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The Kubala Washatko Architects- First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:44

The architects had the sensitive, and honorable task of building a major new addition to Frank Lloyd Wright-designed National Historic Landmark Meeting House. Completed in 1951, the original Meeting House has been hailed as one of the world's most innovative examples of Church Architecture.
FUS-Curve-el-hr_Zane-WilliamsThe gently curving arc of the new addition reflects back to the iconic Meeting House
Image credit: The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. / Zane Williams

Located in an urban, residential neighborhood near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the First Unitarian Society attracts a large and diverse membership.  In recent years, the First Unitarian Society of Madison has become one of the largest Unitarian congregations in the United States. This growth, along with ongoing architectural tours by visitors from around the world, has placed increasing demands on the original historic structure. While wishing to maintain the integrity of Wright's original design, the community wanted to provide space for expanded daily needs, and align construction with the congregation's deeply held environmental values.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:30
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ZGF Architects - Portland, Oregon’s Simon & Helen Director Park Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:48

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Portland, Oregon, has a rich legacy of landscape architecture. Its downtown is structured by multiple linear park sequences, from the waterfront to the Halprin sequence to the Pearl District series of three parks. In addition to these sequences, the primary open space alignment within the city’s core is the discontinuous-but-related North and South Park Blocks. For over a century it has served as a spine connecting the central city’s diverse districts of university, residential, cultural, retail, commercial and governmental.

For as long as these districts have existed, there has been a desire to connect them with downtown parks and open space. Early in the new millennium, a vision to accomplish this significant goal emerged – named the Park Avenue Vision, it called for the creation of episodic parks and enhanced streets to serve as a promenade through downtown.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:30
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Ibarra Rosano Design Architects - Garcia Residence in Tucson, AZ Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 08:09

The site for this single family residence is a steep north-facing slope in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains, located west of the city of Tucson in Arizona, with commanding views of city lights and the surrounding mountains.

Garcia-Residence-01The architects, Ibarra Rosano, wanted to design a structure that would appear to grow out of the rocky desert hillside without dominating the landscape. To be able to do that, they  set the axis of the house parallel with the site contours and created three narrow bays to terrace up the hill, keeping the excavation and fill to a minimum.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:31
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K/R Architects - Master Plan for 100- Acre Parque De Levante in Murcia, Spain Print E-mail
Friday, 13 May 2011 07:45

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Plan includes extensive outdoors installations for one of the largest open-air museums dedicated to land art, and a campus for new museum of art, design and the environment.


John Keenen and Terence Riley, founding partners of K/R Architects, announced today that the firm has completed the master plan for the 100-acre (40-hectare) Parque de Levante in Murcia, Spain.

The plan, which reinvents the concept of a museum-park explores the relationship between art and culture as a generator of creativity and education, as well as economic dynamism and tourism. The park will serve the Mediterranean region as a major art destination. K/R recently presented the master plan at City Hall in Murcia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:31
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Brooks+Scarpa - Cherokee Studio in Los Angeles, CA Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 09:03

As promised when we introduced the winners of the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects by the American Institute of Architects, we will be posting individual stories about each project. The projects have already been featured in more details on AIA’s web site.

brooks-scarpa-cherokee-studio-06Photograph ⓒ John Linden

We start with by Brooks+Scarpa’s Cherokee Studio in LA, an urban infill, mixed-use, market-rate housing project designed to incorporate green design as a way of marketing a green lifestyle. The project is pending LEED Platinum certification. The design maximizes the opportunities of the mild Southern California climate with a passive cooling strategy using cross-ventilation and thermal convection while taking advantage of the abundantly sunny location. A commitment to minimizing the project's ecological footprint informed all aspects of the design.

The main architectural feature of this project is the building's owner-controlled double-façade system. The occupant is able to adjust the operable screens of the building façade as necessary for privacy, views, shading, and thermal comfort. As a result, the facade is virtually redesigned "live" from within, responding to the occupants of the building in real time. The façade also enhances the existing streetscape and promotes a lively pedestrian environment. By visually breaking up the façade into smaller, articulated moving elements, the building appears to move with the passing cars and people. Like many features of the building, the façade is multivalent and rich with meaning, performing several roles for formal, functional, and experiential effect.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:33
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Rafael Viñoly Architects - Translational Research Center at Penn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 06:19

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Rafael Viñoly Architects have just announced the completion of The Translational Research Center at Penn.  This first expansion phase in an overall master plan for Penn Medicine that includes both the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the University’s School of Medicine, the Translational Research Center builds on the original Perelman Center while simultaneously preserving its urban character and laying the groundwork for future development. As a translational facility, the new building unites research and clinical functions under one roof to allow the practices of scientific investigation and patient care to inform one another through close proximity.

All photographs ⓒ Brad Feinknopf.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:32
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Patkau Architects - Linear House in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2011 08:07

 

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Linear House is located on a sixteen acre farm on Salt Spring Island, an island in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. The property is bisected from east to west by a long row of mature Douglas fir trees. There is a gentle slope falling across the site from south to north. The south half of the site is an orchard containing a variety of fruit trees; the north half of the property is a hay field. There was an existing cottage on the property which has been sold and relocated to a neighbouring property. The existing barn, garage and studio buildings remain.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 05:58
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Architema studio – Villa In Szentendre, Hungary Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2011 10:27

05-ViewFromSouthThe house is set within a semi-rural context, some 20 km from the Hungarian capital of Budapest. The slightly sloping site has a south-easterly orientation, lying at the foot of the Szarvas-hegy (meaning Deer-hill). Its fabulous panorama is crowned by the view of the river Danube. It is the residence of Lajos Kuknyó, architect and principal partner at the Architema Studio. It reflects his interpretation of modernist design from the 1920-30-s period, with the interplay of straight geometrical volumes, and intersection of vertical massing and horizontal areas such as terraces, while using a predominantly white colour palette

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2011 10:57
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