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Hawkins\Brown - Corby Cube in Northants, UK Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:14

Hawkins\Brown’s striking glazed Corby Cube, the focal point of a major regeneration program to revitalize the former steel making town in Northants, UK has completed and is now open to the public.

03_Corby_HC_030Won in international competition in 2004, the Corby Cube combines a diverse program of civic and arts uses into a new model for civic architecture.

Maximizing its central location at the heart of a new town square, the building’s array of uses are arranged around an internal ‘promenade architecturale’ composed into a coherent glazed cube form with four ‘live’ elevations, each articulating the uses contained within.

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Miller Hull Partnership - LOTT Clean Water Alliance Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:30

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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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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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Harley Ellis Devereaux - Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center in Pasadena, California Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 07:02
MothersClub_RMA-photography-2Photograph: RMA photographyThe new permanent facility for Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center recently opened in an underserved neighborhood of northwest Pasadena.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:08
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Julie Snow Architects - U.S. Land Port of Entry in Warroad, Minnesota Print E-mail
Monday, 07 February 2011 08:15
The United States Land Port of Entry supports the mission-driven demands of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department of Homeland Security's agency responsible for securing the nation's borders and promoting legal trade and travel. Located in Warroad, Minnesota, this 43,000 square foot facility is composed of three separate enclosed areas linked together with a continuous canopy.
Warroad-LPOE_Paul-Crosby-2Photograph © Paul Crosby
Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 08:58
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - Beijing CBD East Expansion; Beijing, China Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 14:53

Located in the heart of Beijing, the Central Business District (CBD) has emerged over the past decade as China's primary global business address and is now poised for an eastward expansion that will almost double its size. The CBD Eastern Expansion Plan defines opportunities for the growth of commerce, industry, culture and the arts by establishing a flexible framework for growth and an environmentally sustainable approach to 21st Century city design.

SOM_Beijing_01 Accommodating up to 7 million square meters of new development over a 3 square kilometer site, the plan calls for a restored commitment to public open space and a heightened focus on connectivity and mobility through advanced public transportation systems. A district-wide intelligent infrastructure system, composed of integrated utilities and controlled by smart technology, enables the CBD to function at optimum efficiencies and creates a model for large-scale, low-carbon, urban development.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 14:59
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The Miller Hull Partnership - Northwest Maritime Centerin Port Townsend, Washington Print E-mail
Monday, 10 January 2011 15:34

Maritime-Center-03 Designed by the Miller Hull Partnership, the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, recently achieved LEED Gold Certification. As a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and preserving a rich maritime heritage, on-the-water programs, and nurturing the art and craft of wooden boats, the maritime center was designed not only to protect but to actually improve and restore the waters of the Puget Sound. From energy use reduction to habitat restoration and material selection-all aspects of sustainability were considered by the client and the design team.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 06:57
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WRNS Studio - City of Watsonville Water Resources Center Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 07:36

Selected as one of the 2010 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, the new Watsonville Area Water Operations Center supports the larger Water Recycling Project, a joint effort of the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency to provide recycled water to farmers throughout the coastal areas of South Santa Cruz and North Monterey counties.

By treating wastewater and making it available to the $400 million local agricultural industry, the Water Recycling Project protects groundwater that is being consumed more quickly than it is replenished, resulting in saltwater intrusion into coastal wells. In addition, the plant significantly reduces wastewater discharges into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
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Photographs by Bruce Damonte

 

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Denton Corker Marshall - Manchester Civil Justice Centre 
United Kingdom Print E-mail
Friday, 21 May 2010 06:23

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Designed by Denton Corker Marshall, the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in the North West of England. The building, as described by the architects, is the biggest court complex to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice (opened in 1882). It houses 47 courtrooms and 75 consultation rooms, in addition to office and support space over 15 levels. Sustainability has been a major consideration for the architects from initial concept with natural ventilation to all areas contributing to its BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

The working courts and offices are expressed as long rectilinear forms, articulated at each floor level, and projecting at each end of the building as a varied composition of solid and void. Viewed in side elevation, these elements collectively establish a dynamic and distinctive building profile; in end elevation, they form a powerful sculptural interplay of light and shade, depth and complexity. The architectural implication is that the courts are not forbidding or concealed, but open and accessible.

Photographs by Tim Griffith

 

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