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New York Resilient House by Sustainable.TO Architecture

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Article source: Sustainable.TO Architecture

Designed in response to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York, Resilient House creates a dwelling that is both sustainable and resilient in the broadest sense. Socially, it is low cost. Culturally, it accommodates a contemporary lifestyle and aesthetic. Ecologically, it uses minimal resources to build and to operate. This is accomplished through simple, sensitive, and creative design.

Image Courtesy © Sustainable.TO Architecture

  • Architects: Sustainable.TO Architecture (Paul Dowsett, Principal Architect)
  • Project: New York Resilient House
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, VRay and Photoshop.
  • Date: 2013 (proposed construction in 2014)

La Planta in Jalisco, México by Agraz Arquitectos

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Article source: Agraz Arquitectos

Where there was once decomposed organic matter, now there is art, sports and leisure. It is the conversion of a sewage treatment plant into a multidisciplinary center.

After being built nearly two decades ago in Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, this place never really worked and saw its contents come into a rapid estate of decomposition. Years later, local authorities called for new meanings for the place, making it a great challenge.

Image Courtesy © Mito Covarrubias

  • Architects: Agraz Arquitectos
  • Project: La Planta
  • Location: Jalisco, México
  • Photography: Mito Covarrubias
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup and 3dMax
  • Awards: Honourable Mention at the VII Biennal of Jalisco Architecture 2013
  • Cliente: Tlajomulco de Zuñiga City Government, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, Alberto Uribe Camacho, Ismael del Toro Castro
  • Project: 2011
  • Completion: 2013
  • Author: Agraz Arquitectos S.C., Ricardo Agraz
  • Collaborators: Erick Martínez, Miguel Sánchez, Juan Antonio Jaime, Brenda Barron, Blanca Moreno, Gabriela Villarreal, Javier Gutiérrez, Gabriel Gómez, Humberto Dueñas, Marc Fernández, Fernanda Palma, Israel Picos, Javier H. Aguirre, Leticia Macias.
  • Construction: Tlajomulco Public Works Office, Hugo Luna Vázquez – Strategic Project Coordinator, David Miguel Zamora Bueno – Minister of Public Works , Public bidding, Gama Constructores y Asociados S.A. de C.V. – Francisco Javier Peregrina Barajas.
  • Art Direction: Francisco Morales Dufour, Adrián Guerrero
  • Site area: 32 990 m2
  • Construction area: 1375 m2

HUB in Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyung-gu, Seoul, South Korea by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Article source: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

A Hub of Social Network

HUB of Seoul is a place for the people who want to start their own business.

City of Seoul supplies the space, human network, education and some financial consulting for them. Many young adults gather to this place for their future vision. The facility is free thanks to the municipal financial support.

Image Courtesy © Jihye Choi

  • Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
  • Project: HUB
  • Location: Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: Jihye Choi and Youngchae Park
  • Software used: Sketch up
  • Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Huh, Insil Son, Jaehong Park, Moonchul Choi, Sunkeun Hwang, Seungho Ham
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Project Area: 3,200sqm

Creative Lab in Seoul, South Korea by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Article source: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects


The design of SCL is mainly focused on the creation of the “space of inspiration”. In order to create such space, the existing low ceiling was replaced by the high ceiling which was finished with the sound-absorbing sponges that would control the temperature of the exposed roof according to the season. By doing so, the inside space is completely soundproofed which fulfills the audible environment of SCL due to various ongoing debates.

Image Courtesy © Youngchae Park

  • Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
  • Project: Creative Lab
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: Youngchae Park, Jihye Choi
  • Software used: Sketch up
  • Team: HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Huh, Insil Son, Jaehong Park, Moonchul Choi, Sunkeun Hwang, Seungho Ham
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Project Area: 600sqm

C-house in Cleveland, Ohio by Robert Maschke Architects

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Article source: Robert Maschke Architects

C-House is one of three urban villas comprising the Residences of King’s Hill, a unique residential development located on Cleveland’s near west side. Despite being situated within the urban context of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, this “virgin” site provides an idyllic enclave within a park-like setting, adjacent to the site’s eastern and southern boundaries. Uninterrupted views of Lake Erie, Cleveland’s downtown and industrial flats, as well as the site’s proximity to a busy vehicular thoroughfare reconnect the site to its urban environment.

Image Courtesy © Eric Hanson, Hanson Photographic

  • Architects: Robert Maschke Architects
  • Project: C-house
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Photography: Eric Hanson, Hanson Photographic
  • Software used: AutoCAD and SketchUp
  • Client Name: Xiao Yan
  • Size: 3,761sf
  • Construction Cost: Withheld at owner’s request
  • Year of completion: 2008
  • Project Team: Robert Maschke, FAIA, Marc Manack, AIA, Charlie Able, Charles Chambers, Matt Lindsay, Katarina Striezova, Kurt Weaver, AIA
  • Structural Engineer: I.A. Lewin, P.E. and Associates
  • Landscape Architect and Civil Engineer: Environmental Design Group
  • MEP Engineer: Denk Associates, Inc.

MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART (MOWA) IN West Bend by HGA Architects and Engineers

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Article source: HGA Architects and Engineers

The new Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin, designed by Jim Shields, FAIA, Project Lead Designer at HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA), achieves a subtle balance between architecture as art and architecture as a neutral setting for art. The crisp, triangular geometry of the 31,000-square-foot, two-level museum moves from a glass-enclosed entrance at the southwest corner to a wedge-resolving point at the opposite end, where a glass curtain wall reveals an interior stairwell. Clad in custom, horizontal, modular fiber-cement panels in three shades of white, the surface of the building projects a soft and gentle variegation of color.

Image Courtesy © Darris Lee Harris

  • Architects: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Location: West Bend, U.S.A
  • Photography: Darris Lee Harris
  • Software used: Sketchup, 3DMax and Revit
  • Client: Museum of Wisconsin Art
  • Owner: Thomas Lidtke, Executive Director
  • Start Date: 2009
  • Completion Date: April 2013
  • Design Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Electrical Engineering Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Structural Engineering Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Interior Design Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Civil,Landscape Architecture Firm: Graef
  • General Contractor: M.A. Mortenson

CARRBORO HOUSE in North Carolina by CUBE design + research

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Article source: CUBE design + research

The client asked us to create a home that was modern, green, affordable, and designed for aging. The property is a beautifully wooded half-acre lot in Carrboro. We responded with single-level living that builds in accessibility clearances and easily adapted amenities for aging. To keep the home affordable, we kept the plan compact and simplified the details. The form and planning of the house shift to mediate privacy from neighbors and views of nature at every turn.

Image Courtesy © CUBE design + research

  • Architects: CUBE design + research
  • Location: North Carolina, U.S.A
  • Software used: Sketchup.
  • Green: Geothermal, heated floor, rainwater capture, superinsulation
  • Client: Anantha Aiyyer
  • Stats: 1,750 sf [completion: December 2013]
  • Collaborators:Excel Engineering, MCF Builders, DLSS Manufacturing

HORTON RESIDENCE in Sebastopol, California by Design Blitz

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Article source: Design Blitz

The Horton Residence started o! as a simple, rectangular 500 sq ft addition to the owner’s existing 600 sq ft home in west Sebastopol, CA. Originally built in 1942 as a summer home for the family, the house now serves as the client’s primary residence. From the outset it was clear that this project had the potential to be something more than a simple addition, and that the whole house could be transformed into something very special. Among redwoods and in a stunning location adjacent to a seasonal creek, the project o!ered the opportunity to celebrate its setting and create a peaceful retreat for the owners.

Image Courtesy © Design Blitz

  • Architects: Design Blitz
  • Location: Sebastopol, California
  • Photography: Design Blitz
  • Software used: REVIT and Sketchup
  • Size: 1,100 SF
  • Completion: 2011

Hotel Kapok Shenzhen Bay in China by Goettsch Partners

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Article source: Goettsch Partners 

Located adjacent to the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center athletic complex, the new Hotel Kapok, designed by Goettsch Partners (GP), is a 19-story boutique hotel with 242 rooms. The design attempts to provide the guest with a unique spatial quality that eliminates the cloistered and disorienting nature of typical hotel corridors. In response, a pinwheel plan was developed, allowing for corridors that end in vision glass with a punctuation of light and views.

Image Courtesy © Goettsch Partners

  • Architects: Goettsch Partners
  • Project: Hotel Kapok Shenzhen Bay
  • Location: China
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, 3DS Max and Photoshop

The Seven Species in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel by Sarit Shani Hay

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Article source: Sarit Shani Hay

A unique educational center promoting imagination and creativity by interior designer Sarit Shani Hay. It spans a cluster of six kindergartens ages 3-6, a play commons, and an empowerment center, where each functions as an independent unit with its own identity, and together they form an educational space offering a friendly, informal environment.

Image Courtesy © Sarit Shani Hay

  • Architects: Sarit Shani Hay
  • Project: The Seven Species
  • Location: Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup Yael
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