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Lina Ghotmeh Architecture designs new Hermès Leather Workshops with "spanning" arches in France

WA Contents • Jun 16, 2021 • 253

Lina Ghotmeh Architecture designs new Hermès Leather Workshops with

Paris-based studio Lina Ghotmeh Architecture, led by Franco-Lebanese architect Lina Ghotmeh, has designed a new workshop for French luxury goods manufacturer Hermès in France. The studio won a competition for the new Hermès Leather Workshops in 2020.

Called Precise Acts - Hermès Workshops, the design spanning the landscape with the great and perfect arches and a central courtyard, it aims to become "the landscape’s poetry" as the overall language of design gently blends itself into the existing landscape.

The structure is marked by great ‘spanning’ arches in which each of them follows the workshops frame. Taking cues from the word of "precision” itself, the architects said that "t (...)

The Chilean Pavilion hangs 500 paintings on walls to narrate the story of José María Caro settlement

WA Contents • Jun 16, 2021 • 238

The Chilean Pavilion hangs 500 paintings on walls to narrate the story of José María Caro settlement

The Chilean Pavilion has transformed 500 testimonies into 500 paintings that have been hanged on the walls of the pavilion at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale which opened to the public on 22 May in Venice, Italy.The exhibition, titled Testimonial Spaces, located at Arsenale Novissimo, is curated by architects Emilio Marín and Rodrigo Sepúveda. The paintings tell the story of the José María Caro settlement which is located south of the central peripheral beltway of Santiago in Chile and is part of a carefully planned social integration process.

Based on a set of formal rules and collective work where authorship is diluted within the community, painters and historians have brought together the stories (...)

LASSA architects forms rounded walls for house to provide meditative courtyards in Greek olive grove

WA Contents • Jun 16, 2021 • 169

LASSA architects forms rounded walls for house to provide meditative courtyards in Greek olive grove

London and Brussels-based studio LASSA Architects has completed a house that features rounded walls to provide "meditative courtyards" on each corner of the house overlooking a Greek olive grove.

Named KHI House, the 200-square-metre house, located in a gently sloping olive grove in the southern Peloponnese, is informed by a single continuous rippling wall to create a series of protected courtyards at the extremity of each wing.

Acting as a smooth landscape itself, the house sits on the landscape in a delicately low profile and focuses entirely on the view. The geometry of the house is based on an X-shaped massing that divides the site into four distinct areas.

These areas provide the eastern gardens with visual intim (...)

T.K. Chu Design completes Sales Center of Poly F.S. Skyline Garden in Guangzhou, China

WA Contents • Jun 16, 2021 • 175

T.K. Chu Design completes Sales Center of Poly F.S. Skyline Garden in Guangzhou, China

T.K. Chu Design has completed the Sales Center of Poly F.S. Skyline Garden in Dongguan, Guangzhou Province, China.

The sales center is located in Dongguan City, Guangzhou province, the Poly FS Skyline Garden is a quality residential complex that stands out in the local real estate market.

As the centerpiece of the project, the sales center of Poly FS Skyline Garden designed by T.K. Chu Design presents an artistic expression of "Skyline Garden", responding to the project name and brand DNA.

Talk area and art work by Cheng Hua

A view from outside to entrance

Standing by the river, the sales center is landscaped with pools and cosmos-themed art installations. It is a transparent building with interiors desi (...)

International Design Workshop 2 · Ghost in the Shell

WA Contents • Jun 16, 2021 • 249

International Design Workshop 2 · Ghost in the Shell

Shadi Design invites you to participate in the International Design Workshop 2 · Ghost in the Shell.

Registration until July 16. 23.59hs (GMT-5). Rhinoceros + Grasshopper. Basic, intermediate, advanced level.

Jury is composed of Isaac Tejeira (Harvard, Munay) + David Torreblanca (SIGRADI, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana) + Felipe Mejia (Städelschule Architecture Class, ATP Frankfurt Planungs GmbH).

Director:Kevin AbantoVisiting critic + panelist:Gonzalo Mazzey (UTEM) + Leonela Berrocal (PUCP)Elizabeth Frías (The Gamer Architect, Universidad Iberoamericana)Fatima Valer (Peruvian Design, University of Palermo) Teachers:Erick Maldonado (PUCP)Jennifer Durand (OVA, OLA)Andrés Vásquez (Hausstudio, URP)Shadi Design is an (...)

SOM and TranSystems to redesign Chicago’s oldest State/Lake elevated station

WA Contents • Jun 16, 2021 • 285

SOM and TranSystems to redesign Chicago’s oldest State/Lake elevated station

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and TranSystems have revealed images to redesign Chicago's oldest and historic State/Lake elevated station and Red Line Connection in the heart of downtown.

Led by SOM, TranSystems and a diverse local consultant team with expertise in transit and historic preservation, the new State/Lake Station will have wider safer platforms with a sweeping glass canopy that will protect passengers from the elements, a new accessible fly-over connection bridge, new elevators for riders of all mobilities to the elevated and Red Line platforms, and street level enhancements.

North view

The station is known as the second busiest in the CTA network, located at a vital junction within the Chicago L (...)

MVRDV designs ensemble of residential buildings with "green, people-focused street" in Amsterdam

WA Contents • Jun 15, 2021 • 468

MVRDV designs ensemble of residential buildings with

MVRDV has revealed design for an ensemble of residential buildings that create "a new green and people-focused street" as the entrance to Amsterdam neighbourhood in the Netherlands.

Called De Oosterlingen, the new complex comprises a block of seven sustainable residential buildings on Amsterdam’s Oostenburg Island. The project is prominently located at the entrance to the island, which is a formerly industrial area rapidly developing into a lively residential district.

Designed for real estate developer Being, the buildings in the ‘barcode’ composition form a clear family, but each building has its own character, with varying heights, roof shapes, and façades made of wood, glass, recycled brick, or b (...)

Interiors of this cave hotel and spa by Simone Micheli act like work of art with excavated surfaces

WA Contents • Jun 15, 2021 • 573

Interiors of this cave hotel and spa by Simone Micheli act like work of art with excavated surfaces

Excavated surfaces with white and fluid walls, without edges, float on the floors and create a cavernous structure for its visitors in this hotel and space complex in Matera, Italy.

Interior and lighting design of this hotel was envisioned by Simone Micheli, while architecture and execution of the project was completed by Cosimo Dell'Acqua.

Covering a total of 5,000-square-metre area, the hotel, named Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA, is situated inside the Matera Sassi UNESCO World Heritage site.

The story of "Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA" begins with a drop, simple and pure figure that with its incessant fall shapes the material, shapes the spaces, the furnishings, the structure.

"A drop is the (...)

Pavilion of Turkey presents "Architecture as Measure" exploring architecture's relation to the world

WA Contents • Jun 15, 2021 • 419

Pavilion of Turkey presents

The Pavilion of Turkey has installed an exhibition that each of room becomes an architectural model itself at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale which opened to the public on May 22 in Venice, Italy.

Titled Architecture As Measure, the exhibition, curated by Neyran Turan - founder of NEMESTUDIO, helps to understand architecture's role relation to the world, "more of an agent rather than a mere respondent."

In response to Hashim Sarkis' theme "How Will We Live Together?", Turan sets her theme based on her recently-published book Architecture as Measure by Actar Publishers in 2020 as "a theoretical preamble".

In this sense, the exhibition positions architecture as a measure that can help assess our pl (...)

Castle-like red-pigmented house features recessed volumes on arid landscape of Alentejo

WA Contents • Jun 15, 2021 • 534

Castle-like red-pigmented house features recessed volumes on arid landscape of Alentejo

Lisboa-based architecture practice Bak Gordon Arquitectos has completed a house that acts like a castle with its recessed volumes on an arid landscape of Alentejo, Grândola, Portugal.

Named House in Grândola, the 375-square-metre house is covered in a red-pigmented lime mortar that brings lightness and smoothness to the spaces.

Located on the vast territory of Alentejo, the house emerges from an extensive tank leaning against a wall facing south, as if it were a sounding board for the entire landscape, as the architects explain in a project description.

The house looks like a massive volume but its heaviness is reduced through subtraction of some volumes and presents large windows and openings to reduce thi (...)