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West Los Angeles Office Building in California by GMPA Architects

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.

Image Courtesy © GMPA Architects

Image Courtesy © GMPA Architects

  • Architects: GMPA Architects
  • Project: West Los Angeles Office Building
  • Location: California, USA
  • Software used: Rhino and Maya

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Lampwork Lofts in Oakland, California by Levy Design Partners, Inc

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

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

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Montagnaro House in Ghent, New York by Mapos LLC

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Article source: Mapos LLC

The client selected Mapos to design a low-maintenance, year-round, second home utilizing the ultimate in green building methodologies, all on a limited budget. Views to the outdoors were paramount, as well as accommodating the needs of a multi-generational family including four bedrooms, a flexible studio space for her artwork, and a wine cellar for his wine making.

Image Courtesy © Mapos LLC

Image Courtesy © Mapos LLC

  • Architects: Mapos LLC
  • Project: Montagnaro House
  • Location: Ghent, NY, USA

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Carroll House in Venice, California by Dimster Architecture 

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Article source: Chibi Moku 

This renovation of a single family home in the historic Venice Canals presented the opportunity to reimagine the house. The ground floor was reorganized to an open plan, allowing all rooms access to the view and outdoor spaces. A new wood deck fronting the canals includes an open fire pit and custom benches and planters. The deck and ground floor at the same elevation, serving to extend the living room space to the outdoors, accessible through a triple sliding glass door. The upstairs bedrooms are remote and quiet, with the master bedroom enjoying a private deck also overlooking the canals. In re-organizing the floor plan, a new stair was designed, cantilevering from a wall with no apparent structure, further emphasized by the suspended glass guardrail. The home captures the distinct character of the canal district and its unique personality.

Image Courtesy © Chibi Moku 

Image Courtesy © Chibi Moku

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Dual House in Venice, California

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Article source: Chibi Moku

The Dual House is a new duplex for two related families, with an emphasis on balancing shared and personal spaces. While appearing to be a single building, two structures are placed back-to-back allowing for private garden entries and a communal roof deck. The garages, bedrooms, and entry are incorporated on the lower level, with a convertible bedroom/office having direct access to the garden.  On the second floor, the directional emphasis shifts to the long alley, highlighting the stairs, views, and available light for the main living spaces along this façade.  Tucked behind this public space are the master bedroom and bath.  The suspended steel stairs are a focal point for both inside and out.

Image Courtesy © Chibi Moku

Image Courtesy © Chibi Moku

  • Architects: DIMSTER ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: Dual House
  • Location: Venice, California

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Central Arizona College in Maricopa, Arizona by SmithGroupJJR

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Article source: SmithGroupJJR

Known for its history as a pre-railroad stagecoach town, the town of Maricopa has balanced its agricultural and Native American identities for the past century. Most recently Maricopa, a community 40 miles south of Phoenix, has been chronicled by the New York Times as a bedroom community boom town gone bust. Central Arizona College has made an investment in the community and is betting on its future. This campus represents a glimmer of hope in an area struck by the national recession.

Image Courtesy © SmithGroupJJR

Image Courtesy © SmithGroupJJR

  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Project: Central Arizona College
  • Location: Maricopa, Arizona

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FLAGSHIP PROJECT in San Clemente, California by Dupuis Design

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Article source: Chibi Moku

The flagship project of DUPUIS DESIGN is certainly the creation of a mansion in San Clemente, California (USA). From blueprint development to the finishing touches, the project was entirely monitored in San Clemente as well as from Paris by Peggy Dupuis and Mathew Reeh, the meticulous project managers from Malone Bros Contractors.

Image Courtesy © Chibi Moku

Image Courtesy © Chibi Moku

  • Architects: Dupuis Design
  • Project: FLAGSHIP PROJECT
  • Location: San Clemente, California, USA

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PAVE Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, New York by Mitchell Giurgola Architects

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Article source: Mitchell Giurgola Architects

PAVE Academy is a 450-seat K-8 public charter school located on an isolated corner lot in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The design of the school was informed by the PAVE leadership team whose goals included creating a community friendly school that would support significant parent involvement – essential to student success – and the needs of a particularly high-needs population living in poverty. Children arrive early for a quiet breakfast and stay well into the afternoon with learning and play to fill a void many face at home

Image Courtesy © Mitchell Giurgola Architects

Image Courtesy © Mitchell Giurgola Architects

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Raisbeck Aviation High School in Washington by bassetti architects

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Article source: bassetti architects

Raisbeck Aviation High School was conceived as a response to Highline School District’s proximity to the aviation industry, a deep desire to give students access to college and engineering professions, and an educational vision that melds hands-on, project-based learning with academic rigor. The new 400-student STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school enables students to flourish through co-location with the Museum of Flight and immersion in aerospace and aviation. The design supports this program physically, visually, and symbolically with project labs for aircraft and robotics construction, state-of-the-art science labs, classrooms, and a multi-purpose gathering space. Even the image of the school reflects its mission with its streamlined, carefully crafted form, inspired by the leading edge of a wing.

Image Courtesy © bassetti architects

Image Courtesy © bassetti architects

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Skow Residence in Navajo Nation, Utah by Colorado Building Workshop

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Article source: Colorado Building Workshop

Having received a typical Navajo “home build kit”, the clients, Harold and Helena Skow, had already completed a CMU foundation to accept a traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. Unable to complete the building the Skows turned to students from University of Colorado Denver and DesignBuidlBLUFF. The students decided to utilize the existing foundation and virtually all of the build kit materials stock piled on site in their design.

Image Courtesy © Jesse Kuroiwa

Image Courtesy © Jesse Kuroiwa

  • Architects: DesignBuildBLUFF + University of Colorado Denver Colorado Building Workshop
  • Project: Skow Residence
  • Location: Navajo Nation, Utah, USA
  • Photography: Jesse Kuroiwa
  • Software used: Revit and AutoCAD
  • Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director Colorado Building Workshop, Hank Louis, Director DesignBuildBLUFF, Andrew Foster, Craig Harren
  • Student Team: Ellen Adams, Brett Blackmon, Lura Blumfield, Jay Burkhalter, Glen Camuso, Jacob Ebling, William Koning, William Murray, Rebecca Sockwell, JD Signom
  • Structural Engineer: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL
  • Project Area: 882 sq. ft.
  • Project Year: 2011-2013

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