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South Lowell Apartments in DENVER, COLORADO by Workshop 8 Architecture

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Article source: Workshop 8 Architecture 

The S. Lowell Apartments owned by the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) was an aging family site that had reached its useful life span. It had leaking pipes causing mold, structural damage and inefficient heat for both the units and domestic hot water. As with any prudent developer, the goal was to use the site for its highest and best use at the most affordable cost. Working together, WORKSHOP8 and Pinkard Construction helped the DHA find a way to obtain 96 units using the existing units and adding 28 additional units, saving them $5M over the estimated cost of tearing the existing structure down and rebuilding 96 new units, the maximum allowed based on City parking requirements.

Image Courtesy © WORKSHOP8

  • Architects: Workshop 8 Architecture
  • Project: South Lowell Apartments
  • Location: DENVER, COLORADO, U.S.A
  • Photography: Daniel O’Connor, Ed LaCasse
  • Software used: SketchUp, Vectorworks and ArchiCAD.
  • Pinkard Construction: Jessica Nichols
  • Denver Housing Authority: Ryan Tobin
  • Owner: Denver Housing Authority
  • Developer: South Lowell Redevelopment LLLP
  • Builder: Pinkard Construction
  • Energy modeler & sustainability consultant: Group14
  • Soils engineer: Terradyne D/MBE
  • Civil engineer: Latitude 39 WBE
  • Landscape architect: three sixty design WBE
  • MEP engineer: Gehring & Associates M/WBE
  • Structural engineer: LT Engineering WBE
  • Abatement contractor: Engineered Demolition
  • Units: 68 remodeled units + 28 new units + community space (96 total)
  • Lot size: 3 acres
  • Project cost: $10,833,893 total construction cost $19,148,231 total project cost including capitalized reserves and related soft costs

Hillside House in Suzhou, China by Pu Miao Architecture

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: Pu Miao Architecture

Hillside houses tend to belong to one of the two types, the terraces and the tower. While the tower has a more prominent visual appearance, the stepped profile of the terraces allows residents in the rooms same-level accesses to exterior spaces. This design explores a third type–the combined–that takes advantages from both existing models and minimizes their shortcomings. The new prototype tries to produce a better relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces, recreating the traditional Chinese courtyard space on a hillside site. This is part of the author’s experiment to localize Modern Architecture.

South elevation (the wall around the lower courtyard and the pool were not built) , Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture

  • Architects: Pu Miao Architecture
  • Project: Hillside House
  • Location: Suzhou, China
  • Software used: Autocad.
  • Project Period: 2001-2002
  • Floor Area: 250 square meters
  • Client: Shanghai Huaxin Construction and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Designer: Miao Design Studio (Design Architect), Pu Miao, Luo Jirun; Textile Industry Design and Research Institute of Jiangsu Province (Architect of Record). Interior design was by other parties.

Tang House in Carlton, Melbourne, Australia by 4site architecture

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: 4site architecture

The client of this single fronted double brick terrace house in Carlton wanted to find an intelligent architectural response that would breath life into a dark and pokey dwelling.

The existing property is typical of Victorian terrace houses with a hallway and front two rooms configuration, then a poorly planned series of gloomy, dysfunctional lean-to additions, poor access to natural light and no direct connection to the rear yard. We responded to the client’s brief by retaining the original two bedrooms at the front, with a proposed double storey addition including bathroom, laundry, living, kitchen, dining area and an additional bedroom with en suite.

Image Courtesy © Kevin Hui

  • Architects: 4site architecture
  • Project: Tang House
  • Location: Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
  • Photography: Kevin Hui
  • Software used: SketchUp Pro
  • Project Team: Kevin Hui, Gabriel Poulton
  • Builder: A.T. Interiors & Construction Pty Ltd
  • Engineers: Coulthard Shim Pty Ltd
  • Project Area: 75 sqm (new works)
  • Project Year: 2013

Woodlands Community Garden Shed in Vancouver, Canada by BRENDAN CALLANDER

Saturday, February 15th, 2014


This garden shed was designed and constructed in partnership between UBC architecture students and the Woodlands Community Garden Club. This structure is the focal point of the garden.

It acts as a gathering spot for local education programs and provides a practical storage solution. The unique form of the shed was designed to prevent shadows from being cast on surrounding garden plots while at the same time shading the central meeting space.

Image Courtesy © Dave Delnea Images

  • Project: Woodlands Community Garden Shed
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Photography: Dave Delnea Images
  • Software used: Google sketch up and Autocad. 
  • Design and Construction Team: Brendan Callander (M.Arch Student – UBC), Jason Pielak (B.Ends Student – UBC), Stella Cheung-Boyland, M.Arch (Woodlands Garden Representative)
  • Institutional Partners: University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Comcast’s Innovation Center in Sunnyvale, California by Design Blitz

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: Design Blitz Located in Sunnyvale, California, Comcast’s new 31,000 square foot Silicon Valley Innovation Center provides space for the company’s entrepreneurial arm to build new products that change how people connect to entertainment, information, and their communities. Needing an innovative and cool space for the rapidly growing Sunnyvale team, Comcast partnered with Design Blitz to create a cutting-edge, collaborative new office.

Image Courtesy © Design Blitz

  • Architects: Design Blitz
  • Project: Comcast’s Innovation Center
  • Location: Sunnyvale, California
  • Software used: REVIT

COMPOLUX in Tokyo, Japan by Nendo

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: Nendo

The multi brand and shared areas for the women’s clothing floor on the third floor of the Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Shibuya. The ‘contemporary luxury’ floor presents multiple brands together in a unified environment, but each brand needs to be gently distinguished from the others.

Image Courtesy © Masaya Yoshimura

  • Architects: Nendo
  • Project: COMPOLUX
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Masaya Yoshimura
  • Software used: Vectorworks.
  • Brands : 3.1 Phillip Lim, CARVEN, Acne, Theyskens’ Theory, SONIA BY SONIA RYKIEL etc 30 brands

SkatePark in Lemvig, Denmark by EFFEKT

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: EFFEKT

By introducing the ‘Skate+Park’ concept, EFFEKT has created a new type of multi-functional and recreational urban park area that bridges user groups of diverse interests and age.

In the spring of 2013, Lemvig Municipality faced a group of citizens eager to transform an empty industrial lot on the city’s harbour front into an area of leisure and recreation. In order to meet the demands of the local population, EFFEKT worked closely with representatives from different user groups to develop a new type of urban space. The result of this collaboration was an integrated skatepark + urban park that offered a range of programmatic features and recreational opportunities. Set in beautiful surroundings, the park has created a new social space in Lemvig, attracting skaters and families from the entire region.

Image Courtesy © EFFEKT

  • Architects: EFFEKT
  • Project: SkatePark
  • Location: Lemvig, Denmark
  • Software used: Rhino, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Client: Lemvig Municipality, Realdania, Lokale og Anlægsfonden
  • Consultant: Glifberg + Lykke
  • General Contractor: Søren V. Jensen, Skatepark Contractor: Beaver Concrete
  • Area: 2.200 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Team: Sinus Lynge, Tue Hesselberg Foged, Mikkel Bøgh, Matias Labarca Clausen, Tina Lund Højgaard, Nick Green, Marco-Antonio Ravini, Eyüp Şevki Fırıncı, Evgeny Markachev, Yulia Kozlova, Karen von Bonsdorff, Paulina Skrzypczyńska, Azra Mehmedbasic, Jakub Mateusz Wlodarczyk, Monika Muszyńska, Zuzana Retterova.
  •  Status: Inaugurated in 2013
  • Budget: 1.600.000 DKK
  • Fee: 250.000 DKK

RKM 740 in Düsseldorf Heerdt, Germany by J. Mayer H. Architects

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: J. Mayer H. Architects

In direct proximity to the sweeping landscape of the Rheinaue and with a view of Düsseldorf’s city center, this high rise will shape the silhouette of the left bank of the Rhine, not only in terms of its architecture, but in terms of use as well.

Image Courtesy © J. Mayer H. Architects

  • Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
  • Project: RKM 740
  • Location: Düsseldorf Heerdt, Germany
  • Software used: Maya, Rhino and ArchiCad
  • Project team: Andre Santer, Dr. Paul Angelier, Marta Ramirez Iglesias, Max Magorsky,
  • Function: Medical Services and Residential Building
  • (BGF) Total floor Area: aprox. 26.000 qm
  • Number of floors: 19
  • Height of the building: aprox. 70 m
  • Structure:  Concrete structure
  • Principal Exterior: Aluminum Elements
  • Principal interior material: concrete and plaster board, water based cooling system inside the concrete, no air-conditioning needed
  • Invited competition: 2012, 1st Prize
  • Project: 2013 – 2017
  • Completion: 2017
  • Client: Rheinblick Düsseldorf GmbH
  • Architect on Site: Höhler + Partner, Aachen, Germany

King Fahad National Library in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Gerber Architekten

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: Gerber Architekten

The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was completed and went into use for its intended purpose in November 2013. This project sees Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber Architekten team accomplishing one of the most important urban development and cultural projects in the capital, Riyadh. The design functions as the central driving force behind a piece of urban development and rearrangement, and combines the challenge of designing within the existing building stock with respect for Arabian culture.

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: Gerber Architekten
  • Project: King Fahad National Library
  • Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Photography: Gerber Architekten, Christian Richters
  • Software used:Archicad and Graphisoft.
  • Client: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Interior Designer: Gerber Architekten
  • Landscape Architecture: Gerber Architekten in Cooperation with Kienle Planungsgesellschaft.
  • Lightning Design: Gerber Architekten
  • HVACR: DS – Plan (Drees & Sommer Group)
  • Structural Framework: Bollinger & Grohmann Ingenieure
  • In cooperation with: Saudi Consulting Services
  • Main contractor: Saudi Bin Laden Group
  • Competition: 1999 – 2002
  • Design: 2004 – 2006
  • Construction: 2008 – 2013
  • Completion: November 2013

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)
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