Rockefeller Partners - Modern California Craftsman Residence in Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles
Thursday, 08 April 2010 09:54


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All photographs by Eric Staudenmaier

While developing the design of this house, Rockefeller Partners worked very closely with their clients, a couple that had switched eight houses in ten years, moving where it was convenient for work, but never finding the perfect location to create a real home. They now had two small children and needed a property where they could work, play and grow as a family. When they found a 3.14-acre lot in Mandeville Canyon with over 200 mature trees and expansive views of the city and ocean beyond, they knew they had found the ideal environment.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 April 2010 15:48
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Books: Atelier Bow-Wow - Behaviorology
Written by Camille Chami   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:32
Atelier Bow-Wow Book: BehaviorologyThe book covers the majority of the work of Tokyo-based architectural firm of Atelier Bow-Wow. Founded by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow has mostly concentrated its activity around small houses, usually built within dense urban surroundings. With a fresh vision that is well detailed in the book, Atelier Bow-Wow’s have defied the conventional guidelines and created original, volumetrically optimized spaces that respond to the needs of its users despite their constrained dimensions.

While large portions of the book are dedicated the firm’s architecture work, the architects’ work on furniture as well as their research projects are well detailed. Interesting essays by different writers help the reader to learn more about the principles that guide the firm’s design. The book’s introduction written by Kaijima and Tsukamoto themselves sheds the light on the concepts that glue all their work together. They insist on the fact that their projects had a tendency to “contaminate, inform, and mutually develop one another”. While striving to produce livable, viable, and enjoyable spaces, they developed a recurrent theme based on “Behavior”.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:33
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Perkins+Will's Center for Urban Waters
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 12:42

image004The Center for Urban Waters is a 51,000 square-foot environmental services and research laboratory. The building will house government and higher education groups that collaborate on policy making, research and enforcement designed to address the pollution problems facing urban communities. It is located in Tacoma on the east shore of Thea Foss Waterway with unobstructed views of downtown.

After years of planning and complex construction, the City of Tacoma and its project partners have begun moving into the Center for Urban Waters. The building and its research labs intend to have an important impact on the restoration of Puget Sound and the revitalization of an economically depressed area. This public/private partnership will house labs for research initially focused on urban storm water run-off and finding the best tools to reduce it. Storm water run-off is the single largest pollution problem in Puget Sound. The labs will also be used by the City of Tacoma for ongoing and regularly scheduled water and air testing.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 15:20
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Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects - Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Florida
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 07:52

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Museums began in ancient times as Temples, dedicated to the muses, where the privileged went to be amused, to witness beauty, and to learn. After the Renaissance museums went public with palatial structures where the idea of the gallery arose, a space to display paintings and sculpture. Later, museums became centers of education, researching, collecting, and actively provoking thought and the exchange of ideas. By presenting the highest achievements of culture, museums became a stabilizing and regenerative force, crusading for quality and excellence. The role of the modern museum is both aesthetic and didactic, both Temple and Forum.

The design of contemporary museum can be characterized by two polar approaches. On the one-hand buildings which aim to be works of art in themselves, independent sculptural objects as signatures of their architects. The new Rome Museum is the most extreme example, where the building opened empty, without any art to compromise its architecture. On the opposite end of the spectrum are museums as containers, as beautiful jewel boxes, treasure chests whose sole purpose is to be filled with art, like the Tampa Museum.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:23
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Steven Holl Architects - Linked Hybrid Building Complex in Beijing
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 06:07

Steven_Holl_hybrid_01 Steven Holl Architects’ Linked Hybrid stands out as one of the most innovative projects to   be completed in the past couple of years. Inspired by the traditional polychromatic Chinese architecture, as well as the urban layout of older Beijing neibourhoods developed prior to the 1980s, the architects have designed a modern alternative to the current trend of individualistic urban towers. Here, a strong urban fabric is weaved on the ground as well as on the upper floors where a new public space is implemented within a ring that bridges all the towers together. In this small city, no building is an island.

With over 600 apartments sited adjacent to the old city wall of Beijing,   one of the central aims of this Hybrid Building complex is the creation of a new urban space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers.  The aspiration of the developer Modern Group is for an ultra-modern expression of 21st Century ecological urban living, within the 210,000 square meter that form thte project.

Current development in Beijing is almost entirely individualistic “object buildings” such as freestanding towers. As an alternative,   Linked Hybrid is conceived as a “city within a city”. It envisions the urban space as its central core, integrating the activities and programs that can support the daily life of over 2500 inhabitants: café’s, delis, laundry, dry cleaners, florists etc, line the main public passages.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:39
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Denton Corker Marshall - Broadway Building, University of Technology in Sydney, Australia
Friday, 19 March 2010 07:17

On a prominent urban site, the Broadway Building for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology will form the gateway to a revitalised UTS City Campus and Sydney’s southern CBD.
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Broadway Building forms a primary campus gateway on Broadway and Jones Street

Selected from over 60 entries in an international two-stage design competition, the design engages with the urban context and – making a clear statement that it is a university of technology building – conveys the university’s position at the intersection of creativity and technology.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 March 2010 15:26
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LEED-CI for HOK's London Office
Thursday, 18 March 2010 11:18

HOK London's new office at the Qube in Central London has earned LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Gold certification, the first office space in the United Kingdom to achieve this distinction from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 20,000-square-foot project is the most recent of the architectural design firm's 11 LEED-certified offices.
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