Flocafé Espresso Room - Athens, Greece - by Chadios & Associates

Today the Greeks vote for their country's future at he same time new spaces are being build for the economic grow of the country. The project was developed by Greek bases studio Chadios & Associaates.

The firm designed the space taking as an  important element under the text of"It's all about coffee": The new face of Flocafé stores whirls around coffee as a raw material.

The colors, the scents, the origin of coffee as well as the methods of production, all were elements of inspiration for the renewal of the brand name of Flocafé that was incorporated both in the architectural design and the corporate identity of this established chain of coffee houses.

The quality of raw materials used in the food and beverages offered as well as the upgraded aesthetics of the interior spaces are the key objectives of the new Flocafé Espresso Room. The double frontage space with the elongated bar of an existing Flocafé in Faliron, Athens, served as the ideal backdrop for the first installment of the new concept.

The bar counter lowers in height in order to provide full view of the coffee ritual in the eyes of the customers, while large scale coffee silos and metal meshes with hidden lighting are placed in the background creating a refined industrial setting.

Metal shelves with items that recount the origins of coffee: burlap sacks, containers, packages of coffees, pastries and jars, are suspended from the ceiling above the bar counter. Selected natural materials, such as brick, wood, white tiles placed diagonally, forged cement, metal, blackboards are used in the bar area and throughout the store. 

CENTRE DE CONGRÈS À MONS - Mons, Belgium - By Daniel Libeskind

The project was completed by American based Studio Libeskind . The innovative convention center adds value to the cultural and diplomatic activities in 2015, when this small medieval town metamorphoses into the European Capital of Culture.

The City of Mons conceived of Congres Centre as a new architectural landmark, a key element in a plan for economic revitalization, and as a connector between the old and the new.  From the light- steel viewing platform at the top, a visitor can spy the 17th-century Beffroi tower, a UNESCO Heritage Site, in the historic center of town, and a new train station designed by Santiago Calatrava in the newer neighborhood of “Grands Prés.

The Congress Centre’s cladding is open in a manner that gives texture and light to the bearing structure—ribbon concrete walls that ascend in a spiral.

The ribbon walls allow for great flexibility of space, essential in a complex that houses a grand entrance hall, three auditoriums, a multi-purpose hall, conference rooms, offices, a restaurant, an underground parking and a green roof.  

Surrounding the complex is a forecourt of polished, earth-colored concrete, flecked with bands of Belgium blue stone.

Sky Garden, Walkie Talkie Tower - London, UK - by Rafael Viñoly Architects

The project was completed by Uruguayan Rafael Vinoly architect based in New York. The Sky Garden as a public park, crowning his 160-metre 20 Fenchurch Street tower. This feature helped the project win planning permission, despite being outside the City of London's main skyscraper cluster.

Starting at the 35th floor, the three-storey space is one of the reasons the structure was designed to swell outwards at the top. This also means that the building's biggest office floors boast the best views of the city skyline.

A series of bars and dining spaces are dotted around the space. A seafood grill and a traditional British restaurant occupy the two upper levels. The bottom level houses the Sky Pod Bar, which is naturally ventilated to match the temperature outside.

The Sky Garden has a dedicated entrance on Philpot Lane, at the south-west corner of the building. From here, visitors make their way through airport-style security, before being directed towards two express lifts.

Konya City Stadium - Turkey - by Bahadir Kul Architects

The project was developed by Turkish studio Bahadir Kul Architects. The Konya City Stadium is located on the north of the city, 9 km away from the city center on an area of 450,000 m2.

A sports hall, swimming pool, velodrome and a concourse is also available on the site plan. The transport is provided by the railway system, private vehicles and public transport. Konya City Stadium, is designed with an approach of harmonizing the cultural codes with contemporary structure.  The exterior of the structure is in white-green colors which symbolizes the city football team.

Planning of the structure is based on UEFA criteria. The total seating capacity of the stadium which is 42,000 is separated as the lower and the  upper in the grandstand. The seating area settlement is called as the east, west, south and north.

The grandstands are reinforced with concrete, and roof and the facades are made of steel.  Wall and roof is covered with composite panel and quadroclad panels, aluminum interlock systems and solar olimpic polycarbonate and tinted green glass is used in wall and roof covering. Metal pans with a width of 30 cm and depth of 15 cm is used to create a consant canal which defines the forms, provides the drainage of roof and facade water, and assembly the linear led lightning system. The concrete areas are made of brut concrete.

OVO wooden structure - Switzerland - by Camilo Rebelo

The OVO  wooden structure was designed by Camilo Rebelo to host Semente, a sculpture by Rui Chafes, in the basement of his home in the Swiss Alps, now on view in the atrium of Oporto’s City Hall. 

The purpose of this wooden egg is to create a void, to unveil a new dimension and through it singular mystery. Mystery is a condition that is very close to disappear from our civilization.

The draft formwork in particular, held in a noble material, wood, reflects the materialization of a regular geometric volume, known in mathematical language as ellipsoid and whose production process had this parametric equation that gives ‘life’ to that shape.

The use of computer-assisted production technologies and the use of a particular methodology of CNC programming allowed flexibility in the production of each structural component. New volumes within the same typology are thus possible without any additional programming effort. The translation into mathematical language of the creative process elevates the status of the static form into a new dimension where the ability to mutate is allowed.

Youth Hotel of iD Town - Shenzen, China - by O-Office Architects

The project was developed by Chinese based studio O-Office Architects. With no doubt China is now one of the countries with most influence in Architecture, clear and defined elements are encountered in and clearly shown in their new buildings.

Youth Hotel of iD Town, on the hilltop of the seaside valley, was originally served as one of the dormitory building in Honghua Dying Factory’s residential area, representing the settlements of the first batch of immigrant labor after the open-reform policy and industrialization that firstly took place in Shenzhen.

The renovation process mainly consists of two spatial actions: firstly equipping the central corridor with new hotel infrastructure to facilitate the new living units, and secondly installing a sequence of prefab steel opening box on the existing facade to create a more dynamic interaction between the building and the surrounding nature. The ground floor functions as a multi-purpose social space with a variety of facilities containing reception, cafe, open kitchen and common space. By a subtle alteration of the original structure this handful of functions dynamically relate to one and other.

The living units, located from the 2nd floor to the 4th, brought back to life by small adaptations of the original framework bringing the opportunity of a new perspective to the original spatial composition. All these subtle but influential alterations creates a new breath to this once ruined structure.

Strömkajen Ferry Terminals - Stockholm, Sweden - by Marge Arkitekter

The project was developed by Swedish studio Marge Arkitekter dotting strömkajen’s waterfront are located in a prime location across from the royal palace and next to the grand hotel and national art gallery. 

The site is a popular point for boat traffic arriving from waxholmsbolaget and departing on sightseeing tours, bringing constant heavy flow of visitors all day long.

The overall angular forms of the individual structures are derived from abstracted versions of the cone that open to different locations and orientations. 

The interior by contrast is rendered in rough sawn oak, another raw material adding to the textural richness of the project.

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership - Kalamazoo, USA - by Studio Gang

This September, Kalamazoo College dedicated a new building for the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, designed in collaboration with Chicago-based architects Studio Gang.

The challenge of designing a building from the ground up that fosters discussion and renders this work visible and welcome to all is in many ways unprecedented. The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership aims to bring social justice topics up from the basement and squarely into public consciousness.

With its mission to catalyze positive social change, the Arcus Center works to develop emerging leaders and engage existing leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice. As a study center and meeting space, the building brings together students, faculty, visiting scholars, social justice leaders, and members of the public for conversation and activities aimed at creating a more just world.

The Center’s architecture supports this work in several important ways. Inside, the building’s visually open and day-lit interior is designed to encourage “convening” in configurations that begin to break down psychological and cultural barriers between people and help facilitate understanding. The presence of a living room, hearth, and kitchen for sharing food at the center of the building creates the potential for frequent informal meetings and casual or chance encounters.

Hello House - Melbourne (VIC), Australia - by OFF Architecture

The Hello House was developed by Australian based studio OFF Architecture. The project compromises a two-bedroom Victorian-era home and creative studio (and former shop) in Richmond, Melbourne (VIC), Australia.

Most noticeably, the home features a large, white-brick wall featuring the word ‘HELLO’, that offers a conversation with the neighboring buildings and its residents.

A skin of brick is all it takes to keep a secret and two worlds exist happily side by side with a public face that cheerfully greets the street while giving nothing away about the world behind. Inside, the house adjusts to the needs and moods of its residents – a cosy retreat in winter or an airy pavilion in summer – all secret from the outside world. 

Rather than blending in or blending out of its heritage neighborhood, Hello House is a slightly loud but friendly new face in the street.

Musée des confluences - Lyon, France - by Patriarche & Co

The project was developed by French based studio Patriarche & Co. Four years after construction began, Coop himmelb(l)au‘s ‘Musée des confluences‘ is now complete, standing as the centerpiece of Lyon’s on going regeneration project. 

Located at the junction of two of the region’s main rivers, the themes of contrast and divergence are further characterized in the museum’s architecture, fusing together separate entities to form a new dynamic structure. the vast scheme, which integrates the fields of technology, biology and ethics, serves as both a museum and an urban leisure space, forming an active and lively place of public congregation

The design features three primary components, ‘the plinth’, ‘the crystal’ and ‘the cloud’. Situated beneath the main entrance of the museum, ‘the plinth’ houses auditoriums, meeting rooms and technical areas. Above, the fully glazed ‘crystal’is oriented towards the town, welcoming visitors and serving as an inviting public space.