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Seadrift Residence in Stinson Beach, California by CCS ARCHITECTURE

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Article source: CCS ARCHITECTURE 

CCS Architecture designed this sustainable, 1900-square-foot beach house in Stinson Beach, CA, as a second home for a three-generation San Francisco family.  Located in Seadrift, a gated vacation community that originated in the 1950s at the tip of Stinson Beach, the Northern California architecture is at ease among neighboring homes by Joe Esherick, Stanley Saitowitz and William Wurster.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

  • Architects: CCS ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: Seadrift Residence
  • Location: Seadrift, Stinson Beach,  California, USA
  • Photography: Matthew Millman
  • Software used: Autocad and Photoshop
  • General Contractor: Jim Allen, Allen Construction. Sebastopol, California
  • Architectural Team:

    • Design Principal: Cass Smith
    • Project Architect: Dera-Jill Lamontagne
    • Designer: Lynne Riesselman
  • Consultants:

    • Civil Engineer: ILS Associates, Novato, CA
    • Structural Engineer: Erik Tryde, Novato, CA
    • Interior Designer: Belknap + Purcell, San Francisco
    • Landscape: Las Baulines Nursery, Bolinas, CA
    • Solar Contractor: Sun Light + Power, Berkeley, CA
  • Area: 1900 sf
  • Completion: August 2007

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Dallas City Block in Texas by SLAB architecture, PLLC

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Article source: SLAB architecture, PLLC 

The World’s populations continue to migrate towards cities. In the case of our country, people are again returning downtown to live and to work. To make our future cities healthy and livable, it is imperative that urban development embrace sustainable design strategies and adopt necessary guidelines and regulations. The city block– the basic DNA of urban planning–provides the appropriate scale for intervening and speculating on the future well-being of our cities.  Sustainability, in its broadest definition, includes a range of issues from environmental technologies, lifestyles, community integration, to education and economics. Our project aims to address these essential issues and illustrate through a design proposition that sustainability can be a catalyst for both change and innovation.

Image Courtesy © SLAB architecture, PLLC

Image Courtesy © SLAB architecture, PLLC

  • Architects: SLAB architecture, PLLC
  • Project: Dallas City Block
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Project Team: Jeffrey Johnson and Jill Leckner (principals); Jessica Dobkin, Aimee Duquette, Adam Koogler, Magda Wala, Sid Wichienkuer
  • Size: 661,000 SF
  • Date: 2009

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Grove at Grand Bay in Miami, Florida by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Article source: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Miami has developed a contemporary vernacular of condominiums that includes brise-soleil-style balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic water views. We have taken these indigenous elements of the new Miami skyline and continue the evolution of their local architectural language. Coconut Grove’s identity is closely tied to its untamed jungle-like vegetation, yet the center sadly lacks this quality. Our design “re-groves” the heart of Coconut Grove, and create a landscape in tune with the surroundings. The two towers of the Grove at Grand Bay respond to the surroundings and to each other, to give optimum views at every level. The towers take off from the ground to capture the full breadth of panoramic views from sailboat bays and the marina to the Miami skyline. The dancing motion of the towers creates a new landmark in the community. A lush abundance of plant-life blankets over the parking and amenity spaces, folding down to create pedestrian and vehicular access to the towers.

Image Courtesy © Facchina

Image Courtesy © Facchina

  • Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Project: Grove at Grand Bay
  • Location: Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, USA
  • Photography: Azeez Bakare Studios, Facchina, Mir
  • Client: Terra Group
  • Collaborators: VSN, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc., Esrawe, Desimone, HNGS, Raymond Jungles, OVI, Hufsey Nicolaides Garcia Suarez, O’Brien Lighting, Aquadynamics Design Group
  • Partner in charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Leon Rost
  • Project Manager: Ziad Shehab
  • Size: 58900 m2
  • Date: 24/09/2012
  • Status: Under Construction

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The Thumb House in Madison, Wisconsin by Lazor Office

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Article source: Lazor Office

It can be challenging enough to find the right frame for a painting. But what if you want to frame an ever-changing natural environment—and you also want to live inside the frame?

The spaces of the Thumb House actively engage the surrounding landscape. Where the warm wood façade of the house recedes within a zinc wrapper, a wide outdoor room opens toward the lake, framing a panoramic view of water and sky. White-stained wood lines the inside of the outdoor room, transitioning smoothly into the white interior of the house at a glass wall.

Image Courtesy © Lazor Office

Image Courtesy © Lazor Office

  • Architects: Lazor Office
  • Project: The Thumb House
  • Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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Urban Frames in Palo Alto, California by Form4 Architecture

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Article source: Form4 Architecture

Form4 Architecture designed Urban Frames, a LEED Gold-aimed, Silicon Valley residential and office space, to instill a distinct character in an area globally known as the epicenter of the tech industry. Intended to benefit both on-site users and the surrounding community with a visually appealing and sustainable design, this mixed-use architectural ensemble invites pedestrians and tenants alike to gather, share, retreat, entertain, and work.

Image Courtesy © Form4 Architecture

Image Courtesy © Form4 Architecture

  • Architects: Form4 Architecture
  • Project: Urban Frames
  • Location: Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Size: 1.3-acre site; two buildings; 85,000 square feet (30,000 square feet of residential space and 55,000 square feet of commercial space)
  • General Contractor: Devcon Construction
  • Landscape Architect: Studio Five Design

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Hybrid Farm Apartment Building in New York by Weston Baker Creative Group

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Article source: Weston Baker Creative Group

The Hybrid Farm Apartment Building is a new building type designed for cities, which offers farm space for locally grown produce as well as residences. This particular hybrid farm design also addresses local conditions at the High Line and positions the hybrid building within the general context of architecture in the area. The geometry of the building adjusts to the angle of the sun throughout the day. Only the top of the building sees the morning sun because of the height of the surrounding buildings in Chelsea. As the sun comes across the sky to the West, the building twists to evenly distribute daylight throughout the day. The farm terraces are accessible by residents of the apartments on each floor. There is a public observation garden on the top floor and an art gallery on the second floor, both accessible from the High Line.

Image Courtesy © Weston Baker Creative Group

Image Courtesy © Weston Baker Creative Group

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Moody Pedestrian Bridge in Austin, Texas by Rosales + Partners

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Article source: Rosales + Partners 

The Moody Pedestrian Bridge is a one of a kind Inverted Fink Truss bridge in Austin, Texas. The bridge connects two buildings as part of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas. It crosses over West Dean Keeton Street, a busy thoroughfare that traverses the campus. The bridge is characterized by a series of slender steel towers that vary in height and scale creating an elegant statement along one of the major avenues surrounding the campus. This type of bridge is the first of its kind in the United States, and the only one worldwide with a single support tower as the main loading member. The overall length of the bridge is approximately 300’ (91m) with a slender high tower of 65’ (20m) which marks the bridge crossing from a distance creating a gateway to the university campus for students and visitors alike. The pedestrian bridge compliments the architecture of the Bello Center, one of the recently completed buildings of the College of Communication. The bridge has integrated aesthetic lighting into its stainless steel railings.

Image Courtesy © Rosales + Partners

Image Courtesy © Rosales + Partners

  • Architects: Rosales + Partners
  • Project: Moody Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Client: The University of Texas System, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Cost: $3 Million
  • Completion Date: 2016

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Zilker Residences in Austin, Texas by Clark Rrichardson Architects

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Article source: Clark Rrichardson Architects

This contemporary architectural design, located just blocks from the Barton Springs Pool and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, features two residences in the heart of Austin’s Zilker Neighborhood. Both units open out to private landscaped interior courtyards as well as second floor balconies with views to downtown. The exterior material palette consists of a vertical standing seam siding contrasted against a white washed, vertical cypress tongue and groove siding.  The rear unit is the builder / developer, Tim Mccabe’s own residence featuring prints from noted photographer David Hume Kennerly and sculpture from his travels in Asia as the development manager for the Pero Family in Dallas.  Tim’s brings his sensibilities from living in Dallas in cannonical modern urban residences by the likes Bud Oblesby and Frank Welch of the O’Neil Ford School here to Austin’s own growing modern tradition.  The building as a whole is a focused on elegant, urban living through a simple edited material palette, amazing framed views to the Zilker’s mature tree canopy and ample outdoor gathering spaces.

Image Courtesy © Bardagjy Photography, Paul Bardagjy

Image Courtesy © Bardagjy Photography, Paul Bardagjy

  • Architects: Clark Rrichardson Architects
  • Project: Zilker Residences
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Photography: Bardagjy Photography, Paul Bardagjy
  • Software used: Autocad 2015, Sketchup Pro and Maxwell Render
  • Project Team: Edward Richardson and April Clark
  • Builder: McCabe Development, Tim McCabe
  • Project Area: 3615 SF
  • Completed: May of 2015

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NAN in California by Domaen

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Article source: Domaen

NAN is the remodel of a 11,450 SF warehouse into an office and production facility for the custom electronic parts manufacturer Arnold Electronics, Inc. The existing, prefabricated warehouse was converted into a high-tech office and manufacturing facility with the intent to create a graphic and architectural identity for the client.

Image Courtesy © Paul Vu

Image Courtesy © Paul Vu

  • Architects: Domaen
  • Project: NAN
  • Location: 1907 Nancita Circle, Placentia, California, USA
  • Photography: Paul Vu
  • Software used: Rhino3D,Grasshopper, Archicad
  • Principal Design: Axel Schmitzberger, Chris Lowe
  • Team: Jessica Schmitzberger, Juhee Park
  • Structural: S&Z Engineering
  • General Contractor: Domaen
  • Area: 11,450 ft2
  • Project year: 2013

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VIL – Creative Office in Pasadena, California by Domaen

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Article source: Domaen

The project VIL is an interior build-out in an existing warehouse for the Los Angeles headquarters of the content and production agency Conscious Minds. A main architectural feature is a continuous surface sheet forming an articulated ceiling and simultaneously folding around two conference spaces. The digital surface manipulation follows in part pragmatic stipulations but also creates a divided two-material sheet that appears to artificially tear at the seams to allow glimpses into the otherwise enclosed conference rooms.

Image Courtesy © Paul Vu

Image Courtesy © Paul Vu

  • Architects: Domaen
  • Project: VIL – Creative Office
  • Location: Pasadena, California, USA
  • Photography: Paul Vu
  • Software used: Rhino3D, Grasshopper, Archicad
  • Principal Design: Axel Schmitzberger, Chris Lowe
  • Team: Jessica Ungos, Cooper Ballantine, Justin Tingue
  • Structural: S&Z Engineering
  • Area: 6,000 sqft
  • Project year: 2015 (completion oct 22nd 2015 – development construction January – October)

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