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Posts tagged as 'conversion'

Tayson House by Kras Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kras Schönberg Architects, photos by Kraus Schönberg

The Constance and London based Kraus Schönberg Architects realised this new built extension of a Victorian warehouse building in ‘Little Germany’, a particular historical area in in central Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Here is what the architects expalin:

“The formation of Bradford’s Little Germany took place in various stages. This can be seen in the different sizes of the warehouses.

Starting with two to three storey buildings in the early 1830s, the trend changed towards grander structures in the late 1850s. Tayson House was built around 1870 and it’s four floors have a two storey neighbour.”

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

“The new infill structure tries to mediate between the two historical buildings, making a clear statement in its own time – the present.

The new extension is hung from a steel frame creating a minimal interface with the existing buildings. By creating its own architectural language the glass, galvanised steel and timber structure can be seen as a separate entity. This allows a continuation of the industrial character of Little Germany and helps regenerating the area.”

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

to the Kraus Schönberg Architects website

Fri 4.12.

Zagreb Dance Center by 3LHD (CRO)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 04.12.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

The Croatian architects of 3LHD recently unveiled the new Dance Center in Zagreb. The project is a conversion of an old cinema.

Zagreb Dance Center by 3LHD, photo by Sandro Lendler

Zagreb Dance Center by 3LHD, photo by Sandro Lendler

Here is what the architects explain:

“The opening of big movieplex cinemas in Zagreb has led to the dying out of old cinema theatres in the city centre. The City of Zagreb, who is the owner of the old cinema Lika, decided to reuse the space for new cultural facilities. In that scenario old cinema Lika was given the role of a new dance centre.”

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

“Fifty years of contemporary dance culture in Zagreb has produced about 40 dance troops, with this project all of them will have a new home in the city centre. The cinema is located in a derelict residential block only 100 meters away from the Zagreb’s main square. The entire project’s program is determined by the gross developed area defined in the master plan and it places the project in the old cinema shell. The new dance centre which will house numerous dancers, choreographers, art troops and companies will have three multipurpose studios (one large studio with 150 telescopic seats and two smaller training studios), three spacious dressing rooms, bathrooms, storages for props and technology and office spaces.”

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

The only new architectural element of the centre is the new entrance lobby, a polyvalent space in the service of communication and meeting with a cafe, library and a video store. It was interpolated on the basis of almost default parameters of the existing neighboring houses. The volume and its broken forms also suggest dance movement and they are a new sign and connection element between the courtyard and the roof terrace. The roof terrace is the final element of the centre and an important part of the project of preservation and restoration of Zagreb last open roof stage.”

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

Zagreb Dance Center, photo by Sandro Lendler

Project team: Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Silvije Novak, Jasminka Jug, Zorislav Petric, Zeljko Mohorovic, Dijana Vandekar, Marin Mikelic

Colaborators: Structural Engineering – Berislav Medic, Hrvoje Mihal, UPI-2M; Building Physics / Details, Mateo Bilus, B.M.P.; Fire Protection- consultant – Milan Carevic, Inspekting; MEP Engineering – Mechanical – Igor Šundov, Rena prom; MEP Engineering – Mechanical – Mario Josipovic; MEP Engineering – plumbing - Nenad Sutevski, Vodotehnika; Electrical Engineering - Radovan Tomsic, RP studio; Electrical Engineering – Renato Majcunic, MR konzalting; sprinkler installation - Kaleb inzenjering; Special Consultant – Slaven Delalle; 3D visualization – Janko Velnic

Main contractor: I phase TA-GRAD, II phase MESIC COM, AVC (scene technology)

Supervision: I faza PET PROJEKT, II faza Interkonzalting

to the 3LHD website

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

The São Paolo based aum arquitectos realised this restoration of an old railway station in Araras, Brazil, after winning the competition which was organised by the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) along with the Bienal Foundation in 2003. The finished project – the old railway station was converted into a cultural centre – will be presented at the 8th BIA – International Biannual of Architecture in São Paulo, Brazil, that will be open 31th october.

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

“The development of the region occurred as a result of the railway system that was spreading out, and this Station from Companhia Paulista served for several years for the transport of passenger and afterward gave place entirely to the transportation of stowage. With the inactivation of the passenger transport the Station went through a severe process of deterioration and part of the history of Araras was being erased.”

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Built area: 2000 m2

Terrain: 10000m2

Architects: aum arquitectos + Andre Luque and Fernando Botton

to the aum arquitectos website

Tue 11.8.

Villa de Murph by bldgs

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 11.08.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Since 1947 an automotive electric parts warehouse, Villa de Murph by bldgs

Since 1947 an automotive electric parts warehouse, Villa de Murph by bldgs, Photo by Dwight Eschliman

In times of ecological crunches and economical collapses it is more than logic to discuss reasonable reutilisation of existing architecture. The architects David Yocum and Brian Bell from blgds turned this beautiful mid-century automotive electric parts warehouse into their office. For the renovation and the sensible conversion of the abandoned house into the Villa de Murph they recieved several Awards.

View into the frontyard

View into the frontyard, Photo by bldgs

Here the story of the project:

“I started by driving around in the bad neighborhoods. Vacant lots, railroad lines, burned-out buildings. These are the industrial parts of the downtown, which still show the deep scars of a late-century urban flight. I was looking for something that nobody else wanted anymore. Something anonymous, something forgotten.

The building had been abandoned for seven years. It had always been, since 1947, an automotive electric parts warehouse. When the owner died in 1992, the family locked the door and moved out of the state. Since then, the roof had collapsed from the weight of standing water. It took me three months to track down the descendents of the owner, and when their agent showed up to meet me, I had to climb over the walls to get in.”

Villa de Murph, by bldgs, Photo by Dwight Eschliman

Villa de Murph, by bldgs, Photo by bldgs

“Demolition took six months. One saw, one wheelbarrow, and five dumpsters. A dead forklift was dragged out by chains. 38,000 lbs. of steel starter gears were recycled.

I began with what was left: 4 windowless walls, a concrete slab, the roof joists, and the ever-present sky. And the three tracks of freight trains roaring by. The sounding of a train whistle is always the same: two long, one short, one very long.

Across the three freight train tracks, you approach the front door under a rusted canopy, 16 feet tall. Unknown to the street, inside is a private courtyard with a fireplace and a table for 18 friends. The paint, the rust, the decay – all is preserved. Further on, the back wall of the courtyard is all glass. Eight doors make a window inside to the studio. These are the only doors in or out, and these doors serve as the single window for both spaces. “

Villa de Murph by bldgs

Villa de Murph by bldgs, Photo by Dwight Eschliman

“The studio is one room: 1000sf. Between the studio and the living area are two parallel walls. These walls are staggered and sliced by gaps filled with glass. The parallel walls hold three rooms: a kitchen, a utility room, and a shower room. When you wash dishes, when you do laundry, when you shower, the gaps in the walls frame views to the courtyard and beyond to the sky.

At the very back, the living area is 850sf. It holds a bed, two chairs, and a table. From the bed, through the gaps in the walls, you can keep your eye on the front door. Except for the trains, it is very quiet at Villa de Murph. And with the skylights, the night is often as bright as the day.”

Plan

Plan

to the bldgs website

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