Architects: Jean Paul Viguier Architecture
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Project Manager: Blin Vose-Trincal
Project Team: Giovanna Chimeri, Céline Lemercier, Pierre-Henri Cazes, Claire Maguin, Cédric Nieser, Kari Silloway
Architects of Record: Ford, Powell & Carson, Inc
Structural Engineers: Robert Silman Associates | Arcora
Landscapers: TBG Partners
Project Area: 4,800 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
Ponoko is an online marketplace for everyone to click to make real things. They host tens of thousands of user generated product designs, ready to be customized and made into real things.
To coincide with the launch of their new Personal Factory 4 services, Google SketchUp is announcing the Ponoko 3D Printing Challenge. Basically, the challenge is to produce a piece of instructional content that’s equal parts enlightening and entertaining. Each entry must be titled “How to use Google SketchUp for Ponoko 3D printing,” but aside from that, the format is pretty open. Text, images and video (or some combination of the three) are all fair game.
All three winners will each receive SketchUp Pro 8, a 12-month Prime subscription to Personal Factory 4 and a voucher for having something made. The prizes for first place alone are worth $1500. The competition deadline is four weeks from now; all entries are due December 17, 2010. Visit the official announcement page for all the details.
The new building for the high school replaces a former auditorium, adding a significant amount of learning area. It smoothly curls between the existing main building and is connected by the atrium, the auditorium and on the upper level the biology, physics and chemistry classes. Key issues for this task were a healthy indoor climate, inviting architecture and an optimum integration in the green surroundings. More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: OIII Architecten
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Design: Eric Paardekooper Overman and Emile Revier
Interior Design: Anouk Dekker and Chanthal den Boer
Project Team: Athir Al-Haddad, Michael Hoogland, Drasko Turcinovic, Martin Vinkestijn, and Michel de Vries
Construction: Pieters Building Technology Delft
Building Physics: Builddesk Arnhem
Client: CVO Rotterdam
Project Area: 3,100 sqm
Photographs: Rob ‘t Hart
Designed as a temporary residence for an oyster farmer, French firm Raum Architects have created a simplistic structure based upon an acute attention to detailing and material selection. Located in the countryside of Bretagne, the residence reflects the nature of the site through the large glazing and movable partitions that open the residence to the outdoors. The house is composed of two main areas; a hangar and an office/lounge space that includes a kitchen, dining room and seating area. A patio, which can either be open or closed off, offers the transitional space between the two. The inner patio allows light to permeate through the different interior areas, even when these interior spaces are closed off from the exterior with the large sliding doors. The hangar, an open work space for the oyster farmer, is articulated by its exposed wooden frame. A translucent plastic SITS behind the house’s vertical slatted skin, allowing diffused light into the space. While this component is set aside as a separate ‘wing’ to the dwelling, the space can easily be integrated both visually and physically by opening up the patio area.
More images after the break.
When Thanksgiving rolls around, even the most cynical, edgy writers start spewing sentimental drivel about family or the meaning of being thankful. They are weak and clearly under the influence of this fake holiday—you know it was invented by Abraham Lincoln, right?
Suddenly, all my Twitter tweeters have ceased shamelessly promoting themselves or constructing clever little comments about the great things they are doing, or the great things they are thinking, or something great that someone else is doing or thinking. Now it’s a constant stream of kindness and sincerity. Good Magazine asks, “What are you thankful for?” I am thankful that this insanity will be over by Friday. I’ll also be thankful when they return my calls.
I wasn’t going to write about Thanksgiving. It is not my favorite holiday. You eat too much and have to sit around and talk with relatives. This year, my wife and I were given an alternative: we were invited by a neighbor to eat too much and sit around and talk with her relatives. This sounded entertaining. In fact it turned out to be more entertaining than I ever would have imagined.
More after the break.
The seven-story, five unit adaptive live-work space is designed for residents who want to both live and work in the city. Art Stable, is situated on a plot of land previously housing horse stables. A recipient of the 2010 AIA Seattle Citation Honor Award, the urban infill project features large art doors, manually operable by a custom-designed hand wheel and hinge. The 80′-5″ hinge terminates at a rotating davit crane on top of the building.
A collaboration between architect, client, engineer, builder, and fabricator resulted in a hinge mechanism that opens 8 foot tall by 12 foot long steel clad doors on all seven levels. The vertically stacked art doors face the alley side of the building and provide a great ease in moving large materials and/or art pieces into and out of each unit.
Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington
Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA
Managing Principal: Kirsten R. Murray, AIA
Project Manager: Kudo-King, AIA LEED AP (Construction Documents and CCA) and Jim Friesz, AIA LEED AP (Schematic Design through Design Development)
Project Architect: Jeff Ocampo, LEED AP
Project Team: Sky Lanigan, LEED AP, Wing-Yee Leung, LEED AP, Ming Yuan
Graphics: Kevin Scott
Project Area: 25,556 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Point32, Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects
ACDF* has shared with us their design for the new library at Saint-Eustache, which is north of Montréal, Canada. The library is founded on the notion of creating a contemporary project that also shares a story that reveals the historic value of its site. The project symbolizes the reconciliation between the urban form of the Saint-Eustache as it is today, and the history of the riverside site. The concept for the project further integrates fundamental ecologically responsible principles which focus on building compactness, energy economy, and the use of high quality, sustainable materials ensuring the permanence of the project. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The De Ronding residential facility for seniors naturally incorporates itself within the surrounding residential neighborhood. The new apartment complex on the Burgemeester Meslaan continues the existing park-like feel, complimenting the Riverland Foundation care center buildings. More photographs and drawings after the break.
Architects: OIII Architecten
Location: Burgemeester Meslaan, Tiel, The Netherlands
Design: Eric Paardekooper Overman and Jeroen Spee
Team: Martin Vinkenstein, Ernst Jan Schoute, Michael Hoogland
Landscape Design: Lodewijk Baljon, Smits Rinsma
Construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft
Building Physics: ABT-consult, Velp
Client: Housing Cooperation SCWTiel
Project Area: 3,100 sqm
Photographs: Thea van den Heuvel
C. F. Møller Architects, together with SLA and Rambøll, have been selected by a unanimous jury as the winners of a large competition to design an extension to the University of Copenhagen‘s Panum complex on Blegdamsvej in the heart of Copenhagen.
The expansion will make a significant impact in the cityscape, with a science tower which will form an identity-creating, sculptural focal point for the entire Nørre Campus. The project also includes an urban park which will benefit both the Panum building and the surrounding city.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
Department of Unusual Certainties is a Toronto-based research and design collective working at the interstices of urban design, planning, public art, spatial research and mapping have shared with us their contribution to the John Street Ideas Competition, held by the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, entitled StairSpace. The competition called for a new public space concept as the center point of what has been dubbed a major cultural axis in the Toronto – John Street. More details of DoUC’s submission after the break.
Project: Emilio Marin
Project Manager: Juan Carlos López
Collaborators: Claudio Viñuela, Rodrigo Fernández, Alessandra dal Mos
Audio Installation: Rodrigo Araya, Nicolás Rupcich
Recording and Editing: Nicolás Rupcich
Camera Assistant: Rodrigo Lobos
Audio: Rodrigo Araya, Nicolás Rupcich