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Lucky Drops in Tokyo, Japan by Atelier Tekuto

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: Atelier Tekuto

Among the increasing number of houses planned on small plots of land, this is out of the ordinary in shade and size, A 20-minute train ride from downtown Tokyo, 15-minuite walk from the station. It is a long, narrow trapezoid with a lower base of 3.2m as the frontage, height of 29.3m as the depth, and upper base of 0.7m at the very end of the site. Moreover, there is a local ordinance requiring a 0.5-meter set-back of external walls from the adjacent land. Conditions are extremely tough. From the moment I had looked through the site’s situation, I have organized a collaboration system consisting of the client, design, structure, construction and maker, then started off planning.

Night View

  • Architect: Atelier Tekuto
  • Name of Project: Lucky Drops
  • Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan


Magritte’s in Tokyo, Japan by Makoto Yoshida

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: Atelier Tekuto

Magritte’s – Like Magritte’s Paintings

Magritte’s is situated in the middle of Tokyo, on a tiny 45.61 m2 of plot of land. The width of front road restricted the size of construction machinery. The conditions made it extremely difficult to build the residence. The client was a married couple in their thirties, and their simple request was the use of concrete for every part of the house including floor, wall, tables etc. They didn’t even care for storage space to satisfy this request.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

  • Architect: Atelier Tekuto
  • Name of Project: Magritte’s
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photographs: Makoto Yoshida


House Morran in Gothenburg Archipelago, Sweden by Johannes Norlander Arkitektur AB

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: Johannes Norlander Arkitektur AB

The house is located on an island just by the sea fairway to the port of Gothenburg . The project is a transformation of a warn down cottage from the 50’s with an extension from the mid 70’s. The building volume and most of the structure has been kept intact, in order not to exploit the landscape but just to refine and strengthen the qualities already existing on the site.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Rasmus Norlander)


Fortress of Franzenfeste in Italy by Markus Scherer, Meran with Walter Dietl, Schlanders Designed using Microstation

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: Markus Scherer, Meran with Walter Dietl, Schlanders

“Begun under Francis I in the year 1833 – completed by Ferdinand I in the year 1838”, reads the Latin inscription over the gate of the fortress. In just five years, over 6,000 workers and soldiers built a blocking position at one of the narrowest points in the Eisack valley. It has the dimensions of a small town and, with a surface area of 20 hectares, is the largest fortification in the Alpine region. With this monumental defensive work the Habsburgs hoped to halt the advance of the revolutionary changes provoked by the French revolution.

Public main square (Images Courtesy René Riller)

  • Architect: Markus Scherer, Meran with Walter Dietl, Schlanders
  • Name of Project: Fortress of Franzenfeste
  • Location: Festung Franzensfeste, Franzensfeste, Italy
  • Client: Autonome Provinz Bozen
  • Project management: Arch. Josef March (main coordinator), Geom. Hans Peter Santer (Project leader), Hbpm Ingenieure – Ing. Julius Mühlögger, Ing. Gunnar Holzer (Project leader)
  • Photographers: Alessandra Chemollo, René Riller


Snaefellsstofa, Vistitor Center in Skriduklaustur í Fljótsdal by ARKÍS ARCHITECTS

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: ARKÍS ARCHITECTS

Visitor´s Center – “SNÆFELLSTOFA”

Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center communicates the dignity of the surrounding nature and is closely connected to its immediate surroundings. It attracts visitors to its unique appearance and simultaneously works as an attractor for indoor and outdoor activities. The building is divided into three parts so that it can be utilized in different ways, depending on the season. The visitor center is placed on the site at the location of a pronounced change in elevation, so that the building gently glides over the terrain. The location is selected to ensure shelter from winds, ample daylight and mountain views.


The marriage between the building and the landscape (Images Courtesy SigurgeirSigurjónsson)

  • Architect: ARKÍS ARCHITECTS – Birgir Teitsson architect faí, Arnar Þór Jónsson architect faí, Lárus Guðmundsson architect faí.
  • Project title: Snaefellsstofa, Vistitor Center
  • Location: Skriduklaustur í Fljótsdal
  • Construction dates: June 2010
  • Area: 750 m2
  • Function: Visitor Center, visitor information center, tourist information center
  • Owner/Customer: Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður – Vatnajökull galcier
  • Photographer: SigurgeirSigurjónsson, Birgir Teitsson and Arnar Þór Jónsson


Emil “Lucky’ Reznik Administration, Maintenance & Operations Facility in South Bend, Indiana by RNL

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: RNL

RNL, in association with Forum Architects of South Bend, Indiana and Maintenance Design Group (MDG), was selected to design South Bend Public Transportation Corporation’s (TRANSPO) Emil “Lucky” Reznik Administration, Maintenance & Operations Facility. Incorporating sustainable design and construction strategies for energy efficient building systems, the facility creates a healthy work environment for employees and visitors. The project is certified as LEED-NC Platinum by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.


Images Courtesy James Steinkamp

  • Architect: RNL
  • Formal name of building: Emil “Lucky’ Reznik Administration, Maintenance & Operations Facility
  • Location: South Bend, Indiana, USA
  • Gross area: 164,200 SF
  • Date completed: October 2010
  • Client: South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (TRANSPO), South Bend, Indiana
  • Photographer(s): © James Steinkamp; © Ken Paul
  • Software used: SketchUp, Revit, Autocad, and Adobe’s Suite of products


Building for Multifunctional center in Yecla, Spain by Bordallo y Carrasco Arquitectos

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: Bordallo y Carrasco Arquitectos

From the understanding of the location as a big natural park surrounded by the city of Yecla, it derives an intervention strategy with a main aim: To achieve the introduction of the activity with no impact, building a new symbiotic relationship where the man inhabits the forest without violence and the landscape obtains usability. After visiting the location we stated that the best option is an intervention without transforming the forest, keeping a responsible intervention strategy, respecting the forest and avoiding big felling or earthworks which may break the continuity of the vegetation cover and natural cycles.


  • Architects: Bordallo y Carrasco Arquitectos
  • Project: Building for Multifunctional center
  • Location: Yecla, Murcia, Spain
  • Architects Design: Juan Bordallo Ruiz y Francisco Carrasco Rodríguez
  • Project collaborators: Antonio José García Amat, Luis Requena Guerra, Cosmin Dragomir
  • Structural Engineer: Alfonso Sánchez Navarro


Seixal City Hall in Portugal by NLA

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos

The seixal city hall building is located on a site with a steep slope in the east-west direction and forms a group that provides facilities for the mayor and technical services and is also the workplace for some 700 council workers. The design was of two linked bodies of an atrium and distribution space. these include three levels above ground and are connected to the east in the first two.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy José Manuel)

  • Architecture: NLA – Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos
  • Name of Project: Seixal City Hall
  • Location: Seixal, Portugal
  • Date: 2007-2009
  • General coordination: NLA – Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, lda. – Nuno Leónidas
  • Client: ASSLMEC
  • Photography: José Manuel
  • Software used: Arris (Cad),  Sketch Up,  Autocad LT,   DWF Composer,  Autodesk Max Design, Autodesk REVIT,     Maxwell Render,  V-Ray, Lightscape, Adobe Creative Suite Premium, Adobe Photoshop, ACDSee, Corel Draw Graphic Suite, Ecotect,  Google Earth Pro, Ms office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint),  MS Project


Sasso House in Santiago, Chile by 57STUDIO Designed using ArchiCAD

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Article source: 57STUDIO

The project consists of the expansion of a 1960’s single unit house, transforming it into a hairdresser shop and residence for the owners, a young entrepreneur couple. The two programs – hairdresser shop and residence – were separated by relocating them according to their relation to the street through regular and compact volumes differentiated by the use of color. The hairdresser shop is a brown parallelepiped with the large front towards the street. The house is developed in a red cube towards the backyard, conserving the old dwelling’s structure on the first level, with the second floor emphasized over the hairdresser shop.

Image Courtesy Luly Pozo

  • Architects: 57STUDIO
  • Project: Sasso House
  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Contractor: Francisco Sasso
  • Structural Engineering: Roberto Ibaceta
  • Land Area: 350 mt2
  • Built Area: 154 mt2
  • Materials: Steel, FRC Panels, Glass
  • Completion Date: 2008
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


San Francisco Waldorf High School receives LEED Gold Certification

Sunday, September 25th, 2011




SAN FRANCISCO – September 16, 2011¬– As the first school in San Francisco to be awarded the coveted LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council,  San Francisco Waldorf High School begins the 2011-12 academic year with a tremendous accomplishment to celebrate. The award was received for San Francisco Waldorf’s new 1.7 acre high school campus in West Portal, located in what was formerly a Pacific Bell call center. The centerpiece of the project, led by David Bushnell of the San Francisco based 450 architects, involved the conversion of a 1970s-era 23,000-square-foot concrete structure into a sustainable learning environment featuring classrooms, science labs, art studios, a library, and administrative spaces. This marks the first time that a school in San Francisco has obtained LEED Gold certification.

The overall goal of the project was to create an environment that is in harmony with the philosophy of Waldorf Education. Perhaps the greatest reflection of this success is the fact that the building itself will be incorporated into the curriculum as an educational resource for environmental studies. The principals of the Waldorf philosophy and the actual building serve as a teaching tool for students, demonstrating how to become actively involved in today’s social issues.

In order to achieve the LEED Gold designation, the design team sought improvements that not only make the school environmentally friendly, but also have a positive impact on the daily lives of the students, faculty, and staff. The architects designed Waldorf High School to connect the students to their environment by visually integrating the building with the surrounding eucalyptus grove.  In addition to reducing water usage, increasing energy efficiency, and using a high percentage of recycled and repurposed materials, the architects of the project created better air and light quality that are conducive to learning.  To that end, they installed a state-of-the-art HVAC system that monitors and controls the level of carbon dioxide in the classrooms, as CO2 levels are known to directly affect brain function.  They also replaced the existing fixed windows with operable wood windows to provide fresh air and give the learning spaces a connection to nature. One teacher remarked that the quality of the light and air was so refreshing that she felt like she was outside.

The Waldorf curriculum is designed to help students achieve their full potential. Every aspect of the high school experience, from the science lab to the playing field, to internships and community service, is viewed not only from the standpoint of academic preparation, but also from its contribution to the student’s developing sense of self. Through its emphasis on ethical values and social responsibility, Waldorf education helps students become a force for transformation in the world. Studies have found that Waldorf students have a tremendous degree of social responsibility and are unusually oriented towards improving social conditions.

“The reaction to the new campus has been tremendously positive,” said 450 architects principal David Bushnell, AIA.  “With one daughter a recent graduate and one a current student, I have a unique insight into how the facility is meeting the needs of our young people.  And what I’ve seen continues to amaze me.  The school’s main goals are to provide our students the basis on which to develop into free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals and I can’t think of a better way to do this than to demonstrate our commitment through putting into practice these philosophies in a concrete building project.  They are inspired by what we’ve done and are now coming forward with projects that build upon lessons learned from our project.”

Founded by Bushnell and his partner, Richard Lee Parker, 450 architects has a common vision that architecture is an art that can be formed as well as give form to who we are and how we feel, both in the present and for generations to come.  The studio exemplifies dedication to the client and attention to detail, while being fully committed to green building principles and embracing a spirit of advocacy and activism.  The firm has worked on a variety of projects including (we chose these from the website/can be edited by Bushnell) The Argonne Child Development Center, Japanese Weekend commercial building, and residences extending from Sonoma County to Europe.

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