Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Article source: Vanessa Pointet
Individual villas have played a particular role in the history of domesticity. They are inevitably the set for the rich and dramatic play of family life whether in fiction or reality. In that sense all villas belong to a very same lineage : a stage for the domestic drama: love, passion, adultery, brotherhood ; the ups and down of family and love stories. Regardless of whether the scenario comes with a happy ending or not, similarities appear in all domestic environments.
Image Courtesy © Vanessa Pointet
- Architects: Vanessa Pointet
- Project: VILLA BELLEVUE
- Location: Washington
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Article source: SPF:architects
The program for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts [the Wallis] was to transform the Historic Post Office Site into a cultural center for the performing arts including, the 500 seat Goldsmith Theatre, the 120 seat Lovelace Studio Theatre, an education wing, administrative offices, café, gift shop, sculpture garden, education court and a state of the art performing arts support spaces.
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- Architects: SPF:architects
- Project: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
- Location: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A
- OWNER: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
- PRESERVATION ARCHITECT & HISTORIC TAX CREDIT: Historic Resources Group
- THEATER CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook
- ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
- STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Structural Focus
- MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING: ARC Engineering
- CIVIL ENGINEER: Rothman Engineering, Inc.
- AUDIO/VIDEO CONSULTANT: Electrosonic Design Consulting
- LIGHTING: HLB Lighting
- CONTRACTOR: Matt Construction Company
Friday, October 10th, 2014
Article source: SUSTAINABLE.TO
In 2003, Architecture 2030 was established to respond to rapidly accelerating climate change. This has sparked extraordinary development in the field of renewable energy technology, allowing for buildings to become increasingly energy efficient.
The design intention was to establish the net-zero perspective from the eyes of the occupant. This project proposes a net-zero energy building in every aspect. Not only does the building produce more energy than it consumes through the use of building integrated photovoltaics, but it also attempts to foster a sense of community and a sustainable lifestyle through a vertical tower typology.
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- Architects: SUSTAINABLE.TO
- Project: Living Zero
- Location: San Francisco, California
- Client: AIA San Francisco
- Competition: Architecture at Zero
- Completion: 2013
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Article source: Elmslie Osler Architect
Access to affordable housing and fresh, healthy food are often scarce in New York City. We have designed the Harlem Community Rooftop Farm to help alleviate the dearth of these basic needs in one Manhattan Neighborhood. This combined affordable housing development and community garden also provides much-needed green space and a reprieve from the busy streets below. This community garden in Harlem redevelops the existing roofscape above Citarella to include farming that is publically accessible via a wide stair leading up from 126th Street. The stair is constructed of concrete and reclaimed redwood marking the transition from sidewalk to elevated garden. Once at the top there is a deck of reclaimed redwood shaded by small fruit trees that leads to a gradual downward slope with spacious low steps and benches for sitting, gathering and observing busy 125th Street. Rooftop planter boxes that are open for use by the community are supplemented by vertical farming walls which are maintained by residents of the affordable housing units in the adjacent building. The vertical farming panels are made of stainless steel and are accessible via balconies running the entire length of the south-west facing façade.
Image Courtesy © EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Article source: Gernot Riether
The Underwood Pavilion was featured by The Star Press as Indiana’s new art destination. The traveling pavilion celebrates the qualities and potentials of Indiana’s post-industrial landscape through attracting people to places that are currently not considered public space. The pavilion is the outcome of the Digital Design Build Studio, directed by Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit, both professors at Ball State University. At the time it is located close to Muncie, a 70,000 inhabitants city in central Indiana.
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- Architects: Gernot Riether
- Project: Underwood Pavilion
- Location: Muncie, Indiana, U.S.A.
- Design and Realization: Gernot Riether, Prof. Dipl.-Ing., M.S. Architect, Andrew Wit, Prof. M.S.
- Project Team: Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit with Noor Al-Noori, Andrew Heilman, Chris Hinders, Charles Koers, Huy Nguyen, Nick Peterson, Steven Putt, Ashley Urbanowich
- Supported by: Ball State University
- Community partner: Muncie Makers Lab
- Promotion of art event: The Star Press, Muncie Indiana
- Faculty: Prof. Gernot Riether, Prof. Andrew Wit
- Students: Noor Al-Noori, Andrew Heilman, Chris Hinders, Charles Koers, Huy Nguyen, Nick Peterson, Steven Putt, Ashley Urbanowich
- Grants and support: Ball State University, Department of Architecture, Chair: Prof. Mahesh Daas
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Article source: wHY
The Pomona College Studio Art Hall is a 35,000 square-foot, two-story, interdisciplinary arts center at the heart of the Claremont, Calif., campus, designed to create a physical environment where an appreciation for the creative art process can be nurtured and explored.
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- Architects: wHY
- Project: Pomona College Studio Art Hall
- Location: Claremont, California, U.S.A.
- Architect Team: wHY, Kulapat Yantrasast
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Article source: JESÚS TORRES GARCÍA
To begin a project is to first and foremost develop research. In this case there two essential questions, what is a children’s museum, and how to develop a master plan integrating all the dreams of the neighborhood in this promising and rising modern city of Louisville, Kentucky.
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- Architects: JESÚS TORRES GARCÍA
- Project: LOUISVILLE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
- Location: Kentucky, USA
- Architect Team: MARTIN LUETHY · Architect, NEREIDA DE LA MATA · Architect, TERESA GARCÍA-HERRERA · Architect, LOU VERNEJOUL · Student
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Article source: Martin Fenlon Architecture
This project, located in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles, is situated on an irregularly-shaped, steeply-sloping lot. Faced with a limited budget, it was particularly challenging to negotiate the constraints of the lot while taking advantage of the site’s sweeping view. The owners wanted the house to evoke the area’s craftsmen architecture, so this vernacular served as a basis for the design.
Image Courtesy © Eric Staudenmaier
- Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
- Project: LOPEZ HOUSE
- Location: Eagle Rock, California
- Photography: Eric Staudenmaier
- Area: 2,200 s.f.
- Project Year: 2008 – 2013
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Article source: GMPA Architects
Located at a busy, pivoting point intersection where retail, commercial and residential properties merge, the design direction for this proposed office building emphasizes a connection to its neighbors—both the businesses and the residential communities—with the goal of integrating these adjacencies visually and figuratively to enhance the urban community. The concept strives to encourage pedestrian activity and communication. A predominance of translucent glass allows natural light inside while providing views to outdoor street-level activity and adding a sense of vibrancy to the community. A connection also exists between the curved front of the building and a new green public park that will face that portion of the structure.
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- Architects: GMPA Architects
- Project: West Los Angeles Office Building
- Location: California, USA
- Software used: Rhino and Maya
Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Article source: Levy Design Partners, Inc
This historically significant 4-story building, constructed of masonry bearing walls and heavy timber, occupies a rectangular 1.5 acre site at 1614 Campbell Street in Oakland, CA. Originally used as an incandescent light factory by General Electric (GE) and designed by the Austin Company, the building construction was completed between 1912 and 1917. The site continued under GE ownership in 1962 when the division closed. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake resulted in the destruction of a north bay of the west wing, not to be rebuilt in the rehabilitation project. The structure is noted for being the first industrial building on the West Coast to employ women.
Image Courtesy © Ken Gutmaker
- Architects: Levy Design Partners, Inc
- Project: Lampwork Lofts, Oakland
- Location: Oakland, CA
- Photography: Ken Gutmaker
- Owner: Madison Park Financial Corporation (MPFC)
- Building Contractor: DCI Construction
- Principal Architect: Toby S. Levy, FAIA