Located on top of a hill overlooking to the Pacific Ocean, CASA DE ALBA is a private vacation house in Punta Mita, México. The semi cross-shaped building is divided in two levels. The ground floor is almost completely open, framing the views to the Ocean from any spot. While all the public activities are held in the ground floor, all the private functions are in the upper level.
Culiacan is a residential building consisting of two types of apartments and two penthouses on the top. The ten apartments share a gym and community room on the ground floor.
Site conditions with the given program, put some foundation to the project’s architectural design. A challange was to fit the required volume on the proportionally small site, without interferring with the views and privacy of the neighbours. The building’s skeleton of steel columns and horizontal bands of U profiles create a visually light and transparent structure and lightens up the overall volume. The raw concrete walls create a hard and privately contrast to the glazed windows. The project is seeking greater spatial qualities of the apartments through good distribution of rooms, terraces and common areas.
MADE IN CHINA
Made in China is a Chinese dim sum restaurant in Gothenburg with the focus on enjoying chinese flavors without the formality of fine dining.
The restaurant, located in an area historically known as the home of the citys’ labour movement, is hosted in a property going through a transformation- in total 4000 sqm being restored and adapted to new business/activities (main architect of the building transformation Axel Robach). The restaurant is placed in the new part of the property; the building is from 1977 and was formerly used as a delivery gate and warehouse.
Rather then designing a “typical” outside-of-China chinese restaurant the interior emphasizes a more industrial feeling with it’s raw, clean and simple/minimal selection of materials. New walls are all cladded with colored in grey cladding (lime plaster) and existing structure is kept in its raw original state, only painted in a darker grey.
Kafé Magasinet is hosted in a property from 1892 formerly used as auction house. The cafe is connecting two inner yards, creating a hub/natural meeting hub in the new urban flow created by the yards.
Existing walls and structures have been kept in their original shape and appearance, columns and installation painted black and the door-and windowframes upgraded with new ones in copper (same shape, new material). The bar, backbar and place-built sitting bench with integrated storage are made by untreated plywood.
Smörgåsbaren is as foodbar serving exclusive fusion sandwiches in a harmony with a diverse range of drinks and beers in a relaxed and professional environment. The concept of the interior is following the line of simplicity. Located in the city-center of Gothenburg, Sweden, it’s placed in an old, historical building from the 17th century. Existing conditions of the space are enhanced, original ornaments freshened up, and walls simply re-painted white. With an approximate size of 50 m2, the interior is very simple; the 10-meter food-bar with its thick top of zinc, is stretched along the whole room facing the street. The bar-overhang following the bar creates a chandelier lighting up the space. All loose furniture are made out of concrete, steel and leather, a palette with material transforming well over time.
Olssons Vin is hosted in a property from 1892 formerly used as auction house.
Existing walls and structures have been kept in their original shape and appearance, columns and installation painted black and new walls cladded with white tiles together with the new bar. Furnitures are out of massive oak and dark steel.
Torres Tepeyac is a proposal consisting of two apartment towers 8 levels each, housing a total of 78 homes (39 per tower). The project aims for sobriety and an overal clean architectural expression, seeking greater spatial qualities for the apartments throuhgt proper distribution of indoor space, semi-outdoor space (terraces) and common outdoor facilities.
Papalote is a children’s museum in Iztapalapa, serving as a new destination, oasis, for childrens social environment. Contrary to seeking the attention of children through architectural forms and bright colors the project intrigue the child to be a part of the experience by seeing other children play, showcasing a world of fun and entertainment. Instead of closing and ignoring the environment, the building assimilates and cope with the transparency and lightness of its envelope.
All operational and service functions of the museum are concentrated into a solid core, acting as the brain or the machine of the museum. With this, the entire perimeter with its double height spaces is released and dedicated to the public; allowing a complete autonomy of the operational part of the museum with the public side, and considerably reducing the cost of construction. The perimeter exhibitions are in direct contact with the outside and is contained by a completely transparent shell, breaking the typical barrier inside-outside, thus creating a clear invitation to be part of the museum experience through visual interaction.
Mexico city, Mexico
Architecture is by definition an act of exclusion and segregation. The act of creating limits in space and transforming it into a measurable and controllable territory.
This act of exclusion of architecture that cuts and divides the space necessarily creates a dichotomy in vs out, friend vs enemy, private vs public. The project emphasize this constant tension and the ever present possibility of conflict, which according to Carl Schmitt, is what governs the state or in this case the space. An invisible but always present and constant tension, intangible barriers many times more difficult to penetrate than the physical.
A line on the floor, divides the space into two parts. A security guard serves as a mediator between the two sides of the gallery. A monitor circuit CCVT 24hrs space in order to document how many people choose and are able to cross or not the intangible limit, making the exhibition a constant event.
THE WALL is the most basic and and yet the most complex and strong appartus of architecture. The wallincludes and excludes by defition domesticating the space, transforming it into a territory delimited and controlled. The wall distiguish the allied from the enemy, it truns everything that is outside of its domain into a possible treath. However the essence of the wall is its threshold. this inbetween space lacking of any identity, pure potential, an state of exception per se. The place where the absence triumphs over the presence.
Base on this description, our interpretation for the Threashold of the Americasin the border between Mexico and U.S.goes beyond the design of a bridge or a crossing point. Our proposal instead, focuses precisely on this inbetween moment of crossing, a neutral moment where nationalities arenot important and a passport is not necessary to get in but only to get out. This space is mere ilussion and as such, its exterior facadesare cladded with mirror, reflecting on one hand the city infront of it and at the same time vanishing the wall dividing the two countries.
Proposal Decades ago the land of Bergs got privatized and removed from the rest of the population. The land became an enclosure and its unique features removed from the people. Times are shifting, people are claiming Bergs back. Bergs enters the process of inversion; from enclosed to public, from a segregating elementto a community, from a barrier between surrounding neighborhoods and nature to a connecting link merging them together.
The site is cleaned out from the oil-tanks, however as history is a crucial component to build a future, footprints of some oil-tanks are kept as a part of history of the site. The footprints become voids in the built landscape, working as community activators, creating a network of programs used by the people. Public squares, market space, water ponds, urban farming, sports field, creating different zones of activities within Bergs.
Minimizing the impact on the landscape, areas with already flat surfaces are used as base for the built environment. Buildings are densified around the voids, with a building height following the landscape, ensuring good views, and respecting the landscape silhouette which has a great significance and context regionally.