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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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Grand Hyatt Dalian Design by Goettsch Partners, in Dalian, China

June 09, 2013 Architecture

This Grand Hyatt Dalian is designed by Goettsch Partners, located in Dalian, China
The tower is sited fronting the Yellow Sea and adjacent to the large public park of Xinghai Square. Primarily clad in high-performance glazing that features horizontal sunshades along all southern exposures, the tower’s triangular plan is designed to ensure that all rooms receive southern light as well as views of the sea and nearby mountain ranges. Additionally, the triangular form helps to minimize the structural impact of uniquely high wind forces found on the Dalian coastline. The tower’s rounded corners accelerate the wind speeds at these locations, propelling the building’s nearly 300 linear meters of wind rotors that are expected to produce electricity year-round. Vertical-axis turbines were chosen for their low-maintenance, bird-safe, quiet and vibration-free operation.

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Programmatically, the hotel floors are stacked below the serviced apartment levels, enabling the core to telescope and creating the architectural “portal” along the north façade. Internal circulation is exposed on this face to provide corridors with natural daylight and views of the skyline, as well as to assure a consistent lighting profile at night. The top two levels of the tower house the signature restaurant, offering unobstructed views in all directions.

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