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Architect Day: Querkraft

Querkraft shows a conceptual strength since the creation of the name until the last doodle at the sketch board. Since the foundation of the firm Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt and Peter Sappj manage this office and work with great projects in an architecture office that is currently considered the strongest in Vienna. querkraft.at Querkraft was founded in 1998 by four young architects graduated at the Technical University of Vienna that decided to work together. The name "querkraft" (sideways strength), is powerful and carries many different meanings for an office that counts with three architects and their teams, which are considered the strongest from all studios in Vienna. All of this quality can be noticed at their projects, from their first residential projects and alterations, to their most recent work. GH Private Residence, Vienna, Austria. Photos: Hertha Hurnaus GH Private Residence, Vienna, Austria. Photos: Hertha Hurnaus GH Private Residence, Vienna, Austria. Photos: Hertha Hurnaus The founders architects, that lead this big professional team are Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt and Peter Sappj. In 2004 the also founder architect Michael Zinner, moved to another city and changed his professional focus to teach architecture. Helmut Ritchter, contemporary architect from Austria, was a big influence for the professional life over at Querdraft, and they show admiration and respect for everything they learned with him. SPS Private Residence, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf TWI Forecourt, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus PEN Private Residence, Mauerbach, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus TRE Operations Building, Grosshöflein, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl / Image Industries Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl / Image Industries Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl / Image Industries VIT Company Premises, Asperhofen, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl DRA Private Residence, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus DOK Twin House, Klosterneuburg, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus LEE Apartment Building, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Adidas Brand Center, Herzogenaurach, Germany Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Private Residence, Feichtenbach, Austria Bunt Housing Complex, Vienna, Austria Photos: Patricia Gapp Photos: Patricia Gapp Photos: Patricia Gapp Roman Museum, Vienna, Austria Photos: Lisa Rastl / Birgit and Peter Kainz / Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Lisa Rastl / Birgit and Peter Kainz / Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Lisa Rastl / Birgit and Peter Kainz / Hertha Hurnaus Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, Austria Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler KSM Apartment Building, Vienna, Austria Photos: Lisa Rastl Photos: Lisa Rastl Photos: Lisa Rastl OS3 Apartment Complex, Vienna, Austria GGS Residential Complex, Liverpool, UK

Beautiful Houses: Rodriguez Harvey in Chile

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 beautiful and elegant Rodriguez Harvey house. The Rodriguez Harvey house is a project by Loi Arquitectos, an architecture firm founded in 2002 by Nicolas Loi Valenzuela - an architect from the Universidad de Chile and a Master in Architecture and Urban Draw from Harvard. Since 2002 the firm has developed projects from residential to business and already got several prizes and recognition from their work. This house, the Rodríguez Harvey project, is a great example of Loi Arquitectos excellent works. A beautiful and modern house that mixes wood, steel and glass to create an stunning place surrounding by nature at the beach. The nature around the house is dry and mainly composed by pines and other native plants, which gives the house a really particular view... that mixed with the ocean is the perfect scene for relaxing and enjoying the house's outdoors. We found this house at Plataforma Arquitectura, and at moment I saw it, I decided to show it here for your guys. This project is really impressive. The way it mixes wood (dark on the outside and bright at the inside), steel and glass created an elegant and cozy place surrounding by nature, beautiful views and the ocean. This is for sure a great architectural project that allow you to enjoy a beautiful house, your privacy, a calm place and the nature! Totally approved. Check out Loi Arquitectos website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) s

Architecture for the Community at the Surry Hills Library

This library, located in Surry Hills, Australia, shows how important it is to have the participation of those who will use the space after the construction of a project. The architects from the FJMT a> office decided that for this project, the community would be participating in several decisions, which resulted in a gorgeous and totally usable building. The first idea was that community would like to have something beyond a simple library. The construction should be a place where everyone could share some activity. So they managed to host a library, a community center and even a child care for the neighborhood's children, showing the importance of having activities like these in one place. And to complete, the architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp put a lot of wisdom in certain choices, such as the use of transparency as a way of inviting the public into the building just as enabling a new way of viewing the neighborhood to those inside. The concern about he materials, to maintain an internal cooling of all spaces make this project a great inspiration to all of us who like architecture. The Centre has been designed to achieve excellence in sustainable design and set new high standards in environmental performance for multi-purpose public buildings. [It] will be a starting point for the development of a green rating system for public buildings… [and] an innovative example of design and sustainable design possibilities. — Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings This innovative new building provides specific services tailored to community needs and includes an integrated local library, community centre and child care centre. - FJMT © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings Thanks ArchDaily for the tip.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

Takao Shiotsuka is part of a fascinating school of Japanese architecture, which impresses every project, every detail thought of, creating an architecture that is pure and simple, with a lot of culture and different sensations through each and every visited angle. shio-atl.com Shiotsuka Takao was born in 1965 in Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan. In 1987 he graduated from the Department of Architectural Engineering through the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Oita. Continuing his studies, he completed his master's at the same university in 1989. He worked four years in Archaic Associates, and in 1994 founded his own office, Takao Shiotsuka Atelier. Since 2002, Takao is a professor at the University of Kyusyu in Oita. N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa Takao Shiotsuka won the GOOD DESIGN AWARD in 2001 and the International Design Competition, which included a panel of judges with none other than Jean Nouvel and Tadao Ando. Like any good Japanese architecture, Shiotsuka Takao Atelier's projects breathe the culture in every detail of design and construction of the works performed. The purity of the volumes, the details of light and shadow creating new sensations in every appearance and minimalist interiors, drawing attention to the smallest details of architecture, are all bright points in this fascinating Japanese school of architecture. Ohno Bus Terminal, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Private Gallery, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Shigemi House, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Atu House, Fukuoka, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Banquet hall, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Blue house, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. AKI co., ltd., Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Threefold House, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. K Urology Clinic, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. White Cave, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. 10 houses, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Silent House, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Salon O, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Garden and Sea, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Ceremony Hall, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Beautiful Houses: Quail Hill in Amagansett, NY

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, we present you the unique Quail Hill house. Quail Hill is a project by Bates Masi Architects, an accredited firm with roots in eastern Long Island for over 40 years, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, materials, craft and the environment for unique solutions. For the quail hill project for example, the whole house is very unique and has a very beautiful style and concept. Starting with the chimney, that looks massive and heavy but is actually made of thin concrete panels. They also designed a very nice double paned glass wall filled with small seashells for the wall by the stairs, a reference to the nearby beaches. The double-height living/dining room is a compatible scale and space for the large works of art and family gatherings. The fireplace surround reflects fragmented images of the art and surrounding landscape while its crystalline appearance defies its humble origins: polished stainless steel military dog tags. I stumbled upon this house during my daily browsing around and I really liked its style... a beautiful and stylish house surrounded by nature and great architectural elements. I simply love clean houses with huge spaces and mixed materials - wood, glass, steel, etc. And the quail hill house has all that! So I had to show it here to you guys. Check out Bates Masi Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) And I would like to thank Paul Masi and Adam Jordan from Bates Masi Architects for the attention and the material for this post. Thanks a lot!

The 10 Stadiums of the 2010 World Cup

As a good Brazilian I'm a soccer lover, and as everyone should know I'm also an admirer of good architecture. In this case, as we are getting closer to the World Cup in Africa, I decided to make a collection showing the beautiful stadiums that were built for this event, which is certainly one of the biggest sportis events in the world. I can say I'm already starting my stock of popcorn and Coca-Cola (and a little beer) to watch the games and of course honor the architecture of the stadiums that should serve as inspiration to us Brazilians for 2014. Many were still unfinished in the photos (taken from the site FIFA a>) but they give us a good idea of what we can expect in terms of comfort and technology. p> Mapa dos estádios na África do Sul Now prepare your sofas and warm the mood for the show which begins on June 11. But before that you should check it out where the teams will play in that list that I separated. Oh, be prepared, Robinho and Kaka will bring the Hexa from Brazil! Green Point Stadium - Cape Town One of the most artistic football venues in South Africa, the newly-built Green Point Stadium is situated in one of the much sought-after areas in the city of Cape Town. Green Point Stadium is one of the two semi-final venues for the FIFA World Cup™. Durban Stadium The newly-built Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The ground epitomises the architectural innovation on display in South Africa and takes its design inspiration from the South African flag, with its grand arch representing the unity of this sport-loving nation. Ellis Park Stadium - Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium is located in the centre of Johannesburg and has hosted many epic sporting events including the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup between Brazil and the United States. The ground was given a significant face-lift before the Confederations Cup finals and now seats 62,000 fans, increasing its capacity by almost nine per cent from the previous 57,000. Soccer City Stadium - Johannesburg The ground's design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal will be heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg's southwest and is only a short distance from one of the country's football-crazy townships, Soweto. Free State Stadium - Mangaung / Bloemfonteing The Free State Stadium was upgraded from a capacity of 38,000 to 45,000 during the refurbishments. The stadium has hosted numerous major football and rugby union matches, and Bloemfontein's natives are renowned for their passion for sport. Port Elizabeth Stadium - Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will host the match for third place , and a quarter-final amid a total of eight matches during the FIFA World Cup. The stadium has an eye-catching, unique roof-structure and a spectacular view, overlooking the North End Lake. Mbombela Stadium - Nelspruit The Mbombela comes as a welcome addition to football life in Nelspruit, and will leave a legacy of the beautiful game for all the people of Mpumalanga. Before the Stadium's construction, Nelspruit had no top football venue to host international matches. Peter Mokaba Stadium - Polokwane The design of the largely concrete structure is inspired by the locally iconic Baobab tree, with the steel structure supporting the roof plane gathered together at each corner of the stadium and supported by giant ‘trunk' structures which accommodate vertical circulation ramps and service cores. Royal Bafokeng Stadium - Rustenburg The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is one of the stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area. Loftus Versfeld Stadium - Tshwane/Pretoria Since 1948 it has undergone perennial upgrades. It has been used for both rugby and football matches and is home to one of the country's top rugby teams, the Blue Bulls. South Africa's national team, Bafana Bafana, achieved its first ever victory over a European side at this venue when they beat Sweden 1-0 in 1999.

Architect Day: Gensler

Founded in 1965 by architect Art Gensler, Gensler's office raised the standard of interior design, with a breathtaking portfolio in all sectors of architecture. Copyright © 2010 Gensler gensler.com Art Gensler, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning graduate, founded the company in 1965 and is highly accredited to promoting the practice of interior design to a professional standard. This can be seen clearly in his portfolio with large-scale projects working both the exterior and interior very finely. Herman Miller, Chippenham, United Kingdom. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Herman Miller, Chippenham, United Kingdom. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Barneys New York, Texas, USA. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Barneys New York, Texas, USA. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Today, in addition to Gensler, the office has CEOs Andy Cohen, Diane Hoskins and David Gensler. With a vast repertoire of different types, selecting works to post becomes a difficult task. What stands out the most are the internal spaces for shops and services developed in the firm's recent years. With many projects still being built, Gensler has a large team of professionals with expertise in all areas such as interiors and sustainability. UC Tower, Shanghai, China Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler HNI Gunlocke, Iowa, USA Photo by Nic Lehoux Copyright © 2010 Gensler Photo by Nic Lehoux Copyright © 2010 Gensler Global Pharmaceuticals Corporation, New Jersey, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler The Absolut Spirits Company, New York, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Santa Monica College Humanities and Social Sciences Building, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Club One Silver Creek Sportsplex, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Center on Halsted, Illinois, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Gateway Plaza, Delaware, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler EMI Music Japan, Tokyo, Japan Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Lenovo, North Carolina, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler RGM Advisors, Texas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Fallon Worldwide, Minnesota, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Hakuhodo, Tokyo, Japan Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler First Federal Savings Bank, Indiana, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler DLA Piper, Florida, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Comcast Center, Pennsylvania, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Westfield Annapolis, Maryland, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler REI Round Rock, Texas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Myeongdong Tower, Seoul, South Korea Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler JetBlue Airways, JFK International Airport, Terminal 5 , New York, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Colorado, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler McClellan-Palomar, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Mineta San Jose International Airport, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler CityCenter Automated People Mover, Las Vegas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler City Center, Las Vegas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler

Beautiful Houses: Ravine House in Toronto

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, we present you the awesome Ravine House. Ravine House is a project by Drew Mandel Design, which was established in Toronto in 2004. Their projects include residences, commercial and residential interiors, landscapes, a small office building and product design. Ranging from personal objects to city fabric, the design intent is always the development of a place or thing connected to, and reflective of, its context and client. This replacement residence is referred to as Ravine House, as it is both oriented around and fundamentally concerned with its wooden ravine setting. The ground floor steps down to follow the sloping site topography, resulting in one-and-a-half-height spaces at the ravine edge. Glass walls define the interior and exterior. A steel structure permits spaces to be cast into the ravine and allows oversized sliding glass and mahogany panels to provide direct access and a real connection to the exterior. I discovered this beautiful house last week at the premier of the movie Chloe here in Brazil. I have to say that the most interesting thing in that movie was definitely this amazing house... As soon as I got out of the theater I 'googled it' to discover more about the house to show it here to you. I sent an email to Drew Design and got a kind reply. This house is really beautiful, stylish and elegant! I loved it. Make sure to visit Drew Mandel Design website for further projects. And check out the movie to see more of this awesome project! See you next time. :)

Habitat 825, a Housing Unit in Hollywood

I had no doubt that any of you guys would love to live in this condo. Habitat 825 is a project from the Californian architecture firm Lorcan O'Herlihy (LOHA). The condo can accommodate 19 housing and is a really interesting project, from its concept to the final result. Vibrant colors and common materials, a combination nothing exuberant but when analyzing the whole work we can see how well they are applied, it is something near perfection. They gave a personalized treatment for each unit, having private and public areas that integrate with a central common area to all the residents. A project that deserves to be contemplated as a huge architectural inspiration. Photos: LOHA This project provided an opportunity to address the critical issues of density, site and the cultural and social impacts that arise from building adjacent to a historical landmark. Attempting to “kick down the bamboo wall”, Habitat 825 and its expansive use of common open space creates an urban space without borders or property lines. © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA Materials are a combination of non-combustible cement board and Local forest managed dark stained Redwood siding. The utilization of a rain screen system promotes a long life-cycle reducing the need for maintenance and repair. In addition, given Los Angeles’ warm climate, the movement of air between the building and the cladding cools the inner face of the exterior and reduces the demand for cooling energy. © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA

Architect Day: SOM - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, also known as SOM, have one of the largest portfolios of architecture in the world. With a 74-year career, the office continues to be very prestigious with highly skilled professionals producing high-level projects. som.com Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) was formed in Chicago in 1936 by American architects Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings, and later John O. Merrill who joined in 1939. In 1937, they opened their first branch in New York, the first step for anyone who becomes a large architectural firm in the world. They first became specialists in commercial buildings, building some of the tallest in the world. Terraza Plaza Hotel, USA Terraza Plaza Hotel, USA Great Lakes Naval Training Center - Hostess House, USA Great Lakes Naval Training Center - Hostess House, USA Most post-war designs have become icons of modern American architecture. Over time, many qualified professionals have an extensive selection of works, large-scale to qualified interior spaces. SOM shows that over time their projects continue to improve. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, from Chicago and New York, have offices in San Francisco, London, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Brussels, and their work appears in almost every corner of the world. Inland Steel Building, Chicago, USA Crown Zellerbach Headquarters, California, USA Manufacturers Hanover Trust, New York, USA Alameda County Coliseum, California, USA United States Air Force Academy - Cadet Chapel, Colorado, USA Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, USA Miami University Art Museum, Ohio, USA National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Apollo Office Building, Amsterdam, Netherlands Atlantico Pavilion, Lisbon, Portugal Broadgate - Exchange House, London, United Kingdom Dulles International Airport - Main Terminal Expansion, Virginia, USA 201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower, London, United Kingdom 444 North Michigan Avenue - Storefront and Lobby Renovation, Illinois, USA Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New Jersey, USA Birman 31, São Paulo, Brazil Broadgate Public Space Enhancements, London, United Kingdom Cathedral of Christ the Light Graphics, California, USA Changi International Airport - Rail Terminal, Changi, Singapore Edificio Portico, Madrid, Spain Electronic Arts Headquarters - Phase 2, California, USA Harvard University - Northwest Science Building, Massachusetts, USA Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, New York, USA Poly International Plaza, Guangzhou, China Rondo ONZ, Warsaw, Poland San Francisco International Airport - International Terminal, California, USA St. Albans School - Marriott Hall, District of Columbia, USA U.S. Embassy - Beijing, China Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia, USA General Motors Renaissance Center, Michigan, USA Lenovo / Raycom Infotech Park - Building C, Beijing, China

Beautiful Houses: Loft 3514 in New York

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, we present you the stunning Loft 3514. Loft 3514 is a project by Shelton Mindel & Associates, which is an architectural firm established in 1978. They provide complete architectural, interiors and product design services several kinds of clients, from corporate and cultural to residential. I found a picture of this loft when I was browsing around looking for the next house to show you guys. Since I simply love lofts and this one got my attention immediately, I decided to find more about it. Unfortunately I didn't got much information about the project, idea or concept, but as I found the firm responsible for it and some really nice pictures, I decided to show you the loft anyways. As you will be able to se here, we don't need to have details about the project to notice the beauty, elegance and the contemporary elements on it... I'm almost in love with this loft... the huge and clean spaces, the stairs, the floor and the terrace... everything was very well planned, perfect combination. Also liked this loft? Check out this project and lots more at Shelton Mindel & Associates' website. See you next time. :) Photos by Michael Moran.

Incredible Business School Building in New Zealand

The combination of glass and metal is practically perfect in this project. This school in Auckland, New Zealand, is a project from FJMT and Archimedia, 2 offices who like to abuse these materials. And we can see in this building how to perfectly combine these materials. There are some places that we would like to study and work, the Business School and Teaching Complex is an example. Besides the beautiful shapes of the building, the school was built with integrated areas of study for social contact among students and also a garden that invites people to relax after a few hours of studying. A warm and modern place, where the concept of the format of the building was designed as a gesture to invite the community to join. Photos by John Gollings are amazing and very helpful to understand and appreciate this project. We developed architectural forms that open through a series of organic flowing ribbons in a gesture of invitation, outreach and optimism, gathering the energy of the site into a major new public square. These layered glass and stainless steel planes are carefully composed to orientate and join the forms and internal volumes of the new building to significant landscape elements. © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings Tip from archdaily.com.

Architect Day: GH+A

Guillermo Hevia Architects is another good Chilean firm showing a lot of quality and boldness in their designs. With the majority of their projects in Chile, they have earned awards and international publications. © GH+A guillermohevia.cl Guillermo Hevia Hernandez was born on November 18, 1949 in Chile. Graduating in 1976 in Architecture and Urbanism Faculty at the Universidad de Chile, he formed the office "Guillermo Hevia y Cia Architecture" in 1993, dedicated to architectural design in different areas such as industrial, services, corporate, housing, educational, and consulting on bioclimatic architecture and sustainability. Terramater Wineries, Chile © GH+A Terramater Wineries, Chile © GH+A Terramater Wineries, Chile © GH+A The firm GH+A, Guillermo Hevia Architects, researches and develops new architectural proposals incorporating sustainable bioclimatic techniques, seeking energy saving and environmental protection; a key resource for all architectural offices, but one that's not always used. The Hevia team projects also result in interesting bold structuresnalways taking advantage of the aesthetic quality that it can generate. Castano Bakeries, Chile Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Ahumada Drugstores and Warehouse, Chile Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Chilexpress, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Cristalchile Bottling Factory, V Región, Chile Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Candelaria Building, Santiago, Chile Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Derco Center and Warehouse, Santiago, Chile Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Alsacia Office Building and Warehouse, Santiago, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Almazara Olisur Olive Oil Factor, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A BMW Showroom and Offices, Santiago, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Benavides Drugstore and Warehouse, Mexico © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Nestlé Social Building, Graneros, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Aeropuerto 2, Mexico © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Palapa, Mexico © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A

Beautiful Houses: Alki Townhomes in Seatle

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, we present you the amazing Alki Townhomes. Alki Townhomes is a project by Johnston Architects. They are a highly experienced and talented team who believe that architecture is a language, and like any language, it has rules and conventions. Solving programmatic and functional problems is one of the basic elements of architecture and they work to excel this fundamental level, and at the same time, realize possibilities that transcend the ordinary. The project consists in two townhouses that are located near the beach boardwalk. The houses and their great glass facades are beautiful and stylish. The mix of different shades of wood, glass and steel matched perfectly and gave the house a cozy and unique touch. Well, this is for sure a place that I would live in! Just loved the whole combinations and simplicity. To read more about the project go to Johnston Architects website. See you next time. :)

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!