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Glen Lake Tower in Michigan by Balance Associates, Architects

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

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.

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating 

  • Architects: Balance Associates, Architects
  • Project: Glen Lake Tower
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Photography: Steve Keating Photography
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Site Area: 2.5 acres
  • House Area: 1400 square feet
  • Budget: Withheld at request of home owners
  • Team: Balance Associates, Architects, Tom Lenchek, AIA – principal, Margo Peterson-Aspholm, AIA – project architect, Kyle Zerbey, AIA – architect
  • Structural Engineers: Quantum Consulting Engineers
  • General Contractor: Golden Rule Construction

House MP in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina by Estudio GMARQ

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Estudio GMARQ

A corner lot in the best area of April country club, located in what was once the area’s original ranch house, retaining old trees that gave, in addition to the environment, the feeling of being in the midst of a forest. The first decision was to locate the house at the end of the ground to allow maximum sunlight, thus preventing the building volume shadow to be projected on the garden. Logic indicated to open the main rooms to the garden, but the problem was what to do with the main access and service areas which remained connected to the back garden and where poorly lit.

Image Courtesy © ARC. RICARDO GOVETTO 

  • Architects: Estudio GMARQ
  • Project: House MP
  • Location: Hudson, Tandil, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Photography: ARC. RICARDO  GOVETTO
  • Architects In Charge: Adrian Govetto, Lucas Mansilla
  • Design Team: Matias Fernandez, Veronica Page
  • Structure: Donato Castelli
  • Construction: BCM Construcciones

A House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Estudio GMARQ

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Estudio GMARQ

“Our office encourages the client to take part in the design process in order to achieve fully personalized buildings and homes within a contemporary aesthetical frame”, remark the heads of GMARQ, architects Adrián Govetto and Lucas Mansilla. However, House A process was not born out of this work philosophy because during the first meetings with our clients, a couple with no children, they made it clear that they had no preconceived idea of how their future house should look like or how it would be. But during following meetings they told us how their daily lives were, their routines and what their expectations were for the future.

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral 

  • Architects: Estudio GMARQ
  • Project: A House
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina, USA
  • Photography: Alejandro Peral
  • Year: 2011/2012
  • AREA: 490 M2
  • Team: Sr. Matías Fernandez – Arq. Marcelo Forja – Arq. Sofia Sorazabal
  • Structure: DONATO CASTELLI 
  • Construction: COZAHLE S.R.L.

Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas by Rosales + Partners Architects

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Rosales + Partners Architects

The Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge crosses over the Trinity River connecting Trinity Park to a new trail that terminates in downtown Fort Worth. The bridge has a graceful profile that enhances the serene and beautiful landscape. A steel arch with a span of 163’ (49.5m) supports steel stress ribbon segments and precast concrete planks over the river complementing the adjacent historic Lancaster vehicular bridge.

Image Courtesy Rosales + Partners Architects 

  • Architects: Rosales + Partners Architects
  • Project: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge
  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • Bridge Architect: Miguel Rosales, AIA
  • Engineer of Record: John Dewar, P.E., S.E.
  • Structural Bridge Engineer: Michael Stein, P.E.
  • Contractor: Danny Krieg
  • Software used: SOFiSTiK to complete the structural analysis

Aesop Fillmore Street in San Francisco by NADAAA

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: NADAAA

Housing various skin-care and health products of Aesop, the space of the store is narrow and deep; the shot-gun organization is laid out asymmetrically with products framed in recycled boxes randomly stacked on one wall, the entire depth of the space.
The opposing wall is clad in cork–pure, seamless and unfettered by any intricacy. Using the strict repetitive organization of the Aesop bottle– a leitmotif of the brand– the random stacking of boxes acts to downplay the regimented nature of the brand.

Image Courtesy © Juliana Sohn 

  • Architects: NADAAA
  • Project: Aesop Fillmore Street
  • Location: San Francisco, USA
  • Photography: Juliana Sohn
  • Principal in Charge: Dan Gallagher
  • Design Principals: Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner
  • Project Manager: John Chow
  • Project Team: Jonathan Palazzolo, Parke MacDowell

Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in South Los Angeles by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects

This new public school for 500 students is located in a tough South Los Angeles neighborhood almost directly under the flight path into LAX and adjacent to the very busy 105 Century freeway.  The design was influenced by the New Orleans architects Curtis and Davis who designed and built many schools in the early 1950s in Louisiana.  Their designs adapted to the harsh southern climate without using air conditioning, creating sustainable light filled and poetic spaces for kids to learn.

Image Courtesy © John Linden 

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
  • Project: Green Dot Animo Leadership High School
  • Location: Los Angeles County, CA – Lennox School District
  • Photography: John Linden
  • Client/Owner: Green Dot Public Charter Schools
  • Total Square Footage: 53,500 sq. ft.
  • Completed: 2013
  • Cost: $17,300,000.00(US)
  • Project Design Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Principal- in-Charge. Angela Brooks, AIA, Mark Buckland, Ching Luk, Project Architect, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri
  • Construction Manager: Telecu
  • Engineering: Thorton Thomassetti-Structural, E2DI- Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing, Veneklaussen-Acoustical, Barbara Hall-Civil
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino

Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky by EOP Architects

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Article source: EOP Architects

A unique client’s vision and openness to abstract symbolism provided EOP Architects the opportunity to transform a long vacant and neglected retail mall into an energized campus with a newfound purpose. Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, requested a contemporary, iconic design that would be welcoming, inspirational and transformational but devoid of any traditional references to Christianity: there are no conventional steeples, crosses, or stained glass windows. However, the design response includes a number of abstract interpretations with references to these elements.

Image Courtesy © phebus photography 

  • Architects: EOP Architects
  • Project: Southland Christian Church, Richmond Road Campus
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  • Photography: Phebus photography
  • Owner/Client: Southland Christian Church
  • Area: 189,000 sf (17,558 sqm)
  • Year: 2013
  • Contractor: Messer Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering: Staggs & Fisher
  • Structural Engineering: Brown + Kubican
  • Audiovisual: Michael Garrison & Associates
  • Software used: Revit

Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Saint Paul by Leo A Daly

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Article source: Leo A Daly

A new memorial designed pro bono by international architecture/engineering firm LEO A DALY honors the sacrifice of firefighters killed in the line of duty while serving Minnesota communities. Completed in September 2012, the memorial is located on the State Capitol grounds in Saint Paul and houses the Minnesota Firefighters Memorial Statue, previously on display at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

view of pavilion from plaza : Image Courtesy © Bill Baxley 

  • Architects: Leo A Daly
  • Project: Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial
  • Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • Photography: Bill Baxley
  • Project Team: The entire team worked with the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation on a pro bono basis
    LEO A DALY – Design, project management and cost estimation
    Westwood Professional Services – Survey and civil engineering
    General Contractor – Meisinger Construction
    EDR, Ltd., of Siren, Wis. – Fabricated the memorial’s pavilion
    Douglas O. Freeman, at Casting Creations of Minnesota – Refinished the original Minnesota Fire Service Memorial Statue sculpted by him in 1987

Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Montclair, New Jersey by ikon.5 architects

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Article source: ikon.5 architects

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center needed to upgrade and expand its exhibition and support space for the museum that uses the life lessons of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees and baseball to teach and promote good sportsmanship, respect, integrity, social justice and the pursuit of excellence. The museum also wished to transform its unwelcoming and defensive appearance.

Image Courtesy © James D’Addio 

  • Architects: ikon.5 architects
  • Project: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
  • Location: Montclair, New Jersey, USA
  • Photography: James D’Addio
  • Completed: 2010
  • Software used: AutoCad 2008

The Gold Line Bridge in Arcadia, California by Andrew Leicester

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Article source: Andrew Leicester 

As the largest, single public art/transit infrastructure project in California, we believe the Gold Line Bridge would be a very unique and special entry for coverage. The Gold Line Bridge has set many precedents. The Construction Authority wanted the art to lead the engineering, so an artist was hired before the architect and contractor. In 2010, the Construction Authority put out a national call and selected Andrew Leicester, an award-winning public artist from Minnesota.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority : Image Courtesy Andrew Leicester 

  • Artist: Andrew Leicester
  • Project: The Gold Line Bridge
  • Location: San Gabriel Valley, California
  • Date: Completed December 15, 2012
  • Dimensions: 584-linear feet (115 feet between the centerlines of the two signature baskets)
  • Materials: Concrete with steel reinforcement (the project required 6,500 cubic yards of concrete and 1.3 million pounds of steel)
  • Art Concept Advisor: Andrew Leicester
  • Architect/Designer: AECOM
  • Contractor: Skanska USA Civil West
  • Commissioner/Owner: The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • Software used: 
    • Microstation V8i 3D for architectural design
    • For structural calculations:
      • SAP2000
      • VBridge
      • VBent
      • XTRACT
      • LPile
    • For structural calculations:
      • WinBDS
      • BrgABUT
    • For Hydrology/Hydraulics
      • LA County TC_Calculator
      • Bentley Flowmaster
    • For Alignment Design
      • InRoads
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