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Land Securities Office and Marketing Space Design by ESA Architects, in Leeds, United Kingdom

June 12, 2013 Architecture, Interior Design

This Land Securities Office and Marketing Space is designed by ESA Architects, located in Leeds, United Kingdom.
The 8,500 sq ft floor plate features a “living wall”, which snakes its way from end to end subtly changing colour as it goes. The wall divides ‘public’ from working spaces, manifesting itself in various forms in its journey from end to end of the space. It starts at reception, coloured orange and on its way encloses meeting rooms, work stations, a library and kitchens. It culminates in the marketing suite in the form of a backdrop/servery, by which time it has become a deep red. Full height glazing overlooking the Trinity Quarter allows Land Securities to reveal the development site to visitors at exactly the right moment in the presentation.

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Bamboo flooring has been used, delivering a low-cost, hardwearing alternative to hardwood.

Commenting on the project, creative director of ESA Nic Sampson said: “The living wall is an organizing device which threads its way through the office, functioning as a dual working and marketing space. It establishes a strong theme that Land Securities staff and visitors can identify with. They have immediately taken the new space to their hearts and pride in their environment is evident in the way in which they are tending it and the way they show off their facilities to visitors.”

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Riva Hotel Design by Foster and Partners, in London, United Kingdom

June 11, 2013 Architecture

This Riva Hotel is designed by Foster and Partners, located in London, United Kingdom.
The hotel, developed by Riva Properties is characterised by a distinctive layered glass shell, which floods the public spaces with daylight. Articulated as a 13-storey structure, several levels are sunk into the ground, keeping the building’s profile low in response to the immediate surroundings.

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The rooms are contained within six pavilions, linked by bridges and wrapped in a unifying glass envelope, which acts as a barrier to aircraft noise. The entrance lobby has a floating glass deck with views down to the sunken restaurant level, shallow pool and waterfall. This restaurant floor is accessed via a timber walkway and incorporates a business centre, as well as a variety of venues to eat and drink. The double-height conference facilities, which have their own reception to allow separate access from street-level, encircle a top-lit atrium that brings natural light deep into the building and down to the lower levels.

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Pumacahua Housing Design by Canda Gazaneo Ungar Arquitectos, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

June 11, 2013 Architecture

Pumacahua Housing is designed by Canda Gazaneo Ungar Arquitectos, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The building is constructed as an overlapping stratum between two dividing plates. Every level shelters four units, except the last one, where the system is altered and appears a substructure that expresses the atypical existence of units inside the set. The whole constructed volume is recessed from the front line, in order to obtain the maximum height permitted. On the front, an access volume gets back to re-compose this line. Each level is composed by four units and a central core linking them. This layout organization, around a court obtains ideal lighting both in the departments and in the access hall. The vertical core finishes off in a metallic structure composed by a bridge and a battery of stairs that forms an ad hoc structure that allows the access to the terraces of each one of the two storey units. The concrete structure, arranged in partitions and slabs without girders, remains absorbed inside the internal and dividing walls between units, and the thicknesses of the slab. The efforts are transmitted directly towards the foundations without any type of transition. Structural engineering by Nicastro Associates.

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Camelback Houses by GRAFT Architects, Inspired by the cradle to cradle philosophy

June 10, 2013 Home Design

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There are times when people should mingle within the neighborhood. Those kinds of situation were being carefully considered by GRAFT’s Make It Right (MIR) Project Designers when they came up with the Camelback houses — they all have a strong connection between the private interior zone and the shared public space on the street. Inspired by the cradle to cradle philosophy, the Camelback houses bring in a better environment, economical, and society combination. It’s the futuristic approach that got us sold in the first place.

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House in Valle Escondido by Gonzalo Mardones, in Santiago, Chile

June 10, 2013 Architecture, Home Design

This House id designed by Gonzalo Mardones, located in Santiago, Chile.
The house adapts to topography establishing the most intense relationship with the environment, blocking itself off from the neighboring plots with mural proposal with openings directed towards the best views. The internal façade, is a composition of large concrete frames and transparent windows, open to morning sun, to the light and to garden which adds privacy. The materiality, the bare concrete of all acts as unifying element. The section recognizes different activities of home, and the central hall, is the place which links the different levels with the aim of framing that landscape which one felt should not be touched.

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