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Ansel Adams Gallery in Washington, DC by Group Goetz Architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

First Design Firm Office in DC Awarded LEED Platinum Certification CI 2.0

The Ansel Adams Gallery at The Wilderness Society is the centerpiece of a renovation of the existing headquarters in Washington, DC.  The renovation included and update and reconfiguration of the office space, energy savings enhancements, new finishes, and the creation of a special gallery for the society’s treasured collection of Ansel Adams photographs.

Entrance (Images Courtesy Group Goetz Architects)

  • Architect: Group Goetz Architects
  • Name of Project: Ansel Adams Gallery
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Size: 3,600 SF
  • Year Completed: May 2010
  • Photo Credit: Group Goetz Architects
  • Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA, Principal-in-Charge, Aleksandar Jocic, Derick Williamson

Other Contributors

  • HBW Group: Rockville, MD
  • Structural Engineer: Brandes & Cassagnol Engineers – PC , Washington, DC
  • MEP Engineering: CS Consulting Engineers, Inc. – Rockville, MD
  • Lighting Design: Coventry Lighting – Chevy Chase, MD
  • Art Consultant (Exhibition Design) and Graphics: Cynthia Reed, LTD.


Glaciarium – Museo Del Hielo Patagonico in Patagónico, Argentina by Pablo Guiraldes and Santiago Cordeyro Architect designed using AutoCAD and SketchUp

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Glaciers are a powerful combination of natural elements and weather phenomena. Ice, stone, water, air, fight their battles before our very eyes The visual richness of these unique places comes out of the violent yet slow clash of the elements, inexorably dragged down by gravity forces.

Museo Del Hielo Patagonico

  • Architect: Santiago Cordeyro Architect
  • Project: Glaciarium – Museo Del Hielo Patagonico
  • Location: Patagónico, Argentina
  • Owner: Museo del Hielo S.A.
  • Design and construction documents: Pablo Güiraldes, Arquitecto & Santiago Cordeyro Arquitectos
  • Construction coordination: Arq. Javier Fernández
  • Design Team: Jeannine Hary, Francisco Susmel, Arq. Javier Zabalaga, Julieta Vilaplana, Alejo Gonzalez Malharro
  • Original Concept and Contents development: Estudio Berra Borlasca
  • Structural Engineer: Ing. Pedro Gea & Ing. Esteban Ratazzi
  • Electric Systems: Ing. Bernardo Ardito, Sergio Pradilla & Raul Castelli
  • Sanitary Engineer: Arq. Jorge Carelli
  • MEP: Losen S.A. & Full Calor S.A.
  • Fire Systems: IPCI
  • Cassaforma: Consur S.A.
  • Windows and doors: Oscar Vidrios
  • Metal structures: Beltrán Hermanos
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp, 3DS Max and Hand made drawings


Robert Paine Scripps Forum For Science, Society and the Environment in La Jolla, California by Safdie Rabines Architects

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Scientists from around the world gather to help advance the study of the oceans, earth, and marine life sciences at this oceanfront conference center located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. The building is located atop an ocean bluff, with strong winds, western sun, and an existing grove of palms providing the natural context. Responding to these forces without impacting their natural beauty was a driving goal in the design of the project. In addition, the uniquely informal character of the Scripps community, with its clear appreciation of the natural environment and outdoors, became an influential factor in the design. The LEED certified project includes a flexible auditorium space, four oceanfront meeting rooms of varying sizes, a student lounge, and restaurant. The program is broken into several buildings connected by a trellised walkway creating a porous structure that preserves ocean views and breezes for the rest of the campus.

Auditorium - ©David Hewitt/Anne Garrison

  • Architect: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Project: Robert Paine Scripps Forum For Science, Society and the Environment
  • Location: La Jolla, California
  • Year: Completed January 2009
  • Area: 15,000 square feet
  • Photo Credits: David Hewitt/Anne Garrison
  • MEP Engineer: Integrated Engineering
  • Structural Engineer: Flores Lund Consultants
  • Civil Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Aerea Studio
  • Acoustic Consultant: Dohn and Associates
  • Contractor/Builder: Jaynes Corporation &  General Contractors


Bloemhof in Groningen, The Netherlands by Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The Intense City including 45 Homes and Commercial Space in Groningen

The former water supply company site on Bloemsingel is part of the City of Groningen’s housing construction campaign The Intense City. This building festival covers multiple sites in the city centre, whose infill will enrich the diversity of functions. One theme of the festival is “parochial space”, a semi-public space inside an urban block. The location as a whole is typified by the adjacent electricity substation which is listed as an architectural monument, and the ample public green space on the banks of the Ooster Hamrikkanaal (canal).

Images Courtesy René de Wit

  • Architect: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
  • Name of The Project: Bloemhof
  • Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Brief: Starter homes plus 1,450 m2 (GFA) commercial space, former water company site Bloemsingel, Groningen, part of “The Intense City” festival.
  • Client: Proper-Stok Woningen B.V., Rotterdam
  • Design Team: Marlies Rohmer and Floris Hund; with Ronald Hageman, Gieneke Pieterse, Rikjan Scholten, Klaas Nienhuis and Kirsten Gabriëls.
  • Urban master plan/supervision: MVRDV, Rotterdam
  • Design: 2004
  • Completion: 2010
  • Photographer: Rob de Jong, Marcel van der Burg, René de Wit
  • The name of the office: Architectural office Marlies Rohmer

Contract information

  • Gross Floor Area: 9,312 m2
  • Contract price: € 6,290,500 ex. VAT.
  • Building services: approx. € 850,000 ex. VAT (electricity/water/lift systems).


Russia Orthodox Church in Parisby Ameller Dubois designed using AutoCAD, 3ds MAX, and Sketchup Pro

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

This project closely articulates three elements : a base for the cultural center ; the church as a contemporary monument rising on this base ; and the central garden as an outdoor space for contemplation and meditation. The rehabilitation of the building located rue de l’Université and the enhancement of the Palais de l’Alma add finishing touches to the urban design part of the whole project.


Russian Orthodox Church - Avenue Rapp Side


  • Architect: Ameller Dubois Associés
  • Contractor: Fédération de Russie / Nexity
  • Location: Paris [VIIe arr.]
  • Surface area: 6450 m²
  • Architects: Philippe Ameller, Jacques Dubois, Marc Pelé
  • Year: 2010
  • Type: International competition
  • Software used: Autocad; Sketchup Pro; 3DS; Photshop CS5


Digital Origami by LAVA

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The danger of digital creations is the virtual worlds they depend on, or rather the lack of constraints in the virtual if compared to the physical world. Most of the time digital creations end in just being crazy flythrough computer renderings. With the Digital origami we wanted to realize concepts. We as studied and research current trends in parametric modeling, digital fabrication and material-science and applied this knowledge to create a space-filling installation. The aim was to test the fitness of a particular module, copied from nature, to generate architectural space, with the assumption that the intelligence of the smallest unit dictates the intelligence of the overall system.


Digital Origami - (c) Ian Barnes/ERCO

  • Architect: L.A.V.A.
  • Interior Design: A-E Inclusive
  • Colour: A-E Inclusive
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design : A-D Inclusive
  • Building Materials: cardboard, 120 sqm
  • Article source: L.A.V.A.


Tower House in Treviso, Italy by Alter Studio Architetti Associati

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

“Tower House”: a competition for sustainable refurbishment, Treviso, Italy, 2nd place, Alter Studio Architetti Associati.

Tower House is a twenty storey Housing complex built in the 60ies in Treviso. The structure and the façades, all in concrete, are actually in very bad conditions as it is frequent for this kind of buildings in Italy. For this reason it is losing the role of “landmark” in the historical landscape of town. Beside its aesthetical situation, this residence performs very negatively in terms of energy consumption.

View From Distance


Paris Elementary School by Ameller, Dubois Associés

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Building an elementary school and restructuring a kindergarden not far from the Arc de Triomphe. Offices done in antique style. Environmentally conscious development.


Beaujon - Paris Elementary School


  • Architects: Philippe Ameller et Jacques Dubois
  • Architectes assistants : Claire Marrodal, Marie Warburton, Marc Pelé
  • Location: Paris, rance
  • Completion: 2012
  • Status: In progress
  • Contractor: Ville de Paris
  • Dates2008 – 2012
  • Surface area: 4700 m²
  • Budget: 13 M€ (more…)

UNVEIL in Ordos, China by ///byn designed with AutoCAD and rendered with 3dsMax & Rhino V-RAY

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


UNVEIL is an office complex, part of ORDOS 20*10, the new financial district of Ordos [1,800,000m2] in the third planning growth of the DongSheng District, in the Northwest area of the City of Ordos. Ordos is the fastest economic grow city in Inner Mongolia. Ordos has 86752 square kilometers, 80 times Hong Kong’s size, the equivalent of two Swiss territory size-and its population of 1.5 million, only one-fifth of the population of Hong Kong. For this project, similar to the Ordos 100 project, the local government has decided to put together a large group of architects. Instead of being 100 foreigner architects, this time they reduced the list to the 20 best Chinese architecture practices and10 international ones with experience in mainland China. Some of the architects are: Preston Scott Cohen, Plasma Studio, Graft, MAD, Zhu Pei, MADA s.p.a.m. or Hailim Hsu & Nader Terhani.

Front View

  • Architect:///byn
  • Name of Project: UNVEIL
  • Location: Ordos, Mongolia, China
  • Collaborators: Segolene DUBERNET, GUO Dan, DUAN Jun, GUO ZhiChuan & LI Min
  • Environmental: Ove Arup, Shanghai
  • Rendering: ZhuJin
  • 3D printing: LTModel
  • Photography: ///byn
  • YEAR: 2010
  • STATUS: under construction
  • PROGRAM: office complex


  • 2D: AutoCAD
  • 3D: Rhinoceros (grasshopper plug-in)
  • 3D printing: STL
  • GRAPHICS: Adobe suite


Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower in Shenzhen, China by MVRDV

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The new headquarters building for the Guosen Securities corporation in Shenzhen, China, has the objective to be efficient and cool. The new symbol for the dynamic corporation needed to be energy efficient and a pleasurable working environment.

External Entrance

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower
  • Location: Shenzhen, China


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