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Villa Dolni Dobrouc in Dolni Dobrouc, Czech Republic by Alexandr Skalicky Architect designed with ArchiCAD

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The basic idea of the design of the Villa is based on the layout of its internal rooms and on the work with the interior as a kind of “residential countryside”. The internal rooms and the immediate surroundings of the Villa form a “spatial zone” which runs through the Villa and its surroundings as a continuous line. The Villa is partly sung in the slope of a hill to form a large and flat entrance area in front of the house.  This area is the first “external” room of the Villa. It is here where the visual contact with the Villa actually begins. The space that begins in this place runs, with various modifications, through the whole house. Behind the entrance area, the “zone” enters the internal space of the Villa. The zone consists of two inside floors. From the entrance hall which is on the lower level, the “interconnected space” leads to the residential floor in the upper level via an open staircase and ends before the dining and living rooms.

Villa Dolni Dobrouc

  • Architect: Alexandr Skalicky Architect
  • Project: Villa Dolni Dobrouc
  • Location: Dolni Dobrouc, Czech Republic
  • Photograph: Ester Havlova
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Construction Year: 2007-2008
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Flip Flop House in Los Angeles by Dan Brunn Architecture

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

In designing a private residence, our primary concern is to answer the specific needs of the client while rethinking the local domestic typology. Thus, we started the project by mapping the neighboring houses, and also by carefully delving into the client’s daily life and routines.

Flip Flop House - Front Corner


Alemanys 5 in Girona, Spain by Anna Noguera Architect

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The reform has been approached as a search for the most intrinsic characteristics of the actual construction, while the building is freed of additions, surface elements and recent reforms, interpreting the old elements not so much through an historical optic as through their architectural qualities.

Alemanys 5 - Third Floor. The kitchen from the veranda



Silvertree Residence in Tucson, Arizona by Secrest Architecure designed using AutoCAD

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The Silvertree residence is a study in how a small, dated, closed in and inwardly focused residence can be revived into an inspiring modern space that interacts with the outdoors.

Silvertree Residence

  • Architects: Secrest Architecure
  • Location: Tucson, Arizona
  • Completion Date : 2007
  • Materials: Integral color concrete block, butt joint and insulated glass windows, Douglas fir beams and ceiling, concrete floors, birch veneered plywood walls and soffits, rigid insulation, exposed steel beams, custom steel sash windows, custom Douglas fir sliding doors. Rusted patina, sheet metal fascias.
  • Awards: 2008 Merit Award from AIA Southern Arizona; 2008 Home of the year award in remodel category from AIA Southern Arizona and Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden Magazine
  • Software used: Hand sketching and Autocad for the schematic design;Autocad for the construction documents.


Ellie Caulkins Opera House At The Quigg Newton Auditorium in Denver

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Working closely with Denver’s Division of Theatres and Arenas, SEMPLE BROWN DESIGN considered many options before launching the final concept for the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The firm had been in discussions with the City as early as 1993, trying to solve this unique puzzle. To begin the design process, members of the firm first considered the state of the old Auditorium Theatre and the needs of the people and organizations that would eventually use the new theatre.

Opera House

Opera House

  • Architect: Semple Brown Design, P.C.
  • Total Size: 280,000 square feet
  • Total Cost: $92.0 m Total
  • Completion: September 2005
  • Theatre Design: Peter Lucking
  • Project Architect: Bryan Schmidt, LEED AP, AIA
  • Interior Design Principal: Mary Kay Sunset, LEED AP, ASID
  • Associate Architect: Luis O. Acosta
  • Client: City and County Of Denver, Theatres and Arenas
  • Photography: Ron Pollard
  • Software used: 3-D Studio Viz to prepare preliminary client & donor presentations; AutoCAD was use for the construction documents.


CMA CGM TOWER in Marseille, France by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

More projects by Zaha Hadid

The tower stands at the center of the city’s ambitious regeneration project, Euroméditerranée, located 1km north of the historic center, adjacent to the commercial port.

The site lies 100m back from the sea edge where the elevated motorway viaduct separates as it arrives into the north of the city. At ground level the site is dominated by the sweeping concrete viaducts overhead and the rhythmic colonnades of their supporting columns. It’s dense and noisy but a rich physical context. At high level, the context is the spectacular views over the bay of Marseille, the city and the docks.

  • ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Year: 2006 – 2011
  • PROGRAM: Head offices and parking
  • CLIENT: CMA CGM [Marseille, France]
  • Project Director: Jim Heverin
  • Project Architect: Stephane Vallotton
  • Project Team: Karim Muallem, Simone Contasta, Leonie Heinrich, Alvin Triestanto, MurielBoselli, Eugene Leung, Bhushan Mantri, Jerome Michel, NereaFeliz, Prashanth Sridharan,Birgit Eistert, Evelyn Gono, Marian Ripoll, Andres Flores, Pedja Pantovic
  • Competition Team: Jim Heverin, Simon Kim, Michele Pasca Di Magliano, Viviana Muscettola
  • Associated Architect: SRA –RTA (Paris/ Marseille)
  • CONSULTANTS: Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Services: Ove Arup & Partners (London)
  • Façade engineers: Ove Arup & Partners / Robert-Jan Van Santen Associates (London / Lille)
  • Cost consultant: R2M (Marseille)
  • SIZE: Gross Floor Area 94,000 m² (58,000 Tower / 36,000 Annex Building)
  • Site Area 8,400 m2
  • Footprint Area 6,000 m2
  • Height 33 Floors/142.8 metres
  • Occupancy 2,500
  • MATERIALS: Insitu concrete; Fully Glazed Unitized Facade
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino 3D, Maya, Revit Architecture, DP digital project, 3D Studio Max, Grasshopper and T Spline


The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2011 presented to Eduardo Souto de Moura

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Update on June 3rd:

Here is Obama’s speech at the Pritzker Prize Ceremony:

YouTube : President Obama's Speech at the Prizker Prize Ceremony



Original post on March 29th

Los Angeles, CA—Eduardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old architect from Portugal, is the jury’s choice for the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced today by Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be in one of Washington, D.C.’s finest classical buildings, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. In announcing the jury’s choice, Pritzker elaborated, “This marks the second time in the history of the prize that a Portuguese architect has been chosen. The first was in 1992 when Alvaro Siza was so honored.”

Eduardo Souto de Moura - Photo by Augusto Brázio


Arena Ulstein in Ulsteinvik, Norway by Lund+Slaatto Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The main idea of the project is to create a place of sports and activities, where the qualities of the magnificent surrounding landscape will merge with the bourgeoning urban live of the town of Ulsteinvik.

The Urban Square Connecting to the Town Centre

  • Architect: Lund+Slaatto Architects
  • Location: Ulsteinvik, Norway
  • Collaboration: Nils Tveit Architects
  • Rank: 1st prize
  • Subject: Sports facilities, swimming pool, library and youth club
  • Surface: 14200m2
  • Images: Lund+Slaatto Architects


City of Westminster College in London, UK by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The new flagship Campus for City of Westminster College by schmidt hammer lassen architects is designed to support new ways of teaching and learning. The 24,000m2 College, won in a competition in 2006, provides much greater amounts of open learning spaces than typical colleges in the UK and holds state-of-the-art facilities for both students and staff. The building is designed to embrace interaction and diversity and allow students to learn from each other, both formally and informally.

City of Westminster College

  • Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Project: City of Westminster College
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Client: City of Westminster College
  • Area: 24,000m²
  • Construction Sum: € 81 million excl. VAT
  • Competition: 2006, 1st prize in restricted international competition
  • Status: Construction period 2008 – 2010
  • Engineer: Buro Happold, United Kingdom
  • Landscape Architect: Schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Main Contractor: McLaren Construction Ltd
  • Other Consultants: Knight Frank LLP; Stace LLP


Ansel Adams Gallery in Washington, DC by Group Goetz Architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

First Design Firm Office in DC Awarded LEED Platinum Certification CI 2.0

The Ansel Adams Gallery at The Wilderness Society is the centerpiece of a renovation of the existing headquarters in Washington, DC.  The renovation included and update and reconfiguration of the office space, energy savings enhancements, new finishes, and the creation of a special gallery for the society’s treasured collection of Ansel Adams photographs.

Entrance (Images Courtesy Group Goetz Architects)

  • Architect: Group Goetz Architects
  • Name of Project: Ansel Adams Gallery
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Size: 3,600 SF
  • Year Completed: May 2010
  • Photo Credit: Group Goetz Architects
  • Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA, Principal-in-Charge, Aleksandar Jocic, Derick Williamson

Other Contributors

  • HBW Group: Rockville, MD
  • Structural Engineer: Brandes & Cassagnol Engineers – PC , Washington, DC
  • MEP Engineering: CS Consulting Engineers, Inc. – Rockville, MD
  • Lighting Design: Coventry Lighting – Chevy Chase, MD
  • Art Consultant (Exhibition Design) and Graphics: Cynthia Reed, LTD.


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