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Water House in Coastal Connecticut by Newick Architects

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Article source: Newick Architects
Photographs: Robert Benson Photography

Located on an extraordinary coastal Connecticut site, this house sits at the edge of Long Island Sound. A four bedroom, simple plan, 1950’s ranch existed on the site when the project began. Its proximity to the water would not have been replicable if not for the existing condition. A sixty foot long window wall, eight feet high now offers an unobstructed view of the Sound. The colors and materials of the interior range from grey to white and have surface reflectivity that ranges from matte to reflective.

 

Water House Coastal Connecticut

  • Architect: Newick Architects
  • Name of Project: Water House
  • Location: Coastal Connecticut, United States
  • Software used: AutoCad and 3D Studio Max

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LumenHAUS in Washington D.C. by Virginia Tech Solar Team

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Article source: Virginia Tech Solar Team

The house is both a dwelling and an exhibition informing the public about issues of alternative energy and sustainability. It has been exhibited in Washington D.C., Times Square, Madrid, Spain, Millennium Park, and at the Farnsworth House in Plano Ill.

Image Courtesy Virginia Tech Solar Team

  • Architects: Virginia Tech Solar Team
  • Project: LumenHAUS
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Owner: School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP
  • Cladding/Material Fabrication: Zahner and Associates, Inc.
  • Control Systems: Siemens
  • Geothermal Materials: Mechanical Equipment Sales
  • Hardware: Hafele America Co.
  • Photovoltaics: Solar Connexions; Baseline Solar; SMB Solar; RTKL
  • Photography: Virginia Tech Solar Team

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The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science completes a computer science complex on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. The building houses four departments of the School of Computer Science providing offices, conference rooms, open collaborative spaces, closed project rooms and a reading room for more than 120 faculty, 350 graduate students, 100 researchers or postdoctoral fellows and 50 administrative staff members along with a more public component of 10 university classrooms, a 250 seat auditorium, a cafe and 2 university computer clusters.

Images Courtesy © Timothy Hursley and © Nic Lehoux

  • Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
  • Name of Project: The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Owner: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Associate Architect: Gensler
  • Local Architect: EDGE Studio
  • Photo Credit: © Timothy Hursley, © Nic Lehoux

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41 Cooper Square in New York City by Morphosis Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Morphosis Architects

41 Cooper Square, the new academic building for The Cooper Union in New York City, aspires to manifest the character, culture, and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded. The institution remains committed to Peter Cooper’s radically optimistic intention to provide an education “as free as water and air” and has subsequently grown to become a renowned intellectual and cultural center for the City of New York.

Image Courtesy Iwan Baan

  • Architects: Morphosis Architects
  • Project: 41 Cooper Square
  • Location: New York City
  • Owner: The Cooper Union
  • Associate Architect: Gruzen Samton, LLP
  • Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
  • Landscape Architects: Signe Nielsen
  • Acoustics: Newson Brown Acoustic, LLC
  • Project Contributors: Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC ; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc; John A. Martin Associates, Inc.; Goldstein Associates, PLLC; IBE Consulting Engineers; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Steve Rosenstein Associates, Inc; Pentagram Design Abbott Miller; Auerbach Pollock Friedlander; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Barnes Wentworth; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Arup Fire; Berzak Schoen Consultants, Ltd; Van Deusen & Associates; Gordon H. Smith Corporation; Henshell & Buccellato; Atelier Ten; Synergy Engineering; Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Inc

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STEVEN HOLL, FAIA, AWARDED THE 2012 AIA GOLD MEDAL BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Steven Holl Architects

STEVEN HOLL, FAIA, AWARDED THE 2012 AIA GOLD MEDAL BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

Profession’s highest honor goes to architect known for humanist approach to formal experimentation

Washington, D.C., December 9, 2011 – The Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted today to award the 2012 AIA Gold Medal to Steven Holl, FAIA. The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an individual can receive. The Gold Medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Holl will be honored at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Holl and his firm, Steven Holl Architects have completed projects that tackle the urban-scale planning and development conundrums that define success in the built environment throughout the world. He’s able to work with diverse clients to get his projects executed, all while being a tenured professor at Columbia University. His explorations have served as an inspiration to his colleagues.

Higgins Hall

Holl completed two projects located in China in 2009 that are emblematic of his approach to architecture and his innovative method of design inquiry. His Linked Hybrid, in Beijing, is a series of circularly arranged towers, filled with 700 apartments and enough ancillary programming (hotels, schools, restaurants, park spaces) to form its own micro-urban community. The towers are linked by a system of 20th floor skywalks that trace a ring of public programs. In contrast to the mega-block street walls typically erected by Chinese developers, the Hybrid invites the city in with green space, public programs, and playfully varied porous massing.

The Vanke Center in Shenzhen is quite literally a horizontal skyscraper: a long rectilinear mass tipped on its side with arms and branches reaching out from its main stem. Holl’s building hovers above garden and park spaces on eight legs, creating a shaded micro-climate and quality public outdoor space that’s sorely lacking in developing-world cities. Making the building co-exist with the green space below necessitated that this developing nation take a fundamental symbol of its burgeoning prosperity–a new shimmering high rise tower–and tip it on its side. Such depth of inquiry and lack of presupposition in Holl’s work makes this kind of audacious gambit almost common in his buildings.

Knut Hamsun Center

In addition to China, Holl’s work can be seen across the United States and Europe. Examples of his work include:

  • The Nelson Atkins Museum Bloch Building in Kansas City, Mo., a subterranean art museum expansion that pierces the ground plane with five translucent boxes that materialize light like blocks of ice.
  • MIT’s Simmons Hall in Cambridge, Mass., a dormitory that Holl used to develop his ideas about urban porosity, later seen in his Chinese projects. Based around the conceptual motif of a sponge, the building features irregular volumetric gaps and transparencies, as well as vertical, funnel-shaped incisions that act as light and air chimneys.
  • The Knut Hamsun Center in Norway, a historical museum honoring the Norwegian writer that takes cues from Hamsun’s work to create a wooded vernacular-referenced façade pierced by walkways and glass observation decks, literary symbols of hidden impulses.
  • NYU’s Department of Philosophy in New York City, which redesigns the interior of a historic masonry building and inserts an open six-story light shaft, taking formal and conceptual guidance from the work of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
  • Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall Insertion, an addition to Pratt’s architecture school, in New York City, that join two red brick buildings with a glowing bar-shaped volume of varying transparency and opacity.

Linked Hybrid

“What, in my view, especially commends him as a candidate for the Gold Medal,” wrote Harry Cobb, FAIA, of Pei Cobb Freed, in a recommendation letter, “is his brilliantly demonstrated capacity to join his refined design sensibility to a rigorously exploratory theoretical project.”

Holl is the 68th AIA Gold Medalist. He joins the ranks of such visionaries as Thomas Jefferson (1993), Frank Lloyd Wright (1949), Louis Sullivan (1944), LeCorbusier (1961), Louis Kahn (1971), I.M. Pei (1979), Santiago Calatrava (2005), Glenn Murcutt (2009, and Fumihiko Maki (2011)). In recognition of his legacy to architecture, his name will be chiseled into the granite Wall of Honor in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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SnackBox in Times Square, New York by Aedifica

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Article source: Aedifica

The SnackBox has found home in the heart of Times Square. Ædifica and MuvBox have been recently awarded 2 prizes at the Retail Design Institute’s International Store Design Competition 2011: the first in the Pop Up Store/Shop category, and the other in the Special Awards category. The 20-feet long container was selected among about 80 proposals by local restaurant owners and had to comply with New York City’s security departments in this high traffic area.

SnackBox

  • Architect: Aedifica
  • Name of Project: SnackBox
  • Location: Times Square, New York

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Wyckoff Exchange in Brooklyn, NY by Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC

Narrative:

The Wyckoff Exchange commission required the economical and adaptive re-use of two abandoned warehouses to create 10,000 square feet of raw space for retail and cultural uses in the emerging but underserved neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. This place is marked by the strong traces of a gritty industrial past, and is rapidly transforming into a center of art and creativity.

Night View

  • Architect: Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC
  • Project Name: Wyckoff Exchange
  • Location: 22-28 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
  • Completion Date: January 2011
  • Category: Retail
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Café 3 in Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York by Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC

This café serving espresso, wine and pastries is a compliment to and a comment on Wright’s design. Our intent is to make this an intervention in the space, within Wright’s language and his philosophy by shaping and transforming the iconic forms of the building. The threaded logic of these monolithic Corian planes and volumes moving through the space, allow the visitor to both create and experience the space’s kinetic energy simultaneously. These curves link our design not only with the museum’s architecture, but with its art as well. Kandinsky’s swooping lines and Stella’s restraint reverberate here. The café is simple, but says a lot; not tense minimalism, but calm purity. Like the museum, even when filled with a blur of moving bodies, it remains still.

Espresso Bar Entrance (Images Courtesy Peter Aaron at ESTO, Eric Laignel)

  • Architect: Andre Kikoski Architect, PLLC
  • Project Name: Café 3
  • Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  • Scale: 850 SF
  • Completion Date: 2007
  • Photographer: Peter Aaron at ESTO, Eric Laignel

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Bus Shelter in Raleigh, North Carolina by Clark Nexsen

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: Clark Nexsen

Completed in 2007, the bus shelter is a prototype design that has been initially constructed on the Main Campus of Wake Tech Community College. As the College’s enrollment grows and the subsequent demand for public transportation increases, this prototype will be located on all of the current and future campuses. The bus shelter received a 2008 AIA National Small Project Structures Award.

Rear view at sunset (Image Courtesy JWest Productions)

  • Architects: Clark Nexsen (formerly Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee)
  • Project: Bus Shelter
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Client: Wake Technical Community College
  • Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Douglas Brinkley, Marni Rushing, David Hill
  • Completion: 2007
  • Photographs: JWest Productions

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Park Shops Adaptive Reuse in Raleigh, North Carolina by Clark Nexsen

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Clark Nexsen

A three-story, 51,000-square-foot classroom and research building at North Carolina State University, with lecture halls, laboratories, advising offices, a television production studio, video editing suites, and an internet café. The L-shaped structure defines a new campus plaza. This project received a 2011 National AIA CAE Facility Design Merit Award.

Plaza view of exterior (Images Courtesy JWest Productions)

  • Architect: Clark Nexsen (formerly Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee)
  • Project: Park Shops Adaptive Reuse
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Client: North Carolina State University
  • Project Team: Donna Francis, Don Kranbuehl, Clymer Cease, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey
  • Size: 51,000 SF
  • Completion: 2009
  • Photographs: JWest Productions
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Revit

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