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Atelier Design Continuum's ufo-themed holiday villa landed on the lush forest in Huangshan City

WA Contents • Dec 13, 2019 • 481

Atelier Design Continuum's ufo-themed holiday villa landed on the lush forest in Huangshan City

Chinese architecture studio Atelier Design Continuum has built an ufo-themed holiday villa within a lush forest in Huangshan City, China.

Named The Tree House in Qiyun Mountain, the 102-square-metre holiday home is designed as part of ZYJ Tree house world, located in Qiyun Moutain, Xiuning County, Huangshan City, Anhui Province.

It is a campsite style resort villa project combing forest outdoor recreation projects. The first phase consists of 15 sets of independent villa-style rooms scattered among the pine forest hills, designed by a group of creative and influential achitechts. It is famous for its creativity, excellent quality and operation.

The second phase is the iterative product for the first phase, and the ow (...)

"Architecture opens the capacity for generosity" says Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill Leví

WA Contents • Dec 13, 2019 • 489

PLANE-SITE has release a new video interview with Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill Leví, founder of Taller de Arquitectura. The video interview was produced for the "Time Space Existence" biennial exhibition which will be released in the run-up to the opening of the exhibition on May 21-22, 2020 at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

With its abundance of classical motifs, brutalism and Catalan vernacular, Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s oeuvre defies easy classification.

In a new 5-min video produced for the Time Space Existence video series, Bofill describes his relationship to space as a source of pleasure, not unlike the pleasure derived from music or art.

Ricardo Bofill Leví. Image courtesy o (...)

Iosa Ghini Associati converts post-earthquake structure into a youth center in other Italy

WA Contents • Dec 13, 2019 • 377

Iosa Ghini Associati converts post-earthquake structure into a youth center in other Italy

Italian architecture practice Iosa Ghini Associati has converted a post-earthquake structure into a new youth center in Northern Italy. Called Casa dei Giovani, the 850-square-meter multi-purpose structure now accommodates eight classrooms, a 90-square meter main hall, a study room, a prayer area and several offices, all distributed over three floors.

During the 2012 earthquake that devastated northern Italy, the small town of Crevalcore was among those hit the hardest; even the old Oratory located next to the parish church of San Silvestro, once the central hub of the community, suffered irreparable damage.

The restoration of damaged buildings was made possible by the contributions of the solidarity movement "Ricostruiamo" pr (...)

Weiss/Manfredi to lead masterplan of La Brea Tar Pits

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Weiss/Manfredi to lead masterplan of La Brea Tar Pits

New York-based architecture, landscape and urbanism practice Weiss/Manfredi has been selected to lead the master planning team to reimagine the uniquely important and world renowned La Brea Tar Pits.

The architects' "Loops and Lenses" concept developed for the competition creates new connections between the museum and the Park, between science and culture, and envisions the entire site as an unfolding place of discovery.

The team will work with NHMLAC on a multi-year process of public engagement, master planning, design and construction on the Tar Pits’ 13-acre campus, which encompasses the world’s only active paleontological research site in a major urban area, its asphalt seeps, surrounding parkland, and th (...)

Reiulf Ramstad Architects completes low-rise apartments with large glazed windows in Oslo

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Reiulf Ramstad Architects completes low-rise apartments with large glazed windows in Oslo

Oslo and Denmark-based architecture studio Reiulf Ramstad Architects has completed low-rise apartments in Bygdøy, a very attractive area with a distinctive character in Oslo, Norway.

Named Bygdøynesveien 15 (BNV15), the 6,800-square-metre complex has been designed with powder-colored volumes that attributes to the historical character of the area.

Reiulf Ramstad Architects' design reinterprets the apartment complex that combines new buildings within a historic facility in an attractive and innovative way.

"The project builds under the local character of the solution proposal," said Reiulf Ramstad Architects.

"Through a conscious use of a site-specific and high- quality architecture, the proje (...)

3LHD completes hotel with terraces filled with Mediterranean gardens and water areas in Croatia

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3LHD completes hotel with terraces filled with Mediterranean gardens and water areas in Croatia

A series of descended volumes, filled with Mediterranean gardens, and platforms define this hotel situated on the coast of Rovinj, St. Euphemia, the island of St. Catherine, Croatia.

Designed by Croatian architecture studio 3LHD, the hotel, named Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, provides a beautiful viewpoint for the most beautiful stage on the Adriatic.

Wherever a visitor circulates within the hotel, guests get the impression of staying in a park overlooking Rovinj, Sv. Euphemia, island of Sv. Catherine and the most beautiful sunsets in the sea.

Encompassing a total of 46,813-square-metre area, the hotel is situated directly on the coast, next to the city promenade and marina, it is a kind of starting point from the inner c (...)

5th Istanbul Design Biennial to tackle origins of empathy for its 2020 theme

WA Contents • Dec 12, 2019 • 479

5th Istanbul Design Biennial to tackle origins of empathy for its 2020 theme

Curator Mariana Pestana has announced the theme as "Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one" for the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial which will take place from 26 September to 8 November 2020.

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), the theme of the Biennial will tackle origins of empathy, announced at a press conference held on Tuesday, December 10 at Salon İKSV in Istanbul.

Starting off from the idea that design comprises the devices, platforms and interfaces through which we relate to one another, Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one wants to think of design as the element that mediates interconnections. In revisiting the origins of the notion of empathy it aims to reimagine a role for d (...)

Nemo Studio's Vietnamese Villa AD8 brings tropical atmosphere inside with natural elements

WA Contents • Dec 12, 2019 • 495

Nemo Studio's Vietnamese Villa AD8 brings tropical atmosphere inside with natural elements

Hanoi-based architecture firm Nemo Studio has transformed a neoclassical building into a contemporary house bringing a tropical atmosphere inside with its surprising openings, flexible layout and natural elements in Vietnam.

The house, named Villa AD8, is located in a long but narrow area and divided into quite similar parts in plan. As Nemo Studio highlights, the former version of the house was unsuitable for tropical climate and location that is beside the fork of river.

To solve it, the architects created a porch, expanding the backside and placing a void in the center of the villa are considerable adjustments.

The architects designed all public spaces and common areas on the first floor, bedrooms and private areas (...)

Metal framed-table, glass partitions, green infills make this interior space vivid and light in Lviv

WA Contents • Dec 12, 2019 • 495

Metal framed-table, glass partitions, green infills make this interior space vivid and light in Lviv

Ukranian architecture practice studio architecture & design O.M.SHUMELDA has created a warm, vivid and home-like atmosphere by transforming a two-level apartment into one flat for a young active man in Lviv, Ukraine.

Named 2 in 1 Apartment, the 105-square-metre interior space features a metal-framed table at the core of the interior, a piece of greenery, glass partitions and curtains and hammock to provide a funny atmosphere as well.

Designed as a young active man, who loves exploring the world, arts, and travel, the architects wanted to create large window openings because of an incredible panorama that inspired the architects. Due to large openings, the interior space takes natural light and acts as an open space.
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Foster + Partners completes Galeries Lafayette with fragmented façade in Luxembourg

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Foster + Partners completes Galeries Lafayette with fragmented façade in Luxembourg

Foster + Partners has completed the Galeries Lafayette store in the heart of Luxembourg, which the first Galeries Lafayette in Luxembourg.

The new store, featuring fragmented façade, is the first building as part of a major mixed-use development by Foster + Partners, in collaboration with local architect Tetra Kayser.

The new Galeries Lafayette has been designed as a gateway to the historic quarter of the city, the building is a striking structure positioned at the end of Grand Rue and Rue Aldringen. Foster + Partners designed the fragmented façade for the building to complement the restrained striped-back interior with exposed ceilings and warm finishes, creating a distinctive presence for one of Europe’ (...)