Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Article source: Snow Kreilich Architects
Located between the agricultural fields of southern Minnesota and the Straight River Valley along the I-35 corridor, the design team was initially struck by the transformative quality of the site. The site allows weary travelers the ability to stretch their legs and submerse themselves in a serene wooded river setting. The building, pavilions and site are structured to enhance one’s experience of this place.
Image Courtesy © Corey Gaffer
- Architects: Snow Kreilich Architects
- Project: Straight River Northbound Safety Rest Area
- Location: Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
- Photography: Corey Gaffer
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
Article source: CCS ARCHITECTURE
Stones is a 25,450 square foot gambling hall, restaurant, and bar – in essence a boutique casino. The building is an expansion and total renovation of a former Salvation Army warehouse that had been vacant for years, and is the first project of this kind to combine and relocate two existing card room licenses under one roof. Citrus Heights is a small city sixteen miles east of Sacramento – within California’s Central Valley.
Image Courtesy © Paul Dyer
- Architects: CCS ARCHITECTURE
- Project: Stones Gambling Hall
- Location: 6508/6510 Antelope Road in the Antelope Crossing Shopping District, Citrus Heights, CA 95621, USA
- Photography: Paul Dyer
- Software used: Autocad, SketchUp, Rhino
- Owner: The Monarch Group
- Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith
- Project Architect: Andre Krause
- Interior Design Director: Barbara Turpin-Vickroy
- Project Manager: Bryan Southwick
- Designers: Eric Olson, Nathan Reed
- Structural Engineer: Yadegar Associates, San Francisco CA
Friday, October 20th, 2017
Article source: Oyler Wu Collaborative
The Exchange sits within the plaza adjacent to the Irwin Conference Center by Eero Saarinen (formerly the Irwin Union Bank) and makes use of the three existing canopies that formerly served the drive-through bank tellers. The design challenge was to “activate” the space while relating a contemporary design concept to the historic building and existing site conditions. Oyler Wu’s research into Eero Saarinen’s oeuvre, along with analysis of the site, led to a focus on three keys concepts: the unification of the existing canopies into a rectangular volume, solid/void relationships that include a \”loose fit\” placement of solid elements within carved voids throughout the scheme, and the use of contrasting tectonic strategies of solid and frame. The intention of this strategy is to produce the sense that the pavilion is simultaneously brand new and that it has always been there.
Image Courtesy © Oyler Wu Collaborative
- Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative (Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu )
- Project: The Exchange
- Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
- Project Leaders: Harrison Steinbuch, Hans Koesters, Lung Chi Chang
- Design and Fabrication Team: Oyler Wu Collaborative: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Harrison Steinbuch, Hans Koesters, Lung Chi Chang, Clint Johnson, Andy Magner, Tucker van Leuwen-Hall, Irvin Shaifa, Dongwoo Suk, Thomas Lanham, Andrea Sanchez, Emilijia Landsbergis, Ibrahim Ibrahim, Suhan Na, Hsiyuan Pan
- Engineering: Nous Engineering, Matthew Melnyk, Katahdin Engineering LLC, Elizabeth Woolf
Friday, October 20th, 2017
Article source: TPG Architecture
BGB is an unusual communications agency in that it’s not part of an international conglomerate, it’s privately owned, which means that BGB has a specific – and colorful – personality. TPG Architecture worked closely with Gregory Passaretti and Brendon Phalen, Managing Partners, to bring its new space to life with bright colors, themed conference rooms and other amenities that their youthful workforce would surely appreciate; BGB was founded in 2005 by Passaretti, Phalen and a third partner and it is tightly focused: the firm only works with pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device clients. BGB currently has about 215 employees in the new, two floor 47,000 square foot space.
Image Courtesy © TPG Architecture
Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Article source: BONE Structure
Dan Brunn, AIA, Principal of Dan Brunn Architecture is designing a one-of-a kind “bridge house,” that will, literally, bridge over a stream. The 4,500-square-foot home will serve as a demonstration of innovative systems and forward-thinking processes. The design exemplifies Brunn’s signature minimalist aesthetic evident in dynamic spatial choreography of light and volume.
Image Courtesy © BONE Structure
- Architects: BONE Structure
- Project: Bridge House
- Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Monday, October 9th, 2017
Article source: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc.
Although different hotels, the two structures work together to create a strong presence on the 5th Street corner by providing tower-like elements which will offer a gateway to the city. Both structures have interior courts that provide for daylight, cross-ventilation, and general interest shops for hotel patrons. These projects have been designed to complement the fabric of the city while being graceful, fully functional hotels. With an eye toward the then-under-construction Expo Line ushering in an unprecedented number of visitors to Santa Monica, GP-US envisioned the hotels serving as a prime hospitality recipient for such travelers.
Image Courtesy © Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc.
- Architects: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc. (Gene Fong Associates (now AXIS/GFA) )
- Project: Santa Monica Hotels
- Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
- Owner: OTO Development
- Interior Design: Studio HBA
- Lighting Design: Illuminate Lighting Design
- LEED Consultant: Zinner Consultants
- Structural Engineer: Englekirk Structural Engineers
- M & P Engineer: Hellman & Lober
- Electrical Engineer: OMB Electrical Engineers
- Civil Engineering & Surveyor: Psomas
- LEED Commissioning: Engineering Economics, Inc.
- General Contractor: Lusardi Construction
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Article source: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
The new Capital One Bank at the corner of 4th & Broadway in downtown Santa Monica harmoniously blends a twist on a modern mid-century style design within the existing streetscape with a low-scale, two-story commercial building. The new 8,400 square foot, 2-story building echoes the character of a mid-century bank while creating a new ‘concept’ in banking. The café and bank combination will serve as a “third place” for the community – a place where people come to spend time outside of their home and work.
Image Courtesy © John Linden
- Architects: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
- Project: New Capital One Bank & Café
- Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
- Photography: John Linden
- Owner: Century West Partners
- Interior Design: IA Interior Architects
- Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
- M & P Engineer: E2Di
- Electrical Engineer: Eric Percic
- Civil Engineering: KPFF Engineers
- General Contractor: W.E. O’Neil
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Article source: Olson Kundig
This 350-square-foot cabin is a small perch for its occupant. When you’re inside or on the deck, you are raised up above the landscape with an excellent view out onto the Sol Duc River. And the interior is like a warm, dry nest. It is located in one of the few temperate rainforests in the world, and “rainforest” here means wet and rather cold, as opposed to wet and hot. Putting the cabin on stilts protects it from the clammy dampness and occasional flooding.
Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider
- Architects: Olson Kundig
- Project: Sol Duc Cabin
- Location: Washington, USA
- Photography: Benjamin Benschneider
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Sea Del Estates is small, gated oceanfront community located in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The majority of the 42 houses located in the community are second homes used primarily during the summer months. Most of the houses were originally constructed in the 1970’s and 1980’s and are simple wood framed structures. To protect against potential flooding, County ordinances require that the houses be elevated twelve feet above sea level. Consequently, these houses were typically framed on wood piles. Building codes also require that enclosed space located below the mean flood level be constructed with “break-away” walls. These walls will come apart in the event of a major storm and subsequent flooding.
Image Courtesy © Anice Hoachlander
- Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
- Project: Sea Del House
- Location: Bethany Beach, Delaware, USA
- Photographer: Anice Hoachlander
- Contractor: Bruce Mears
- Engineer: Long, Tann & D’Onofrio Structural Engineers
Friday, September 29th, 2017
Article source: Chen Studio
Sky Crown Terraces are two identical and adjacent houses designed and built by Bercy Chen Studio in Austin, Texas. The monolithic form, courtyards, and habitable flat roofs evoke the vernacular of the American Southwest interpreted by Modernism. Inspired by the sculpture of Michael Heizer, Eduardo Chillida, and Jorge Yazpik, the strategy of volumetric subtraction enhances the materiality of the basic conception of the houses as stucco boxes crowned by steel panels. The consequentiality of the vernacular together with the elegance of orthogonal abstraction clad in nakedly simple materials do nothing to distract from the peculiar delights of the understated landscape and raw climate of the Texas Hill Country.
Image Courtesy © Bercy Chen Studio
- Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
- Project: Skycrown Terraces
- Location: Austin, Texas, USA