The Lighthouse Christian School (LCS) was a beacon of goodwill even after a deluge washed away its pre-school in May 2010. Although few had lost more than the school community, LCS leaders hung a banner amid the ruins that read, “Southeast Nashville Recovery. How can we help?”
“At their time of greatest need, the LCS community was helping other flood victims rebuild their homes, so it was an easy decision, an honor actually, for us to give them a hand,” says architect John Abernathy, founding partner at DA|AD of Nashville. Abernathy and his firm were recruited to design and oversee the pre-school building’s resurrection, featured on the popular US TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
This project is located on a steep rocky waterfront parcel on the west shore of San Juan Island in Washington. An existing house was already on the accessible location; the only remaining spot for the Studio was on a rocky shelf above and behind the residence.
More on the Weaving Studio after the break.
Architect: Prentiss Architects
Location: San Juan Island, Washington, USA
Project Team: Geoff Prentiss, Kozo Nozawa
Structural Engineer: Perbix Bykonen
Builder: Lowe Construction
Project Size: 1,250 sqf
Photographs: Jay Goodrich and Prentiss Architects
We are sharing this with you in response to the Japan earthquake earlier today. Building earthquake resistant structures is an ongoing challenge and Japan is continually designing for and sensitive to its earthquake prone location. Their research includes the E-Defense Shake Table in Japan which is one of the most prominent shaking tables associated with earthquake engineering research.
Structures such as the Yokohama Landmark Tower utilize earthquake resistant techniques incorporating a flexible structure to absorb the force of earthquakes. Also a simple roller bearing technique is often integrated into a design, isolating the base of a building and providing protection of various building and non-building structures against potentially damaging lateral impacts of strong earthquakes. Sometimes this metallic bearing support is adapted to provide seismic isolation for skyscrapers and buildings on soft ground.
For more information on the workshop, you can contact Eyad Jumaa at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can check some of the projects we’ve featured by Eric Owen Moss right here, and don’t miss the great interview he gave us in his office!
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is hosting an exhibition of Palladio’s drawings, giving new insight into the use of drawings as a tool to record, develop and disseminate his ideas. Curated by Guido Beltramini, in collaboration with Charles Hind, Palladio at Work will be on view in the museum’s Octogonal Gallery from March 3 to May 22, 2011.
More on the exihibition and on Andrea Palladio after the break.
The Maryhill Overlook, the only structure in the Sitings Project to be completed, lies on a bluff above the Columbia River Gorge within a vast landscape of barren grasslands marked by basalt scarps—a harsh environment exposed to extreme weather and dramatic swings of light.
Project description, images and drawings after the break.
Architect: Allied Works Architecture
Location: Goldendale, Washington, USA
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil, Corey Martin
Client: Maryhill Museum of Art
Project Year: 1998
Photographs: Courtesy of Allied Works Architecture
Where does your State rank among the USGBC’s Top 10? Comparing LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita within the United States the District of Columbia turned in the highest per capita/per person ratio of 25.15 square feet. Commercial office type and for-profit organization owner type where the most common, as was Chicago and Washington DC for the most represented cities on the list.
Following are the top ten LEED states per capita:
1. Nevada: 10.92 sf
2. New Mexico: 6.35 sf
3. New Hampshire: 4.49 sf
4. Oregon: 4.07 sf
5. South Carolina: 3.19 sf
6. Washington: 3.16 sf
7. Illinois: 3.09 sf
8. Arkansas: 2.9 sf
9.Colorado: 2.85 sf
10. Minnesota: 2.77 sf
“Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most. 2010 was a difficult year for most of the building industry, but in many areas, the hunger for sustainable development kept the markets moving,” shared Scot Horst, USGBC SVP of LEED.
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Designed as collaboration between Oyler Wu Collaborative and Michael Kalish, this traveling installation is built as a tribute to the life and cultural significance of Muhammad Ali. The project is aimed at exposing a new generation to this larger than life character by building an appreciation for the nuanced emotional, aesthetic, and technical principles that collectively form experience – a concept that holds true as much for human persona as it does for architecture.
Conceived of as an experiential 2-D image, the core of the project is a seemingly random field of 1300 boxing speed bags that, when viewed from a single vantage point, form a pixilated image of the face of Muhammad Ali. The structure is designed with the intention of simultaneously supporting the clarity and focus from that vantage point, while enriching the experience of the piece from all others, through a combination of dense structural bundles, material effects, and geometrical repetition.
Oyler Wu Collaborative Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Mike Piscitello, Jacques Lesec, Vincent Yeh, Paul Cambon, Huy Le, Nathan Meyers, Han Zhang, Scott Starr, Jake Henry, Vincent Yeh, Ehab Ghali, Sanjay Sukie, Chris Eskew, and Matt Evans
Michael Kalish Project Team: Michael Kalish, Robert Lepiz
Engineering: Buro Happold Engineers
Photography: Dwayne Oyler
Follow the break for further description and images.
We in the profession all understand architecture can mean many different things, both types of knowledge, and ways of thinking. But to the general public, architecture means expensive, “designer” buildings. The qualifier “expensive” must be added because this is how the non-architectural population perceives it. From that narrow perspective, it requires the mobilization of equal amounts of three elements to have a building designed and built capital, a willingness to assume risk, and a generous measure of psychological instability. Maybe the latter comes after the project is complete.
More after the break.
Designed by Cunningham Architects, the Wimberley House quietly sits among dense brush and native Oak and Juniper trees nestled on the edge of a bluff in the Texas hill country. Accessed via a winding half-mile driveway and a short walking trail from the garage, this 5,000 sqf residence provides a peaceful respite for its inhabitants.
Project description, images, and drawings after the break.
Architect: Cunningham Architects
Location: Wimberley, Texas, USA
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: MEP Systems
General Contractor: Burnette Builders, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Hocker Design Group
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tre Dunham, Gisela Borghi, and Cunningham Architects