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Penn State Behrend Federal House Renovation & Addition / GBBN

March 25, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

With a gentle touch, the newest addition to campus preserves the past and prepares for the future. The oldest brick structure in the area, the Federal House at Penn State Behrend is gracefully preserved and repurposed by an expansive addition. A light and spacious modern barn slips into the steeply graded site—linking to the restored Federal House by way of an elegant, glass bridge—to preserve and elevate the historically significant building.

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Buried House / Kallos Turin

March 24, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

Buried House is one of the several seasonal vacation homes Kallos Turin designed on the Villalagos Estate on the coast of Uruguay near Punta del Este. The firm approached the design of Buried House with the idea that the home should be simple in its massing and detailing, consistent in its use of materials, and carefully placed on the land to preserve the site’s integrity and avoid the impression of a conventional house dropped into an otherwise pristine hillside.

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University of Graz Library / Atelier Thomas Pucher

March 23, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

The heart of the university campus. The redesign has given the library a completely new look, characterised predominantly by the two-storey glass-fronted platform that juts out from the top of the historic reading room, originally built in 1895. Demolishing the 1970s-built extension uncovered the historic, listed façade on the north side of the library, which now has a large covered area in front of it. The effect of this – in regard to the urban development of the centre of the en-tire campus – was a major factor in the jury’s decision.

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The Arches / The DHaus Company

March 23, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

It all started with a two-year planning process, we had to win every single argument no matter how small or large to justify the proposal. Then a further 2 years in construction just as the global Pandemic started. So over the last 4 / 5 years, this project was such a big part of our lives. Our place to go while the whole world fell apart through Brexit, Covid and the many wars going on in the world. Many different people from all walks of life came together and built something. We all dragged the metaphorical cart up the hill together while wearing blinkers to world affairs. The Proposal. The Arches is a set of 6 new terraced town houses set in the Dartmouth Park conservation area in North-West London. The site is just down the road from the famous Grove Terrace, one of the most beautiful Georgian terraces in London in our opinion. Our initial design idea was inspired by the historic green lung of open green spaces along the Highgate Road, our earliest discussion with Camden was to relink the 2 open public green spaces either side of the site. This meant reinstating the green lung as close to how it was back in 1873. A futuristic Victorian throw back! This new green space acts as buffer for the proposed architecture behind, 6 mews houses that appear to be single storey from the Highgate Road, to preserve the clear unbroken green line, when viewed from the street. The entrances to the houses are on the College Lane, to enhance the Victorian architectural grain. And to match the other old historic cottages further south along the road.

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Metro de Madrid’s Integral Transportation Center / Nexo Arquitectura + Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos + Andrés Perea

March 22, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

METRO DE MADRID HEADQUARTERS & TRANSPORT COMPLEX: OPENING AN OLD INDUSTRIAL SITE TO THE CITY THROUGH AN INSTITUTIONAL CAMPUS. Metro de Madrid Transport Complex (CIT): an institutional campus. The CIT is an initiative by Metro de Madrid to build a Transport Campus on the site of Plaza Castilla (Avenida de Asturias) where the former depots of Line 1 were located. The project has a double objective, on one side the urban regeneration through an existing plot, containing an obsolete Metro facility, and on the other hand the centralization of office spaces and services related to the transport in the Community of Madrid and to the already centennial Metro de Madrid. The new headquarters of Metro de Madrid company are completed (in 2022) as the first component of the Campus (Phase 01). The CCOR (New Technological and Operational Center), a building for the Regional Transport Consortium and the Museum of Transport will be included in a second phase. All the buildings are framed within the sustainability criteria and the almost zero consumption building standards nZEB.

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Casa Mueble / Heimat Studio

March 22, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

The assignment consisted in the refurbishment of a small flat located in the historic centre of Seville, with a surface area of 55m2. The need of the clients to create a new space containing two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and living room posed a major challenge. The external façade of the building is in front of a small square facing south, so the spaces most used during the day were turned towards it. In contrast, the night-facing spaces are located around the interior courtyard.

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Valladolid Art School / Estudio Primitivo González | eGa

March 21, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

The new School of Arts of Valladolid is adjacent to the convent of Las Carmelitas Descalzas. According to historical plans, the plot used to be part of the convent’s orchards, a condition which has characterised the project from the beginning. Towards the city, the buildings shows itself as an architecture of walls; towards the inside, an architecture of patios. The project strives to be respectful of its historical context. However, it houses a space for creativity, youth and dreams. The essence of the project is the materialization of this duality. The exterior is clad in black brick; an architecture of texture, materiality and colour, which creates a sort of mystifying atmosphere that surrounds and protects the inner world of creation. The interior is thought of, by opposition, as a technological space, white and bright with formal allusions to industrial architecture, production and creation.

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Mountain Ranch / Hana Lerner

March 21, 2023 Andreas Luco 0

Bruno and Giovanna asked for a cozy design that integrated all the environments of the house. Dining room, kitchen and living room, because the family loves to receive friends and be with everyone together.  In our interior design project we chose coverings with natural textures: stone walls and floors, and wood panels to bring a warm touch. In the bathroom organic shaped mirrors bring charm and a stone carved tub.