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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

St. Augustine School in Kitsilano, Canada by Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

 
April 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate founded St. Augustine School over one hundred years ago, at which time the school shared quarters with St. Augustine Church in a domed, three-storey, brick building located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver. In 1951, the original school was demolished and replaced with what was to be a temporary, single-storey, wood-frame building. Sixty-four years later, a new three-storey, 300 student, 4,200 square metre, red brick-clad school and child care facility that features fifteen classrooms, a learning commons, multipurpose spaces and allowance for a new gymnasium occupies the compact site.

Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

Image Courtesy © Michael Elkan

  • Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
  • Project: St. Augustine School
  • Location: Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, Canada
  • Photography: Michael Elkan
  • Client: The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver; St. Augustine’s Parish
  • Design Team:

    • Principal-in-charge: Russell Acton, ARCHITECT AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC
    • Project Lead: Mark Simpson ARCHITECT AIBC MRAIC Peng
  • Team: Warren Schmidt ARCHITECT AIBC MRAIC, Nathaniel Straathof ARCHITECT AIBC LEED AP
  • Collaborators:

    • Structural Engineer: Wicke Herfst Structural Engineers
    • Mechanical Engineer: Integral Group (Formerly Cobalt Group) – Mechanical
    • Electrical Engineer: MMM Group Ltd.
    • Landscape Architect: Durante Kreuk Ltd
    • Contractor: Yellowridge Construction Ltd.
  • Software used: VectorWorks

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URBAN EROSION – Mixed Use Building by DFG Architetti

 
April 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DFG Architetti

CONCEPT

The city and the environment erodes and pervades the building volume crossed by people flows, nature, wind and rain, creating a fluid and dynamic space in an enchanting sculptural concrete surface. The city and the environment carves a large urban \”cave\” and a vertical chimney that makes its way to the roof, real architectural cavities through which the anthropic and the natural setting establishes deep vital relationships with the building, creating an organic, symbiotic system. People, wind and trees become the lifeblood of the architecture, which is inextricably linked to the setting.

Image Courtesy © DFG Architetti

Image Courtesy © DFG Architetti

  • Architects: DFG Architetti
  • Project: URBAN EROSION – Mixed Use Building

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The Chelsea House in London, England by Nash Baker Architects

 
April 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nash Baker Architects

This Grade II listed house in Chelsea had been re-developed several times in recent decades, but had got rather tired. Our clients were looking to relocate to London and appointed us to create a new sense of space and light. We provided a full architectural service which included; obtaining planning and listed building consents and administrating the construction contract.

Image Courtesy © Nash Baker Architects

Image Courtesy © Nash Baker Architects

  • Architects: Nash Baker Architects
  • Project: The Chelsea House
  • Location: Chelsea, London, England 
  • Software used: Auto cad
  • Main Contractor: Stephens & James Construction Services
  • Size: 2,200sq/ft
  • Completed: 2012

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ATELIER Z in Porto, Portugal by paulosantacruz.arquitetos

 
April 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: paulosantacruz.arquitetos

Located in an historic building in the heart of the city of Porto, this project consisted in the transformation of a room into the author’s architecture office. Although small (55 m2), this premium space, in regards of solar exposition and relationship with its urban surroundings, was able to accommodate all the demands and areas inherent to its new role as a contemporary office.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado – Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © João Morgado – Architectural Photography

  • Architects: paulosantacruz.arquitetos
  • Project: ATELIER Z
  • Location: Porto, Portugal  
  • Photography: João Morgado – Architectural Photography
  • Area: 55 m2
  • Year: 2011

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Bartok park in Arnhem, Netherlands by Buro Harro

 
April 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Buro Harro

A former wasteland in the centre of Arnhem (Netherlands) is transformed to an iconic park: A flourishing heather landscape with a huge PartyAardvark (an artwork by Florentijn Hofman) lying amidst of it. Together with office D.T.O. we took the initiative to transform this desolate area – due to the economic crisis – to a patch of spectaculair nature in the city. The Bartok Park is a symbol for Arnhem: a city that is uniquely situated on the edge of the Natural Park the Veluwe, but doesn’t seem to take much pride in this fact. The vegetation is transplanted from that Natural Park into the city centre: we brought nature literally to the city.

Image Courtesy © Buro Harro

Image Courtesy © Buro Harro

  • Architects: Buro Harro
  • Project: Bartok park
  • Location: Arnhem, Netherlands

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins in Farmington, Minnesota by HGA

 
April 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Nestled into the hillside of a new regional park, three camper cabins riff on the idea of a tree house entered from a bridge at the crest of a hill. Built on concrete piers to minimize environmental impact, the 227-square-foot cabins with an 80-square-foot deck feature red cedar glulam chassis, cedar and pine framing, and red cedar cladding. Two full-size bunks, dining and sitting areas accommodate four individuals, with a sleeper sofa and folding seating accommodating up to two more. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame views of the forest.

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

  • Architects: HGA
  • Project: Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins
  • Location: Farmington, Minnesota,USA
  • Photography: Paul Crosby and Peter VonDeLinde
  • Principal-in-Charge: Jim Goblirsch, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Lead Designer: Steven Dwyer, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Manager: Erica Christenson, ASLA
  • Project Architects: Rob Good, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
  • Structural Engineer: HGA (Tony Staeger, PE; Bryan Greger)
  • Landscape Architect: HGA (Ross Altheimer, ASLA, LEED AP; Travis Van Liere , ASLA)
  • Landscape Project Team: HGA (Erica Christenson, ASLA; Trygve Hansen, ASLA, LEED AP; Nissa Tupper, ASLA)
  • Mechanical Engineer: HGA (Leighton Deer, PE, LEED AP; Julie Hagstrom, CPD, LEED AP)
  • Electrical Engineer: HGA (Ben Gutierrez; Greg Aune)
  • Civil Engineer: HGA (Kenny Horns, PE, LEED AP; Bradley Roath, PE, LEED AP)
  • Lighting Design: HGA (Chysanthi Stockwell)

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Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing in VA Campus, Los Angeles by LEO A DALY

 
April 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Building 209 is one of many historic buildings on the US Veterans Affairs Department’s (VA) West Los Angeles healthcare campus. Vacant for decades, it was falling into decay rather than serving its original purpose of healing our nation’s Veterans. Meanwhile, homelessness in Los Angeles County has become an epidemic, with 4,343 Veterans living on the streets.

Image Courtesy © Lawrence Anderson

Image Courtesy © Lawrence Anderson

  • Architects: LEO A DALY
  • Project: Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing
  • Location: VA Campus, Los Angeles,USA
  • Photography: Lawrence Anderson
  • Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef & Associates
  • Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical & Fire-sprinkler System: Sin Ha and Keyfauver Engineers, Inc.
  • Cost Management: Cumming Clarke
  • Civil Engineer: Jensen Design and Survey, Inc.
  • Historic Preservation: Chattel, Inc.
  • Landscape: Mia Lehrer and Associates
  • LEED Silver Certification and Commissioning: Green Dinosaur
  • General Contractor: Westport Construction Inc.

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Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts in Amherst by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

 
April 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The new 500,000 g.s.f. residential complex provides 1,500 beds in seven new buildings for the Honors Program at this University. The project brings together all classes of students in a mix of unit types, including approximately 600 beds of singles and doubles, and 900 beds in suites and apartments.

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

  • Architects: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
  • Project: Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts
  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
  • Photography: Robert Benson Photography
  • Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants
  • MEP/FP Engineer: Rist Frost Shumway Engineering
  • Code Consultant: The Sullivan Group, R.W. Sullivan Engineering
  • Interior Designer: Lab[3.2] Architecture
  • Sustainable Design Consultant: The Green Engineer
  • Landscape Architect/Civil Engineer: Stantec
  • Geotechnical Engineer: McPhail Associates.
  • Construction Manager: Dimeo Construction.
  • OPM: Joslin, Lesser + Associates, Inc.

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Cloverdale749 in Los Angeles, California by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

 
April 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Cloverdale749 is located around the block from the historically significant Miracle Mile hub comprising the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and many noteworthy cultural destinations. Adhering to a strategy to maximize land use and capitalize on zoning, the building’s 10,500 square feet push against floor area and density limitations determined by the lot’s size and location. In essence, this project is a volume that cannot expand further.

Image Courtesy © Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Image Courtesy © Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

  • Architects: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
  • Project: Cloverdale749
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, US 
  • Photography: Lawrence Anderson
  • Team: Lorcan O’Herlihy (Principal), Donnie Schmidt (PD), Alex Morassut (PM), Dana Lydon (on site CA)
  • Client: Papalian Capital Partners
  • Interior Designer: Palumbo
  • Landscape Architect: LINK Landscape
  • General Contractor: Fortis17 CRM
  • Structural Engineer: Labib & Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Harvey Goodman Civil Engineering, Inc.
  • Size: 10,500 SF
  • Status: Completed in 2013

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1180 Fourth Street in San Francisco, California by Mithun

 
April 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The project houses 150 low income, very low income and formerly homeless families and individuals, currently including 261 children. As with other affordable housing in San Francisco, the tenants were selected by lottery from a long list of qualified applicants. Given the acute housing needs most of these people have experienced, particularly the homeless, the project sponsors, city officials, funders, and architects have endeavored to provide for a spectrum of user needs. Moreover, the intention has been to create an environment to forge bonds of community and companionship within the project, to make it a welcome, integral part of the neighborhood, and, by the prominence of the site and the excellence of its architecture, to serve as a symbol of the city’s robust efforts to address the ever-growing need for affordable and supportive housing.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: Mithun
  • Project: 1180 Fourth Street
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Client: Mercy Housing California
  • Associate Design Architect: Kennerly Architecture and Planning
  • Associate Architect: Full Circle Architecture
  • MEP Engineer: Ajmani & Pamidi Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: Urban Design Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Tipping Mar and Associates; Bello & Associates
  • General Contractor: James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp.
  • LEED Consultant: Design AVEnues
  • Landscape Architect: GLS Landscape Architecture
  • Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
  • Acoustical Engineer: Mei Wu Acoustics
  • Water-proofing Consultant: Gale Associates
  • Size: 1.4 acres
  • Completion: 2014

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