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PEAK LINE – Parametric Urban Planning in San Diego, California by SO/AP ARCHITECTS

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Article source: SO/AP ARCHITECTS

GENERAL DESIGN:

The bias of SO/AP agency was to design an urban pattern generated by tools for parametric programming. The urban grid, the study of heights and typology of housing are the optimized results from simulations between a 3D parametric design software, and software for environmental analysis.

All data as solar radiation, natural lighting condition, thermal performance and water consumption have been integrated to the urban design from the beginning.

A urban grid with 20/20m plots – 10m spaced -, is at first uniformly contorted to have the optimize pattern following the contour lines on slopping fields. The simulating of solar potential generates two progressive areas of highest building. It defined two urban attractive areas; each one will be specially focused on winter activities or summer activities.  A last parametric control working on plots morphology, define the optimized housing typology and zoning area.

Image Courtesy © SO/AP Architectes

Image Courtesy © SO/AP Architectes

  • Architects: SO/AP ARCHITECTS
  • Project: PEAK LINE – Parametric Urban Planning
  • Location: San Diego, California, USA

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Creation of BIM Models with LOD-300 for a park in California by Hi-Tech CADD Services

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Article source: Hi-Tech CADD Services

The Solution

The drawings and building details were converted into intelligent BIM with LOD 300, for material take offs, project coordination, scheduling and clash detection.

A California based construction and engineering company approached Hi-Tech with a project, to create information rich intelligent BIM for a residence Inn – A 6 storied building with a basement for car parking.

Image Courtesy © Hi-Tech CADD Services

Image Courtesy © Hi-Tech CADD Services

  • Architects: Hi-Tech CADD Services(Hiral Patel)
  • Project: Creation of BIM Models with LOD-300 for a park
  • Location: California, USA
  • Software used: Revit, Navisworks

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San Luis Obispo CA Regional Airport ARFF Station 21 in California by LEA-Architects, LLC

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Article source: LEA-Architects, LLC

San Luis Obispo Regional (SLO) Airport ARFF Station No. 21 encompasses the replacement of the old airport Fire Station that fell victim to seismic challenges, and airport expansion.  From the inception of the project, the Architect, LEA Architects, LLC led by Larry Enyart, FAIA, LEED Fellow and Lance Enyart, AIA, LEED AP established project design goals of; minimizing emergency service response time, improving the quality of life for the Fire Department personnel located at the Airport, and setting a progressive new “airfoil” design theme for other airport structures to follow.

Image Courtesy © LEA-Architects, LLC

Image Courtesy © LEA-Architects, LLC

  • Architects: LEA-Architects, LLC
  • Project: San Luis Obispo CA Regional Airport ARFF Station 21
  • Location: California, USA

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SlrSrf in Culver City, California by Open Source Architecture

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Article source: Open Source Architecture

SlrSrf is a compact project that embeds performance characteristics into the architectural surface. Optimization of the roof as a solar receiving surface for photovoltaic electrical production generates the form of the 450 square foot (42m2) addition and renovation of an existing house in Culver City, California.  Coupling the client’s desire to create a net zero electrical consumption with the generation of the form provides an opportunistic strategy to integrate performance with the sculptural nature of the architectural entity.

Image Courtesy © Benny Chan

Image Courtesy © Benny Chan

  • Architects: Open Source Architecture
  • Project: SlrSrf
  • Location: Culver City, California
  • Photography: Benny Chan
  • Client: Private
  • Structural Engineering: Parker Resnick
  • Contractor: HC Construction
  • Size: 450 sq.ft (42 m2) addition / 1500 sq.ft (140 m2) renovation
  • Schedule: Design: 2012
  • Construction2012-20133
  • Manufacturers: PermaCity Solar, Arizona Tile, DalTile, Kohler Alteo & Coralais bathroom fixtures, Omnia

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Lafayette Custom Mid-Century Modern Remodel in California by Klopf Architecture

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Article source: Klopf Architecture

The owners of this property had been away from the Bay Area for many years, and looked forward to returning to an elegant mid-century modern house. The one they bought was anything but that. Faced with a “remuddled” kitchen from one decade, a haphazard bedroom / family room addition from another, and an otherwise disjointed and generally run-down mid-century modern house, the owners asked Klopf Architecture and Envision Landscape Studio to re-imagine this house and property as a unified, flowing, sophisticated, warm, modern indoor / outdoor living space for a family of five.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Lafayette Custom Mid-Century Modern Remodel
  • Location: Lafayette, California, US
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Jackie Detamore, and Jeffrey Prose
  • Landscape Design: Envision Landscape Studio
  • Structural Engineer: Brian Dotson Consulting Engineers
  • Contractor: Kasten Builders
  • Staging: The Design Shop
  • Year completed: 2014
  • Software used: ARCHICAD 19, 3D

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Urban Revitalization in Long Beach, California by Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Article source: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

In any major city, there are certain areas that become, or have always been, rough around the edges, driving residents away and contributing to a sense of urban decay. Whether through neglect, a shift in demographics, a change in the local economy, or other market forces, these areas become not just an eyesore, but a blight on the neighborhood. And so it was with a section of town in East Long Beach, California, which had deteriorated to the point of being a place that most residents of the city actively avoided.

Image Courtesy © Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Image Courtesy © Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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Kings Road in Los Angeles, California by Shapiro Joyal Studio

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Article source: Shapiro Joyal Studio

Shapiro Joyal Studio designed the interiors of a Hollywood writer-director’s home in one of LA architect Lorcan O’Herlihy’s West Hollywood multi-family gems. The home is perfect for entertaining family and guests.

View from central atrium looking East onto Kings Road. Items include a Noguchi lantern, solid walnut barstools from Bassam Fellows in New York, and two custom Paola Lenti wool felt rugs. Dining table is from Speke Klein in Canada with Hans Wegner oak wishbone chairs from Jules Seltzer in Los Angeles. ,Image Courtesy © Shapiro Joyal Studio

View from central atrium looking East onto Kings Road. Items include a Noguchi lantern, solid walnut barstools from Bassam Fellows in New York, and two custom Paola Lenti wool felt rugs. Dining table is from Speke Klein in Canada with Hans Wegner oak wishbone chairs from Jules Seltzer in Los Angeles. ,Image Courtesy © Shapiro Joyal Studio

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SL11024 in Los Angeles, California by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Article source: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects 

Through its materiality and form, LOHA’s design for the SL11024 student and faculty housing complex seamlessly engages its historically sensitive site and challenging hillside topography and creates a new model for urban development that enriches an academic community.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

  • Architects: LOHA (Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects)
  • Project: SL11024
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Design Team: Donnie Schmidt (PM), Damian LeMons, Lilit Ustayan, Chris Faulhammer, Ian Dickenson, Abel Garcia
  • Size: 55,000 SF
  • Program: Off-campus housing catering to university community, including a fitness center, yoga studio, business center, and resident lounges.

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Noe Residence in San Francisco, California by Studio VARA

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Article source: v2com 

A research scientist with an eye for detail approached Studio VARA with a modest vision and a couple of basic practical needs:  First, transform a 1908 Noe Valley cottage– with a history of subpar alterations – into a cohesive modern dwelling.  Second, provide an enclosed garage in a neighborhood with tough parking.

The main facade presents a quiet, private face to the public street, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

The main facade presents a quiet, private face to the public street, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects & Interiors: Studio VARA 
  • Project: Noe Residence
  • Location: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • General Contractor: Dijeau Poage Construction
  • Structural Engineer: FTF Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: Lea and Braze Engineering
  • Landscape: SF Green Spaces

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Bal House in Menlo Park, California by Terry & Terry Architecture

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Article source: v2com

This project consists of a single-story addition and renovation to an existing mid-century ranch house in Menlo Park, California.

Conceived for a retired couple, the open and accessible design integrates the living space with the rear garden to create a well-lit domestic extension. Comprised of two floating volumes, the addition formally designates the bedroom to the west and the main (common) space to the east. The two wings gradually diverge from the original structure to generate a glass-clad fissure in between. This void space pulls the garden inwards, injecting elements of the outdoors into the core of the house.

house connecting to rear deck and garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

house connecting to rear deck and garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture
  • Project: Bal House
  • Location: Menlo Park, California, US
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Software used: ArchiCad from Grafisoft
  • Project Team: Alex Terry, Ivan Terry, Matt Bisset
  • Project Engineer: Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc. San Francisco
  • Contractor: Timberline Construction
  • Completion Date: July 2011

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