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York House Senior School in Vancouver, Canada by ACTON OSTRY ARCHITECTS INC

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Article source: ACTON OSTRY ARCHITECTS INC 

York House School, an independent K–12 for girls, has been located in the heart of Vancouver’s heritage Shaughnessy neighborhood since 1932. The forward-looking Institute required a new senior school building with a mandate that included the incorporation of energy efficient systems, the maximization of natural lighting, and the provision of flexible work spaces to accommodate 21st-century teaching practices. The new senior school was also required to unify the 144,721ft2 (13,445m2) campus, which comprised several buildings of various styles that had been added over an 80-year span.

Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

  • Architects: ACTON OSTRY ARCHITECTS INC
  • Project: York House Senior School
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Photography: Michael Elkan, Bob Matheson
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Design Team:
    • Principal-in-charge: Mark Ostry, ARCHITECT AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC
    • Project Lead: Susan Ockwell, ARCHITECT AIBC LEED AP
    • Team: Russell Acton, ARCHITECT AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC; Nathaniel Straathof, ARCHITECT AIBC LEED, AP; Ryan McCuaig, ARCHITECT AIBC, CP, MRAIC, LEED AP; Michael Fugeta, MArch IA; Sergei Vakhrameev, MArch
  • Collaborators
    • Structural Engineer: Fast & Epp
    • Mechanical Engineer: MCW Consultants Ltd.
    • Electrical Engineer: Acumen Engineering Pte Ltd:
    • Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
    • Contractor: Haebler Construction Ltd.
    • Code: Gage Babcock & Associates Ltd.
    • Acoustic: Daniel Lyzun & Associates Ltd./ Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc.
    • Envelope: Morrison Hershfield Ltd.
    • Environmental: A.C.M. Environmental
    • Geotechnical: Exp Associates Inc.
    • Specifications: Padley Consulting Inc.
  • Awards & Recognition
    • 2014 City of Vancouver Urban Design Award
    • 2015 ACEC-BC Award of Merit for Engineering Excellence
  • Client: York House School
  • Area: 
    • Gross Floor Area: 36,000 ft2 (3345m2)
    • Building Footprint Area: 33.65m x 37.33m
    • Massing: three stories, plus basement
  • Project Schedule:
    • Construction start: May 2012
    • Completion: August 2013

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KINDERGARTEN Solar City in Linz, Austria by x architekten

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Article source: x architekten

The project’s main aim is to provide a space as large as possible for children and staff thus creating exciting situations through a combination of a clearly structured room design and the topography of the roof landscape. The kindergarten is designed as a passive house with lowest possible energy use.

Image Courtesy © Elisabeth Grebe

Image Courtesy © Elisabeth Grebe

  • Architects: x architekten
  • Project: KINDERGARTEN Solar City
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Photography: Elisabeth Grebe and Max Nirnberger
  • Software used: Vectorworks 10
  • Client: City of Linz/Linz municipal authorities, GWG (Non-Profit Housing Society)
  • Net floor space: 1009 m
  • Size of building ground: 6062 m²
  • Constructed area: 1535 m² (more…)

Ecopole and business incubator in Concarneau, France by ENO ARCHITECTES

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Article source: ENO ARCHITECTES

Building “image”, symbolic and copy, the project is in its form and purpose, to meet these requirements : the visitor should immediately understand the nature, the DNA, of the building.  Emblematic bio climatic elements serve to the project and not the reverse.

They shape the project as well as the traditional components (wall, etc. roof).  3 requirements, 3 heights, 1 main entrance: it is the pragmatic application of the combined program bio climatic approach that guides the design of the project.

Image Courtesy © Pascal Leopold

Image Courtesy © Pascal Leopold

  • Architects: ENO ARCHITECTES
  • Project: Ecopole and business incubator
  • Location: Zone Colguen 29900, France
  • Photography: Pascal Leopold
  • Software used:  ARCHICAD 17
  • Client: Concarneau Cornwall Agglomeration
  • Surface: 770 m2
  • Calendar: Reception January 2015
  • Cost: € 1,300,000 / HT

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Highway Rest Stops in Gori, Georgia by J. MAYER H. Architects

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

HIGHWAY REST STOPS 1-2, Rest Stops for the new Highway in Gori, Georgia

In 2009, the head of the Roads Department of Georgia commissioned J. MAYER H. to design a system of 20 rest stops for the new highway, a thoroughfare that will run through Georgia and serve as a connection between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Turkey. Two first rest stops were completed in 2011 near Gori, a third in Lochini was finished 2012. The new rest stops are located on selected scenic viewpoints along the route and serve as activators for their area and neighboring cities, including not only nearby a gas stations and supermarket, but also a farmers market and a cultural space for local arts and crafts.

Image Courtesy © Marcus Buck

Image Courtesy © Marcus Buck

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project: Highway Rest Stops
  • Location: Gori, Georgia
  • Photography: Marcus Buck
  • Software used: ArchiCad and Maya
  • Project architect: Dr. Paul Angelier, Juergen Mayer H.
  • Project team: Marcus Blum, Guy Levy
  • Clients: JSC Wissol Petroleum Georgia, Socar Georgia Petroleum, Tbilisi
  • Architect on site: Kobulieli and Partners, Ltd.”Alioni 99”, Tbilisi
  • Total floor area: Wissol: 2.000 m², Socar: 1.500 m²
  • Project date: 2009-2011, Completion: 2011
  • Awards: Architizer A+, Winner, 2013

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Hellen Panorama in Eidsvåg, Norway by LINK arkitektur

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Article source: LINK arkitektur

In 1989, Vestbo, a local housing cooperation acquired a stunning site 10 minutes north from Bergen.

The plot is up in the hillside and has spectacular views over the fjord leading into the Bergen harbor.

Vestbo developed most of the land before the year 2000, but one plot had been preserved due to a high power line above that went over it and made it uninhabitable due to electrical radiation, In 2008 the power company dismantled the power line and put it underground. Suddenly the possibility for a new housing development arose.

Image Courtesy © Hundven Clements

Image Courtesy © Hundven Clements

  • Architects: LINK arkitektur
  • Project: Hellen Panorama
  • Location: Eidsvåg, Norway
  • Software used: ArchiCad

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1896 Double-Height Courtroom Restoration by Fisher Heck Architects

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: Fisher Heck Architects

What was once two separate courtrooms with adjacent support offices and an intermediate floor separating the two, is now a grand two-story Commissioners Courtroom, restored to its original 1896 creation. In addition to the courtroom restoration, a new stairwell spanning five floors within the courthouse was designed to bring the building up to code. One of the challenging requirements to this courtroom is that it had to serve multiple uses in order to make the room more accommodating throughout the year.

Image Courtesy © Fisher Heck Architects

Image Courtesy © Fisher Heck Architects

  • Architects: Fisher Heck Architects
  • Project: 1896 Double-Height Courtroom Restoration
  • Software Used: Revit

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House of Shifting Sands in Massachusetts by Ruhl Walker Architects

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: Ruhl Walker Architects

Sited gently on the lower slope of a dramatic sixty foot high coastal bank and surrounded by miles of undeveloped Cape Cod National Seashore beaches and scrub pines is a warm, modern beach house that is more than just a place to enjoy uninterrupted ocean views and sea breezes. Our clients dreamed of a house that would work equally well as both a year-round family “camp” and also as a “thinking retreat” for collaborating with their colleagues.

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

  • Architects: Ruhl Walker Architects
  • Project: House of Shifting Sands
  • Location: Massachusetts, US
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup

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Mystic Lake House in Massachusetts by Ruhl Walker Architects

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: Ruhl Walker Architects

Our clients found the perfect location for their dream house on the shores of Mystic Lake, facing a heavily wooded park on the opposite shore and only a short drive from Cambridge and Boston. Alas, there was an existing house on the property, and the house was not actually for sale. However, the stars must have been aligned and their passion prevailed after it turned out that the current owner was actually contemplating a move to Washington, DC. With so few affordable undeveloped lots in suburban Boston, many of our clients are turning to “tear-down’s”, especially given that the more affordable houses are typically in such poor condition.

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

Image Courtesy © Ruhl Walker Architects

  • Architects: Ruhl Walker Architects
  • Project: Mystic Lake House
  • Location: Massachusetts, US
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup

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Spring Studios in New York by AA Studio

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Article source: AA Studio

Spring Studios, a comprehensive creative agency catering to the fashion industry, with headquarters in London, UK. Spring is a group of companies, which work within the fashion, beauty and luxury brand markets and have a shared strategic vision for international growth. Spring was started in 1996 as a photographic studio complex: today, Spring is widely recognized as one of the leading photographic studios in the world and throughout its group of companies is involved in up to 60 fashion shoots a day internationally. Spring has also established a successful business, which provides advertising solutions to leading names including Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Vogue, etc.

Image Courtesy © Razummedia

Image Courtesy © Razummedia

  • Architects: AA Studio
  • Project: Spring Studios
  • Location: 50 Varick St, New York, US
  • Photography: Razummedia, DaVinci Stairs
  • Software Used: SketchUp, AutoCad and Rhino
  • Collaboration: MA Architects

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DAS SWARTZENREADER HAUS in Winchester, Virginia by Reader & Swartz Architects

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Article source: Reader & Swartz Architects

This house was originally built in 1968. It had a 4/12 gable roof, a boxy, conventional floor plan, and a second floor that cantilevered two feet past the first floor. The house sat on the top of a very steep hill, on a small corner lot, within an established neighborhood. Although the house had an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there was virtually no way to appreciate it through the minimal number of small windows. The lot dropped 30 feet within its 100-foot depth, helping give the house its great view and vantage point, but also making grading and access difficult. The 8′ ceilings were interrupted by bulkheads, lowering them to 6′-8′ in some rooms.

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography

  • Architects: Reader & Swartz Architects
  • Project: DAS SWARTZENREADER HAUS
  • Location: Winchester, Virginia,US
  • Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography, Washington, D.C.; Chuck Swartz, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Kevin Walker, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., Rick Foster Photography Winchester, Virginia
  • Software used: Autocad and SketchUp
  • Structural Engineer: Painter- Lewis, P.L.C., Winchester, Virginia
  • Mechanical Engineer: Comfort Design, Inc., Winchester, Virginia

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