish his own language, based not only on the international modernist references as well as the strong building tradition of Portugal. Thus, Alvaro Siza, presents unique works in the modern Portuguese scenery. " There are two different words in portuguese that mean 'to look' and 'to see and understand'. The tool of an architect is to be able to see.” Álvaro Siza Boa Nova Tea House, Matosinhos, Portugal Boa Nova Tea House, Matosinhos, Portugal Siza established a very important relationship with architect Fernando Tavora, his teacher and principal reference to the School of Porto, with whom he developed a strong friendship and creative complicity. He created true milestones in Portuguese architecture, influencing many other architects. His architecture, combining formal complexity and apparent simplicity of design, won the world over after some time with works in America and Asia, through major points of architecture, like the USA, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. He has deservedly received the Pritzker prize and the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects. "I am against this idea of specialization. I like to diversify my work, and I've done a bit of everything. You can not make a good housing estate or a museum without having done houses. The architecture is only one. The hands that draw and the hands that build are always the same.” Álvaro Siza Galician Museum of Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain Quinta da Malagueira, Évora, Portugal Aveiro Library, Aveiro, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Casa Vieira de Castro, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Faculty of Architecture, Porto, Portugal Church of Marco Canaveses, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Leça Swimming Pools, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Portugal Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal Armanda Passos House, Porto, Portugal Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom Sports Center Llobregat, Spain Anyang Pavillion, Korea Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba SAAL Bouça Housing, Porto, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Summer House, Sintra, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Biblioteca Municipal de Viana do Castelo, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba House in Mallorca, Spain Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture

One of the Most Beautiful Houses I've Ever Seen

I'm absolutely sure that this house is one of the most incredible houses I've ever seen. Of course, the pictures help a lot, but the shapes, the straight lines, the use of a few materials, elements that I believe are main points on the contemporary architecture, are all too evident on that house in La Finca, Spain. This is just one of hundreds of houses inside a complex and exclusive house development. A place with lots of green areas, lakes and wonderful houses designed by A-cero, an architecture studio in Madri. A-cero did a particular great job on this house: with simple and rectangular shapes working together with huge windows they have built a perfect exemple of modern architecture. And what to say about the interior?! Each bedroom following the same style with strong colors and the same space composition. And to complete this architectonic poetry, water mirrors and a beautiful pool help turn make pleasant every space on this house and easy to contemplate the emotions that a good architecture can transmit. Thanks ArchiDaily for the tip!

Architect Day: MVRDV

MVRDV gives us a good insight into the path that architecture can lead. With a new vision, they have a wide variety of topics in their large number of projects carried out, showing high quality in all of them. Fotos via mvrdv.nl. Winy Maas, born in 1959 in Schijndel, Jacob van Rijs born in Amsterdam in 1965, and Nathalie de Vries, born in Appingedam in 1965, joined together to form MVRDV in 1991. Some projects from the beginning of their career, such as the center of Villa VPRO television and houses for elderly Wozoco, brought international recognition to the office and took them to the level of the great new architecture firms in the world. Today, with nearly 20 years on the road they have already accumulated numerous international awards. "MVRDV pursues a fascination for radical methodical research: on density and on public realms. Through investigation and use of the complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary design processes, spaces are shaped methodically..” MVRDV Design Statement Calveen, Amersfoort, The Netherlands Calveen, Amersfoort, The Netherlands MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam and today has more than 60 architects and team members. A wide variety of topics of their projects allow them to show all their repertoire of new ideas, clear concepts and exemplary architecture. Their projects are private and mark a new architecture for Europe. We hope that their work can be seen everywhere in the world, with the assurance that there is much to be added to the landscape of many cities. Parkrand Building, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cancer Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands Pyjama Garden Medical Center Extension, Veldhoven, The Netherlands Gyre, Tokyo, Japan Didden Village, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Borneo, Amsterdam Porters Lodges, Hoge Veluwe National Park, The Netherlands Mirador, Madrid, Spain Wozoco, Amsterdam-Osdorp, The Netherlands Ypenburg Masterplan, The Hague, The Netherlands Villa VPRO, Hilversum, The Netherlands UPV Munich, Germany Matsudai, Matsudai Niigata prefecture, Japan Haus Am Hang, Stuttgart, Germany Anyang Peak, Anyang, South Korea De Effenaar Pop Centre, Eindhoven, The Netherlands Gemini Residences - Frosilo, Copenhagen, Denmark Barcode House, Munich, Germany Expo 2000 NL Pavilion, Hannover, Germany