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Madison Kitchen in Larchmont, New York by Celano Design Studio

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: Celano Design Studio

Larchmont, NYItalianAmerican Chef Nick Di Bona has partnered with New Yorkbased Celano Design Studio to create his first restaurant, Madison Kitchen.

A native of Westchester, 28 year old Chef Di Bona has already proven himself a creative force in his own right, serving as Executive Chef at the renowned Pratt’s Inn and helping to bring its highest Zagat rating to date. Madison Kitchen will be Di Bona’s first solo restaurant venture, and will feature Di Bona’s personal twist on New American. “I wanted to offer an eclectic mix of good food. Westchester has a lot to offer, Asian markets, Italian grocers.” Inspired by Di Bona’s ItalianAmerican background, his respect for fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and his continuous search for new combinations of food and flavor, Madison Kitchen will bring delicious, inventive cuisine to Larchmont.

Image Courtesy © Celano Design Studio

Fire Department Headquarters Proposal in San Francisco by THE OPEN WORKSHOP

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Article source: THE OPEN WORKSHOP 

A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones — one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable.

View of the Headquarters from the Embarcadero, Image Courtesy © THE OPEN WORKSHOP

  • Architects: THE OPEN WORKSHOP
  • Project: Fire Department Headquarters Proposal
  • Location: San Francisco, U.S.A
  • Year: 2013
  • Project Team: Neeraj Bhatia, Alicia Hergenroeder, Jonathan Negron, De Peter Yi, Wei Zhao

MODERN BARN in Wilton, Connecticut by Specht Harpman Architects

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Article source: Specht Harpman Architects

This weekend retreat was designed for a couple who are actively engaged in the arts—he as a Broadway producer, she as a fashion editor. The architects were commissioned to reconstruct a historic gambrel hay barn which had been partially destroyed in a catastrophic fire, and to re-think the interior to become a new house for the couple and their two Labrador retrievers. The barn is one of several buildings which were once part of a working dairy farm.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman Architects

  • Architects: Specht Harpman Architects
  • Project: MODERN BARN
  • Location: Wilton, Connecticut
  • Project size: 4,500 sf
  • Completion: 2004
  • Software used: AutoCad

Kimball Art Center in Park City by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Article source: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Park City and the Kimball Art Center exist in an alpine landscape of great scale and beauty.  While this is a superb location, it is a daunting challenge to making a building with an iconic presence.

Rather than trying to compete with the power of this place we have chosen to capture and contain its spirit through framed openings to the mountains and the sky.  The new galleries, on the upper level, flank two outdoor rooms.  Surrounded by sheets of hammered and punctured copper – these are sky rooms – looking out to the landscape and open to the atmosphere.

Image Courtesy © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Brown & Kaufman Remodel in Palo Alto, CA by Klopf Architecture

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Article source: Klopf Architecture

The goal was to modernize and brighten a dark, closed-in, chopped-up 1960’s Brown and Kauphman home. The solution, create space, light and flow by taking away internal walls that were barriers to light and adding windows.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Brown & Kaufman Remodel
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Jackie Detamore, AIA, Angela Todorova
  • Contractor: Kevin Slagle Design Build

Moraga Residence in California by Jennifer Weiss Architecture

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Article source: Jennifer Weiss Architecture

This interior architectural remodel transformed an existing awkward, dark, ranch house into a modern, light and view filled space – with a limited budget.   With strategic moves, the interior architecture was transformed.   The plan was rationalized:  the kitchen was almost tripled in size; the plan was made efficient; an entry way was gained by creatively modifying a hallway;  relocating the laundry area created room for a new office, created privacy for the powder room, and allowed for a much needed storage wall for the children.   Exterior windows and doors were replaced with wider, taller, stained wood openings.   Phase II includes work to the exterior architecture of the house and began in the fall of 2013.

Image Courtesy © Lucas Fladzinski

  • Architects: Jennifer Weiss Architecture
  • Project: Moraga Residence
  • Location: California, United States
  • Photography: Lucas Fladzinski

AN APARTMENT BUILDING in New York by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

New York, NY  — Studio Daniel Libeskind has just unveiled the design for a residential building in Berlin that, upon completion in 2015, is expected to brighten the already emerging neighborhood of Chausseestrasse.  With large angular windows designed to catch maximum light, canted walls, and a metallic-coated ceramic façade, the 107,000 sq. ft. (10,000 m2) Chausseestrasse 43 occupies the corner of a block in central Berlin. Says the architect: “Even as my studio is often called upon to design skyscrapers these days, I continue to love to build homes, the basic unit of human life.”

Image Courtesy © PX2

  • Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Location:  New York, United States
  • Photography: PX2, Ilan Besor

747 Wing House in Malibu by David Hertz Architects

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Article source: David Hertz Architects

This project exists on a 55-acre property in the remote hills of Malibu with unique topography and panoramic views looking out to a nearby mountain range, a valley, and the Pacific Ocean with islands in the distance. In searching for inspiration, I imagined a roof structure that would allow for a un-obstructed view of the mountain range and distant views.The client, a woman, requested curvilinear, feminine shapes for the building.

Image Courtesy © CARSON LEH

  • Architects: David Hertz Architects
  • Project: 747 Wing House
  • Location: Malibu, U.SA
  • Photography: David Hertz Architects, CARSON LEH, DOUGLAS HILL, LAURA DOSS
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

Center for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona by John Douglas Architects

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Article source: John Douglas Architects

This 1975 performing arts center was one of the most notable projects designed by the late Arizona architect Bennie Gonzales, FAIA, who also designed Scottsdale’s signature municipal structures, including the city hall and main library, which are linked to the arts center by the park-like Scottsdale Civic Center. Gonzales was known for his simple, pure forms that echoed both classic Southwestern and Native-American architectural themes. Gonzales designed the 100,000-square-foot arts center to include a large main theater, a smaller, secondary theater, gallery space, offices and a vast central atrium.

Image Courtesy © John Douglas Architects

  • Architects: John Douglas Architects
  • Project: Center for the Performing Arts
  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
  • OWNER: City of Scottsdale
  • CONTRACTOR: Howard S. Wright Constructors
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhino


  • Structural: PK Associates
  • MPE: ESD Engineering
  • Theater:Fisher Dachs
  • Acoustics: MCH Consultants
  • Lighting: Roger Smith


  • Carpet: Shaw
  • Flooring:Nova Blue Limestone
  • Resin Panels: 3form
  • Custom Glass: Meltdown Glass
  • Hardware: Forms and Surfaces
  • Elevators: KONE

The Wild Beast Pavilion in California by Hodgetts + Fung

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Article source: Hodgetts + Fung

Acoustic clarity and precision were governing principals for the design of this recital space and outdoor stage for the Masters Program in music at the California Institute of the Arts. Sited at the gateway to the 1970’s era campus, the project serves a multitude of purposes, for which acoustics, structural design, materials, and symbolic presence were integrated to produce a building which was conceived as a highly tuned instrument for musical performance.

Image Courtesy © Hodgetts + Fung

  • Architects: Hodgetts + Fung
  • Project: The Wild Beast Pavilion
  • Location: California, U.S.A
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