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Claremont Residence in Los Angeles, California by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Article source: Altius Architecture

This home is sited on an amazing property that offered both the intimacy of a classic English landscape as well as expansive panoramic views over rolling, rural fields towards Lake Ontario. The goal of the design was to embrace the immediate intimacy of the site while revealing, through the architecture, the extensive views offered from various vantage points within the home. The exposed heavy timber Douglas Fir structure hugs the landscape allowing large expanses of glass to bring the surroundings inside while providing dramatic moments when the endless view exposes itself.

Claremont Residence

 

  • Architects: Altius Architecture
  • Project: Claremont Residence
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Altius Team: Cathy Garrido, Trevor McIvor, Joseph El-Khoury
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell-Bowick Engineering, Toronto
  • Construction Management: Clemenson + Associates, Toronto
  • Mechanical: Just Geothermal
  • Heavy Timber: TimberSystems
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Solar Umbrella in Venice, California by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Nestled amidst a neighborhood of single story bungalows in Venice, California, the Solar Umbrella Residence boldly establishes a precedent for the next generation of California modernist architecture. Located on a 41’ wide x 100’-0” long through lot, the Solar Umbrella addition transforms the architects’ existing 650 square foot bungalow into a 1900 square foot residence equipped for responsible living in the twenty-first century.

 

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Marvin Rand)

  • Architect: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
  • Name of Project: Solar Umbrella
  • Location: 615 Woodlawn Ave, Venice, California
  • Client/Owner: Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa
  • Photography: Marvin Rand

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Southold Animal Shelter in New York by Studio a/b Architects

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Article source: Studio a/b Architects

AIA Peconic Chapter, Merit Award, 2010

An animal shelter is complex, being hospital, refuge, prison, school, community center, and shop. The program required multiple small rooms configured for both interconnections and separations, which careful zoning reinforces. The main entrance divides healthy visits from drop-offs. There are separate entrances for night deliveries of animals, public access to the community room, goods delivery and access to exterior dog runs. Most rooms require exterior exposures for fresh air, sunlight and access.  Sound, safety, air quality and sanitary controls have stringent requirements. A dense, circulation mesh results. To provide expansive places in a compact plan, day-lighting and visual connections between and through spaces are provided.

South façade (Image Courtesy studio a/b architects)

  • Architects: Studio a/b Architects
  • Project: Southold Town Animal Shelter 2009
  • Location: Southold, New York
  • Program: Animal Shelter for Southold Town
  • Structure: NRG concrete masonry units, single wythe, one story.
  • Materials: Asphalt shingles on roof; NRG concrete masonry units split surface on exterior walls; GWB on ceilings, partially sprayed with acoustic material; Epoxy coated floors and walls;
  • Contractor: Construction Consultants, L.I.
  • Site Area: 58,000 sq. ft.
  • Floor Area: 6,910 sq. ft.
  • Photography: studio a/b architects
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN by MS&R Architecture

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Article source: MS&R Architecture

The Mississippi River is an unbroken thread running through the history of the City of Minneapolisand the Northern Plains region. Saint Anthony Falls—the only waterfall on the Mississippi—has attracted people to the region for thousands of years. By 1880, the falls’ massive power was harnessed to drive the turbines in Minneapolis’ monster flour mills, grinding wheat from the vast western plains into flour.

Mill City Museum

 

  • Architects: MS&R Architecture
  • Project: Mill City Museum
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Modern B&B in Houston, Texas by EcoHouse Construction (designed using ArchiCAD)

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Article source: EcoHouse Construction

What began as a development for Enron Corp executives, a townhouse project was redesigned and re-imaged even before completion into a boutique modern hotel. It was named one of 16 hippest hotels by Dwell Magazine soon after it opened its doors.

Night - Photography by Paul Hester - http://www.photogypsies.com/

  • Architects: EcoHouse Construction
  • Project: Modern B&B
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Architect Design: Rodney Collins
  • Photographs: Paul Hester
  • Software used: The design software was pivotal to the design.  It was ArchiCad by Graphisoft.

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Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center in Agua Dulce, California by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects

The Vasquez Rocks Nature and Interpetive Center is a vital gateway to a unique asset in the Los Angeles County Parks system. The high-desert site is one of the most significant natural areas in the region; its sculptural rock formations have inspired generations of visitors and provided the backdrop to dozens of Hollywood movies and television shows. Its location along the Pacific Crest Trail affords hikers on a 2,650-mile walk from Mexico to Canada an unforgettable point of reference.

 

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center

  • Architect: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
  • Name of Project: Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center
  • Location: Agua Dulce, California

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United States Land Port of Entry in Calais, Maine by Robert Siegel Architects

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Article source: Robert Siegel Architects

It is our hope that this building will represent the aspirations of our time and that history will remember us as the generation who, while confronted by terrorism and violence at home and abroad, created architecture to embody the enduring values of our democracy.

Courtyard

  • Architect: Robert Siegel Architects
  • Name of Project: United States Land Port of Entry in Calais, Maine
  • Location: Calais, Maine
  • Completion: November 2009
  • Category: Institutional
  • Size: 100,000 sf building and canopies, 50 acre site
  • Cost: $58,820,150

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Diagonal Passage in Greenport, New York by Studio a/b Architects

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Studio a/b Architects

Awarded AIA Peconic  Jurors Award for Architecture 2009
Platinum rating in the LEED for Homes program 2011

Responding to a long skinny lot (50 ft wide x 166 ft deep) in a village, this project explores the openness between inside/outside spaces using a linear format.  A diagonal wall running from the southwest to the northeast divides the site into “dwelling” and “garden” zones.  The interior space uses the widest possible width at the western end.  The larger, backyard garden is on the eastern end.

South elevation viewed from southwest (Image Courtesy Tony Holmes)

  • Architects: Studio a/b Architects
  • Project: Diagonal Passage
  • Location: Greenport, New York
  • Contractor: Chris Kyprianou
  • Structure: SIP
  • Exterior Wall: White Cedar shingles prestained, Red Cedar siding stained
  • Interior Wall: GWB painted, Pine plywood factory stained
  • Interior Floor: Stranded Bamboo flooring
  • Site Area: 8,310 sq. ft.
  • Floor Area: 2,380 sq. ft.
  • Bibliography: Design through Dialogue, John Wiley & Sons, 2010
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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The Great Pier (Chicago Navy Pier) in Illinois by !melk landscape architecture and urban design

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Article source: !melk landscape architecture and urban design

Great Pier of the Great Lakes

Chicago is known for its penchant to “make no little plans” as Daniel Burnham memorably pronounced over a century ago.  And so today, Chicago’s most popular attraction, Navy Pier is revisiting Burnham’s legacy as it reimagines its potential as a world class cultural destination.  To help realize Navy Pier’s ambitious design goals, a team led by !melk, UrbanLab and HOK has proposed a series of dramatic ideas to reconceptualize Chicago’s preeminent exclamation point extending from the Great Lakes to the world.

 

Gateway plaza aerial view

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Green Woods House in Amagansett, New York by Stelle Architects

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Article source: Stelle Architects

The owner of an existing Acorn house located in the woods in Amagansett, New York came to us with the request to design in its place a modern single-family residence with as much attention to energy use and sustainability as possible. With budget in mind we embarked on an exploration of to achieve this using conventional building methods, which quickly led to a dead end. Enter ASUL, a company from Arizona that specializes in a system based design methodology and a kit of parts site-built assembly process.

Green Woods House

  • Architects: Stelle Architects
  • Project: Green Woods House
  • Location: Amagansett, New York
  • Design Team: Frederick Stelle, Viola Rouhani, Luca Campaiola, Esra Unaldi
  • 3D Renderings: Luca Campaiola
  • Software used: Vectorworks

 

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