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NASA Sustainability Base in Moffett Field, California by William McDonough + Partners

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: William McDonough + Partners

Sustainability Base, NASA’s new facility at the entrance to Ames Research Center, is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation. The client charged the team with delivering a facility that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle® solutions.

Aerial view of Ames

  • Architects: William McDonough + Partners
  • Project: NASA Sustainability Base
  • Location: Moffett Field, California
  • Client: NASA Ames Research Center
  • Program: Office Building
  • Area: 50,000 square feet
  • Status: Completed December 2011

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Reactor Films in Santa Monica, California by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects

To remodel an existing 7,000 sq.ft. 1930’s Art deco Masonry Building Art Gallery into office and work space for production of TV commercials and music videos.

Solution: Reactor presented the unique challenge of satisfying the client’s requirement to move into a completed space in less than fourteen weeks from the beginning of the design process.   In order to meet this demand, a systematic working strategy was developed to capitalize on these extreme constraints while cultivating an inventive and dynamic working atmosphere in which client, contractor and architect collaborated with an unprecedented synergism.

Image Courtesy Marvin Rand

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa)
  • Project: Reactor Films
  • Location: 1330 4th Street, Santa Monica, California
  • Client:  Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
  • Total Square Footage:  7000 sq. ft.
  • Costs:  $350,000.00 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
  • Consultants:  Gwynne Pugh – Structural Engineering; Dave Scott – Steel and Furniture Fabrication; Richard Godfrey – Light Trough

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Xocolatti in New York City by De-Spec

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Article source: De-Spec

Xocolatti is a new premium chocolate brand, with its first flagship location in New York City’s Soho. Designed by De-Spec inc. Xocolatti defines itself as a luxury chocolate – “Chocolate reimagined” and is planning to have multiple locations nationally and internationally.

De-Spec’s concept for the 150sf space lies in eliminating the traditional barriers of a storefront and window display instead creating an interactive vitrine-like space that seamlessly integrates with the streetscape.

Costumer

  • Architects: De-Spec
  • Project: Xocolatti, flagship store & prototype
  • Location: 72 Prince Street, New York City
  • Program: 150 sqft chocolate store
  • Design: de-spec, Farnaz Mansuri, Tom Shea

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Wilmington Waterfront Park in Los Angeles, California by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Article source: Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Once a part of the Pacific coastline, the Wilmington community became disconnected from the waterfront by the Port of Los Angeles—a burgeoning, diverse mix of industrial maritime facilities. After completing the Wilmington Waterfront Master Plan, Sasaki identified three open spaces for implementation: the Wilmington Waterfront Park, the Avalon North Streetscape, and the Avalon South Waterfront Park. The Wilmington Waterfront Park is the first project to be fully implemented. Built on a 30-acre brownfield site, the new urban park revitalizes the community and visually reconnects it to the waterfront.  The park integrates a variety of active and passive uses—informal play, public gathering, community events, picnicking, sitting, strolling, and observation—determined through an extensive community outreach process. The open space serves as a public amenity by doubling the current community open space while also buffering the Wilmington community from the extensive Port operations to the south.

© Craig Kuhner Photography

  • Architect: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • Name of Project: Wilmington Waterfront Park
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Client name: Port of Los Angeles
  • Completion date: 2011
  • Size: 30 acre
  • Photographer: ©Port of Los Angeles, ©Craig Kuhner Photography, ©Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • Services: Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Project Team: Steve Hamwey, Nancy Fleming, Owen Lang, Tim Stevens, Vitas Viskanta, Melissa McCann, Caleb Bruner, Mark Eischeid, Raphael Justewicz, Joon Yon Kim, Chang Keun Lee, Conard Lindgren, Meghen Quinn, Simon Raine, NitzaThien, Grace Leung, TomerMaymon, Scott Odom, Angel Cantu, Zach Chrisco, Chuck Coronis, Michelle Gauvin, Oswaldo Palencia, Jose Miranda

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Florida Polytechnic’s new campus by Santiago Calatrava

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Santiago Calatrava

BREAK GROUND

Construction Begins on New Campus’ Inaugural Building

On March 22nd Florida Polytechnic broke ground on the first building of its new campus. Designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava, the new Innovation, Science & Technology building will establish the design scheme for all other structures within the campus’ master plan, which Calatrava is also responsible.

Images Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava, LLC.

  • Architect: Santiago Calatrava
  • Name of Project: Florida Polytechnic’s new campus
  • Location: Florida, USA
  • Photographer: Santiago Calatrava, LLC.

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MVTP (Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park) by Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Idea of MVTP(Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park) started with raising 2 questions:

01. Do we still need to keep the century-old prototype of (subway-located) theme parks?

Suburb-located theme parks have been by-product of automobile-centered society. Indescribably horrible traffic congestion and huge hard-scaped (Hot asphalt) parking lots and has become a constant problem in the towns where these theme parks have located. Theme parks such as Six Flags attracted all kinds of undesirable sprawl to suburbs. In the contemporary society where zero-car, zero carbon is highly valued, these theme parks have been located at the opposite side of eco-sensitive society.

Elsewhere universe (Images Courtesy Kyu O Kim, Euno Cho and Bohyun Kim)

  • Architect: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA
  • Title: MVTP (Metropolitan Vertical Theme Park)
  • Location: New York City or other major metropolis
  • Project Area: 40,000 SF
  • Year: 2011
  • Type: Speculative Research
  • Collaborators: Kyu O Kim, Euno Cho, Bohyun Kim
  • Software used: Rhino 3D and V-ray

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Wilkinson / Spence Loft in New York by Stephen Roberts

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Stephen Roberts inc.

The project was the renovation of an 3,200 square foot 2 bedroom loft to a one Bedroom and Dressing Room configuration. This included a new white epoxy terrazzo floor throughout and new steel framed windows.

Bathroom (Images Courtesy Greg Delves)

  • Architect: Stephen Roberts inc.
  • Name of Project: Wilkinson / Spence Loft
  • Location: 291 Seventh Ave. Fourth Floor, New York, NY
  • Clients: Ben Wilkinson & Mia Spence
  • Lighting Design: Emily Monato at Cooley Monato Studio, New York
  • Construction: Dutchman Contracting, New York
  • Photography: Greg Delves, New York
  • Flowers: Banchet Flowers, 809 Washington Street, New York
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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PH New York, remodeling and Interior Design of Apartment by INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH

Situated between the Meatpacking Districts at the borders of Highline Park the rooftop appartement was remodelled to meet the needs of its new inhabitants. Innocad Architecture changed it functionally and enhanced the design by mixing European design and New York lifestyle and thus creating a fresh atmophere. Materials and choice of colours represent both high quality standards and relaxed urbanity. Each room mirrors an immediate visual reference to the fascinating land- and roofscape of New York City.  The Heart of the appartement, a Marilyn Relief, defines the residential area. It is a functional and artistic attribute and also a tribute to this extraordinary city.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Thomas Schauer)

  • Architect: INNOCAD Architektur ZT GmbH
  • Name of Project: PH New York, remodeling and Interior Design of Apartment
  • Location: 459 West 18th Street, NY
  • Construction finished: 9/2011
  • Floor Area: 250m2
  • Cost: 350.000 Euro
  • Photos copyrights by: Thomas Schauer

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Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York by Leeser Architecture

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Article source: Leeser Architecture

Completed in 2011, the Museum of the Moving Image houses a comprehensive collection dedicated to educating the public about the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. Leeser Architecture’s expansion and renovation of this unique museum allows for the interplay of rich moving image history with innovative technology and cutting edge design.

Main Theater (Images Courtesy Peter Aaron/Esto)

  • Architect: Leeser Architecture
  • Name of Project: Museum of the Moving Image
  • Location: Astoria, New York
  • Status: Built
  • Client: Museum of the Moving Image
  • Credit: Photo: John Hill and Peter Aaron/Esto

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Manhattan Mountain in Lower East Side, New York by Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Article source: Ju-Hyun Kim

Re-Imagining Seward Park Redevelopment (SPURA) on the Lower East Side, New York

Recent news coverage for the 7-acre parcel, Manhattan’s biggest undeveloped,  publicly owned development site south of 96th Street, has provided the chance to contemplate many important urban issues.

Firstly, are we taking full advantage of this great opportunity to develop a vast land in the heart of Manhattan, or just limiting our imagination under current NYC zoning resolution (which is 50 years old)? Secondly, is the hot debate over big box retailers heading to the right direction?

Perspective

  • Architects: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA
  • Project: Manhattan Mountain
  • Location: Seward Park Urban Renewal Site(SPURA) in Lower East Side, New York
  • Project Area: 7 Acre
  • Year: 2012
  • Type: Speculative Research
  • Collaborators: Euno Cho, Bohyun Kim, Kyu O Kim
  • Software used: Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Vray.

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