|The month in review - October 09|
|Wednesday, 04 November 2009 00:00|
A selection of projects that we featured in October 2009
RSP Architects, Ltd. in association with Lake|Flato Architects - ASU Polytechnic Academic Complex, Mesa, ArizonaArizona State University's Polytechnic campus is home to more than 9,600 students pursuing degrees in professional or technological programs. The campus is situated on more than 600 acres in the Phoenix area's fast-growing East Valley. First-time visitors to the Polytechnic campus are immediately struck by the spacious grounds, friendly people and relaxed atmosphere.
Ralph Ellison High School is named for the African-American writer whose novels and essays were transformative in the realms of literature, history and the African-American identity. Located on the South Side of Chicago, CICS Ellison wants to a difference in the lives of students in Chicago, by offering its students “a college preparatory education emphasizing rigor, relevance, and responsible leadership”....
The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is a unique collection of intimate venues within an iconic, protective envelope. Underneath the flight path of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the sculptural shed roof not only provides the first level of acoustic protection, but also shelters its patrons and performers from the harsh desert sun. The roof is multi-referential, with inspiration from: monument valley; nearby Hayden butte; origami; and even stealth fighter design....
Nearly 2,000 housing units are rising out of the ground at Luxetown, a spectacular new mixed-use residential development designed by MVE International, an affiliate of MVE & Partners, the Irvine, CA-based architecture and planning firm. “We designed Luxetown to meet both intensive zoning regulations and market demand,” said Ernesto Vasquez, AIA, founding partner and vice president at MVE International. “The result is surprisingly progressive..."
a|k|a architecture + design - Tobiano Clubhouse & Turf Care Facility on Kamloops Lake in British Columbia
At the heart of the manicured green fairways of the Tobiano Golf Resort, the Clubhouse building is the first public intervention between the built environment and its vast arid site in the BC Interior. A refuge from the elements, the Clubhouse establishes the architectural identity that will resonate throughout the rest of this new development.
The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, a reimagining of a conventional theatre building, with a ground-level performance space and auditorium visible from the outside, opens in Dallas this week. The Wyly Theatre, part of the city’s new AT&T Performing Arts Center, is designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas (founder of OMA).
Cloud Tower is a pavilion for open-air concerts in the grounds of a castle near Vienna, Austria, designed by the next ENTERprise - architects. Located at Grafenegg Castle along with the copper-clad concert hall in our previous story, the auditorium occupies an existing depression in the landscape, accentuated by further excavations.
In the future when the citizens of Copenhagen are diagnosed with cancer, they and their families can get help with rehabilitation and support in a new and exceptional building. The winning design is founded by principles of healing architecture and at the same time it suggests aesthetics which are in contrast with that of a conventional health institution....
An appealing, totemic building that you sense is designed for festive celebrations and young people, and that you might expect to find in Rotterdam rather than the uber bourgeois St-Cloud neighborhoods. Even if it is only 300 meters away from OMA’s Villa Dalll’Ava.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School has achieved another milestone – not only is it the nation’s largest law school, but it is now the first “green” law school in the state of Michigan with the completion of its newest campus, located on a wooded 67-acre site in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The new 136,000-square-foot is expected to achieve LEED certification later this year.
Houses (and smaller dwellings)
Kelly Residence is an exploration of balance: between solid vs. void, formal order vs. intimate grace, private vs. public, and stoic vs. playful, all relative to achieving a higher sense of spatial freedom within an architectural home. The Architects divided the use of the spaces into public below (first floor) and private above (second floor). The house has a parents’ side and a children’s side, allowing each user their privacy and sound control, with an umbilical cord, given architectural form as a bridging element joining the two parts.
Nestled into a slope on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, this one room sleeping cabin is a simple but sophisticated Canadian bunkie, evoking the “primitive hut” of branches constructed in the wilderness. The clients desired a private retreat from the main cottage further up the hill that would also enhance their enjoyment of the surrounding landscape in a location previously used to watch the sunset...
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