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CCS Architecture - Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, CA Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 07:58

CCS-Architecture-Alpine-Meadows-04This project is a second home for a client that splits his week between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. The home was developed for efficiency in response to a tight budget, and to maximize the amazing views of the adjacent landscape. An interpretation of alpine rustic modernism, vertical cedar siding and cedar wood is featured throughout the design. The house is grid connected, but it is also grid independent. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:35
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Research Support Facility (RSF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - RNL Architects Print E-mail
Monday, 27 June 2011 09:40
The RSF is a large-scale office building housing more than 800 people who support and conduct research work. The building also houses a data center that serves the entire NREL campus. NREL and DOE's goal is to transform innovative research in renewable energy and energy efficiency into market-viable technologies and practices. This building was conceived to serve as an example of these ideas and a living laboratory for the staff of the RSF to learn from and work by, providing a high-performance workplace and aiming at operating at net-zero energy on an annual basis.NREL-RSF_Frank-Ooms-1The building's narrow, H-shaped footprint Photo by Frank Ooms

The project is recipient of the 2011 AIA COTE Awards, and the article is an abbreviated version of the one posted on AIA’s web site.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 12:01
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Carter Williamson Architects - Balmain House in Sydney, Australia. Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 08:25
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The original 1860’s home sits modestly on its block. From most vantage points on the street –set back as it is from its neighbours- the little, weatherboard cottage is almost obscured from view. Humble and unassuming, its appearance defines its cultural significance; the workers cottage preserves a ‘moment’ in the rich, blue-collar heritage and character of Balmain.


Whilst chic cafes and boutique clothing stores have long since driven out the dockyards and factories, the cottage survives, an evolutionary relic of contemporary Australian architecture. Etched into the locally grown weatherboards are the teeth marks of steam driven saws used in the old Balmain lumberyards and beneath the skin the bones of the home disclose rough sawn log studs, detailing early modes of construction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 09:20
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Miller Hull Partnership - LOTT Clean Water Alliance Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:30

LOTT.NicLehoux.047Lab entry of the building
Photograph: Nic Lehoux



While most sewage treatment plants are invisible to their communities and separated by a chain link fence, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Service Center is a visible and active participant in the public life of Washington's capital city.

The LOTT Clean Water Alliance provides Class A reclaimed water and emphasizes water conservation through a strong community outreach program, in addition to providing wastewater treatment services to 85,000 people in four local communities.

The new facility, located on the site of its existing Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, brings all management and staff together in one location. The facility includes three major elements, with a renovated 7,700 ft2 water quality laboratory, a new 21,300 ft2 office and a 3,500 ft2 education and technology center.

Located only a few blocks from the State Capitol on a brownfield site in a predominantly industrial context, the new Regional Services Center maximizes myriad site resources.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 12:54
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Rafael Viñoly Architects - Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2011 06:48
Rafael Viñoly Architects has just announced the completion of the Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House   Named after the physician who performed the first kidney transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, the Barker Transplant House will offer comfortable, convenient accommodations in a supportive community setting and at a nominal cost. 
Rafael Viñoly Architects - Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House ⓒ Ty Cole

All photographs ⓒTy Cole

Conceived as a ‘home away from home,’ the site will house transplant patients at subsidized rates and offer comfortable hotel rooms where guests can reside while navigating these emotionally and financially difficult situations.  The building is being partially funded by public donations and the design and construction teams (including Rafael Viñoly Architects) worked on a pro-bono basis.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 07:30
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Lake|Flato Architects - Livestrong Foundation, in Austin, Texas Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 06:36
Lance_Armstrong_Foundation_Dunn_054Entrance to the building, including salvaged wood and concrete repurposed from the renovated warehouse
Photograph: Frank Ooms
After 10 years of leasing space in a suburban office building, the Livestrong Foundation found its permanent home in the 1950s-era Gulf Coast Paper Co. (GPC) warehouse in East Austin, an underserved community in the process of revitalization.

The adaptive reuse of the GCP warehouse transformed the concrete tilt-wall building to provide office space, meeting rooms, multi-use facilities, an in-house gym, an open-air courtyard, and parking for the staff of 62. Ongoing plans call for adding a community-based cancer-support program to provide direct services, with an emphasis on uninsured and underinsured East Austin residents.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 07:46
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Division1 - The Lacey in Washington, DC Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 08:23
Division1 - The Lacey in Washington, DCThe Lacey is a 26-unit, four level, 25,000 SF residential building organized around a three-level central corridor/atrium. Outdoor space is ample with a communal second floor terrace and rooftop, as well as private balconies, courtyards, and terraces for the units.

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - St. Albans School, Marriott Hall in Washington, DC Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 07:08
StAlbansSchool-13_SOM_c-Robert-PolidoriPhotograph: © Robert PolidoriThe design reinforces the primacy of the Olmsted landscape and the site’s principal icon, Washington National Cathedral.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:08
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