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Bjarke Ingels – Hedonistic Sustainability

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Bjarke Ingels has been championing Hedonistic Sustainability – architecture where you don’t sacrifice for the sake of the environment but build sustainable architecture that gives even more hedonistic pleasure to the society.

The theme was picked up by CNN yesterday. Check out CNN’s coverage at:

Bjarke Ingels was also an invited speaker at the TED Conference. Here is the video of his TED Talk:




Denver Central Platte Campus in Denver, Colorado by RNL

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Article source: RNL

Denver Central Platte Campus (DCPC), in Denver, Colorado, was designed and constructed for the City and County of Denver’s Public Works Department. The project is 105,000 sf and is sited on an 18-acre campus. This one stop shop provides state-of-the-art facilities for Fleet Maintenance, Solid Waste Management, Street Maintenance, Traffic Engineering and Right-of-Way Enforcement, including office/warehouse, vehicle maintenance building, covered and heated vehicle storage, fuel and wash facilities and salt and magnesium chloride storage. Located along the South Platte River and adjacent to Interstate 25, the six-building campus is highly visible, making the overall design aesthetic and the project’s integration into the surrounding urban context a key consideration in addition to optimal operational functionality and sustainability.

© Ed LaCasse

  • Architect: RNL
  • Formal name of building: Denver Central Platte Campus
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Date completed: September 2010
  • Associate architects: NA
  • Interior designer: RNL
  • Landscape: RNL
  • Photographer(s) : © Ed LaCasse


Second Second City in Chicago, Illinois by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer of Design

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Article source: Stewart Hicks

This project contends with the competing and overlaid desires for the site of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago by creating a new tourist destination and scenario-planning infrastructure from the existing architecture. On the roof, a 1:25 miniature replica of Chicago is constructed. A clear mound protects the model, provides space for artificial weather equipment and creates unexpected visual connections between both Chicagos. Within the mound, the model acts as a simulator for various future scenarios.

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  • Architects: Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer of Design
  • Project: Second Second City
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Team: Stewart Hicks, Allison Nemwmeyer w/ Min Chen


Mezzo in Phoenix, Arizona by Will Bruder Architects

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Article source: Will Bruder Architects

Approached from its north façade along Whitton Avenue, owners, neighbors and visitors are welcomed to Mezzo through a native desert garden. Site benches and weathered welded wire mesh fences enhance this natural environment and define the exterior spaces of the project. Sandblasted concrete pale green masonry site walls work within this composition to further delineate shared and private areas.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Bill Timmerman)

  • Architects: Will Bruder Architects
  • Project: Mezzo
  • Location: 3438 North 12th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85041
  • Design start: 03/07/2006
  • Construction start & end: 05/31/2007-07/15/2008
  • Client: O’Companies
  • Program: 10 townhouses


Pond House in Cave Creek, Arizona by Will Bruder Architects

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Article source: Will Bruder Architects

Imbedded in a dramatic rock outcrop overlooking a natural, year-round, swimming hole, the Pond House is a bridge to two unique and disparate ecosystems: the Sonoran Desert and its local riparian microcosm. As a modestly scaled 165 square meter weekend retreat, the Pond House also bridges the metropolitan intensity of Phoenix, thirty miles south, with an idyllic oasis of desert calm and contemplation.

Pond House

  • Architects: Will Bruder Architects
  • Project: Pond House
  • Location: Cave Creek, Arizona
  • Clients: Steve Betts & Diane Haller
  • Design: Rob Gaspard
  • Project Architect: Greg Packham, Dominique Price


SNCI Tower NYC in Manhattan, New York by Solus4 Architecture

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Article source: Solus4 Architecture

This iconic 950 foot tall residential tower is proposed for a micro- urban site in New York City. Designed by solus4, an architecture and planning  firm, the tower is a vertical neighborhood creating an efficient and valuable use for a small and otherwise underutilized water’s edge site. Uniquely, the tower is designed by solus4 using their SNCI principals (Sustainable Neighborhood Collaborative Initiative). Applying these principles to a vertical neighborhood requires the full engagement of the design team, the building team, the financing team and the owners.

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  • Architects: Solus4 Architecture
  • Project: SNCI Tower NYC
  • Location: Manhattan, New York
  • Software used: Rhino, 3dsMax 2011 and Photoshop


Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York by Planda Architecture

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Article source: Planda Architecture

“False Modesty”
The project is located in a neighborhood of Manhattan that is in constant mutation. Many buildings have strong typologies in this area: like the New Museum by SANAA on the next block or the Blue Tower by Bernard Tschumi at the opposite end of the project.
The idea was to answer in opposition and to give it a minimal aspect by covering it with an opaque and uniform envelope. As a monolith, the building exists by expressing a clear introversion in a heterogeneous environment.

Perspective01 (Images Courtesy planda-mocca)

  • Architect: Planda Architecture
  • Name of Project: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Architects: Planda, Julien Jacquot & Marc Antoine Maillard, Paris


James Hotel in New York by ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Article source: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C.

This SoHo boutique hotel was designed by ODA in collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects.  Custom interiors by  ODA with Amanda Sullivan, blend artistic essentials  and luxurious functionality.  The hotel design strategy was to bring community together with  hospitality. Each detail of the hotel was meticulously fashioned to inspire the senses with a blend of traditional as well as contemporary.

Night View (Images Courtesy Robert Granoff)

  • Architects: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C.
  • Project Name: James Hotel
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Project Size: 67,000 SF,  114-Key
  • Project Features: rooftop lounge/pool, sky lounge, garden terrace, and restaurant
  • Owner: Brack Capital Real Estate
  • Interior Design: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Amanda Sullivan
  • Photography: Robert Granoff, Frank Oudeman


1800 Larimer in Denver, Colorado by RNL Design

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Article source: RNL Design

RNL designed this 22-story office tower in downtown Denver at 18th & Larimer Streets. It is the first high-rise office building to be built in Denver’s Central Business District (CBD) in more than 25 years. The building offers state of the art class AA lease office space. This project is sustainably designed and is certified LEED-CS Platinum. Featuring high 9’6” ceilings with nearly full height glass and large 24,500 sf floor plates, it is a very attractive draw for Denver businesses.

High-rise office Building (Image Courtesy Frank Ooms)

  • Architects: RNL Design
  • Project: 1800 Larimer
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • RNL Professional Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
  • LEED Certification: USGBC Certified LEED-CS Platinum; Pursuing LEED-CI Platinum for Xcel Energy tenant space (13 floors)


Loloma 5 in Scottsdale, Arizona by will bruder architects, ltd

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Article source: will bruder architects, ltd

The architecture of Loloma 5 is a thoughtful and sophisticated acknowledgement of the traditional and modern roots of its Old Town Scottsdale context—a place with pride in its false-front, covered boardwalk, and “old west” friendly downtown image. The project creates a live/work environment in the heart of Scottsdale that celebrates both the historic and physical context of the place.

Night View (Images Courtesy Bill Timmerman)

  • Architect: will bruder architects, ltd
  • Name  of Project: Loloma 5
  • Location: 3707 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Design: 2002
  • Construction: 2002-2004
  • Photographers: Bill Timmerman


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