Our client is planning the construction of a nationwide unique wellness & spa hotel resort in the middle of a forest. The task was to show the specificity of this project and to create images as photorealistic as possible. Our team has given everything and created a unique set of pictures. Images that give the impression that the idea is already reality.
Lichtecht welcomes you to virtual reality
Since 2001, we have impressed customers and competitors with high-end visualizations of planned building projects throughout Europe. The breadth of our task ranges from the building of a family home to the complexity of large-scale projects. For the marketing of these projects, presentations of inside and outside spaces are essential, and we provide many well-known clients with breathtaking single images and impressive films. Our experienced team of architects and designers will implement your specifications so that the result can hardly be distinguished fom a photo.
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GRAFT - conceived as a ‘Label’ for Architecture, Urban Planning, Design, Music and the “pursuit of happiness”.
GRAFT was established in 1998 in Los Angeles, California by Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. Further offices followed in Berlin, Germany in 2001 and Beijing, China in 2004. GRAFT was conceived as a ‘Label’ for Architecture, Urban Planning, Design, Music and the “pursuit of happiness”.
Since the firm was established, it has been commissioned to design and manage a wide range of projects in multiple disciplines and locations. With the core of the firm’s enterprises gravitating around the field of architecture and the built environment, GRAFT has always maintained an interest in crossing the boundaries between disciplines and “grafting” the creative potentials and methodologies of different realities. This is reflected in the firm’s expansion into the fields of exhibition design and product design, art installations, academic projects and “events” as well as in the variety of project locations in Germany, China, UAE, Russia, Georgia, in the U.S. and Mexico, to name a few.
Our collective professional experience encompasses a wide array of building types including Fine Arts, Educational, Institutional, Commercial and Residential facilities. The firm has won numerous international awards. With a staff of talented architectural professionals and administrators,
GRAFT has the resources and technology necessary to execute a project from programming to design and through construction, including construction documents, construction administration, and governmental agency review phases. GRAFT has rigorously undertaken an increasing role in programming, master-planning and urban design. Additionally, our firm maintains successful relationships, as needed, with associate architectural and engineering firms and specialty consultants.
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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