Architects: Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU
Location: Kasugai, Japan
Interior Design: Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU
Landscape Design: Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU
Structural engineer: Fujio Atsushi/Fujio and associates
Constructional engineer: Kumazawa construction
Supervision: Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU
Project area: 110 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Suzuki Ken’ichi
‘Detroit by Design’, a symposium and exhibition hosted by the AIA Detroit Urban Priorities Committee, will welcome the architecture and design community to study the unique and challenged urban infrastructure of Detroit through three key issues: urban centers, transportation, urban agriculture over the next three months. This month ‘Detroit by Design’ will address the topic of transportation with an exhibit on April 5th and discussions on April 13th. All exhibits and symposiums will be held at the Detroit Public Library and are free and open to public. Further details of ‘Detroit by Design’ following the break.
With an identical program to the previous two pool houses, by Semple Brown Design for the Stapleton Development, Pool House Number 3 departs from the design concept with the placement of individual pavilions set in the landscape. Weaving through and around the pavilions, the landscape creates an intimate and peaceful experience for the bathers. The surrounding landscape and the pointedly placed one-hundred and fifty foot long planter, which defines the northern courtyard, soften the white concrete pavilions and provide privacy to the street façade. The simple pavilions nestle themselves into the neighborhood-scape.
Architect: Semple Brown Design, P.C.
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Project Team: Sarah Semple Brown (Principal in Charge of Design), Chris Davis (Architect), Renee del Gaudio (Design/Job Captain)
Landscape Consultant: Paradigm Affiliates
Civil Engineering: Harris Kocher Smith
Pool Contractor: Monarch Pools
Public Art/Graphic Walls: UrbanRock Design
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Consultant: Reese Engineering
General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Structural Engineer: McGlamery Structural Group
Project Area: 2,760 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Miller Hall Photography
Receiving an honorable mention for their entry for the Dawntown Seaplane competition in Miami, Florida, NC-Office’s proposal, titled ‘Large Roof’, is a solution to when an artificial geographic condition demands an intuitive architectural response. When seen from above – either as one approaches by air or from the large cruise liners – the project is experienced as a large mass. As one enters the structure the project transforms into an ephemeral space. More images and architects’ description after the break.
This is the third video produced by Marco Mazzotta that Slovenian architects OFIS arhitekti shared with us. We already featured this project a couple of years ago with photographs and drawings, but through this video, mixing reality and digital models, we can see how people really use both common spaces and the interior of the apartments.
The Regional Industrial Heritage Organization of Solingen, Germany has called for a competition to redevelop the local observation using an old spherical gas container in order to address the strong industrial character and historical context of the container and the local architecture. The following project is an entry from René van Zuuk Architekten.
More on this project after the break.
On a street of historic, working-class cottages in Toronto’s west end, adjacent to a railway line and a supermarket parking lot, a vacant auto-body shop may have seemed like an unlikely impetus for a residence with a domestic character. The clients—a graphic designer and a furniture designer/craftsman—had a limited budget but considerable talent and resources. Working with Levitt Goodman Architects, the project became a laboratory for artistic collaboration and experimentation. Over several years they have transformed the industrial site into an artful urban oasis.
Architects: MMAA (Studio Manfroni & Associati srl) – Mario Manfroni, Patrizia Burlando, Danilo Sergiampietri, Daniela Cappelletti
Location: La Spezia, Italy
Client: Centro Fieristico della Spezia
Structural engineering: Exa engineering srl
Contractor: Cometal spa, Parma, Italy
Project area: 5,500 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2007
Photographs: Roberto Buratta
The main objective behind the design for the new Staten Island Animal Care Center was to create a high quality environment for the animals, staff and visitors. The building is sheathed in a highly insulating, translucent polycarbonate envelope. This provides higher performance in comparison to typical glass and maximizes the benefits of natural light. The roof of the outer perimeter housing the animals is raised above a lower interior roof plane, which covers other shelter functions. This configuration permits the daylight to enter the facility on multiple sides. Natural ventilation is encouraged along the periphery with the use of a passive air ventilation system. A sophisticated mechanical system that uses heat recovery to feed heat gain energy back into the system is incorporated into the design to provide constant fresh air exchange.
Operating at the interstices of architecture, urbanism, and the pedosphere, SOILED is a venue for dialogue and exploration. It investigates the role that the built environment plays in social issues of earthly but marginalized proportions; it documents hidden systems and in-between spaces. Published by CARTOGRAM Architecture + Urban Design, SOILED curates ideas, from the arable to the obscene, by seeking the active participation of multi-disciplinary contributors. It employs narratives, manifestoes, mappings, ephemera, and live events to mediate its architectural discourse to the broader public.
Published twice per year on each solstice, SOILED is available in both a print edition and a free downloadable PDF! The inaugural issue, entitled Groundscrapers, is now available through their website. More images and description after the break.