Studio House is a bold reconfiguration of a Victorian residential building from the 1980’s. The refurbishment of the interiors, previously a labyrinth of medium, unconnected rooms with some suspended ceilings, took place in a phased construction process.
This is the renovation of the house in TOYAMA, a rural city in Hokuriku, JAPAN. The owner, who lives in Tokyo, decided to use this vacant house as a vacation home and vacation rental. In preserving the old houses, we focused on renewing them with as little energy as possible while incorporating the local climate and culture. By operating the house as a vacant rental, many people from outside of this region, such as Tokyo, will come and spend time in this local city. We believe these are necessary for the sustainability of the global environment and local cities. Plan with reference to Hokuriku tradition – In the traditional Hokuriku houses, there used to be a gathering space called “HIROMA.” This space was an indoor space where people could feel nature even in the cold winter season, and it functioned as a guest room.
The main approach of the project can be described as taking responsibility for the three lifespans (Baudouy Apartment, 4th Sigorta Han and İşbank Painting Sculpture Museum) of the building over a century and using this layered potential. The first and main goal is to preserve a historical building with its spatial articulation, atmosphere, materials and patina, while equipping it with the technical needs of today’s contemporary museum. In other words, to propose a new multifunctional and technological core structure for the interior with structural, mechanical and electrical loads, without touching the series of interconnected rooms arranged on the façade and damaging the existing structure of this thick shell. A strong reinforced concrete structure that anchors the preserved part to the ground and contains the exhibition areas answers the main design problem. At the same time, it provides a different type of space for the museum with its high and wide galleries.
Architectural Studio Symmetry recently completed work on the restoration project of the square tower of the Lviv Citadel. The tower was built in the 1850s as part of the Citadel defense complex on one of the Lviv hills. At that time, Lviv was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Venetian Arsenal was the model of the architectural style for the Austrian military construction, in particular on the objects of the Galicia-Carpathian line. The neoclassical tradition formed the basis of the romantic-medieval stylization of Austrian military buildings in the middle of the 19th century, such as the military arsenal in Vienna, the Home for the disabled in Lviv, and the Lviv Citadel.
Beirut, Lebanon — The Middle East and US-based architecture firm PARALX has completed two major contributions to the Beirut Digital District (BDD), a recently developed commercial area of Beirut dedicated to the burgeoning digital and creative economy of Lebanon.
Inherits the memories of four 60-year-old wooden buildings and a hand-made garden into the future. This is a revitalization(SAISEI) project of a group of wooden buildings left behind in the middle of Omotesando, Tokyo. The four buildings had been repeatedly extended and reconstructed without the certification as required by the Building Standard Law. However, there was the owner’s strong desire to keep these buildings. The handmade garden surrounded by a group of buildings and a Tsukiyama (handmade mountain) shut out the surrounding noise and created a unique atmosphere that was both powerful and nostalgic, as if they were like a hideaway left in the middle of Omotesando, one of the most modern districts in Tokyo.
Experimental housing project in downtown Monterrey, with five apartments and a commercial ground floor, respecting the historical part. La Luz 1126 is a project that understands its role in the geographical context where it is located. The active ground floor aims to become a meeting point in the neighborhood. The internal program is distributed through concrete platforms containing apartments that rise in half levels, culminating in two terraces that allow for panoramic views of downtown Monterrey and its mountains.
Located in the historic Hipódromo Condesa neighborhood, this house has withstood the test of time since the 1930s. Despite years of neglect, Estudio Estudio undertook the task of redesigning its interior, revitalizing its original charm, and improving its functionality. The main objective was to unveil the hidden architectural treasures beneath layers of past modifications, meticulously restoring them to their original state to reveal the essence of the era.
The doors invite you to enter a House with History, in a magical, ancestral, and bourgeois atmosphere of the 1920s. We are in 1923, in a very rare building and a unique example of Art Nouveau in the city of Faro. The present project intends to recover, restore, and expand the existing building, through a deep rehabilitation, simultaneously restoring the exterior and interior and the use of the roof area.
The project takes place in an ancient farmhouse located in the Morvan region, partially renovated twenty years ago. The intervention consists of restoring a second part of the existing building, while both preserving the authenticity of the old building and being consistent with the first contemporary intervention.