Description by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects :
Design Office: IDwhite
Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Design Office: Tako Kenkishvili
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Located in the ‘Isola’ district, in Milan, the ” Pascĕre – Ciboteca”, is a contemporary local with a impressive design, able to offer its customers versatile experience, from early morning until late in the evening. Not only a café for breakfast and afternoon break, but also a restaurant and a cocktail bar.
The project concept was created to co-exist different services in one place.
Starting from the large area of the project, we have defined three interior volumes: a service block, for staff and the public; a central block, designed to hold the most of the services of the resturant, including a kitchen; and a glass element that contains a small urban garden, able to attract the attention of customers and offer new points of view on the city.
The interior spaces are born in ‘negative’ and through subtraction define different areas: the bar area illuminated by large windows, the sofas area at the entrance, smaller than the first, directly overlooking the indoor garden and the restaurant area, structured in a “fast and slow food” zone.
Even the floors are designed to create dialogue between different environments, with an original pavement mix. white and black cement tiles with a geometric textures, are arranged like a carpet on an aged dark wooden floor, while in theindoor garden was chosen the raw concrete.
To uniform the areas we chose a light color for the walls, in contrast with a very darker furniture, interrupted by the color chosen for the ‘boiserie’ and the green plants placed all over the local. In fact, the whole environment is based on the mood of the ‘urban forest’: the indoor garden, the tables designed for the restaurant and the vertical wall, enrich every area and create a unique atmosphere.
The result is a sophisticated environment where each element works to a balanced overview. In a mix of wood, iron and vegetation, light and dark colors, intense and soft lighting, once again we define our idea of a metropolitan local.
Design Office : ZDA – Zupelli Design Arquitettura
Location: Quartiere Isola, Milano, Italy
Project Year: 2017
Area: 400.0 sq.m.
Our project was done in a former warehouse of a marmalade factory, which operated before World War II in Szczecin (Poland). The project involved reconstruction of one of the open spaces for an apartment divided into 4 rooms (living room with a kitchenette, bedroom, office, bathroom). In the most part of the loft we preserved historic, wooden floors that have been restored. All the kitchen furniture were designed and built by Loft Kolasiński. Countertops were made of white marble and kitchen furniture of plywood. The rest of the furnishing is vintage furniture and lamps from the 50s and 60s from Denmark, the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands. The furniture have been renovated by Loft Kolasiński. For decoration we used a polish rug from the 30s.
Design Office: Loft Kolasinski
Location: Szczecin, Poland
Area: 80,0 sq. m.
Furniture production : Zbigniew Dzitkowski
Photographs: Karolina Bąk
Description by SABO project:
The apartment is located in a 1920’s industrial building of Paris’ 11ᵗʰ arrondissement. The initial space of square proportions is stripped down to raw concrete. The sole addition of a central island is enough to define a variety of spaces, entrance, main living space, dressing, horizontal and vertical circulations, without the need for any wall or partition. The rough ceiling runs continuously throughout the apartment while a looping circulation establishes a subtle gradation between the main space and the more private areas. The island cladding consists of 40 aluminum sheets that are custom punched, folded, anodized and mounted on a metal structure. The manipulation of perforated shutters provides the potential for many light and privacy scenarios.
Design Office: SABO Project
Location: Paris, France
Area: 81.0 sq. m.
Photographs: Alexandre Delaunay
Design Office: Agence Hivoa
Location: Biarritz, France
Area: 82.0 sq.m.
Project Year: 2017
Photographs: Miguel Ramos
Design Studio: Studio Interjero Architektura + Architect Indre Sunklodiene
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Photographs: Leonas Garbacauskas
Description by Studio 1408:
This project represents an experiment of materiality: Antithetic Juxtaposition of metal and wood, with the debut of a new finish in the local design language – Bluesteel. Metal sheets are heated and tempered in special industrial ovens. Reaching the temperature of 200 degrees Celsius, steel starts to progressively change its color in shades of yellow and red, then around 300 degrees it catches purple, blue tones. This technique is used by watch makers for tempering watch parts, giving them this beautiful, intense blue tint.
Wood and metal, opposites by tactile and visual perception, can actually match as a state: both are used here as rough, unfinished materials. This antithetical visual assembling reveals a pleasant, industrial scenery which is well-balanced by the gray shades.
From a functional point of view, the planimetry has been modified to suit the clients day-to-day needs, eliminating unjustified parietal obstacles. Thus, the space has been reconfigured to a more “plan libre” type and through it, also the way in which the habitation activities interact with one another; by this we improved the quality of living in these spaces.
In the same conceptual language, we have created scenographies that prevail throughout the transitioning of the spaces. The frames / perspective views form sequential compositions via collages of materials and volumes. These sequences appear gradually throughout the day, by cycling from daytime – exposing the compositions to natural, organic daylight – all the way to nightime – presenting the true compositional scene of the soft artificial lighting.
Design Studio: Studio 1408
Location: Bucarest, Romania
Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir
Design Studio: Olha Wood
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko
“Functions, materials, situations, the mixture of old and new things have to be built up into a momentum…”
Description by Gaspar Bonta:
“We can be heroes, just for one day”
I always adored Batman. No superpowers, just an unbelievable persistence. I always considered him as a role model, a hero, when it came to such impossible adventures like this apartment. You see, I love desperately run-down apartments, love to pick out beautiful features and all the right angles, basically to prove, that home is not a place but a state of mind, and a person. Impersonating these spaces and assembling them into a complex personality is more psychology than design. Functions, materials, situations, the mixture of old and new things have to be built up into a momentum, into little heroic acts, like watching sunrise from our park-view bed or the stars at night. The first impulse on arrival to the lobby is that its like purgatory. Bright, shiny. It connects us with the outside world as it connects the service rooms and the guest room with the common living space what contains the kitchen, the dining room and the living room. We can access the master bedroom from this common space, which functions as a standalone suite with its own bathroom and shower, not to mention the unmatchable panorama. No unnecessary spaces, no unused corners. No walls to keep us from each other, only spaces to connect us together, one home, one family.
Design Office: Gaspar Bonta
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Area: 96,00 sq.m.
Photographs: Bálint Jaksa
The SH House, in Sever do Vouga, Portugal, with the clear colours and a minimalist language is the perfect place for a weekend break.
It was designed by Paulo Martins Arq & Design.
Design Office: Paulo Martins Arq & Design
Location: Sever do Vouga, Portugal
Photographs: Its. Ivo Tavares Studio
Cometa Architects has designed a summerhouse in Kea Island, Greece. This house developed for the Mediterranean climate, using local materials and sustainable energy saving methods.
The steep ground and the plot’s narrow dimensions along with the very strict building regulations determine the pronounced and gradient form of the building which rises from the mountain and over the valley of Poisses, to finally balance itself with the surrounding traditional dwellings and the natural context. The island of Kea is characterised by its rocky dry hillsides creating poetic sculptural formations, amplified under the mediterranean sun. This wild raw nature, is what this building tries to preserve along with the use of the traditional manners of building, which have survived through the centuries, but lately neglected. Drylayring stonework locally quarred, low rise building which blend with the context, small openings which control the heat, and rain water collection are some of the methods that local ´architecture without architects´ dwelling culture has been using.
The principal material chosen is the local stone, carefully crafted against the horizontal microcement surfaces. Eager to apply the fundamentals of sustainable construction, the largest sum of the stone used, was from this same stone quarred from excavating the site itself in order to lay the foundations. Additional stone for finishings was brought from the local Stone quarry. Local stonworkers used the traditional method of dry stonework, breaking and shaping the stones according to the form and needs.
This secondary home of a family of four, spreads through 3 correlated volumes, which clearly can be defined as the seating & kitchen volume, the circulation tower and the sleeping & storaging volume. Around these volumes, the perimetrical terraces are unfolding, some under the surface of the hill, some at the same level and some projected over it. This experience of this Cycladic landscape is the design’s main concern expressed through this spatial evolution and relationship of the building with the dramatic land. This is achieved through the traditional method of construction called “kotounto”, a dry, humid-free space between the rock and the building. In such a way, these external spaces, makes the building sometimes trying to break away from the rock and sometimes to reconcile with it.
Apart from this traditional tecnique of the humid free gap between the rock and the building, which is principlally used to drain the waters coming from the mountains, leaving walls and foundations dry, the house includes in its design an under-floor heating installation which circualtes hot water, generated by the solar heaters installed in the roof. The cooling is achieved from cross ventilation, a typical traditional method of local construction having many small openings diagonally placed from each other and also an additional under-floor cooling is provided. The pérgola is shading the big openings from the morning sun leaving the sunset colors slip in and paint the white interior ´canvas´ deep yellow and red. Finally, the rainwater is collected in the 3 rooftops and stored in an underground reservoir.
Another take on the traditional and sustainable island architecture are the simple minimal furnishings, many of which are built into the whitewashed interior. The sofas doubling for storage space, the wraparound counter space in the kitchen; the beds even the benches and wood-topped table of the veranda outdoor’s aim to provide a modest but comfortable living. Materials, such as the natural rope, floor-to-ceiling, “banister”, the wooden kitchen, the pale grey painted wooden window frames and shutters which are contributing in the control of the heat and the ease of the breeze are elements that honor the local tradition but perfectly serve the modern needs.
– HONORABLE MENTION IN DOMES ARCHITECTURE AWARDS IN CATEGORY BEST NEW BUILT, GREECE, 2017
– SILVER AWARD IN A`DESIGN AWARDS, FOR ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND STRUCTURE DESIGN CATEGORY, ITALY 2017
Design Office: Cometa Architects
Partner Architect in stage A: Betty Tsaousi
Team: Faidra Matziaraki & Victor Gonzalez Marti
Betty Tsaousi, Olga Balaoura (stage a)
Laura Mascuñan, Denisse Gómez Casco (stage b)
Location: Kea Island, Greece
Structural Engineer: Nikos Zoulamopoulos
Interior design: Faidra Matziaraki & Victor Gonzalez Marti
Site surface: 10530.00 m²
Built surface: 115.00 m²
Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis