Category Archives: Arquitectura

prada’s boutique store in tokyo has backlit ‘sponge’ walls designed by OMA

prada has again collaborated with OMA, the architecture firm founded by rem koolhaas, in the design of its boutique store in tokyo. forming part of the miyashita park shopping mall in the city’s shibuya district, the 300 square meter single-storey outlet offers a selection of clothing, bags, accessories, and footwear for men and women in unisex and thematic versions.

all images courtesy of prada

opening onto the street, the external façade includes a large window that presents passersby with a view into the dreamlike, yet minimal interior. a black and white chequered floor extends throughout the space, while the walls are clad with backlit green sponge — a material designed by OMA in 2002 for the prada epicenter in los angeles. referred to as ‘prada sponge’, its development started with an architectural model made using a regular cleaning sponge.

‘as the visual effect of this backlit texture was very intriguing, an extensive search was initiated to recreate this material in 1:1 scale,’ OMA said at the time. ‘many hundred tests and prototypes were handmade in order to test hole sizes, percentages of openness, translucencies, depths, colors, etc.. simultaneously, mass production and 3D computer modeling techniques were investigated that could help translate the properties of the handcrafted prototypes and all technical requirements into the final product.’

elsewhere in the store, the luminous ceiling and video wall of the backdrop allow the displayed products to command full attention. found at the center of the space, aluminum display elements enhance the minimal aesthetic and contemporary feel of the interior.

available products include bags, backpacks, accessories, and shoes made of brand new re-nylon, a selection of visual books from prada, as well as exclusive cotton poplin T-shirts featuring original prints dedicated to the store’s opening. one such garment features the prada oval logo, which has been reinterpreted by OMA to include the prada miyashita park store name, and a travel tag print with TYO (tokyo) symbols. see the T-shirt designs below.

project info:

name: prada miyashita park
location: tokyo, japan
design: OMA
status: open

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takayuki suzuki architecture atelier drapes sheer fabric across the ceiling of japanese house

located on a mountain slope in gamagori, japan, this house by takayuki suzuki architecture atelier is built for a couple and their three children. the project is topped with a single slanted roof that unifies its multiple levels while blocking out the view from the neighborhood and the western sun. inside, the japanese architecture studio has draped sheer, lightweight fabric across the ceiling, creating a serene living space.all images ©︎ ToLoLo studio

takayuki suzuki architecture atelier has designed the two-story wooden house as an open, lightweight construction that connects to its surroundings while maintaining enough privacy for its residents. the large, slanted roof that tops the entire residence brings in the trees of the garden while allowing for views of the park and the seascape in the distance. this way, ‘the residents can feel the presence of the city at every stage of their lives,’ as the studio explains.

the roof extends to the edge of the road, and by adjusting the height of the eaves it is possible to control the amount of visibility from the side of the road. the interior of the house oozes out beyond the boundary line of the road with the intention of connecting with the city. its wooden ceiling is draped with sheer fabric, which adds a lightweight, serene character to the building. 

project info:

name: house in gamagori

architect: takayuki suzuki architecture atelier

location: gamagori, aichi, japan

site area: 251.19 sqm

total floor area: 118.70 sqm

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Cool Contemporary Style Home In A Boatshed

Lavender Bay Boatshed is cool contemporary style home designed by Stephen Collier Architects located in Lavender Bay, a harbourside suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

This awesome house is nice example how imagination can turn almost every object into cool home. Living right next to the water is a must for some people and this is the chance where creativity kicks in. Architects designed interiors to fit every need of its residents. Wooden roof structure gives another level of charm to this home.

Existing floor plan offered interesting shape where curves challenged architects which created this space into creative modern stairs. There’s also priceless Sydney Bay Bridge view.

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All photos © Peter Bennetts

rivate car showroom by bureau fraai in amsterdam frames views of iconic jaguar models

Its quietly amazing how the european design always mesmerize the senses by proposing amazing features out of things that seems to come from clients ego, and even if the feat seems just to justify the needs of a random individual, the result can be pretty amazing if lands in the hands of a compelling architect.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

a couple of owners of two jaguar models have asked architecture firm bureau fraai to design a garage where they can store their cars safely, and also showcase them in an elegant way. 

the architects have come up with a private showroom concept to be located within the backyard of the clients’ main house in amsterdan. formed as a distinct black volume with an automatic car lift, the garage is completely visible from the residence. 

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

the showroom by bureau fraai stores the two jaguars, stacked on top of each other, with the use of an automatic car lift. the structure features a large steel plate window, framing the client’s favourite model as if it were a painting to be enjoyed from within their own living room. the characteristic design of the garage is enhanced by integrating a custom-designed grill with the jaguar logo, referring to classical models from the car brand’s history.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

besides the showroom, bureau fraai has also designed a matching black roof extension for the main residence. the roofing connects to the two different roof heights of the neighbouring buildings. here, two big steel plate framed windows enclose the interior of the top floor living and working area, creating an edward hopper like appearance when observed from the exterior.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

both window frames also serve a second purpose; the front one extends into the interior as a desk while framing the view to the neighbourhood. meanwhile, the rear one facing the roof terrace and garden evolves into a bench where one can relax and enjoy the sky. in contrast with the black exterior shell, the interior has a warm and light character. both the ceiling and the connected built-in wall cabinet are made from wood, with clear matching partitioning and refined detailing.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

project info:

name: black gems
architects: bureau fraai
location: amsterdam, the netherlands

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bamboo club + cafe by VTN architects takes center stage in the heart of vietnam

The place were the bamboo becames a part of the city scenary…

vinh, in central vietnam, has been a battleground for multiple wars resulting in a massive amount of destruction to the city and the surrounding region. renovation for vietnam’s biggest city in the central region of the country has steered toward european design with colonial style façades, providing VTN architects with its latest challenge.

from street level, the bamboo material is visible on both levels: the rooftop dome and cafe under
all images by trieu chien



the project, titled ‘nocenco cafe,’ focused on morphing a middle-rise concrete building located in the city center of vinh. this scheme sees a renovated a cafe on the last floor and rooftop of a 7th floor turned into a neighborhood and city icon, with an emphasis on using a unique local material to create a new structure.

nocenco cafe‘ provides a completely unique interior but follows the bamboo theme

after a study period, VTN architects decided to use bamboo; an easily accessible material in the tropical climate reducing construction time and budget, but one that is also light and structurally sound.

the club has a cave like feel but sports open views of the surrounding city



the end product was a large dome structure on the roof with a club/lounge recognizable from any part of the city and a redesigned cafe on the floor below with an interior built using bamboo. this project equips a city that was once ravaged by war with a gathering place that has ‘a great view over the surrounding low-rise houses, towards the river, magnificent forest scape and various aged buildings.


the rooftop’s structure is built from bamboo and take the shape of an ‘L’



the vietnam-based architecture firm used ten bamboo columns to hide the existing structure and four additional columns to elegantly divide the space into different private areas, thus creating a cave-like space but juxtaposed with an open view of the surrounding city.


center of the dome is an open area

the club dome supported by bamboo columns opens up the surrounding views of the city

the dome is left open at the top

the bamboo structure provides a local and organic aspect to the neighborhood

clear views of the city from the rooftop club

the cafe under the rooftop club also sports views of the surrounding neighborhood

the incorporation of bamboo creates a unique environment complimented by shrubbery

the bamboo cafe also allows for natural light to enter

project info:

name: nocenco cafe

principal architects: vo trong nghia, nguyen tat dat

design team: to quang cam, le hoang tuyet ngoc, takahito yamada

office credit: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)

status: built in may 2018

program: café, club

location: vinh city, nghe an, vietnam

footprint: 438 sqm

GFA: 687 sqm

bamboo contractor: VTN architects

photography: trieu chien

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MINI LIVING + freelandbuck’s urban cabin offers living quality within 15m2

the 2018 los angeles design festival has begun and with it, one of the most anticipated installations has opened its doors: the MINI LIVING urban cabin. the new site-specific installation, which resides on the rooftop of the ROW DTLA, is the first in the series to house overnight guests. it follows the project that started in 2017, with stops in london and at A/D/O, brooklyn, NYC.

all images by laurian ghinitoiu



‘we’re working on our own very distinct interpretation of co-living. our aim is to enable a genuine sense of community, opening doors and creating public space,’ explains esther bahne, head of strategy and innovation MINI.‘our installations and visionary formats seek to explore a whole new range of possibilities in the creative use of space, and we’re now putting what we’ve learned into practice in the form of real-life construction projects.’



MINI’s urban cabin is a continuous installation project comprised of a small living unit that travels to various locations across the world, adapted for each city by local architects. each variation is designed with limited space and inspired by local surroundings, demonstrating creative approaches to the challenge of saving space while creating unique identities. the concept has been designed to demonstrate how a living space can be smart and flexible while, at the same time, make its inhabitants feel at home.



the LA cabin, with a footprint of just 15-square-meters, is a downtown oasis that allows visitors to embrace nature at the heart of the city. furthermore, the design focuses on enhancing a collective experience, rather than concentrating on just the domestic needs of one occupant.



this collective and open spirit is exactly what freelandbuck furthers with their part of the unique, locally-inspired urban cabin. by extending the perceptual boundaries and the contemplative life of a living space through spatial effects and experimental material assemblies, visitors can look and experience a transforming piece of architecture. two nested boxes, constructed with aluminum framing, are wrapped in translucent polycarbonate printed with the image of a third box that appears to be projected through the structure. the three-dimensional graphic surfaces vary between graphic alignment and kaleidoscopic effects as one moves around and through them. the indoor/outdoor quality created by the translucent skin is accentuated by a hanging garden which forms another cubic volume suspended from the enclosure.



on each side of freelandbuck’s kaleidoscopic experience room, the urban cabin features two outer modules: one for living and sleeping; the bathroom and kitchen on the other. the MINI LIVING design team have created these areas with a perforated metal facade on the exterior. as sunlight shines through the material, as well as the sporadic holes cut into the interior’s wooden cladding, varying mesmerizing and characterful patterns shimmer upon the floors and walls. making creative use of space down to the last, smart detail, the cabin features many space-saving solutions, such as push, fold and rotate mechanisms to further open the architecture to the environment and allow residents to adapt the space to their needs.



the MINI LIVING urban cabin will be open from june 8 – 10 during the LA design festival 2018. after the event, the urban cabin will continue its global tour, heading for beijing next and then onward to tokyo.

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bjarke ingels group designs customizable tiny house that can be built in any location 

bjarke ingels group has designed a customizable micro-home that can be built within a rapid time-frame in any location. named ‘A45’, the project is an iteration of the traditional A-frame cabin, known for its pitched roof and angled walls. BIG has developed the qualities of this classic structure with a design that maximizes usable floor area by taking a square base and twisting the roof 45 degrees. this enables the tiny home to boast a soaring 13 foot (4 meter) ceiling height.

all images by matthew carbone



constructed in upstate new york, ‘A45’ is a prototypical tiny house designed for klein. founded by designer and interior architect søren rose, klein’s goal is to develop a diverse range of tiny house concepts with the world’s leading architects. the homes are to be built by leading manufacturers and can be delivered anywhere in the world within a six month lead time. BIG’s tiny home is customizable inside and out and will be available for future home-owners to purchase.

the project is an iteration of the traditional A-frame cabin



externally, the building’s crystal-like form lends the project an ever-changing appearance. internally, the 180 square foot space has been prioritized for comfort and to foster a close relationship with nature. a morsøe wood-burning fireplace is nestled in one corner, while off-grid equipment is tucked away in the back. furniture includes a kitchen designed by københavns møbelsnedkeri, hand-crafted furniture from carl hansen, and a bed fitted with kvadrat fabric designed by søren rose studio. the bathroom is made of cedar wood with fixtures by VOLA.

the design maximizes usable floor area by taking a square base and twisting the roof 45 degrees



the dwelling is assembled in modules on site and consists of 100% recyclable materials. this includes the timber frame, wall modules, a subfloor, and the triangular floor-to-ceiling window that comprises seven glass pieces. the structure is slightly elevated on four concrete piers that give optimal support and allow homeowners to place their tiny house in even the most remote areas.

the tiny home boasts a soaring 13 foot (4 meter) ceiling height

the kitchen has been designed by københavns møbelsnedkeri

the project features hand-crafted furniture from carl hansen

the bathroom is made of cedar wood with fixtures by VOLA

the dwelling consists of 100% recyclable materials

the micro-home can be built within a rapid time-frame in any location

klein’s goal is to develop a range of tiny house concepts with the world’s leading architects



project info:


name: klein
date: may, 2018
program: housing
status: completed
size: 17 sqm / 183 sqf
project type: commission
client: klein house
collaborators: soren rose studio, dinesen, morsø, gagganau, kvadrat, carl hansen & søn, suite new york, københavns møbelsnedkeri, XAL, vola


project team:
partners-in-charge: bjarke ingels, thomas christoffersen
project leader: max moriyama
project architect: rune hansen
team: jian yong khoo, tianqi zhang

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land ark RV looks more like a high end ski lodge on wheels

land ark RV — a nomadic lifestyle brand on wheels — just released ‘drake.’ it sleeps up to six people, costs a little less than an airstream, can handle snow and is absolutely move-in-ready.

all images courtesy of land ark

the simply-shaped square and rectangular windows break up the sparse design like a cubist, picasso painting. its acute corners could cut the sky in half. these photos don’t show it, but you can imagine what this sharp black box might look like encased in a soft blanket of snow. in addition to its high-end design and curated amenities, drake the land ark RV was designed by people who actually live the mobile tiny house lifestyle. since 2011, founders of land ark brian and joni buzarde have been ‘guinea pigs,’ experiencing and recording the positives and paint points. after these years of research, the two designed drake.

JR’s hut is a true australian home on the range, built by a two person team

R’s hut at kimo estate is an australian home on the range. typically for property value, location is everything. most people pay top dollar to be were the action is, but this project in rural new south wales has the exact opposite virtue. there is absolutely nothing around it, except for beautiful rolling hills. the house appears as if part of a dream. as a true little house on the prairie, the plot was historically used as a farm but is now used to host weddings and other special getaways. it was designed by anthony hunt design and luke stanley architects to reference the a traditional farm house construction with some modern touches. it’s both cozy and bright inside, where the scenic views do not go to waste.

all images by hilary bradford


as impressive as the project’s design, is its construction. the structure at kimo estate was built by a two person owner-builder team, who used ‘sustainable australian hardwoods’. therefore the materials needed to be easily sourced and handled on site. according to the designers, ‘the hut’s form was inspired by a classic ‘A’ frame tent, which simultaneously provides both refuge from, and connection with, the natural environment.’ it only measures 28 square meters, but its small size contributes to the comfort and minimalism inside. in realizing this hilltop abode, anthony hunt and luke stanley have created a beautiful addition to this picturesque landscape.



project info:


name: JR’s hut at kimo estate
architect’ firm: anthony hunt design with luke stanley architects
lead architects: anthony hunt & luke stanley
project location: gundagai, new south wales, australia
completed: 2017
gross built area: 28 square metres
photography: hilary bradford
clients: david & emelia ferguson at kimo estate

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an architectural vanishing act, the disappearance of the vernacular home

ask any kid to draw a house, and chances are they’ll start with a rectangle and inevitably draw three lines on top — uncomplicated, but a realization that robert venturi would no doubt delight in. this notion of a house transcends culture and location, and manifests itself in two simple shapes, i.e. the vernacular home. this idea is was the starting point for architect kim seongyoul of rieuldorang atelier when designing the ‘manhwaricano’ home in korea.

all images by joonhwan yoon

I started designing with the question of how architecture can enter the world of emotion,’ kim seongyoul describes. the architect wanted to discover beauty from ordinary things — like simple geometric shapes — and this is just what he and his team accomplished with this project. this design uses the shape of the ‘idea of a home’ to create a negative space in a complex and beautiful project; thus offering a poetic reading of the average inhabitance.

the gable shape creates a passageway through the building



all that remains of this old vernacular notion is the footprint it once occupied and the ideas it left behind. the vacated space in the form of a gable becomes a sequence leading into the house. kim seongyoul asserts that history is a part of any project and that architecture, like art, always fits in this eternal timeline.

light floods through the canopy overhead

the ‘manhwaricano’ home in korea

the architect wanted to discover beauty from ordinary things, like simple geometric shapes

the design uses the shape of the ‘idea of a home’

a negative space in a complex and beautiful project is created

a poetic reading of the average inhabitance is offered

kim seongyoul asserts that history is a part of any project

architecture, like art, always fits in an eternal timeline

the vacated space in the form of a gable becomes a sequence leading



full article here


project info: 


project name: manhwaricano
architecture firm: rieuldorang atelier
lead architects: kim seongyoul
project location: manhwa-ri, dudong-myeon, ulju-gun ulsan, south korea
completion year: 2017
gross built area (square meters or square foot): 144.25m²
photo credits: yoon, joonhwan
other participants: lee hansae

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ENGEL House / CMC architects

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In a small community in the Western region of the Czech Republic, not far from the spa town of Karlovy Vary, this villa was designed as a recreational house for an accomplished man, his family and friends.  The architect’s intention was essentially to assimilate the romantic context of this small village, posited just under the massive cliffs and ruins of a Gothic castle, where the town originated. Andelska Hora (originally in German Engelsburg), belongs to a protected area of the country, and sits above 600 meters in altitude.  The local climate, as one could expect, has dramatic extremes.

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The concept of this villa evolved from traditional forms of Czech village living typologies, which include ‘saddle’ or A-frame roofs made from wood timber construction.  The design brief was of course for a completely modern recreational villa, for both summer and winter seasons.  The land plot is 2 163m2 and has ideal South orientation, approached from the North, with fabulous views of the regions ‘waves’ of green hills.  The built-up footprint of the villa is 346m2.

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After careful analysis of the site and surroundings, a ‘cross’ configuration was proposed in plan, with double-height massing of the main functional components of the villa.  The crossing forms are flat-roofed and one floor in height, containing secondary or support spaces. The orientation is North-East/South-West for the axis of the main body of the villa. The basic planning principle allows for a simple and clear entry court, off the local street, with easy garage access.  This resulting ‘L’ shape forms a semi-enclosed space, giving ground-floor orientation and an excellent view to the open countryside.

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The main living space is in the South-West end of the double-height volume, which also includes an open gallery to the upper level. The living style is informal, with the kitchen-dining also oriented to the roofed, outdoor kitchen and entertaining area.  Separating the living room from the kitchen area is a towering black metal fireplace with glass doors, which is a main feature of the well-proportioned space.  The side wings of the ground floor, which form the cross in the plan, have master bedroom, study and service functions. The upper level of the main villa body, with its open gallery to below, has three guest bedrooms and bathrooms.

Roof Plan

The villa brief asked for wood timber construction, made from massive wood beams and panel walls, which ultimately form the ‘wood-living’ concept of the house.  The wood panel wall system is left exposed to view, with a light white-toned stain, elegantly contrasting the dark wood floor and wall cladding.  The primarily wood interior is contrasted with metals, both finished and unfinished, and features decorative lighting made from Czech crystal.  Bathrooms are generous, but simple in design, also with contrasting, large format ceramic tiles in dark brown and beige colors.

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Lower Floor Plan

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The façade materials were selected so as to fit well into the context and have lasting beauty.  The forms and materials concept attempts to assimilate simpler, utilitarian objects and buildings common in the region.  The vertical ends of the main villa body are from recycled, charred Spruce wood, and the East-West façades are clad with standing seam, pre-oxidized RHEINZINK. The lower crossing wings are clad with CORTEN, or rusted steel sheets, which give the feeling of workshops or shed-like service buildings supporting the main living spaces.

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Generally, the landscape is composed of existing trees and new indigenous plants, complimented with low-maintenance, succulent types of bushes and flowers.  The swimming pool is oriented South-West, and, like the villa, is warmed with a heat pump system.  Terraces have Ipe wood, which ages quite well and has very good durability.

Nordea’s new Danish Headquarters

Copenhagen / Denmark / 2017

Built on a base of slate with scintillating, transparent facades, this bank sets new standards for work in the financial sector by providing an approachable environment that opens up to the city. With a tribute to the great Nordic landscapes, the new Nordea Headquarters rises like a sparkling giant ice block on a charcoal slate base. The crystalline facade allows daylight to flow through the building and is a key component in the vision of creating transparency between employees, clients and…
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Project details
Year 2017
Client Nordea Properties
Status Completed works
Type Office Buildings / Corporate Headquarters
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lily jencks + nathanael dorent transform 17th century ruins into contemporary country home

 the collaborative efforts of lily jencks and nathanael dorent have transformed a set of stone ruins in scotland into a contemporary and environmentally friendly country home. in repurposing the original structure — the remains of an old farmhouse — the design team has created a property that affords sweeping views across the region’s picturesque, undulating landscape. ‘located in a remote countryside area, this project was conceived as passive and self-sufficient, well-insulated and using solar energy,’ explain the architects.

all images © sergio pirrone



as the original farmhouse had been modified on a number of occasions since its construction, lily jencks studio and nathanael dorent architecture carefully selected a sequence of materials and geometries that would highlight its storied history. ‘the first layer is the existing stone wall, within which sits a black waterproofing EPDM rubber clad pitched-roof ‘envelope’, and within that a curvilinear interior ‘tube’ wall system,’ says the design team. ‘this interior curved surface is made of insulating polystyrene blocks within a gridded wood structure, and is covered with glass reinforced plastic.’

a set of stone ruins has been turned into a contemporary country home



the different layers serve two main purposes: they emphasize the narrative of time, while reflecting a variety of architectural expressions. ‘these three layers are not designed as independent parts, rather, they take on meaning as their relationship evolves through the building’s sections,’ the architects continue. ‘they separate, come together, and intertwine, creating a series of architectural singularities, including in some areas a particularly revealing simultaneous reading of these three layers.’

the design team preserved the existing ruin walls



the house’s more public programs, including the kitchen and dining areas, are contained within the ‘tube’, while private areas, (including bedrooms, and bathrooms), are found at each end of the property. the home’s windows and doors are positioned in response to the the structure’s existing walls, as well as the views from the site. ‘at the windows and doors the tube funnels out towards the light, creating a ‘poched’ space within the thickness of the tube wall, and between the envelope and the tube, that can be used for furniture and storage,’ explains the design team.

the house’s public programs, including the kitchen, are contained within the central ‘tube’

the home’s windows and doors are positioned in response to the the structure’s existing walls

more private areas are found at each end of the property

the architects reinstituted the pitched roof that would have been there originally

the house is located in a remote countryside area

the dwelling affords sweeping views across the region’s picturesque, undulating landscape

project info:


design team: lily jencks studio [lily jencks (director) + pati santos (architect)] and nathanael dorent architecture
executive architect: savills [michael leybourne (architect) + allan lees]
structural engineering: manja van de worp (nous engineering)
program: private house
location: dumfries, scotland
area: 180 sqm
year: 2014-2016
photography: sergio pirrone

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rojkind arquitectos opens ‘foro boca’, a sculptural concert hall in coastal mexico

in boca del río, mexico, rojkind arquitectos has completed ‘foro boca’ — a structure designed to house the city’s philharmonic orchestra. the building’s shape was informed by the stones used for the foundation of the neighboring breakwater, with large sculptural volumes housing the concert hall and other programs. the project is located in the center of the city along a coastal avenue, and forms part of a larger masterplan intended to revitalize the neighborhood.

all images by jaime navarro



able to accommodate 966 guests, the main stage — designed for classical, traditional, and contemporary music — can be adapted for dance and theater performances. meanwhile, the back of house area has been designed specifically for the orchestra, containing all necessary facilities. the boca del rio philharmonic orchestra, formed in 2014, has attracted local and foreign musicians, making it the heart of the cultural life of the city. in addition to providing a yearly season of orchestral concerts, the center will house an after-school social development program for low-income children named ‘orquestando armonia’.

the project is located in the mexican city of boca del río



‘the foro boca has the goal of functioning as an urban detonator capable of inciting modernity in the area’, explains rojkind arquitectos.‘the forum itself is a tool that has permitted the reconstruction and renovation of the infrastructure and urban image of this part of the city.’ see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

the building’s shape was informed by the stones used for the foundation of the neighboring breakwater

large sculptural volumes house the concert hall as well as other programs

internal circulation routes span a central void

timber has been used throughout the scheme’s interiors

illumination is provided via carefully positioned apertures

the concert hall can accommodate up to 966 guests

the project forms part of a larger masterplan intended to revitalize the neighborhood



full article here

project info:


architect: rojkind arquitectos | michel rojkind
team: agustín pereyra (project manager), arturo ortíz, adrián aguilar, sandra carvajal, fernanda casar, salvador cortéz, diego díaz lezama, paulina elizalde, rubén garcía, daniel gaytán, paulina goycoolea, jorge gonzález r., alfredo hernández , laura hernández, pablo herrera, julieta inclán, carsten lemme andrea león, félix mendoza, gerardo salinas, julio serralde, alfonso paz, cynthia ponce, víctor velázquez, ditter vergara, beatriz zavala
media: lorena garcía cordero / dinorah martínez schulte


structural engineer: EMRSA — enrique martínez sergio pérez, martín s. lópez, elsa serrano, miguel ángel allende josé mejía, kevin cruz, josé martínez vargas
acoustic consultants:
akustics — octavio barragán, cristian ezcurdia, hugo garduño
auerbach pollock — friedlander, len auerbach, kevin macphearson, tom neville
seamonk — lincoln aguirre, itzel alba, cristian ezcurdia, jorge romero
MEP engineer / specialties: gralte S.C. — jorge romero, daniel velázquez, ismael hernández, mario navarro, germán muñóz
lighting consultant: artec3 — maurici ginés, jose cardona, ana ayala, carmen valle, itzae cardeña
builder: ingenieria y desarrollo arquitectónico S.A. de C.V.

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seattle-based firm, goCstudio, embraces natural landscape in the design for a local winery

in a landscape like columbia river gorge, built architecture must take into account the area’s changing, and sometimes unpredictable, weather conditions. seattle-based firm goCstudio has completed a 5,200-square-foot vineyard and winery complex for COR cellars that sits along the scenic route of old highway 8 in washingtonstate. from the site, located in the designated national scenic area, one is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. working alongside the vineyard owner, the structure was designed to preserve the landscape, to create a well organized space to accommodate the multi-faceted business, and protect workers and visitors from the harsh conditions of the surrounding environment.

goCstudio has designed and expanded an existing vineyard in columbia river gorge
images by kevin scott

maintaining some similarities to the vineyard’s earlier building on the site, the architects have maintained a similar entry sequence, but integrated a crucial element — the central courtyard. the two wings of the building contain the barrel storage. large doors that measure from floor to ceiling, can be opened to expose the barrels. this design streamlines a visitor towards the tasting room in between. bi-fold glass doors create a space that can easily transition between interior and exterior depending on the weather conditions, but more importantly, to harness the view and natural light. additional light enters the space through the ceiling’s skylights.

COR cellars is located on old highway 8, within the designated national scenic area

the additional gathering space in COR cellar’s interior maintains a tranquil vibe — enhanced by the central fireplace. following the vision of the owner, goCstudio’s design for this room allows it to function as a living room space that can accommodate both social interaction and personal contemplation.‘the courtyard is the heart of the building’ describes the architect. ‘it is protected by the new wings of the winery that form a berm against the steady winds. this provides a calm, protected center for day- to-day operations and a welcoming exterior space for visitors as they enter the new tasting room.’

mount hood and the carved mountainside create breathtaking surrounding views from all angles

the winery opened in 2004, but need additional space to accommodate the growing business

a central courtyard provides protected exterior space for employees and visitors

aggressive weather features, such as wind, were taken into account in the design

the overall design uses a refined palette of colors and textures

the wine storage rooms can open to expose the stacked wine barrels inside

the entry sequence was preserved from the original structure so that the new and old remain connected

the project is a 5,200-square-foot space

the design was proposed as a ‘respite from the wind’

the large overhangs surrounding the courtyard allow visitors to view it as an inviting space

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giant bird’s nest in kenya lets safari guests sleep luxuriously above the trees

guests visiting one of kenya’s best known safari resorts can now spend a night in a giant bird’s nest, elevated above the trees. the exclusive accommodation has been built alongside a river at the heart of laikipia, a region that contains a host of safari lodges and camps. offering panoramic rooftop views, the entire nest has been constructed using raw materials, such as farmed wood and tree branches that have been woven together by local community members.

all images by jimmy nelson, courtesy of segera retreat and NAY PALAD

the project is the collaborative work of segera, a wildlife sanctuary situated in central laikipia, and NAY PALAD, a company led by carolin dekeyser that creates both objects and destinations. the duo joined forces to launch the one-of-a-kind structure, which was conceived as a ‘peaceful jewel at the very heart of the natural world’. the team also enlisted architect daniel pouzet, who worked with the team to bring their idea to life.

the bird nest is designed to sleep two guests

after enjoying a day on safari, guests arrive at the bird nest just before sunset to see the structure illuminated with lanterns. the experience includes champagne and a picnic-style dinner on the top deck. after sundown, visitors can either gaze at the sparkling african sky or move indoors where they are met with luxurious linens and comforting hot water bottles. the following morning, guests are left a picnic breakfast on their doorstep, which can be enjoyed while watching the elephants and giraffes at the river below.

the structure offers panoramic rooftop views

‘as close friends and supporters of segera, we were delighted to work with the talented NAY PALAD team to bring this incredible vision to life,’ says segera GM, jens kozany.‘we cannot wait to welcome our guests to this peaceful haven and to offer them a truly authentic and unique sleep-out experience, one that is sure to surpass expectations. to wake up to the magical sound of wildlife and birds, surrounded by pristine nature as far as the eye can see, is a life-changing experience; this is a place of true, untouched wonderment.’

the exclusive accommodation has been built alongside a river at the heart of laikipia

the bird nest is designed to sleep two guests, but could also host a family with children or more adventurous guests able to sleep out on the top deck. the experience is included in the rate for guests staying at segera retreat for five nights or more, while for those on a shorter stay, the cost starts at $1,150 USD per night.

prices for a night’s stay start at $1,150 USD

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