Location: Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Client: Chengdu Qingyang Suburb Construction & Development Co.
Firm Principal/Partner in Charge: Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich
Project Manager: Courtenay Bauer
Project Designers: Rick Michod and J. Travis Russet
Project Assistant: Jeeyea Kim
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Tim Bacheller shared with us his award for, “Best Multi-Congregation Design’, in the Faith in Place competition. The competition challenged architects to develop creative solutions to serve the needs of modern communities and congregations. A House of Worship becomes a vehicle for congregations with outdated structures and a need for environmentally friendly architecture while integrating with the broader community. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Luanda, which is the capital and largest city in Angola, is located in an area of south-central Africa that is mostly characterized as having poor living conditions for its inhabitants, but is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Atlantic Ocean.
In a competition that encouraged its participants to design a house that foretold the urban future of the city, the collaborative team of Cristina Peres, Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto and Tiago Andrade won the 2nd Prize for the International Competition ‘House in Luanda: Patio and Pavillion’ where they responded to what Luanda has to offer and created an idea that would revive society and its economic conditions. More images and description after the break.
Architects: Frank Harmon Architect PA
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Project Manager: Frank Harmon Architect PA, Erin Sterling, AIA, LEED
Project Landscape Architect: Cynthia Rice Landscape Architecture + Planning, LLC
Mechanical Engineer: Consider Design, PA, Isaac Panzarella, PE
Structural Engineer: Tim Martin, PE
Civil Engineer: McKim + Creed, Chris Stanley, PC, CFM
Project Area: 7,500 sqft
Photographs: © Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect
One New Change, Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects’ mixed use facility, has just opened in Cheapside, London. The project includes over 340,000 ft of office space and an additional 220,000 sqf for commercial use. It is set to become London’s newest shopping destination and bring life to the area, “all set overlooking London’s most famous landmark, St. Paul’s Cathedral.” The project has sparked controversy as Sian Disson shared, “…staunch traditionalist Prince Charles made his feelings towards the glass and steel hulk clear from an early stage, attempting to have Nouvel thrown off the project when he learnt of the architect’s appointment.” Contrastly, as we reported earlier this year, the project was awarded by the MIPIM with the jury noting that the project will transform the area bringing a refreshing contrast. While the public voiced their opinion about the color selection, Nouvel’s use of glass provides blurred reflections of the Cathedral to be seen in its facade, gently referencing the historic landmark within its contemporary presence. Which side are you on?
More images after the break.
The approach taken for the Mash House is one which celebrates outdoor space. The original double-fronted Victorian house offered a plethora of challenges including limited solar access. In predictable fashion, services had been attached to the rear of the dwelling over time, effectively dislocating the living areas from the backyard. A belt of space to the east of the house laid bare where a driveway once existed. An old shed, stretching the width of site, sat idly to the rear. These elements combined, meant the overriding feel of the house was one of disconnection.
The design by Andrew Maynard Architects offers a sound, simple solution to a rather challenging site. The concept was driven by obtaining passive efficiency, via shrewd siting and orientation. Quality insulation, ample double-glazing and in-slab heating all combine to make this home a sustainable exercise in modern house renovation. Sketches and photographs of Mash House following the break.
Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
Project Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Matthew McClurg
Builder: Z & I Pelaic Builders
Project Area: 85 sqm (new works) 67 sqm (works to existing)
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Kevin Hui
Australian firm, Plazibat & Jemmott Architects, shared their most recent competition submission with us. The competition asked participants to design a residence using Australian building material supplier Boral’s selection of products. “This model takes a holistic approach to the issue of sustainable suburbs and is interested not so much in the technicalities of water harvesting or co-generation, but rather through increased efficiency, density and social interaction,” explained the architects.
More about the residence after the break.
Location: Tanjung Duren Utara, Jakarta, Indonesia
Principal in Charge: Suwardana Winata
Design Team: Susan Soetanto, Robby Soetanto
Client: Yeye (Ichibanya Japanese Noodle House)
Contractor: PT. Panca Putra Mandiri
Site Area: 648.7 sqm
Project Area: 148 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Courtesy of DSA+s
Results for the Rome 2010: Vertical Spa Competition have been revealed, and MORQ has been declared the second prize winner. MORQ is composed of three architects: Emiliano Roia, Andrea Quagliola and Matteo Monteduro.
The competition challenged designers to consider the “belonging” to Rome and design a high tower whose spirit encompasses the historical complexity of the Eternal City. MORQ’s prize winning entry for a Vertical Spa suggested a tower that could define a new typology of buildings that could potentially determine the renewal of Rome in its future.
Read on for more images and descriptions after the break.
Architects: De Bever Architecten
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Building costs: € 400.000
Design Team: Stefan de Bever, Wim Poell, Thomas van Weert, Emilia Serowiec, Uri Ben-Ari
Construction engineer: Adviesbureau Duisters, Eindhoven Advisor installations: Nelissen Ingenieursbureau, Eindhoven
Building contractor: Gebebouw, Helmond
Materials: Façade plasterwork, aluminum window frames and cement washed garden walls
Project Area: 394 sqm.
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Arthur Bagen, Eindhoven
Extraordinary views in the heart of the city and a small buildable footprint limited by restrictive easements prompted a thin, three-story home with the main living spaces and master suite on the top floor – essentially a one-bedroom loft with 270° views. A 16’ ipe screen envelopes the body of the house, and rests delicately atop a base of long courses of black Leuders limestone.
Photographs and details of East Windsor Residence after the break.
Architects: Alter Studio
Location: Austin, TX
Contractor: Crowell +
Landscape: David/Peese Design
Project Area: 4,500 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Finkel Photography, JH Jackson Photography
Architect Hagy Belzberg recently showed me around his latest creation, the new Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. He had kindly agreed to give me a personal tour since I was preparing to write up a review.
While I had fully intended to focus on the architecture, the site, the ideas behind the design, I was caught off-guard by something unexpected: people.
Prior to my visit I had been looking at some new photographs of the building taken by Iwan Baan. Architecture photographed for reviews is usually uncluttered by the messiness of life. The buildings are often empty vessels waiting to be activated. People appear as mere apparitions, like objects, often blurred. Thus, there is little evidence of other responses or adaptations to the architecture. If we overlook the gaze of the photographer, there is then only one gaze present: that of the singular “I”. And this “I” had expected an encounter with a building.
More after the break.