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Shifting Tapestry in Boston, USA by Ground Inc

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Article source: Ground Inc

A project that delights in the textural complexity of simple materials.

This design for the garden of a single family residence responds to the challenges of a small urban site by using the textural and ephemeral qualities of the materials to breathe life into the space. The spatially simple design creates outdoor living spaces with a sense of privacy, while the interplay of the materials – light, foliage, and grain – creates a rich layer of experience that shifts over time.

Image Courtesy Ground Inc

  • Architects: Ground Inc
  • Project: Shifting Tapestry
  • Location: Boston, MA, USA
  • Facility: Back Garden and Decks
  • Size: 1000 sq. ft.
  • Status: Complete 2011

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Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia by Gilbane Building Company

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Article source: Gilbane Building Company

Georgia Tech’s new Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory develops technologies to reduce the earth’s carbon footprint. From design and construction to daily operation, the laboratory seeks to achieve carbon-neutral “net-zero site energy use” (defined as zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually) expressed simply, directly and honestly through a “no frills” design. The lab sets a new standard for sustainable design for buildings of its type by optimizing passive energy technologies, reducing electricity loads, and maximizing the use of renewable energy. It houses a variety of energy research programs requiring large-scale (high-bay) and intermediate-scale (mid-bay) capabilities.

Image Courtesy Gilbane Building Company

  • Designer/Builder : Gilbane Building Company
  • Architect: HDR
  • Project: Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Project Manager: Paul Stewart
  • Software used: Revit and Revit MEP

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La Valentina Station in Sacramento, California by David Baker + Partners Architects

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Article source: David Baker + Partners Architects

For more than two decades, a high-crime light-rail station stopping at a toxic empty lot; now, a sustainable affordable family housing development and new gateway to downtown.

La Valentina Station brings 63-units of affordable rental housing for families to a previously desolate city site. The development bolsters the local sewer, electrical and storm-water infrastructure and brings compact, transit-oriented homes to the neglected area.

The entry plaza in the evening. Image: Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: David Baker + Partners Architects
  • Project: La Valentina Station
  • Location: Sacramento, California, USA
  • Developer: Domus Development
  • Landscape Architect: Garth Ruffner Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Consultant: Fletcher Studio
  • Contractor: Brown Construction
  • Software used: Revit

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Porcelanosa Unveils New Flagship in New York by Foster + Partners

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

Porcelanosa today revealed designs for its new flagship showroom in the historic Commodore Criterion building in Midtown Manhattan. The firm purchased the 1,700 square-metre, six-storey building northwest of Madison Square Park at 5th Avenue and Broadway in 2012 and selected Foster + Partners to refurbish the interiors – the project is due to be completed in spring 2014.

Image Courtesy Porcelanosa

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Porcelanosa Unveils New Flagship
  • Location: New York, USA

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Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida, U.S.A. by Brooks + Scarpa with KZF Design Studio

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa with KZF Design Studio

Brooks + Scarpa and KZF Design Studio have released their proposal for the new Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL The proposed 7000 square foot Interfaith Chapel is designed to be a special place where students and others can slow down their lives, re-focus on their spiritual needs and reflect. At the same time, the Chapel will support a variety of diverse religious services, student ceremonies, weddings, other intimate events, lectures, meditative practices and musical performances.

Image Courtesy Brooks + Scarpa with KZF Design Studio

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa with KZF Design Studio
  • Project: Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida
  • Location: Florida, U.S.A.
  • Software used: Rhino, Photoshop and AutoCAD

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Webb Chapel Park Pavilion in Dallas, Texas by Cooper Joseph Studio

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Article source: Cooper Joseph Studio

In Dallas, Texas, the Department of Parks and Recreation is working to replace several decaying, minimal 1960s shelters in the surrounding metropolitan public parks. Sandwiched between a community soccer field and playground, this simple pavilion embraces a passive, natural cooling system that becomes one with the spatial design.

Image Courtesy Cooper Joseph Studio

Bread for the City in Washington, DC by Wiebenson & Dorman Architects

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Article source: Wiebenson & Dorman Architects

Bread for the City offers five program services to low-income residents of Washington, DC: food and clothing distribution, primary medical care, legal advice and representation, and comprehensive social services. All services are free of cost to eligible DC residents, and are provided under one roof in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Image Courtesy © John Cole

Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California by WRNS Studio

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Article source: WRNS Studio

The Welch Road Translational Research Campus reflects the new vision for the Stanford University School of Medicine to transform the Welch Road properties from a parcel-zoned, suburban land-use to a more integrated, pedestrian-focused campus. The campus is composed of two buildings: The Jill and John Freidenrich Translational Research Center (pictured here) and the CJ Huang Asian Liver Center and Academic Medical Office Building.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Project: Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Location: Stanford, California, USA
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte, Tim Maloney

Novelis’ New Global Research & Technology Center in Kennesaw, Georgia by Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS)

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Article source: Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS)

Rolled aluminum and aluminum can recycling giant Novelis has a new Global Research & Technology Center whose design is intended to give customers a close look at the company’s world-class R&D, engineering and manufacturing expertise, drive collaboration with customers, and showcase innovative use of Novelis’ materials.

Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed a new public entry for the Novelis Global Research & Technology Center : Image Courtesy © Gregg Willett

  • Architects: Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS)
  • Project: Novelis’ New Global Research & Technology Center
  • Location: Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
  • Photography: Gregg Willett, Kelly Holtz
  • Software used: Drawn in 3D with Revit v 10. Google Sketch-up was used for conceptual entry renderings.
  • Project Team: 
    • Lord, Aeck & Sargent (Atlantaoffice) – architect
    • Lord, Aeck & Sargent (Atlantaoffice) and idea|span (Atlanta) – interior design
    • AHA Consulting Engineers (Atlantaoffice – MEP/FP engineer
    • KSi/Structural Engineers (Atlantaoffice) – structural engineer
    • DPR (Atlantaoffice) – construction manager

Techshed in Foster City, CA by Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

A home improvement marketplace technology company, this open and collaborative work environment was designed with a balance of open office work benches, and spaces for meetings, meditation, play and private phone calls. A gated area with lockers for personal storage encourages bicycle commuting and use of the Bay Trail along the edge of the San Francisco Bay. Techshed’s brand is expressed with an impactful punch of brand color and in the form of the plywood sheds that house meeting and meditation rooms. An open Café with a robust audio visual system doubles as an all hands meeting and presentation space.

Image Courtesy Joe Fletcher Photography

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