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Etsy in Brooklyn, NY by Matiz Architecture and Design

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Article source: Matiz Architecture and Design 

Located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, designed for the world’s most vibrant handmade online marketplace, we transformed a raw space into an Etsy world. A series of open workspace areas and acoustically controlled environments were generated providing access to natural light. Core common spaces are contained within two continuous curved walls permitting passage and reinforcing transparency. Handmade materials are introduced promoting the brand and contrasting the loft space.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Ty Cole)

  • Architects: Matiz Architecture and Design 
  • Name of Project: Etsy
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Program: HQ for handcrafted goods leader, open offices, meeting areas, creative labs (capacity 90 people)
  • Size: 10,500sf
  • Status: Completed September 2009
  • Client: Etsy
  • Design team: Juan C. Matiz AIA leed AP, Lee Kreiner
  • Photography: Ty Cole

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The Clock Tower Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York by MinimalUSA

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Article source: MinimalUSA

A Dream Kitchen locked up in a $25 Million Clock Tower

MINIMAL USA has designed a sleek, sophisticated kitchen for the renovation of the Clock Tower, the most expensive apartment in Brooklyn.

The Clock Tower, erected in 1915 on the DUMBO waterfront, is on top of one of the largest poured concrete building in New York. What used to be a machine room for the clocks is now housing a 6,500-square-foot apartment boasting a breath-taking quadrangular view of NY. The kitchen, designed by Stefano Venier for a renovation by developer David Walentas, embodies all the style and charm of Italian ingenuity.

Night View

  • Architect: MinimalUSA
  • Name of Project: The Clock Tower Kitchen
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Technical characteristics:
    • Cabinets: 45-degree edged, with black melamine interiors and stainless steel drawers
    • Green Certifications: F4star certified lacquer cabinets
    • Counters: Stainless steel and grey 45-degree edged Pietra Cardosa on the island (Italian stone)
    • Sinks: Soldered stainless steel sinks
    • Appliances: Gaggenau with custom hood

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Nunnmps in Chicago, Illinois by cheungvogl

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article source:  cheungvogl

Nunnmps – Brief Description

Nunnmps, Chicago is an information technology system development, security and service office. The site is located in South Chicago, bordering Lake Michigan.

The project consists of a 50,000 square meter design and research studio in addition to surrounding public open space and natural landscape. One third of the building encompasses the design and research studios and support areas. Since the studio projects are of a strategic nature and highly confidential, the building is lifted above ground, high above the crowns of trees, floating like clouds, overlooking the distant skyline. The remaining two thirds of the office space exist within its subterrain. It accommodates a reception area and a large open administration office with mushroom-like cores penetrating the ground to connect both parts of the Nunnmps.

Image Courtesy cheungvogl

  • Architects: cheungvogl
  • Project Name: Nunnmps
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • District: South Chicago
  • Use: Office
  • Site Area: 50,000 ㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 16,000 ㎡ (more…)

HYDRAMAX: Port Machines in San Francisco, California by Future Cities Lab

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Future Cities Lab

Exhibited at SFMOMA from 31 March to 29 July, 2012

Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project proposes a radical rethinking of San Francisco’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. Using thousands of sensors and motorized components, the massive urban scale robotic structure harvests rainwater and fog, while modulating air flow, solar exposure and intelligent building systems.

HYDRAMAX: Port Machines

  • Architect: Future Cities Lab
  • Name of project: HYDRAMAX: Port Machines
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
  • Project Manager: Ripon DeLeon; Project Interns: Gavin Johns, Cameron Eng
  • Collaborative Sponsor: MIGA Motor Company (Dr. Mark Gummin)
  • Video: Eddie Lee, Square Two Design
  • Model Materials: Cast and thermoformed acrylic, custom printed circuit boards, Arduino based microcontrollers, infrared sensors, shape memory alloy motors (Courtesy of Miga Motor Company)

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West Dublin BART Apartments and Crescent Village in San Jose,California by MVE & Partners

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source: MVE & Partners

While national property markets still struggle to recover, the slowdown in home-buying is bolstering demand for apartments—and creating more work for Irvine-based MVE & Partners, one of the nation’s premier residential and mixed-use architecture firms.

“Domestic real estate remains iffy, but there are pockets of recovery, including multi-family,” said Carl McLarand, AIA, chairman of MVE & Partners.  “Of course, we have been designing apartments and community developments for nearly 40 years, so this is playing to one of our strengths.”

Images courtesy MVE & Partners

  • Architects: MVE & Partners
  • Project: West Dublin BART Apartments and Crescent Village
  • Location: Dublin, San Jose, California (more…)

Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey by Lighemotion

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source: v2com

Lightemotion Illuminates Revel Casino, The New Benchmark For Casino Resorts

Montreal, April 19, 2012 – As one of Canada’s leading lighting design firms, Lightemotion, combines theatrical lighting with architectural lighting design to create a truly immersive environment for Atlantic City’s newest mega-casino resort, Revel. Described as chic, sophisticated and as setting a new benchmark for casino resorts, Revel is garnering much praise ahead of its grand opening on May 25th. The US$2.4 billion project is Atlantic City’s most expensive casino ever. It is currently the largest construction project on the east coast of the United States and is destined to revive the gaming and tourism industry in this historic ocean-front city.

Revel Casino

  • Architect: Arquitectonica
  • Name of Project: Revel Casino
  • Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Architect of record: BLT Architects
  • Client: Revel Entertainment Group
  • Lighting design: Lightemotion
  • Interior designer: Scéno Plus

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High Desert Pavilion (Garren Residence) in Bend, Oregon by PIQUE llc

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source: PIQUE llc

Central Oregon is known for its access to a variety of outdoor sports. The region’s variety of climates provides a unique opportunity to access different activity types in the same season. It is not uncommon for a person to go skiing in the morning and biking in the afternoon. A building in this region should reflect this lifestyle and provide a variety of ways to access the outdoors on daily and annual cycles. The High Desert Pavilion focuses on engagement.

Back-yard

  • Architect: PIQUE llc
  • Name of Project: High Desert Pavilion (Garren Residence)
  • Location: Bend, Oregon

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Cut + Fold: Gillis Library + Study in Berkeley, California by VeeV Design

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: VeeV Design

An existing study/bedroom of a 1950’s modern house is transformed into a private working library for two. Conceptually, two distinct surfaces run along or perpendicular to the two opposing wall while creating spatial volume by multiple cuts and folds. These cuts and folds increase possible practical space through their operations, creating visual hierarchy and continuity. Color is used to give clues to the surface folding assembly, to trace the method of fabrication, and to project possible surface operation.

View of bookshelf

  • Architect: VeeV Design
  • Name of Project: Cut + Fold:  Gillis Library + Study
  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • Design team: Raveevarn Choksombatchai (principal), Emily Gosack (assistant designer)
  • Awards: AIA Design Honor Award in Interior Architecture, SF Chapter, 2007
  • Exhibits: 2006-2007 AIASF Design Awards Exhibition, AIA, San Francisco 05.07-06.01 2007

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Sunset Triangle Plaza – Streets for People in Los Angeles, California by Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Streets for People Debuts First Community Plaza Site in Silver Lake

Rios Clementi Hale Studios Transforms Under-Used Space Into Vibrant Public Plaza

The new Sunset Triangle Plaza is set to open under the auspices of Streets for People (S4P), an initiative of the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  Noted design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios contributed its time and talents to transform an underutilized public right of way into a safe, pleasant, and vibrant public space for pedestrians and cyclists alike.  Located at Griffith Park and Sunset Boulevards in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, Sunset Triangle Plaza opens on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 11AM, for a community celebration.

Rendering of Streets for People (Image courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios)

  • Architect: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Name of Project: Sunset Triangle Plaza – Streets for People
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Images courtesy: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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Miami Pier Museum in Miami, Florida by OSO Studio LTD

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: OSO Studio LTD

At the extension of the axis of the fifth avenue, pier museum becomes the ending of the urban space above the sea. The typology of building expresses the conversion and interaction of spatial energy. Simulating the natural growth, along the view toward the seascape in distance, the structure stretch from the beach end to the sea, converts the city space formed by street to a floating seascape terrace, planar pier evolutes to an organic structure, and provides the free path of promenade above the sea level.

Beach View

  • Architects: OSO Studio LTD
  • Project: Miami Pier Museum
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Competition: 2009
  • Software used: Mcneel Rhinoceros 4.0 for modeling; Maxwell Render 1.6 for rendering; Autodesk AutoCAD 2007 for drawings and Adobe Photoshop 9.0 for final process.

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