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Meditation Hut “Victor” in Champaign, Illinois by Jeffery S. Poss Architect

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

“Meditation and water are wedded forever” – Herman Melville

The owners of a forested property wanted a quiet space to observe the surrounding nature. A naturalized understory leads to a visually kinetic approach ramp that contrasts to the subtle interior. Entry to the hut is through an obscured door detailed like the cedar walls. Inside an oversized window opposite the entrance immediately pulls the view back outside to a composed view of mature trees. Adjacent to this is a miniature tea cabinet. A raised platform in the main space supports three tatami mats.

Meditation Hut "Victor"

Meditation Hut "Victor"

  • Architect: Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA
  • Address: Champaign, Illinois, USA
  • Construction start: Fall 2009
  • Construction completion: Fall 2010
  • Architect Project team: Jeffery Poss, Jesse Haas
  • General Contractor: Dreamworks Construction, Danville, Illinois, USA
  • Structure: PREPA.R.E. INC., Savoy, Illinois, USA
  • Geotechnical consultant: Midwest Engineering Services, Inc., Champaign, Illinois USA
  • Photographer: Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA
  • Principal, Jeffery S Poss Architect

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SunPower Offices at Richmond, California by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The design strategy for this office headquarters project for a solar power company in an historic Ford auto factory grew out of the multiple objectives of the client and architect: aesthetics, function, and sustainability:

 

Entry Stairs of Office

Entry Stairs of Office

  • Architect: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
  • Size: 200,000 square feet
  • Estimated Cost: N/A
  • Dates: 2003-2009
  • Services Provided: Concept Design, Cost Estimating, Programming, SD, DD, CD, CA
  • Software Used: AutoCAD

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OGAKI HOUSE in Gifu, Japan by Katsutoshi Sasaki

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

This residential house is introduced from the ambient surrounding and the conditions of site planning.

Ogaki House

Ogaki House

  • Architect: Katsutoshi Sasaki
  • Location: Gifu Japan
  • Site Area: 130.64m2
  • Built Area: 74.54m2
  • Total Floor Area: 106.42m2
  • Type of Construction: Wooden
  • Exterior Materials: Wood siding
  • Interior Materials: Lauan board
  • Year of completion :July, 2010
  • Design team: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Structure company: Masaki structural laboratory
  • Construction company: Tamada construction Ltd
  • Photographer: Toshiyuki Yano
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House in Ise, Mie, Japan by Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

West View of House in Ise

West View of House in Ise

  • Architect: Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates
  • Project location : Ise-shi, Mie, Japan
  • List of involved companies : Architect / Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates Construction / Uemura Kouken
  • Project data i.e. build cost, gross external area, year of completion

completion / 2010
site area / 423.21 sqm
total floor area / 198.88 sqm

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Lilypad, a Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris, France

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Vincent Callebaut Architectures of Paris, France has designed a Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees, predicting that by 2100, there will be a large crowd of ecological refugees to occupy the “Lilypad.” According to the principle of Archimedes, the melting of the arctic ice-floe will not change the rising of the water exactly as an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make its level rise, said Callebaut. However, there are two huge ice reservoirs that are not on the water and whose melting will transfer their volume towards the oceans, leading to their rising. These are the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland on the one hand, and the continental glaciers on the other. Another reason for the ocean rising, that does not have anything to do with the ice melting is the water dilatation under the effect of the temperature.

Aerial view of principality of Monaco

Aerial view of principality of Monaco

Vincent Callebaut Architect

Vincent Callebaut Architectures
119, rue Manin (Batiment D)
75019 Paris
France

PROGRAM : Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees / Mixing Uses
LOCATION : Oceans
SURFACE AREA : 500.000 m²
PERSPECTIVES : Philippe Steels / www.pixelab.be

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Greenland’s New National Gallery

Friday, February 18th, 2011

BIG + TNT Nuuk + Ramboll Nuuk + Arkitekti is the winning team to design the new National Gallery of Greenland in the country’s capital Nuuk, among invited proposals totaling 6 Nordic architects.

Greenland National Gallery - BIG

Greenland National Gallery - BIG

  • PROJECT: Greenland National Gallery
  • CLIENT: Nunatta Eqqumiitsulianik Saqqummersitsivia
  • SIZE: 3000 m2
  • LOCATION: Nuuk, Greenland
  • COLLABORATION: TNT Nuuk, Rambøll Nuuk, Arkitekti, MIR, Glessner Group
  • PARTNER IN CHARGE: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Pedersen
  • PROJECT LEADER: Jakob Henke
  • TEAM: Daniel Selensky, Ji –young Yoon, Gul Ertekin, Aleksander Tokarz, Alessio Zenaro, Johan Cool, Nicklas Antoni Rasch

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Footbridge in La Roche Sur Yon, France by Bernard Tschumi and Hugh Dutton

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The arrival of the high-speed train in the city is considered an important event and an expression of an image of modernisation. The new bridge replaces an existing one that is a standard railway bridge design that can be found all over France. This bridge type was contemporary with and inspired by the work of Eiffel. It involves the using lateral beams composed of a diagonal mesh of small plate strips that are riveted together.

The design of the new bridge uses the same language of a diagonal mesh, but in a tubular from, to create a complete cylindrical volume through hich the users pass. Footbridges over railways require lateral protection for safety of both the users and the trains below. The complete volume provides a single structural solution that possesses the necessary inertia to span between the available support points as well as provide support for the required protective screens and a canopy cover.

Footbridge - photograph by Christian Richters

Footbridge - photograph by Christian Richters

  • ARCHITECTS: Bernard Tschumi and Hugh Dutton
  • Location: La Roche sur Yon, France
  • ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Bernard Tschumi Architects (BTA), joint representative, including general design and preliminary urban studies.
  • ARCHITECTURAL AND STRUCTURAL DESIGN: Hugh Dutton Associates (HDA)
  • BTA DESIGN TEAM: Schematic Design, Design Development: Francoise Akinosho, Ben Edelberg, Kim Starr.
  • Construction Documents / Site Supervision : Véronique Descharrières, Vincent Prunier, Rémy Cointet, Alice Dufourmontelle
  • HDA DESIGN TEAM : Pierluigi Bucci, Pierre Chassagne, Francesco Cingolani, Maria Angela Corsi, Pietro Demontis, Gaëtan Kolher, Cathy Shortle, Romain Stieltjes, Carla Zaccheddu
  • CLIENT: City of Roche sur Yon
  • PROJECT TEAM: SNCF – Engineering Departement, Jean-Marie Garnier
  • Cost: $6,000,000
  • CONTRACTOR: Renaudat Centre Constructions
  • Photograhs: Christian Richters
  • TECHNICAL DATA:
    • 67 meters (35+32 spans)
    • 201 square meters of concrete deck
    • 160 tons of total weight, of which 130 tons of steel ie 1,9 tons per linear meter
    • 76 circular diaphragms, 2100 compressive diagonals, 600 tensile rods
    • 4300 meters of profiles, about 10 km of welding, 1800 conical nodes

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The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University is a 38,815 square-foot, three-story, interdisciplinary arts center at the heart of the College Hill campus, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University

The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University

  • Architect – Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Location: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Size – 38,815 GSF
  • Cost – $40M
  • Schedule – Occupancy / Completion of February 2011
  • Acoustician – Jaffe Holden
  • CM – Shawmut Design & Construction

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THE CROWD IN THE CLOUD in Greater Noida, Delhi, India by Vlado Valkof

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Our project responds to the context which is planned to be build by the time the project is completed, and to the dynamically twisted site. Our attempt is to increase density and pedestrian traffic. We strongly believe that high-rise typology is an oxymoron of sustainable development in its base and is in contradiction with promoter’s goal for a green complex. From the program we identify five major functions: Research Institute and Knowledge Centre, Offices and Incubation Centre, Hotel, Residential, and Retail-Food-Beverage. We clearly differentiate four of them in four wings grouped around two inner courts in two separate buildings (Research Institute and Offices in one building and Hotel and Residential in the other). At the area of conjunction of the two buildings we design outdoor distributing hub/plaza/promenade which connects to all functions and the underground parking garage.

The Crowd in the Cloud by Vlado Valkof

The Crowd in the Cloud by Vlado Valkof

  • Type : mixed use
  • Location : Greater Noida, Delhi, India
  • Date : January, 2011
  • Status : SpireTec competition
  • Client : Spire World
  • Area : 62,750 sq. m.
  • Credits : Vlado Valkof – project architect, Anne Valkof, Rumen Yotov – designers, Martin Nikolov – rendering
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Vitra, São Paulo, Brazil by Daniel Libeskind

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Vitra, a multi-faceted, luminous glass tower with a sculptural shape in São Paulo, Brazil, is Daniel Libeskind’s first project in South America. The building will include 14 apartments, one per floor plus a two-floor penthouse- from 565 to 1,145 square meters. The main distinction is that each unit’s floor plan will be unique. Vitra will stand on Horácio Lafer Av., in the Itaim Bibi district, between Salvador Cardoso St. and Lopes Neto St. Near Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek Av. and Brigadeiro Faria Lima Av, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The site offers quick and easy access to several leisure sites such as the Ibirapuera and Do Povo parks.

 

Vitra

Vitra - photograph by Crystal

Vitra Completion: 2013

Client: JHSF Participações
Building Address:
Rua Horacio Lafer, 500
Itaim Bibi, São Paulo
Brazil

Technical Details:

  • Site Area: Residential: 7,240 sqm
  • Total Residential Gross: 8,800 sqm
  • Residential floor plates: Range from 610 to 670 sqm including balconies
  • Total Area with ancillary programs: 14,000 sqm
  • Roof Area: (PV): 260 sqm
  • Roof height: 77m maximum
  • Units: 15 Residential Levels- Top two comprise a ‘special unit penthouse’ 14 total units
  • Structure: Concrete

Credits:

  • Joint Venture Partner/Association with Architect of Record: Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura
  • Structural Engineer: JKMF
  • Electrical Systems: Interativa Engenharia Ltda
  • Mechanical Systems: M.S.A. Mário Sérgio
  • Windows: QMD Consultoria

Photo Credits:
1 (c) SDL
2-7 ©Crystal
Website
JHSF Project Site

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