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Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos

© Jesús Granada

Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Location: Plaza de Manuel Pérez García, Almería, Spain
Design Team: José Ángel Ferrer
Architectural Technologist: Manuel Alonso
Internal Collaborators: José Antonio Cuerva, Miguel G. Haro and Fernando Mateos
Photographs: Jesús Granada

External Collaborators: JG Ingenieros, Secoal Ingenieros and Sondeal G&M
Contractor: Construcciones Tejera

The project aim is to renovate 4,500 metres of underground tunnels running 8 metres below the surface and to build an entrance pavilion. When tackling the renovation project, we found two issues that would have a considerable effect on the final outcome: Firstly, the renovation of the tunnels had to guarantee the safety of visitors, meeting the current regulatory requirements, but without detracting anything from the original spaces; secondly we needed to design entrances that would enable the high number of expected visitors to be controlled in this protected historical setting.

© Jesús Granada

The entire design is full of explanatory texts in an attempt to link the project to its physical and cultural context, paying the utmost respect to the already existing features and conserving the original character of the site.

© Jesús Granada

Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos © Jesús Granada
Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos © Jesús Granada
Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos © Jesús Granada
Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos © Jesús Granada
Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos © Jesús Granada
Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos © Jesús Granada
Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos © Jesús Granada
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Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Aug 2012.

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This distinguished residence displays an unusual architecture. Created as a family home, the Feldbalz House was especially designed for a lifestyle divided between the needs of the children and those of their parents. Three floors compose a suite of spaces split in three different zones – the ground level shelters spaces for the children, opening towards the garden and a patio cantilevering over the swimming pool, the first floor is occupied by family living space, while the last floor showcases necessary rooms for the parents. Designed by Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann to occupy 276 square meters on a beautiful plot overlooking Lake Zurich, the contemporary family house exposes a translucent front entrance only to fully open up towards the beautiful views. Extensive use of glass on the private side of the house allows it to take advantage of surrounding panoramas, as well as its own surprising architecture.

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New publication from Cairo Egypt. (zawia#00:Change Pre-Release Preview)

Zawia’s upcoming volume will be targeted towards discussing the significantly changing realities imposed on all social, political and economic systems and their influence on design disciplines. The complex global situation and continuous fluctuations within these systems demand a new understanding and repositioning of the field. Responding to issues such as the failing economic and political systems worldwide, growing discontent with capitalism and the dominance of its financial institutions, unemployment, social injustice, and the empowering created by social media networks becomes a necessity, if the discipline is to remain relevant and involved in the remaking of these structures. Zawia’s ‘Change’ volume will attempt to demonstrate if architects are ready to embrace the changing ideals and the new modes of operation, and if they are willing to help better people’s lives rather than focusing on glorifying design or architecture.

Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates

© Edmund Sumner

Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington DC, USA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

Project Area: 22,500 sqm
Structural Engineering: ReStl Designers Inc
Mechanical Engineering: Getty and Associates International
Client: District of Columbia Public Libraries
Budget: U$13M

The second of Adjaye Associates’ new neighborhood libraries for the District of Columbia, the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library is characterised by its celebration of views across the neighborhood, and its insertion into the dramatically sloping site topography. The challenge was also to create a civic building within a residential context.

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Rather than a single monolithic form, the library is a cluster of geometric volumes, both elevated and grounded physically to the site. Using the grounded main volume to host the library central stacks and primary reading, the elevated volumes create a welcoming portico at the entrance that can be used for events and informal gatherings. The volumes mediate the scale of the building by using small, medium and large forms, derived from the library’s programme but also capturing the surrounding urban fabric and the site topography. Wrapped in a concrete and glazed skin with timber fins, the envelope not only resolves structural and shading requirements, but also articulates the vertical presence of the building juxtaposed to the sloping landscape.

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On plan, the volumes follow the geometry of the site to form a series of identical, shifting rectangles. The arrangement maximizes the eastern exposure for filtered natural lighting, which is the primary light source. The library service areas are layered, with adults, teenage and children’s services contained within the separate volumes. The first floor contains the circulation desk, adult browsing, sights and sound, a meeting room and library staff support spaces. The second floor has additional adult browsing and children services. The third floor contains further adult, meeting rooms and teen services. The concrete staircase, taking visitors up to the higher levels, matches the incline of the street.

© Edmund Sumner

Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates © Edmund Sumner
Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates © Edmund Sumner
Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates © Edmund Sumner
Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates © Edmund Sumner

Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Aug 2012.

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Plus One Berlin hotel room by Spamroom 1 Alternative To Pretentious Hotels : Small Multi Functional Plus One Hotel Room

Spamroom – with offices in Berlin -imagined a unique hotel room concept revolving around a creative multi-purpose space arrangement. Located in Berlin’s Neukoelln neighborhood, the hotel sheltering this one of a kind concept encouraged the designer to experiment with salvaged materials and expose the city’s history. The Plus One Berlin hotel room showcases a versatile functionality serving travelers with a fun, dynamic space lit by restored brass lamps and old copper pipes transformed into custom lamps. Occupying only 30 square meters, the room was conceived to be functional and visually pleasant in spite of its small size. The kitchenette/storage room is made of revamped panel doors and old parquet floor boards, alongside new plywood pieces, as we find out from Designboom. The shape and orientation changes according to traveler’s needs, making it easy to use and occupying as much space as possible. This multi-functional unit can also be used for storing clothes and its undecided composition is reminiscent of today’s creative displays of old and new materials.

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Discover Haiti Exhibition

Donna Karan at Discover Haiti Exhibition © Daniel Portilla

The exhibition is opened from last Wednesday July 25th and will run until August 15th. Curated by Urban Zen & Nomad Two Worlds, ‘Discover Haiti’ features art, accessories, clothing and home furnishings designed and produced in Haiti.

The collection comprises the work of craftsmen in small objects, pictures, and also the projects of refurbishment and reconstruction of buildings destroyed by the last 2010 earthquake.

Iron Market © Daniel Portilla

Between the projects presented is The Iron Market, which was originally built in 1891, being one of the most significant cultural and historic architectural landmarks in Haiti. Decimated by a fire in 2008 and further catastrophically damaged by the 2010 earthquake, John McAslan + Partners was the lead architect of its reconstruction. As the commercial and social hub of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital, the opening of the Iron Market is a key milestone for Haiti.

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Educational Facilities and Community Centers are also part of the exhibition. John McAslan himself during the press conference explained the process of development of these projects. The constraints that mean to build even the simplest structure in a country with a limited urban development, and in addition that have been affected by natural disasters.

“The proposal organises settlements with a community facility at their heart; such as a school, health clinic and market. From here a distinctive and planned community can develop which can be expanded in the future on adjacent plots, as funds become available, to meet future needs.”

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The Clinton Foundation has helped to facilitate the Maison D’Haiti project. The exhibition is hosted at the McAslan + Partners headquarters’ William Road Gallery, located in 7-9 William Road, London NW1 3ER.

More information:

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Discover Haiti Exhibition originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Aug 2012.

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Triangle Brick Headquarters / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architects: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Durham, NC, USA
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 14,000 sq ft
Photographs: Jonathan Hillyer

Triangle Brick Headquarters is the North American base of operations for the German parent company Röben Tonbaustoffe. The project consists of corporate offices, a product design center, and a uniquely landscaped brick garden. The project has been designed to showcase brick masonry in a range of applications and has been influenced by the architectural legacy of the parent company in Germany.

The office wing is a simple two-story volume oriented with views to a pond to the south and to the garden on the north. The building is intentionally narrow in width, providing all offices with natural daylight and views to the exterior. Public spaces include the lobby and gathering space and the gallery link between the offices and the Design Center. The reminder of the office bar is comprised of private offices, conference rooms, work spaces, storage, toilets, and an employee break room.

© Jonathan Hillyer

The site and buildings are organized around a masonry wall extending through the lobby and out on to the site. As this wall moves from outside to inside, it transforms from being a planter and seating wall to a lobby wall incorporating a fireplace and interior windows. This wall is the defining architectural element of the project.

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The Design Center is a residential-scaled element housing a variety of stationary and interactive displays of brick. The main space is two-stories high and is primarily oriented to the brick garden. Acknowledging the residential scale of this building and the architectural influence from the parent company, the building incorporates a pitched roof clad in black clay tile. Further influence is evidenced by the choice of zinc cladding for the large roof dormer.

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The Brick Garden is a geometrically composed space featuring spinning brick panels. The panels display a range of products and allow potential customers the opportunity to view their selections under different daylight conditions.

First Floor Plan

Triangle Brick Headquarters / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee © Jonathan Hillyer
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Triangle Brick Headquarters / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 31 Jul 2012.

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