The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE

Architects: TOPOS ARCHITECTURE
Location: Mayenne, France
Architect In Charge: Topos Architecture
Area: 1300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jérôme BLIN

Project Owner: Ville de Mayenne (City of Mayenne)
Price: 2522030 € HT

From the architect. The House of the Early Childhood, located in Mayenne, between the city Centre and the new railway station district, is a single level urban building, thought as asoft and welcoming architecture for children & parents, but also for the nurses.

In this way, the building is based on a domestic and hospitable universe: presence of wood outside but also inside, reception and common spaces user-friendly, roof partially built in double slope, omnipresent natural light, generous vegetation…

The garden (800 m2) is an outside room really private and there are four patios that give rhythm to the common spaces.

This centre welcomes from now on 90 children in 1300 m².

This building is emblematic on environmental plan. It has received from Certivéa, the certificate of conformity to the label for High Energy Performance. Certivéa certifies that it’s in accordance with the BBC level and with the requirements of the Effinergie brand.

The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE © Jérôme BLIN
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE Floor Plan
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The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE North Eevation
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE West Elevation
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The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 30 Nov 2013.

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BIM: Collaboration Via the Cloud

This article on Line/Shape/Space by Jeff Yoders discusses how BIM can be used to good effect by bringing different professionals together early on in a design project. By utilizing the shared BIM model over the cloud – or even by providing a dedicated “Computer-Aided Visual Environment” or “BIM CAVE” (seriously) – clashes can be detected early, design priorities can be more balanced, and ultimately the time and cost requirements of a project can be significantly reduced. You can read the full article here.

BIM: Collaboration Via the Cloud originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 30 Nov 2013.

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The $32 Million Luxurious Penthouse in Soho with Panoramic Views

Penthouse in Soho The $32 Million Luxurious Penthouse in Soho with Panoramic Views Located on 383 West Broadway, in Soho, this exquisite (and pricy) $32 million penthouse combines harmonically exclusive designer’s furniture with cozy design elements. Completed by Piero Manara in collaboration with Debla Manara-Berger of Casamanara, the apartment offers some of the most amazing views of the city’s skyline. And what a city it is! A gracious wood-paneled entry leads you to the expansive and modern “65 x 40 foot living room featuring up-lit original cast-iron columns and ceilings that soar from 16 feet up to 22 feet under the light-infusing skylights. Massive windows facing south and west add even more light and create the perfect picture frame of the new Freedom Tower.”

Sophisticated interior The $32 Million Luxurious Penthouse in Soho with Panoramic ViewsThe residence integrates a fireplace in the living room and “frames” New York as it is. Featuring a roof terrace (from here you can enjoy the city in all its architectural glory), four bedrooms, five bathrooms, an office, a cinema/ media room, a gym and a spa, this is one complete home that brings to our attention the idea that one explore and enjoy the city while staying indoor. However, for those who pay a special interest in it, here’s an extremely relevant info: the apartment is now for sale and can be purchased from Elliman, the real estate responsible with the selling.

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How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies

The challenge of converting a sea of parking lots, that so often riddles auto-dependent suburbs, is in densification. Architects are introducing compact urban living models to small towns all across the country, retrofitting single-use zoning into more walkable, diverse and connected communities. Perhaps nowhere is this evolution more evident than Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood, home to the country’s oldest shopping malls. Learn how the town became denser and greener, transitioning to a transit-oriented development, “Gray, Green, and Blue: Seattle’s Northgate.”

How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 30 Nov 2013.

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Bellevue Hill Penthouse in Australia Offering Striking Views of the Sydney Harbor

architecture project Bellevue Hill  Bellevue Hill Penthouse in Australia Offering Striking Views of the Sydney HarborApproached by a bachelor who had just acquired a penthouse occupying the entire top floor of a 1940′s building, Rolf Ockert Design were faced with a challenge of delivering a serious design makeover. With striking views of the Sydney Harbor, the new crib had to take advantage of its privileged location. A former existing wall of the terrace was hence completely removed and replaced with a glazed extension, ensuring an unobstructed panoramic perspective.
design project Bellevue Hill  Bellevue Hill Penthouse in Australia Offering Striking Views of the Sydney HarborTall ceilings define the interiors, which exhibit elegance and an overall feeling of relaxation: “Several existing internal walls were removed to make the Kitchen/Living area as generous as possible. An existing widening in the corridor was integrated in the living zone as a bar area for the wine loving client. The resulting sequence of spaces, starting from the entry, guided by the soft ‘flowing’ veneer clad spine wall, results in an apparent spatial generosity beyond its actual square meterage“, explained the architects.  Wood was employed throughout, soothing the transition between spaces.
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Hoff Residence / Ramella Arquitetura

Architects: Ramella Arquitetura
Location: Xangri-lá – Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
Team: Blacio Ruivo Junior, Carlos Ramella, Larissa Ramella
Collaborator: Matheus Letiere
Area: 220.0 m2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

From the architect. Single Family Residence on the beach in Xangri-there, South Coast of Brazil.

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Concrete and bricks stand out in a simple architecture, comprising two blocks, created for the family Hoff.

Strategically positioned solar orientation, the balcony includes both homes and brightens the room, creating scenarios during the day with shadow effects of the pergola swing, communicating the ambients with the garden.

The external features of the house are repeated internally as the exposed concrete and solid brick red ceramic.

Floor brick, tile hydraulic and wood furniture, makes the home a warm and happy home, a beach house according to gatherings in family that promote during the weekends and during the summer.

Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
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Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
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Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
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Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi
Casa Hoff / Ramella Arquitetura © Marcelo Donadussi

Hoff Residence / Ramella Arquitetura originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 29 Nov 2013.

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Cooper Union Architecture Students Launch Campaign To Preserve Free Education

Our goal is to raise $600,000 to cover the incoming students’ tuition bills for one year while a long term solution is developed to sustain the Cooper Union’s promise of free education.

Cooper Union students establish the ‘One Year Fund’

Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi

Architects: Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi
Location: Daxing, Beijing, China
Area: 4964.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

From the architect. The factory building was conversed to the head office of the furniture manufacturer. The programs are factory for 1st floor , 2nd floor and half of 3rd floor, exhibition space for half of 3rd floor, office space for 4th floor. The exhibition space of 3rd floor is connected to the 4th floor through spiral stairs where the existing floor was removed.  5.5m ceiling height is enough to make skip-floor style, so that we aimed to realize three-dimensionaloffice landscape.

The requested programs were conference room, meeting room, resting space, office space, vice-president’s room and so on.  Comparatively public programs of these such as conference room were put near to the elevator hall, on the other hand office space was put on inner part of the floor. Office space was planned to open, whereas the rooms those were needed to be closed would be treated as a group of several volumes in the huge space.

The spiral staircase that was put in the center of the floor connects the exhibition space of 3rd floor and office space of 4th floor and resting space of loft. When we enter from the elevator hall, we can see the conference room in tiers next to the void with spiral staircase. On the opposite side of the conference room across the void, there is small-sized meeting room and the volume of the resting space is flying over it. After passing through this small-sized meeting room, there is office space with skip-floor where the sections are clearly separated by the floor height also the difference of eye level induce the communication between them. When rising up to 1.2m level, we reach the back of the conference room in tiers. This conference room connects between entrance hall and office space, when not using conference room we can use this as shortcut.

Basic use materials are white EP paint on the wall, mortar finish on the existing floor, steel checkered plate on the skip-floor. Around some part like elevator hall or stairs, COR-TEN steel was used to add rigid accent, on the other hand on the wide wall at the end of the entrance hall vertical plant was put to soften space.

Inside the landscape with various levels, white boxes are put as if to make village. There are some bypasses, hidden area and open area, alcove where we can look down the atrium, also we can overview whole area from the loft space. As if we walk inside the ancient village, we can enjoy sequential view here.  (Yoshimasa Tsutsumi)

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Zen-Inspired Residence in Singapore Encompassed by Luxuriant Vegetation

21 Jervois Hill House Zen Inspired Residence in Singapore Encompassed by Luxuriant VegetationLocated in the exotic country of Singapore, the 21 Jervois Hill residence, a project completed by AR43 Architects, was designed as a retreat for the body, mind and soul. The luxuriant vegetation encompassing the house had a strong influence in its current architectural structure. The client asked for a relaxing living space, a haven that embraces nature and makes it part of it. What the architects had in mind was to to establish a strong connection with the surrounding site, therefore using natural materials to built the house seemed the most matter-of-course thing to do.

House and Greenery Zen Inspired Residence in Singapore Encompassed by Luxuriant VegetationAs any other zen-inspired place, the house feels breezy and it inspires peacefulness. Its structure integrates on one side a water cascade fountain  which plunges down to become one with the swimming pool. This particular scene creates a relaxing atmosphere, allowing you to enjoy the nature in all its ravishing beauty. The house consists of a main volume, a large pavilion and a supporting wing. The living room opens up to the garden terrace while the bedroom is oriented towards the tropical forest, framing it and allowing you to wake up every morning in such an inspiring and heaven-like environment.

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