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Opportunity Center for Employment & Education in Seattle, Washington by Schacht Aslani Architects

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Article source: Schacht Aslani Architects

The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education (OCEE) is a breakthrough project that brings employment and social services agencies together in a central location on a community college campus. This one-stop worksource center provides improved service delivery in the heart of Seattle’s north end. The purpose of the facility is to welcome people, giving visitors and users new to campus a clear sense of access. The building is programmatically open, airy and easy to find on the campus. Simple, clear signage facilitates wayfinding, helping users to navigate through the building.

Images Courtesy Lara Swimmer

  • Architect: Schacht Aslani Architects
  • Name of Project: Opportunity Center for Employment & Education
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Project owner: North Seattle Community College (Seattle, WA)
  • Year completed: 2011
  • Area: 47,450 sf
  • Photo credits: Lara Swimmer, Doug Scott
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2010


2011 Winners of the National Design Exchange Awards

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

In a ceremony on November 23rd the Design Exchange (DX) and distinguished judges announced Canada’s top 50 design projects. In its 20th year the awards welcomed hundreds of applications across Canada in the categories of Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Visual Communications, Fashion and CEO of the Year. Projects were judged on their level of innovation, sustainability/accessibility, function, profitability and aesthetics.

About The Design Exchange:
The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada’s design centre and museum with a mission to promote the value of design. We are an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization committed to promoting greater awareness of design as well as the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality. We build bridges by improving communication between various design disciplines, educators, businesses and the general public through programs, exhibits, lectures, and workshops.

Interior Design Commercial – Gold
Project: Espace Culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
Design Firm: Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architectes / Provencher Roy + Associés, Architectes

Espace Culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme


St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington by ZGF Architects LLP

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Article source: ZGF Architects LLP

Prior to the completion of the new St. Anthony Hospital, the South Sound Region represented one of the largest population centers in the State of Washington without a central community hospital. As a result more than 3,500 emergencies and 4,000 patients requiring overnight care had to travel outside of the area for treatment annually. The 80-bed, 250,000 SF full service hospital in Gig Harbor addresses the need for critical health care services within this growing region, and provides quality care in a patient-centered environment that celebrates the local community’s Native American and maritime history, rich natural landscape, and the connection between nature, health and well-being.

St. Anthony Hospital

  • Architects: ZGF Architects LLP
  • Project: St. Anthony Hospital
  • Location: Gig Harbor, Washington
  • Owner: Franciscan Health System
  • General Contractor: Sellen Construction
  • Developer: The Hammes Company
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Mechanical Engineer: CDi Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Coffman Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: DOWL Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: SiteWorkshop


Camp Paint Rock in Hyattville, Wyoming by Charles Rose Architects Inc.

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Article source: Charles Rose Architects Inc.

The dramatic setting for this unusual project is a 110,000-acre private ranch in north-central Wyoming, replete with steep canyons, tall mesas, rushing streams. The Alm Foundation, a private Los Angeles charity, commissioned Charles Rose Architects to build a camp in this rugged terrain for teen-agers from inner-city Los Angeles. There are 16 buildings in all “clustered around the mouth of a canyon” including boys and girls cabins, a dining hall, director’s house, counselors lodge and stable.

View of Dining Hall at dusk revealing its timber frame construction, looking northeast


Lake Union Float Home in Washington by Designs Northwest Architects

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Article source: Designs Northwest Architects

The float was constructed in Vancouver, BC, and all structural connections had to be located beforehand. The float was moved down to the ship repair yards adjacent Gasworks Park and the home construction was done there. Upon completion, the home was towed across Lake Union by tug and set into its permanent location.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Ben Benschneider)

  • Architect: Designs Northwest Architects
  • Name of Project: Lake Union Float Home
  • Location: Lake Union, Washington
  • Design Team: Dan Nelson AIA – Principal Architect, Shawn Sullivan
  • Interior Designer: Susan Broll
  • Photographer: Ben Benschneider
  • Software used: AutoCad and Sketchup


Brahler Residence in Bay Village, Ohio by robert maschke ARCHITECTS

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Article source: robert maschke ARCHITECTS inc.

Architecture for residential additions is often characterized by two distinct approaches: imitate the style of the home so the addition is indistinguishable or create something clearly new and different. Neither mimicry nor novelty would suffice for the expansion of the Brahler Residence; the unique qualities of the site and a desire to integrate with the existing architecture called for a hybrid strategy.

Exterior View


Small House in Massachusetts by Maryann Thompson Architects

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Article source: Maryann Thompson Architects

Located in Western Massachusetts, the site is a 10-acre sliver of land that runs down an eastern mountain slope of large red oak and birch trees. To preserve and inhabit this forested landscape, the house nestles into its wooded setting with views through the long trunks of downslope trees. The program requirements were to create a simple, modest-sized, 750sf two-bedroom house with the feel of a one-room cabin.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Craig Okerstrom)

  • Architect:Maryann Thompson Architects
  • Name of Project: Small House
  • Location: Western Massachusetts
  • Photographer: Craig Okerstrom, Nathan Eikelberg


Cascading Creek House in Texas by Bercy Chen Studio LP

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Article source: Bercy Chen Studio LP

Cascading Creek House was conceived less as a house and more as an extension and outgrowth of the limestone and aquifers of Central Texas. The primary formal gesture of the project inserts two long native limestone walls to the sloping site, serving as spines for the public wing and private wing of the house. The walls and the wings they delineate shelter a domesticated landscape that serves as an extended living space oriented towards the creek below and protected from the torrents of water draining from the street above during sudden downpours characteristic of the area. The siting of the boundary walls and building elements was informed by the presence and preservation of three mature native oaks.


  • Architects: Bercy Chen Studio LP
  • Project: Cascading Creek House
  • Location: Texas, USA
  • Interior Design: Alan Cano Interiors
  • Builder: Spencer Construction Management.
  • Lighting Design: Recht Lighting
  • Structural Engineer: Conrad Engineering


Brunswick University Center in Ohio by Robert Maschke Architects

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Article source: Robert Maschke Architects

The Brunswick University Center is a new satellite campus for Cuyahoga Community College located in Brunswick, Ohio. The new building situates itself within a campus of existing civic and educational buildings including the Brunswick Community Center, Library, Elementary School, and High School. The design seeks to enhance the campus environment and connection to the context while establishing a unique identity. The Brunswick University Center provides an open and inviting atmosphere for students transitioning to post-secondary education, creating cultural amenity for the community.


Brunswick University Center


Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 in Williamsburg, NY by JDS Architects

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Article source: JDS Architects

Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a recurring nighttime market readies for the holidays with an extravagant showcase for independent artists, crafters, chefs, designers, and musicians in a 40,000 sq foot warehouse with 30-foot ceilings on the waterfront. Founder and Brooklynite Aaron Broudo was inspired by the Southeast Asian night markets — where a manic energy infuses with music as locals and tourists sample dishes and bargain for objects. Brooklyn’s version is a mega-pop-up platform that commingles indie music, handmade zines, homegrown jams, projected art videos and giant helium balloons.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar
  • Architects: JDS Architects
  • Project: Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011
  • Location: Williamsburg, NY


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