The Zentrum Paul Klee Museum

A new year means a new beginning,  new adventures, new goals and one of our goals this year is to become more organized with our uploading schedule. So we decided to upload a new post once a week specially on Thursdays!! So be tuned to see more about our contents!

On today’s post we will talk about an amazing museum; the Zentrum Paul Klee Museum. This is a beautiful project located in Bern Switzerland, created by Renzo Piano; an italian architect. The building was created in homage to the great painter Paul Klee; one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

The museum is located near Schöngrüng, northeast of Bern. In the middle of a meadow of green tranquility this museum looks like if it was implanted in the ground. There is a forest in the background and the Alps on the merits, in which the building tries to blend into.

The design of the museum is based on curves emerging from the ground forming an arch and arriving to the floor again, and the intention is to adapt the project to the surrounding environment.

The structure is made of steel girders, and the facades are made of glass, combining these materials in the exterior with grass and a diversity of vegetation; the principal materials used in the interior are combined with oak on the floor.

We think that good architecture is one that really adapts to the enviroment and Zentrum Paul Klee Museum achieves it!

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Paul Klee Center, Bern, Switzerland

 

http://www.zpk.org

http://www.rpbw.com/project/53/zentrumpaulklee/

http://www.museen-bern.ch/en/museen/zpk/

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Sleuk Rith Institute {Virtual Architecture}

Happy New Year!!!! We hope 2015 would be a year full of success for all of you!!

In this post we want to share a virtual project, called “Sleuk Rith Institute” this is an incredible project from the amazing architect Zaha Hadid.

This place was created for the purpose to support an integrated community of local, regional and international professionals in a highly innovative facility combining a Museum of History, a Research and National Policy Development Center, and Academy of Genocide, Conflict and Human Rights Studies.

The design embraces the timeless humanitarian values and rich culture of Cambodia while transitioning away from traditional genocide and memorial architecture.

Here is the virtual tour, enjoy it!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuJCvdsLoa0

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http://www.cambodiasri.org/

 

 

Kitchens; the heart of a home! {Organization tips}

Well, hello there!!! On today’s post we are concluding our first mini serie [Kitchens; the heart of a home] so we decided to take the chance to talk about some organization tips which will make your life much easier.

There is no better way to explain it than showing it with some photos; that’s why the main key for this post are all the photos you may find bellow. We hope you enjoy it and start getting creative inspired by these photos.

By the way, check out our pinterest account [Architecture&Desing P+N+V] where you may find many other different ways to get inspired; you’ll love it!

Why not use a CD rack to hold Tupperware lids.

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Use transparent Tupperware for storage such as your rice, sugar, beans, flour, nuts; in order to have them all together.

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This is a perfect way to use every single space in your kitchen. Add a cutting board holder in one of your cabinets doors.

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Who doesn’t like a good cup of coffee or tea? Well here’s a good idea for having your little piece of heaven in your own kitchen. You will need a drawer and some dividers; which you may find in your local store or you may DIY just by using some foam board, a ruler and a cutter.

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A super way for storing knifes in a under cabinet block drawer; this way you may keep them away from kids reach and off the counter.

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If you are one of those persons who loves baking, you will know that trays can be annoying to storage them; this won’t be a problem anymore; check out this great solution! Use one cabinet nearby your oven so that you’ll have everything together and ready for baking; remember you can DIY your own dividers by using some foam board.

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Use magazine holders for storing all your cans.

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Talking about magazines, you may also use the magazine rack for storing all your pot lids neatly as opposed to thrown around your cabinets.

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For a better way for storing your pots and pans try this out; all you need is a sliding rail with hooks and a space inside your kitchen counter.

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Such a great idea; instead of using a drawer!

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Instead of having sink cabinets use drawers it will make your life easier when you’re trying to reach for something.

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Pan organizers?  yes they do exists; but here’s another good way for using them!

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No more broken dishes!  How do you store your dishes? It’s probably most common to keep plates, bowls, and cups in overhead cabinets but having a deep drawer is the best option because you may find your dishes neat, organized, and generally easier to lift a bunch of plates out. 

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Spice drawer beneath your stove? Yes please!

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Kitchens; the heart of a home! {Kitchens Styles}

Long time no see! It´s been a while since we haven´t posted anything in our blog, and the reason why is because we´ve been traveling a lot because of business matters; we hope we can achieve what we have planned.

On our last post we talked about beginning to write miniseries about many different architectural topics, so the first idea that poped out was why not talk about the heart of every home?; kitchens, so that’s how we came up with the title for the first of many miniseries we´ll be posting in our blog.

So, on the first post of this miniserie we talked about the importance kitchens have in our everyday life that’s why in architecture, kitchens are a special place, because it isn’t just one more space it´s really the heart of a home. That’s the reason why, we as architects focus and spend a lot of time designing this room, to give the identity of the project and to give the spirit that the architect wants to give to the project.

In this post we want to share the most common and beautiful kitchen styles; which basically, only two styles exist; the modern and the casual, but there are many more styles derived by these basic styles.

Contemporary Kitchens: these kitchens are inspired by scandinavian and danish, it´s a modern style based in straight lines, usually using light woods; the range color is between black and gray and sometimes red or any live colors may be used. The furniture generally is made of stainless steel and the appliances are visible.

This style combines with modern houses but it is also combined with classic style houses.

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Farmhouse Kitchens: this style started in the U.S. with the pilgrims houses. The purpose of this style is to create a feeling of casual and rural through rustic finishes. Primary colors are used all over the place, the furniture and appliances are made of wrought iron, and you may find fabrics such as cotton to decorate.

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Rural Kitchens: this style is less rustic than the farmhouse style. It´s a very common style because of it´s functionality. Generally it is based in only one color, for example green or red, and one of its main characteristics is the open bar to the dining room.

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Old World Kitchens: this style is inspired in French and Italian kitchens, dark woods are the soul of these kitchens, the most important thing of this style is the combination between wood and some stones like marble and granite, the design is based in straight lines and the furniture is generally modern.

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Once we try to explain in a short way all different kitchens styles, it´s your turn to tell us which one you like the most?? Leave us your comments down below!

What is a Virtual Architecture Tour?

A virtual tour in architecture is something that technological advances have contributed to this beautiful art.

In past times, an architect had to express the project through drawings and sketches. The power of imagination, the ability to design and draw were the main keys to transmit how people could have imagined a project not yet built.

Since the computer became a work tool for architects, there was an evolution of how to present projects. What caught the most attention in new architects was the ability to create 3D architectural plants. These new technological advances have progressed to the point of being able to make photorealism models in 3D and virtual architecture tours.

Virtual tours are very useful tools for architects, because it exposes the project as it will become; it gives you a real view of solar orientation depending on where your terrain is, the materials you would like to use, desired interior and exterior colors and even furniture.

Now a days modern constructions are using this type of technology as a way of showing customers how their project will be; that’s why making a virtual tour is a good investment for any kind of project because in a long term it becomes cheaper for them due to that they will know how their project will come out at the end; and they will see if the design meets their expectancies.

Having a virtual tour helps the project to save time; because with it you will have your project completely defined.

If you would like to have a virtual tour of your project contact us by sending us an email to architectureanddesingpnv@gmail.com or by leaving us your information here and we´ll be glad to contact you.

 

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Sketches, the soul of architecture

In this post we will discuss how every architectural project starts, you´ll need only paper, a pencil and a lot of inspiration.

Sketching is something elemental that every architect has the obligation of doing. As we know every project starts with an idea derived from a need. Afterwards only inspiration is needed to start drawing the first lines.

At the beginning many ideas crop up for a project, but as they are drawn, they will be refined and modified until obtaining the final proposal. Sketching is a way an architect has for expressing ideas, culture and their ambitions. Often architects draw for pleasure and not for a specific project; and when they need to design something, they use their previous drawings to get ideas.

For an architect sketching is a way of expressing their feelings and motivations as an architect.

The sketches shown in this post are part of a project we are working on.

 

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Millau Bridge

Millau Viaduct; is the highest bridge in the world, it is located in France; it was created as an extension of the A75 road linking the cities of Beziers and Paris, avoiding building a road over the valley that separates these two cities.

This project is a masterpiece because of the difficulty level and the precision with which it was built. Its designer was the architect Norman Foster, and the engineer was Virlogeux Michel. The project consisted of 7 pillars of concrete where boards are supported. This almost doubles the bridge height Europabrücke, previously  considered the highest bridge in the world. The project began its construction in 2001 and was concluded on December 14, 2004.

Eiffage is the company that built this bridge, as it also built the Eiffel Tower [which is a very visited and important place in France].

The work cost 400 million euros. The project design, the slope of the bridge and the turning radius is obtained considering what would be the best view for the user. It has a height of 1,125 ft, a length of 8,071 ft and its width of 105 ft. With this project we can marvel at the inspiration of an architect, accompanied by the incredible technological advances.

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Greenland

Greenland is the largest island in the world; it belongs to the American Continent and it is located in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Polar Arctic Ocean. This monumental island is considered an independent state and it belongs to Denmark. It was formerly colonized by Amerindian people, but suffered several invasions from Sweden and later by Denmark.

The surface of the island is known to be covered 84% with ice. Due to weather conditions, the most common means of transportation is by plane.

The main industry in Greenland is mining; due that the island is rich in aluminum, nickel, platinum, tungsten, titanium, and copper.

This place has amazing landscapes; the surface has an intense white ice color making contrast with the dark deep blue sea which makes this a unique place. Greenland is also famous for its aurora borealis.

The natural architecture of the place is special, because it is based in two things; frozen water and liquid water; which together has built this incredible paradise.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland

http://www.greenland.com/en/

http://www.geographia.com/denmark/greenland.html

Steps for visual architectual projects

This post is a little bit different than the ones we´ve been posting before. In this post will be talking about the steps you´ll need to create a virtual project.

Many times it will seem not common or perhaps even expensive, and this is because we do not know this area of architecture. So the question is what do you need?

First of all you´ll need a draft of your project, preferably you´ll need to have your project plans in digital format, and know well how your project is. Then you´ll need to send the information by email or deliver us a USB and explain what part of your project you want to see, for example facades or certain interior and exterior spaces.

It is also necessary to know what types of materials you would like to see in your project, and also what kind of furniture. In case of not knowing what materials to use you can order some proposals. With all this, you can carry out a virtual architecture project which takes place between 15 and 25 days. The cost is from 1,000USD to 1,500USD. It can be done in any part of the world regardless if the company and the customer are in different places there for it can be carried out without going anywhere and via electronic.

A virtual architecture project can be very useful for either sales presentation or to know how the project comes out and to see if it really meets the needs and tastes of the customer.

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São Miguel Island

Also known as the Green Island, São Miguel is the longest and most popular one in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It was discovered in mid 14th century by Gonçalo Velho Cabral a Portuguese colonizer. The island received the name of São Miguel, who was a beautiful and loyal angel according to the Bible scriptures known as Archangel Michael.

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This incredible island quickly captivated the Portuguese people who were in love with their natural architecture that’s why this natural paradise quickly began to be populated not only because of its beautiful lakes, sandy beaches, rolling hills, high mountains, green plains and blue ocean but for its fertile land.

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São Miguel’s diverse scenery is a pleasant awakening to visitors; the natural architecture of the island is composed of two volcanic massifs separated by a central ridge. In the hilly part of the island there’s a large variety of volcanic crater lakes, within which are many hot spring births.

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S. Miguel is also known for its award winning “Terra Nostra Park you can find many wonderful golf courses, lakes, beaches, majestic scenery, century-old architecture and most of all, its people.

Since the turn of the century architecture, the monuments, parks and cobble stone streets are interlaced with a modern marina, nice restaurants, shopping, bars, night-clubs, and ocean-front cafes.

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São Miguel is unlike any other destination in the world. Once you have come you’ll always want to come back! 

http://www.azores.com/sao-miguel  

http://www.visitazores.com/en/the-azores/the-9-islands