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Chesapeake Building 12 in Oklahoma by Elliott + Associates Architects

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Article source: Elliott + Associates Architects

This building is located next to a creek that bisects the campus. This building is curved and all glass to differentiate it from the brick office buildings and to make clear that this is a public building like the other two all glass buildings on campus (the Conservatory Restaurant and the Fitness Center Addition).

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Program Requirements: 

  • Add a second auditorium on campus that seats 232.
  • Add a third on campus restaurant that seats 138 inside and 48 outside.
  • Provide a banquet room for special events which seats 144.
  • Provide a boardroom for quarterly board meetings.
  • Provide private dining rooms that seat 8-12 people for lunch meetings.
  • Provide a 2,843 square foot catering kitchen to provide food for meetings all over campus.

Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City, New York by THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source: THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Opening at the end of the summer, Hunters Point South Waterfront Park is phase one of a larger master plan that encompasses the transformation of 29 acres of postindustrial waterfront on the East River in Long Island City and includes the largest affordable housing building project in New York City since the 1970’s.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

  • Architects: THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES
  • Project: Hunters Point South Waterfront Park
  • Location: Long Island City, New York
  • Photography: Albert Vecerka Esto, Wade Zimmerman
  • Client: New York City Economic Development Corporation Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • Park Designers: Thomas Balsley Associates, WEISS, MANFREDI
  • Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer: ARUP
  • Project Team: Arup, Prime Consultant, Civil, Structural Engineer and Lighting Design, E-Design Dynamics, Ecological Systems and Restoration Ecologist, Halcrow, Marine Engineering, Karyn Olivier, Public Art, A.G. Consulting Engineering, P.C., MEPFP Engineering, Yu & Associates, Environmental Engineer, VJ Associates, Cost Estimator, B-A Engineering, P.C., Traffic Engineer, Two Twelve, Graphic Designer, AKRF, Historical Researcher, The Liro Group, Resident Engineer

Dimensions:

  • Park: 11 acres
  • Pavilion: 12,000 sf

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

Surrounded by water on three sides, Hunters Point South is a new model of urban ecology and a laboratory for innovative sustainable design. The park and open space is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

The site is waterfront and city, gateway and sanctuary, blank slate and pentimento. Design ‘leverage the site’s industrial heritage and spectacular views to establish a resilient, multi-layered recreational and cultural destination. Adjacent to a future school and an emerging residential development of 5,000 permanently affordable units, the park will provide a public front door and new open spaces for recreation that connect to the surrounding communities.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

The integrated design weaves together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to transform a post-industrial waterfront site into new ecological corridors that anticipate the inevitable patterns of flooding and rising water levels along the East River, transforming Hunters Point South into both a new cultural and ecological paradigm.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

MAJOR FEATURES:
A Sustainable Waterfront: Hunters Point South Waterfront Park has evolved from a marshy wetland to a drained landfill site and from a soft shoreline to an armored water’s edge. The design incorporates numerous green initiatives, transforming a critically located but abandoned waterfront into a new urban ecological paradigm.The essence of the park is a technological and ecological system implemented to minimize non-renewable power consumption, protect and conserve water, optimize maintenance and operational practices, and create a healthy and productive environment for the community and the city.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

Upland Context: Embedded in the new urban plan is a carefully conceived sustainable approach to the smart streets, bioswales and bikeways of the new community at Hunters Point South. Placed along the park’s, edge, a bioswale filters stormwater from the Center Blvd. and the upland smart streets. Each upland street enjoys the park and skyline views and terminates on park vestibule entrances that have been outfitted with banquette seating.

Green Oval: A new multi-use green oval defines the most generously open part of the site and offers views directly across the river tp Manhattan. This green anchors the park’s north precinct and is framed by a continuous path and pleated steel shade canopy on the south side which follows the curve of the oval and offers shelter for a water ferry stop and concession building.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

Pathways: The path that surrounds the central green unfurls into a promenade leading to an overlook at the southern terminus of the site. This overlook, a 30-foot high cantilevered platform with views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River, is at once urbane and otherworldly, bringing the city to a precipice suspended over a new wetland water’s edge. From the central promenade path, existing concrete bulk-heads are strategically replaced by new wetlands and pathways that link the major precincts and programs of the park. This path system extends to the water’s edge and forms part of the “soft” edge
infrastructure, while also providing a new landmark and destination that draws the community to the waterfront.

Pavilion: The Pavilion is conceived as a continuous structure which connects the city with the water’s edge. it is strategically located to support the park’s active and passive recreational uses and provides a legible point of arrival and orientation. The Pavilion is divided into two buildings under one continuous canopy. It includes a maintenance and
operations facility for the Department of Parks and Recreations, comfort stations, a concession building, and a raised café plaza. The Pavilion culminates at the elevated wood pier, with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River corridor.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

The folded plate shade structure recalls the maritime history of Hunters Point and is optimized to capture storm water and solar power. 64 Photovoltaic panels located on the south face of the steel pleats generate 37,000 kWh per year, powering over 50% of the entire park. The design can accommodate additional panels to power 100% of the park in the future. The folded plates also collect storm water which nourishes nearby bioswales. A richly textured brushed metal surface drapes across the outer edge of the sweep along the Green sweep, and reflects the activity at the Green and the general landscape.

Urban Beach: Framed by the pavilion and park path, an urban beach hosts sunning, picnicking and beach volleyball along the edge of the promenade. Here, visitors will sink their toes in the sand and take in a unique beach sunset setting over the Manhattan skyline.

Interpretive Rail
Garden: Framed by the urban dog run and play area at the 51st Avenue vestibule, native grasses envelop freight rails to compose an interpretive rail garden narrative. A cross path weaves through to a small central plaza animated with water jets and the interaction they attract.

Urban Dog Run: As a relatively new component of the 21st century urban park, the dog run has proven its long term social sustainability worth. With its distinctive water rill, stacked timber seats that recall an earlier lumberyard and animated shelter which has taken its cues from the pavilion, this dogscape has elevated the fun of dog ownership.

Play Area: Resting on a tree shaded shelf above the promenade and surrounded by native grasses, the play area promises to be the center of family activity for the park. Here at the edge of the East River an ensemble of play venues for all ages ranges from basketball and adult fitness to a children’s play with lawn mound and water play channel.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

ABOUT THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES
Thomas Balsley Associates is a NYC based landscape architecture and urban design practice with a portfolio of award winning work throughout the United States and abroad. The firm is best known for its innovative fusion of environmental sustainability and landscape urbanism. Projects such as Chelsea Waterside Park, Gantry Plaza Park and Riverside Park in NY, Dallas’ Main Street Garden, Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, and Baltimore’s West Shoe Park exemplify the transformative power of public space. The firm has recently won the international competitions for Seoul’s Magok Waterfront and Shangai’s SIPG Harbor Center as well as numerous awards and citations from ASLA, AIA, and EDRA. Tom Balsley lectures and teaches extensively at many civic, design and academic institutions, including Harvard GSD and UPenn School of Design. Spacemaker press devoted a monograph to his work entitled ” Thomas Balsley: The Urban Landscape.”

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

ABOUT WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
WEISS / MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City. Founded by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, the firm is known for the dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. The firm’s products, including the seattle Art Musem: Olympic Sculpture Park, the Barnard College Diana Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cementry, and projects in East Africa, exemplify the potential of architecture to transform public space. The firm recently won the national competition to redesign the Sylvan Outdoor Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and won the international competition for Korea’s Taekwondo Park in 2008. WEISS/MANFREDI has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the International VR Green Prize for Urban Design. They have also been named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York, and received the New York City AIA Gold Medal of Honor. Michael Manfredi has been the Gensler Visiting Professor at Cornell University and Marion Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

The Cresta in La Jolla, California by Jonathan Segal FAIA

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Article source: Jonathan Segal FAIA

The Cresta is a 5,300 sq foot single-family residence designed and constructed entirely out of cast in place concrete on a 5,000 sqft lot in the Lower Hermosa region of La Jolla, CA .The house’s three stories, one below and two above grade, are accented by floor to ceiling glass and large open expanses to the outdoors.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Segal

  • Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
  • Project: The Cresta
  • Location: La Jolla, California
  • Photography: Matthew Segal
  • Project Managers: Matthew Segal, Guillermo Tomaszewski
  • Engineer: DCI Engineers

Central Library in Seattle by OMA

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Article source: OMA

At a moment when libraries are perceived to be under threat from a shrinking public realm on one side and digitization on the other, the Seattle Central Library creates a civic space for the circulation of knowledge in all media, and an innovative organizing system for an ever-growing physical collection – the Books Spiral.

Image Courtesy © OMA

  • Architects: OMA & LMN Architects
  • Project: Central Library
  • Location: Seattle, USA
  • Status: Commissioned: 1999; Completed: 2004 Site: City block located at 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Program: Total 38,300m2, including 33,700m2 reading room, book spiral, mixing chamber, meeting platform, living room, staff floor, children’s collection, auditorium, and 4,600m2 of parking
  • Client: The Seattle Public Library
  • Budget: $111.9 million

STUDIO V to design Empire Stores in New York City

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Article source: STUDIO V Architecture

Brooklyn Bridge Park awarded the development and re-design of the historic Empire Stores to Midtown Equities, a leading real estate investment and development firm led by Brooklyn native and Chairman Joe Cayre and his two sons Jack and Michael. Midtown Equities selected STUDIO V Architecture, led by Jay Valgora, to create the architectural design for the adaptive re-use and addition to seven Civil War era buildings.

Image Courtesy © STUDIO V Architecture

  • Architects: STUDIO V Architecture
  • Project: STUDIO V to design Empire Stores
  • Location: New York City , U.S.A
  • Software used: Rhino with Maxwell and Vray

Abasto children´s Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina by gruba

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Article source: gruba

0-3 exhibit is a space that seeks to bring nature integrating play, perception and expression, stimulating the imagination through the senses.
The space is located within the Children’s Museum and forms an area of 140m2.
Development of the project began with an analysis, concept development and game proposals developed by Gruba.

Image Courtesy © gruba

  • Architects: gruba
  • Project: Abasto children´s Museum
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Contributors: Marina Garro, Mara Ceva, Hanna Halst, Martina Uribe.
  • Lighting Design: Veronica La Cruz and Giuliana Nievas
  • Structural Advisor: Jose Blanco

Skype HQ in California by Design Blitz

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Article source: Design Blitz

Skype’s primary goal was to create a world-class o”ce that would di!erentiate them from their Bay Area competitors in the recruitment of talent. Their new space not only had to be a design statement that reflected their modern but fun personality, but it also had to meet very specific acoustic requirements to support the company’s extensive use of AV. Skype hired Design Blitz architects to design their new North American headquarters on an aggressive budget and schedule. Despite being one of several new o”ces that year for Skype, the completed project ultimately became the standard for the international communications company and also achieved LEED Silver certification.

Image Courtesy © Ho!manChrisman & Matthew Millman

  • Architects: Design Blitz
  • Project: Skype HQ
  • Location: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A
  • Photography: Ho!manChrisman & Matthew Millman
  • Size: 54,000 SF
  • Completion: 2010
  • Software used: Revit and Sketchup

Echoviren in California by Smith | Allen

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Article source: Smith | Allen

Smith|Allen participated in the Project 387 Residency, located in Mendocino Country from August 4-18, 2013. In the heart of a 150-acre redwood forest, Smith|Allen has created a site responsive, 3D printed architectural installation (the largest of it’s kind): Echoviren. The project merges architecture, art and technology to explore the dialectic between man, machine and nature. The Project 387 open house and reception was Saturday, August 17.

Image Courtesy © Smith | Allen

  • Architects: Smith | Allen
  • Project: Echoviren
  • Location: Gualala, California, U.S.A
  • Involved companies: Type A Machines
  • Commissioned by: Project 387
  • Software used: Adobe Illustrator, Rhino 5, grasshopper, weaverbird, and paneling tools for design, and KISSlicer+Pronterface with our Type A Machines Series 1 Printers for the 3D printing fabrication

Davis Commons in California by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Article source: MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

  • Designed as a piece of urban planning within the context of the city as a whole
  • Creates public park at heart of downtown
  • Continues urban fabric and scale of context
  • Parking concealed

The site is adjacent to the heart of the thriving downtown area of the city of Davis. The solution is novel for this type of use: a contextual piece of urban infill, creating a new public park and providing a consistent continuation of the existing density and pedestrian scale. It is the exact opposite of typical concepts for this building type, which would normally place the buildings well back from the street and surround them with parking. The site plan in this case was carefully laid out in relation to the plan of the existing city: the buildings continue the line the street wall and then curve back to create a much needed public green-space, whilst the parking requirement is concealed behind.

Image Courtesy © MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee by tvsdesign

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Article source: tvsdesign

An all-new landmark in Music City’s iconic downtown will open its doors May 19. At 1.2 million square feet of convention center area, Music City Center will give Nashville a bigger stage to host larger conventions and meetings and, ultimately, to make a greater impact on the economy of the city and state.

Image Courtesy © tvsdesign

  • Architects: tvsdesign
  • Project: Music City Center
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Client: Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
  • Project area: 1,200,000 sf
  • Project features: 370,000 sf exhibit halls, 60,000 sf ballrooms, 120,000 sf meeting rooms
  • Associated architects: Tuck Hinton Architects, Moody Nolan, Inc.
  • Project Opens: 2013
  • Services provided: Architectural and interior design services
  • Dates: 2009 – 2013
  • Team Members: Robert Svedberg, Robert Bielamowicz

Budget 

  • Initial budget: $415,000,000
  • Final budget: $585,000,000
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