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Richardson Apartments in San Francisco, California by David Baker Architects

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Article source: David Baker Architects

Formerly a parking lot on the southeast corner of Fulton and Gough streets, the Drs. Julian + Raye Richardson Affordable Apartments has risen on one of the sites freed for development by the demolition of the collapsed Central Freeway. This five-story building will provide permanent supportive housing for a very-low-income, formerly homeless population.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: David Baker Architects
  • Project: Richardson Apartments
  • Location: San Francisco, California, US
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte, Evelyn Reyes, Matthew Millman
  • Software Used: Revit
  • Associate Architect: Baker Vilar Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects
  • Owner’s Representative: Design Studios Gonzalo Castro
  • Nonprofit Housing Developer: Community Housing Partnership, Mercy Housing California
  • Site Area: 18.906 sqft
  • Area: 65.419 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011

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FENLON HOUSE in Los Angeles, California by Martin Fenlon Architecture

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Article source: Martin Fenlon Architecture

In the little-known neighborhood of Hermon, located just outside of downtown Los Angeles, a dilapidated 1920’s bungalow has undergone a major remodel, bringing new life to the old structure. The new addition to the front of the house forms a unique alliance with the remodeled existing house. This new frontispiece appears to be intimately nested within the older existing house, while maintaining a stark differentiation. The frontispiece has been clad in a clear cedar which contrasts the torched cedar that wraps the rest of the structure. The front addition integrates the house with the adjacent streetscape as it terraces down to the sidewalk and forms a long bench.

Image Courtesy © Zach Lipp

Image Courtesy © Zach Lipp

  • Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
  • Project: FENLON HOUSE
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, US
  • Photography: Zach Lipp
  • Area: 960 s.f.
  • Project Year: 2013 – 2015

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G HOUSE in Los Angeles, California by Design Initiatives

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Article source: Design Initiatives

G House is a 610 sq. ft. (57 sq. m.) secondary guest unit up on the hill of Monterey Park near Downtown Los Angeles. In a tiny, odd-shaped site, with a lot of code restrictions and a tight budget, Design Initiatives successfully created a functional floor layout scheme with a garage, kitchen, dining, living areas and a full bathroom.

Image Courtesy © Design Initiatives

Image Courtesy © Design Initiatives

  • Architects: Design Initiatives
  • Project: G  HOUSE
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, US State
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max and Photoshop
  • Type : Guest house
  • Date : May-July, 2015
  • Area : 610 sq. ft.
  • Credits : Design Initiatives: Vlado Valkof – architect;
  • Project team: Ana Veselinova, Elena Takova
  • Visualizations: Constantine Dimitrov, Vladi Dimitrov, Konstantin Kyosev
  • Structural: MS Consulting
  • MEP & environmental: Perfect Design

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Diamond Project in San Francisco, California by Terry & Terry Architecture

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Article source: Terry & Terry Architecture

The main floor sits at garden level. It contains the common spaces, beginning with a view balcony at the front of the house that extends from the living room, back to a large, kitchen/dining area that opens to rear, outdoor living spaces.

Image Courtesy © Ethan Kaplan

Image Courtesy © Ethan Kaplan

  • Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture
  • Project: Diamond Project
  • Location: San Francisco, California, US
  • Photography: Ethan Kaplan, Joe Fletcher, Alex Terry
  • Software used: ArchiCad, Graphisoft
  • Architects that worked on project:  Alex Terry AIA, Ivan Terry
  • Associate architect(s), if applicable: NA
  • Interior designer: TTA
  • Engineer(s): Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc.
  • Landscape: Gentry Landscapes, Charles Smith (more…)

Modern Atrium House in Belmont, California by Klopf Architecture

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Article source: Klopf Architecture

The owners, inspired by mid-century modern architecture, hired Klopf Architecture to help them decide: remodel and add to a 1940s modern house or start fresh with an Eichler-inspired 21st-Century, energy efficient, all new home that would work for their family of three. With the decision made to start over, Klopf and the owners planned a home that follows the gentle slope of the hillside while the overarching post-and-beam roof above provides an unchanging datum line. Every square foot of the house remains close to the ground creating a sense of connection with nature. The resulting increase in ceiling height with each step-down helps create the hierarchy of the public spaces (living room is tallest, then dining, then kitchen, then entry). A rational layout based on four-foot-wide beam bays brings a calm composure to the space while the central stacked stone fireplace chimney shooting up through a skylight contrasts that with some fanfare.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Modern Atrium House
  • Location: Belmont, California, US
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
  • Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Geoff Campen, Angela Todorova, and Jeff Prose
  • Structural Engineer: Alex Rood, SE, Fulcrum Engineering (now Pivot Engineering)
  • Landscape Designer (atrium): Yoshi Chiba, Chiba’s Gardening
  • Landscape Designer (rear lawn): Aldo Sepulveda, Sepulveda Landscaping
  • Contractor: Augie Peccei, Coast to Coast Construction
  • Year completed: 2015

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Black Box in Los Angeles, California by Aaron Neubert Architects

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Article source: Aaron Neubert Architects

A steeply sloping property in the Franklin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles is the site for this 200 square foot writer’s studio, labeled the “Black Box” for its minimal geometry and dark stained cladding.

Image Courtesy © Aaron Neubert Architects

Image Courtesy © Aaron Neubert Architects

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West Berkeley Public Library in California by Harley Ellis Devereaux

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Article source: Harley Ellis Devereaux

The City of Berkeley sought to construct a library that would both serve as a model for sustainable design as well as a community hub for its culturally diverse neighborhood. With the existing library spatially out of date for contemporary requirements and future adaptability, the design team recommended the construction of a new zero net energy (ZNE) structure. Extensive study had revealed the embodied energy required to construct a new ZNE facility would be offset by the ongoing cost of maintaining the existing structure within one year’s time.

Harley Ellis Devereaux sought to construct a zero net energy library that would fulfill the city’s climate action plan and serve as a community hub for the neighborhood, Image Courtesy © Harley Ellis Devereaux

Harley Ellis Devereaux sought to construct a zero net energy library that would fulfill the city’s climate action plan and serve as a community hub for the neighborhood, Image Courtesy © Harley Ellis Devereaux

  • Architects: Harley Ellis Devereaux
  • Project: West Berkeley Public Library
  • Location: Berkeley, California, US
  • Project Size: 9,500 square feet
  • Project Date: December 2013

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Retrospect Vineyards house in Windsor, California by Swatt Miers Architects

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Article source: Swatt Miers Architects

Retrospect Vineyards, a 20-acre plot in the Russian River Valley, has been producing pinot noir grapes and selling them to nearby wineries for fifteen years. However, when the new owners bought the property in 2010 they knew they wanted to have a greater involvement in the winemaking process. The result was a modern home designed to function as both a family retreat and a working vineyard, respecting the privacy of the residents without hampering the functionality of the land.

Image Courtesy © Russell Abraham

Image Courtesy © Russell Abraham

  • Architects: Swatt Miers Architects 
  • Project: Retrospect Vineyards house
  • Location: Windsor, California
  • Photography: Russell Abraham, Marion Brenner
  • Architectural Team:  Robert Swatt, FAIA, Principal in Charge; Julie Liberman, Project Architect; Audrey Hitchcock, Ivan Olds, Kimie Nakamori, Mike Eggers
  • Interiors:  Connie Wong
  • Designed: 2010
  • Completed: 2014

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Rowan at 346 Potrero Avenue in San Francisco, California by Handel Architects LLP

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Article source: Handel Architects

Straddling the border of Potrero Hill and the Mission District in San Francisco, Rowan at 346 Potrero is a 70-unit mixed-use residential building. The goal of the project is to strike a chord of continuity with the industrial past of Potrero and the Mission and celebrate its urban, transit-oriented future.

Image Courtesy © Handel Architects LLP

Image Courtesy © Handel Architects LLP

  • Architects: Handel Architects LLP
  • Project: Rowan at 346 Potrero Avenue
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Project Architect: Matthew Berglund
  • Project Manager: James Hakes 
  • Project Designer: Alexandra Bair 
  • Design Team: Glenn Rescalvo, AIA, Design Partner; Matthew Berglund

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Mid-Century Modern View House in Redwood City, California by Klopf Architecture

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Article source: Klopf Architecture

Klopf Architecture, Outer Space Landscape Architects, and Flegels Construction updated a classical 1950s original mid-century modern house designed by the late Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Ellis Jacobs. Klopf Architecture pushed the original design intent to make the house more open and uniform from space to space, while improving energy efficiency, capitalizing more on the already incredible views, improving the flow of spaces, providing an outdoor living area, and ratcheting up the quality level of the home in general.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Mid-Century Modern View House
  • Location: Redwood City, California
  • Photography: Mariko Reed.
  • Software used: ArchiCAD 
  • Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA and Angela Todorova
  • Landscape Architect: Outer space
  • Year completed: 2014

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