ramp up the 'mun
the view from the plaza

The structure of the old boiler house is extended by an apartment building to enclose a public square with a ramp leading up around the chimney to the roof.

prefabricated construction in Anguix

The construction works for this multifunctional building designed by AQSO have recently started with the assemblage of modular concrete elements to be part of the structure and faƧade.

‘ramp up the mun’ shortlisted for e10

AQSOā€™s proposal for the Boilerhouse studios in Dublin, an urban regeneration project including cultural and residential spaces in Ballymun, has been shortlisted for the 10th edition of Europan.

precast concrete advantages

Back in the ancient times, Romans pioneered and extended the use of precast concrete, but this architectural and engineering feat in building technology is far from over. Advanced innovations in precast concrete paved the way for faster design and construction timeline.

finishes specification

Finishes specification involves detailing a list of all the materials in the final parts of the project. The file contains commercial products available in the market following technical, functional, aesthetic, and economic criteria ā€’ price and maintenance costs.

maragato lofts
the living room and kitchen

In contrast to the orthogonal rigidity of the exterior, the interior spaces are wrapped in soft, rounded corners. The oak flooring and the concrete ceiling offer a warm visual tone while a featured wooden slats partition serves as a transition and articulates the space.

Shoreditch hotel
the hotel room

The hotel is designed for young people looking for an urban experience. The industrial-style interior design combines concrete, metal and wood to create a minimalist and functional atmosphere.

defining structural systems: concrete vs steel

The structural framework is the spine of a building. Therefore, caution against the choice of material should be carefully exercised. Concrete and steel, or reinforced concrete, delivers a rigid structural system when combined.

old is new at Today Art Museum

On the occasion of the the 70th Anniversary of John Lennon’s Birth, Beijing-based Today art museum organized last October 16th an outdoor event including multimedia video projections, poetry readings, music performances and discussions under the name “old is new“.

Pedraza house
the porch

The cantilevered canopy that covers the porch of the house frames the view of the landscape. The living room becomes a glass enclosure, which opens a corner to see the horizon.

wavescape pavilion
the view from the marina

The themed pavilion for the World Expo floats on the sea and is connected to the quay via a gangway. The floating faƧade of horizontal slats creates a moirƩ effect as it moves with the waves.

Pedraza house
the kitchen and the courtyard

The timeless design of the kitchen is based on the warmth of the wood and the simplicity of the white surfaces. The furniture is modular and functional with large oak drawers.

Burke house
the living room

The living room is the heart of the house and visually articulates all the spaces. The double-height offers a generous amplitude that extends to the staircase leading up to the office on the upper floor.

Shoreditch hotel
the facade detail

The faƧade of the hotel is made of prefabricated lightweight concrete elements, which form triangles to create a dark-coloured ruled surface on which the openings stand out like a chessboard.

wrap manifesto
the entrance lobby

The main entrance hall is a generous, well-lit double-height space with a large reception desk and serves as a foyer for the multifunctional conference room.

Pedraza house
the staircase

The staircase is defined by the profile of its steps, lined with oak wood. The light sets the rest of the space, where the doors and railings are concealed to give prominence to the ascending path.

Pedraza house
the open-plan ground floor

The ground floor is a mosaic of interconnected spaces through glass partitions. The visual relationship between them gives a sensation of amplitude, and the simplicity of the forms and finishes create a serene atmosphere in connection with nature.

Zain tower
the laminated glass wire mesh

From inside the offices, the arabesque motifs of the louvres can be seen. The brass metal mesh is compressed into the glass when this is in a semi-molten state. It becomes a decorative and strengthening component of the glass fins.

Burke house
the office space

The work area on the upper floor has the best views of the house. Linked to the patio and the rear garden, the office is a quiet space with a sober and unique design.

Shoreditch hotel
the use and circulation diagram

Despite the dynamic form of the building, the interior layout is highly functional. The complex is divided into two blocks, the one next to the party wall has commercial use while the corner block comprises the restaurant and hotel rooms around a central atrium.

cuƱa house
the kitchen

The kitchen has a central presence in the living room, linked to the garden. The front worktop serves as a social and meeting space, while the appliances are located on the back wall.

performing arts complex
the promenade towards the marina

The undulating concrete roofs and meandering walls of wooden slats characterise the pavilions that make up the building. The pedestrian walkways leading to the marina are landscaped with lush bamboo shrubs.

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Pitfield St

The curved shape of the faƧade responds to the flow of pedestrians and bicycles crossing the intersection between the two main streets. The building opens up like a giant curtain to allow passage with a welcoming gesture.

Pedraza house
the inner courtyard

From the entrance of the house, and through the inner courtyard, you can perceive the spaciousness of the living room, whose profusely illuminated double-height space gives a pleasant sensation of spaciousness and comfort.

GFRC, the lightweight concrete

Composite materials are on a strong upsurge as demands in the construction industry rise up. Wood and plastic are pressed and moulded together in compression. Steel rebars are embedded in a concrete matrix to form a rigid reinforced material. As technology advances, so does the building material.

structural systems

Structural systems are the bearing components that, working together, can transmit the building’s loads to the foundation, guaranteeing balance and stability without suffering incompatible distortions.

striking ship-like hotel proposed as new Shoreditch landmark

A new mixed-use building, which includes a hotel, cinema and retail space, could become the latest eye-catching landmark in Londonā€™s most creative neighbourhood.

Dehan village
the dining room

The dining room on the first floor is a generous space that is linked to the service area and kitchen located behind the stairwell. The different levels seem to float in the space, an effect reinforced by the glass railings protecting them.

Pedraza house
the lounge area

The living room is the heart of the house. The double-height space vertebrates the areas of daily use and connects it with the outdoor landscape. The kitchen is separated by recessed sliding glass doors that open up space, so the living is linked to the bar located there.

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Paul St

At nightfall, the light from the hotel windows underlines the chequered pattern of the black concrete faƧade, creating an easily recognisable icon that serves as an urban landmark for the restaurant and shopping area.

wrap manifesto
the main elevation

From the main avenue, the green faƧade of the building can be seen, blending in with the vegetation of the urban landscape. The walkway linking the top of the hill becomes the roof of the ground floor, which extends to form an entrance canopy.

Pedraza house
the cantilever

The house is an open viewpoint that captures and forms part of the landscape. With a simple gesture, the flat green roof is extended to form a cantilevered porch. The simple materials are combined with pure lines and the transparency of the large windows.

Burke house
the staircase

The stairs take on prominence by visually connecting the interior spaces and establishing the formal language of the building’s exterior. This promenade is a contrast between the warm interior and the lushness of the Irish landscape that can be contemplated along the way.

Burke house
the master bedroom

The bedroom is a spacious and functional space open to the landscape. The furniture merges with the architecture to create a warm and cosy atmosphere governed by light and textures.

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Shoreditch hotel
the aerial view

Pedraza house
the master bathroom

K house
the living room

parametric design challenges

folded auditorium
the cafeteria

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Old St

house of arts
the exhibition hall

Dehan village
the living room

cuƱa house
the exposed concrete stairs

W salon
the main room

folded auditorium
the staircase

Pedraza house
the kitchen

Xu Beihong foundation
the atrium

cuƱa house
the view from the top floor

Burke house
the walking wardrobe

Pedraza house
the dinning area

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Rivington st

performing arts complex
the birdview