“Maggie’s Centre”, led by “Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centre Trust”, is a cancer caring centre open to the people suffering from cancer and their families and friends to empower people to live through and beyond cancer.
Operation and construction costs of the center are fully covered by charity donations from the supporters. The Trust continues to create similar centres across the UK to provide the mental and family-like support to the patient on outpatient basis and in a friendly casual non-clinical setting.
Kisho Kurokawa, who was moved by the intense activity of Maggie, wife of his old friend architect Mr. Charles Jencks, gladly accepted to design the building as a volunteer. The center, standing on the hill overlooking the Swansea bay, celebrated its opening in December 2011, thanks to the two year long effort to raise the sufficient fund after completion of the design in 2008.
Kisho described the design concept of the new Maggie’s Centre as “the cosmic whirlpool, a strong symbol of life, with everlasting forces swirling around a center.” The cosmic whirlpool symbolizing the vigorous life force spreads out its arm from the centre which nestles quietly in the hill, welcoming every guest at one end and leading them to the other end, where there is a meditation space with a Japanese garden with trees, stones, and water.
“The two themes - a link towards universe and a link between east and west - which Maggie and I sympathized are reflected in this design. I trust that she will like it.”
Kisho also wrote a poem to Maggie in heaven;
A life is a small universe.
A universe is a great life.
We can always communicate with a universe of great life.
* 2012 RIBA Regional Award (Wales)
* 2012 RIBA Welsh Architecture Award
Visit the Website: www.kisho.co.jp
SCDA is a multi-disciplinary architectural practice established in 1995. Principal, Chan Soo Khian was the recipient of the inaugural President’s Design Award, Singapore Designer of the Year and is part of the Panel of Designers for Poliform in Milan. He was also the recipient of the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, 2006. The practice was recognized as one of the Design Vanguard firms, redefining the Face of Architecture by Architectural Record USA in 2003. SCDA was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award for the Lincoln Modern in 2003 and One KL in 2012. The firm was also the recipient of nine Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award.
SCDA’s designs strive for tranquility and calmness qualified by space, light and structural order. Architectural expressions are distilled to capture the spiritual essence of ‘place’. Its architecture and interiors are inspired by the cultural and climatic nuances of its context, integrating landscape, water features and blurring the distinction between interior and exterior. Spaces are often characterized by lush gardens, water courts and air wells, engendering a sensuous engagement with the elements. Projects display sensitivity to the inherent beauty of natural materials expressed through clarity in construction details and elemental architectural expression.
SCDA projects have set benchmark sales prices for high-end luxury level condominiums in Singapore. These include The Ladyhill, The Boulevard Residence, The Marq and Nassim Park Residences.
Visit the Website: www.scdaarchitects.com
Established in 2006, Kyson is an award-winning, architectural practice with a reputation for producing well-crafted, contextual and contemporary projects within the built environment.
Kyson’s schemes are a product of the relationship between programmatic requirements and the clear juxtaposition of place, space, light and materials. This approach, with an emphasis on the expression of architectural form and an underlying rationale derived from classic proportions, ensures that the aesthetic qualities of their architecture becomes integral to its functionality.
The practice’s body of work is broad and international, with commissions including private houses, interiors, hotels, restaurants and commercial space.
Kyson maintains a medium-sized, passionate design team that operates from its centrally located, creative studio in Shoreditch.
Visit the Website: www.kyson.co.uk
The SIX is a 52-unit affordable housing project provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for disabled veterans. It is located in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. McArthur Park has one of the highest densities in the USA with over 38,000 people per square mile and a total population of 120,000 people in 2.72 square miles. Offering shelter and comfort, the SIX breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional shelter by creating public and private "zones" in which private space is deemphasized, in favor of large public areas.
The organization of the space is intended to transform the way people live-away from a reclusive, isolating layout towards a community-oriented, interactive space. The ground level contains offices, support spaces for the veterans, bike storage and parking while the second level has a large public courtyard. Surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies wrapped with a wood screen made from recycle planking the courtyard has large openings with green roofs that visually connects the space to the street on the lower level beyond. This allows the tenants to enjoy a secured open space while still connecting to the larger community.
The uppermost level has a green roof, large public patio and edible garden with panoramic views of the area. The SIX distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design emerged from close consideration and employment of passive design strategies.
These strategies include: locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds; shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation; designing windows to maximize day lighting; shading south facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing; designing windows to maximize natural ventilation; utilizing low flow fixtures and storm water management; shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural air flow distribution. These passive strategies alone make this building 50% more efficient than a conventionally designed structure.
Visit the Website: www.brooksscarpa.com/the-six
Studio Libeskind is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects around the globe. Our Studio is a collaboration of architects and designers that believe architecture is a practice of optimism. We approach our projects with the attitude that to make great places, you must believe in the future, but also remember the past.
Studio Libeskind’s architecture emerges from the idea that a building should be expressive and reflect contemporary life. Innovation is at the core of our design process. We believe that bold design must be realized with sustainable technology and we strongly believe that the art of architecture lies in creating a maximum impact within the constraints of budgets and functionality. We know from experience that great architecture comes from working with great clients; however, architecture is a public art and we hold ourselves accountable not only to the client, but to the communities, and cities in which we build.
Daniel and his partner Nina Libeskind established Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
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The Tai O Heritage Hotel, a colonial-style parlour, represents the vintage architectural charm of the late 19th century. Preserving the original beauty of the Old Tai O Police Station, the Tai O Heritage Hotel is well-appointed and classically furnished. Guests can experience an authentic taste of a historical heritage which is not commonly seen elsewhere.
Design & Construction
In its efforts to minimise the impact of renovation on the existing structure, the Tai O Heritage Hotel has spared no expense in restoring the original beauty of the Old Tai O Police Station.
Consisting primarily of three sections – a two-storey main building, a two-storey outhouse and a one-storey extension added in the 1960s – the Old Tai O Police Station is a characteristic example of colonial-style architecture.
In order to maintain its late 19th century character for the 21st century, every historical element and detail, such as the cannons, searchlight, corner turrets, dry-goods store and cells distinctive to the former police station, has been restored and refurbished in the Tai O Heritage Hotel. It is classically understated and elegant with a mix of colonial architectural elements such as a Chinese tiled roof, wooden casement windows, granite steps, French windows, and so forth. Additional details such as the arched façade, fireplaces, and connecting bridge between the main building and the outhouse all distinguish the Hotel's architectural style as belonging to the early 20th century.
As you explore the Hotel, its profound history unfolds page by page, every brick and tile telling of the splendour and charm of the Old Tai O Police Station.
Visit the Website: www.taioheritagehotel.com
The new furniture showroom is located on the outskirts of a housing estate in Brno. The current building does not suit its proposed function from a formal point of view. The concept has two sides, the first of which involves work with the interior and a focus on the presentation of a wide range of products, which the company either produces or distributes. The large indoor space is segmented by a system of spaces which are defined by sling curtains. The second side of the concept solves the design of facilities for staff consisting of offices, warehouse and technical and sanitary facilities. The new outdoor shell is formed by a structure of chairs of the company´s production.
Client: MY DVA group a.s.
Location: Brno-Vinohrady, Czech Republic
Year: 2015-2016 Program: showroom and offices for furniture company
Size: 550 m2 Status: under construction
Team: Ondrej Chybik, Michal Kristof, Victor Cojocaru, Martin Holy, Vojtech Kouril, Sarka Kubinova, Ondrej Mundl, Matej Strba
Photo: Lukas Pelech
Saladang Song is a Thai restaurant located on a major arterial street in a mixed commercial-industrial neighborhood south of Old Pasadena. “Song,” which means “two” in Thai, is located next door to the original Saladang, which has been one of the city’s most popular restaurants for many years. The client, ‘Dang’ for short, is a Thai woman who immigrated to Los Angeles. In many ways, she occupies two worlds, bringing a strong sense of Thai cultural values into the context of Los Angeles. She has developed a loyal clientele by offering refined versions of traditional Thai dishes, a kind of abstraction of her native cuisine.
The design responds to her cross-cultural condition in a variety of ways. The building is conceived as a courtyard, an idea suggested by the traditional Thai sala. The sala is a simple roadside pavilion for resting and eating. Saladang Song, then, roughly translates as “Dang’s second retreat.” Los Angeles’ identity has been constructed around ideas of mobility, transience and consumer culture, and architecture has frequently accepted and celebrated this mythology. Saladang Song is conceived as a place of rest and reflection within the distracted life of the city. In a formal inversion, here the patio dining is placed at the front of the building, opposite the parking lot entry, which is at the rear.
The main components of the program are: outdoor and indoor dining, a large open kitchen, storage, and office spaces. Another aspect of the program, in the tradition of family-owned restaurants in Asia and Europe, was the request for a living space on top of the restaurant, including a rooftop garden. The patio dining is bound by a screen wall, offering a sense of protection while maintaining a strong relationship to the flow of traffic in the street. The screen wall is made of vertically cantilevered concrete slabs and laser-cut steel screens. The idea of a “textile” screen was informed by the client’s interest in traditional Thai fabrics. The slabs were built using a modified version of standard tilt-up construction. The laser-cut steel screens were patterned after textiles, but the designs have been abstracted and transformed by their method of production.
9,600 SF building area
23,000 SF site area
Wallaporn “Dang” Vattanatham
Peter Tolkin, John R. Byram, Christopher Girt, Craig Rizzo, Anthony Denzer
Kurily Szymanski Tchirkow, Inc. (Structural); Khalifeh & Associates (mechanical, electrical, plumbing); Herb Cooper (Civil); Jerry Kovacs & Associates (Geotechnical)
Eddie Effron (Lighting); Wet Design (Fountain)
2005 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects; 2002 Certificate of Recognition, California State Assembly; 2001 Citation Award, American Institute of Architects; 2001 Restaurant Design Award, Finalist, James Beard Foundation; 2001 Award of Merit, Pasadena Beautiful Foundation
The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum is situated in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of the city’s main landmarks. It was completed in 1996.
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini, who had worked with Niemeyer on earlier projects, the MAC-Niterói is 16 meters high; its cupola has a diameter of 50 metres with three floors.
The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach.
Azman Architects is an award-winning practice with an outstanding reputation for building striking contemporary residential and retail buildings, remodelling private homes and designing bespoke furniture.
The practice, run by Ferhan Azman, built the flagship store for the British designer Alexander McQueen, and designed the exhibitions for the retrospective show of Vivienne Westwood’s work at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Communicate exhibition at the Barbican Gallery.
The Azman team has built new homes and factories in Oxfordshire, Alderburgh, North London and Turkey and refurbished a private villa at Cap d’Antibes. The practice has also designed a range of furniture, which sit well with its refurbishments, and are particularly suitable for the UK’s older housing stock.
Azman created the cafe at the Royal Institute of British Architects, which was described by Amanda Baillieu, former editor of the RIBA Journal, as '...what better advertisement for architecture than a project that is not simply an elegant transformation of the space, but is also on time and on budget...'
The London-based practice was awarded the RIBA Award as well as a Civic Trust Award for the 'concrete house', a private home built in North London, and was named in the next generation award index of best practices by the Architecture Foundation in 2007.
Azman creates spaces that are designed to reflect the specific brief of the client and the context of the building rather than following trends. The projects that the practice have completed have been widely recognised and published around the world in leading journals and architectural books.
Olivier Dwek, of British origin, was born in Brussels in 1970. An early passion for visual arts led him to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, before entering the Victor Horta Faculty of Architecture at the Free University of Brussels in 1990. As an apprentice at Art & Build, a well-known Brussels firm specialising in large-scale projects, the gifted architect began to receive his first major assignments in 1997. Three years later, Olivier Dwek had set up his own architecture firm, in the heart of the European capital.
Since then he has worked on an extensive range of constructions, from the upmarket, private residential sector to public projects, both at home and abroad. Shunning anything that might resemble a systematic approach, his talent is expressed freely in numerous contexts, whether it is designing prestigious boutiques, such as that of Louis Vuitton, galleries and art centres, refurbishing former factories and creating lofts (one of which was used as the set to launch a new male fragrance by Christian Dior), renovating private townhouses and mansions, or building new, resolutely contemporary, exclusive constructions. Olivier Dwek’s endless, uninhibited creativity has featured in numerous Belgian and international press articles. In 2006, he was selected by the Ministry of the Walloon Region for a project of Pharaonic proportions: the development of a residential, commercial and cultural space on the former industrial site of the Belgian arms factory, the Fabrique Nationale.
In the wake of the modernist and minimalist movements that have marked 20th century architecture, Olivier Dwek’s body of work reflects a rigorous, subtle quest for formal purity, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of an asceptic, cold aesthetic. A virtuoso of volumetrics, an alchemist of light, he shapes interiors that have the aura of a museum and at the same time cultivates a spirit of conviviality, comfort and ergonomic innovation. Fluid, clean lines and perspectives, monumental structures that are mobile or simulate weightlessness, exceptional materials and original textures, contemporary artworks interacting with the space: such are the signatures or hallmarks whose symbiosis results in a timeless, serene, spellbinding elegance.
Our architectural office has been established in 1998 in Budapest. Our group became allways stronger in the last 12 years. Our goal is the clear, modern architecture.
We are looking for the possibile in unpossible. We know that we are only little points in the all and the world will never getting better but we are allways beliving in it. That's way because we are optimistic. The song is important not the singer.
Due to the diversity of design tasks results in a high degree of flexibility, efficiency and ability to communicate with the processing of new tasks.
We do not follow a strongly worded architectural philosophy. It is this freedom of thought, that still leaves philosophizing possible to encounter the possibility of the architecture and their tasks with the necessary respect and seriousness.
Existing and new complement each other and lead to a great overall result. Structural clarity, focus on the essentials, modulation of light, material addition and haptic perception are determining factors of our architecture.