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Shadowboxx in Lopez Island, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Shadowboxx responds to a desire to facilitate an intimate understanding of its setting and explores the tradition of gathering around a fire. The site for this island retreat is a remote, windy point of land in the San Juan Islands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Tucked between a thicket of trees and a rising bank, the house angles toward the bluff with its fifty-foot drop to the sea and view of the Olympic Mountains beyond.

Image Courtesy © Michael Burns 

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: Shadowboxx
  • Location: Lopez Island, Washington , USA
  • Photography: Michael Burns, Tim Bies, Kevin Scott, Benjamin Benschneider
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Jon Gentry, LEED AP, project manager
  • Contractor: Krekow Jennings
  • Consultants: MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering); VIEKMAN (interior design); Turner Exhibits (gizmo engineering); Bird Electric (electric engineering); CIP Plumbing & Heating (mechanical engineering)

Paolo’s Restaurant V.I.P. Room in Reston, Virginia by FORMA Design, Inc.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: FORMA Design, Inc.

When the client hired FORMA for the addition of a private V.I.P. dining room for Paolo’s Restaurant in Reston, the mandate was to the point – ”I want a sexy room”. The challenge was wrapping a catering kitchen, bar, access to the existing kitchen and seating a maximum number of guests around the new space and making it all work.

Image Courtesy © Goeffrey Hodgdon 

  • Architects: FORMA Design, Inc.
  • Project: Paolo’s Restaurant V.I.P. Room
  • Location: Reston, Virginia, USA
  • Photography: Goeffrey Hodgdon

Adamsville Regional Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia by Stanley Beaman & Sears

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Article source: Stanley Beaman & Sears

The new Adamsville Regional Health Center represented a rare investment of public resources in a sparsely developed, sometimes overlooked section of Atlanta. It would have to serve not only as a medical facility, but also as a catalyst for cohesion and future growth in the neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Hillyer 

  • Architects: Stanley Beaman & Sears
  • Project: Adamsville Regional Health Center
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Photography: Jonathan Hillyer
  • Software used: The Architectural design created using Bentley MicroStation. Consultants used various other Autodesk products as well.

303 Canyon in Boulder, Colorado by Arch11

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Article source: Arch11

In Boulder, Colo., three households recently moved into an Arch11-designed townhouse project built on a small lot in a funky light industrial area near Boulder’s downtown area. The project– a design/build collaboration between Arch11, a commercial and residential architecture firm with offices in Boulder and Denver, and Hammer well, a Boulder construction firm – was recently featured in The New York Times Home  section.

Image Courtesy © Raul Garcia 

  • Architects: Arch11
  • Project: 303 Canyon
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Photography: Raul Garcia
  • Main construction materials: Steel panels with Galvalume finish., Cedar siding on a rain screen, Stucco
  • Any sustainable features of the design: Well- built/ well insulated, Xeric landscaping, Passive solar design orientation, FSC lumber, Minimixed land use
  • Any key products you specified for the project: Wolf sub-zero appliances, Spark-fire fireplaces, Flooring—polished concrete, Handmade Heath Tiles
  • Software used: Sketchup and Revit

Levin Residence in Arizona by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Article source: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Three simple volumes hover above the desert, responding to the challenges of a sloping site and to an ethic of building with minimal disruption to the natural environment. The available buildable area was bifurcated by a minor drainage-way, which inspired the architects to leave the cars behind and link the parking area to the main house by a bridge that allows rainwater and wildlife to flow beneath it.

Image Courtesy © bill timmerman 

  • Architects: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects 
  • Project: Levin Residence
  • Location: Marana, Arizona, USA
  • Photography: bill timmerman
  • Year Completed: Fall 2011 
  • Square Footage: 3520 sq ft 
  • Contractor: Process Design Build 
  • Structrural Engineer: Harris Engineering Services, LLC 
  • Mechanical / Electrical: Paul Formentini 
  • Cabinets: Stone River Studio 
  • Landscaping: The Garden Gate
  • Software used: PowerCADD, Sketchup

Stoneridge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by In situ studio

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Article source: In situ studio 

Our clients approached us to substantially renovate and make an addition to an existing Deck House north of Chapel Hill. The original house was a 1986 replica of a sixties-era Deck House. When our clients approached us, they had not yet purchased the property. Our first effort was to help them imagine the potential of improving the house. After a successful feasibility study, they purchased the home in December 2010.

From Entry Drive : Image Courtesy © Richard Leo Johnson (RLJ) 

Chasen Residence in Raleigh, North Carolina by In Situ Studio

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Article source: In Situ Studio

The Chasen Residence is in a hip and growing, yet historic, neighborhood several blocks east of downtown Raleigh. Representing a new house type in Raleigh, this house is affordable, small, modern and urban. The efficient plan confines the entries, stairs, hallway, kitchen, and half bath to one side of the house, opening up the rest of the space for living.

Front and Side : Image Courtesy © Richard Leo Johnson (RLJ) 

Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center in Acradia, California by McCarthy Building Companies

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Article source: McCarthy Building Companies

A 60-year old wish for the community of Arcadia has finally come true with the opening of Arcadia Unified School District’s new $20 million Performing Arts Center. It was the District’s intent to build an auditorium in 1952 when the high school was originally constructed, but there was no funding.  Due to the passage of Bond Measure I in 2006, the District finally had a chance to fulfill this community’s enduring dream.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have realized the dream of providing our students, faculty and community members with a world class performing arts venue that will become a home for the arts in Arcadia,” said AUSD Superintendent Dr. Joel Shawn. “All aspects of the arts are an essential component of a rigorous education for our students and a healthy, vibrant community.”

Arcadia High School’s new $20 million Performing Arts Center. Built by McCarthy Building Companies, the steel frame structure features a modern glass, smooth plaster and brick exterior : Image Courtesy © RMA Photography 

  • General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
  • Architect: LPA
  • Project: Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center
  • Location: Acradia, California, USA
  • Photography: RMA Photography
  • Rendering Credit: LPA of Irvine, California

Darla Moore School of Business, University in Columbia, South Carolina by Rafael Vinoly Architects

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Article source: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Rafael Vinoly Architects is proud to announce that the University South Carolina celebrated the “Topping Out” of the new building for the Darla Moore School of Business in a ceremony today held at the construction site. The Darla Moore School of Business, globally renowned for its international business program, has until now been housed in a 1970s-era building located near the university’s historic Horseshoe, site of the original campus established in 1801. The new building—designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and commissioned by alumna and namesake Darla Moore through a $70 million donation—will provide an environment well suited to answer the challenges of a 21st century business school.

Image Courtesy Rafael Vinoly Architects  

  • Architects: Rafael Vinoly Architects
  • Project: Darla Moore School of Business, University 
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Software used: Rhino and Autocad

Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Winemaker Charles Smith approached our firm to design a new tasting room and office space that would match his rock and roll style. His approach to wine is captured by his trademark phrase: “It’s just booze – drink it!” The design team, led by Tom Kundig, was inspired by Charles’s in-your-face attitude to create a raw space that highlights the original aesthetics of the building while inserting highly flexible pieces, including a large unit dubbed the Armadillo. The resulting space can transform from an office, tasting room and retail store into a dining and entertainment venue.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters
  • Location: Walla Walla, Washington
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Les Eerkes, AIA, project manager; Chris Gerrick, LEED AP, project architect 
  • Contractor: Schuchart Corporation 
  • Consultants: Spearhead (fabricator); Turner Exhibits (gizmo engineer); KL&A Structural Engineers (structural engineer)
  • Completed: 2011
  • Size: 5,000 SF
  • Software used: Revit and Photoshop

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

Charles Smith Wines is located in downtown Walla Walla in the former Johnson Auto Electric building, constructed in 1917. The shell of the building—with original brick walls, wood trusses and a concrete floor—received minor structural updates but was otherwise left raw. The team highlighted the automotive history of the building by replacing garage doors with two custom, hand-cranked pivot doors that completely open the space to the street and form an awning for outdoor seating.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

The concept of the drive-thru was important in the development of the design. Elements of the design, like the prefabricated Armadillo are “parked” within the space; other elements transform as needed, including floating “rafts” that serve as a seating area/stage, tasting tables that dock together to form a dining table, and a sliding panel that can function as a video screen. Vehicles—including delivery vans or taco trucks for catering—can literally drive through the space.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

The Armadillo is a 70 foot long shell, measuring 12 feet high by 20 feet wide. It contains a conference room and workspaces for 14 people, including a semi-enclosed office space for Charles Smith and an enclosed space for accounting. L-shaped steel panels slide along the side and top of the structure, alternately opening it up to views of the tasting room and natural light from above or shutting it down for security and privacy. The panels also serve as a backdrop for Charles Smith Wines’ strong graphics, and are lined with cork in the inside, serving as an impromptu pin-up area. The design team collaborated with fabricators from Spearhead to design the structure as well as the custom furniture within it. Pieces were fabricated offsite and quickly assembled within the building, cutting down on construction time.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

Awards Received
2013 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture
2012 AIA Seattle Honor Award
2012 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter INaward, People’s Choice
2012 Washington Main Street Program Awards, Outstanding Design or Rehabilitation Project Award

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

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