Shunyi House / reMIX Studio

first_img Year:  ArchDaily CopyHouses•Beijing, China Projects 2014 Save this picture!© Xia Zhi+ 33 Share Area:  120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: reMIX studio Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” Shunyi House / reMIX Studio China CopyAbout this officereMIX studioOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBeijingCasasShunyireMIXChinaPublished on March 03, 2016Cite: “Shunyi House / reMIX Studio” 02 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Shunyi House / reMIX StudioSave this projectSaveShunyi House / reMIX Studio Houses Photographs Photographs:  Xia ZhiGeneral Contractor:Beijing jujianglvjian construction ltdCurtain Wall Contractor:Beijing ruibo construction companyGarden Area:200 sqmDesign Team:Chen Chen, Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Liu Yifu, Aniruddha Mukherjee, Xue Yang, Xu KuanxinCity:BeijingCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Xia ZhiText description provided by the architects. The project is a renovation of a house of approximately 500 sqm originally divided in two floors and a basement, the extension of a villa of two screenwriter and their children located in Shunyi, Beijing. The initial client’s requirements were a volumetric expansion to accommodate new programs such as a double-height studio, a roof terrace, a kitchen garden, a projection room, and the transformation of the existing garden, needing to become an integral part of the building.Save this picture!© Xia ZhiThe intervention works as a unitary module internally composed of diverse levels of interconnection that operates as a montage, a juxtaposition and a progression of diverse spatial scales and characters.  The new volume is designed as a device of filtering environmental and programmatic factors, a spatial structure internally never secluding, never concluding but constantly modulating successive scalar sections through shadowy subtleties and diaphanous layerings. The space is rendered a unitary scene through the use of an intentionally reduced palette of materials. The material catalog is in fact condensed and composed just by a light metal structure, filtering aluminum louvers controlling shadows, transparencies and determining levels of privacy and finally a metal grid that works in combination with a resined white floor and a bamboo deck. Save this picture!© Xia ZhiThe seemingly uniform character of the intervention is in fact a narrative of continuously changing effects when explored and examined. From the garden to the top the gradual transformation of intensities -the modulation of lights, materials and colors- organizes a multiplicity of effect. Albeit reduced in type and fitting within an imposing diagrammatic organization the  series of spaces manage to transform in a passive but calculated repository of effects that exalts and receives the heterogeneous changing conditions of light and temperature throughout the day and the seasons. Save this picture!© Xia ZhiSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Xia ZhiThe occupants’ body is the living actor playing on a white stage of instantly mutating effects whilst the new volume with its newly defined connections become the bodily extension of the family-life, accommodating needs and forcing unexpected spatial relations to happen between the existing rooms and the new spaces. A series of mezzanines, balconies and roof terraces at various levels are linked by a continuous circulation, a bend of internal stairs and external ramps, interweaving in and around a glazed volume. The original structure, composed of two white boxes is then transformed into a dynamic system of interlaced and floating platforms that overlooking each other and opening in a sequence emphasizes the internal programmatic interdependencies. The existing roof decks that were originally idle due to poor accessibility are then activated becoming an integral part of the interior, a natural continuation at higher levels of the garden. The programmatic segregation of the house existing spaces is replaced by a more ambiguous spatial mix of activities with the new double-height volume hosting a varied activities such as reading, writing, debating, projecting to happen both autonomously and at unison on different levels. Save this picture!© Xia ZhiThe garden is also reconfigured to become an integrated part of the scheme, interacting with the new massing to create a coherent spatial experience. The planting strategy responds to the need of privacy typical of dense housing developments: bamboo, ivy and high herbals introduce semi-transparent screens that filter the views. At the same time the vegetation is organized into various layers that maximize the depth of the garden. The reflection pool on the east side of the new volume blends the architecture and its landscape through rich effects of reflection and refraction on the water. Diverse autochthonous plant-communities create a rich mix of natural textures, whilst requiring minimal maintenance.Save this picture!© Xia ZhiProject gallerySee allShow lessSalling Tower / Dorte Mandrup ArkitekterSelected ProjectsBackyard House / Joe Adsett ArchitectsSelected Projects Sharelast_img read more

Bashar el-Assad visit to Paris

first_img Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News RSF_en March 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria Organisation President Nicolas SarkozyElysée Palace55 rue Faubourg Saint Honoré75008 ParisParis, 7 December 2010Dear President Sarkozy,In advance of your lunch with Syrian President Bashar el-Assad on 9 December, Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organization, would like to draw your attention to the deterioration in freedom of expression in Syria.President Assad has often talked of political openings since taking office in 2000 but political and legislative reforms are at a standstill. A state of emergency suspending the Syrian constitution’s provisions as regards civil liberties has been in effect since 1963. The number of news media has increased but media diversity has not. The Baath Party maintains a tight grip on news and information. Syria’s return to the international stage has not changed that.There is complete lack of transparency about social and political developments in Syria. It is extremely difficult for international human rights NGOs to gather information. The population lives in constant fear of the security services, especially the Mukhabarat (the intelligence services), which have transformed Syria into a vast prison.The repression was stepped up significantly in the second half of 2009. Encouraged by the intelligence services, the information ministry began interrogating and arresting human rights activists, lawyers and journalists. Many were questioned about articles that were said to constitute ‘”an attack on the nation” or “threat to state security.” Few dared to talk about this, even anonymously. The Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression was closed on 13 September 2009 and its office was placed under seal. Headed by Mazen Darwish, it was the country’s only NGO that specialised in monitoring the media and the Internet.Arrested on 17 December 2007 for signing the Damascus Declaration, writer and journalist Ali Abdallah should have been released on 16 June of this year on completing a 30-month jail sentence. But the authorities kept him in detention because of an article by him – posted online on 23 August 2009, while he was in prison – that criticized Iran’s “wilayat al-faqih” doctrine, which gives the country’s clerics absolute power over political affairs. He was initially charged with “publishing false information with the aim of harming the state” (under article 286 of the criminal code) and “intending to harm Syria’s relations with another state” (under article 276 of the criminal code). But a Damascus military court brought new charges against him that were confirmed by the country’s highest appeal court on 1 December, and he is now facing a new jail sentence. The case is particularly worrying as it shows that it is dangerous for journalists to criticise not only the government but also its allies.Meanwhile, Tal Al-Mallouhi, a young student and blogger, has been held for nearly a year. Arrested by the intelligence services at the end of December 2009, she was finally taken before the High State Security Court, a special tribunal whose verdicts cannot be appealed, on 10 November. Reportedly accused of spying on behalf of the United States, she is being held in solitary confinement in Duma prison, near Damascus.We would also like to draw your attention to an Internet communications bill that was drafted at the behest of Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri and was approved by the cabinet at the end of October. It would allow the authorities to try online journalists before criminal courts and would allow the police or any other “judicial auxiliary” to enter editorial offices to arrest journalists suspected of contravening the law and to seize their computers. Despite the widespread censorship, news websites had emerged in recent years but this bill is clearly designed to impose additional restrictions on the flow of online information.Syria is ranked 173rd out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on our list of “Enemies of the Internet” because it has blocked hundreds of websites and because it hounds netizens. President Assad is regarded as one of the world’s 40 “Predators of press freedom.”Because of your central role in the resumption of dialogue with the Syrian government as part of the promotion of the Union for the Mediterranean, you can be a particularly effective spokesman for the defence of the fundamental rights of Syrians. Reporters Without Borders would therefore like to ask you to intercede with your Syrian counterpart and request the release of these journalists and netizens and the withdrawal of legal provisions designed to criminalize online free expression. Economic relations with Syria should not be developed to the detriment of civil liberties including media freedom and free speech.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to these requests.Sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General December 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bashar el-Assad visit to Paris Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts News February 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has written to French President Nicolas Sarkozy about the deterioration in freedom of expression in Syria because he is due to meet with Syrian President Bashar el-Assad when Assad makes an official visit to France tomorrow. Newslast_img read more

Top-ranked beach volleyball opens season with two victories

first_imgOn a windy Saturday morning in Malibu, Calif., the nation got a glimpse of what the new-look beach volleyball team has in store for the 2017 campaign. The No. 1 Trojans (2-0) edged No. 4 UCLA 3-2 and beat No. 3 Pepperdine 4-1 to pick up a pair of big dual victories at the annual Pepperdine Kick-Off on the sands of Zuma Beach. Four new Trojan pairs made their debuts for head coach Anna Collier and each notched at least one win, showing promise to begin the season.“I thought my pairs were quite solid this first weekend,” Collier said. “They had really good chemistry out on the court, and whenever they got in a little bit of trouble, which almost everybody did, they came together and worked through situations to improve on whatever they needed to improve on.”To start USC’s dual against UCLA, all five courts were engaged in hotly contested first sets, but the Trojans got on the board with wins at courts one and three. Senior All-Americans Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes took down UCLA twins Megan and Nicole McNamara(21-19, 21-12) at the top court, while the new pairing of senior Nicolette Martin and junior Terese Cannon posted a 21-16, 21-18 win over Savvy Simo and Torrey Van Winden at court three. The Bruins were able to snag a win at court four, as Izzy Carey and Elise Zappia defeated USC’s youngest pair of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis, 21-19,21-15. The final two courts went the distance, and a victory by juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer at court five over Chanti Holroyd and Lily Justine (21-18, 17-21, 15-11) sealed USC’s first dual win of the season.Immediately after their battle with the Bruins, the Trojans turned around and faced off against Pepperdine. The Waves’ home court advantage did not mean much, though, as USC scored 3 points in straight sets to secure the dual win. Seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler, another one of Collier’s new pairs, got their first win of the season over Brittany Howard and Corinne Quiggle(21-15, 21-18) at court two, while Claes and Hughes easily downed Delaney Knudsen and Madalyn Roh(21-12, 21-13) to give USC its second point. That victory for Claes and Hughes ran their winning streak to 75 in a row.The four-pair of Bustamante and Dennis bounced back from their early morning loss to notch their first win — a 21-13, 25-23 decision over Deahna Kraft and Anika Wilson — and clinch the dual for the Trojans. Courts three and five played to completion, as the Waves snagged their only point of the day behind Skylar Caputo and Heidi Dyer’s 22-20, 21-14 win over Cannon and Martin. Belton and Kremer once again went the distance on court five and triumphed for the second time with a 20-22, 21-16, 15-11 win over Gigi Hernandez and Katty Workman.With the victory, USC improved its school-record winning streak to 32 matches in a row. Before Saturday, Pepperdine was the only program to hold a winning record against USC, but the Trojan win evened up theall-time series record to 8-8. USC has now won four in a row against the Waves, while also remaining undefeated against UCLA at 6-0 all-time. Knowing that this weekend would serve as a good barometer of where her team stands to begin the season, Collier was pleased with how things turned out.“We were challenged exactly the way I wanted to be challenged,” Collier said. “Pepperdine and UCLA were able to show some of our weaknesses that we haven’t been able to find or see in our practices, and now we know what we need to work on in order to improve.”Hughes was also pleased with her team’s display of confidence and poise against top-ranked competition.“We came out with that No. 1 ranking, and that’s not an easy one to have because that target on our back gets bigger and bigger,” she said. “But we came out and proved ourselves today. We played two of the toughest teams in the nation, and I’m happy we came out with those wins.”The Trojans return to action on Saturday for the East Meets West Invitational in Manhattan Beach, Calif. USC will face off against Florida International at 10:30 a.m. in its first match of the day before taking on LSU at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more