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Glacier Garden Museum Extension / Miller & Maranta

January 18, 2022 Paula Pintos 0

The Gletschergarten is located at the foot of a large sandstone rock on the Wesemlin hill in the north of the city of Lucerne. The origin of the sandstone goes back to a marine beach that formed the then the tropical region of Lucerne 20 million years ago. Since the Middle Ages, the rock has been used as a quarry and in the early 19th century, the sculptor Thorvaldsen worked on it artistically for the famous Lion Monument. After the uncovering of the glacier pots, which were discovered by chance in 1872, the glacier garden quickly developed into an attraction in the region around Lake Lucerne, which was characterized by tourism, until the turn of the century. The seventeen-thousand-year-old pots were gradually integrated into a guided tour for tourists fascinated by the alpine world.

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SPMA Store / Atelier TAO+C

January 18, 2022 Xiaohang Hou 0

On ground floor of a 1930’s old house in Shanghai, atelier tao+c transformed the former residential space into a boutique retail space for SPMA. It is a typical lane house, the structure is made of load bearing brick walls and wooden floor. The layout is restricted by existing walls, with the rooms arranged one after another and give a strong sense of depth. The architect left the existing wooden ceiling and old doors intact, and the brick walls were preserved with white limewash.

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Wisdom Olion Nursery / Atelier Archmixing

January 17, 2022 Collin Chen 0

Wisdom Olion Nursery is transformed from a long factory building. The client asks for many classrooms, but the budget offered is tight. Another challenging thing here is to provide enough surface for kids to have outdoor activities. How to have classrooms as many as possible without losing their quality? How to define an outside space for the activities? We start to develop the project by taking both the two questions that seem not related.

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Zurich Apartment / t-unoauno + arqaz arquitectura

January 17, 2022 Pilar Caballero 0

Facing the current global situation, brought about by something intangible causing great tangible problems, has ushered us to rethink Virtual Real Estate as a new concept, in terms of architecture, since it seems likely to remain this way, resulting in change in human behavior instead; we now find ourselves in a new “normality”, commuter towns have now been drastically transformed, large cities, towns, streets, the world is an entirely new one, we are obliged to stay at home, turning our focus to the importance of comfortable living tailored to our new lifestyles.

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Nickson 61 Commercial Building / Smart Design Studio

January 16, 2022 Hana Abdel 0

Located at the meeting point of commercial and residential zones in busy and vibrant Surry Hills, Nickson 61 presented an ideal opportunity for the adaptive reuse of existing building stock to provide a significant architectural contribution to the area. The site is located on a corner at the end of a row of terraces towards the southern end of Nickson St. It is visible from busy Cleveland St and is adjacent to both commercial and residential properties. The site contained a late-19th century terrace and a three-meter-wide vacant end lot. This lot was originally occupied by a free-standing dwelling that had been demolished to make way for an access lane.

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L’Escher residence renovation / NatureHumaine

January 15, 2022 Pilar Caballero 0

The project is located on 6th Avenue in the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie borough in Montreal. Starting from a two-story duplex built in the 1930s, the project consists of a complete renovation of the building into a single-family house with the addition of a mezzanine. The young family of 3 children, whose parents are passionate about architecture, wants to live in an urban and contemporary home that is organized around excentric and atypical living spaces.

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% Arabica, Wide & Narrow Alley in Chengdu / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

January 14, 2022 Collin Chen 0

Project overview
First built during the Qing Dynasty’s Kangxi period in Chengdu, China, Kuanzhai Alley mainly consists of three northwest-southeast streets, which are connected by lots of small alleys in a crisscrossed pattern. During the early stage of the Republic of China period, among the three main streets, the wider street was named “Kuan Alley” (Wide Alley), the narrower street was named “Zhai Alley” (Narrow Alley), and the one with a well was named “Jing Alley” (Well Alley). This is how the Kuanzhai Alley got its name. As a historical and cultural landmark in Chengdu, Kuanzhai Alley is a renowned busy commercial and cultural area. While Jing Alley features relatively peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in the midst of noise and bustle because it has shops only on one side and a street wall on the other.