Taboo Spa’s interior architecture by Cecconi Simone generates spatial volume, sight lines, and light to create an immersive wellness experience, at once apart from and connected to the world beyond.
Retractable curtains maintain privacy without partitions. A rhythm of repeating millwork elements and a layering of lighting – ceiling, floor and indirect – impart dimensional depth.
East Asian-influenced screening elements and architectural pendants, as well as artwork and mirrors, highlight key view terminuses.
The classical elements of fire, air, water and earth, integrated throughout the 446 m² (4800 s.f.) spa, recall the surrounding landscape of Ontario’s famed Muskoka Lakes region.
Interior Design by Cecconi Simone Inc.
Photography by Joy von Tiedemann
This house is a kuri (monk’s living quarters) in the old town of Osaka. For their daughter with serious handicaps , and their local supporters, the new salon was installed by connecting from the street to the main hall of the temple . To protect their daughter from direct sunlight, and to divide the inner rooms and outer graves , the first floor is closed and light is taken from the big high side light. By using modern but traditional materials such as shikkui (Japanese stucco), yakisugi (burned cedar) , and kawara (Japanese tile) , this house is harmonized with the city where old and new buildings coexist.+ Project facts
Project name: AYA House
Architect: Yoshihiro Yamamoto | YYAA
Location: Osaka city, Japan
Construction: Dec 2011 – Mar 2013
Structure: Wooden Structure
Site Area: 152 m2
Building Area: 161 m2
Floor Area: 161 m2 | 1F 86m2, 2F 75m2
Typology: Kuri (Monk’s living Quarters)
Photos by: Yohei Sasakura (No.01-16)
Yoshihiro Yamamoto (No.20-25)
Co-designed by : Arts&Crafts Co.,Ltd.
A cubic body of glass emerging into view on top of the old theatre
Rafael de La-Hoz has designed a multipurpose box on the rooftop of the classical Teatro Góngora in Cordoba; an innovative and unique new space for the city.
The architect, commissioned to completely refurbish the Teatro Góngora, has recovered the old abandoned building –a project of Luis Gutiérrez Soto (1929-1932)-, which was a reference point for architecture in Cordoba in the twentieth century, and added a visionary multipurpose space contrasting with the current classical model, to ensure a greater variety of uses and promote the cultural life of Cordoba in the twenty first century.
Rafael de La-Hoz has refurbished the existing auditorium with an audience capacity of 700, centrally located at the historic heart of Cordoba, alongside the area awarded World Heritage status, close to the Plaza de las Tendillas, and totally integrated in its commercial zone. In addition he has added a new multipurpose space on the rooftop of the building by making use of the space provided by the former outdoor summer cinema to create a covered and enclosed auditorium, which is highly practical and functional, and entirely open-plan. The idea is to make the most of the building and to create a kind of space unlike any other in Cordoba today. The project also adds a fifth glass façade to the somewhat primitive theatre.
The multipurpose space, experimental theatre or black-box concept is a risky strategy, with a glass body emerging into view on top of the old theatre, and with its multiple potential uses –Italian or front-facing theatre, central stage, rehearsals room, film set, hall for chamber music concerts, exhibitions, conferences, presentations, debates, or dance or banqueting hall- resulting from a 6m high space without any kind of predetermined or fixed position for stages or audiences. Stages can be assembled according to need anywhere in the space using modular platforms.
The entire space is covered with a simple tubular structure so a wide variety of elements can be hung from the ceiling: spotlights, canvases, speakers, engines, etc. during performances. There are also 4 fixed retractile stands for audiences. The main one of these enables a classical front-facing layout with the best possible visibility, and a maximum audience capacity of more than 200. The other three stands provide for a range of layouts of the space depending on the type of event being held, the size of the audience, the desired ambience, etc.
The architectural work maintains the same cultural use, for the enjoyment and interrelation of the general public, as envisaged for the original building. And it establishes a centre in which a wide variety of theatrical and musical activities can be held, as well as events, ceremonies, functions, etc, all with their own needs, formats and layouts, at the very heart of the city of Cordoba.+ Project facts
Name of the project:
Refurbishment of the Teatro Gongora in Córdoba and design of a Multipurpose Box
Calle Jesús y María, Córdoba. Spain
Cordoba City Council
Rafael de La-Hoz Castanys
Collaborating architects RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ Arquitectos:
Project Director: Ángel Rolán
Project Team: Liliana Borges and Lorenza Donati
Graphic design: Luis Muñoz and Daniel Roris
Models: Víctor Hugo Coronel and Fernando Mont
Quantity Surveyor: Rafael Vegas
Manager Works: Javier Fernández
Theatre and multipurpose Room
4a Architekten redeveloped indoor aquatic centre with sports halls and sauna in Leonberg/GER.
The sports centre in Leonberg re-opened its doors to visitors at the start of the year. In a local referendum the people of Leonberg voted by a clear majority in favour of the redevelopment of the existing sports centre. This not only involved a new build but also to give the existing structure a new distinctive form. The aim of the redevelopment was to increase the appeal and feel-good factor of the baths and sports halls and to update the technical features of the building.
The redevelopment of the sports centre dating from the 1970s was divided into two stages of construction. During the first stage, the two sports halls and the bathing hall were refurbished with adjoining rooms and technical installations while the outdoor facilities were partly remodelled. The second phase involves the restructuring and complete redevelopment of the sauna area, comprising a sauna with a view and a sauna garden. While the indoor swimming pool and the two sports halls have been open to bathers and sportspeople since February 2014, the structural conversion work in the sauna area will begin shortly.
The triangular shape of the bathing hall continues to characterise the building complex. In order to optimise energy efficiency, all the glass facades in the building have been replaced (the renewal of the front sides will be carried out in the summer of 2014) – the external appearance of the sports centre therefore remains virtually unchanged. All the more surprising is the interior of the refurbished and remodelled building complex. The aim here was to optimise the sports centre with regard to its functional requirements and atmospheric effect using minor structural measures. In order to achieve this, the architects have created new floor plans and optimised the layout of routes in the foyer and adjoining rooms. The contemporary material and colour design lends the interior an identity of its own and ensures that the whole building gives a pleasant sense of space. The entire building technology has also been updated – only parts of the bathing water equipment have been retained.
Since redevelopment, the previously dark entrance area of the sports centre now has an open, bright appearance and has a friendly atmosphere. The glazed entrance facade now offers views into the redesigned foyer. The reorganisation gives this a far more spacious feel – turnstiles and lockers have been moved further back and the partition between the bistro and the bathing hall has been fully glazed. Maximum transparency and flowing transitions are also provided by the flexible folding glass partition wall between the bistro area and the foyer as well as the half-height glazing opening on to the adjoining administration office area. The concrete surfaces in the entrance area have been repainted and the floor has been re-tiled. For the purposes of orientation, the architects have taken up the old colour guidance system that characterises the whole building with its colour coding: blue guides visitors to the bathing hall while green leads them to the changing areas; orange shows the way to the large sports hall and yellow indicates the way to the gymnasium. A striking element in the foyer is the existing concrete coffered ceiling. The inner surfaces of the coffers have been painted in accordance with the colours of the routing system, leading visitors to the different areas of the building. Some of the square fields create visual highlights with illuminated ceilings that have been crafted especially for this project. This allows the existing ceiling structure to remain clear to read, while the foyer has been given an entirely new identity through the use of colour and lighting design.
The large bathing hall comprises a pool for swimmers, a learners’ pool and a children’s pool. All the original pools and pool surrounds have been left intact. The refurbishment work in this area has mainly been concentrated on the ceiling, which has been replaced throughout the baths while the brown timber roof trusses have been painted in white. The ceiling’s colour design eye-catching is with a pattern of green, yellow and blue panels deriving from the triangular form of the roof. The significant work of art in the bathing hall – an undulating lamp design between the swimmers’ and learners pools – has been retained and painted white. A glass balustrade separates the toddlers’ area from the bathing hall. New components include a glazed cabin for the pool attendant as well as a slide. A pleasant atmosphere is created by the indirect lighting design on the slanted ceiling, downlights along the pool surround, and coved lighting that marks the entrance to the shower area.
The changing areas and showers for the pools and sports halls have been stripped down to the building shell and formally redesigned. Higher ceilings and new surfaces provide a pleasant feeling of space. Large-format mosaic floor tiles with a variety of colour gradients in combination with beige wall and floor tiles, coloured lockers and furniture made from brushed alder wood give a high welcoming quality to the changing areas and showers. Round ceiling lights lend a relaxed ambience and greatly enhance this area.
Almost all the surfaces in the two sports halls were also replaced during the redevelopment while the facades were insulated from within – only the floor coverings have been kept in their original form. The walls are now clad with new baffle walls with a limewood veneer. Selected concrete surfaces and the dark wooden panelling have been repainted. The primarily white appearance – the new ceiling panels with ceiling fittings have also been designed in white – gives the sports halls a bright, friendly atmosphere. LED light lines on the ceilings provide ample illumination. The new transparent glazing in the small gymnasium also allows a greater amount of daylight to enter than the formerly opaque window surfaces, thereby opening the room up the outside. The retractable spectators stand in the large sports hall has also been replaced and designed in limewood which matches the baffle walls.
The redevelopment has given the sports centre architectural quality, brightness and atmosphere. The functional procedures have also been significantly improved: the newly installed elevator, for example, now facilitates disabled access to the building.+ Property details
City of Leonberg
4a Architekten GmbH
Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns
Project management: Christian Voermann
Team: Nikola Bothschafter, Swantje Hanussek, Martina Henke, Jelena Koneva
4a Baumanagement GmbH
Team: Stefan Schweizer, Anja Noschka, Marc Holtschmidt
Weischede, Herrmann und Partner
Heating, ventilation, sanitation and swimming pool technology
L+P Beratende Ingenieure GmbH
Feldkirchener Strasse 35
D-85540 Haar b. Munich
GBI Gackstatter Beratende Ingenieure GmbH
Schwieberdinger Strasse 56D-70435 Stuttgart
Kurz und Fischer GmbH
Ralf Kludt Dipl.-Ing. (FH)
Sachverständige + Ingenieure für vorbeugenden Brandschutz
Klotz und Partner GmbH
08/2012 to 12/2013 (sports centre and indoor swimming pool)
08/2013 until completion (sauna)
12/2012 to 01/2014
Front facades: 05/2014 to 07/2014
Sauna: 09/2014 until completion
approx. 8.9 million Euro net (structural design and technical installations)
Gross floor area
approx. 10,490 m²
Gross cubic vol.
approx. 52,360 m³
Service phases (HOAI)
1 to 9
David Matthiessen, Stuttgart
The museum dedicated to the legendary adventure of Jason and the 50 Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece will house a replica of a penteconter (a galley with one tier of 50 oars, 25 on either side) built in 2008 in the central Greek city of Volos. The new Argo was built with Bronze Age replica tools, following designs for warships during the Mycenaean era and set sail on a two-month journey to Venice simulating parts of the mythical expedition of Jason and his heroic company.
The space of the museum is defined by a square plan and a double-curved wooden roof. The surface of the roof is undulated in an attempt to organize the basic museum program but also to explore additional programmatic possibilities. The two highest peaks of the roof make room underneath for the penteconter and an IMAX theatre whereas the lowest point dissolves into the ground forming an outdoor amphitheatre with a view towards Mount Pelion. Around the amphitheatre a semi-covered “stoa” is formed offering an outdoor extension for the café and the foyer of the theatre. The structure of the roof consists of large scale timber frames made out of glued laminated timber beams.
The circulation in the main exhibition space is structured as a narration of the legendary expedition of the Argonauts. Starting with a descent through a ramp into an underground round chamber the visitor submerges into the time of heroes and epic journeys beyond the then known world. A round hole on the roof allows for a glimpse of the Argo ship from beneath. The path then continues with a gradual ascent through daedal stepped levels symbolizing the different encounters of the Argonauts’ famous voyage towards Colchis, while Argo reveals itself gradually in the background.+ Project facts
Authors: Not A Number Architects – NaNA www.nan-a.eu
Design period: 2013
Location: Volos, Greece
Architect in Charge: Ermis Adamantidis, Dominiki Dadatsi
Design Team: Maria Avramidou, Aliki Iosafat, Nikos Koutroulos, Naya Moutaftsi
Our next featured pavilion for the fast-approaching 2014 Venice Biennale hails from Down Under in New Zealand, who will be participating in the keystone event for the first time. Curated by award-winning Auckland architect David Mitchell, the New Zealand exhibition is titled "Last, Loneliest, Loveliest" from Rudyard Kipling's The Song of the Cities poem.
As a response to Biennale Director Rem Koolhaas’s theme, "Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014" that addresses the homogeneity of modernism, the New Zealand exhibition puts the country's distinct architectural scene in the spotlight -- from its traditional yet overlooked Pacific roots to dominant international influences. Below are a few highlights to be showcased.
Read background info on the exhibition on Bustler.
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art will soon debut Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an exhibition showcasing the first images of Frank Gehry's master plan to renovate the museum. The exhibition will also feature large-scale models, site plans, sections, and renderings. The exhibition opens July 1 through September 1 at the Dorrance Galleries.
After PMA selected Gehry Partners -- who is working with OLIN -- in 2006 to design the multi-phased plan for the landmark, the core phase focuses on reorganizing and expanding the building's interior, adding more than 169,000 square feet of space. The additional space will allow the Museum to display more of its collection.
More details on Bustler.
Tucked in at the edge of USC’s campus, along downtown Los Angeles' Exposition Boulevard, stands Southern California's first accredited architecture program, which has spent the past year celebrating its centennial class of students with a variety of school events. At the resolution of the academic year is USC School of Architecture's Blue Tape, a two-day climactic event showcasing work from throughout the year, across all disciplines and student levels.
News updates and tweets (#gsafire) are pouring in left and right, and we'll try to collect the latest developments in this post.
The Glasgow School of Art Media Centre tweets a link to this Statement from Muriel Gray, Chair of Board of Governors on fire at the Mack:
"Today is a really black one for the GSA, but I cannot thank the fire brigade enough for the speed with which they came and their commitment to contain and extinguish the fire.
Fortunately there have been no fatalities or injuries.
I am so proud of the staff and students and how everyone has pulled together. We are thankful to all the Glaswegians who turned up to comfort students and to friends from across the world for their messages of support."
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service publishes this update:
Fire at the Mackintosh Buil...
Invisible kitchen by i29 interior architects
As living spaces and kitchen islands merge together in most contemporary homes nowadays, i29 designed a kitchen that acts more as a piece of furniture instead of as a kitchen. Our aim was to develop a kitchen system that seems to disappear in space.
The design is reduced to it’s absolute minimum, having a top surface of only a couple of centimeters thickness with all water, cooking and electrical connections included. Large sliding wall panels conceal all kitchen appliances and storage space.
In the case of this apartment in Paris, where the kitchen concept is installed, an existing profiled wall is exactly copied on the front panels in order to integrate the solid volume with the monumental space. The freestanding kitchen island is placed in front of the panelled sliding doors.
"An eyewitness said the fire appeared to have started in the basement of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building in Renfrew Street just before 12:30. Smoke is billowing from the main windows, which are cracking, and through the attic studios. Smoke is also drifting across the M8. Police have cordoned off Renfrew Street. Four fire appliances are at the scene. Firefighters were seen pouring water on the building from a high ladder as flames blew windows out."
breaking story - hoping it's not as bad as it looks...
A major insurance company is suing Chicago-area municipal governments saying they knew of the risks posed by climate change and should have been better prepared. The class-action lawsuits raise the question of who is liable for the costs of global warming. [...] “What the insurers are saying is: ‘We’re in the business of covering unforeseen risks... But we’re now at a point with the science where climate change is now a foreseeable risk.’”
Located in Suzhou Industrial Park, the Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University occupies a beautiful environment where there is a harmonious coexistence of the city’s rich cultural traditions and its rapid economic development. Aedas' design for its Administration Information Building was inspired by the famous Taihu stone unearthed around Suzhou city.
Taihu stones are sometimes referred as scholar’s stones, as they are much appreciated by Chinese scholars. It is a kind of limestone exposed to long term wave erosion, resulting in pores and holes all over the stone. Peculiar and precipitous in appearance, the stones are of high ornamental value and have been a garden designers’ favourite since the ancient time.
The porous nature of the stones is transformed into a void structure with functional spaces linking up different programmes in the building, including an administration center, a learning and resources center, a training center and a student activities center. The voids also allow th...
A public research centre designed to accommodate all the activities related to the study and dissemination of Mediterranean culture. The programme includes conference rooms, a multimedia library, a natural history museum, temporary and permanent exhibition halls and administrative offices.
Client : Generalitat de Catalunya
Surface area : 45,000 m2
The Korea pavilion has been a part of the Venice Architecture Biennale since 1993, when the optimism of the post-Berlin Wall era made reunification between North and South Korea seem plausible. But getting equal representation from both Northern and Southern architects in 2014 has proved nearly impossible -- architects from the North would never seek individualized attention for their work, their practice entirely determined by guidelines set in stone by "Kim Jong-il's Architectural Theory".
Cho Min-suk, principal of Mass Studies in Seoul and the curator of Korea's 2014 pavilion, thought he'd have to give up on the idea of a joint North-South effort when communications with North Korea fizzled out, without explanation. This year's Biennale's theme, "Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014", is particularly relevant for Korea, considering both North and South remade their political and architectural landscapes after the Korean War, in the midst of mid-century modernism's development and the b...