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Manhattan Mountain in Lower East Side, New York by Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Article source: Ju-Hyun Kim

Re-Imagining Seward Park Redevelopment (SPURA) on the Lower East Side, New York

Recent news coverage for the 7-acre parcel, Manhattan’s biggest undeveloped,  publicly owned development site south of 96th Street, has provided the chance to contemplate many important urban issues.

Firstly, are we taking full advantage of this great opportunity to develop a vast land in the heart of Manhattan, or just limiting our imagination under current NYC zoning resolution (which is 50 years old)? Secondly, is the hot debate over big box retailers heading to the right direction?

Perspective

  • Architects: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA
  • Project: Manhattan Mountain
  • Location: Seward Park Urban Renewal Site(SPURA) in Lower East Side, New York
  • Project Area: 7 Acre
  • Year: 2012
  • Type: Speculative Research
  • Collaborators: Euno Cho, Bohyun Kim, Kyu O Kim
  • Software used: Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Vray.

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Mirror Mongayt in Moscow, Russia by BERNASKONI (designed using ArchiCAD and AutoCAD)

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: BERNASKONI

How to build an energy-efficient designer villa for $ 800 for sq m? «Mirror Mongayt» villa solves this problem.

The front south facade is designed for a specific period of time as an art installation in a form of a temporary structure. Every eight years the house clears the skin. Changing of the facade is a landmark event, a family tradition and a newsbreak. The first facade – mirror pixels reflecting the sky and the forest and dissolving the house in the environment.

Image Courtesy Vlad Efimov

  • Architects: BERNASKONI
  • Project: Mirror Mongayt
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Size: 270 Sq М
  • Function: Private Designer Villa
  • Materials: Wooden Frame, Beam, Rsd-Plate, Mirror, Ecowool Insulation
  • Status: Realization
  • Client: Mongayt Family
  • Software used: ArchiCAD and AutoCAD
  • Photography: Vlad Efimov, Boris Bernaskoni

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Taller Particular / Particular Workshop by Al bordE architects

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: Al bordE architects

TALLER PARTICULAR / PARTICULAR WORKSHOP

Design and Participative Construction in Slums

FADA – PUCE

What if we join forces?

–    I am studying another semester in college, but this time there is a real problem to be solved and the project is built. Students

–    I am still working during weekends to improve my neighborhood, but this time there are people who advise us and give us a hand to solve problems. Community

–    I am still teaching architecture, but this time I am a consultant for a real project. Teachers

–    I am still training professionals, but this time with social commitment. University

NOT extra work, NOT extra effort, but individual efforts together. This little change makes a big difference and multiplies the benefits for those involved.

Taller Particular / Particular Workshop

  • Architect: Al bordE architects
  • Name of project: Taller Particular / Particular Workshop
  • University: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador – PUCE
  • School: Architecture design and arts – FADA
  • Teachers: David Barragán and Pascual Gangotena, principals of AL BORDE arch. Studio.
  • Adviser: Paula Castello, anthropologist
  • University collaborators FADA – PUCE: arch. Alexis Mosquera – School Dean, Arch. Miroslava Garzón – coordinator of the architecture school, Arch. Carlos Ríos – Specialist in alternative technologies.
  • Software used: SketchUp and AutoCAD. The first ideas are always handmade.

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House 804 in Barcelona, Spain by H Arquitectes

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: H Arquitectes

Located in a pleasant residential neighbourhood, the house is a compact building (almost a cube) surrounded by a 3 meters wide perimeter necessary courtyard, which is the minimum mandatory gap based on current regulations. The pre-existing yard, the swimming-pool and the shed set at the back of the plot are preserved by the express wish of the owners.

Image Courtesy Pedro Antonio Pérez

  • Architects: H Arquitectes
  • Project: House 804
  • Location: Parets del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Situation: Parets del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Author: H ARQUITECTES (David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó)
  • Collaborators: Blai Cabrero Bosch, architect (Harquitectes); Montse Fornés Guàrdia, architect (Harquitectes); Iñaki González de Mendiguchia Garmendia, quantity surveyor
  • Year of realization: 2008-11
  • Surface constructed: 160m2
  • Photographs: Pedro Antonio Pérez
  • Software used: AutoCad and Google Sketchup

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Office/Lab Complex B in Hangzhou, China by Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants

KABC’s vision for the development of the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community reflects the goals of the new high technology research campus, which promotes a new paradigm for research and development campuses in the region. Sustainability is at the core of the architectural expression, encompassing environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability by fostering community and promoting new techniques and technologies. As one approaches the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community , the buildings immediately captivate the passerby with their iconic presence. Freestanding on the site, they read as transparent, geometrical, glazed forms floating as visually light, crystalline structures above the landscape.

View of Office & Lab Complex at Night

  • Architect: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
  • Name of project: Office/Lab Complex B
  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Site area: 50,522 m2
  • Project Scope: Schematic Design, Landscape Design
  • Project Type: Commercial Office Space
  • Client: Zhejiang Energy Company
  • Team: Anna Klingmann, Dongcheol Yang, Eva Poulopoulou, Sarina Heres, Perry Wold, Dominique Dassum, Andrew Brooks, Atul Kumar Jain, Pinglie Huang, Xiaomeng Fu
  • Software used: 3dS Max, AutoCAD

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Colorfoto Megastore in Lisbon, Portugal by João Tiago Aguiar

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: João Tiago Aguiar

‘Colorfoto’ grew and needed a Megastore.

We tried to organize the space in a large and clean way, attempting to highlight the ampleness of the store despite the various happenings. The pavement and the ceiling, in white, contrast with the set of cabinets that cover the walls, designed in a way to serve as storage and display.

Image Courtesy FG+SG

  • Architects: João Tiago Aguiar
  • Project: Colorfoto Megastore
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Project Date: 2009/2011
  • Client: COLORFOTO
  • Collaboration: Renata Vieira, Ana Caracol, Sílvia Amaral
  • Builder: GIL ALVES DA SILVA
  • Surface Area: 600m2
  • Built Area: 600m2
  • Photography: FG+SG – FOTOGRAFIA DE ARQUITECTURA
  • Software used: Autocad 2010

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Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth by Lijbers Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Lijbers Architects

Context – Problem Definition
One way to look at the decline of natural biodiversity is from the perspective of complex human dynamics –i.e. the organized but fundamentally unpredictable behavior of human systems – and its consequences for the natural environment. We humans tend to expand, move, and reallocate ground at speeds unparalleled within the natural world. Our persistent and unpredictable need for space, land, and raw materials causes the original natural environment to diminish, along with its ecosystem of plants and animals. The highly dynamic reallocation and changing of the earth’s habitat by human action falls short in providing vulnerable species of plants and animals with sufficient time to recover. The continuous cycle of removing and reallocating natural space can, in the best case, maintain a certain amount of the “natural environment”, yet it can never maintain the same level of biodiversity that was originally present.

Model

  • Architect: Lijbers Architects
  • Name of project: Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth
  • Software used: arkey/ASD and autocad for the basic drawings. And photoshop and illustrator to finish the drawings.

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NaCl House in Bethesda, Maryland by David Jameson Architect

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: David Jameson Architect

Breaking the prescriptive mold of horizontally layered homes, NaCl House aspires to render unclear the spatial organization of the project and explore an architecture of ambiguous scale. The resultant massing reveals an imperfect, rough-hewn form recalling the natural isometric formation of mineral rock salt.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Paul Warchol Photography)

  • Architect: David Jameson Architect
  • Name of Project: NaCl House
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Completed: November, 2011
  • Interior Area: 4860 ft2
  • Site Acreage: 0.52 acres
  • Project architect: Ron Southwick
  • Photographer: Paul Warchol Photography
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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The Atrium in Victoria, B.C. by D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

The Atrium, a high-density mid-rise office building set in a transitional area of downtown Victoria, challenged its architects: how can a speculatively-built office building revitalize a moribund area and enrich the community at large? How can the economics of high-density, downtown office buildings work in a mid-rise, green-building form?

Photo © silentSama

  •  Architects: D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism
  • Project: The Atrium -Victoria, B.C.
  • Location: Victoria, B.C.
  • Client : Jawl Investment Corp.
  • Software used: Vectorworks CAD predominantly, as well as Sketch-up professional and photoshop. The architects built many physical models of wood and paper board.The wood trusses and the concrete superstructure of the building were both computer modeled (dynamic models to test behavior during seismic events) by the fabricators ‘Structurecraft’ and ‘Stantec’ respectively.
  • Project Manager:  Jawl Properties Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer: Stantec Consulting
  • Civil Engineer: Genivar Consultants Ltd
  • Landscape Architect: Murdoch DeGreeff Inc.
  • Photos: silentSama, D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

Occupying the length of a city block, the Atrium actively engages its civic context. To complement Victoria’s historical downtown, and reintegrate the block into its urban fabric, the building takes a mid-rise form, built to the street walls to give definition to the public realm. The building’s palette of natural, durable materials invests the district with a welcome sense of commitment.

Photo © silentSama

A transparent ground floor houses cafes and restaurants, inviting people to approach, look in, and stay a while. Rain gardens edge the site, a first for a private development in Victoria, catching and cleaning polluted street run-off, and softening the cityscape.

Photo © silentSama

A seven-storey atrium introduces daylight into the heart of the structure, and maximizes the use of wood in non-combustible construction. The wood, visible from the street through a seven-storey glass wall, distinguishes the atrium from the surrounding offices, and invites the public to animate this urban room. Community groups have taken up the invitation, using the atrium to host such events as an opera performance and a film festival reception.

Photo © silentSama

To create a more animated urban space, the project team commissioned an artist to design an installation for the atrium.  This installation treats the atrium floor as a canvas for an abstract mosaic. The work is derived from the building’s lines and uses local marble tiles. Wood sculptures complement the mosaic’s lines, and provide places to sit.

Photo © silentSama

Overhead, innovative wood trusses support a 7,200 square-foot skylight.  Panelized hemlock slats follow the sweep of the atrium’s curving walls, and tongue and groove cedar soffits bring warmth and definition to the building’s street level. The family-owned company that commissioned the building ran one of the first lumber companies on Vancouver Island, a history that enriches the meaning of using wood in the atrium.

Photo © silentSama

The atrium not only serves as a public room, but it acts as a return air plenum in the building’s highly efficient displacement ventilation system. Conditioned air is delivered near the floor, so the air requires less cooling. Convection draws the air to heat-generating occupants and equipment, where it’s needed. As the air warms, it rises naturally to exhaust through the ceiling. Displacement ventilation uses less energy to deliver higher quality air more quietly, and is a key component in the building’s LEED Gold-targeted environmental strategies.

Photo © silentSama

A primary ambition for the Atrium was to create a building that will endure, and that will earn the regard of people who will help it to endure. In doing so, the Atrium gives weight to urban fit, sustainability, and occupant well-being as well as to profitability. While an institutional or owner-occupied office building might achieve a similar balance of priorities, as a speculative office building the Atrium raises the standard for its type.

 

Photo © silentSama

Images Courtesy D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

Images Courtesy D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

Acadia Parish Conference Center in Crowley, Louisiana by Trahan Architects

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source: Trahan Architects

Located to the north-east of Crowley, the site lies between the urban/residential development to the west and the rural/agricultural development to the east. The design seeks to mediate this threshold and express the importance of the local agricultural development to place. Rice is the primary economy in the Parish and city of Crowley. Rice fields create a beautiful mosaic that blanket the landscape. Contours follow the natural topography, control water run-off and delineate rice paddies. As technology has advanced the rice fields have evolved from a more fluid configuration to a more orthogonal configuration. This results in a more efficient layout and maximizes the yield.

Rendering

  • Architect: Trahan Architects
  • Name of Project: Acadia Parish Conference Center
  • Location: Crowley, Louisiana
  • Program: Conference Center
  • Floor Area: 69,000 g.s.f.
  • Cost: To Be Determined
  • Software used: AutoCAD (2D), Rhinoceros and FormZ (3D), Illustrator and InDesign (Graphics)

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