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SYMPOSIUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART in BAIE-SAINT-PAUL, Canada BY ARCHITECTURAMA

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Article source: ARCHITECTURAMA

Artist workshops and layout

Regular visitors of the Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul, ARCHITECTURAMA conducted in 2010 a conceptual study demonstrating the potential for improving the physical layout of the event located in the municipal arena. Summarizing the deficiencies and opportunities, the study was made on a voluntary basis. In 2011, the study was used by the museum to apply for subsidy. A mandate to carry out the project for the 30th anniversary edition followed.

Image Courtesy © James Brittain Photography

  • Architects: ARCHITECTURAMA
  • Project: SYMPOSIUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
  • Location: BAIE-SAINT-PAUL, Canada
  • Photography: James Brittain Photography, MACBSP / Gabriel Lajournade
  • Typology: Exhibition and workshop
  • Year designed: 2010-2012
  • Year built: 2012
  • Client: Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul
  • Structural engineer: Laro Experts-Conseil, Louis Larouche ingénieur
  • Architectural carpentry: Les Ateliers la Cire-Constance
  • Foam funiture: Nordesco inc.
  • Steel plates: Mécanique Marius Gagné inc.
  • Cardboard boxes: Norampac
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp and Infographic softwares

Alpine Street in Pasadena, California by E4 Architects_studio

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Article source:  E4 Architects_studio

Ned Engs, principal and founder of Los Angeles-based E4 Architects, recently completed a renovation and addition for a light post and beam mid-century modern house originally designed in 1954 by Pasadena firm Nyberg &Bissner Architecture & Engineering. Originally known as the Sechler House, the open and airy cruciform plan and design presented E4 with the unique opportunity to work with a mid-century classic.

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

  • Architects: E4 Architects_studio
  • Project: Alpine Street
  • Location: Pasadena, California, U.S.A
  • Photography: Susanne Hayek
  • Principal: Ned Engs (M.Arch. 89)
  • Status: Built
  • Area: 3,779 sqf
  • Software used: autocad 2013, sketch up

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

By taking advantage of the existing design language E4 was able to create a design that is  contemporary and adventurous yet sensitive to context. This was important for the historical character of the original house and the neighborhood—there is a Green & Green home right across the street.

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

E4’s extensive renovation and second story addition sought to highlight and complement the original home’s clean and efficient spaces, structure, and finishes. The primary strategy for the added second floor was to highlight the cruciform layout of the house and the dramatic sweeping roof gables. The light-filled addition, a painting studio for the client, was thus conceived of as the fifth “living gable” to complement the original design’s four prominent clerestory gables. With the original Nyberg &Bissner design, the dramatic sweeping roof seems to fly above the house. In similar fashion, E4’s addition, utilizing a light tube steel structure and glass, appears to float above the original house. “It’s a light touch,” says Engs. “We wanted to do something that would be more than just a matching addition.

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

The result is a singular house that, while retaining the spirit and character of the original, also builds upon it and adds new layers with up-to-date systems, materials, and spaces. The original clerestories became the inspiration to enhance the intrinsic Los Angeles indoor-outdoor aesthetic and functionality. A sliding glass wall seemingly dematerializes the house on its garden side. The front door was widened and hung on off-center pivots to complement an existing large picture window in the living room. The second story addition presents seamless butt-joined corner glazing and brings in natural light to illuminate the new floating” steel and wood stairs.

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

Through an interesting sequence of events, this also became the story of how two architects, spanning different generations, came to be connected through their experiences with one house and the continuing legacy of mid-century Los Angeles modernism and its relevance to contemporary architectural practice.

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

Soon after E4’s redesign was complete, the son of Harold Bissner, Jr., partner on the original 1954 design, saw the photographs of Susanne Hayek online and emailed her: “Wonderful photography and nice updating on the part of Mr. Engs. I’ll pass this onto my dad who continues to practice at age 87! Nice to see some homes modernized as opposed to torn down.

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

Once the connection was made, Ned Engs, principal and founder of E4, reached out to Mr. Bissner and they arranged to meet. As they walked the house together in March Mr. Bissner turned to Engs and said, “You did a very nice job.”

I realized he hadn’t seen the home in decades,” said Engs. “He shared thoughts on his design and memories of his career. It was truly enlightening.

Image Courtesy © Susanne Hayek

Nesher Memorial in Israel by SO Architecture

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Article source: SO Architecture

Nesher Memorial was built on a basis of an historic preservation building that was used in the past as a guarding position. In ’48 war the position’s used as protection to the residents of Giv’at Nesher. The building is located in the heart of a quiet neighborhood, on a hilltop, surrounded by a large square and a children’s playground.

Image Courtesy © Shai Epstein

  • Architects: SO Architecture
  • Project: Nesher Memorial
  • Location: Israel
  • Photography: Shai Epstein
  • Planning team: Shachar Lulav , Oded Rozenkier , Alejandro Fajnerman , Tomer Nahshon, Samer Hakim.
  • Site Area: 1100 Sqm
  • Building Area: 118 Sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Software used: Sketchup and Autocad

Transparent fusion of old pumping station and new playground in Netherlands by derksen|windt architecten

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Article source: derksen|windt architecten

For the renovation of a dated brick pumping station  in the Netherlands, the Dutch architectural firm derksen|windt architecten added a semi-transparent and eye-catching layer to the building. The perforated aluminium façade creates an amalgamation of the building and the adjacent square. Two separate worlds become one where the surroundings and the pumping station acquire a contemporary and attractive character.

Image Courtesy © derksen|windt architecten

  • Architects: derksen|windt architecten
  • Project: Transparent fusion of old pumping station and new playground
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Software used: 3D sketchup

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre in Wells Park, Lewisham, London by RCKa

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Article source: RCKa

Funding
RCKa played a key role in the genesis of the project, having identified the full extent of local authority site ownership and the opportunity to replace a structurally unsound facility with one wholly aligned with emerging youth provision policy.

The practice also identified the capital funding stream (having worked on the part-funded OPEN youth venue in Norwich), and were instrumental in the preparation of a funding bid to the government’s MyPlace scheme, which was subsequently selected from over 240 competing bids.

Image Courtesy © Ioana Marinescu and Jakob Spriestersbach

  • ArchitectsRCKa
  • Project: The New Generation Youth and Community Centre
  • Location: Wells Park, Lewisham, London
  • Photography: Ioana Marinescu and Jakob Spriestersbach
  • Software used: SketchUp and Bentley Microstation

Bent and Sliced House in Springfield, Missouri by Hufft Projects

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Article source: Hufft Projects

Representing the second take on the originally proposed “Bent House”, the “Bent and Sliced House” incorporates the original concept of bending the home to accommodate the curving slope of the site. Furthermore, the idea of slicing and unfolding the home in a manner similar to Japanese Origami is introduced to create clerestories allowing opportunities for daylighting and natural ventilation.

Image Courtesy © Mike Sinclair

  • Architects: Hufft Projects
  • Project: Bent and Sliced House
  • Location: Springfield, Missouri
  • Photography: Mike Sinclair
  • Completion Date: December 2008
  • Size: 6,245 sf
  • Scope: Private Residence – New Construction, Architecture, Interior Design, Sustainable Consultation
  • Software used: Revit and Sketchup

Lustica Bay Resort in Radovici, Montenegro by EDSA

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Article source: EDSA

The richly textured landscape combined with the presence of a strong history and architectural language provides the inspiration for the planning and design of Luštica Bay Resort. With its dramatic setting, Luštica Bay Resort offers a variety of residential and hotel offerings.

Image Courtesy © EDSA

  • Architects: EDSA
  • Project: Lustica Bay Resort
  • Location: Radovici, Montenegro
  • Client: Lustica Development A.D.
  • Scope: Master Planning and Detailed Design Services
  • Scale: 440 Hectares.
  • Software used: Sketch-up, Adobe Creative Suite programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign as well as AutoCAD Maps, Civil 3D, and Mcolor

Village Memorial Hall in Freshford, UK by Hewitt Studios LLP

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Article source: Hewitt Studios LLP

Hewitt Studios recently won an invited competition to redesign the Freshford Village Memorial Hall, near Bath. Their vision was to provide a welcoming and attractive multipurpose focus for local community activity, complementing its outstanding rural setting.

Image Courtesy © Hewitt Studios LLP

  • Architects: Hewitt Studios LLP
  • Project: Village Memorial Hall
  • Location: Freshford, UK
  • Type Of Project: Community
  • Client: Trustees of Freshford Village Memorial Hall
  • Contract Value: c.£2.5m TBC
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Sketch-up

Polygon Studio in Lake George, New York by Jeffery S. Poss, Architect + WORKUS Studio LLC

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Article source: Jeffery S. Poss, Architect

The owners of a steep lakefront residential property wanted a small studio that could serve for making sculpture and accommodating guests. The form of the building reflects these two functions.

Image Courtesy © Jeffery S. Poss, Architect + Workus LLC

  • Architects: Jeffery S. Poss, Architect + Workus LLC
  • Project: Polygon Studio
  • Location: Lake George, New York
  • Owners: Kamran Fallahpour + Suzanne Kazemian Falla
  • Software used: Google Sketchup

Liard River Hot Springs in British Columbia by FORMLINE ARCHITECTURE + URBANISM

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Article source: FORMLINE ARCHITECTURE + URBANISM

The Liard River Hot Springs project replaces the existing timber deck and change room facility that was eroding due to environmental exposure. The design addresses the needs of the rugged northern climate while creating a welcoming environment for the hot spring bathers. The project consists of new separate mens and womens changerooms, an expanded and upgraded deck, hot springs amenities and an upgraded path network.

Image Courtesy © FORMLINE ARCHITECTURE + URBANISM

  • Architects: FORMLINE ARCHITECTURE + URBANISM
  • Project: Liard River Hot Springs
  • Location: British Columbia
  • Completed: November 2012
  • Site Area: 310 m² (3335 ft²)
  • Client: Ministry of the Environment, Province of BC
  • Design Team: Alfred Waugh (Architect in Charge), Matthew Lahey, Nick Bray
  • Consultants: Structural Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting
  • Contractor: Bear Mountain Construction
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup
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