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Tree House in Austin, Texas by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Article source: Matt Fajkus Architecture

Balanced shade, dappled sunlight, and tree canopy views are the basis of the 518 Sacramento Drive house design.  The entry is on center with the lot’s primary Live Oak tree, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element.

Composed of crisply-detailed, considered materials, surfaces and finishes, the home is a balance of sophistication and restraint. The two-story massing is designed to allow for a bold yet humble street presence, while each single-story wing extends through the site, forming intimate outdoor and indoor spaces.

Image Courtesy © Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours

Image Courtesy © Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours

  • Architects: Matt Fajkus Architecture
  • Project: Tree House
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Photography: Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours
  • Software used: AutoCAD, pencil, paper
  • Area: 2,764sqft / 257 sqm
  • Completed: 2014
  • Project Manager: Travis Cook
  • Design Team: Travis Cook; Matt Fajkus, AIA; David Birt

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CASA WESTWAY in McAllen by LR Studio, KatagiriArchitecture + Design

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Article source: LR Studio, KatagiriArchitecture + Design

Casa Westway is a renovation projects of a single family house built in the late 50’s in downtown of McAllen Texas. The original house was constructed as a single rectangular footprint with a typical south Texas two pitched roofs which represents a very distinctive house prototype of  his time in this region.

Image Courtesy © LR Studio

Image Courtesy © LR Studio

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Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Article source: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies is the premier training ground for fine arts conservation and research. It plays a leading role both in the preservation of art and in the advancement of conservation science. The Straus Center supports the Harvard Art Museums by providing analysis of and treatments to the approximately 250,000 objects in all media in the museums’ collections, dating from ancient times to the present.

Exterior view Quincy Street elevation December 2013, Image Courtesy ©  Michel Denancé

Exterior view Quincy Street elevation December 2013, Image Courtesy © Michel Denancé

  • Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • Project: Harvard Art Museums
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Photography: Lesvants, Michel Denancé, Nic Lehoux
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Harvard Art Museums
  • Design team: M.Carroll and E.Trezzani (partners in charge) with J.Lee, E.Baglietto (partner), S.Ishida (partner), R.Aeck, F.Becchi, B.Cook, M.Orlandi, J.Pejkovic,A.Sternand J.Cook, M.Fleming, J.M.Palacio, S. Joubert; M. Ottonello (CAD operator); F.Cappellini, F.Terranova, I.Corsaro (models)
  • Consultants: Robert Silman Associates (structure); Arup (MEP engineering, lighting design, facade engineering, code consulting, LEED consulting); Nitsch Engineering (civil engineering); Anthony Associates (wood scientist);Davis Langdon (cost consultant);  Sandy Brown Associates (acoustics); Carl Cathcart (arborist); Building Conservation Associates (restoration consultant)

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307 SHOTWELL STREET in San Francisco, California by Todd Davis Architecture

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Article source: Todd Davis Architecture

1. The property was not in great shape when the client purchased it: foreclosed in 2011, it endured much vandalism and a habitual squatter. The front of the property was very industrial in appearance, with a tall wooden fence built around the board-formed concrete garage. The combined structure was topped with a large metal electrical pylon (see attached photo). All street-facing surfaces had been painted a putty grey color.

Image Courtesy © Todd Davis Architecture

Image Courtesy © Todd Davis Architecture

  • Architects: Todd Davis Architecture
  • Project: 307 SHOTWELL STREET
  • Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.A
  • Software used: Vectorworks software
  • Client: Software Designer
  • Contractor: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders
  • Project Start: July 2013
  • Project Finish: February 2014
  • Objective: To create a quiet garden retreat in one of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods, by rehabilitating a mixed-use site into the next phase of its transformation into a dedicated residence.

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TUPÃ – A SOUTH AMERICAN TOTEM by Subvert

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Article source: Subvert 

Next Future is a Gulbenkian Programme of Contemporary Culture dedicated in particular, but not exclusively, to research and art production in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Every year an artist or architectural office is invited to design a pavilion in the gardens of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and in 2014 the design and creation of this space was commissioned to SUBVERT.

Image Courtesy © Subvert

Image Courtesy © APP

  • Architects: Subvert 
  • Project: TUPÃ – A SOUTH AMERICAN TOTEM
  • Location: USA
  • Photography: APP
  • CoordinationTiago Rebelo de Andrade, Diogo Ramalho
  • Team: Manuel Tojal, Kaleigh Nunes, Adrien Zlatic
  • Construction: J. C. Sampaio, Lda

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Hicks Orthodontics in Lenoir City, Tennessee by BARBERMcMURRY architects

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Article source: BARBERMcMURRY architects

Hicks Orthodontics is a comprehensive care practice with an existing location in Knoxville, Tennessee. In late 2012, BarberMcMurry architects was approached by the practice to help design a modern facility to house an expansion into an underserved rural location approximately 5 miles northwest of Lenoir City in East Tennessee. The client asked that the new building respect the warmth of the rural context while also providing a progressive image which aligned with their vision. Located off of U.S. 321, the site is situated for maximum visibility from passing traffic. The location is also strategically placed close to local schools to serve the orthodontic needs of that population. Adjacent parcels to the southeast remain undeveloped and densely vegetated. A gas station & convenience store is located on the parcel immediately to the west. We positioned the building away from the gas station and carefully placed programmatic elements within the building to leverage and focus views toward the natural landscape.

Image Courtesy © Denise Retallack | Photographer

Image Courtesy © Denise Retallack | Photographer

  • Architects: BARBERMcMURRY architects
  • Project: Hicks Orthodontics
  • Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee, USA
  • Photography: Denise Retallack | Photographer
  • Software used: Revit
  • Owner/Client:  Hicks Orthodontics
  • Contractor:  Hickory Construction
  • Interior Door Frames: EzyJamb Door Frames
  • Solid Surface:  LG Hausys HI-MACS Alpine White
  • Brick:  Calstar- Utility Brick, Light Gray, Standard Finish
  • Storefront:  KawneerTrifab VG 451/451 T
  • Building Area:  6,800 square feet
  • Year: 2014

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Deanwood Community Center and Library by Perkins Eastman

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Article source: Perkins Eastman

Located in one of the DC’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, the Deanwood Community Center and Library is a joint-use facility that features educational, recreational, and athletic programs for all ages. The variety of programming —early care and education center, recreation pool, sound recording studio, and public library—serves both the local community and patrons from across the city.

Image Courtesy © Perkins Eastman

Image Courtesy © Joseph Romeo

  • Architects: Perkins Eastman
  • Project: Deanwood Community Center and Library
  • Location: U.S.A.
  • Photography: Joseph Romeo
  • Software used: Revit 2014 for renderings in the early stages in the design process.

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MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM in AUSTIN, TEXAS by FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Article source: FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE 

The new Mexic-Arte Museum will be a showcase in Austin, Texas for contemporary Mexican and American art. Currently in early design stages, the museum’s form is derived from circular objects in Mexican culture such as the Aztec Calendar and the pelota game. The new art center aims to uphold a Mexican presence and sense of identity by representing itself as a world-class cultural institution.

Image Courtesy © FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE

Image Courtesy © FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE

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A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir in Ithaca, New York by Kimsooja, Jaeho Chong, and Ulrich Wiesner

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Article source: Kimsooja, Jaeho Chong, and Ulrich Wiesner

As part of the 2014 CCA biennale, Korean-born conceptual multi-media artist, Kimsooja has created a new work in close collaboration with architect Jaeho Chong and the Wiesner Nanomaterials Lab at Cornell University.

Image Courtesy © Kimsooja Studio, photo by Jaeho Chong

Image Courtesy © Kimsooja Studio, photo by Jaeho Chong

  • Architects: Kimsooja, Jaeho Chong, and Ulrich Wiesner
  • Project: A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir
  • Location: Cornell University Arts Quad, Ithaca, New York
  • Photography: Jaeho Chong, Aaron Wax, Ferdinand Kohle
  • Curator: Stephanie Owens (Director, CCA; Professor of multi disciplinary studies, art & architecture)
  • Collaborators: Jaeho Chong (Architect); Professor Ulrich Wiesner (Materials Science and Engineering); and Wiesner Group researchers: Hiroaki Sai, PhD (Materials Science & Engineering); and Ferdinand Kohle (graduate student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology); Erik P. Eshelman (Architectural Engineering)
  • Commission: Cornell Council for the Arts
  • Dimensions: 46 feet x 4.5 feet (dia.)

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14-Story Tower in the Miami by Studio Gang Architects

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang Architects is pleased to release its design for a 14-story tower that will rise in the vibrant Miami Design District. Supplemented by amenities such as a rooftop lounge and swimming pool, as well as retail at ground level, the tower’s 76 residential units are designed to take advantage of panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. The exterior of the building produces habitable spaces that function as a contemporary “Florida Room,” historic to the surrounding Buena Vista neighborhood. These shaded, open-air rooms provide both a thermal buffer for the interior and an outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining. The facade architecture demonstrates Studio Gang’s principle of exo-spatial high-rise design in which the inside extends to the outside in a dynamic spatial arrangement. Targeting LEED Gold, the project will incorporate performance features such as energy-saving solar shading and a rainwater collection system.

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang Architects

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang Architects

  • Architects: Studio Gang Architects
  • Project: 14-Story Tower 
  • Location: Miami, USA
  • OWNER: Miami Design District Associates
  • SIZE: 160,000 sf
  • LEED: Targeted Gold
  • STATUS: Anticipated Completion 2016
  • Associate Architect: Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Inc.  (more…)
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