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Double Stick in Beverly Hills, California by Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Article source: Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]

This single-family residence that sits atop an existing flat pad features a façade held in place by a high-performance two-sided architectural panel tape. The owner of the home was an executive of 3M, which is where this tape was developed and to our knowledge is the first application for a residential home.

Image Courtesy © Roland Halbe

Image Courtesy © Roland Halbe

  • Architects: Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]
  • Project: Double Stick
  • Location: Beverly Hills, California
  • Photography: Roland Halbe
  • Site Conditions: Current Flat Pad With 14’ Height Limit Above Grade
  • Project Size: 5,000 Sf
  • Project Date: 2015

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Sawyer Library in Williamstown, Massachusetts by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

This project represents the culmination of a 12-year effort to reimagine Williams College’s library and restore the campus’ historic Stetson Hall, which served as the library and now continues in an archival role by housing rare original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The results fuse new and old, intertwining the college’s historic roots with the forward-looking views of its scholarly community.

Image Courtesy © Peter Aaron/OTTO

Image Courtesy © Peter Aaron/OTTO

  • Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Project: Sawyer Library
  • Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts, US
  • Photography: Peter Aaron/OTTO, Nic Lehoux
  • Owner: Williams College
  • Acoustics: Cavanaugh Tocci Associate
  • Engineer – Civil: Guntlow & Associates, Inc.
  • Engineer – Geotechnical: Haley & Aldrich
  • Engineer – Structural: CVM Engineers
  • Interior Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Leslie Saul & Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects

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Hennepin County Walker Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota by VJAA

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Facing challenges in the form of a modest post-recession budget, the need for a quiet library sited on a bustling urban intersection, and distinct design that needed to remain sensitive to the character of Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood, the new Walker Library serves as a living room for a diverse, arts-oriented neighborhood. The 30,000-square-foot building lies across the street from the original Beaux Arts building that housed the library until 1981, when a gloomy, leaking subterranean library that was anything but a civic asset replaced it.

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

  • Architects: VJAA
  • Project: Hennepin County Walker Library
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
  • Photography: Paul Crosby
  • Contractor: Shaw Lundquist
  • Engineering – Civil: Pierce Pini
  • Engineering – MEP: Engineering Design Initiative
  • Engineering – Structural: BKBM Engineers
  • Interior Design: Barnhouse Office
  • Landscape Architect: Close Associates

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Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion in Kansas by Gould Evans

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The renovation and expansion of this 1970s concrete library has transformed it into a 21st century civic place: from book repository to multimedia community hub. The design solution wrapped all sides of the existing library with a continuous reading room, emphasizing places of spontaneous gathering, reflection and learning. The addition also provides a high-performance thermal envelope engineered to harvest daylight and reduce energy usage. Openings at each corner reveal unique public amenities, including children’s’ cubbies, teen gaming zones, meeting spaces and a coffee bar. Within a few months of reopening, user visits increased 55%, with youth program attendance up 160%.

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

  • Architects: Gould Evans
  • Project: Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion
  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas, US
  • Photography:  Tim Griffith, Michael Sinclair
  • Contractor: A. Green Construction Co., Inc.
  • Engineer – Civil: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical: Professional Engineering Consultants, PA
  • Engineer – Structural: Bob D. Campbell and Co., Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Sustainable Design: Syska Hennessey Group, Inc.

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Renton Public Library in Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

When it opened in 1966, the Renton Public Library was an engineering feat. With pre-cast concrete and wood truss joists creating a stunning 80-foot central span across Washington State’s Cedar River and active salmon habitat, the library is beloved by generations of families and community members. Preservation of this community treasure was a clear priority for the project, but, by 2015, the library’s envelope was deteriorating and not in line with current energy codes. The structural system and chief design element did not measure up to current seismic standards, nor could it handle potential soil liquefaction.

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: Renton Public Library
  • Location: Renton, Washington, US
  • Photography: Lara Swimmer
  • Owner: King County Library System
  • Acoustical Design: Sparling (Stantech)
  • Cost Estimate: Roen & Associates
  • Engineer – Civil: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Engineer – Electrical: Sparling (Stantec)
  • Engineer – Geotechnical: GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical/Plumbing: PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Engineer – Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen (more…)

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch in Illinois by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Alancing aesthetics, pragmatic programming, and sustainable design, the 16,000-square-foot Chinatown Branch Library serves as an educational and social hub for Chicago’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. As one of the Chicago Public Library system’s busiest branches, the new library focuses on inclusive community activities and technology-based learning while uniting the two distinct North and South Chinatown districts. The interwoven design elements have created a library that serves as a community anchor and an enduring cultural asset that slips easily into the city’s urban fabric.

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Hedrich Blessing
  • Acoustics: Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC
  • Engineer: dbHMS
  • Civil: Terra Engineering
  • Environmental: Pioneer EES
  • Structural: Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers
  • Landscape Architects: Site Design

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Billings Public Library in Montana by Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Tasked with realizing the vision of a central donor and citizens who were seeking a beautiful and highly functional building, the design team for the new Billings Public Library created a timeless landmark for the city that is innovative and responsive while celebrating the state’s architectural heritage.

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

  • Architects: Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects
  • Project: Billings Public Library
  • Location: Billings, Montana, US
  • Photography: Bill Timmerman
  • Elevator Consultant: Michael Elevator Service Company
  • Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover, Inc.
  • Civil: Sanderson Stewart
  • Geotechnical: Terracon
  • Structural: Rudow+Berry, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Jackson Contractor Group
  • Interior Design: will bruder+PARTNERS ltd
  • Landscape Architect : Foley Group, LLC

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TYE RIVER CABIN IN SKYKOMISH, WASHINGTON BY Olson Kundig

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Article source: Olson Kundig

Situated in a dense forest within the bend (and within earshot) of the nearby Tye River, this meditative retreat connects to the nature that surrounds it. As Tom Kundig describes it, \”Here, you are exposed to the wildness of where you are, to the wildness of this place.\”

Image Courtesy © Tim Bies/Olson Kundig

Image Courtesy © Tim Bies/Olson Kundig

  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Project: TYE RIVER CABIN
  • Location: SKYKOMISH, WASHINGTON, U.S.A.
  • Photography: Tim Bies/Olson Kundig
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, Design Principal; Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, Project Architect; Garin Schenk, Project Staff.
  • Contractor: Schuchart/Dow Construction.
  • Consultants: MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering); O-LLC (lighting); Maryika Byskiniewicz (interior design).
  • Size: 625 square feet, plus 625 square feet of garage and storage space.
  • Awards:
    • 2009 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Honor Awards, Merit Award
    • 2007 AIA National Housing Committee Awards, Committee Award
    • 2007 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award
    • 2006 AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Merit Award

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Bandai Namco office in Santa Clara, California by Blitz Architecture + Interiors

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Article source: Blitz Architecture + Interiors

Bandai Namco Entertainment America is a video game publisher for consoles, mobile devices, and computers. The company publishes some of the most beloved video games of our time including Pac-Man, Dragon Ball, Tekken, Digimon and Dark Souls to name a few. The company hired Blitz to design their 41,475 SF office space in Santa Clara, California. The goal: to reflect the energetic and playful nature of their company while creating dynamic meeting spaces that would accommodate their various creative teams.

Image Courtesy © Jasper Sanidad and Blitz

Image Courtesy © Jasper Sanidad and Blitz

  • Architects: Blitz Architecture + Interiors
  • Project: Bandai Namco office
  • Location: 2051 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA
  • Photography: Jasper Sanidad and Blitz
  • Team: Seth Hanley, Lead Designer, Project Architect
  • Interior Designer: Liz Evoy
  • Specifications/Construction Administration: John Hunter
  • Size: 41,475 SF
  • Completion: January 2016

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University of California, Los Angeles, Hitch Student Residences by Steinberg

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Article source: Steinberg

The recently renovated Hitch Student Residences, located on the northwest edge of campus, is a complex of four three-story residential buildings organized around a series of courtyards and a new commons building with shared amenities and meeting spaces. The renovation project was conceived to address accessibility and life-safety deficiencies, including seismic strengthening of the existing structures and inclusion of fire protection systems. The project also provided the opportunity to update the exterior image and energy performance of the buildings by providing a new “skin” as well as updating the interior spaces with new finishes. The existing outdated commons building was replaced with a new building that provides support functions for the Hitch community including study areas, offices, laundry facilities, vending, and a multipurpose space that includes a display kitchen.

Image Courtesy © Steinberg

Image Courtesy © Steinberg

 

  • Architects: Steinberg
  • Project: University of California, Los Angeles, Hitch Student Residences
  • Location: California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Program: Student Housing, Commons Amenities/Service Building
  • Amenities: Commons, Courtyard, Recreation spaces, Study Space, Student Lounge, Community Kitchen
  • Services: Programming, Planning, Design through Construction, Sustainability
  • Awards: 2015 Los Angeles Business Council Award; 2014 CISCA Construction Excellence Awards, Gold (Ceilings, West Region)
  • Sustainability: LEED Platinum Certified (2015) for Commons Building
  • Project Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build
  • Size: 77,500 SF
  • Completed: 2014

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