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In Kyo in Kanagawa, Japan by Takehiko Nez Architects

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Takehiko Nez Architects

The Japanese title “in kyo” is derived from a calm life apart from the active world for the rest of their days. Excessively ornamented mansions showing off surround the site in a rich green residential area. This modest house concealed its appearance in plant open to a neutral space such as a courtyard, a terrace, a garden, and the sidewalk between outdoor and indoor without steps.

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architect: Takehiko Nez Architects
  • Name of Project: In Kyo
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Status: Completed march 2010
  • Structure: ASA
  • Contractor: Daido Kogyo
  • Image: @ Takumi Ota
  • Site area: 501.43㎡
  • Total floor area: 163.76㎡
  • Software used: Vectorworks as CAD program, Illustrator and Photoshop as presentation program, and windows’ office as general programs mainly

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Village Studios in Guangzhou, China by Walters-Storyk Design Group (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group

CHINA’S POP SUPERSTAR HINS CHEUNG DEBUTS WSDG STUDIO

World-Class Destination:  Classic SSL & Neve + Symphony-Size Live Room

One hour by train from Hong Kong, in the thriving metropolis of Guangzhou stands China’s first true ‘destination’ recording studio. Technologically sophisticated and acoustically superb, Village Studios was conceived by international pop star Hins Cheung. Three years in development and construction, the complex represents the future of China’s recording industry.  And, a carefully considered investment in a superstar’s long-term career plan.

SSL Control Room

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Black White Residence in Bethesda, Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: David Jameson Architect

Inhabiting the masonry shell of an existing house, this project engages the phenomenon of ruins and explores the idea of aperture. The design program called for renovating the main level and adding a second level with a significantly smaller footprint.

Black White Residence

 

  • Architects: David Jameson Architect
  • Project: Black White Residence
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Floating Baths in Vltava River, Prague by Kubna Lipensky Volf Architects

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Kubna Lipensky Volf Architects

Bath on Vltava is conceived as a closed rounded space, floating on the water surface. Floating object is accessible by the boat and it is not connected to the banks of the river. It is an island. We insert place for take a rest and meeting with friends during busy day in close distance to Strelecky and Slovansky Island, many small harbors with boats and treadles, but also streets overloaded with cars.

Exterier view from the bridge

  • Architects: Kubna Lipensky Volf Architects
  • Project: Floating Baths
  • Location: Vltava River, Prague
  • Visualizations: Andrea Kubna (photos for visualization by Ondrej Lipensky)
  • Area: 2 000 m2
  • Project year: 2011

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Unseen Current in Chicago, Illinois by Ball-Nogues Studio

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Ball-Nogues Studio

How do we build something that modulates space and changes the circulation path of an existing architectural environment by using almost no material?  What does it mean to fill space with volume that is on the threshold of absence?

Images Courtesy Michelle Litvin

  • Architect: Ball-Nogues Studio
  • Name of Project: Unseen Current
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Completed: 2008
  • Photographer: Michelle Litvin and Ball-Nogues Studio

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Family House in Klokočná, Prague by Studio pha

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Studio pha

The proposal is based on these assumptions and instructions:
_a traditional, country-style house
_ main living area on the ground level
_attic only for partial (future) use
_achieving the effect of a “traditional” microclimate in the interior of the house

Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal

  • Architects: Studio pha
  • Project: Family House
  • Location: Klokočná, Prague
  • Realization: 2010
  • Author: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
  • Cooperation: Filip Hejzlar
  • Statics: Hana Gattermayerová
  • Photography: Filip Šlapal

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The Greater Texas Foundation Headquarters in Bryan by Furman + Keil Architects

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Furman + Keil Architects

The new home for the non-profit Greater Texas Foundation is expected to be the first LEED certified building in Bryan, Texas, with an expected LEED GOLD rating.

Owner Background

The Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) is a tax-exempt organization focused on improving education in the state of Texas. Their mission supports efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete post-secondary education, with a particular focus on helping underserved and disadvantaged populations. They pursue their mission by forming public-private partnerships, supporting research, sharing knowledge and making grants.

Dusk

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Nicolas San Juan in Mexico City by Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

Social and ethical responsibility

Our responsibility goes beyond offering just a living space. We give examples of certain elements like water and how it can be captured, treated and reused. Our building offers less consumption of energy through passive ventilation and naturally illuminated spaces. We created a habitat for migrating species, offered spaces for growing your own food. We are enhancing life quality and education on an urban context through our proposal just by a deep understanding of it’s social and ecological history.

Image Courtesy Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
  • Project: Nicolas San Juan
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Architect Design: Elias Cattan
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo, Maayan Fridman
  • Software used: Autocad, 3d studio, no parametric design modeling. More of a nature observation based approach. biomimicry.

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Tivoli Office Building in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Studio Kalamar

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Studio Kalamar

Project: Renovation of the Delavski dom landmark building, preserving the urban dominant feature at the entrance to the city centre. The 1938 addition to the original structure is replaced by a new structure, following existing elevation line. Structuring of volumes on the southern edge paraphrases the urban pattern of surrounding villas.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Andrej Kalamar – Studio Kalamar
  • Name of Project: Tivoli Office Building
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Area: 13.500 m2
  • Client: VB Nepremičnine d.o.o., Ljubljana

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Second Architecture For Humanity Ustainability Design Fellow

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, Selected to Head Haiti Sustainable Rebuilding Efforts

Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the process of rebuilding has taken another step forward with the selection of Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, as the new Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow.

Granvil will succeed Stacey McMahan, AIA, LEED AP, who was selected as the first Sustainability Design Fellow 18 months ago. Granvil will work directly with community members on the ground in Architecture for Humanity’s rebuilding center based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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While in Haiti, McMahan helped establish the Architecture for Humanity Haiti office. She was also instrumental in the creation of drafting and document development standards including code and accessibility and well as inventing a process to prequalify contractors for competitive bidding. McMahan oversaw the design and development of several schools, established sustainability design standards for Haiti and helped provide professional development options for Haitian architects.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Architecture for Humanity recognize that the catastrophic destruction in Haiti has provided an opportunity to help rebuild as well as improve disaster responses elsewhere in the world.

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Granvil’s work on the ground in Haiti will be vital to future education on how sustainability after a disaster can be achieved. “The earthquake didn’t take as many lives as the poor quality of construction did,” said Granvil. “Architecture for Humanity’s Rebuilding Center in Haiti will help educate and build together with local current and future builders of Haiti…this is the main reason why I joined Architecture for Humanity. I am here with others to work on the long-term approach. Haiti, as well as other post disaster areas, can benefit from this kind of transitional office with this mindset.”

Granvil has over ten years of experience, mainly in construction administration of various educational projects. He joins the Haiti Rebuilding Center to help with its long-term efforts. His role also expands to guiding Architecture for Humanity Haiti interns & volunteers through the Intern Development Program (IDP) process. Granvil is a descendant of Haitian parents and is interested in building back better while maintaining Haiti’s culture. He is one of many diaspora returning to help rebuild Haiti after years of civil conflict.

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Through Granvil’s leadership on the ground and the collaboration with USGBC, AIA and Architecture for Humanity, the rebuilding efforts in Haiti will be based upon the key principles of green building including high-performance, structural integrity, higher energy and water efficiency and better ventilation quality for occupants.

Chief among Granvil’s responsibilities will be to provide tools and training for safe and sustainable construction to mitigate similar building failures in the future both to the informal trades and by increasing local professional capacity through training and assistance.

To learn more about the rebuilding efforts in Haiti visit: architectureforhumanity.org

Read AIArchitect article on rebuilding efforts here.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The USGBC community is transforming the way we build, design and operate our buildings for healthier places that save precious resources for people to live, work, learn and play in. UGSBC is helping create buildings and communities that regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Council is the driving force of the green building industry, which is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product by 2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers and students. The USGBC community comprises 80 local chapters, 17,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 150,000 individuals who have earned LEED Professional Credentials. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.

About Architecture for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. We are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By tapping a network of more than 40,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. To learn more, please visit architectureforhumanity.org

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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