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Vortex House in Malibu, California by murmur

Monday, February 28th, 2011

vortex n, a mass of fluid (as a liquid) with a whirling or circular motion that tends to form a cavity in the center, and to draw toward this cavity bodies subject to its action.

The project’s ambition lies in its dramatic spatial and climatic modulation and the saturation of its interior with visual and physical material of the surrounding site. The surrounding geometric and topographic features, and the air currents these features produce, are drawn into the interior to condition its atmosphere. The man-made and the natural are characterized as of the same fluid medium, and the house is a vortex into which this material is drawn. This ambition informs each part of the house’s organization: its five-sided sculpted form, environmental control system, folded roofscape, exterior wrapper and involuted covered patios.

Vortex House - Exterior Rendering

  • Architect: murmur
  • Location: Malibu, California
  • Materials: Steel and timber frame, zinc roofing, plaster, stucco exterior walls
  • Dimensions: 1276 sf interior, 468 sf
  • Other: covered patio
  • Year: 2008-present


Warroad Land Port of Entry in Minnesota by Julie Snow Architects

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Warroad Land Port of Entry is a 40,108 square foot facility that supports the mission-driven demands of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the federal agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders and promoting legal trade and travel. Conceived as a specific response to the vast open landscape along the Minnesota-Canadian border, its form reiterates the dominant horizon of the landscape while making reference to the East-West border. Inflected building forms facilitate intuitive use by visitors, the officers’ ability to survey the entire site, and vehicle access to secondary and commercial inspection areas.

View from HWY 313 Looking West toward Outbound Booth and Secondary Inspection Areas

Warroad Land Port of Entry - View from HWY 313 Looking West toward Outbound Booth and Secondary Inspection Areas

  • Architect: Julie Snow Architects
  • Project Name: U.S. Land Port of Entry
  • Project Location: Warroad, MN
  • Project Size: 40,108 GSF
  • Project Completion Date: February 2010
  • Client/Owner: U.S. General Services Administration
  • Photography Credit: Paul Crosby


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