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Ezzo Paco – De Pombeiro Rural Hotel

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Architects: Ezzo
Location: Felgueiras, Portugal
Architect in Charge: César Machado Moreira
Collaborators: Fátima Barroso, Hugo Torres, Carla Barbosa
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Joao Ferrand

The Place

It’s a project for a rural hotel located in a farm with 10 hectares of land, 90% of which are used as vineyards. The interior of the land contains various previously existent elements. The main building from the XVI century stands out and several little constructions which are very damaged and/or ruins (the house of the home keepers, the pet store and kitchen).

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The program was to recover the main house and do a new building to altogether house a maximum of 22 people, plus rooms that would support the hotel and an outdoor swimming pool.

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Jorge Sousa Santos – Y House

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Architect: Jorge Sousa Santos
Location: Arelho, Óbidos, Portugal
Client: Telmo Faria
Project year: 2003
Construction year: 2006
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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This house is a vision device. A system that rules the way the inhabitant sees the outside world and simultaneously frames the way the outside sees the dwellers. The design of this object was focused on this theme. The big curved window is this statement vortex, it creates a visual path that, like a camera traveling, reveal the image of the landscape.

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The programmatic development of the house reflects the classic bourgeois organization promoting the clear division of rest areas leisure areas and work areas. This division creates tree limbs that are united by this design morphing that develop the two big windows of the living room.

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Irisarri + Piñera – Galician Architects Central Office in Vigo

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Architects: Irisarri + Piñera / Jesús Irisarri Castro & Guadalupe Piñera
Location: Pontevedra, Spain
Client: Colegio de Arquitectos de Galicia
Technical Architect: Sancho Páramo Cerqueira
Contractor: Varela Villamar
Master Builder: J. Manuel Pérez Boga
Project area: 1,980 sqm
Budget: 1,800,000 Euro
Project year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Manuel Gonzalez Vicente

Temporary actions, ephemeral marks

Four constrictions for four freedoms

One capable solid

One maximum volumetric surrounding. We take it just as it is and affect it by the edge conditions chosen. This fact makes it transform in singular object, to which its abstraction contributes autonomy, staying ephemeral marks in its carving.

Substance – Majori Primary School Sports Hall

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When the Jurmala City Council asked Substance to build a sports venue for the popular Latvian sea resort, the firm designed a structure that could be open all year long in any weather.  Inspired by the amber – crystallised resin of pine typically washed up on the Baltic coast, the venue’s form incorporates translucent polycarbonate cladding inside a structural framework to accentuate the building’s varying height.

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Located opposite the Majori primary school, now an abandoned market place, the venue preserves the historical content on the marketplace by incorporating the existing shed into the new project.  The shed sits on one side of the building and serves as changing rooms for teams and coaches, sports inventory storage and rent, and public vestibule with administrator’s workplace.  The other side of the building opens toward the river.  A synthetic covering is laid on the floor during the warmer months that makes the space suitable for basketball, volleyball and handball.  In the colder months, the floor is converted to accommodate activities like hockey and ice-skating by adding an artificial layer of ice.

Gonzalez Goodale Architects – University of La Verne

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Architects: Gonzalez Goodale Architects
Project team: Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA, Project Principal, David L. Goodale, AIA, Design Principal, John Ferguson, AIA, Project Manager, Gerda Buss, Interiors/FF&E
Mechanical / Plumbing: Khalifeh & Associates
Electrical: N.A. Cohen Group Inc.
Structural: Englekirk & Sabol
Food service: Ricca Newmark Design
Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover
Landscape: EPT Design
Signage: Biesek Design
Area: 40,000 sqm
Construction: 2007-2009
Photography: Magnus Stark Photography

Program Context

It was determined in the early 2000’s that a new 40,000 square foot Campus Center would be built north of the existing gymnasium at the intersection of C and Second Streets near the center of the campus.

The Campus Center is viewed as instrumental in consolidating disparate student life activities across the campus, and equally key to increasing recruitment and retention of students and faculty on campus.

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