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PAD Inc. / Samer Hoot & Tomo Arakawa

Open shell House

source: courtesy of PAD Inc.

Located on a typical suburban lot and designed for a starter family with young children, we divided the building horizontally into two contrasting worlds. A street level volume that is more introverted and interiorized allowing for more nurturing and protective environment, and an upper space that is more open and extroverted  for expansive views and sense of openness. Continue reading PAD Inc. / Samer Hoot & Tomo Arakawa

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Riegler Riewe Architekten

Med campus . Graz

source: architekturwettbewerb . Riegler Riewe Architekten . model photos: Paul Ott

With the greatest possible consideration of urban development requirements, the project implements an ensemble of clearly structured and coherent building bodies. On the one hand, due to its characteristic appearance, it offers the potential for identification within the urban context whilst, on the other hand, an interesting interplay between built areas and free spaces and between public and private use, results from the sophisticated structure of the volumes.  Continue reading Riegler Riewe Architekten

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Mansilla+Tuñón

Royal Collection  museum . Madrid

source: coagpontevedra . Mansilla+Tuñón . urbanity

From an urban perspective, the project is based on two fundamental principles: on the one hand, the Royal Collection  museum should be part of the natural-artificial landscape of Madrid’s western edge, and on the other, it is necessary to maintain the open, public nature of La Almunena and preserve views of the parks and gardens beneath the western lip of the city. The Museum, in its linear structure as an inhabited containment wall, tries to reduce the objective (physical and subjective (collective subconscious) environmental impact on the monumental plinth of the Royal Palace. Continue reading Mansilla+Tuñón