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Sapphire Residential Gallery in Los Angeles, California by XTEN Architecture (designed with Rhino and AutoCAD)

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Article source: XTEN Architecture

The Sapphire Gallery is a residential addition designed to display a private collection of contemporary art while also providing for a home office with views to the surrounding hills. The owners’ collection includes work by the artists Gregory Crewdson, Uta Barth, Tomoroy Dodge and the video artist Jennifer Steinkamp, and they wanted a new building that would be more than just a container for their art collection. The new gallery extension is multivalent, with different spaces for presenting artworks, while also opening to hillside views, incorporating a home office, and creating a compelling new focal point for the approach and entry to the property.

Twilight (Image Courtesy Art Gray)

  • Architects: XTEN Architecture
  • Project: Sapphire Residential Gallery
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Area: 1,500sf
  • Completed: May 2009
  • Software used: Rhinoceros and Autocad


Science park – Mechatronik in Linz, Austria by Caramel Architekten

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Article source: Caramel Architekten

The program involved designing several individual buildings which would be interwoven as well as tied to the existing University of Linz campus. The plan was to take into consideration the neighboring residential buildings as well as the natural form of the slope and the katabatic winds, which play an important role in keeping the city cool, and the poor condition of the building lot was not to be overlooked either.

Image Courtesy Hertha Hurnaus

  • Architects: Caramel Architekten
  • Project: Science park – Mechatronik
  • Location: Linz, Austria


  • ground floor: entrance foyer and specialty rooms (research laboratories)
  • Upper levels 1–5: office spaces


H-House in Shiga, Japan by TOFU architects

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Article source: TOFU architects

This building which has grand stairs  is composed of duplex house and a cafe. The site is facing the shopping street leading to the Hikone castle from Hikone station in Shiga. The owner wanted a cafe space on the first floor, so the approach was needed to the third floor. Considering the daily uses, the grand stairs were surrounded gradually around the building.


Night View (Images Courtesy Yohei Sasakura)

  • Architect: TOFU architects
  • Project Name: H-House
  • Location: Hikone, Shiga, Japan
  • Project Architect: Fumiya Ogawa+Tomonobu Higashino
  • Photographs: Yohei Sasakura
  • Software used: formZ, Vectorworks, Photoshop.


Zen Garden House in Crestone, Colorado by David Jay Weiner, Architect, P.C.

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Article source: David Jay Weiner, Architect, P.C.

This project is a response to a client’s desire to build a small retreat in the high dessert of the San Luis Valley (elevation +8,500 ft.) with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.  The area is known for its serenity and environmental uniqueness.  The house is designed to not only respond to that environment but also to take advantage of the unique spirituality of the site.


Crestone side elevation (Images Courtesy Bill Ellzey)

  • Architect: David Jay Weiner, Architect, P.C.
  • Name of Project: Zen Garden House
  • Location: Crestone, Colorado
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates, P.C.
  • Contractor: Keith Teahen Construction
  • Photographer: Bill Ellzey


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