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Nobu Restaurant in Milan, Italy by Giaquinto Architetti Associati

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Article source: Giaquinto Architetti Associati

The project consists of the extension of the Nobu restaurant in the Armani center of Via Manzoni Milan. We doubled the extension of the ground floor area that is divided now in lounge area and restaurant. In the restaurant area an extremely big cellar for the wines has been created. This volume became a functional and architectonical element.

Image Courtesy Giaquinto Architetti Associati


Barrier Island House in Vero Beach, Florida by Sanders Pace Architecture

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Article source: Sanders Pace Architecture

This project is located within a waterfront neighborhood of modest 1950’s era houses alongside many more recent supersized replacements. Our process began by evaluating the client’s goals with their existing property in order to determine whether or not the existing single family residence on the site could accommodate their needs. After an early visit to the site it was determined that any improvement to the existing residence would require the demolition of the original terrazzo slab on grade, perhaps the property’s best asset.

Image Courtesy Sanders Pace Architecture


‘Westchester County Center’ Acoustics Revitalized by WSDG

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Article source: WSDG

An entrepreneur with a wide range of music business interests, Irwin Kornfeld has sparked new awareness for the eighty-year-old Westchester County Center.  A major upgrade of the facility’s acoustics, coupled with a state of the art sound system, has landed the WCC and its new “Pepe Infiniti Concert Series” on the radar of booking agents and performing artists seeking viable venues for tri-state concert dates.  The series’ launch featured The Beach Boys in concert in mid-May, nearly fifty years after their first WCC gig. The Johnny Winter Band and Edgar Winter Group, Boston, Il Volo, Whoopie Goldberg, Aretha Franklin and others are booked through November.

Image Courtesy Andrew Stein Videography

  • Project: Westchester County Center – Revitalized Acoustics
  • Location: White Plains, New York
  • Photos by: Andrew Stein Videography
  • Software used: 
  • Revit – for acoustic detailing package
  • CATT-Acoustic – for acoustic modeling
  • WinFlag – to find absorption coefficients for lapendary panels
  • Proprietary WSDG RT60 Calculator – for internal room acoustic calculations
  • B&K P48 mic with a type 4007 capsule – for initial site RT60 acoustic measurements
  • Note: The tricky part in this project was to find the optimum amount of ceiling panels that fit within the budget range. CATT-Acoustic helped accomplish this.


Chosun Residence in Vancouver by Kevin Vallely Architects

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Article source: Kevin Vallely Architects

Situated on the south facing slopes of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains, the Chosun residence pays homage to the tenets of modern architecture while incorporating distinctly regional elements of exposed wood and timber to create a clean, contemporary West Coast esthetic.

Image Courtesy Peter Powles and Kevin Vallely

  • Architects: Kevin Vallely Architects
  • Project: Chosun Residence
  • Location: Vancouver
  • Photography: Peter Powles and Kevin Vallely
  • Software used: Sketchup and Vectorworks


Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York by studioMDA

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: studioMDA

Located in the densely populated gallery neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan, the Paul Kasmin Gallery seeks to create a new dialogue between pedestrian, visitor, and art.  The design of the gallery creates a clean open space connecting the street to the inside.  The gallery features a floor to ceiling glass façade, allowing over sized pieces of art to be delivered.  The interior space benefits from a large skylight, flooding the space with natural light.

Image Courtesy Roland Halbe Photographer

  • Architects: studioMDA
  • Project: Paul Kasmin Gallery
  • Location: New York
  • Photography: Roland Halbe, Karen Fuchs


Restaurant Jaleo in Washington, DC by Capella Garcia Arquitectura

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: Capella Garcia Arquitectura

Jaleois a Spanish word that means shindig, fun, racket, hubbub… It’s something positive, festive, good-natured. This is the aim behind the interior design of the new restaurant. What’s more the word jaleo starts with the initial letters of the name José Andrés. So the design of Jaleo is a mixture of the festive spirit and the particular personality of its owner, one of the most daring culinary creators on the planet.

Image Courtesy Ken Wyner

  • Architects:Capella Garcia Arquitectura
  • Project: Restaurant Jaleo
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Design: Capella Garcia Arquitectura / Juli Capella and Miquel Garcia
  • Collaborator: Lorelay Gazo
  • Local partner: Eric Gronning of ERIC GRONNING ARCHITECTS
  • Jaleo Tapas Bar: by José Andrés
  • Total area: 298 m2 (3,208.69 square feet)
  • Client: José Andrés – Thinkfoodgroup
  • Completion date: August 2012
  • Photographs: Ken Wyner


New Engineering Research, Testing and Education bldg. at University of Alabama in USA by Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS)

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article Source: Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS)

As laboratory architect for the University of Alabama’s (UA) newest building on a growing Science and Engineering Complex, architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent(LAS) was faced with a challenge: program and design 85 highly diverse laboratory spaces in a structure that had to fit within the footprint and site prescribed by a master plan.

The 3,400-square-foot electromechanical systems lab at the University of Alabama’s South Engineering Research Center (SERC). © Jonathan Hillyer / Atlanta

  • Architects: Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS) 
  • Project: New Engineering Research, Testing and Education bldg. at University of Alabama
  • Location:  Alabama, USA
  • Photography: Jonathan Hillyer / Atlanta
  • Project Team:
    UA Facilities (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) – Owner’s Representative
    • Davis Architects (Birmingham, Ala. office) – Architect-of-Record
    • Lord, Aeck & Sargent (Atlanta office) – Laboratory Architect
    • Whitaker & Rawson (Birmingham, Ala.) – MP/FP Engineer
    • Jackson, Renfro & Associates (Birmingham, Ala.) – Electrical Engineer
    • LBYD (Birmingham, Ala. office) – Structural Engineer
    • McGiffert and Associates (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) – Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect
    • Gary C. Wyatt (Birmingham, Ala.) – General Contractor


Right Gin Chicago by Bluarch

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: Bluarch

Located on the penthouse level of a commercial tower, this venue is a private bar/lounge/showroom for the liquor brand Right Gin. Similar venues were built in New York and Miami.

Image Courtesy Bluarch

  • Architects: Bluarch
  • Project: Right Gin Chicago
  • Location: Chicago


United Oil Company Service Stations in California

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Lisa Layne Heckaman

Los Angeles based United Oil Company began incorporating modern architecture and unique interior design elements into their Southern California service stations in the early 80’s, shifting the way consumers experience pumping gas. Since then, the Company has redefined the service station Industry, creating flagship designs, using top-line materials such as hand cut slate, molded copper, and eclectic themes – all influences driven by the architectural vision of United Oil Co. vice president, Jeff Appel. The privately owned, family-run business recently celebrated 50 years in business, and are known for creating incredibly clean, vibrant, and artistic gas stations throughout Southern California – now operating 124 stations to date.

Image Courtesy Erman Smith

  • Architects: Jon Enache, United Oil Co., 2012
  • Project: United Oil Company Service Stations
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA


625 Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, DC by Suzane Reatig Architecture

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Suzane Reatig Architecture

One of the main goals for the Bailey Park Apartments was to provide much needed housing sized for families in the heart of the city. Located steps from the Shaw Metro, the site is tapered, with one short side facing the street and one long side bounded by a public alley. The architect determined that increasing the density would make the most of the downtown location and the site. Working closely with city officials, the site was rezoned to replace four dilapidated townhouses with a 16-unit apartment building.

Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer

  • Architects: Suzane Reatig Architecture
  • Project: 625 Rhode Island Avenue
  • Location: 625 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20001
  • Photography: Alan Karchmer
  • Owner: TheUnited House of Prayer for All People
  • Contractor: McCullough Construction
  • Consultants: Tadjer Cohen Edelson, CAS Engineering
  • Project Completion: August 1, 2012


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