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Hennepin County Walker Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota by VJAA

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Facing challenges in the form of a modest post-recession budget, the need for a quiet library sited on a bustling urban intersection, and distinct design that needed to remain sensitive to the character of Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood, the new Walker Library serves as a living room for a diverse, arts-oriented neighborhood. The 30,000-square-foot building lies across the street from the original Beaux Arts building that housed the library until 1981, when a gloomy, leaking subterranean library that was anything but a civic asset replaced it.

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

  • Architects: VJAA
  • Project: Hennepin County Walker Library
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
  • Photography: Paul Crosby
  • Contractor: Shaw Lundquist
  • Engineering – Civil: Pierce Pini
  • Engineering – MEP: Engineering Design Initiative
  • Engineering – Structural: BKBM Engineers
  • Interior Design: Barnhouse Office
  • Landscape Architect: Close Associates

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Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion in Kansas by Gould Evans

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The renovation and expansion of this 1970s concrete library has transformed it into a 21st century civic place: from book repository to multimedia community hub. The design solution wrapped all sides of the existing library with a continuous reading room, emphasizing places of spontaneous gathering, reflection and learning. The addition also provides a high-performance thermal envelope engineered to harvest daylight and reduce energy usage. Openings at each corner reveal unique public amenities, including children’s’ cubbies, teen gaming zones, meeting spaces and a coffee bar. Within a few months of reopening, user visits increased 55%, with youth program attendance up 160%.

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

  • Architects: Gould Evans
  • Project: Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion
  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas, US
  • Photography:  Tim Griffith, Michael Sinclair
  • Contractor: A. Green Construction Co., Inc.
  • Engineer – Civil: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical: Professional Engineering Consultants, PA
  • Engineer – Structural: Bob D. Campbell and Co., Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Sustainable Design: Syska Hennessey Group, Inc.

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Renton Public Library in Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

When it opened in 1966, the Renton Public Library was an engineering feat. With pre-cast concrete and wood truss joists creating a stunning 80-foot central span across Washington State’s Cedar River and active salmon habitat, the library is beloved by generations of families and community members. Preservation of this community treasure was a clear priority for the project, but, by 2015, the library’s envelope was deteriorating and not in line with current energy codes. The structural system and chief design element did not measure up to current seismic standards, nor could it handle potential soil liquefaction.

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: Renton Public Library
  • Location: Renton, Washington, US
  • Photography: Lara Swimmer
  • Owner: King County Library System
  • Acoustical Design: Sparling (Stantech)
  • Cost Estimate: Roen & Associates
  • Engineer – Civil: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Engineer – Electrical: Sparling (Stantec)
  • Engineer – Geotechnical: GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical/Plumbing: PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Engineer – Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen (more…)

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch in Illinois by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Alancing aesthetics, pragmatic programming, and sustainable design, the 16,000-square-foot Chinatown Branch Library serves as an educational and social hub for Chicago’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. As one of the Chicago Public Library system’s busiest branches, the new library focuses on inclusive community activities and technology-based learning while uniting the two distinct North and South Chinatown districts. The interwoven design elements have created a library that serves as a community anchor and an enduring cultural asset that slips easily into the city’s urban fabric.

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Hedrich Blessing
  • Acoustics: Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC
  • Engineer: dbHMS
  • Civil: Terra Engineering
  • Environmental: Pioneer EES
  • Structural: Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers
  • Landscape Architects: Site Design

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Billings Public Library in Montana by Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Tasked with realizing the vision of a central donor and citizens who were seeking a beautiful and highly functional building, the design team for the new Billings Public Library created a timeless landmark for the city that is innovative and responsive while celebrating the state’s architectural heritage.

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

  • Architects: Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects
  • Project: Billings Public Library
  • Location: Billings, Montana, US
  • Photography: Bill Timmerman
  • Elevator Consultant: Michael Elevator Service Company
  • Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover, Inc.
  • Civil: Sanderson Stewart
  • Geotechnical: Terracon
  • Structural: Rudow+Berry, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Jackson Contractor Group
  • Interior Design: will bruder+PARTNERS ltd
  • Landscape Architect : Foley Group, LLC

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VOLTA in San Francisco, California by CCS Architecture

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Article source: CCS Architecture 

CCS Architecture has partnered again with owners Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje to design their third restaurant. Volta is located in a corner space on Mission Street at the Westfield San Francisco Centre within the city’s Yerba Buena Cultural district.  While their current restaurants Perbacco and Barbacco are both Italian, Volta is a departure that incorporates influences from France, as well as Staffan’s native country of Sweden, both in the cuisine and the design.

Image Courtesy © Paul Dyer

Image Courtesy © Paul Dyer

  • Architects: CCS Architecture
  • Project: VOLTA
  • Location: 868 Mission Street San Francisco, California, US
  • Photography: Paul Dyer
  • Owner: Umberto Gibin, Staffan Terje
  • Design Principal: Cass Smith, Bryan Southwick
  • Interior Design Director: Barbara Turpin-Vickroy
  • Project Architect: Joseph Benveniste
  • Designers: Veronica Jurist
  • Contractor: Build Group
  • Size: 8,000 square feet, 175 seats
  • Completion Date: January 6, 2015
  • Budget: $1.95M

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

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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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Oak Ridge House in Jackson, Mississippi by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The owner requested a house to foster a certain way of living; to meet individual needs while encouraging the family to be together, to take advantage of Mississippi’s wonderful environment, to interact with friends and family, to have a private respite, to work at home, to be healthy, and to be energy efficient.

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

Image Courtesy © Timothy Hursley

  • Architects: Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
  • Project: Oak Ridge House
  • Location: Jackson, Mississippi, US
  • Photography: Timothy Hursley
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Engineering Associates, LLC
  • Mechanical Engineer: Blanton Engineering, P.C.
  • Electrical Engineer: The Power Source, LLC

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Island Residence in Honolulu, Hawaii by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Situated on the Ocean’s coastline at a corner of an ancient fishpond, this private residence reflects the culture of the Hawaiian Islands by embracing its lush surroundings. The clients sought a modern expression that drew inspiration from their Japanese heritage, without being overly imitative or contrived. This influence is often subtle, manifesting itself through an attention to detail, an affinity for craftsmanship, and a delight in natural materials.

Image Courtesy © Nic Lehoux

Image Courtesy © Nic Lehoux

  • Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Project: Island Residence
  • Location: Honolulu,  Hawaii, US 
  • Photography: Nic Lehoux
  • Landscape Architect: Helber Hastert & Fee Planners
  • General Contractor: Armstrong Builders, LLC
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • M/E/P Engineer: WSP Lincolne Scott
  • Geotechnical Engineering: PanGeo Incorporated

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8 Octavia in San Francisco, California by STANLEY SAITOWITZ │ NATOMA ARCHITECTS INC.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Article source: STANLEY SAITOWITZ │ NATOMA ARCHITECTS INC. 

The site is where the elevated 101 Freeway connects to the surface streets at Market and becomes Octavia Boulevard – the entrance to north/west sector of San Francisco. The First Baptist Church with its classical façade and strong cornice is one pylon of this entrance.  Mirroring this mass, on the other side of Octavia Boulevard, 8 Octavia completes the gateway. This entry is seen as an opportunity to present our new city, one that folds tradition and innovation.

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: STANLEY SAITOWITZ │ NATOMA ARCHITECTS INC., Stanley Saitowitz, Neil Kaye, Ulysses Lim, Markus Bischoff, Mark Holmquist, James Eidse, Feifei Feng
  • Project: 8 Octavia
  • Location: San Francisco, California,US
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Photography(Aerial): Steve Proehl
  • General contractor: Dave nielsen
  • Structural: Ashley moraes
  • Mechanical: Robert wong
  • Completion: 2015

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