Posts tagged as 'renovation'

'Casa no Gerês' by Correia / Ragazzi Arquitectos, photo by Luis Ferreira Alves

This weekend retreat located on a 4060 m2 riverine plot in a protected natural area in the north of Portugal is the reconstruction of an existing ruin. The Porto based Correia / Ragazzi Arquitectos converted the inevitably small space specified by the reduced dimension of the pre-existent concrete ruin, into a comparatively broad house for a couple and their child.


Tue 14.9.

Collector’s Loft by UNStudio (NL)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 14.09.2010 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

New York Loft by UNStudio, photo by Iwan Baan

The Dutch architectural practice UNStudio recently completed this interior design of an existing loft located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan for a private art collector. The wide space is charcterised by flowing walls which together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions for exhibition and living areas.


'A House' by Holgaard Arkitekter, photo by Adam Moerk

‘A House’ in Copenhagen is the conversion of an old disused 1960s industrial building in the Copenhagen Harbour. The Danish Holgaard Arkitekter transformed it into a number of very attractive apartments, keeping its typical industrial character with cast concrete, cast floors and surfaces of granite.


Taastrup Theatre by COBE Copenhagen

The Danish architectural practice COBE recently unveiled this extension of the 1970s local community theatre, situated in a social housing neighborhood of Taastrup closed to Copenhagen. First the architects were commissioned to improve the energy consumption of the building but they used this opportunity to improve the general appeal and functionality of the building by introducing a second (isolating) theatre curtain around the rough concrete structure.


Wed 18.8.

‘Skycourt’ by Keiji Ashizawa Design (JP)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 18.08.2010 - Tagged as: , , ,

'Skycourt' by Keiji Ashizawa, photo by Takumi Ota

Our Japanese friend and ambitious architect Keiji Ashizawa recently finished this renovation project on a two storeyed single family house in his hometown Tokyo. In order to enlarge the living space the architect added a third floor with a roof tarrace and created a backyard with privacy – a court which bathes the former dark home with soft light and allows its occupants to gaze at the sky.

The Hansviertel Project by Gisberg Poeppler

The Hansviertel Project by Gisberg Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

The Hansaviertel in Berlin is a quarter which was planned and realised as an example of successful and forward-looking architecture in post-war Germany. Architects like Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto and Oscar Niemeyer were amongst others protagonists of the project. Gisberg Poeppler had the pleasure to renovate one appartment in the famous Walter Gropius building.

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

Here is what the architect explains:

“The 90qm property is tucked in the corner of a large modern apartment building, designed by Walter Gropius for the 1957 Interntational Building Exhibition, “Interbau”. As if intentionally planned to coincide with this important milestone, the renovation was completed just in time to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of this now classic modernist BAUHAUS experiment in urban living.

The Hansaviertel Project showcases Gisbert Pöppler’s vision and talent, unique among German architects, for breathing vibrant life into stale spaces both structurally as well as by paying specific attention to the details of interior design. With a bold use of color and brave willingness to re-interpret the bones of an historical building, he has injected new-found energy and innovation into this fading model of ideal living.”

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

“Following Walter Gropius’ key intention of creating flexible living spaces for everyone, Gisbert Pöppler projected this noble trajectory into the 21st century. With a single swing he succeeded in unifying the main rooms of the apartment along a sunny bank of existing windows, ripping out the walls dividing the dark, boxy spaces. Giving full trust to Gisbert Pöppler’s vision – the client only inspected the apartment twice during the renovation process discovering that what were once three closed, claustrophobic compartments had become an expansive pass-through space, providing a colorful journey from the tart lemon livingroom to the chinese red kitchen and into the emerald green office.”

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

“In addition to these simple but transformative structural changes, Gisbert Pöppler’s client showed an openness to try new approaches to fixturing and decor, giving him the freedom to experiment . As every pearl has a grain of sand at its center, so do some of the key elements of this apartment’s interior fixturings; combining an eclectic collection of high and low-cost interior features. In the vibrantly detailed kitchen, for instance, the bones of the cabinets and freestanding counter block come from Ikea, but are then embellished with dedar Mindanao bianco textile surfaces and cabinet door handles costing far more than the structures they cover. In the livingroom, a custom designed china cabinet becomes a central decorative element, simultaneously providing a functional conversation piece and elegant object d’art.”

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

“When it came to developing a color system for the apartment, there were lots of conversations between the architect and client about color, leading to a pallette that plays off the muted tones used on the exterior of the Hansaviertel’s buildings. Saturated hues of aqua blue and sunny lemon are playfully combined to create the effect of sleeping at the bottom of a swimming pool. A bright contrast of black, white and Chinese red suggests kitchen-life inside a chili pepper and emerald walls enclose a cozy study, stuffed with a forest of books and leafy trees just outside the window. Throughout the apartment, glossy black trim acts like a unifying element that ties each room to the next and leads to the handsomely outfitted bathroom, lined in tiny gleaming black tiles.”

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

The Hansaviertel Project by Gisbert Poeppler, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

“In addition to being a vibrant showcase of modernism modernized for the 21st century, this apartment succeeds as a comfortably spacious home for its occupant – with new-found expansiveness and ample storage defying the modest 90qm footprint it leaves on this historic Berlin neighborhood.”

The Le Corbusier building at Hansaviertel in Berlin, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

The Walter Gropius building at Hansaviertel in Berlin, photo by Wolfgang Stahr

more Interior architecture projects @ Architonic

‘life in the city of tomorrow’, a documentary by Marian Engel

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.”



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