One of the largest commercial centers in Sofia attracts attention with futuristic interior space, in white and green. Its laconic design, based on pure geometric shapes, is in sharp contrast to the visual environment around. This is the newest realized project of DA Architects - bank offices, focused on digital service. The studio wins competition for a new identity of the branches of DSK Bank, offering a comprehensive concept of interior design related with the use of new technologies in banking.
In an old village in the picturesque area of Jiangnan, southern China, the design studio was commissioned the interior renovation of a cultural museum and a folk inn, enhancing the local tradition of brick klin production. The project is located in the old canal town of Zhu Jiadian, west of Jin Xi, where there can be still found more than ten ancient brick klins from the Ming and Quing dynasty. For project materials' using,the designer chose native materials such as brick and bamboo, breakthrough combining and matching to embody modernity of design while return to simplicity of material.
A library designed by a huge bookshelf with a curved line like the flow of a river, named "BOOK RIVER". The bookshelf changes various heights, becomes a seat, becomes a counter, or encloses a space like a wall. Big holes in the bookshelf, it becomes a tunnel, a window, a space like a capsule. This space has made various relationships between books and people, and created rich communication.
In the designer's view of point, we may reject any form of theory or opinion, however, we can't refuse the potential influence from the architectural and interior environment that we live in. It seems "what do you want to convey" is more significant than to argue "what it is". So except for the form and style of the restaurant, the more challenging part is to convey the spirit of Setsugekka Japanese Cuisine.
Art works take such an important role in this project that are applied through the whole space, even confuse its definition with furniture. Boundary between interior and exterior space is blurred when combining with outdoor scene The carpet spread here with abstract pattern derived from Zaha Hadid's 3D painting, consisting of reconstructive lines and structural changes of color blocks, gives the space another distinctive attraction of personality.
The design project of AISG includes the renovation of 499 halls, music rooms, artistic corridors and lobbies—all of which are functional for giving performances, teaching, entertainment and presentations etc. The project is based on the general cultural background of the school, integrated with considerations of forms of social communications and users’ needs. The project received a LEED Silver certification from the USGBC.
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