AD Classics: Kanchanjunga Apartments / Charles Correa

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By developing climatic solutions for different sites and programs, Indian architect Charles Correa designed the Kanchanjunga Apartments. Located in Mumbai, the U.S. equivalent of in terms of population and diversity, the 32 luxury apartments are located south-west of downtown in an upscale suburban setting embodying the characteristics of the upper echelon of society within the community. The Kanchanjunga Apartments are a direct response to the present culture, the escalating urbanization, and the climatic conditions for the region. They pay homage to the vernacular architecture that once stood on the site before the development in a number of ways. More on Kanchanjunga Apartments after the break.

A new vision for London’s Tube Map

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A new vision of the  map for London’s Tube has been posted to depict a more geographically accurate representation of the underground train system.  Navigate through the map for yourself here:

The original map was designed by Harry Beck; he compromised geographical accuracy for a rationalized system of connection, transfers and passages on a map that in 1931 only depicted 7 train lines.  While those principles remain in use today, the underground subway system has doubled in size.  The increased complexity of the system increased has amplified these inaccuracies and has received a lot of criticism for its diagrammatic quality and lack of correlation with London’s street level.

This updated map attempts to keep some of the principles of clarity that Beck designed as part of the original map, such as fixed line angles – in this case 30 and 60 degrees instead of the original 45.  But the map attempts to establish a relationship between relative distances through the train and on the street, so that users can identify which routes are faster for walking or hopping on the Tube.

For more on the discussion what design means, sparked by the new vision for London’s Tube Map, follow this link: London Tube Map Sparks Debate: “Design” and the Multi-screen World.

AA House / Parque Humano

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Architects: Parque Humano / Jorge Covarrubias, Benjamín González Henze
Location: , Mexico
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,310 sqm
Photographs:  Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

HAZP House / Frederico Zanelato | Arquitetos

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The proposed project for this residence, located in a gated community in the city of Mogi das Cruzes, was designed for an architect, his wife and kid. It was proposed that the construction should be done in stages, according to the family growth. Sustainability of its use was also considered in the project. The sloping terrain has a forest of native trees at the lower part of the plot, making the first block more suitable for occupation to be done on two levels, therefore preserving as many species of trees as possible. And at a later stage, an expansion of another block in the lower part of the plot, dedicated to children.

Architect: Frederico Zanelato | Arquitetos
Location: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo,
Project Team: Frederico Zanelato, Arthur Pugliese, Fernanda Kano, Regina Sesoko and Milena Mendes
Collaborators: Regina Santos and Flávio Coutinho
Structural: Wagner de Oliveira Garcia
Construction: Architects Frederick Zanelato
Frames: Jair Bolanho
Timber: Construvelho
Interns: Guilherme Bravin and Nayara Mendes
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Peter Abude

J.W. Speaker Corporate Headquarters / The Kubala Washatko Architects

Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects
Location: Germantown,
Project Year: 2009
References: The Kubala Washatko Architects
Photographs: The Kubala Washatko Architects


Midtown Manhattan Ranks Second in 2011 Survey of U.S. Green Real Estate Markets

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Cushman & Wakefield, in collaboration with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks Initiative, recently released its second annual Green Building Opportunity Index and three submarkets cracked the top ten.   Midtown, Midtown South, and Downtown placed second, fourth, and seventh, respectively in the Index.  One of the goals of this initiative is to assist urban planners and policymakers in examining data to understand what new policies and incentives may be useful in accelerating green building practices at the local level.

Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., currently the sixth largest bank in the United States, is a leader in green design, currently possessing over 100 green buildings. PNC was an early adopter of sustainable design, opening its first green building in 2000. PNC and Gensler have recently announced plans to design and construct the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper at PNC’s headquarters in , . More information and images after the break.

Vernacular Architecture and the 21st Century

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, the simplest form of addressing human needs, is seemingly forgotten in modern architecture. However, due to recent rises in energy costs, the trend has sensibly swung the other way. Architects are embracing regionalism and cultural building traditions, given that these structures have proven to be energy efficient and altogether sustainable. In this time of rapid technological advancement and urbanization, there is still much to be learned from the traditional knowledge of vernacular construction. These low-tech methods of creating housing which is perfectly adapted to its locale are brilliant, for the reason that these are the principles which are more often ignored by prevailing architects.

More on vernacular architecture after the break.

Aluminium Refinery Offices / Madland Estudio & Espacio Papel Arquitectos

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Architects: Madland Estudio & Espacio Papel Arquitectos
Location: León, Spain
Project Area: 887.55 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Elena Almagro

Material Landscapes / Liane Hancock

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Material Landscapes is an exhibition that recently opened at the Sheldon Art Gallery in , Missouri. The show is curated by , Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University.  It features materiality in contemporary landscape architecture through projects by a group of national and international landscape architects.

Casa ‘na’ / Studio Architect Shuji Hisada

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Architect: – Shuji Hlsada
Location: , Japan
General Contractor: Kusukame Comuten Co. Ltd. – Tadahiro Takada
Area: 145.75 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Naca’sa & Partners Inc. – Atsushi Nakamichi

Chop Stick / Visiondivision

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Visiondivision is back with their latest funky design for a concession stand for 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.   Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Swedish team has proposed an innovative stand that focuses specifically upon the idea of harvesting “something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way—respectful to both the source itself and to everyone visiting the building,” explained the architects.  The main component of the design features ’s state tree, a yellow poplar measuring 100 ft.   The tree becomes the focus of the project as it runs horizontally, seemingly suspended in midair.

More about the project after the break.

Hall of Remembrance / Methodic Practice

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Architects: Methodic Practice
Location: , England
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Robin Hayes Photography

University of Washington Medicine Research Complex / Perkins+Will

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Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) shared with us their role as landscape architects for the third phase of the University of Washington Medicine’s research hub, designed by Perkins+Will, in ’s South Lake Union neighborhood, which broke ground earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013. More images and project description after the break.

2011 Orchids and Onions Competition

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The (SDAF) wants to know what you think makes San Diego’s architecture and design blossom – or stink, and is again soliciting public nominations through August 31 for projects to be considered for this year’s Orchids & Onions Awards. All San Diegans are encouraged to take a few moments to have their say about what they view as the good, the bad and the ugly in categories including Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Miscellaneous; which covers just about everything in-between. By uploading a few photos on the SDAF’s Orchids and Onions website, along with your rationalization, you can be part of cultivating a more thoughtfully designed San Diego. More competition description after the break.

Shepherd of the Valley Chapel / 3six0 Architecture

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Architect: 3six0 Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Kyna Leski – Principal, Christopher Bardt AIA – Principal, Jack Ryan RA – Senior Associate & Project Architect, Eleanor Lee, Aaron Brode, Nick Croft, Shane Zhao, Tim Decoster, Richard Leheny, Kelly Ennis, Michael Williams, Yu Morishita, Jacob Wangh
General Contractor: Atlantic Managment Group
Structural Engineer: Wilbur Yoder
Lighting Consultant: Hogan Macaulay, Architecture + Light
Project Area: 1,200 square feet
Project year: 2008
Photographs: John Horner Photography

Historical Park of Medieval Bosnia / FILTER Architecture

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FILTER Architecture’s design for the Historical Park of Medieval Bosnia was prompted by the idea of an exhibition space forming an integral point of the large Kamberović Park alongside the River Bosna, in the center of the town of . The concept was based on a deterministic approach to history – as a series of causes and consequences, while avoiding falling into a trap of a pathos-ridden and artificial representation of a part of our national history. More images and a brief description after the break.

Private House in Marupe / Open AD

Maris Lagzdins

Architects: Open AD / Zane Tetere
Location: , Latvia
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 320 sqm
Photographs: Maris Lagzdins