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Mário Martins Atelier completes a pair of all-white holiday villas on a poetic landscape of Lagos

WA Contents • Sep 13, 2019 • 637

Mário Martins Atelier completes a pair of all-white holiday villas on a poetic landscape of Lagos

Lagos-based architecture firm Mário Martins Atelier has completed a pair of two holiday villas on a poetic landscape of Lagos, Portugal. The houses, named LuxMare Houses - and separately named Casa L and Casa M, they to establish an emotional relationship with the Portuguese landscape and, in particular, with the people of the Algarve, with its cultural heritage, natural beauty, arts and gastronomy.

Situated on different plots that close to each other, each villas draw a different form that shapes itself according to the view and the landscape. The two houses were built among the gardens and the historic city houses built in the 1970s.

When the architects examined the previous houses, they saw that a two-floor house wh (...)

MORQ built Villa RA as the continuation of Calabria's rural landscape in Italy

WA Contents • Sep 13, 2019 • 939

MORQ built Villa RA as the continuation of Calabria's rural landscape in Italy

Rome and Perth-based architecture practice MORQ has completed a new villa that acts like a continuation of a rural landscape in Calabria, a region in Southern Italy.

Named Villa RA, the spatial layout of the building is comprised of two elongated volumes with an entrance courtyard divided by the wall that welcomes its visitors with this inviting and homogeneous structure.

The Villa RA, covering a total of 400-square-metre area, seems it is a perfect fit to its own context since the architects aimed to achieve "authenticity" on this project.

"Villa RA stems from the desire of our clients to return to their roots in Calabria with the project of a summer retreat. They imagined this retreat as a place of respite and recon (...)

New photos show BIG and Heatherwick Studio-designed Google’s Mountain View Campus in progress

WA Contents • Sep 13, 2019 • 931

New photos show BIG and Heatherwick Studio-designed Google’s Mountain View Campus in progress

A series of new photographs have been revealed for BIG and Heatherwick Studio-designed Google's Charleston East campus, showing that their roof structures are in progress while one of them is already complete.

The new photographs have been released by The 111th, owned and operated by Pat and Julie Belanger, a company that specializes on aerial photography. The company has an office in the San Francisco Bay Area and their local flying areas include San Jose, Sacramento and the Central Valley, Northern California.

Currently under construction on a site in California's Mountain View, the Google's new campus will create a new home for the world's most innovative company and will feature a vibrant place for the tow (...)

MAD Architects designs self-powered hyperloop system integrated with urban farming

WA Contents • Sep 13, 2019 • 808

MAD Architects designs self-powered hyperloop system integrated with urban farming

MAD Architects has partnered with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) to design a self-powered new hyper loop system combined with urban farming supported by a versatile pylon design.

HyperloopTT commissioned MAD to conceive a versatile pylon design that while acting as structural support for its groundbreaking transportation system, could easily be integrated across diverse environments – from a bustling city center to rural farmland to the remote desert.

Hyperloop systems are started to be developed in many countries of the world to minimize the long distances between two points, while providing a maximum comfort with their new designs. For instance, India received an approval to develop a new hyperloop (...)

Christoffersen Weiling Architects reinterprets traditional Danish farmhouse with low-energy villa

WA Contents • Sep 13, 2019 • 897

Christoffersen Weiling Architects reinterprets traditional Danish farmhouse with low-energy villa

Danish architecture studio Christoffersen Weiling Architects has completed a new villa in the countryside of Denmark, reinterpreting traditional Danish farmhouse with elegant details and three long, abstract volumes with a gable roof.

Named Casa Ry, the villa was designed for a couple and their two birds – the owner is a falconer. The project consists of a main building for living and two barns - one for the birds and one for practical stuff - surrounding a central courtyard. The project has recently been awarded the German Architecture Award Iconic Award in the category Innovative Architecture.

Casa Ry is a peaceful and welcoming home located in the countryside of Denmark. The visitors enter the courtyard along a concr (...)

Kenneth Frampton Wins 2019 Soane Medal

WA Contents • Sep 13, 2019 • 653

Kenneth Frampton Wins 2019 Soane Medal

Renowned British architect, critic, historian and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Kenneth Frampton, the Honorary Member of WAC, has been awarded the 2019 Soane Medal presented by Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.

Awarded annually, the Soane Medal recognises architects and critics who have made a major contribution to their field through practice, education, history or theory, and in doing so have furthered and enriched the public understanding of architecture.

"Kenneth Frampton occupies a unique position in architectural culture. His work as an architect, writer, critic, educator and academic over the last fifty years has shaped and informed the outlook of countless students and architects," read the s (...)

Joris Verhoeven Architectuur completes Crane Residence featuring wooden panels in the Netherlands

WA Contents • Sep 12, 2019 • 918

Joris Verhoeven Architectuur completes Crane Residence featuring wooden panels in the Netherlands

Tilburg-based architecture firm Joris Verhoeven Architectuur has completed a private residence in a rural expansion area near Tilburg, in the Netherlands.

Called Crane residence, the house is wrapped by wooden panels from place to place. The residence is situated in a quiet place surrounded by open meadows and fields. A few years ago, a covered terrace was designed for the previous home of these clients. This west-facing terrace is made of stucco with an interior of wood and was their favorite place of the house.

They expressed the wish that this terrace should be the inspiration for the design of their new house. This eventually resulted in this dwelling with a pleated stucco framework filled with wood.

The orientati (...)

KCAP and Felixx win competition to "typhoon-proof" Shenzhen's east coast

WA Contents • Sep 12, 2019 • 530

KCAP and Felixx win competition to

KCAP and FELIXX have won an international competition for the redevelopment of the 130-kilometer coastline of Dapeng, a green peninsula in the bay between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, severely damaged by the 2018 typhoon Mangkhut on the infrastructure of the peninsula to various degrees.

An international competition was launched to develop a plan to restore the coastline and raise protection standards against the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events. KCAP and FELIXX developed the "Triple dike strategy", a multifaceted dike system that allows for an integrated approach towards the climate adaptive reorganization of the shore.

The team will implement water safety strategies that are connected to eco-development and na (...)

Wutopia Lab creates continuous space for stack of books inside of Shanghai's tallest building

WA Contents • Sep 12, 2019 • 636

Wutopia Lab creates continuous space for stack of books inside of Shanghai's tallest building

Shanghai-based architecture firm Wutopia Lab has created a continues space for a stack of books on the 52nd floor of Shanghai's tallest building, Shanghai Tower. Commissioned by Shanghai Century Publishing (Group), the store presents a fluid atmosphere and different movement patterns inside, while making easy to take a book from the shelves.

Named Books over the clouds, the store is a small culture complex with seven different functions, including bookstore, lecture room, exhibition, coffee, dessert and light meal.

It houses 60,000 books and 2,000 products saled in 2,200-square-metre area. The store on height of 239 meter is the China's highest commercial bookstore. The bookstore is an important public cultural place (...)

Trezi shaping up as the world's first fully-immersive VR platform for the building industry

Tanya Khanna • Sep 12, 2019 • 755

Trezi shaping up as the world's first fully-immersive VR platform for the building industry

Trezi, a Virtual Reality product developed by SmartVizX, is set to transform the building industry by facilitating seamless communication between designers, clients and collaborators. Integrating real product data and manufacturer catalogues in the virtual workspace, Trezi adds an unprecedented layer of accuracy to the design experience.

India’s first Virtual Reality product for the building industry, Trezi enables collaboration in the virtual space. The latest version of Trezi (v1.8) enables architects and designers to step into the virtual world and review, modify and experience the project with their colleagues and collaborators in real-time, irrespective of their geographical location. Edits made to the full-scale represent (...)