The holiday retreat is located northeast of Santorin in an area characterised by the active underwater volcano.The design tries to capture the history and the strong elements of natural decomposition of the landscape by the thick layers of volcanic lava and the intensity of the strong winds and to redefine the characteristics of the traditional architecture through a modern vocabulary. The facade of the building gives the impression of an eroded shell whereas the irregular shape of the building is a result of the narrow shape of the plot and the intent to allow views to the sea from all room
The Golden Moon is a temporary architectural structure that explores how Hong Kong’s unique building traditions and craftsmanship can be combined with contemporary design techniques in the creation of a highly expressive and captivating popular public event space. It is the winning entry for the 2012 Lantern Wonderland design competition which was organised for the Mid-Autumn Festival to promote Hong Kong as Asia’s World City. The 6-storey high pavilion was built in only 11 days from steel, bamboo, and stretch fabric and was on display for six days in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park in fall 2012.
The Park Inn Jeddah Hotel project is an interplay of art and architecture. Its making investigates the overlap of both fields and looks for what each has to offer in developing the final product. By looking at the building as an object of art and studying the way the light records itself onto it and animates it, MZ Architects were able to transcend the conventional building typology to achieve a product that is closer to a painting than a sculpture.
The idea behind the Riyadh Park Inn Hotel originated from the concept of blocks. The proposed hotel lies as a large dynamic element radiating light from the elongated slim slits of its façade and breaking up to expose its central spine, the atrium, defining the entrance and the common spaces of the hotel. The design investigates the relationship between mass and void, creating a sense of privacy where little exposure of the hotel’s internal private activities are reflected to the outside. The building’s reading is one very much related to the local architectural language of mass and stone.
The Aldar Headquarters designed by MZ Architects has a distinctive and innovative design: a semispherical building comprising two circular convex shaped facades linked by a narrow band of indented glazing. This iconic fully glazed structure is completely circular in elevation and curved in all other directions. The ideas of simplicity, purity and learning from nature, were the main principles of the concept, coupled with the reliance on one of the oldest rules of architecture: that of proportion. The result is an extremely pure geometrical but daring design.
The Qatar Navigation Tower exemplifies a sensibility that melds architecture and sculpture in an exuberant building. Providing a striking modern image, the simple slick volume, with sliced edges, contours an elegant silhouette and stands monumentally, recalling the glory of monolithic sculptures. Calibrated to the actual changing sun angles, the horizontal shades at the south and north elevations act like bridges between the vast east and west elevations mimicking the company international maritime role between the east and west of the globe.