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Gregory Apartments
Wall Corporation Rwanda (2022-)

May 03, 2024
The project is located in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, located in East Africa. Located in the Gacuriro area, the plot is located on an alley that connects to the main road. There is an level difference of 7.5 m on the land. The building is designed as a block. The reason for the block is to try to maximize the use of the land.The building has 2 different entrances. There are open stairs on one side of the building. The open staircase is designed for the tenants in the building. On the other side of the building, there is a second staircase and elevator, which is entered through an opening 3 floors height. This staircase and elevator are designed for the owner's apartment.A semi-open car park is designed on the ground floor, accessible from the road. There is a vehicle capacity of 12 vehicles in this area.There are 2 apartments on each floor. On the side where the open staircase is, the stairs are gradually formed on the facade of the building. On the front facades, the building protrudes as a 50 cm console on each floor.The slab extending over the open stairs is carried by 2 columns. The slab on these columns defines the area with open stairs as semi-open.The total construction area is 1487 square meters. There is a villa on the top of the land and an apartment was designed on the area left from this villa. The total land area is 2162 square meters.2 apartments on each floor, a total of 6 apartments are designed. There is a balcony in front of each flat, and the balcony dimensions increase towards the upper floors.

G 3 floors
12 car parking
Total area 1487 sqm
Selim Senin
Cemil Pamukcu
Kubra Mutlu
Aquatic Gallery at Science City, Ahmedabad
INI Design Studio India (2017-2021)

Jul 15, 2024
Project Introduction:
In this emerging environment of knowledge-driven economic growth, it is imperative to inculcate a scientific temper in the community. The Gujarat Council of Science City, established by the Government of Gujarat, has developed the Aquatic Gallery to realize this vision. This 5th generation facility, part of the sprawling 200 acres Ahmedabad Science city, is India’s largest and first planned public inland aquarium, catering to the vision of edutainment. Attracting more than 1 million people annually, the Gallery is designed to bridge the gap between formal science education and the community at large.

Concept Note:
The design of the Aquatic Gallery is inspired by the intricate and harmonious forms of Nature; the spiralling, mysterious structures of galaxies and the exquisitely proportioned shells found abundantly along the Gujarat coast.
The primary inspiration is drawn from the nautilus, a marine mollusc belonging to a unique class of cephalopod molluscs, a captivating example of nature's exquisite design. This marine creature, often referred to as a living fossil, has inhabited the Earth for millions of years and has evolved a beautifully segmented and spiralled shell, that is not only a protective home but also a testament to the efficiency of natural engineering. This logarithmic spiral structure is formed by a series of interconnected chambers, each larger than the previous one, arranged in a precise and geometrically progressive manner.
Serving as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of science, the dynamic evolution of knowledge, and the continuous exploration of the universe, this form is translated into the design of the Aquatic Gallery, not only paying homage to the beauty of the natural world but also serving as a practical blueprint for creating spaces that seamlessly expand and evolve, capturing the essence of continuous growth and movement.

Project Description:
The circular, segmented, spiral organization of galleries allows seamless movement through spaces of increasing size & continuity, allowing visitors to engage in a choreographed narrative, linked to the building's organic form. The exhibits unfold in synchrony with the circular movement, creating a captivating, living canvas, each section evoking environmental associations & a profound connection to water & life. A steel and glass canopy, resembling a cantilevered petal, amplifies the entrance's appeal, while the 27.5m diameter central atrium, crowned with a steel deck slab, provides a multipurpose space from where the galleries emanate; its form rises at the centre of the spiral, reaching upward for light through clerestory windows.
The exposed RCC exterior surfaces impart a dynamic visual quality, including shadow interplays on the façade, with openings resembling the gills of a fish. Visitors are treated to an engaging sensory experience, enhanced by well-integrated lighting, AV technology, projections, interactive features & environmental graphics. Both form & detailing prioritize structural stability & resilience against seismic activities & other natural calamities.
The Aquatic Gallery showcases 71% of Earth’s surface at an average depth of 3.5 km, featuring an underwater viewing walkway, multi-level viewing gallery, interpretation centre, & a monumental water-world map floor mural. The 72 exhibit tanks house 12,000 fishes of 180 species, native to various regions and categorized into zones. The life support systems (LSS) provide precise water parameters, including salinity, pH, & TDS levels, chemical oxygen, etc. Laboratories and quarantine areas facilitate regular checkup and testing. The exhibits are housed on the lower level, enabling most of the water loads to remain at ground level within a controlled environment.
Use of cutting-edge technology facilitated flawless execution of this world-class Aquarium. A major challenge was the project execution during COVID-19, which was met without any compromise on timelines, quality, & procurement of fishes across international borders.

Sustainability Drivers:
Efficiency is at the heart of the design, utilizing various strategies to curtail energy consumption. These include an insulated envelope and a high-performance glazing system with low emissivity. The structure is designed to be taller on the southern side, self-shading portions of the building at all times, & service areas along the perimeter insulate the aquariums from direct heat exposure, enhancing operational efficiency. Solar rooftop panels harness renewable energy.
The atrium benefits from diffused natural light, through fritted glass north clerestories. The lower level houses the exhibits, enabling the majority of water loads to remain at ground level within a controlled environment, promoting stable water temperatures & optimal life support systems. The centralized Chilled Water Energy Efficient System with chillers, pumping systems equipped with Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), & evaporative cooling for fresh air, collectively save 90 tons of cooling by employing domestic water evaporative cooling for fresh air circulation. Integrated Building Management Systems (IBMS) compatibility is maintained through RS-485 equipped meters. Intelligent automation controls lighting, offering dimming, dimout, & programmable options, significantly saving energy.
The Aquatic Gallery shares a centralized sewage treatment plant (STP) with three other galleries, using energy efficient Fluidised Media Reactor (FMR) type of process. A centralized tank supplies water to the double-walled gallery tanks, from where it is distributed through Hydropneumatics pumping system. All Life Support Systems (LSS) for the tanks are supplied with fresh and salt water through the extensive water network. Specialized Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system is used for Saltwater Reject, which is then received into waste collection sump and transferred to an evaporator for treatment. This treated water is reused for landscaping and reject water is transferred to slat water tank. Rainwater harvested from the roof is directed to recharging wells, further minimizing the water footprint. Efficient plumbing fixtures contribute to a 44% reduction in water consumption.
Use of fly ash bricks and green concrete aligns with the project's sustainability objectives and reduces its carbon footprint. High-performance glazing with low emissivity optimizes thermal comfort and natural daylighting, enhancing energy efficiency and occupant well-being.

Integration of Technology:
In terms of visitor experience, technology enables immersive interactions through audio-visual displays, interactive features, and environmental graphics. Advanced lighting systems create dynamic visual effects, while AV technology enhances educational content and storytelling within the exhibits. Projection mapping and interactive touchscreens engage visitors, fostering a deeper understanding of aquatic life and environmental conservation.
Operational efficiency is optimized through the integration of building management systems (BMS) and automation technology. BMS monitors and controls various building systems, including HVAC, lighting, and security, ensuring optimal performance and energy efficiency. Automation technology streamlines maintenance processes, remotely monitoring equipment and detecting potential issues before they escalate, minimizing downtime and operational costs.

Ecological Strategy:
The site being devoid of any vegetation, no trees needed to be cut during construction. Native species have been used for landscaping, reducing water consumption and maintenance cost.
The two biggest resources for an aquarium facility are water and species. The initiatives taken for both include making use of the reservoir water provided on site and using a closed loop water filtration system to maximize the given water supply and minimize waste. Providing breeding facilities for the fishes ensures the species availability to account for the death of old and ill fishes. Quarantine facility provided ensures acclimatization of the species.
The design and engineering seamlessly unite to create an optimal environment for the live exhibits, offering a premier edutainment experience, all while integrating the most sustainable design practices. This holistic approach extends to the integration of comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), resulting in life cycle cost savings and heightened Return on Investment (ROI). The outcome is a blend of enhanced environmental quality, comfort, and experience.

Community Impact:
The Aquatic Gallery is distinguished by its comprehensive approach to educational outreach, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives. Its location within the Ahmedabad Science City ensures accessibility to diverse audiences, including students, families, and tourists. With an annual footfall exceeding one million visitors, the Gallery arranges subsidized tours for schoolchildren to enhance awareness of underwater life, while the less privileged rural kids can visit for free, thereby fulfilling a social responsibility to promote education and environmental consciousness.

Plot Size : 10000 m2
Built Up Area : 13936 m2 (150000 ft2)
Client : Gujarat Council of Science City
Program / Use / Building Function: Museum / Science & Edutainment Center, Aquarium, Aqua Gallery

Lead Design Consortium Member - INI Design Studio
Design Consortium Member - Kling Consult GmbH & Co.
Interior Designing - INI Design Studio
MEPF Engineering - INI Infrastructure & Engineering
Life Support System Design - INI Infrastructure & Engineering
Landscape Designing - INI Design Studio
Structural Engineering - Ducon Consultant Pvt. Ltd.
AV/IT Engineering - T2 Technology Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
Exhibit Designing - Lemon Design Pvt. Ltd.
Irrigation & Water Body Designing - Integrated Flow tech Pvt. Ltd.
Façade Designing - Façade Engineering Services

Execution Team:
Prime Contractor - Shaporji Pallonji and Company Pvt. Ltd.
Marine Contractor - Marinescape Limited
Jayesh Hariyani, Adi Mistri, Rakhi Rupani, Saumil Mevada, Bhargav A Bhavsar, Viresha Hariyani, Parth Joshi, Nirav Shah
Casa Solis
Basak Akkoyunlu Design Turkey (2022-2023)

Jul 18, 2024
Casa Solis is a meticulously designed summer house by BAD-Başak Akkoyunlu Design, located in Çeşme, a popular holiday resort in İzmir. This villa is built on a 1,033m² plot surrounded by roads on all four sides. It stands out with its west and south facades opening to incredible views, while turning its back to the north facade, which, though currently empty, is expected to develop into a residential area in the future, and the east facade, visible from the main road. With its modern amenities and elegant design, Casa Solis stands as a symbol of sophisticated living.
Casa Solis consists of two main masses that are functionally distinct: single-story living areas and three-story bedrooms. The living areas, opening to the west and south facades, are notable for features such as a kitchen with a large pantry and a high-ceilinged living room with a fireplace. The mass recession on the south facade is designed to create a more comfortable seating area during the north and west winds, and the prominent living room mass protects this seating area from the west sun.west winds, and the living room mass protects the terrace from the west sun.
The villa's expansive 75m² terrace with wide eaves includes an outdoor kitchen counter. A storage and a shower area accessible from the garden is designed behind this counter. The wide eave sitting on this mass to the east is supported by a circular column to the west, framing the sunset that gives the project its name. The stairs leading to the pool terrace on the lower level continues directly into the infinity pool, ensuring the pool, sunbathing area, and terrace are perceived as a whole.
The garden can be accessed through the garage or pedestrian gate within the exposed concrete perimeter walls. The area next to the two-car parking, houses the air conditioning units and a generator. The exposed concrete garden walls are kept 50cm above the garden on the view side, completed with transparent glass railings. On the east facade, taking advantage of the road being at a lower level, still keeping the privacy the walls are finished at 110 cm height.
The wide planter extending along the east facade to the entrance door of the house ensures that the entrance landscape is perceived as part of the structure. The eave with an iroko ceiling extends inside the house, providing access to the hallway that separates the living and bedroom areas. Upon entering through the wide pivot door, covered in the same texture as the eave, one is greeted with an opening that frames the view of Chios Island. The natural stone path extending from the garden entrance gate to the house entrance door also leads to the main terrace in front of the living room and kitchen, allowing access without entering the house. Additionally, a fixed seating area in the northwest corner of the garden, directly accessible from the parking area, is designed as a secondary living space.
On the left of the hall are the kitchen with a pantry and a four-meter-high living room with a service window in between. The living room stands out with its spacious seating area and dining area facing the view through the high joinery. On the right of the hall is the bedroom mass. All bedrooms with their own bathrooms are oriented towards the view, each with access to the outside. Service areas receive light and air through louvers on the east facade, ensuring privacy.
On the right of the hall, on the ground floor, are en-suite guest room with its own terrace and en-suite master bedroom with a dressing room. On the upper floor, there are two en-suite rooms with dressing rooms. Both upstairs bedrooms offer access to private balconies perfect for enjoying Çeşme's peaceful views. The basement, accessible by stairs in the bedroom mass, includes technical space, storage, a laundry room with light and air from a light well, and a helper's room with a bathroom.
For material selections, coarse-textured plaster and textured natural stone sourced mainly from the Aegean Region were preferred for the facade. Inside, pale-colored laminate parquet and uniform beige ceramics were used. The facade of the living room, kitchen, and staircase mass features light-colored croscut honed travertine, specially selected from Denizli for the project. This travertine was used not only on the facades but also indoors for door frames in the hall and the high wall intended to display artwork in the living room, framing the parquet in the living room on the floor. Together with combed basalt, this travertine adds an aesthetic touch to the living spaces. The natural stone chosen for the fireplace (Claros, Menderes) was used on the entrance hall floor along with the travertine used on the facade.

Plot Area: 1,033m²
Built Area: 470m²

Başak Akkoyunlu
Yağmur Taylan
Mustafa Kabakçı
Özde Sevilmiş
Senem Türkkul
dEMM arquitectura Portugal (2021-2023)

Jun 04, 2024
Beach house, located among the pine forests and rice fields of Comporta, set in sand dunes, in a place of great natural beauty and strength of fauna and flora.
The center of inspiration was the deserted and wild beaches of the region and the reproduction of this environment, with dunes and vegetation.

The project is composed of 2 pure volumes with great transparency, around which you can appreciate the complexity of the nature that surrounds them.
A wooden volume on the ground floor and on top of it a concrete volume on the first floor.
Patios were created on the ground floor, allowing the sand and dune vegetation to also inhabit the social area, creating the feeling of the outside inside, which can be completely enclosed.

To emphasize transparency and taking the purity of this intention to an extreme, the concrete volume of the first floor is supported only on two points on the volume limits, with no central support, leaving the entire living room and kitchen without interference from structural vertical elements, being able to open totality for both the outdoor space that communicates with the pool and the interior patios, making the boundary that defines interior and exterior almost imperceptible.

The extensive use of vegetation outside is a biophilic approach bringing nature indoors in all areas, bedrooms and social areas, providing an important contact with nature, with a careful choice of several local species that merge with the architecture.
The exterior spaces of terraces, balconies and gardens were designed to emphasize the natural beauty, for permanence and as a complement to the interior, with continuity between materials and design from the interior to the exterior, which gives a sensation of depth to the pine forest that extends along the dune vegetation that was carefully designed to embrace the pool.

The oversized interior height of the spaces, and the full-height windows with full opening, provide harmonious entrances of light and a perfect visual relationship between the interior and exterior, bringing all the natural surroundings of the place to the home.

As for the materials, exposed concrete was chosen because it is a material that allowed us to create weight and visual lightness where and when desired, in addition to the uniquely textured wood designed for this project that was applied to the exterior and interior, corten steel, and large sand- colored natural stones with pieces of incrusted fossils that resemble the beach.

Project Type: Residential | Single Family
Built Area: 400 sqm
Architects: Paulo Fernandes Silva | Diana Fernandes Silva
The Cornerstone
ROOM Design & Build Vietnam (2022-2024)

Jun 25, 2024
Since its first appearance in late 18th century, townhouse has gradually become the dominant architectural typology which fits snugly into the existing irregular and vibrant networks of streets, roads, and alleys in Vietnamese metropolises such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. On the other hand, the inconsistent urban expansion of inner-city neighborhoods sometimes results in left-over odd-shaped pieces of land, which are hardly usable.

The Cornerstone is a boutique mixed-use building located at a 45 m2 irregular-hexagon-shaped corner site in a busy alleyway in Ho Chi Minh City. The design brief asked for a flexible retail and parking area on the ground level and maximized commercial spaces on the upper two floors. Besides, a high level of privacy and noise insulation from the busy road corner should be ensured. The project brief was fulfilled by two intertwined design approaches: proposing a built-form that sensitively responds to the site while also contribute positively to the streetscape; and optimizing the spatial layouts to accommodate flexible and highly-efficient mixed-use spaces.

Firstly, the architectural built-form strictly responds to the uniquely irregular site geometry. Square-shapes doors and windows are positioned randomly on three faceted facades finished in rough-textured grey-color paint. Recessed balconies with diagonal balustrade walls are proposed on the faceted facade which overlooks the road turnaround as an effective design solution to enhance privacy and noise insulation while also engaging desirable day lighting and natural ventilation from the South-east. These triangular stepping balconies are also provided with lively plantings which add vibrancy to interior spaces as well as the streetscape.

Inside, three continuous flights of stair are neatly positioned at the rear edges of the site boundary to connect three floors and the rooftop terrace together. Bathrooms, toilets and storages are comfortably placed underneath those staircases. Therefore, the main functional spaces are optimized and promote a flexible photo studio on the second level and a boutique office space on the top floor. The zig-zagging staircase is designed as a 1-meter wide by 10-meter-high void space, which is amazingly bathed in sunlight thanks to the UV-protected glazing placed on the rooftop.

Finally, the interior spaces are finished with a simplistic material palette including polished concrete floors; exposed concrete ceiling in combination with glazing and painted walls. Flexible, ready-to-use interior spaces and the unconventional architectural form all come together to create a subtle yet remarkable building just like an original cornerstone at the road corner.

Site area: 45 m2
Total floor area: 130 m2
Height: 11 m
Number of levels: 03
Functional spaces: parking; retail; photo studio; office
Project Principal: Vinh Phuc Ta
Project Architect: Bao Loc Hoang
Participant Architect: Hoang Nam Nguyen
Construction Manager: Ngoc Phi Duong
Site Supervisor: Van Kieu Pham
Photographer: Sonmeo Nguyen Art Studio