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VilLA NM in New York by UNStudio

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: UNStudio

Vacation home

VilLA NM not a regular house, it is not meant for everyday living. It is a house for summers, for weekends, for stolen time. This is a house that you share with your immediate family, with your most intimate friends. The house is compact, as vacation homes often are: like the dacha and lake-side cabin of Russia and Scandinavia the house offers a simple, private, family and nature orientated retreat from urban life. There is none of the clutter of regular life; the house allows you to move through the pleasures of the day with unencumbered ease. All white and smooth, VilLA NM is a futuristic hut; a rural retreat for a family of idealistic, glamorous urbanites.


Entrance (Images Courtesy Christian Richters)

  • Architect: UNStudio
  • Name of Project: VilLA NM
  • Location: Upstate New York
  • Time period: 2000-2007
  • Client: Anonymous
  • Program: Single family house
  • Photos: Christian Richters


Black White Residence in Bethesda, Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: David Jameson Architect

Inhabiting the masonry shell of an existing house, this project engages the phenomenon of ruins and explores the idea of aperture. The design program called for renovating the main level and adding a second level with a significantly smaller footprint.

Black White Residence


  • Architects: David Jameson Architect
  • Project: Black White Residence
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Unseen Current in Chicago, Illinois by Ball-Nogues Studio

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Ball-Nogues Studio

How do we build something that modulates space and changes the circulation path of an existing architectural environment by using almost no material?  What does it mean to fill space with volume that is on the threshold of absence?

Images Courtesy Michelle Litvin

  • Architect: Ball-Nogues Studio
  • Name of Project: Unseen Current
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Completed: 2008
  • Photographer: Michelle Litvin and Ball-Nogues Studio


The Greater Texas Foundation Headquarters in Bryan by Furman + Keil Architects

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Furman + Keil Architects

The new home for the non-profit Greater Texas Foundation is expected to be the first LEED certified building in Bryan, Texas, with an expected LEED GOLD rating.

Owner Background

The Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) is a tax-exempt organization focused on improving education in the state of Texas. Their mission supports efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete post-secondary education, with a particular focus on helping underserved and disadvantaged populations. They pursue their mission by forming public-private partnerships, supporting research, sharing knowledge and making grants.



Carlsbad High School in San Diego, California by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article source: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Carlsbad High School students returned from their holiday break last week to find 11 brand new education buildings and a central plaza awaiting them.  Located at 3557 Lancer Way in Carlsbad, Calif., the $47 million classroom complex was constructed by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation’s leading education facility builders, on behalf of the Carlsbad Unified School District.


Carlsbad High School


Schindler Elevator Corporation U.S. Headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey by ikon.5 architects

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: ikon.5 architects

The interior renovation of the Swiss-based Schindler Elevator Corporation transforms an existing mundane 1970’s office building into a distinctive U.S. Headquarters. Schindler’s objective was to create an interior environment that expressed the minimal and purist design aesthetics of its Swiss engineering heritage. Schindler’s corporate mission is to safely move millions of people each day with their elevators and escalators throughout the world. Inspired by contemporary artists working with light and color to illustrate space and movement, our design creates a series of one point perspective ‘mise en scènes’ that abstractly explore movement and displacement.

Images Courtesy James D’Addio

  • Architect: ikon.5 architects
  • Name of Project: Schindler Elevator Corporation U.S. Headquarters
  • Location: Morristown, New Jersey
  • Photos: © James D’Addio
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah by Will Bruder + Partners

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: Will Bruder + Partners

KAC as Urban Magnet…

Will Bruder + PARTNERS’ design proposal for the reinvented Kimball Art Center creates a community arts pavilion that is scaled to and complementary to its urban context — proportioned to be understood and enjoyed both from the pace of a pedestrian on Main Street or through the perspective of a visitor’s windshield as they arrive in Park City. The Kimball Art Center is conceived as a comfortable building of its place and time that also celebrates the challenge of ‘the new’. It is a home to the possibilities of ‘making and ideas’, as it serves its mission of providing quality arts education, exhibition, and events.


Heber Ave and Main St looking northwest

  • Architects: Will Bruder + Partners
  • Project: Kimball Art Center
  • Location: Park City, Utah
  • Design lead: will bruder
  • Design team: andrebighorse, patrickbradley, craigchapple, elizabethgalvez, rob gaspard, richardjensen, christophkaiser, ethanlay-sleeper, kentmcclure, ben nesbeitt, angelapoorman, louise  roman, anthonytuminello, matt winquist withbrucetaylor of summit design architecture Park City, UT, &mark rudow of rudow and berry structural engineers


The School of Art and Design at The New York State College of Ceramics by ikon.5 architects

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Article source: ikon.5 architects

The McGee Art Pavilion is an expansion to the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, New York. The Pavilion is designed as a large ceramic vessel for holding art and light. It is set on a plaza between two existing campus buildings on Academic Alley – the main pedestrian thoroughfare on the campus. Its ceramic façade, made of un-glazed terra cotta tubes, is a solar and rain screen. The unglazed terra cotta tubes that make up the screen are expressive of ceramic vessels and art objects being created inside the School of Art and Design.

Night View (Images Courtesy Brad Feinknopf)

  • Architect: ikon.5 architects
  • Name of Project: The School of Art and Design at The New York State College of Ceramics
  • Location: New York State College of Ceramics, New York
  • Images: © Brad Feinknopf
  • Software used: AutoCAD


See Through Townhouses in Washington, D.C. by Suzane Reatig Architecture

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Article source: Suzane Reatig Architecture

The site is located in the up and coming Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In this residential neighborhood of two- and three-story row houses, the challenge was to design a new duplex residence that would respect and complement the historic context as well as provide uplifting spaces for the inhabitants.

Front at night (Images Courtesy Robert Lautman & Suzane Reatig)

  • Architect: Suzane Reatig, FAIA – Suzane Reatig Architecture
  • Project Name: See Through Townhouses
  • Location: 506 O Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Project Type: Residential – Single Family
  • Photo Credits: Robert Lautman  & Suzane Reatig
  • Awards: 2009 AIA DC/Washingtonian Residential Design Award, 2008 AIA DC Merit Award in Architecture


Coupet Enclosure in Chicago, Illinois by Studio IDE

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Article source: Studio IDE

This project mandated the division of an awkwardly-configured bedroom into two distinct sleeping quarters.  Because of the open character of the loft space and the existing tall ceilings, we approached the solution with the understanding that the new configuration would ultimately result in relatively small yet tall spaces.   In light of this, we chose to bring down one’s visual perception of the spaces and created a separation which allowed for one dedicated (existing) window within each of the new rooms.

View Towards the Bedroom Entry

  • Architects: Studio IDE
  • Project: Coupet Enclosure
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Design Team: Vladimir Radutny, Paul Tebben, Joe Signorelli, Lorena Darquea Schettini
  • Contractor: Harder Brothers Inc.
  • Project Area: 275 sq.ft.
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: STUDIO IDE


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