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Floating Bungalow in Topanga by Bestor Architecture

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: Bestor Architecture

This house in Topanga Canyon rests on an incredible site with a view and rolling hills and meadows all around. With the site’s grade change we could separate the guest house and garage building from the main house by simply shifting the footprint downhill a bit, with the house more nestled in the hill. We created a promenade from the garage down a formal staircase and into the main view before taking a right towards the front door entry pavilion.

Living room, kitchen, stairway to 2nd floor, Image Courtesy © Bestor Architecture

Tred Avon River House in Easton, Maryland by Robert M.Gurney Architect

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Article source: Robert M.Gurney Architect

Easton, Maryland, located in Talbot County on Maryland’s eastern shore, was established in 1710. Easton remains largely agrarian, with numerous farms interspersed among area’s many waterways.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
  • Project: Tred Avon River House
  • Location: Easton, Maryland
  • Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
  • Contractor: Peterson & Collins
  • Interior Designer: (Therese Baron Gurney) Baron Gurney Interiors
  • Landscape Designer : (Lila Fendrick Landscape Architecture) and Garden Design
  • Engineer: (D. Anthony Beale LLC) 8634 Tuttle Road
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie
  • Completed: Fall 2012

Diverging from several acres of cornfields, a one-quarter mile road lined with pine trees terminates at a diamond-shaped tract of land with breathtaking views of the Tred Avon River. Arising from the gravel drive and hedge-lined parking court, this new house is unveiled as three solid volumes, linked together with glass bridges, suspended above the landscape. The central, 36-foot high volume is mostly devoid of fenestration, punctuated only by the recessed 10-foot high entry door and narrow sidelights. The contrasting 12-foot high western volume contains a garage and additional service space, while the eastern volume, floating above grade, contains the primary living spaces.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie 

After entering the house and passing through one of the glass bridges, the transformation begins. Initially presented as solid and austere, the house unfolds into a 124-foot long living volume, light-filled and wrapped in glass with panoramic views of the river. A grid of steel columns modulates the space. Covered terraces extend the interior spaces, providing an abundance of outdoor living space with varying exposures and views. A screened porch provides an additional forum to experience views of the river, overlooking a swimming pool, located on axis to the main seating group.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Along with a geothermal mechanical system, solar tubes, hydronic floor heating and a concrete floor slab to provide thermal mass, large overhangs above the terraces prevent heat gain and minimize dependence on fossil fuel. The entire house is elevated four feet above grade to protect against anticipated future flooding.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

The house is crisply detailed and minimally furnished to allow views of the picturesque site to provide the primary sensory experience. The house was designed as a vehicle to experience and enjoy the incredibly beautiful landscape, known as Diamond Point, seamlessly blending the river’s expansive vista with the space.

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Maxwell MacKenzie

Image Courtesy © Robert M.Gurney Architect

Image Courtesy © Robert M.Gurney Architect

Image Courtesy © Robert M.Gurney Architect

Image Courtesy © Robert M.Gurney Architect

Image Courtesy © Robert M.Gurney Architect

Word Play – a little free library in New York by Chat Travieso

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Article source: Chat Travieso

A joint project between The Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival in collaboration with Little Free Library, LTD., Little Free Library/NYC was a design/build competition in which ten designers were chosen to install a Little Free Library in collaboration with a host community organization in the Lower East Side. Little Free Libraries are small publicly accessible book shelters that function on an honor system of “take a book, return a book.” Titled “Word Play”, artist and architectural designer Chat Travieso’s library plays with the idea of stacking and perspective. 

Image Courtesy © Chat Travieso 

  • Architect: Chat Travieso
  • Project: Word Play – a little free library
  • Location: New york
  • Software used: Rhino

Mar Vista Residence in South Laguna, California by Aria Design, Inc.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Aria Design, Inc.

A popular location for post- war, coastal, vacation homes, South Laguna still retains the many of the intimately scaled beach cottages from this era, along with leafy streets without sidewalks and streetlights. An 850 s.f. redwood, beach cottage built in 1948 stood on the site under a dense grove of eucalyptus trees when the current owners acquired the property.

Image Courtesy Aria Design, Inc.

  • Architects: Aria Design, Inc.
  • Project: Mar Vista Residence
  • Location: South Laguna, California, USA

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Avenues The World School in New York by Perkins Eastman

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Perkins Eastman

Avenues: The World School is a new private international learning community that introduces an educational model that responds to the unique educational needs of 21st-century students in their increasingly connected world. With curriculum shared across the school’s eventual 20 worldwide campuses, the school requires a state-of-the-art facility that supports a learning environment that traverses time zones and languages while it educates and inspires.

Image Courtesy © Chris Cooper

  • Architects: Perkins Eastman
  • Project: Avenues The World School
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Photography: Chris Cooper

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Hudson Hill Condominium in New York City by FXFOWLE Architects

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: FXFOWLE Architects

Hudson Hill Condominium designed by FXFOWLE (2009) is located just west of Columbus Circle in the Clinton Hill District in New York City. The infill building’s Trespa-paneled façade, spanning 125 feet, is designed to actuate the street wall and bring character to the residential units. Designed to appear more opaque from the east, the faceted façade harmonizes with the adjacent rows of townhouses and small apartment buildings. The façade opens to the west so many of the two and three bedroom apartments capture views of a park at the corner of Tenth Avenue and the Hudson River beyond.

Image courtesy FXFOWLE Architects

  • Architects: FXFOWLE Architects
  • Project: Hudson Hill Condominium
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Client: Alchemy Properties
  • Completion: 2009
  • Area: 103,000 GSF / 9,500 GSM
  • Type: Residential
  • Tags: 462 West 58th Street

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Miami Beach Convention Center in florida by OMA

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: OMA

Typically, as convention centers evolve their footprints expand. In Miami Beach—an island where every acre is precious and the only “periphery” is ocean—the convention center has claimed an entire precinct for asphalt. Since its initial construction in the 1950’s, the Miami Beach Convention Center has expanded twice, each time claiming more open space from the city and looming closer to its neighbors.

Image Courtesy OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: Miami Beach Convention Center
  • Location: florida, USA

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Guest House in Lakeside, Michigan, USA by SMNG-A Architects

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Article source: SMNG-A Architects

The original 1,100 square main house was completed in 1986 as a weekend retreat. A writer’s studio was competed in 2002. The guest house was completed in 2012 and provides private space for guests and a remote study for the owner.The form of the guest house was inspired by an Anselm Kiefer painting.

Image Courtesy SMNG-A Architects

  • Architects: SMNG-A Architects
  • Project: Guest House
  • Location: Lakeside, Michigan, USA
  • Building Area: 448 square feet
  • Construction Cost: $100,000
  • Software used: None. Drawn freehand with graphite pencil on 1000H vellum

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Vertical Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Article source: Sergio Villegas

The Project is located in one of the lakes of the reserve due to the lakes keep changing over the course of the seasons; this factor makes them the most dynamic points of the reserve. The Project looks for accentuate the reserve formation process. The proposal emerges from the mixture between the existing ecosystem of the place and the elements that characterized the harbor landscape like containers, cranes, structures and colors.

Image Courtesy Sergio Villegas

  • Architects: Occlusion studio
  • Project: Vertical Zoo
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Team: Sergio Villegas, Alejandro Corrales, Natalia Cuartas
  • Project Completion Date: 2009
  • Project Type: Institutional
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban/Landscaping
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 2.000 square feet
  • Other Building Description: International Contest
  • Software used: Sketchup, 3Dmax, Vray, Photoshop, After Effects

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University of California, Merced 2009 Long Range Development Plan by UC Merced Physical Planning Design and Construction

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Article source: UC Merced Physical Planning Design and Construction

Located on an 815-acre site in California’s fastest growing region, the University of California, Merced’s 2009 Long Range Development Plan creates a 21st century urban framework for the University of California’s first new campus in 40 years. The plan was adopted by the Regents of the University of California in March 2009.

Image Courtesy UC Merced Physical Planning Design and Construction

  • Architects: UC Merced Physical Planning Design and Construction
  • Project: University of California, Merced 2009 Long Range Development Plan
  • Location: Merced, California, USA
  • Project Owner: Regents of the University of California
  • Project Completion Date: January, 2012
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Education – College/University (campus-level)
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Rural
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 6,250,000 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • BOMA Floor area method used: No
  • Hours of Operation: 8am-10pm
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $6,000,000,000.00

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