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Nahahum in Near Cashmere, Washington by Balance Associates, Architects

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Article source: Balance Associates, Architects

Located north of Cashmere, Washington, in the Nahahum Canyon, this 1650 square foot two story dwelling is set into the hillside with concrete retaining walls that guide the form of the cabin. Its east west longitudinal axis and generous overhangs are designed to take advantage of solar orientation while maintaining panoramic views. The main entry is a two story room with full height glazing on the north and south walls that frame the most dramatic down-canyon view. An eastern oriented living space and kitchen occupy most of the main floor along with a powder room and utility area located within the hillside portion of the home. The upper floor contains the master suite and guest bedroom/bathroom with a loft style flex space that opens up to the living room below.

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating Photography

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating Photography

  • Architects: Balance Associates, Architects
  • Project: Nahahum
  • Location: Near Cashmere, Washington, USA
  • Photography: Steve Keating Photography
  • Software used: Sketchup, Autodesk
  • Principal: Tom Lenchek AIA
  • Project Architect: Kyle Zerbey AIA
  • Structural Engineers: Harriott Valentine Engineers
  • House Area: 1650 sq. ft. (950 main floor + 700 upper floor)
  • Site Area: 20 acres
  • Budget: Withheld at request of home owners
  • Project Year: 2009

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OFF GRID RETREAT in Appalachian Ohio by Midland Architecture

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Article source: Midland Architecture

Description:

This 900 square foot off grid retreat, situated on the family’s cattle farm in Appalachian Ohio, blends old and new technologies to create a self-sustaining home. South facing glazing in the living room provides views across a seven acre lake, and is also integral to the passive solar design which generates heat when coupled with the concrete finish floors. Additional sustainable features include a fresh water cistern supplied by a natural spring that runs along the building site; electricity generated by a solar cell array; and spray foam insulated walls and ceilings. The exterior is clad with a Corten metal standing seam roof and burnt cedar siding with Douglas fir columns. The interior layout features two bedrooms and a single bath, along with a great room and kitchen.

Image Courtesy © Midland Architecture

Image Courtesy © Midland Architecture

  • Architects: Midland Architecture
  • Project: OFF GRID RETREAT
  • Location: Appalachian Ohio, USA
  • Designer: Greg Dutton
  • Completed: July 2014

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M30HOUSE in Cartago, Costa Rica by ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Article source: ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

M30 House is located in Cartago, Costa Rica, it was conceived in 2012 as a low cost housing solution for a young couple in order to have a profitable and accessible house with a great design.

Image Courtesy © ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

Image Courtesy © ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ

  • Architects: ARCHITECT SILVIA GONZALEZ
  • Project: M30HOUSE
  • Location: Cartago, Costa Rica, USA
  • Software used: Autodesk, Revit.

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Before & After – An Oakland House Transformation in California by Baran Studio Architecture

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Article source: Baran Studio Architecture

The existing Spanish Style house had been modified adhoc (not to mention illegally) over the years with little attention to the net effect. As with many of the transformations we design, we took the existing conditions and capitalized on the best features of the house. These were the big, open back yard, the opportunity to connect the house to the outdoors, and the architectural interest of the split level. We also took queues from the nearby industrial and warehouse elements, and fused them with an interpretation of the neighborhood’s residential qualities. The hybrid result is simultaneously related to the context, and an architecture of its own.

Image Courtesy © Baran Studio Architecture

Image Courtesy © Baran Studio Architecture

  • Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
  • Project: Before & After – An Oakland House Transformation
  • Location: Oakland, California, USA

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Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston, Massachusetts by Mecanoo

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Article source: Mecanoo

Designed by Dutch practice Mecanoo, together with US based firm Sasaki Associates, the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston houses the Boston Public Schools (BPS) department and plays a central role in the reactivation of Roxbury’s Dudley square.

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

  • Architects: Mecanoo
  • Project: Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Programme: 16,700 m2municipal office building for Boston Public Schools department with community space and retail, integrating 3 historic facades
  • Design: 2011-2012
  • Realisation: 2012-2015
  • Client: City of Boston, MA / US
  • Partnerarchitect, landscape architect and civil engineer: Sasaki Associates
  • Historic preservation consultant: Building Conservation Associates
  • Structural, mechanical and electrical engineer: Arup
  • Lighting consultant: Lam Partners
  • Construction Manager: Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Project management for client: PMA Consultants

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Roman-house in St. Petersburg, Florida by Sboev3 Architect

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Article source: Sboev3 Architect

Architectural Studio Sboev3 Architect shared with us the project cottage «Roman-house», which will be built on a plot of land near St. Petersburg. In this house will be to live a family of 4-eh man.
Compositional techniques and concept forms used in the design process are not something new and special, because They are widely distributed in the architecture of individual dwellings European masters. Therefore, the main objective in the design process was the creation of a kind of compromise in the context of the ordinary, traditional building of cottage settlement.

Image Courtesy © Sboev3 Architect

Image Courtesy © Sboev3 Architect

  • Architects: Sboev3 Architect
  • Project: Roman-house
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, 3D Max, PS

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Modern Coffee in Oakland, California by Arcsine Architecture

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Article source: Arcsine Architecture

Architecture and interior design firm, Arcsine, transformed an existing 900-square-foot split level vacant retail space into Modern Coffee, a popular, local, multi-roaster’s second location in downtown Oakland, aiming to seamlessly convert the space into a contemporary coffee shop. Since the space sits on a significant slope, the design team was challenged with finding a way to configure the coffee shop to maximize space and functionality. The result was the introduction of stairs, creating a split level layout that seamlessly integrates the upper and lower areas of the store. The design team was also tasked with finding unique solutions to place floor drains or hang lighting fixtures as the floors and ceilings are made of thick concrete and beams making it difficult to drill through.

Image Courtesy © Arcsine Architecture

Image Courtesy © Arcsine Architecture

  • Architects: Arcsine Architecture
  • Project: Modern Coffee
  • Location: Oakland, California, US
  • Software used: AutoCAD and SketchUp

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Garden Pavilion in Seattle, Washington by Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Article source: Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design

Prospect and Refuge: A garden retreat that is hovering on the western slope of upper Queen Anne hill, and nested into the hillside. This retreat and gathering pavilion was imagined as a sculptural landscape element that could transform with the seasons and quickly change as the weather demands. Inspired by the impressive prospects of Elliott Bay, Magnolia and the Olympic Mountains to the west, the design delicately blends the pavilion into the client’s existing compound, protects the roots of a grand elm tree and respects neighbor’s views.

Image Courtesy © Ken Gutmaker and Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design

Image Courtesy © Ken Gutmaker and Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design

  • Architects: Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design
  • Project: Garden Pavilion
  • Location: Garden Pavilion, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Photography: Ken Gutmaker and Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design
  • Interiors consultant: InteriorWorks
  • Engineering: IL Gross
  • General Contractor: Krekow Jennings
  • Pavilion footprint: 478 SF,
  • Pavilion eaves/decks: 214 SF
  • Garage footprint: 433 SF
  • Completed: 2014

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My Micro NY by nARCHITECTS

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Article source: nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS’ design for My Micro NY, in collaboration with Monadnock Development and the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, is the winning proposal in the adAPT NYC competition sponsored by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced at a press conference in January 2013 that the My Micro NY development team has been chosen through a competitive Request for Proposals, which received the largest response to date for an HPD housing project.

Courtesy nARCHITECTS; image courtesy mir.no.

Courtesy nARCHITECTS; image courtesy mir.no.

  • Architects: nARCHITECTS
  • Project: My Micro NY
  • Location: Kips Bay, Manhattan, USA
  • Photography: Ledaean, mir.no
  • Client: NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • Development Team: Monadnock Development
  • Structural Engineer: Denardis Engineers
  • MEP Engineer: Abraham Joselow
  • Consulting Architect: DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects

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House of Shifting Sands in Massachusetts by Ruhl Walker Architects

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: Ruhl Walker Architects

Sited gently on the lower slope of a dramatic sixty foot high coastal bank and surrounded by miles of undeveloped Cape Cod National Seashore beaches and scrub pines is a warm, modern beach house that is more than just a place to enjoy uninterrupted ocean views and sea breezes. Our clients dreamed of a house that would work equally well as both a year-round family “camp” and also as a “thinking retreat” for collaborating with their colleagues.

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

  • Architects: Ruhl Walker Architects
  • Project: House of Shifting Sands
  • Location: Massachusetts, US
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup

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