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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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ADOBE 410 TOWNSEND in San Francisco, CA by Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Article source: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Adobe, headquartered 50 miles south in San Jose, established its San Francisco presence when it acquired Macromedia at the end of 2005. Macromedia occupied the historic Baker & Hamilton Building at 601 Townsend Street and the newer 625 Townsend Street next door. Recently, Adobe leased additional space at 410 Townsend Street two blocks away to meet the needs of its growing workforce. Adobe’s new workplace strategy, which was created for their San Jose campus, was implemented at 410 Townsend while providing a unique identity for the space.

Image Courtesy ©  David Wakely

Image Courtesy © David Wakely

  • Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
  • Project: ADOBE 410 TOWNSEND
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Photography: David Wakely
  • Software used: Microstation, Maxwell, Adobe Suite
  • Client: Adobe Inc
  • Project Team: Louis Ray, William Turner, Matt Gamache, Surili Ranpuria, Audrey Bauer, Lacey Engelke, Stephen Killion         
  • Date of occupancy: July 2013
  • Gross square footage: 44,000 SF              
  • Contractor: NOVO Construction
  • Project Manager: Cushman & Wakefiled
  • Contractor: NOVO Construction
  • Structural Engineering: Structural Engineers Incorporated
  • Mechanical Engineer: ACCO Engineered Systems
  • Electrical Engineer: Decker Electrica

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FLEX TOWER in New York City by Paolo Venturella Architecture

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Article source: Paolo Venturella Architecture 

2040. Population in New York City grows over and over. Inhabitants are more than expected and an original innovative typology appears in the city.

Even if carbon emission has to reduce, the use of energy increases. High rise is the only answer. A solution combining housing and energy systems for a sustainable living starts to be built in various parts of the city.

Image Courtesy © Paolo Venturella Architecture

Image Courtesy © Paolo Venturella Architecture

  • Architects: Paolo Venturella Architecture 
  • Project: FLEX TOWER
  • Location:New York City, USA
  • Team Design: Cosimo Scotucci, SolarShapeSystem
  • Year: 2014
  • Type: competition

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RED Distribution, Division of SONY in New York City by Spacesmith

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Article source: Spacesmith

Spacesmith is pleased to announce the completion of the new headquarters for RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The award-winning leader in music distribution and development requested a dynamic, collaborative environment with flexibility to accommodate music industry events.

In designing a space with a strong New York City vibe, a creative visual identity and a nod to the music industry, we tailored the space to RED’s unique and diverse culture.

Image Courtesy © Eduard Hueber

Image Courtesy © Eduard Hueber

  • Architects: Spacesmith
  • Project: RED Distribution, Division of SONY
  • Location: New York City, United States
  • Photography: Eduard Hueber
  • Client: RED Music/Sony Music
  • Client Representative: CBRE
  • General Contractor: Accord Contracting
  • MEP: JFK&M

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Simpson Park Pavillion in Miami, Florida by Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Article source: Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Orchid House Gateway Pavilion into Simpson Park Hammock.  The structure is part of the first phase of a public-private partnership to revitalize the historic park and return it to the community. The pavilion embodies a symbiotic relationship between nature and architecture as the structure embraces and becomes interwoven within the diverse indigenous canopy of the hammock while minimizing ecological site impact.

Image Courtesy © Ken Hayden

Image Courtesy © Ken Hayden

  • Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
  • Project: Simpson Park Pavillion
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Photography: Ken Hayden
  • Scope: 300 SF Park Pavillion. Architecture

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