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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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Mystic Lake House in Massachusetts by Ruhl Walker Architects

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: Ruhl Walker Architects

Our clients found the perfect location for their dream house on the shores of Mystic Lake, facing a heavily wooded park on the opposite shore and only a short drive from Cambridge and Boston. Alas, there was an existing house on the property, and the house was not actually for sale. However, the stars must have been aligned and their passion prevailed after it turned out that the current owner was actually contemplating a move to Washington, DC. With so few affordable undeveloped lots in suburban Boston, many of our clients are turning to “tear-down’s”, especially given that the more affordable houses are typically in such poor condition.

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

  • Architects: Ruhl Walker Architects
  • Project: Mystic Lake House
  • Location: Massachusetts, US
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup

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LOFT UPON CORK in Virginia by Reader & Swartz Architects

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: Reader & Swartz Architects

This project is the comprehensive renovation of, and small addition to, a vernacular Victorian house. The house was built in the late 1800’s, and is located in a downtown historic district. The house was originally four apartments, and is now converted into two. The first floor apartment is designed to be a caretaker’s residence.

Image Courtesy © Nathan Webb, AIA – Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.; Ron Blunt Photography, Hedgesville

Image Courtesy © Nathan Webb, AIA – Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.; Ron Blunt Photography, Hedgesville

  • Architects: Reader & Swartz Architects
  • Project: LOFT UPON CORK
  • Location: Virginia, US
  • Photography:Nathan Webb, AIA – Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.; Ron Blunt Photography, Hedgesville, West Virginia
  • Structural Engineer: Allen Associates, P.C., Winchester, Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineer: FHC Engineering, P.C., Winchester, Virginia

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GOLDENEYE in Virginia by Reader & Swartz Architects

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Article source: Reader & Swartz Architects

On a steep mountainside in the Appalachian Mountains, a modern lair will be created. The approach road curves in and out, following the mountain’s topography. The road affords, and then takes away, views of the sleek, modern box through the trees and around the topography.

Image Courtesy © Reader & Swartz Architects

Image Courtesy © Reader & Swartz Architects

  • Architects: Reader & Swartz Architects
  • Project: GOLDENEYE
  • Location: Bayse, Virginia
  • Interior Design: Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Client, Jamie Palmera, Studio Palmera Washington, D.C.
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Concepts Inc. Winchester, Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineer: FHC Engineering, P.C., Winchester, Virginia

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DAS SWARTZENREADER HAUS in Winchester, Virginia by Reader & Swartz Architects

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Article source: Reader & Swartz Architects

This house was originally built in 1968. It had a 4/12 gable roof, a boxy, conventional floor plan, and a second floor that cantilevered two feet past the first floor. The house sat on the top of a very steep hill, on a small corner lot, within an established neighborhood. Although the house had an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there was virtually no way to appreciate it through the minimal number of small windows. The lot dropped 30 feet within its 100-foot depth, helping give the house its great view and vantage point, but also making grading and access difficult. The 8′ ceilings were interrupted by bulkheads, lowering them to 6′-8′ in some rooms.

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography

  • Architects: Reader & Swartz Architects
  • Project: DAS SWARTZENREADER HAUS
  • Location: Winchester, Virginia,US
  • Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography, Washington, D.C.; Chuck Swartz, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Kevin Walker, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Rick Foster Photography Winchester, Virginia
  • Software used: Autocad and SketchUp
  • Structural Engineer: Painter- Lewis, P.L.C., Winchester, Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineer: Comfort Design, Inc., Winchester, Virginia

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