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Berklee College of Music Opens Major WSDG-Designed Audio Teaching Complex in 160 Mass. Ave. Tower

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group 

BOSTON, MASS.  Berklee College of Music opened the doors to its 160 Massachusetts Avenue,residence tower in January 2014.  The building now features one of the largest, most progressive, and versatile professional audio teaching/production/performance complexes in the U.S.  Over three years and $100 million have been invested in the development and construction of this cusp point educational compound.  Situated over four dedicated floors in a striking, sixteen-story, 155,000 sq. ft.  William Rawn Associates building, the ten-studio Walters-Storyk Design Group – designed, audio education component represents a pinnacle of contemporary studio planning.

Image Courtesy © Cheryl Fleming

Image Courtesy © Cheryl Fleming

  • Designed By: Walters-Storyk Design Group
  • Project: Berklee College of Music Opens Major WSDG-Designed Audio Teaching Complex
  • Location: Massachusetts, USA
  • Photography: Cheryl Fleming
  • Software used: REVIT, CATT Acoustics, INSUL  (acoustics software)

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Cascades of Lights in San Jose, Costa Rica by Benjamin Garcia Saxe

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Article source: Benjamin Garcia Saxe

Framing and fading the view become guidelines for the imagination; where an escape from the city is built and transported into a fictional world that is dancing with the wind, and light plays absorbed by its threads that catch between their frames a changing landscape.

Image Courtesy © Andres Garcia Lachner

Image Courtesy © Andres Garcia Lachner

  • Architects: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Project: Cascades of Lights
  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica, U.S.A
  • Photography: Andres Garcia Lachner
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Date: August, 2014
  • Veritas University Professors: Arq. Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Arq. Laura Morelli
  • Veritas University Assistant: Arq. Cesar Coto Leandro
  • Design Development: Murillo Poblador Maria Jose, San Martin Cruz Ana Laura, Calvo Mendez Andrea Johanna, Campos Jimenez Silvia, Corrales Morera Melisa, Esquivel Isern Javier, Gamboa Amador Jose Alonso, Garcia Fernandez Mayline Diala, Gutierrez Chaves Priscilla, Gutierrez Nigro Maria Jose, Lopez Castro Daniela Maria, Montero Delgado Nery Sophia, Muñoz Alguera Mariela Paola, Quesada Pizarro Diana Maria, Rojas Murillo Jose Mario, Vasquez Barquero Jose Esteban, Aguilar Quesada Daniela Maria, Alvarez Tacsan Maria Jose, Barquero Carranza Lissa, Carolina, Ellis Wegley, Amy Rebeca, Fonseca Montalto Maria Jose, Gomez Duran Christian, Mena Guerrero, Maria Jose, Morel Julien, Porras Castro Andrea, Rodriguez Alvarado Alonso, Salas Araya Estrella, Sanabria Rojas Jacqueline, Segura Matamoros Jose Pablo, Vargas Jara, Javier Alonso, Vinocour Alvarez Carlos Alberto, Currea Natalia

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VILLA BELLEVUE in Washington by Vanessa Pointet

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Article source: Vanessa Pointet

Individual villas have played a particular role in the history of domesticity. They are inevitably the set for the rich and dramatic play of family life whether in fiction or reality. In that sense all villas belong to a very same lineage : a stage for the domestic drama: love, passion, adultery, brotherhood ; the ups and down of family and love stories. Regardless of whether the scenario comes with a happy ending or not, similarities appear in all domestic environments.

Image Courtesy © Vanessa Pointet

Image Courtesy © Vanessa Pointet

  • Architects: Vanessa Pointet
  • Project: VILLA BELLEVUE
  • Location: Washington

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Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California by SPF:architects

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Article source: SPF:architects 

The program for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts [the Wallis] was to transform the Historic Post Office Site into a cultural center for the performing arts including, the 500 seat Goldsmith Theatre, the 120 seat Lovelace Studio Theatre, an education wing, administrative offices, café, gift shop, sculpture garden, education court and a state of the art performing arts support spaces.

Image Courtesy © SPF:architects

Image Courtesy © SPF:architects

  • Architects: SPF:architects
  • Project: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Location: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A
  • OWNER: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • PRESERVATION ARCHITECT & HISTORIC TAX CREDIT: Historic Resources Group
  • THEATER CONSULTANT: Schuler Shook
  • ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Structural Focus
  • MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING: ARC Engineering
  • CIVIL ENGINEER: Rothman Engineering, Inc.
  • AUDIO/VIDEO CONSULTANT: Electrosonic Design Consulting
  • LIGHTING: HLB Lighting
  • CONTRACTOR: Matt Construction Company

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Living Zero in San Francisco, California by SUSTAINABLE.TO

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Article source: SUSTAINABLE.TO

In 2003, Architecture 2030 was established to respond to rapidly accelerating climate change. This has sparked extraordinary development in the field of renewable energy technology, allowing for buildings to become increasingly energy efficient.
The design intention was to establish the net-zero perspective from the eyes of the occupant. This project proposes a net-zero energy building in every aspect. Not only does the building produce more energy than it consumes through the use of building integrated photovoltaics, but it also attempts to foster a sense of community and a sustainable lifestyle through a vertical tower typology.

Image Courtesy © SUSTAINABLE.TO

Image Courtesy © SUSTAINABLE.TO

  • Architects: SUSTAINABLE.TO
  • Project: Living Zero
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Client: AIA San Francisco
  • Competition: Architecture at Zero
  • Completion: 2013

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Harlem Community Rooftop Farm in New York by EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Article source: Elmslie Osler Architect

Access to affordable housing and fresh, healthy food are often scarce in New York City. We have designed the Harlem Community Rooftop Farm to help alleviate the dearth of these basic needs in one Manhattan Neighborhood. This combined affordable housing development and community garden also provides much-needed green space and a reprieve from the busy streets below. This community garden in Harlem redevelops the existing roofscape above Citarella to include farming that is publically accessible via a wide stair leading up from 126th Street. The stair is constructed of concrete and reclaimed redwood marking the transition from sidewalk to elevated garden. Once at the top there is a deck of reclaimed redwood shaded by small fruit trees that leads to a gradual downward slope with spacious low steps and benches for sitting, gathering and observing busy 125th Street. Rooftop planter boxes that are open for use by the community are supplemented by vertical farming walls which are maintained by residents of the affordable housing units in the adjacent building. The vertical farming panels are made of stainless steel and are accessible via balconies running the entire length of the south-west facing façade.

Image Courtesy © EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

Image Courtesy © EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

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Underwood Pavilion in Muncie, Indiana by Gernot Riether

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Article source: Gernot Riether

The Underwood Pavilion was featured by The Star Press as Indiana’s new art destination. The traveling pavilion celebrates the qualities and potentials of Indiana’s post-industrial landscape through attracting people to places that are currently not considered public space. The pavilion is the outcome of the Digital Design Build Studio, directed by Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit, both professors at Ball State University. At the time it is located close to Muncie, a 70,000 inhabitants city in central Indiana.

Image Courtesy © Gernot Riether

Image Courtesy © Gernot Riether

  • Architects: Gernot Riether
  • Project: Underwood Pavilion
  • Location: Muncie, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Design and Realization: Gernot Riether, Prof. Dipl.-Ing., M.S. Architect, Andrew Wit, Prof. M.S.
  • Project Team: Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit with Noor Al-Noori, Andrew Heilman, Chris Hinders, Charles Koers, Huy Nguyen, Nick Peterson, Steven Putt, Ashley Urbanowich
  • Supported by: Ball State University
  • Community partner: Muncie Makers Lab
  • Promotion of art event: The Star Press, Muncie Indiana
  • Faculty: Prof. Gernot Riether, Prof. Andrew Wit
  • Students: Noor Al-Noori, Andrew Heilman, Chris Hinders, Charles Koers, Huy Nguyen, Nick Peterson, Steven Putt, Ashley Urbanowich
  • Grants and support: Ball State University, Department of Architecture, Chair: Prof. Mahesh Daas

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Pomona College Studio Art Hall in Claremont, California by wHY

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Article source: wHY

The Pomona College Studio Art Hall is a 35,000 square-foot, two-story, interdisciplinary arts center at the heart of the Claremont, Calif., campus, designed to create a physical environment where an appreciation for the creative art process can be nurtured and explored.

Image Courtesy © wHY

Image Courtesy © wHY

  • Architects: wHY
  • Project: Pomona College Studio Art Hall
  • Location: Claremont, California, U.S.A.
  • Architect Team: wHY, Kulapat Yantrasast

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LOUISVILLE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM in Kentucky by JESÚS TORRES GARCÍA

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Article source: JESÚS TORRES GARCÍA

To begin a project is to first and foremost develop research. In this case there two essential questions, what is a children’s museum, and how to develop a master plan integrating all the dreams of the neighborhood in this promising and rising modern city of Louisville, Kentucky.

Image Courtesy © JESÚS TORRES GARCÍA

Image Courtesy © JESÚS TORRES GARCÍA

  • Architects: JESÚS TORRES GARCÍA
  • Project: LOUISVILLE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
  • Location: Kentucky, USA
  • Architect Team: MARTIN LUETHY · Architect, NEREIDA DE LA MATA · Architect, TERESA GARCÍA-HERRERA · Architect, LOU VERNEJOUL · Student

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LOPEZ HOUSE in Eagle Rock, California by Martin Fenlon Architecture

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Article source: Martin Fenlon Architecture

This project, located in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles, is situated on an irregularly-shaped, steeply-sloping lot. Faced with a limited budget, it was particularly challenging to negotiate the constraints of the lot while taking advantage of the site’s sweeping view. The owners wanted the house to evoke the area’s craftsmen architecture, so this vernacular served as a basis for the design.

Image Courtesy © Eric Staudenmaier

Image Courtesy © Eric Staudenmaier

  • Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
  • Project: LOPEZ HOUSE
  • Location: Eagle Rock, California
  • Photography: Eric Staudenmaier
  • Area: 2,200 s.f.
  • Project Year: 2008 – 2013

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