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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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Blouberg International School in Cape Town, South Africa by PLUSARQUITECTURA (Sergio Aguilar) & Luis Mira, architects

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Article source: PLUSARQUITECTURA (Sergio Aguilar) & Luis Mira, architects

The Junior School building corresponds to the Phase 1 of the Blouberg International School in Cape Town. The site is located into a residential area towards the north side of the city centre, where the climate transits from the lush and rainy part of the city towards the drier Atlantic ocean’s west coast.

Street View (Images Courtesy Wieland Gleich)

  • Architects: PLUSARQUITECTURA (Sergio Aguilar) & Luis Mira, architects
  • Name of Project: Blouberg International School
  • Location: Blouberg, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Area: 900 sqm (building) – 2000 sqm (Civil works, entrance & walkways)
  • Completion: 2011
  • Photographs: Wieland Gleich
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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Zhejiang Energy R&D Complex in Hangzhou, China by KABC

Friday, April 27th, 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.

View of Office & Lab Complex during the Day

Brown Vujcich House in Herne Bay, New Zealand by Bossley Architects

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Bossley Architects

This house is located on a narrow urban site in the heart of Herne Bay. Tight site controls and a sloping site resulted in a long narrow building form that steps down the slope of the site.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Bossley Architects
  • Name of Project: Brown Vujcich House
  • Location: Herne Bay, New Zealand
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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Berklee Valencia / Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts & Valencia, Spain by Walters-Storyk Design Group

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group

BERKLEE COLLEGE COMMISSIONS WSDG FOR MAJOR PROJECTS

Concurrent Work On Two Continents: Boston, Mass. & Valencia, Spain

In a patent message of confidence in education and the inherent strengths of the world economy, the Berklee College of Music has embarked on a significant expansion program.  In Valencia, Spain, an entirely new campus opened in January, 2012. In Boston, the first ground-up building in Berklee’s 66-year history, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, a 16-story, $100 million structure, began construction in December 2011. While U.S. and Spanish architects were engaged to create strikingly disparate footprints for each of these bold projects, a single internationally recognized studio design and acoustical consultancy, the Walters-Storyk Design Group, was commissioned to create the audio education studios for both these learning complexes.

Exterior - Rendering of Berklee 160 Mass Ave

  • Architect: Walters-Storyk Design Group 
  • Name of Project: Berklee Valencia/Berklee College of Music
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts & Valencia, Spain
  • Software used: Revit

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The Dove House in London, UK by Gundry & Ducker Architecture (designed using Vectorworks)

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article source: Gundry & Ducker Architecture

An extension to a Victorian terraced house to form a light filled kitchen and family room integrated into a redesigned garden area.
The intention was to replace and enlarge and improve a dark kitchen area to form a new informal living space with direct access to the garden and to open up views through the ground floor of the house to the garden.

  • Architects: Gundry & Ducker Architecture
  • Project:  The Dove House
  • Location: London, UK
  • Company: Gundry & Ducker Architecture
  • Software used: Vectorworks

Image Courtesy Joe Clark

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Voyager NZ Maritime Museum in Auckland, New Zealand by Pete Bossley

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article source: Bossley Architects

This extension to the NZ Maritime Museum is designed to house an exhibition of New Zealand yachting, from early small boats through to NZL32, which first won the America’s Cup for this country. NZL32 was gifted to Te Papa, and is now exhibited as a collaboration between Voyager and Te Papa.

  • Architects: Pete Bossley
  • Project: Voyager NZ Maritime Museum
  • Location: New Zealand
  • Company: Bossley Architects
  • Software used: Vectorworks

Image Courtesy Bossley Architects

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