The S. Lowell Apartments owned by the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) was an aging family site that had reached its useful life span. It had leaking pipes causing mold, structural damage and inefficient heat for both the units and domestic hot water. As with any prudent developer, the goal was to use the site for its highest and best use at the most affordable cost. Working together, WORKSHOP8 and Pinkard Construction helped the DHA find a way to obtain 96 units using the existing units and adding 28 additional units, saving them $5M over the estimated cost of tearing the existing structure down and rebuilding 96 new units, the maximum allowed based on City parking requirements.
A spring 2012 graduate architecture studio focused on the design and development of a “Wash/Pack Pavilion” for the campus’ Sustainable Student Farm. The farm was initiated in 2009 to promote alternative growing practices and sustainable agriculture research. The project continues as a research endeavor.
A well-proportioned 1957 gabled house was constructed on the north edge of a small park. While the southern view of maturing park trees visible through the glazed gable end is delightful, an owner of dubious taste in the 1970s constructed a curiously awful Mansard carbuncle-of-an-addition to its west.
Article source: Design Blitz Located in Sunnyvale, California, Comcast’s new 31,000 square foot Silicon Valley Innovation Center provides space for the company’s entrepreneurial arm to build new products that change how people connect to entertainment, information, and their communities. Needing an innovative and cool space for the rapidly growing Sunnyvale team, Comcast partnered with Design Blitz to create a cutting-edge, collaborative new office.
The design and creation of a whimsical and sophisticated environmental installation at the site of the entertainment venue Orchid.
The installation is an extension of the performance. A “Garden of Pleasure” starts at the initial view of the gateway location and continues to the peripheral fence. It culminates in the areas surrounding the “spiegeltent” and welcomes spectators before and after each performance. Several factors are considered in the design of the environmental installation of the Orchid venue. The aesthetics of the traditional “spiegeltent”, the iconic fences of nomadic circuses, and the essence of the venue, located in the celebrated Miami Design District, all contribute to the elegant and innovative installation.
6 Emotions is an innovative and highly effective life enhancement on-line program that facilitates rejuvenation in all aspects of life. The program supports and guides people as they recognize and change patterns of behavior preventing them from achieving their full potential. In the past decade, thousands of people have transformed their lives with the help of 6 Emotions’ techniques. Within the Chapel, 6 Emotions’ members leave the distractions and chatter of the everyday world behind. Here members embrace and enhance their ability to reconnect to the energy source that is within all people and always available in the universe.
Designed in response to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York, Resilient House creates a dwelling that is both sustainable and resilient in the broadest sense. Socially, it is low cost. Culturally, it accommodates a contemporary lifestyle and aesthetic. Ecologically, it uses minimal resources to build and to operate. This is accomplished through simple, sensitive, and creative design.
This pavilion proposal was created as a tourist attraction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Its design is intended to sustainably celebrate the great diversity, and the future of food production in the state of California.
The shape of the large concrete structure was based on a contour map of a California hill. Various food crops are planted in raised troughs that follow the contours of the perimeter of the hill. These plants are continually changed out in order to display the wide variety of crops actually grown on farms in California.
The Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is part of phase II of LAUSD’s rigorous state bond funded plan to have 155 new schools built in its district by 2012. It is located on a 9.8 acre site on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The school will be a comprehensive High School and in addition will offer courses in the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music and Dance.
The main purpose of the renovation was to establish a relationship with the surroundings that will integrate the sense of living in the tropics, taking advantage of the spaces in between the outside and inside and validating those as the desire tropical way of living.