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Slack’s new NYC headquarters in USA by Snøhetta

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Article source: Snøhetta 

Slack is the fastest-growing workplace software in the world. With over 6 million active weekly users, the intra-office messaging system is revolutionizing the way teams communicate around the globe. For the startup’s New York City headquarters, Snøhetta retrofitted a 12,000 SF space on the top floor of an 1880’s landmarked building in Lower Manhattan’s NoHo/East Village neighborhood to provide a versatile, sunlight-filled office. The design of each of Slack’s offices around the world aims to integrate elements of their local context, and Snøhetta’s design for Slack’s new NYC space is inspired by the city’s distinctive urban courtyards. Drawing inspiration from interior parkscapes like Paley Park, bamboo plants provide natural privacy screens and energize the space with greenery. Four existing skylights with enlarged, splayed ceilings dramatically increase the incidence of natural daylight deep into the space and the pocket courtyards beneath them.

Image Courtesy © Michael Grimm

  • Architects: Snøhetta
  • Project: Slack’s new NYC headquarters
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Photography: Michael Grimm
  • Design Team: Anne-Rachel Schiffmann, Vanessa Kassabian, Aaron Dorf, Rikard Jaucis, Craig Dykers
  • Owners Rep: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Construction Manager: SPK Lewis Inc.
  • MEP Engineer: CFS Engineering
  • Lighting Consultants: Kugler Ning
  • Acoustic Consultants: Cerami &Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman
  • Furniture Consultants: Benhar Interiors

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Double Dome Home in Minnesota by Sarah Kallal

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Article source: Sarah Kallal

We just remodeled this 8k square foot home in MN. It features two domes connected together, brand new custom windows, new kitchen, eucalyptus flooring, some Velux solar windows, putting green hallway, wool carpets and so much more…..

Too cool of a gem not to share!

Image Courtesy © Sarah Kallal

  • Architects: Sarah Kallal
  • Project: Double Dome Home
  • Location: Minnesota, USA

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Mid Century Composition in Sierra Nevada, California by Aspen Leaf Interiors

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Article source: Aspen Leaf Interiors 

This home was designed for a mature client passionate about the arts, travel, and philanthropy. The home’s intention was to be a gathering place for large formal groups as well as small intimate circles to mingle, exchange ideas, and inspire.

The exterior of the home is intriguing with its curved zinc spine that projects from an asymmetrical roofline, Image Courtesy © Aspen Leaf Interiors

  • Architects: Aspen Leaf Interiors
  • Project: Mid Century Composition
  • Location: Sierra Nevada, California, USA

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The New Residence at the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C. by Steven Holl Architects & Rüssli Architekten

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Article source: Steven Holl Architects

This scheme placed first in the competition of ten Swiss-American team’s designs for the replacement of the Washington D.C. residence of the Swiss Ambassador. It is not only to be a private house but also a cultural gathering place on which standards and self-image of a country are measured.

Image Courtesy © Andy Ryan

  • Architects: Steven Holl Architects & Rüssli Architekten
  • Project: The New Residence at the Swiss Embassy
  • Location: Washington D.C., United States
  • Photography: Andy Ryan
  • Client: Swiss Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (BBL)
  • Architects:
    • Steven Holl Architects: Steven Holl (design architect), Tim Bade, Stephen O’Dell (associate in charge), Olaf Schmidt (project architect), Arnault Biou, Peter Englaender, Annette Goderbauer, Li Hu, Irene Vogt (project team)
    • Rüssli Architekten: Mimi Kueh (project architect), Justin Rüssli (design architect), Andreas Gervasi, Phillip Röösli, Rafael Schnyder, Urs Zuercher(project team)
  • Structural engineer: A. F. & J. Steffen Consulting Engineers, Robert Silman Associates
  • Mechanical engineer: B2E Consulting Engineers, B+B Energietechnik AG
  • Interior designer: ZedNetwork Hannes Wettstein
  • General contractor: James G. Davis Construction, Niersberger Gebäudetechnik Pforzheim GmbH
  • Landscape architect: Robert GissingerL
  • Building area (square): 23,000sf/7010sm
  • Cost: $14,000,000
  • Construction period: December 2004 – September 2006 (more…)

Doyle Hall in Austin, Texas by Specht Architects

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Article source: Specht Architects

The Doyle Hall renovation and the New Classroom Addition create a campus courtyard, which is activated by the presence of a centuries-old live oak tree, a new cafe, and a year-round mix of student and faculty spaces.

Image Courtesy © Specht Architects

  • Architects: Specht Architects (Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Sarah Gamble, Erica Quinones, Brett Wolfe)
  • Project: Doyle Hall Addition + Renovation
  • Location: St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Software used: AutoCad 2008, SketchUp 6
  • Client Representative: Benz Resource Group
  • MEP Engineering: Energy Engineering Associates
  • Structural Engineering: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
  • Civil Engineering: Urban Design Group
  • Landscape Architecture: Sasaki Associates, Inc. in association with RVI Inc.
  • Contractor: VRW Construction Company
  • Project size: 33,250 sf
  • Completion: 2009
  • Awards: 2010 AIA Austin Honor Award

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MARTaK Passive House in Masonville, Colorado by Baosol

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Article source: Baosol

Colorado’s first project to be certified by the Passive House Institute is an off-grid timber home located 2,000 meters up in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, near Fort Collins. The house’s pristine forest location inspired a building system with an emphasis on natural materials, that minimizes the use of foams and concrete.

Image Courtesy © Andrew Michler

  • Architects: Baosol
  • Project: MARTaK Passive House
  • Location: Masonville, Colorado, USA
  • Photography: Andrew Michler

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San Jacinto Building in Austin, Texas by Specht Architects

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Article source: Specht Architects 

The original poured-in-place concrete warehouse in downtown Austin dates from the early 1900s and is a prime example of the type of building that once populated the warehouse district. Built alongside a once active railroad spur, the building was purchased from its original owner who had performed almost no alterations to the 1915 building. The original concrete frame and brick infill building had been in continuous use as an unconditioned storage space and suffered from what we call “benign neglect”—it hadn’t been upgraded, but it hadn’t been messed up, either.

Image Courtesy © Taggart Sorenson

  • Architects: Specht Architects (Specht Harpman)
  • Project: San Jacinto Building
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Photography: Taggart Sorenson
  • Software used: Autocad

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Ochoco Air Hangar in Hillsboro, OR by TVA Architects

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Article source: TVA Architects

Located at the Hillsboro Airport, this contemporary aircraft hangar provides both administrative functions and maintenance facilities to house the owner’s private fleet of planes. The facility is capable of storing three, full-size business jets and is designed to showcase the planes, which are each graphically unique. Tall glass windows provide visibility into the main hangar, as well as glimpses of the aircraft from the road beyond. Dark-grey ribbed metal and smooth white composite panels articulate the main structure with a roof form that was inspired by a jet’s wing shape. The entire structure sits on an elevated stone podium, which has been planted with native grasses and deciduous trees. Secure parking just off the access drive is bordered by heavy plantings and is articulated by a bold, yellow, operable gate that glides open on a hidden track.

Image Courtesy © Charles Chestnut

  • Architects: TVA Architects
  • Project: Ochoco Air Hangar
  • Location: Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Photography: Charles Chestnut
  • Other participants: Hoffman Construction Company, General Contractor; Place Studio, Landscape Architect; KPFF Consulting Engineers, Structural and Civil Engineer; Glumac, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer; WH Pacific, Surveyor; Hart Crowser, Geotechnical Engineer.
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 29,390 sq. ft.
  • Completion Year: 2014

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Casa Caldera in Patagonia by DUST

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Article source: v2com

The off-grid house is located in a remote landscape on the southwestern bajada of the Canelo Hills in Southern Arizona’s San Rafael Valley, two hours southeast of Tucson and 15 miles north of the US/Mexico Border. Siting is balanced between the prospect of the open range and distant mountains toward the west and refuge from those who may venture across the landscape. Proximity to the border and immigrant related foot traffic led the owner to request an impenetrable structure.

Image Courtesy © Cade Hayes

  • Architects: DUST (Jesus Robles, Cade Hayes)
  • Project: Casa Caldera
  • Location: Southeast Arizona, San Rafael Valley, USA
  • Photography: Cade Hayes
  • Project Team: Jay Ritchey, Carpenter, Agustin Valdez, Concrete and Mason, Ben Gallegos, Labor/Job Site Assistant
  • General contractor: DUST
  • Interior square footage: 530 sq. ft.
  • Footprint sq. ft. (includes exterior zaguan and terrace): 1060 sq. ft.
  • Completion Date (Month and Year): December 2015

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Healdsburg I in California by Feldman Architecture

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Feldman Architecture

Comprised of perpendicular bars atop a hill overlooking the village of Healdsburg, this home offers both ample social space ideal for entertaining and the privacy of a rural retreat.

The taller section runs along the ridge of the hill and houses the home’s great room under lofty ceilings and a simple shed overhanging roof, filled with light and views let in through tall glass walls.  Four oversized glass panels open dramatically on each side, transforming the space into an outdoor pavilion whose flush concrete floors extend into a poolside patio to the north and into a terrace featuring a fire pit to the south to offer comfortable outdoor areas for both hot and cool weather.   With these doors drawn up, the site offers one sweeping, continuous view from the pool, through the great room, and down into the distant village below.

Image Courtesy © Joe Fletcher

  • Architects: Feldman Architecture (Chris Kurrle)
  • Project: Healdsburg I
  • Location: Healdsburg, California, USA
  • Photography: Joe Fletcher
  • Software used: SketchUp and Revit

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