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Etraton Office Building / ARK-architecture

August 13, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

An emblematic building that marked the urban expansion of Tunis and one of its very first business districts is getting a facelift from top to bottom. ETRATON reinvents the structure thirty years later, preserving some of its old distinctive features and resuscitating the building’s role as an urban landmark bordering a main artery of the capital city. ETRATON’s ground floor hosts a double-height car showroom and highlights the sculptural aspect of the old staircase. All other floors are dedicated to office spaces. The building’s corner entrance is given particular attention and imitates the pointy lifting of a stage curtain announcing a spectacle of light and landscapes.

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Host House / Splinter Society

August 12, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

Commencing as a worker’s cottage, the Host House evolved through an incremental design process, expanding to accommodate a growing family. The original white cottage was first extruded to extend the pitched roof volume to run from the front to back of the site behind the original facade. This cottage then ‘hosts’ a number of new black volumes and articulated programs added over time. These finely detailed black features express externally and create unique space forming intersections cutting through the interiors.

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ES House / INS Studio

August 12, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

Design planning begins with understanding the lifestyle of the homeowner who is implementing a minimalist lifestyle. The owner of the house is a married couple with 2 toddlers. The spaces are formed according to their needs based on their minimalist lifestyle. Common spaces in Indonesian homes, such as living rooms, walk-in closets, maids’ rooms, pantries, laundry rooms, and prayer rooms were eliminated.

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The Kaleidoscope Office and Residence / Inrestudio / Kosuke Nishijima

August 11, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

The Kaleidoscope is a living and working building located at a factory site in central Vietnam. The surrounding region is known for its severe climate: a hot wind blows throughout the dry season and typhoons and floods during the rainy season. The building is placed between the hill and the sea and frames a series of diverse—kaleidoscopic—views in directions and times. The project aims at creating a protected space from the harsh tropical climate and enhancing the user’s contact with nature through various architectural devices.

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The Kaleidoscope Office and Residence / Inrestudio / Kosuke Nishijima

August 11, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

The Kaleidoscope is a living and working building located at a factory site in central Vietnam. The surrounding region is known for its severe climate: a hot wind blows throughout the dry season and typhoons and floods during the rainy season. The building is placed between the hill and the sea and frames a series of diverse—kaleidoscopic—views in directions and times. The project aims at creating a protected space from the harsh tropical climate and enhancing the user’s contact with nature through various architectural devices.

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Stasi Santa Maria Karunia Bakti Church / Studio Lawang

August 11, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

The project is located at Mengkait Island, Kepulauan Anambas Regency, in the Province of Riau Islands.  To get there, one can fly from Batam to Letung, then take a small ferry to Tarempa, and finally a boat to the remote island.  It was Studio Lawang’s first collaboration with Jala Kasih, a non-profit online crowdfunding platform by Vinea Dei Foundation. Oang Laot, the indigenous people of Mengkait are fishermen.  They rely on the ocean as their source of income.  The ocean surrounding the island is exceptionally beautiful with its clear water and rich variety of fish which include the Humphead Wrasse, commonly known as Napoleon Fish.

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Picket House / Austin Maynard Architects

August 10, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

Picket House is a two-storey addition to a freestanding Edwardian timber house, on a corner block, at the top of a hill in Northcote. The old part of the house has been re-roofed and internally upgraded and now forms the sleeping quarters. The new addition has a kitchen, dining, and living, with a pantry, powder room, and laundry along the southern side. The living area is double-height to maximize light and volume. The first floor has a multi-functional open space and access to an external deck.

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Laxcon Steel Plant Office / Urbanscape Architects

August 10, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

The 18,000 sq. ft. office building for Laxcon Steels ltd, located in Ahmedabad, was designed to respond to pivotal questions such as; why do office buildings feel the need to stand out in an industrial complex? Why are our choices for building materials driven by what’s fancier instead of feeling proud of industrial materiality? Why can’t industrial buildings celebrate each other’s identities and blend in to create a cohesive environment?

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At-Taufik Mosque / JOSO

August 9, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

The main characteristics of this mosque are outlined in the design of its dominant ‘nusantara’ elements (a distinctive character of Indonesian architecture). Without highlighting the dome or box geometry like the majority of mosques today, this mosque design comes in a composition that is very familiar with Indonesian archipelago architecture, the towering roof design. In addition, the facade elements with Islamic ornaments further strengthen the character of the modern mosque design, an ornament that recites ‘Asmaul Husna‘, the 99 names of Allah. One of the embodiments of modern design was born from the idea of archipelago architecture.