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BEN MSIK Gardens / Tarik Zoubdi Architecte

November 30, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

41 people were killed in the 2003 Casablanca bombings. The terrorists all came from the Sidi Moumen district of the city. These impoverished neighborhoods are often fertile ground for this kind of tragedy (crime, unemployment, extremism…). Consequently, access to decent housing, quality education, and adequate public services are crucial solutions to restoring basic “social justice”. In this regard and within the “Cities Without Slums” program, the social housing built in Ben M’sik saw the light of day to provide better living conditions for 240 families from the slums of “Douar Khlifa” located not far from the project site.

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Baron39 House / Paco Oria Estudio

November 30, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

This commission comes from a very close friend’s couple. It starts even earlier when they decide to buy the house attached to theirs and we participate in a first visit, where the impression of its potential already emerges. It is located in Godella, a residential district of the Valencia metropolitan area, in a low-density neighborhood with a mandatory typology of semi-detached houses with backyards. The original house, from 1949, responds to the traditional type of a pitched roof with a wide entrance for carts and animals and other rooms on one side, giving way through the backyard to another construction for tools at the back. This composition and its urban conditions allow us to imagine an extension of the main house in height, keeping the courtyard and the construction at the back intact.

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Villa Tervas / Sivén & Takala Architects

November 30, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

A retired couple from Kajaani wanted an accessible single-family home for their retirement days in the center of town. The small historical town of Kajaani is the most populous in the Kainuu region of Finland, over 550km north of Helsinki. Kajaani was founded in the 17th century when it was an important town for the pine tar industry, pine tar was used widely as a wood sealant for maritime and building construction. Still today the local economy revolves around trees; the sawmill, lumber, and paper industries.

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Panorama Penthouse / Bureau Fraai

November 30, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

Bureau Fraai designed a luxurious penthouse with panoramic views toward both the seaside and the city center in a former office building, that had been transformed into a high-end residential building. To maintain the 180-degree views from every spot in the penthouse Bureau Fraai decided to introduce free-standing oak volumes creating an open floor concept instead of a traditional layout with walls blocking the view. 

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Filmlageret Community Housing / Spacon & X

November 29, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

Filmlageret Challenges Norms of Architectures and Lifestyles. Spacon & X realize their first large-scale building project. Together with the visionary developer Lennart Lajboschitz and his social revolution agenda, Spacon & X have completed a community living project in Copenhagen, called Filmlageret, for people of all ages.

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Leubinger Fürstenhügel Service Station / MONO Architekten

November 29, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

Leubinger Fürstenhügel is one of Thuringia’s most important archaeological monuments. Located next to a central highway, the burial mound dates back to the Early Bronze Age and is considered to be the largest and most well-preserved of its kind. In proximity to the archaeological find, an unusual project, the Leubinger Fürstenhügel service station, links architecture, landscape, and history. Part of the holistic concept was not only the careful emplacement of the structure within the historically significant surroundings but also the integration of an exhibition and an educational path.

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LING LONG Restaurant / Meyer-Grohbrügge

November 29, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

Ling Long is a fine dining restaurant of modern Chinese cuisine in Beijing. When Ling Long is not in operation during the day, the restaurant area is transformed into a flower studio. To accommodate the duality, the restaurant was divided into different zones structured by different furniture groups: the flower fountain in the center, surrounded by the serving stations. Around it is the table arrangement, while the outer zone acts as a lounge area and circulation space.

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JPP House / Zanesco Arquitetura

November 28, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

Designed for a family of three, a couple with a small child, Casa JPP is a single-family house located in a region of wineries, in the interior of the city of Bento Gonçalves, in the Serra Gaúcha region of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil. In response to local conditioning, such as the flat terrain, the implantation took place with the largest west front facing the street. The project is the result of a careful look at the uses of greater permanence for the residents, prioritizing the best sunlight and local visuals, and valuing the elements available in the surroundings.

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Tempo Almafuerte School Intervention / Además arquitectura

November 28, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

Tempo. “Relative speed with which the action happens”. It is an intervention for a school in a precarious environment, inserted in the Buenos Aires suburbs. The 9 de Abril neighborhood in the province of Buenos Aires. The order is made by the family that manages the school, for which it requires us to provide a solution for access to some classrooms on the upper level. Although the requirement was a ladder; the access point and relationship with the main courtyard of all levels of the school, triggered multiple opportunities for us.

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Prazeres 37 House / Fragmentos

November 27, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

An inner-city hideaway. The complex was born from a project to recover and enhance the heritage of a vacant building with an extensive curtilage area. In this latter area, a single independent family housing unit was built, which we present here as Casa Prazeres 37.