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Retreat in Michigan by Salmela Architect

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Article source: Salmela Architect

The client’s goal for this retreat was to create a beautiful series of structures and spaces to sustain the environment and family over the long term where relatives and friends will visit, stay and return again and again and the land will be cared for. The 16 acre site is three miles from the Sleeping Bear dunes on Lake Michigan. 10 acres comprise of a field of crops and 6 acres of a tall beech forest touching 290′ of shoreline of this small inland lake. The solution has entailed restoring the field from crop land to native grasses. Walking pathways were created that align and converge with the entry drive into the forest which leads to the dwellings.

Images Courtesy Paul crosby

  • Architect: Salmela Architect
  • Name of Project: Retreat in Michigan
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Client: Yingst family
  • Photographer: Paul crosby
  • Software used: Design was hand drawn and documents produced in AutoCAD.

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Blair Barn House in Wisconsin by Alchemy Architects

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Article source: Alchemy Architects

Alchemists live in the Midwest and we love barns. Our clients love barns. Everyone loves barns. Imagine a house that took all the great things about barns and left those other things to the cows? Alchemy designed a house that takes all its clues from the 19th century but updates them for the 21st Century Featuring Barn siding with light filtering through a Few, but large openings, a sleeping loft and bedrooms in the cellar. And, of course, Barn Space an open 2-story room with two volumes inserted within. One in steel, the other in ash strips, they provide under-and over spaces like a hayloft.

Exterior View

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Fire Station 30 in Seattle, WA by Schacht Aslani Architects

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Schacht Aslani Architects

The civic scale of Fire Station 30 marks the transition between the commercial activity of Rainier Avenue and the residential Mt. Baker neighborhood. The scale and material presence of the two‐story building make it an anchor along historic Mt. Baker Boulevard. The highly transparent street façade allows passers‐by to view activity within. At night, the illuminated building becomes a beacon of the Seattle Fire Department’s presence within and commitment to its community.

Image Courtesy Mike Jensen

  • Architects: Schacht Aslani Architects
  • Project: Fire Station 30
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Project owner: The City of Seattle (Seattle, WA)
  • Year completed: 2011
  • Area: 9,120 sf
  • Photo credits: Mike Jensen
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2010

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Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building in Orange County, California by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building Achieve LEED Gold Certification

Built by McCarthy Building Companies and designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, the $73 million university project in Orange County utilizes a green roof and solar panels among other environmentally conscious features.

Soka University of America’s new Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building project, which opened in September 2011, recently received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The Soka Performing Arts Center, which is located on 1.9 acres of the Soka University campus in AlisoViejo, serves as a venue in South Orange County for concerts, theater productions, lectures and assemblies, furthering Soka University’s role as a cultural center and community gathering place.

Night View

  • Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
  • Name of Project: Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building
  • Location: Orange County, California
  • Built by: McCarthy Building Companies
  • Sofwtare used: Autodesk Navisworks Soka Performing Arts Center and Academic Building project. BIM modeling review was utilized for the MEP systems and the structural steel frame for both buildings. This allowed the parties in various locations to “meet” to review the design layout and construction. At the early stages of the project, weekly on-line model review meetings were conducted between the owner, engineer, equipment suppliers, McCarthy and other key site contractors. During construction, specific on-line BIM conferences allowed the team to review any installation conflicts or issues and provide quick resolutions.

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Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse in Manhattan, New York by Dean/Wolf Architects

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Dean/Wolf Architects

The Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse is an addition and renovation of a Tribeca loft building.  The existing structure, a traditional New York warehouse covers the entire lot, consuming the exterior space traditional in domestic construction.  Inverting the conventional townhouse organization recovers this coveted ground.  Dissipating energy into the dark center of this converted warehouse, three double story voids animate the missing “garden” of the townhouse providing light, air, and visual contemplation.  Admitting light and townhouse “garden” uses, these new spaces provide the structure for domestic life.  Exterior court, reading court, and playroom are suspended into the void.  Conceived as new construction built upside down into an existing building, they dissipate a radiant energy into the host.

Image Courtesy Paul Warchol

  • Architects: Dean/Wolf Architects
  • Project: Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse
  • Location: Manhattan (TriBeCa), New York
  • Completion Date (Month and Year):June 2010
  • Gross square footage:10,500
  • Total construction cost:Withheld
  • Owner: Name Withheld
  • Partner in Charge: Kathryn Dean, AIA
  • Project Architect: Charles Wolf

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Rosarito Condominium Development in Baja California Norte, Mexico by Pascal Arquitectos

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Article source: Pascal Arquitectos

Located in a cliff of 30 metres high between Rosarito and Ensenada, this condiminium complex tries to satisfy beach property growing demand in Baja California area.

This project design responds first of all to the property’s particular sunpath diagram, to the geographical conditions and to the real state business situation. This product is addressed to a upper middle class market.

 

Exterior View

  • Architect: Pascal Arquitectos – Carlos Pascal, Gerard Pascal
  • Name of Project: Rosarito Condominium Development
  • Location: Baja California Norte, Mexico
  • Area: 30,000 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Software used: AutoCAD for drawings, images by hand

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St. Petersburg Pier in Florida by Bjarke Ingels Group

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Article source: Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG PRESENTS ITS FINALIST SCHEME FOR ST. PETERSBURG PIER

The city of St. Petersburg has released the three final designs for the St. Pete Pier including BIG’s the Wave, conceived as a strong character on the skyline and waterline of St Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Its characteristic waves and curves lend themselves to an array of activities around and within them.

The Pier is integral to the identity of St. Petersburg – a landmark – or rather watermark – that is a point of reference and a gathering point for the people of the city.

Images Courtesy BIG

  • Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Name of Project: St.Petersburg Pier
  • Location: City of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
  • Client: City of St. Petersburg
  • Collaboration: mesh, Martha Schwarz Partners, Atelier Ten, Thornton Thomasetti, Parsons Brinckerhoff, HR&A, CC&A
  • Size: 424,000 SF / 39,400 m2
  • Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Daniel Kidd
  • Team: Marcella Martinez, Andreia Teixeira, Suemin Jeon, Alessandro Ronfini, Chris Falla, Ho Kyung Lee, Jeremy Alain Siegel, David Brown

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The Center for Life Science in Boston, Massachusetts by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Article source: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

The Center for Life Science | Boston is the first of its kind in the country, a speculative, privately-owned, high-rise, multi-tenant laboratory building that offers flexible, cutting-edge research space to leading academic and medical institutions— Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital Boston, and the Immune Disease Institute—without the institutions’ having to spend their own capital dollars. The 22-story building is located in the Blackfan Research District of Boston’s renowned Longwood Medical Area, home to the highest concentration of life science researchers in the world.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jeffrey Totaro)

  • Architects: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
  • Project: The Center for Life Science
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Owner: BioMed Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Developer: Lyme Properties, LLC
  • Construction Manager: William A. Berry & Son, Inc.
  • MEP Engineer: AHA Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: McNamara/Salvia, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Copley Wolff Design Group
  • Acoustical Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Photographers: Jeffrey Totaro
  • Software used: Given the high rise nature of the project, as well as the unusual geometry, designing and constructing the exterior curtain wall and its supporting structure was critical to maintain the budget and schedule.  TK&A used an early version of BIM software to describe the various design options, both in terms of the visual geometry and the physical construction of the components and structural attachments.

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Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas by Foster + Partners

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Article source: Foster + Partners

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is one of the four venues that comprises the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a new center for music, theatre and dance in downtown Dallas that opens on October 12, 2009. The Winspear Opera House provides a new home for The Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Broadway productions and numerous other performing arts organizations and touring productions that serve Dallas and the surrounding areas.

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Name of Project: Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
  • Location: Dallas, Texas

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SFMOMA’s expansion in San Francisco, California by Snøhetta

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Article source: Snøhetta

SFMOMA ANNOUNCES NEW CAPITAL CAMPAIGN GOAL AND UNVEILS DETAILS OF DESIGN AND EXPANDED BUILDING PROGRAM.

Museum Increases Scope of Expansion Project with Near ly 80 Percent of Capi tal Campaign Goal Raised Two Years Ahead of Groundbreaking.

Design Features Free Ground-Level Gal leries and Publ ic Spaces and Dedicated Educational Spaces throughout the Museum.

With 79 percent of the capital campaign goal raised two years ahead of the groundbreaking for the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the museum’s Board of Trustees has approved visitor- and city-friendly enhancements to the original design program and, in turn, has raised the capital campaign goal to $555 million from $480 million, an increase of 15 percent.

  • Architect: Snøhetta
  • Name of Project: SFMOMA’s expansion
  • Location: San Francisco, California

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