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Terrace of Residential in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by Esthec

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Article source: Esthec

This beautiful outside area is equipped with Esthec Terrace. Esthec is durable, splinter free, simple to maintain and above all it feels comfortable on bare feet. Even when it’s wet, Esthec provides excellent slip resistance, which is specifically important when it is used on a pool deck.

Image Courtesy © Esthec

  • Architects: Esthec
  • Project: Terrace of Residential
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Virgin Megastore in California by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


This project strives to provide a rigorous design for a building type that is sometimes overlooked by serious architectural investigation. It is the first purpose-built structure for the international music retailer, Virgin Records, who needed a strong identifiable architectural image to provide them with a clearly recognizable landmark within the existing urban context. The challenge was to provide them with the dramatic impact they needed whilst overcoming the limitations of a site with a very narrow frontage.


  • Project: Virgin Megastore
  • Location: California, U.SA
  • Photography: Mark Dziewulski
  • Program: A new building consisting of 22,000 sq.ft of retail space on two floors.
  • Objective: To provide a landmark building with a sense of destination and an identity that would exist at the larger scale of the city as whole.
  • Context: Adjacent to an existing retail center. A difficult site with very little frontage: narrow and deep. Dense commercial development along a high traffic arterial road.


  • Design Award from the chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
  • PacificCoastBuilders Design Award


  • Dynamic and sculptural form creates a community landmark.
  • Evokes an appropriate sense of drama and public theater.
  • Language expresses structural solution.
  • Overcomes narrow site and projects identity.
  • Signage part of total composition.

Cliff House in Lake Tahoe by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013



The site is a dramatically steep slope with steps leading down to theshoreofLake Tahoe, one hundred and fifty feet below. It has sweeping panoramic views of the entire lake and mountains beyond. Entry from the road is from the top of the slope and zoning required the house to be below this level.


Matchbox 14th Street in Washington, DC by STUDIO3877

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Article source: STUDIO3877

Design Brief:

Studio3877 recently completed Matchbox 14th Street, a local bistro in the U Street neighborhood of Washington, DC. As the newest restaurant to join the Matchbox brand, the 8,500squarefoot historical space features three levels of dining, sustainable materials, an expansive custom bar, and platform seating. The space is a juxtaposition of old and new where the old structure meets some new interior elements.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Ngiam

  • Architects: STUDIO3877
  • Project: Matchbox 14th Street
  • Location: Washington, DC , U.S.A
  • Photography: Ronald Ngiam, Scott Suchman
  • Interior Design and Architecture Firm: Studio3877, a DCbased multidisciplinary design and architecture studio
  • Principals: David Tracz, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, NCARB and David ShoveBrown, AIA, NCARB
  • Owner: Matchbox Food Group
  • Square Footage: 8,500 square feet
  • Construction Start Date: May 2012
  • Construction End Date: November 2012
  • Opening: December 2012
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup and Photoshop

PUMA Factory Outlet Center (FOC) in California by Colkitt&Co

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Article source: Colkitt&Co

Design Description:

Colkitt&Co’s model is revolutionizing PUMA’s global outlet program with mobile fixture kits that allow for more flexible and sustainable retail design. Between interchangeable stock parts made of 100 percent recycled materials, to a 35 percent more energy efficient design, the PUMA factory outlet center (FOC) model is setting a precedent for LEED Platinum retail design.

Image Courtesy © Cheryl Ramsay & Charles Bergquist

  • Architects: Colkitt&Co
  • Project: PUMA Factory Outlet Center (FOC)
  • Location: 5610 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008, U.S.A
  • Photography: Cheryl Ramsay & Charles Bergquist
  • Project Owner, Developer: PUMA North America
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3-D Studio, SketchUp, and Adobe Creative Suite

State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in Louisiana by Trahan Architects

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Article source: Trahan Architects

The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana merges two contrasting collections formerly housed in a university coliseum and a nineteenth century courthouse, elevating the visitor experience for both. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase on the banks of the Cane River Lake, the design mediates the dialogue between sports and history, past and future, container and contained.

Image Courtesy © Tim Hursley

  • Architects: Trahan Architects
  • Project: State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame in Louisiana by Trahan Architects
  • Location: Louisiana, U.S.A
  • Photography: Tim Hursley, Method Design
  • Client, Owner:  State of Louisiana, Office of Facility, Planning & Control
  • Key Personnel:  Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III FAIA – President, Design Principal, Brad McWhirter AIA – Project Architect, Ed Gaskin AIA – Designer, Mark Hash – Designer, Michael McCune AIA – Designer
  • Project Team: Sean David, Blake Fisher, Erik Herrmann, David Merlin, Benjamin Rath, Judson Terry
  • Interior Designer: Lauren Bombet Interiors
  • Mechanica, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection Engineer: Associated Design Group
  • Structural Engineer: LBYD
  • Civil Engineer: CSRS
  • Geotechnical Engineer: GeoConsultants
  • General Contractor: VCC
  • Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand Associates

Any other consultants, with their roles:

  • BIM Manager and Technology: Case
  • Cast Stone Support Steel Geometry and Detailing: Method Design
  • Cast Stone Support Steel Engineer: David Kufferman PE
  • Acoustics: SH Acoustics
  • Waterproofing: Water Management Consultants & Testing, Inc.
  • Size in Square Feet: 28,000sf
  • Cost: $12,600,000

Workshop Kitchen & Bar in Palm Springs, CA by SOMA Architects

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Article source: SOMA Architects

The client requested a fresh new architectural identity to correspond with his opening of the Workshop Kitchen & Bar restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. The given site, the Historic El Paseo building, immediately constrained the possibilities of the design, which we exploited to our advantage.

Image Courtesy © SOMA

  • Architects: SOMA Architects
  • Project: Workshop Kitchen & Bar
  • Location: Palm Springs, CA
  • Client: Michael Beckman
  • Date of Completion: October, 2012
  • Gross Floor Area: 3,500 FT2
  • Building Type: Restaurant Renovation
  • Main Materials: Concrete, Black Steel
  • Setting: Urban, Historic Zone
  • Principal: Michel Abboud
  • Key Staff: Leopoldo Sguera, Kamil Czarneski, Steven Townsend, Derek Binsted

PORT LUDLOW RESIDENCE in Washington by FINNE Architects

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Article source: FINNE Architects

The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact, 2400 SF modern house located on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sound. The house creates a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to the beautiful Hood Canal.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

  • Architects: FINNE Architects
  • Location: Washington, United States
  • Photography: Benjamin Benschneider

Lakeside Studio in California by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013


The owner wished to create a tranquil and sheltered environment from which to enjoy a rich natural landscape and spectacular river views. The single interior space has a complex program, it is a combination of office, art studio, flexible living space and gallery in which to show a rotating display of pieces from the owner’s extensive sculpture and painting collection.

Image Courtesy © Keith Cronin

  • Project: Lakeside Studio
  • Location: California, U.S.A
  • Photography: Keith Cronin
  • Program: Garden pavilion to be used as a painting studio, office, display space for art and for entertainment. 1,200 square feet.
  • Objective: To create a harmonious environment for painting, entertaining and enjoying the exterior landscape and river views.
  • Context: Natural landscape with spectacular views over a man made lake and the American River


  • American Institute of Architects Design Award
  • Pacific Coast Builders Award


  • Sculptural piece set in harmony with lake and landscape.
  • Creates tranquil environment to live/work surrounded by nature.

River House in California by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013



The owners wanted to take full advantage of a spectacular site on the banks of theAmericanRiver.  Heavily wooded and facing a state park across the river, the site provides a natural setting, rich in wildlife that would allow for bird watching year round.  The house is located to maintain as many mature trees as possible, which provide sun-screening and further enhance the concept of living in nature.

Image Courtesy © Keith Cronin

  • Project: River House
  • Location: California, U.S.A
  • Photography: Keith Cronin
  • Private House: 4,000 sq.ft. ( 370 m2)
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