Posts Tagged ‘California’
Friday, June 30th, 2017
Article source: Form4 Architecture
The asymmetrical balance between nature and architecture is the supporting idea for Form4 Architecture’s design of VMware Campus, set in Palo Alto, CA, housing the cloud infrastructure and business mobility company’s headquarters. Encompassing 11 buildings and three parking structures for a total of more than 1.8 million square feet, the campus was designed to reject the confines of traditional office buildings, and capitalize on the serene setting in which it was built as a reflection of the company’s values. The architecture and design scheme take on its forms by revisiting the basic principles of urban design with a 21st-century twist. The project’s architecture of presence is discreet, but not timid. It sets a mechanism that allows for the flexibility of future growth, yet is fully realized in its architectural aspiration.
Image Courtesy © John Sutton
- Architects: Form4 Architecture
- Project: VMware Campus
- Location: Palo Alto, California, USA
- Photography: John Sutton
- Design Principal: John Marx, AIA
- Principal-in-Charge: Robert Giannini
- Principal/Project Manager: James Tefend, AIA
- Developer: Hines
- Contractor: Swinerton Builders
- Landscape Architect: PWP Landscape Architecture; Studio 5
Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Article source: Safdie Rabines Architects
Located on a steep hillside in La Jolla, this custom home floats above its site, carefully stepping down the slope to create large outdoor terraces while maximizing the home’s ocean views. The upper level consolidates the primary living spaces and master bedroom to one floor, with floor-to-ceiling glass and large skylights creating a light-filled penthouse suite. An angled glass wall divides the simple rectangular floor plate to create an invisible line between indoor and outdoor spaces, and a retractable wall creates the feeling of an open air pavilion with unobstructed views that extend for miles.
Image Courtesy © Safdie Rabines Architects
Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Article source: Erika Winters Design
The house was built at the foot of a hill and —to make the most of the lot—concrete piling was done to have the necessary structure to meet the program required by the clients. It is a two-storey house with a flat roof and elevator that also has an attractive hill where herbal and fruit gardening was developed. It’s like a boat on the sky by the way it stands out from the piles and integrates into its environment.
Image Courtesy © Erika Winters
- Architects: Erika Winters Design
- Project: Nightingale Decor
- Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
- Photography: Erika Winters
- Construction: Channel Development Inc.
- Year: November 2014
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Article source: David Hertz FAJA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture
The house is located on 28 x 89 foot lot on the Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach. Due to the lots’ long and narrow dimensions, the design intent is to create a series of angled walls and reveals in the side elevations in order to provide for view corridors down the side yards to the ocean. The space between the tapered walls is used for pivot windows, which allow for the modulation of the natural prevailing breezes through the house.
Image Courtesy © David Hertz FAJA & The Studio of Environmental Architecture
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Article source: Hundred Mile House
This project is a renovation and addition to a custom-built home built in 1954 at the base of San Jacinto Mountain in Palm Springs, California. The original layout, post-and-beam construction, wall of custom wooden windows and unique architectural detailing are reminiscent of Cliff May’s iconic Rancho homes, yet the original architect is unknown.
Image Courtesy © Hundred Mile House
- Architects: Hundred Mile House
- Project: Chino Canyon Residence
- Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
- Software used: SketchUp pro and Autocad
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
Article source: Fentress Architects
A new, environmentally friendly airport traffic control tower has opened at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) designed by Fentress Architects of Denver in association with HNTB Architects of San Francisco.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the “gateway to the Pacific”, is a world-class airport serving tens of millions of domestic and international passengers annually. Committed to maintaining a competitive facility, the Replacement Airport Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities project provides a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Traffic Control Tower, including a new Integrated Facility base building for offices, support and other airport functions.
Image Courtesy © Fentress Architects
- Architects: Fentress Architects
- Project: San Francisco Airport Control Tower
- Location: California, USA
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
Article source: OpenScope Studio
The Yard is an early activation project at future site of a large mixed-use development project for the San Francisco Giants. Outdoor spaces provide venues for activities ranging from a beer garden to movie nights and yoga, while the repurposed shipping containers hold a range of vendors including local retailers and foodservice providers.
Image Courtesy © OpenScope Studio
- Architects: OpenScope Studio
- Project: The Yard at Mission Rock
- Location: AT&T Park Lot A San Francisco, California, USA
- Project Size: 18,000 GSF
- Software used: Autodesk Revit
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Article source: Terry & Terry Architecture
This project is a rebuild of an existing post 1991 Fire-storm house. Situated high on top of the Eastbay mountain range overlooking the city of Oakland, the site has unobstructed view’s toward the southwest Bay and Golden Gate. It was designed for a young family, who desired an open plan home that embraced the views of the bay and a connection to the existing garden.
Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte Photography
- Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture (Ivan Terry, Alex Terry AIA)
- Project: Skyline House
- Location: 5990 Skyline Blvd. Oakland Hills, California, USA
- Photography: Bruce Damonte Photography
- Software used: ArchiCAD, Graphisoft
- Owner: Drea Cooper Bianca Darville
- Interior designer: TTA
- Associate architect(s): Naomi Hansen
Friday, May 26th, 2017
Article source: David Hertz FAIA Studio of Environmental Architecture
The Butterfly House is a project in Venice Beach California that resides on a 40′ x 90′ end lot. The name of the house is derived from the butterfly roof which is formed to collect rainwater for irrigation and creates a dramatic elevation especially when the wooded ceiling is illuminated. The main concept of the house, was based upon maximization of the long south facing elevation to create a dark solar absorbent surface and to provide exposed solar thermal heating with evacuated tubes used as an architectural accent. The glass tubes provide hot water for both domestic uses and hydronic radiant as well heat for the the narrow lap pool along the edge of the property. On the outer edge of the property is a 90 foot long 8 foot tall double-sided living vegetative wall with durable drought tolerant succulents on the southern face at the street, as an offering to the community, while the inside surface facing the house is a living wall of edible landscape so that the occupant needs only to go a few steps to pick his wall to make a salad, pick herbs or vegetables. The entrance to the house is from the side yard, between a courtyard that separates the garage from the main house and connects the buildings at the second floor through a glass bridge. A warm palette of sustainable materials are used throughout the house to create an environment that is at once private yet opens from the interior to the exterior. The house takes advantage of natural ventilation and prevailing breezes through a high solar chimney and stair tower that leads to the roof deck as well as thermostatically controlled operable windows that cool the interior. The house also has solar photovoltaic panels which along with advanced lighting controls the state-of-the-art information systems throughout the house creates a zero net energy building.
Image Courtesy © David Hertz FAIA Studio of Environmental Architecture
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Article source: Klopf Architecture
The previous owner of this 1960s modern home covered over the walls of glass with plywood and installed a massive awning at the rear of the house, blocking out most light and connection with the outdoors. The original interior had a maze-like layout starting with a small entry area and moving into too many hallways. In short, the house felt dark and closed-in. Nevertheless the new owners saw the potential in the home, purchased it, and hired Klopf Architecture to help them realize the potential. Today it is an open, light and bright, indoor-outdoor, clean and simple, modernist home for two professionals and their young son.
Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed
- Architects: Klopf Architecture
- Project: San Carlos Midcentury Modern Remodel
- Location: California, USA
- Photography: Mariko Reed
- Software used: ArchiCAD
- Klopf Architecture team: John Klopf, Chuang-Ming Liu and Ethan Taylor
- Landscape Design: Growsgreen
- Structural Engineer: Sezen and Moon
- Contractor: Starburst Construction
- Landscape Contractor: Inside Out SF
- Year completed: 2016