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Firestone Mixed Use Office Building in Downey, California by B+U

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The proposal for this mixed use office building in Downey, California creates a world-class landmark building aiming to enhance the cities vision as the premier quality city in the southeast area of Los Angeles County and to revitalize the industrial landscape of the site into a vital urban environment.

Firestone Building by B+U

  • Architect: B+U, llp, Herwig Baumgartner, principal, Scott Uriu, principal
  • Client: Jesse Flores
  • Program: Mixed Use Office building, Café and Retail
  • Location: Downey, California
  • Size: 34,261 sqft
  • Budget: Witheld upon owner request
  • Completion Date: 2014
  • Materials: Steel, fabric, glass, concrete
  • Team: Paul Macherey, Phillip Ramirez, Justin Oh


Restoration Of The Ford Assembly Building In Richmond, California

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The restoration and preservation of the Ford Assembly Building on the San Francisco Bay waterfront, saved an historic architectural icon from the wrecking ball, and converted a long-vacant auto plant into a current-day model of urban revitalization and sustainability. The 525,000 square foot building had been designed by Albert Kahn for Henry Ford, and constructed in 1931. Following the facility’s initial car factory function, the Ford Building had many incarnations, including the famous World War II tank factory “manned” by Rosie-the-Riveters. In 1989, the Loma Prieta Earthquake’s devastation of the structure rendered it dangerous and unusable. Finding a way to revive the magnificent but crumbling 500,000 square foot industrial hulk was challenging; multiple attempts had failed to create a financially viable way to adaptively reuse the building, while adhering to the preservation standards of the National Park Service and the State of California Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO). Fortunately the most recent attempt took, as the current owner, who acquired the property in 2004, and his architect found the successful path to rejuvenation of the building substantially completed in 2009.

Ford Exterior West - Photo by Charles Benton


Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Elections Operations Center in Santa Fe Springs, California by Lehrer Architects

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Program: The goal was to create an efficient, yet pleasant, space for those employed in the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Elections Operations Center. More-efficient storage space was also needed to house more than 1,200 pallets containing voting material and 5,000 new ballot reading and voter accessibility devices. Space was also allocated for the tax, birth, marriage, property, and death records for the County of Los Angeles, which are all stored here.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Elections Operations Center by Lehrer Architects

  • Architect: Lehrer Architects;  Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA, principal-in-charge; Travis Frankel, project manager; Steve Deyer, AIA; Yuri Osipov; Nerin Kadribegovic
  • Location: 12680 Corral Place, Santa Fe Springs, CA
  • Client: County of Los Angeles, Community Development Commission
  • Budget: $5.6 million
  • Size: 110,000-square-foot existing single-story tilt-up concrete warehouse


Massar Children’s Discovery Centre in Damascus, Syria by Henning Larsen Architects

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

The Massar Children’s Discovery Centre will be the heart of a Syrian educational programme – Massar. The centre will through science-based, hands-on experiences offer activities to empower young Syrians to contribute actively in building their future.

Massar Children's Discovery Centre - (c) Henning Larsen Architects

  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Location: Damascus, Syria
  • Client: Syria Trust for Development
  • Gross floor area: 16,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2008 – 2013
  • Type of assignment: First prize in competition
  • Landscape architects: Martha Schwartz Partners
  • Engineers: Buro Happold


Arizona Medical Education Building in Phoenix by CO Architects

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Arizona Medical Education Building Breaks New Ground; Award-Winning Design Exemplifies New, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Research

PHOENIX: The physical manifestation of a new, interdisciplinary approach to health sciences education and research is rising from the flat pans of downtown Phoenix in the form of an architecturally expressive, world-class, sustainable educational facility. Currently under construction, the project recently won a 2010 NEXT LA Citation Award given to “on-the-boards” projects by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Phoenix HSEB North Facade

  • Project Team:
  • Owner: City of Phoenix
  • Client: Arizona Board of Regents
  • Users: University of Arizona/Northern Arizona University
  • Design and Executive Architect: CO Architects
  • Associate Architect and Master Planner: Ayers Saint Gross
  • Preconstruction/Construction Manager at Risk Contractor: DPR • Sundt, a Joint Venture of DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: JJR
  • Lighting Designer: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Lighting
  • Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
  • MEP Engineer: AEI Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Dibble Engineering
  • Climate Engineer: Transsolar Energietechnik
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Professional Service Industries
  • Fire Protection/Code Consultant: Rolf Jensen & Associates
  • Loading/Vertical Transportation Consultant: Lerch Bates
  • Audiovisual Technology: The Sextant Group
  • Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon


E2 Ecology and Economy in City of Kouvola, Finland by BIG

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Corbusier’s DOM-INO system was developed to industrialize construction with the new technologies of concrete structures at the time, and bring qualitative space to the masses. Today we face different challenges that call for new solutions.

Model 01

  • Architect: BIG
  • Name of Project: E2 Ecology and Economy
  • Location: City of Kouvola, Finland
  • Program: Housing
  • Publish date: March 15, 2011
  • Type: Prequalified Competition
  • Size: 15,000m2, 8-story prefabricated wood construction
  • Client: City of Kouvola, Finland, SITRA-Finnish Innovation Fund
  • Collaborators: AOA, Pirmin Jung Holzbauingenieur, Vahanen, Stora Enso
  • Status: 1st Prize / In Progress
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Brian Yang
  • Team: Krista Meskanen, Jelena Vucic, Alina Tamosiunaite, Alessandro Ronfini, Cecilia Ho, Elisha Nathoo, Sunming Lee, Long Zhuo, Mads Bjorn Christiansen


Tel Aviv Port Public Space Regeneration Project in Tel Aviv, Israel by Mayslits Kassif Architects

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Situated on one of Israel’s most breathtaking waterfronts, the Tel Aviv Port was plagued with neglect since 1965, when its primary use as an operational docking port was abandoned. The recently completed public space development project by Mayslits Kassif Architects, managed to restore this unique part of the city, and turn it into a prominent, vivacious urban landmark.

Photo by Daniela Orvin

  • Architect: Mayslits Kassif Architects
  • Project Name: Tel Aviv Port Public Space Regeneration
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program: Design and Strategy for Tel Aviv Port’s public spaces
  • Client: Marine Trust Ltd., Port Architect: Eliakim Architects.
  • Budget: 4,000,000 E
  • Site Area: 55,000 m2
  • Design Team: Ganit Mayslits Kassif, Udi Kassif, Oren Ben Avraham, Galila Yavin, Michal Ilan and Maor Roytman.
  • Photographers: Iwan Baan, Adi Branda, Galia Kronfeld, Daniela Orvin, Albi Serfaty.
  • Construction Company: Green
  • Date of project: 2003-2008
  • Status: Complete – 2008


  • Project Management: Avinoam Horowitz
  • Graphic Designer: Hila Ben Navat


  • 2003– First Prize in the Public Competition for the Renewal of the port’s public areas. Proposal by Mayslits Kassif Architects in collaboration with architect Galila Yavin.
  • 2007Israeli Design Award for the best Urban Architectural Project in Israel.
  • 2008Rechter Award for an outstanding architectural achievement by the Israeli Ministry of Culture.
  • 2010- Winner of The Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize and the Audience Choice award in The 6th European Biennial of Landscape Architecture.


IMPAX Lab Taiwan Plant Phase I in Chunan Science Park, Taiwan by J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

The pharmaceutical industry associates white as the symbol of cleanness and purity which is reflected in many aspects of western practice, including the adoption of the white wrapping paper in modern medicine. This is precisely the image the client of Impax from the United States aimed to establish through their first overseas facilities in Taiwan.

View From Street Corner At Night

  • Architect: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)
  • Name of Project: IMPAX Lab Taiwan Plant Phase I
  • Location: Chunan Science Park, Taiwan
  • Design team: Joshua Jih Pan, Oui Ming Sae-Tang, Pen Lee, Li Jiun Lu, Johanna Kuo, Ming Huang Tsai
  • Client: Impax Laboratories(Taiwan) Ltd.
  • Completion: 2009
  • Photo: Jeffrey Chang, JJPan


Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 Headquarters, Denver, Coloradon by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Located on the corner of Wynkoop and 16th streets in Denver’s Lower Downtown District, the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 8 Headquarters building sits on an urban brownfield that formerly housed a U.S. Postal Annex.

EPA Headquarters

  • Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Completed: January 2007


Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale in Caen, France by OMA

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR) is located at the tip of the peninsula, a focal point of the new development in Caen. The library is designed with two intersecting pedagogic axes which encourage maximum interface between disciplines : human sciences, science and technology, literature, and the arts. With its four protruding planes, the building points to four landmark points in Caen (the Abbaye-aux-Dames in the north, the central train station to the south, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in the east and the area of new construction in the west), and becomes a symbolic centre for the city. The library consists of two intersecting reading rooms, which encourage maximum interface between the programmed disciplines: human sciences, science and technology, literature, and the arts. In the exterior spaces created by these intersecting reading rooms, the library interacts with its surroundings, opening up to a park, pedestrian pathway and waterfront plaza.

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale - (c) OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Status: Schematic Design
  • Client: Communauté d’agglomération Caen La Mer
  • Location: Caen, France
  • Site: At the tip of the peninsula in Caen, Quai Caffarelli, Rue Dumont d’Urville, Rue Suède et Norvège
  • Program: Library 12,700m2 (SHON)
  • Engineering: Iosis
  • Sustainability: Elioth
  • Scenography : Ducks
  • Acoustic: DHV
  • Renderings / moving images: ArtefactoryLab
  • Partner: Rem Koolhaas
  • Associate in charge: Clément Blanchet
  • Project manager: Dirk Peters
  • Team: Marc Dahmen, Noémie Laviolle, Clément Périssé, Simon de Jong, Jos Reinders, Joshua Boyd, Cristina Ampatzidou, Nils Christa, Alice Grégoire, Anthony Joyeux, Guillaume Durand


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