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Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Winemaker Charles Smith approached our firm to design a new tasting room and office space that would match his rock and roll style. His approach to wine is captured by his trademark phrase: “It’s just booze – drink it!” The design team, led by Tom Kundig, was inspired by Charles’s in-your-face attitude to create a raw space that highlights the original aesthetics of the building while inserting highly flexible pieces, including a large unit dubbed the Armadillo. The resulting space can transform from an office, tasting room and retail store into a dining and entertainment venue.

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  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters
  • Location: Walla Walla, Washington
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Les Eerkes, AIA, project manager; Chris Gerrick, LEED AP, project architect 
  • Contractor: Schuchart Corporation 
  • Consultants: Spearhead (fabricator); Turner Exhibits (gizmo engineer); KL&A Structural Engineers (structural engineer)
  • Completed: 2011
  • Size: 5,000 SF
  • Software used: Revit and Photoshop

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Charles Smith Wines is located in downtown Walla Walla in the former Johnson Auto Electric building, constructed in 1917. The shell of the building—with original brick walls, wood trusses and a concrete floor—received minor structural updates but was otherwise left raw. The team highlighted the automotive history of the building by replacing garage doors with two custom, hand-cranked pivot doors that completely open the space to the street and form an awning for outdoor seating.

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The concept of the drive-thru was important in the development of the design. Elements of the design, like the prefabricated Armadillo are “parked” within the space; other elements transform as needed, including floating “rafts” that serve as a seating area/stage, tasting tables that dock together to form a dining table, and a sliding panel that can function as a video screen. Vehicles—including delivery vans or taco trucks for catering—can literally drive through the space.

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The Armadillo is a 70 foot long shell, measuring 12 feet high by 20 feet wide. It contains a conference room and workspaces for 14 people, including a semi-enclosed office space for Charles Smith and an enclosed space for accounting. L-shaped steel panels slide along the side and top of the structure, alternately opening it up to views of the tasting room and natural light from above or shutting it down for security and privacy. The panels also serve as a backdrop for Charles Smith Wines’ strong graphics, and are lined with cork in the inside, serving as an impromptu pin-up area. The design team collaborated with fabricators from Spearhead to design the structure as well as the custom furniture within it. Pieces were fabricated offsite and quickly assembled within the building, cutting down on construction time.

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Awards Received
2013 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture
2012 AIA Seattle Honor Award
2012 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter INaward, People’s Choice
2012 Washington Main Street Program Awards, Outstanding Design or Rehabilitation Project Award

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Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the ESA to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as building matter.

The outpost is designed as a modular system which can be extended in the future – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

The practice has designed a lunar base to house four people, which can offer protection from meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations. The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer to create a protective shell.

Lunar outpost near the moon’s south pole – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

To ensure strength while keeping the amount of binding “ink” to a minimum, the shell is made up of a hollow closed cellular structure similar to foam. The geometry of the structure was designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with consortium partners – it is groundbreaking in demonstrating the potential of 3D printing to create structures that are close to natural biological systems.

Autonomous robots are used to 3D print a cellular structure that protects the inhabitants from gamma radiation, meteorite impacts and extreme temperature fluctuations. – (c) ESA & Foster + Partners

Simulated lunar soil has been used to create a 1.5 tonne mockup and 3D printing tests have been undertaken at a smaller scale in a vacuum chamber to echo lunar conditions. The planned site for the base is at the moon’s southern pole, where there is near perpetual sunlight on the horizon.

(c) ESA

The consortium includes Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, working with Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Monolite UK supplied the D-Shape™ printer and developed a European source for lunar regolith stimulant, which has been used for printing all samples and demonstrators.

(c) ESA

Xavier De Kestelier, Partner, Foster + Partners Specialist Modelling Group:
“As a practice, we are used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic. It has been a fascinating and unique design process, which has been driven by the possibilities inherent in the material. We look forward to working with ESA and our consortium partners on future research projects.”

(c) ESA

Porous City in Cannes at MIPIM Innovation Forum 12-15 March 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
At MIPIM’s first edition of the Innovation Forum, March 12-15th, MVRDV and The Why Factory (T?F) present their ongoing research on the design of skyscrapers and the potential of porosity as a European approach to urban density. The results are presented as scale models made of LEGO bricks, recently exhibited at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and at Business of Design Week Hong Kong. The exhibition is combined with a lecture on urban design by Winy Maas on Wednesday, 13th of March at 10:00am. 

Porous City  All Images by Frans Parthesius


 
MIPIM is launching the MIPIM Innovation Forum, a meeting place for sharing ideas and debate for everyone involved in building tomorrow’s cities. This exclusive MIPIM program puts buildings and users at the heart of this industry conversation in order to highlight the entire range of innovative solutions to maximize the value of property portfolios. Additionally, the MIPIM Innovation Forum will feature the “Porous City – Open the tower” exhibition earlier presented at last year’s Venice Biennale.

Students of The Why Factory have built and developed the towers


 
“Porous City – Open the tower” uses Lego towers to explore futuristic concepts of urban design imagined by The Why Factory, a research institute for the city of the future. Nine three-metre high skyscrapers will rise up during the four days of the show, acting as visual support to debates on the new processes and the role of research in Europe’s urban future.

Main question of Porous City: whether there is a European alternative to the skyscraper typology


 
The exhibition of nine large towers at MIPIM in Cannes represents the outcome of the earlier design studio “Eurohigh” at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, a collaborative project by T?F and KRADS.Porous City has been generously supported by LEGO Group, Denmark. The exhibition is combined with a lecture on urban design by Winy Maas on Wednesday, 13th of March at 10:00am.

Detail of a Porous City Tower


 
TWITTER MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A research based and highly collaborative design method engages experts from all fields, clients and stakeholders in the creative process. The results are exemplary and outspoken buildings, urban plans, studies and objects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.Early projects such as the headquarters for the Dutch Public Broadcaster VPRO and housing for elderly WoZoCo in Amsterdam lead to international acclaim.MVRDV develops its work in a conceptual way, the changing condition is visualised and discussed through designs, sometimes literally through the design and construction of a diagram. The office continues to pursue its fascination and methodical research on density using a method of shaping space through complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary building and design processes.

MVRDV first published a cross section of these study results in FARMAX (1998), followed by a.o. MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), and more recently Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007). MVRDV deals with global ecological issues in large scale studies such as Pig City as well as in small pragmatic solutions for devastated areas of New Orleans.

Current projects include various housing projects in the Netherlands, Spain, China, France, the United Kingdom, USA, India, Korea and other countries, a bank headquarter in Oslo, Norway, a public library for Spijkenisse , Netherlands, a central market hall for Rotterdam, a culture plaza in Nanjing, China, large scale urban plans include a plan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain, an urban vision for Oslo or the doubling in size of Almere, Netherlands and Grand Paris, the vision of a post-Kyoto Greater Paris region.

The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published world wide and receives international awards. The 75 architects, designers and staff members conceive projects in a multi-disciplinary collaborative design process and apply highest technological and sustainable standards.

Together with Delft University of Technology MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing argument for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.

For information please contact public relations at MVRDV, Jan Knikker / Isabel Pagel +31 10 477 2860 or pr@mvrdv.nl www.mvrdv.nl

Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia  and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer with over 500 events in 39 countries. In 2011 Reed brought together six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 33 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider and a FTSE 100 company. www.reedexpo.com

Plateau Residence in California, United States by Michael Hennessey Architecture

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Article source: Michael Hennessey Architecture

This 5-acre parcel is defined by a challenging topography along with an abundance of native oak trees. The client for this single-family residence requested a direct connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding landscape. The resultant strategy was to place all of the living/sleeping/working areas into a single main level to maximize the immediate relationship to the land. The massing of the building is seen as a respectful addition to the existing topography.

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Telegraph Hill Addition in San Francisco, California by Michael Hennessey Architecture

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Article source: Michael Hennessey Architecture

This project renovates an existing two unit, three story residence that was originally built in 1907 on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. The challenge of the project was determining the relationship of the fourth story and roof deck addition to the historic structure below. The resulting approach was to provide cement board panels at the addition creating a subtle material shift between new and old. The use of a consistent dark grey color visually unifies the addition with the existing form.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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