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Kendall Square Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts by CO Architects

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Article source: CO Architects

To ensure design excellence, Lyme Properties—original developer, which then sold to BioMed Realty—sponsored an invited, international design competition for the 1.3-million-square-foot Kendall Square mixed-use project in Cambridge, MA. The objective was to create a cluster of high-caliber laboratory buildings to position Kendall Square as a major research center strategically located in close proximity to MIT and Harvard. In addition to providing new laboratories, the developer wanted to animate the neighborhood street life by offering urban amenities including a hotel, housing, shops, restaurants, and open public space.

Image Courtesy © Roland Halbe

  • Architects: CO Architects
  • Project: Kendall Square Research Laboratory
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Photography: Roland Halbe

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Robin Restaurant in San Francisco, California by TODD DAVIS ARCHITECTURE

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Article source: TODD DAVIS ARCHITECTURE 

The 1,250 square foot Robin is the dynamic reflection of the collaboration between architect Todd Davis’ and chef Adam Tortosa’s vision for the space. Robin is not a traditional omakase restaurant, with the sushi cases built level into the thick Brazilian slate just above the wood bar giving the diner a sense that the chefs are preparing the food just for them with no distractions. The fire clay tiles and murals by Caroline Lizarraga add a final touch to the interior experience.

Image Courtesy © Patrcia Chang

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Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery in Dearborn, Michigan by James Carpenter Design Associates

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Article source: James Carpenter Design Associates

As part of his encyclopedic collection of American industry and ingenuity, Henry Ford transported this machine shop from New England to this site within the Liberty Craftworks at Greenfield Village, where it houses the museum’s glass gallery. JCDA’s renewal of the building articulates the site, connecting the gallery entrance to the hot shop by rotating the vestibule to face it.

The Added Architectural Features Are Clearly Distinguished From The Existing, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

  • Architects: James Carpenter Design Associates
  • Project: Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery
  • Location: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
  • Photography: James Haeffner
  • Client: Henry Ford Museum
  • General Contractor: O’Neal Construction
  • Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann and Partner / Beckett & Raeder

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Jefferson Park Apartments in Louisville, Kentucky by Mindel Scott & Associates

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Article source: Mindel Scott & Associates

The Jefferson Park Apartments in Louisville, KY, is a new multi-family residential development equipped with 29,120 total sq. ft. of Everlast® Advanced Composite Siding by Chelsea Building Products.

Jefferson Park Apartments is comprised of two buildings — a two-story with 16 units and a three-story with 24 units — in addition to parking garages built for residents. The owners chose Everlast® in three rich colors – Chestnut, Flagstone, and Sand Dune – providing a harmonious blend of natural, cool, and warm tones.

The multiple colors complement each other and give the apartments a diverse aesthetic. The project team was able to choose their colors and – since Everlast® requires no caulking or painting – have it delivered and ready to install.

Image Courtesy © Steve Scott

  • Architects: Mindel Scott & Associates
  • Project: Jefferson Park Apartments
  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Photography: Steve Scott

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Ballantrae Court in Florida by KZ Architecture

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Article source: KZ Architecture

This Residence was developed as a seasonal home in a golf community in South Florida.  The program specified ample guest accommodations for the clients’ extended family and friends.

The project involved a large program that would yield a massive home on a limited and restricted site.  The design strategy involved deconstructing the volume into pavilions that could generate a dialogue between built form and landscape and create intimate connections between the golf course and the living spaces.

View from the rear. Generous overhangs and louvers pervade throughout the structure to protect it from the harsh Florida sun. Spacious and distinct exterior living spaces such as terraces, porches and balconies continuously connect the structure to the outside, seamlessly integrating indoor and outdoor spaces, Image Courtesy © Robin Hill

  • Architects: KZ Architecture
  • Project: Ballantrae Court
  • Location: South Florida, USA
  • Photography: Robin Hill

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Hope’s® Steel Windows and Doors Open Up Living Spaces of D.C. Home in Washington, D.C. by ROBERT M. GURNEY, FAIA

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Article source: ROBERT M. GURNEY, FAIA

Hope’s® Hopkins Series™ steel slide and fold doors along with Landmark175™ Series steel windows and doors, all featuring Thermal Evolution™ technology, lend a modern aesthetic to the traditional style of this Washington, D.C. home.

Hopkins Series slide and fold doors on the ground level help create a seamless transition from the beautiful backyard garden to the modern, art-inspired interior.

The existing D.C. residence had a traditional layout with compartmentalized spaces, heavy trim, and a dark palette of materials. The scenic garden, developed over the owners’ thirty years at the property, seemed isolated from the interior spaces.

Image Courtesy © Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography

  • Architects: ROBERT M. GURNEY, FAIA
  • Project: Hope’s® Steel Windows and Doors Open Up Living Spaces of D.C. Home
  • Location: Washington, D.C., USA
  • Photography: Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography

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Stack House in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Lazor Office

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Article source: Lazor Office 

The Stack House is essentially a stack of blocks. Solid blocks of private spaces are stacked in an open, laced pattern to form voids for shared living space. The blocks are positioned in response to the urban and natural setting in relation to the site. The result is an open, two-story void of shared space that is simultaneously protected for privacy and immersed in its natural surroundings. Contrasting materials express this stacking and shifting on the exterior. Inside, the blocks are carefully carved with curves and surfaced in white oak to shape more intimate spaces to join a family together to share a meal, to recline, read and take in the majestic oak outside, or to play the piano and fill the void with music.

Image Courtesy © Lazor Office

  • Architects: Lazor Office
  • Project: Stack House
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Software used: SketchUp, Autocad, Revit, Rhino
  • Completion Date: 2016

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Self-Excavation Hurricane House in Louisiana by Margot Krasojević Architects

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Article source: v2com

The hurricane house is located near the Louisiana coastline which has a history of hurricanes and their destructive effects.

Due to Louisianna’s location along the Gulf of Mexico and bordering the Atlantic, ocean storms accelerate descending on the state from the coast of Africa which is where they are formed.

Constructed wetland floodwater drainage frame, Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojević

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California by CO Architects

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Article source: CO Architects

CO Architects’ innovative expansion and modernization of the 100-year-old Natural History Museum (NHM) of Los Angeles County fully engages museum-goers and puts an interactive and contextually responsive public face on the museum. Through a highly visible redesign of the museum’s North Campus, featuring a new glass pavilion, entry bridge, outdoor amphitheater, and newly developed landscape, the museum has become an inviting indoor-outdoor experience for visitors and passersby. The iconic Beaux-Arts style 1913 Building was retrofitted and renovated—along with the famed Dinosaur Hall—via an investigative process referencing original drawings to preserve the building’s infrastructure. With a completely re-imagined campus, the museum now offers its patrons an active and dynamic center for public engagement and scientific exploration for the next century.

Image Courtesy © Tom Bonner

  • Architects: CO Architects
  • Project: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Location: Los Angeles County, California
  • Photography: Tom Bonner, Tom Lamb and 2_L_Studio
  • Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
  • Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
  • Civil Engineers: Psomas
  • Size: 108,000 square feet indoors; 3.5 acres outdoors

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Zig Zag in Los Angeles, California by Dan Brunn Architecture

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Article source: Dan Brunn Architecture

Israeli-born architect Dan Brunn, AIA, of Los Angeles, designed a modern waterfront home with deep terraces on each floor to maximize outdoor spaces and ocean views. The three-story house occupies a narrow oceanfront lot on Venice Beach between a house previously completed by Brunn (for a different owner) and a two-story apartment building. This tight infill site led the architect to maximize openness and daylight inside the house so the rooms feel spacious and unencumbered. Numerous skylights, floor-to-ceiling glass, and generous windows illuminate the house from the top and sides. The zig-zag shape of the beachfront balconies, gray stucco panels, and rhythmic window patterns create dynamic façades. The visual interplay of projecting and recessed planes facing the beach suggests the ebb and flow of the ocean tides as seen from the house—and artfully comply with local set-back and height regulations.

Image Courtesy © Brandon Shigeta

  • Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture
  • Project: Zig Zag
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Photography: Brandon Shigeta
  • Client: Bruce and Erica Alberts
  • General Contractor: RJC Builders
  • Structural Engineer: The Office of Gordon L. Polon
  • Civil Engineer: Obando and Associates, Inc.
  • Size: 4,500 square feet; three floors

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