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4 Springs Lane in Rappahannock County, VA by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect 

Rolling topography, open fields and woodlands comprise a 24 acre site in Rappahannock County, Virginia where this new house is located. Extensive site investigation, including erecting scaffolding at various locations, resulted in the placement of the house high on one of the hills, overlooking a meadow at the base of woodlands.  The house is organized as a series of volumes, arranged linearly and positioned to optimize distant views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Image Courtesy ©  Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect
  • Project: 4 Springs Lane
  • Location: Rappahannock County, VA, U.S.A
  • Photography: Maxwell MacKenzie
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp, and Photoshop 
  • Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
  • Contractor: Erwin Opitz, Opitz Construction Consulting, Inc.
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Landscape Architect: Kevin Campion, Campion Hruby Landscape Architects
  • Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID – Baron Gurney Interiors
  • Completion Year: 2013

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Hive-Inn™ City Farm in NYC by OVA STUDIO LTD

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Article source: OVA STUDIO LTD

Hive-Inn™ City Farm is a modular farming structure where containers are designed and used as farming modules and acts as an ecosystem where each unit plays a role in producing food, harvesting energy and recycling waste and water.

The idea of this ecosystem is to bring farming down-town and grow fresh produces near their urban consumers.

Image Courtesy © OVA STUDIO LTD

Image Courtesy © OVA STUDIO LTD

  • Architects: OVA STUDIO LTD
  • Project: Hive-Inn™ City Farm
  • Location: NYC , U.S.A
  • Architects / Directors: Mr. Slimane Ouahès | Architecte DPLG , Mr. Christophe Barthelemy | Architecte DPLG
  • Architect Assistants: Alice NG , Stephanie Mendoza

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The Crow’s Nest Residence in Sierra Nevada range, U.S.A by BCV Architects

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Article source: BCV Architects

The Crow’s Nest is a ski cabin located at 7,080 feet elevation, on the mountain of the same name in the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Anchored on the slope, and responsive to its setting, the cabin design explores the intersection of classic modern aesthetics, craft, and the extreme climatic conditions of the site.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: BCV Architects
  • Project: The Crow’s Nest Residence
  • Location: Sierra Nevada range, U.S.A
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte

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Sculpture at Community College in Wisconsin

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Article source: Banker Wire

Creativity. Vision. Inspiration. Those words – and many others – hang from Banker Wire mesh on the “Tree of Success” sculpture at Fox Valley Technical College. They not only reflect the characteristics that FVTC students associate with personal success, but also describe the design process of the unique sculpture. The Tree of Success resulted from a collaborative effort between students at FVTC, architects, contractors and Banker Wire.

Image Courtesy ©  Banker Wire

Image Courtesy © Banker Wire

  • Project: Sculpture at Community College
  • Location: Wisconsin, U.S.A

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Glen Lake Tower in Michigan by Balance Associates, Architects

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Article source: Balance Associates, Architects

High on a wooded hilltop above a lake in Michigan, the Tower House is the result of an inspiring collaboration between Balance Associates, clients with a passion for architecture as well as their site, and a skilled local contractor.

Directed to create \”a sustainable retreat that reflects the timeless beauty and simple comforts of the area,\” the architects responded by raising the primary living space above the dense surrounding woods in order to gain light, air and views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan beyond. Two fin-like, metal-clad walls rise from the crown of the hill to support a three-story plywood box suspended a full story above grade.

Image Courtesy © Balance Associates, Architects

Image Courtesy © Balance Associates, Architects

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THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM in Washington by BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Article source: BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

A life-size indoor maze by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is sure to delight its visitors at the National Building Museum in Washington, offering a glimpse into the upcoming BIG exhibition at the Museum in early 2015.

“The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth”, Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

Image Courtesy © BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

Image Courtesy © BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

Collaborators

  • Contractors: Clark Construction, Davis, Glass Construction, GCS Inc., Grunley Construction, Sigal
  • Materials: Home Depot Foundation
  • Cost Estimation: Cumming, VJ Associates
  • Structural Engineering: Robert Silman Associates
  • Live-Streaming Multimedia: Earthcam
  • Support: The American Institute of Architects, STUDIOS Architecture

BIG Credit List

  • Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Kai-Uwe Bergmann
  • Project Leader: Chi-Chi Lin
  • Team: Ziad Shehab, Thea Gasseholm, Annette Miller

National Building Museum Credit List

  • Project Director: Cathy Crane Frankel
  • Master Carpenter: Chris Maclay
  • Team: Lily Feinberg, Mary Hendrickse, Sarah Leavitt, Jamee Telford, Vladimir Zabavskiy

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NECKLACE RESIDENCE in America by REX

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Article source: REX

Image Courtesy ©  REX

Image Courtesy © REX

  • Architects: REX
  • Project: NECKLACE RESIDENCE
  • Location: America
  • Photography: Luxigon, REX
  • CLIENT: Confidential
  • PROGRAM: Private residence for three generations, including parents’ home, four children’s homes, event space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, spa, library, study, home cinema, and performance space
  • AREA: 3,300 m2 (35,500 sf)
  • CONSTRUCTION BUDGET: Confidential
  • STATUS: Invitedcompetition, first prize, 2013; commenced Schematic Design, 2013; completion expected, 2017
  • DESIGN ARCHITECT REXKEY PERSONNEL: Adam Chizmar, Alberto Cumerlato, Mette Fast, Tyler Hopf, Gabriel Jewell-Vitale, Roberto Otero, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Aude Soffer, Minyoung Song, Elina Spruza, Alex Tehranian, Cristina Webb
  • EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: AVGA
  • CONSULTANTS: Arup, Front, Kean Development, Magnusson Klemencic, !melk, Tillotson Design.

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House in Milan, New York by Rangr Studio with Charlet Design

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Article source: Rangr Studio with Charlet Design 

After years of renting a weekend house in the area, our clients found land they loved and asked us to design a weekend and summer home. The clients were particularly fond of one of their previous rentals — a chicken coop turned into a small house — and that became a departure point for our design. Within a strict budget, the design took advantage of a steep slope in the hillside, using the foundation as a retaining wall on the high point of the hill and opening up the lower story with doors and windows. The house looks small and humble from the street side, with a mostly opaque wall creating privacy, but opens up to a deck and stone terrace, the facade punctured with windows looking to the Catskill Mountains.

Image Courtesy © Mikiko Kikuyama

Image Courtesy © Mikiko Kikuyama

  • Architects: Rangr Studio with Charlet Design
  • Project: House in Milan
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Photography: Mikiko Kikuyama
  • Design Team: Jasmit Singh Rangr, Laurent Charlet
  • Completed: Summer 2012
  • Structural Engineer: Nat Oppenheimer, Robert Silman Associates
  • Contractor: Terry Haviland, J.T.McManus Inc

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DRIFT in Brooklyn, New York by stpmj

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Article source: stpmj

“DRIFT proposes a triangular arrangement of eight foot diameter balloons that create a dynamic canopy over bourbon tastings, educational spaces for children and other groups. Jurors praised the project for its unexpected playfulness and relationship to historic river imagery. The design was interpreted by the panel of jurors as a type of inverted raft with romantic allusions to the journeys of Huckleberry Finn as well as the flatboats that once populated Louisville’s wharf in great numbers. — Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft blog
(http://4materiality.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/pavilion-design-winner-announced-for-centennial-festival-of-riverboats-celebration/)

Perspective @ Front, Image Courtesy © stpmj

Perspective @ Front, Image Courtesy © stpmj

  • Architects: stpmj
  • Project: DRIFT
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York

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Stud Horse Mountain in Washington by Balance Associates, Architects

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Article source: Balance Associates, Architects

This 3,500 square foot home is located at the end of a ridge overlooking the Methow Valley in Northeast Washington State.

The house is arranged around a courtyard to provide a sheltered area from the exposed location on the ridge. It is separated into four parts, each orientated to different views and solar exposure. A large screen porch forms a connection between the living and sleeping wings to provide an insect free outdoor dining and living space. The shed roofs with cathedral ceilings slope with the contours of the hill to reduce the overall scale and impact to the structure as it is viewed from the valley floor below.

Image Courtesy © Balance Associates, Architects

Image Courtesy © Balance Associates, Architects

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