June and July Months in Review
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The new library is a careful response to this natural and cultural landscape. The new 109,000-sf library incorporates the existing site and a portion of the existing library as well as spanning across Bates Lane to additional property to the south. The new facility will rise five stories, taking full advantage of the views over the Arkansas Valley and historic Pueblo to the east, as well as distant mountain views such as Pikes Peak to the north, the Wet mountains to the west and Greenhorn and the Spanish peaks to the south.
Rafael Viñoly Architects PC's design for the New Hospital Pavilion at the University of Chicago Medical Center has been approved by the school's Board of Trustees and its Medical Center Board of Directors. The project was originally awarded to the firm when the university responded to its suggestion that revised siting incorporating a new building would better position the medical center for future growth, bearing in mind its master plan.
While deeply rooted in Modern Architecture, the language of Steven Holl’s architecture possesses the flexibility to adapt itself to a wide range of building types, providing unique solutions that are specific to the project and its requirements. The official residence of the Swiss Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C. is actually a multifunctional microcosm of private life and work space and official reception and service areas.
The project is located inside the dam of the Osaka port, where hundreds of ships pass through daily. Some important buildings such as the A.T.C. (Asian Trading Center) , W.T.C. (World Trading Center) and Birds Sanctuary are located around the site.
Located in the center of Maribor, second largest city in Slovenia, the recently completed project involved the transformation of an existing sport field into a football (soccer for us in North America) stadium that can host 12,500 spectators and all the related functions.
Trahan Architects wanted to relay the spiritual atmosphere of the church complex through its architecture. The project is an honest exploration of form, function, natural light and materials, providing an engaging and profound study in sacred space. The oratory is the focal point of its rural Roman Catholic campus, predominant by its unique placement and floating within the sacred precinct of a courtyard space.
Kanner Architect's 26th Street Low Income Housing project thoroughly integrates a sustainable approach with high caliber Modernist design, effectively challenging the paradigm for affordable urban housing. Located in Santa Monica, California, the project—which won both an AIA National Honor Award and an AIA National Housing Award—is a celebration of the environment. Providing open spaces at every opportunity in this urban setting, the design takes advantage of fresh air, sunlight and open sky.
We would like to briefly break away from the mold of projects and architects that we have typically featured at Archinnovations and shed the light in a series of articles on Baupiloten, hoping that it would inspire Architecture schools to adopt similar programs that encourage architecture students to get involved and accomplish real life projects. As explained by its founder Suzanne Hoffman : « The Baupiloten are a group of students at the architectural faculty of the TU Berlin who carry out building projects under my guidance and supervision. This allows the students to have the unique chance to experience all the various building phases starting with design methods and concluding with cost control and site supervision.
Sami Rintala designed a box while thinking outside the box, In his quest to develop a low-cost, energy efficient residence, he came out with a solution that bears an interesting spatial composition. This dwelling has 19m2 (200sqft) of living space, subdivided in four rooms that are covering the basic functions of the house and distributed at different levels. They include a kitchen with dining, bathroom, living room and bedroom.
Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects (OSKA) have designed the Wabi Sabi house in Houston, Texas for developer Carol Isaak Barden + Company. The house represents a singular commingling of Eastern and Western aesthetics and the sensual use of natural materials. Rick Sundberg was the lead architect on the project, his first in Texas. “It was exciting to work in a city like Houston,” says Rick Sundberg. “The climate is so different from ours, and it raises unique challenges. Working on a spec house has its own challenges – creating a home that can accommodate a wide range of lifestyles and families; from active young families to empty-nesters.
Located in the Big Sur area of Northern California, this 2,500 square foot 2 bedroom house was built for a family to enjoy together on the weekends and holidays. It is a modernist structure that sits lightly on the land, acknowledging the ecologically fragile nature of the site.
A very interesting interior where the combination of light, colors and textures contribute in filling the space and bringing it to life. The furniture with its shape and layout complements the architecture and reinforces its concept. House “V” was designed in order to satisfy the needs of a family. Applying communication between the common and individual rooms, the facilities and functions of the space have been connected into a single unit that creates a comfortable living area for a family.