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Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University, Houston, Texas by The Office of James Burnett

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Article source: OJB

The Brockman Hall for Physics is a 111,000 SF facility housing classrooms, laboratory space, lecture halls and administrative offices for the Physics Department as well as physicists from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Driven by Rice University’s belief that some of the most important moments on campus are moments of informal discussion and debate outside of the classroom, the design of the building and landscape seeks to provide a multitude of spaces for lively and inspiring conversation.

The building and landscape reinforce the existing grid of the campus. Dramatic lighting accentuates these formal elements

  • Architects: Landscape Architects
  • Project: Brockman Hall
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Area: 111,000 SF
  • Client: Rice University
  • Architects: Kieran Timberlake Associates

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Buchter Retreat in Orcas Island, Washington by David Coleman Architecture

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Article source: David Coleman Architecture

Program: A 2000 square foot vacation retreat located on a 15 acre wooded site littered with  glacial ledge in Washington’s San Juan islands to accommodate two sisters and their spouses.
Design: Our clients had long envisioned developing a cluster of buildings on the site, carefully  sited to preserve the rugged, natural landscape. In keeping with this vision, we endeavored to  create a modern rendition of the “summer camp,” complete with sleeping pavilions, a great room  and covered porches, all inspired by the platform tents and national park lodges of the late 19th  century.

The Buchter Residence

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The Shed in Missouri by Hufft Projects

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article source: Hufft Projects

Serving as a counterpoint to the Curved House, the Shed is located on a repurposed Cul-de-sac adjacent to the residence. The construction method is an exercise in celebrating the logic and clarity of prefabrication. Conceived as a kit of parts, the elegant building’s steel frame combines modular wall components, roof trusses, and battens, all of which were assembled on site and clad with a rain-screen of White Oak taken from the property.

The Shed

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Logan Offices in New York by SO-IL

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article source: SO-IL

New York, New York. SO – IL, a Brooklyn-based design firm, completes new office and studio space for the New York operation of LOGAN, a bicoastal production company. The project is located in a 6,500sf corner loft space on the second floor of a land-marked building in the heart of SoHo. SO – IL’s design builds on Logan’s dynamic working model and attempts to create an environment that supports a strong sense of collaboration and collectivity. A large part of LOGAN’s team consists of mobile consultants that join the team on a per-project basis.

Image Courtesy Naho Kubota

  • Architects: SO-IL
  • Project: Logan Offices
  • Location: New York
  • Office Space Area: 6,500 sf
  • Status: 2012 AIA NY Honors Award
  • Completed: 2012
  • Credits: Katsura Construction (general contractor) Situ Studio (worksurface fabrication) Lighting Workshop (lighting consultant)
  • Photography: Naho Kubota, Iwan Baan
  • Team: Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou (Assoc. Principal – in Charge) as well as Danny Duong and Nicole Passarella.
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3D Max,  Rhino, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

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Hilltop House in Broomfield, Colorado by Studio H:T

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article source: Studio H:T

This hilltop house is located at the highest elevation in Broomfield county. Inverted roof trusses are used to lessen the impact of scale from the east while opening up to the west to invite the endless views of the entire front range. The house is an L-shaped ranch with a bridge to the master suite pod and stone water feature entry. The L is divided into two zones of public and private space and has an observation / lounge room sits above the entry. A lap pool outbuilding helps to define the private courtyard created by the house and opens onto it with two large aluminum and glass garage doors.

Image Courtesy Nathan Jenkins

  • Architects: Studio H:T
  • Project: Hilltop House
  • Location: Broomfield, Colorado
  • Project Completion: 2009
  • Building Area: 4,250 sqft
  • Photographer: Nathan Jenkins

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Fold House in Chilmark, Massachusetts by The Galante Architecture Studio

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio

The fold house is a study in concrete panel construction. One of the full scale prototypes created for the Boston Architecture College exhibition was a concrete panel wall with a tessellated surface. Vertical concrete panels were hinged one to the other establishing the folded geometric pattern. The underlying idea for this prototype is the driving force behind the Fold House. Here, concrete panels hinge upon one another to form a compressed surface.

North model

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Ashby Free Public Library in Massachusetts by The Galante Architecture Studio

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Article source: The Galante Architecture Studio

The Ashby Free Public Library is a passive solar building, intended to serve as a model for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The project is an 8,000 SF addition to an existing masonry library. The two-story structure houses a children’s library on the lower level. The upper level contains a young adult’s area, main adult library, periodicals, and director’s offices. The resulting efficient plan separates children’s, and adults programming, while allowing integration on various levels.

Adult reading room

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Explicit Highriser in New York by Explicit Architecture

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Article source: Explicit Architecture

Explicit Architecture is working on the Explicit high-riser, an energy self-sufficient skyscraper and an independent city within a city. The focus is on a sustainable, economical, ecological, and energy-efficient design that benefits not only the people who live and work in the building, but also those in the surrounding city. The mega-structure currently measures 100 x 100 x 300 meters (L x W x H) and will accommodate all functions necessary for an urban area on approx. 400,000 m² of floor space, while offering a high quality of life on all levels.

Explicit Highriser

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Koby Cottage in Albion, Michigan by Garrison Architects

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Garrison Architects

Koby Cottage was designed for a boarding school for troubled teens to allow families to visit with their child in a private domestic setting surrounded by nature. The 1,100 sf cottage consists of two modules raised and separated for light, space and privacy. The space between the modules is enclosed with glass. The cottage plan has an ‘X’ form. The dining table is situated at the structure’s crossing, creating a place for rejoining and discussion.

Entrance

  • Architects: Garrison Architects
  • Project: Koby Cottage
  • Location: Albion, Michigan
  • Software used: Autodesk Autocad
  • Software used: physical models to initiate the design process then modeled and refined it in Rhino.  Autocad for construction docs.

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Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion in Washington, DC by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Located in a neighborhood bordering Washington, DC, this suburban site has the advantage of being located adjacent to woodlands.  A contemporary house surrounded by mature trees and manicured gardens anchors the site.  A new swimming pool, stone walls, and terraces located behind the existing house organize the rear yard and establishes a dialogue between the existing house and a new pavilion.  New paths, trees and structured plantings reinforce the geometry.

Image Courtesy Maxwell MacKenzie

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
  • Project: Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Project  Architect: John Riordan, LEED AP
  • Owner: Withheld
  • Contractor: Ted Peterson, Peterson & Collins
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Photographer: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
  • Completed: May 2011

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