World Architecture Awards Submissions / 46th Cycle
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The project plot is located in Switzerland. Val Lumnezia is a sunny mountain valley in Switzerland with a magnificent panorama stretching south from Ilanz. It forms the largest lateral valley of Surselva and is considered a small but outstanding cultural and natural tourist destination.
It consists of several towns in the region such as Lumbrein and Vrin.
Val Lumnezia's location allows for morning sun-drenched skiing and sunset walks amongst villages, lakes and a series of mountain-top bars and restaurants; An excellent alternative to see the Swiss Alps in all their glory.
Val Lumnezia is a settlement in Surselva and has a population of approximately 2,020.
It has an altitude of 1,255 meters. It is located in Grisons, Switzerland, in a natural area on the slope of the Alps mountain range. The valley is in eastern Switzerland to Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein.
It is a border region.
Alpine Spas1 During the 9th and early 20th centuries, hot springs became Europe's biggest attraction for medical ailments, as wellness seekers flocked to the region's famous spas and sanatoriums. By rekindling the 21st century quest for wellness, the desire for the timeless soothing effects of hot springs, today's mountain spas bring this long tradition up to date.
APPROACH TO THE PROJECT
The project, which is desired to be designed on a land of approximately 7000 m2, is located on a mountainous land and has a regime towards the valley on the plot. Instead of considering the green texture separately from the building, a circular design was made to include the green among the desired functions in the building. The circular mass cascades towards the slope and forms the hot spring pools. Instead of the pool being one piece, more special pool areas have been designed where different groups of friends can spend time by themselves, thanks to the gradation. The Restaurant Area is positioned in a structure that sees both the pools and the view from all directions, and serves everyone who comes
Concrete Steel structure
Muge Gulce Kartal
Innovative design and patient-focused care converge in the Almana Hospital, creating a welcoming and healing environment. This state-of-the-art facility seamlessly integrates cutting-edge technology with sustainable practices, emphasizing a holistic healthcare experience. The meticulously crafted design prioritizes a calming atmosphere guided by Evidence-Based Design (EBD) principles and a commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Embracing eco-friendliness and timeless aesthetics, the hospital's graceful curves facilitate a dynamic and harmonious flow, fostering a profound connection with nature.
Almana Hospital, with a capacity of 200 beds, 75 clinics, and extensive parking, provides round-the-clock emergency services and specialized outpatient clinics. Advanced Radiology services and cutting-edge medical imaging and robotic equipment underscore the commitment to efficiency and accuracy. The design aims for a 50 percent energy reduction compared to similar facilities, surpassing current health standards. Distinct zones strategically located based on access proximity, flow, and wayfinding optimize functionality.
The design prioritizes fluidity and seamless movement, creating a self-explanatory experience for visitors. The architecture's gentle curves act as natural guides, intuitively directing individuals throughout the space. The grand lobby, featuring a strong public presence and a multilevel space, ensures a welcoming transition into the care environment. Leveraging elements like atriums, skylights, humanistic scale, intuitive pathways, and clear signage enhances efficient wayfinding. The design further focuses on creating uncluttered and inviting spaces using wood, a muted color palette, glass doors, and glass slits to define departments and illuminate rooms. Additionally, it incorporates a central commons and public commons to minimize visual clutter, promoting a peaceful atmosphere.
Almana Hospital's capacity includes 200 beds, 75 clinics, and ample parking for 600 cars. The facility offers round-the-clock emergency services, a variety of outpatient clinics, a comprehensive Laboratory and Pathology Department, and advanced Radiology services. Equipped with cutting-edge medical imaging and robotic equipment, the design emphasizes efficiency and accuracy. Energy efficiency is a key focus, aiming for a minimum of 50 percent reduction compared to similar facilities, exceeding current health standards.
The layout incorporates well-organized and spacious rooms, centralized connectors, and shaded walking paths for easy navigation. Optimizing daylight and lighting systems, design elements support cognitive and emotional health. Mechanical integration, electronic sign-in, and ADA accessibility are meticulously addressed, ensuring separated access and dedicated circulation paths for outpatient and emergency areas, as well as patient, staff, and material flows. Almana Hospital stands as a beacon of modern healthcare innovation, embodying excellence in healthcare design with a commitment to eco-friendliness, patient-centered care, and seamless navigation.
Project Team: Almana Team
Architect: Muhammed El Sepaey
Landscape Architect: Muhammed El Sepaey
Consultants: Almana Team
Engineering Director: Abdulbaset Hassan
Interior designer: Muhammed El Sepaey | Hanan Hussien
MEP: Mohammed Samy | Osama Omran | Ahmed Adel | Islam Nasr | Ahmed Faried
Structure: Mohammed Selim
Draco Hotel & Suite was landed on a not too large area, aiming to extremely exploit its position in a coastal urban area. The project's philosophy is establishing a retreated place that make all guests feel fully comfortable in public and private space, closed and opened one. From this point of view, you can feel the minimalist and uniform design particularly in each space.
The project has a scale of 50 rooms with an absolute view to the sea together with our calculation of surrounding urban situation. The open in room interior design also focus on sensory experience and visual appeal. The interior is released from usual standard in arrangement, minimalist design standard in the retreat experience is used as an alternative.
Communal spaces are brought to top floors where people can associate without any invasion of privacy. There is a deep study in structure of the building, consistency of the color tone, light blending of the overhead scenery through the entire glass wall. And ending with a highlight of an infinity pool that blends into the ocean horizon. All of these designs intend to a comfortable and pleasant feeling with a spatial guidance throughout.
Location An Thuong 2 , Son Tra , Da Nang , Viet Nam
Area 180 sq.m
Area construction 2500 sq.m
MAS Architecture Workshop
Oxford Corner is a mixed use development consisting of 8 units above a ground floor cafe. It is located in Oxford Street in Sydney’s historic Paddington area. Paddington is a suburb famous for its traditional terrace houses and rich streetscape. Oxford Street is the cultural high-street of Paddington. The site is very prominent as it sits on a plaza next to Paddington Uniting Church; the site of famous weekly Paddington Markets. Also, the site housed a café which is a local institution. In recent times, the traditional retail centre of Oxford Street has been in decline in the face of competition from new shopping malls, with many vacant shops, and is in need of revitalisation and destination developments to draw people back to the area. We conceived this development to be such a destination; an iconic architectural statement which will re-energise the community and economy.
The site presented many streetscape challenges. There is a traditional of prominent buildings which celebrate the corner sites. We sought a building which would continue this tradition. At the same time, it adjoins a church with a very ornate façade with sandstone buttresses and the vertical glass windows. We set out to design a building using traditional materials and with a rich geometry which was also totally contemporary. The strong geometric façade reflects the proportions and rhythms of the church opposite.
Our analysis of Oxford Street reveals a vertical rhythm created by the terrace houses. The proposed massing echoes this vertical rhythm by alternating between recessed balcony screen zones and more solid zones. The building is clad in sandstone to match the church. The patterning of the metal screening on the balconies echoes the rhythmic and repetitive filigree of the tracery of the stained glass windows. The 3rd level is pitched back. This reflects the expression is typical of the area where the first 2 storeys are expressed strongly whilst there is a more distinct roof expression of the 3rd level. The result is a striking contemporary building which reinforces its traditional historic context and creates a new destination to revitalise the area.
Developer TeeZee Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer Structural Design Solutions
Builder Airth Pty Ltd
Stormwater Engineer LOCA Consulting
Mechanical Engineer G-Force
Electrical Engineer BSE
Fire Engineer BSE
Landscape Formed Gardens
Traffic Transport and Traffic
BCA Consultant AED
Lighting Atom Lighting
Masonry Boral Bricks
Windows and glass Crown Windows
wall cladding Off Formconcrete
Aluminium Srceens CnT
Kitchen Appliances Miele
Carpets Victoria Carpets
Tiles Ming Tian
Water Heaters Rheem
Blurring the lines between the inside & the outside, integrating with the existing landscape, screening & allowing filtered light in different ways within each space , infusing volumes with light & shadows to transform differently at different times, Zen Spaces is a 4 level house.The house is a composition of cuboid volumes punctuated with an open courtyard, built in 4 levels, to provide for three generations to live together.On a relatively large plot with an existing house on the southern side, the clients wanted a new house since the family had grown larger. Keeping most of the existing garden as a common space for both houses the new home is built on the extreme northern end with roads on 3 sides. The house is punctuated with a winter deck on the southern side facing the large garden and a linear summer deck fronting the main living & dining spaces on the northern end.All the existing trees on the site were retained with the new house ensconced in the clear space between the trees.To reduce the heat gain in response to the extensive summer and simultaneously provide privacy and reduce noise from the arterial road the house fronts, a series of GFRC screens sheath the east, west & southern sides with the north side more open. The design of the house with the courtyard, screens, indirect natural light & complete natural ventilation makes it extremely energy efficient. Contextual to the site location & the climate of the region, Zen Spaces is a home with different experiences in each part , interspersed with nature seamlessly.