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Withee Malcolm Architects Takes a Trio of Honors at Gold Nugget Awards

Saturday, June 29th, 2013


Two Projects Earn Merit Awards in Three Categories: Affordable Housing, Senior Housing and Sustainability Communities 

Los Angeles, CA — Withee Malcolm Architects has been a constant presence at the Gold Nugget Awards, claiming almost a dozen awards over the past few years. This year is no different, with the firm winning a trio of honors at the event on June 5, 2013 during the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego. The Merit Award winners span three separate categories and demonstrate their innovative approaches to affordability, senior housing, and sustainable residences and reflect Withee Malcolm’s commitment to projects that enhance communities and forward sustainable principles and energy performance.


  • Project: Affordable Housing with Two New Communities Los Angeles¹ Westside and Old Town Temecula Welcome New Residents
  • Location: Torrance, California

Taichung City Cultural Center Taiwan by RTA-Office

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: RTA-Office

Our proposal is strongly based on the idea of a container — a unique vessel that encompasses a multitude of architectural objects, various spaces, and the relationships between them. Inspiration for the design of our shape was derived from traditional Taiwanese basket weaving.

The final result is a unitary transparent skin that allows stolen glimpses of the complexity that lies inside.

Thus this object becomes a contemporary interpretation of an ancient traditional art and culture. Comprised of thin lines of recycled ceramic elements, the skin gently filters the light that reaches the interior and enhances the shapes of the volume. The skin of our design not only serves to enhance the aesthetic value of the building, but it also reduces our impact on the natural environment by taking advantage of passive technologies such as solar shading and natural day lighting.

Image Courtesy © RTA-Office

  • Architects:RTA-Office
  • Project: Taichung City Cultural Center
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Site area: 2.6 hectares
  • Built-up Area: 62.700 m2
  • Program: Library, Conference hall, Museum, Archive, Classrooms, Research rooms, Offices, Public services and Parking
  • Completion Date: 2013 competition entry
  • Landscape Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office
  • Interior Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office
  • Team: Miguel Vilacha, Isabel Granell, Javier Gonzalez, Alex Muntean, Teodor Cozma, Elisa Ascari, FeiFeiZhang, Chunhui Tian, Shoaib Asif, Lindsey J. Hirsch, Simona Assiero Brá.
  • Environmental and energy consultants: Fabian Lopez, Daniel Calatayud.
  • Client: Taichung City
  • Total Construction Budget: 62 million euro (more…)


Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: MIRAG

This blockhouse is located in ‘La bonanova’ neighborhood in Barcelona. It stands out in the middle of a residential area thanks to its powerful facade made out of big white bricks. The composition of these pieces plays a big part in the image of the front of the building.
In this apartment building, we strived to obtain the maximum quality through a conscientious work in constructive details and well-finish interior and exterior surfaces.

Image of the building from Raset street, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Location: Raset Street, Barcelona
  • Typology: New building: multi-floor residential building
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: 2007
  • Developer:  Immobiliaria AEDES
  • Construction company: XEDEX S.A.
  • Budget: 1.700.000 €
  • Built surface: 820 m2
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca

FRAME in Obihiro, Japan by Yamauchi Keikichi architects and associates

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: Yamauchi Keikichi architects and associates

This house is located in front of the lucid stream known as the Nuppuku River in Taisho-cho, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido.

The north-west side of the house, which is the back of the building, is surrounded by tall trees, and unspoiled nature miraculously remains on the riverside.

Image Courtesy © Osamu Adachi


Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: MIRAG

The aim of this project was the conversion of the existing building into a cultural and social centre, which would provide it with institutional representation. The outset was a dark, half-buried building that lacked quality spaces, placed at the interior of a block in Girona. The vast remodelling program included a 180-seat auditorium, an exhibition room, a computer room and an administrative area, among other spaces.

Main facade of the building. EspaiCaixa is located in the interior of the block building, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Project: EspaiCaixa
  • Location: GIRONA, Germany
  • Photography:Jordi Surroca
  • Typology: Cultural center
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: 2010
  • Collaborators: Mariano Piccardo architect, Laura Geraci architect, Roberta Rech  architect, Marta Grau architect
  • Building Engineering: GPCat Toni Floriach y Beth Bacardit
  • Structures engineering: GPARQ
  • Facilities engineering: Oriol Ruiz Dotras engineer, Acustic engineer, Higini Arau  Phd in Physics
  • Developer: Fundación ‘La Caixa’ , ‘LaCaixa’ foundation
  • Construction company: Euritmia Construccions
  • Budget: 3.460.000 €
  • Built surface: 1.300 sqm

Headquarters Schlaich Bergermann und Partner in Stuttgart, Germany by Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH

schlaich Bergermann und partner is an engineering firm with a global reputation, known above all for its stadiums, bridges and energy concepts. The firm has offices in Berlin, New York and São Paulo in addition to its main company headquarters in Stuttgart. The Stuttgart team of 110 employees used to be based in two different locations. The relocation of the entire company to a fully redeveloped, seven-storey office block dating from the 1970s pursued the goal of reuniting the team under one roof. The building is prominently located at a busy crossroads in the urban district of West Stuttgart. The offices of schlaich bergermann und partner occupy six floors of the building.

Image Courtesy © Zooey Braun

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH
  • Project: Headquarters  Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
  • Location: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Photography: Zooey Braun

House in Kuwana in Mie, Japan by shinobu ichihara architects

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: shinobu ichihara architects

The concept on this project is creating rooms connected visually, but also creating rooms separated physically. For example,

The dining room is connected to the den through a void. The master bedroom is connected to the corridor by the glass door.

Image Courtesy © shinobu ichihara architects

FROZEN TIME in Basel, Swizeland by DGT architects

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: DGT architects


‘Frozen time’ has been presented for a Japanese watch brand CITIZEN in Baselworld which is the largest watch and jewel industry exhibition in the world. In this year, the main exhibition hall has been fully renewed, therefore all the brands are intended to express their next 4 year’s vision. In order to conceive their brand identity almost all the brands has designed a fully new booth for this year’s exhibition. CITIZEN as a Japanese watchmaker took their approach to represent their brand identity differently in this context. Instead of just renewing entire booth for next 4 years, they have reserved a large reception space to be opened and to present an installation for CITIZEN every year as space to evolve and to express their fundamental identity of ‘Challenging sprits’.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura, Paris

  • Architects: DGT architects
  • Project: FROZEN TIME
  • Location: Basel, Swizeland
  • Photography: Takuji Shimmura, Paris
  • Program: Installation for Citizen
  • Technical direction: Luftzug, Amsterdam

Mechanical Engineering Workshop Building in Be’er Sheba, Israel by YBGSNA

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: YBGSNA

The Mechanical Engineering Workshop Building functions as a utility building for the Department of Mechanical engineering. Its program is arranged with a variety of tall and small spaces for a selection of large and small mechanical tools and systems. The building is shaped in relationship to traffic approach and loading and unloading procedures It is designed in exposed concrete in relationship to the old concrete campus of the 50’s to match the modern Architectural language of the School of Mechanical Engineering Complex.

Image Courtesy © Ilia Kruvorechko

  • Architects: YBGSNA
  • Project: Mechanical Engineering Workshop Building
  • Location: Be’er Sheba, Israel
  • Photography: Ilia Kruvorechko
  • Area : 1,600 m2
  • Cost : $3,800,000
  • Client: Ben Gurion University
  • Design: YBGSNA
  • HVAC: HRVAC Engineers
  • Plumbing: A. Schwartz Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: S. Angel Ltd


Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: Labtop

“It may come to mind to the designer to make a design that can release around him creative energies, suggest possibilities, open minds, take action, find references and connections that one may find for himself, if he wants to find them, and that everyone can find.”
E.SOTTSASS (1917-2007)

«Too many good people have been defeated because they tried to substitute substance for style, they forgot to give the public the kind of visible signals that it needs to understand what is happening.»

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