AE House, Angra dos Reis by Jacobsen Arquitetura
Office: Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
Concept: Paulo Jacobsen, Thiago Bernardes
Team: Edgar Murata, Fabiano Magalhães e Márcia Santoro
Interiors: Carolina Szabó
Landscape: Isabel Duprat Arquitetura Paisagística
Light Design: Ivone Szabó
Photos: Denilson Machado
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M House, Bukit Timah, Singapore | ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
This haven, nestled in the lush greenery of Bukit Timah Road, captures the ingenious display of mankind’s modern existence with the natural environment in perfect harmony. In keeping with the client’s request, the home provides the ideal balance between the needs for family bonding as well as for personal space.
The house’s design takes full advantage of the native tropical environment, and the building’s shape as well as its placement were carefully planned so as not to dwarf the site’s rich, natural space. Basic elemental forms were used – namely, a cube and rectangle block comprise the stacked volumes of this house – and with no shortage of sunlight in the Singapore climate, the structure’s open layout is ideal for natural lighting and cross-ventilation.
Norddeutsche Landesbank am Friedrichswall, Hannover, Germany | Behnisch Architekten
The building occupies an entire city block and serves as an important linking element between the various activities which define the neighbouring quarters of the city: retail, commercial, residential, cultural, sport and leisure. Through varying heights a building emerges which gently integrates itself in the existing fabric of the city.
In accordance with urban-planning guidelines, the shallow-plan perimeter building is aligned with the existing streets, complementing the pattern and scale of its surroundings.
From the exterior it resembles the traditional city block, whilst at its centre, protected from the noise of the heavily trafficked streets, lies the heart of the complex, a large, public courtyard. This courtyard is characterized, but not dominated by the daily operations of the bank itself and further enlivened by shops, restaurants, cafés, large reflecting pools, extensive landscaping and public art.
The Oceanographic Museum - Monte Carlo, Monaco
This monumental architectural work of art has an impressive façade above the sea, towering over the sheer cliff face to a height of 279 feet (85.04 m). It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from La Turbie.
The museum is home to exhibitions and collections of various species of sea fauna (starfish, seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, crabs, lobsters, rays, sharks, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, eels, cuttlefish etc.) both stuffed and in skeletal form. The museum’s holdings also include a great variety of sea related objects, including model ships, sea animal skeletons, tools, weapons, etc.