Owner Occupied Duplex – On the Top or Bottom?

There are many advantages for a townhouse owner to occupy a lower duplex, or perhaps it is the top floor duplex they should seek, and while a very strong case can be made to put the owner of a townhouse on the lower floors, there are solid arguments for occupying the top two floors.  I, architect Nick Buccalo, will examine both possibilities and invite your comments on the issue.

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 22/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 22/24

entranceHandicap Access Attitude: We believe that every space should be accessible by everyone, and that an architectural concept should not be

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 18/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 18/24

In the classrooms, there are two ‘floor to ceiling’ windows to allow students to take in the views, but positioned to both not be a distraction during class and to allow natural light to graze the two end walls, maximizing the interior illumination… Read more

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 16/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 16/24

The Library is positioned on the highest point of the exterior circular Atrium space and it’s public areas are facing this atrium and of course the views of the valley and cliffs beyond…

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 13/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 13/24

Exterior Atrium: Besides the banners, each wire figure surrounding the auditorium takes on the shape of a traditional bread stove…

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 12/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 12/24

Multi-purpose Performance Hall: Our goal is to make a structure that can accommodate a variety of performance types for the Bamiyan River Valley…

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 11/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 11/24

Main Public Building Entrance: Upon entering through the main doors, one has direct access, and exit, to the auditorium. The main stair bridge…

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 10/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 10/24

Secondary Entry Point. At the end of the great lawn is a secure access point to allow entry and exit during large festivals or gatherings of locals who may walk to the venue from the lower valley via the bridge crossing…  Read more

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 9/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 9/24

A cultural center has a unique opportunity to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to appreciate a culture. For this proposal we bring together the rich culture of the Bamiyan people of Afghanistan in one complete composition that embraces the culture, the landscape and the core beliefs all humans share, in physical form.

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 8/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 8/24

The Atrium, a special outdoor space which surrounds the auditorium with it’s wire sculptures and hanging banners, provides access to all public spaces, including the cafe at the lowest level, both exhibition spaces and the library…
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