The Freight & Salvage (whose non-profit organization is incorporated as the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) has long been the most venerable institution dedicated to presenting the best in folk and traditional music west of the Mississippi. It was vital to the client that the new venue be designed to continue evoking the vibe of the Freight as an intimate folk music venue despite the introduction of cutting-edge technology and increased auditorium capacity.
It was also essential that the facility be environmentally sustainable. In these two goals, the architect’s use of salvaged wood in the design wood (harvested from a deconstructed pair of auto repair garages that originally occupied the site) was crucial to achieving an image that fit with the historical and cultural flavor of Freight & Salvage from its roots in the late sixties, in its two previous venues.
Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
General Contractor: Oliver & Company, Inc.
Project/Construction Manager: Terrasset Management Group, LLC
Interiors: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Landscape (green roof): Design Ecology
Civil Engineer: Keir and Wright Civil Engineers & Surveyors, Inc.
Structural: Structural Engineers Incorporated
Mechanical: CAL-AIR (Johnson Controls)
Electrical: Silverman & Light
Theatrical Consultant: The Shalleck Collaborative
Acoustics: Charles M Salter Associates Inc.
Audio Visual: The Shalleck Collaborative
Project Area: 18,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Billy Hustace Photography, Sharon Risedorph Photography, Hali McGrath Music Photography, Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Kate Orff shares her vision of ‘oyster-tecture’ utilizing oysters as an agent for urban change. Focusing on the New York Harbor, Orff, architect and founding principal of Manhattan based studio SCAPE, demonstrates how we can rethink our landscapes, both the green and blue spaces, linking nature and humanity for mutual benefit.
Eastern oysters being her focus for this TED Talk, she shares how the oyster can improve water quality as a natural bio filter. Blending urbanism and ecology she proposes an oyster reef for the Gowanus Canal and Governors Island, an accessible idea that can be implemented immediately.
The young architecture firm of SM-arch has recently won a architectural competition for their Multigenerational building proposal in Gland, Switzerland. They are now engaged with the municipality for the execution of the project. Additional images and a brief narrative from the architects after the break.
Architects: Stanisic Associates
Location: 88 Crown Street, Sydney, Australia
Project Team: Rob Harper, Peter Rush, Angela Rheinlaender, Damien Madell
Interior Architect: L3 Design
Landscape Architect: Aspect Sydney
Public Artist: Peter McGregor
Structural Engineer: SCP Consulting
Services Engineer: ITC Consulting
Builder: TQM Design and Construct
Project area: 3,040 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Brett Boardman
Studio 804’s Sustainable Prototype is a collaboration between the well established graduate student comprehensive studio at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, Kansas. The construction and delivery of The Sustainable Prototype was provided to the 5.4.7 Arts Center on the one year anniversary of the tornado that devastated Greensburg, Kansas. Although the building was developed for the long term use by the Arts Center, its immediate use as the first completed public facility serving as a beacon for the community and its ambitious rebuilding efforts was a motivating factor in its design.
Architects: Studio 804
Location: Greensburg, Kansas, USA
Project Team: Zack Arndt, Sarah Boedeker, Krissy Buck, Jessica Buechler, Mark Cahill, Chris Clark, Justin Cratty, Corey Davis, Lindsey Evans, John Gillham, Erik Heironimus, Abby Henson, Boyd Johnson, Jenny Kenne Kivett, Will Lockwood, Simon Mance, Tim Overstreet, Katie Rietz, Corey Russo, Josh Somes, John Tarr, Megan Thompson
Contractor: Studio 804
Engineer: Norton & Schmidt
Client: 5.4.7 Arts Center
Project Area: 1,600 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio 804
Architects: dEMM Arquitectura, Paulo Fernandes da Silva
Location: Porto, Portugal
Collaborators: Isabela Neves, Tiago Soares Lopes
Structural Engineering: Gepec
Landscape Architect: arqt.OF, Daniel Monteiro
Electrical Engineering: Ohm-e
Mechanical Engineer: Get
Contractor: J. Camilo
Constructed Area: 12.000 sqm + courtyard
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra and Pedro Lobo
Architects: Madland Estudio
Location: Madrid, Spain
Project Team: Cristina Navas Perona, Myriam López Rodero y Javier García-Rivera de la Plaza
Structural Engineering: Javier Cort
Owner: Viva Visión
Contractor: Cal y Canto S.L
Contractor specialized in wood construction: Canexel S.L
Project area: 550 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Elena Almagro
Eero Saarinen’s decommissioned TWA Terminal has been slated for conversion into a boutique hotel. It seems as though the Port Authority’s plan is to use the landmark terminal as the gateway to a separate hotel building that will be squeezed into the crescent of space between Saarinen’s building and JetBlue’s Terminal 5. Along with this proposal, some might think that creating a boutique out of a classic could contradict what Saarinen had in mind. Many design challenges can arise from a simple, yet complex transformation. More on the news after the break.
This house is a contemporary version of an Earthship, an ecologically benign house type popularized in the 1970s by Mike Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture. This version is similarly set into the earth, cut into a hillside facing Pike’s Peak. Because of its rural location, it relies on PVs and solar thermal energy for electricity and heat. It also has a shallow plan, south facing windows, and a finished concrete floor to maximize passive solar gains during winter months.
Respecting the quality of the original design of the building, as well as concerns from the community, the structure has remained relatively untouched. The generating idea or theme for the design of the renovation and additions to the Fulbright Building Fayetteville Arkansas is a ‘ship in a bottle’, defining the juxtaposition and materiality of the new interior spaces in relation to the existing steel structural grid and a new custom glass infill storefront system that wraps the upper floor of the building.
Follow the break for a full project description and more photographs.